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Ep. 22 – MLS Week 20 Recap: Trends, Officiating, and the Portland Timbers



The new show format continues! More content, more discussion, more analysis … and more mispronouncing of player names.

The hosts recap the results from Week 20 of Major League Soccer, where Columbus and Kansas City keep losing, the Red Bulls beat another good team, and D.C. United unveil their new stadium and new hit signing, Wayne Rooney. RSL Coach Petke goes on another rant, but the hosts think he’s justified and makes some good points about the referees in the league.

Speaking of officiating…
Nick and Mike also attempt to solve the officiating crisis, offer some advice to PRO Referees, and break down their interpretation of “what is a hand ball?” Nick explains why the Portland Timbers are a legitimate contender for the MLS Cup – they just signed another young Argentine! He also gets worried about Atlanta United after their recent slide (.500 over last 5 games), but Mike reassures him that the Five Stripes are still the favorite to win the Eastern Conference and the MLS Cup (and maybe even the Supporters’ Shield).

 

Mike, such a good co-host, calming things down, keeping Nick grounded.


Ep 11 – A Review of Video Assistant Referee (VAR)



… but who watches the watchmen?

Nick and Mike provide a summary of MLS rules governing Video Assistant Referee (VAR), and share their thoughts on its role, effectiveness, and how it could possibly change the game of soccer. Throughout the piece, Nick compares MLS’ VAR policies to those of other professional American sports, specifically the NFL and MLB. The hosts discuss the potential impact of video review on the World Cup and how its performance could impact VAR’s future. Finally, Mike shares a list of his Best Five and Worst Five head referees (please excuse the Toronto FC biases), highlighting officiating errors which may have influenced the introduction of VAR in the league.

 

The guys also try to make a couple lawyer jokes. (Emphasis on the word “try.”)