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Ep 74: Five Angry Men

What the hell is going on with the disciplinary committee? This week, Carol and Dave break down the history of the DisCo, and what some of their other decisions look like. Also, friend-of-the-show Woody had some thoughts about Dave and Tyson’s discussion on Minnesota. Hear all about it this week!

Just one article to look at today. Here’s a somewhat dated, but interesting, look at the murky reality of the Disciplinary Committee:

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0ahUKEwjB_N7M89HaAhUKr1QKHeyLDTQQFghBMAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.socceramerica.com%2Fpublications%2Farticle%2F57283%2Fmls-disciplinary-committee-works-in-mysterious-way.html&usg=AOvVaw3RcToEX0MHxRIjZv4YCx_2

Ep 73: Some Sort of Direction

Hello again! Carol couldn’t make it this week, so Dave decided to welcome back long-time friend of the show Tyson this week. The two of them discussed Zlatan’s mind-blowing MLS debut, and what’s happening in LA. Then they cover some comments about respect in Minnesota. And finally, Bruce Arena is releasing a tell-all book about his experiences as a coach, and his thoughts on the USMNT. We thoughts of our own!

Here’s a look at the very first El Trafico:
http://www.espn.com/soccer/la-galaxy/story/3438193/zlatan-ibrahimovic-scores-two-stunning-goals-in-mls-debut-with-la-galaxy

Here’s the story on Francisco Calvo’s comments about respect in Minnesota:
https://www.twincities.com/2018/03/31/uniteds-first-million-dollar-player-darwin-quintero-says-we-go-for-everything/

Here’s the Washington Post’s take on the new Bruce Arena book:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/soccer-insider/wp/2018/04/03/bruce-arenas-new-book-reveals-jurgen-klinsmanns-firing-nearly-happened-six-months-earlier/?utm_term=.ef3a90689b10

Ep 72: Plant Your Flag

You know what supporters groups love? When fans of other teams opine on their internal conflicts. That’s why Dave and Carol had to talk about a discussion going on in Atlanta about the the use of large flags in the Supporter’s Section. Looks like Carol also was right about the Miami stadium situation, so we definitely had to give her a chance to be smug about it. Also, what did MLS players have to say under anonymity about the league, US Soccer, and other subjects? Find out this week on episode 72!

Here’s the article (and the surprisingly polite and reasonable comments section) about the flags in Atlanta:
https://www.dirtysouthsoccer.com/2018/3/19/17140138/let-s-talk-about-supporter-section-flags

Here’s a look at the stadium mess in Miami:
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article206316559.html

Then there’s the entire player poll from ESPN:
http://www.espn.com/soccer/major-league-soccer/19/blog/post/3417935/2018-mls-anonymous-player-survey-us-world-cup-failure-promotion-relegation-salaries-more

And though it happened after we recorded, I couldn’t not include Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcing his arrival in LA as only he could do:
https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/03/23/zlatan-ibrahimovic-takes-out-full-page-ad-los-angeles-times

Ep 71: Bigger Picture

It’s time we got the lawyers involved. Unfortunately, none of them would return our calls. So instead, this week, Dave and Carol decided to explain the State of Ohio’s lawsuit against the Columbus Crew with out any expertise at all. Surely nothing could go wrong there. Also, CONCACAF Champions League… Do we care? And should we? And what are things looking like in LA these days? All this and more this week!

Here’s Sport’s Illustrated’s take on the Ohio lawsuit:

https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/03/06/columbus-crew-lawsuit-austin-texas-relocation-precourt-mls-ohio-modell-law

And here’s an article from the Austin American Statesman with some actual legal opinions:

https://www.mystatesman.com/sports/soccer/ohio-suit-could-latest-roadblock-effort-move-crew-austin/iLCAXGKwfGKTmwOVUQjeHP/

Ep 70: Soccer McSoccerface

The season is upon us! This week, Dave and Carol sit down to discuss thew newly announced expansion cities, and why there still might be room for doubt in Miami. Then, they give an update on the status of Columbus. Finally, there were some big transfers this offseason. What would it be like to get transferred? We’re excited to be back to discuss all this and more!

Here’s an article on the San Diego “Footy McFootyface” joke with the video included. Go read, it’s a lot of fun: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/04/01/rip-footy-mcfooty-face-san-diego-soccer-team-will-be-called-something-else-awesome/?utm_term=.533534143d21

Ep 69: Fun and Games

Hey everybody! We’re still alive! It’s been a long offseason, and there’s a lot to talk about. However, we’re not going to talk about any of that here. This week, Dave and Carol were joined by friend-of-the-Show Sam to play and react to some, shall we say lesser known soccer video games. This one’s quite a bit different than our usual fare, but we had a lot of fun, and hope you do too. Enjoy!

