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Armas to TFC: A New Era Begins



Chris Armas is the new head coach of Toronto FC. The same coaching carousel that took Greg Vanney to LA has brought another familiar MLS face north of the border. While the MLS Cup still eluded the Red Bulls under Armas, Vanney managed TFC to historic heights. Will Armas be able to meet the expectations Vanney set?

What kind of coach is TFC getting in Armas? First and foremost, Armas knows the MLS. As a player, he spent twelve seasons in the league (‘96-’97, Galaxy; ‘98-’07, Fire), with a lengthy list of accomplishments. As coach of the Red Bulls for three seasons, he put together a resume of 29 wins, 21 losses, and 11 draws – a near .500 record. However, his best season came in his first season (2018), where the Red Bulls went 22-7-5, winning the Eastern Conference, but bowing out in the MLS Cup Semi-Finals.

Tactically, Chris Armas followed the typical Red Bulls style – high press. They relied on turnovers, speed, and counter-attacking. It worked for a time, but the MLS rapidly changed. Defenses have improved in talent and tactics, and the quality of offenses has improved, partly nullifying the press’ reliance on turnovers. Armas tried changing his tactics and adapting, but the Red Bulls just didn’t have the talent to make it work.

Toronto, however, has a much more talented roster, at least on paper. Armas gets to turn loose the potential of Ayo Akinola and Tsubasa Endoh, and help mold the careers of homegrowns Jayden Nelson, Jordan Perruzza, and Jacob Shaffelburg. He can lean on the experience of MLS veterans Michael Bradley, Nick DeLeon, and Jonathan Osario. And he has the playmaking of reigning MVP Alejandro Pozuelo and Auro Jr.

So what can we expect from Armas’ version of TFC? First, results will be tied to the talent. All indications are that sporting director Ali Curtis will keep the bank account open to bring in the best talent available – and he’s already looking at a new defender to shore up the back-line. Next, given the experience already on the roster, Armas will only need to groom the young players and make a few tactical tweaks to get good results for the club. It’s entirely possible to see Toronto as a top-four club in the East. However given everything the club already has and will be doing from a talent perspective, it’s entirely possible to see Armas without a job if the squad starts the season flat and the organization falls into old habits of quickly kicking coaches to the curb.

On a personal note, having watched Armas for so many seasons in Chicago, I really want to see him succeed. I also caught an autographed soccer ball from him at a bar during a World Cup 2010 watch party…but we’ll save that story for the podcast. So to the fans, organization, and new head coach himself, we at the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast wish you best of luck.

Nick
Host, The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast


Pure Entertainment – 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs



Hey, soccer fans! Are you seeing this? Have the MLS Cup Playoffs completely changed your view on American soccer? Join us as we recap the first round of the playoffs and try to make some sense of the pure entertainment and utter insanity of these matches, including:

  • New England 2-1 Montreal
  • Nashville 3-0 Miami
  • Orlando 1(6)-(5)1 NYCFC
  • Columbus 3-2 Red Bulls New York
  • Sporting KC 3(3)-(0)3 San Jose
  • Minnesota 3-0 Colorado
  • Portland 1(7)-(8)1 Dallas
  • Toronto 0-1 Nashville
  • Philadelphia 0-2 New England

How good is Nashville? Is Tim Melia the best MLS goalkeeper ever? Let’s all shed a tear for the Timbers. Is TFC’s trophy window closed? All this and more in tonight’s episode!


Decision Day Drama and USMNT Youth Movement



Hey, soccer fans, and welcome back! We’ve got all your American soccer talk from MLS to USMNT.

In Major League Soccer, the playoffs are set and Decision Day saw a lot of drama. The Chicago Fire flamed out, and the LA Galaxy fell like a falling star. But Sporting KC topped the Western Conference, and the Philadelphia Union brought home their first major trophy. We cover everything between and how it shaped the playoff picture.

In the second half, we get back to talking United States Men’s National Team. With upcoming friendlies against Wales and Panama, Nick gives his desired starting eleven, and Mike tells him where he’s wrong. Get excited, international soccer is back!

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Aaronson’s Big Move, Unsupported Shield, and League Roundup



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast! We’ve got all your MLS and USMNT action covered in tonight’s episode.

As we run through the latest slate of games, we touch on the big topics surrounding Major League Soccer, including:

  • More transfers to Saudi Arabia
  • Aaronson’s move to RB Salzburg
  • Another VAR controversy between Dallas and Kansas City
  • Gonzal Higuain keeps running his mouth
  • How do you beat Toronto?

In the second half of the show, we review all the controversy surrounding the decision by the board of directors of the Supporters Shield Foundation to not aware the Supporters Shield this season. We review the statements put forth by the Independent Supporters Council (ISC), MLS, and the back-tracking the ISC has had to do after the backlash from fans. What do you think: Should we keep the Shield?

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MLS Headlines, Roundup, and USMNT Chatter



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Tonight, we cover all the happenings from an action-packed week of Major League Soccer (MLS).

