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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.
 
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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 ...
 
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Alan Gordon (Former MLS/USMNT player) Dan Gargan (Former MLS player) and Sal Zizzo (San Diego Loyal) call up a weekly guest where they discuss soccer, current events, personal interests and share some behind-the-scene stories that haven’t been told. Tune in weekly and get the soccer soup. Listen+Subscribe #gotsoup | Formerly 𝗕𝗦𝗜: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗼𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁
 
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On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Bob Bradley joins the pod (33:14) to discuss his move from LAFC to Toronto FC, how he sees the signing of Lorenzo Insigne, and the development of his football philosophy. Before that, Chris Wittyngham is along to look ahead to the United States returning to World Cup Qualifying action and look back on the …
 
GRANT WAHL, who spent 25 years at Sports Illustrated, is now publishing his world-class soccer journalism at Substack. So, from one of the storied brands in American journalism to the new world. He shares his story with us on Watch the Media, including an inside look at the process of getting his work published at GrantWahl.com. He says soccer is '…
 
It's a World Cup year, and we're back with the first episode of 2022! After hitting the CONCACAF NEWS WIRE (2:37) and sharing a JACK WARNER UPDATE (13:33), we head to the island of Saint Martin for our CONCACAF LASER FOCUS... Sint Maarten (16:42), a Concacaf/non-FIFA member nation. We are joined by Grant Wahl of Fútbol with Grant Wahl on LET'S GET …
 
It's a World Cup year, and it's time for another three match international break in soccer's most interesting region. The guys go over the teams and the crucial matches that lie ahead in the January window. (POSTCARDS TO THE POD got bumped to the Patreon exclusive ONE MORE ROUND episode, FYI) Support the podcast: www.patreon.com/podcacaf…
 
JOHN BAYLOR has been the voice of the Nebraska volleyball team for nearly 30 years. He's a broadcaster, a teacher, and an entrepreneur. He is philosophical in this conversation about where we are in this country, and how sports and sports broadcasting fit. He has a unique broadcast style and a big picture view. A Stanford grad who wanted to be an a…
 
On this episode, David Blitzer, who is part of the investment team behind Real Salt Lake, Crystal Palace, and FC Augsburg, talks to Grant (24:11) about why he invested in those clubs and his various forays into sports ownership. Also, Witty joins Grant to cover the latest soccer news including the MLS transfer market, Spurs' bonkers win over Leices…
 
The exciting inaugural episode of the Gold Medal Loser Podcast! Olympic figure skater, Adam Rippon dazzles LoLo with his bold voice and big personality. Find out what these two have in common from “Dancing to the Stars,” ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue,” and Taylor Swift. Plus, you don’t want to miss Adam’s thoughts on skating in jeans. Listen …
 
On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Grant talks to USMNT winger Jordan Morris about his return to US Men's National Team duty in January camp and his recovery from an ACL injury suffered at Swansea. Then, Manchester United columnist for The Athletic Carl Anka joins to talk about the state of Man United, writing a book with Marcus Rashford, a…
 
Grant has an in-depth interview with Shaw Brown, one of the longest-tenured producers in U.S. soccer television, who has worked at CBS Sports HQ (currently), Fox Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN over the last two-and-a-half decades. Brown explains the details of what he does for soccer TV broadcasts, how he lands A-list interview guests, what he looks f…
 
Grant and Witty break down the weekend in soccer that saw Cameroon win the opener of the African Cup of Nations, Ricardo Pepi debut for Augsburg, and the FA Cup 3rd round bring us upsets and other delights. Plus, Witty has a theory on anti-American bias. Then, CBS Sports' Marisa Pilla joins the pod (32:00) to discuss her role covering the NWSL for …
 
At the end of 2021, MIKE’L SEVERE left his job as co-host of the morning drive show on 1620 the Zone in Omaha. Severe has been on the media scene in Omaha for about 25 years, much of that time doing sports radio. He says it’s time for a new challenge. He talks about why he got out of radio, the media market, and much more.…
 
On this episode, Grant and Witty discuss the latest soccer headlines including a big day in Serie A, Lorenzo Insigne's impending transfer to Toronto FC, and the latest coaching hires and ownership changes in MLS. Then, Grant talks to John Muller (22:50) about his journey from being an attorney to a senior writer at The Athletic covering data and an…
 
Matt Doyle of MLSSoccer.com joins Grant and Witty (29:40) for a conversation about how he became the Armchair Analyst, the MLS clubs that are facing big offseasons, and the USMNT heading into January qualifiers. Before that, Grant and Witty discuss Ricardo Pepi's transfer to Augsburg for between $18 and 20 million, Daryl Dike's transfer to West Bro…
 
Dave Tepper is the Program Director and Operations Manager of Altitude Radio Sports in Denver. He is a former PD of 1620 The Zone in Omaha (2015-2018) where he worked with most of the management and talent who are still there. He talks about the business, its process, molding talent and much more in this conversation.…
 
Grant and Witty look back on 2021 with their top 5 soccer stories of the year, look ahead to 2022 with our top 5 predictions for next year, and Grant previews the upcoming African Cup of Nations with BBC broadcaster Mimi Fawaz (30:22). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy Grant Wahl
 
Andres Cordero, CBS Sports' lead commentator for the USMNT and Serie A, talks to Grant and Witty about his recent pilgrimage to San Siro for Milan-Napoli, watching the USMNT away, and his remarkable journey from Cuba to the US. Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega…
 
On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Dr. Celine Gounder, infectious disease expert, joins Grant (1:11) to discuss the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and how it's affecting the soccer world. Then, Amanda Vandervort, president of the USL Super League, the 2nd division US women's league beginning in 2023, joins (12:26) to discuss the forming of the…
 
