Hosted by Shannoah Green, Ken Kimber & Rox Fontaine. Chop Soccer is barbershop talk for soccer through the Black lens. From Center Circle to Heading it Home, we bring you the conversation and questions about navigating soccer in America from the streets.
Nike has created a special edition Air Max Plus in preparation for the FIFA World Cup. The Swoosh honors the "French Football Federation" as fans around the world get ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The navy, white, red, and gold color palette is donned on the shoe. Rox and Ken discuss if they like the shoe and what are their preferred Air Max's. Read More.
Before their matches against Girona and Sevilla, respectively, Real Madrid's men's and women's teams revealed a new clothing line (Heroes Among Us) created in conjunction with Marvel, channeling their inner heroes (or something like that).However, nobone has ever seen these heroes on Real Madrid's apparel, or they hadn't until recently, when Los Blancos unveiled their new Adidas clothing line, the first collection in the club's history to have an adidas theme and a cooperation with the Avengers. Rox and Ken discuss if they like the collaboration. Read More.
A new Covid app named "Ehteraz," which is required to be downloaded by every tourist over the age of 18, is the latest addition to the long list of requirements that foreigners will need to follow while in Qatar. It is advertised as a method for authorities to keep tabs on a potential outbreak and help with contact tracing. Although that would seem innocent enough, even responsible, there are some very horrific information about the app that are emerging. Read More.
Shoot or Pass is a simple game. Each time Ken will pick six articles from the past week or two of soccer and Rox will have the choice to 'Shoot' or 'Pass'. If Rox chooses 'Shoot', then Rox will give his take on the article. If Rox chooses 'Pass', then they'll move onto to the next article. Discussions can be super short or super long depending on the article, but they will never be boring. Read More.
The teaser for the upcoming Netflix documentary "FIFA Uncovered" is here and available to watch now. The film is scheduled to debut on the streaming service on November 9. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar begins in just 11 days later and this special promises to examine some of FIFA's most scandalous incidents from the past ten years. Rox and Ken discuss if they will be watching the documentary and what they are looking forward to learning the most about. Read More.
Free World Cup games? The first 12 games of the 2022 World Cup will be available to Peacock members on the free tiers. Premium members will have access to the remaining 52 games beginning November 24. The catch is that it will be on Peacock's sister channel Telemundo Deportes, and in Spanish. Rox and Ken discuss what games will be broadcast for free, and what are some of the best streaming devices to have. https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1847 (Read More).
The UEFA Women's Champions League will be featured in FIFA 23 thanks to the multi-year partnership with EA Sports. As part of the agreement, the video game developer will also support the platform Together #WePlayStrong, which aims to encourage more girls and women to play the game. Early in 2023, EA Sports will be adding the competition to the game, starting at the knockout rounds. Rox and Ken discuss what the impact will be for the women's game in Europe and if we can expect to see more women's league's added in the future. https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1842 (Read more).
FIFA is pleased to announce the launch of "FIFA+ Collect," which will be available on FIFA+ later this month and give football fans around the world the opportunity to affordably own one-of-a-kind digital collectibles, including the most memorable game moments and FIFA World Cup and FIFA Women's World Cup artwork and imagery. Rox and Ken discuss what this means for the media world, the gaming world, and what are some comparisons that already exist. https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1836 (Read More).
Shoot or Pass is a simple game. Each time Ken will pick six articles from the past week or two of soccer and Rox will have the choice to 'Shoot' or 'Pass'. If Rox chooses 'Shoot', then Rox will give his take on the article. If Rox chooses 'Pass', then they'll move onto to the next article. Discussions can be super short or super long depending on the article, but they will never be boring. https://chopsoccer.com/top-5-mls-salaries-10242022/ (Read more).
The 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs, the postseason championship of the MLS, started last week with some interesting first round games. CF Montreal, Austin FC, New York City FC, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, and FC Dallas all made it through the first round. Winners of this round are one step closer to MLS Cup 2022 on November 5, which is 16 days before the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Rox and Ken discuss their second round picks and make some early picks for the MLS Cup 2022 champion. https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1827 (Read More).
