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More Transfers, International Roster Rules, and Imagine No Salary Cap



Greetings, soccer fans! We hope you all survived the polar vortex and are enjoying warmer temperatures. At Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer podcast, we keep things heated with a fiery discussion on the future of the league.

First, transfers and moves keep happening all around Major League Soccer (MLS). Vancouver and LAFC sign Hwang In-beom and Rodolfo Zelaya. NYCFC gets striker Alex Mitrita from Romania. Toronto FC sign Terrance Boyd to offset the loss of Toussaint Rickets, and Luciano Acosta’s deal with Paris St. Germain (PSG) falls through in the 11th hour. Acosta returns to DC United, but with what mentality?

Speaking of Rodolfo Zelaya, host Mike takes exception to the rule allowing Zelaya to occupy a domestic roster spot. As an El Salvadoran, he should take up an international roster spot, right? Not according to league rules allowing green card holders to be considered domestic players. Nick gives a reading of the rules, and the two debate the topic.

From there, an even lively debate was sparked. Both Mike and Nick address the future of the league, with Mike advocating for an open-market style with no salary caps or roster restrictions. Nick vehemently disagrees, advocating for the current system with steady changes. They might agree on where the league is going, but definitely not on how to get there.

Join the conversation @SOPSoccer or in the comments below. Thanks for listening, and be sure to spread the word of the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.


USMNT vs. Panama, Giovinco Rumors, and 3 Big Transfers



Greetings soccer fans from the soon-to-be coldest place on Earth: the Chicago suburbs. Post-apocalyptic and extreme freezing temperatures have shut down much of the Midwest, including our recording studio, but the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast is still bringing you the latest in Major League Soccer (MLS) and United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) news.

This episode starts off with Nick recapping the USMNT friendly matchup against Panama, the first game under new head coach Gregg Berhalter. The US arrived with an all-MLS based squad and employed a rarely seen 4-3-3 formation. However, the attacking depth of the roster and the tactics employed by Berhalter necessitated such a formation. With a result of 3-0, who can argue!?

Next our resident Toronto FC (and all things Canada) expert, Mike gives his take on the Giovinco trade rumors. Will he stay at TFC, and will it be a DP or TAM deal? Will the Atomic Ant end up in Asia? Be sure to listen to find out details.

Finally, Nick discussed three big transfers and their impact on the league:
1. Almiron to Newcastle United
Where does the MLS now stand in the world marketplace?
2. Opara to Minnesota United FC
Did MNUFC overpay? And if so, who cares!?
3. Ousted to Chicago Fire
An improvement over Sanchez, but what wouldn’t have been?

 

Thanks for listening! Join the conversation on twitter @SOPSoccer or in the comments section below.


Ep. 35 – Week 30 Recap, US Open Cup Final Recap & More



Mike is solo this week, ranting to himself and you our passionate listeners for 30 plus minutes!  In this episode, Mike recaps the US Open Cup Final with some thoughts on how our predictions were wrong again and if Houston can make some magic happen with a run in the 2019 CCL.  A standard run down of all of the MLS Regular Season Week 30 action with some interesting thoughts on the MLS Cup Playoff picture and maybe a new game for our listeners to see if their predictions are better than ours! Not a tough ask!

Also, some thoughts on transfer news, contract signings and some information around the USMNT and Canadian National Team rosters that were just released for the upcoming October friendlies!


Ep 25 – MLS Week 23 Recap, All-Star Game Thoughts, and Transfer Talk



Welcome back to SOP Soccer!

This week, we recap the scores around the league, noting the upset by San Jose (at FC Dallas), Toronto FC drawing Atlanta United (at Atlanta!), and Sporting KC picking up 3 crucial points in a physical game with the Houston Dynamo.

We recap the MLS All-Star game vs. Juventus and discuss whether the games against big-name, international clubs still has its appeal. Is it all about the money or all about the game?

Finally, the hosts discuss the latest transfer moves and rumors:
Christian Ramirez to LAFC. The expansion team adds more firepower, and why the trade is good for Minnesota United (despite the fans losing a favorite). Is LAFC going for it now?
Bill Hamid back to DC United? Speculation is that he wants to better compete for the USMNT job. Does he have a chance to supplant Bono or Steffen?
Wil Trapp to Blackburn Rovers? Pay us, says Columbus Crew! Coach Gregg Berhalter sends a message that they value their players much higher than their suitors. Should they?


