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Barstool plus Soccer. A lot of people are calling it the perfect marriage. If you are looking for snooty analytics or foreign accents, alas, you will have to look elsewhere. Within the friendly, non-judgmental confines of the Sam's Army Podcast, Barstool Sam discusses the world's most beautiful game…

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    • Oct 27, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 180 EPISODES

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    Ep 2.123: Icardi shocker, what next for United + Sounders/MNT's Brad Evans chat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 129:23

    HEADLINES: shocking turn of events in Icardi/Nara telenovela, Carli Lloyd's NT farewell and FIFA host city visits for WC26. PREMIER LEAGUE [9:40]: where do United with or without Ole go from here after Liverpool decimation, does United/Arsenal/Spurs finish higher, Power Rankings [26:40] and preview of an A+ weekend f/t Spurs vs United and Liverpool vs Brighton. REST OF WORLD [48:30]: Ligue 1 turning into the Wild West, El Clasico and rest of Super Sunday Soccerpalooza plus where Ricardo Pepi's ideal landing spot. Best Bets [54:50] and GOAWs. Brad Evans [1:05:30] on how insanely different the US soccer youth development system was 15-20 years ago; FIFA U20 World Cup experience f/t the hyped up battle between Leo Messi and Freddy Adu; Sigi Schmid's genius and if it would fly today; evolution from wanting out of Columbus to winning MLS Cup then immediately getting shipped out; Seattle Sounders culture shock; thoughts on USMNT's current WCQ cycle and story behind his new digital fundraising platform Contrib.

    Ep 2.122: Icardi drama, Mo Salah & Sunday Soccerpalaooza preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 77:23

    Larry nearly opines on (possibly fabricated) rumours of Ben Simmons heading to Portland. Headlines: we discuss the ongoing dissolution of Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara's generational love story [5:45] plus FIFA telling the world to S its D. Premier League [12:30]: recap of wild Saturday and thots on United's immediate future, Power Rankings [24:40] and weekend preview f/t United vs Liverpool [36:15]. Rest of World: Champions League thots, early look at perhaps the year's best Soccer Sunday Fundays [46:10] and Bayern's Lucas Hernandez [54:45]. Also, Best Bets [59:00] and GOAWs.

    Ep 2.121: USMNT, Newcastle takeover + weekend preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 64:44

    Scott Darling (Blackhawks/Hurricanes) joins Sam and the Tweedles to walk through the good, bad and ugly of USMNT's win vs Jamaica and loss at Panama, and preview what to expect vs Costa Rica. We discuss the Saudi Arabia[n sovereign wealth fund]'s takeover of Newcastle [25:45] and what players they might go after. Power Rankings [34:15], Mikey admits why he dislikes Watford and weekend preview [46:00]. Some brief Balon d'Or chatter [51:25]. Best Bets [52:50] and GOAWs [56:45].

    Ep 2.120: NWSL drama, Liverpool/City + USMNT preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 72:32

    What's what with the unfolding drama enveloping NWSL at the moment, plus some inside info and where things go from here. Premier League [12:30]: rapid reaction to the magisterial Liverpool vs City match, what it means for the title race, some status updates for Tottenham and Brentford and finally Power Rankings [30:00]. ROW: thoughts on USMNT roster [39:20], answers to the big questions facing the team ahead of crucial qualifiers vs Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica, plus predictions on what is about to go down. Finally we round things out with Best Bets [1:01:00] and GOAWs.

    Ep 2.119: NLD reax, City/LFC preview, USMNT roster thots & chat w/ Nigel Reo-Coker

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 140:57

    Headlines: MLS and LigaMX getting increasingly hot and heavy, as do UEFA and Conmebol plus why that is bad news for FIFA. Premier League: North London Daerby [11:15] and City/Chelsea postmortems; wtf happened to James Rodriguez; Power Rankings and weekend preview ft Liverpool vs City. Rest of World: some Champions League madness [58:00] and thoughts on big USMNT roster reveal ahead of Jamaica/Panama/CRC games. Best Bets and top-notch GOAWs. Also, stay tuned for a fun discussion with Nigel Reo-Coker [1:25:20] about youth team experience learning from Wimbledon wild boys; the highs and low of West Ham including inside story on crazy Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano signings; high-profile move to Aston Villa and what really went down with manager Martin O'Neill and his unvarnished thoughts on the state of American soccer coaching.

    Ep 2.118: Is Brighton for Real(?), NLD preview + Chicago House's Drew Conner

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 149:13

    Headlines/Vent Session: Thoughts on the CBS's Golazo Show. Premier League [11:15]: Spurs/Chelsea reaction; how for real is Brighton(?); Power Rankings; condescending FPL alerts [38:55] and big weekend preview f/t Chelsea vs City and North London Daerby. Rest of World [1:02:45]: Haaland or Lewandowski(?) and PSG's problems. Best Bets [1:12:30] & GOAWs. Drew Conner [1:25:00] on singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with Basti Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty; moving to Czech Republic for soccer but finding fist fights and (American) football instead; his life-changing experience playing with polar bears and penguins in Finland; Indy XI life; what the third-tier NISA league is all about and how Chicago House AC sold him on becoming their founding player.

    Ep 2.117: Biennial WCs, Chelsea or United & chat with Spirit/Sweden's Olympic silver medalist Julia Roddar

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 120:02

    Larry bears his soul on the Portland trade and clarifies his stance on Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers/Thorns. Headline [5:45]: latest edition of FIFA F*ckery involves Infantino and Arsene Wenger trying to double our pleasure and fun (and their revenues) by making World Cups every two years. Premier League [12:15]: big wins for Chelsea and United, big loss for Spurs and Nuno, and we got a goal and some points for Arsenal; Power Rankings [32:15]; weekend preview f/t Tottenham vs Chelsea (#pray4sam) and FPL tips [50:45]. Rest of World [57:15]: Juve and RBL struggles plus Champions League observations. Best Bets [1:07:10] and GOAWs. Next up Julia Roddar [1:20:15] discusses her connections to Wisconsin and Florida Man; jumping from Europe to NWSL; what this season with Washington Spirit has been like given controversy surrounding the club; and the inside story on her Olympics experience this summer f/t Sweden's spanking of USWNT, the dirty truth behind the anti-sex beds and how the team's medal-winning celebrations.