FOX Sports has signed former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson as an analyst for its nightly World Cup Tonight wrap-up program. Throughout the World Cup, the program will air every night and is essentially a conversation show. The show will be an around the world wrap up featuring the opinions of soccer personalities, celebrities, and commentators about games during the World Cup. Rox and Ken discuss the cast for the show, who they thought were in consideration, and if this will move the needle for casual viewers that might only tune in for games. https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1824 (Read More).
The Bantr App seemed like an interesting concept for single fans of Ted Lasso. Season two of the show includes a mention to the fictional dating app Bantr and the app had a big role in a secondary story plot. So in order to make Bantr a reality, Ted Lasso and the dating app Bumble are working together to bring Bantr to life. Rox and Ken discuss discuss the marketing and data collection aspects of this idea and recall the early days of chatting online. https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1819 (Read more).
The 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs, the postseason championship of the MLS, start on Friday. The competition makes the end of the MLS regular season and will commence on October 15 and end with the MLS Cup 2022 on November 5, which is 16 days before the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Rox and Ken discuss their first round picks and make some way too early picks for MLS Cup champion. https://chopsoccer.com/2022-mls-cup-playoffs-10132022/ (Read more).
The 2022 End of Year Awards nominations have been revealed by Major League Soccer. Current MLS players, MLS coaches, technical directors/general managers, and chosen media members from local and national sites that consistently covered the 2022 MLS regular season will vote to decide the winners of the MLS Year-End Awards. Rox and Ken discuss who they think will be MVP, Goalkeeper of the year, Defender of the year, Newcomer of the Year, Young Player of the year, Comeback Player of the year, and Coach of the year.
The newest fashion partnership in football is Stade de Rennais, a French football team, and Balenciaga, a French fashion house. Given that François-Henri Pinault is the same owner of both Balenciaga (Kering) and Stade Rennais, this collaboration makes perfect sense. But what all fans of fashion and football want to know is will there be a Cardi B or Kanye line? Rox and Ken talk about the brand partnership and what they would like to see from the partnership. Read more https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1757 (here).
It is no secret that Gen Z is a concern for sports leagues, including soccer and the World Cup. Compared to other age groups, those born between 1997 and 2012 participate in sports substantially less frequently. Rox and Ken discuss why they think Gen Z is moving away from sports, and what sports leagues and brands can do to bring the younger generation in.
The Africa Super League debuted in Tanzania last month to much fanfare, with massive prize money on offer for the 24 clubs that qualify for the inaugural season next year. The first season of the Super League will begin in August 2023, run until May 2024, and culminate in a "Super Bowl-like" final. Rox and Ken discuss what they're looking forward to about the super league and how they think it will help the profile of African football.
The FIFA 23 player ratings rank the best dribblers, passers, fastest and best overall players in the game, but do they even matter? Rox and Ken discuss who is too high on the list, who is too low on the list and if these rankings even matter.
Summer signing Gareth Bale (LAFC) has only been in Major League Soccer for three months, but he already has the MLS best selling jersey. Rox and Ken discuss who is a surprise on the list and the landscape around MLS apparel, or lack thereof.
The Worldwide Leader in Sports is introducing the ESPN Creator Network, a program that will provide up-and-coming content creators exclusive access to ESPN's sports franchises as well as the company's substantial resources. Rox and Ken discuss if they think the program will be a success and if it should be adopted by American soccer leagues.
Dest was a crucial member of the U.S. team in the months leading up to the World Cup, so the timing of this move might have significant effects on not only Barcelona and AC Milan but also the USMNT and Dest's personal future. Rox and Ken discuss how we got here with Sergino Dest and what this move to Milan means for his career. https://chopsoccer.com/?p=1673 (Read more).
The fact that you can watch the 2022 World Cup without cable should not come as a surprise. Since streaming is so important to USA soccer fans, it has become the norm for service providers. Rox and Ken discuss the streaming options available and which ones they prefer.
