Over the Ball Soccer Podcast: Celebrating the World's Game from an American Perspective

Celebrating the World's game from an American perspective

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Celebrating the World's Game from an American Perspective.

Tune in every week to America’s fastest growing soccer podcast hosted by comedian and ex-pro Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego as they celebrate the World’s Game from an American Perspective. The boys at OTB delve into everything soccer from the latest action in the Premier League to the surging growth of the MLS, from the hysteria leading up to the 2024 World Cup to excitement, controversy and news coming from the USMNT and USWNT. OTB’s expert hosts analyze the latest news, controversies, sensational plays, and standout moments of the week. With their immense knowledge and unwavering passion, these two soccer players turned obsessive fans leave no topic untouched. Step onto the pitch weekly with OTB and experience the world’s game like never before.

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David Gerson

In this episode of Over the Ball, soccer referee and podcast host David Gerson joins Dave and guest host John Bolster to delve into the challenges and changes in soccer refereeing. They tackle the rise in technicality and competitiveness in the game, while addressing the concerning lack of civility and excessive competitiveness among parents and coaches at all levels. Gerson sheds light on the inadequate training and support for referees, their encounters with abuse, high turnover rates, and the pressing need for enhanced training opportunities. His mission is to humanize referees, fostering understanding and respect for their crucial role in the game. The discussion also ventures into recent events in the English Premier League, including matches like Tottenham versus Manchester City and Aston Villa’s draw with Liverpool. Additionally, they touch upon noteworthy developments such as Jesse Marsch becoming coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team, Olivier Giroud joining LAFC, and 14-year-old midfielder Cavan Sullivan signing with the Philadelphia Union.

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Your "Over The Ball" Hosts

Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn is a stand-up comedian, actor, television host, and Founder/Executive Director of the Nantucket Comedy Festival, which benefits Stand Up and Learn, a comedy education program that teaches kids confidence, creativity, and communication skills through the medium of stand-up comedy.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts where he was captain of the soccer team, Kevin went on to play three years of professional soccer in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).  Following his soccer career, Kevin transitioned from pro-athlete to professional sportscaster, host and entertainer.  He covered World Cup Soccer for Fox Sports, ESPN and ABC. Flynn’s Sports Figure show on ESPN received the POLK Award for excellence in children’s programming.

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Dave Gallego

Dave, like all of us is a huge sports fan hailing from Long Island, NY. Being the son of two European parents, father from Spain, mother from England , it would’ve been “illegal” in his household to not play soccer. As such, he developed a keen interest in the sport. He brings a sometimes brash and opinionated style of commentary to the podcast not always being so politically correct. When not watching soccer, Dave works in sales at NBC Universal. He also keeps busy playing music. He is active in two bands, Jerry and the Newcomers and classic rock band The Haze.

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David Gerson

In this episode of Over the Ball, soccer referee and podcast host David Gerson joins Dave and guest host John Bolster to delve into the challenges and changes in soccer refereeing. They tackle the rise in technicality and competitiveness in the game, while addressing the concerning lack of civility and excessive competitiveness among parents and coaches at all levels. Gerson sheds light on the inadequate training and support for referees, their encounters with abuse, high turnover rates, and the pressing need for enhanced training opportunities. His mission is to humanize referees, fostering understanding and respect for their crucial role in the game. The discussion also ventures into recent events in the English Premier League, including matches like Tottenham versus Manchester City and Aston Villa’s draw with Liverpool. Additionally, they touch upon noteworthy developments such as Jesse Marsch becoming coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team, Olivier Giroud joining LAFC, and 14-year-old midfielder Cavan Sullivan signing with the Philadelphia Union.

