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Ep 78: Set Up for Failure

This week, we’re not a Sounders podcast, because we really don’t want to talk about it. So instead, Dave and Carol delved into whether or not the USMNT would have made it to the World Cup under Jurgen Klinsmann. Also, MLS has announced their newest expansion franchise in Cincinnati, but there are some concerns about how rushed things are. And finally, they couldn’t not talk about the UEFA Champions League final. What’s in Loris Karius’ future? And how bad of a villain is Sergio Ramos? Find out right now!

First I’m just gonna leave this here. No particular reason:

Here’s the Cracked Podcast episode in which Alex Schmidt and David Wong discuss how the way we learned about World War II affects what we do today:
https://www.earwolf.com/episode/how-america-gets-wwii-history-wrong-and-why-that-matters/

Here’s Sport’s Illustrated’s interview with Jurgen Klinsmann about his time with the USMNT and their failure to qualify for the World Cup:
https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/05/16/jurgen-klinsmann-us-soccer-world-cup-usmnt

Always with the sharp take, here’s the Nutmeg News article about FC Cincinnati moving to Detroit:
https://www.thenutmegnews.com/current/2018/5/29/mls-exploring-fc-cincinnati-move-to-detroit

Here’s a more official announcement for FC Cincinnati:
https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/05/29/mls-expansion-cincinnati-team-don-garber

What’s better than a bicycle kick goal? How about Olivier Giroud’s scorpion kick goal?
https://www.nbcsports.com/video/arsenals-olivier-giroud-scores-scorpion-kick-goal-against-crystal-palace

And finally, Stefan Frei making a very Karius type mistake (Dave still thinks Karius’ was worse):

Ep 77: … Fine. We’re a Sounders Podcast

At least we are this week. Dave and Carol were joined by the fantastic Nate Bowling of the Nerd Farmer podcast (As well as about 50 other shows) to talk about everything Sounders. First, they open up with a discussion of the S2 match they went to, and the nature of minor league soccer in general. Then they dug deep into what’s going wrong in Seattle, and how much blame should be spread around.

Seriously, you should go listen to Nate’s other shows. First, there’s Nerd Farmer podcast:
http://www.natebowling.com/podcast/

And of course there’s Flounders B Team:
https://www.floundersbteam.com

Then there’s his wife’s show, Interchangeable White Ladies:
http://www.hopeteague.com/podcast/

And all the other shows on Channel 253:
https://www.channel253.com

And finally, the World War II book Nate suggested, Blood Lands, can be found here:
https://smile.amazon.com/Bloodlands-Europe-Between-Hitler-Stalin/dp/0465031471/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1526879591&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=blood+lands&psc=1

Ep 76: Second Sock Syndrome

Hello again! This week, Dave makes Carol’s day by naming the show after a knitting phenomenon. They looked at Wayne Rooney’s potential transfer to DC United. Then they discuss the departure of Arsene Wenger’s departure at Liverpool, and whether or not we’ll ever see a coach last 20 plus years again. And finally, since this is an MLS show, they break down what the table looks like one third through the season.

No links this time, because Dave forgot to write them down. What a maroon.

Ep 75: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

How bad can it get? This week, Dave and Carol take a look at Vancouver’s meltdown in Kansas City. How bad was it? How can a team shake it off? Has there been any other meltdowns like that? Also, someone is releasing a soccer training app, and Carol has some *thoughts* about it.

Here’s all of Sounder At Heart’s coverage of the Red Card Wedding:
https://www.sounderatheart.com/2015/6/19/8814439/red-card-wedding-clint-dempsey-faces-suspension-for-ripping-refs-log

Here’s fourfourtwo’s list of best Galaxy/Earthquakes games in history, leading off with the Galaxy’s playoff meltdown:
https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/top-moments-san-jose-earthquakes-la-galaxy-history-california-clasico-mls

Here’s the story on the football training app:
https://medium.com/@rohan_578/the-worlds-greatest-football-training-app-148ed3298f81

Here’s the LA Times story on Zlatan’s childhood:
http://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/la-sp-galaxy-ibrahimovic-20180407-story.html

Here’s the Buzzfeed video with Tyler Miller:
https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/04/24/can-regular-people-get-pk-past-lafc-keeper-tyler-miller

And finally, here’s Cristiano Ronaldo Reagan’s wikipedia page:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristiano_Ronaldo

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/

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