    Ep 2.116: USMNT & Berhalter postmortem, weekend prevu + chat with Ferencvaros' Henry Wingo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 108:37

    Thoughts on a wild international break for USMNT and where things stand with the #BerhalterOut movement, plus some new tidbits about the Weston McKennie drama [17:25] and which players helped or hurt their case this window. Headlines [37:40]: Argentina/Brazil go full CONMEBOL (never go full CONMEBOL) and crazy transfer news involving PSG/Mbappe and Barcelona/Griezmann. Premier League weekend preview ft Lester vs City and Arsenal vs Norwich [45:30]. Rest of World [53:30] ft games to watch this weekend and then in Champions League. Best Bets [57:15] and GOAWs. Next up Henry Wingo [1:02:30] discusses life in the Seattle Sounders system and what prompted the move overseas, what Norwegian ultras are like, how often Eastern Europeans bring up the Habsburg Empire, the pluses and minuses of playing for Hungary's biggest club Ferencvaros and coming to terms with still having a Hotmail email account.

    Ep 2.115: Ronny, Arsenalol, USMNT & chat with LA Galaxy GK Jonathan Bond

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 104:22

    Headlines: McGunner gushes about Ronaldo's return to United and intrigue of the Champions League group stage draw. Premier League [14:50]: Liverpool vs Chelsea postmortem ft Anthony Taylor's alleged hatred of the Blues, if this is rock bottom for Arsenal, Richarlison's hilarious selfishness and Power Rankings [32:15]. Sam pulls the FPL rip cord. Around the world [44:00] focusing on Bayern sucking RBL dry. Bar for success for USMNT [52:35] in the three WCQ games this international break. Best Bets [1:03:20] and GOAWs. Jonathan Bond [1:11:15] then discusses his unusual path to becoming Galaxy's GK1, whether La-La Land is all it's cracked up to be, Lletget vs Chicharito arm-wrestling, new episode of PR 101 and his advice -- as someone who made the one-time switch from Wales to England's NT -- to Julian Araujo on how to decide between repping the US or Mexico.

    Ep 2.114: Huge weeks for Arsenal & Chelsea + '21/'22 Bundesliga preview f/t DCU's Julian Gressel

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 85:46

    Headlines: Covid-19 coming at Pulisic and WCQ. Premier League [[7:00]]: Arsenal/Chelsea postmortem, Power Rankings [[23:15]] and weekend preview [[29:25]] f/t Arsenal vs City and Liverpool vs Chelsea. Fantasy funboy corner [[37:10]]. Around the World [[42:10]] f/t Dimitri Payet vs entire Nice fanbase. Best Bets (can Larry stay hot??) [[47:45]] and GOAWs (s/o Carol Blymire). Julian Gressel [[57:00]] on DC United's injury woes; how his role has evolved since leaving Falcons FC; his good cop/bad cop routine with Paul Arriola; discussions with Kevin Paredes about moving to Europe; and everything we need to know -- albeit from a lifelong Bayern fan -- about what to watch in the 2021/22 Bundesliga season. (Sidenote: for a German perspective on MLS check out Julian and Chicago's Fabian Hebers on Zee Soccer Podcast.)

    Ep 2.113: EPL opening weekend + US Beach Soccer's Alessandro Canale previews 2021 World Cup

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 139:58

    Thoughts opening weekend of the Premier League f/t United's statement of intent, Arsenal blowing chunks and Spurs/City fallout (including Grealish hot takes). Power Rankings [30:40]. Weekend preview [36:30] f/t Arsenal vs Chelsea. Global soccer roundup [44:40] f/t Barcelona bouncing back and 18yo American Joe Scally's massive debut for Gladbach. Best Bets [52:35] and GOAWs [57:00]. Fantasy Funboy Corner [1:04:10] where all my n00b FPL questions are answered and s/o to the top 5 of the Sam's Army league. Next up Alessandro Canale [1:15:30] -- aka The Most Interesting Man in Soccer -- discusses life as a child actor, entrepreneur, free-styler, skateboarder, pro indoor soccer player and of course member of the US Men's Beach Soccer National Team, which is in Russia preparing to play in the 2021 Beach Soccer World Cup starting on August 19. Everything you need to know about the tournament and beach soccer in general is right here.

    Ep 2.112: Messi's Messy Exit & Premier League Preview + Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 93:07

    Larry & the Tweedles together again. We touch quickly on what Messi's ugly PSG move means for Barcelona before turning to the 2021/22 Premier League Preview f/t hot takes galore [10:30]. Transfer moves we like and dislike [13:30]. Clubs that will over- and under-perform [19:40]. Who wins the league [30:45]. Larry or Virgil Van Dijk wins a headball and why Mikey may get #TheDanglies tatted on his butt [36:10]. What "other" club(s) has the best shot to slip in the top 4 [39:25]. Who's getting relegated [43:00]. Predictions [51:45]: St.Tot's Day - yes or no, Player of the Year, Golden Boot and 1st manager canned. FPL Corner [1:11:30] with a bunch of useful advice and tips. MLS and LigaMX [1:20:30] going head to head all week. Best Bets [1:23:15] and GOAWs.

