WSOTP pod: the day before deadline day

WSOTP Podcast - The Day Before Deadline Day

Transfer Deadline Day is upon us, and if you’re anything like #Pondcast hosts D.J. & Jeremy, it’s kind of like Christmas in September. The twice annual tradition gives us many stories to track, crushed hearts to point and laugh at, and angry tweets to direct towards our favorite clubs. And with it being such an important event in the yearly football calendar, we decided to move our recording time for this podcast to cover as much of it as we possibly could — finishing recording just 13 hours before the window slams shut. Of course, a few things have happened since then, so give us some leeway.

We’ll also spend some time talking the MLS final stretch, the USMNT’s latest roster call up and spending some time analyzing the weekend of Premier League upsets with listener questions sprinkled within. The usual suspects of Fantasy UpdateWinners & Wankers and League 2 Watch all return, alongside Jeremy’s latest Wrong Side of the Argument.

Don’t forget to hit us up via the social media links at the bottom of the page or drop an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com to send us your questions and topics for next week. And don’t forget to subscribe to automatically receive the newest podcast each Tuesday.

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wild speculation

Without a doubt, these are exciting times in Cincinnati soccer. Two fourth tier clubs call the city home, fully professional indoor soccer looks on the verge of a return to the area, and a new billionaire-backed USL club with sky-high ambitions just set up shop here, too.

But this past week, the keen-eyed observers in the area would have noticed that another major player in the world of soccer made a stop in the Queen City.

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Yes, that is indeed English/British Premier League chief executive officer Richard Scudamore. Yes, he and his son Patrick were in attendance at Great American Ball Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds, for the home team’s 12-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. And yes, that’s a bit out of left field. Pun intended.

If you’re anything like me, you might be asking yourself why in the wild world of sports would the Premier League’s head honcho be catching a baseball game in Cincinnati at the end of August?

It’s a great question. But while I’ve certainly been trying to sniff out official answers, the facts have yet to reveal themselves. And as you might expect in such circumstances, wild speculation has filled the void.

What follows is some of that wild speculation. Please, please, please don’t take any of this as fact as absolutely 0% of it has been verified. Some of it is entirely plausible — in my eyes anyway — while others are less so.

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WSOTP pod: a visit from the mailman

WSOTP Podcast - A Visit From the MailmanIf you’re one of the rare subscribers that gives the entirety of our often lengthy shows a listening, you’ll know that we end each episode of the #Pondcast with a plea for your questions and topics for next week’s show. Each pod that goes up also includes a written reminder of that as well — yup, it’s down there today too. In your average week, we might get one or two. Well this week, it seems like everyone wanted in on the action — especially those of you who are fans of the US lower leagues — and that gave us enough for our first legit mailbag session ever. You guys are finally making this your show, and that makes us very excite.

In addition to the mailbag session this week, you’ll also hear the guys provide thoughts on a pair of very different Premier League sides that both earned their first wins of the campaign. Whiparounds for the rest of the weekend Premier League and MLS action, League 2 Watch and our weekly Winners & Wankers are all here too, to round out the reset of the episode. So there’s something for everyone.

Whether you have new questions/topics for us next week, or if you want to contribute to the show for the first time, hit us up via the social media links at the bottom of the page or drop an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And don’t forget to subscribe to automatically receive the newest podcast each Tuesday.

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WSOTP pod: what transfer window?

WSOTP Podcast - What Transfer Window?

It was a hectic week in the world of soccer, particularly for those of us who live in the Cincinnati area. There was an interesting weekend of Premier League football, highlighted by a crazy Manchester City mauling of champions Chelsea. Of course MLS was at it again this weekend, too. The Bundesliga finally made a proper debut on American network television. A new USL team was officially announced here in town, too. And that’s not even mentioning transfer news, which has been peculiarly quiet. And we of course will tackle all of that and more, including our normal weekly segments of League 2 Watch, Fantasy Update and Winners and Wankers.

Have a question or topic you want the guys to get into on the next episode? You can always reach out via the social media links at the bottom of the page, or you can send us an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And don’t forget to subscribe to automatically receive the newest podcast each Tuesday.

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ten words or less #112

Suffice to say, it’s been a crazy week here in Cincinnati. The launch of a new USL franchise — which we helped to break — and the arrival of an American soccer legend — also something we told you about first — has made for a very interesting week here on the banks of the Ohio River. I’ve whisked around town for press conferences (seen above… Hi, Mom!) events and to speak on a few different media outlets, not to mention written a few articles on it all, too.

