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Stateside musings and coverage of Everton FC, brought to you by Alex Johnson and James Boyman. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @USAToffeePod Connect with us: americantoffee@gmail.com

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    MAN CITY POST-MATCH: Winless in Last 6

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 41:12

    Alex & James discuss the disappointing, yet expected 3-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad. Based on the loss today, Everton have only taken 2 points out of the last possible 18 making the Blues the worst in-form team in the PL. ATP breaks down player selection and tactical setup, key events throughout the match, individual and team statistics, as well as listener comments. How much is Rafa to blame for the current form? How much will Gray's injury affect us?  LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    INT'L BREAK CHECKPOINT: 11 Games In

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 49:40

    ATP is back with a look at Everton's year over year performance after 11 games.  Despite James suffering through COVID, the power trio stays intact over the international break to take a look at a breakdown of goals for and against in various scenarios.  They debate to what extent the dramatic differences in open play vs. set piece performance can be attributed to the summer window, injuries, change in system, poor player utilization, and even individual maturity and challenges.  The ATP boys also uncover some interesting facts and figures about year over year performance including deeper analysis of both Allan and Ben Godfrey.  Is Allan better suited to a 3-man midfield?  Did the fan base overrate Ben Godfrey last year?  Tune in to find out! LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Intro: Steve Barkwill Production: James Harper Outro: Kenboib

    SPURS POST-MATCH: Bizarre Draw at Goodison

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 56:47

    Everton provided the ATP with plenty of drama in the 0-0 draw today at Goodison with Spurs.  Alex, James, and Ryan hit both the highlights – better defensive shape, spirit, commitment, and organization – and the lowlights – lack of attack, players out of position, questionable substitutes, and substandard officiating. The power trio takes a deeper look at the system change employed by Rafa Benitez and give their take on some of the strange events of the match with lots of listener comments to help them on their way. LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    WOLVES POST-MATCH: Kill the Gap

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 57:27

    Alex, James, and Ryan discuss the 2-1 loss away at the Molineux to make it three losses in a row for the Blues. Jean-Philippe Gbamin makes a rare starting appearance while Iwobi replaces Gordon in the starting XI. ATP dives into key issues surrounding the performance and the stark difference in play after a tactical change. The boys wrap it up by discussing Rafa Benitez's interesting post-match comments. LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    WATFORD POST-MATCH: Truth Hits Everybody

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 49:49

    James, Ryan and Alex discuss the shambolic 2-5 loss at home to Watford, the first ever Hornets victory at Goodison Park in the PL era. Everton managed to lose the lead twice and conceded 4 in the last 12 minutes of the match. A difficult result to stomach against the newly promoted side, the ATP guys vent their frustrations while also dissecting what went wrong, including: the midfield pairing, attacking movement, and lack of tactical adjustment.    LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    WEST HAM POST-MATCH: Deflating Display At Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 58:32

    The power trio is back to discuss the Toffee's unfortunate home loss at the hands of David Moyes West Ham United.  Alex, James, and Ryan get to the bottom of the deflating affair, with particular emphasis on the first half tactics that seemed to take the wind of our Everton's sails.  In addition to the usual listener comments, the boys explore several additional topics such as the emphasis on zonal marking as a set piece defense and whether or not a team can really succeed with such little possession.  In addition, they examine how Everton can handle the loss of Doucoure and whether or not the impending hire of another member of the medical staff can get Everton out of the injury bug that seems to be ballooning out of control. LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Int'l Break: News Roundup and Academy Progress

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 28:22

    Throwback to days of old as James and Alex hop on the mic to discuss a handful of news stories that have surfaced this international break: -Leighton Baines takes on temporary assistant manager role with the EFC U18s -Joel Waldron appointed new Head of Academy Recruitment -Townsend wins PL Goal of the Month  -Lucas Digne picks up injury -Short Analysis of Academy Progress under Marcel Brands Hope you enjoy! LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    MAN UTD POST-MATCH: Siuuu-per Point at Old Trafford

