The U.S. Soccer Podcast
By U.S. Soccer
The U.S. Soccer PodcastApr 12, 2022
Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 8 - World Cup Qualifying Final Window
Host Bobby Warshaw and USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter look back at the final window of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, where the USA faced away contests at Mexico and Costa and an important home match against Panama and ultimately earned qualification to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Gregg and Bobby talk through the USMNT's set-up game-by-game and talk through the ultimate qualification, Gregg's whirlwind trip straight from San Jose, Costa Rica to the draw in Doha, and the USMNT's upcoming preparation for this fall's World Cup. Gregg also recaps the UNC Tarheel's run to the NCAA men's basketball championship game, recalls the best matches he's ever attended, and talks about what kind of soccer media he consumes (spoiler: it might be Chris Russell's @watke_ Twitter account.)
Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 7 - World Cup Qualifying Fourth Window
USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter discusses the USA's three-game World Cup Qualifying window to open 2022. The USA defeated El Salvador and Honduras at home and fell away to Canada. Berhalter and host Bobby Warshaw examine individual performances, squad tactics, and discuss the team's position heading into the final window of World Cup Qualifying. You'll also want to stick around for a deep dive into pressing and breaking down a low block and to hear Gregg's thoughts on pasta, backgammon, and Super Mario Bros.
Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 6 - World Cup Qualifying Third Window
Covering the Berhalter family Thanksgiving plans, the USMNT's 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus, and draw at Jamaica, USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and host Bobby Warshaw look back at the third window of World Cup Qualification.
Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 5 - World Cup Qualifying Second Window
USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and host Bobby Warshaw look back at the USMNT's second window of World Cup Qualification, including home victories against Jamaica and Canada, and the 1-0 loss at Panama. Bobby and Gregg dive in to three-match October window, talking mentality, tactics, and players who stood out, and preview the USA's impending showdown with Mexico in November in Cincinnati.
Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 4 - Opening World Cup Qualifying
USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and host Bobby Warshaw look back at the USMNT's opening window of World Cup Qualification, including draws against El Salvador and Canada, and the 4-1, come-from-behind win away in Honduras to close the camp. From on-field tactics to motivation and leadership, hear how the team navigated the beginning of its quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 3 - Gold Cup Triumph and WCQ Prep
Lifting another trophy feels so satisfying! Following the USMNT's latest triumph in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, Bobby Warshaw got back with head coach Gregg Berhalter to discuss the team's successful run through the confederation championship, key individual performances and the collective group effort and another win in a final against Mexico.
The pair then sum up a summer which saw the USMNT lift two trophies in a matter of 56 days and discuss how the run of matches has prepared the entire player pool as it heads into a gauntlet of World Cup qualifying windows this fall.
Former USWNT Midfielder Angela Hucles
Charlie caught up with the multi-talented Angela Hucles, two-time gold-medal winner with the USWNT, television analyst, LA Real Estate Agent, mother, wife, and now Angel City FC VP of Player Development and Operations. Hucles recalls her star turn at the 2008 Olympics, breaks down this summer’s Olympic Tournament, and talks about all that goes into building a new club as the much-anticipated Angel City FC builds toward its inaugural NWSL season.
USMNT Defender Reggie Cannon
Jordan and Charlie are back this week with Reggie Cannon! The USMNT defender talked about the two huge Nations League wins, scoring his first international goal las time out in June against Costa Rica, and looks forward to the Gold Cup as the last chance for players to make an impact before World Cup Qualifying kicks off the in fall. "DJ Cannon" also revealed his top tracks, dished on the best (and worst!) teammates to ask for fashion advice, and recapped his first year playing in Europe with Boavista F.C. of Porto.
The Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 2 - Nations League and the 4-Match Window
Bobby Warshaw caught back up with USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter following the USMNT's successful May/June window. Berhalter dives in to look back on the thrilling, come-from-behind, extra-time victory over Mexico in the Nations League Final, who gave Christian Pulisic advice ahead of his decisive penalty, Ethan Horvath's big moment in extra time, and recap the big win.
