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Fútbol with Grant Wahl

245 episodes - English - Latest episode: 7 months ago - ★★★★★ - 1.2K ratings

Grant Wahl, one of the world’s leading soccer journalists, shares his thoughts on the sport and interviews the biggest names and the most fascinating figures in the game.

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Football's Reaction To Russia/Ukraine, MLS Opens Its Season + Kelsey Trainor Interview

February 28, 2022 07:30 - 1 hour

On this episode, Grant is joined by Chris Wittyngham to discuss how the football world reacted to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and how Russia might be thrown out of FIFA competitions. They then discussed the Carabao Cup final, a couple of impressive wins for Barcelona, and the opening weekend of Major League Soccer. Then, attorney Kelsey Trainor (36:30) joins to discuss the fallout of US Soccer's settlement with the USWNT players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

USWNT/US Soccer Settlement, McKennie Injury, MLS Preview + Onyewu/Beasley Interview

February 24, 2022 08:00 - 1 hour

On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Grant and Chris Wittyngham discuss the major news from this week, including a settlement between the US Women's National Team and US Soccer in their equal pay lawsuit, the USMNT fallout from the UEFA Champions League fixtures, and the midweek Premier League results and their impact on the title race and relegation race. Then, Oguchi Onyewu, DaMarcus Beasley, and Mabricio Wilson of The Crack podcast (20:05) join the show. We close with a preview of th...

Grant in Venice, PL Title Race Back On, and Claudio Reyna Interview

February 21, 2022 08:00 - 1 hour

On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Grant and Chris Wittyngham discuss all of the major headlines from the weekend including a US Women's National Team 5-0 win over New Zealand, a Man City defeat with a Liverpool win opening up the Premier League title race, and Inter Milan slipping up again in Italy. Then, Austin FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna joins (42:30) to discuss his role at Austin, his thoughts on the US Men's National Team, and his son Gio. Note: the conversation was record...

US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone + UCL Review

February 17, 2022 00:31 - 57 minutes

On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Grant talks to the US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone (25:31) about her tenure in charge of the federation and her re-election campaign. Also, Grant talks to Chris Wittyngham about the first legs of the UEFA Champions League and the beginning of the Concacaf Champions League. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

World Champion Chelsea, UCL RO16 Preview, Hanif Abdurraqib

February 14, 2022 09:00 - 1 hour

Grant talks to Chris Wittyngham about all the major talking points from the weekend including Chelsea winning the Club World Cup, the tightening title race in Italy, Matt Turner to Arsenal, and a lookahead to the UEFA Champions League returning. Then, (39:05) Grant talks to MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, New York Times best selling author, and soccer fan Hanif Abdurraqib. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

DC United Manager Hernan Losada

February 10, 2022 08:00 - 39 minutes

On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Grant speaks to the DC United manager Hernan Losada (19:45) about how he experienced soccer in his first season managing in MLS, his journey from Argentina to the US, and his famous coaching fitness regiment. Before that, Grant talks to Witty about the major football news including the Club World Cup, Frank Lampard's potential relegation fight with Everton, and the Washington Post's story about Rory Dames. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit mega...

Assessing the USMNT #9 Position + Ashley Hatch Joins The Pod

February 07, 2022 10:00 - 54 minutes

On this episode, Grant and Chris Wittyngham discuss the major goings on from the soccer weekend including the African Cup of Nations Final, title race in Serie A, Barcelona's strongest performance in Spain this season, and Jordan Pefok's brace for BSC Young Boys and how he deserves a shout for the USMNT. Then, (36:40) Ashley Hatch of the Washington Spirit and the US Women's National Team talks to Grant about winning the NWSL Golden Boot, playing with the USWNT, and all of the off field turmoi...

