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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.






Kathy Carter, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate

Grant interviews Kathy Carter, most recently the president of Soccer United Marketing, about her decision to enter the U.S. Soccer presidential race in the final week before nominations are due. Carter engages on a number of topics, including her platform, her background in business and on the field, and Soccer United Marketing: What is it? And what would she do to remove any perceived conflicts of interest between SUM, MLS and U.S. Soccer?

Duration: 00:27:53

MLS Cup final, Toronto's chance for greatness

Grant and Brian discuss this week’s MLS Cup final, the greatest teams in MLS history by year and era, and the ingredients that make for a good cup final. Grant tells some of his favorite Clint Dempsey and Drew Carey stories, and the guys get into the World Cup draw and the intricacies of Brian’s Twitter bio.

Duration: 00:38:01

Eric Wynalda, US Soccer Presidential Candidate

Former USMNT forward Eric Wynalda joins Grant for a discussion about his U.S. Soccer presidential candidacy, including his thoughts on changing the federation, promotion and relegation, how to spend U.S. Soccer's $130 million surplus, recent criticism from MLS owner Merritt Paulson and whether his candidacy resembles that of Donald Trump.

Duration: 00:39:43

We're back.

Grant and SI's Brian Straus catch up on what happened since the last episode—the USMNT World Cup failure, Brian's Neymar SI cover story, Grant's book—and discuss the Seattle-Toronto Era in MLS, the sordid Columbus Crew story, the World Cup 2018 draw and the U.S. Soccer presidential campaign.

Duration: 00:44:03

Brian Straus, SI soccer writer

SI's Brian Straus joins Grant for a fun conversation on the latest in soccer, including the U.S.-led World Cup 2026 bid, FIFA not changing its stripes, Chris Wondolowski, the revival of Minnesota United, what they would do with U.S. Soccer's $100 million-plus nest egg and Brian's tale of buying a counterfeit ticket at the 1998 UEFA Champions League final.

Duration: 01:05:57

Carli Lloyd, USWNT captain

Carli Lloyd, the two-time defending FIFA World Player of the Year, joins Grant in Manchester, England, to discuss her short-term stay at Man City, which she has helped lead to the Champions League semifinals and upcoming FA Cup final. Lloyd describes everything from meeting Pep Guardiola to engaging with her new teammates to giving her impressions of the rising level of women's soccer in England compared to the NWSL and other leagues in Europe.

Duration: 00:32:47

Howard Webb, Famed Referee

Howard Webb, who refereed the finals of the 2010 World Cup and UEFA Champions League, joins Grant to talk about his new job running the Video Assistant Referee program that's set to debut this summer in MLS. Webb explains in detail how VAR will work, what kinds of calls it will and won't review, and why it's one of the biggest changes in soccer that we have seen in our lifetimes. Webb also describes his own journey in refereeing from his humble start to the pinnacle of the sport.

Duration: 01:08:01

John Strong, Fox Sports Soccer Broadcaster

A rising star at age 31, John Strong talks to Grant about his journey from deciding he wanted as a kid to become a sports broadcaster to his current position as Fox Sports' lead play-by-play announcer for soccer. John discusses his influences, his process and his career goals as he looks toward a busy MLS season, U.S. World Cup qualifying and the promised land of the World Cup in 2018.

Duration: 01:25:13

Bixente Lizarazu, World and European Champion for Club and Country

Left back Bixente Lizarazu was a world and European champion for club (Bayern Munich) and country (France), and he joins Grant to talk about a wide range of topics: The Bayern-Real Madrid Champions League showdown; what it was like to play with Zinédine Zidane; what makes Carlo Ancelotti special; and a post-playing career that includes TV and other media as well as becoming a black belt in jiu-jitsu and going on surfing and mountain-climbing adventures around the globe.

Duration: 00:47:00

Tim Howard, U.S. goalkeeper; Paolo Maldini, A.C. Milan legendary defender

In a packed podcast with two terrific interviews, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard sits down with Grant in Panama to talk about the U.S. national team and his own career. Legendary defender Paolo Maldini also joins the show and gives his thoughts on defending in today's game, as well as the ups and downs of AC Milan.