    Ep 2.111: Mailbag Q&A (MNT/WNT/EPL) + chat with Charlotte FC president Nick Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 105:33

    Tweedles and Larry (he back!) join Sam to talk through questions from listeners. Topics include USMNT's Gold Cup success and who is now in mix for WCQ spots; USWNT's Olympics disappointment and who is to blame; and a Premier League pre-preview f/t thoughts on Kane, Grealish and Lukaku. MLS power rankings and (obvi) GOAWs. Next up Charlotte FC president Nick Kelly [[1:12:55]] hops on to discuss getting the MLS club ready to play in 2022, how the pandemic has hurt/helped, which clubs he is modelling CFC's launch on (and what lessons he's learn from others' failures), how he survived the twitter mob out for blood on his first day on the job, $1 beer nights and we finally bond in our shared distaste for a certain team in Atlanta

    Ep 2.110: Varane vs Sancho, MNT/WNT & El Salvador's Amando Moreno on how to beat Qatar & Mexico

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 91:48

    Sam and the Tweedles (Mikey/Mitch) are joined by Euros pick'em pool champ Jack Blanchard to discuss all the big transfer news, including who makes bigger impact between Raphael Varane vs Jadon Sancho [[5:10]] plus Chris Mueller [[15:15]] to... Hibs?! Also: thoughts on USMNT's 1-0 win over Jamaica [[18:10]] plus predictions for Qatar (and maybe Mexico), if USWNT can beat Netherlands in Olympics quarterfinal [[29:45]], MLS power rankings [[38:55] plus Best Bets [[46:00]] and GOAWs. Next up New Mexico United's Amando Moreno [[54:50]] hops on to discuss his experience playing for El Salvador in the Gold Cup, why the team was so dang good, and the keys to beating Qatar and Mexico from someone who just played BOTH teams in the last week.

    Ep 2.109: Gold Cup, US re-invading Europe, WNT & DC Utd/MNT's Paul Arriola interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 83:23

    Headlines: FIFA "trailing" massive rule changes, Americans heading to Europe in record numbers and wild news about a Premier League star (allegedly) arrested for texting underage kids. Gold Cup: thoughts on USMNT [[16:20]] so far, including whose stock has gone up and down, plus which opponents could be a problem. USWNT Olympics preview [[34:45]] and why the games must go on despite Covid for the sake of humanity. MLS's wild weekend [[39:30]] with top 3 power ranking. Best Bets f/t Mitchy Mush and Tommy McMush [[46:00]] and GOAWs. Also, DC United's Paul Arriola [[54:25]] hops on from Texas where the USMNT is preparing for this weekend's Gold Cup quarterfinal to discuss if/when he will be back on the field, how camp is going, who has impressed him the most, what the locker room vibe and Berhalter's postgame speech were like after sneaking by Canada, and some thoughts on his time at Swansea and whether he is going to have to fight Steve Birnbaum and hang onto the DCU captain's armband.

    Ep 2.108: Euro/Copa finals, USMNT & Sounders' Kelyn Rowe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 104:02

    We say goodbye to Euro 2020, sing Italy's praises (or at least Bonucci/Chiellini), discuss Southgate's biggest blunder, call BS on 'player of the tournament' and debate the Best XI. Is Italy now the favorite for WC22? Copa chatter featuring whether Messi just won the Ballon d'Or -- Sam's answer may surprise you! USMNT's performance against Haiti, f/t whose stock rose and fell, and what (and who) to watch for vs Martinique and Canada. Praise for MLS's "Hell is Real" rivalry and update on NWSL's logjam at the top of the table, plus Best Bets and of course GOAWs. Next, recurring guest Kelyn Rowe [[53:00]] stops by to discuss his move from the Revs to Sounders, and compares living, dining and dating in Boston vs Seattle. He opens up on the journey of self-awareness he has been on thanks to Covid, spills the beans on the practical joke he plans to pull on Brian Schmetzer this offseason (none y'all better ruin it) and identifies the MVP for the Sounders' record-setting 13-game unbeaten streak to start the season. We avoid talking about the time Tim Parker allegedly bullied him last week and focus on the goal he scored, and finally we get an answer to the age-old question of how much of an advantage a blue checkmark is when it comes to DM slides.

    Ep 2.107: Euro & Copa finals preview/picks + Gold Cup primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 50:43

    The Soccer OG (Max Bretos) and two Tweedles (Tommy/Mitch) join Sam to discuss talking points from the Euros semi-finals and what to expect from England vs Italy in Sunday's final. We take a look at the Copa America / FOX's wet dream final and argue about whether Messi can take down big bad Brazil and finally tick the last box on his resume, plus what is worth watching at the Gold Cup starting this weekend. Finally, Best Bets and GOAWs.

    Ep 2.106: Euro/Copa semis previews + picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 36:20

    Quick hitter f/t Euro quarterfinals recap plus semifinals preview (with predictions). Copa America rundown including FOX's wet dream scenario. Best bets and GOAWs. In and out!

    Ep 2.105: Euros KOs roundup/predictions + Salernitana's Giuseppe Barone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 138:39

    Euros recap of an incredible R16, power ranking [[53:30]] the final eight teams plus preview of this week's quarterfinals f/t debate on whether that was a red card in Sweden/Ukraine plus a strong difference of opinion on the winner of Belgium vs Italy. Pros/cons of nixing "away goals" rule [[107:35]]. Best Bets (can Sam stay hot?) and of course GOAWs. Next up, Giuseppe Barone [[119:50]] stops by to discuss jumping from NY Cosmos to Perugia in Serie B, tearing up his knee and getting relegated while tanks roamed the streets of Italy enforcing a COVID-19 lockdown, and what winning promotion to Serie A was like with Salernitana. We discuss his experiences with Italian Ultras, how fans reacted to relegation and promotion, the experience of playing against Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng, and what the future holds.

