Zach the ref joins us for his weekly segment on controversial plays from the weekend, and we discuss the lack of outliers so far this season.
This week the gang welcomes /u/skaranger13, creator of the Tournament of States kits to dicuss his magnificent project. Then James (/u/nefariousjoe) and Pete (/u/punkrockpete) talk plenty of trash while previewing the Western Conference Final, and /u/thecoleslaw joins us to talk about the Revs and Lee Nguyen.
This week we have our first ever LA Galaxy fan on! James (/u/nefariousjoe) discusses home-and-home series with Seattle for the shield. We also argue about the merits and qualifications for Coach of the Year and MVP, Josh (/u/97227ist) deals with Portland’s season, and Ian (/u/ArmasKarhu) educates Pete (/u/punkrockpete) on more history from the fabled 1998 season.
The gang makes it to recording 2 weeks in a row, which has Chris declaring it a comeback. This week we talk Garber vs. Klinsmann smack-down, shake-up in San Jose, shifting conferences in 2015, and finally the availability of squirrel-sized Timbers jerseys.
The gang returns from a month-long hiatus! This week, Josh (/u/97227ist) gushes about River Plate-Boca, Pete (/u/punkrockpete) assumes Seattle will beat Vancouver (they didn’t) and Ian (/u/ArmasKarhu) talks about 98 DC. Again.
Let me first say that so many pixels have already been lit over the imminent retirement of Landon Donovan the likelihood that my little contribution is going to break any new ground is absurd. I’m have nothing profound to add, nothing deep, no singular encounter with Landon-ness that altered me in any significant way. I’m only trying to defend my own somewhat less deifying and unapologetically banal opinion of Donovan, because on a podcast when asked to take my turn reminiscing on the impact of Landy on my soccer consciousness my mind went blank until I said “he just seems so normal”. Which is not what one is supposed to say about the preeminent American soccer player I realize, but it’s what came to mind first. Having gotten obsessed with soccer long before I got interested in American soccer I don’t feel the kind of possessiveness of it that I suppose I should and I get a kind of objectiveness that makes things look a bit more plain, a bit less shrouded in emotion, a bit more normal.
My vote is for:
Stoppable Force Moves Moveable Object: TFC picks up their first win since Aug. 9 over hapless Chivas USA
I have found that when you accept that your team is shit, or is at least eminently capable of completely going to shit, life gets a lot more amusing.
Ok, ok, so it’s not North American Soccer but, jesus, would you look at that? I’m pretty sure any MLS goalkeeper trying the same thing would given a psychiatric evaluation.
Also note that in that tackle he blatantly handballs. Bold doesn’t even begin to describe that move.
Nah, everybody’s happier when you don’t.
In all fairness poor Joe Nasco has had to pick 18 out of the net in the last 5, so we can get behind cutting him a little slack.
Just look at this expression of genius: