Tuesday, April 17, 2018

EP-016 Champions League Review Europa Update FA Cup Semis

It was a week of come-backs in the Champions League and Europa League quarter finals. John and Jay take a moment to graciously acknowledge their own correct predictions and review the matches. Things might get a little weird discussing Renaldo's abs.

Congratulations to the Wolverhampton Wanderers on their new Premier League aspirations. John's favorite topic relegation is featured in the news segment.

The Champions League and Europa League draws are discussed, and the guys give you the matches you must watch this week. Despite Jay's objections, Chelsea FC is featured twice, and a huge clash between Manchester United and Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinal.

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Carnac the Magnificent was not injured during this broadcast.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

EP-014 Champions League 2nd Leg and Man U Comeback

John is back from a whirlwind vacation in sunny California. The guys review the first leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals and Preview the second leg. Jay thinks Roma have a chance to make the Catalonians sweat, and John isn't counting Manchester City out yet. The guys get you prepared for a potentially surprising second leg. Although the sponsorship money hasn't come in yet, Jay continues to brag about his Fubo.tv free trial strategy to watch the Champions League matches not televised.

News includes information about the European Super League, or is that the fake news segment? Europa League is updated with tid bits on the the Red Ball versus Rasenball Sport potential controversy. Finally the guys take it home with previews of important matches this weekend in the EPL and Serie A.

Alexi Lalas was not physically injured during this broadcast, but there is no report on his emotional state.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

EP-013 USMNT Review Champions League Returns

Warning, the guys may sing the Champions League theme song again in this broadcast.  Do not listen around dogs.  Champions League is back.  John and Jay can't hide their excitement.  Will the string of accurate predictions continue?

USMNT play the youth, well kind of.  The anticipation of an international friendly is always better than the match itself.

The guys lay out the week ahead in soccer.  There are four or five matches you must watch, and Jay even has a trick to watch the best match of the week for free.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

TG-001 Choosing Your English Premier League Club

The English Premier League is quickly becoming the most popular soccer league on the planet.  In America we have more access to the EPL than any other league thanks to the NBC coverage.  With no geographic ties to the region, American fans have the opportunity to choose the Premier League club to support versus being born into a supporter group.

John and Jay take the time to help you figure out which English Premier League club is right for you.  Get out your pencil and paper, pour a drink or two, and let's have fun going over the pros and cons of each Premiere League club.  Well, maybe just the clubs the guys decided are worth your consideration:

 - Manchester City - Electric and Skilled
 - Manchester United - History and Success
 - Liverpool - Tradition and Heart
 - Tottenham Hotspur - Young and Cocky
 - Chelsea - Strong and Formidable
 - Arsenal - Beautiful and Substantive
 - Burnley - Industrious and Hard Nosed
 - Leicester City - Clever and Bold
 - Everton - Maligned and Proud
 - Bournemouth - Young Upstarts and Tenacious

John and Jay will help you figure out which club deserves your love and undying support.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

EP-012 Champions League Review Preview and USMNT Friendly

Jay pays off the bet! Arsenal lost to Manchester City by a larger margin than Chelsea, so Jay had to don the Diego Costa Chelsea jersey.

We hate to say I told you so. But once again the guys were spot on with their Champions League predictions. Sevilla and Barcelona are through, and Jose Mourinho is still the greatest manager on the planet. Just ask him.

The guys run through the quarter final match ups in Champions League and Europa League. Jay schools us on Red Bull sponsorship versus content marketing, and what's all the fuss about RasenBallsSport Leipzig.

Finally, the youth gone wild! USMNT has been taken over by the talented young players. The guys preview a full day of International soccer friendlies including the United States Men's National Team.

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USMT vs Paraguay Friendly - A New Chapter

On March 27th in North Carolina at 7:30 EST on Fox Sports 1 the United State Men's National team will host South American rival Paraguay in a friendly match.  This match comes under a dark cloud still looming over United States soccer as World Cup 2018 will come and go without US participation.  It will take time for American Outlaws to cleanse the pallet of qualification failure, and the chaotic leadership the organization felt in the past year, but this friendly may be just what the doctor ordered.

The 22 man roster for the friendly was recently announced.  US Soccer is putting their youth front and center.  Of the 22 men called up, they represent 12 different leagues and 10 countries.  Only one third of the players are signed and playing in Major League Soccer.  5 of the players are currently signed and playing in the top leagues of Europe.  Despite the youth, this is a formidable and exciting roster presented for the mostly meaningless friendly.

This is exactly what the USMNT needs at this time.  Youth front and center, and on full display for American Outlaws.  The match outcome will mean nothing from a historical perspective, but psychologically it could get the USMNT fan base back on their feet and excited about US Soccer.

There are five players I have highlighted that represent a bright light off in the distance for the USMNT:

1.  DeAndre Yedlin:  Of the 22 men selected, Yedlin is the most experienced at the age of 24 with 49 USMNT appearances.  I love his attitude and leadership at this point for US Soccer.  He said in a recent interview, "I want to win the World Cup.  If that's not the goal then I don't think you should be playing."  Yedlin as become a staple in the Newcastle United lineup in the English Premiere League.

2.  Cameron Carter-Vickers:  CCV is on loan at Ipswich Town in the English Championship.  Tottenham Hotspurs own his rights.  CCV is performing well for Ipswich.  The club is crying out to retain him again on loan next season, but in his current form, it is more likely he will dawn a Hotspur jersey next season.  CCV has been a leader at all levels of US Soccer, and this may be the first step to firmly plant his foot in the USMNT defense from now into a long future.

3.  Shaq Moore:  He plays right back at 21 years old with Levante in La Liga.  He has started several matches for the club this season, including one against Barcelona and Messi.  The USMNT actually has a great problem in the future with two European Top League right backs in Yedlin and Moore.

4.  Tim Weah:  18 Years old and playing for Paris St-Germain!  He has made two appearances for PSG this season.  He is the son of legendary African footballer George Weah.  This will be his first appearance for the USMNT.  In Weah, the US has a calm and cool striker with an international football pedigree.

5.  Weston McKennie:  This 19 year old is a midfielder with Schalke in the German Bundesliga.  He has battled through injury this season, yet has still made 17 appearances for the #2 Bundesliga club.  McKennie is a versatile part of America's midfield.  The Schalke manager said of Weston, "He is an aggressive leader - he can play anywhere in midfield, in front of the defense or behind the attack."

The taste of salt may still linger in your mouth as the World Cup approaches.  Take time to give these young men a chance.  They may just lead you to a brighter, more hopeful perspective on our national team.

Jay Fratt


Sunday, March 11, 2018

EP-011 Jay Defends the Spurs and Champs League Preview

"That's so Spursy." No, give Juventus credit and admire Tottenham for continuing to rise toward trophies. John and Jay discuss the Champions League matches of the week, and preview the important Champions League matches this coming week. Does Chelsea FC have a chance? Will Jose Mourinho's plan come to fruition?

The Chicago boys high school soccer scene is on fire because of an ambitious coach. John and Jay discuss noteworthy news from the world of soccer.

Nobody was bitten during this episode of the Kick from the Spot podcast, and Chiellini loves us.

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