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 61:23

    The podfather is BACK!!!!  Alex is reunited with Ryan and James to review a well deserved 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.  They break down tactics, sprinkle in some stats, talk about that Tom Davies chance…and ask a lot of tough questions about subs and tactical adjustments.  Did Everton deserve more?  Did OGS get outfoxed by Rafa Benitez?       LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    NORWICH CITY POST-MATCH: Canaries Conquered

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 57:09

    Maybe it wasn't the most exciting match, but James and Ryan walk us through the business-like Everton victory over Norwich City 2-0 at Goodison.  They attempt to determine if Norwich is just bad or if Everton's performance was lackluster.  As always, they take some different perspectives on Digne's evolving role, the impact of the backline's distribution, and the effectiveness of Solomon Rondon.  They note the tactical changes that influenced the match and hit lister comments and as usual, award their MOTM. PSA: James was dumb and used the wrong mic input when recording, sincere apologies for the poor audio quality! LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    QPR CUP POST-MATCH: Reality Check

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 62:29

    James and Ryan get together to assess Everton's departure from the Carabao Cup at the hands of Queens Park Rangers. A match that started with a depleted EFC squad and ended with another lengthy penalty shootout reminiscent of the Toffee's preseason Florida trip. We dissect the key moments and performances before lamenting ever more on the James Rodriguez saga which looks to be approaching a bizarre conclusion as the Colombian eyes a late move to Qatar.  LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    BURNLEY POST-MATCH: Six Minutes, Three Points

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 54:53

    A mad night for Everton under the lights at Goodison - James and Ryan take us through all the drama.  From mind boggling referees to questionable announcing, the 3-1 victory did not lack plot lines and big plays.  They take a hard look at the tactical setups, the massive impact of system and personnel changes, and dissect a tremendous 20 minute stretch that turned the match on its head.   LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    TRANSFER WINDOW WRAP: No Funds, No Fun

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 66:22

    Silly season is almost over.  James and Ryan go over the summer window results - while Everton didn't do a ton of business, the deadline day was not without drama.  The duo go through the details of the Moise Kean exit, take a hard look at the squad, the overall FFP implications, and go through some listener comments straight from the discord (with some level of PG censorship).   LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    BRIGHTON POST-MATCH: Cashing in at the Amex

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 68:49

    While the transfer window speculation continues, Everton played a fantastic match today with a comprehensive 2-0 win at Brighton.   James and Ryan decompose the match tactics, individual performances, and yes, the drama.  They go through a ton of listener comments and also dig into how Everton are starting to come around under Rafael Benitez. LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    HUDDERSFIELD POST MATCH: Shorthanded Success

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 68:44

    James and Ryan are back with another episode of ATP following Everton's 1-2 victory in the second round of the Carabao Cup! They start by discussing former EFC youth starlet Thierry Small's departure to Southampton before diving into the match, and it was an eventful match indeed. They break down the early Iwobi goal, Huddersfield's response, Kean's golden chance and sending off, and of course Townsend's winner off some brilliant buildup play. Lastly, player performances are highlighted with some help from our listeners on Twitter, and we choose a "surprising" MOTM! Enjoy! #COYB LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    LEEDS POST MATCH: Antics at Elland Road

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 64:41

    Everton manage a point on the road at a hostile Elland Road, navigating the chaos that is Bielsa ball with a direct approach.  James and Ryan take you through all the action of the 2-2 draw with their usual analysis and also ask and attempt to answer several of the emerging questions after Everton's first two matches - Should Richarlison be played down the middle?  Is DCL's finishing a problem?  How is Benitez getting the best out of Gray?  These questions and more on a very in-depth post match episode of ATP.   LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    SOUTHAMPTON POST MATCH: Off and Running

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 58:30

    It's opening weekend for the PL and the North American Toffees are out in force!  James and Ryan talk about all the things going on with supporters groups and the club as well as the 3-1 victory over Southampton.   They get deep into the tactics especially the significant differences in setups under Benitez vs. Ancelotti with the type of Everton analysis you can't get anywhere else!  But most importantly, the crowd is back, and it's influence could not be overstated! LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Tim Howard in Orlando, Bramley Moore Groundbreaking, and Transfer Roundup/Rumors

