MLS Cup Playoffs are stupid ... in the best way! React + Conf. Semi previews | Sacramento gets expansion team!
10.21.2019 - By ExtraTime, the Official Podcast of Major League Soccer (MLS)
In this episode, Andrew Wiebe, David Gass, Bobby Warshaw and Matt Doyle celebrate the opening weekend of the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs weekend. It was spell-binding, mind-boggling and absolutely stupid in the best possible way. Goals, controversial moments, extra time (times three) and home teams (sans Minnesota) handling business. The guys dig into Adrian Heath’s lineup decisions, the Union’s historic win, the Red Bulls’ future, Portland’s head-scratching season, Wayne Rooney’s final MLS game, Dallas’ kids almost getting it done and Michael Parkhurst’s nasty injury. Plus, four full Conference Semifinal previews, including a mouth-watering El Trafico showdown. Also in this episode … NorCal soccer expert Evan Ream joins the show to talk about the newest MLS expansion team: Sacramento Republic. Ream explains why the bid finally came good, what changed, what the supporters are like, what kind of club the Republic will be in 2022 and who will be Sacramento’s natural rival. 3:58 – Did Adrian Heath’s overthink his lineup in LA loss? 14:11 – Union make history? Red Bulls have big questions to answer… 23:49 – What happened to the Portland Timbers? Why no Diego Valeri? 26:51 –Wayne Rooney’s final MLS game … What now for D.C. United? 31:31 – FC Dallas plays the kids and almost shocks the Sounders 35:30 – Josef Martinez no-shows, but Parky and ATLUTD gut it out 38:34 –PREVIEW: NYCFC vs. Toronto FC … How can Reds upset the Blues? 46:19 – PREVIEW: Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake … Are Sounders vulnerable? 51:24 – PREVIEW: Atlanta United vs. Philadelphia Union … Bigger injury concerns? 56:36 – PREVIEW: LAFC vs. LA Galaxy … El Trafico in the playoffs!!!!! 1:00:31 – INTERVIEW: All about Sacramento Republic, MLS’s newest team, w/ Evan Ream