25 Stories That Made MLS-logo

25 Stories That Made MLS


Ahead of Major League Soccer's 25th season, brothers Tutul and Neetol Rahman tells 25 stories that made the league that it is today.

Ahead of Major League Soccer's 25th season, brothers Tutul and Neetol Rahman tells 25 stories that made the league that it is today.


United States




Ahead of Major League Soccer's 25th season, brothers Tutul and Neetol Rahman tells 25 stories that made the league that it is today.






S2E4 Chad Marshall - MLS Hall of Fame

It's a set piece, it's a header, it's a goal, It's Chad Marshall. The Brothers talk about the unassuming defender that played exclusively in MLS and finished with the best career for a defender in MLS history, including the most Defender of the Year awards by a player ever. Sources: Extratime Bobby Warshaw on the Chad Marshall Theorem https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/11/07/wiebe-must-win-seattle-sans-chad-marshall-four-reasons-be-worried Productivity, Longevity and Nudity by Sam...


S2E3 - Dwayne De Rosario - MLS Hall of Fame

The third entry to the brother's MLS Hall of Fame is Dwayne De Rosario. An MLS legend and Canadian legend that didn't make it to MLS until 23 and didn't become a starter until 26 but put together an all time career including a record six MLS Best XIs. Also hear about the most interesting year of any MLS player, his 2011 MVP season. Sources: Highs and Lows of Dero by Kristan Henaege for the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/football/2011/dec/23/dwayne-de-rosario-dc-united-vegan Dero...


S2E2 Jaime Moreno - MLS Hall of Fame

The DC United talisman, Jaime Moreno, is the second person in our first class of MLS Hall of Fame. The first person into the 100/100 club, learn about how Moreno grew up in the same academy as Marco Etcheverry, became the first Bolivian in the EPL before landing in MLS. He would have almost two careers across two eras filled with stats and trophies. Donate to Jaime Moreno's GoFundMe to help with his medical bills: https://www.gofundme.com/f/supporting-our-all-time-legend-jaime-moreno Watch...


S2.E1 Landon Donovan - MLS Hall of Fame

The brothers kick of season 2 with our series of the first 25 players that should enter the MLS Hall of Fame (as soon as it's made). The first name leading the way in our MLS Hall of Fame? Who else but the greatest American player of all time, Landon Donovan. Learn about his merit, honors and his story on getting to MLS and Neetol's favorite Landon goal in MLS. Sources Bio: http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Donovan_Landon/Donovan_bio.html Video on SJ comeback:....


Introducing Season 2 & MLS IS BACK!

Tutul and Neetol come out of their hibernation to announce season 2, which will have two seperate series: 25 Stories That Made Women's Soccer in the US 25 Stories Of Should Be MLS Hall of Famers. That's right 50 episodes coming your way. Also they chat about the MLS is Back Tournament.


25. Saved The Crew

How passionate fans of the Columbus Crew organized, protested and eventually saved the Crew and what it means to be a fan moving forward. Sources: Shout out to Keith Naas @Knass who helped proofread the outline How Columbus #SavedTheCrew by Arlo Moore-Bloom https://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2019/11/08/columbus-crew-mls-save-the-crew Precourt takes thoughtful approach in Remaking the...


24. Miggy and Tata

How a bond between a player and a coach resulted in an unbelievable but for an MLS Expansion team, the largest sale in MLS history and an opening of an unprecedented pipeline of Latin American talent. Sources: Lanús acordó la incorporación del volante Miguel Almirón https://www.espn.com.ar/noticias/nota/_/id/2435943/lanus-acordo-la-incorporacion-del-volante-miguel-almiron http://sportwitness.co.uk/exclusive-agent-confirms-arsenal-approach-player-delighted-sign/ Atlanta United signs...


23. The Development and Sale of Alphonso Davies

How a Canadian phenom who's parents escaped a Liberian Civil War to settle in Edmonton eventually became MLS' greatest export and glimpse to the future it may hold. Sources: Sources: The War in Liberia by Sarah Left https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/aug/04/westafrica.qanda Becoming Canadian - The Alphonso Davies Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqt5u1jtvGw Why Bayern Munich, the two paths of Alphonso...


22. The New Giants - Atlanta United and LAFC

How two new clubs, Atlanta United and LAFC, in MLS embraced the 3.0 model and became the giants in the league from spending, relevance and marketing. Sources: Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank for the Entreprenuer https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/197614 Home Depot Founder To Buy Falcons by the AP https://www.wired.com/2001/12/home-depot-founder-to-buy-falcons/ Falcons Owner Puts In Bid For MLS...


