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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Dave Masur

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam are joined once again by St. John’s University Head Men’s Coach Dave Masur to discuss this weekend’s College Cup. In addition to breaking down each of the four remaining teams, we hear about how coaches prepare for two games in less than 48 hours, ways the pandemic has changed the NCAA soccer landscape, how foreign players continue to influence the college game and how everything might be upended by a split season.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Martin Jacobson

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam discuss the new MLS/Liga MX Leagues Cup, Ted Lasso’s dominant performance at the Emmy’s, COVID and injury concerns ahead of the USMNT’s October qualifiers and the latest in the USWNT–USSF equal pay lawsuit before being joined by Martin Jacobson (Coach Jake), the winningest coach in NYC history at MLK High to discuss his team this season, what his players have to overcome on a daily basis and why urban areas are still largely overlooked in the American soccer landscape.

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Hank Steinbrecher

This week on OTB Kevin, Grayle and Sam discuss Champions League action, the USMNT and USWNT potentially entering negotiations with US Soccer collectively, and the idea of a World Cup every two years before being joined by US Soccer Hall of Famer Hank Steinbrecher to hear about his long career in the sport, including organizing the 1994 World Cup, coaching and playing at the NCAA level and the evolution of the college game, and overall how far we’ve come as a country and how far we still have to go.