• Front Porch Discourse

    Front Porch Discourse: Why do some startup leagues fail?

    John, R.P. and Ian discuss how the Chicago Fire moving back to Soldier Field and rebranding will affect soccer in that market. Then, they talk about the recent failure of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) and why certain startup leagues fail while others, such as where MLS and...
  • Michigan State

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 61: John Harkes

    Greenville Triumph SC manager and sporting director John Harkes joins co-hosts Kevin Johnston and John Lenard ahead of his expansion side’s inaugural USL League One match at South Georgia Tormenta FC. The former U.S. men’s national team captain touches on the current state of the USMNT, FC Cincinnati’s hot...
  • Front Porch Discourse

    Front Porch Discourse: Winning, losing business decisions across American soccer

    John, Ian and R.P. discuss the success — or not — of various business deals made across American soccer. They discuss the general move toward digital ticketing, the USSF ticketing structure (13:30), Chattanooga FC’s ownership drive (31:30) and try to answer if bad shirt sponsors affect soccer jersey sales...
  • Front Porch Discourse

    Front Porch Discourse: MLS tiers Part II

    John and R.P. harangue Ian again over his preseason MLS rankings, taking particular exception to one team in the second tier. The gang goes through Ian’s top 14 teams. Related: Front Porch Discourse: MLS tiers Part I Follow Front Porch Discourse on Twitter: @FPDiscourse. Support Soc Takes on Patreon...
  • Front Porch Discourse

    Front Porch Discourse: MLS tiers Part I

    In an annual tradition that has spanned many podcasts, Ian presents the gang with his preseason MLS tiers while John and R.P. critique them. In this first part, they go through the bottom two tiers. Related: Front Porch Discourse: MLS tiers Part II Follow Front Porch Discourse on Twitter: @FPDiscourse....
  • MLS fantasy preview

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 60: 2019 MLS Fantasy preview

    “MLS Fantasy Boss” Reid Connelly and 2018 MLS Fantasy spring champion Tod Modisette join co-hosts Kevin Johnston and John Lenard to preview the 2019 season from a fantasy perspective. The fellas go over some of the basic MLS Fantasy tenets along with what’s new for 2019, then turn their...
  • Front Porch Discourse

    Front Porch Discourse: Exciting new year for American soccer

    Co-hosts John Lenard and Ian Foster run down the exciting proofs of concept happening between American and Canadian soccer. But first, they quickly hit on a couple of frustrating developments from USL Chicago and D.C. United. Support Soc Takes on Patreon for access to exclusive content and supporter benefits. Click...
  • Front Porch Discourse

    Front Porch Discourse: Short- and long-term implications of #SavedTheCrew

    John Lenard, R.P. Kirtland and Ian Foster discuss what the success of the #SavedTheCrew movement means for MLS, U.S. Soccer, sports in America, sports everywhere else, life, the universe and everything in the latest edition of Front Porch Discourse. Support Soc Takes on Patreon for access to exclusive content...
  • Michigan State

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 59: CST’s Nick Seuberling

    Cincinnati Soccer Talk’s Nick Seuberling joins co-hosts Kevin Johnston and John Lenard to analyze FC Cincinnati’s roster construction ahead of the club’s first season in MLS. Seuberling also discusses his background in soccer and digital media. Support Soc Takes on Patreon for access to exclusive content and supporter benefits. Click...
  • Michigan State

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 58: Michigan State assistant coach Ben Pirmann

    Michigan State men’s soccer assistant coach Ben Pirmann returns to the Soc Takes Pod ahead of his team’s trip to the College Cup this weekend in Santa Barbara, Calif. He joins co-hosts Kathryn Knapp and Kevin Johnston to size up the four remaining teams — Michigan State, Akron, Indiana...
  • Justin Mapp

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 57: Justin Mapp

    Former U.S. men’s national team midfielder and longtime MLS veteran Justin Mapp joins the panel to reminisce on his playing career, analyze the current state of MLS, discuss his soccer-specific personal training endeavor and much more. Thumbnail photo credit: H. Abdallah Support Soc Takes on Patreon for access to...
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    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 56: NPSL’s Cindy Spera

    In her second appearance on the Soc Takes Pod, NPSL managing director Cindy Spera joins co-hosts Kevin Johnston and Nipun Chopra to recap the 2018 season, size up some of the tougher aspects of her job and briefly discuss NPSL Pro. If you missed Spera’s first time on the...