May 18, 2020
Matt and Clayton call up Michael of the “Wise Men Say” podcast in Sunderland, England to talk about the other SAFC, Sunderland AFC. We talk about the Netflix series “Sunderland Til I Die” and second division soccer on both sides of the pond.
We discuss topics like:
- Was the Netflix series a fair or accurate depiction of the club, city, and fans?
- How does Michael feel about the American players who have played at Sunderland?
- Who would win an SAFC Derby Match?
- Compare the two teams, leagues, and fans.
- Michael’s surprising love of MLS soccer.
- How should soccer in England resume play?
Thanks to Michael for his time. Check out the Netflix special and the Wise Men Say podcast which has episode by episode recaps comparing the doc to reality on the ground.
Dreaming of meeting up for a pre-game pint in Sunderland once this all passes!
May 13, 2020
We answer five listener questions:
1. What are some recent rule changes that improve the game, going back 30 years? - Dave S.
2. A “SAFC 2030" look into the future? Can be as optimistic or pessimistic as you'd like. - Andrew C.
3. Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? -Justin B.
4. Bundesliga will start this Saturday. Give an introduction of players and teams to your listeners that will start watching it since no other main league is playing. -Tobias K.
5. If you could only play soccer or watch soccer for the rest of your life (only one or the other), which would you choose? - Matthew S.
April 30, 2020
Clayton and Shaddock re-live the best goals they’ve ever seen, live and in person. From high school bicycle kicks to World Cup in Russia, Messi in Houston to World Cup in Dallas, we go near and far in our memory books. Even as close to home as a Scorpion kick by a San Antonio Scorpion.
Listeners chimed in with their personal stories, from a 13 year old in the Rose Bowl to a 70 year old in Moscow. Enjoy!
April 21, 2020
Shaddock and Clayton Draft our epic Qatar 2022 teams, complete with managers and a bench.
Respond with your pick of who would win the game. Each reader pick is a goal for Clayton or Shaddock. Who will win?
Mbappe - Lewandawski - Sancho
Pogba - Casamieo
Andy R-Van Dyck-Koulibaly-Kimmich
Bench: Bonucci, Veratti, David Neres
S. Mane - Kane - Messi
K De Bruyne
Thiago A. - Kante
A.Davies- S Ramos - Verane - T.A.A.
Bench: Harland, Pulisic, Alaba
April 15, 2020
Where were you when....? Clayton and Shaddock discuss their Top 5 US National Team games. We “travel” via soccer to Trinidad, Korea, Africa and Brazil, and of corse, Columbus, Ohio.
Looking for something to watch instead of Netflix? Try one of these vintage US game on YouTube.
Finally, Clayton recaps an SAFC game for the ages.
April 8, 2020
We discuss our picks of the all time most influential US national team players, men or women. Some surprises, along with lots of listener suggestions. Enjoy!
April 1, 2020
Now that we’ve all got a bit more free time on our hands due to social distancing and shelter-in-place, we discuss our Top 5 books related to soccer.
We both agree on one thing: “How Soccer Explains The World” by Franklin Foer is our favorite book related to soccer. Give it a read in these strange times. What’s YOUR favorite book related to soccer? Did we miss a book?
Listen all the way to the end, where we ask you the listener to weigh in our next topic.
Listener poll: what should we discuss next week? Top 5 All Time USA games? Top 5 US National Team Players? Let us know!
March 25, 2020
With USL and other leagues suspended due to corona virus, we discuss our Top 5 Visual Media Pieces About or Pertaining to Soccer, aka Top 5 Soccer Movies. We each surprise each other and give some things to spend a couple hours of our life on. As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
March 10, 2020
We discuss Saturdays dramatic season opener, a 1-0 home win for SAFC. What did we learn? What did we not learn?
How did the team play? How do the new players look?
Lots to discuss, as well as a preview of what we’ll be looking for in this week’s Spring Break game at Colorado Springs.
Finally, Free Kicks about Corona virus in soccer and Olympic Qualifying. Enjoy!
March 3, 2020
We preview the upcoming season in advance of Saturday’s home opener vs Real Salt Lake. We take turns highlighting what’s new: the coach, the team, the players, the jersey. We also give a quick info to the opponent, Real Monarchs, and make a few season predictions. As always, we end with Free Kicks. Enjoy!