Three Frozen Points: USMNT Beat Honduras 3-0

February 03, 2022 05:43 - 35 minutes

Landon Donovan, Grant Wahl, and Chris Wittyngham react to a World Cup Qualifying win for the United States over Honduras. The guys discuss the US dominating from set pieces, Christian Pulisic starting the game from the bench, and the idea of playing in subzero temperatures with the result in hand. Plus, a trip down memory lane from a time Landon was asked about Michael Jackson ahead of the 2009 Confederations Cup Final. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

King in the North: USMNT Loses to Canada

January 31, 2022 06:00 - 38 minutes

Landon Donovan, Grant Wahl, and Chris Wittyngham react to the United States' second loss in World Cup Qualifying, this time at the hands of Canada. We contextualize the loss in the history of these two, discuss what went wrong, and figure out how to try and get Christian Pulisic going again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Last Jedi- USMNT Beats El Salvador 1-0

January 28, 2022 15:36 - 31 minutes

Landon Donovan, Grant Wahl, and Chris Wittyngham return to break down a 1-0 US Men's National Team win in World Cup Qualifying over El Salvador. We discuss Antonee (or as he prefers, Jedi) Robinson's goal and performance, Christian Pulisic having an off night and what he might be going through, and Gregg Berhalter's decision to start Jesus Ferreira up top over Ricardo Pepi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Bob Bradley on move to Toronto FC, Lorenzo Insigne + USMNT World Cup Qualifying Preview

January 24, 2022 09:00 - 1 hour

On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Bob Bradley joins the pod (33:14) to discuss his move from LAFC to Toronto FC, how he sees the signing of Lorenzo Insigne, and the development of his football philosophy. Before that, Chris Wittyngham is along to look ahead to the United States returning to World Cup Qualifying action and look back on the weekend in the world of soccer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Investor David Blitzer on owning parts of RSL, Crystal Palace, Augsburg + In The Weeds Soccer Talk

January 20, 2022 09:00 - 46 minutes

On this episode, David Blitzer, who is part of the investment team behind Real Salt Lake, Crystal Palace, and FC Augsburg, talks to Grant (24:11) about why he invested in those clubs and his various forays into sports ownership. Also, Witty joins Grant to cover the latest soccer news including the MLS transfer market, Spurs' bonkers win over Leicester, and Cristiano Ronaldo not enjoying being substituted. Sign up for the Futbol newsletter here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphon...

Jordan Morris on Injury Recovery, The Athletic's Carl Anka

January 17, 2022 16:50 - 54 minutes

On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Grant talks to USMNT winger Jordan Morris about his return to US Men's National Team duty in January camp and his recovery from an ACL injury suffered at Swansea. Then, Manchester United columnist for The Athletic Carl Anka joins to talk about the state of Man United, writing a book with Marcus Rashford, and the Africa Cup of Nations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Top Soccer TV Producer Shaw Brown

January 13, 2022 09:00 - 42 minutes

Grant has an in-depth interview with Shaw Brown, one of the longest-tenured producers in U.S. soccer television, who has worked at CBS Sports HQ (currently), Fox Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN over the last two-and-a-half decades. Brown explains the details of what he does for soccer TV broadcasts, how he lands A-list interview guests, what he looks for in TV talent, which current players he thinks will become good TV broadcasters someday, and tells stories about his most memorable soccer interv...

Pepi Debuts and AFCON kicks off. Plus, Marissa Pilla on WoSo/MLS

January 10, 2022 08:00 - 1 hour

Grant and Witty break down the weekend in soccer that saw Cameroon win the opener of the African Cup of Nations, Ricardo Pepi debut for Augsburg, and the FA Cup 3rd round bring us upsets and other delights. Plus, Witty has a theory on anti-American bias. Then, CBS Sports' Marisa Pilla joins the pod (32:00) to discuss her role covering the NWSL for CBS, the USWNT during the Olympics, and the Philadelphia Union for local TV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Insigne To Toronto, Surprise MLS Hires, and The Athletic's John Muller

January 06, 2022 09:00 - 53 minutes

On this episode, Grant and Witty discuss the latest soccer headlines including a big day in Serie A, Lorenzo Insigne's impending transfer to Toronto FC, and the latest coaching hires and ownership changes in MLS. Then, Grant talks to John Muller (22:50) about his journey from being an attorney to a senior writer at The Athletic covering data and analytics in soccer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Big Transfers for Pepi/Dike and Matt Doyle on MLS/USMNT

January 03, 2022 08:05 - 1 hour

Matt Doyle of MLSSoccer.com joins Grant and Witty (29:40) for a conversation about how he became the Armchair Analyst, the MLS clubs that are facing big offseasons, and the USMNT heading into January qualifiers. Before that, Grant and Witty discuss Ricardo Pepi's transfer to Augsburg for between $18 and 20 million, Daryl Dike's transfer to West Bromwich Albion for just under $10 million, and Christian Pulisic's goal and impact in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Liverpool. Learn more about your ad cho...

