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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


RSD21: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Eric Wynalda

12/1/2017
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Eric Wynalda has played in multiple World Cups, Germany, MLS, etc. He’s been a successful coach and commentator. Yes, we talk about promotion/relegation. In fact, we did it first just so you single-issue types can listen and then bail out. If you want to hear about EVERY issue facing the next USSF president — well, we got to maybe half of them. There are lot of issues. In rough order, we talk about: 1. What’s different or similar between the concerns of the Twitterati and the concerns of...

Duration: 00:50:04


RSD20: Mediating the NASL/USSF suit with Neil Morris

11/29/2017
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Neil Morris covers his local teams — North Carolina FC and the North Carolina Courage — for WRAL. His work includes a terrific podcast, the Inverted Triangle. In his day job, he’s an attorney and mediator. So why not combine his areas of expertise and try to mediate the NASL/USSF lawsuit? We gave it a whirl, with Neil playing the role of mediator and your host flipping between the roles of NASL and USSF advocates. The conversation starts around the 8:45 mark. We quickly explain what’s...

Duration: 01:06:37


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


RSD18: U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Mike Winograd

11/8/2017
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He doesn’t have the name recognition of Eric Wynalda, he hasn’t been in the U.S. Soccer inner circle like Carlos Cordeiro, and he hasn’t been campaigning as long as Steve Gans. But Mike Winograd is an interesting candidate for the USSF presidency. He’s a former player, he helped launch a pro club, and he’s a lawyer who works on very big deals. In our conversation (starting around the 10-minute mark after I ranted a bit about the NASL lawsuit and gave an overview of the presidential...

Duration: 00:39:56


RSD17: Adding tiers to the U.S. soccer cake, with NPSL’s Jef Thiffault

11/1/2017
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Jef Thiffault is the managing director for the NPSL, an elite amateur league that’s been sometimes pulled into promotion/relegation discussions. But he used to work for MLS and SUM. Mind blown yet? It’s actually an encouraging discussion that gives the impression that we have some smart people in U.S. soccer, toiling far away from the courtrooms and big-league boardrooms. And we might see a sea change in elite amateur competition that just might spill upward to the pros. Interview...

Duration: 00:23:19


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


Ranting Soccer Dad, Ep. 10: Ronnie Woodard on youth soccer, women in coaching

9/13/2017
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Do women actually face more difficulty breaking into college coaching today than they did 15 years ago? Is youth soccer going off the rails? I don’t know. But Ronnie Woodard would. The former Duke goalkeeper went straight from the college field to the college sideline and had a strong career coaching at College of Charleston and Vanderbilt before moving to youth soccer with Tennessee Soccer Club and taking national honors, including the 2016 NSCAA Coach of the Year Award. That’s not all....

Duration: 00:44:04


Ranting Soccer Dad, Ep. 9: Girls DA with Travis Clark

9/6/2017
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The podcast starts this week with a bit of a political rant. The news on DACA is hard to ignore, and we’ve had some ongoing overheated arguments in the soccer community. The Travis Clark interview on the Development Academy starts around the 9:25 mark. A few landmarks: - Will the NWSL affiliates dominate? (19:45) - DA vs. high school (25:00) - Can we tame the chaos and still have multiple development pathways? (30:30) - A few clubs to watch in the DA (38:45)

Duration: 00:36:13


Ranting Soccer Dad, Ep. 8: Kris Ward

8/30/2017
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Kris Ward is young, but he has a lot of coaching experience at every level imaginable, starting with rec teams in his teens, then high schools, youth clubs, a small college and ODP. He worked with the Washington Freedom before they relocated to become magicJack, then coached in D.C. United’s academy program and was one of the first assistant coaches with the NWSL’s Washington Spirit. He managed the rec operations of D.C. Stoddert, a large club in the nation’s capital, before moving to...

Duration: 01:17:19


Ranting Soccer Dad, Ep. 6: Bobby Warshaw

8/16/2017
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Can you be a good soccer player and a good person? Bobby Warshaw wrestles with that conflict in his book, When the Dream Became Reality: The journey of a professional soccer player, and the push for meaning, purpose, and contentment. We talk about that (around the 4:30 mark). And he responds to Yael Averbuch responding to his comment about learning to hate losing at an early age (10:05). Two quotes from the next 20 minutes: 19:30 In the midst of a discussion on whether U.S. academy...

Duration: 00:30:18


Ranting Soccer Dad, Ep. 5: Promotion/relegation with Peter Wilt

8/9/2017
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Will promotion/relegation actually happen in U.S. pro soccer? The odds look better now than they ever have. This week’s guest, Peter Wilt, is trying to make it happen. The former Chicago Fire/Chicago Red Stars/Indy Eleven/etc. executive is working on a third-division league — National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) — that would bridge the gap between the (currently unofficial) fourth division and the second tier. After that, who knows? A few things you should check out: - The...

Duration: 00:39:09

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