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

Celebrating the World's game from an American perspective

Welcome to the Over the ball soccer podcast

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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FSU Coach Brian Pensky Joins Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego

In this episode of Over the Ball, Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego discuss weekend matches and the changes to the US Open Cup. Kevin shares his experience playing in the US Open Cup and the tournament’s importance. Dave’s dog joins Kevin and Dave to welcome this week’s special guest, the head coach from this year’s NCAA Champions Florida State Women’s Soccer, Brian Pensky to discuss his experience winning a national championship, the team’s performance, the myth that defense wins championships, and the impact the victory has had on Coach Pensky’s already successful coaching career.

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Clemson Men's Coach Mike Noonan Joins Kevin Flynn & Dave Gallego

The latest episode of the Over The Ball Podcast is sure to impress soccer fans and enthusiasts alike. Joining Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego is none other than the coach of the national champion Clemson men’s soccer team. With an impressive track record of success, the coach shares his insights and experiences in the highly competitive world of college soccer. Listeners can expect to gain valuable knowledge and a deeper appreciation for the game as they hear firsthand about the strategies and dedication required to achieve championship-level excellence. Don’t miss out on this impressive discussion on the beautiful game.

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December 6, 2023

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Kevin Flynn and co-host Dave Gallego

Welcome to Over the Ball! This week, Dave Gallego debuts as comedian and ex-pro player Kevin Flynn’s new co-host as they dig into the latest news and events in world football from an American Perspective. OTB explores some of the most interesting developments in soccer this weekend, including the upcoming MLS CUP and how Columbus made it there, an update on Bob Bradley’s stint as head coach of Norway’s Stabaek, and a look at NCAA Mens Div 1 Final 4 tournaments taking place Friday at Louisville Kentucky.

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December 18, 2022

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Bob Ley, Kevin Flynn, and Chris Chamides

Best World Cup ever as Mbappe hat trick is not enough to stop Lionel Messi and Argentina as they win on PKs. Argentina gets their third World Cup Title and with that and cements Messi as the GOAT. Lionel Messi now shares Argentinian World Cup Hero status with Mario Kempes and Diego Maradona. More importantly, solidifies his superiority over Ronaldo at the GOAT. Kevin, Bob, and Chris all share their feelings about the game while tipping their hat to France for one of the greatest comebacks in history with their ability to drive the game to a shootout. This and much more of this week’s edition of OTB.

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December 12, 2022

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Bob Ley, Grayle Howlett, Kevin Flynn, and Chris Chamides

Early Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022 soccer journalist Grant Wahl died suddenly while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. Wahl, one of the most well-known and respected soccer writers in the United States, was loved throughout the soccer world and beyond. Well-known and celebrated for his heart, passion, integrity, and incredible knowledge of the game, Grant’s passing shocked the world and the soccer community. Kevin and Chris are joined by legendary sportscaster Bob Ley, and close friend and colleague Grayle Howlett to pay tribute to the man, his incredible heart, his sterling reputation, his immense passion, and his impact on the soccer world.

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December 8, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

We’re down to the Final 8 (Croatia v. Brazil : Netherlands v. Argentina : Morocco v. Portugal : England v. France) and Kevin and Chris assess the fallout from the US Men’s loss, discuss the future of the team and Berhalter, share their picks for the final rounds, and share their choice for where they would send their child to learn the game of futbal.

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December 3, 2022

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Dominic Kinnear Joins Kevin Flynn

US puts together an aggressive, fast-paced attack but misses several opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net, while the Dutch’s discipline and precision take advantage of US backline defense failures. We finally see Reyna and perhaps a glimpse of the future.

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November 30, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

In what can only be described as a gutsy and passionate performance by Team USA, the USMNT moves on to the Knockout Round where they will play the Dutch on Saturday at 9 am EST. Kevin and Chris break down the game, opine about Berhalter’s changes to the starting line-up, analyze his 75th-minute substitution decisions, critique Haji Wright’s intensity level, and continue to wonder…”where in the world is Gio Reyna?” England advances with a 3-0 win over Wales. Netherlands advances with a 2-0 win over Qatar, and Senegal beats Ecuador 2-1. That and more celebration on this week’s episode of OTB.

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November 28, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

US Soccer provides additional motivation for Iran by altering the Iranian flag on social media. Tyler Adams handles a truly bizarre press conference like a seasoned pro against the Iranian press. Fernandez scores 2 against Uruguay to Advance Portugal. Brazil advances with a 1-0 win over Switzerland. Cameroon stays alive with a 3-3 tie with Serbia. Ghana and South Korea battle back and forth in a 3-2 win for Ghana. Canadian Coach John Herdman disses Croatia after they knock Canada out.

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November 27, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

Playing for the Knockout Round: USMNT must win off Tuesday against Iran amidst controversy. Berhalter under pressure to change line-up. World Cup Parity continues as Spain & German Draw. Ticos Beat Japan 1-0. Croatia Eliminates Canada 4-1. Morocco Tops Belgium 2-0, Argentina 2-0 Over Mexico. FIFA’s Juergen Klinsmann and US Soccer stir up controversy in Iran. Kevin lambasts UK news for not standing behind Team England after loss to US. This and more World Cup highlights on this week’s OTB.

