The soccer never stops! Coming off a huge midweek of MLS games, David Gass and Charlie Davies dive into the action. Are the Rapids an MLS Cup contender? Is Columbus' title defense in trouble? Is Raul Ruidiaz the best striker in Sounders history? Throw in a preview of this weekend's Heineken Rivalry Week matches and a mailbag, and we've got quite the show! 4:35 - Rapids looking like an MLS Cup contender 9:00 - Philadelphia gets a big win over NYCFC 13:50 - Are you buying the Barco/ATL breakout? 20:36 - Columbus loses 5th straight, how worried should we be? 26:00 - CJ Sapong is on fire...should he get a look with the USMNT? 32:38 - Nashville's year 2 has seriously impressed 35:08 -Vancouver continues to get results, now have Scottish Messi 36:03 - Austin FC's playoff hopes look dead in the water 40:56 - Is Raul Ruidiaz the best forward in Sounders history? 46:33 - The Revs are absolutely flying, that continued Wednesday 50:45 - Cali Clasico preview 54:57 - Minnesota - Sporting KC preview 57:27: RBNY - NYCFC will be season defining for both teams 1:03:34 - Texas Derby preview 1:06:02 - Rocky Mountain Cup preview 1:09:24 - Mailbag
Tension in the Dawgverse as Nashville SC’s uneventful 0-0 road draw against Real Salt Lake has somehow sparked hostility between Josh and Donald. Was it a good result on the road? Will our heroes be able to salvage their relationship for the sake of the podcast? The answers lie within. Topics discussed include:Nashville SC watch partiesThe return of the Sapong-Badji 4-4-2Is Alex Muyl’s career over after the Rubio Rubin nutmeg?Do we lack a reliable set piece taker when Hany Mukhtar is unavailable?The club’s upcoming decision on Jhonder CádizLuke Haakenson continues to get minutesOur Three Chalupas of the MatchWe check out MLS’ newly released player salary data, discuss the FA Cup final and the Harry Kane transfer rumors, and delve into CJ Sapong's road trip must-haves. Listener Qs and an Austin FC preview take us out. COYBIG.
CJ Sapong - this man does it all. As the second guest of the podcast we talked about his time in Sporting KC, Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire and now in the city of music at Nashville SC. He touched on his personal growth as a player in the league and how he negotiated his latest deal as his own agent. We talked about his work with Black Players for Change in the wake of George Floyd’s death and dealing with racism on and off the pitch from an early age. Don’t miss his inspiring story of a premature birth during a global pandemic and how he has become a proud father against all odds.
In the United States of America, February is Black History Month - an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on the historical contributions of African Americans in the country's history and is now perhaps more poignant than ever following events in the USA over the last year. The death of George Floyd last May sparked a worldwide reaction of shock and horror at police brutality towards black people in America and led to the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement, with protests and demonstrations taking place around the globe. Many sports stars used their platform to show support. USA World Cup winner Crystal Dunn, tennis player Taylor Townsend and Olympic triple jumper Will Claye have been discussing their own experiences along with Nashville striker and former US men's international, CJ Sapong who joined Sportsworld’s Lee James to discuss racial injustice and social inequality. Photo: Philadelphia 76ers players and Toronto Raptors players kneel in honour of the Black Lives Matter movement during the national anthems prior to an NBA game at The Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Credit: Getty Images)
This episode, your hosts sit down with Nashville Soccer Club player CJ Sapong, a man that didn’t just roll with the punches, but learned how to rise above—no knee-biting necessary. Coach Campbell, we hope you’re listening, you could learn a thing or two. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Did you know the MLS season starts on April 17? Does Lucho Acosta to FC Cincinnati sound like a good idea? Who is new DP Tomas Pochettino and how does he change Austin FC? The guys tackle those questions, then turn to Felipe Cardenas (The Athletic) for more on the South America-to-MLS pipeline and Gabriel Heinze’s Atlanta United. Plus, CCL draw reaction, thoughts on the new US Open Cup format and a must-listen interview with Tony Sanneh on a career that took him from the Twin Cities to the Champions League. 5:25 - Lucho Acosta to FC Cincinnati? 12:28 - Cristian Pavon back to LA Galaxy? 14:40 - Austin FC signs Tomas Pochettino 19:54 - Nashville SC signs CJ Sapong 22:16 - INTERVIEW: Felipe Cardenas (The Athletic) 44:15 - CCL Bracketology 54:50 - Thoughts on the new U.S. Open Cup format 59:40 - INTERVIEW: Tony Sanneh, Big Cat on his incredible career 1:36:59 – Mailbag: Best taping location of all-time