Top 5 Stories of 2021 + AFCON Preview with Mimi Fawaz

December 30, 2021 09:00 - 1 hour

Grant and Witty look back on 2021 with their top 5 soccer stories of the year, look ahead to 2022 with our top 5 predictions for next year, and Grant previews the upcoming African Cup of Nations with BBC broadcaster Mimi Fawaz (30:22). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Professor Andy Markovitz Returns

December 27, 2021 09:00 - 1 hour

Grant interviews his old friend and regular podcast guest Andy Markovits, Manchester United fan and University of Michigan professor, about the latest goings-on at United as well as his new memoir: The Passport As Home: Comfort in Rootlessness.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Professor Andy Markovits Returns

December 27, 2021 09:00 - 1 hour

Grant interviews his old friend and regular podcast guest Andy Markovits, Manchester United fan and University of Michigan professor, about the latest goings-on at United as well as his new memoir: The Passport As Home: Comfort in Rootlessness.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Andres Cordero, CBS Sports/Inter Miami Commentator

December 23, 2021 09:00 - 52 minutes

Andres Cordero, CBS Sports' lead commentator for the USMNT and Serie A, talks to Grant and Witty about his recent pilgrimage to San Siro for Milan-Napoli, watching the USMNT away, and his remarkable journey from Cuba to the US. Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dr. Celine Gounder on COVID-19, Amanda Vandervort on the new USL Super League

December 20, 2021 10:00 - 52 minutes

On this episode of Futbol with Grant Wahl, Dr. Celine Gounder, infectious disease expert, joins Grant (1:11) to discuss the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and how it's affecting the soccer world. Then, Amanda Vandervort, president of the USL Super League, the 2nd division US women's league beginning in 2023, joins (12:26) to discuss the forming of the league and its place in the women's game. To close, Chris Wittyngham comes on to break down the USMNT's friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina a...

Alex Morgan on San Diego trade; Jessica Black on Arsenal

December 16, 2021 09:00 - 44 minutes

Alex Morgan, now of NWSL expansion team San Diego Wave, joins Grant (0:57) to discuss her move from Orlando to Southern California, how she's planning her post-career, and giving her voice to The Athletic's reporting on Paul Riley's sexual abuse of his players. Plus, Jessica Black (10:56) of She Knows Arsenal joins the show about how she got into creating content about Arsenal and the state of the side that moved into the Premier League's top 4 last night. Get full access to Fútbol with Gran...

MLS Cup Final; Liverpool Book & Film Chroniclers Michael MacCambridge, Neil Atkinson and James Erskine

December 13, 2021 16:26 - 1 hour

Grant and Chris went all the way to Portland, Ore., and sat next to each other in the press box for the MLS Cup final, and they break down New York City’s win in penalties over the Portland Timbers. Plus an extravaganza for Liverpool fans eager to consume more about the club’s triumphant 2019-20 season: Grant interviews Michael MacCambridge and Neil Atkinson (23:41) about their book Red Letters: Two Fervent Liverpool FC Supporters Correspond through the Epic Season That Wouldn’t End, and then...

MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Portland's Giovanni Savarese & New York City's Sean Johnson

December 09, 2021 08:00 - 51 minutes

Our big MLS Cup final preview includes Grant’s must-listen interviews of MLS commissioner Don Garber, Portland coach Giovanni Savarese (26:02) and New York City captain Sean Johnson (37:52). Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

ESPN's John Sutcliffe; Witty on the Weekend

December 06, 2021 08:00 - 47 minutes

Grant interviews John Sutcliffe, one of the top reporters in North America (20:29), about what’s going on with the Mexican national team and the growing bonds between Liga MX and MLS. And Grant and Chris break down the weekend, including the MLS playoff semifinals, movement atop the Premier League, Ralf Rangnick’s first Man United game, Jesse Marsch being out at Leipzig and Cincinnati having interest in Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grant...

