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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

Ep 64: #SaveTheCrew

The playoffs have begun, but we have some more important stuff to talk about. ┬áThis week, Dave and Carol are joined by Alexis from Columbus to talk all about the Crew and their potential move to Austin. ┬áThey also look at the league’s history of teams moving and contracting to find out just why this one feels different. ┬áIt’s all Black and Gold this week.

First off, you should all visit https://savethecrew.com.

Here’s a Four Four Two article comparing the Crew’s situation to the San Jose Earthquakes’ move to Houston:

 

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/what-now-columbus-crew-history-san-jose-earthquakes-relocation-houston-return

Here’s what Anthony Precourt looked like during Columbus’ blowout of NYCFC:

 

Ep 63: Playoffs!?

This has got to be the most international podcast we’ve ever recorded. ┬áNot only were we joined by the fantastic Steve Gennaro from All In Talk Sports to discuss our new broadcasting partnership, but it was also edited on a ferry in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and posted in the fabulous Victoria, BC. ┬áThis week, Dave and Carol talk about playoffs! ┬áLots and lots of playoffs! ┬áThe postseason has begun!

First and most important, go visit All In Sports Talk to find some fantastic new soccer shows:

https://www.allinsportstalk.com

Then, there’s Benny Feilhaber’s saltiest interview ever:

https://www.sounderatheart.com/2016/10/28/13451604/benny-feilhaber-interview

And finally, the story about the two tennis players and the longest match ever (it’s a bit further down in the article, but the whole thing is worth reading):

http://www.cracked.com/article_25081_6-pop-culture-world-record-winners-youd-never-expect.html

 

Ep 62: Bad Decisions and Uncertain Futures

This week, Dave and Carol are joined by friend Bethany for a quick chat about the deeper thoughts inspired by an editing error. Then, Dave gets angry about the USMNT. And Anthony Precourt. And himself. And some other things to. Dave got a little ranty in this episode. Enjoy!

First off, let’s see someone who loves cats:

Here’s the episode of Nos Audietis that Dave stole some of his ideas from:

https://www.sounderatheart.com/2017/10/17/16487604/nos-audietis-episode-263

Then there’s Deadspin’s take on MLS joining the big leagues when it comes to stadium extortion:

https://deadspin.com/columbus-crew-welcome-to-the-stadium-extortion-racket-1819608903

And the Sports Illustrated story about the Crew refusing to refund season ticket holders:

https://www.si.com/soccer/2017/10/19/columbus-crew-season-ticket-refunds

And finally, here’s the story on the Indonesian goalkeeper who was killed last week:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/10/15/goalie-dies-after-collision-in-indonesian-soccer-match-reportedly-of-head-and-neck-trauma/?utm_term=.71b9a6e4083a

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/

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