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Ep 29: Best Footballer Forward

We’re back! During the chaos of the holidays, it’s nice that there’s nothing really important to talk about. Except for the age-old question of what makes an MVP so valuable. Or who should have been selected as Coach of the Year. Or who could do a better job than Bruce Arena at heading the USMNT. Or which MLS giant is going to come away with a long overdue MLS Championship.

Ep 28: And the Award Goes To…

Playoffs are here!  We had a ton of stuff to talk about, so here’s a super-packed extra-long episode.  This week we discuss the Sounders decision to officially name Brian Schmetzer their head coach.  Year end award nominees are out as well.  We go back to our beginning of the season predictions and see how well they held up.  You won’t believe who Carol picked to win the MLS Cup back in March.  Finally the games so far, and what to expect out of this weekend.  Here’s close to two hours of soccer madness for you!

Oh… and the Cubs.  Of course we had to talk about the Cubs.

Here’s the goal scored by Mancuso for Montreal against the Redbulls:

Which Dave found reminiscent of this goal by Jamie Vardy (which he incorrectly said was against Arsenal.. it was Liverpool.  Hey.. he got the coach right at least.)

Ep 27: Snubbed Out

Darlington Nagbe might never get called up to the National Team again.  Turns out that when Jurgen Klinsmann invites you to play, you better play.  This week Dave and Carol talk about Klinsmann’s snubs, and whether they deserves call ups.  Also, what does a coach do when a world class player demands to stay at home unless he starts?  Plus, the playoff scenarios of the final day of the season are… complex.  Here’s Episode 27!

 

You can read the article about Klinsmann and Nagbe here:  http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/the91stminute/2016/10/everybody-lost-in-the-needless-nagbe-klinsmann-showdown/

And the article about Didier Drogba is here:  http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/10/18/parchman-mauro-biello-s-handling-drogba-saga-could-be-season-changing

Ep 26: Loopholes Part 2 – The Spirit of the Law

The long awaited second part of our first ever two-part episode is finally here!  This week, Dave and Carol are joined by Devon from 253 Defiance.  We chatted about our thoughts on Bob Bradley becoming the first US coach in the EPL.  Devon told us tales of being a soccer evangelist.  And finally, we discussed rules.  Namely this:  Is breaking a rule and cheating the same thing?  This was a fun one, we hope you enjoy it.

Ep 25: Loopholes Part 1–The Letter of the Law

Soccer rules can be funny sometimes.  Take for example the rare free-kick in the box that happened in Chicago last week.  We decided to talk about some other strange rules, and the ways they were exploited.  There was so much to talk about here that we decided to hold off part of the conversation for next week.  Also, Sounders GM Garth Lagerway spent some time talking to fans about what the future looks like in Seattle.   We give our thoughts on some of the highlights.  Away we go on the our first two-part episode!

Here’s the article we mentioned that goes into greater depth about Lagerway’s talk:

http://www.sounderatheart.com/2016/9/20/12990266/garth-lagerwey-fan-qanda-recap

Ep 24: Insert Funny Pun About Defiance

Landon Donovan’s back!  Who’s excited?  No, really.  Who?  It’s an awfully quiet room in here.  This week Carol and Dave were joined by Paul, one  of the founders of 253 Defiance, the south sound chapter of the Emerald City Supporters.  We discuss the Sounders future, expansion drafts, and of course the return of the man, the myth, the legend: Landon Donovan.   Some of us were less enthused than others.

Ep 23: Team Values

So we decided to be fair, and give some credit to the New York Times for writing a much better article about soccer than the last one.  Not that it was a very high bar.  We then had a chat about Megan Rapinoe and her decision to join a hands-on football player in sitting out the national anthem.  Also, we took some time to talk about that pillar of soccer journalism, Forbes, and their yearly valuation of MLS teams.  And did Don Garber sneak a bombshell in that article?  Here we go, it’s Episode 23!

This one’s gonna take some links.

We’ll start with the very good article by the New York Times on Jordan Morris:

Then there’s an article about Megan Rapinoe, including the full statement by the Washington Spirit:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2016/09/07/nwsl-national-anthem-prevent-megan-rapinoe-protest/89983278/

Here’s the fascinating piece by ESPN on the history of the Star Spangled Banner and sporting events:

http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/6957582/the-history-national-anthem-sports-espn-magazine

And finally, the money.  Here’s the article by Forbes on MLS team values (Oh!  I just got that!):

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2016/09/07/major-league-soccers-most-valuable-teams-2016-new-york-orlando-thrive-in-first-seasons/#2d482eed266a

Ep 22: Missing in Action

This week Carol and Dave discuss numerous ways teams lose players.  Also, what’s going on with the expansion draft?  Could Minnesota have the best crest in the league when they join?  Plus singing.  There’s singing in this one.  Really, why wouldn’t you listen for that?

Ep 21: The Temerity of Hope

You thought we were done talking about goalkeepers, didn’t you?  Honestly, so did we.  But Hope Solo has commanded the headlines again, and we couldn’t stay away.  How bad was what Solo did?  Is her punishment just?  Is it sexist?  All this, plus we talk about MLS Playoffs, and how stupid they are.

Ep 20: The Gloves Are On

Technical difficulties, schmepnical schmifficulties.   We here and we want to talk about Goalkeepers!  Is Nick Rimando the greatest MLS ‘keeper ever?  How out of line is Hope Solo?  The people with the mitts minding the nets are the focus today.  Enjoy!

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