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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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Team Previews (FCD, NYC, RSL) and League News



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We are excited to begin our annual team previews for each of the franchises taking part in Major League Soccer’s 25th Anniversary season. We start with a look at FC Dallas, continue with NYCFC, and conclude with Real Salt Lake. What transactions occurred this offseason? Who are the DPs and which players will have the greatest impact? Are there any young starts ready to breakout? All this and more, including projected starting eleven and the floor and ceiling of each club, in our team preview series.

We wrap up the show with a review of the biggest headlines in MLS, and hear TFC superfan Mike’s take on the Michael Bradley “situation” and impending ankle surgery. Nick also rants against the Chicago Fire re-hiring Frank Klopas as an assistant coach. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on these and all the news from around the American soccer landscape in the comments below. Thanks for listening!

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A Brief History of the MLS SuperDraft



Welcome back, soccer fans, and Happy New Year!

With Mike out sick, Nick wanted to take a little time to talk about the history of the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. That little time turned into a lot of time, but time full of information. Listen in as Nick takes you through every 1st Overall Pick in SuperDraft history and then reviews the complete list of picks over the last three years.

Based on his analysis, you can see three periods of the SuperDraft: 1) teams searching for talent, 2) teams looking for teenagers to develop, and 3) teams looking for regular starters (not necessarily all-stars). Also, recent history suggest that the best talent is in the first ten picks, otherwise, you hope to develop your drafts picks in your USL affiliate.

Let us know if you agree with Nick’s analysis, and what are your thoughts on your team’s draft selections. Be sure to join the conversation and keep up with our social media:


Chicago and Miami Hire Coaches (Finally!) and USMNT Roster Review



Greetings once again, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, we discuss the latest coaching hires in Major League Soccer (MLS) and review the latest United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) roster.

Chicago Fire FC have hired Raphael Wicky as their latest manager. He brings a solid resume, having coached FC Basel in Switzerland and most recently had a 9 month stint as the U-17 USYNT coach. He should bring a higher degree of technical ability and sound tactics back to Chicago, and fans can expect a disciplined team. But can they expect to win? For that, they’ll need to sign some DPs, which may come from Germany based on the hiring of the new technical and sporting directors. Tune in for the details!

Inter Miami CF have hired Diego Alonso, a coach that has bounced around Mexico and South America, but has had recent success in Concacaf Champions League (CCL). While that’s certainly appealing to MLS clubs, hopefully Alonso has a plan to qualify for CCL and not bottom out like recent expansion teams. However with his playing and coaching experience, he should fit in well with the Latin-influenced roster of Inter Miami.

Speaking of rosters, Gregg Berhalter has announced a group of young MLS players for the USMNT January camp. The next generation of talent has the opportunity to impress in friendlies against Costa Rica and the Netherlands, with more games sure to be announced. Let’s temper our expectations for results and just enjoy some fresh faces in the USMNT camp.

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Signings around the MLS, Thoughts on the CBA, and the Future Structure of the League



Hello once again, soccer fans! Tonight, our hosts answer listener questions on trades and signings from around Major League Soccer (MLS). What are the key points and what makes them different from other American leagues? While they bargaining and goals are the same (get the best players for the best value) there are a lot more bargaining chips in the MLS – TAM, GAM, and international roster spots, to name a few. Also, MLS franchises can scout the entire world for soccer talent, where other American leagues have a much more limited player pool.

Specifically, our hosts address the signings of:

  • Lucas Cavallini, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
  • Francisco Ginella, Los Angeles FC
  • Adam Buksa, New England Revolution

In the 2nd half of the show, Nick and Mike give their thoughts on the upcoming CBA negotiations and the anticipated issues between the MLSPA and the league. The focus of the negotiations will likely revolve around free agency, salaries, and … chartered flights!? Yes, with increased revenue, the league is going to have a much more difficult time not raising the salary cap, minimum salaries, or allowing chartered flights.

The show wraps up with thoughts on further expansion and what the future structure of the league might look like. With Charlotte being just announced as the MLS’ 30th franchise, the Major League Soccer is at the size of most other American sports leagues, but much larger than any other soccer league in the world. Are they at a breaking point? Or is a restructure on the horizon? Tune in for some scenarios that Nick and Mike think could happen.

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Contract Talk, Re-Entry Draft Recap, and League Headlines



Greetings, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In tonight’s episode, Nick and Mike give their opinions on what is a good contract or a bad contract. For Mike, good contracts are all about player production, while Nick looks at the value of the contract and how teams can move players for transfer fees. Thanks to new listener David Ruffin for the email and the conversation starter!

Next, the hosts recap the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, and break down the picks from Stage 1 and 2 of the event. Most notably, Toronto FC pick up Juan Agudelo and FC Cincinnati sign Saad Abdul-Salaam. Both signings are at worst depth signings, and at best can be immediate impact players. Agudelo can provide a goal-scoring presence in place of injury-plagued Jozy Altidore, and Abdul-Salaam can help shore up a league worst defense. Finally, the Sons of a Pitch highlight Real Salt Lake signings on the pitch and on the staff, and they discuss Chicago Fire’s link to Chivas striker Alan Pulido.

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Episode 100! MLS Headlines and Coaching Moves, Cup Final Preview



Welcome back, soccer fans, to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In our 100th episode spectacular, Nick and Mike discuss the various headlines from around Major League Soccer (MLS), including:

    • Possible strategies for new Chicago Fire owner Joe Mansueto
    • Adam Lallana rumored to MLS
    • Should Toronto FC get a CCL berth if they win the MLS Cup?
    • Nashville acquires McCarty (CHI) and Romney (LAG)
    • Tab Ramos adds Namazi, Mastroeni to Houston Dynamo coaching staff
    • Reports of Dome Torrent resigning as NYCFC head coach

In the Second Half of the show, the hosts break down the playoff runs of MLS Cup Finalists Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders and just how amazing these post-seasons have been. They also give their expectations of the final, and both hosts predict that Seattle will end up raising the cup.

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Dest Chose Best, Houston has a Coach, and Playoff Roundup



Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In tonight’s episode, our hosts recap all the headlines from around Major League Soccer, including:

  • Sacramento Republic FC’s natural rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes
  • Houston Dynamo hire Tab Ramos as head coach
  • Sergino Dest to play for USMNT
  • MLS Best XI: who else could’ve made the list?

In the second half of the show, Nick and Mike also round up the MLS Cup Playoffs giving their takes on:

  • LAFC v. LA Galaxy: Goals, goals, and goals
  • Seattle vs. RSL: Sounders to much to handle for Real Salt Lake
  • Atlanta vs. Philly: Doop’s run comes to an end, but a season to build on
  • NYCFC vs. Toronto: New York can’t get the playoff monkey off their back (What with the northeast and not winning cups?)

The hosts also give their prediction for the next round. Follow along on social media and let us know your thoughts. Thanks for listening!


Indy Eleven, MLS History, Fire Relocate, and League Roundup



Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode our hosts cover topics from the United Soccer League (USL) to Major League Soccer (MLS) to the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT). Enjoy hearing about the Indy Eleven from a fan’s perspective, the rumor mill surrounding Olivier Giroud, and how the Chicago Fire’s relocation to Soldier Field will impact their upcoming season.

Nick and mike then review all the games from Decision Day in their league roundup. Hear about the spectacular goals, the agonizing defeats, and how the results set up the MLS Cup Playoffs. If you enjoy energetic and opinionated soccer talk, or if you enjoy entertaining and informative MLS discussion, then you’ll enjoy The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.