As a devoted Men in Blazers listener, this series has all the snark and keen observation of MIB translated into the American soccer experience. Whether you are a die-hard soccer fan or just dipping your American toe in the water, this is great listening.
Great story and podcast. Rogerâs enthusiasm sets the tone for the podcast. Thank u!
Roger does a stellar job. This is a nicely done podcast....well done! Give it a try
Could you maybe cover the womenâs team in the same depth? Loved every freaking second of this!
As I sit here on the eve of the World Cup final and about to listen to the last episode of American Fiasco, I do not know which one I will miss more. This podcast is brilliant. It is about more than football. It is about the complexity of the human condition in high pressure social situations. And mullets. Loved every minute of it. Thanks, Rog!And welcome to citizenship! ðºð¸
Over the course of 12 episodes, Roger Bennett led me though hotel rooms full of musical angst, a lonely chateau brimming with delicious mayonnaise, and the rise and fall of the USMNT over four years. And yet, somehow, with the very last words said in the podcast proper, left me with a smile on my face and a hope for the future of soccer in America. This. Is. An. Excellent. Podcast.
Just a really great podcast about the 1998 American World Cup team. Behind the scenes stories from players, coaches, and media. Great storytelling that had me listening to every episode as fast as I could.
Rog presents an excellent review of the â98 USA team. Even though I knew the outcome, I had to keep listening to see how it ended. Production by WNYC was great. Solid podcast.
Roger Bennet delivers one of the best audio sports docs ever. The humanity and boyish passion he brings to this story means the subjects have no choice but open up and relive the Fiasco. Add the authority and sensibility of Bob Ley behind the scenes and sprinkled through out. This is just fantastic. Share with your futbol friends. Share with your sports friends, share with anyone that loves human drama.
Iâve never left a review for a podcast, but Rog, this was fabulous. I was 10 during the World Cup in the US, and I grew up with this group of players as we as a nation tried to figure out what we were going to do with soccer. I was too young to really understand the politics of the 1998 fiasco.l, but this pod does such a great job of setting the scene. I laughed, I cried, I felt anger, I felt empathy, but most of all, I felt optimistic and excited for the future. Give it a listen.
Great pace and riveting story! Interviews are fantastic & even the music was the bomb. Through in a touch of Bob Ley for legitimacy and gravitas and I loved it.
I appreciated this enlightening look back at an important chapter in US Soccer history
I was born and raised in Scotland playing football (soccer!) on the streets with my pals. We played "World Cup" every night. For 20 years I have been living in the USA.. Roger has the perfect intersection of being raised in the UK and also now living in the States to the cross cultural divide and communicate the love and passion we have for football to a US audience. Absolutely brilliant stuff. Not only entertaining this podcast made me think a lot out the (work) teams I am part of and how they work and the dynamics of leadership. Sobering stuff but hopeful also. A must listen.
My only experience with soccer is my 5 year oldâs debut season last year. Despite this I am thoroughly enjoying this podcast. I love sports and a good story. Roger, youâre awesome.
I cannot say enough good things about this podcast. You donât need to be a soccer/football fan to fall in love with Rog. Give it a try!
Whether you love soccer or not, but especially if you love soccer.
Love the pod! Can you make one about the current USMNT? At least the â98 team qualified for the World Cup.
What a story !! Addictive !!
After listening to Gimlet's "We Came to Win," I was expecting something similar to that podcast. But this is 10x better! So many interviews with players, staff, people who were there. I really hope there's more seasons where you go in depth with the World Cups following 1998.
This is such a great podcast with great guest. Rogerâs passion for the sport is evident makes it so easy to binge listen to all these episodes. Great work thank you!
I never knew the drama in the â98 Cup.As a kid I just thought we were out played and not good. Strongly suggest listening to this story. Rog is a great narrator and speaker, and look forward to more of his stories. Also, glad to know that heâs a fellow Toffee!!
Roger is a great story teller. Insights from all of the key characters. The inside story in all of its colorful detail on full display. Canât wait to get to the next episode.
