Barstool plus Soccer. A lot of people are calling it the perfect marriage. If you are looking for snooty analytics or foreign accents, alas, you will have to look elsewhere. Within the friendly, non-judgmental confines of the Sam's Army Podcast, Barstool Sam discusses the world's most beautiful game – with an emphasis on EPL, Champions League and USMNT plus plenty of room for touching on Spain, Italy, Germany, MLS, etc – in a way meant to appeal to fans both new and old. Whether breaking down recent results or previewing games on deck, The Sam's Army Podcast aims to keep things light and entertaining while also making sure you stay abreast of all the relevant goings-on in the wonderful world of soccer. Holler!
Ep 2.65: Merseyside rundown, TFC's Bono on Supporter's Shield & Weekend Preview
Larry Nance Jr. and Max Bretos join to discuss certain Premier League clubs' greedy obsession with killing the golden goose (aka Champions League); what to make of Lampard's controversial remarks about The Babyjesus; and Sergio Aguero's brush with a lineswoman. Also, Alex Bono of Toronto FC [00:15:10] offers a player's opinion on the decision not to award the Supporter's Shield to this season's MLS regular season winner. Rapid rundowns on last weekend [00:30:10] (f/t Merseyside, Tottenham/West Ham debacle plus all-important question: is Aston Villa legit?) as well as in Champions League (f/t big game for United and bigger couple days for Aaron Wan-Bissaka). Finally a preview of what to watch this weekend highlighted by United/Chelsea and Villa/Leeds, plus El Clasico in Spain, a top of the table tilt in MLS and USL Championship semifinals.
Ep 2.64: Project Big Power Grab, USMNT, Jill Ellis + weekend preview
pros and cons of plan to overhaul the Premier League dubbed "Project Big Picture"; projected USMNT starting XI for next month's Wales and Australia games; thoughts on Jill Ellis as next DC United manager; and [[32:06]] weekend preview featuring Merseyside Daerby and City/Arsenal (plus Sam's *best bet* of the season)
Ep 2.63: Transfer winners/losers + USL playoffs preview w/ Charlotte's Aaron Maund, Brandon Miller & Hugh Roberts
Sam, Larry and Mikey debate who the big winners and losers are in the Premier League from the now-closed summer transfer window; discuss wtf just happened last weekend (looking at you Liverpool and United); power rankings plus we take a second -- far more contentious -- crack at season-long predictions f/t now that rosters are set. Next up [01:06:10] Aaron Maund, Brandon Miller and Hugh Roberts of the Charlotte Independence preview the USL Championship playoffs that start this weekend and discuss what life is like as pros in the second tier of US soccer, featuring COVID-19 scares, one big ass championship ring, a blossoming podcast career and the impact that efforts like the USL Black Players Alliance is having.
Ep 2.62: Dest, Handbullsh*t, EPL + RBL's Aaron Long & Tim Parker interview
Sergino Dest's move to Barcelona and ridiculousness surrounding the new (and even newer) handball rule, recap of a wild weekend around the Premier League, Power Rankings and preview of the weekend ahead featuring United/Spurs and low key big games in Chelsea/Palace and Leeds/City plus *Best Bets*... then [57:20] Aaron Long and Tim Parker of the NY Red Bulls -- after debating who is the earner and nurturer in their CB marriage -- diagnose the team's early season struggles and dissect what role Tim's ginger flow played in the team's recent turnaround; Tim and Sam grill Aaron on his remarkable rise from USL to USMNT, thoughts on a possible move to Europe (s/o West Ham) and THAT Miazga/Lainez incident; and finally some Rapid Fire with debates on arm wrestling, 40 times, who my favorite ginger is, whether Aaron will play overseas and finally F/M/K the PMT crew.
Ep 2.61: EPL (p)review/picks + Bundesliga primer w/ DCU's Julian Gressel
Along with Larry Nance Jr. and Mikey Fowler, we hit the big headlines for the week, including Corona vs Zlatan, USA buying up European soccer clubs, Megan Rapinoe, Sebastian Soto and Frank de Bore. Reactions from last weekend's Premier League scores, Power Rankings, Fantasy Roundup and preview of what is on deck this weekend (ft Arsenal/Liverpool and City/Lester) plus Best Bets. Finally, Sam's Army's official Bundesliga expert Julian Gressel (of DC United) walks us through what to expect in the German league this season, including whether anyone can hang with Bayern, who will be fighting for top 4/bottom 3 and which Americans to keep an eye on.
Ep 2.60: EPL scores/transfers/previews + intervu with Rapids' Rosenberry & Shinyashiki
Sam, Larry and Mikey roll through Premier League opening weekend f/t Liverpool's defense-optional win over Leeds; discuss the significant deals/almost deals (eg Bale, Aubameyang & Thiago) and which clubs still need what; current Power Rankings (top4/bottom3); fantasy tips & tricks; and finally a weekend preview highlighted by Chelsea/Liverpool & Wolves/City plus Sam's get-money Best Bets. Next up [00:57:45] Andre Shinyashiki & Keegan Rosenberry of the Colorado Rapids join to discuss their respective upbringings in Brazil and Amish country; the absurd questions they were asked at the MLS combine; the time Tim Howard got all up in Andre's metaphorical ass and literal face; Keegan throws down golf gauntlet to Riggs; credit card roulette shenanigans; FIFA ratings; and what ridiculousness is going down in the DMs of Andre's model-heavy Instagram.