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 61:20

    ATP Is back from Florida!  James and Ryan briefly talk about the trip and share their conversation with none other than Everton and USA GK legend Tim Howard.   They then get into the stadium groundbreaking at Bramley Moore Dock and dive right into the transfer window.  Starting with a quickly summary of Everton's current business, James and Ryan walk through their prior squad assessment results, and cut through the latest rumors (Kean, Davies, Longstaff, McNeill, Zakaria, Rondon, Buta) to determine if they make sense for Everton or not. Here's hoping for a great result on Saturday! LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    2020/21 EVERTON SQUAD ASSESSMENT - Part 4: RW, CAM, ST Player Review & Target ID

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 84:43

    *Recorded last week prior to Townsend & Gray signings* The 4th and final piece of the ATP 20/21 Squad Assessment! James and Ryan at last get into the RW situation, and discuss depth and options at CAM & ST. What will Rafa be looking for in the market and what potential targets Marcel could be looking at to bolster the EFC attack going into the new season? Thank you to all who've listened to the Assessment so far, and hope to see you in Florida!   LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    FLORIDA CUP LATEST DEVELOPMENTS (feat. Tony Sampson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 26:59

    Tony Sampson of Everton Chicago and the EFC Fan's Forum joins James and Ryan to discuss the news of Arsenal and Inter both withdrawing from the Florida Cup at the last possible moment. Despite the change, Everton have still made the trip across the pond and are slated to play Colombian side Millonarios F.C. on Sunday evening.  Tony goes into more detail on the latest updates, including ticket changes, events planned by the club during the week, and more! Hope to see you all there!    

    2020/21 EVERTON SQUAD ASSESSMENT - Part 3: Midfield & LW Player Review & Target ID

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 49:02

    Part 3 of 4! After assessing the GK and entire backline, James and Ryan are back with the defensive / central midfield and the left mid / wing positions.  They talk about the past Benitez midfield combinations, the types of players we think he might want, follow up with the left side, and cover a bunch of transfer targets and rumors. LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    2020/21 EVERTON SQUAD ASSESSMENT - Part 2: Defense Player Reviews & Target ID

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 65:35

    James and Ryan continue the with Part II of our annual Squad Assessment series for the 20/21 Everton Season!   The boys get into an overall assessment of Rafa Benitez's preferred ways of play and go position by position, scrutinizing player performance, as well as looking at the type of players Benitez might want and who he has bought in the past.  As usual there are a lot of numbers, but also quite a few transfer targets - Part II gets us completely through the defense and GK situations.  Enjoy! LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Search Over: Benitez Set to Sign

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 58:24

    Much to the dismay of the majority of the fan base, Everton looks set to hire Rafael Benitez as first team manager.   Ryan and James explore why they believe it may or may not be a good fit from all sorts of aspects - cultural, playing style, organizational, etc. - and what does this tell us about the club's vision.  We also take listener comments as to what they would ask in the impending presser this week. LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    Silly Season 2021: Manager Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 60:00

    James and Ryan attempt to get a grip on the madness that is the Everton Manager search and separate fact from fiction.  They walk through the Nuno to Rafa situation, address the messaging at Goodison, lay out what a proper Footballing Identity and structure looks like, and talk about the current candidates in play.  They also get into the rumored signing of Matheus Nunes, 22 year old CM from Sporting CP.   LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    2020/21 EVERTON SQUAD ASSESSMENT - Part 1: Attack, Defense, Season Objectives Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 100:55

