Episode 163

October 22, 2021

Rick Davis

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam discuss the Saudi takeover at Newcastle, some Champions League action and when we might see Pulisic back on the field before being joined by former New York Cosmo and longtime USMNT member and captain Rick Davis to hear about life as a rare American player in the old NASL and sharing the pitch with the likes of Pelé and Beckenbauer before touching on the national team today, including what makes a good captain, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

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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Grayle Howlett

Grayle’s love affair with soccer began at age 10 when he and his family moved to England and he took up the game. He became an ardent Chelsea FC supporter almost immediately and has remained a passionate supporter ever since. Upon returning to the States in high school, Grayle went on to enjoy a decorated college career at Middlebury and after graduating, pursued a professional career both in England and the U.S. Alas, he didn’t earn a roster spot with either Queens Park Rangers of the First Division, or the Montreal Manic of the NASL, and therefore resigned himself to playing with amateur teams, while pursuing a career in media sales. Grayle has held several media executive positions over his business career, including a 16 year run at Sports Illustrated. He still plays pick-up soccer on the weekends.

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