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MLS Memories and All-Time USMNT Starting XI



Hello again, soccer fans! and welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, our hosts bring you their take on everything across the American soccer landscape, including:

  • Colorado Rapids extend the contract of captain Jack Price
  • Nick shares some Chicago Fire memories
  • Mike relives one of Dwayne DeRosario’s greatest moments
  • The hosts give you their All-time USMNT starting XI
  • They also stoke the flames of the Mexico-USA rivalry

Here’s their All-time USMNT Starting XI:

      • GK
        Tim Howard (Tony Meola/Kasey Keller)

      • Defenders
        Alexi Lalas – Oguchi Onyewu – Marcelo Balboa/Eddie Pope – Carlos Bocanegra

      • Midfielders
        Cobi Jones – Michael Bradley – DaMarcus Beasley/Claudio Reyna

      • Strikers
        Landon Donovan – Clint Dempsey – Brian McBride (Hon Men: Pulisic)

      • Coach
        Bruce Arena/Bob Bradley

What do you think soccer fans? Who else cracks the list?

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Pre-Season Previews, Pt. 9 – Inter Miami CF, Chicago Fire, and Portland Timbers



We’re inching ever closing to the start of the 2020 MLS season, so tune in to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast for their previews of Inter Miami CF, the Chicago Fire, and the Portland Timbers. Our hosts analyze the rosters, DPs, and projected finish for each team.

Expansion side Inter Miami have built a diverse roster of MLS veterans, young talent, and international stars. Chicago is essentially an expansion team with a new roster, new coach, and new stadium. Portland’s off-season signings have left their championship window open for another season, but can they compete in such a strong Western Conference? Tune in for all this and more in the latest episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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Team Previews Pt. 4 – Colorado Rapids, Red Bulls New York



Welcome back, soccer fans, to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In tonight’s episode, recorded February 3, 2020, our hosts preview the Colorado Rapids and Red Bulls New York. One team looks poised to make some noise, while the other is in a complete roster re-build.

Joining the hosts is Joseph Samelson of Rapids Republic, a credentialed Rapids reporter and devoted soccer fan. Tune in as he, Nick, and Mike review the Rapids roster, discuss the most important players, and give their predictions as to the outcome of Colorado’s season. We want to thank Joseph for joining us and helping us elevate our podcast for this mile-high preview!

Next, Nick and Mike preview the current state of Red Bulls New York, one that can generously be described as a re-build. With so much roster turnover (BWP and Robles to name two) and uncertainty around star center back Aaron Long, coach Chris Armas will once again be on the hot seat. Tune in for the projected starting eleven and how well the red side of New York could finish.

The episode wraps up with news and notes from around Major League Soccer (MLS), including takes on the latest roster moves of FC Cincinnati and the Chicago Fire. All this and more in the latest episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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Team Previews (FCD, NYC, RSL) and League News



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We are excited to begin our annual team previews for each of the franchises taking part in Major League Soccer’s 25th Anniversary season. We start with a look at FC Dallas, continue with NYCFC, and conclude with Real Salt Lake. What transactions occurred this offseason? Who are the DPs and which players will have the greatest impact? Are there any young starts ready to breakout? All this and more, including projected starting eleven and the floor and ceiling of each club, in our team preview series.

We wrap up the show with a review of the biggest headlines in MLS, and hear TFC superfan Mike’s take on the Michael Bradley “situation” and impending ankle surgery. Nick also rants against the Chicago Fire re-hiring Frank Klopas as an assistant coach. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on these and all the news from around the American soccer landscape in the comments below. Thanks for listening!

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Joe Fala: Future Star, Hot Minute, and USMNT Front Office Move



Greetings once again, soccer fans! This episode is a special one for The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast for two reasons. First, we have joined with Big Heads Soccer Network! We are excited to partner with this podcast network and provide their first show dedicated to Major League Soccer (MLS). Be sure to follow BHM Soccer on twitter and check out the various shows on their network.

Next, we are thrilled to bring you an interview with rising star Joe Fala. Joe finished off a stellar college career with the Ramapo Roadrunners, setting a single-season scoring record and being a multiple All-American selection. He has played for FC Motown of the NPSL and most recently participated in the MLS SuperDraft – the only Division III player to participate. Though not selected, his reputation and work ethic have earned him a trial with Red Bull New York. Tune in to learn more about RBNY’s newest prospect, and be sure to with Joe all the best on his path to the pros.

In other news, Nick and Mike break down the moves (or lack thereof) by the Chicago Fire. They also introduce you to New York City’s new head coach Ronny Deila, and provide commentary on the Philadelphia Union’s record signing of Designated Player Jamiro Monteiro. How will these moves affect the Eastern Conference? Tune in to find out.

