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MLS 2019 Season Previews: LAFC, LA Galaxy, MNUFC, and Montreal



Hello soccer fans! Anyone have a CCL hangover yet?
We’ll cover that (and possible remedies) in our next episode, but right now we turn our attention to the 2019 Major League Soccer season as we preview the next four teams in the league, alphabetically:

LAFC – This team has MLS Cup aspirations, and they have the talent on the roster to do it. They won’t take anyone by surprise like they did in their expansion season, but with the likes of Vela and Rossi, and new signing Zelaya, LAFC are poised to win the West and the Cup.

LA Galaxy – Coming off a season of dysfunction and failing to make the playoffs, Zlatan & Co. are primed to elevate their games. However, they still have too many Designated Players (DPs) on the roster and a new coach trying to implement a new system. With the Western Conference growing ever-stronger, where does this original MLS club fit in today’s league?

MNUFC – Minnesota United have declared they are ready to compete for trophies, not just points. They’ve got intstant defense by transferring in Ike Opara from Sporting KC and have solidified the midfield with international signing Jan Gregus. Now, can they link everything together to keep Ibarra and Quintero scoring goals?

Montreal Impact – A team that flies under the radar until Ignacio Piatti does something spectacular, Montreal is looking to get back to the playoffs after nearly missing out in 2018. Whether or not the roster has been reworked enough to get there remains to be seen. Our hosts don’t think they’re quite at that level, and the Impact will likely be watching the 2019 MLS playoffs from home.

 

Thanks for listening and be sure to join the conversation in the comments below or on twitter @SOPSoccer.


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 16 – MLS Week 15 Recap



MLS Week 16 is in the books, and we recap all the action right here!

What a weekend for Eastern Conference! Contenders Atlanta visit NYCFC and Columbus hosts NYRB. Both games are potential conference finals match-ups, but we hope to see more goals the next time we see them play. Selfishly, Nick hopes Columbus makes a great playoff fun just to see more soccer in the original MLS team’s home city. The hosts have given up the #SavetheCrew movement and are waiting for the Crew to make their move to Austin. Meanwhile, the middle of the conference keeps getting tighter with a TFC win and Fire/Revs draw.

Dallas jumps ahead in the Western Conference as SKC only takes a point against Portland. Nick gives a complete breakdown of his game of the week: RSL vs. LA Galaxy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a game to remember both for his scoring and his personality, and Michael Ciani puts Bofo Saucedo in his place. Also, the hosts question whether Montreal need to start shopping Piatti.

 

Also, Wondo Watch continues, and all-time foul leader Diego Chara gets a mention.

*These are taken from the official MLS Fact and Record Book. Not sure when it was last updated.

 


Ep 10 – MLS Week 12 Recap



All the Major League Soccer (MLS) action from Week 12 in one convenient podcast. In the Eastern Conference, the hosts discuss whether other teams will copy the Red Bulls tactics against Atlanta United, Toronto FC get back to their winning ways, and Columbus wins again. Out West, Minnesota United might be building some momentum, Portland Timbers play a great game against LAFC, and the LA Galaxy finally win … without Zlatan!

 

Also, the hosts discuss the pros and cons of DC United signing English striker Wayne Rooney, and Mike introduces you to a host of players who scored, but that you might not recognize.


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.


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.