League One Fun: Episode 82 – Richmond to the Final?

Richmond to the Finals?

This week, Jason and Ira discuss another Greenville win, 1-0 victory, and another MVP performance from Alex Morell (surprise surprise). As they’ve solidified 1st place, Richmond Kickers have also enlarged the gap for 2nd and have officially made it theirs to lose. Jason calls Emiliano Terzaghi “the most dangerous man in USL League One” and has the stats to back it up. And speaking of stats, the duo speaks on Omaha with the highest number of crosses in a game this season and why their offense has looked stale. Is it too late for their playoff hopes?

Forward Stepping Up?

One team who will also be wondering this, is Forward Madison. They couldn’t get a win against FC Tucson thanks to Amal Knight’s Man of the Match 9 saves. Yet Forward got it done over the weekend in a convincing win against a tired Chattanooga Red Wolves. With Vang producing 60% of their goals, can the Vang Train lead them to a late run for 2nd? Their path to the final is difficult.

Fort Lauderdale a Spoiler?

The duo also discusses why Fort Lauderdale is still one of the most entertaining teams in the league. They may also be a spoiler for some hopefully to make the final. FTL CF has  players who are ready to make the jump, and how experienced coaches like John Harkes and Jason Kreis are the determining factors for crucial wins.

What is League One Fun?

Ira is @irajersey, Jason is @homesweetsoccer, and the show is @league1fun. Last week’s show can be found here. The Black Players Alliance of the USL can be found here.

League One Fun is the Beautiful Game Network podcast that covers the entirety of USL League One, including the final to be held on Holloween. Jason and Ira discuss the third tier and lowest tier of professional soccer. The two conduct player, coach and front office interviews as well as review matches and league news. Independent franchises include Greenville Triumph, South Georgia Tormenta, Richmond Kickers, Chattanooga Red Wolves, Forward Madison and Union Omaha. The league also includes USL Championship Phoenix Rising’s second team FC Tucson. There are now five MLS2 sides. These include Fort Lauderdale CF (InterMiami), New England Revolution II, Toronto FC II, North Texas SC (FC Dallas), and Orlando City B.

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twitter: @irajersey Soccer fanatic and nerd with many hobbies, Ira is a New York Red Bull supporter who loves lower division soccer. He is a youth coach with several USSF and United Soccer Coaches licenses; and also a competitive youth referee. He writes and podcasts on USL League One for BGN. Ira has worked in finance for more than two decades focusing on bond markets and is currently the Chief U.S. Interest Rate Strategist at Bloomberg Intelligence, Bloomberg LP's research arm.