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Soccer and Current Events, Bundesliga Recap, CBA and MLS Orlando Tournament



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome to another episode of the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Tonight, we have pleased to talk real soccer as the MLS and the MLSPA have reached a new CBA and have all but officially announced their season tournament in Orlando.

Tune in for additional conversation on:

  • Americans in the Bundesliga: How have our boys fared in Germany?
  • MLS Tournament in Orlando: What’s the format, and what do we want to get out of it?
  • All the details of the new collective bargaining agreement. Mike and Nick give their thoughts on:
    • a raise in player salaries
    • increased chartered flights
    • the impending death of TAM

Mike Goes Solo! Bundesliga and MLSPA Bargaining



Hey, soccer fans! In tonight’s episode, Mike flies solo as Nick is busy moving to a new house. But fear not! Mike covers everything in American soccer. Tune in for the following:

Americans in the Bundesliga

  • How did the USMNT player pool fare in the latest matches?
  • Get the latest on Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Gio Reyna
  • How has Alphonso Davies been doing, what’s his ceiling?
  • Mike’s reactions to the standings and the Americans impact in the league

MLS and MLSPA Collective Bargaining

  • How close are we to a lockout? Is there any hope for a season?
  • Get the latest on the negotiations
  • Mike gives his take on the main issues between the two sides

Q & A and Current Events

  • How will Covid-19 impact European or South American soccer team pre-season tours of the US or Canada?
  • What will the economic impact of the collective bargaining be on the league?
  • Mike talks favorite games with our viewers

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Team Previews Pt. 6 – Atlanta United, Seattle Sounds, and the MLS CBA



Hello, soccer fans! The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast are back with more team previews. In this episode, our hosts examine two powerhouses of Major League Soccer: Atlanta United and the Seattle Sounders. In each preview, Nick and Mike review the roster (who’s in/who’s out), analyze the Designated Players (DPs), and pick a young player to have a break out season. They conclude each preview with projected starting lineups and predict the ceiling and floor for each team.

Atlanta Untied look to compete for more trophies and have the talent to do so. Could they become the first MLS team to win Concacaf Champions League? Could they match Toronto’s record setting 2016 season? Or will they fall flat and come up empty handed? Tune in to find out.

Meanwhile in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Sounders again have a roster built to compete for an MLS Cup. They are experienced, well-coached, and look to be transitioning to a more attacking mindset. If their defense can play at an average level, look for the Sounders to once again be near the top of the Western Conference.

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Signings around the MLS, Thoughts on the CBA, and the Future Structure of the League



Hello once again, soccer fans! Tonight, our hosts answer listener questions on trades and signings from around Major League Soccer (MLS). What are the key points and what makes them different from other American leagues? While they bargaining and goals are the same (get the best players for the best value) there are a lot more bargaining chips in the MLS – TAM, GAM, and international roster spots, to name a few. Also, MLS franchises can scout the entire world for soccer talent, where other American leagues have a much more limited player pool.

Specifically, our hosts address the signings of:

  • Lucas Cavallini, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
  • Francisco Ginella, Los Angeles FC
  • Adam Buksa, New England Revolution

In the 2nd half of the show, Nick and Mike give their thoughts on the upcoming CBA negotiations and the anticipated issues between the MLSPA and the league. The focus of the negotiations will likely revolve around free agency, salaries, and … chartered flights!? Yes, with increased revenue, the league is going to have a much more difficult time not raising the salary cap, minimum salaries, or allowing chartered flights.

The show wraps up with thoughts on further expansion and what the future structure of the league might look like. With Charlotte being just announced as the MLS’ 30th franchise, the Major League Soccer is at the size of most other American sports leagues, but much larger than any other soccer league in the world. Are they at a breaking point? Or is a restructure on the horizon? Tune in for some scenarios that Nick and Mike think could happen.

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