Had no idea the DRAMA behind the scenes..! How has this not been made into a 2 hour â30 For 30â episode??! Excellent work.
Roger - happy to write this review, excellent job on this podcast. My only disappointment was when I had finished the final episode. Highly recommend.
Horrifically amazing way to relive the disaster of World Cup â98 from an American standpoint. Im still waiting on the hug from Bob Ley that will banish the demons of watching the Americans capitulate to Iran through tears as an eleven year old...while my uncle laughed...
This was a fantastic podcast. Smart, funny, informative. Loved hearing about the Mayo at the Chateau. Thanks, Schaap!
Rog is a masterful storyteller with a deliberate and intelligent pace. This is a story any American soccer fan should know
Great listen especially for casual USA soccer fan (FIFA/World Cup almost exclusively)
Funny and interesting!!
This podcast will truly change your perspective on USA soccer and if youâre soccer-curious like I was, this will put you over the top. Iâve listened to episode 3 multiple times because it will make you tear up for all the right reasons. In sports, there can be moments that transcend them, and make you feel emotions that only become possible with extraordinary events. This podcast contains what makes sports great and all the great things they can make you feel. This brought happiness and joy to my life and thatâs all I can ask for. Thank you Roger, bill levy, Sampson, lalas, Eric, and all of the others. This is important journalism and i will tell everyone I can to listen to this.
I really enjoyed this series. The host (Roger) is a gifted story teller, and this had the right length, levels of humor, and was compelling. Well done.
You donât have any to be a soccer fan to appreciate and learn from this excellent podcast. Yes, lots to learn from here applicable to real life. But well researched and great interviews regardless.
I enjoyed the hell out of this podcast. Took me back 20 years to my HS days when our national team at least waited until the actual World Cup to crash our.
If you lived, played and watched American soccer in the 90s this is more than a must - binge away cause you wonât be able to help yourself if youâre a soccer fan.
American Fiasco is not just a Podcast but a plethora of emotions that were felt again as in the 1980s and 1990s when we lived to find a Futbol/Soccer Game. When the NASL folded in 1984, I, who was from Chicago was crushed. I used to look at the Sunday Sun-Times to just find scores from the EPL as our only attachment. So, I say Thank You for telling the listeners(many who I am sure shared your feelings and mine as well) such a Great Personal Account of the 1998 World Cup Team and the History leading to that point. Thank You Again...
Loved it! Iâm a big soccer fan and played against Agoos in high school. It hurts to watch the USMNT when you believe they should always be better, but arenât. This podcast was therapeutic. Great story telling, characters, and even theme music. One thing about Americans and soccer that I canât believe Katz didnât address, especially considering his love for the NFL, is how unAmerican the US views diving, faking injury, and magic spray.
I started listening this morning and am utterly hooked. If you watched soccer in the 90s, then you canât pass this up. Stop reading this and get on with it. Iâm out - still some episodes left.
Fantastic series Rog. I grew up in northeast Montana, which is geographically as far as you can get from the game of soccer. Youâve provided a fascinating view of an unfamiliar and wonderful world. Thanks for your work. Good job!
I am a huge fan of the USWNT, but had never followed the menâs team too much. This was an absolute joy to listen to. I didnât know all of these stories at all, and the dramatic and thoughtful way in which the events are told is completely entertaining. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give the USWNT the same in depth treatment! Iâd love to listen to that podcast!!!
I don't follow or honestly understand soccer/football but Roger makes the subject so exciting and interesting. This is a beautifully told story that I would have never had interest in before this podcast.
This is a gripping account of how American soccer went wrong in 1998 World Cup by the inimitable Men in Blazersâ Roger Bennett.
Don't let the soccer-y-ness of this podcast deter you from binging. This is a podcast for anyone who has slowed down to view a car crash - for those who are interested in human endeavor and the ways things fall apart. Throw in a dash of Hart to Hart (Roger is right - someday its brilliance will be understood), mullets and Bob Lee and you can't stop listening. Loved Roger's storytelling, explanations, and interviews. This one is for everyone.
If you like Rog Bennett you will enjoy the telling of this story. There are a number of interesting things in the story I did not know about as the coverage of this team in the 1990s was hidden even from those who were interested in it.
So much fun to revisit the MNT and the players of the 90s. Roger Bennett tells the story beautifully and heâs just so bloody likable.
Brilliant stuff Rog...EVVVVVAAAAAHHHHHTON
Roger is such a fun host. His enthusiasm is great. I listen to this while editing photos and it helps make time fly by.
Absolutely loved every moment. The build up and the let down, the joy and disappointment. Every moment was a joy to listen to.
Flows, Funny, and a great perspective. I recommend this hands down, especially to any US soccer fan born in the 80âs. So rad to hear these behind the scenes stories and interviews. Before the internet was what it is today, It was so different to find out what was going on. Once you start, you will be hooked.