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May 9, 2024

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Stephen Goff

Legendary Washington Post reporter Steven Goff joins the boys at OTB to discuss all things US soccer, including the performance of DC United, his favorite World Cup memories, and the upcoming Copa America tournament. Goff also shares his thoughts on the United States national team and their chances in the tournament. In this conversation, the hosts and guest discuss various topics related to soccer, including the performance of DC United, the lack of a developmental team, and the challenges of player development. They also touch on the US men’s national team and the excitement and nervousness that comes with supporting the team. The conversation concludes with a discussion about soccer coverage in the US and the impact of the South Africa World Cup.

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Alexander Wolff, Grayle Howlett

Grant Wahl seems to touch everybody he came in contact with his undeniable passion, integrity, honesty, and simple ethic of trying to write the truth without agenda or bias. Friends and accomplished journalists Grayle Howlett and Alexander Wolf both spent years writing for Sports Illustrated, Wolff having spent 36 years there covering basketball, the Olympics, soccer’s World Cup, the World Series, every Grand Slam tennis event, and the Tour de France. Both men share their glowing admiration and praise for Grant Wahl and explain how this book celebrating his talents, unique writing style, and universal appeal came about. They join Kevin and Dave to discuss his impact on the game and explore how he crafted insightful articles that resonated with fans worldwide. In 2019, he launched his Substack, “Fútbol with Grant Wahl,” which became a must-read for anyone passionate about the beautiful game. The remarkable new book: “World Class: Purpose, Passion, and the Pursuit of Greatness On and Off the Field,” which Wolff co-edited with Mark Mravic, features Wahl’s most memorable pieces, from in-depth player profiles to gripping World Cup coverage. It’s a journey through the heart of soccer, capturing the drama, the triumphs, and the human stories that make this sport so captivating.

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Monica Bosiljevac

Impressive. Inspiring. Passionate. Words that capture the personality and drive of ex University of Nebraska soccer player turned uber philanthropist Monica Bosiljevac. Monica’s journey from college soccer to an eye-opening trip in Botswana revealed the global demand for sports equipment among kids. With a passion for sports ignited early in her life, Monica excelled in soccer and softball, ultimately choosing to pursue soccer competitively. Transitioning to Division I soccer at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, she balanced athletics with studies in marketing and management. Her passion for marketing, fundraising, and ticketing for global charities paved her way to an MBA. She co-founded Football For The World Foundation to empower children through soccer, where her altruism shines through as she provides hope and resources for kids aspiring to achieve through the beautiful game. She also became American Outlaws Managing Director where she drives fan support and USWNT and USMNT attendance at matches globally. Join us on the Over the Ball Podcast as we delve into Monica’s remarkable journey from local fields to impacting lives globally through soccer. Her story embodies how sports can be a catalyst for change and empowerment in both games and life pursuits.

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Skip Gilbert

⚽ Tune in as Skip Gilbert, esteemed CEO of US Youth Soccer and ex-goalkeeper for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, tackles the latest in the world of youth soccer on OTB! Don’t miss this insightful discussion featuring this week’s top soccer news, scores, and highlights. As a former goalkeeper with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American, Skip brings a wealth of experience and passion to the beautiful game. Join hosts Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego as they delve into Skip’s remarkable journey, discussing everything from the highs and lows of soccer in the US to his leadership roles in USA Swimming, USA Triathlon, and USA Tennis. Discover how Skip’s insights and resilience have guided US Youth Soccer during challenging times, and gain valuable perspectives on early specialization, coaching education, and the KISS principle. Don’t miss this engaging conversation with a true soccer luminary! ⚽🎙️   🎧 Tune in to the “Over The Ball” Soccer Podcast! 🎧 🎙️ Your passion for the game deserves the best analysis and commentary – catch it all on our next podcast episode! #OTBSoccer #YouthSoccerInsights #SoccerPodcast

