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MLS Conference Semi-Finals Recap



Hello fans of Major League Soccer, and welcome to another episode of Sons of a Pitch Soccer Podcast!

Tonight, the hosts recap the conference semi-finals of the Major League Soccer Playoffs.

  • Portland and Seattle gave us another chapter in the Cascadia rivalry and an instant MLS Playoff classic. Did anyone think that Dairon Asprilla would be the deciding factor?
  • Sporting KC showed up against Real Salt Lake and confirmed why they were the best in the West. Has SKC’s offense proven the deciding factor in the playoffs so far?
  • Red Bulls New York ended Columbus Crew’s dream season. No one could #SavetheCrew from the high press. Can RBNY finally capture that elusive cup victory?
  • Josef Martinez regained his Golden Boot form as he and Atlanta United eliminated NYCFC. How will he fare against Red Bulls pressure and their ability to smother the best players on opposing teams?

Looking forward, Nick and Mike stick to their pick of SKC winning the MLS Cup. Nick has them defeating RBNY, while Mike sees Atlanta United advancing out of the East. What are your thoughts on the playoffs so far? Is your pick to win still alive? Follow us @SOPSoccer or email us at podcast@sonsofapitchsoccer.com.


Ep 40 – Knockout Round Recap, Next Round Preview



It’s a Saturday special here at the Sons of a Pitch podcast!

The MLS Cup Playoffs have begun, and the knockout round is complete. NYCFC defeated the Union, Columbus upset DC United, Portland held on vs. FC Dallas, and LAFC fell to Real Salt Lake in a late night shocker. Nick and Mike recap the games, the goals, and what surprised them most in the early stages of the playoffs.

Also, Sons of a Pitch is hosting their own MLS Bracket Challenge group, and after the first round of games, only one entry is perfect. Congrats to Gary, the Dynamo fan and apparent Western Conference expert, who successfully predicted the knockout round. We’ll keep you updated as all the picks come in throughout the playoffs.

Looking ahead, there are some great playoff match-ups around the league:

NYCFC vs. Atlanta United
It’s offense vs. offense as this series could be decided by the goals scored at Yankee stadium. Expect a high scoring 1st leg. SOP Pick: Atlanta

Columbus vs. Red Bulls
#SavedtheCrew vs. #SupportersShield. Can Berhalter’s team figure out the high press and stymie BWP? If not, they could be in for a long series. SOP Pick: RBNY

Timbers vs. Sounders
A rivalry match-up early in the playoffs? Thank the soccer gods! This should be an exciting affair, and I expect players’ emotion to be as important as goals scored. Nick’s pick: Timbers, Mike’s pick: Sounders

Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting KC
If RSL’s strikers continue their form, SKC’s defense is going to be put to the test. But there’s a reason SKC is best in the West. SOP Pick: SKC

 

How does your bracket look? Is your team still in? Let us know in the comments below, or reach out to us on twitter @SOPSoccer.


Ep. 38 – Week 34 Round Up: Results, Playoff Predictions, and Storylines



Welcome back, soccer fans! Thank you for joining us at Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.
This episode looks back at Week 34 and looks forward at Decision Day and the Major League Soccer playoff picture.

With only one week remaining in the MLS regular season, nearly all playoff spots are locked up. The remaining spot in the Eastern Conference will belong to either Columbus (who will clinch with a win) or Montreal (who need to win and have Columbus draw or lose). After spending much of the season in the 4th spot, the Crew’s complacency and lack of scoring have finally caught up with them. In the West, Real Salt Lake will await their fate, having played their full 34 game season. If the LA Galaxy win against the Houston Dynamo, RSL gets eliminated and the Galaxy qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs – one step closer to their rebuild.

Regardless of the outcome, goal scoring and goal differential favor Atlanta Untied, New York Red Bulls, and Sporting Kansas City. But we all know that luck has as much to do with a one-game outcome as does consistent play all season. What are your playoff predictions? Who will win their conference. Which team will raise the MLS Cup?

