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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WSOTP pod: how many concussion symptoms am i showing?

WSOTP Podcast - How many concussion symptoms am i showing?

Though international breaks normally provide less action for us to orate about on our weekly #Pondcast, this last week of “break” was anything but. Off the pitch — but not by much — the guys touch on how the atrocity in Paris will have an impact on the professional game. Too, we also welcomed back FanDuel managing editor and sports injury specialist Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) to discuss recent US Soccer legislation aimed at reducing youth head injuries. On the pitch matters were discussed as well, with the USMNT’s return to World Cup qualifying, the NASL’s entertaining Soccer Bowl and European qualifying all in the mix.

For the first time in ages, we were blanked on the question front this week. So next week, we expect loads of questions and topic suggestions from you listeners! Got it? Good. So make sure to hit us up via the social media links at the bottom of the page, or drop an email to to send them along. And don’t forget to subscribe using the links below to automatically receive the newest podcast episode each Tuesday.

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NLD, FIFA16 and me (and hopefully you too)

It’s been a hot minute since WSOTP has hosted an actual live event. We’ve not yet held a watch party this Premier League season, and our last live podcast recording was way back before the Women’s World Cup final. Hell, we’ve barely even had a chance to watch a match outside of the friendly confines of WSOTP World HQ — you can blame our offspring for that.

So we figured it was high time that we get back out in public to meet and interact with our adoring fans…

WSOTP - Events - NLD FIFA Tourney

Alongside our friends from the Cincy Gooners and Cincinnati Spurs — not to mention sponsors Rhinehaus, Nation Kitchen & Bar, Listermann Brewing and West 6th Brewing — we’ll be hosting a FIFA 16 Tournament before the approaching North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on Sunday, November 8th!

Want some details on the event? Of course you do!

UPDATE 10/23/2015 @ 4:00pm — There’s been a slight change to the schedule on Sunday and the poster above and the information below has been updated to reflect that change. Things will kick off at 8:30am Sunday morning when the doors open for the first match of the day on Sunday. Around 9:30am we’ll get started with a free-to-enter, PlayStation 4-based, single-elimination tournament in EA Sports FIFA 16. And yes, prizes will be awarded to the winners of both the tournament and the derby, like this dope trophy. Roughly 10:30am or so, Nation Bar & Grill — the sister restaurant to our hosts Rhinehaus — will be offering up free breakfast. Listermann and West 6th are also whipping up special beers for the occasion. Then, there’s the big game itself, which kicks off at 11am.

UPDATE 10/28/2015 @ 10:30am — We now have a registration form for the FIFA Tournament for those who wish to participate: click here to complete the form.

And worry not if you’re drawn against me: my most recent console is a PS2 and the last time I purchased the game was for FIFA 12. Again, you can thank the kids for that.

Anyway, be sure to come out to Over-the-Rhine and stop by Rhinehaus on the morning of Sunday, November 8th, for some food, brews, and banter, and if you’re lucky, the claiming of some bragging rights. Plus, you can do all of that while enjoying some football in the company of Wrong Side of the Pond.

WSOTP pod: post-mexico meltdown mode

WSOTP Podcast - Post-Mexico Meltdown Mode

Though we considered abstaining from joining the cacophony of voices out there screaming about the need to burn down the US Men’s National Team’s house and condemn the players and coaches… the allure of joining the chorus was ultimately too strong to resist. As such, D.J. and Jeremy offer up their reactions to the CONCACAF Cup loss, as well as the media firestorm currently engulfing the USMNT and Klinsmann. But it’s not all US soccer talk this week: the guys also to look at another German named Jürgen officially taking the managerial reins at Liverpool, dished on the sliver of MLS action this week, and offered reaction to FC Cincinnati’s open house and sponsor unveiling… plus the usual weekly segments.

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WSOTP x AO: just for tonight, let’s be lovers


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This is a short excerpt from my first featured post for the American Outlaws — the largest and most well-known US soccer supporters group — and their newly launched blog, ‘Voice of the American Outlaws’. After applying in December of last year, I found out in May that I was one of nine lucky entrants to be selected. The site soft-launched in September, and will soon be pumped by the AO mothership. To read my debut piece in it’s entirety, please click here or click the link at the end of the excerpt below.

As things currently stand, there are apparently two types of American soccer fans these days: those that are for Jurgen Klinsmann, and those who are not.

When he was first appointed back in July of 2011, Klinsmann was heralded as everything from “the first big manager in the U.S. men’s national team history”, to “the American soccer messiah”. Like President Barack Obama’s first term in office, Jurgen arrived at the helm of the national team with charisma and talk of change. His personality was bubbly and buoyant, and he promised to deliver wins with a style that should reflect our mentality and culture. The media mostly gushed about him, and fans were practically foaming at the mouth.

Nearly four and a half years later — much like our president — Klinsmann finds himself in a very different spot.

