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Twitter home of The Designated Players | An MLS Podcast! Your home for all things MLS, Past Present and Future! Hosted by Andrew Barnikel and Connor Wright

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Episode 258: NE Revolution wild plane story and the brawl between West Ham and Columbus Crew fans | MLS History Retold

6/19/2024
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 a wild plane story in which NE Revs coaches had to restrain a man who was trying to open the emergency exit door, followed by a fight between West Ham and Columbus Crew fans during a friendly between the two sides. Recorded on: 5/26/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:20:50

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Episode 257: USMNT recap and Copa America group stage preview

6/17/2024
In this episode of the Designated Players Podcast, we're breaking down the recent USMNT friendlies against Colombia and Brazil, as well as previewing the US's group stage in Copa America. Some have been panicking based on the recent results and we break down the games to see if the anger and panic is justified. We also talk a bit about Gregg's tactics and whether he has the ability to take the US team deep into tournaments. Lastly we preview the group stage for the USMNT ahead of Copa America and make predictions for each of their games. Let us know your thoughts on the recent performances and your thoughts on the Copa America group stage! Recorded on: 6/15/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:16:25

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Episode 256: Chucky Lozano joins San Diego FC as first marquee signing

6/14/2024
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, we talk about Tim Ream's rumored move to join Charlotte FC. Let us know your thoughts on all these transfer stories! Recorded on: 6/11/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:44:30

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Episode 255: Morris to Middlesbrough, Giakoumakis to Cruz Azul, and more

6/12/2024
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 talk about the recent firings of Gonzalo Pineda in Atlanta and Nico Estevez in Dallas. Let us know your thoughts on all of this news! Recorded on: 6/11/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:54:55

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Episode 254: Twellman's failed move to England and Seattle's fan vote to keep the Sounders name| MLS History Retold

5/30/2024
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 England, followed by Seattle's vote to save the Sounders name as they entered MLS. Recorded on: 5/26/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:25:43

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Episode 253: USMNT Roster Breakdown

5/28/2024
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 and how semifinals and finals will be available for free on Apple TV. Is this good or bad for the USOC? Let us know what you think. Recorded on: 5/26/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:05:18

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Episode 252: Marsch to Canada and Smith out at Nashville

5/22/2024
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: 5/18/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:58:35

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Episode 251: Is Messi right about this MLS rule?

5/20/2024
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 if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:34:02

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Episode 250: The Houston/Dallas rivalry in the 2007 playoffs and Twellman's bike | MLS History Retold

5/15/2024
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 rivalry, with this chapter taking place in the 2007 western conference playoffs semifinals. This is followed by one of the greatest goals in MLS history, Taylor Twellman's bicycle kick goal in the playoffs. Recorded on: 5/10/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:22:29

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Episode 249: Are Marco Reus and Sergio Ramos coming to MLS?

5/13/2024
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 as well as some other players rumored to come over. Next we talk about Enzo Copetti headed back off to Argentina. What does this mean for Charlotte and is it good they have moved on so quickly? Lastly we talk about the US Open Cup including MLS's first action and NYCFCII winning $25K for being the farthest 3rd division side. How did MLS perform? Does NYCFCII deserve to win this? Recorded on: 5/10/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:01:06

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Episode 248: MLS Designated Players Tierlist

5/6/2024
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 episode with video. Also let us know what you think and what your tierlist would be! Recorded on: 5/4/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:49:39

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Episode 247: Is MLS trying to kill USL?

5/1/2024
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 Hogsett's recent comments in which he staked his wish for Indy to get an MLS team, despite the city already having a soccer team in USL side Indy Eleven. What does this mean for the Indy Eleven? Is MLS purposely trying to expand into areas with already established USL teams? Few topics here, some fairly controversial for people, so let us know what you think! Recorded on: 4/29/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:02:07

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Episode 246: The NE Revolution's traveling bunny and the most exciting meaningless game ever | MLS History Retold

4/24/2024
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 bunny around with them, followed by a meaningless game between the NE Revolution and Toronto FC which saw a goal from beyond the halfway line and a stoppage time equalizer. #ad Recorded on: 4/20/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:29:15

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Episode 245: Is MLS in trouble if La Liga and the Premier League come to the US?

4/22/2024
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 about San Diego FC announcing their decision to implement a 6th-12th grade school as part of their academy and discussing if this will force other teams to upgrade their academy as well. Lastly, we wrap things up with the recent decision to allow European teams in leagues like La Liga and the Premier League to come play games in the US. Will this hurt MLS? Will it hurt lower leagues like USL and NISA more? #ad Recorded on: 4/20/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:02:24

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Episode 244: David Beckham's first MLS game is a 9 goal thriller, and the Rico Stomp | MLS History Retold

4/17/2024
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 thriller vs RBNY, followed by Ricardo Clark's stomp on Carlos Ruiz when the Texas Derby kicked off in September 2007. #ad Recorded on: 4/13/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:30:55

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Episode 243: Explaining the new MLS roster rule changes

4/15/2024
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 Reynoso disappearing off to Argentina again without the team knowing, meaning he missed games again in the season. Is it time to move on from him? Lastly, we wrap things up with MLS' continued poor performance in CCC and if their poor performance is holding the league back from being more successful. #ad Recorded on: 4/13/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:02:20

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Episode 242: Is MLS Next Pro bad for lower league soccer in the US?

4/8/2024
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 revolution. Lastly, we talk about recent comments claiming that MLS Next Pro is trying to kill lower league soccer, specifically USL, followed by comments about MLS Next Pros recent performances, or lack thereof, in the US Open Cup. Few topics here, some fairly controversial for people, so let us know what you think! Recorded on: 4/8/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:14:31

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Episode 241: Cuauhtémoc Blanco joins the Chicago Fire, and the Pachuca/Houston Dynamo rivalry | MLS History Retold

4/3/2024
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 Fire, followed by the early days rivalry between the Pachuca and the Houston Dynamo. Recorded on: 3/29/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:27:17

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Episode 240: You put Wondo WHERE?? | Top 10 Strikers in MLS History

4/1/2024
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 top 10 and what you think of our picks! Recorded on: 3/29/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:01:36:48

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Episode 239: Is the Saudi Pro League finished? Also Giroud to MLS?

3/27/2024
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, we talk about the recent news coming out of the Saudi Por League, specifically the rumor that they are pausing spending and the decrease in fan attendance despite all of the spending. Few topics here, and some not related to MLS, so if you have a better perspective than us, let us know what you think! Recorded on: 3/23/2024 Let us know your thoughts and if we got it right or right! Send any emails with questions or comments to: thedppod@gmail.com Follow the Pod on Social Media! Website: https://thedppod.buzzsprout.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDPPod1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/designated_players_podcast_/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDPPod TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thedppod Support the Show.

Duration:00:47:09