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John Bolster

🎙️Celebrated soccer writer John Bolster graces the airwaves on the Over the Ball Soccer Podcast to discuss USMNT’s chances at the CONCEAF tournament, his insights, predictions, and friendly banter about the upcoming Euros, USMNT’s chances at the Olympic, and of course the recent storm surrounding Korbin Albert’s controversial posts. 🌪️🇺🇸 John Bolster, a celebrated soccer journalist that writes for known for his insightful perspectives on soccer, has contributed significantly to the discourse around the sport. Brace yourselves as John joins OTB hosts Kevin Flynn (comedian extraordinaire) and Dave Gallego (soccer aficionado) as the travel the globe talking about the World’s game from an American perspective. Expect laughter, passion, and a deep dive into the world’s most beloved sport. 🤝⚽ Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, Listen Now to this week’s edition of the Over the Ball soccer podcast. 🎧

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March 27, 2024

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Jeff Carlisle

From the NCAA to the MLS, from the Premier League to the World Cup, Jeff Carlisle brings his insider insights to the table, shedding light on the US Men’s National Team (USMNT), the intricacies of the MLS Referees contract, and the soaring popularity of soccer in the USA. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, this episode promises to be a riveting exploration of the world’s game as the crew dissects the latest news, controversies, sensational plays, and standout moments of the USMNT performances this last week, including the two seemingly different teams that took the pitch in the Jamaica and Mexico games respectively. Jeff, Kevin, and Dave review the team’s performance in the tournament, including their disappointing performance against Jamaica, followed by their bounce-back win over Mexico. They also discuss coaching decisions and the future of the team. Overall, they agree that the team has talent but still has a lot to prove. They also touch on the upcoming tournaments and players to watch. Their lively conversation covers various topics related to the US national team, including the depth and talent of the team, attendance levels and venue choices, challenges of scheduling competitive friendlies, the decline of the Mexican national team, the refereeing situation in MLS, changes to the US Open Cup, and factors contributing to the popularity of soccer.

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Johnny Avello

On this week’s episode of OTB, Kevin and Dave sit with a true legend in the world of sports betting, Johnny Avello from DraftKings. With over 30 years of experience, Johnny has been an influential figure in Las Vegas bookmaking. He spent 13 years as the executive director of the Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook, where he became known for his on-point odds and his entertaining commentary, often predicting the eventual Oscar winners. Now, he’s bringing his expertise to DraftKings, overseeing retail sportsbook trading and risk management. Soccer’s global reach, diverse betting options, and technological advancements have elevated it to a central position in the world of sports betting. Soccer analytics have evolved significantly. Bettors now have access to detailed player stats, team performance metrics, and historical data. So, whether you’re a seasoned punter or a curious newcomer, there’s always a soccer match waiting for your wager! ⚽🔥📈

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Bob Lenarduzzi

🎙️Join Kevin and Dave on this week’s episode Over the Ball podcast as we dive into the captivating career and accomplishments of Bob Lenarduzzi—a living legend whose impact reverberates across stadiums, boardrooms, and hearts. Whether he was donning cleats or making strategic decisions, Lenarduzzi’s passion for the game has left an indelible mark on the field with Reading FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the Canadian national team, where he proudly wore the maple leaf at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Bob is the sole Canadian to have clinched the NASL Player of the Year award in 1979 and played a pivotal role in the Whitecaps’ NASL Soccer Bowl championship triumph that same year, knocking out the Cosmos to a stunned Giants Stadium crowd. Bob continued to leave his mark on soccer history as the coach of the Vancouver 86ers (now Whitecaps) to four consecutive Canadian Soccer League titles, taking over later as the club’s general manager and director of soccer operations, where he shaped the team’s destiny. His influence extended to the Canadian national team and where his tireless advocacy for soccer in Vancouver earned him a rightful place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the Whitecaps FC president, he turned dreams into reality, establishing a professional soccer legacy that continues to inspire generations. Tune in to our podcast episode as we unravel the layers of Bob Lenarduzzi’s remarkable career—a journey fueled by passion, resilience, and unwavering love for the beautiful game. ⚽🎧

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Rick Davis

In the annals of American soccer history, few names evoke as much reverence and admiration as Rick Davis. A true legend of the sport, Davis left an indelible mark on the landscape of American soccer during his tenure with the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League (NASL). With a blend of skill, tenacity, and leadership, Davis emerged as a beacon of excellence, captivating fans and inspiring future generations of players. Get ready for an electrifying episode of the Over The Ball podcast as we welcome none other than American soccer icon, Rick Davis, as he joins Kevin and Dave and delves into his unparalleled journey through the world of soccer, reminiscing about his illustrious career with the New York Cosmos in the NASL and his enduring impact on the sport in the United States.

