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Episode 38 - We're Going Streaking!

We’re on our first official winning streak of the 2018 season! Alex and Ben are back after a brief holiday to break down the Jacks 3-1 win over the Richmond Kickers! We talk about Yann Ekra’s form, Cordell Cato’s brace and Andrew Dykstra making us look like idiots (we already knew that though.) In part two we preview the upcoming match against Ottawa Fury FC, a team who is also finding their form for the first time this season. It should be a great match up with both teams excelling at...


Episode 37 - TJ Extra with Matt Myers aka RVAisRed

Talkin’ Jacks extra is back to normal with a wonderful guest, Matt Myers! Matt is a part time blogger and full time Richmond Kickers supporter who has a ton of knowledge about the club. We got his thoughts on how the season has started for the Kickers, Austin Yearwood and many more topics related to the Kickers v Charlotte. In part two Ben and Alex start to answer a great listener question from Chris, and then decide to come back to it on another episode! Predictions: Alex - 1-1 Draw...


Episode 36 - Charlotte wins "on the road"

Welcome back to Talkin’ Jacks! On this edition, Ben and Alex keep things short and simple, much like the Charlotte Independence did against Toronto FC II on Saturday night. It was a truly “workmanlike” performance from the Jacks, who scored twice and then killed the game off well after TFCII pulled a goal back. We broke down the goals and talked about who our man of the match was. No listener questions in this one, but make sure you come out to the Ronald McDonald house for “Jacks Give...


Episode 35 - Open Cup disappointment and Meck Dec Day special with Jay Landskroener

In this Talkin Jacks Extra, Ben and Alex break down the 3-1 loss to Ocean City Nor’easters in the US Open Cup and try to find the silver lining. In part two, we discussed the weird home game that isn’t an actual home game and our thoughts on that whole situation, as well as how the game against Toronto FC II might unfold. In part three, we interviewed founding member and the first President of Jack’s Militia to get our Charlotte history on and learn about some of the history behind the...


Episode 34 - There's Only One Queen City

WE SCORED A GOAL!! WE SCORED FOUR GOALS!! WE ALSO WON!! WOOOOOOO! What a performance by the Charlotte Independence on Saturday night against FC Cincinnati. Ben and Alex got together to discuss the match and all the events that happened in it. The guys gush over the performance of many players including but not limited to: Kay Voser, Yann Ekra, Alex Martinez and Jorge Herrera. In “part 2” the guys briefly discuss the US Open Cup match upcoming this Wednesday agains the Ocean City...


Episode 33 - TJ Extra #5

ALEX IS BAAAAAAAAAACK!!! Alex finally returns to Talkin’ Jacks to talk about the Independence’s upcoming match with FC Cincinnati. Ben and Alex also talk a bit more about the Jacks recent poor form and answer a fun question about a hypothetical 5v5 match made up of current and former Independence players. Send us your lineups that you would pick! See you at the ‘Plex! Thank you for listening! Come on you Jacks! Instagram: @talkinjacks Twitter:...


Episode 32 - Charleston Is Nice, But We Can't Score, Also Come Back Alex

Alex still hasn't returned from honeymooning! So Ben has Chris back on so they can discuss the scoreless run that continued in Charleston, and Ben's trip down there. They also discuss our team's injury woes and the important question of which super power with conditions they'd rather have. Thank you for listening! Come on you Jacks! Instagram: @talkinjacks Twitter: @talkinjacks Music: "Good to Be Alone" by...


Episode 31.5 - Which Seinfeld Character Is Your USL Team? The Lost Questions Episode

Tried to paint my dolphin? What is soccer? 67 Casino Royale casting? Too many podcasts? This and the Seinfeld question is what you have to look forward to in this bonus lost quesitons episode! Thank you for listening! Come on you Jacks! Instagram: @talkinjacks Twitter: @talkinjacks Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under Creative Commons


Episode 31- ALEX GOT MARRIED! (also there was a game)

On this episode our hero Alex gets married! That poor woman. So Ben invites Chris Davis on the pod where they rant and ramble about a 0-0 draw and try to figure out how to do this thing properly. Happy honeymooning Alex! Thank you for listening! Come on you Jacks! Instagram: @talkinjacks Twitter: @talkinjacks Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under Creative Commons


Episode 30 - Well That Sucked!