Ep. 23 – MLS Week 21 Recap, US Open Cup, Canadian Championship, and Story Time with Mike



Hello soccer fans! Thanks for stopping by and giving us a listen. In this episode, you’ll get a recap of the scores around Major League Soccer along with the latest news from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup (USOC) and the Canadian Championship. We also analyze Minnesota United FC’s possible play-off push, discuss Alphonso Davies’ record setting transfer to Bayern Munich, and Mike shares his stories about attending Chicago vs. TFC.

Specifically, the hosts break down the final four teams of the USOC and their picks to win. They also take a detailed look at why Portland Timbers filed a protest against LAFC for using too many international players in their quarterfinal match-up. Will Bob Bradley take another expansion team to the finals? You know the press would love to write that story line! Also, the hosts still think the Canadian Championship is Toronto FC’s to lose. With their starters getting healthy, they could be poised for a surprising second half of the MLS season.

Did you see how MNUFC dismantled LAFC? Our hosts did, but they don’t want to make too much of a big deal about beating a depleted LAFC team, especially when 4 of the next 5 games are against Western Conference playoff teams. However, the Loons have all the pieces, starting with Superman Quintero, to make a playoff push.

Finally, Mike shares his experience at Toyota Park in Bridgeview as he and his wife (who is a big fan of Alex Bono) saw the Fire host TFC. When he was not exchanging pleasantries with Jordan Hamilton, Mike was learning information concerning the health of TFC’s starting goal keeper. Make sure to tune in to the entire episode to hear what might keep Bono from playing at 100%.

 

Let us know what you think about these, or any MLS topics, in the comments below. Thanks again for listening!


Ep. 21 – MLS Week 19 Recap and Mid-Season Story Lines



Sons of a Pitch takes on a new format, giving you more content, more discussion, and more story lines from around Major League Soccer. This week’s topics include:

  • A mini-slump for Sporting Kansas City
  • What’s causing the Columbus Crew collapse? (1W, 3L, 4D in last eight!)
  • Nick and Mike compare the Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference: Does the East still have the edge?
  • The hosts review the recent transfers (Geoff Cameron to MLS?) and a big coaching change in New York … again!

Also, Nick and Mike review their pre-season playoff predictions. See how they’re fairing at the mid-point of the MLS season.

Eastern Conference

  Predictions Currently
1 Toronto FC Atlanta United
2 NYCFC NYCFC
3 Atlanta United Red Bulls
4 Chicago Columbus
5 Orlando City New England
6 Red Bulls (Nick) / Union (Mike) Montreal

Western Conference

  Predictions Currently
1 Sporting KC FC Dallas
2 Seattle LAFC
3 Real Salt Lake SKC
4 Portland Real Salt Lake
5 Dallas (Nick) / Vancouver (Mike) Portland
6 LA Galaxy Vancouver

 


Ep 9 – Giovinco and TFC; Rimando, Beckerman and RSL



The hosts provide a more in depth at Toronto FC and their international star Sebastian Giovinco, breaking down his stats, recent performances, and where he ranks on MLS’ all time list of greats. They also discus the career of Nick Rimando, who is coming off his 200th career win, and ask whether his record setting career is simply a product of longevity. Mike breaks down the current playoff picture and picks Sporting KC to win the Supporters’ Shield.

 

And Nick tells everyone exactly what he thinks about Kyle Beckerman’s style of play … and his hair.


Episode 8 – MLS Week 11 Recap



The hosts recap and analyze of all the MLS Week 11 games. Mid-week play has started, and there was a ton of action. SKC vs. Atlanta and LAFC vs. NYCFC highlighted potential MLS Cup Finals. Toronto FC hosted Seattle in a re-re-match of the last two MLS Cups. Be sure to listen to find out the results from the weekend, as well as commentary on TFC’s struggles, Columbus’ resurgence, and Real Salt Lake’s playoff chances. Also, do the LA Galaxy keep losing?

 

Yes, yes they do. (And Mike predicted it!)


Episode 7 – Quarter Season Awards



The hosts hand out awards at the quarter point of the season. Hear their picks and analysis for the top Rookie, Defender, Newcomer, and Goalkeeper. Find out the front-runners for Coach of the Year, and who could still emerge. Join the discussion for league MVP and whether an American player will eventually break the streak of international MVPs.

Yes, David Villa is on the MVP list. And no, Mike doesn’t like it.