Major League Soccer Weekend Preview: MLS Talk Podcast


Real Salt Lake was the story of mid-week, winning Group A of CONCACAF Champions League, becoming the first Major League Soccer Talk to finish atop a group. That and New York winning the Eastern Conference carry myself and co-host Christopher Riordan into our Major Season Soccer weekend, where the Supporter’s Shield will be decided between Saturday’s match at Dick’s Sports Goods and Sunday’s game at Home Depot.

2 thoughts on “Major League Soccer Weekend Preview: MLS Talk Podcast”

  1. Richard, good show, enjoy listening each week! I think you’re being a little harsh on the Emerald City supporters. The friendly with Chivas was scheduled well before Seattle had crashed out of Champions League. I believe their point was simply better planning on timing. They want ownership to take the competition seriously, and I think most MLS fans want the same from their club.

    As a Sounder fan I do not want the friendlies reduced, just scheduled a little better. The Chivas game was great, I’d rather see them advance though.

    Good work!

  2. I’ve been listening to you guys talk about how ESPN or Fox should be marketing MLS to get more fans on board but you aren’t addressing the real issue of the matter, so I’m going to clue you in on what I see as being the issue.

    In my area, the lack of MLS fans I can directly attribute to a lack of knowledge. I’m constantly bombarded by people telling me soccer is slow and boring but they aren’t paying attention to the game or don’t understand it. Education is key here, not more marketing. Without education, everyone who is currently interested in going to be watching.

    What I’m talking about with education is getting boreball (baseball) fans, throwball (football) fans, hockey fans, golf fans, and others exposed to the game and how it works. I guarantee that if a Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, or Tiger Woods is willing to state they watch or follow soccer that people would be jumping on trying to figure things out. As it is, there is no place to “learn” the game.

    For instance, I’ve been a Manchester United supporter since 1992, but without access to the matches (which I’ve been without until 2 years ago), I just followed the results and lineup changes. In the last 2 years, I’ve gotten to see the matches, figure things out, and I’ve had people available to answer questions I’ve had about figuring the game out (except for when you guys call players by their numbers, which you explained in a recent podcast). I’ve had resources, but only because I’ve sought them out. Others NEED resources. No one in my area UNDERSTANDS the game.

    Education is key, without it, you can spin your wheels all you want, but MLS won’t get any bigger because we Americans are too lazy to get up and learn about it. Sad, but true.

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