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The Scuffed Soccer Podcast | USMNT, Yanks Abroad, MLS, futbol in America

Adam Belz and Greg Velasquez

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The Scuffed Soccer Podcast | USMNT, Yanks Abroad, MLS, futbol in America

The Scuffed Soccer Podcast | USMNT, Yanks Abroad, MLS, futbol in America

Adam Belz and Greg Velasquez

11
Followers
27
Plays
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An in-depth show about the U.S. men's national soccer team, the players who could one day make it better, and American soccer in general.

Latest Episodes

Episode 140: The September USMNT Top 40

One through forty. Pure science. From Christian Mate Pulisic to Shaquell Kwame Moore. Sprinkled with discussion of our centerback situation (an embarrassment of riches when it comes to average centerbacks), why it doesn’t make sense to play 3 at the back, Gio Reyna’s role, Jordan Morris’s role, and much, much more.

73 min3 d ago
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Episode 140: The September USMNT Top 40

Episode 139: Big weekend ahead for Yanks abroad

Competitions kick off in England, Germany and Holland. France's Ligue 1 already underway. Italy next week. Did you know McKennie plays for Juventus now? Plus cargo shorts and a Dutch-Calvinist theologian.

60 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 139: Big weekend ahead for Yanks abroad

Episode 138: McKennie to Juve, Weah returns, and an MLS youth bonanza

A quick run through McKennie's incredible transfer news, Weah's return from injury, and the ongoing MLS youth bonanza, plus we covered some patron questions. We recorded the afternoon before Wednesday's MLS matches so didn't get to talk about those games.

55 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 138: McKennie to Juve, Weah returns, and an MLS youth bonanza

Episode 137: Tutul Rahman on the USL-MLS transfer market disconnect

Tutul (@tutulismyname) walks us through the mechanics of why it’s difficult for an MLS team to pick up a USL prospect like Jose Gallegos or Jonathan Gomez. He also talked about why FC Dallas has gone from “play your kids” to “play your 32-year-old Liga MX veterans” in the span of 12 months, and how MLS front office desire for parity gets in the way of talent development.

54 min3 w ago
Comments
Episode 137: Tutul Rahman on the USL-MLS transfer market disconnect

Episode 136: Nine young Americans worth watching in USL

The busiest domestic league right now is the United Soccer League, the USL. Matt Hartman (@MattSHartman) joins the pod to discuss nine young Americans honing their craft in the league, and the still-unanswered questions about what the pathway to a higher level might look like for several of them.

73 minAUG 20
Comments
Episode 136: Nine young Americans worth watching in USL

Episode 135: Way too early projection of the Summer 2021 rosters

Gregg Berhalter will likely need substantially different squads for World Cup qualifiers in June, for the Olympics and for the Gold Cup next summer. There’s also likely to be a U20 World Cup in May and June. Who goes where? When? How? Greg V broke it all down and then we discussed.

69 minAUG 14
Comments
Episode 135: Way too early projection of the Summer 2021 rosters

Episode 134: Return of the Future Draft, where we pick XIs of un-capped U23s

American heroes Sanjiv (@usmntvideos) and Chris (@watke_) join the pod for a draft of starting XIs from the ranks of un-capped male American soccer players.

89 minAUG 4
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Episode 134: Return of the Future Draft, where we pick XIs of un-capped U23s

Episode 133: A bunch of MLS is Back scouting reports

We dive deep (and occasionally not-so-deep) on 14 USMNT-eligible players who’ve been busy at Disney World over the past month.

82 minAUG 1
Comments
Episode 133: A bunch of MLS is Back scouting reports

Episode 132: A starting XI on Berhalter’s revised template from January

A center forward who drops deep to pick up the ball, wingers tucked into the channels, fullbacks bombing past them wide, two true box-to-box center mids and of course the deep-lying center mid distributor concept. If the Costa Rica friendly is any indication, this is what we’ll see in the next meaningful USMNT match. We make a starting XI and try to sketch out the depth chart.

61 minJUL 24
Comments
Episode 132: A starting XI on Berhalter’s revised template from January

Episode 131: Christian Pulisic is good at soccer

A discussion of the red-hot American winger at Chelsea and Frank Lampard’s praise of him for his ability to “arrive in the box.” Friend of the podcast John Muller pitches in to help us make sense of the phrase, we curate some other ideas, and we spend talk at some length about off-ball movement, maybe our favorite subject. Then we get into who needs a move and who can stay put as the contract year comes to a close.