Like all great sports reporting, you donât have to be an expert, or even a fan, to enjoy the human drama. Great to see Rog from Men in Blazers stretch into a long-form podcast. He is excellent - the sense of impending doom is palpable. And you get to hear Bob Ley say Bon Iver, so thereâs that. The only misstep is the bonus episodes which seem more of an attempt to use some good leftover interviews than to shine light on the â98 USMNT crash and burn.
Listened to this on a friendâs recommendation. Glad i did. Carefully reported, entertainingly told.
I am not a soccer fan. I listened to this because I love America and I enjoy Rodger Bennettâs British whit and brilliance in storytelling ability. This podcast series provides an onion of an intriguing podcast with its outer skin of a look behind the curtain at the â98 US menâs national team to the layers of peeling ever closer to answering the ultimate underlying question of âwhy soccer isnât more popular in the USâ through intimate conversation. I have already recommended this series to soccer enthusiasts and soccer atheists alike. I urge you to do the same.
Great fun re-living this period with Bennett, but depressing that the underlying problem with U. S. Soccerâentrenched mediocrity (not on the field, but as an organization)âremains so prevalent.
This series is fantastic even if you know nothing about soccer, or even professional sports. Loved it!
Listened to the whole series in 1 day! Just couldnât put it down
If you have any interest in soccer at all stop reading this and just start listening!
Love the pod. Rog does a brilliant job with the narration. A sprinkling of his British wit and passion for American culture gives it a nice flavor. The editorial and production teams behind this one clearly have done stellar work on this podcast. Everything is well researched and packaged nicely for the audience. There's a level of quality you can always expect from WNYC. Thanks for entertaining us. A must listen for soccer / football fans in the US.
As someone who has only been a soccer fan since the 2014 World Cup, I thoroughly enjoyed getting a very entertaining primer on an important part of American soccer history. Thanks Roger! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
Agonizing, thorough, & funny retrospective on the disastrous experience the US had at the 1998 World Cup
Was so good I listened to it in a week!
Awesome podcast. Great insights and excellent humor!
This was awesome! I would recommend to any football fan. This is an incredible story!
As a young soccer obsessed fan in 1998, I knew the names and watched the games of USMNT, but not until this enthralling story did I learn the intricacies and drama behind the scenes. This is one of those podcast that grab ahold of you instantly. Rog does a incredible job, as he usually does, painting the picture of what ultimately lead to the 1998 âFiascoâ. All while still being an Evertonian. YNWA!
Roger,This podcast is outstanding. It has it allâethos, pathos, and humor. I hope you find another squad that you are interested in chronicling next. Cheers & thank you!
Fills the void of US Soccer coverage this World Cup. Great storytelling! An exciting, interesting and nostalgic journey through US soccer history.
Rog is best thing to sail to this side of the pond since Columbus.
Love everything about this podcast! Roger Bennett is brilliantly witty while leading us through the story of the US Menâs National Soccer team! I canât wait for the next Roger podcast!
Intriguing, fun take on a forgotten topic
Super fun interesting podcast!
This is an exceptional podcast for anyone interested in US soccer. Having watched a lot of US soccer since that first glorious goal from Paul Caligiuri in â89, this podcast takes me down memory lane to relive all the great moments from this and learn about many moments I didnât know about. I love it!
As billed, this podcast helped this âu. s. americanâ really get into this World Cup. Better late than never:)
Very entertaining. My husband really enjoyed listening and he is very picky when it comes to podcasts.
Takes a few episodes to hit its stride, but stick with it. Rog does a good job with the storytelling and the interviews are very compelling. Hindsight may be 20/20, but there were a boatload of questionable decisions between 1994-98. And that is being generous.
I was crushed when it was over. So well done! Courage!!!
Itâs nice to get some backstory on the current state of US Soccer. Itâs not comprehensive, but it fills in quite a few blanks...for me at least. Itâs also funny.
I recommend this story-podcast to anybody and everybody, you donât have to like soccer to appreciate and get hooked into this story. Roger Bennett is a great story-teller and has a way with words that hooks listeners in. Give this podcast a listen, you wonât regret it.