Episode 169

December 2, 2021

Frank Dell'Apa

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam are joined by long-time soccer writer for the Boston Globe Frank Dell’Apa to discuss the resurgence of the Revolution, what went wrong in the playoffs, where things stand on a new stadium and the legacy of coach Bruce Arena before breaking down the MLS conference semis and looking ahead to next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Episode 168

November 24, 2021

Paul Carr

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam are joined once again by TruMedia Sports Director of Content and all-around stats guru Paul Carr to discuss the differences between club and international play, who the numbers say should be in net for the USMNT, how data at-large has affected the game itself on the field and if there’s any quantifiable sense to be made of refereeing decisions. In addition, the guys discuss NBC Sports’ massive new EPL deal and an impressive rise in MLS viewership.

Episode 167

November 18, 2021

Mike Woitalla

On OTB this week Kevin, Grayle and Sam are joined once more by Soccer America Executive Editor Mike Woitalla to break down the USMNT games against Mexico and Jamaica including which players stood out, who regressed, the level of officiating and where things stand overall as we reach essentially the half-way mark in CONCACAF qualifying.

Episode 166

November 12, 2021

Jeff Carlisle

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam are joined once again by ESPN writer Jeff Carlisle who is in Cincinnati following the buildup to the USMNT–Mexico showdown to get his take on the big game (as well as the Jamaica match next week) and the future of CONCACAF qualifying in general with an expanded World Cup in 2026. Jeff also shares his thoughts on the upcoming MLS postseason, players to watch and which clubs he thinks could be primed for a run.

Episode 165

November 4, 2021

Ty Keough

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam are joined by Ty Keough—an All-American at St. Louis University, former NASL and USMNT player, and longtime broadcaster for ESPN, ABC and more—to discuss the evolution of the NCAA game and why he feels Americans aren’t always given a fair shot at the college level, his playing days with the San Diego Sockers and in MISL, and finally how he made his way into broadcasting and why he wishes there were maybe a few less foreign accents covering the game in the US today.

Episode 164

October 29, 2021

Jason Arnold

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam are joined by Jason Arnold—Vice President of Sporting Business with Capelli Sport and former University of Maryland player—to hear about the growth of the brand and their work at the grassroots level and in the women’s game along with how the soccer lifestyle “brand” in general has managed to infiltrate the mainstream over the last decade.

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, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

Episode 162

October 15, 2021

Three Comic Keepers

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam break down the USMNT qualifying results against both Panama and Costa Rica, and debate Gregg Berhalter’s overall success with the team to date before being joined by the panel of goalie coach Greg Kenney and comedians (and also ‘keepers) Brad Mastrangelo and Graig Murphy to talk about the evolution of the position, rule changes they’d like to see or not see, and the importance of a team naming a true number one starter.

Episode 161

October 8, 2021

Ted Priestly

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam break down the USMNT’s 2–0 qualifying win over Jamaica offering high praise for Yunus Musah and Ricardo Pepi, and somewhat less-high marks for Taylor Twellman in the booth before being joined by Ted Priestly, founder and CEO of Fundraise4U.net, to talk about the work he does raising money for athletic sponsorships, the challenges and opportunities presented by soccer specifically, and how vital his job has become in the era of COVID.

Episode 160

October 1, 2021

Prof. Steven Bank

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam discuss the USMNT roster announcement for October qualifiers, Jesse Marsch’s rough start at RB Leipzig and other Champions League action before being joined once again by Professor Steven Bank of UCLA, an expert in sports law and soccer in particular, to help make sense of the latest from the USWNT–USSF lawsuit, allegations of abuse in NWSL and whether or not the Super League is truly dead and buried.