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Pre-Season Previews Pt. 8 – Toronto FC, LA Galaxy



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, we keep on previewing the teams of Major League Soccer (MLS) as we approach the 2020 season. Tonight we take a look at two teams with trophy aspirations: Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy.

To preview TFC, we bring in an expert on all things Canadian soccer, Duane Rollins of The Sports Podcasting Network. Tune in for his takes on the roster moves, Designated Players (DPs), and the likelihood of a trophy. If the players stay healthy and play to their potential, don’t be surprised if Toronto lifts another MLS Cup.

Moving on to the Western Conference, Nick and Mike break down all things LA Galaxy. With the signing of Chicharito, the Galaxy have maybe the best DP roster in the league. Can Chicharito, Pavon, and dos Santos power the Galaxy to their former glory? They are definitely a favorite to win the Cup.

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Pre-Season Previews Pt. 7 – Vancouver, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to another episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We are continuing our 2020 pre-season team previews with in-depth analysis of the Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Cincinnati, and the Philadelphia Union.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Whitecaps expert Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic, Editor-in-Chief of Between the Sticks, joins our show in a specials pre-season preview. Along with our hosts, Alexandre details the Vancouver roster, tactics, and predicts a vastly improved team in 2020. Be sure to check out all his coverage of the team, and let us know if you agree with the optimism.

FC Cincinnati

There’s nowhere to go but up, right? After a historically bad expansion season, FC Cincy turned over their coaching and their roster. Can they take a team that looks respectable on paper and turn it into results on the pitch? Tune in for all of Nick and Mike’s takes on this Eastern Conference squad.

Philadelphia Union

What does Philly and DOOP Nation do after the most successful season in team history? If everything goes right, they repeat their success and add a long playoff run. Nick and Mike think the Union will be competitive, but not a threat to win the conference. Let us know if you disagree in the comments or on social media.

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Team Previews Pt. 5 – LAFC, Orlando City, and Nashville SC



Greetings once again, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Thanks for coming back to our continuing previews of each team around Major League Soccer (MLS). In tonight’s episode, Nick and Mike preview defending Supporters’ Shield winner Los Angeles FC (LAFC), playoff hopeful Orlando City, and newcomer Nashville SC. Tune in for:

  • LAFC: What kind of trophies can they win this year? Will they start with the Concacaf Champions League?
  • Orlando City: Will they actually make the playoffs or is their roster just too poor?
  • Nashville SC: How will the inaugural season turn out? Good, bad, or ugly?

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Team Previews Pt. 3 – San Jose, Columbus, and Sporting Kansas City



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, our hosts continue their pre-season team previews, giving you everything you need to know about the San Jose Earthquakes, Columbus Crew, and Sporting Kansas City. They look at acquisitions, departures, and project who will be the break out youngsters and most important players for each time. They conclude each preview with a prediction of the floor and ceiling of each club. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on your team!

  • Can San Jose break back into the playoffs?
  • Will Columbus continue their roster shuffle?
  • Is Sporting Kansas City going to contend for the Western Conference?

All this and more with The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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Team Previews Part 2 – Houston, Montreal, and New England



Hey, soccer fans! We’re back with more team previews. Nick is out sick, so settle in for the smooth sounds of Mike’s voice as he walks you through the Houston Dyanamo, Montreal Impact, and New England Revolution as they prepare for the 2020 Major League Soccer season. For our MLS team previews, we cover players in and out, review the Designated Players (DPs), and predict breakout youngsters in the next generation of MLS talent. We also provide projected Starting XI and predict the floor/ceiling of each team.

Here are the hot takes from this episode:

  • Houston has a potent offense, and the Dynamo will need every goal to try to keep pace with the rest of the West
  • Montreal will need every bit of coaching guile from Thierry Henry, but just doesn’t have the talent to compete with the top of the East
  • The Revolution continues as Bruce Arena has a full off-season to work with New England. Expect to see them compete for a top spot in the East.

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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.

 

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2019 MLS Previews: Columbus, Dallas, DC, and Houston



Hey soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We continue our previews of Major League Soccer teams leading up to the kickoff of the 2019 season. How do your teams stack up? What are you expecting to change this year?

Nick starts off the episode previewing the Columbus Crew, and thinks they’ll continue their playoff appearance streak. He picks Artur to be the most important player, but knows that Robinho will be crucial to new head coach Caleb Porter’s game plan. Nick expects Robhinho to get a lot of touches on the wing, but Artur and Higuain will still be the focus of the Crew from a tactical perspective.

As for FC Dallas, Mike predicts another playoff appearance and further expects Matt Hedges to be the most important player. With a starting 11 still a bit in flux – Will Dom Badji break the starting lineup? – Mike expects Dallas to play well, but not really challenge for the Western Conference title.

Next up: DC United. Mike likes the projected starting lineup, and thinks that DC is on the cusp of competing for the Eastern Conference. He picks Rooney as the most important player, and believes that DC will keep winning so long as Rooney keeps scoring. Do you think that this original franchise is back to capturing their old glory?

Finally, Nick looks at the potential for the Houston Dynamo. They have the talent and experience to impress during the regular season, but everything comes down to how they balance Concacaf Champions League (CCL) with the regular MLS season. So long as Elis, Manotas, and Quioto are scoring, Houston compete with any team in the West.

How do you think these teams stack up? Have they improved from last year? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for listening!