Now We're Talking Football
Now We're Talking Football
Anto and Nico are joined for another MLS Supershow with Ives Galarcep from Soccer By Ives to take a look at a hugely key point of the Major League Soccer season where seedings for and elimination from playoff contention take on added significance with only four matches to go until the second season begins. In focus are two massive battles in each conference where San Jose is edging toward a Conference championship now defined by an eleven point gap and a Los Angeles team which has shot back up the standings into the second slot. In the East a surprising Chicago Fire have continued to respond with a massive home advantage all season long to put at least one hand on second as they head for a clash with Kansas City in a key Eastern Conference battle. Also examined is the tale of Chris Wondolowski who has surely obliterated all comers for the Most Valuable Player trophy while continuing to redefine his game, easily his best and most complete season to date. We also look deeper at Seattle and its playoff narrative of the last few years via its personnel strategy for clues, how a wild Dallas revival has seemed so unpredictable and whether the Schellas Hyndman magic act was borne more from his handling of the Brek Shea crisis at midseason or whether the arrivals of De Guzman and Ferriera in that midfield are what turned the tide. Another midfielder in focus here is Juninho who is now getting the recognition for turning the cruise ship in Los Angeles and if the playoff hangover finally found its way out of the Los Angeles system. Also discussed here is the ongoing AEG rumors and what they mean, and whether Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong and Guggenheim Partners may foreshadow in terms of the sports landscape and how this may impact the Galaxy and Dynamo in the years ahead. Also discussed here are some late season swoons for Houston and New York, whether the Real Salt Lake challenge has finally run into the proverbial wall in concert with the age of the squad and CONCACAF Champions League, and what next for some clubs who had terrible seasons for a number of very different reasons. Want to catch up on Major League Soccer at a key moment in this 2012 season, Ives Galarcep has a lot of great insights and answers as we aim for a playoff season that looks filled with wonderful stories and challenges.
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