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RSD36: Player pathways, college and elite leagues, with Lesle Gallimore

6/8/2018
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Lesle Gallimore has been head women’s soccer coach at the University of Washington since 1994, and she’s the current president of United Soccer Coaches. In this conversation, we talk about how college coaches adapt their recruiting to the new “elite league turf war” environment. And we talk about how players adapt and whether they *can* adapt. For example: Could Gallimore’s most famous player, Hope Solo, work her way through the system today and be discovered? Coincidentally, Solo made...

Duration:00:14:25

RSD35: Dennis Crowley on putting together a soccer pyramid

5/18/2018
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Dennis Crowley didn’t just start a soccer team. He created a laboratory for “open-source soccer.” He shares business and financial info on his NPSL club, the Kingston Stockade, on Medium. And though Kingston might not be the likeliest market to have a club that would climb an open pyramid to Division I, he has become one of the most thoughtful (or reasonable, if you like) advocates of promotion/relegation. In this conversation, we talk about the challenges of putting together a pyramid...

Duration:00:36:03

RSD34: The USL/youth hybrid Richmond Kickers, with Daryl Grove

5/14/2018
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The guest is Daryl Grove of the popular Total Soccer Show podcast. The topic is his hometown club, the Richmond Kickers, which has a couple of decades of history as a youth soccer club with a professional team on top of and integrated into its internal pyramid. Yes, really. It’s not just a pro team that started up some half-assed youth programs. It’s not an MLS team that has Development Academy teams and little else. See its tryout page to see how many levels of travel soccer it offers,...

Duration:00:32:04

RSD33: Soccer played in Germany, with Ian Plenderleith

5/4/2018
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Today’s guest is an English/American/German soccer writer/referee/parent/coach/player. He’s Ian Plenderleith, and we had a good conversation about the differences in the USA and Germany — at least, as many of them as we could fit in a one-hour chat. Read more of Ian’s work at … - The Quiet Fan, a blog related to his upcoming book - Referee Tales, dispatches from the fields in Germany - Rock n Roll Soccer, his book on the NASL (the old one) - Twitter

Duration:00:53:13

RSD32: Christian Lavers on ECNL/DA, U.S. Club/U.S. Youth competition

4/25/2018
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Maybe they’re not turf wars. Maybe it’s just healthy competition. Christian Lavers is fully immersed in the complicated landscape of U.S. youth soccer. He’s a technical director with FC Wisconsin and an executive with the ECNL and U.S. Club Soccer. And miraculously, he still sounds optimistic. Even “nice.” If you’re looking for mud-slinging, you’re not going to find it here. Instead, you’re going to hear a candid but polite take on why we have multiple national championships and other...

Duration:00:31:57

RSD31: Grassroots and futsal, with Leslie Hamer and Jason Longshore

4/11/2018
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It’s a futsal/grassroots doubleheader! After a brief intro (no full rant this week), you’ll hear from Leslie Hamer, who works with futsal at every level from the grassroots to the pros. She has been getting futsal into New York City public schools and now into colleges. Next up: Jason Longshore, whom you may know as a commentator on Atlanta United games but has spent much of the last 12 years working with Soccer in the Streets, an organization that brings soccer (or futsal — whichever...

Duration:00:34:46

RSD29: A random but interesting coach/parent, Mike Davitt

3/14/2018
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Do you know Mike Davitt? Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t, either. He’s a longtime soccer coach who, like many longtime soccer coaches do, also became a soccer parent. He’s originally from Kearny, N.J., hallowed ground for U.S. soccer. After listening to a few of my rants, he emailed me and said he didn’t think youth soccer was doomed. It might even be a good thing. I’ve been hoping to find people like that for the podcast, and so we chatted. Our conversation (starting around the 15:00...

Duration:00:35:21

RSD28: SAY Soccer’s Doug Wood

3/7/2018
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After today’s explanation of the upcoming Guide to Youth Soccer (3:00) and a rant about promotion/relegation (4:15), my guest (12:30) is Doug Wood, executive director of SAY (Soccer Association for Youth). He starts by explaining what SAY does — mostly recreational soccer through several different entry points, including schools. SAY isn’t the most top-down organization out there. Its leagues and clubs sometimes have diverse approaches. Sounds a little different than the U.S. Soccer...

Duration:00:37:31

RSD27: Julie Foudy finds reasons to be optimistic about youth soccer

3/1/2018
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Today’s guest has an impossible task: Make me feel better about youth soccer, and soccer in general, and youth sports in general … maybe just life in general. But she’s faced tougher tasks. She’s Julie Foudy, Hall of Fame soccer player and ESPN journalist. After I make an announcement and then rant about curling commentary, the interview starts around the 13:20 mark with a discussion of what’s good about youth soccer, whether soccer can have the same supportive atmosphere of extreme...

Duration:00:39:28

RSD25: Phillypalooza election preview, the disappointing USSF coaching education overhaul, and being nice

1/17/2018
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Point 1: Why this weekend will be huge for the U.S. Soccer presidential election. (2:02) Included in that: Why I’m skeptical of current election projections (including a NewsRadio reference), what the Number 1 issue in this election should be (8:10), a few surprising things on Paralympic soccer (8:30), a question of what we’re really saying about futsal — the next beach volleyball? (9:30), SUM and pro/rel (11:30), and finally back to the Number 1 issue and how it overlaps with other major...

