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He was an American prodigy. The next Pelé. The savior of U.S. soccer. But he wasn't even old enough to drive. In 2004, Freddy Adu joined MLS at 14 years old, becoming the youngest American pro team sport athlete in 100 years. His story is a tale of talent, money, fame and fútbol. Journalist Grant Wahl, who covered Freddy and LeBron James in their teens, retraces the legend of Freddy as he went from superstar to one of the biggest "what ifs," asking: What determines who "makes it" and who "do ...
 
The biggest moments in sports history have stories behind them which have never been told. In 1999, Brandi Chastain kicked the winning goal for the U.S. at the Women’s World Cup. Her victory celebration in a sports bra made for one of the most iconic photos in recent memory. But how did we get to a moment where a women’s sport became a national obsession? To answer that question, we have to go back. In Season 1, soccer journalist Grant Wahl traces that ’99 Women’s World Cup victory back to t ...
 
Is Neymar already one of the greats? What is Martin Tyler's most memorable commentary? How important is a back-up striker? EIF Soccer features some of the most influential voices in world football, from journalists like ESPNFC's Shaka Hislop and SI's Grant Wahl to USSF Presidential Candidate Eric Wynalda, answering these questions and more. Tune in for all you need to know about the beautiful game.
 
The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.
 
The Hat-Trick” presented by ICC is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Charlie Stillitano, Ray Hudson and Neil Barnett. The show features interviews with international football newsmakers including Gareth Bale, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Gennaro Gattuso, and Lothar Matthäus among many others. The hosts will also tackle daily topics in the football world and debate the latest issues on and off the pitch. Video clips of the podcast will be available on Internationalchampionscup.com and all social channels.
 
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Grant has a fun conversation with Lyon superstar Ada Hegerberg, who has won the past five UEFA Champions League titles and stars in the new ESPN+ documentary My Name Is Ada Hegerberg. They discuss the making of the video doc; the influences of her parents and sister; her excitement over American Catarina Macario joining Lyon; her reasons for contin…
 
Taylor talks to The Athletic's Carl Anka about a lot of different topics (the best West African dish, why the transfer market might be a dud this January, and writing children's books with a certain famous footballer, but it's mostly about Manchester United. Here's the basic idea we try to make sense of: Manchester United are a team surrounded by a…
 
Taylor and Joe take a look at some specific moments from a host of Americans who played in Europe this weekend - and one American who didn't play in Europe this weekend. Before that though, they talk about Jordan Morris' reported loan move to Swansea City! Jordan Morris to Swansea City? Brenden Aaronson debuts for Jesse Marsch's RB Salzburg Duane H…
 
Sarah talks to award winner writer and Around the Horn panelist Bill Plaschke about how writing was the only way he could express himself as a kid because he stuttered when he spoke, how a box of Cocoa Puffs led to a big break in his career, his rise to columnist at The Los Angeles Times, why he prefers to write human interests stories, and his bat…
 
Ryan Bailey, Taylor Rockwell and Graham Ruthven are back to discuss an eventful weekend for the beautiful game! 0.00 - Liverpool vs. Manchester Utd: The Premier League’s top-of-the-table clash was a little *Gegendepressing* but there were positives for both defenses. Plus, Graham gets in to the reason behind the downturn in form of Liverpool’s fron…
 
Chris Mosier is a hall-of-fame triathlete, and six-time member of Team USA, the first transgender man to represent the United States in international competition. Here he speaks to us about the right wing attacks on trans kids, especially the attacks on their access to organized sports, and why we should all take up this fight. We also have “Choice…
 
Over the past 40+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, economic and workforce implications of boomers and older adults. Ken is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 17 books on aging-related issues, including his newest “W…
 
On this week's episode of Allocation Disorder, Paul and Sam start the show with a comprehensive update on the CBA talks between MLS and the MLSPA before shining a light on new Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas and a recent rebrand in Montreal. Sponsors! Quantic! Learn alongside students & alumni from around the world who match your potential. Learn…
 
Episode 127 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Noah Eagle, who called Nickelodeon’s first-ever NFL broadcast and is also the radio voice of the L.A. Clippers. He is followed by Ryan S. Clark, who covers the NHL and Seattle Kraken for The Athletic. In this podcast, Eagle discusses the Nickelodeon NFL br…
 
Taylor talks to The Athletic's Jeff Rueter about a whole bunch of different topics pertaining to the American soccer landscape, including the ongoing MLS labor negotiations for the upcoming season, NWSL and the USSF "consciously uncoupling" in a surprise shift, self-relegation in USL and the merits thereof, and much much more! Sponsors! Quantic! Le…
 
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with his old friend Raphael Honigstein, who's the world's leading journalist on German soccer and does work for The Athletic, CBS Sports television, Der Spiegel and the podcasts Steilcast and the Totally Football Show. (He has also written the terrific books Das Reboot and Bring the Noise, a Jürgen Klopp biogra…
 
Joe Lowery is joined by Will Parchman to talk about youth development in the United States! Will provides some phenomenal insight into current trends in American youth development, the differences between the Development Academy and MLS Next, USL's role in youth development, specific academies that are doing good work, peas (yes, peas), and much mo…
 