All this and more in SOP Episode 38. Thanks for listening. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and find us one twitter @SOPSoccer.


Ep. 30 – Week 27 MLS Recap: Trouble atop the East, RSL is Scoring, the Galaxy keep Spiraling



Welcome back, soccer fans!

In this episode, we review all the scores and highlights from Week 27 of Major League Soccer. Notably, the top three teams from the Eastern Conference (New York Red Bulls, Atlanta United, and New York City FC) all suffered losses. Should the teams be worried as they head for the playoffs, or is this an opportunity for them to re-focus and finish the season strong?

Meanwhile out West, Real Salt Lake continues its scoring blitz, defeating the LA Galaxy 6-2. The hosts talk in depth about RSL’s scoring pair of Rusnak and Kreilach, the strong wing play of Plata, and the confidence of Coach Petke. If RSL can keep scoring, the hosts know they can keep winning. In fact, when scoring 2 goals, RSL has 11W, 1L, and 1D. When scoring 1 or less goals, they fall to 2W, 9L, 4D.

Finally, the hosts take a hard look at the LA Galaxy and come to some hard truths: the Dos Santos brothers were a flop, David Bingham is an average goalie at best with a defense that continually lets him down, and Sigi Schmid might have to hang up his whistle. But at least they have Zlatan, right … ?

Let us know your thoughts on all things MLS in the comments below, or find us on twitter @SOPSoccer. Thanks for listening!


Ep. 21 – MLS Week 19 Recap and Mid-Season Story Lines



Sons of a Pitch takes on a new format, giving you more content, more discussion, and more story lines from around Major League Soccer. This week’s topics include:

  • A mini-slump for Sporting Kansas City
  • What’s causing the Columbus Crew collapse? (1W, 3L, 4D in last eight!)
  • Nick and Mike compare the Eastern Conference vs. the Western Conference: Does the East still have the edge?
  • The hosts review the recent transfers (Geoff Cameron to MLS?) and a big coaching change in New York … again!

Also, Nick and Mike review their pre-season playoff predictions. See how they’re fairing at the mid-point of the MLS season.

Eastern Conference

  Predictions Currently
1 Toronto FC Atlanta United
2 NYCFC NYCFC
3 Atlanta United Red Bulls
4 Chicago Columbus
5 Orlando City New England
6 Red Bulls (Nick) / Union (Mike) Montreal

Western Conference

  Predictions Currently
1 Sporting KC FC Dallas
2 Seattle LAFC
3 Real Salt Lake SKC
4 Portland Real Salt Lake
5 Dallas (Nick) / Vancouver (Mike) Portland
6 LA Galaxy Vancouver

 


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 19 – MLS Week 17 Recap



What a week for the MLS! The hosts cover all the scores and stories from Week 17.

Eastern Conference
Is Atlanta showing cracks in its armor?
How can Orlando City get back on track?
Philadelphia keeps rolling! DOOP! DOOP! DOOP!

Western Conference
When will teams figure out Ciman’s free kick powers?!
Colorado wins! (no typo)
Is Houston in danger of missing the playoffs?

Tune in and hear Nick and Mike’s take on these topics and all things MLS. Listen to the end to hear their picks for next week’s games. You might even learn something.


Ep 9 – Giovinco and TFC; Rimando, Beckerman and RSL



The hosts provide a more in depth at Toronto FC and their international star Sebastian Giovinco, breaking down his stats, recent performances, and where he ranks on MLS’ all time list of greats. They also discus the career of Nick Rimando, who is coming off his 200th career win, and ask whether his record setting career is simply a product of longevity. Mike breaks down the current playoff picture and picks Sporting KC to win the Supporters’ Shield.

 

And Nick tells everyone exactly what he thinks about Kyle Beckerman’s style of play … and his hair.


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!)