We're honored to chat with Jerome de Bontin the former General Manager of the New York Red Bulls and President of Ligue 1 side, AS Monaco in this episode. Jerome is currently involved with the United States Soccer Foundation as a trustee, which is separate from the Federation. He’s been involved in the game of soccer from early on while living in France, and throughout his college education at Amherst College where he also played.
We cover a lot of ground in this one, giving us lots to think about. We chat the Deloitte Report and promotion relegation, youth development and solidarity payments, and how we as a country can begin to leverage our own skills in order to create a soccer ecosystem that provides world class talent.
Also, please check out the non-profit charity, covenanthouse.org. Covenant House serves homeless youth with a network of shelters across the US. It’s a non-profit that is very important to Jerome.
Happy Thanksgiving! In this pod we pick Brandon Jantz's brain about Temecula FC and the development of a grassroots club at the NPSL level. Brandon is originally from Temecula, CA and chose to start a club after his experiences as a player. We chat the growth of NPSL and the future of the game in the US.
Greater Lowell United FC (GLUFC) is a soccer club based in Lowell, Massachusetts. GLUFC play in the North Atlantic Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). In this episode, Todd speaks with club founder, Manny Andrade about the club's origins to the nuances of keeping a club afloat in the fourth tier of American soccer. We chat development, benefits of an open system, and what makes grassroots soccer special.
The Flakoglost lads are back with a run down of the latest MLS playoff fixtures from the weekend. The Colorado Rapids defeated LA Galaxy after penalties while Seattle held on to defeat FC Dallas. Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference is down to two Canadian teams, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact. The NASL playoffs now have the two finalists, Indy Eleven and the NY Cosmos. Finally, USA and Mexico will renew their rivalry on Friday as both teams will face off in Columbus, Ohio.