Duration: 00:47:41

Jimmy Conrad, World Cup Player Turned YouTube Star

Jimmy Conrad joins Grant for a candid and funny conversation about defying expectations in soccer and life. Conrad went from being a walk-on to an NCAA champion, from being undrafted to MLS Defender of the Year, from being unheralded to starting games at World Cup 2006. Now he's building a new audience with nearly 100,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel.

Duration: 01:13:42

MLS Commissioner Don Garber at SXSW

MLS commissioner Don Garber goes one-on-one with Grant at SXSW in Austin, Texas, with a focus on technology, including Facebook's move into becoming an MLS rights-holder, the start of Video-Assistant Referees this season, continued MLS expansion and where Garber thinks MLS will be in 20 years.

Duration: 01:02:41

Brian Straus; Sports Illustrated

SI’s Brian Straus joins Grant to talk about all things MLS as the new season gets underway, from new stadiums in Orlando (and soon to be D.C.) to new teams in Atlanta and Minnesota to why terminology matters in growing world of American soccer.

Duration: 00:44:36

Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona Goalkeeper

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen joins Grant in Spain for a fun talk about how he became a goalkeeper in the first place; how he gained the foot skills of a “sweeper keeper;” what it was like to start and win a Champions League final at age 23; the differences between German and Spanish football culture; winning the Barcelona No. 1 job outright after platooning with Claudio Bravo for two seasons; and how Barça might find a way back from 4-0 in its Champions League return leg...

Duration: 00:24:36

Ivan Rakitić, Barcelona Midfielder

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić joins Grant in Spain for a wide-ranging conversation about scoring in the 2015 Champions League final; what it’s like playing with Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar; his more defensive role for Barça this season; how he met his future wife on his first day in Spain; thoughts on extending his Barça contract soon; and the challenge of coming back from a 4-0 Champions League deficit to PSG and catching up to Real Madrid in La Liga. “We have three months...

Duration: 00:36:38

Kyle Martino, NBC Premier League analyst.

NBC Premier League studio analyst Kyle Martino joins Grant for a remarkably honest discussion. Martino talks about being the lone American accent on NBC Premier League broadcasts; the differences between working for NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN; how he prepares for each week’s Premier League studio show; his own depression after having to retire from playing at age 27 due to injuries; why he doesn’t stick to sports; his part-ownership in the Spanish club Mallorca; and how he wouldn’t mind...

Duration: 01:32:26

Danny Karbassiyoon, The Arsenal Yankee

Danny Karbassiyoon, the only American to have scored for Arsenal's first team, joins Grant to talk about his book, The Arsenal Yankee, which details his time playing with Arsenal's Invincibles, his retirement at age 22 due to injuries and his post-playing days as an Arsenal scout and digital impresario in the soccer space.

Duration: 01:01:10

Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer president

The most influential American in world soccer, U.S. Soccer president and FIFA Council member Sunil Gulati, gives a rare wide-ranging one-on-one interview with Grant in his Columbia University office. Among the topics: Why he voted to expand the men's World Cup to 48 teams, the status of labor talks with the USWNT, his opinion of President Trump's travel ban, whether U.S. soccer is doing enough in player development and including minorities, the U.S.'s potential World Cup '26 bid and...

Duration: 00:56:30

Shawn Francis, Pop Culture and American Soccer

Shawn Francis, a music and soccer industry veteran, joins Grant to talk about the cultural moment of American soccer and what it means as the sport continues to grow in the United States.

Duration: 01:04:47

Moya Dodd, FIFA Reformer

Australia's Moya Dodd, the most influential woman in FIFA in recent years, joins Grant to talk about the FIFA reform process, with a focus on gender reform. Dodd details the struggle of women to gain respect in soccer, from the days she paid her own way on the Australian national team to becoming one of the first women to join the FIFA executive committee after it went more than a century as an all-male body.

Duration: 01:06:22

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