Liverpool and the end of their long wait for the Premier League title - For some Liverpool fans, seeing their side end a thirty year wait to be crowned English Champions was bittersweet as they had loved ones who didn't live to see it. Mark McVeigh joins us to talk about his son Owen, who died of leukaemia at the age of eleven. Father and son travelled home and away together to watch Liverpool and there's a flag in Owen's honour on the Kop. Mark admits its been an emotional time and he also tells us about the Owen McVeigh foundation, which works with children suffering from Cancer. We're also joined by the Mayor of Liverpool - Joe Anderson - who tells us the club will have a title parade when the time is right. Terry Willis is walking from his home in Alabama to the scene of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis for "change, justice and equality". Willis tells us what happened to Floyd could have happened to him. While, Tamara Moore, who is the only female coach of a men's college basketball team in America, was so inspired by Terry's story that she contacted the BBC World Service. She's since grown close to Terry's family and has even dubbed him the "Black Forrest Gump". They come together to chat about what needs to change in America and how sport can help lead that change. Could Major League Soccer stars refuse to play to force social change? - Chicago Fire forward CJ Sapong joins us to talk about the recently formed Black Players Coalition of MLS. Sapong is a board member and says: "If we are using our platforms to bring awareness to these social injustices but then get on the field and continue to play, have we really provided any change?". Sleeping in the back of a van and trying to find her form after injury - Golfer Sophie Powell joins us to discuss playing in the Rose Ladies Series. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Powell has been sleeping on a blow up mattress in the back of a borrowed van ahead of playing at each venue. She also tells us how falling out of a moving golf buggy cost her two years of her career. The FA Cup returns without fans - Due to the covid-19 pandemic the FA Cup will be played behind closed-doors this week. Jack Dormer and Alex Rowe had previously been to a game in every round of the competition. They started in the very first preliminary rounds, which were almost a year ago and then followed the winning team in each game until they get knocked out. They then followed the team that beat them. They tell us about their experiences and how they're getting their FA Cup fix this week. And in Sporting Witness, we go back to 2004, when the first All Star Cheerleading world championships were held at the Disney resort in Florida. It was a big moment for a new sport which is about demanding group routines featuring coordinated tumbles and stunts rather than supporting a sports team from the sidelines. Ambrel Brannon, one of the first cheerleading world champions, tells us about a sport that’s becoming increasingly popular around the world. Image: Liverpool fans celebrate winning their first ever Premier League title. (Getty Images)
Chicago Fire forward - CJ Sapong - tells us he welcomes the US Soccer Federation's decision to repeal it's policy requiring national team players to stand during the national anthem. Sapong - who has played for the US Men's National Team - believes a situation has been created around the national anthem, which equates to: "if you're not loyal to this flag...you deserve to die". He also recalls an incident where his family were confronted at a high school soccer game because someone in the crowd felt he had disrespected the national anthem. "My heart was broken. I'd given up." - Former AFL Star Adam Goodes describes the toll racist abuse took on him and how being abused by a teenage girl during a game set in motion a chain of events that saw him walk away from the sport in 2015. He also speaks about the importance of athletes using their platforms following George Floyd's death. Nessun Dorma and Italia 90 - Thirty years on from the 1990 World Cup, the BBC's Head of TV Sport - Philip Bernie - tells us how and why the song was chosen as the soundtrack to the corporation's coverage. "I was really shocked" - the fourteen year old snooker player given a tour card for the next two seasons by the World Snooker Tour. Ukraine's Lulian Boiko tells us how he got into the sport, what it was like meeting his hero Mark Selby and his hopes for life on the circuit. He was rewarded with a tour card after producing exceptional performances at leading international amateur tournaments over the last year. Powering the NHS - Sam Cox tells us how he's delivered over fifteen thousand meals to NHS hospitals across London during the covid-19 pandemic. The professional boxer says it's his way of giving back after he lost his mother to cancer last year and for the way the National Health Service helped him when he was younger. Due to a growth hormone deficiency Cox was still the size of a six year old boy at the age of fifteen. Super Rugby - The competition returned in New Zealand this week and crowds were able to attend. New Zealand's first female rugby commentator - Rikki Swannell - joins us to discuss how it went. And in Sporting Witness - we tell the story of arguably the greatest upset in the history of the ancient Olympic sport of Greco-Roman wrestling. American Rulon Gardner discusses how he defeated a previously unbeaten Russian champion. It was a David-and-Goliath-style battle that made headlines around the world.
