WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 18

WSOTP Podcast - Season 2 Episode 18

With the 2014 MLS season now in the rearview mirror, we could forgive you if you thought this week’s Pondcast would be on the light side. It’s not. An interesting weekend of Premier League fixtures kept D.J. and Jeremy extra busy, as did the conclusion of the Champions League group stages and an already hectic MLS offseason. There was also a need to chat about some potentially earth moving news that was revealed by our pal Chad from Reckless Challenge, and a serious rant against one notorious member of the American soccer community that spawned against it in our Winners & Wankers segment. And of course we made time for Fulham Watch and a few listener questions.

Should you desire to hear your question or topic covered on next week’s pod — and why wouldn’t you? — send it our way via email to contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or hit us up on the social media links on the bottom of the page. Just make sure to get it to us by this coming Sunday.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 17

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With two entire rounds of Premier League matches, the Women’s World Cup Draw, MLS Cup Final, Champions League group scenarios and the release of the MLS Expansion Draft list all to cover on this week’s Pondcast – plus our normal weekly segments of Fulham Watch and Winners & Wankers — you might be worried that this could be a two-hour podcast. Luckily, the boys were able to stay disciplined, keep it tight and clock in at 80 minutes. So tune in for thoughts on the “WSOTP Derby” between Jeremy’s Chelsea and D.J.’s Spurs, the USWNT’s Group of Death, Expansion Draft surprises and much, much more.

If you want to hear your question or topic discussed on next week’s Pondcast, shoot us an email to contact[at]wrongsideofthepond[dot]com or hit us up on the social media channels hashed out at the bottom of the page by this coming Sunday evening.

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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? –

Ted Lasso is the best. –

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

(WARNING: Link is in German)

The folks in Sacramento seem pretty damn confident. –

Not sure why, but I really dig the new Bayern aways. –

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

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

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

Bob Bradley lays it down on a Norwegian commentator. –

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

pic of the week 12/2-12/8


Alex Morgan Engaged to Servando Carrasco

Behold the power of social media: an Instagram that broke several million hearts! This week’s Pic of the Week comes to us from the account of US Women’s National Team star striker Alex Morgan, as she announced her engagement to her boyfriend by means of a modestly filtered, mildly blurred photo. That sound you’re hearing? Cries of despair coming from an untold number of men around the country and world as they witness their pathetically slim chances of making a move for US soccer’s most desirable asset collapse on their phones and tablets. 51,062 favorites? You know those are all girls.

The lucky bastard that will have the honor of Morgan as his future ball and chain is Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco. The pair first met while they were both plying their trade for the Seattle Sounders back in 2012 and have been dating since, despite both having moved on to new cities since then. And it would appear they have their sights set on the long haul. I don’t blame the guy; I’d be trying to lock her down too.

ten words of less #83

Military Soccer

cheers to these dudes for A) fighting for our freedom and B) just for attempting to play soccer in army boots. though i’d guess the touch they offer is only slightly worse than those of the original adidas predators.

Though I didn’t plan this out or anything, the fact that this week’s TWOL is very American-soccer heavy is oh-so-ironically perfect timing considering today is Veterans Day. That said of them, none of them have anything to do with veterans themselves. Anyway, many thanks from WSOTP to all of the veterans and current members of the armed forces for protecting my freedom to choose real football over its gridiron cousin.

Also, be sure to watch the blog in the coming weeks as we’ve got some pretty cool developments in the works.

I really wish I was an Ohio University journalism student. –

Kit man forgets kits; buys knockoffs for team to wear. –

Being a rookie MLS player still ain’t all that. –

I’m admittedly a little jealous of this guy. –

Sporting Park is fancy, yo. –

How rich: Qatar now accusing others of World Cup murders. –

Timbers’ smart prep, or Merritt’s convenient propaganda opportunity? –

Fitba Thatba‘s newest song is for the Aaron Ramsey fanboys. –

Definitely the hottest replication of the Miley-Thicke twerking incident. –

Finally… more questions starting to be asked of college system. –

an interview with professional olympic gold medalist heather mitts

To slightly misquote Irish rock band Thin Lizzy, the girls are back in town. Yup, you heard that right. Women’s professional soccer is back.

