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Decision Day Giveaway

On Sunday, October 22, MLS presents Decision Day 2017, an overwhelming celebration of the end of the regular season where 11 games all kick off at the same instant to decide who gets into the playoffs and who gets an extended off season. Some years, this is also the day where we discover who wins the Supporter’s Shield, but Toronto took care of that pretty early. Way to ruin the surprise, Toronto.

Thanks to Sara from Constellation & Co, we have prizes to give away! We’re going to be able to show pictures of the goodies later, but in the meantime, have some rules and entry guidelines!

The rules: List your predictions for the winners of the 11 Decision day games in the comments below. We’re limiting this to just choosing the winning team (or a draw). You can include a scoreline for fun, but you won’t get bonus points for being right. No bonus points for Derby Names either. With 11 games to worry about, let’s keep it as simple as possible.

Everyone on the internet is eligible to enter, but Dave and Carol will only be playing for fun. You must post your predictions BEFORE Decision Day Kickoff. Please include your email so we can notify you of your victory. Only comments on THIS POST will be considered; I don’t care how correct you were on Facebook or Twitter.

Here are the games you need to predict:

Real Atlanta United City FC vs Toronto FC

D.C. United vs New York Red Bulls

Montreal Impact vs New England Revolution

New York City FC vs Columbus Crew SC

Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC

FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy

Real Salt Lake vs Sporting Kansas City

Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC

San Jose Earthquakes vs Minnesota United FC

Seattle Sounders FC vs Colorado Rapids

Houston Dynamo vs Chicago Fire

Best of Luck!

Ep 61: Something New

Hey guys! This week, Dave missed out because he’s still in an angry drunken stupor after the US missed out on World Cup Qualifying. So instead, Carol was joined by friend of the show Sara to talk about it. They also talk about the future of US Soccer. Also, what sort of reaction does Roman Torres deserve on his return? Finally, Sara told us a lot about herself and the various things she does. She is fascinating, and we think you’ll love her as much as we do. Plus, thanks to Sara’s generosity, we have a giveaway for you fans!!! Listen for more details.

For more fantastic stuff from Sara, follow her on twitter at @ssfcvictorylap

Here’s the link to the main Supporter Stories page:

http://www.supporterstories.com

Here’s a youtube channel with a bunch more stories:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa8GVYhPbOP2SpSh9h6BRaZ3DIQRVmnY4

Here’s Sara’s business Constellation & Co.:

https://www.constellationco.com

And because we couldn’t resist, here’s Dave and Carol’s Supporter Story:

Ep 60: This is Supposed to be Fun

Hello again! Dave and Carol are back to cover some more lighthearted material than we’ve managed the last couple weeks. So, of course we start with the Catalan Independence movement. Then we take a look at the Supporters Shield winning Toronto FC. The US Men’s National Team will play for their World Cup berth this week. There was also a strange situation in the Orlando vs Dallas match last week. And finally, Dave spends some time talking about the new FIFA 18 game.

Here’s the Bobby Warshaw article on the USMNT.

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/10/05/warshaw-us-national-team-under-pressure-never

Here’s a long, but fascinating article on 2008 in Seattle being the worst sports year for a city ever:

http://www.espn.com/espn/eticket/story?page=seattle2008

Here’s a look at some of the places the Supporter’s Shield has been the last few years:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/10/20/where-mls-supporters-shield-going-decision-day

And finally, the beginning of Carol’s infatuation with Brad Evans

Ep 59: An American Footballer in France

Hey all! We got a doozy, this week, and perhaps it’s a bit less soccer focused than usual. This week Dave and Carol were very excited to be joined by Duncan, who spent some time playing and coaching good ol’ Hands-On football in Paris. Well yes, this is a slight departure from our usual sport, we thought it was an interesting look at sports around the world. Then, we decided we had to delve into the issue of protests during the national anthem. We look at protests in different sports, and why we haven’t seen any in MLS. Finally, has Atlanta taken the crown as the best expansion in MLS history? Find out on this week’s episode.

Here’s a link to that Radiolab on the history of Hands-On football:

http://www.radiolab.org/story/football/

Ep 58: VAR and Other Disasters

Hey guys! Due to some scheduling and personal issues, we never managed to edit last week’s show or record one for this week. So rather than go two weeks without, we’re giving you last week’s show just a touch late. We took out the predictions, because week old predictions are kinda pointless. Anyway, this show we talk about VAR and the relationship between sports and disaster. We think you’ll enjoy this one. Looking forward to new episode next week!

