Okay, let’s just stop pretending like we’re recording anything that isn’t a serious topic ever again. But dammit, we need to talk about this stuff. First, Dave and Carol talk about the ACTUAL FRIGGIN’ WHITE SUPREMACISTS who showed up at the Sounders match a couple weeks ago. And then we take a close look at the USWNT’s lawsuit against US Soccer, and discuss why US Soccer is hiring lobbying firms to argue against their own players. Look. We’re mad. It’s just how it is.
We’re back! Despite a long – and unexpected – hiatus, we’re here again with another episode! This week, Carol and Dave talk about why they were gone for so long, and their thoughts on the future of the show. Then, the take a look at a dispute between the Sounders front office and supporters groups over an anti-fascist symbol. And finally, some Women’s World Cup talk! Sorry again for the delay, and enjoy!
First of all, here’s some pictures of the Three Lions Pub in Charleston:
Hey everybody! Got another heavy one for you guys, because apparently the theme for this year is that we hate fun. This week Carol and Dave tackle MLS’ sponsorship deal with Chick-Fil-A and what that means for the League’s “Soccer For All” campaign. Also, there’s some questions about how FloSports is handling the broadcasting rights in DC, and what it means for the league in the future.
Holy crap, guys! We made it to episode 100! And to help us celebrate this milestone, we got soccer legend Alexi Lalas to join us and talk about the Women’s World Cup. Plus, Carol and Dave reminisce on the history of the show, and our hopes for the future of it. Thanks for being with us for 100 episodes, and on!
Hey, maybe it’s about time we actually talked about what’s going on in this league that we ostensibly follow. This week, Dave and Carol talk about why MLS decided to comply with FIFA’s Solidarity Payment and Training Compensation rules. Also, Zlatan walked into another team’s locker room. Was that okay? Then they discuss what the table looks like one third the way through the season, and finally some wrap-up on the end of the transfer window. Here’s a jam packed one for you guys.
First, here’s an outstanding breakdown of the RSTP rules from Miki Turner over at Sounder At Heart:
You know what? It’s not that we keep wanting to do very serious topics. It’s just that there’s too many very serious topics that need to be covered in soccer right now. This week, Carol and Dave talk about Kaku kicking a ball right at a fan, and why Dave thinks this might be the worst kind of interaction for the league. Then they talk about why the Southsiders and Cuerva Collective walked out for fifteen minutes of the Whitecaps match against LAFC. It’s gonna get heavy again guys.
And finally, here’s the tweet from the Royal Guard about the Puyallup Tribe:
Tonight, we begin our commentary by acknowledging that we are on the ancestral land of @Puyallup_Tribe and other Coast Salish people, and calling on @CityofTacoma to consult meaningfully with the Puyallup regarding the Liquid Fracked Gas plant. #RFCvORL— Royal Guard (@RoyalGuard_SG) April 22, 2019
Hey guys! Well, we’re on vacation, but the doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Hands Free Football! Instead, you get another show that’s a week out of date. Yay! Just before taking off for the week, Dave and Carol sat down to talk about a listener challenge from friends-of-the-show Karl and James who had some questions about how to get more people to go to New England Revolution games. This was a really fun discussion, and I hope you guys like the lighter fare this week after the heavy topics the past few. Aloha everyone!
Hey guys! Been too long, I tell you. Apologize for the delay in release of this episode. We had some technical difficulties to overcome. Luckily, we didn’t lose the entire show which is what we first thought happened. And that’s a good thing because this week we were joined by Devon from 253 Defiance to talk about some pretty hefty subjects. First, we dig down into Tacoma Defiance, and the relationship the supporters group has with them. Then we tackle the complicated question of how we deal with Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape allegations while they’re still just allegations. And finally, we dig into some of the more controversial supports chants at games. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride, but we hope you enjoy.
Correction: In the episode, Dave mistakenly attributed an article about the NYCFC situation to Jonathan Tannenwald. The article in question (which is linked below) was actually written by Leander Schaerlaeckens.
Hello again everybody! Now that the season’s started, we can get away from more controversial topics. So let’s talk about Nazis! This week, Carol and Dave look at the current situation of NYCFC fans with ties to white supremacist groups, and just what the league and team’s responsibility to act on it. Also, we talk about the SheBelieves Cup, and the reaction for the USWNT players putting inspirational women’s names on their jerseys. And also, there have been some rule changes to the game. All that and more this week!
Hey all! We’re back! Hope you’ve all had a fantastic offseason. This week, Carol and Dave decided to go back to a concept we first talked about all the way back in Episode 1. The Team of Theseus. What are our feelings on the Sounders now that they’ve been in MLS for a decade, and have almost completely changed from the team that played in 2009? Also, what’s going on with the National Team. Finally, our newest way of closing each episode, a quick lightning round of news stories from around the league. It’s good to be back. Here’s to another great season!