Duration:00:40:15

RSD24: An election-related New Year’s resolution

1/3/2018
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No interview lined up, so what’s the rant this week? How the United Soccer Coaches convention in Philadelphia might help us reset the hostility-to-substance ratio in the presidential race. Who I would NOT endorse for U.S. Soccer president, based on what I know now. (The answer is NOT Eric Wynalda, which I know might blow the minds of some folks on Twitter.) Why Riccardo Silva’s tweet about promotion and corruption was irresponsible and inaccurate. (He’s welcome to chat with me or simply...

Duration:00:24:31

RSD23: The convoluted U.S. Soccer presidential race and the educational Soccer Parenting Summit

12/13/2017
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Beau flies solo for the likely 2017 RSD finale and talks about the magnificent seven or the elite eight to reach this stage of the USSF presidential race. At the 15-minute mark, he tries to sum up 20-some hours of the Soccer Parenting Summit. Happy holidays, and get more details on this pod later this week at RantingSoccerDad.com

Duration:00:39:45

RSD22: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Paul Lapointe

12/6/2017
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If you want to skip Beau’s rant on the good and bad of US Club Soccer, Sunil Gulati and Twitter, skip to the 15-minute mark. That’s where you’ll find the interview with Paul Lapointe, one of the first candidates to declare his intent to run for the U.S. Soccer presidency. We talk about promotion/relegation, the role of the president, equal pay for the U.S. women’s team, women’s soccer promotion/relegation/Open Cup, the fragmented world of futsal, the fragmented world of indoor “balls and...

Duration:00:38:29

RSD19: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Kyle Martino

11/15/2017
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A vote for Kyle Martino is actually a vote for a network of people that he believes can solve the problems in U.S. Soccer. He’s going to bring them together in early December to flesh out a “progress plan” that he outlines on his site. He’s already hard at work building this consensus, and this interview has a few glitches because he was on the run as we chatted. He had to run at one point to do a live interview, and the phone connection dropped as he hopped from train to train. The...

Duration:00:25:56

RSD16: Kevin Payne (U.S. Club Soccer) shatters simplistic suggestions

10/25/2017
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Fix the pay-to-play system! Make U.S. clubs pay and receive solidarity payments and training compensation! Get Sunil Gulati out of U.S. Soccer! Not so fast. Today’s guest is Kevin Payne, currently the U.S. Club Soccer CEO and previously an executive with D.C. United, AEG, and Toronto FC. He also has plenty of experience within U.S. Soccer in a variety of roles, including membership on the Board of Directors. He’s here to tell you the pet solutions we toss around on Twitter are either...

Duration:00:38:24

RSD15: The clogged youth-to-pro pipeline, with Brian Dunseth and Chris Keem

10/18/2017
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Was Nik Besagno a warning sign? The top pick in the 2005 MLS Draft — ahead of Brad Guzan, Michael Parkhurst, Will John, Chris Rolfe, Bobby Boswell, Chris Wondolowski and Jeff Larentowicz — had a very short MLS career. Perhaps not coincidentally, that’s when people started to wonder if the U17 residency in Bradenton was producing soft, coddled players. Yes, the youth-to-pro pipeline is at the core of our national wailing and gnashing of teeth after the U.S. men failed to qualify for the...

Duration:00:46:20

RSD14: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Steven Gans

10/10/2017
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Steven Gans is running for U.S. Soccer president, and he has some bold statements. “Under my administration, nobody’s going to be ignored” (11:15). “The laissez-faire attitude (toward youth soccer) is troubling and would change under my administration” (29:00). The idea of having two State Cups in one state is “utterly ridiculous,” and those who are not working for the good of the game for the kids are going to be “marginalized” (31:30). If you’re also running for U.S. Soccer president...

Duration:00:38:39

RSD13: Washington Spirit recap and why Vegas shouldn’t make us cynical

10/4/2017
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In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the podcast opens with a few thoughts on why we shouldn’t give up on changing people and society as a whole, either on something relatively trivial like youth soccer or something horrifying like one man’s ability to assemble the weapons to wound 500 people. Maybe we need a little less competition and a little more cooperation to make the changes we need? Also, a quick recap of the Washington Spirit’s season, in which the team fell from being 30...

Duration:00:38:14

RSD12: Is youth soccer doomed to suck?

9/27/2017
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Host Beau Dure flies solo for this edition, asking whether it’s possible to turn youth soccer into an activity that produces good soccer players and good human beings. Crowd noise sound effect is from FreeSound user paulw2k under a Creative Commons 3.0 license. I hope Brentford won the game.

Duration:00:19:56

RSD11: Alexi Lalas on developing soft, tattooed millionaires

9/20/2017
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Alexi Lalas is a Soccer Hall of Famer. He’s also an entertainer, with interests in music as well as riling people up from a soccer broadcast studio. So when he rips the U.S. men’s national team as “soft, tattooed millionaires,” he’s drawing on both backgrounds. In our conversation, Lalas explains that “tattooed millionaires” came from a solo release by Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson (no, not the “More Cowbell” guy on SNL), and then we talk about whether everything from the...

Duration:00:46:21