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.

Over the Ball Soccer Podcast: Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego

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Mike Woitalla

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.

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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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June 29, 2022

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Paul Carr

This week, with Chris Chamides on location doing 2022-2023 recruiting, Kevin goes solo with one of OTB’s favorite guests Paul Carr to discuss the recent announcement of the US cities that have been chosen to host the 2026 World Cup games. Could this be the biggest World Cup audience to date? Kevin and Paul kick that ball around on this episode of Over the Ball. | Ep. 195

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June 14, 2022

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Chris Chamides

This week Chris joins Kevin as he’s traveling on the movie set of the upcoming film “Teaching While Black”, for a down and dirty talk on all things World Cup, their reaction to Wales Coach Rob Page’s inflammatory comments about their forthcoming game against the USA being “winnable”, loving words about Chris’s favorite defender, Chiellini, and a scholarly discussion on the role of mentoring in NCAA soccer, plus a few hilarious rants from Kevin and Chris. An episode not to be missed. | Ep. 194

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Chris Chamides

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June 8, 2022

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Michael Winograd

On this week’s episode of OTB, Kevin and Chris pick the brain of Michael Winograd. Ex-collegiate player, ex-pro player, accomplished lawyer, past U.S. Soccer Presidential candidate, and supportive father of a recently recruited college-bound son, about the growing complexities of the college recruiting process and the demands now being put on aspiring young soccer players gunning to play in the pros.

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Michael Winograd

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Jim Trecker

Back in the late ’60s and early 70’s there was a vision for what American Soccer would look like. One of the men the newly formed NASL turned to to help guide it was a young NY Jets Executive by the name of Jim Trecker. On this week’s episode of OTB, Kevin and Chris talk to Jim about those early years, working with Pele, what type of soccer player Joe Namath would have been, and the growth of the World’s game in the U.S.A.

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May 17, 2022

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Professor Steven Bank

In a landmark labor agreement that guarantees equal pay, U.S. Soccer, and top players agree that the men’s and women’s national teams will receive the same pay when competing in international tournaments. Join Kevin and Chris as they speak to UCLA’s Professor Steven Bank to get the legal lowdown.

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Paul Gardner

Kevin and Chris help celebrate the 92nd birthday of a true living soccer legend, Soccer America’s Paul Gardner. Having covered eight FIFA World Cups, ten FIFA Under-17 World Cups, and interviewed the game’s greatest players like Pele, Carlos Veja, Franz Beckenbauer, and Diego Maradona, Paul has also overseen the transformation of the game inside the U.S.A. from the late ’60’s to today. Don’t miss this legendary OTB episode.

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May 9, 2022

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The Douglas Brothers

Some call him the happiest player of all time. Others call him the most agile. But nearly everyone calls him the greatest ball-handler the game has ever seen. Join Kevin and Chris as they speak to the Douglas Brothers about the making of their new documentary “Ronaldinho: The Happiest Man in the World” – streaming exclusively on the new FIFA+ streaming platform app.

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The Douglas Brothers

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May 3, 2022

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Sasho Cirovski

In this episode of Over The Ball, Kevin and Chris discuss Kevin’s locker room antics, this week’s games, and the Premiere players that make them feel old. The boys think they’ve gotten stood up by NCAA coach Sasho Cirovski, only to grab him off the golf course to discuss the latest negotiations with the NCAA about scheduling and a switch to the “21st Century Model”.

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April 26, 2022

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PHD. Jonathan Scheiman (FitBiomics) and MLS Defender, Tim Parker (Houston Dynamo FC)

Athletes in every sport are exploring the performance-enhancing benefits of vitamins, supplements, and nutraceuticals as a way of fighting fatigue, increasing muscle performance and increasing human metabolism. So this week OTB sits down with PhD. Jonathan Scheiman, co-founder & CEO of biotechnology company FitBiomics, and MLS Defender Tim Parker of the Houston Dynamo FC, to discuss their use of next-generation probiotics to increase overall gut health as a way of optimizing athletic performance and propel athletes to their highest potential.

