ten words or less #116

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See, the blog isn’t dead yet! Though I’m guessing the less than 100 words below linking to content that isn’t my own probably isn’t the thing I should hang my “the blog isn’t dead yet” hat on. If nothing else, it’s something for you to chew on to end your weekend/get your week started.

Too, I’ll be dropping further information on my future plans for the blog in the coming days, too. So be sure to stay tuned so you know what’s up, right?

I mean at some point, it has to stop. Right? – worldsoccertalk.com

Can’t accuse them of beating around the bush. – manchestercity.com

Come fall in love with Dele Alli. – youtube.com

The USMNT once played in the NASL; it went disastrously. – mlssoccer.com

My inner 15 year old is losing his mind. – 8by8mag.com

Aw man, the “Deadline Day” banana video is fake!?! – squawka.com

Should Canada have its own league? Yes! But can it? – canadiansoccernews.com

Futsal fire. – youtube.com

US Soccer sues the USWNT… everyone has to pick sides. – futfanatico.com

D’oh. – washingtonpost.com

WSOTP pod: we’re not going anywhere

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As you may have noticed, I dropped some news yesterday. And because of that news, WSOTP will be through some pretty massive changes. But worry not — and it looks like many of you did — the #Pondcast isn’t going away! And to prove that point, we’re dropping another episode the day after the big news.

So what exactly is on this week’s episode? Despite the lack of Premier League action since our last show, there was ample going on in the footballing world for us to delve into. The USMNT played a game on Sunday, and (literally) a few people showed up to watch. There was also the FA Cup Fourth Round to contend with, even if there’s been a lack of upsets. And too, there are midweek Premier League games — some of them today — to look forward to as well. What about the closing of the January transfer window? Plus we asked you guys another question ahead of this episode, and you delivered with some excellent soccer culinary ideas.

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WSOTP pod: someone has to win this thing

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A long weekend after a long week of footballing activity both domestic and abroad has left us with yet another episode chock full of content. In addition to two crammed rounds of Premier League football — including a complete lack of clubs trying to make the top spot their own — the January transfer window has finally started to come to life. On the domestic front, youngster Jordan Morris has dominated the transfer talk despite an entire MLS SuperDraft taking place last week, too. Worry not, both get airtime on this week’s #Pondcast.

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how much weight can you hold on your shoulders?

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When I think back to when I was a junior in college — sadly, over a decade ago at this point — and try to remember what responsibilities weighed heavily on me, my “burdens” were pretty typical of your average college aged guy.

There were of course my studies, which probably deserved higher priority than they received. There was also soccer, preparing for a senior season with high expectations having won the league that year. Of course there was a social life to attend to, too. There was a job working at the mall that was roughly 45 minutes away, but I couldn’t ever make the schedule work between it and the previous three balls I was juggling. And I might have started thinking about what I was going to do post graduation: where I was going to live, what kind of job was I going to land, and how I might be able to pay off the ever-increasing pile of student loans I was adding to. But probably not.

Millions of American kids are encumbered with similar concerns year after year, and most of us come out of it just fine. And the path to navigating those obstacles and choices is a well trodden one, with examples of friends and family to follow if need be. Plus we have the benefit of being able to make all of those decisions without the rest of the world scrutinizing them.

Unfortunately, Jordan Morris doesn’t have it so lucky.

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WSOTP pod: the magic of the cup

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If you worried there wouldn’t be a new #Pondcast this week since there haven’t been any Premier League games since our last episode, worry no longer… we still managed to squeeze out a full program for you last night. So what’s on the agenda in lieu of the league? The most exciting round of the FA Cup — the third round — gifted us a number of surprising results. We bet you’d like to talk about the FIFA Gala/Ballon d’Or. There’s the January transfer window to keep an eye on, too. The US Men’s National Team also announced their January camp, so we dive in there as well. And despite it being the offseason, it’s been a surprisingly busy week all around the American domestic leagues, too. So trust us when we say there’s plenty to talk about.

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ten words or less #115

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It’s the final day of 2015, and is my yearly tradition, I can’t help but feel a bit of melancholy. Looking back over the previous 12 months, it’s hard not to feel that way: 2015 was another great year for us here at WSOTP.