CJ Sapong of the Chicago Fire joins us today to talk about the upcoming tournament in Orlando. He also shares his thoughts on former teammate Aleksander Katai's recent release after Katai's wife posted racist comments about the recent protests. Needless to say, he keeps it very real. Ways to help the Black Lives Matter movement: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Do you know who is absolutely crushing this quarantine? CJ Sapong! Susannah and Jill look to the Chicago Fire striker to guide them on their journey to quarantine enlightenment. CJ sheds light on how he stays positive, his special relationship with Chi-Town, his unlikely bromance with Bastian Schweinsteiger, and how an unfortunate brush with the law in 2015 changed his outlook on life. Get your zen on and let Susannah, Jill, & CJ lead the way. NAMA-STAY INSIDE, everybody!
Sam and EG sit down with CJ Sapong to discuss his James Madison experience and the uncertainty/ecstasy of draft day; winning both ROY and MLS Cup with SKC, highs and lows of Philly, and shouldering the load during a tough season for the Fire. Amidst the soccer talk we dig into the first thing CJ is gonna do when we finally kill The Rona, his search for Xanadu and first pick for starting a new franchise, googling the meaning of life, plus everybody's favorite game: "Did you or an Instagram model post this caption?" (tbf CJ put on a damn clinic).
11 Year MLS Cup Champion Quincy Amarikwa’s (@QuincyAmarikwa) presents - The Perfect Soccer Podcast, Where your host Paul Guarino goes 1 on 1 to get to know your favorite professional soccer players, on and off the pitch. In today’s episode: Paul interviews Chicago Fire FC’s CJ Sapong. CJ talks about his college experiences, winning in the MLS, and his foundation Sacred Seeds.
Hello soccer fans! We are back with a full hour of MLS and CCL news and entertainment (Nick even works in a Robert Kraft joke amidst his usual puns). With so much going on around Major League Soccer, we dive right in: CJ Sapong was traded to Chicago and no one is impressed. Real Salt Lake signs USL player Portillo to add depth to their midfield, and FC Cincinnati introduces their new mascot - Gary the Lion - who is the soccer equivalent of a scary clown. Next, our hosts recap the 1st leg of the Concacaf Champions League. Toronto FC falls flat against Panamanian side Independiente for the second time, Atlanta gets upset by Herediano of Costa Rica, but Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, and Red Bulls New York all come away with wins. Nick still thinks RBNY will be the first MLS team to win the tournament, but Sporting KC may have the easiest path to the finals. Mike and Nick also continue their MLS 2019 Team Previews. In this episode, they break down the roster moves and potential for New England Revolution, New York City FC, Red Bulls New York, Philadelphia Union, and the Portland Timbers. These teams span from league cellar-dwellers to MLS Cup Contenders, but all have entertaining story lines to follow as the season gets underway. Finally, we want to put in a plug for new friend of the show Christopher Sweeney. This author recently released Mad Dog Gravesen: The Last of the Modern Footballing Mavericks, about the footballing spectacle that was Thomas Gravesen. Order online if you're a fan of European football or great soccer stories. Thanks for listening, and please join the conversation on twitter @SOPSoccer or on facebook @sonsofapitchsoccer. Stay tuned for our final team preview episode later this week, but in the meantime, enjoy all the soccer action!
Joe and Sam talk about the Philadelphia Union, DOOP, CJ Sapong, the youthful Haris Medunjanin, and Atlanta United of course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Joe and Sam talk about the Philadelphia Union, DOOP, CJ Sapong, the youthful Haris Medunjanin, and Atlanta United of course. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Another slow day in the North American soccer world is broken down by the guys...just kidding. It's madness in LA as Sigi Schmid is brought in to as head coach of the Galaxy following the dismissal of Curt Onalfo and he wasn't the only hiring by a professional soccer team in the city. LAFC makes it official, naming Bob Bradley as their first head coach and David, Ben and Doyle tell you what to expect from the former US national team head coach. David and Ben then interview Schmid, asking what he needs to do first, some rumored additions and his emotions heading into Saturday's matchup against his former team (10 pm ET; ESPN, ESPN Deportes in US | MLS LIVE in Canada). In the second segment, USA's sixth Gold Cup trophy is discussed as Doyle tells you what the scene was like at Levi's Stadium and why the US deserved their 2-1 win against Jamaica. He also breaks down who helped and hurt their stock while Ben tries to just enjoy the win. In the mailbag, fans make their voices heard with some hot-take predictions about some young US stars, why CJ Sapong will lead Philadelphia to greatness and if Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin can fit together.