Heather Mitts of the USWNT and Boston Breakers

heather mitts dishes with WSOTP on her olympic triumphs, the new women’s pro league, and more.

Resurrected from the ashes of the failed WPS and WUSA through a jointly subsidized venture by the USSF, the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation, the new eight team National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is looking to finally find the right formula for women’s soccer in the States.

The first order of business for the fledgling league was to allocate the fifty-five players whose salaries are covered by their respective national federations, and I was intrigued to see who ended up where. Would big name players stay with their older clubs, or would some be picked up teams closer to home? And of all the players out there, the one I always tend to keep an eye out for is fellow Cincinnati native, Heather Mitts.

A long time member of the US Women’s National Team setup with an impressive 138 caps, Heather has earned three Olympic Gold medals and a World Cup runner’s up medal in the process. Mitts is also one of the few players in NWSL who has had the privilege of playing in the other two editions of a top-tier American women’s league. And if for some reason you’ve not heard of the marking back for her on-field exploits, it’s quite possible you have heard about her off of it thanks to stunning good looks that have earned her a modeling career. All in all, not too bad a gig for a girl from Ohio.

So with the launch of the new league just around the corner, I thought this would be a great time to reach out to Heather to pick her brain about NWSL, her career with the national team and more.

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ten words or less #66

Tottenham's Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring against Manchester United

deuce earned his stripes against united once again.

From this American fan’s perspective, the long holiday weekend that’s just passed us by was quite a good one.

Saturday’s fixtures were chock full of goals, averaging just over three and half per match. Then on  #EpicSunday2 (© Fox Soccer Channel) with an entertaining Gunners loss to Chelsea and a gutsy, come-from-behind draw for Spurs against Manchester United. And with a whole additional day to recover after spending Sunday at the pub watching it all go down — not to mention being able to squeeze in a few hours of skiing on Saturday night — I would be hard pressed to design a better weekend for myself.

So with some bigger things around the corner still needing some attention and final polish, this seems like the perfect time to share some of my favorite links from the last week.

The European Transfer Market: Visualized. –

Greeting fans through your car sunroof isn’t the best idea. –

Il Fenomeno finally get’s his move to England. –

Well look who’s decided he wants to play this year. –

Footballer lowered into a well to save a little girl. –

Ferguson has bigger issues than Zeki Fryers move to Spurs. –

Like Rapinoe, I wish more USWNT players would move abroad.

Ronaldinho get’s his own, footie-themed Bollywood Space Jam. –

If MLB ran soccer teams… their kits could be AWESOME. –

Adu now looking for his 9th club in 9 years. –

ten words or less #65

Thus far, 2013 has been a whirlwind. As with most years, there’s been the expected absurdity that accompanies the holiday season to keep me busy: the annual cornucopia of fixtures, plus the ensuing avalanche of (faux-)headlines that is the January transfer window.

inter milan's wesley sneijder

the only person who’s had a busier start to 2013 than WSOTP is wesley sneijder’s agent.

But, unlike previous years, things have been especially crazy around the imaginary WSOTP office during this already hectic time of year thanks to the eclipsing of a number of major milestones for the blog. First, I had the privilege of having my first ever article published by legendary blog In Bed With Maradona. Next came the announced partnership with the stalwarts at the Free Beer Movement. And then piggybacking off of that, over the last week I’ve seen the WSOTP Soccer Pub Atlas get further attention from at least three major MLS blogs… which has left me buried in pub submissions.

If it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not. If these were problems, they’re good ones to have. And thanks to the vast increase in exposure for the blog I’ve also seen an influx of new followers and likes from the social media channels. And if you happen to be one of the n00bs, don’t think I’m just a “soccer bar specialist” — as if that kind of specialization actually exists. I also write a bit, too. So make sure to check back regularly to read my musings on the world’s game.

