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Subscribe to this weekly 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 stando ...
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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 jour…
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On this week’s episode of "Over the Ball," Kevin and Dave dive deep into the beautiful game, beat up on USMNT for their loss to Columbia, and speak with Shelley Smith, the esteemed head coach of South Carolina Women's soccer. With an impressive track record and a wealth of experience, Coach Smith has led her team to numerous victories and has been …
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Join us for an engaging episode of the Over The Ball podcast featuring Phil West, a seasoned professional writer and editor, and author of two influential books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win.’ Phil brings his extensive knowledge and passion for the sport to our discussion, covering a wide range of topics.…
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Ted Westervelt, known as @soccerreform on social media, is a prominent advocate for promotion and relegation in U.S. soccer. Born in Elgin, Illinois, he attended Scattergood Friends School and Earlham College. Westervelt's passion for soccer has made him a leading voice in the #ProRelForUSA movement, which seeks to implement a promotion and relegat…
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In this episode of the Over the Ball podcast, the Philadelphia Inquirer's beloved Chief Soccer Correspondent, Jonathan Tannenwald, joins Dave and John Bolster (who is sitting in for Kevin), stirring up some controversy about his feelings for his hometown team the Union, uncovers some insight about the Philadelphia Union's incredibly successful yout…
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In this episode of Over the Ball, soccer referee and podcast host David Gerson joins Dave and guest co-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…
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Legendary Washington Post reporter Steven Goff joins the boys at OTB to discuss all things US soccer, including the performance of DC United, his favorite World Cup memories, and the upcoming Copa America tournament. Goff also shares his thoughts on the United States national team and their chances in the tournament. In this conversation, the hosts…
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Grant Wahl seems to touch everybody he came in contact with his undeniable passion, integrity, honesty, and simple ethic of trying to write the truth without agenda or bias. Friends and accomplished journalists Grayle Howlett and Alexander Wolf both spent years writing for Sports Illustrated, Wolff having spent 36 years there covering basketball, t…
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Impressive. Inspiring. Passionate. Words that capture the personality and drive of ex University of Nebraska soccer player turned uber philanthropist Monica Bosiljevac. Monica's journey from college soccer to an eye-opening trip in Botswana revealed the global demand for sports equipment among kids. With a passion for sports ignited early in her li…
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⚽ 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-Amer…
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🎙️Celebrated soccer writer John Bolster graces the airwaves on the Over the Ball Soccer Podcast to discuss USMNT’s chances at the CONCEAF tournament, his insights, predictions, and friendly banter about the upcoming Euros, USMNT’s chances at the Olympic, and of course the recent storm surrounding Korbin Albert’s controversial posts. 🌪️🇺🇸 John Bolst…
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From the NCAA to the MLS, from the Premier League to the World Cup, Jeff Carlisle brings his insider insights to the table, shedding light on the US Men’s National Team (USMNT), the intricacies of the MLS Referees contract, and the soaring popularity of soccer in the USA. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, this episode promises to …
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On this week’s episode of OTB, Kevin and Dave sit with a true legend in the world of sports betting, Johnny Avello from DraftKings. With over 30 years of experience, Johnny has been an influential figure in Las Vegas bookmaking. He spent 13 years as the executive director of the Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook, where he became known for his on-point odds…
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🎙️Join Kevin and Dave on this week’s episode Over the Ball podcast as we dive into the captivating career and accomplishments of Bob Lenarduzzi—a living legend whose impact reverberates across stadiums, boardrooms, and hearts. Whether he was donning cleats or making strategic decisions, Lenarduzzi’s passion for the game has left an indelible mark o…
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In the annals of American soccer history, few names evoke as much reverence and admiration as Rick Davis. A true legend of the sport, Davis left an indelible mark on the landscape of American soccer during his tenure with the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League (NASL). With a blend of skill, tenacity, and leadership, Davis emerged a…
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Juan Carlos Amorós, the 38-year-old head coach of NJ/NY Gotham FC in the NWSL, is a rising star in soccer. With extensive global soccer experience, he has successfully led teams in Spain, England, and the U.S. Fresh from a thrilling NWSL Championship match win against OL Reign, Coach Amorós shares insights from his worldwide soccer ventures. He emp…
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Former U.S. men's national team captain, John Harkes, visits Over The Ball to delve into his Greenville experience and reminisce about the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. He reflects on the tragic death of Andreas Escobar and stresses the significance of honoring soccer history. Dave and Kevin explore Harkes' move from European play to MLS and the hurdle…
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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 198…
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Kevin and Dave dive deep into the engaging world of soccer as they chat with the inspirational Nikki Mark, author of "Tommy’s Field - Love Loss and the Goal of a Lifetime." Nikki captivates with her awe-inspiring tale of resilience, recounting how she channeled the heartbreaking loss of her son into a remarkable journey of personal growth, all whil…