Joe and Taylor take a look at some specific moments (most good, some bad) from 10 of the many, many Americans in action around the world this past weekend. We also get intro broader conversations about their roles in the USMNT, their respective positions on the depth chart, areas for improvement, and much much more! Players discussed: 1) Matthew Ho…
 
Grant sits down with producer Harry Swartout and goes behind the scenes of the making of American Prodigy: Freddy Adu. What did it take to get the interviews done in a pandemic? Did Freddy’s penchant for trash talk ever land him in trouble? What really went down between Grant and Jaleel White at the MLS Cup? Grant tells all and plays quality audio …
 
Ryan Bailey, Taylor Rockwell and Graham Ruthven convene to discuss an eventful weekend for the beautiful game! 0.00 - Marine vs. Tottenham: The Magic of the FA Cup was lightly sprinkled on Merseyside as eighth-tier Marine hosted Jose Mourinho’s Spurs. It was as uncompetitive as you’d imagine, but the event had plenty of highlights and quirks. 21.13…
 
Grant has a must-listen interview with his friend Henry Winter, the chief football writer for The Times of London and one of the world's top writers covering the sport for the last 35 years. Winter tells fun stories from his globe-trotting career, including from covering World Cup 1994 in the U.S., and explains why the on-site match report still ma…
 
This week we—a DC-based show—talk about the fascist mob that hit the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th, and explain why this should be seen as an attack not only on the federal government but also on the city. We also have “Choice Words” about what should have been the news of the week: the Georgia senate elections and the role of the WNBA in makin…
 
Gretchen Rubin is one of the most influential voices in self help. She says it is possible to experience happiness, even in 2020 and in the midst of a global pandemic. She shares her tips for surviving this stressful year. Then, health experts are warning we may see a “twindemic” this year when flu season collides with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic…
 
On the first episode of Allocation Disorder in 2021, Paul and Sam are back to discussing MLS labor negotiations and the developments that have taken place since last they spoke. After that, it's on to some coaching changes with Greg Vanney now officially in charge of the Galaxy and Diego Alonso now officially not in charge in Miami. Plus, Mark McKe…
 
Episode 126 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features James Andrew Miller, the best-selling author of books on CAA, ESPN and Saturday Night Live and the host of the “Origins” podcast. In this podcast, Miller and Deitsch discuss a dark day for American democracy and Miller’s time working at the U.S. Capitol; what ESPN’s 2021 will loo…
 
Ryan and Taylor do their best to answer 7 Listener Questions: 1) - There is a popular phrase on foot-soccer-ball Twitter "the streets won't forget" about player who was great for a short period of time, such as "the streets won't forget Adel Taarabt". Who is your favorite "the streets won't forget" player? 2) - Weston McKennie for Paul Pogba straig…
 
Grant has an in-depth conversation about US soccer TV rights with John Ourand, a longtime reporter for the Sports Business Journal. Ourand explains why NBC is putting marquee games like the upcoming Liverpool-Man United showdown on the Peacock pay-streaming channel; why he thinks NBC will win the rights to extend its Premier League coverage; what's…
 
On this episode, Joe Lowery, Adam Snavely, and Adam Snavely’s beard run through nine wonderful listener questions! They also formerly bang the gavel on the Total Soccer Show Opinion Machine, so there’s that. 2:30 - Michael Bradley has received a lot of hate with the USMNT. What was the last great game he had before the hate began? 13:28 - How would…
 
Joe and Taylor take a long look at the dual roster release that took place earlier today: one for the USMNT and one for the potential Olympic squad. Who will end up making that January camp friendly roster, which players have the best chance of challenging for time right now, and who could be critical in qualifying for the Olympics? After that, we …
 
While this podcast was being made, 31-year-old Freddy signed with Swedish third-division club Österlen, his first pro club in two years. Playing now for the love of the game, Freddy discusses his unexpected opportunity and what he has learned from being an American Prodigy. Is this the beginning of a great comeback? Or are we letting unreasonably h…
 
Ryan Bailey and Graham Ruthven join forces to discuss the biggest events of the weekend in soccer! 0.00 - Mauricio Pochettino officially announced as PSG coach: Will the Argentine be suited to life in Paris? What kind of changes will he make to his team? 10.30 - Chelsea vs. Manchester City: In their best outing in nearly two years, City gave Frank …
 
Grant kicks off 2021 with a fun interview of Soccer Girl Problems (at 31:24), the trio of Alanna Locast, Carly Beyar and Shannon Fay that has become a digital powerhouse resonating throughout the women's soccer community. SGP tells their origin story of how they met as teammates at Fairfield University, how they made their first viral videos back i…
 
This week we speak to former St. Michael's College coach Joshua Meyer and one of his former players, Winston Jones about their experience taking a knee during the National Anthem in the 2017 season. You don’t want to miss this conversation. We also have “Choice Words” about the USOPC’s decision to defend olympic athletes’ rights to protest. In addi…
 
