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Nick’s Final Episode (and some CCL talk)



Hey, soccer fans! Sadly, that is the last time I great you as a host and producer for The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. After three years of podcasts and videos recorded in garages, basements, and campers, I am stepping away. The show is going in a new direction, and I can no longer be a part of it.

What I will say is this has been an incredible three years. I’ve met people from around the Chicago suburbs and around the world. I’ve been inspired by other shows and stories. I’ve truly found what others have already known: the soccer community is one of the best and most supportive. I cannot thank you all enough for choosing to take your precious time and listen to me talk all things American soccer on a weekly basis. It’s humbling, and I’ll never forget it.

Thank you to my co-host and good friend, Mike, to my family, to John Donovan (our first and greatest sponsor), and most of all to the viewers and listeners who’ve tuned in over the years. You’ve been amazing, and this whole experience is unforgettable.

Thank you, and keep growing the game of soccer.
-Nick

…and to fulfill my SEO and blogging duties, this episode also contains a breakdown of the Concacaf Champions League draw, along with our takes on the latest transfers from around Major League Soccer. How will our MLS clubs fare vs. regional competition:

  • Toronto FC or Forge FC vs. Leon
  • Columbus Crew vs. Real Esteli
  • Philadelphia Union vs. Saprissa
  • Atlanta United vs. Alajuelense
  • Portland Timbers vs. Marathon

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We Have a CBA!



Great news, soccer fans! The MLS and MLSPA have ratified a new CBA, and the season looks to be on schedule to start April 3, 2021. In tonight’s episode, Nick and Mike give their takes on the negotiations, including what it means to have avoided a lockout/strike, what are the key provisions, and how does this set up future negotiations.

Next, the hosts dive into the latest transfers and loans from around the league, including:

  • Portland Timbers extend midfielder Eryk Williamson
  • DC United sign defender Michael DeShields
  • Austin FC sign striker Aaron Schoenfeld
  • Montreal acquire Ahmed Hamdi, Joaquin Torres, and Bjorn Johnsen
  • Atlanta United re-sign forward Cubo Torres
  • Orlando City sign defender Jonathan Suarez
  • Sporting KC sign defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin

We close this episode discussion the latest USMNT roster news. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter gave a hint at which players will line up for Gold Cup action, Nations League matches, and World Cup qualifiers. Tune in for how we think the rosters will beak down.

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MLS Transfer Special! Review of USMNT vs. T&T



Clubs are making moves and we are discussing the biggest transfers and impactful signings around Major League Soccer. From Aaron Long staying put, Paul Arriola loaned out, and Frankie Amaya’s true worth, we’ve got it all. In the 2H we recap the USMNT’s victory vs. Trinidad & Tobago and what we can learn from the match.

Tune in for in-depth discussions on:

  • Bryan Reynolds signs with Roma
  • Atlanta waive striker Adam Jahn
  • Dike on loan from Orlando to Barnsley
  • LAFC loan out Rodriguez to Almeira
  • NYCFC’s Castellanos linked to a move in Brazil
  • Minnesota brings back quartet of core players
  • Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders add depth to their goalkeeping

Nick and Mike also recap the USMNT’s lopsided 7-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. The goals are nice, the win is great, but the hunger and competition of the USA players is back. …not to mention the spectacular save by Matt Turner on T&T’s only shot on goal, a PK.

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MLS is Back! USMNT is Back!



Hey, soccer fans! The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast is back…and so is the MLS (almost). We were excited to hear the announcement and are hopeful for a new CBA and a smooth start to the MLS’ 26th season. In this episode, we also talk about:

  • MLS Opening Day and Potential Issues
  • Collective Bargaining and Negotiations between MLSPA and MLS owners
  • SuperDraft Recap
  • Moves and Transfers
    • Nelson Rodriguez steps down for Fire
    • Jordan Morris to Swansea
    • Caden Clark to RB Leipzig
    • Lisandro Lopez to ATLUTD

And if the MLS announcement wasn’t excitement enough, the USMNT have announced a friendly to end their January camp. On the 31st, the Yanks will take on Trinidad & Tobago. We cover the rosters, the game plans, and what to expect as the US looks towards World Cup qualifying and other international competition.