Real Salt Lake's Pablo Mastroeni; Witty on MLS Playoffs, Ballon d'Or

December 02, 2021 08:00 - 45 minutes

Grant has a rollicking interview with Pablo Mastroeni, the interim head coach who has taken Real Salt Lake on an incredible journey to the MLS playoffs final four. Mastroeni is remarkably honest about not being ready at first to be a head coach again and telling the story about how he was digging ditches for $18 an hour after coaching the Colorado Rapids until he decided he wanted to be a coach again. Plus Grant and Witty break down the MLS playoffs, New York City’s upset of the New England R...

Consultant Jasmine Baba; Witty on the Weekend

November 29, 2021 08:00 - 1 hour

Grant interviews Jasmine Baba (18:38), a Germany-based soccer consultant and tactics expert. She shares her thoughts on Ralf Rangnick becoming Manchester United’s interim coach, as well as her story as a woman and POC in the soccer space. In Segment 1, Grant and Witty break look at United’s 1-1 tie with Chelsea and the decision to sit Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as PSG’s own struggles with a front 3 who don’t defend. And in Segment 3, the guys discuss an eventful weekend of MLS playoffs, the y...

John Ourand on NBC's Premier League Win; Witty on the Weekend

November 22, 2021 08:00 - 58 minutes

Grant interviews John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal on NBC winning the bid for six more years of broadcasting the English Premier League. And Grant and Chris Wittyngham break down a busy weekend, including the NWSL final, the MLS playoffs, Man United firing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the three-horse race atop the Premier League. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Tony Khan, Fulham Co-owner and Director of Football Operations

November 18, 2021 08:00 - 32 minutes

Chris Wittyngham interviews Tony Khan, the Co-owner and director of football operations for Fulham. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Landon Donovan, Chris Wittyngham and Grant on Jamaica-USMNT

November 17, 2021 05:38 - 37 minutes

Landon Donovan joins Grant and Chris to break down the USMNT’s 1-1 tie at Jamaica in World Cup qualifying in Kingston on Tuesday. The result leaves the U.S. (15 points) in second place in the Octagonal after eight games in the 14-game tournament. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Landon Donovan, Chris Wittyngham, Mike Ryan and Grant on USMNT-Mexico

November 13, 2021 14:43 - 27 minutes

Landon Donovan joins Grant, Chris and Mike Ryan to break down the USMNT’s convincing 2-0 win over Mexico in World Cup qualifying in Cincinnati on Friday. The victory vaults the U.S. into first place in the Octagonal halfway through the 14-game tournament. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

ESPN's Sebastian Salazar; Witty on the Weekend & USMNT

November 08, 2021 10:36 - 1 hour

Grant is finally back from Eastern Europe, which means we have a full podcast experience for listeners again. Ahead of Friday’s USMNT-Mexico World Cup qualifying showdown, Grant interviews ESPN’s Sebastian Salazar (22:15) about his thoughts on the game from both sides’ perspectives, how ESPN will approach its broadcast from Cincinnati, his ESPN+ show Fútbol Américas, his story in the business and much more. In Segment 1, Grant and Chris Wittyngham break down the USMNT roster and European game...

Andrew Downie on His 1970 World Cup Oral History Book

November 04, 2021 14:08 - 31 minutes

Grant speaks to author Andrew Downie about his new oral history book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Inside Story of the Legendary 1970 World Cup. Downie explains why the 1970 tournament in Mexico was so special, provides insight into Pelé’s Brazilian champions (thought by many to be the greatest team of all time) and details how he put together the book’s interviews with players from participant nations, many of whom are now in their 70s and 80s. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant...

Jenny Chiu of CBS Sports

November 01, 2021 07:10 - 27 minutes

Grant interviews rising star Jenny Chiu of CBS Sports about a bunch of topics, including how she approaches sideline reporting in hostile environments at USMNT away World Cup qualifiers; her story with soccer growing up in El Paso, Texas; playing for Mexican youth national teams; how she got into the TV business; how she met Grant at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro; her advice for young people who want to go into TV; and much, much more. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl ...

