Artem and Arslan re-entered the room to discuss many things. Starting with the World Cup, Team North America garnered a lot of attention. Auston Matthews is the toast of Toronto at this time, and some of projected point totals for him and the Leafs' top two other prospects, William Nylander and Mitch Marner.
The guys discussed what would be acceptable and exciting point totals for the rookies when this season is over. Would 49 points over 82 games for Matthews please Leafs fans? Would 45 points for Nylander please Leafs fans? How about Mitch Marner?
What are best case scenarios for all these rookies?
Which rookie do the guys love that will crack the Leafs defensive pairings?
Things are a lot more positive at BMO Field these days. And Heck no, we don't mean the Argos. Tehyre still irrelevant. We're talking about Eastern Conference leaders, Toronto FC. They defeated Chicago Fire last weekend and took over first place in the East. Who looked amazing for the Reds? What was the game like and what do we expect for their next game vs the Red Bulls of New York? Dan Riccio from Sportsnet's the Fan 590 joined the boys to explain more.
Toronto are very much a championship calibre team, find out why in this week's Planning the Parade.
Finally, Artem put his expert hat on to discuss the Blue Jays and their woeful play as of late. After dropping two of three against the Boston Red Sox, things have been iffy as the Blue Jays have won one of two versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
All this and more, only on Planning the Parade
Jeff and Guillermo answer your questions in this #AskFCL episode, including talk about the Fire's defensive woes, possible transfer window positional pickups, the striker position, Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and off the field topics.
On another all Futbol edition, (Gary and Randy will be back on Tuesday morning for a 2015 NFL Draft Preview)
Sean and Matt break down the two Viernes de Futbol games between Chicago and NYCFC and Colorado vs. Dallas.
Then the guys touch on the US U-23 win for the USA over Mexico and if Seattle really should even bother trying to sign Jordan Morris.
After that, we discuss what to make of Montreal's 1-1 draw with Club America and what it means for the second leg on Wednesday night.
Finally, we wrap things up with a few news and notes such as: is it better to play in MLS or sit on the bench in Europe and where does Tesho Akindele have the best opportunity at the International Level, and there's also a preview with predictions for the rest of the games happening in MLS Week 8.
The guys are joined by Brian Sandalow, Chicago Fire beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, to discuss the first 5 games of the Chicago Fire season, new acquisition Victor Perez, lineup shuffling and the news that NASL is pursuing a Chicago team.
Join Jeff and Guillermo as they talk with former Chicago Fire defender and tv color commentator Evan Whitfield on a wide range of topics, from the recent collective bargaining agreement, to the Fire's season opening loss at the hands of the LA Galaxy, to formations and tactics, the upcoming home opener on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and much, much more.
Be sure to stick around until the end to catch the 2015 Fire "Hot Mix", performed by DJ Step, Ben Stepnowski, a Section 8 Chicago supporter and DJ in Chicago.