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USMNT in Review



Hey, soccer fans! The USMNT is back and The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast has you covered! We summarize, analyze, and hypothesize the USMNT friendlies against Wales and Panama. Tune in for all our takes, and more!

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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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And the worst team in MLS is…?



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Tonight, we bring you a plethora of punditry as we parse the play of the this week’s participants. First, we discuss whether the New England Revolution are for real. Hampered by injuries, but still in the playoff picture, the Revs could be a season or two – or a player or two – from being a top tier Eastern Conference team. We also break down the impact of Philadelphia’s drubbing of Toronto FC to take over the top spot in the league.

Next, we answer the question: Who is the worst team in MLS right now? With choices like DC United, Atlanta United, FC Cincinnati, Colorado Rapids, and LA Galaxy, there’s been no shortage of poor play this season. Tune in for why Nick thinks the Galaxy are this season’s disappointment and hear why Mike believes Cincinnati is even worse.

We wrap up the show with talk about the USMNT finally scheduling an international friendly. They take on Wales in Swansea on November 12, 2020. We chat about what this means for the squad, how good of an opponent is Wales, and what lies in store for the future of US Soccer. Leave your feedback in the comments below, and be sure to subscribe on Youtube and wherever you listen to podcasts.


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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DC’s Rock Bottom, Pre-season Picks Revisited, and Gold Cup Draw



Hey, soccer fans! Great to have you with us for another episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Tonight, we show you what rock-bottom looks like in the form of DC United’s inability to even submit a correct lineup sheet – and that was before losing 4-0 to Atlanta United. Also in our league roundup, we look as the scrappy match between NYCFC and Inter Miami and try to explain some normalcy in the Western Conference.

In the Second Half, we revisit our preseason picks and predictions. Be sure to tune in as we take a very laughable walk down memory lane. (Jozy Altidore for Golden Boot, how drunk was Mike making that prediction!?!?) We close the show with USMNT conversation and a look ahead at Gold Cup 2021. The groups are almost set, and the US has maybe its toughest matchup in the group stage against a Canada team looking to announce itself in world soccer.

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MLS’ International Influence, Have Kei Will Travel, and League Roundup



Hey, soccer fans! Greetings once again from The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We are back tonight talking everything around American soccer, including:

  • Major League Soccer’s international influence – players who cut their teeth in the MLS made starts in the biggest leagues around the world. Is the MLS is poised to add more influence abroad, and will MLS Next be the path?
  • Headlines – we discuss Kei Kamara’s 8th MLS club and comments from the father of Gonzalo and Federico Higuain on why the league and playing in the United States is so appealing.
  • League Roundup – what happened in last week’s games? Tune in for our take on scores, plays, coaching, and everything that happened during the 90 minutes of play for your club.

All this and more in tonight’s episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast!

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Pity’s Transfer, Blanco’s Knee, and MLS League Roundup



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Thanks for tuning in as we talk everything around the American soccer landscape, including:

  • Pity Martinez sold to Saudi club Al Nassr FC: Did the investment payoff and what does it mean for future MLS transfers?
  • Diego Valeri joins the 80/80 Club – just where does he fall in pantheon of MLS greats?
  • Chris Armas out as Red Bulls manager – was it all his fault?
  • Weston McKennie joins Juventus – the first American to play at the historic club
  • Sebastian Blanco injures his knee – just how bad is the injury and Portland’s championship chances?
  • One Hot Minute – what’s going on in the world of the Chicago Fire?

In the second half of the show we roundup all the action from the past week. There were 21 games played since we last recorded, and all of them had excitement, action, and heartbreak. Stay tuned as we discuss such trends as:

  • Columbus as a title contender?
  • Is Toronto starting to slip?
  • Sporting KC can’t score
  • Houston is heating up!

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The Polarizing Play of Darlington Nagbe



In a recent outing, Darlington Nagbe banged home an absolute beauty of a goal to help elevate the Columbus Crew over the Chicago Fire. Immediately social media sang his praise and searched for reasons why Nagbe never starred for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) or made it big in Europe. The common refrain is he was played out of position, especially given his 2017 Gold Cup performance! Not too long after, the Nagbe detractors added their comments, which came down to the fact he just was not good enough.

While our regular listeners know I tend to fall in the second of those categories, I thought I owed it to the player and the fans to dive a little deeper than just my eye test and personal feelings. Let’s start with his Major League Soccer (MLS) career:

Nagbe is in his tenth season in the MLS. He is currently with the Columbus Crew after spending the last two seasons with Atlanta United, and the prior seven with the Portland Timbers. Per MLSsoccer.com, Nagbe’s career totals include 276 games played, 264 games started, 30 goals, and 38 assists. He’s never reached double digits in goals or assists in a single season, so from a points perspective, he hasn’t done much. For the USMNT, his point totals are even less appealing: 25 appearances, 1 goal, 2 assists.

In that 2017 Gold Cup, Nagbe did not play in the group stage, but was brought in for the knockout rounds. He played nearly every minute in the three knockout games. His stat lines were unimpressive, but he did draw the most fouls in the tournament (15). You can’t draw fouls if you don’t have the ball!

So what is the appeal for Darlington Nagbe?

The USMNT website describes him as a “confident and pacey midfielder,” and his fans point to his passion on the pitch, confidence on the ball, and ability to run at defenders. He is excellent with the ball at his feet and has a knack for getting his teammates involved in the attack. Critics point to the absence of these in international play and the lack of his stats. However, I haven’t been able to find measurable data in the areas in which Nagbe excels – passes and dribbles completed, progressive play, and other possession related categories.

So what can we conclude about Darlington Nagbe? Is anybody “right”?

Nagbe never lit up the score sheet, but no one ever quantitively measured how good he was on the ball. If you rely on “the eye test,” you can find great games and sub-par performances. Nagbe may be one of the best to ever play for Portland and was a solid USMNT call up. He seems pretty content with his career, and we as fans of the game in America should continue to enjoy him for as long as he laces up in MLS. Just don’t try to convince me he’s an American soccer legend that just never got his shot.

Nick Poteres
Host, Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast
@SOPSoccer


Haiti as World Cup Spoiler, MLS Recap, and Thoughts on Player Protests



Hey, soccer fans! Tonight we continue our discussion on USMNT World Cup Qualifying by breakdown down potential opponent Haiti. We recap all the action from around the MLS – and there was a lot of it to cover! We play a great pick-em game where the hosts pick whether they would have a current USMNT midfielder or Chris Mueller. The show concludes on a more somber topic, and we provide our thoughts on the player protests and how it could affect Major League Soccer. Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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MLS Restart, Headlines, and Mascot Fights!?



Hey, soccer fans! We are back with another episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

The MLS regular season has returned! We look at Nashville and Dallas’ re-start opener, the shape of the league as it stands right now, and explore headlines from around American soccer. Then we discuss the impact of Tyler Adams and Alphonso Davies playing in the UCL semi-finals. We conclude with some light-hearted fun about who would win in an MLS mascot fight. Stay tuned for all this and more!

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