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    WNT recap, rumored new U.S. jerseys

    WNT recap, rumored new U.S. jerseys

    The United States Women’s National Team had a productive trip Down Under, and we lead Episode 67 with a recap of their matches against Australia. There were a few players who seized the opportunity they were given, like Ashley Hatch, Midge Purce, Casey Murphy, and Andi Sullivan. And, Vlatko Andonovski will have some choices to make going forward about which direction he wishes to steer the USWNT as it gears up for World Cup qualifying and Olympic qualifying next summer.
    After the break, we move to the USMNT, who have 3 World Cup qualifiers in January. The venues were recently announced, and we discuss the choices of Columbus and St. Paul for the home matches on January 27th and February 2nd, along with Canada selecting Hamilton as the site of their home match against the USMNT on January 30th.
    Finally, we get into the rumored 2022 home and away jerseys for U.S. Soccer, and it’s time to opine that blank white or royal jerseys are not enough, and we must do better.
    Keep the discussion going in the comments, or send an email to SSFC Podcast at Gmail dot com!
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    • 31 min
    Dos A Cero otra vez, Draw at The Office

    Dos A Cero otra vez, Draw at The Office

    The United States Men’s National Team has completed another international window of World Cup qualifying, and we recap it on Episode 66 of the SSFC Podcast. First, the USMNT had another magic night in Ohio with a Dos A Cero win over Mexico. We discuss some of the banter and address some of the people who still continued to hate on Gregg Berhalter even after a historic victory, his 3rd over Mexico in 6 months.
    After the break, we get into the draw down at The Office to Jamaica. While it was a hot and muggy night, the team looked sluggish for most of the match. Still, the draw puts the USMNT in a great position to potentially qualify for the World Cup in January if they can run the table and get some help from others.
    We encourage you all to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and keep the discussion going on the November window in the comments! If you have questions or topic suggestions, send an email to SSFC Podcast at Gmail dot com.
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    • 30 min
    Preparing for USMNT vs. Mexico and Jamaica

    Preparing for USMNT vs. Mexico and Jamaica

    The United States Men’s National Team are about to embark on a big week of World Cup qualifying, and we preview the upcoming matches against Mexico and Jamaica on Episode 65 of the SSFC Podcast. The USMNT enter this window in 2nd place in the Octagon, with their biggest home match looming on Friday against Mexico in Cincinnati. They then travel to take on Jamaica in Kingston next Tuesday.
    We begin by previewing the latest edition in the USA-Mexico rivalry. We review the USMNT roster and discuss some of the players that could be called upon for this match. It’s a big time matchup, and it may mean that experience will win out in lineup determinations for head coach Gregg Berhalter.
    After the break, we get into the Jamaica match, including fans being allowed to be in The Office on Tuesday night for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Jamaica finally has their full squad in camp, so this will be a different team than the one the USMNT faced in Austin last month. We discuss that matchup and the necessity for the team to bring the intensity to both matches.
    Don’t forget to subscribe wherever you find your podcasts! We will be back after the close of the window to recap it all and see where the USMNT stands in the Octagon through 8 matches.
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    • 21 min
    MNT Mailbag!

    MNT Mailbag!

    With a nice break between international windows, this week was a great week to dip into the mailbag. So, we answer some of your USMNT questions on Episode 64!
    With all of the questions centered around the U.S. Men’s National Team, we focus on that as we prepare for a huge World Cup qualifying window, at home against Mexico and away to Jamaica. Some of the questions target some of the questions we have at the striker position, whether we have a clogged midfield, and who the best centerback pairing should be. We also opine as to which players will not be able to travel with the squad to Jamaica due to Covid restrictions that have forced the match to be played behind closed doors. We end with a question about the best food city that the USMNT or USWNT have traveled to so far in 2021.
    If you have questions or topic suggestions for future shows, send them to SSFC Podcast at Gmail dot com. We’re taking the week off next week, but a full preview of the World Cup qualifiers will come the week after that. Enjoy!
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    • 22 min
    WCQ recap & the lunacy of a biennial World Cup

    WCQ recap & the lunacy of a biennial World Cup

    The SSFC Podcast is back after the lengthy trip during the World Cup qualifying window with Episode 63! First up, the United States Men’s National Team are still in 2nd place in the Octagonal standings after 2 home wins and a road loss during the October international window. We quickly recap the three matches - wins against Jamaica and Costa Rica and a loss against Panama - and highlight two things that the USMNT went through that could be important the rest of the way.
    After the break, we briefly discuss FIFA’s insane plan to convert the World Cup to every 2 years. Why does FIFA insist on doing this? Why are they watering down the competition. We have a mini rant on how wild this plan is and how it would hurt the prestige of the world’s most popular tournament.
    The next episode will be a mailbag episode, so submit questions via Twitter using the hashtag #SSFCPodcast. You can also email questions to SSFC Podcast at Gmail dot com.
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    • 16 min
    MNT World Cup qualifying roster released

    MNT World Cup qualifying roster released

    The USMNT roster is here for World Cup qualifying, and it’s time to react to it on Episode 62. The roster was released this morning, and we go through it to highlight who Gregg Berhalter called in and who was not included.
    There were several players who were included on this roster that did not make it in the September window: Paul Arriola, Tim Weah, Gyasi Zardes, Luca de la Torre, Matthew Hoppe, Shaq Moore, Yunus Musah, Chris Richards, and Gianluca Busio. While Gio Reyna and Christian Pulisic were not included due to injury, Jordan Pefok, Josh Sargent, Ethan Horvath, and Konrad de la Fuente were also left off the roster. There are also others who were not on either roster that fans may think should have been brought into camp. We discuss it all briefly on this episode.
    We close out this episode with a personal tribute to Martin Huschka, an inspirational young boy in the American soccer family who passed away late last week due to complications from a neurodegenerative disorder that was so rare, there have been only 14 cases worldwide. I tell the story of Martin’s journey, what he meant to me and why he is the strongest boy that I’ve ever met. Martin is going to be missed by so many, but the joy that he shared is something that will remain in the hearts of all who were blessed to meet him or be inspired through his story.
    If you are so inclined to also pay tribute to Martin’s memory, his family requests that you make a donation to Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit, Angela Hospice, or Rainbow Connection.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Exceptional

First episode I listen to was #25. It is exceptional the way he could carry the show on his own and keep me interested. I will keep listening.

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Paul Arriola

5 minutes in and one of the hosts defends Paul Arriola. 1 star and an unfollow. If a person thinks that Paul Arriola should be on the national team, then he obviously knows nothing about soccer.

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A bit over the top

How exactly is Zach Steffen “competing” for the Champions League? It is great for his own personal development but he has not played a minute in the champions league and will not unless a freak injury occurs. Eventually he needs out of Man City in order to get the game time needed to help USMNT. A bit more realism would help.

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