As a Triangle man, Charlotte is one of those distant friends I only see once in a while notice all the subtle differences. Oh, nice haircut! I see you’ve lost some weight!
The first I looked comprehensively at the city was January 2009, ahead of the Panthers’ awful playoff game against Arizona. We had an awesome time at Mert’s Soul Food (I hope it’s still around) before sadness happened.
Seattle Sounders 2 General Manager Andrew Opatkiewicz discusses the unique challenges of running an MLS-owned USL franchise. Also, Ian (/u/ArmasKarhu) gets choked up about Minnesota and the gang dissects another disappointing USMNT friendly.
The gang gets together to review a less than thrilling slate of games from week 3. The discussion continues around what tiers teams belong in, including: the Revs continuing slump, Dallas’ hot start, and whether Montreal’s potential CCL win would come with an asterisk. Pete (/u/punkrockpete) also pitches a trade to Ian (/u/ArmasKarhu) involving their teams, which is not received as well as hoped.
Zach (/u/morbuzaan) joins us to discuss last weekend’s controversial calls and the general state of American soccer officiating. Also, the gang breaks down the implications of this week’s expansion reports.
For the first time this year all 5 members of the slashMLS team get together, and recap week 2. While discussing the weekend’s action, we cover superlatives like Most Surprising and Most Impressive. Pete’s (/u/punkrockpete) carefully crafted moment is stolen, the gang discusses what’s right with Dallas and wrong with New England, and Josh (/u/97227ist) makes an instantly regrettable bet.
Ian and James talk to r/MLS mods /u/RemyDWD and /u/SomeCruzDude about dealing with the community’s exponential growth before getting into the latest happenings in #NYCSoccerWarz and the Bay Area.
James (/u/NefariousJoe) and Pete (/u/punkrockpete) discuss the fantastic start to MLS’ 20th season, and review the games of the opening weekend.
They also discuss the new TV deals and the impact they are having so far, as well as the diving controversy and quality of refereeing to start the season.
A couple weeks ago, I predicted Orlando’s first game would be a four-goal trouncing of New York City FC. Oops.
But the reason I said that is because I felt it was going to be the biggest inaugural match in MLS history. I think my general sensation was right, just a little misguided. It may be that it was the biggest weekend of matches on MLS history. Or day. I’ll settle for this: It was the biggest Sunday in MLS matchday history, and that includes all the times MLS Cup was played on a Sunday.
We finish our season preview by talking to the guy without whom we (probably) wouldn’t have a season: /u/theduke282. He sent some flowers to the negotiating room. A couple hours later, they came down with a deal.
Also, the gang wraps up Ian’s tiers, scrutinizing the league’s upper half.
Mikael MacCallum of City Soccer Talk expresses his delight that Orlando City will indeed play their first MLS Regular Season game this weekend. Also, James (/u/nefariousjoe) and Pete (/u/punkrockpete) dive into Ian’s (/u/ArmasKarhu) preseason power tiers.
Look for us to finish Ian’s tiers in part 2 tomorrow, where we also talk to /u/theduke282, the man whose flowers saved the season.