With the MLS 2014 season just days away, D.J. and Jeremy figured it was high time to give the domestic first division a full preview ahead of this weekend’s First Kick festivities. You’ll here the guys’ thoughts on this season’s playoff contenders, what they’re looking forward to the most for the upcoming campaign, and where they think the local-ish side will fare this year. The normal Premier League and Champions League run downs are also still in there, as is a look ahead at some of this week’s international friendlies. Plus, we finally share the “big news” that we had been hinting at for weeks.
Champions and Europa League football returned this past week, and it had a very interesting effect on the full round of Premier League action at the weekend. D.J. and Jeremy spend time analyzing the effect both sets of matches had on one another in addition to the run down of the rest of the weekend action. You’ll also hear the guys talk about the 2014 Class of inductees into the closet that currently is the US Soccer Hall of Fame, further thoughts on “triple punishments”, and discuss the newest developments in the Chivas USA saga.
For the first time in weeks it seems like, there was only a single helping of Premier League action for Jeremy and D.J. to cover on the podcast. And that means that there was ample time after the BPL round up — which includes discussions on Liverpool’s blowout victory over the Gunners and Gary Monk being the league’s second player manager since the turn of the millennium, among others – to dive into some other topics for a change. So what’s on tap? The guys share their thoughts on the quasi-announcement hosted by David “Beckman” and MLS in Miami, and a lengthy and in-depth response to a listener question about the best mobile apps to use to follow soccer while on the go.
Much has transpired since the last episode of the WSOTP Pod was published, so the boys had lots to talk about yet again. Two whole rounds of Premier League action went down, which we’ll spend ample time talking about. The US men’s national team had a friendly match squeezed in there too, despite it not being an international break. Also, MLS preseason has kicked off all around the country — well, at least the warmer parts — along with rumors of an impending Miami expansion announcement. And let’s not forget the January Transfer Window slamming shut… though there’s less there to talk about than you would think. And if you’re a fan of late 90′s British pop music, you might just find some extra joy in Episode 25!
Break out the champagne WSOTP Pod listeners — for the first time in several weeks, we were actually been able to get the podcast up for its regularly scheduled Tuesday publishing! And in this week’s on time edition, we take a look at the results from last week’s English Cup action and the transfer window — from Manchester United’s continued issues domestically to Juan Mata’s transfer from both the Chelsea and United perspective. We also share our thoughts on American soccer semantic snobbery, and preview this week’s hectic Premier League schedule. We even find time to talk about Ron Artest… but I’ll leave it to you to either listen or guess how we fit him into the discussion.
As we mentioned at the end of last week’s podcast, the setting for our recording would be changing for Episode 21. With our studio no longer available, we picked up shop and moved to far more agreeable surroundings this week: D.J.’s living room. There the guys were able to enjoy not only comfortable seats and a fire to keep them warm from the literal sub-zero temperatures outside… but also a few beers without feeling nervous about breaking some FCC laws.
On this week’s podcast we cover the Premier League New Year’s Day fixtures, the FA Cup third round match ups, as well as take a look at some of the potential and actual transfers that may or already have happened.
Season 1 Episode 20
The last podcast of 2013 sure was a doozy. On top of having to cover two eventful rounds of matches thanks in the Premier League’s hectic holiday schedule — Boxing Day fixtures plus a full slate of weekend matches — and D.J. and Jeremy hashing out their bests and worsts of the year, we also had to deal with the some rather annoying technical issues. In fact, we had to record the second of half of the pod twice; see if you can notice where the second take switches over.
Also, many thanks to everyone who’s given us a listen over the last four months. We’ve got some big things in the works for the podcast in 2014, so you’ll have plenty of reasons to listen in the New Year. And if you wouldn’t mind doing us a solid, recommend a friend or two to do the same!
Season 1 Episode 19
Another podcast, another chance for D.J. to moan about Tottenham? Though that’s not exactly how things work, Episode 19 of the #WSOTPpod does feature his thoughts on AVB’s sacking for… Tim Sherwood? In addition to the Christmas Edition of the pod covering all of the normal Premier League round up, you can also hear guest Chad Hollingsworth (@ChadHoll) of Reckless Challenge talk about the Columbus Crew’s recent affiliation with the Dayton Dutch Lions, a quick jaunt over the Capital One Cup results, and a look ahead at the busy Christmas calendar.
Season 1 Episode 18
In a week that appeared barren compared to the one that proceeded last week’s podcast, there was actually still a ridiculous amount of stuff to cover on this week’s edition… some of it easier to talk about than others. The guys review the Champions League group stage finales and who did and didn’t move on. MLS “hot stove” action has already started up, with the Re-Entry Draft and trades. And Two massive defeats sandwiched the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, one being a goalfest between a Manchester City and Arsenal and the other a lopsided, season changing match contested by Tottenham and Liverpool. The latter convinced Jeremy he would need to bring D.J. a drink to the studio… and it was sorely needed.
Some cheery news? After being requested by more than a few listeners, we’re pleased to announce that the #WSOTPpod is now available on Stitcher! Stitcher Radio on Demand offers iPhone and Android apps, a web interface and select in-dash car radios and easy way to listen to over 20,000 radio shows and podcasts. You can now add us to your Stitcher Playlist by clicking here, or by searching for “Wrong Side of the Pond” in either app.
WSOTP Pod: Season 1 Episode 17
I’m not sure if you noticed last week or not, but there was a lot going on in the world of soccer. On and off the pitch, there were nearly too many story lines to keep up with. Not only was the long-awaited draw for the 2014 World Cup held last Friday — not to mention all of the drama in its aftermath — but we also had a frozen MLS Cup Final in Kansas City and two whole rounds of Premier League fixtures to deal with. It was nearly enough to make me miss the FA Cup third round draw, and I would have had it not been for Spurs being drawn away to Arsenal in an eye-popping fixture of the round. But somehow, Jeremy and I still found time to talk about all of that plus a look ahead at this week’s Champions League fixtures. Buckle your seat belts kids, this one is going to be rapid fire.