    Ep 2.104: Euro R16 preview/predictions + Copa & USWNT

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 71:29

    Sam and the Tweedles run through the big storylines from the Euros group stage, power rank the top/bottom 3s of the remaining teams and breakdown all of the R16 matchups, with money-back (from Big Cat) predictions for each. Also: Copa America update and thoughts on USWNT Olympic roster... plus Best Bets and -- of course -- GOAWs.

    Ep 2.103: EUROs, Copa + chat with Galaxy/USMNT's Sebastian Lletget on #tresacero

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 126:22

    Sam, Larry and Mitch are joined by Houston Dynamo's Tim Parker and Colorado Rapids' Keegan Rosenberry to break down of the first round of games at the EUROs, featuring scary situation with Christian Eriksen plus best goals and power rankings. Also, Copa America updates and thoughts on USWNT's "Summer Series". Next, Sebastian Lletget [[1:04:00]] joins to discuss the pluses/minuses of signing with West Ham as a kid and if playing abroad again is in his plans, how the LA Galaxy (and Chicharito) have turned it around this year, his relationship with Greg Berhalter and thoughts on the anti-MLS hate from some USMNT fans, discussion in the locker room before and after the massive #tresados win over Mexico and the time Zlatan tried to steal his girl.

    Ep 2.102: USMNT/Mexico, Euros & Copa previews + Watford/Austria GK Daniel Bachmann

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 122:06

    Rapid reactions to this weekend's wild USMNT vs Mexico game and what the win means moving forward. Previews of Euro 2020 [48:00] featuring breakdown of the six groups plus a look at what promises to be an extra haphazard Copa America [01:18:00], with both tournaments kicking off this week. Next up Daniel Bachmann [01:24:40] discusses Watford's promotion-winning season, emerging as GK1, the insane pressure he felt coming down the stretch and parties that ensued when the 'Orns clinched, what it felt like to earn his first cap for Austria in England and an inside look at the Euros.

    Ep 2.101: UCL final, EPL Best XI + chat w/ Wolfsburg's Lara Dickenmann & Pauline Bremer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 102:38

    Sam and Tommy are joined by singer-songwriter Noah Kahan who makes great folk-pop music (is platinum good?) and is a huge Chelsea fan. We discuss the Champions League final, Rudiger's orange card and whether City shat the bed and what Pep would be like to smoke weed with. End-of-season Premier League awards ft Best XI plus player/manager of the year. Early shocks in the transfer market including Everton coaches continuing to fail upwards. What the USMNT's loss to Switzerland means and thoughts on this week's Nations League games. MLS power rankings plus jersey complaints. Copa America, Euro 2020 notes and (fan favorite) GOAWs! Finally, Sam sits down [1:01:50] with Lara Dickenmann and Pauline Bremer of VfL Wolfsburg to discuss the growth of the women's game in Europe, some of the German club's outreach efforts, how many Champions Leagues they have won [hint: a lot], the secret to leapfrogging Bayern on the final matchday this coming weekend and if/when the USMNT will follow in the USWNT's footsteps as #b2bwcw.

    Ep 2.100: Wild final matchday, UCL final preview + chat with Timbers' Eryk Williamson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 123:09

    The gang is back together again! Headlines: FIFA contemplates playing World Cups every two year; US Soccer & SUM divorcing and USMNT/USWNT roster reactions. Recap of final weekend in Europe [17:00] ft Bale saving Chelsea's bacon and Sam's sanity; La Liga wilding out; plus Ligue 1 and Serie A; and some thoughts on MLS. Champions League final preview [39:30]. Best Bets [47:30] and GOAWs. Eryk Williamson [57:50] discusses his road from DC to Portland Timbers via a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean; his resting bitch face; whether granola/microbrews/anarchy are growing on him; life as the third Chara; playing the 8 versus the 6; thoughts on moving overseas; which teammate has a burner twitter account; blowing up on TikTok; his descent into sneaker addiction and word association featuring Steve Clark and USMNT U23 coach Jason Kreis.

    Ep 2.99: Harry Kane's future, Chelsea/Lester rivalry & chat with TB Rowdies' Lasso/Louro

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 125:26

    Tweedles Dee (Mitch), Dum (Tommy) and Dummer (Mikey) join Tweedle Dummest (Sam) to discuss whether Harry Kane is leaving Tottenham and if so where he's headed; Columbus Crew's ill-fated rebrand; MLS salary dump revelations [15:30] and some unfortunate injury news [22:00]. What is left to watch this last week in the Premier League [26:00], La Liga's wild title race [38:30] and the rest of Europe. What we learned about MLS [53:40] this week and top 3 power ranking. Next up is Best Bets [105:45] and GOAWs. Finally, Forrest Lasso and Evan Louro {1:16:00] stop by to discuss their paths to Tampa Bay, the added importance of this weekend's (would-be) USL Championship final rematch vs Phoenix Rising and a shockingly useful crash course on crypto shitcoins.

    Ep 2.98: Dax breaks down EU stretch run & MLS power rankings + intervu w/ LAFC's Blackmon & Musovski

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 96:08

    You know it's gonna be a good time when Sam's Army HOFer Dax McCarty rolls through. This week we discuss Serie A expelling Juventus and thoughts from Dax (a United fan) on the Glazers & #GlazerOut. Premier League rundown [14:15]: City/Chelsea lessons & Kun's atrocious penalty, United's HUGE week, is Kane leaving Tottenham & Top 4 picks. Rapid breakdowns of Spain [29:05], France, Italy, Germany and Championship playoff. Dax's insider thoughts on the MLS results [44:50] as well as who has impressed him most plus top 3 power rankings. Next, Sam chats with Tristan Blackmon and Danny Musovski of LAFC [59:30] about their twin lives, Andre Agassi, Phoenix Rising $1 beer nights and Didier Drogba, what it takes to get Bob Bradley to laugh, El Trafico and what happens when an LAFC player takes his car to a Galaxy-loving mechanic (hint: not good things).