Warshaw and Berhalter also talk about how playing the four-match schedule will help the team prepare for this fall's World Cup Qualifying campaign, the camaraderie the the group built throughout the camp, and preview the upcoming Gold Cup.
Dr. Jessica Bartley, USOPC Director of Mental Health Services
The latest episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast features an important discussion on mental health with Dr. Jessica Bartley, the Director of Mental Health Services for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and through this conversation with Jordan and Charlie, Dr. Bartley provides valuable information on ways everyone who plays or enjoys the beautiful gamecan help combat the stigma around mental health, normalize conversations on the topic and better take care of themselves and others.
As part of U.S. Soccer’s Mental Health task force, Dr. Bartley also discussed the ways the Federation is working to raise awareness and provide mental health support to all its constituents, from youth players to National Team players, coaches, referees and even spectators. Many of those resources can already be found at RecognizeToRecover.org, U.S. Soccer’s Comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program.
The Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 1
We're excited to drop something just a little bit different in the feed this week. Jordan and Charlie lent the podcast feed to Bobby Warshaw, who sat down with USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and dug into the preparations for the team's four-game stretch including the upcoming friendly in Switzerland, the Concacaf Nations League semifinals and finals, and a friendly match against Costa Rica in Salt Lake City.
Bobby and Gregg talked player pool, tactics, team goals for this camp, their favorite cereals and even what's on Gregg's on reading list.
Catch up on the USMNT boss's thinking heading into the upcoming camp and beyond.
USMNT Midfielder Brenden Aaronson
Ahead of perhaps the biggest game of his young career, USMNT midfielder Brenden Aaronson joined Charlie and Jordan for the latest episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast.
Just four months after his move to Europe, the 20-year-old will seek the first part of the Austrian “Double” as Red Bull Salzburg faces LASK Linz in the ÖFB Austrian Cup on Saturday, May 1. The Medford, N.J. native discussed fighting for two pieces of hardware, the pressure that comes with being the biggest club in the country, and the overall decision to join the Austrian giants above other potential moves.
While still in the early stages of his USMNT career, Aaronson had plenty to stay about his first steps with the senior team, reminiscing about his first call-up at age 18, his USMNT debut the following January, what the young group is striving for and the role Gregg Berhalter has played in his development so far.
USWNT Forward Carli Lloyd
Fresh off her historic 300th (and soon thereafter, 301st) cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Carli Lloyd joins Jordan and Charlie for the latest episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast. Back in her home state of New Jersey, Lloyd recently returned from the USWNT’s European tour. During that two-game trip, the USA extend its unbeaten streak to 39 consecutive games and on April 10, Lloyd achieved a monumental milestone of her own. Becoming just the third player in the history of international soccer to reach 300 caps.
The two-time World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA World Player of the Year discussed how she remains motivated and hungry for more, despite a career that many could only dream of. She also sheds lights into some of the individual and collective struggles that she says helped set her up for success down the road.
In her 17 years with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Lloyd has played for five head coaches and competed at four World Cups and three Olympics. She discusses her ability to both stay consistent throughout a changing environment as well as the ways in which she has had to grow, evolve, and learn new positions over the course of her career.
One of the most decorated players in U.S. Women’s National Team history and one of the greatest competitors to ever wear The Crest, Lloyd gives an honest, inspiring, and self-reflective account of her remarkable journey in the game. You will not want to miss it.
USMNT Forward Nicholas Gioacchini
Jordan and Charlie one of the more fascinating current figures in the U.S. Men’s National Team pool, French-based forward, Nicholas Gioacchini. Never called up for a National Team camp at any level before last November, Nico made the most of his first USMNT camp, scoring a brace in his first start to push the USA to a 6-2 victory against Panama.
The 20-year-old explained how he and his family have bounced back and forth between the United States and Europe, from Kansas City, to Parma, Italy, the Washington, D.C. suburbs and on to Paris. Along the way, Gioacchini developed a relentless style of play that led him to launch his professional career in France with Paris FC and later moving on to his current club, Caen.