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In this episode, Kevin and Dave go mono y mono concerning Jürgen Klopp’s departure from Liverpool, Xavi leaving Barcelona, and the decline of American goalkeepers. The boys also dig into the importance of coaching and parental involvement in youth sports, touching on various topics such as the transfer market, promising young players, and Gio Reyna…
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Join Kevin and Dave on the latest episode of Over The Ball as they chat with the legendary "Soccer Tom" Mulroy. The newly released book, “90 Minutes with the King: How Soccer Saved My Life” is a must-read for all fans, players, and coaches. In this captivating discussion, Tommy takes listeners on a journey through the American soccer scene and shar…
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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 i…
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Welcome back soccer lovers, to another exciting episode of Over The Ball. This week, we have a special guest who will surely spark some nostalgia for our die-hard listeners. He's a former national team player and winner of the prestigious Herman Trophy - none other than Bruce Murray himself! Joined by your favorite hosts Kevin Flynn and Dave Galleg…
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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 …
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Hey there! In this episode of Over the Ball, our hosts and soccer fanatics Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego get into all things soccer. They dive into the great 'soccer' versus 'football' debate, and guess what? Dave surprises Kevin by putting him on the hot seat and grilling him about his pro soccer career, his hilarious experiences at the Nantucket C…
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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 …
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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 colle…
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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 …
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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…
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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 incr…
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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 futb…
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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. That and more on this special World Cup edition of OTB.…
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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 intensi…
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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. …
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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 controvers…
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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 R…
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Kevin and Chris take a look at the day's action, as the CONCACAF teams remain winless. The boys were impressed by Japan in their 2-1 win over Germany. 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 …
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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…
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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 …
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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 starting this Monday, November 21, as the USMNT squad kicks off their 2022 FIFA World Cup against Wales.Kirjoittanut Kevin Flynn and Dave Gallego
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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 …
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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 episo…
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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 Philade…
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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 Nov…
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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, a…
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Kevin lives large at a celebrity wedding in NY. Kevin runs into Gareth Bale at the bank. Has USMNT found a #9 yet? Kevin and Chris assess the US Men’s team roster leading into a Winter World Cup. MLS hits the 10M attendance mark -- is it ready to take over the NHL and/or the MLB? Apple’s $2.5B deals with the MLS -- does it squash local media? Can w…
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Are the wheels coming off the bus for the US Women? More heads rolls due to the Yates Report, Pulisic gets playtime and puts one at the back of the net, Ricardo Pepe finds the back of the net twice, the Ronaldo soap opera continues, are there more roster changes in USMNT’s future, a significant loss for US Women’s National Under 17, MLS longest ten…
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The Yates Reports casts a dark shadow on NWSL, USMNT stinking up the pitch, Dolphin’s QB Tua’s concussion, Man City beats up Man United on Derby Day, Aston Villa can’t slow down Leeds, Arsenal beats the Spurs, the Black & Gold wins 2022 Supporters Shield, Iranian National teams faces scrutiny over political silence.…
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Kevin and Chris discuss USMNT’s Tough Loss to Japan, praise Japan’s performance, while dissecting USMNT’s lackluster efforts. Is this what we should expect from Team USA? The boys dive into Berhalter’s coaching strategies, anticipate the game against Saudi Arabia, and lament the timing of the World Cup in November. Kevin returns to U Mass for his a…
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Kevin and Chris discuss USMNT new kits, Berhalter’s choices for the roster, Haaland’s masterful goal, Chris leading LMU to an undefeated 2-0-4, Klopp’s 7-year itch at Liverpool, Lewandowksi’s success, takeover bid at Man United, possible American ownership at Bournemouth, racism at the Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid match, and NWSL's new attendanc…
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