186 episodes

Subscribe to this weekly soccer podcast hosted by comedian and ex-pro Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego as they celebrate the World's Game from an American Perspective. The boys at OTB delve into everything soccer from the latest action in the Premier League to the surging growth of the MLS, from the hysteria leading up to the 2024 World Cup to excitement, controversy and news coming from the USMNT and USWNT. OTB's expert hosts analyze the latest news, controversies, sensational plays, and standout moments of the week. With their immense knowledge and unwavering passion, these two soccer players turned obsessive fans leave no topic untouched. Step onto the pitch weekly with OTB and experience the world's game like never before.

Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego

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    • 4.7 • 38 Ratings

Subscribe to this weekly soccer podcast hosted by comedian and ex-pro Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego as they celebrate the World's Game from an American Perspective. The boys at OTB delve into everything soccer from the latest action in the Premier League to the surging growth of the MLS, from the hysteria leading up to the 2024 World Cup to excitement, controversy and news coming from the USMNT and USWNT. OTB's expert hosts analyze the latest news, controversies, sensational plays, and standout moments of the week. With their immense knowledge and unwavering passion, these two soccer players turned obsessive fans leave no topic untouched. Step onto the pitch weekly with OTB and experience the world's game like never before.

    Kyle Foley from the Orlando Sentinel joins OTB to discuss the Orlando Pride, USMNT, Kaká, Messi, Copa America, Euros, and Berhalter’s future.

    Kyle Foley from the Orlando Sentinel joins OTB to discuss the Orlando Pride, USMNT, Kaká, Messi, Copa America, Euros, and Berhalter’s future.

    In this electrifying episode of Over the Ball, hosts Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego team up with Kyle Foley, the dynamic beat writer for the Orlando Sentinel, to dive deep into the world of soccer. The trio explores the phenomenal rise of the Orlando Pride women's team, breaks down the US Men's National Team's latest performances, and examines the transformative influence of superstars like Kaká and Messi on Orlando's soccer scene. The conversation heats up with lively debates on the Copa America and Euros, speculation on potential candidates for the US Men's National Team coach, and a shared disdain for the nail-biting tension of penalty shootouts. They also highlight the booming success of soccer on television and don't hold back in slamming Kid Rock's misguided comments about the sport. This episode is a must-listen for soccer fans craving insightful analysis and spirited discussion.

    • 51 min
    Michelle Kaufman, the Miami Herald’s talented veteran sportswriter talks about Messi, USMNT’s failures at Copa America, and Berhalter’s future.

    Michelle Kaufman, the Miami Herald’s talented veteran sportswriter talks about Messi, USMNT’s failures at Copa America, and Berhalter’s future.

    The Miami Herald’s lead sports writer, Herald’s Michelle Kaufman, joins OTB to discuss her experience covering soccer for 25 years, shares her insights on Lionel Messi's move to Miami, what’s next following USMNT’s losses at Copa America tournament, and the future of coach Greg Berhalter.

    Michelle Kaufman has covered 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, U.S. Open, NCAA Basketball Tournaments, NBA Playoffs, Super Bowls and has been the soccer writer and University of Miami basketball beat writer for 25 years. She was born in Frederick, Md., and grew up in Miami. She is also the host of the Inside Inter Miami podcast.

    • 58 min
    Emergency Episode: USMNT Once Again Underperforms. Is Berhalter out?

    Emergency Episode: USMNT Once Again Underperforms. Is Berhalter out?

    Five years ago, Gregg Berhalter was tasked with rebuilding the U.S. men’s national team after their painful failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. His mission: to elevate a new generation of talent and restore pride to American soccer. Fast forward to the present, and the USMNT finds itself in a precarious situation at the Copa America. A surprise 2-1 loss to Panama has raised serious questions about Berhalter’s leadership, player development, and tactical choices. With their hopes hanging by a thread, is Berhalter’s job on the line? Dave Gallego dissects the match, analyzes the team’s stagnation, and explores whether the coach’s tenure is in jeopardy.

    • 6 min
    Kevin and Dave dig into USMNT, the Euros, ticket prices, grass pitches, the NCAA’s demise, and Alex Morgan being left off USWNT.

    Kevin and Dave dig into USMNT, the Euros, ticket prices, grass pitches, the NCAA’s demise, and Alex Morgan being left off USWNT.

    On this episode of OTB, Kevin and Dave discuss USMNT vs. Bolivia, the Alex Morgan controversy, the Euros, overly harsh English fans, temporary grass pitches, skyrocketing ticket prices, changes inside NCAA and D1, and the pros and cons of the NCAA transfer portals.

    OTB Executive Producer, Ken Park, joins the boys for the shows new “Getting to Know You” segment to discuss his experiences as a professional skateboarder, his first celebrity crush, and more.

    • 42 min
    Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor of Soccer America joins the boys at OTB to dissect USMNT recent performances.

    Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor of Soccer America joins the boys at OTB to dissect USMNT recent performances.

    Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor of Soccer America, joins Kevin and Dave to review the USMNT's recent performance. They analyze the team's lackluster game against Colombia and the friendly match against Brazil. The discussion also includes predictions on the significance of the 2024 Copa América for Coach Gregg Berhalter.
    With decades of soccer journalism experience, Mike brings deep insights into game highlights, player transfers, and referee decisions. Additionally, he's an active volunteer coach, referee, and photographer with SWB Oakland, contributing to the sport from youth leagues to the professional level.
    Kevin highlights the tactical adjustments needed for the USMNT to compete effectively on the global stage, emphasizing the importance of a solid defensive strategy and creative midfield play. Dave counters with a focus on improving player development programs within the US, suggesting a long-term approach to cultivate homegrown talent capable of succeeding internationally.
    Mike and the hosts delve into the potential impact of upcoming international fixtures and tournaments, providing a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities awaiting the USMNT. Their conversation underscores the critical role of strategic planning and consistent performance in elevating the team's global standing.

    • 50 min
    OTB chats with South Carolina Women's soccer head coach, Shelley Smith about her winning strategies and insights.

    OTB chats with South Carolina Women's soccer head coach, Shelley Smith about her winning strategies and insights.

    On this week’s episode of "Over the Ball," Kevin and Dave dive deep into the beautiful game, beat up on USMNT for their loss to Columbia, and speak with Shelley Smith, the esteemed head coach of South Carolina Women's soccer. With an impressive track record and a wealth of experience, Coach Smith has led her team to numerous victories and has been a pivotal figure in collegiate soccer. Kevin, Dave, and Coach Smith discuss the challenges of coaching in the South, building a program from scratch, the rivalry with Clemson, the development of women's soccer, and managing player motivation. Coach Smith shares her experiences and insights as a coach, highlights the growth and competitiveness of women's soccer, explore the differences between men's and women's soccer, and pinpoint the unique challenges faced by women's teams. She emphasizes the importance of balance and family in the lives of female players and explains why playing games in the spring is beneficial for their development. The conversation also touches on the lack of protection for star players in women's basketball and the impressive qualities of coach Dawn Staley. The interview concludes with a lighthearted rapid-fire question segment.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

OTB with Kevin Flynn ,

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

Biffaldinho ,

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Kevin and Chris are a spectacular team. They are fun, informative, and keep me up to date on soccer around the world.

Beacon+ ,

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.

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