Sid Lowe of The Guardian & ESPN

October 28, 2021 07:30 - 32 minutes

Grant gets up to speed on Spain with an enlightening conversation with Sid Lowe, who does terrific work for ESPN, The Guardian and the Spanish Football Podcast. Lowe gives his big-picture views on the situation at Barcelona (the podcast was recorded a few hours before manager Ronald Koeman was fired), the status of La Liga after the departures of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the success of Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad, why the Super League was a more popular idea in Spain than els...

USMNT & Nashville's Walker Zimmerman; Witty on the Weekend

October 25, 2021 07:00 - 56 minutes

Grant has a must-listen interview with Walker Zimmerman (20:54), the reigning MLS Defender of the Year with Nashville who recently captained the USMNT in World Cup qualifying. Zimmerman goes in depth on why Nashville has been so successful in its first two years. He also details his experience with the USMNT, what it was like to go from not making the recent initial roster to being the captain in Panama, and what he needs to do to be on the plane to Qatar next year. In Segment 1, Grant and Ch...

15-Year-Old Pro GK Nick Holliday; Witty on the Soccer News

October 21, 2021 12:18 - 46 minutes

Grant interviews Nick Holliday (18:07), the 15-year-old goalkeeper for North Carolina FC of USL League One, who recently signed his first pro contract. Holliday is from a sports family: His father, Corey, caught two passes in Super Bowl XXX for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his brother, Chris, is a defensive back at the University of North Carolina. Nick explains why he decided to go with soccer instead of football or lacrosse (he liked soccer, and he didn’t want a helmet to mess up his hair) ...

Ted Lasso's Nick Mohammed (aka Nate Shelley); Chris Wittyngham on the Weekend

October 18, 2021 07:00 - 55 minutes

Grant and Chris interview Nick Mohammed (17:00), who plays Nate Shelley on Ted Lasso. (Spoiler alert: Don’t listen to this until you’ve finished Season 2 of the show.) Mohammed details the challenges of playing Nate in a transformative season for his character, shares how Ted Lasso fans have responded to him recently and explains how he’s able to portray a sports figure even though he doesn’t care much for sports. Grant and Chris also break down the soccer weekend, including Man United’s loss...

Landon Donovan, Chris Wittyngham & Grant on USMNT-Costa Rica

October 14, 2021 05:16 - 30 minutes

In partnership with Meadowlark Media and Le Batard and Friends for every USMNT World Cup qualifier, Grant is joined by Landon Donovan and Chris Wittyngham to discuss the USMNT’s 2-1 win over Costa Rica on Matchday 6 of the World Cup qualifying campaign. The U.S. (11 points) is now in second place in the tournament, behind Mexico (14), the next opponent for the U.S. on November 12 in Cincinnati. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more a...

Landon Donovan, Chris Wittyngham & Grant on Panama-USMNT

October 11, 2021 14:54 - 28 minutes

In partnership with Meadowlark and Dan Le Batard and Friends for every USMNT World Cup qualifier, Grant is joined by Landon Donovan and Chris Wittyngham to discuss the USMNT’s 1-0 loss at Panama in Game 5 of the World Cup qualifying campaign. The U.S. (eight points) is now in second place in the tournament, ahead of Panama on goal difference. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Landon Donovan, Chris Wittyngham & Grant on USMNT-Jamaica

October 08, 2021 05:50 - 40 minutes

In partnership with Meadowlark and Dan Le Batard and Friends for every USMNT World Cup qualifier, Grant is joined by Landon Donovan and Chris Wittyngham to discuss the USMNT’s 2-0 win over Jamaica in Game 4 of the World Cup qualifying campaign. The U.S. (eight points) is now in first place in the tournament, ahead of Mexico on goal difference. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Newcastle's Santiago Muñoz; Chris Wittyngham on the Weekend

October 04, 2021 11:17 - 41 minutes

Grant has a fun interview with Santiago Muñoz, the El Paso-born 19-year-old forward for Newcastle United (27:38) who scored the goal of the tournament for Mexico at the 2019 Under-17 World Cup, where El Tri finished runner-up behind Brazil. They discuss his history in El Paso/Ciudad Juárez (where he became friends with Ricardo Pepi), his discovery at Alianza de Fútbol and signing by Santos Laguna, his loan move to Newcastle, his eerily similar name and story compared to the character of the G...

