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.

#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!

Legendary Chicago Sting Head Coach, 1981 NASL Coach of the Year, and National Soccer Hall of Famer Willy Roy, joins the boys on OTB

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Legendary Chicago Sting Coach, Willy Roy, joins the boys on OTB to discuss Coach Roy’s transition from player to coach, the demise of the NASL, and the Chicago Sting’s historic win over the Cosmos in the 1981 Soccer Bowl. Dave and Kevin celebrate the Coach’s National Soccer Hall of Fame induction in 1989 and his NASL Coach of the Year honors in 1981. The boys also dig into Daryl Dike’s injury, Gio Reyna’s performance for Nottingham Forest, alongside USMNT teammate Matt Turner, and Brazil’s surprise failure to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. The mics are a buzzing on this week’s episode of Over The Ball.

Join 1994 World Cup Superstar and Fox Broadcaster “Gigante Rojo” Alexi Lalas on OTB discuss his career in soccer, his transition to broadcasting, and the growth of American soccer.

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Get ready for some fun and engaging banter as “Gigante Rojo”, better known as the former USMNT stand-out and witty Fox on-air talent Alexi Lalas, join the boys at OTB. They dive into Lalas’ impressive soccer career, his transition to broadcasting, and the ever-growing American soccer scene. Kevin and Dave skillfully coax Lalas into discussing the importance of candor and expressing opinions in soccer broadcasting, all while sharing amusing anecdotes from his world stage experiences. Prepare for a hilarious twist as Lalas reveals his secret passion for making music and the therapeutic power it holds. Not forgetting the impactful 1994 World Cup, they discuss soccer’s transformation in the US, Lalas’ possible venture into politics, and his deep love for the country. Tune in for some exciting takeaways and a memorable outro!

Kevin and Dave talk to Juan Guerra, Head Coach of the Phoenix Rising FC and the youngest coach to win USL Championship

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OTB hosts Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego interview Juan Guerra, the 36-year-old Venezuelan-born coach and former pro player who is currently the head coach of the USL Champions Phoenix Rising FC, becoming the youngest Head Coach to lift the trophy in league history. Dave and Kevin also discuss the week’s Premier League action, sharing their insights on how Liverpool and Aston Villa are doing while Manchester United struggles. They debate what makes a great soccer coach. Some prefer an authoritarian like José Mourinho, while others prefer managers who motivate and support players like Jurgen Klopp, noting how star players Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah did not thrive under Mourinho but excelled under Klopp. Lastly, the OTB boys discuss how players like Djordje Mihailovic and Hugo Lloris coming to MLS will improve the league. All on this week’s episode of OTB.

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

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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.