Sounding off this week, the topics ranged from the anonymous survey done by Major League Soccer players to the disappointing loss the United States national team had in Guatemala. Chic Fil-A and LA Galaxy have a surprising scarf partnership while the State of Georgia is thinking about passing a controversial bill that could keep the MLS All-Star Game from the city of Atlanta. Finally, the USL started this past weekend and the NASL will commence this week.
Todd and Richard have a conversation with Matthew Bird, the author of To The Bitter End: The Story of the First Season of Saint Louis FC. Topics range from the USL to MLS, Perry Kitchen's transfer to Hearts and Matt Miazga leaving the New York Red Bulls for Chelsea. We discuss supporter's culture and how Matthew Bird became a fan of soccer within the United States and St. Louis for that matter! There's also a conversation about Manchester United, Stockport County and Leicester City.
There is a new gender-neutral baby when it comes to Dom and Sydney Dwyer, Nico Kranjcar surprisingly doesn't sign with a club that Harry Redknapp is at, so props to the New York Cosmos. Stan Kroenke made the shortlist for Sports Executive of the year while Tim Howard is an expensive signing for the Colorado Rapids. Mexico and the United States have released their rosters for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Finally, Colombia and USA have a big two-legged tie for Olympic Qualification.
In this pod Todd had a chance to snag a few minutes with Ben Falvo, board member of Year Zero, an organization committed to the advancement of soccer as an open and accessible sport to everyone. Ben talked us through his involvement with community soccer in Queens, NY - Kew Forest FC. Topics ranged from development, to solidarity payments, to Long Island travel. Be sure to check out Kew Forest FC this year!
In their latest episode, the Flakoglost lads discuss Richard's minor alcohol issues, we chat Harpo's FC and their PASL Indoor Tournament run, Adriano's comments on the subject of Promotion & Relegation in the United States, a decent recap of MLS week 2 action, Don Garber's appearance at the Social Responsibility Sports Summit, Matt Miazga's full 90 minutes for Chelsea's U-21's, Seattle Sounders and Seattle Sounders II - is there a difference? Does Nigel de Jong fit in an LA Galaxy kit, and much more.
Fresh off Richard getting back from the Bay Area, the lads discuss topics ranging from Brandi Chastain choosing to donate her brain for scientific research, the opening weekend from Major League Soccer, the ICC businessman who would like to change the format of the UEFA Champions League and the fallout of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals. Also, West Ham United and the Brooklyn Italians start a partnership and NASL side Rayo OKC are poised for another big player signing.
In our latest interview, we had the pleasure of interviewing Minneapolis City SC. They aim to be a true community focused club, while also being a club run by the supporters. In 2016, they will be playing in the Premier League of America and have a partnership with Summit Brewing. This interview focused on topics ranging from Authenticity, Promotion/Relegation, the US Open Cup, rivalries, among much others. Enjoy!
Gio dos Santos gets called a drunk in Torreon, and DC United gets robbed of their smartphones in Queretaro. Gianni Infantino is the new FIFA President but will real change occur early on as Sepp Blatter's decades of leadership comes to an end? Tim Howard looks set to join the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake suggest the Rapids are their noisy neighbors. Todd proposes what is real and what is true while Fort Lauderdale Strikers are having their preseason in China.