278 episodes

An in-depth show about the U.S. men's national soccer team, the players who could one day make it better, and American soccer in general.

The Scuffed Soccer Podcast | USMNT, Yanks Abroad, MLS, futbol in America Adam Belz and Greg Velasquez

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An in-depth show about the U.S. men's national soccer team, the players who could one day make it better, and American soccer in general.

    #278: Interview with Mikey Varas, U.S. men's U20 coach

    #278: Interview with Mikey Varas, U.S. men's U20 coach

    Mikey Varas joins the pod to talk about the tournament he coached the week he was hired, how the youth national teams are integrated with the senior national team, the shortage of true No. 9s in the youth ranks, the federation's approach to dual nationals, and how yoga applies to soccer.

    • 31 min
    #277: A World Cup year USMNT to-do list

    #277: A World Cup year USMNT to-do list

    The goalkeeper situation, attacking reps and a backup left back. Greg and Belz talk through those and five other things on the to-do list for Berhalter, some more urgent than others.

    • 39 min
    #276: Monday Review — Dad tweets, striker watch, endless dual nat panic

    #276: Monday Review — Dad tweets, striker watch, endless dual nat panic

    Our once-a-month public episode of the Monday Review with Vince and Watke. A selective roundup of the player pool's activity over the weekend, Mark Pulisic's deleted tweet, striker watch, a forecast of dual national panic, and much more.

    • 50 min
    #275: Hypothetical lineups, the offside rule, and late-season club stakes

    #275: Hypothetical lineups, the offside rule, and late-season club stakes

    Greg and Belz answer a handful of listener questions, mostly about hypothetical USMNT lineups. Then Greg gives a modest proposal for a new offside rule, and runs down the list of promotions, relegations and battles for a European spot that Americans face at clubs in Europe.

    • 1 hr
    #274: Up-and-comers roundup with Matt Hartman and Marcus Chairez

    #274: Up-and-comers roundup with Matt Hartman and Marcus Chairez

    The wheel keeps turning and we’ve got a new crop of male American soccer prospects emerging, especially at the U17 level. Marcus Chairez and Matt Hartman join the podcast to highlight the top players at the Generation Adidas Cup tournament, and we do a quick rundown of news in the men’s youth national teams.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    #273: A USWNT change of guard? Eh! We'll see.

    #273: A USWNT change of guard? Eh! We'll see.

    The young cohort just blasted Uzbekistan, but now the US women's national team has to get ready for World Cup and Olympic qualification this summer. Greg and Belz check in on an exciting pool of young players and start to think about who might get the call in July.

    • 38 min

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The Ultimate USMNT Pod

Simply the best podcast covering all things USMNT, particularly the youth national teams. Each pod is well researched and uncovers interesting nuggets of information that can’t be found anywhere else on the u20 and u17 player pools. Belz understands the game tactically at an elite level, and his analysis of budding prospects is incredibly accurate as evident by recent youth world cups and beyond. Interviews are unique and insightful. Show is extremely professional, easy to listen to, and an absolute necessity for all USMNT super junkies.

Belz, your show helps fill the great void that is the American soccer abyss. Keep fighting the good fight!

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