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Meet the 2023 MLS Now Team

Updated: Feb 28, 2023



 

Over this offseason, we have been recruiting many new faces to be apart of our team. We set a new goal for us to have all 29 clubs covered by passionate fans who want to write about their season performances. It has been a successful journey for us and we are happy to introduce everyone below!



Podcast Co-Hosts

  • David (@MLSNowPodcast): Fell in love with the league following Carlos "el pescadito" Ruiz. Decided to create the podcast 4 years ago with the intention of growing a huge MLS fan base family.

  • Gavin (@lionsblog1): I’ve been a soccer player all my life and a professional soccer fan since 2010. It started with Arsenal and quickly expanded to Orlando City in 2015. Favorite Orlando City memory has to be the Open Cup win in front of a sold out, loud Exploria Stadium. I love the league as a whole. It’s drama, storylines, and daily craziness.

  • Russell (@MrDangeruss): Became a fan of FCC during the USL days and the passion only grew as the years went on. The connection to the city and the community has only grown stronger for me with each season as I’ve made great friends amongst other FCC supporters and supporters of other teams through our shared love for the league


Team Correspondents

  • Atlanta United/Blog Manager: Bryce (@bleslie19). Have been a Falcons fan from Maryland my entire life. When Arthur Blank bought an MLS Franchise, I have been on board ever since. My favorite ATLUTD memory is the 2018 MLS Cup Win. Outside of sports, I am a huge outdoors person: hiking, skiing, camping, kayaking, etc. I also coach baseball at a summer camp in Maine!

  • Austin FC: Kyle (@Wehavedameatz). Austin FC fan since 2018 when we found out we had a team. Favorite moment as a supporter was when we came back against SKC last year down 2-0. I'm a sketch and improv performer in Austin, but spend more of my time screenwriting and watching home matches at Q2.

  • Charlotte FC: Justin (@_Pancake_Papi). Loved soccer since I was a teen, was excited when Atlanta got a team as it was the closest one to me at the time then Charlotte made an announcement and I was in from there. Favorite club memory was the inaugural match, seeing 74,479 in attendance was amazing. My biggest hobby outside of soccer is cooking, I absolutely love to cook.

  • Chicago Fire FC: Tim (@sing_electric).

  • FC Cincinnati: Chris (@notdave33). Born and raised in Cincinnati. I grew up playing soccer so I have always loved the game. What really drew me into becoming a fan was going to the USL games and experiencing the atmosphere and loved how the city comes together for one common interest. My favorite memory in FC Cincinnati's short history has to be Mitch Hildebrandt's incredible saves in the US Open Cup against Chicago.

  • Colorado Rapids: Nick (@nickholmberg11). I am a lifelong, passionate soccer fan. I played from AYSO youth levels, to collegiate to his local over 30 league. When not obsessing over soccer, I can be found hiking and skiing in the mountains.

  • Columbus Crew: Devin (@devinweisbarth). I have been a Black and Gold fan all my life. I remember reading Massive Report articles, and wanting to write for them some day. My favorite memory is being able to cover the day the Crew honored Federico Higuain last season!

  • Columbus Crew: Kris (@krislandis). I fell in love with soccer during the 2006 World Cup and quickly fell into Crewdom, being a Columbus native. Luckily or me the Crew were about to enter one of their greatest eras with the title winning team of 08, which I got to see first hand. Flash forward to 2015 when I began covering the team for another outlet, primarily dealing with fan culture and later moving into match reporting and tactical breakdowns. I'm a big proponent of placing Columbus, and MLS as a whole, within the context of the global game, and look forward to documenting the next era of the Crew, at least when my two young kids allow me to.

  • DC United: Dan (@DanDaMan_Morris). I became a fan of DCU as a kid growing up and playing soccer in the DMV area. I first played in a recreational league and we would occasionally get invited to games at RFK. I remember heroes like Jaime Moreno and Christian Gomez were inspirations for me growing up. Some of my favorite memories were of the carne asada I would get at games and the ominous sounds of drumbeats and singing that wafted through the halls of RFK before, at half, and after the games. Later as an adult, I got season tickets in 2018 and still feel the pain of our home playoff loss to Columbus that year. Let's hope Wayne can make up for that missed penalty and take this team back to it's form days of glory. Probably not, but I'll be along for the ride! Oh yeah, and my dog's name is Rooney 😁.

  • DC United: Richard (@rjrolsen). Hey all, I am Richard. I live in Northern Virginia and I am an avid soccer fan, still play in a Parent League currently. I am a huge DC United supporter and a fan of the Tottenham Spurs. Outside of soccer, I love nature hiking and to read.