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Do Something, USMNT! and Fire Youth Movement



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We’ve got a real treat tonight as we continue talking USMNT. We look at their January camp roster, possible friendly vs. Serbia, and what we expect with a possible competitions they’ll play during 2021. We also get to know Matthew Hoppe, the young American taking Schalke 04 and the Bundesliga by storm.

In the second half, we look local, breaking down the Chicago Fire’s latest signings of four players 21 years old and under. We keep up with the Crew’s moves, and discuss the latest striker to join LAFC. Stay tuned for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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I’ve Got Your Force Majeure!



Hey, soccer fans! The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast is back talking all things Major League Soccer (MLS). It’s the offseason, but the MLS is never off, we bring you all the latest transfer news, including:

  • Mark McKenzie from Philadelphia Union to KRC Genk
  • Brendan Aaronson from Philadelphia Union to RB Salzburg
  • Joe Scally from NYCFC to Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Tanner Tessman of FC Dallas training with Bayern Munich
  • Greg Vanney to manage LA Galaxy

In the second half of the show, we look at the potentially huge impact of the the MLS invoking the new Collective Bargaining Agreement’s force majeure clause. In short, this could kill the CBA. Stay tuned for our takes and what this means for the future of the league.

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CCL: A Reflection, MLS Moves



Hey, soccer fan! The Sons of a Pitch are back, reflecting on all things Concacaf Champions League. LAFC was so close to being the first MLS team to bring home the CCL trophy in it’s modern iteration, but ultimately fell short vs. a determined Tigres team. Tune in for our takes on:

  • How big is the loss for club and league?
  • Can we measure MLS by CCL standards?
  • What’s holding back MLS sides from winning CCL?

In the second half, we discuss the various moves from around Major League Soccer, including:

  • What Wondo’s extension means for the San Jose Quakes
  • How BWP can help the Columbus Crew repeat as MLS Cup Champs
  • New England Revs upgrade their midfield attack

We also touch on some USMNT news surrounding Ayo Akinola’s CanMNT call up and the rumored friendly vs. Serbia. 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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CCL Gone Wild!



Hey, soccer fans! You’ve heard of CCL fever, but this is full blown Mad CCL Disease! Theatrics and hard fouls, red cards and suspensions, coaches throwing punches…you’ve never witnessed anything like this before! (And if you have, where did you grow up?) In tonight’s episode we recap all the highlights and lowlights from LAFC’s stunning, come-from-behind-victory over Club America. We break down the aftermath of the game, and then look forward to the final: LAFC vs. Tigres.

Turning locally, we ask the question: do you want Miguel Herrera to coach in MLS? There are advantages to having an experienced coach with a winning pedigree, but certainly disadvantages to hiring someone like “El Piojo.” (Translation: louse) We conclude the show by discussing the latest moves from around the league, including:

  • Greg Vanney to LA Galaxy: A done deal?
  • The retirement of Kyle Beckerman: How much of an MLS legend is he?
  • FC Dallas sign CB Jose Antonio Martinez: Are Los Toros poised for playoff success?
  • Austin FC roster update: How are they building?

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MLS Cup Recap, CCL Preview



Hey, soccer fans! And welcome to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Tonight, we recap the 2020 MLS Cup Final and congratulate the champions: the Columbus Crew. We recap what they did right and what Seattle did wrong. Would anyone have guessed that Etienne, Jr. and Aidan Morris would have played so well, or that Zelarayan would’ve bagged a brace?

Next, we examined the sustainability of each franchise. The Seattle Sounders dynasty is a near perfect model, and with Tim Bezbatchenko at the helm in Columbus, he could be building the next dynasty with the Crew. They’re already making moves! To close out the first half, we review the 2020 MLS season award winners and review our own picks from February (a lifetime ago).

In the second half, we preview the Concacaf Champions League with special guest Ryan Anderson. Stay tuned in for our picks and predictions, and hear our thoughts on how the adapted tournament format and the other factors that could finally favor an MLS club. Tune in to the end, as our final picks will not disappoint.

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