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Chicago Red Stars defender Zoe Morse joins the show (at 32:30) to discuss her work with Waterboys and the Hometown H20 project, and why environmentalism is important to her. Before that, Michael Shaw of Fleur-de-lis FC previews the Red Stars' game this weekend against Racing Louisville by discussing Yuki Nagasato's importance on and off the field, …
 
Chicago Fire alum and first singing in Chicago House Athletic Club history Drew Conner joins the show to talk about the significance of starting something new, the chance to play for Fire legend (and fellow SoccerCast Chicago guest) C.J. Brown, the opportunity to lead a young team, and his role as part of the 'Stand For Chicago Council' advising th…
 
After some news and notes on the Fire and a crazy week in the NWSL, Alex is joined by Donald Wine who in addition to recently being named to the American Outlaws board of directors is a frequent contributor to both Black and Red United (the DC United/Washington Spirit site at SB Nation) and Stars and Stripes FC (the USMNT/USWNT site). Ahead of Thur…
 
After a few thoughts on the Fire's continued struggles in their 2-0 to Philadelphia... Alex is joined by Antonio Maza (a.k.a. @NWSLanalitica on Twitter) to talk about how he got into the NWSL from Argentina, the Red Stars' attacking struggles in the Challenge Cup (and options to fix them), if the Portland Thorns are as scary as they look and where …
 
Alex begins the show by recapping the week in Chicago soccer news, including his thoughts on the NWSL's lack of transparency on their investigation of the racial profiling of Sarah Gorden's boyfriend in Houston and what he'd like to see from the winless Fire this weekend at home vs Philadelphia. Speaking of which, Alex is then joined by Matt Ralph,…
 
Alex is joined by his Hot Time in Old Town colleague Patrick McCraney to talk through the weekend in Chicago soccer: - The Red Stars' loss to Portland, along with the NWSL's investigation into the racial profiling of Sarah Gorden's boyfriend and how the Red Stars can score some goals - The Fire's home opener, being at Soldier Field for the game, Lu…
 
Chicago Fire midfielder Fabian Herbers joins the show to talk about his new podcast 'Zee Soccer Pod' with DC United's Julian Gressel, going home to Germany during a pandemic, being a part of CBA negotiations and the Fire's preseason in Orlando Follow Zee Soccer Pod on Twitter @zeesoccerpod and subscribe to the show! Follow SoccerCast Chicago on Twi…
 
On January 8th, Edgewater Castle Soccer Club launched the Solidarity Kit, a jersey designed in collaboration with the Black Fires supporters group and photographer Mel D Cole, with 80% of all proceeds going to My Block, My Hood, My City. Alex is joined by several of the voices who had input on the project to discuss how it came about, what it says …
 
The newly appointed head coach of the soon-to-be-named Chicago NISA team, C.J. Brown joins the podcast to discuss his coaching career, why he felt this was the right fit for his first head coaching job, how Chicago has always felt like home since he retired, what it means to him that fans still think incredibly highly of him, similarities between h…
 
Kyle Sheldon, Fire Senior Vice President of Marketing, joins the show to discuss the Fire's new identity rebrand, the process they're undergoing to get input, the conversations they're having with fans, some particular individuals who will be contributing to the project, why the club wasn't this transparent last year, and what makes a good soccer b…
 
Current staff writer for The Athletic and former Chicago-based soccer journalist Sam Stejskal joins the show to talk about Djordje Mihailovic's move to Montreal, the Fire's run of young, international acquisitions and what these moves say about the Fire's strategy in the market and positioning for the future. Follow Sam on Twitter @samstejskal and …
 
Alex is joined by Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jeremy Mikula of the Chicago Tribune, Patrick McCraney of Hot Time in Old Town, and Guillermo Rivera of The Athletic to talk all things Chicago Fire from the lousy year that was 2020 both on and off the field. Topics include the logo rollout, missed opportunities due to COVID, "Meet the new…
 
Bad news first: the Chicago Fire's season is over after a 4-3 loss to NYCFC eliminated them from playoff contention. Alex starts the show by offering a few thoughts on the game and the feelings around the team following the loss last night. On a more exciting note, Chicago soccer legend Peter Wilt is back on the show to discuss his latest project: …
 
After a short hiatus the podcast is back! Alex and Jeremy Mikula from the Chicago Tribune talk about Chicago soccer for an hour. The Fire's loss to Philly, Robert Beric, defensive issues, evaluating the season, and the Fire's path to the playoffs. The Yuki Nagasato/Savannah McCaskill trade, where the Red Stars need to improve, and the wizardry that…
 
Matt Doyle, MLSsoccer.com's Armchair Analyst, co-host of the Extratime podcast, and host of the 'Top Tier' and 'Game Breakers' video series, joins the show to talk Chicago Fire tactics and improvements over the last few weeks including Fabian Herbers' role, what good form could mean for Djordje Mihailovic's USMNT future, the emergence of Mauricio P…
 
This week I had the chance to speak with Chicago Fire midfielder Micheal Azira about his personal journey and the work his foundation is doing in his native Uganda. Unfortunately, due to a technical issue with my recording software the audio is not fit for publication. I did my best to transcribe our conversation as faithfully as I could from the p…
 