21. Entering MLS 3.0

How a report from a consultant group led to a new salary mechanism which propelled player spending in MLS to new heights. Sources: Inside the Confidential 2016 Study That Provided The Blueprint From MLS Modern Era by Paul Tenorio & Pablo Maurer https://theathletic.co.uk/1362372/2019/11/08/inside-the-confidential-2016-study-that-provided-the-blueprint-for-mlss-modern-era/ https://www.mlssoccer.com/glossary/targeted-allocation-money MLS HQ Denials of TAM Contracts Frustrating Front...


20. Return of the Yanks - Dempsey, Bradley, Jozy and Beasley

How four American stars were developed in MLS, got sold to Europe, had success and then returned to have more success and money than could've been imagined. SOURCES: How Seattle’s Stunning Clint Dempsey Deal Got Done by Grant Wahl https://www.si.com/soccer/2013/08/05/clint-dempsey-seattle-sounders-mls Beasley Angered by MLS Decision by Rupert Lowe for Daily Echo https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/5571343.beasley-angered-by-mls-decision/ Texas Tough: Dempsey’s Upbringing in Naco-Nowhere...


19. The History of CBAs & Free Agency

In our most technical episode yet, the brothers talk about how each collective bargaining agreement evolved player movement and salary spends of MLS that has helped shape the league today. Sources: Old MLS CBA Expires But No Strike Imminent by Brian Lewis https://nypost.com/2010/02/25/old-mls-cba-expires-but-no-strike-imminent/ Players Want Big Changes In MLS Structure by Simon...


18. The Reinvention of Kansas City

How the MLS team in Kansas City went from being last in attendance and fan engagement to being a model MLS franchise that's always sold out - one of the best turnarounds in all of sports. Sources: Special thanks to Mike McGrew and Mike Kuhn Lamar Hunt Sells MLS Wizards to Local Group http://www.espn.com/espn/wire/_/section/soccer/id/2567849 Serious Investment and Savvy Marketing Revive Soccer In Kansas City by Sam...


17. The Homegrown Rule

How MLS' Homegrown Rule pushed MLS teams to nurture young talent in their academies and why it took so long to take hold and meet it's full potential. Sources: Local Goalie Careers Poised to Go Global by Paul Tenorio for Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/25/AR2009052502163.html LA Galaxy Sign 17 Year Old Tristan...


16. The Supporters Shield and the Cascadia Cup

How the supporter culture and following of MLS teams led to the creation of one of the three main trophies & the eventual expansion into 3 new teams. Sources: A History of the Supporters Shield by Ryan Gates for Stumptown Footy https://www.stumptownfooty.com/2011/2/15/1995978/a-history-of-the-supporters-shield A Pacific Passion Play by Grant Wahl for...


15. I've Got A Fever & The Only Prescription Is More CCL

How two corrupt CONCACAF officials made Concacaf Champions League which eventually propelled MLS to improve their quality of...


BONUSODE! - Let's Grade All The New MLS Kits!

Neetol grades every new MLS Jersey from a designer's point of view. Tutul chimes in with some marketing points.


14. Beckham & Blanco - Enter the Designated Player Era

How the largest signing in league history, David Beckham, happened in the first place and how it changed the direction of MLS forever. The brothers talk about how and why the Designated Player happened, how Blanco was the better player in the early years and why it took a few years before everyone started to spend money on Designated Players. Sources: Looking back at fires last big signing by Guillermo Rivera for Chicago...


BONUSODE! - The State of the USA 2020

An early BONUSODE at the pods halfway point. The brothers discuss the state of the pod and give shoutouts (04:10), talk about Gressel and Chicharito (13:55), and close with comparing the players in this January camp vs the team that lost in Trinidad in 2017 (29:15).


13. Northward Bound to Toronto

How MLS expanded into Canada for the first time, stepping into MLS 2.0 for the first time. The brothers also talk about the long windy road that made the circumstances right for Toronto FC to join the league. Sources: “A nice little job to learn stuff by” By Duncan Fletcher for SB Nation: https://www.wakingthered.com/2013/9/9/4705472/tfc-a-nice-little-job-for-anselmi-to-learn-stuff-by-richard-peddie-tom-anselmi-mlse Maple Leaf Owners Through The Ages by Jeremy Sandler for the National...