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Luke and Pedro are back for Episode 110 with special guest, Juergen Sommer, Head Coach of NASL expansion team, Indy Eleven.
MLS News: The guys talk about Benji Joya getting picked up by the Chicago Fire in an MLS Weighted Lottery. They also talked about reports of Julio Cesar going on loan to Toronto FC and what that means for both the player and the club. JELD-WEN field is no more, and the guys address the stadium’s new name and Pedro has had enough of the Dempsey vs Bradley or Donovan vs Dempsey pre-game hype.
NASL News: Pedro and Luke talk about player signings such as former MLS’er Anthony Wallace to the Tampa Bay Rowdies and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers adding Shawn Chin. The Atlanta Silverback’s Matt Horth makes the jump to European soccer and signs with Iceland’s Leiknir Reykjavik. The guys also address the new title for the Supporter’s Cup and what it means to win it.
USL Pro: The LA Blues are no more. The former club rebrands as Orange County FC. The guys discuss what this means for the team and what it could mean for its future. And finally, the Oklahoma Energy sign 3 new faces to the squad.
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