Though it may have been a truncated weekend schedule for the Premier League, it was a big one here on the podcast with it being the WSOTP Pod Derby — or Spurs versus Chelsea for those not in the know. And for those who know us well, is should come as no surprise that the results in said Derby had D.J. wallowing and Jeremy doing his best to take it easy on his fellow podcast co-host. You’ll also find the full review of the rest of BPL action, FA Cup chatter, reflections on the USMNT’s match against the Ukraine, a rundown of MLS First Kick highlights, a talk on the Crew’s controversial TV deal, and our thoughts on Nike and Adidas’ crazy new knit boots… so a little something for everyone.
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.
Despite tough weather conditions last week in Great Britain, it was busy last week with an almost full slate of midweek Premier League action plus an almost full round of FA Cup fixtures — the “almosts” thanks to some postponed matches due to said weather. We cover all of that on this week’s podcast, but that’s not all. Jeremy and D.J. also delve into the hypothetical world of where FIFA would go if they actually yanked the 2022 World Cup from Qatar, a preview of this and next week’s Champions League knockout matches, a talk about all of the World Cup tune-ups to be played here in the states this summer, plus an in-depth look at the Julian Green situation with the US Men’s National Team. And we made time, too, for a quick shout out to the local side for their latest achievement.
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!
Though the influx of new supporters over the last few seasons has been nice, it’s not always been easy an American supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.
Often times, it’s been very lonely. I’ve been following the team for a little shy of twenty years now, and it wasn’t until two or three seasons ago that I finally bumped into another Spurs fan here in my hometown of Cincinnati. I knew they had to be out there, but I just never ran into any in any of my innumerable Saturday and Sunday mornings at the pub.
So you can imagine my delight when an official, THFC-sanctioned supporters group sprung up last Spring here in the Queen City. Their presence not only confirmed my suspicions that others like me where out there, but that they would be getting together regularly to watch matches.
Having launched the shirt shop just prior to that point, I had already been itching for a reason to design a Spurs shirt. And Cincinnati Spurs’ arrival was the excuse I’d been looking for. With the guys open to the idea, I set about working out a shirt that would not only represent Spurs, but also our home of Cincinnati.
But then I got sidetracked… for a while. A long one.
The latest episode of the Wrong Side of the Pond Podcast – slightly delayed as D.J. continues to man the editing while Jeremy’s computer is out of commission — is finally available for our listening enjoyment. It worked out well, as it allowed the guys ample time to reflect upon an interesting weekend full of Eto’o goals, missed calls and continued Manchester United misery. In addition to the normal Premier League action run down, the guys also dip their toes into the MLS SuperDraft, the latest national soccer broadcasting news and ugly kits and crests.
Most January transfer windows our eyes are glued to Europe, waiting for one of Europe’s uber-elite to overpay for the luxury of stripping away another side’s best player in the middle of the season. But it would be a cold day in hell when an MLS side is the one making the biggest waves in the transfer market. But thanks to Toronto FC’s $100 million dollar gamble to bring in England striker Jermain Defoe and US national team midfielder Michael Bradley, someone definitely needs to go check the underworld’s thermostat. So Jeremy and D.J. spend a sizable chunk of Episode 22 talking about those arrivals, and the long-term implications of the growing trend of USMNT players returning to home to play in a so-called “lesser” league. We did find time to talk about European transfers and the normal EPL round-up too. So worry not Eurosnobs, this isn’t a completely MLS-centric podcast.
Even though we’ve exited the hectic Christmas/New Year’s schedule that normally bombards us with more soccer than we can stomach, the last few days have been ridiculously busy in the world of the beautiful game.
Of course we still had a normal round of weekend fixtures around Europe to deal with. The opening of the January transfer window has also brought a cavalcade of news, ranging from complete fodder to legit breaking news. And of course today we were treated to not only the naming of FIFA’s 2013 Ballon d’Or winner — a very deserved win for Cristiano Ronaldo — but also the unveiling of two massive signings by MLS side Toronto FC in Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley.
None the less, I’ve still managed to survive all of that and pump out a new TWOL for you. So enjoy it, minions.
The top transfers from each country in Europe… and elsewhere. – reddit.com/r/soccer
I could live with these purported USMNT World Cup shirts. – todosobrecamisetas.com
Ten theories for why AVB was sitting Adebayor at Spurs. – dearmrlevy.com
MLSsoccer.com get’s called out on taking the easy route. – hottimeinoldtown.com
Not renewing this guy’s contract seems suicidal. – theoriginalwinger.com
Bob Bradley’s first interview as manager of Stebæk. – youtube.com
Um… what? – leedsunited.com
US Soccer seems to have forgotten its history pre-1994. – beinsport.tv
Rumor is the next Mercurials will be quite revolutionary. – soccerbible.com