    Ep 2.97: Man Utd protest, Jozay to Roma & chat with Charlotte's Hugh Roberts

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 97:12

    The ins and outs of the unrest at Manchester United, pluses and minuses of Jozay Mourinho taking over at Roma [14:55] and a ridiculously early debate on Ballon d'Or frontrunners [21:00]. What is left to play for and which games are worth watching in each league, including the Premier League [27:00] f/t Power Rankings, La Liga [36:20], Ligue 1, Bundesliga [41:00], Serie A and MLS f/t Top 3 [47:00]. Previews and/or predictions for this week's Champions [53:00], Europa and Concacaf Champions Leagues [1:01:30]. Fantastic finish f/t GOAWs [1:05:00] and Best Bets. Finally, Hugh Roberts of the Charlotte Independence [1:12:25] swings by to discuss Backyard Footy, his work with the USL Black Players Alliance, Hugh's modeling career, whether/when Sam can get his hands on a "United Against Racism" jersey and an inside look at the 2021 USL Championship season.

    Ep 2.96: Nagelsmann, Spotify/Arsenal + weekend preview ft United vs Liverpool

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 60:14

    The band is back together! We get off to a hot start with Larry outing himself as a card shark and Sam almost saying the F word. Next up is headlines with Bayern buying Julian Nagelsmann and various implications thereof, USMNT trophy haul and thoughts on Spotify guy trying to "save" Arsenal from Kroenke. Weekly recap [12:15] ft Make-Belieague League Cup congratulations and Chelsea/Hammies, some Kelly Nacho love [25:10], La Liga is lit, the best 3 teams in MLS and why Real Madrid/Chelsea in a Champions League semifinal killed a little of Sam's soul. Power Rankings [34:00]. Weekend preview [38:30] ft United/Liverpool and Everton/Villa (et al) plus things to watch in France, Italy and Spain plus big games in MLS. Finally the big finish with G.O.A.W.s [50:00] and Best Bets.

    Ep 2.95: "Super" League (bye), Dear Leader Jozay (bye) + chat w/ 49ers legend Joe Staley

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 129:48

    Sam and Tommy are joined by Mitch Goulet of Overtime FC to discuss the sudden rise and ridiculous fall of the Fuck Soccer Get Money European Super League [4:50], including winners/losers, villains/heroes, best/worst apologies, discord about Bayern/PSG's involvement, and most importantly where things go from here. Jozay Mourinho's [28:30] sacking and who will replace him. Weekly recap [37:20] ft FA Cup, Premier League, Championship check and takeaways from MLS [46:25] opening weekend. Power Rankings [53:00]. Weekend preview [1:00:45] ft picks for Make-Belieague Cup final and massive West Ham vs Chelsea local daerby plus BEST BETS and new segment: Greatest Of All Week (GOAW). Next up, San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Staley [1:19:00] discusses why he hated soccer as a kid but also why becoming a futbol guy later in life was the best decision he ever made, how Tottenham won his heart (and why Leeds stole a little bit of it), some of the incredible "matches" he has finagled his way into and finally Joe's very different levels of respect for Jozay and Frank Gore's testicular fortitude .

    Ep 2.94: Haters, Hammies, Top 4 picks + 2021 MLS Preview w/ Eli Lesser

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 116:42

    Dumbest red cards we ever got plus an uncomfortable realization we are all choirboys. Newcastle fans fed up, Club World Cup, US men and women updates. Weekly review [17:15] ft Hammers spanking Lester, Spurs capitulating to United and City shocker vs 10-man Leeds. Champions League high/lowlights [39:30]. Power Rankings that Sam disavows as soon as it escapes his lips [48:30]. Weekend preview [58:00] ft City/Chelsea in FA Cup semis plus Everton/Tottenham. Finally, 2021 MLS Preview [1:10:45] with Eli Lesser of "This Week in MLS" ft sexy new stadiums, best and worst new signings, favorites to win the league and darkhorse contenders plus preview for all the big individual awards.

    Ep 2.93: Listener Q&A, Haaland/Mbappe & Weekend Preview ft Hammies/Lester

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 62:00

    Most punchable faces in the world of soccer. USMNT cracks the top 20. Listener Q&A [6:40] ft who wins Euros, will Haaland/Mbappe move and where, best hair in soccer and if Larry is still bitter about 2018 dunk contest robbery. Weekly recap [32:35] ft more London struggles (West Ham excepted) and premature top 4 predictions [37:00], Champions League takeaways and Concacaf Concacafing [44:25] so hard. Power Rankings [47;25]. Weekend preview [50:40] ft Hammies vs Lester and Spurs vs United, as well as El Clásico and NWSL kickoff, plus of course Best Bets.

    Ep 2.92: Top PL strikers, USMNT & KC NWSL's Lo LaBonta interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 109:00

    Tommy, Mikey and Sam pick best friends from the soccer world. Headlines: Champions League changes and Sergio Aguero [5:40] leaving City f/t where he plays next and the top 5 strikers in Premier League history. Positives from USMNT games [13:50] and who is to blame for U23s failure, plus Altidore vs Twellman [27:50]. UEFA qualifying [31:10] highlights and lowlights f/t Ronny being Ronny and big bad North Macedonia. Power Rankings [33:50]. Weekend preview [37:00] f/t Lester vs City and Arsenal vs Liverpool plus what else to watch AND *Best Bets*. Next up KC NWSL's Lo LaBonta [43:00] eviscerates my pronunciation skills and dishes on Stanford vs UNC, her glamorous draft story, what happens when a gaggle of women's soccer players hit the bars in New Jersey, she anoints the league's best shit-talker and offers an inside preview of what teams and players to watch in the 2021 NWSL season (kicks off on April 9).