For fun, here’s a nice little review of Animal Soccer world:

https://www.destructoid.com/the-worst-game-ever-made-animal-soccer-world-for-the-ps2-62712.phtml

Here’s the Wiki on Champions of Europe:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champions_of_Europe

And let’s just skip to the chase, here’s where you can get Behold the Kickmen on Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/529440/Behold_the_Kickmen/

Ep 68: ‘Tis the Postseason

Well, that wraps it up for MLS in 2017. This week, Dave and Carol chat with Steve Gennaro from TFC Live to talk about the MLS Cup Final, and what it’s looking like on the streets of Toronto these days. Also, there was an expansion draft. Just what does it mean when a player isn’t protected? And what should it mean? What sort of loyalty does a team owe it’s players? All this and more this week on our final show of the year.

First off, let’s get to some videos. Any excuse to play Cash’s cover of Hurt is a good excuse:

Then there’s the most Johnny Cash song ever written, I Hung My Head:

And the disturbingly bad original version by Sting:

And finally, a rare misstep by Cash.. his cover of Cats in the Cradle:

Okay… now on to more soccer stuff. Here’s Osvaldo Alonso’s tweet:

And here’s a breakdown of who LAFC took in the Expansion Draft (Turns out it wasn’t just Tyler Miller):

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/12/12/2017-mls-expansion-draft

Ep 67: Nothing to Lose

It’s that time. It’s the biggest game of the year. It’s the rematch that we’ve all been looking for. Unless you don’t live in Toronto or Seattle… but still. This week Dave and Carol talk about the Conference Final games, and preview the MLS Cup final this weekend. Also, they give some solid advice about decision making. Also, a listener question about switching to the FIFA calendar. We also talk about some of our podcasting compatriots, and whether or not we’re a Sounders podcast. Admittedly, the closer the Sounders get to an MLS Cup, the more homer our show becomes. The real test will be how we cover an MLS Cup that we’re not a part of. Here’s hoping that day never comes. Finally, there is an expansion draft coming, and they have thoughts. Enjoy this packed episode!

First off… if you’re like Dave and love dissecting music, you really should give a listen to Song Exploder:

http://songexploder.net

There’s the fantastic article from Waking the Red:

https://www.wakingthered.com/2017/12/5/16739352/seattle-sounders-toronto-fc-mls-cup-final

Also, Here’s the Sounders Protectinator page… I’m not sure if any other SB Nation pages did one:

https://www.sounderatheart.com/2017/12/7/16744300/the-protectinator-2018-sounders-mls-expansion-draft

And finally, here’s Angels on Parade (not Angel City Brigade) mock-draft picks:

https://www.angelsonparade.com/2017/12/6/16739706/mock-mls-expansion-draft-lafc-alexander-ring-romell-quioto-will-bruin-drew-moor-david-bingham

Oh, and as an added bonus, here’s who Sounder at Heart protected in their mock-draft:

https://www.sounderatheart.com/2017/12/6/16742018/angels-on-parade-picks-will-bruin-in-mock-expansion-draft

Ep 66: Unfounded Opinions

Hey, did you know that we’re occasionally wrong? No, seriously. Even Dave is. Like *all* the time. This week Dave and Carol talk about how they were wrong about Caleb Porter getting fired. They also, decided to throw out a whole lot of pure speculation about what’s going on with the situation. They also have thoughts about the playoffs. And speaking of unfounded speculation, can you believe what Michael Bradley had to say about the Crew situation? All this and more this week.

Here’s the Save the Crew letter that you should sign. Like right now. Go do it.

https://savethecrew.com/letter

Ep. 65: Moving On

Well, that took a bit longer than expected. But here we are! This week, Dave and Carol talk about playoffs! But you knew we would talk about that. What you didn’t know we’d talk about is that CALEB PORTER IS OUT IN PORTLAND!!!! Also, there’s so other coaching news in the league. Anyway, this show’s kind of a fun little mess. Hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording.

First off, here’s Grant Wahl’s fix of the MLS playoffs:

https://www.si.com/soccer/2017/10/31/mls-playoff-format-fix-solution

Next, we have one of the worst goalkeeping howlers I’ve ever seen:

Then, there’s the video of TFC and the Red Bulls getting into it in the tunnel:

http://www.espnfc.com/major-league-soccer/story/3261118/jozy-altidore-ambushed-in-tunnel-by-ny-red-bulls-players-greg-vanney

The heartbreakingly beautiful statement from Robbie Rogers on his retirement:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/11/07/la-galaxy-s-robbie-rogers-brings-groundbreaking-pro-career-close

And finally, here’s the Recurrently Regenerated Football League from Cartilage Free Caption:

https://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com/2017/11/8/16212302/recurrently-generated-football-league-machine-learning-computer-english-club-names

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