Pitch Points is goin’ deep

Header image is the graphical representation of Sammy Kahsai’s likely goal of the week for Pittsburgh over the weekend.

It’s pitch points. Herein I round up some of the links of most interest to fans of Nashville SC, MLS, the US National Teams, and the soccer world on the whole. If you have something you’d like me to include or consider for a future edition, drop it through any of the social channels.

Long shooting. This is a more nuanced and multifaceted (though in some ways less specific) look at a point I make with some frequency: the value in a long shot is not necessarily just about the opportunity for it to go in.

From a macro perspective, these types of shots are also a useful means to force your opposition to defend outside of their own box. Using them to keep your offensive approach interchangeable and even as a decoy for other attacking moves is extremely important for a dominant side that spends most of the time in their attacking phase and needs to find diverse routes towards goal.

This is the primary point I’ve made (though it’s just one of several in the post).

#Stadium_stuff. Breaking down the differences between Cincinnati and Nashville’s stadium Community Benefits Agreements.

Meanwhile, even if current councilmember John Cooper wins the mayoral race – he’s in a runoff with incumbent David Briley – his staunch anti-stadium position won’t carry over. Well, sort of.

Cooper admits he may not be anymore[sic] excited about the project now than when he voted no on it last year, but he believes the city is far enough among on it now that it must finish the job.

“I’m trying to be very clear about this to everybody. We voted for soccer and now soccer has to be a success,” Cooper said. “Frankly the most recent news about the cost overruns at the stadium are a huge concern. And that’s one of the reasons why the next mayor has to get on it.”

Regardless of whether or not he’s in favor, he considers the matter settled law. Also, a councilman parroting SOF “cost overruns” talking points instead of, uh, knowing what it’s probably his minimum responsibility to know as a member of Metro’s legislative body, is probably disqualifying for becoming mayor, IMO.

Also I apologize for linking a story that was evidently copy-edited by [file not found] and contains ninth-grade level grammar and spelling errors, but hey, the Cooper quotes were important.

MLS front office talent crunch. This will become relevant to our purposes in the not-so-distant future – you could even say it’s already arrived: Major League Soccer teams are deepening (and breadthening) their front office staffs ($). NSC has slowly-but-surely begun its off-field build for the inaugural MLS season, much like the talent acquisition has already begun for dudes who will actually see the field.

You’ll never guess who the shining example of “don’t do this” is:

When FC Cincinnati came into MLS, club president Jeff Berding opted to make the general manager position one of his final hires. As he explained to The Athletic earlier this year, the club had so much to take care of on the business side that he figured it made sense for that wing of the club to get fully built out first. It would prove to be a massive mistake.

It’s unfortunate that Nashville didn’t even get mentioned – especially with GM Mike Jacobs a pretty solid example of one of the themes presented (hiring the No. 2 away from successful franchises).

In this vein, check out the Extratime interview with Jacobs from which I transcribed some of the key quotes.

Etc.: Sporting KC signs Nashville native Felipe Hernandez to an MLS contract. Sigh. … Section 615 fluff from the USL’s official site. … This is old (i.e. before the Saint Louis announcement), but Charlotte seems to be intent on investing directly and indirectly in its MLS bid. … Kosuke Kimura interview on The Asian Game podcast. … Gary Smith can empathize with injured captain Michael Reed. … Nashville Rhythm gets its #path2pro on. … “Is West Ham good?” LOL no.

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