WSOTP pod: super soaker sunday

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Not only did the 2016 MLS season kick off on over the weekend — on the so-called “Super Soaker Sunday” — but it kicked off with a 10-game bang. Not that there was room for domestic soccer’s return in the calendar, considering there were two full rounds of Premier League action, one of which included a highly influential North London Derby. There wasn’t even room to get into the Champions League fixtures that returned today, though League 2 Watch, Fantasy Update and Winners & Wankers segments were all in there still.

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WSOTP pod: mls preview and a whole lot more

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With weather now turning occasionally, slightly warmer, it’s about that time of year for the #Pondcast team to look ahead to the rapidly approaching Major League Soccer season. As such, Season 3 Episode 30 will serve as this year’s official ‘MLS Preview’ show. But we had to really squeeze it in there, since the rest of the world of soccer has really dialed it up a notch or two. There’s a weekend of slate of Premier League games to review, not to mention last week’s Champions League fixtures. Our Liverpool listeners would never forgive us if we didn’t talk about the League Cup final — well, except for maybe this time. Too there were FIFA presidential elections to contend with, and we asked you listeners for your thoughts on the new US Soccer Crest.

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WSOTP pod: we’re not going anywhere

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As you may have noticed, I dropped some news yesterday. And because of that news, WSOTP will be through some pretty massive changes. But worry not — and it looks like many of you did — the #Pondcast isn’t going away! And to prove that point, we’re dropping another episode the day after the big news.

So what exactly is on this week’s episode? Despite the lack of Premier League action since our last show, there was ample going on in the footballing world for us to delve into. The USMNT played a game on Sunday, and (literally) a few people showed up to watch. There was also the FA Cup Fourth Round to contend with, even if there’s been a lack of upsets. And too, there are midweek Premier League games — some of them today — to look forward to as well. What about the closing of the January transfer window? Plus we asked you guys another question ahead of this episode, and you delivered with some excellent soccer culinary ideas.

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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: celebrating a century with chris rolfe

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Two and a half years ago — despite nothing more to go than an occasional Twitter interaction and a fleeting encounter watching Wigan play at a podunk little high school — two guys that barely knew each other started a soccer podcast. Now into their third season and 100 episodes later, they’re somehow still making it happen.

To celebrate our 100th episode, D.J. and Jeremy welcome on longtime friend of the blog, Dayton native and DC United frontman Chris Rolfe to reflect on the 2015 season, talk Eastern Conference finalists Columbus and New York, and his famous hair/headband. The guys also did their normal Premier League rounds — including Leicester City and Jamie Vardy’s rise to the top, Chelsea remembering how to win and Spurs hot run of form. Too, D.J. recounts his freezing but pleasing trip to Columbus for the Crew-Red Bulls first leg, and your League 2 Watch and Winners & Wankers weekly segments are in there, too.

And as always, if you have questions, topics or suggestions you want us to tackle on the 101st episode, give us a shout on social media or drop us a line to contact@wrongsideofthepond.com. And do us a favor and subscribe — and maybe even a review/rating? — on iTunes, Stitcher or via RSS using the links below.

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WSOTP pod: pop goes the microphone

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You’ll hear about it when you listen in, but I may as well give you a heads up here, too: we unknowingly experienced some technical difficulties on this week’s #Pondcast that will have an impact on the audio quality. About 5 minutes into recording, the guys heard a loud pop but couldn’t ascertain what it was and recorded as normal — apparently that was a mic, and it put a nice grainy noise over top of the recording. Jeremy did his best to clean it up, but it’s definitely not our best sounding pod. Which is a shame, because the content on this week’s episode is excellent.

Not only did we get to continue ragging on Jeremy for Chelsea’s woes on top of D.J. celebrating a solid point in the North London Derby, but there was also an absolutely stunning round of MLS Cup Playoffs to discuss. Plus, there’s an excellent chat about the latest USMNT roster, and the rest of the weekly segments.

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WSOTP pod: fifteen goals for D.J.

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While last week’s abridged version of the podcast gives way to this week’s 71 minute show, we’ve been forced to stuff in everything from MLS Decision Day, Champions League recaps, Chelsea’s continued meltdown to a lackluster Manchester Derby. Plus, the guys provide their weekly Winners & Wankers, a League 2 Watch and even name some winners in our fantasy MLS leagues — not to mention a slew of listener questions, and whole lot more.

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WSOTP pod: a-klopp-alypse

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Dulled from a particularly grating international break, the guys dip their toes back into the healing waters of the Premier League on this week’s podcast. Thoughts on the top three rolling on the weekend, Chelsea’s return to winning ways and some guy named Jürgen Klopp were all major points of discussion. Also in this week’s episode is a look back at an evolutionary 2015 for USL and a recap of their Championship game from last Friday, MLS playoffs and the guys’ takes on the Cincinnati Saints closing up shop. Worry not: your weekly segments are in there, too.

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WSOTP pod: season 2 episode 38

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The fates of two Premier League sides were decided this past weekend, with Burnley and QPR both officially relegated. And a similar fate awaits one more, but who that is — Sunderland, Hull City, maybe even Newcastle? — remains to be seen. And in Episode 38 of the #Pondcast, the guys delve into those sides and their remaining fixtures. Also on this week, our thoughts on the first legs of the Champions League semifinals, the upcoming FIFA elections, the first ever MLS New York City Derby (or whatever you want to call it), and much much more.

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ten words or less #109

While things on the writing front haven’t completely picked back up yet — I’ve had a few original pieces pop out of my brain recently — things on the design front have really picked up a bit. In addition to the recently announced Saints Matchday Poster project eating up gobs of my time, there’s also been work on the Women’s World Cup front too with at least one new shirt design and a Canada 2015 wall chart in progress too. So while I’m stoked to be working on all of that stuff, I wanted to apologize for the continued low output on the written side of things.

And as I normally do in these situations, I’ll attempt to bribe you to stick around a bit longer with some of my favorite links from the last week or so in the world of football. It’s working, right?

Other people think we’re worth following on Twitter! – northernpitch.com

Struggling with the end of the season? Here’s why. – theguardian.com

Heineken’s brilliant way to “watch” football at work. – docs.google.com

Serie A needs to do something to increase interest again. – football-italia.net

In case you wondered, “urban” USMNT looks like this. –  hypebeast.com

So far, exploding the Red Bulls front office has worked. – si.com

Ohhhhh… so it’s their fault you bit them. Got it.  – dirtytackle.net

“Brilliant arrogance” defined. – telegraph.co.uk

Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!! – prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com

Are Portland Thorns the first “real” club in women’s football? – theguardian.com