Alex Morgan, now of NWSL expansion team San Diego Wave, joins Grant (0:57) to discuss her move from Orlando to Southern California, how she's planning her post-career, and giving her voice to The Athletic's reporting on Paul Riley's sexual abuse of his players. Plus, Jessica Black (10:56) of She Knows Arsenal joins the show about how she got into c…
 
Grant and Chris went all the way to Portland, Ore., and sat next to each other in the press box for the MLS Cup final, and they break down New York City’s win in penalties over the Portland Timbers. Plus an extravaganza for Liverpool fans eager to consume more about the club’s triumphant 2019-20 season: Grant interviews Michael MacCambridge and Nei…
 
You've waited long enough... here it is. The gang concludes the November FIFA window with you in SCOREBOARD WATCH (1:46) before we break in with a long awaited JACK WARNER UPDATE (21:11). Donald and Eric went all the way to Jamaica just to bring you this CONCACAF LASER FOCUS (28:16) where we talk about visiting The Office and all the jerk chicken. …
 
Our big MLS Cup final preview includes Grant’s must-listen interviews of MLS commissioner Don Garber, Portland coach Giovanni Savarese (26:02) and New York City captain Sean Johnson (37:52). Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Grant interviews John Sutcliffe, one of the top reporters in North America (20:29), about what’s going on with the Mexican national team and the growing bonds between Liga MX and MLS. And Grant and Chris break down the weekend, including the MLS playoff semifinals, movement atop the Premier League, Ralf Rangnick’s first Man United game, Jesse Marsc…
 
Grant has a rollicking interview with Pablo Mastroeni, the interim head coach who has taken Real Salt Lake on an incredible journey to the MLS playoffs final four. Mastroeni is remarkably honest about not being ready at first to be a head coach again and telling the story about how he was digging ditches for $18 an hour after coaching the Colorado …
 
The Oakland Athletics created a streaming audio network in 2019, and called it A’s Cast. They send all their programming, including live PxP to the stream while some of it still airs terrestrially. Chris Townsend is the founder, host and producer of the enterprise. Cody Elias is multimedia producer and editor. They both joined us in Fall 2021 to ta…
 
Grant interviews Jasmine Baba (18:38), a Germany-based soccer consultant and tactics expert. She shares her thoughts on Ralf Rangnick becoming Manchester United’s interim coach, as well as her story as a woman and POC in the soccer space. In Segment 1, Grant and Witty break look at United’s 1-1 tie with Chelsea and the decision to sit Cristiano Ron…
 
Grant interviews John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal on NBC winning the bid for six more years of broadcasting the English Premier League. And Grant and Chris Wittyngham break down a busy weekend, including the NWSL final, the MLS playoffs, Man United firing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the three-horse race atop the Premier League. Music: Get fu…
 
Landon Donovan joins Grant and Chris to break down the USMNT’s 1-1 tie at Jamaica in World Cup qualifying in Kingston on Tuesday. The result leaves the U.S. (15 points) in second place in the Octagonal after eight games in the 14-game tournament. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about y…
 
Landon Donovan joins Grant, Chris and Mike Ryan to break down the USMNT’s convincing 2-0 win over Mexico in World Cup qualifying in Cincinnati on Friday. The victory vaults the U.S. into first place in the Octagonal halfway through the 14-game tournament. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn mor…
 
Grant is finally back from Eastern Europe, which means we have a full podcast experience for listeners again. Ahead of Friday’s USMNT-Mexico World Cup qualifying showdown, Grant interviews ESPN’s Sebastian Salazar (22:15) about his thoughts on the game from both sides’ perspectives, how ESPN will approach its broadcast from Cincinnati, his ESPN+ sh…
 
Grant speaks to author Andrew Downie about his new oral history book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Inside Story of the Legendary 1970 World Cup. Downie explains why the 1970 tournament in Mexico was so special, provides insight into Pelé’s Brazilian champions (thought by many to be the greatest team of all time) and details how he put together th…
 
Wiso Vazquez is joined by Cesar Hernandez & Owen Diana to discuss the latest rounds of sanctions FIFA has given Mexico due to the chant during WCQs, the timing of fans coming back in time for the US game in Mexico + Tata Martino giving the youngsters time in Charlotte & more!
 
Grant interviews rising star Jenny Chiu of CBS Sports about a bunch of topics, including how she approaches sideline reporting in hostile environments at USMNT away World Cup qualifiers; her story with soccer growing up in El Paso, Texas; playing for Mexican youth national teams; how she got into the TV business; how she met Grant at the 2016 Olymp…
 
Grant gets up to speed on Spain with an enlightening conversation with Sid Lowe, who does terrific work for ESPN, The Guardian and the Spanish Football Podcast. Lowe gives his big-picture views on the situation at Barcelona (the podcast was recorded a few hours before manager Ronald Koeman was fired), the status of La Liga after the departures of L…
 
The guys review the October international window of World Cup Qualifying off the top in SCOREBOARD WATCH. This episode's CONCACAF LASER FOCUS is Panama (9:19), as Eric and Donald talk about their travels to the isthmus and then we say LET'S GET A BUCKET with our friend Max (34:53) to talk about our trip to Panama, and then we put him on the hot sea…
 
Grant has a must-listen interview with Walker Zimmerman (20:54), the reigning MLS Defender of the Year with Nashville who recently captained the USMNT in World Cup qualifying. Zimmerman goes in depth on why Nashville has been so successful in its first two years. He also details his experience with the USMNT, what it was like to go from not making …
 
Grant interviews Nick Holliday (18:07), the 15-year-old goalkeeper for North Carolina FC of USL League One, who recently signed his first pro contract. Holliday is from a sports family: His father, Corey, caught two passes in Super Bowl XXX for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his brother, Chris, is a defensive back at the University of North Carolina.…
 
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