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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?

Ep 54: Judgement Day

Hey all! We’re back! Perhaps, slightly delayed, but hey, and eclipse certainly demands it’s own time. This week Dave and Carol dive into VAR, and whether or not Kaka’s red card was deserved. Then we take a look at some recent attempts to get MLS to adopt promotion and relegation. Finally, Pablo Mastreoni was fired by the Rapids. Was it the right move, and who’s next on the hot seat? All this and more on this week’s episode!

Here’s Bobby Warsaw’s take on Kaka’s red card:


Here’s the story on MP & Silva’s media rights offer:


And the lawsuit in Sports Court:


And just for fun, here’s the wikipedia article on the Court of Arbitration in Sport:


Finally, here’s Matt Doyle’s take on Pablo Matreoni’s time in Colorado:


Ep 53: Many Happy Returns

It’s August, and Carol’s back in the studio! Yays! This week, we have a short moment with friend-of-the-show Sam to talk about computer stuff that is frankly above Dave’s head. Then we break down All-Star games, coaching changes, and the beginning of VAR. Is the game gonna be better for this? Take a listen and find out.

Here’s Sounder at Heart’s breakdown on VAR:


Update: The audio of the show is now actually posted. Sorry about that.

Ep 52: Ask me Anything

It’s lonely out here today. Today Dave takes the mic alone to discuss some of the news of the week. The US won the Gold Cup! Also, there was a blockbuster trade between SKC and Orlando, but it leave’s Dave a little confused. And finally, he gets to the fantastic questions submitted by you, our dear listeners. Enjoy!

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:


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


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

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