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Ep 94: Team of Theseus Redux

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!

Ep. 93: Starting with Poop and Ending with Rosterbation

Hey all!  It’s our farewell episode of Season 3!  Has it been that long already?  Holy crap.  This week, Carol and Dave are joined by the one and only Nate Bowling of the Nerd Farmer podcast!  We of course covered Atlanta’s victory in the MLS Cup.  Then we discuss some controversy involving former Sounder Eddie Johnson and Jordan Morris’ contract extension, and more importantly, racism in MLS and soccer in general.  And finally, we finish out with some roster moves and a look at just how good Vancouver might be in the future.

Lots of stuff to cover this week:

Let’s start with Eddie Johnson’s Instagram post:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BrF569nAb4v/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Then let’s take a look at the Sounder at Heart breakdown:  https://www.sounderatheart.com/2018/12/8/18131284/eddie-johnsons-jordan-morris-contract-tam-dp

And Raheem Sterling’s instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrKYvF3gH9e/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Then a story about Chelsea’s plan for taking racist fans to Auschwitz:  https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/oct/11/chelsea-to-send-racist-fans-auschwitz-instead-banning-orders-antisemitism

Ep 92: Playoff Best

This week Carol and Dave are joined by friend-of-the-show Sam to talk everything playoffs!  They also fail miserably at their attempt to not talk about a certain team in Seattle.  Despite that, they had a lot of fun, and hope you enjoy this one as much as they enjoyed recording it. 

Here’s the gif of the double-post penalty in Portland: 

Image result for portland skc double post penalty gif

Ep 91: Away Game

We’re here!  We’re alive!  We’re not pod fading!  This week, Dave and Carol talk about their experience going to see the Sounders away game in Portland.  Also, they dive deep into the second leg of that Cascadian match up.  And of course, there’s some other playoff games that need to be covered.  All this and more!


Here’s Carol waving a flag in Portland:

And here’s an article about the ABBA style of penalty shootouts:


Decision day results!!!

Decision day is finished, and the results of the Decision day are in. And the winner is…. CRAIG! Congrats Craig. If you DM us on twitter, we’ll get your details so we can get your shirt to you.

For those of you who might be curious, here’s how the tally broke down:

Interestingly, everyone who participated (including Dave) picked both the Sounders and the Red Bulls to win today. Think that says more about San Jose and Orlando City than anything else. Also, interestingly, nobody picked Houston to beat LA.

Thanks for everyone who took part. This was fun. We’ll be talking about this more on the next show.

Ep 90: Decision Day is Nigh

Hey guys, Decision Day is this Sunday! This week, Dave and Carol talk about the table, as well as some news and notes. But more importantly, is our 2nd Annual Decision Day giveaway!!! Pick the winners, losers, and draws of all of this weekend’s games, and put it in the comments section of this episode. Whoever gets closest will get a t-shirt for whatever team they support from us. Make sure your picks are put in before kickoff on Sunday (4:30 Eastern Conference Time, 1:30 Western Conference Time). Best of luck everyone!

Here are the games to pick from:

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes
Chicago Fire vs DC United
Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas
Columbus Crew vs Minnesota United FC
LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo
New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact
New York City FC vs Philadelphia Union
New York Red Bulls vs Orlando City SC
Sporting KC vs LAFC
Toronto FC vs Atlanta United FC
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers

Best of Luck everybody!

Also, no notes this week.

Ep 89: Behind Enemy Lines

So, fun story. Dave was almost too sick to record this week, so Carol was asking around for someone to fill in when she found an HONEST-TO-GOD-TIMBERS-FAN IN TACOMA!!!! So we set up a time to record. But then we found out that THE CREW IS SAVED!!!! Since there’s so much to shout about this episode, Dave dragged himself away from his death-bed to record this short but packed episode. Enjoy!

Here’s the beautiful tweet that started all the rumors:

Here’s the details we have on the new Crew deal from none other than Forbes Magazine:

Ep 88: I Can’t Believe Ben Olsen Didn’t Get Fired While I Edited This Episode

Don’t get us wrong. We have nothing against Ben Olsen, and we don’t want to see him fired. It’s just that in light of Carl Robinson’s exit in Vancouver, we can’t help but wonder how Olsen still has a job. So this week Carol and Dave took a deeper look at the two coaches, and what they’ve accomplished to try to shed some light on why Olsen is still employed when so many other coaches aren’t. Also, we say farewell to a journeyman player who is finally hanging up the cleats after 13 years and 7 teams in MLS.

Only two links to day:

Here’s the wikipedia entry on Carl Robinson:

And here’s the one on Ben Olsen:

Ep 87: Strike One

Welcome Back! This week, Dave and Carol talk all about sports strikes. For some reason, the subject of labor strikes has been on their mind. First the take a look at the various labor stoppages in the four other big US sports. Then they delve into what reasons MLS players might go on strike. And finally, they discuss why players in La Liga are considering striking. Also, Sigi Schmid steps down at the Galaxy. What does his second stint in LA mean for his legacy?

Here’s an article from the Guardian about the potential players strike:

Here’s the Wikipedia article on the 1994-95 MLB strike. The “Reactions” section is particularly entertaining:

Ep 86: Dropping a Deuce

You can thank friend-of-the-show Warbs for that little gem of a title. Welcome back! Of course, this week Carol and Dave are going to talk about the retirement of Clint Dempsey. They delve into his career, and what he meant to them. Also, Austin FC may not have a team yet, but they certainly have a logo. There are opinions to be had about the crest, and the nerve of the people who designed it. All this and more!

Here’s a look at the Austin FC logo, along with the explanation of the symbolism:

Here’s a slightly altered version:

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