The New York Red Bulls travelled to Chester and suffered an inexplicable loss to the Philadelphia Union 3-0 on a CJ Sapong hat trick. With Jason down and out in Beverly Hills, Pat and Truman cover the loss, read your tweets, and preview the upcoming Mother’s Day match vs the LA Galaxy. All this, plus the Dumping Ground, Terrible Team of the Week (guess who) and more! Brace for rage. Musical Credits: Opening: Happy Rock - http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music Breaks & Closing: True Believers by Bouncing Souls Help fund the Red Bull Rant by visiting our Patreon page and donating to the show on a monthly basis. https://www.patreon.com/RedBullRant WARNING: The Red Bull Rant is a free flowing conversation about soccer that may include adult language or topics. Listener discretion is advised. Follow Red Bull Rant on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RedBullRant Follow Red Bull Rant on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedBullRant/ Follow Red Bull Rant on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/red-bull-rant/id988617582 Follow Red Bull Rant on Stitcher: http://stitcher.com/s?fid=64958&refid=stpr Follow Red Bull Rant on Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ibdbqq7z4cbsgqqvvjhmquon47a
Well, that sucked but we have to talk about it. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back to talk about D.C. United's 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact, in a performance that disappointed everyone. We talk about the goal and the entire flaccid performance, as well as how the team deflated after a decent first eight minutes. We bring up how Sebastien LeToux may not have been suited for the forward role in this match, the up and down play of Taylor Kemp, and the poor all-around performance of Jared Jeffrey. We end by talking about who may need to step up and step into the lineup to try and right the ship. In the second segment we bring on Eugene Rupinski of The Brotherly Game to talk about the Philadelphia Union. We talk about their game against the LA Galaxy and ask whether they are figuring things out. We have to talk about the play of CJ Sapong, Alejandro Bedoya, and Chris Pontius, before diving into their defense and the benching of Keegan Rosenberry. Finally, we try to assign some blame for the winless streak before getting a custom gameplan for the Union. Give it a listen!
The guys are away but no fear there is plenty of MLS content to consume. Andrew and David hold court at MLS Cup with a few stars of the league to talk big picutre, their 2016 experiences, music choice, what its like to celebrate winning a title and so much more. First Andrew sit down with Philadelphia Union duo CJ Sapong and Keegan Rosenberry. They talk all about working under Jim Curtin, the culture Earnie Stewart is building, working through your rookie season and more. In the next segment Andrew and David are joined by Sacha Kljestan he discusses his love of Queen, battle for playing time as an American in Europe, changes in the USMNT, and all things Red Bulls. Look out for the second holiday special with Juan Agudelo and Andre Blake on December 29th and Sirius XM FC Ch 85.
Blimey… DoopCasts are just like SEPTA buses… What’s that you say? old, slow, and emitting noxious substances? No…. I mean you wait forever and then two or three come all at once…. It’s been quite a week with all that fuss over Caitlyn Jenner… and after the Toronto game I have to agree that the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage did go to the wrong person, surely CJ Sapong deserved it as he gamely played on after taking a size twelve right in the swingers. I don’t think Ryan Howard has hit balls any harder than that. Who Are ya is back, and Off the Post and despite (predictably) no Union player making the “Marketing personalities of the league to a national sponsor scrimmage” erm… I mean the All-Star Game, there is news of the U bringing home a championship…. of sorts….
On the weekend that Steven Gerrard made his debut for the LA Galaxy, did we witness perhaps the greatest match in MLS history in Week 19? David, Simon and Ben kick off the show with the thriller in the Bronx between New York City FC and Toronto FC and the epic hat-trick performance by Sebastian Giovinco. TFC next face upstart Philadelphia and Union star forward CJ Sapong joins the gang to provide some insight into the magic moment that he and the team are experiencing. After putting a bow on the MLS weekend, Arielle joins the show for an in-depth, in-person interview with Conor O'Brien, a native New Yorker who has quietly plied his trade in Europe for the last several years. Learn about his story and the lengths he went to earn a professional contract abroad. As a free agent, and with suitors from multiple countries, he now has a big decision to make on his next move. In the mailbag, we discuss the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico's stumble against Guatemala and Canada's scoreless drought. Do Benito Floro's men have what it takes to beat Costa Rica in their group finale? Also, USMNT forward Jozy Altidore reveals the reason why he doesn't raise his hand to his heart during the national anthem.
What else is there to say about a miserable afternoon where Toronto showed their quality deficiency and were downed by a CJ Sapong brace in a 2-1 loss. The Reds, per usual, were in it for stretches, but at the end of the day didn't have the finishing or creativity moving forward to get that final ball into the back of the net. The loss keeps them stuck at their point tally from 2012 and this season looks to be finishing with a near carbon copy as the year before.