    Ep 2.91: USMNT previews (Jamaica/N.Ireland) + Ian Darke interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 79:25

    Bad Boy Blatter, Ives Galarcep shoutout and MLS schedule drop. Weekend roundup: Spurs bounce back, Arsenal/West Ham thriller & Lester's big FA Cup performance. USMNT ft preferred XI and what to watch for Jamaica and Northern Ireland games, plus where things stand for U23s in Olympic qualifying. Then Sam sits down with (Sir) Ian Darke to discuss Taylor Twellman's dad jokes, how commentating to an American audience has evolved over the years, which fellow announcer drank him under the table and I try to get him to recreate THAT magical WC10 call vs Algeria but with future WC22/WC26 winners.

    Ep 2.90: Yunus M-USA-h, NLD postmortem & weekend preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 52:38

    The only headline that matters this week is Yunus Musah choosing America over her majesty, a move that has the haters down bad and critics questioning whether the USMNT will ever lose another game. Weekend recap [11:10] features a Kieran Tierney reach-around, stern words about Jozay and Erik Lamela plus a heated debate about the Lacazette "penalty"... also a discussion on whether Kelly Nacho [25:40] can take the torch from Jamie Vardy at Lester. Champions League preview [33:45]. Power Rankings [36:50]. Weekend preview [41:00] featuring Sam's BOLD & SPICY prediction for West Ham vs Arsenal and some FA Cup action. Also, after a tough first week, we had a big bounceback week on BEST BETS [50:25] last week so time to keep the mo-mo rolling.

    Ep 2.89: Jamaican glow-up, #TuchelOut & No

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 64:00

    Headlines featuring latest iteration of Champions League rich-get-richer "reforms", implications from Laporta's election as Barcelona president, IFAB tweaking handball rule yet again, Inter Miami proving they want it enough & where the Jamaican one-time switches [10:28] put the Reggae Boyz in CONCACAF's top 5. UCL results/picks with an unexpected lovefest for (Non-Nicolas) Pepe and discussion of best CB duo in history [14:20]. Weekly roundup breaking down massive results for United and Chelsea [21:30], plus a disagreement about whether Tommy Tuchel has been a disastrous hire. Power Rankings [39:50] ft debate about United vs Chelsea. Weekend preview plus predictions featuring North London Daerby [46:00] and sneaky big United vs West Ham [51:20], plus several other callouts from inside and outside England. Also, Larry and Mikey (basically) agree to pay for Sam's drinks all summer [54:00]. Finally we pretend last week's *Best Bets* never happened and try again to make a good first impression.

    Ep 2.88: Seth Jahn, Chelsea's BIG week & chat with ex-RSL head scout Andy Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 118:00

    Full house this week to discuss Charlotte MLS ticket price blowback, Barcelona's Bartomeu getting tossed in jail and controversy surrounding Seth Jahn's removal from the US Soccer Athletes' Council. Weekly recap [16:20] where we assign blame for Chelsea/United yawner, guess Lee Mason's BAC during West Brom/Brighton and opine on whether Dele Alli [29:15] did peyote on his successful vision quest. Power Rankings [33:10] with a LOT of Hammy love. Weekend preview [42:00] with some sneaky midweek games ft Larry's ballsy call on Liverpool vs Chelsea followed by a big weekend of action highlighted by Manchester daerby and Sam going out on a limb about Chelsea vs Everton. Also *new segment alert* we finish up with BEST BETS [1:05:40] on gun-to-head picks for the weekend. Finally, Sam sits down with Andy Williams [1:11:30] to discuss winning MLS Cup, playing for the Jamaican Reggae Boyz at the 1998 World Cup and an inside look from Real Salt Lake's former head scout at what led to the downfall of owner Dell Loy Hansen [1:37:00] and the fallout that has resulted.

    Ep 2.87: USWNT, Mbappe vs Haaland, UCL & Weekend Preview (ft Chelsea/United)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 73:47

    Sam and Mikey offer praise and words of warnings for USWNT and discuss the sad Jordan Morris news. Tommy joins to run down last week's Champions League results [8:45] -- including debates on Messi/Ronny vs Mbappe/Haaland plus Mbappe vs Haaland -- along with previews/predictions for this week's games. Weekly recap [25:15] runs through the good, bad and ugly of the Merseyside Daerby and some love for West Ham and what they have done so right this season. Power Rankings [53:50]. Weekend preview [57:15] ft Chelsea/United, Lester/Arsenal and City/Hammies plus huge games throughout the rest of Europe (notably Spain and France) as well as a quick final matchday shoutout for the wild and wacky Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A.

    Ep 2.86: Death to Liverpool & UCL/Merseyside previews + Hugo Scheckter interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 124:01

    Sam, Mikey, Tommy McCabe (Orange County SC) and Alex Bono (Toronto FC) discuss Sam's biggest pet peeve about the Bundesliga and especially Bayern, and where Messi will be playing next season. Preview of this week's Champions League [13:45] knockouts ft Leipzig/Liverpool and Barcelona/PSG. We circle back with a weekly recap [28:30], with Bones giving Liverpool's last rites and everybody having a good laugh at Tottenham. Remarkably amicable Power Rankings [47:40] wherein Sam and Mikey actually agree on something. Weekend preview [56:30] ft Merseyside Daerby and Arsenal/City (plus best bets). Next, Huge Scheckter [1:13:30] discusses life as a "player care specialist" for Indy Eleven, Southampton and West Ham, including sticky situations he's been in booking flights for players' wives and girlfriends, horse-trading with journalists to get stories spiked, getting phone numbers for players and whether he knows where any literal bodies have been buried. We also get to the bottom of who the nicest athlete and biggest diva he's worked with, and what the plans are for The Player Care Group consultancy he just founded.