But even though I’ve been a tad busy, still wanted to share some of my favorite points of interest from around the soccer interwebz that I’ve managed to stumble across over the last two weeks. For those of you who are new to these parts — greetings! Hopefully we won’t scare you off.

Major League Soccer’s first years were… weird. – si.com

Jersey porn, graphic design porn and soccer porn in one. – espnfc.com

This is hilariously/embarrassingly bad work from the BBC. – bbc.com

Bayern are your prototypical well-engineered German machine. – sbnation.comz

Double exposure sexiness.obbie – behance.com

I feel bad for judging Jake Livermore, now. – mirror.co.uk

Adidas’ big rethink is edgy. – youtbue.com

A unique animated telling of soccer’s turbulent history. – off-foot.com

Nashville FC: a small club doing big things. – vice.com

Doctorgate at Chelsea is Mourinho’s most audacious attention diversion ever.
– telegraph.co.uk

WSOTP pod: poop green kits

WSOTP Podcast: Poop Green Kits

The second episode of Season 3 sees hosts D.J. and Jeremy delve deeply into the first weekend of the 2015/16 Premier League season. On tap are thoughts ranging from the struggles of the “big clubs” in that opening weekend, to their opinions on the best and worst of the kits being dawned this year. The guys also spent some time heaping praise on Chattanooga FC and the tremendous things they’re doing in the American fourth division, looking into the big names that have recently landed in MLS, and orating on the “neutral” site selection for the USMNT’s Confederations Cup Playoff with Mexico. The weekly segments of Fantasy Update and League 2 Watch are back, and we also see the debut of Jeremy’s Wrong Side of the Argument bit. So there’s plenty in store.

Have a question or topic you want the boys to tackle? Hit us up via the social media links at the bottom of the page, or shoot us an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And don’t forget to subscribe to automatically receive the newest podcast each Tuesday.

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WSOTP pod: the season 3 premier

WSOTP Podcast - The Season 3 Premier

Well that didn’t feel like a very long break, did it? Actually, it’s been just a few weeks since Jeremy and DJ last sat down together with their mics to talk about soccer. But with the Premier League due to resume action this coming weekend, that means it was time to resurrect the #Pondcast. As such, we’re back with the first episode of Season 3 right freaking now.

So what can you expect on Season 3’s premier? As with the previous two season’s first episodes, the guys provide their annual Premier League predictions for the much coveted European places, relegation candidates and individual award winners. Of course, Fantasy Update and Winners & Wankers are back, too. The guys also dish on their second summer of match commentating, as well as Cincinnati’s summer soccer drama. And we also introduce some new segments to look forward to in 2015/16. So grab your favorite mobile device and/or plug in your headphones, and give the eighty-fifth episode of the WSOTP Podcast a listen!

Have a question or topic you want the boys to tackle? Hit us up via the social media links at the bottom of the page, or shoot us an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And don’t forget to subscribe to automatically receive the newest podcast each Tuesday.

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getting to know your #MLSAllStar opponents: tottenham hotspur

WSOTP - Blog - WSOTP Tottenham Intro.fwTonight marks the Major League Soccer’s version of the mid-summer classic, the 2015 MLS All Star Game. Some think it’s pointless, others find it a good bit of fun to highlight the league’s growing profile and star power. And to be honest, neither camp is wrong. But it’s an annual tradition many of us have grown to accept and — gasp! — possibly even enjoy.

Unlike most other American professional leagues, the East versus West format was officially ditched back in 2005 when the league started inviting European club sides to take on the league’s best. Since then we’ve seen some of the biggest names in world football line up against a selection of MLS’ biggest stars: Bayern Munich, Celtic, Chelsea (twice), Everton, Fulham, Manchester United (twice), Roma and West Ham United.

And this year, it’s the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur FC that were invited to face the best of MLS at Colorado Rapids’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

For those of you who have followed me for any length of time, you’re probably well aware of my affinity for Spurs. For those who weren’t, I started following the club in 1994 after they signed current US coach Jurgen Klinsmann. But like most American fans of European teams, outside of a trip to White Hart Lane for the opening day of the 2004/2005 season, opportunities for me to watch Spurs live and in person have been few and far between.

So when it was announced my beloved Spurs would be this year’s opponents, my attendance was already almost a guarantee. Then a friend in Denver offered for me to crash at his place and borrow his car. Then my some of the good folks over at Adidas were kind enough to spot me some tickets.