  • FC Dallas: Melanie (@Toros9596). I was introduced to FC Dallas back in 2010. The first game I went to was their June 5th game against SJ, Brek Shea scored a brace and he quickly became my favorite player! I went to two more games after that, the July 3rd one against the Kansas City Wizards and the conference semifinal match against RSL. Eric Availa scored towards the end of the match! I didn’t watch every game in 2010, 2011 was when I seriously started following the club. Unfortunately they weren’t able to get as far as they did in 2010 but I remained a fan. 2016 was the best season! I watched Dallas win the US Open Cup in Frisco! The roster felt stacked and it felt as if we could win the treble, we won the Supporter’s Shield but ultimately fell short in our quest for the MLS Cup… In 2017 I became a season-ticket member and I remained one until 2022. I have so many great memories watching FC Dallas! I still have a soft spot for Brek Shea, that 2011 season was legendary for him. Seeing Pepi and Ferreira make their MLS debuts was special, even more so now since seeing how their careers have progressed. I guess Seeing them win the US Cup Open is my favorite memory. After the game, the players high fived fans in-stadium, Maxi Urruti went over to the Beer Garden and hit the drum to lead fans in the “Viking clap”.

  • Houston Dynamo FC: Leslie (@inkymoosecoach). Proud father and Soccer Coach teaching and learning the Dutch method of play. Part-Time MLS Now Correspondent. Moved to Houston about a year ago and the first moment I stepped into the stadium I had an overwhelming feeling that I was home. My favorite club memory has been any moment I have shared with any of the staff, players, or other fans. They all feel like a part of my extended family.

  • Houston Dynamo FC: Keeping Tabs (@KeepingTabsPod).

  • Sporting KC: Travis (@skcspins). Long time sports fan-- post-covid soccer obsessed. I'm a record (vinyl) collector who now serves in the Navy. Absolute homer for anything Kansas/Kansas City.

  • Los Angeles Galaxy: Chris (@thegalaxyguypod). My name is Chris Maldonado & I've been an LA Galaxy fan since 1996. My family and I immigrated to the Los Angeles in 1995 from the tiny central American country of El Salvador. So naturally when we heard that, Salvadoran national team player Mauricio Cienfuegos would be a part of that original 96 squad, we were instant fans. My favorite memory as a Galaxy fan was sitting in the stands during the 2014 MLS cup & watching Landon Donovan break down with emotion.

  • LAFC: Andrew (@apdoran). I've been a fan of LAFC since Day 1, becoming one of the original season ticket holders. I started to cover LAFC during that season as well. Over the years of being a fan, there have been a lot of highs and lows, but watching LAFC lift the MLS Cup last season will be one of the best sports memories I have.

  • Inter Miami CF: Matthew (@MatthewHenao3). I became a fan once Miami was announced as a new expansion team. My favorite club memory is beating 4-1 to Orlando City at home. I play some pickup soccer sometimes and I also audio/video edit for fun. My EPL club is Arsenal #COYG.

  • Minnesota United: Maddy (@maddyykrauss). I have been a MNU fan since 2015 when the loons were in the NASL. Since then, I have been a season ticket holder and have grown into the biggest loons fan out there. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the players and families of the players over the last 7 years. I love nothing more than watching MLS games now, but especially MNU. Outside of watching soccer I am also a massive NBA fan!!!! I am also currently in a master's nursing program in ATL. My favorite memory with MNUFC is probably beating Seattle 2 seasons ago (I think) to give them their first loss of the season after like 15 games undefeated. A 1-0 win with a late Robin Lod goal, one of our biggest wins (and I hate seattle :))

  • CF Montreal: Mathew (@mathewwithanm). I am originally from Lebanon and moved to Montreal for University. I am a huge football fan and always wanted there to be a "local team" for me to support. Once I moved here I quickly fell for CF Montreal. My favorite memory is ZBG's goal vs the CREW in the 94th minute to tie the game and send us to the playoffs.

  • Nashville SC: Ben (@ComingUpGolden). Former soccer coach and player and current English teacher, I've been a supporter since NPSL days. I've loved this club through thick and thin, with parking and without, and I will always stay loyal to the Boys in Gold.

  • Nashville SC: Christian (@Superduperwyatt). Like most of the world, had a lot of time on my hands in 2020 and got into FIFA and then found out it was Nashville's inaugural season. Wasn't able to go to a game that year but watched all the games and bought season tickets for the next year. Favorite memory was Hany's first hat trick (first hat trick in club history) and then the first game at Geodis Park!

  • New England Revolution: Matt (@massmatt_matt/@RevsCoasts). While I always enjoyed World Cup soccer, I never really checked out the New England local team until my 5 year old son became obsessed with soccer. Favorite Revs memory: meeting Carles Gil. Favorite Quakes memory: Nathan’s first game - he was so pumped up the ref checked in with him ten minutes into the game to tell him to dial it down a notch!

  • New York Red Bulls: Sebastian (@FerroFootball19). Hey everyone! I've been a lifelong fan of the beautiful game and am consumed with all things soccer be it following the Red Bulls, the sport abroad or just nerding out on twitter over tactic discussions/player data etc. I've been a fan of the Red Bulls for as long as I can remember but the moment where I became passionate about this club was BWP's Golden Boot Season in 2014! Here's to even greater success this season!

  • New York Red Bulls/NYCFC: Elvis Sosa (@TheElvisSosa). Photographer for both New York Clubs.

  • NYCFC: Joe (@CoachJ0e). I was hooked after attending the second home game of the inaugural season and never looked back. NYCFC is in my blood!

