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Each week, Sports Illustrated’s esteemed Planet Fútbol crew discusses the latest spanning the world of soccer, touching on everything from the U.S. national teams to the Champions League to MLS and more.

Each week, Sports Illustrated’s esteemed Planet Fútbol crew discusses the latest spanning the world of soccer, touching on everything from the U.S. national teams to the Champions League to MLS and more.
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Each week, Sports Illustrated’s esteemed Planet Fútbol crew discusses the latest spanning the world of soccer, touching on everything from the U.S. national teams to the Champions League to MLS and more.






Landon Donovan Explains His Connection To Mexico And Why He Came Out Of Retirement To Play For Club León

In his most detailed public comments since coming out of retirement to play for Mexico's Club León, Landon Donovan describes why he made his decision, his lifelong connection to Mexico and Mexican-Americans, what he's capable of in pure soccer terms these days, how he feels about President Trump's stance on Mexico and his reaction to Carlos Cordeiro winning the U.S. Soccer presidential election.


Brian Straus's "Fade Into Bolivian" Included A Copa Libertadores Game

SI’s Brian Straus is back! He and Grant speak about Brian's vacation to Bolivia (including a Copa Libertadores game), our big-picture thoughts on the US Soccer presidential election and Geoff Cameron’s opinions on the federation in the Players Tribune.


Shaw Brown Is The Most Interesting Soccer Person In American You've Never Heard Of

Grant interviews Shaw Brown, the lead producer for Fox Sports' U.S. Soccer and MLS broadcasts, who discusses his more than two decades in the sport, how he got into it and some of his favorite stories from over the years. He also describes what he's looking for when he's directing a soccer broadcast on TV. For anyone interested in breaking into soccer media, this is an especially fun podcast.


Dr. Joe Machnik is the Renaissance Man of American Soccer

Dr Joe Machnik is currently the soccer rules analyst for Fox Sports, but his past goes all the way back to being an All-American goalkeeper at Long Island University, a coach who led LIU at age 23 to the 1966 NCAA title game, who coached ice hockey and mens and women's soccer at the University of New Haven, who was an assistant coach on the U.S. men’s 1990 World Cup team, a referee who worked the 1988 NCAA title game, a FIFA match commissioner, a director of officials for three U.S. pro...



Ahead of Saturday's U.S. Soccer election, Grant interviews Paul Caligiuri, who played in two World Cups and scored one of the most significant goals in U.S. Soccer history to send the Americans to World Cup 1990. Caligiuri explains why he decided to run and how he would like to expand the Olympic Development Program to every high school in the country.


U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate Carlos Cordeiro

Ahead of the highly contested U.S. Soccer election on February 10, candidate Carlos Cordeiro discusses his travels to state associations around the country, lays out his plan to change the federation and addresses his challenge of being a reform candidate who has been on the board of U.S. Soccer since 2007.


Brad Rothenberg of Alianza de Fútbol Is Still Angry About US Soccer Losing Jonathan González

In a two-interview podcast, Brad Rothenberg of Alianza de Fútbol, which discovered Jonathan González, explains why U.S. Soccer lost González to Mexico and why it will keep happening with Mexican-American players if U.S. Soccer doesn't change. Then comedian Jay Baruchel and journalist Eoin O'Callaghan tell the story behind their terrific new documentary film Celtic Soul.


Finally: David Beckham's Miami MLS Team Is Reality

Grant and Brian talk about the long-awaited official announcement of David Beckham’s Miami MLS team; intriguing transfers like Aubameyang to Arsenal and Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy; the U.S. men’s friendly against Bosnia and the ongoing recriminations over the U.S. losing Jonathan González to Mexico.


MLS Commissioner Don Garber Sounds Off On Just About Everything

Grant is joined by MLS commissioner Don Garber, who discusses a range of topics, including Atlanta's MLS-record purchase of Ezequiel Barco, what's happening with expansion (including with David Beckham's Miami project), the role of Soccer United Marketing in U.S. Soccer and whether he'll pledge to work with whomever wins the U.S. Soccer presidential election.


