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Welcome to Soccer 101 STL, the safe space for Saint Louis to learn about soccer. Join Moon Valjean and Matthew Rocchio for a weekly conversation to help educate you about the game of soccer, MLS and St. Louis CITY SC with some help from our friends in the game.

Soccer 101 STL: A St. Louis City SC Podcast 101 ESPN | Hubbard Radio

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Welcome to Soccer 101 STL, the safe space for Saint Louis to learn about soccer. Join Moon Valjean and Matthew Rocchio for a weekly conversation to help educate you about the game of soccer, MLS and St. Louis CITY SC with some help from our friends in the game.

    A Lack of Finishing is Better Than a Lack of Defending + Unknowns vs. Austin

    A Lack of Finishing is Better Than a Lack of Defending + Unknowns vs. Austin

    Moon & Rocchio are back to break down ANOTHER draw for STL CITY SC--this time a scoreless one--and dive back into last weeks big question: what's the big issue for CITY in '24? Rocc is still focused entirely on the defense despite picking up a clean sheet, Moon wants to throw some credit for Ostrak after his game, more worries on the defensive holes, the unknowns of the CITY defense going into a game vs. Austin WITH a healthy Sebastian Driussi, some quick hitters from around the world of STL Soccer (shouts to the Academy/youth teams, Schulte & Sargent!) & the potential effect on STL CITY SC from the newly announced MLS roster rules.
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    • 30 min
    Special Interview with Rizz from 105.7 The Point on His First CITYPARK Experience

    Special Interview with Rizz from 105.7 The Point on His First CITYPARK Experience

    Scott Rizuto, the eponymous "Rizz" from 105.7 The Point's "The Rizzuto Show" , joins Moon for a special interview episode of Soccer 101 to talk about what it was like for a baseball junky to get into soccer, how Moon started getting Rizz involved in the STL FC days, what his first reactions were when he went to his first match at CITYPARK, how he left soccer at a young age before coming back in his 30s, the strong feeling of FOMO he got when he missed CITY's first ever home match in club history, why the stadium specifically is so special to him as someone who worked at Union Station for so long, the "whoa" feeling he got when he first walked in, what his return trips throughout the season taught him, his tips & tricks for catching a game, why Burki has stepped up as his favorite player, what it means to have an ownership who is tied into the city and cares about it's growth & the biggest questions: whether or not Rizz could consider himself a "soccer fan".
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    • 24 min
    Missed Calls in Utah + Defense vs. Creation: What's Holding CITY Back in 2024?

    Missed Calls in Utah + Defense vs. Creation: What's Holding CITY Back in 2024?

    Moon & Rocchio are back after a little break to talk about the last two matches for CITY as they drew 2-2 with DC United & lost their first game of the season 3-1 @ Real Salt Lake, a big focus on the missed--and called--fouls from the game, they try to figure out what is causing this slight malaise to start the season and the big question for the episode settles in: is a porous defense through the first 7 matches (11 goals against) or is a lack of passing & creation (11 goal for) the biggest issue going for CITY to start the 2024 campaign? Rocc focuses on the defense, Moon wants to see passing at least at the 2023 level & they dive into how important the next couple of (extremely winnable) games will be for STL CITY SC.
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    • 45 min
    Differing Opinions on a Draw in Austin, Löwen's Injury & If CITY Can Unlock Their Offense in LA

    Differing Opinions on a Draw in Austin, Löwen's Injury & If CITY Can Unlock Their Offense in LA

    Moon & Rocchio are back to break down their takeaways from CITY's 2-2 draw in Austin, Rocchio is focusing on the improved play in possession and against a set defense, Moon won't let anyone forget that CITY just allowed two goal from two centre-backs, there is some agreement on how special Celio Pompeu was in that game, the Löwen injury news, how the injury news will effect this matchup in LA, if there's a worry around CITY's offense when Löwen isn't in the lineup, expectations for CITY's matchup vs. the Galaxy (Moon is positive, Rocc is neutral), the Leagues cup groups & schedule being announced, Parker's comments on the Miami "hype-train" & the first chance to see CITY2 at CITYPARK on Sunday.
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    • 43 min
    CITY's Gem vs. NYCFC, A Win-able match in Austin + US Open, Ref Strike & CCC Quick Hits

    CITY's Gem vs. NYCFC, A Win-able match in Austin + US Open, Ref Strike & CCC Quick Hits

    Moon & Rocchio are back for a big episode of Soccer 101 as they break down a huge 2-0 win over NYCFC, how the press was easily the biggest takeaway from the game, giving credit to Adeniran & Celio for the big game--but focusing on how important Lowen & Nilsson are for this whole season, Carnell calling the game the best in the short history of CITY SC, why this matchup in Austin is perfectly timed for CITY to win, Moon's got some stats before this matchup & he's tired of the disrespect that CITY continues to get from the MLS media, Carnell's comments on culture and building a team that fits the St. Louis mentality & some quick hits from the recent news (or non-news) around the US Open Cup boycott, the ref strike & some big shifts in the latest Champions Cup games.
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    • 35 min
    What Happened in Houston, CITY's Schematic Identity & Another US Open Cup Opinion

    What Happened in Houston, CITY's Schematic Identity & Another US Open Cup Opinion

    Moon & Rocchio break down a number of questions and observations from two unremarkable games against Real Salt Lake and Dynamo, what's going on with the CITY high-press, how the backline questions are starting to rack up, a strong showing from a ragtag group in Houston, how much the lack of defensive consistency on the backline has hampered the press in the last two games, Moon wants to see more heart from the lineup on a more consistent basis, why Rocchio thinks that CITY is best in a 2-striker scheme--but why that doesn't always mean its best with Klauss & Adeniran and the unfortunate and short-sighted decision from the MLS on the league's 1st-team US Open Cup participation.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

CDK9001 ,

Good show if they ever do another one

Haven’t heard from them since June 2023. What’s up?

STLbaseball ,

Keep it up!

Loving listening. Please keep adding more shows.

MatthewNorris ,

Moon - what a guy!

Appreciate the self reflection, totally won me over 💪 thanks for the content for this special story of a season ❤️

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