WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 3

WSOTP Pond - Season 2 Episode 3

Transfers were on our minds as we recorded the third episode of the season of the WSOTP Podcast. Big names on the move, both domestically and abroad, dominated our conversation this week. And Jeremy and D.J. not only pontificate on the merits of quite a few those big ones, but also on who should and shouldn’t be making some last minute moves before the European window slams shut next week. That being in addition to the usual thoughts on the weekend action in England and America. Too, they once again nominated their Winners and Wankers from the past week and answered some questions from some of our faithful listeners. So grab a drink and saddle up for another edition of your favorite podcast.

Want us to field your questions on a future podcast? Drop us a line at contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or send us your tweets using the links at the bottom of the page.

 

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pic of the week 8/18-8/24

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Providence Stadium in Guyana

For many MLS sides, qualifying for the CONCACAF Champions League is one of the ultimate goals each season. The competition provides a chance to test themselves against the best sides in the region, play in some of the most storied venues in North and Central America and — if they can actually win the whole shebang, a feat no American club has yet managed — an opportunity to play in the yearly Club World Cup. But it’s important to remember that not every ground and opponent an MLS side might be drawn to face is exactly worth all of the hype.

Take for example Portland Timbers’ first round opponents in this season’s CCL: Guyana’s Alpha United FC. Already an oddity in CONCACAF due to the fact that the country is technically in South America, Guyana is also a country where cricket is the first love. And despite Alpha being the three-time reigning champion of the Guyana National Football League, they play their matches in the Bourda Cricket Ground.

However, the stadium itself didn’t meet CONCACAF standards, and thus they have to play their matches at the newer, larger and more modern Providence Stadium. Which is pretty ironic, considering Portland play their home matches Providence Park. Yet despite the upgrade, it still featured a humongous dirt patch — used as the cricket’s bowling and batting area — smack dab in the middle of the pitch. And as the picture tweeted out by Portland owner Merritt Paulson shows, it made for quite the rough playing surface. Luckily, the Timbers still managed to pull off a 4-1 victory in spite of the sub par surface they were forced to make their CCL debut upon.

WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 2

WSOTP Pod - Season 2 Episode 2

louis van gaal’s first match in charge of manchester united may have had him wondering, “what did i get myself into?”

The first weekend of the Premier League now in the books, Episode 2 of the season sees the guys offer their thoughts on the results and some of the surprises that worked their way in. We also take some time to pick our favorite and least favorite kits for the season — though we didn’t have time to read the entirety of listener Mel B’s epic rundown of her thoughts on the top 6 sides’ kits. Also on tap: the bounty of goals provided by the weekend MLS action, a few listeners questions answered sprinkled within, this week’s Winners and Wankers and Jeremy and D.J. fessing up to their Fantasy failures.

Have a question of your own? Drop us a line at contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com and we’ll squeeze your’s in too!

 

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ten words or less #94

WSOTP - Matchday - BPL Opener 14-15

come watch the premier league with WSOTP in cincinnati.

Have you fully recovered from the World Cup yet? With the weekend marking the return of the Premier League, you better be.

Though I’ve not really had much of a break this summer thanks to the World Cup and MLS and working the TV broadcasts for the Cincinnati Saints, I’m surprisingly still amped up for the return of the world’s most popular club competition. No burnout for this guy. Yet anyway. If you need to get a preview of the season still, be sure to check out the Season 2 opening episode of the WSOTP Podcast — we’ll be sure to help get you in the mood.

As is normally the case, WSOTP will once again be helping to host an opening day watch party at Cincinnati’s Rhinehaus. Be sure to come and join us on Saturday morning, when we’ll be joined by the Lyric: Food that Rocks food truck for some delicious brunch to pair with your beer and footie.

And before I forget, here are ten of my favorite links from the last week.

Why exactly does nobody care about the US Open Cup? – topdrawersoccer.com

Ted Lasso is the best. – youtube.com

BVB throwing a tiny kitchen sink at Reus to stay. – transfermarkt.de

(WARNING: Link is in German)

The folks in Sacramento seem pretty damn confident. – recklesschallenge.net

Not sure why, but I really dig the new Bayern aways. – football-shirts.co.uk

The girls really don’t want to play on plastic. – washingtonpost.com

Whether wanted or not, third party ownership is football’s future. – espnfc.com

I’m sick of the promotion/relegation debate. – sportingnews.com

Bob Bradley lays it down on a Norwegian commentator. – facebook.com

Now a commentator myself, I’ll take this as dogma. – theoriginalwinger.com

WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 1

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 1WE’RE BAAAAAACK! That’s right soccer audio lovers: the Wrong Side of the Pond Podcast is back. And we’ve made our return from our summer break just in time to offer you D.J. and Jeremy’s takes on the upcoming 2014/2015 Premier League season, including: top four predictions, relegation candidates, award winners and story lines to watch out for. We also delve into the recent headlines from MLS, as well as reveal some of our findings from the “American Soccer Fandom” survey many of you filled out for us over the summer.

Season 2 on the WSOTP Pod will also offer — thanks to input from listeners — some overall changes from the first, too. We’ve introduced a new weekly segment entitled “Wankers & Winners” where the guys will offer up their nominations for those deserving of such titles from the previous week’s football news. Too, we’ll be reaching out for some outside opinion on a more frequent basis, with guests ranging from professional players to professional pundits. And though we didn’t hold to this on the first episode this season, we’ve also answered calls to keep things a little more brief this time around: most podcasts will not exceed an hour in length. Of course, we’re still more than happy to field questions from listener base as well. So hit us up at contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com and you might just hear us dish on air.