    Buckle up Toffees, James and Ryan are pleased to present part 1 of our annual Squad Assessment series for the 20/21 Everton Season! In this episode, we take a deep dive on the numbers that back up many of our observations made throughout the season. We're also trying video for the first time ever on the pod, so if you want to see our visuals please check out the Youtube link on our Linktree or via the link below:   SQUAD ASSESSMENT SLIDES: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1C5mu-2vQcitrAjdfAEJz2re_Vf0-c7hI1hbzONku-hQ/edit?usp=sharing LINKS: https://linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib   Timestamps: Intro - 0:38 Season Objectives Revisit and KPIs - 3:30 OFFENSE/ATTACK Offense/Attack Overview - 13:40 Finishing - 15:31 Touches - 21:08 Progression (Passing) - 25:10 Progression (Carries) - 30:26 Ball Control - 34:56 Chance Creation (SCA) - 37:06 Chance Creation (GCA) - 38:52 Goals/Chance Creation (Open Play) - 40:42 Offense Summary - 52:52 GOALS AGAINST/DEFENSE Defensive Summary - 56:43 Goalkeeping - 59:09 Defensive Style - 1:02:39 Defensive Actions - 1:08:58 Defensive Summary - 1:15:23 SOLUTIONS/SUMMARY - 1:18:45

    EMERGENCY POD: CARLO ANCELOTTI DEPARTS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 57:10

    In an absolutely shocking turn of events, Carlo Ancelotti has officially departed Everton Football Club to return to his former club Real Madrid.  James + Ryan recap and react to the news, speculate on what might have caused the departure, consider the potential impact to EFC's summer recruitment and look ahead at who may step in to replace the Italian at Goodison Park next season. ATP LINKTR.EE  Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    WOLVES MATCH REVIEW: We've Got Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 69:45

    After a 1-0 win this evening against Wolverhampton in front of an actual crowd at Goodison, a glimmer of hope still remains in Everton’s quest for Europe.  Carlo’s call for more Spirit was received and James and Ryan dissect the response.  Questions still remain after a lackluster offensive performance against a depleted Wolves side whether Everton truly needs more spirit or some tactical and personnel changes to generate more offense.  The pair talk about it all as well as Everton’s chances next weekend for the Europa Conference League.   ATP LINKTR.EE  Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    SHEFFIELD UTD MATCH REVIEW: Out of Runway

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 64:36

    Once again, behind a lackluster attack and the same poor individual performances, Everton drop a match to Sheffield Untied 1-0 at Goodison Park.  Sheffield have been relegated for weeks, have the worst away record in the league, and were missing several key players.  James and Ryan lament the poor setup, team selection, and in particular the terrible half time adjustments that resulted in some of the most hapless attack we have seen in a long time.  We even discuss the most important question - is Carlo Ancelotti the right one to take Everton forward?   ATP LINKTR.EE  Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    ASTON VILLA MATCH REVIEW: Procrastination

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 66:22

    While not out of the European picture yet, Everton take a point away with a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa that feels like a missed opportunity.  James and Ryan try and make sense of the massive difference between the first 75 minutes and last 15 minutes of the match as well as yet again more curious personnel as well as tactical decisions.  They go through some excellent listener comments and rue a missed opportunity against a weakened Aston Villa side.   ATP LINKTR.EE  Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    WEST HAM MATCH REVIEW: One Last Push

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 66:19

    Everton vault themselves back into European contention with a massive 1-0 win over West Ham United, putting EFC within striking distance of 5th.   While not the most exciting match, it was an interesting exercise in tactical systems, which James and Ryan take a closer look at.  They also explore Carlo’s quote on possession vs. victory, whether Everton played well or West Ham simply played poorly, and take a look at a bunch of insightful feedback from the listener base that never fail to challenge our host’s viewpoints.   LINKS Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Aston Villa Match Review: Hopes, Dreams, Football

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 71:15

    James and Ryan take a hard look at the 2-1 loss vs. Aston Villa at Goodison Park.  The uneven performance is analyzed in detail from Carlo’s lineup decisions, to the Home/Away form, and even questioning whether or not it’s time to move on from certain players.  With its European hopes fading, Everton need to turn things around quickly, but is it possible?