This is where I’d usually put links to all the stuff we talked about, but I honestly don’t have them. Sorry about that.

Ep. 57: A Spanish Footballer in America

Hello faithful listeners! This week, Dave and Carol are very excited to welcome Antonio to the podcast. Antonio is a Spanish artist finishing up a year working in the US. He’s a lifelong football fan, and got the chance to go see the Cascadia Derby. He joins the show to talk to us about his experience at CenturyLink, as well as what football is like in Spain, and what they think of Americans out there. Also, we got some listener comments. Have at thee!

Ep. 56: Qualify This

It’s World Cup Qualifying! The USMNT lost this week to Costa Rica, which puts them in an entertaining (terrifying) position heading into the last three Hex games. Dave and Carol talk about what to expect out of the team for the rest of the year. Also, what happened to the Chicago Fire? What makes a great goal scorer? And is TFC the best team MLS has ever produced? All this and more this week!

Let’s not bury the lede… you’re all here to see SCOTT STERLING!!!!

And then here’s a whole bunch of articles from MLSSoccer.com, starting with Matt Doyle on the Chicago Fire’s collapse (among other topics):

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/08/31/armchair-analyst-panic-chicago-dallas-and-more-week-26

Here’s MLSSoccer’s take on the best goalscorers in league history:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/09/02/who-are-top-goalscorers-mls-history-our-best-xi

Here’s Kurt Larson talking about just how TFC built a juggernaut:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/08/31/larson-six-lessons-all-mls-clubs-torontos-record-setting-season
Here’s the numbers on why Giovinco might be the best free-kick taker in the world right now:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/08/30/giovinco-isnt-just-mls-free-kick-king-he-might-be-worlds

And finally, this is a few weeks old, but here’s another Matt Doyle article about just how many ways Toronto can make history this year:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/08/19/armchair-analyst-its-time-talk-about-tfcs-chance-make-history

Ep 55: Flights of Fancy

This is more like it. Let’s have a show before the weekend rather than after for once. This week, Dave and Carol take a deep dive into NYCFC’s stadium situation. Also, they take a look at whether or not the league would ever get fed up with the team sharing a stadium with the Yankees, and allow them to move to a different city. Then, what do charter flights have to do with the league, and how could they be important in the next CBA negotiations? All this and more!

Here’s a look at why NYCFC fans expect more long-distance “home” games:

https://www.hudsonriverblue.com/2017/8/23/16187702/nycfc-stadium-news-pratt-whitney-uconn-yankee-stadium-houston

And the Bleacher Report article from 2011 on which teams are, or rather were, ripe for relocation:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/927804-mls-relocation-4-teams-that-need-to-find-a-new-home

Here’s Paul Tenorio’s piece on how charter flights could effect the next CBA:

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/mls-next-cba-negotiations-2020-charter-flights-travel

And finally, what does Chad Marshall look like when in an airplane?

Ep 54: Judgement Day

Hey all! We’re back! Perhaps, slightly delayed, but hey, and eclipse certainly demands it’s own time. This week Dave and Carol dive into VAR, and whether or not Kaka’s red card was deserved. Then we take a look at some recent attempts to get MLS to adopt promotion and relegation. Finally, Pablo Mastreoni was fired by the Rapids. Was it the right move, and who’s next on the hot seat? All this and more on this week’s episode!

Here’s Bobby Warsaw’s take on Kaka’s red card:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/08/14/warshaw-why-referee-did-right-thing-show-kaka-red-card

Here’s the story on MP & Silva’s media rights offer:

http://www.espnfc.com/major-league-soccer/story/3164144/mls-rejected-$4-billion-media-rights-deal-that-hinged-on-promotion-and-relegation

And the lawsuit in Sports Court:

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/mls/article165360022.html#storylink=cpy

And just for fun, here’s the wikipedia article on the Court of Arbitration in Sport:

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

Finally, here’s Matt Doyle’s take on Pablo Matreoni’s time in Colorado:

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/08/15/armchair-analyst-rapids-season-tatters-end-comes-pablo

Ep 53: Many Happy Returns

It’s August, and Carol’s back in the studio! Yays! This week, we have a short moment with friend-of-the-show Sam to talk about computer stuff that is frankly above Dave’s head. Then we break down All-Star games, coaching changes, and the beginning of VAR. Is the game gonna be better for this? Take a listen and find out.

Here’s Sounder at Heart’s breakdown on VAR:

https://www.sounderatheart.com/2017/8/1/16023240/var-mls-faq

Update: The audio of the show is now actually posted. Sorry about that.

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