Ian (/u/ArmasKarhu) and James (/u/nefariousjoe) discuss a week of soccer that was so listless, Ian couldn’t even celebrate DC’s victory over James’s LA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Professor Steven Bank of UCLA joined Ian (/u/ArmasKarhu) this week to talk about his solution for a CBA compromise and the CBA situation as a whole. Ian goes on to ramble by himself about Miami’s expansion prospects.
Pete (/u/punkrockpete) returns from his small absence to talk with Ian (/u/ArmasKarhu) about how attractive Dom Dwyer is, why Las Vegas isn’t getting a team, and how DC United won the best trophy in American sport. Later, Ian asks if Orlando City’s opener will eclipse Seattle’s.