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.
Episode 141: McKennie, Adams & Reyna shine, so let’s talk Berhalter’s midfield
Big weekends for McKennie, Adams and Reyna, and a lot of people think they should be our three-man midfield. Not so fast, says Greg Velasquez. We go deep in the weeds on the midfield setup, Reyna’s and Adams’s best roles, and the knock-on lineup effects of playing them in various ways.
Episode 140: The September USMNT Top 40
One through forty. Pure science. From Christian Mate Pulisic to Shaquell Kwame Moore. Sprinkled with discussion of our centerback situation (an embarrassment of riches when it comes to average centerbacks), why it doesn’t make sense to play 3 at the back, Gio Reyna’s role, Jordan Morris’s role, and much, much more.
Episode 139: Big weekend ahead for Yanks abroad
Competitions kick off in England, Germany and Holland. France's Ligue 1 already underway. Italy next week. Did you know McKennie plays for Juventus now? Plus cargo shorts and a Dutch-Calvinist theologian.
Episode 138: McKennie to Juve, Weah returns, and an MLS youth bonanza
A quick run through McKennie's incredible transfer news, Weah's return from injury, and the ongoing MLS youth bonanza, plus we covered some patron questions. We recorded the afternoon before Wednesday's MLS matches so didn't get to talk about those games.
Episode 137: Tutul Rahman on the USL-MLS transfer market disconnect
Tutul (@tutulismyname) walks us through the mechanics of why it’s difficult for an MLS team to pick up a USL prospect like Jose Gallegos or Jonathan Gomez. He also talked about why FC Dallas has gone from “play your kids” to “play your 32-year-old Liga MX veterans” in the span of 12 months, and how MLS front office desire for parity gets in the way of talent development.
Episode 136: Nine young Americans worth watching in USL
The busiest domestic league right now is the United Soccer League, the USL. Matt Hartman (@MattSHartman) joins the pod to discuss nine young Americans honing their craft in the league, and the still-unanswered questions about what the pathway to a higher level might look like for several of them.