Alex and Ben are sad for this episode of Talkin’ Jacks. The guys vent some of their frustrations and try to wrap their heads around what all went wrong for the Independence in their 0-2 loss to North Carolina FC. Thank you for listening! Come on you Jacks! Instagram: @talkinjacks Twitter: @talkinjacks Music: "Good to Be Alone" by The Bomb Busters, used under Creative Commons


Episode 29 - TJ Extra #5 with Chuck Givens

On this week’s Talkin’ Jacks Extra, we welcomed Chuck Givens of Six Point Weekend to the show to discuss the Battle of the Old North State! Chuck was a fantastic guest that obviously knows a lot more about North Carolina FC than we do and we are so glad that he was willing to join us and lend us his expertise. We look forward to derby day and we will see everyone soon (hopefully at Mac’s) Thank you for listening! Come on you Jacks! Instagram:...


Episode 28 - Music City Blues

The Charlotte Independence suffered their first loss of the 2018 season on Saturday. Alex and Ben sat down to be sad about where the Jacks went wrong in Nashville. There were a lot of listener questions, so the majority of the episode was spent answering those while also breaking down the game. The guys also discussed if anyone in the regular starting 11 should be worried about keeping their spot (spoiler alert, Ben thinks there are several!) A good bit of time was also spent analyzing...


Episode 27 - TJ Extra #4 with Glenn Judah

On this week’s Talkin’ Jacks Extra we were joined by Glenn Judah of! Glenn is a blogger much like ourselves in Nashville and has his finger on the pulse of the boys in Gold. He gave us a lot of information on NSC’s struggle in front of goal through three games and who might be someone to watch out for on Saturday. To read more from Glenn, check out! Thank you to Glenn for joining us and for all of our listener questions! Enjoy the game and...


Episode 26 - San Jorge Saves the Day

On this week’s Talkin’ Jacks, Alex & Ben talk through the 2-2 draw with ATL UTD 2. We both thought this was Charlotte’s worst performance of the young season and talked about why they might should feel lucky to walk away with a point. We also argued over whether Jung-Soo Lee had a successful debut for the Jacks, Ben looks at the big picture and Alex cracks a lot of corny jokes. Listener questions came pouring in at the last minute so thank you for those contributions and we got a little...


Episode 24 - Alex is Sick and Charlotte Wins Again

Alex and Ben are back with a sinus infection delayed edition of Talkin’ Jacks! In episode 24 the guys break down some of the action in the Independence’s 2-0 victory over Toronto FC II and talk about how the newfound direct style that Charlotte has deployed the last two weeks. The second part of the episode is a brief conversation about the news of Henry Kalungi and Eamon Zayed signing for the 2018 season and what they will bring the the roster. Thank you for listening, please enjoy!...


Episode 22 - Deep dive into Charlotte's 4-1 win over Ottawa!

The Charlotte Independence take first place in the East with a 4-1 victory on opening day over Ottawa Fury FC! Ben and Alex break down the game and do a deep dive into what went well, what needs improving and even discussed some tactics! As always, we answered listener questions at the end. Thank you to all those who asked questions! We hope you enjoy the episode and thanks for listening! Game recap:...


Episode 21 - Talkin' Jacks Extra #1 - CLTvOTT

In the first edition of Talkin’ Jacks Extra, Ben and Alex preview the first game of the season! Charlotte hosts Ottawa Fury FC on St. Patrick’s Day and the guys tried their best to give you some insight into this week’s opponent. See everyone Saturday! Let’s pack the ‘Plex and cheer on the Jacks! We hope you enjoy the episode and thanks for listening! Instagram: @talkinjacks Twitter: @talkinjacks Music:...


Episode 20 - Pre-Season Wrap Up and Expectation Setting

The pre-season is over! The Jacks concluded their 2018 warm-up with a 2-1 victory over Old Dominion University and Ben and Alex were there to cover it. In this episode they break down the game and how the team looked as they round into shape for the start of the 2018 regular season. In part 2 they go over the many players that have been added to the roster both officially and unofficially as well. In part 3 they talk about the USL as a whole, and specifically the Eastern Conference and...


Episode 19 - Trialists Abound

Welcome back Jacks! On episode 19, Alex and Ben catch up on all the new additions to the squad: Jung-Soo Lee, Calvin Doum and Daniel Steedman. They also briefly discuss the departure of franchise leading goal-scorer Enzo Martinez to the Colorado Rapids. In the main section of the podcast they break down the Independence’s pre-season game against North Carolina FC. The Jacks fell 0-1 but Alex and Ben think there are a lot of positives to take away from the game. At the end they answered...


Episode 18 - Colorado Affiliation with the Rapids Rabbi

On this special episode of Talkin’ Jacks we had the pleasure of interviewing the Rapids Rabbi from SB Nation’s Burgundy Wave, a site dedicated to covering the Colorado Rapids of MLS. The Rabbi gave us a lot of insight on the affiliation between the Rapids and the Independence, players we might see be loaned to us in 2018 and more. Big thanks to him for joining us and thank you to everyone who asked questions on Twitter! We hope you enjoy the episode and thanks for listening!...