Meg Linehan and Molly Hensley-Clancy on the NWSL

October 01, 2021 17:11 - 36 minutes

In a special Friday episode, Grant has an in-depth discussion about the turmoil in the NWSL with the two journalists whose stories have brought systemic wrongdoing to light: Meg Linehan, the USWNT and NWSL national writer for The Athletic, whose story on coach Paul Riley’s sexual coercion allegations and abuse led to Riley’s firing and the suspension of NWSL games this weekend; and Molly Hensley-Clancy, a sports investigations reporter for the Washington Post, whose August 11 story on abuse b...

Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City

September 30, 2021 07:00 - 30 minutes

Grant has an in-depth conversation with Sporting Kansas City manager and sporting director Peter Vermes about a number of topics, including how he deals with defeats, what he’s learned about this year’s team, how he balances selling young talent and winning games, his four bedrock principles, his family’s connection to Hungary, how he maintains his job longevity, the story behind THAT .gif and much more. Music: Get full access to Fútbol with Grant Wahl at grantwahl.substack.com/subscribe Le...

Robbie Keane Interview

September 27, 2021 11:08 - 33 minutes

Grant catches up with Robbie Keane, whose phenomenal 20-year senior playing career included three MLS Cup titles with the LA Galaxy; the 2014 MLS MVP award; club tenures at Tottenham, Liverpool, Inter, Coventry City, West Ham, Aston Villa, Celtic and others; and a record 68 international goals in 146 appearances for the Republic of Ireland. Keane talks at length about favorite memories from his playing career, explains why he’s ready to be a head coach in MLS and provides some terrific answer...

Canadian Broadcaster Kristian Jack

September 23, 2021 07:00 - 37 minutes

Canadian soccer is doing better than ever, with the women’s national team winning the Olympic gold medal and the men’s national team a genuine contender to qualify for its first World Cup since 1986. Grant has a in-depth interview about what’s happening in Canada with Kristian Jack, a top broadcaster for more than two decades who works for One Soccer and serves as the vice president of content and media for the Canadian Premier League. Jack also breaks down what’s happening with Canada’s thre...

Legendary ESPN Broadcaster Bob Ley; Chris Wittyngham on the Weekend

September 20, 2021 11:07 - 59 minutes

Grant catches up with the legendary broadcaster Bob Ley (17:51), who spent 40 years at ESPN and was front and center on its World Cup coverage from 1982 to 2014. Ley tells some fun stories from covering USMNT World Cup qualifiers over the years and shares his thoughts on the most recent U.S. games, the challenge of finding soccer games on so many streaming apps today, the modern sports media landscape and much more. Before that, Grant and Chris Wittyngham break down the soccer weekend, includ...

USMNT and FC Dallas's Ricardo Pepi; LA Galaxy's Jovan Kirovski

September 16, 2021 07:00 - 42 minutes

Grant has an in-depth interview with the man of the moment for the USMNT, 18-year-old forward Ricardo Pepi of FC Dallas. Then he speaks to LA Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski (16:02), perhaps the best-connected American in European soccer, about how he landed superstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Chicharito Hernández and others. They also discuss Kirovski’s own playing career, in which he spent four years with Manchester United and became the first U.S. player to win the men’s UEFA C...

Illustrator Dan Leydon; Chris Wittyngham on the Weekend

September 13, 2021 07:00 - 1 hour

Grant has an in-depth interview with Dan Leydon (42:57), a phenomenal soccer illustrator and designer whose work appears on several global platforms, including the Fútbol with Grant Wahl newsletter. He explains how he does his work, his backstory and how being a soccer fan helps him do his job. Before that, Grant and Chris Wittyngham break down the soccer weekend, including Manchester United’s return to watchability, Bayern Munich’s 4-1 win at Leipzig, the rise of Inter Miami, the beleaguered...

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