Atlanta’s Ezequiel Barco purchase (for an MLS-record $15 million) is a league game-changer.

Grant and Brian hail the trend of MLS teams spending big on rising South American superstars (led by Atlanta and Ezequiel Barco) and discuss the pending Alexis Sánchez/Henrikh Mkhitaryan between Arsenal and Manchester United; the Defiance Tour of Bruce Arena and Sunil Gulati; whether North America’s World Cup ’26 bid is in doubt and the parade of U.S. Soccer presidential candidates in Philadelphia over the weekend.


US Soccer Presidential Candidate Michael Winograd Has A Novel Idea For Promotion and Relegation

US Soccer presidential candidate Michael Winograd joins Grant for a wide-ranging conversation in which he talks about his biggest challenge—finding a path to victory—and shares some promising proposals, including building training centers in each state and an "interim" stage to test promotion and relegation in US soccer leagues.


Liverpool Beats Man City

Grant and Brian discuss Liverpool’s pulsating victory over Manchester City to end City’s hopes of an undefeated Premier League season, Landon Donovan’s surprise un-retirement to join Mexico’s León, and this week’s United Soccer Coaches convention in Philadelphia, also known as Tracksuit Woodstock.


Ray Hudson, BeIN Sports and SiriusXM

The inimitable Ray Hudson of BeIN Sports and SiriusXM joins Grant for a fun conversation on how he developed his love for words, his unique broadcasting style, his appreciation for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, his favorite stories from the 1970s NASL his love of South American soccer players and fellow Floridian Dick Vitale, and the influence of his father, Wilfred, who passed away last year at 98.


The US's Loss of Jonathan González

Grant and Brian talk about Jonathan González choosing Mexico over the United States, Eric Lichaj’s blinder to dethrone Arsenal in the FA Cup, the new U.S. January camp roster and what it was like for Brian to attend a Baltimore Blast indoor game over the weekend.


Sports Illustrated's Luis Miguel Echegaray

Grant is joined by SI's Luis Miguel Echegaray, his cohost on the weekly Planet Fútbol video show on the SI TV streaming channel. Luis shares his story from living in Peru to England to the United States, from acting to coaching to journalism, and from rooting for Peru to England to the U.S. to Aston Villa. He also has some strong opinions on the landscape of soccer in the United States.


SI's Brian Straus and two-thirds of a happy new year.

Grant and Brian ring in the new year and talk about the year ahead, World Cup 2018, who will be the next US men’s national team coach, the wild US Soccer presidential election and our thoughts on our end-of-the-year campaign story on Sunil Gulati, Don Garber, Kathy Carter and the legendary Sal Rapaglia. They also discuss Brian’s desire to ride with goats on a Russian third-class train this summer to Nizhny Novgorod.


Sportswriter Will Leitch, Newly Minted Soccer Fan

Grant is joined by Will Leitch, the founder of Deadspin and now a writer for Sports on Earth, New York magazine and other publications. They talk about Leitch's trip down the rabbit hole of soccer fandom, including the story of his support for the U.S. national team, Arsenal and becoming a season ticket holder for Atlanta United. Leitch, who has written extensively on sports fandom, explains what makes soccer different from a fan's perspective than other sports.


Steve Gans, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate

Grant is joined by U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Steve Gans, a Boston-based lawyer who has a long record in the game. They talk about Gans's platform and his opinions on the problems in American soccer and the potential solutions. Gans is also pressed on how he'll find a path to victory in a crowded race.


Kyle Martino, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate

Martino joins Grant to talk about his U.S. Soccer presidential candidacy and answers questions about his platform, his view of Sunil Gulati's record as president and why he thinks he's qualified to run such a big organization.


Toronto's MLS title, MLS expansion, USSF campaign

Grant and Brian discuss Toronto’s MLS Cup title, Brian’s thoughts from being on the ground north of the border, the wild U.S. Soccer presidential campaign, and which cities we think will get MLS expansion teams. They also talk about staking out MLS owners meetings and LA Galaxy owner Phil Anschutz curing his own smoked meats.


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