  • Orlando City SC: Gary (@gary1123). Involved with the sport for a long time. Favorite club memory: Rodrigo Schlegel forced to play as a goalkeeper and coming up huge. Enjoy writing, hiking, tennis.

  • Philadelphia Union: Ben (@BenBrecher18). While I was a fan of soccer pre-2010 World Cup, my love for the game changed during that World Cup in South Africa. In that World Cup, I was able the see Lionel Messi (the goat) dominate. After the World Cup ended, I became more and more invested in soccer and decided to start watching the Philadelphia Union, who’s first season was in 2010. I soon became a diehard fan and would try to watch every single minute of every game, home and away. I even started to spend some free time analyzing the Union’s stats and the MLS as a whole. In addition to watching soccer, I enjoy playing soccer and tennis, playing MLS fantasy, and reading and writing. Overall, I love every aspect of soccer and love how the MLS has developed over the years. I can not pick just one singular best memory of the team but some memorable moments include lifting the 2020 supporters shield, the 2019 playoff comeback vs New York Red Bulls, and the ridiculous Glesnes goal in the the 2021 playoffs, also against the Red Bulls.

  • Portland Timbers: John (@TimbersTalkPTFC). I have been a fan of the Timbers since moving to Portland in 2011, right around the time the Timbers were in their inaugural MLS season. My favorite club memory has to be winning the MLS cup against SKC, or when Felipe Mora scored the last-second equalizing goal against NYCFC in the 2021 MLS Cup Final at Providence Park. I have been a STH for 4 seasons with the Timbers. My hobbies are playing soccer, reading, and watching my favorite European team, 1. FC Köln.

  • Real Salt Lake: Mike (@MillerMike123). I am a Utah native who grew up playing soccer, which naturally led to a love for RSL. One of my earliest memories is the 2009 MLS Cup Final win. I am a senior at BYU, graduating in April with a bachelor's degree in journalism and sports media.

  • San Jose Earthquakes: Joshua (@joshuaglenn/@QuakesCoasts). Grew up playing keeper in community soccer. Went to a Quakes game for my first birthday in The Bay Area and it was the best! I’ve always been a champion of the underdog and grit. My wife & I love spending weekends in Disneyland whenever we can. I love following & cheering on my team, but you’ll rarely find me league-watching and definitely won’t find me in your fantasy league.

  • Seattle Sounders: Aaron (@Aaron406253). Grew up playing soccer in Montana. Loved watching champions league and international soccer, and in 2009 received an inaugural Sounders jersey from my parents as a boot camp graduation/birthday gift. Didn’t get to attend my first game until 2011, but was hooked at that point. Finally moved to Seattle in 2020, and in 2021 began to enjoy season ticket benefits. Favorite memories are: 3: 2019 MLS cup, flying in on a red eye for the game from Virginia 2: 2022 Champions league final 1: Traveling to Morocco for the CWC

  • Seattle Sounders: Zach (@zrpowers). I'm an East Coast native that moved to Seattle in 2017 and immediately became a Sounders fan. My favorite Sounders moments (so far) are both times the team lifted a trophy at home in front of 70,000 fans (MLS Cup 2019, CCL 2022). I'm 7 cities through my goal of watching a match in every MLS stadium.

  • Seattle Sounders: Luis (@cast_luis21). I became a fan during the USL days before the Sounders joined the MLS. I remember the moments watching tv with my family in their inaugural season started against the New York Red Bulls, those memories were the best that I can think of but nothing can compare when we won our fist MLS Cup at Toronto. That day has always been stuck to me since then! Even winning the CCL is a memory to never forget but that game against Toronto is what made me even love the club more than anything! My hobbies are all around whether I go hit up the gym, playing football manager and just enjoying everyday life but I always keep an eye out for news about the sounders on social media.

  • St. Louis City SC: Tyler (@STLFooty). St. Louis-bred soccer fan. Can't wait to make memories at CITYPARK with our long-overdue MLS team!

  • St. Louis City SC: Shjon (@t0mat0s0up64). Product of the "Youth Player to Hooligan Pipeline", The love of the game never left merely changed. Writer and podcaster of all things STL City SC #AllForCity

  • Toronto FC: Robbie (@RobbRocc).

  • Vancouver Whitecaps: Marcel (@stonkmaster_). I got into soccer originally through following Spanish football. For the past decade I have followed FC Barcelona religiously. A few years ago I began playing fantasy soccer on a site called Sorare, MLS was a licensed league and as a Vancouver resident I began to follow the Whitecaps more closely. Over the past few years playing Sorare in my free time, I became obsessed with MLS and have grown into a Whitecaps fan. I follow not only the first team, but also their prospects in the Academy. I regularly try to attend matches and was fortunate enough to witness the Whitecaps win the Voyageurs Cup (Canadian Championship) against Toronto FC last season. The game was very close and ultimately went to penalty kicks. I will never forget the moment Tristan Blackmon slotted home the winning penalty and the atmosphere of BC Place that evening, certainly my favourite Whitecaps moment.


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