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

Celebrating the World's game from an American perspective

#257 – Emergency Episode: USMNT Once Again Underperforms. Is Berhalter out?

Emergency Episode: USMNT Once Again Underperforms. Is Berhalter out?

Five years ago, Gregg Berhalter was tasked with rebuilding the U.S. men’s national team after their painful failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. His mission: to elevate a new generation of talent and restore pride to American soccer. Fast forward to the present, and the USMNT finds itself in a precarious situation at the Copa America. A surprise 2-1 loss to Panama has raised serious questions about Berhalter’s leadership, player development, and tactical choices. With their hopes hanging by a thread, is Berhalter’s job on the line? Dave Gallego dissects the match, analyzes the team’s stagnation, and explores whether the coach’s tenure is in jeopardy.

#256 – Kevin and Dave dig into USMNT, the Euros, ticket prices, grass pitches, the NCAA’s demise, and Alex Morgan being left off USWNT.

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On this episode of OTB, Kevin and Dave discuss USMNT vs. Bolivia, the Alex Morgan controversy, the Euros, overly harsh English fans, temporary grass pitches, skyrocketing ticket prices, changes inside NCAA and D1, and the pros and cons of the NCAA transfer portals.

OTB Executive Producer, Ken Park, joins the boys for the shows new “Getting to Know You” segment to discuss his experiences as a professional skateboarder, his first celebrity crush, and more.

#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.