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November 25, 2022

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Dominic Kinnear, Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

England wasn’t its sharpest and the US played inspired soccer. With passionate play from US Captain Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah the US kept England off balance but missed a couple of huge opportunities including one off the crossbar by Christian Pulisic. Controversy still surrounds the lack of minutes for Brenden Aaronson and Gio Reyna. Begs the question, even when the team is playing this well, shouldn’t we have our absolute best squad on the field? The boys need goals…period. Sets up a huge do-or-die game on Tuesday against Iran, who beat Wales 2-0.

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November 23, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

Kevin and Chris take a look at the day’s action, as the CONCACAF teams remain winless. The boys were impressed by Japan’s play as they shock Germany with their 2-1 win. Even more so by Canada in their loss to Belgium. They fell asleep during the Spain 7-0 trouncing of Costa Rica. Think the 12 million estimated viewership across Univision, Fox, and Peacock is likely understated. And Kevin vehemently disagrees with Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla’s assessment of Zimmerman in the USMNT game against Wales. That and more on OTB.

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November 22, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

Chris and Kevin discuss today’s (and last night’s action) including Argentina’s HUGE loss to Saudi Arabia has the Saudi’s declaring the day a national holiday. England comes out of the gate strong against Iran. France appears utterly dominant in their 4-2 win over Australia. Lewandowski’s PK miss hands Poland and a flopping Mexico team a tie. USMNT faces criticism over Berhalter’s mind-blowing decision not to start Reyna. Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual consent. Qatar bans drinking and cracks down on players and fans wearing rainbow flags and armbands. That and more on this special World Cup Edition of OTB.

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November 21, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

A Tale of Two Halves. USMNT marked their return to the World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Wales. Tim Weah puts one in the back of the net in the first half. But Gareth Bale’s penalty kick late in the second half resulted in the two teams splitting points. It’s a draw. Christian Pulisic had a great first half, but Team Wales came out more aggressive and put Gregg Berhalter’s team on the ropes and Walker Zimmerman’s foul on Bale proved costly. Big saves from Matt Turner and outstanding play from Tyler Adams topped the highlights of the second half. Join Chris and Kevin as they break it all down.

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November 20, 2022

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Mike Woitalla Joins Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

Soccer America’s Senior Editor Mike Woitalla joins OTB hosts Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides to announce a daily OTB podcast series that will air during the World Cup games that starting this Monday, November 21, as the USMNT squad kicks off their 2022 FIFA World Cup against Wales.

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November 16, 2022

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Author Clemente Lisi , Kevin Flynn and Chris Chamides

World Cup Anticipation is Exploding. Kevin and Chris talk to Clemente Lisi, author of “Passion of the World Cup – A History of the Planet’s Biggest Sporting Events.” The boys discuss the gravity of the World Cup when nationalistic pride is mixed with Superbowl-like competition, Qatar’s demands for the world to acclimate to their culture, the USMNT starting keepers and center-backs, Christian Pulisic’s Bose commercial, and USWNT’s win over Germany, and Jesse Marsch’s “I Don’t Care” statement. This and much more are on this week’s edition of OTB.

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November 10, 2022

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Kevin Flynn & Chris Chamides

MLS Cup Mania has carried through the last week! Kevin and Chris discuss and dissect an MLS Cup that seems to be made for TV. Arguably the best MLS game of all time due to the game, the crowd, the scoring, the media coverage, and the PKs at the end. The boys dig into the details, celebrate the moment, and discuss the power of hecklers in this episode of OTB.

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November 7, 2022

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Kevin Flynn and Mike Woitalla

A complete excitement-filled recap of the 2022 MLS Cup featuring LAFC and Philadelphia Union. Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla joins Kevin to discuss the incredible atmosphere and the one-of-a-kind stadium environment at Banc of California Stadium on Saturday for the MLS Cup featuring the glamorous and stylish LAFC taking on the more physical Philadelphia. The game absolutely lived up to the hype with an epic, back-and-forth 3-3 match — tied at regulation, the game goes into extra time and ends with an incredible penalty kick shootout. An unforgettable true Hollywood ending for two of the MLS’ best teams. #MLSCup2022

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November 3, 2022

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Kevin Flynn & Chris Chamides

It’s MLS Cup Weekend is here, and Kevin and Chris are digging into issues of payroll, parity, parking woes, and the impact and importance of a hometown crowd. With World Cup Fever upon us, the boys share their concerns about USNMT injuries, England’s false confidence, Argentina & Portugal as favorites, and why the hell we’re playing in Qatar…in November. Kevin and Chris sneak in a little Leeds love fest, the fear of relegation, and the health and durability of Premier League players, while cheering on their friend, Mike Noonan, at Clemson and celebrating Coach Chamides’ accomplishments at LMU. And end the day with some confusion as to where the Romans are? That and more on this week’s episode of OTB.

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October 27, 2022

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Kevin and Chris dig into the USMNT final roster spots, assess Sean Johnson and Kellyn Acosta, discuss MLS’ lack of American players, bitch about MLS’ shoddy game coverage, rave about Gio Reyna’s magic, worry about Pulisic’s and Adam’s lack of playtime, herald Ricardo Pepe, and ponder what has happened to Barcelona and Juventus, talk MLS playoffs, and dissect how Curtin won Coach of the Year over LAFC’s Steve Cherundolo, and much more of this week’s edition of OTB.