Not many people are as close to Major League Soccer’s players, coaches and fans as MLSsoccer.com’s Jillian Sakovits and Susannah Collins. Whether it’s on the sidelines or working on a feature story, they spend much of the season on the road and interacting with the newsmakers of the league. With 9 seasons of MLS experience between them and the closest of friends, Jill & Susannah invite you to pull up a chair and be a part of the conversations that up until now had stayed between them over a couple cocktails! We pull back the curtain to what it's like covering MLS – on and off the field.
A Perfect Hollywood Ending: LAFC Wins MLS Cup
13:56Goals in extratime, a Gareth Bale header that sends the game to PKs, and a goalkeeper sub that ends in an MVP performance sound like a Hollywood movie, but that is exactly what MLS Cup 2022 featured. Join The Call Up in our season finale as we take in all the emotions.
Unfinished Business in Philadelphia
31:21Get to know Leon Flach! The 21 year old German has played every game since arriving last season & just had the game winner to send the Union back to the Eastern Conference Final!! Hear about his journey, why he loves Jim Curtin, and the epic upcoming Conference Final rematch with NYCFC.
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Brad Stuver: “These are the games that make rivalries explode”
40:25From the ESPY’s to the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs, we cover it all with Austin FC Goalkeeper Brad Stuver. Fresh off his penalty kick win, he talks upcoming date with rival FC Dallas, his path to a starting role, and his advocacy for ALL. This episode will have you as hyped as we are for more Playoffs action.
A Golden Season for Hany Mukhtar
29:512022 MLS Golden Boot Pres. by Audi winner Nashville SC midfielder Hany Mukhtar is a ray of sunshine on this very timely & smiley episode. We discuss his 2022 scoring prowess, Nashville SC’s Playoff plans, and who he wants to see in the MLS Cup Final. No matter your team, this episode gives you all the positive vibes.
¡Bienvenidos a Ximena Cebreros: the MLS Español collab you’ve been waiting for!
48:03We catch up with MLSES host & reporter Ximena Cebreros. From Mexico to NYC, Ximena shares her career path, from covering news and entertainment in her home country to now interviewing the biggest names in MLS. She discusses the difference between media coverage in the US and Latin America and why a partnership between MLS and Liga MX is a win for the sport globally.
Eskandarian Chronicles: Leaving Iran, 2004 D.C. United, & Kim Kardashian
42:00Alecko Eskandarian joins the show! Find out what the former MLS Cup MVP said about the secret to that 2004 DCU team and how his 2010 date with Kim Kardashian came to be. Plus, his family’s incredible journey from Armenia to Iran to the NY Cosmos and what he recalls about a young Christian Pulisic.
Gaga Slonina Gets Set to Join Christian Pulisic at Chelsea
25:3218 year old Chicago Fire goalkeeper is about to make the move of a lifetime to Chelsea FC of the Premier League. The ladies discuss his breakout season with the Fire, what USMNT goalies have lent a helping hand, and his secret talents! Plus, where he got the name Gaga and we unveil his ranking for 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR!
Giorgio Chiellini: Why MLS has more talent than Serie A
42:49Get star stuck on this episode with superstar Giorgio Chiellini! A "student" of the game, Chiellini discusses how the defender role has changed through the years and which MLS defenders impress him. His love for tacos, LAFC supporters, and the Supporters' Shield race. Plus, what is the real story behind THAT espresso machine?
Did Phil Neville & David Beckham sign a friendship pact?
44:02Inter Miami manager Phil Neville shares his “brilliant basics” and Beckham’s 2022 expectations. The Pep Guardiola + Bruce Arena dinner party you don’t want to miss and what will surprise you about Gonzalo Higuain. Neville also shares the amazing story of the Bury FC (pronounced “Berry”) family business. P.S. he gets it from his mama!
Making Sure "Cinderella Gets the Slipper Put on Her Foot"
24:33Ahead of their historic appearance in the U.S. Open Cup Final, Sacramento Republic head coach Mark Briggs joins the pod. He discusses his team’s “Cinderella story” in this year’s tournament as they look to become the first non-MLS team to take home the Lamar Hunt trophy since 1999, facing off against Orlando City in the final. Also, Mark explains why the city of Sacramento has embraced this team and how their supporters will make their presence known at Exploria Stadium on Sept 7th!