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Author: Andrew Barnikel, Adam Tamburello, Connor Wright

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In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with continued talk of big names making moves in and out of the league. We start things off with the rumor of Marco Reus to the LA Galaxy, as well as the discovery fee that was paid to Charlotte FC. Is the discovery rule hurting MLS? Next we talk about expansion side San Diego FC's first marquee signing, that of Chucky Lozano. What does this mean for the club and its fans? Lastly, w...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with more big names making moves in and out of the league, as well as some coaches out after slow starts to the season. We start things off though recapping the CONCACAF Champions League final where Columbus lost to Pachuca. Is MLS still behind Liga MX or was there another reason for the loss? Next we stay in Columbus and talk Aidan Morris's rumored move to Middlesbrough. Lastly, we...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we continue our series where we retell the stories of MLS history. We've gone through all the team's subreddits and asked for different stories they remember about their teams, and we've got a list of almost all of them. We are going to do our research and then come together to retell everyone about those stories and give them the spotlight they deserve. This week we're talking about Taylor Twellman's failed move to Preston North End in Engla...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're breaking down the recent USMNT roster release for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Brazil. We talk about who are some surprise additions, who was snubbed, and what we want to see from the upcoming friendlies. We also talk about some of the outrage that has sparked on Twitter over a few MLS related guys on the roster and whether the anger is justified or if the complaining is unneeded. Lastly, we briefly talk about the USOC a...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with a focus on coaches this episode. We start things off with a look into newly announced head coach of the Canada men's national team, Jesse Marsch. What does Canada look like with Marsch in charge? Next we talk about Nashville SC moving on from Gary Smith at head coach. Was this the right decision, and who is the ideal replacement? Let us know what you think!Recorded on: 5/18/202...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with things kicking off with an unhappy Messi at a new MLS rule that impacted him in his recent game, as well as Suarez furious with a referee after he was carded for leaving the field too slowly. This is followed by a dive into the madness that was Toronto FC and NYCFC fight and allegations. Let us know what you think!Recorded on: 5/18/2024 Let us know your thoughts and ...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we continue our series where we retell the stories of MLS history. We've gone through all the team's subreddits and asked for different stories they remember about their teams, and we've got a list of almost all of them. We are going to do our research and then come together to retell everyone about those stories and give them the spotlight they deserve. This week we're talking about the next iteration of the Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas riva...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with lots of big names potentially coming over to MLS in this summer transfer window, followed by Charlotte moving on from Copetti, and lastly talking the recent round of the US Open Cup. The Athletic, specifically Tommy Scoops has released an article covering a bunch of players who could be making moves to MLS soon and where there best landing spots could be. We give our thoughts a...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're trying out a new series where we make tierlists! What better way to start this off than with making a tierlist ranking all teams by their designated player history. There have been some incredibly legendary and impactful designated players in MLS history and some that never even played a minute as a designated player. If you are interested in seeing the tierlist as it is made, make sure to check out our YouTube channel to see the full e...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with the Premier League possibly adopting a salary cap, and lastly covering the mayor of Indianapolis stating his intentions for the city to gain an MLS team. We start with our friends across the pond potentially getting a taste of the good ole salary cap and how this will impact the Premier League. Is there any potential impact to MLS? Next we talk about Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogs...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we continue our series where we retell the stories of MLS history. We've gone through all the team's subreddits and asked for different stories they remember about their teams, and we've got a list of almost all of them. We are going to do our research and then come together to retell everyone about those stories and give them the spotlight they deserve. This week we're talking about the NE Revolution carrying around a $5K stuffed animal bunn...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with the proposed "icon rule", San Diego FC implementing a school as part of their academy, and European teams being allowed to play games in the US. We start off with MLS looking to implement another roster rule in the icon rule, allowing teams to take less of a cap hit for signing players 33 and older. Is this a good idea, or is this making things more complicated? Next we talk ab...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we continue our series where we retell the stories of MLS history. We've gone through all the team's subreddits and asked for different stories they remember about their teams, and we've got a list of almost all of them. We are going to do our research and then come together to retell everyone about those stories and give them the spotlight they deserve. This week we're talking about David Beckham's first game in MLS which was a 9 goal thrill...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with the new roster rule changes to be implemented in summer 2024, Emanuel Reynoso disappearing from Minnesota AGAIN, and MLS nearly being fully knocked out of CCC already. We start with the the big one, new roster rules dropped for summer 2024 and we go over what the new changes are, and whether or not it is a good move for the league. Next we talk about Minnesota's starboy Emanuel...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with the Cucho suspension, renderings of NE's potential new soccer specific stadium, and lastly covering recent comments made about MLS Next Pro and their performance in US Open Cup. We start with the suspension of Cucho, specifically the lack of transparency when it came to the reason for it. Next we talk about the rumor of a potential new soccer specific stadium for the NE revolut...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we continue our series where we retell the stories of MLS history. We've gone through all the team's subreddits and asked for different stories they remember about their teams, and we've got a list of almost all of them. We are going to do our research and then come together to retell everyone about those stories and give them the spotlight they deserve. This week we're talking about Club America legend Cuauhtémoc Blanco joining the Chicago F...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we continue our series covering all things top 10. This is going to be a controversial one! As previous listeners will know, there is nothing we like more than yelling at each other and being yelled at by you, so what better way to entice that then by rating top 10s. This week, we will be giving our picks for the top 10 strikers in MLS history, from all time leading scorer Chris Wondolowski to the ageless wonder Kei Kamara. Let us know your t...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with the rumored signing of Olivier Giroud, the confirmed signing of Jonathan Cabecita Rodriguez, and lastly covering the potential downfall of the Saudi Pro League. We start with the confirmed signing of Cabecita by Portland, and what Portland's new ceiling is. Next we talk about the rumor of Giroud to LAFC and talk about what expectations we would have for him and for LAFC. Lastly...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in USMNT in recent news with the recent performance in the Nations League Semifinal against Jamaica! We talk about how individual players performed, how Gregg's tactics performed, and what the future of the USMNT, including Gregg's future in charge, looks like. This is always a very back and forth topic, especially on Twitter, so let us know what you think!Recorded on: 3/23/2024 Let us know yo...
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're talking about the hottest topics in MLS in recent news with talks of MLS 2 teams rebranding with local teams, followed by MLS' recent performances (or lack thereof) in CONCACAF Champions Cup, and finally ending with the potential new rule change decoupling the DP tag with the U22 initiative. We're focusing on the recent rebranding being performed by MLS Next Pro teams such as Ventura County and The Town. What does it mean for MLS, and i...
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