In the Eastern Conference, Toronto FC has risen to the top and is Supporter Shield favorites. DC United tries to rebound after firing Ben Olsen as manager – but may try to keep him as part of the organization, and Caden Clark makes a memorable MLS debut for Red Bulls New York. In the Western Conference, Sporting KC keeps winning without an offense, and Portland just keeps winning. Period.

In the second half, we discuss the record number of Americans playing in UEFA’s Champions League, and discuss whether we’re on the cusp of an American Golden Generation. If we are, WHY ISN’T USSF DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT!? No international friendlies, no training camps, no updates on what Berhalter is thinking…are we the only ones furious?

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MLS in Full Force and World Cup Qualifying



Hey, soccer fans! In tonight’s episode we start with some listener questions on the USWNT and expansion side Sacramento FC. The we dive in to Major League Soccer coverage.

The MLS is back in full force and we recap all the games from the last week, including:

  • Inter Miami’s historic win
  • the return of Pity Martinez
  • the Galaxy’s statement, and
  • Seattle’s reminder of who’s the best in Cascadia.

In the second half we review Concacaf World Cup 2022 qualifying and what the USMNT has to do to make back to world soccer’s biggest stage. The schedule looks favorable to the Yanks, but they still need to perform on the pitch.

Stay tuned for all this and more in tonight’s episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast!

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MLSisBack Recap and Repercussions



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. The MLS is Back Tournament is underway and making headlines. FC Dallas and Nashville SC were withdrawn due to numerous Covid-19 cases on their teams, Group A got reshuffled with Chicago joining Western Conference Group F (San Jose, Seattle, and Vancouver), and play has been rather sloppy.

But games have been played and we’re recapping all the action, including:

  • NYCFC’s injuries and Union’s ascendance
  • Revolution in control of group after TFC collapse
  • Goalkeeper blunders in Sporting KC and MNUFC
  • RBNY stun Atlanta, prove almost everyone wrong
  • LAFC and LA show early struggles

Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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MLSisBack but not Dallas, Group Previews, and Transfer Headlines



Welcome back, soccer fans, to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast! By now you’ve surely heard the news: FC Dallas has been withdrawn from the MLSisBack Tournament due to Covid-19 concerns, Carlos Vela has elected to stay home with his pregnant wife, and Robbie Robinson has been exempted for personal reasons. We’re missing the league’s best player, their possible rookie of the year, and an entire team … but the show must go on!

Listen in on our take on the Dallas new, Groups E and F Previews, and all the transfer headlines, including:

  • Leandro Gonzalez Pirez “LGP” is back in MLS after signing with Inter Miami
  • Jurgen Damm completes his move to Atlanta United
  • Expansion club Austin FC sign their first player: Paraguayan Rodney Redes

Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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MLSisBack Tournament Reaction



Hey, soccer fans! We are back and so is the MLS! With the new tournament format to kick off the abridged 2020 season, check out Nick and Mike’s reaction to the format, the groups, and who is likely to advance. They also give their takes on:

  • Was it fixed? Then how did all the rivals get matched up together?
  • Who are the favorites and dark horses in each group?
  • Which match ups are you most excited for?

Also, the hosts react and respond to listener questions and comments. Be sure to subscribe on YouTube to join the next live broadcast and get in on the conversation. MLS is Back!


Joe Fala: Future Star, Hot Minute, and USMNT Front Office Move



Greetings once again, soccer fans! This episode is a special one for The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast for two reasons. First, we have joined with Big Heads Soccer Network! We are excited to partner with this podcast network and provide their first show dedicated to Major League Soccer (MLS). Be sure to follow BHM Soccer on twitter and check out the various shows on their network.

Next, we are thrilled to bring you an interview with rising star Joe Fala. Joe finished off a stellar college career with the Ramapo Roadrunners, setting a single-season scoring record and being a multiple All-American selection. He has played for FC Motown of the NPSL and most recently participated in the MLS SuperDraft – the only Division III player to participate. Though not selected, his reputation and work ethic have earned him a trial with Red Bull New York. Tune in to learn more about RBNY’s newest prospect, and be sure to with Joe all the best on his path to the pros.

In other news, Nick and Mike break down the moves (or lack thereof) by the Chicago Fire. They also introduce you to New York City’s new head coach Ronny Deila, and provide commentary on the Philadelphia Union’s record signing of Designated Player Jamiro Monteiro. How will these moves affect the Eastern Conference? Tune in to find out.

In the second half of the show, our hosts analyze the hiring of Brian McBride as General Manager of the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). There’s agreement that McBride is a good hire, and there is hope he brings his hard-nose style of play to managing the program. As the man in charge of Gregg Berhalter, player recruitment, and club relations, McBride has a tall order to fill, but The Sons of a Pitch are confident in his abilities. They also discuss Sergino Dest’s recent decision to represent the USMNT over The Netherlands and his choice to leave Ajax training camp in Qatar.

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