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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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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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.

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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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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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a more attractive proposal

New Tottenham NFL Stadium

Much has been made of an announcement Tottenham Hotspur Football Club made last week. No, not the announcement capture of Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid, though that could prove an impact signing in the seasons to come.

No, it was that other announcement that caused the biggest stir: that Tottenham had updated their new stadium designs to accommodate two National Football League games a season for the next ten years.

Predictably, many have rallied against the deal.

Those in the “Against Modern Football” movement loved to hate on this deal. There’s the anti-American movement, too. Some of my American brethren with anti-NFL stances thought such a deal would tarnish the club’s legacy. And there were even some concerns expressed that Tottenham Hotspur FC would even remain the primary tenant of the stadium. To be fair, there are a lot of valid concerns about the deal overall — but its here to stay whether we want it or not.

Not everyone, however, is in the “against” camp.

Many — myself included – feel this is nothing but good for the club, provided the deal is primarily designed to have additional revenue earned through hosting two NFL games a season funneled back into the team. The NFL was going to pick a home in London eventually, and its forward thinking of Spurs to put themselves in a position to benefit from that. In a league where multiple teams will soon play in sizable new homes with increased match day revenues, alternative streams of funding will be imperative to continue to compete and improve.

But there is one aspect of the updated stadium plans that I’ve not really heard much talk about.

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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

WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 40

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 40

Congratulations listeners: you’ve survived another season of the WSOTP Podcast! With the conclusion of the Premier League season this past weekend, this week’s episode will serve as the “finale” of Season 2 of the #Pondcast. Though worry not, we’ll be back sporadically throughout the summer to provide updates on the Champions League, Women’s World Cup, MLS and who knows what else.

So now that your fears have been allayed, what’s on deck for the pseudo-last pod of the year? Plenty.

In addition to picking our Winners & Wankers of the season and anointing our Fantasy EPL Champion — the indomitable Jay Slack and #WarPig United —  the guys reviewed their pre-season predictions and named their own superlative winners for the 2014/2015 campaign. A team by team breakdowns for all 20 of the Premier League sides are also included, and we enlisted the help of our listeners to help eulogize their clubs’ seasons too. A big thanks to the following listeners for their contributions:

David Keim (Arsenal)                     Bill May (Manchester United)
Reeves Thompson (Everton)        Josh Patterson (Southampton)
Melissa Briski (Liverpool)               Christopher Boyd (Swansea)
Jared Hale (Manchester City)

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the mixed emotions of the premier league finale

WSOTP - Blog - WSOTP x Rhinehaus.fw

This is a short excerpt from my first featured post for the blog of Over-the-Rhine’s original sports bar, Rhinehaus, located in my hometown of Cincinnati and home to many WSOTP Watch Parties and Events. To read it in it’s entirety, please click here or click the link at the end of the post.

The end of the Premier League season is finally upon us. For the last 280 days, most of the world’s soccer loving eyes have been squarely focused in on the English top flight. Weekend after weekend, we pried ourselves out of our beds at ungodly hours to make a trek down to our favorite pubs — like Rhinehaus — to watch our favorite clubs through squinted eyes. Tomorrow, that routine ends.

For some of us, the end is welcomed. Underwhelming and disappointing seasons abound, particularly if you’re a Tottenham fan such as myself. For those with me in that crestfallen camp — such as my Manchester City counterparts — we look forward to the summer silly season of transfers and far flung exhibition matches to give us hope that next season will go better.

Others of us will wave goodbye with tears in our eyes, sad that such a memorable season’s time has come to pass. Chelsea supporters might feel that way, but they’ll surely find comfort staring at their reflections in the shiny new cups in their trophy cabinet. Too, fans of Southampton will have enjoyed a successful campaign that earned them a place in Europe next season. Manchester United devotees will be pleased that Van Gaal hauled them back to Europe as well. And I’m sure Arsenal fans will be content with yet another Champions League place trophy, too.

Continue reading “The Mixed Emotions of the Premier League Finale” on the Rhinehaus blog. →