In the second half of the show, our hosts analyze the hiring of Brian McBride as General Manager of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). There’s agreement that McBride is a good hire, and there is hope he brings his hard-nose style of play to managing the program. As the man in charge of Gregg Berhalter, player recruitment, and club relations, McBride has a tall order to fill, but The Sons of a Pitch are confident in his abilities. They also discuss Sergino Dest’s recent decision to represent the USMNT over The Netherlands and his choice to leave Ajax training camp in Qatar.

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Chicago and Miami Hire Coaches (Finally!) and USMNT Roster Review



Greetings once again, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, we discuss the latest coaching hires in Major League Soccer (MLS) and review the latest United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) roster.

Chicago Fire FC have hired Raphael Wicky as their latest manager. He brings a solid resume, having coached FC Basel in Switzerland and most recently had a 9 month stint as the U-17 USYNT coach. He should bring a higher degree of technical ability and sound tactics back to Chicago, and fans can expect a disciplined team. But can they expect to win? For that, they’ll need to sign some DPs, which may come from Germany based on the hiring of the new technical and sporting directors. Tune in for the details!

Inter Miami CF have hired Diego Alonso, a coach that has bounced around Mexico and South America, but has had recent success in Concacaf Champions League (CCL). While that’s certainly appealing to MLS clubs, hopefully Alonso has a plan to qualify for CCL and not bottom out like recent expansion teams. However with his playing and coaching experience, he should fit in well with the Latin-influenced roster of Inter Miami.

Speaking of rosters, Gregg Berhalter has announced a group of young MLS players for the USMNT January camp. The next generation of talent has the opportunity to impress in friendlies against Costa Rica and the Netherlands, with more games sure to be announced. Let’s temper our expectations for results and just enjoy some fresh faces in the USMNT camp.

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CCL is Back! and Big Money and Big Signings around MLS



Greetings, soccer fans, and welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, your hosts review the draw for the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) and give their picks and preliminary positions. Tune in to hear about the favorites, the dark horses, and the teams that could surprise. If you’re not familiar with the tournament, this episode will give you all the knowledge to confidently rant about the games on social media.

In the second half of the show, Nick and Mike discuss the latest headlines from around Major League Soccer (MLS). Tonight, they focus on big names and big money as Sporting KC, Toronto FC, LA Galaxy, and San Jose Earthquakes all made recent headlines. Quickly:

  • SKC sign Alan Pulido
  • TFC sign Michael Bradley
  • LA Galaxy sign Sacha Kljestan
  • San Jose Earthquakes sign Cristian Espinoza
  • Barcelona (rumored to) sign Carlos Vela

These teams have broken the bank to get these players. Will it pay off? Let Nick and Mike give you their unfiltered opinion on the signings … along with which teams have missed out so far (ahem … Chicago).

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Contract Talk, Re-Entry Draft Recap, and League Headlines



Greetings, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In tonight’s episode, Nick and Mike give their opinions on what is a good contract or a bad contract. For Mike, good contracts are all about player production, while Nick looks at the value of the contract and how teams can move players for transfer fees. Thanks to new listener David Ruffin for the email and the conversation starter!

Next, the hosts recap the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, and break down the picks from Stage 1 and 2 of the event. Most notably, Toronto FC pick up Juan Agudelo and FC Cincinnati sign Saad Abdul-Salaam. Both signings are at worst depth signings, and at best can be immediate impact players. Agudelo can provide a goal-scoring presence in place of injury-plagued Jozy Altidore, and Abdul-Salaam can help shore up a league worst defense. Finally, the Sons of a Pitch highlight Real Salt Lake signings on the pitch and on the staff, and they discuss Chicago Fire’s link to Chivas striker Alan Pulido.

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MLS Cup 2019, Chicago Clean House, and Transfers Aplenty!



Welcome back, soccer fans, to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. The MLS has its newest champion in the Seattle Sounders, after their 3-1 victory over Toronto FC. While TFC may have looked the better side, Seattle got the better of the goal-scoring opportunities to earn their second MLS Cup in team history. Our condolences to our host Mike, a Toronto superfan, but at least he got his pick right.

In the second half of the show, our hosts review the latest headlines from around Major League Soccer, including:

  • Chicago Fire clean house – head coach Paunovic and entire staff let go. Is GM Rodriguez next?
  • Nagbe returns to Columbus for a hefty sum – Did the Crew overpay?
  • Inter Miami acquire TFC midfielder Jay Chapman – experience key for the expansion squad
  • Houston increase its attacking potential by trading for Darwin Quintero – doubtful that Adrian Heath is upset

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