    Ep 2.85: Man City masterclass, Lester/Liverpool preview + interview with Tim Parker & Caden Clark

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 86:01

    Sam, Mikey and Tommy discuss MLS's new CBA, corona wreaking havoc on Champions/Europa League and social media reaching new depths of toxicity. Weekend review [9:30] ft City's beatdown of Liverpool and United/Everton shootout. William Saliba reactions [22:30]. One of the more civil Power Rankings [28:30] in modern history. Weekend preview [35:00] ft Lester/Liverpool, City/Tottenham and Arsenal/Leeds LOCK of the week, plus a run-through the Championship and rest of Europe. Next up Sam chats with Tim Parker and Caden Clark [51:40]. We start by discussing how/when Parker learned about his trade to Houston, expectations for life in Texas and thoughts on Whataburger. Next up we grill Caden on goals for 2021, chatter about Germany, his favorite Taylor Swift song and a detailed breakdown on time spent on PS5, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter and IG. Also, Caden bears his soul to Tim about a grievance that has been bothering him for months.

    Ep 2.84: Transfer roundup, Liverpool/City preview + Revs/USMNT Matt Turner

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 99:04

    Sam and Tommy McCabe (recently of FC Cincinnati and an avowed Gooner) run through the winners and losers of the transfer window. One of us cries about Tottenham and Dear Leader Dinosaur [16:30] and the other whines about Arsenal and David Luiz being David Luiz, then we both offer words of praise for West Ham. A shocking edition of Power Rankings [35:20]. Weekend preview [39:50] featuring Liverpool's last best hope of keeping title chances alive versus City plus a handful of other highly watchable games (United/Everton, Villa/Arsenal and Wolves/Lester). Also, good friend of the pod Matt Turner stops by [54:35] to discuss USMNT camp and inside chatter about going overseas after Jordan Morris left for Swansea. We go inside his brain for the penalty stop vs T&T. Matt reveals how contract negotiations with Bruce Arena went down, what it's like to be nouveau riche, if he plans to upgrade the 2014 Ford Focus, and how many European clubs are kicking his tires. Finally, we discuss his return to twitter, thoughts on the people obsessed with the Turner vs Steffen debate, and where he sees himself when the anthem plays in the first group stage game in June 2022.

    Ep 2.83: Tuchel Talk, Spurs Sadness + Weekend (ft Arsenal/United) Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 53:09

    Headlines ft Larry's response to Chelsea swapping Tuchel for Lampard, espn chasing La Liga, WC26 host city update and who wins Lukaku vs Zlatan. Midweek recap [8:25] ft Liverpool's teabagging of Tottenham, United wetting itself at home against mighty Sheffield Utd, Mikey's thoughts on Arsenal's Odegaard [21:30] plus some well-deserved love for West Ham (and Tomas Soucek). Larry's secret NYC spot [30:20]. Power Rankings [32:00]. Weekend preview (+prediction) [39:00] for Arsenal vs United, West Ham vs Liverpool and the rest of a solid slate in the Premier League and rest of Europe.

    Ep2.82: Title/Relegation breakdown + Orlando/USMNT's Chris Mueller interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 81:00

    Headlines ft praise for FIFA (huh?) and concussion subs coming to Premier League. Midweek roundup ft Lester looking legit, Frank's future and whether Liverpool should slam the panic button. Power Rankings. Definitive breakdown of which teams are in the title race and relegation battle. Brief weekend preview ft FA Cup plus some good games in Germany and Italy. Also, Sam sits down with Chris Mueller of Orlando City to discuss his time in Madison, experience with USMNT, how many times he's been to Disney World, whether purple works with his aesthetic and if he wins a foot race with Daryl Dike.

    Ep 2.81: Liverpool/United clunker & Chorley FC's Andy Preece interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2021 81:00

    MLS manager moves, Jordan Morris whispers and Man City (allegedly) caught being naughty (again). Weekend roundup [[7:55]] where blame for Liverpool vs Man Utd yawnfest is assigned and a big winner is crowned. Shockingly congenial Power Rankings [[26:00]]. Midweek preview [[31:25]] ft Lester/Chelsea and City/Villa -- including a BIG upset alert. Next, Sam chats with Chorley FC's assistant manager Andy Preece [[54:40]] about the magical™ FA Cup run the club is on, the ultra-secret game plan for beating Wolves in Friday's 4th round matchup and the story behind celebrating each win by singing an emotional Adele song. We also discuss his time with Crystal Palace in the Premier League and arrive at a friendly but firm difference of opinion on who wins a World Cup sooner between England and the USA.

    Ep 2.80: Hoppe, FA Cup & LFC/United preview + Porto B's Johan Gomez & FCD's Tanner Tessmann interview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 122:00

    Not sure why/when/where episode went off the rails but it definitely did. Larry opines on Harden to the Nets. Mikey explains latest sadboy IG caption and why he got thrown in twitter jail with all the seditionists. We give Schalke's Matthew Hoppe all the love [[6:00]] and brush over Benzema looking at 5 years in jail over sex tape extortion. Weekly roundup [[12:30]] touches on magic of the FA Cup and Spurs pooping the bed (again), plus a brief Copa Libertadores tangent. Highly acrimonious Power Rankings [[30:00]]. Weekend preview f/t the first mortal lock of 2021 for Liverpool vs United [[49:00]]. Mikey closes out by making some ridiculous assertions about Arsenal's talent level and gets bullied mercilessly... before learning live on air that his twitter account was magically restored. Next up Sam chats with Porto B's Johan Gomez and FC Dallas' Tanner Tessmann [[1:17:00]] about how their rivalry-turned friendship in the FCD youth system and starting a podcast (Chum Chat). Johan discusses how he decided to jump to Portugal [[1:33:00]] and life on the Iberian peninsula, including how often people try to sell him "sheesh". Tanner reveals whether he has regrets about turning down Dabo Swinney's offer to play for a National Championship at Clemson [[1:41:00]], trialing with Bayern Munich and how USMNT U23 camp is going. Finally we get the scoop on teammate Brian Reynolds' ongoing Juve/Roma/Brugge transfer saga [[1:48:00]], and Johan/Tanner each try to guess their own transfer value.

