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Ep 49: Check Out My New IFAB

Hello again! Carol was off on a secret mission this week infiltrating the Timbers Army, so Dave was joined by friend of the show Tyson. They talked a bit about a rare case of soccer hooliganism for good. Then they dove into an interesting report about some potential rule changes to the game. They break down the ideas thrown out by IFAB, and give their takes as to what would work and what wouldn’t. What rule changes do you think would work out? What rule change would you suggest if you could? Let us know in the comments. We’ll be going dark next week, but we’ll be back in two weeks. Until then, enjoy!

Here’s the story on Fuck You I’m Millwall English Bitter. Once again, if you can get a bottle to send to Dave, send him a DM on twitter and he’ll let you know where to send it.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/swedish-brewery-beer-name-you-im-millwall-stockholm-frequency-works-london-bridge-hero-attackers-a7794676.html

And here’s the IFAB Fair Play website, discussing all the potential rule changes.

http://www.play-fair.com

And finally, here’s a video of what the MLS Penalty kicks looked like in the 90’s. I’m not sure what my favorite part of this is. The absurd style of kick, the absurd kits the Galaxy and the Wiz (yes, the Kansas City Wiz) were wearing, or the fantastic hair sported by current Sounders GM Garth Lagerway. Enjoy!

Week 17 Derby Names

Give us your best derby names for your week 17 match-ups!

TORONTO FC (9-5-2) vs NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (5-5-6)

HOUSTON DYNAMO (7-3-6) vs FC DALLAS (6-6-3)

NEW YORK RED BULLS (7-2-7) vs NEW YORK CITY FC (8-3-5)

ATLANTA UNITED FC (6-3-6) vs COLORADO RAPIDS (5-1-8)

PHILADELPHIA UNION (4-4-7) vs D.C. UNITED (4-3-8)

COLUMBUS CREW SC (7-1-9) vs MONTREAL IMPACT (4-6-4)

MINNESOTA UNITED FC (4-2-9) vs VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (6-2-6)

CHICAGO FIRE (9-4-3) vs ORLANDO CITY SC (7-4-5)

LOS ANGELES GALAXY (5-4-5) vs SPORTING KANSAS CITY (7-6-4)

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (5-5-6) vs REAL SALT LAKE (5-2-10)

PORTLAND TIMBERS (7-3-6) vs SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (5-4-7)

Ep 48: Soccer Machine

Is Dave a robot? Sometime Carol wonders. This is one of the many questions we (soccer) tackle on this week’s thrilling episode. Also, we dive into Michael Bradly’s goal against Mexico, and whether or not it’s the greatest goal in USMNT history. Also, there seems to be shenanigans going on with a deal between US Soccer and MLS, and Carol is not happy about it. Here about this and more this week!

First, and most important, does Memo Ochoa have the best hair in football?

Secondly, Here’s the Nike 2014 World Cup ad Dave was mentioning:

Here’s the 5 best goals in USMNT history, according to CBS Sports. Dave says they’re wrong.

http://www.cbssports.com/soccer/news/after-bradleys-goal-ranking-the-five-best-goals-in-u-s-national-team-history/

And here’s what you’ve all been waiting for. Watch this compilation of the greatest goals by each team in MLS, and tell us which is the best down in the comments. Carol says you’re lying.

Ep 47: History of the World (Cup): Part 1

If you’re seeing this and you’re exciting to be hearing a two part episode of the show, I hate to disappoint you. This is just a stand alone show. Hopefully we can make it up to you by directing you to the movie catalogue of the brilliant Mel Brooks. Trust us, your life will be better for perusing those. As for the show, this week Dave and Carol discuss the History of U.S. Soccer, all the way back the Pilgrims… no really. Also, a heartbreaking story about a little girl whose team was disqualified from a tournament because some idiots thought she was a boy. Enjoy!

Pilgrims? Seriously? Seriously.

https://www.ussoccer.com/about/history/timeline

And here’s the article about the little girl from Omaha:

http://www.wowt.com/content/news/8-year-old-girl-disqualified-from-soccer-game-because-she-looks-like-a-boy-426397041.html

We need Derby names!

Hey guys! We’re gonna try something new this week. We putting out a call for derby names from listeners. Here’s the slate of games coming up this week. Give a name to one of these match-ups, and we’ll choose the best to use on the show (with a call out for you). Contact us on twitter, Facebook, or just in the comments section below.