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PHD. Jonathan Scheiman (FitBiomics) and MLS Defender, Tim Parker (Houston Dynamo FC)

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April 5, 2022

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Mike Woitalla & Paul Carr

On this episode of OTB, Kevin and Chris welcome TWO guests to the show, Soccer America Senior Editor Mike Woitalla and TruMedia Sports Director of Content Paul Carr. They all talk about the 2022 World Cup Final Draw, and the level of competition the US will face in Group B.

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Mike Woitalla & Paul Carr

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March 30, 2022

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Paul Carr

On this episode of OTB, Kevin and Chris talk about the debacle at the Oscars, the tactics employed by the USMNT in their 5-1 route of Panama. They’re then joined by TruMedia Sports Director of Content Paul Carr, who brings his statistical insights on everything from individual aerial duels to the FIFA rankings that determine the World Cup draw as the national team goes into its final qualifier.

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Paul Carr

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March 25, 2022

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Mike Woitalla

On this special edition of OTB, Kevin welcomes Soccer America’s Senior Editor Mike Woitalla for some quick analysis of the USMNT draw vs Mexico at Estadio Azteca.

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Mike Woitalla

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March 22, 2022

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Jim Piddock

On this episode of OTB, Kevin and Chris talk FA Cup, El Clasico between, and the mounting injuries plaguing the USMNT as their final CONCACAF qualifiers. They are then joined by actor, writer, and producer Jim Piddock to talk about his love of Crystal Palace FC, his new book Caught With My Pants Down, not recognizing Rudi Völler, and other stories from his long and varied career.

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March 15, 2022

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Chris Chamides

On this episode of OTB, Kevin and Chris talk Ronaldo’s record-breaking hat trick and his legendary work ethic, Jesse Marsch’s first Premier League win and the difficulties that American coaches face in the United Kingdom. Then they dig into the growth mode mindset that Chris has taken through the game, from his beginnings on dirt fields in Brooklyn to playing and coaching Division I soccer.

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Chris Chamides

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Alexi Lalas

On this episode of OTB, Kevin and Chris are joined by US soccer great and Fox Sports Analyst Alexi Lalas to talk about Russia’s World Cup ban, the USMNT players who may be compromised by injury in the upcoming qualifiers, the debt that our concacaf opponents owe to the MLS, Alexi’s opinions on the USWNT settlement, his answers to our Five Questions, what it was like to kick Chris in the stomach, and more.

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Alexi Lalas

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Julie Foudy

On this episode of OTB, Kevin talks about hanging out with Larry David, he and Chris discuss this past weekend’s games, and they both welcome two-time World Cup champion and former USWNT captain Julie Foudy, with whom they discuss the recent equal pay settlement, as well as the current state of the team.

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February 25, 2022

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Prof Steven A Bank

On this episode of OTB, Kevin has a talk with UCLA Professor of Law Steven A. Bank about the $24 million settlement reached between the USWNT and US Soccer over past pay inequality, as well as the complications of the collective bargaining agreement on which it is contingent.

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Prof Steven A Bank

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February 23, 2022

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Skip Gilbert

This week on OTB, Kevin and Chris talk about the women’s national team’s 5-0 win over New Zealand by way of 3 own goals, the differing contract situations of the USWNT vs the USMNT, and the increased utilization of data in coaching and scouting. They then welcome Skip Gilbert, CEO of US Youth Soccer, to talk about player/coach development and the challenges involved in coordinating numerous different youth leagues around the United States.

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Skip Gilbert

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February 11, 2022

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Jeff Carlisle

This week on OTB, Kevin and Chris welcome Jeff Carlisle from ESPN to discuss the USMNT and the CONCACAF and MLS, then talk about the recent calls from USWNT players for accountability from US Soccer for their response to abuse and misconduct claims against coaches.

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Jeff Carlisle

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Mike Woitalla

This week on OTB, Kevin and Chris welcome Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla to talk about the USMNT and their cold weather victory in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier vs Honduras, the strategy behind choosing the location of that match, and the dominance of the Canadian national team of late.

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