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Ep 63: Playoffs!?

This has got to be the most international podcast we’ve ever recorded.  Not 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.  This week, Dave and Carol talk about playoffs!  Lots and lots of playoffs!  The postseason has begun!

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


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


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):



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:


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


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


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


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:


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


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


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.


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


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


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:


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):


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


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

Here’s the numbers on why Giovinco might be the best free-kick taker in the world right now:


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:


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:


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


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


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

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