It’s the international break, so there’s not much happening, but here are the three games available:

Chicago Fire vs Atlanta United – Sat. 4:00 pm Eastern

Sporting KC vs Montreal Impact – Sat. 8:00 pm Eastern

Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas – Sat. 10:30 pm Eastern

And just for shits and giggles, how about a name for the ultimate derby:

Mexico vs. U.S.A – Sun. 8:30 Eastern

If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, throw out a prediction as well. Why do you all show Dave how it’s done.

Ep 46: Fashion Show

You know what we don’t talk about enough on this show? Clothes. Specifically, shirt sponsors. Dave and Carol this week break down their feelings on shirt sponsors around the league. They also answer the question of whether or not a shirt sponsor can affect a person’s buying decisions. Also, they break down a fascinatingly crazy game between Vancouver and DC. Enjoy!

Wait… Don Cheadle on Captain Planet? Well… sort of:

Here’s the highlights of the Vancouver vs DC United match:

And finally, here’s the article on the worst shirt sponsors in MLS according to fourfourtwo.com:

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/worst-mls-jersey-sponsors-photos

Ep 45: Making it Personal

It’s rivalry time. In light of this weekend’s Seattle vs. Portland clash, Dave and Carol talk about rivalries. How do they get built and can they die? Is the Seattle/Portland match *the* rivalry in MLS? And just how do Dave and Carol feel about this game? Also, the Union have made quite a turnaround. What does this run of good form mean for the Union and for the league in general? Also, help us find good guests to talk to!

Here’s the article on Patrick Viera feeling attacked by Jason’ Kries:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/05/25/nycfcs-vieira-calls-comments-orlandos-kreis-personal-attack

And here’s the one on the shade thrown between Brian Schmetzer and Timber Joey:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/05/25/timber-joey-caleb-porter-respond-brian-schmetzers-lumberman-comments

Here’s Diego Chara’s dumb Red Card against Montreal:

Here’s the article about Minnesota supporters being Minnesota nice (and Minnesota awesome):

http://thesoccertour.com/2017/05/no-cursing-no-problem/

And finally, Here’s Judah Friedlander, the world’s best soccer player interviewer:

Ep 44: Emphasize your Emphasis

This week Carol and Dave sit down to talk about the different ways that fans react to losing streaks. I can’t imagine at all why that would be on their mind. Also, do refs have a bigger effect on the game in soccer than other sports? And finally, what happened at the Union town hall meeting? Is that the reason for their big turnaround? All this and more this week!

Here’s Simon Borg’s Instant Replay from last week:

And here’s the write-up of the Union town meeting at the Philly Voice:

http://www.phillyvoice.com/notes-and-quotes-philadelphia-unions-closed-door-town-hall-meeting/

Ep 43: Weather’s Nice, Let’s Jump On This Bandwagon

Hello again! This week Dave and Carol are joined by friend of the show Bethany. Carol had a blast researching some soccer terms… of course she’s happy anytime Middle English comes up in a project she’s doing. Then we took a deep dive into the concept of the fair-weather fan. Is there a difference between a fair-weather fan and a bandwagon fan? Is it necessarily bad being one? And finally, how bad has it gotten for the Sounders? And why doesn’t it feel as bad as last year? Enjoy!

For those of you who are curious, here’s the original article Dave wrote on his blog in defense of fair-weather fans.

https://atheistsoundingboard.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/we-care-a-lot-the-defense-of-fair-weather-fans/

Ep 42: No Good Answers

So, what’s going wrong with the Union? How nervous should they be? Today, Carol and Dave take a look at the Philly team. Also, is it controversial when female athletes swear? And finally, since last week we decided to give you some lighthearted fare about sexism, this week we’re going to tackle the issue of racism in the game! Surely this is just a simple problem that we can settle with a few minutes conversation, right? Okay, maybe not. But let’s talk about it anyway.

Here’s the article by Stephanie McCaffery about swearing:

http://www.sportingchic.com/features-1/2017/4/30/we-need-to-stop-fueling-the-stereotype-that-swearing-in-womens-sports-is-taboo

And an article about Sulley Muntari getting yellow carded for abuse, and the racism problem in soccer:

http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2017/5/3/15532256/sulley-muntari-suspension-pescara-cagliari-serie-a-racist

And finally, two takes on The Save:

MLSsoccer.com

And Soundersfc.com (narrated by Kasey Keller)

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