Caregiving is one of the most painful, stressful and complicated tasks anyone could ever take on. It’s a role Kim Campbell took on when her husband, famed country musician Glen Campbell, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She shares how they journeyed the path together during the Rhinestone Cowboy’s final years and what she learned from the ex…
 
As we sit on the precipice of 2021, Taylor Rockwell and Ryan Bailey provide some soccer-themed resolutions for players, managers and teams around the world! Happy New Year, y'all! Sponsors! Today's episode is brought to you by... SoFi! Every weekday morning, the SoFi daily podcast keeps you up to date with important business news, stock market happ…
 
Trends of 2020 - "clubs have 'thought beyond the norm' and I don't think it will go back" The 'two extremes' from Covid - the need for fans to support them v the need for money from sponsors What activities created by the Covid crisis will persist after the virus is beaten Getting by giving - the authenticity of the Marcus Rashford story The way cl…
 
Episode 125 of the Sports Media Podcast features two guests. First up is Renee Paquette, who worked for nearly eight years as a WWE broadcaster under the name Renee Young. She is the host of “Oral Sessions with Renée Paquette,” an uncensored and unscripted weekly in-depth conversation with a personality. She is followed by Shalise Manza Young, a co…
 
Grant has a festive end-of-year interview with one of the most interesting people in world soccer, Rubin Kazan coach Leonid Slutsky. Slutsky went viral globally this week with his hysterical music video rendition of Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You. He speaks to Grant about the idea for the video and tells the story of his career, fro…
 
This may not be a year that we all look back upon fondly, but we're dedicating today's show to celebrating everything good soccer has given us in 2020! That's right—Taylor Rockwell and Ryan Bailey have lined up the categories and nominees for the most-anticipated awards ceremony since The Dundies! Sponsors! Today's episode is brought to you by... S…
 
Manuel Veth returns to the show to discuss all-things Bundesliga. We start off with a lengthy look at Dortmund (where did it go wrong for Favre, where do they go from here, why has Jadon Sancho started poorly, and how good is Gio Reyna). Plus, Tyler Adams' role at Leipzig, why David Alaba might want out at Bayern (and if that means Chris Richards g…
 
Ryan Bailey and Graham Ruthven are back to get into the biggest matches of the weekend! 0.00 - Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Mikel Arteta broke the Gunners out a their funk with a youthful lineup, putting the pressure on Frank Lampard to turn the Blues’ fortunes around. 23.50 - Leicester vs. Manchester Utd: in an unforeseen turn of events, the points were s…
 
Grant has an enlightening interview with Bex Smith, the Los Angeles-born former New Zealand national team captain who currently hosts The Players Podcast with top players from the women's game for Copa90 and the BBC. Smith explains how she approaches her podcast, including interviews with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis; her background at Duke Universit…
 
Actor John Corbett is loving his career, loving his various opportunities to explore creative projects and loving his partner of nearly 20 years, the iconic Bo Derek. As he once again steps into the shoes of Lara Jean’s dad in the popular Netflix film series “To All the Boys,” Corbett checks in with GB about his path to stardom and shares what it’s…
 
Grant has a fun interview with Melissa Reddy, one of the rising stars of global soccer media. Reddy, South African-raised and Liverpool-based, is the author of the new book Believe Us: How Jurgen Klopp Transformed Liverpool into Title Winners. She's also the senior football correspondent for The Independent, hosts the podcast Between The Lines and …
 
Joe, Ryan and Taylor take turns giving out some Holiday gift ideas to the soccer community: some to players, some to managers, some to clubs, and at least one to an entire city. Other topics of conversation include usual holiday talking points like cloning, worm-eating, and the Concacaf Champions League. What more do you need? If you answer to that…
 
TOPICS "In 1988 there was absolutely no systematic research on sports fans in the US" Why sport fandom was linked with the economy and wealth until 2010 "If you go to your first baseball game before you are five you go to 58% more games per year than if you go to your first game at 14." The problems of seasonality, looking only at one sport, studyi…
 
It was a busy weekend for Americans abroad, so Taylor and Joe did their homework and came prepared to chat about more than a few talented USMNT players plying their trade in Europe. From Dest and Musah facing off in La Liga, to McKennie looking sharp for Juventus, to Yedlin's first Premier League start this season, to Otasowie's first Premier Leagu…
 
It’s been two years since Freddy played competitive soccer, but at age 31 he’s still trying to make a comeback, even as he teaches the next generation. Today is a new world in American soccer, where the best prospects leave for Europe and developmental academies stateside grow to provide support for America’s next prodigy. What happens to the next …
 
Episode 124 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Sports Illustrated writer Jimmy Traina, the host of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast. In this podcast Traina and Deitsch discuss the state of NFL broadcasting; ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth and what will happen next; whether an Amazon or Netflix w…
 
After rechristening Scotland and ‘McTominayLand’, Ryan Bailey and Graham Ruthven get into the biggest matches of the weekend from around Europe! 0.00 - Manchester United vs. Leeds: Ole is at the wheel and his hands are positioned at 6 and 2! We look at how Solskjaer set up perfectly to deal with Marcelo Bielsa’s high-energy side. 21.17 - Everton vs…
 
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