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Disaster in Canada, Playing with Fire, and MLS Playoffs Preview



Welcome back, soccer fans! In this episode of the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast, our hosts give their immediate reactions to the United States Men’s National Team’s disastrous 2-0 loss to the Canadian Men’s National Team. With this result, Canada sits atop their Concacaf Nations League Group, and USA fans across the 50 states continue to question everything that US Soccer and Gregg Berhalter have done over the last two years.

In Major League Soccer Headlines, the Chicago Fire announce that they will part ways with Nemanja Nikolic, their former Golden Boot winner. If Nico Gaitan’s option isn’t picked up, the Fire will have 3 DP slots for new owner Joe Mansueto to fill. It could be a banner off-season for the Fire, especially as they move to Soldier Field for the 2020 season. In the NWSL, the Chicago Red Stars get set to host the Portland Thorns for the semi-finals. Led by Golden Boot winner Sam Kerr, Chicago looks to advance to the NWSL finals for the first time in team history.

In the Second Half of the show, our hosts revisit their pre-season playoff predictions (for better or worse), and give their complete breakdown for the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. Be sure to join their bracket challenge for a chance to win SOP swag from Redbubble and a $25 Amazon gift card, if there are enough entrants.

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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 20 – MLS Week 18 Recap: Goals and Rivalries



Happy Independence Day! We hope you’re enjoying your July 4th festivities and enjoying all the Major League Soccer action taking place. In this episode we recap Week 18, a mini-rivalry week that saw Portland beat Seattle, New England defeat DC, and Atlanta thrash Orlando City. Also, is SKC in danger of losing the top spot in the West?

The hosts also discussed several league trends, including the signing of Wayne Rooney and whether the trending bunker-and-counter tactics are good for the league and for the game. Tune in to join the discussion and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.


Ep 18 – MLS Week 16 Recap



Mike and Nick recap all the action of Week 16 in Major League Soccer. Just because it was a short week (6 games only!) doesn’t mean they’re short on things to say.

Nick asks “Who can beat Atlanta?” Mike tries to solve Orlando City’s troubles. And both hosts wonder what it going on in Chicago.
Out West, Colorado outscores Chicago in a 2-2 draw. San Jose still struggles scoring, with Wondo no closer to breaking the all-time scoring record, and Seattle drops points against a quality NYRB teams.

What are you seeing around the league? Can anyone stop Atlanta? Are you also on a World Cup break? Let us know in the comments below.


Ep 12 – Week 13 MLS Recap – The West Rises!



All your MLS Week 13 action in one place! This week’s trends include missed PKs and road wins. The Western Conference gains some ground on the East, with Houston, Dallas, and Vancouver all taking points against Eastern Conference opponents. Mike begrudgingly admits that Toronto FC isn’t good this year, and Minnesota United take three points against a struggling Montreal Impact.

Also, is someone from the Chicago Fire listening? Nikolic hasn’t been offside since we started tracking it.

And on a final note: Brek Shea, cut your hair. #whiteguycornrows


Episode 6 – Week 10 MLS Roundup



Mike and Nick break down all the action from Week 10 of Major League Soccer. Tune in to hear whether Atlanta’s tactical changes paid off against Chicago, if Lee Nguyen gave LAFC a boost, and whether Toronto FC and Seattle got back on track. Another New York Derby is in the books, and the hosts analyze whether the New York Red Bulls are an MLS Cup contender. They also review last week’s predictions and make their picks for the next slate of games.

Also, Mike plays the role of the Riddler and begins his regular trivia segment. Nick keeps up with Nemanja Nikolic off-sides watch.