Pennants And Playoff Soccer (MLSTalk Podcast)

Don’t worry, we aren’t moving to the “national pastime,” but rather realizing that both seasons are winding down, and that two of our writers, Daniel Feuerstein and Robert Hay, are knee-deep in the race for both postseason baseball and soccer – while the host, Earl Reed, is devoid of both.

Nonetheless, the guys talk a lot of soccer this week, beginning by touching all the bases in the weekend fixtures in MLS. They then head to the dugout to look over the MLS Standings, and follow that up with examining how referees have balked in a few recent calls, but also what might help mitigate the issues.

The podcast team closes out the show with two different discussions – first delivering a fastball at the Americans who had a good week in Europe, then they drop a curveball and briefly discuss an idea to bring about positive change in the way the league is structured. All in all we hope you find this podcast to be a round-tripper (or maybe a golazo instead). We would love to read your comments. Leave them in the comments here, or reach us on Twitter:

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4 Responses to Pennants And Playoff Soccer (MLSTalk Podcast)

  1. jared brooks says:

    Could you guys put links to the articles that you mentioned about the leagues structure? Also very good pod this week I liked the talk about the league. I want to know how allocation money is used because LA has to be over their salary cap.

  2. The original Tom says:

    Enjoyed the Pod this week, boys. I don’t think league structures have to be designed to keep every team interested until the end of the season- fans accept that some seasons just play out to dead rubbers. I’m not against 4 divisions, but then I don’t need conferences on top of that. I want a playoff structure where any two teams can meet in the final, even if they are from nearby cities. Personally, I think the NFL and Hockey could do away with their conferences and just have 8 divisions. Same for baseball. Why shouldn’t the Yankees and Red Sox not meet in the world series, or the Yankees and Mets meet in the play-offs?

  3. Dell says:

    I completely agree with you that players should not be allowed to verbally abuse referees. I’m tired of watching games where the referees loose control and shoving matches break out. In all the talk about the poor level of officiating I haven’t seen or heard anyone suggest adding a second referee to the field of play. The National Hockey League did that a few years ago. I believe Aussie Rules Football added an additional 2 referees to the field in the 1990s.

    One of the things I hate about the MLS is how often players get away with off the ball fouls. It is impossible for one person to simultaneously watch 22 people and a ball. Since the center referee’s sight usually follows the movement of the ball players can instigate with little fear of being caught. (A certain San Jose player has made this into an art form and much as I hate watching him do it to my preferred team I can’t help but have a grudging respect for how successfully he works the system.) I think having two center officials along with the linemen would cut down on the off the ball fouls. Like the NHL we’d probably have a season with an extremely high number of fouls and cards, but the players would figure it out and settle down. I think this would be a much better solution than a disciplinary committee that reviews game tapes and hands down sentences as inconsistent as the calls of the game officials.

    • Earl Reed says:

      Thank you all for your feedback. I wanted to respond to Dell because I somewhat wondered if our final conclusion was on the mark. I think after your response I realize that it was, and I’m glad it has given fodder to the debate. It’s obvious that you are talking about Steven Lenhart, and I agree that he is an agent provocateur on the pitch. It’s funny because I spent some time talking him up on this episode…he’s a tad unique in what he brings to the table, but his extra-curricular actions earn a reputation for being an instigator.

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