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Juan Carlos Amorós

Juan Carlos Amorós, the 38-year-old head coach of NJ/NY Gotham FC in the NWSL, is a rising star in soccer. With extensive global soccer experience, he has successfully led teams in Spain, England, and the U.S. Fresh from a thrilling NWSL Championship match win against OL Reign, Coach Amorós shares insights from his worldwide soccer ventures. He emphasizes building a club deeply rooted in community and fan connection and reveals his coaching philosophy that centers on treating players as individuals with diverse cultures and perspectives before uniting them as a cohesive force for electrifying play. Amorós delves into the nuances between men’s and women’s games while highlighting the global evolution of women’s soccer where other nations are catching up to the once-dominant USWNT. His keen observations shed light on the changing landscape of elite women’s soccer as he discusses tactical strategies with Kevin and Dave, emphasizing strong leadership at Gotham FC to align with the club’s ambition for global recognition. The boys also critique Ronaldo’s success – or lack thereof – Messi’s god-like stature, and the emergence of Thirty-year old coaches with the hiring of Eric Ramsay at Minnesota United. That and more on this week’s episode of Over The Ball.

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February 21, 2024

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John Harkes, Kevin Flynn, and Dave Gallego

Former U.S. men’s national team captain, John Harkes, visits Over The Ball to delve into his Greenville experience and reminisce about the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. He reflects on the tragic death of Andreas Escobar and stresses the significance of honoring soccer history. Dave and Kevin explore Harkes’ move from European play to MLS and the hurdles of being a soccer commentator. Harksie underlines the necessity of American voices in soccer commentary, recounting his Goal of the Year win in the English Premier League versus Manchester United, navigating their arrogance.

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Willy Roy, Kevin Flynn, Dave Gallego

Legendary Chicago Sting Coach, Willy Roy, joins the boys on OTB to discuss Coach Roy’s transition from player to coach, the demise of the NASL, and the Chicago Sting’s historic win over the Cosmos in the 1981 Soccer Bowl. Dave and Kevin celebrate the Coach’s National Soccer Hall of Fame induction in 1989 and his NASL Coach of the Year honors in 1981. The boys also dig into Daryl Dike’s injury, Gio Reyna’s performance for Nottingham Forest, alongside USMNT teammate Matt Turner, and Brazil’s surprise failure to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. The mics are a buzzing on this week’s episode of Over The Ball.

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Nikki Mark, Kevin Flynn, Dave Gallego

Kevin and Dave dive deep into the engaging world of soccer as they chat with the inspirational Nikki Mark, author of “Tommy’s Field – Love Loss and the Goal of a Lifetime.” Nikki captivates with her awe-inspiring tale of resilience, recounting how she channeled the heartbreaking loss of her son into a remarkable journey of personal growth, all while sprinkling in a touch of otherworldly guidance. But the excitement doesn’t stop there! The dynamic duo also dish on the latest buzz surrounding the World Cup, from the thrilling selection of New York as a host city to the explosive surge in the global adoration of the beautiful game. It’s a conversation no soccer aficionado would want to miss! Learn more about this incredible book at https://nikkimark.com/

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January 30, 2024

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Kevin Flynn, Dave Gallego

In this episode, Kevin and Dave go mono y mono concerning Jürgen Klopp’s departure from Liverpool, Xavi leaving Barcelona, and the decline of American goalkeepers. The boys also dig into the importance of coaching and parental involvement in youth sports, touching on various topics such as the transfer market, promising young players, and Gio Reyna’s need to balance talent with attitude and consistency. Or more simply, just another controversial chat between two opinionated soccer fans.