    ARSENAL MATCH REVIEW: Emirates Anguish Ends

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2021 60:27

    Although it wasn’t pretty, Everton pull out a much needed victory at the Emirates against Arsenal for the first time ever.  The 1-0 win puts Everton firmly in 8th, 6 points ahead of Arsenal with a match at hand, and right behind Liverpool and Spurs in the race for the Europa League. James and Ryan dissect the 1-0 victory starting with the tactical battle and Everton’s attempt to counter Mikel Arteta’s Pep-inspired high pressing 4231.  We then walk through the action (or lack thereof), take a look at lister comments from social media, talk about Fabian Delph’s sock mishaps, and continue to express our support for Gunnersaurus.          LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    SUPER LEAGUE SPECIAL: CRASH AND BURN

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 76:18


    James and Ryan are joined by the Podfather himself, Alex Johnson to dissect the insanity of the last 72 hours. From -the initial proposal -the villains involved -the fan, pundit, and club reactions We dive all the way into it and try to give our American spin on things. We also look ahead and try to predict what might come next for the Premier League clubs who have dropped out.  Part 2 is the audio of this week's Toffee TV USA episode, where Ryan and James look at the various club withdrawal statements, question the American owner's understanding of European football and question the potential punishments for the respective clubs. Needless to say, we're all proud to be Evertonians today.   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib    


    Spurs Match Review: Our Own Worst Enemy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2021 64:55

    Everton drew 2-2 with Spurs on Friday night at Goodison Park despite a very strong performance from the squad. A good response to Harry Kane's opener saw Everton take the lead through 2 Gylfi Sigurdsson goals before Kane once again found the back of the net.  We dive into all the usuals: lineups, tactics, match timeline, and player performances. James, Richarlison, Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey are all discussed in depth!   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Int'l Expansion Plans, Fan's Forum Update & Everton USA Live (feat. Tony Sampson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 34:55

    On today's special episode, James and Ryan welcome on Tony Sampson of Everton Chicago and the EFC Fan's Forum. We discuss -the latest work being done by the Forum, and their recruitment process. -the club's major announcement on the next phase of their international growth strategy, including the hiring of Jurgen Mainka, former CONCACAF CCO to lead the International Team. -the first EVER event for North American Supporter's Groups, Everton USA Live, which will take place this Saturday the 17th. The event begins 11 AM EST and will include appearances by Tim Howard, Marcel Brands, and Abdoulaye Doucoure as well as many other exciting engagement activities.    Hope you enjoy! Link for more info on Everton USA Live   ATP LINKS Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Brighton Match Review: Walking Wounded

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 51:07

    The injury problem at Everton continues to thwart the Toffees hopes for a top 6 finish, after a comically depleted side managed to scrap a draw away against xG FC, aka Brighton & Hove Albion. Just 12 first teamers were fit for this one and it showed from the first kick. Outclassed in every regard. James and Ryan try to make sense of the match and understand what the Blues' chances are for a late season push for Europe. LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Palace Recap, Progress Under Brands & Silly Season Begins!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 78:22

    We're back folks! After tech issues prevented us from recapping Monday's draw with Palace, we wanted to cover a wide range of topics with another episode as we looks towards the end of the season and the summer transfer window. 01:52 - Crystal Palace Recap 09:53 - Club/Fan's Forum Announcements 11:55 - Brands Discussion Intro 18:55 - Stats from 17/18 Season (Season Before Brands' arrival) 26:57 - Personnel Comparison Before/With Brands 51:28 - Silly Season Discussion   Ryan's Toffee Analysis Article: "HOW BAD WAS 2017/18 (AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO LOOK BACK ON?"   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib    

    Man City FA Cup Match Review: Heads Held High

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2021 51:57

    Everton dropped out of the FA Cup Saturday evening after a 2-0 loss to champions-in-waiting Manchester City. Despite the scoreline, the injury-battered Toffees were resolute in defense for almost the entire match before an unlucky crossbar deflection put Ilkay Gundogan in for an easy header that would decide the match.   Ryan and James break down the match, discuss why it made sense to play a compact style vs the expansive Cityzens, and look at the positives from today's result. We also look at some Everton Twitter reactions as well as those from our listeners. Heads up Blues, lot of season remaining!   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Burnley Match Review: Dyche'd on Home Turf