46 minJUL 1
Comments
Episode 131: Christian Pulisic is good at soccer

Latest Episodes

Episode 140: The September USMNT Top 40

One through forty. Pure science. From Christian Mate Pulisic to Shaquell Kwame Moore. Sprinkled with discussion of our centerback situation (an embarrassment of riches when it comes to average centerbacks), why it doesn’t make sense to play 3 at the back, Gio Reyna’s role, Jordan Morris’s role, and much, much more.

73 min3 d ago
Comments
Episode 140: The September USMNT Top 40

Episode 139: Big weekend ahead for Yanks abroad

Competitions kick off in England, Germany and Holland. France's Ligue 1 already underway. Italy next week. Did you know McKennie plays for Juventus now? Plus cargo shorts and a Dutch-Calvinist theologian.

60 min1 w ago
Comments
Episode 139: Big weekend ahead for Yanks abroad

Episode 138: McKennie to Juve, Weah returns, and an MLS youth bonanza

A quick run through McKennie's incredible transfer news, Weah's return from injury, and the ongoing MLS youth bonanza, plus we covered some patron questions. We recorded the afternoon before Wednesday's MLS matches so didn't get to talk about those games.

55 min2 w ago
Comments
Episode 138: McKennie to Juve, Weah returns, and an MLS youth bonanza

Episode 137: Tutul Rahman on the USL-MLS transfer market disconnect

Tutul (@tutulismyname) walks us through the mechanics of why it’s difficult for an MLS team to pick up a USL prospect like Jose Gallegos or Jonathan Gomez. He also talked about why FC Dallas has gone from “play your kids” to “play your 32-year-old Liga MX veterans” in the span of 12 months, and how MLS front office desire for parity gets in the way of talent development.

54 min3 w ago
Comments
Episode 137: Tutul Rahman on the USL-MLS transfer market disconnect

Episode 136: Nine young Americans worth watching in USL

The busiest domestic league right now is the United Soccer League, the USL. Matt Hartman (@MattSHartman) joins the pod to discuss nine young Americans honing their craft in the league, and the still-unanswered questions about what the pathway to a higher level might look like for several of them.

73 minAUG 20
Comments
Episode 136: Nine young Americans worth watching in USL

Episode 135: Way too early projection of the Summer 2021 rosters

Gregg Berhalter will likely need substantially different squads for World Cup qualifiers in June, for the Olympics and for the Gold Cup next summer. There’s also likely to be a U20 World Cup in May and June. Who goes where? When? How? Greg V broke it all down and then we discussed.

69 minAUG 14
Comments
Episode 135: Way too early projection of the Summer 2021 rosters

Episode 134: Return of the Future Draft, where we pick XIs of un-capped U23s

American heroes Sanjiv (@usmntvideos) and Chris (@watke_) join the pod for a draft of starting XIs from the ranks of un-capped male American soccer players.

89 minAUG 4
Comments
Episode 134: Return of the Future Draft, where we pick XIs of un-capped U23s

Episode 133: A bunch of MLS is Back scouting reports

We dive deep (and occasionally not-so-deep) on 14 USMNT-eligible players who’ve been busy at Disney World over the past month.

82 minAUG 1
Comments
Episode 133: A bunch of MLS is Back scouting reports

Episode 132: A starting XI on Berhalter’s revised template from January

A center forward who drops deep to pick up the ball, wingers tucked into the channels, fullbacks bombing past them wide, two true box-to-box center mids and of course the deep-lying center mid distributor concept. If the Costa Rica friendly is any indication, this is what we’ll see in the next meaningful USMNT match. We make a starting XI and try to sketch out the depth chart.

61 minJUL 24
Comments
Episode 132: A starting XI on Berhalter’s revised template from January

Episode 131: Christian Pulisic is good at soccer

A discussion of the red-hot American winger at Chelsea and Frank Lampard’s praise of him for his ability to “arrive in the box.” Friend of the podcast John Muller pitches in to help us make sense of the phrase, we curate some other ideas, and we spend talk at some length about off-ball movement, maybe our favorite subject. Then we get into who needs a move and who can stay put as the contract year comes to a close.

46 minJUL 1
Comments
Episode 131: Christian Pulisic is good at soccer
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