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Tommy "Soccer Tom" Mulroy, Kevin Flynn, Dave Gallego

Join Kevin and Dave on the latest episode of Over The Ball as they chat with the legendary “Soccer Tom” Mulroy. The newly released book, “90 Minutes with the King: How Soccer Saved My Life” is a must-read for all fans, players, and coaches. In this captivating discussion, Tommy takes listeners on a journey through the American soccer scene and shares his passion and dedication for the game. From humble beginnings to playing in the NASL and even guarding Pele himself, Mulroy’s stories highlight the crucial role of street soccer in paving the way for today’s players and coaches. Listen as Tommy talks about his experience playing against Pele and witnessing his infamous bicycle kick goal, as well as delving into individual ability, sportsmanship, memorable moments, and the pure love of the game.

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Alexi Lalas, Kevin Flynn, Dave Gallego

Get ready for some fun and engaging banter as “Gigante Rojo”, better known as the former USMNT stand-out and witty Fox on-air talent Alexi Lalas, join the boys at OTB. They dive into Lalas’ impressive soccer career, his transition to broadcasting, and the ever-growing American soccer scene. Kevin and Dave skillfully coax Lalas into discussing the importance of candor and expressing opinions in soccer broadcasting, all while sharing amusing anecdotes from his world stage experiences. Prepare for a hilarious twist as Lalas reveals his secret passion for making music and the therapeutic power it holds. Not forgetting the impactful 1994 World Cup, they discuss soccer’s transformation in the US, Lalas’ possible venture into politics, and his deep love for the country. Tune in for some exciting takeaways and a memorable outro!

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Bruce Murray, Kevin Flynn, Dave Gallego

Welcome back soccer lovers, to another exciting episode of OTB. This week, we have a special guest who will surely spark some nostalgia for our die-hard listeners. He’s a former national team player and winner of the prestigious Herman Trophy – none other than Bruce Murray himself! Joined by your favorite hosts Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego, this episode is filled with insightful conversations about his illustrious career in soccer, playing overseas professionally, and the importance of having an underdog mentality on the field. The boys also pay tribute to the late Franz Beckenbauer and his impact on the game. The conversation covers Beckenbauer’s revolutionary role as a sweeper and his English language lessons. Kevin and Dave also announce the winner of a competition, preview next week’s guest and conclude with a discussion on recent Premier League soccer matches.

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Juan Guerra, Kevin Flynn, Dave Gallego

OTB hosts Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego interview Juan Guerra, the 36-year-old Venezuelan-born coach and former pro player who is currently the head coach of the USL Champions Phoenix Rising FC, becoming the youngest Head Coach to lift the trophy in league history. Dave and Kevin also discuss the week’s Premier League action, sharing their insights on how Liverpool and Aston Villa are doing while Manchester United struggles. They debate what makes a great soccer coach. Some prefer an authoritarian like José Mourinho, while others prefer managers who motivate and support players like Jurgen Klopp, noting how star players Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah did not thrive under Mourinho but excelled under Klopp. Lastly, the OTB boys discuss how players like Djordje Mihailovic and Hugo Lloris coming to MLS will improve the league. All on this week’s episode of OTB.

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Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego

Hey there! In this episode of Over the Ball, our hosts and soccer fanatics Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego get into all things soccer. They dive into the great ‘soccer’ versus ‘football’ debate, and guess what? Dave surprises Kevin by putting him on the hot seat and grilling him about his pro soccer career, his hilarious experiences at the Nantucket Comedy Festival, and his gig as a comedian, actor, and soccer TV analyst. Kevin, being the storyteller he is, spills the beans about playing in the MISL, going toe-to-toe with Pele, and his wild soccer journey before the MLS explosion. Oh, and of course, they give us a sneak peek of their upcoming interview with the one and only Juan Guerra, the coach of the USL champion Phoenix Rising. You don’t want to miss it!