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 71:37

    Everton lost their 7th home PL match of the season Saturday, falling 2-1 to Burnley after conceding 2 goals in the first half hour of play. A Doucoure and Siggy-less midfield meant Carlo once again had to change personel, and brought Tom Davies into the middle with Iwobi in a free number 10 role. Ultimately it was too large an obstacle to overcome with EFC scuffing several good chances.    James and Ryan walk through what went wrong, including the formation changes, subs, and tactics. We also look at team and individual stats, key moments and take listener reactions, as always. Check the links below for more content!   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Chelsea Match Review: Blanked at the Bridge

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 56:41

    EFC fell to Thomas Tuchel's resurgent Chelsea side 2-0 on Monday night, marking the Toffee's first away defeat since November. A disappointing result but Abdoulaye Doucoure's absence proved to be pivotal as our midfield was easily bypassed by Chelsea's superior depth and quality.    J+R get into all the usual topics: lineups, tactics, flow of the game, key plays, individual performances, and listener instant reactions. Time to regroup before we face Burnley on Saturday as our quest for Europe continues with just 11 matches remaining in the campaign. LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    West Brom Match Review: Fat Man Fume

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 58:25

    The Toffees moved into 5th place following their 3rd consecutive win Thursday evening, a 1-0 nail-biter vs West Bromwich Albion. Much like the Southampton match earlier in the week, Everton managed to create very little threat for most of the game, but a bit of micro-management by Don Carlo to put Gylfi on a corner kick paid dividends. On his second try he found the head of Richarlison who has now scored in 4 consecutive matches, the first Brazillian to do so in the Premier League. James and Ryan assess the lineup, break down the tactics, and discuss what this victory means for the rest of the campaign. We also look at stats and read instant reactions from our listeners. LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    So'ton Match Review: Ugly Wins Still Count

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 57:48

    Everton have won their first home Premier League match of 2021 after defeating a struggling Southampton side 1-0 on Monday night. The win puts the Toffees level on point with L*verpool with the potential to go up to 4th place with a win on Thursday.  Richarlison's early goal made the difference in a largely uneventful match. James and Ryan dive into the tactics, major events, player performances, and listener reactions as usual! LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Merseyside Derby Match Review: THE DROUGHT IS OVER!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2021 57:56

    EVERTON WIN AT ANFIELD! EVERTON WIN AT ANFIELD! The blue boys get one over on the reds at long last as Everton defeated Liverpool 0-2 for their first victory at their former ground since 1999. A massively composed and defensively disciplined performance from the Toffees who went ahead after just 3 minutes through a James-Richarlison linkup, and put the game to rest with an 82' penalty slotted away by Gylfi Sigurdsson. James and Ryan bask in the glorious aftermath of the match and celebrate Everton's biggest win in a long, long time. Tactics, timeline, player performances are all analyzed, and read out some listener reactions before selecting their MOTM. Enjoy this feeling Blues, it's been far too long! LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    Man City Match Review: Into the Buzzsaw

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 51:20

    Everton were played off their own pitch by a dominant Manchester City team midweek, giving them their 17th consecutive victory. The 1-3 loss at Goodison brings the Toffee's home winless streak to 5 games. Despite going in level at the break through a brief moment of brilliance by Iwobi, Coleman, Lucas Digne and Richarlison, the well-oiled machine of City were too much for a side still missing some key players. James and Ryan begin with the news of an exciting new partnership between club sponsor hummel and the NA Everton supporter's groups. We then dive into the match, question Carlo's curious substitutions, and read listener reactions. At the end, we briefly look ahead to the massively important Merseyside Derby at the weekend.   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Fulham Match Review: First Time for Everything

