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Talkin’ soccer and life with the people who matter in Major League Soccer. Hosted by DC101's Gregory Roche.

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    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

Talkin’ soccer and life with the people who matter in Major League Soccer. Hosted by DC101's Gregory Roche.

    New D.C. United Youth Academy Director Patrick Ouckama

    New D.C. United Youth Academy Director Patrick Ouckama

    D.C. United has a new youth academy director and he joins Roche on this episode of Pitch Pass. Patrick Ouckama plays his hard close to the vest which makes for a fun  cat and mouse type conversation. After getting some background on Ouckama, Roche asks about the Pathway2Pro initiative, the recent success of the academy, uniform tactics throughout the club, the lack of lower level youth teams for DCU, ownership commitment to youth development, and more. 

    • 48 min
    Griffin Yow Leads A Golden Generation of D.C. United Homegrown Talent

    Griffin Yow Leads A Golden Generation of D.C. United Homegrown Talent

    D.C. United homegrown Griffin Yow joins Roche on this episode of Pitch Pass to discuss his "senior year" of high school, the expectations that come with being the first homegrown signing of his generation, his fit in Hernan Losada's plans, and the challenges of the first half of this DCU season. 

    • 48 min
    Hall Of Famer Bruce Murray On The Accelerator School, The MLS Academy System, And D.C. United

    Hall Of Famer Bruce Murray On The Accelerator School, The MLS Academy System, And D.C. United

    U.S. Soccer Hall Of Famer Bruce Murray joins the show to discuss The Accelerator School, how it differs from traditional schools, soccer clubs, and MLS academies, and his hope that it changes how Americans look at education and soccer (12:50). Then, Roche and Bruce go over the state of the American soccer system, , the rise in the stature of MLS and American players, and D.C. United's turnaround off the pitch. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Charles Boehm On D.C. United First Impressions And Potential Culture Change

    Charles Boehm On D.C. United First Impressions And Potential Culture Change

    D.C. United started the Hernan Losada era in...style? Depends on your definition of the word. What isn't up for debate is that DCU got a result against NYCFC in their first MLS regular season of 2021. They did it with, more aggressive tactics and a renewed vigor. Writer Charles Boehm joins Roche to give some first impressions of the team under Losada including what looked good, what still needs work, and what is or isn't sustainable. Then, Roche and Charlie discuss the behind the scenes changes at D.C. United and if the hiring of Losada and new GM Lucy Rushton is a sign of change in the club's culture or another mirage.

    Click here for Charlie's piece on Lucy Rushton. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Athletic's Pablo Maurer on the 2012 MLS Eastern Conferecne Semifinals and a 2021 D.C. United Preview

    The Athletic's Pablo Maurer on the 2012 MLS Eastern Conferecne Semifinals and a 2021 D.C. United Preview

    Pitch Pass kicks off its 10th season with one of our favorite guests. The Athletic's Pablo Maurer recently wrote the definitive oral history on the insane 2012 MLS Eastern Conference Semi-Final between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls. He joins Roche to discuss the oral history and share a few more stories from that tie that didn't make it into the article. Then, they discuss DCU prospects for the 2021 season...and whether the roof at Audi Field will ever be completed.

    Read Pablo's oral history here. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Up The Academy with Charles Boehm

    Up The Academy with Charles Boehm

    #DOOP is all the rage and it's due in large part to the Philadelphia Union Academy.  The Union academy is quickly becoming the youth development model in MLS and Charles Boehm has been covering it since its beginnings. Boehm joins Roche for the latest Pitch Pass to discuss the Union model, how it relates to European youth setups, how it's different from other MLS academies, and if it's sustainable. Then, Charlie and Roche wonder how far D.C. United is from Academy relevance again.

    To read more about the Union Academy, check out Charles Boehm's work on mlssoccer.com.

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Butlerbob6 ,

Great podcast

This great podcast and enjoy listening to it. I’m a DC United fan and that’s part of why. It’s both an informative and entertaining place podcast.

Tribeca487 ,

Critical interviews

The Salazar interview this year absolutely essential listening for any DC UNITED fan and arguably any MLS fan. That back to back with the Maurer episode alone made this my favorite podcast of the year. Nice work!

Justsomeguy1628268 ,

Love the show

Long time listener and glad to see the show is back to being more regular.

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