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Ep 51: Concrete Wilderness

Hey, guess what! Turns out our studio has a phone line that we could use. Carol jumped on the line from off in the wilderness to this week to join Dave and friend-of-the-show Sam to talk about a crazy game in Seattle. Then they delve into the Gold Cup a bit before discussing the right and wrong ways to build a rivalry. We also asked for questions from you guys, and boy did you guys come through. However, we didn’t actually get to any of them this week. So next week, we’ll get to those. In the meantime, enjoy Episode 51!

Here’s the article from Outsports about the former player going the first Atlanta United game with his partner:

https://www.outsports.com/2017/4/27/15466094/atlanta-united-gay-pride-adam-mccabe

And who knew? Here’s a place to play Sim Ant online:

https://sneslive.com/sim-ant/

Dave needs your help!

Hey guys! You probably noticed there was no show last week. Well, there were a few reasons for that. Partly, Dave was lazy and never got around to booking a co-host with Carol out of town. But mostly there’s just not a whole lot of MLS news in lieu of the Gold Cup break. Anyway, Dave is making point of recording this week come hell or high-water. But he needs your help. Namely, he needs your questions. Is there anything you’d like to know? Are there any bits of the game that you were curious about, but never knew who to ask? Hell, you could even ask Dave his opinion of movies or something. This is wide open.

So post your questions in one of the three following places:

Facebook at www.facebook.com/handsfreefootball

Twitter at twitter.com/HandsFreeFooty

or below in the comment section.

So help a guy out. Post your questions, and take a listen this week to hear Dave’s answers

Ep 50: Dragged Nodding and Smiling

Hey guys! It’s Episode 50! Can you believe it!? This week Dave’s joined by special guest… Carol! Turns out that she managed to carve out some time to record before disappearing for the month, and she wasn’t gonna miss out on Episode 50. Carol and Dave reflect on what it’s been like doing 50 shows. Then they discuss Garth Lagerway’s comments about the Supporter’s Shield. Also, is the power dynamic in the league moving to the Eastern Conference? And finally, what does Dom Kinnear’s firing say about the old guard of MLS coaches? Thanks again for listening, and here’s to the next 50 shows.

Turns out Dave couldn’t find the podcast with two guys talking in the car during the commute. If you know what it is, let us know so we can give them a shout-out.

Here’s the Sounder at Heart follow up interview with Garth Lagerway, which also features the original interview on Radio Cascadia. The quote comes at around the 28 minute mark of the show.

https://www.sounderatheart.com/2017/6/30/15897062/garth-lagerwey-supporters-shield-mls-cup-roster-construction-academy

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:

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