Continue reading “All Tomorrow’s Parties” on IBWM. →

ten words or less #113

It’s been pretty quiet ’round these parts the last week or so. No new posts on the blog in over a week, and there wasn’t a new podcast out this week either. For the limited few of you who consider yourselves “WSOTP Superfans” — Hi, Mom! — hopefully I’ve not left you suffering from withdrawal symptoms. It’s almost as disappointing as the USMNT against Brazil the other night.

Trust, however, that I do have a plan… which I’m not sure we can say about Klinsmann and the national team.

For the gear heads out there, I’m currently scribbling my first ever boot comparison piece about the Nike Magista Obra’s and the adidas Ace 15.1’s. The first new shirt to be added to the WSOTP Shop in over a year will likely go up, and I’ve also begun work on a line of MLS shirts, too. For you local kids, I’ve got something cool up my sleeve for FC Cincinnati. And believe it or not, I might even have some more breaking news to reveal in short order.

So in short, my apologies for being so negligent in my blogging duties recently. But as always, the wait should be worth it. Key word there being “should”. In the mean time, have some links that may or may not keep you satisfied until then.

This was actually a really surprising fact. –

Unfortunately, the gender gap isn’t closing any time soon. –

Great TED talk on coaching language by friend Coach Reed. –

Centered on Lampard, this actually is more damning to Terry. –

Excellent gesture by clubs, but even smarter PR. –

…and this equal but opposite reaction is so Eastern Europe. –

Drogba scored a full debut perfect hattrick for Montreal. –

Resetting expectations at QPR will be easy, Les. </sarcasm>  –

Iceland as a template for US Soccer moving forward? –

Damn right he shouldn’t buy a red car. –

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.

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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!

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there’s more than one way to skin a cat

I’ll start this by saying I know this post is going to inspire some ire. It will be taken the wrong way. Some will take it personally, even though that’s not my intention. Angry emails will be received, my mentions will see the same, and I’ll probably have to tweet out another 5000 words on Twitter to defend my intentions. Suffice to say, I know what I’m getting myself into.

What exactly is it that I’m about to get on about that requires such an opening?

My growing annoyance with the ever-increasing childish tendencies of American soccer supporters groups, that’s what.

Now, that’s a pretty broad brush stroke I just painted with: I’m well aware that not all supporters groups or supporters group members are bad apples. So when I mentioned earlier that some are likely to take this personally, if you already feel like I’m attacking you, take a deep breath and give me a minute. I might not be talking about you or your group specifically at all. I could be, but it’s statistically not likely. In truth, most of you are great. But some of you are annoying as all hell. Read on to learn on which side of the divide you fall.

Also, before I get too far into this, let me also dispel any thoughts of me being against supporters groups on the whole. I’m not. I’m actually a bandana-brandishing member of the American Outlaws — Chapter 154 in Dayton, Ohio — and a card-carrying member of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

In fact, I mostly love what supporters groups bring to American soccer: energy, passion and some absolutely fantastic human beings. The fanfare they provide makes for great atmosphere, and has been one of the largest contributors to the vastly improved match day experience at American professional soccer games.

But I mostly love that from afar. While I have plenty of close friends and acquaintances in supporters groups who I love to catch up with at the pre-match tailgate and post-match at the pub, I usually keep my distance from the actual supporters’ sections in the stadiums themselves.

Again, this isn’t because I dislike what those sections have going on — it’s just not how I personally like to take in a match.

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#forcincy match poster 4: saints vs detroit city fc

WSOTP - Cincinnati Saints Matchday Poster 4

It’s a Wednesday of a Cincinnati Saints match week, which means its high time for me to share the latest poster in my series of designs for the 2015 NPSL season. And while poster #3 of the series was for a match against our rivals to the north up Interstate 71, my fourth poster of the campaign is for the visit from one of our northern neighbors up the other highway — I-75 this time — in Detroit City FC.

If you’re not familiar with Detroit City, they’ve made quite the splash in the fourth tier of American soccer thanks in large part to their exuberant fans: the Northern Guard Supporters. The DCFC hardcores regularly pack their Cass Tech Stadium with thousands of supporters, and often show up with considerable numbers on the road too. Last I’d heard, they were expecting to send a bus load in our direction this Saturday.

So with Detroit so well-known for their support, I thought the perfect theme for Saints-City match poster would be to highlight the Saint’s own supporters: the Seven Hill Crusaders. No, they don’t have near as many members in their ranks as the visitors can contend. And they’ve not received near the same accolades or attention that their rogue-colored counterparts, either. But that doesn’t mean the Crusaders trail behind NGS in passion or love for their team. And as such, there seemed no better way to pay the Crusaders tribute for their fandom than to give them a poster of their own in the lead up to a match against one of the most well-supported lower league clubs in the country.

Of course, just as with all of the other 2015 NPSL home matches this season, you can catch the game — and yours truly and #Pondcast co-host Jeremy on the call —  live on local access television and via live stream online by visiting our Match Commentary page.

Want to see all the designs from my season long series? Click here.