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 56:16

    Everton fell 0-2 to Fulham at Goodison Park on Sunday, the first home loss to the Cottagers EVER. An immensely frustrating afternoon with the Toffees managing just 2 shots on target and looking devoid of ideas and energy for most of the fixture. This was another opportunity to pick up points against relegation-fodder that has slipped past, but Carlo and company must quickly course correct with Man City and Liverpool awaiting in the next 6 days. Ryan and James vent, question the tactical choices by Ancelotti, and analyze individual performances. LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    Spurs FA Cup Match Review: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 60:23

    Everton defeated Spurs in a thrilling, nervy 5-4 Cup tie at Goodison Park that felt more like a fever dream than a football match. The Blues battled back as did Spurs to take the match to extra time where a Bernard volley made the difference to advance the Toffees to the quarterfinal of the FA Cup.  James and Ryan joyously dissect the mayhem, praising the resolve, commitment and desire shows by the midfield engine of Tom Davies, Doucoure and Gylfi Sigurdsson. They also break down all the key passages of play and major moments. A triumphant victory in a season that has many hoping for big things the remainder of the campaign.   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Man United Match Review: Leaving it Late

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 52:03

    Anyone experiencing whiplash after that one?? Everton claimed a stunning point at Old Trafford after erasing 0-2 and 2-3 deficits, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring the last goal in the 94th minute. The blues scored all 3 of their shots on target, but by and large allowed United to dictate much of the play. The point sees us move back into the top 6 with games in hand. James and Ryan hash out the result, going through the different tactical phases of the match, lauding the spirit of the team, and breaking down key plays. In the end, it's a draw that feels like much more.    LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    Leeds Match Review: The Elland Road Slip n' Slide

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 50:21

    Everton have won 4 consecutive away league games since 1985, after first half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and DCL were enough to defeat Marco Bielsa's Leeds side 2-1. A back and forth match that was entertaining to watch at times (and stressful at others), Carlo Ancelotti got the necessary response from the squad as they looked full of intent. James and Ryan break down all the tactics, key moments, and player performances including a resurgent Portuguese and Everton's biggest surprise of the transfer window(?).  LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    Newcastle Match Review: Nowhere to Hide

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2021 50:40

    Everton fell to bottom-of-the-form-table Newcastle United 0-2 at Goodison Park. With Newcastle winless in their last 11 matches prior, this ended up being a classic "Everton, that" moment where it felt as though the Toffees could have played for a million hours without scoring. Despite the strong lineup on paper (and NUFC's obvious weaknesses), the Blues failed to test Karl Darlow much after the opening minutes. James & Ryan react to the disappointment and try to make sense of a frustrating day at the office for EFC, and touch on the slew of outgoing transfer news. LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Leicester City Match Review: Staying in the Mix

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 58:02

    Everton drew 1-1 at Goodison Park against a Vardy-less Leicester City after a James Rodriguez wonderstrike was cancelled out by a 2nd half Pickford error.  With plenty of personnel restrictions, Carlo Ancelotti elected for a pragmatic approach, allowing the Foxes to control most of the possession in exchange for maintaining a strong defensive shape.  J+R break down all the key moments, stats, and tactics from start to finish in what was an important match. Equally important to win the matchup with Newcastle on Saturday, 3 points looking ripe for the taking.  LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

    Sheffield Wednesday FA Cup Match Review: James Shines Brightest in Emphatic Win

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2021 41:27

    A borderline relaxing Sunday evening for the Toffees as they easily brushed aside Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 to move into the 5th round of the FA Cup. A strong squad performance led by James Rodriguez's 8 key passes was more than enough to claim decisive victory. James and Ryan go through the usual segments (lineup, tactics, individual performances) before wrapping with some transfer updates and looking ahead at a busy 2 weeks. LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib  

    Everton AGM Recap: State of the Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 41:52

    Last Thursday evening, Everton held their Annual General Meeting, during which fans were provided updates from senior club officials on everything from COVID finances, to marketing strategy, to the stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. James and Ryan give their high-level takeaways and how they are feeling about the trajectory the Blues are on.   LINKS: linktr.ee/usatoffeepod Production: James Harper Intro: Steve Barkwill Outro: Kenboib

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