    Ep 2.79: USMNT roster, Chelsea/City recap + Houston's Bri Visalli & Kate Naughton intervu

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2021 111:00

    Aaron, Mikey and Sam hit the highlights of Gregg's latest USMNT roster for January camp. Weekend recap [[6:30]] featuring a postmortem of City's mauling of Chelsea, whether United fans are right to be popping chubbies and who's back of the week: Arsenal [[36:00]]. Sam's unpopular opinion [[44:30]] about the Make-Belieague Cup. Power Rankings [[48:00]]. What to watch this weekend [[52:00]] in FA Cup and perhaps more important elsewhere in Europe (and South America). Next [[56:45]], Sam chats with Bri Visalli and Katie Naughton of the NWSL's Challenge Cup champs Houston Dash about a wild 2020 season; Katie's thoughts on Notre Dame class rings and their annual traditional of wasting a spot in the college football playoffs; playing in Australia and how many things tried to kill her Down Under [[1:13:00]]; their favorite stolen memento from weeklong Challenge Cup celly bender; who parties the hardest on the Dash; thoughts on so many big names heading overseas and impact on NWSL [[1:36:00]]; and what teams to watch out for in 2021 season.

    Ep 2.78: MLS force majeure, Leeds/feminism, Best XI & weekend preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 58:00

    Larry Nance Jr admits how much the Cavs are loving the Sam's Army Bump. Keegan Rosenberry of the Colorado Rapids offers a player's perspective on the MLS's plan to demand more salary cuts from the union. Is Messi or Ronaldo coming to MLS first? Leeds, Karen Carney and the tempest in a twitter teapot. [[13:45]] Sam names the Premier League's Best XI so far this season, and explains why Larry and Keegan's criticisms are incorrect. [[23:55]] Midweek recap featuring Chelsea/Villa battling to a draw, United's (deflected) blast from the past and Big Sam eating all the humble pies. [[35:52]] Power Rankings. [[41:42]] Weekend preview plus predictions highlighted by Chelsea/City (fingers crossed), United/Villa and several upset alerts.

    Ep 2.77: Poch, Big Sam, Arsenal batters Chelsea & midweek preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 62:01

    Aaron and Sam discuss Mauricio Pochettino's imminent return with (reportedly) PSG as well as the impact of FIFA's decision to cancel the U17/U20 World Cups next summer. Boxing Day roundup [[7:18]] featuring Arsenal dominating Chelsea, Jozay sucking the life out of (Small) Sam and Big Sam sucking the life out of Liverpool. Power Rankings [[32:58]]. Midweek preview plus predictions [[41:27]] highlighted by Everton vs City and Chelsea vs Villa.

    Ep 2.76: Spursiness + LAFC's Ante Razov discusses CCL & Club América insanity

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 57:59

    Sam sits down with MLS legend and current LAFC assistant coach Ante Razov to get a blow by blow (literally) look back at Saturday's buckwild Concacaf Champions League semifinal vs Club América featuring goals, flops, red cards and fights -- on and off the field, including a dust-up between Ante and Miguel Herrera... and Ante gives us an inside look at the game plan for Tuesday's CCL final against Tigres. Next, [[25:40]] Larry and Sam run through the Premier League weekend touching on who ruined Spurs/Lester (Serge Aurier had company!), United's legitimacy, Leeds' lunacy and Liverpool laying the wood, a quick Power Rankings [[45:53]] and finally a brief midweek preview of Make-Belieague Cup games.

    Ep 2.75: FIFA World XI, Better(!) team won(?) + Weekend preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 82:00

    We all say something nice about teams we hate. FIFA World XI debate plus the moment Aaron realized Alphonso Davies was built different when playing together with the Whitecaps. French footy financial crisis [[12:10]] and why Arsenal may be the big winner. Midweek roundup [[15:20]] f/t Tottenham beating but somehow losing to Liverpool. Power Rankings [[47:45]] that doesn't go great for Pep. Weekend preview [[56:50]] f/t a handful of big games at both ends of the table (Sam and Mikey shock the world by disagreeing on Arsenal vs Everton).

    Ep 2.74: UCL breakdown, LFC/Spurs preview + SJE's Marcinkowski on USMNT camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2020 73:00

    Mikey and Sam take shots at certain Chelsea fans calling in sick from the pod after taking a fat "L" this weekend. Also: break down of Champions League knockout match-ups (plus a good laugh about who the alleged favorite is). Recap [09:45] of rather tepid weekend in Premier League (ft Manchester Derp Derp Dærby) but some big results elsewhere in Europe. Power Rankings. Midweek preview [35:00] plus predictions (ft Liverpool vs Tottenham). Then an insider's look inside this month's USMNT camp with JT Marcinkowski of the San Jose Earthquakes [45:00], who discusses hanging up on Gregg Berhalter, initiation songs, team's biggest shit-talkers and Olympic Village sex.

    Ep 2.73: USMNT, PSG/Basaksehir, NLD reax + Manchester Dærby preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 73:00

    Sam and Aaron check in on Mikey's Instagram. Thoughts on USMNT beatdown of El Salvador. Weekly recap [14:00] f/t rundown of North London Dærby, Weston McKennie mollywhopping the haters plus United and Inter Milan defecating on themselves. [41:30] Shockingly civil Power Rankings. Weekend preview [48:00] f/t Manchester Dærby and MLS Cup predictions.

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