A work in progress! In this episode, Todd had a chance to pick the brain of SF City FC's President, Jacques Pelham. We learn how the SF supporter-built model came about, staying solvent as a club in the Premier Development League (PDL), the process of attracting the right investors, day to day operations of the club, and if US Soccer operated under an open system...
The Flakoglost lads are about to depart for Detroit later this week, but that doesn't stop them from discussing some recent topics in American soccer. The Orlando City owner group are offering green cards to foreign investors in their new stadium while the city of Nashville could have a USL team soon. The New York Cosmos are top of the table in the NASL and the Colorado Rapids found another way to win as they stayed atop the MLS standings. Andrea Pirlo discusses his thoughts on soccer in America but his NYCFC team loses 7-0 to the NY Red Bulls. Detroit, here we come!
In our latest interview, we had a chance to have a conversation with The Soccer Heretic, as he is known on Twitter. While the main talking points centered around Promotion/Relegation in the United States, we also found time to discuss the NASL, Rayo OKC, Rayo Vallecano, the US Open Cup, and the idea of an open system of soccer. Please note that Don Garber is not our friend, and this interview is not to be missed!
In our latest episode, Todd and Jose speak about their time in Albuquerque, New Mexico to root on Harpo's FC to victory in the US Open Cup. Kei Kamara is suspended by Columbus Crew, but is then promptly traded to New England Revolution. The New York Cosmos lose a close game in Canada while Minnesota United top the NASL table. We also interviewed John from First Team Podcast, a show dedicated to the New York Cosmos. *For your listening pleasure, we recommend you pack a bowl, get blazed, because everything is good, everything is beautiful.
In our latest interview, we had a conversation with Tyler Whitesides, a coach and former player with FC Denver, a semi professional/amateur club based in Denver, Colorado. FC Denver plays in CASL, the Colorado Amateur Soccer League. Tyler has been involved in the club for many years and we had the pleasure of interviewing him to not only learn more about FC Denver, but to continue to support grassroots soccer in Colorado.
In our latest interview, we had a conversation with Eric Morrison, the President and General Manager of NPSL side Georgia Revolution, a club based out of Conyers, Georgia. The team currently plays in the NPSL, the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. Georgia Revolution are showing that local soccer can continue to grow in major metropolitan areas across the country.
This is Part 2 of a roundtable interview with Harpo's FC, an amateur side based out of Boulder, Colorado. Owner Johnny Freeston and Head Coach Steve Lepper join the conversation along with players Kyle Leutkehans and Sawyer Frank. We always encourage people to support local soccer whether it's amateur/non-league, semi pro and professional. Enjoy the conclusion of our interview!
This is Part 1 of a roundtable interview with Harpo's FC, an amateur side based out of Boulder, Colorado. Owner Johnny Freeston, Head Coach Steve Lepper join the conversation along with players Kyle Luetkehans and Sawyer Frank. We always encourage people to support local soccer whether it's amateur/non-league, semi pro and professional. Enjoy the interview and be on the lookout for Part 2!
We have successfully returned from America's heartland. It wasanabsolute blast to go to a Rayo OKC vs Indy Eleven game in theNASL.We were able to meet up with supporters of both Rayo and Indy andeven ran into Peter Wilt! The preliminary roster for the CopaCentenario has been released and Mix Diskerud was a surprisinginclusion. Finally, we were briefly able to speak with formerRapids player Kosuke Kimura and Club America has won the CONCACAFChampion's League for the second straight year.
We are going to Oklahoma this coming weekend! We're coming for you Rayo OKC and Indy Eleven. Don Garber once again puts his foot in his mouth as MLS is apparently responsible for the rise of the Costa Rican national team. LA Galaxy hand RSL their first loss of the season and Minnesota United won against New York Cosmos. Jermaine Jones helps the Rapids defeat the Sounders and Dom Dwyer was denied a clear penalty in Sporting KC's loss to San Jose. We chat #prorelweek and Planet Lovetron.
Also, which is more likely? Don Garber listening to Prince? Or Prince in Heaven scrolling through blacked out games on MLS Live?
Is there life on Mars? The Flako chaps debate the space-time continuum and whether or not Colorado Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni's Third Eye has opened. Todd interviews, albeit briefly, Graham Zusi, and then the guys talk MLS expansion, followed by a rundown of the weekends happenings.
* And by a real interview with Graham Zusi, we mean not really...but kind of.
Richard was surprisingly allowed to travel back to Colorado from Salt Lake City but the Colorado Rapids once again suffered a heartbreaking loss to their arch rivals. Charleston Battery revoked a newspapers credential, only to go back on that original decision after the USL President stepped in. The USWNT have a case in their fight for equal pay and Real Salt Lake are trying to discover the next true world class player by revamping their youth academy on the Wasatch Front. Finally, Nigel de Jong injured Darlington Nagbe and incited the wrath of not only Timbers fans, but USMNT fans as well.
Abby Wambach picked a horrible time to be arrested for a DUI as several United States Women's national team players filed a lawsuit against the USSF for wage discrimination. Regardless, she issued a classy apology. It was an up-and-down week for the United States national teams as the US U-23's fell to Colombia in Frisco while the senior squad made amends with a win in Columbus against Guatemala. A sparse crowd witnessed the Colorado Rapids win over Toronto FC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and DC United are really struggling to open up the new MLS season. Finally, Rayo OKC opened their NASL season to a sellout crowd in Yukon, OK.
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.
In this pod we had a chance to sit down with Steve Bayley of Non-League America. If you aren't following them on social media - you should do that right now. These guys uncover the lower leagues of soccer in the United States. They are extremely passionate about what they do in regards to not only covering teams from afar, but traveling across the nation to see these teams play. From the NPSL to the true semi-professional leagues around the country, Non-League America is your source for knowledge about the lower-league game of soccer in the USA
Did you know that it's Black History month? We decided to celebrate the first black MLS free agents who are free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, free at last! We weigh in on the COPA 100 draw and the group of death belonging to Haiti. CONCACAF Champions League starts up. Will Steven Gerrard survive Mexico? Minnesota United FC. Atlanta Silverbacks. Minneapolis City SC. Harpos FC. FC Fargo. Jerry Sandusky.
The Force from the North! In this pod we had a chance to chat with the President of FC Fargo, Tim Singleton. He takes us through the day to day operations of starting a soccer club, fostering community relationships, to their next season in the American Premier League. There's also some hardware on the line this year with Minneapolis City SC - thanks to the good people at Summit Brewing!
While Todd is having a romantic getaway in Telluride, Richard and Jose hold down the fort. The Chinese Super League is once again the talk of the town as Obafemi Martins has switched CenturyLink Field for Shanghai. Harry Shipp is off to Montreal Impact while Chicago Sting Trust has suspended operations. David Romney is apparently not related at all to Mitt Romney and Marco Pappa has been training with the Colorado Rapids.