MLS Aces Ep. 119 - Me, CJ, and a Quesadilla

On this episode of the MLS Aces Podcast, Tom & Jason sit down to answer some fan questions about our favorite clubs, we talk some transfer news, week happened in week 26 of the season, what to look forward to in week 27, the playoff implications, and some USMNT talk heading into their upcoming friendlies.

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League One Fun - Episode 40: Week 23 and Joey G Humbles Jason

Jason's birthday bash is on going but he takes some time to pod!

Believe it or not, the snaking run from Richmond Kicker's Joe Gallardo left Jason humble after his comments last week. The gang reviews all three matches since the last show, all of which had major playoff implications. Ira explains the possible but difficult path for Richmond to get above the line.

And listener questions galore.

Will USL Championship buy the best League One players?

Who's impacted the most from international call ups?

What might be the playoff format if there's 16 teams next season?

And more.

The show is @league1fun; Jason is @homesweetsoccer and Ira is @irajersey

We're sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves.  Thanks to Elaina for the show open.

040 Labor Day: A Shutout In SoCal Eases the Pain of the US Open Cup Loss

The guys wrap up another short episode, this time in Sterling's bar to close out the US Open Cup Final and talk MNUFC's upset of LAFC, and they discuss expectations for the Loons for the rest of the season.

A Light Preview: Match #26 vs. Real Monarchs SLC

Las Vegas Lights FC will look to get their second win of the year over Monarchs SLC.

After a road draw vs. Tulsa and a weekend off, Las Vegas Lights FC will play another away, midweek fixture tonight. They are set to take on Real Monarchs SLC at Zions Bank Stadium. We preview the USL Championship action.

Looking at the Lights (8-10-7)

With a busy schedule this month, Lights FC will need to pick up points with some regularity. Real Monarchs SLC only have one clean sheet in their last five matches and the Lights will need to be aggressive on the road.

It will be interesting to see how Eric Wynalda lines up his squad tonight. LAFC loanee Fito Zelaya was called up to El Salvador's national team for this international break. Jose Villarreal is out with a lower-body injury while Mobi Fehr and Vinnie Vermeer are listed as questionable. Dejan Jakovic was listed on the LAFC injury report with an adductor injury over the weekend. With Zelaya and Villarreal out, we will definitely see Tabort Etaka Preston and Irvin Parra in the attack, but could Sammy Ochoa make a rare start as the target forward?

Previous meeting vs. Monarchs SLC: W, 1-0

Who you should know: Real Monarchs SLC (10-8-6)

Douglas Martinez: He signed with first-team Real Salt Lake over the weekend, so he may be unavailable, but if he's in action with the Monarchs, he's the player to watch. He has 11 goals and six assists on the season.

Maikel Chang: The Cuban midfielder is dangerous for Monarchs SLC, whether he's scoring himself or setting up a teammate. He has nine goals, four assists, and a team-high 40 chances created this year.

Jack Blake: Appearing in 23 matches, he controls the tempo in the midfield. He has 904 passes with 86% accuracy, 63.8 passes per match. The 24-year-old Scottish midfielder has six goals as well.

The Deets

Tonight, at 6 PM Pacific Time, Zions Back Stadium

Las Vegas Lights FC at Real Monarchs SLC

All Toros, No Bull: RGVFC unable to overcome a red card on the road

In a battle for the 2019 Copa Tejas, RGVFC finished down a player and down three goals at the final whistle.

RGVFC had the chance to win their first trophy in franchise history when they faced Austin Bold FC on Sunday. Unfortunately, a poorly awarded red card and an aggressive Austin attack led to a 3-0 defeat on the road for the Toros. Ema Twumasi, Andre Lima, and Isaac Promise scored the goals for Bold FC.

RGVFC Toros (7-12-7)

There's no other way to say this: the red card awarded to Nico Corti was horrendous. If somehow you haven't seen it, the goalkeeper slid outside of his area and the ball deflected off of his knee, but after some shouts from Austin players, referee Kevin Broadley brandished a straight red card for "handling the ball" outside of the penalty area. At the time of the sending off in the 44th minute, RGVFC only trailed 1-0 on the road. Now down a player and with their backup keeper, Ben Willis, forced into the game, they were unable to salvage the match. To make that decision to send a player off, you better be absolutely sure the infraction occurred. Unfortunately, there was no VAR available to rectify the call and all the referee could do was apologize for missing it in live-action.

With the loss, the Copa Tejas went to Austin and the Toros find themselves further away from the playoffs, only one win in their last five. But, the club will have a good chance to bounce back in their next outing at home vs. Tulsa.

Top Toros

Isidro Martinez: Chelo hit on 86% of his 50 passes, had three successful crosses, and created two chances.

Eric Bird: The Dynamo midfielder tallied two key passes, three tackles, and completed 41 passes.

Ben Willis: I know, the backup goalkeeper allowed two goals. But, being launched into a tough circumstance, Willis made seven saves against Bold FC, including a Save of the Week nominee.

This Week's Quote-A-Bull: Jesus "Chuy" Enriquez

On the importance of the fans this Saturday:

It's always important to have fans at home games, especially in times like these, when we need them most.

Tulsa Roughnecks FC (5-13-8)

For the first time since April, Roughnecks FC won a match in USL Championship play when they defeated Fresno FC over the weekend. Marlon scored the winner and assisted on the opening goal in the 2-1 win.

Rodrigo da Costa, who scored the first goal vs. Fresno, has been a star despite Tulsa's poor form. He is approaching the double-double mark for goals and assists. He has nine goals and eight assists on the year, leading the club in both categories. He also has club-highs in shots, shots on target, and chances created.

Roughnecks FC have allowed the 5th-most goals in the USL Championship with 55 in 26 matches and they don't see much of the ball with the 4th-least passes in the league.  They defeated RGV earlier this season at ONEOK Field, 2-1.

Tonight, they face El Paso Locomotive FC before making their way down to the Rio Grande Valley.

The Particulars

Saturday, 7:30 PM CDT, at H-E-B Park

RGVFC Toros vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC

An Eloise Ending

Eloise in the act of playing with her sister's "toy".

Ep. 62: The Mile High Club

In this episode, Ray, Dylan & Alan look back at the big win against New
Mexico United, and look forward to the match against Portland Timbers 2 on
Sunday, all while Alan is on a plane. Enjoy!