Anyway, without further delay, enjoy the first episode of season 2.

 

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i need to get this off my chest

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Landon DonovanLet me start this off by saying that, without a doubt, few people have had a more profound impact on the American soccer landscape than Landon Timothy Donovan.

Well before Freddy Adu ever graced the cover of Sports Illustrated or had his face splashed all over ESPN, Landon was this country’s first soccer prodigy. No other American player has garnered more success. Too, few other footballers from the United States have attained his level of fame and fortune.

And because of all of that, he’s also been the sport’s biggest target for criticism — particularly from this corner of the internet.

But with Donovan announcing yesterday that he’ll be hanging up his boots for good at the end of the 2014 Major League Soccer season, I felt it necessary to explain myself and my thoughts and criticisms a bit further.

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pic of the week 7/28-8/3

Portland Thorns CrowdAttendance figures are all the rage these days in American soccer. It’s a never-ending race to see who can get the most fans out for games, and seems to be the main barometer by which the success of your club is measured. One record-setting crowd caught everyone’s attention this weekend, and rightfully so. But that was set by two European super clubs with arguably the largest followings in the United States. However, there was another soccer attendance record set this weekend, and that was by two American clubs.

This week’s Pic of the Week features the league record 19,123 fans that turned up last night for the Portland Thorns FC home match at Providence Park for their NWSL match against the Houston Dash. That’s right, nineteen thousand plus turned up for a women’s professional soccer game that was not the wildly popular US women’s national team — though a fair few of the participants on both sides do play for the lady ‘nats.

That’s a turnout of which many of the clubs from the fully professional men’s leagues such as MLS, NASL, and USLPRO would be extremely jealous. In fact, the Thorns averaged over 13k in attendance last season and are on pace to do so again this year. Either way, both women’s professional soccer and the soccer in general in this country can take a lot of pride that a crowd that large turned out for what many might consider a non-relevant match in the greater scheme of things.

WSOTP pod: world cup special #1

WSOTP Podcast - Live World Cup Special #1

listen in to our first ever live podcast before the US-ghana game!

Welcome back listeners! After taking a few weeks off this summer to rest our voices so Jeremy and D.J. can commentate matches for the Cincinnati Saints on LiveStream and local TV, we figured it was high time to bring the podcast back for that big tournament that’s going on in Brazil. And thanks to our previously mentioned employers, we got to do record our first ever live session and “World Cup Special” in a special spot: Cincinnati’s famed Fountain Square. Not only that, but we got to do so in front of nearly five thousand rabid US soccer fans that were there to watch the boys in the bomb pops.

Fair warning: our audio equipment didn’t quite work as expected, so the recording quality isn’t the greatest. But you can’t definitely make out our ramblings on the World Cup action thus far. You’ll also be treated to some commentary from Saints players, a listen in to the reaction to John Anthony Brooks’ electric game winner against Ghana and more.

And as further reminder, be sure to join us for the next “Big Game on the Square” this Sunday at 5pm for the next edition of the podcast and the USA’s match against Portugal!

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just drop it already

Landon Donovan

“Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.”
- David Mustaine

It’s been a pretty tough week for a considerable portion of the US Men’s National Team support and media. Many are incised with the implausible reality of marching into this World Cup without our most decorated war hero, Landon Donovan.

Left off the 23-man US roster that will be taken to Brazil — he is one of the seven alternates that could get called in should there be an injury, mind you — Donovan’s surprise exclusion has left many concerned about our chances this tournament. Members of the media have ranted against the decision, fans have taken to complaining on social media, and the announcers in the one US game since spent half the evening talking about him.

So why the big fuss?

The 32-year-old Landon is arguably the finest field player the US has ever produced. He’s our country’s all-time leading scorer with 57 goals, and has the second most appearances with 156. A veteran of three World Cups, he even scored the goal that clinched qualification for this World Cup against Mexico last September. He even became Major League Soccer’s all-time leading scorer over the weekend by notching his 135th and 136th gdfoals. And yet despite all of that, he’s still been left out in the cold by Jurgen Klinsmann.

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revisiting “who is going to brazil?”

Predicting the 2014 World Cup USMNT RosterNot only has it been over seven months since the US qualified for the World Cup on yet another fateful night in Columbus, Ohio, but it’s also been about that long since I made my initial World Cup squad predictions shortly after. And with US Soccer revealing the 23-man squad that’s going to Brazil last night, it’s time to go back and see how accurate my predictions were — just as I did in 2010 for South Africa.

As for the squad as a whole, there were a number of surprises in the 23, and an even bigger surprise outside of it. The outrage pouring out of every corner of the internet with that particular big decision is palpable… if a little off base. With the US player pool far deeper than it’s ever been, Jurgen and his staff had a much harder job than any previous manager. And with many of the previous stars of the team getting on in years, the task became that much harder.

But let’s get on with the real reason behind my post, and see how poorly I did with those selections…

THE “BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY” GROUP (8 for 9)

1. CORRECT – Tim Howard (GK – Everton): I, along with others, thought Howard’s form had been slipping back in October. He hadn’t played that great for Everton, and had made some mistakes in a US shirt around that time too. But he really turned his season around, and along with Everton, soared to some pretty impeccable height. And if there was any question whether he was going to lose his #1 spot, nobody is questioning it now.

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