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The SBI Show: Episode 180 (Talking MLS playoffs, Americans Abroad, and more)

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The New England Revolution and Los Angeles Galaxy moved a step closer to meeting in the MLS Cup Final and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down their series-opening victories.

Episode 180 of The SBI Show takes a look back at the Revs’ 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, as well as the Galaxy’s 1-0 triumph over the Seattle Sounders.

Co-host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss a good week for Americans Abroad, including goal-scoring performances from Terrence Boyd and Aron Johannsson.

Give Episode 180 of The SBI Show a listen after the jump:

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What did you think of the show? Who impressed you the most in the MLS conference finals openers? Did the strong showing by Americans Abroad restore your faith in American soccer?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Ives, do you really not see how the Cahill for Alexander substitution played such a critical role in the winning goal? It’s right there in your description of the play but somehow you’re not seeing it. McCarty did go forward, yes, and Cahill was out on the left touchline, yes. What was Cahill doing out on the left touchline? When Alexander and McCarty are paired up, when McCarty goes forward, Alexander stays back. They’re really, really good at this. Of course in this case Cahill was nowhere to be seen and Lee Nguyen was able to just prance down the center of the field with no resistance. Alexander was probably the Red Bulls best player on the day. It was a boneheaded substitution, and that was clear right from the second it happened.

  2. Nice show folks. The last 20 minutes were hilarious! Garrett, if you want to see some ugly mountains, you should come to Texas. In fact, what we have probably aren’t classified as mountains, so never mind. I’m going to start a thing. When I see a female with a not so great looking chest, I’m going to say to myself that she has ugly mountains in your honor. I think it’ll catch on quickly. Alright, that’s enough from me, so y’all have a great Thanksgiving and look forward to the next episode…

  3. Good show.

    Two thoughts:

    1. Disagree with Ives on the Eric Alexander substitution. McCarty and Alexander have done such a good job shielding the back four. Petke’s game management has been excellent down the stretch but this move exposed them at a critical time.

    2. Agree with Ives that Jermaine Jones was a strong candidate for AOTY. He was USMNT’s best player at the World Cup and he has transformed New England from a rising team to a title caliber team.

    3. At this point,…MLS Cup is a can’t miss match-up no matter how the second legs work out.

  4. Disappointed that Garrett tried to dance around the honeymoon question. Being bashful/offended about it doesn’t make sense, regardless of how he views his current relationship. You can be tactful and still have fun with it, G-Man; don’t make mountains out of mole hills.

    Also, Garrett mentions that Ives gets upset with him when he says “no-no words”. Anybody have any idea what those might be? Garrett is such a gentleman, I doubt he has to be told not to curse. So, what doesn’t want Ives want him to mention? Other soccer podcasts/websites? Girly cocktails? Scarves? Contests?


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