The benefits of joining Peacock Premium for supporters of Premier League teams are tangible. That includes Peacock's plans to start streaming the Premier League in 4k the following year. Rox and Ken discuss where streaming is headed and where growth in technology is the most impactful.
Major League Soccer and EA Sports have reached a multi-year arrangement that will keep their relationship going after that point until the game is rebranded EA Sports FC. Rox and Ken discuss how this partnership will effect both brands going forward, and what it means for soccer fans and gamers in the US.
AC Milan, Serie A champions, will wear the late Virgil Abloh's apparel for the 2022–23 season. Rox and Ken discuss what the Off-White and AC Milan style partnership means and how it can be an entry point for casual fans of the game.
In soccer, the fans are everything. Major League Soccer's fan base is expanding especially quickly as the quality of the matches gets better. Rox and Ken discuss why certain MLS cities have high or low attendance averages and compare the MLS average attendance between teams.
Mikel Arriola, president of Liga MX, stated on Wednesday that he is "worried" about the possibility that the Mexican league could lag behind MLS in terms of player development and investment. Rox and Ken discuss how the MLS is outpacing Liga MX and if a promotion/relegation system would hurt the growth of soccer in the USA.
Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake will square off in MLS on Sunday in a game that could define each teams season. Rox and Ken discuss what games are Interesting or Nah, Rox gives his pick for the MLS game of the week.
Which MLS franchise values are the highest? For this, we look to Sportico data from last year, which revealed that Los Angeles FC was the richest club in the USA, valued at $860 million. Rox and Ken discuss which MLS franchise values are the highest, where clubs are on the list, and what they can do to move up the list.
Lincoln Phillips is a former footballer and soccer coach from Trinidad and Tobago. He is possibly the most important black figure in the world of American soccer and was recently nominated for induction into the national soccer hall of fame. Rox and Ken discuss the list in general and muse about how much Lincoln Phillips deserves this award.
Electronics Arts Inc. announced a groundbreaking multi-year partnership that will allow both parties to deliver groundbreaking experiences to global football fans. Rox and Ken discuss this rights deal and what that means for the EA SPORTS brand and the world of video games.
FC Dallas' quest for points in the Pacific Northwest continues with a crucial matchup against the Portland Timbers late Saturday night. Rox and Ken discuss what games are Interesting or Nah, Rox gives his pick for the MLS game of the week.
Roughly 44 of the 92 Premier League and EFL clubs have both their home and away shirts available for purchase just a few days before the 22-23 season, with supply chain issues in Asia being the main cause. Rox and Ken discuss kit delays and what it means for the fashion minded fan going into the season.
After auctioning off dozens of number plates for hundreds of thousands of dollars, Qatar warned the general public on Sunday against using unlicensed vehicle license plates with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 logo. Rox and Ken discuss the dangers of bootlegging in Qatar and the general dangers of this World Cup.
Make way for the real Ted Lasso. The National Indoor Soccer League (NISL) has named a head coach for the new Tampa Bay Strikers expansion team. Martin Gramatica was introduced as the team's first ever head coach. Rox and Ken have a quick chat about this coaching hire and whether it is good for the game or at too low of a level to make a difference.
The 2023 MLS Free Agency list is now available. The list includes both free-agent eligible players who are no longer under contract and free-agent eligible players who are no longer under contract but have an option year remaining on their contract. Rox and Ken have a free agency draft for their fictional five a side teams, and discuss their picks in detail. The full list is https://mlsplayers.org/news/2023-free-agent-list-release (here). www.chopsoccer.com/2023-mls-free-agency-list-07272022
The Barcelona-Spotify partnership has been one of the most talked-about shirt sponsorships in recent years, with much of the excitement centered on the possibility of changing music-related logos appearing on Barca's shirts throughout the season. Rox and Ken discuss how much shirt sponsors matter and what this means for the artists affiliated with sports brands.