Great story great storytelling. Learned a lotEven as someone who watched every fam the 98 Cup.
This podcast is fascinating reporting and perfect storytelling. Whether you have any interest in soccer, or really in sports at all, this is just fantastic storytelling. Given the tone of Men in Blazers I was surprised how serious this was - not at all the slapstick of MIB. (Although MIB is amazing!! This is just different. Can not recommend strongly enough.
I listened to this podcast while running my long runs and I was finished with the run befor I knew it.Roger Bennett does an excellent job of spinning the tale. Excellent research and first-hand comments by players and coach.After finishing last in the 1998 World Cup, it would be fascinating to hear a series on the USMNT 2002 World Cup performance. Last place to knockout rounds...especially after 1999 WWC.Well done Roger, Bob Lea and crew.
Great in depth understanding of all the complications that lead up to the 1998 USA menâs national team. All tragedies are made up of a number of smaller mistakes and the same is true of the USMNT in the 1998 World Cup.
Expertly paced, well-written, and wonderfully produced, this series was gripping. You really don't have to know much about soccer or even really remember the '98 World Cup US Men's team to be engrossed by this. This could be adapted into a fantastic documentary.
Giving it 4 stars instead of 5 for some over dramatization throughout (losing to Germany in the World Cup is normal, not the end of the world) and specifically for some hateful comments towards the Russian soccer team in the last episode. Drop the hate.
That review title is probably too long. But I was trying to do it justice.Any American sports fan should hear this story, even if they donât like soccer. It is a truly unfortunate series of events that led to a catastrophe whose repercussions are still probably felt today.Iâve never plowed through a podcast series so quickly. It took me months to listen to Serial, and I never even finished S-town.But this story... (possibly more up my alley as a huge sports fan, albeit a bit soccer naÃ¯ve) is so well told and such a fascinating story of what most people just viewed as a bad two weeks for a soccer team. It was so much more complicated (and interesting) than that. Roger Bennett is as gifted a storyteller as he is a quick witted Radio personality.
To love this story. Love Rogers story telling âhis tidbits and personal flair really made this podcast a blast to listen. He was so charming that i hope he makes another podcast! Highly recommend even if you donât know a thing about futbol!
Absolutely fantastic show / podcast I really wish this was on video form itâs that good.
Best podcast serial Iâve listened to in months. So engaging and electrifying. Some hints of tears too.
Rog brilliantly spins a compelling and raw account of USMNT's failure in the 98' World Cup. From the players, to the manager, to federation executives- you get a perspective never heard and an insight into what those dark days in American Soccer history held behind the scenes. I can't wait until Rog documents the USMNT's most recent failure to qualify for the 2018 WC. Was a great listen to help me move on from the WC and prepare me for some PL action.
I heard his interview on Freakanomics and thought AF sounded interesting, but I couldnât imagine how hooked Iâd be! This is fantastic!
Great story, great insight, great storytelling.
Roger's knowledge and passion coupled with all of the voices from this history make for a terrific podcast. You'll wish the team had gone farther just so there could be more episodes.
I love this podcast! I'm not a soccer fan, player, or soccer-mom, but I CANNOT get enough of this podcast. It's educational (for someone like me), it's got suspense, personal stories, insight, and one of the best hosts I have ever heard. I would watch this if it ever goes to screen. I've been telling everyone about it. Roger - Thank you for this podcast!
Roger Bennett speaks about this team and this sport with the same giddiness as a teenage boy band fan. Probing into an American failure he finds a way to empathize with the characters without casting blame or wallowing in negativity. I love this time in American soccer and Roger and his team have reinforced that âfor better or worseâ love you must have to be a fan of this game, in a country obsessed with being the best.If you love story telling or ever wondered how David Regis ended up playing for the Stars and Stripes or if Frankie Hejduk is truly as nice as that time you ran into him in a Columbus market and invited you to have a drink sometime, your questions will be answered. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
So many inside perspectives. From the manager, from the burotcrats, and from the players themselves. Lots of surprises in this tale of hope and success (success in copa america) to one almighty crash and burn (france 98). This chronicals it all, along with insightful opinions from the narrator. It is binge worthy, very well done.
Hoping Roger does more of these! Fantastic storytelling and very insightful!
Really a terrific series and worth listening to. Excellent work!
A real must listen for any US Soccer fan or a fan of soccer in general. Great insider look and I couldn't stop listening.
Thank you so much for this, Rog and the WNYC team.
This podcast combines two of my favorite things, soccer and history. The information and stories are truly interesting and easy to listen to! Keep it up!
I am enjoying this series a lot. Very high quality with even its own theme music. I lived all these events from afar and now I know the full story. We Americans are never boring. Just a suggestion: a 12 part series on 2018 qualifying. The title possibilities are limitless.