That was enough to seal it.

So my wife, daughter and I hoped a plane on Sunday from Cincinnati to Denver, and the three of us have spent the week enjoying Denver while attending various All Star Game and Tottenham festivities around town.

But then something dawned on me while I was out last night attending some Spurs events: not everyone knows Spurs like me.

While many American soccer fans were probably familiar with the stars on display for recent All Star opponents, Spurs aren’t exactly a club full of household names — at least here in the US, that is. And since many don’t really know Spurs, who better to introduce the team than a guy who has followed them for 21 years?

So to help get you up to speed for tonight’s game, I’ve taken the time to break down Tottenham as a community, club and team.

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the WSOTP fantasy premier league is back… again

WSOTP - Blog - Premieraliga 15-16.fwThere are some of you out there who have been very eager to learn if Wrong Side of the Pond will once again be hosting a Fantasy Premier League competition again for the 2015/2015 season.

Why people are so eager to know if we’ll form a league again, I can only speculate. Maybe it’s because you feel like attempting to best “real life pundits”, though that’s not hard when you join a league where the pundits — myself and Pondcast co-host Jeremy — finished in mid-table in 2014/2015. So, I’m just going to presume you’re all here because you really want a free shirt from the WSOTP Shop.

Well, we won’t disappoint… of course the league is coming back again this year. The third edition of the WSOTP Premieraliga Fantasy Premier League is back, and we’ll once again be awarding the winners prizes from our WSOTP Shop.

Yes, you read that correctly. I said winners, as in the plural. But how can that be?

Just as with MLS, we’re hosting both a traditional and head-to-head leagues. Which means we could potentially have two different winners. If one person wins both, they’ll get both prizes.

All that explained, its high time you get signed up for both the leagues. And here’s how you’ll do so:

  1. Head on over to the official Premier League site and create you team, or restore your team from last year.
  2. Once your account is created, click the “Leagues” tab and enter the code(s) below:
    1. Classic WSOTP Premieraliga: enter code “285492-76478” or click here to join automatically.
    2. Head-to-Head WSOTP Premieraliga: enter code “285492-198195″, or click here join automatically.
  3. Pick your team before the season kicks off on Saturday, August 8th.

You’ve got exactly two weeks get yourself all set up, but better to be early than late in the world of fantasy.

And FYI, if you win — make sure to reach out to us. We’ll post who the winner is on Social Media, but we won’t chase you down! Believe it or not, our winner from 2014/2015 still hasn’t claimed their shirt. So if you do win, shoot us an email to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com and let us know your selection(s) and a shipping address. If you have any additional questions, hit us up.

ten words or less #111

So 2015 has been the summer of soccer to end all summers of soccer. There has been at least one — and often times two or three — “major” international tournament(s) going on each week, ranging from the less-prominent youth World Cups and Gold Cups to the more prestigious Women’s World Cup and Copa America. Those fell on top of all of the normal domestic action still on going and the ever-moving river of transfer news that consumes every summer. And to think we’ve not even reached the summer tune-up friendlies all of the European sides will be playing out around the globe in the weeks to come.

I’m not going to lie: it’s been exhausting to cover. As you’ve probably noticed, between watching all of the action, my commentating gig with the Cincinnati Saints, designing match posters and emceeing watch parties with thousands of people — finding time to write hasn’t exactly been easy. Not to mention job, home and family responsibilities. I’m making excuses here, but I honestly have missed writing.

So with that in mind, I’ve been hard at work on a number of stories both local, national and international. And hopefully you’ll end up seeing them in a timely fashion, too. But in the mean time, I’ll attempt to appease you with some of my favorite links from the last week or so.

Pathetic… but predictable. – espnfc.com

You can’t do anything by “lol” anymore. – bbc.com

So maybe MLS could be investing it’s money more wisely. – topdrawersoccer.com

The outcome here could seriously shake up US youth soccer. – vice.com

Adios, San Iker. Everyone will forgive you for the tears. – youtube.com

Tevez heading back to Boca is kind of awesome.tu – juventus.com

All of the Stoke jokes must have finally got to Shaqiri. – telegraph.co.uk

May as well get rid of it if Messi doesn’t want it. – mundodeportivo.com
(WARNING: Spanish)

Absolutely love. Probably want. – football-shirts.co.uk

Typical English “supporters” being “nice” to a former player.
– manchestereveningnews.co.uk