Soccer 2 the MAX: Sacha Kljestan Traded, Kelly O’ Hara to Utah, Don Garber’s Legacy

Sacha Kljestan Traded
Sacha Kljestan #16 of New York Red Bulls in action during the New York Red Bulls Vs New York City FC MLS regular season match at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey on August 25, 2017 in Harrison, New Jersey. – Getty Images

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Rachael McKriger and Erik Watkins have a few updates from the American soccer off-season.

However, they begin with one of their favorite topics, Don Garber, who is near the end of his contract as Major League Soccer commissioner. They banter about whether or not he re-signs. His legacy, and if it could be tarnished by the whole Columbus situation.

Then, they get into the Major League Soccer schedule release. Talking about most national TV games, the logistics of dealing with bye weeks and more.

After that, they discuss the big moves that have happened in the past week. Sacha Kljestan is traded to Orlando City SC. Benny Feilhaber heads to LAFC as well.

Finally, a whole host of National Women’s Soccer League roster moves, including Kelly O’ Hara traded to the Utah Royals. Morgan Brian signing with Lyon. Plus, Rachael’s thoughts on the 26 heading to January camp for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Soccer 2 the MAX: Sacha Kljestan Traded, Kelly O’ Hara to Utah, Don Garber’s Legacy

About Soccer 2 the MAX

A podcast about the world’s game with a focus on the United States Men’s and Women’s club and international scenes, with some CONCACAF discussion thrown-in as well. Whether it’s breaking down Major League Soccer, NWSL, U.S. Men and Women’s National teams, and even some USL in there too. Starring Rachael McKriger, current soccer writer for multiple outlets, and former writers Erik Watkins and Sean Garmer come together to make the perfect attacking triangle each week. All three also played soccer growing up and into high school as well. So, these are three Footy lovers that have discussions about the happenings on this side of the pond.

Sean Garmer

Being born into a Latino family, Sean grew up around the game of Futbol. No matter what you deem to call it, Mr. Garmer enjoys the sport. Sean played Defender growing up and then transitioned to Goal Keeper in High School. Due to the University of North Texas not having a Men’s Soccer team at the time, his playing career ended in 2005.

However, since then, he’s kept up with Soccer by watching his favorite teams and leagues, while also writing as well. Sean was paid to cover the 2010 World Cup, formerly hosted the Football 2 Futbol Podcast, and also wrote about the beautiful game for several other outlets. He mainly follows Major League Soccer supporting his childhood team in FC Dallas. Sean’s also a Manchester United Supporter after visiting England in 2003 and picking the Red Devils.

Erik Watkins

While he was never really the best on the field, Erik’s always had a deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game. From discovering it in Maryland thanks to DC United to cheering on Manchester United since the days of Ruud van Nistelrooy. Not to mention, considering donning purple hair to cheer Orlando City SC today. From MLS to USL and NASL (Viva Armada!) to even dreaming of training and playing in the MASL, if it’s soccer, he’s usually on it.

Rachael McKriger

Don’t let height fool you. Before becoming a journalist, Rachael McKriger was a goalkeeper. Yes, all 5-feet-two-inches of her. Now, don’t ask if she was good or not because that answer is up for debate. Currently, she doesn’t play soccer anymore, unless it’s a pickup game in the park or at her former high school. However, she’s still closely attached to the sport. Rachael covers the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The MLS and NWSL for Real Sports Entertainment Network and covers the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the Pittsburgh Sporting News. She loves football with an undying passion. Yes, she calls it football, since she hails from Europe (the colder part, aka Moscow). Rachael’s favorite clubs are Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany, the Seattle Sounders in MLS, the Washington Spirit in the NWSL and the U.S. National Teams.


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