A podcast dedicated to everything soccer - from an American perspective. NCAA to MLS, Premier league to World Cup, our expert hosts and analysts dig into the latest news, the biggest controversies, the most spectacular plays, and the strategies that drive today's game of soccer. Both ex-professional soccer players turned obsessive fans, Kevin Flynn is a celebrated stand-up comedian, and Chris Chamides is the head coach for the LMU NCAA Women's soccer team. Even to this day, they eat, sleep, and drink the game of soccer. Join their conversation, or simply sit back and enjoy the dialogue, as they opine on the game, the leagues, the players, the coaches, and the passion that defines the world's game. Nobody and no topic is off-limits. So step onto the pitch weekly with OTB.
USA Moves On To The Knockout Round. With Christian Pulisic's self-sacrificing goal, USMNT Beats Iran 1-0 and is Scheduled To Play The Netherlands on Saturday 9 am EST.
In what can only be described as a gutsy and passionate performance by Team USA, the USMNT moves on to the Knockout Round where they will play the Dutch on Saturday at 9 am EST. Kevin and Chris break down the game, opine about Berhalter's changes to the starting line-up, analyze his 75th minute substitution decisions, critique Haji Wright's intensity level, and continue to wonder..."where in the world is Gio Reyna?" England advances with 3-0 win over Wales. Netherlands advances with 2-0 win over Qatar, and Senegal beats Ecuador 2-1. That and more celebration on this week's episode of OTB.
Anticipation Grows For Must Win Matchup Between US and Iran. Iran Attacks US Soccer Over Flag Issue. Iranian Press Lambasts Tyler Adams Over Mispronunciation of "Iran" and Brings BLM Riots Into A Bizarre Press Conference. Portugal and Brazil Advance To
US Soccer provides additional motivation for Iran by altering the Iranian flag on social media. Tyler Adams handles a truly bizarre press conference like a seasoned pro against the Iranian press. Fernandez scores 2 against Uruguay to Advance Portugal. Brazil advances with a 1-0 win over Switzerland. Cameroon stays alive with a 3-3 tie with Serbia. Ghana and South Korea battle back and forth in a 3-2 win for Ghana. Canadian Coach John Herdman disses Croatia after they knock Canada out.
Do or Die. USMNT Must Win Tuesday. Spain & German Draw. Ticos Top Japan. Croatia Eliminates Canada. Morocco Beats Belgium. Argentina 2-0 Over Mexico.
Playing for the Knockout Round: USMNT must win off Tuesday against Iran amidst controversy. Berhalter under pressure to change line-up. World Cup Parity continues as Spain & German Draw. Ticos Beat Japan 1-0. Croatia Eliminates Canada 4-1. Morocco Tops Belgium 2-0, Argentina 2-0 Over Mexico. FIFA’s Juergen Klinsmann and US Soccer stir up controversy in Iran. Kevin lambasts UK news for not standing behind Team England after loss to US. This and more World Cup highlights on this week’s OTB.
Former USMNT player and FC Cincinnati Assistant Coach, Dominic Kinnear, joins Kevin and Chris to Evaluate US' tie against England
England wasn’t its sharpest and the US played inspired soccer. With passionate play from US Captain Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah the US kept England off balance but missed a couple of huge opportunities including one off the crossbar by Christian Pulisic. Controversy still surrounds the lack of minutes for Brenden Aaronson and Gio Reyna. Begs the question, even when the team is playing this well, shouldn’t we have our absolute best squad on the field? The boys need goals…period. Sets up a huge do-or-die game on Tuesday against Iran, who beat Wales 2-0.
CONCACAF winless. Parity Continues. Japan Shocks Germany. Spain Trounces Costa Rica. Morocco v Croatia is a draw. Canada Looked Great Even With their Loss to Belgium.
Kevin and Chris take a look at the day's action, as the CONCACAF teams remain winless. The boys were impressed by Japan in their 2-1 win over Germany. Even more so by Canada in their loss to Belgium. They fell asleep during the Spain 7-0 trouncing of Costa Rica. Think the 12 million estimated viewership across Univision, Fox, and Peacock is likely understated. And Kevin vehemently disagrees with Soccer America's Mike Woitalla's assessment of Zimmerman in the USMNT game against Wales. That and more on OTB.
World Cup Parity. Huge Loss for Argentina, England Looking Strong, France Looks Phenomenal, Mexico Flops Into Tie, Lewandowski’s Critical Missed PK Costs Poland, US Criticism, Berhalter’s Comments on Reyna. Ronaldo leaving United. Qatar’s Crackdow
Chris and Kevin discuss today’s (and last night’s action) including Argentina’s HUGE loss to Saudi Arabia has the Saudi’s declaring the day a national holiday. England comes out of the gate strong against Iran. France appears utterly dominant in their 4-2 win over Australia. Lewandowski’s PK miss hands Poland and a flopping Mexico team a tie. USMNT faces criticism over Berhalter’s mind-blowing decision not to start Reyna. Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual consent. Qatar bans drinking and cracks down on players and fans wearing rainbow flags and armbands. That and more on this special World Cup Edition of OTB.
Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn
At the encouragement of a soccer loving British friend living in America, I recently listened to the May 10th episode of Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn in which Flynn interviewed The Douglass Brothers. Not being a soccer fan, I knew NOTHING about the sport except what scoring a goal means to the game. That’s it! I became VERY interested in soccer as a result of listening to this compelling interview which focused on the documentary the Douglass brothers have produced about Brazilian soccer legend, Ronaldinho. Flynn’s easygoing, fun personality and quick wit made it easy for me to dive in to the interview without worrying about my ignorance about the game. There were many things I learned about soccer as a result of the interview — yet most interesting to me was that Ronaldinho was especially great for the “beauty” he brought to the game through his form, finesse and strategy on the field. In other words, there are players who have great skill — then there are players like Ronaldinho who elevate their skills — and the game — to the level of an art form when played as masterfully as Ronaldinho played. I have since listed to several other podcasts from the OTB archives — which is remarkable since I never had interest in soccer until I learned a few things from this podcast. WELL DONE!
Richard C; California
Kevin and Chris are a spectacular team. They are fun, informative, and keep me up to date on soccer around the world.
Roadmap for a Better World
As a woman and an Over the Ball virgin, I was struck by how refreshing it was to listen to a podcast about soccer that combined humor, respect (Kevin and Chris for each other and for the Douglas Brothers, the sport and Ronaldinho), talent and unbridled joy. The professional camaraderie permeating every second of the Douglas Brothers’ podcast (and the documentary discussed) transcended different fields, backgrounds and countries, settling into an unforgettable and life-affirming common ground of humanity. What a wonderful reminder of the way true sportsmanship can be a roadmap to a better world.