So as I put some finishing touches on my next original treatise, let me kick the new year off in truly lazy fashion by sharing a few of my favorite links from the last week.

Sign this petition to end USSF support for Sepp Blatter. –

Kevin Prince Boateng takes a stand… and might walk away. –

“He eats other chairman sprinkled on his morning corn flakes.” –

Want to find and watch an old match? Check this out. –

A theory explaining why Gooners are the way they are.

Is Baines just good, or good because he’s at Everton? –

Ben Olsen is a D.C. icon. –

My new year’s resolution to read more books got easier. –

Checkout any time you like, but you can never leave. –

The true centennial crest for US Soccer. –

ten words or less #58

US National Team Celebrating at Azteca

two things i learned today: 1) the USMNT can win in the azteca, 2) jermaine jones likes to celebrate like a boss with his oxygen tank.

Though I’m admittedly still on a bit of an adrenaline high just over two hours after the United States’ “historic” win in the Azteca — I won’t elaborate further on it, as tonight’s win has spawned another full-length post where I’ll delve into the topic in greater detail. But it still feels good to beat Mexico, even if it was just a friendly.

So, as is typically the case, I’ve got a TWOL to bridge the gap. And it’s a good thing, as there’s a load to talk about. I’d be positively giddy for the start of the Premier League season, were it not for Spurs recurring ineptitude with transfer dealings. Ligue 1 is back in action already, where Ibrahimović netted a brace to save PSG’s rich asses in a come from behind draw with Lorient. One of Chris Rolfe’s two goals against the Union at the weekend is an MLS Goal of the Week candidates (vote for him in the first link below, okthx). And in Italy, there’s more match fixing… though I suppose that’s almost to be expected at this point. Anyway, the on with the links…

For real though, vote for Rolfe’s goal. –

Levy waits this long for only “£26m plus add-ons”?!?! –

Miniboro provided a smart “faux campaign” for Tailored by Umbro. –

MLS is one step closer to their dream of NY2. –

The Fat Spanish Waiter analyzes the rise of English tiki-taka. –

The things pro athletes throw their money away on… –

His ego knowing no bounds, Eric Wynalda interviews… himself. –

Maksim Molokoedov: Chile’s first professional Russian player AND prisoner.

As an aspiring journalist, this would be a freaking dream. –

Pia has some leverage, and she intends to use it. –

ten words or less #51

The New 2012 USA Nike Kits... now with hoops.

in all the hullabaloo yesterday', i somehow missed the USMNT/USWNT kit announcement... we were long overdue for making the same kit for both teams, though i'm still not sold on the hoops.

With the dust having settled after yesterday’s epic announcement, I wanted to extend welcome to all of the new readers who were lucky kind enough to stumble across WSOTP over the last 48 hours. The Cult of Rolfe extends far and wide, and I’ve been mightily impressed at the speed and distance by which they’re able to spread information… you lot had Soccer by Ives tweeting and Taylor Twellman re-tweeting my link within an hour of posting. Stellar work.

Hopefully some of you will stick around to see what else the blog has in store… and maybe disseminate my writing a bit further. But just as I warned on Twitter yesterday, if you’re expecting this space to be inundated solely with Rolfe/Fire news… you might end up a bit disappointed.

Anyway, thanks again for stopping by the blog — whatever your reason — and as a reward just for you, enjoy some of my ten favorite links from the last week.

Solid Euro 2012 infographic to help build the excitement. –

The official song of Sir Alex Ferguson’s mindgames. –

Facepalm Level: Infinity. Worst idea ever to fix US soccer. –

I need the brown ones, but I want the rest. –

The only way you could get me to play golf. – (warning: French)

Spurs vs. Norwich… through the lens of a crack pipe. –

The new Houston Dynamo stadium looks drool worthy.

Puyol gets his face stapled mid match, like a man. –

The Predator line just made a major left turn. –

An honest look at the urgency for goal line technology. –