Our podcast traffic has doubled in the last year. We helped to host more events than ever before, including another successful World Cup watch party on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square. I was lucky enough to attend the MLS All-Star Game in Denver, which had the added bonus of also featuring my beloved Tottenham Hotspur. I also had the privilege of not only getting to work my first ever MLS Cup Final as media, but also attend my first ever MLS Cup Final — though I was admittedly a bit bummed to see my Columbus Crew side stumble at the finish line. I also nabbed two of my biggest ever scoops during 2015, both pertaining to the arrival of a new well-backed USL franchise in my hometown of Cincinnati. And even more mind-blowing, I had the honor of getting to help resurrect a professional team I supported as a kid by designing it’s crest.

Those are just a few of the highlights — there was a lot I left out. And when you get to experience that much in a single calendar year, there’s always the concern that the next year won’t live up to this one.

Rest assured, we’re doing our damnedest to make sure that doesn’t happen. More guests are being planned for the Pondcast. We’re plotting some further interviews for the website to bring even deeper insight into the American game, some new merch could be going up in the store in the near future… and we might even have a few more surprises in the works, too.

But as always, thanks to all of you who stopped by throughout 2015. We never would have been able to achieve so much without your eyes, ears and friendships. Cheers.

A fascinating story on East Germany’s final match. – bbc.com

I’d be willing to bring back Blatter for this. – sportingintelligence.com

And you think your boss is an ass… – skysports.com

Doubt I’d be this cool if in his situation. – whoateallthepies.tv
(Courtesy of Lippadona) 

Sadly, this isn’t that unrealistic of a response for FIFA. – theonion.com

MLS exodus to LigaMX a good thing? Maybe. – goal.com

“Though we play him constantly, we don’t really want him.” – football-italia.net

Be right back, spending next two hours in the driveway. – youtube.com

Indeed, geography can dictate philosophy. – mirror.co.uk

I’m devastated for Canales, but take a hint and retire. – espnfc.com

WSOTP pod: a “berry” special episode

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I know the title of this week’s episode of the #Pondcast is a bit cringe worthy,  but I just couldn’t help it. The draw of using the awful pun — inspired by us welcoming on the first ever FC Cincinnati signing, Cincinnati-native Austin Berry — was just too much. Sorry Austin, we owed you better.

Also “berry special” on this week’s pod is the much anticipated “WSOTP Holiday Gift Buying Guide”, where the guys each offer up three great and three not-so-great gift ideas for the soccer loving friends and family in your holiday gift exchanges. For the lazy, we’re working to get that into a link-centric separate blog post later this week, too. Also on tap are looks around another chaotic week in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League draw. The normal weekly segments are in there, too.

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WSOTP pod: joy and sadness in ohio

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It’s been a busy week for professional soccer in Ohio. Most of it was great, but some of it was not so much. In Dayton, a new team revealed their identity. In Cincinnati, another team announced their first class of players. And in Columbus, the biggest game on the domestic soccer calendar was staged — unfortunately, the home side fell short in dramatic fashion. And for those reasons, we put all of that the forefront of our 102nd #Pondcast, even though the Premier League provided some fireworks of its own this past weekend.

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jaded

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When you’re forced to wait twenty years for something — say an MLS Cup in your home stadium featuring your home team — it’s understandable that the anticipation could build wild expectations. And if you fail to seize the moment after that long wait is ended, the collapse of those expectations can be absolutely soul crushing.

For myself and countless other Columbus Crew SC fans, we awoke this morning nursing hangovers of soul, induced by a 2-1 loss at home in the 2015 MLS Cup Final.

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WSOTP pod: columbus is the center of the soccer universe

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OMG! OMG!! OM f’ing G!!! I’m not sure if you can tell, but the fact that MLS Cup will be hosted less than 60 miles away from WSOTP World Headquarters has me just a tad excited. That my favorite MLS team is the one doing the hosting? Yeah, that has me even more excited. So as you might expect, we spent more than a few minutes on this week’s podcast talking over the looming final between Columbus Crew SC and the Portland Timbers. And to help us get a feel on the current mood in Ohio’s capital, we welcome on longtime friend Morgan Hughes of the Massive Report Podcast as a guest this week.

In addition to domestic matters, we also did our normal rounds through the Premier League, including focuses on the “Vardy Party” in Leicester, Arsenal’s renewed injury woes, and City stumbling back to top of the table. Plus the normal weekly segments too.

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