I’m finally back home in Seattle and none the worse for wear—aside from a nasty cold. I was able to check two new cities off last week, as I was fortunate enough to spend the week traveling and covering the Sounders (and MLS) for Sounder at Heart. Along with that, I brought my gear and recorded a couple of podcasts.
First: On location from New York (okay, New Jersey). After a visit to MLS headquarters, I fill you in on the latest on Solidarity Payments and Training Compensation from the MLS perspective (spoiler: the league is optimistic, even if the MLSPA and US Soccer aren’t), the status of the the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations (spoiler: it’s not going well), a review of the Seattle Sounders’ loss to NYCFC, as well as my misadventures exploring the city for the first time ever. (Hijinks ensued)
Then: Live from Columbus, Ohio, in the German Village! Having covered the Save the Crew saga basically from start to finish, it was a sure bet that when I returned, I was going to record a podcast with group of the major players in the effort to keep Columbus Crew SC in Columbus.
So, I gathered four guests who were intimately involved in the fight from start to finish. Morgan Hughes, David Miller, Charles Campisano and Darby Schnarfus joined me to talk about the political, legal, and public relations fight to save the team.
I hope you enjoy both episodes, and more to come from the Socceresq Podcast here on Sounder at Heart.