Two guys who want nothing more than to see the U.S. men lift the World Cup. Will it ever happen? Who knows. But we'll talk about the players and coaches who can make that happen, and how we can improve American soccer in general.
MLS has announced that it will be adhering to FIFA’s RSTP, Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, essentially allowing them to collect training compensation and seek solidarity payments. What exactly does that mean and why is it important?
We also review the 20-man roster that is set to represent the U.S. at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship, May 1-16.
Jordan Gardner is an American investor who led a team of investors in acquiring a majority stake in FC Helsingør, a club in the Danish 1st Division, the 2nd tier of soccer in Denmark. The goal of the club is "to develop the next generation of young American talent." Jordan and his team are targeting young American players and looking to provide them an opportunity to play and develop in Denmark, and ideally, move them on to bigger & more prestigious clubs in Europe down the line.
Jordan shed some light on why his group ultimately chose Helsingør, why young American prospects should consider a move to Denmark, their immediate and long-term goals for the club, and a whole lot more. Give this a listen.
The USA drew Chile 1-1 in the final friendly of the March window and Gregg Berhalter is undefeated in 4 games as the head coach of the USMNT. This match proved to be the biggest test of the four, with the U.S. getting out-possessed 67-37% and having difficulty breaking down the intense press from Chile, leaving a lot of fans frustrated and disappointed with the result. The result wasn't all bad, though, and there were certainly some positives to take away and reasons to be optimistic. We talk why.
The Gregg Berhalter era is off to an undefeated 3-0 start after the U.S. defeated Ecuador 1-0 in Orlando. We give our postgame thoughts on how the system looked, the players who stood out both good and bad, and things we noticed during the game.
We previewed the USMNT’s upcoming friendlies in March against Ecuador and Chile by talking about some of our burning, unanswered questions: who plays in the Nick-Lima role, who gets his first cap, and who’ll return from January Camp. We then talked about some young Americans that are standing out after Week 2 in MLS: Miles Robinson, Paxton Pomykal, & James Sands, and finish with Sporting KC’s latest transfer: former Arsenal midfielder and USYNT standout: Gedion Zelalem.
Gianluca Busio joined the pod for a quick chat. He talked about his path to get to where he is today, goals for this season, U-17 World Cup, and the inspiration that he gets from seeing the success of Tyler Adams in Europe.
With the 2019 MLS & USL season just around the corner, we thought it’d be a good time to preview 19 young guys coming up that you should know about. The rules are simple, no player who played more than 1,000 MLS minutes in 2018 was allowed to be included, sorry Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty and Reggie Cannon. This list is comprised of who we believe are poised to be the “next big things” in MLS and the USL. Without further ado, here are our 19 in ‘19.
We spoke to Djordje Mihailovic, one of the standout performers for the USMNT in January Camp. Djordje talked us through his entire experience at January Camp 2019 and shed some light on new head coach Gregg Berhalter, his tactics, and his well-documented attention to detail. Enjoy!
HOPE! The Gregg Berhalter USMNT-era is off to a perfect, undefeated 2-0 start with wins against Costa Rica and Panama. We covered a lot in this episode -- we review the USA's win over Costa Rica, this year's January Camp, Gregg Berhalter's start as USMNT head coach, look ahead towards March and the Gold Cup, and answer many of our listener questions.
It's a new era for the U.S. Men's National Team, and a new era for the USMNT Only podcast. Today, I'm joined by my new co-host, Dillon of @DontTreadSoccer, to discuss Gregg Berhalter's first game in charge of the USMNT: a 3-0 win over Panama.
We review the game, Berhalter's tactics, and take a look towards our next friendly's against Costa Rica & Chile, and what a full-strength USA XI might look like.
Tom Byer, one of the most highly-regarded youth soccer coaches in the world, joined me to talk about his philosophy that 'Football Starts At Home.' Tom, born in New York, has been at the heart of Japan's rise in both the men and women's game and is a genius when it comes to grassroots soccer and technical development. There's a lot of good stuff in this interview - hope you enjoy!
18-year-old Chris Richards, FC Dallas Homegrown, joined me to talk about his recent loan move to join Bayern Munich's U19's. We talk about his experiences so far with the German giants, his strengths/weaknesses as a player, thoughts on the failed qualifying campaign, and exciting U.S. prospects to watch out far. Enjoy!