MLS is back....again! With the regular season back underway, Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times joins the show to talk about last Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Columbus Crew, Tuesday's home opener (finally!) against FC Cincinnati, and the news that the Fire have had a player test positive for COVID-19 and the implications of that news. It would b…
 
Another pod, another great guest! Red Stars' midfielder Danielle Colaprico joins the show to discuss her work with KICS Football Club in Chicago with whom she recently ran a free clinic in Hyde Park for kids in the city's south-side neighborhoods, recovering from the NWSL Challenge Cup, and looking forward to her first real break from soccer in yea…
 
The first three-time guest on SoccerCast, Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun-Time is back to debrief the last month in Utah for the Red Stars. In addition to discussing the 2-0 victory for the Houston Dash over the Red Stars in last Sunday's Challenge Cup Championship, we reflect on what we've seen in this abbreviated 2020 season. How are the playe…
 
BIG SHOW First things first, let's get the bad news out of the way: the Chicago Fire are out of the MLSisBack Tournament after a 2-0 loss to Vancouver...things were bad on the field, things aren't good off the field, it's not great! (0:00-4:30) Alright as for the good stuff, Red Stars defender Bianca St. Georges joins the show to talk about the NWS…
 
Happy NWSL Challenge Cup Semifinal Day! Alyssa Mautz becomes the first Red Stars player on SoccerCast Chicago! We discuss her recovery from a second ACL injury in two years, the differences/difficulties of going through a similar injury a second time, what motivates her to persevere, and how she hopes her journey can both encourage and inspire othe…
 
Patrick McCraney, managing editor of Hot Time in Old Town, joins the podcast to discuss the Fire's defeat to San Jose, what we're looking for in their final group game and if it would be best simply to avoid LAFC, as well as the Red Stars' penalty-kick victory over OL Reign, why Alyssa Naeher is the best, the influence of US Soccer on national team…
 
The Chicago Fire have their first win of 2020! Alex is joined by Jeremy Mikula, soccer reporter for the Chicago Tribune, to break down the match from tactics to goals to rocket that is Mauricio Pineda's rise. Then, the Red Stars beat Utah 2-1 to get out of the NWSL Challenge Cup basement and give themselves a North Carolina-free side of the knockou…
 
Austin Davis is anxious, like me! He is a college student and poet. Austin volunteers at a homeless shelter, because he's a good man. We both have ADHD, have tried Vyvanse, and have been called lazy. We both write, and have stayed up ruminating because of OCD. He's my soul brother. Follow him at @Austin_Davis17…
 
The NWSL Challenge Cup is now poised for the final games of the preliminary round. How did we get here and what do the Red Stars need to avoid playing North Carolina in the first round? Plus a few thoughts on the Red Stars 1-0 to the Courage and how they should approach Sunday's game vs Utah. MLSisBack got started last night with a tremendously imp…
 
On a special weekend bonus episode of sorts, play-by-play commentator Mike Watts joins the show to talk about how he and color analyst Lori Lindsey have adjusted to the unique circumstances of the NWSL Challenge Cup. We also talk about the soccer we've seen so far (up to Thursday when this was recorded), Mike's journey as a broadcaster, how he ende…
 
We are almost a week into the NWSL Challenge Cup and somehow I haven't talked about it in a podcast yet! Recapping the Red Stars first two games: what's been good, what's been bad, what could we see next? Also briefly discussing the other 7 teams in the tournament and North Carolina's slow progression to eventually conquering the world. I also star…
 
Drew is the creator and host of The Anxious Truth, a slightly unorthodox anxiety podcast that’s been in full swing since 2015. With over 500,000 downloads (and growing), The Anxious Truth has spawned a large, vibrant and engaged social media community of amazing humans supporting, inspiring, encouraging and empowering each other to overcome anxiety…
 
I'm an entrepreneur, CEO, father, husband who's on a mission to destigmatize the conversation on mental health. As someone who has battled depression and experienced the healing powers of psychedelics, I believe everyone deserves to find their own mental health balance, and the more knowledge one has, the more empowered they are to find it. Profess…
 
With focusing the show recently on the Bundesliga, I knew I wanted to have Jake back on the show to talk about his love for Cologne, how that developed in the first place, and give him the opportunity to pitch listeners on joining him. And we get to that, as well as talk about Cologne's Monday night defeat at home to RB Leipzig. But first, if there…
 
THIS IS NOT A DRILL THERE IS GOING TO BE SOCCER IN AMERICA THIS YEAR On Wednesday morning the NWSL, in partnership with the NWSL Players Association, announced the Challenge Cup, which will take place in Utah starting at the end of June. To discuss and break down the news, Annie Costabile of the Chicago Sun-Times returns to the show fresh off a con…
 
It actually happened, there was soccer on TV this weekend! Thank you Bundesliga. Drake Hills re-joins the show to talk about how he's coping with the quarantine and the roots of his love for Bayern Munich. We discuss the weekend that was as Alex ranks his Top 4 and Bottom 3 teams from Matchday 26 and Drake offers his thoughts on the threat of Dortm…
 
Do you hear that? That's the sound of soccer! Soccer is ending its hiatus and it only felt right for the podcast to do the same. Henry Bushnell joins the show to talk how we got to this point, why the Bundesliga is worth your time, why he told his brother to support a team that's incredibly hard to pronounce, all the young American players in Germa…
 
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