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

Celebrating the World's game from an American perspective

#255 – Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor of Soccer America joins the boys at OTB to dissect USMNT recent performances.

Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor of Soccer America joins the boys at OTB to dissect USMNT recent performances.

Mike Woitalla, Executive Editor of Soccer America, joins Kevin and Dave to review the USMNT’s recent performance. They analyze the team’s lackluster game against Colombia and the friendly match against Brazil. The discussion also includes predictions on the significance of the 2024 Copa América for Coach Gregg Berhalter.
With decades of soccer journalism experience, Mike brings deep insights into game highlights, player transfers, and referee decisions. Additionally, he’s an active volunteer coach, referee, and photographer with SWB Oakland, contributing to the sport from youth leagues to the professional level.
Kevin highlights the tactical adjustments needed for the USMNT to compete effectively on the global stage, emphasizing the importance of a solid defensive strategy and creative midfield play. Dave counters with a focus on improving player development programs within the US, suggesting a long-term approach to cultivate homegrown talent capable of succeeding internationally.
Mike and the hosts delve into the potential impact of upcoming international fixtures and tournaments, providing a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities awaiting the USMNT. Their conversation underscores the critical role of strategic planning and consistent performance in elevating the team’s global standing.

#251 – Jonathan Tannenwald, Chief Soccer Correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins the boys on OTB to stir up some controversy about his feelings for his hometown Union FC and their incredibly successful youth programs, Jim Curtin, USMNT’s lineup, Emma Hayes, and 14-year-old phenom Cavan Sullivan.

Jonathan Tannenwald, Chief Soccer Correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins the boys on OTB to stir up some controversy about his feelings for his hometown Union FC and their incredibly successful youth programs, Jim Curtin, USMNT's lineup, Emma Hayes, and 14-year-old phenom Cavan Sullivan.

Jonathan Tannenwald, Chief Soccer Correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins the boys on OTB to stir up some controversy about his feelings for his hometown Union FC and their incredibly successful youth programs, Jim Curtin, USMNT’s lineup, Emma Hayes, and 14-year-old phenom Cavan Sullivan.

#247 – Monica Bosiljevac, Executive Director of Football for the World Foundation and Managing Director American Outlaws Discusses Soccer Altruism, Footy Fandom, and the Global Need for Youth Equipment.

Football for the World Foundation Executive Director and American Outlaws Managing Director, Monica Bosiljevac talks altruism, footy fandom, and the global need for soccer equipment.

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.

#246 – 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! 

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!

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!