His performances for the Ligue 2 side led to his USMNT call-up in November, but even though he was excited, Gioacchini admitted almost feeling “confused” by how quickly everything happened for him. Going from playing reserve football less than a year earlier, to stepping into the National Team with Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie, Gioacchini quickly dispelled any nerves with his memorable two-goal performance against Panama, saying that he knew he belonged after that.
Former USWNT Midfielder Heather O'Reilly
It's no surprise that one of the all-time greats for the USWNT joined us for one of the all-time great episodes of the U.S. Soccer Podcast. Former USWNT Forward Heather O'Reilly brought her famous game face and high energy to the podcast to dig deep into her career with Jordan and Charlie. HAO takes us way back to humble beginnings in New Jersey, playing on the national team as a high schooler and making her way into USWNT national history and brings us behind-the-scenes, from the locker room after Carli Lloyd's first-half hat-trick in the World Cup final, to some shenanigans with the gals at her wedding.
Former USMNT Midfielder John O'Brien
Nearly a year on from the launch of the U.S. Soccer Podcasts, Charlie Davies and Jordan Angeli have found it telling how often former U.S. Men’s National Team alumni would tell them the best they ever played with was John O’Brien.
So, we brought him on the podcast!
A talented young U.S. player in a time before an academy setup existed here, O’Brien explained his decision to venture to the Netherlands to sign with famed Dutch side Ajax at age 17. Once there he rose through the ranks of the youth teams to become a starter in the UEFA Champions League, win two Eredivisie titles and a Dutch Cup.
He also reflected on his eight years representing the USMNT, including his integral role in the team’s run to the quarterfinals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as the U-23’s fourth place finish at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Reflecting back on his international career, the talented midfielder discussed his favorite memory – a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001 in Foxborough. He vividly remembered the USMNT being the first National Team in any sport to represent the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks, and recalled how the team learned of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan just hours before kickoff of the match that would see the team qualify for the 2002 World Cup.
Despite all his accomplishments, O’Brien’s career was riddled by injuries and he retired following the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After leaving the game he went to school and recently earned his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Now Dr. O’Brien explained how he’s using his own experience as a former player to work with athletes today and what he would tell his younger self today.
USMNT Defender Mark McKenzie
In the latest edition of The U.S. Soccer Podcast, Jordan and Charlie welcome current U.S. Men’s National Team defender Mark McKenzie.
One of the latest young USMNT players to make the move to Europe, the center back discussed how his adjustment to life in Belgium, how his time coming up with the Philadelphia Union prepared him for the move and gave background on his decision to move to Jupiler League side Genk.
While he’s still one of the club’s new faces, the 22-year-old made clear what his future aspirations in Europe are.
McKenzie shifted to talk about what he’s done internationally, including what he learned as captain of the U-20 USMNT at the 2019 World Cup, a tough conversation he had with USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter which served as a wakeup call during his first senior team camp and the fond memories he has of his first team debut on Feb. 1, 2020 vs. Costa Rica.
Finally, McKenzie discussed what Black History Month means to him after the last year and the role he played in the USMNT’s “Be The Change” initiative.
BONUS SheBelieves Summit Commissioners Conversation: NWSL's Lisa Baird and WNBA's Cathy Engelbert
Former USWNT defender and current soccer analyst Danielle Slaton moderates a conversation between NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert as they discuss their career paths, uplifting women in sport, navigating challenges and what is to come in their respective leagues.
BONUS SheBelieves Summit Discussion Featuring Tierna Davidson: Sports & Inclusion
World Cup champion Tierna Davidson joins a group of exemplary women across the sporting and corporate landscape to discuss social justice, allyship, activism, how the current climate has impacted their roles, and how to break down barriers. U.S. Soccer's Nicole Idowu hosts the panel discussion that features Danita Johnson – President of Business Operations, D.C. United, Shizuka Suzuki – AVP, Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing, AT&T, Terri Cooper – Vice Chair of External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Deloitte LLP, and Zaileen Janmohamed – Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Properties.
BONUS SheBelieves Summit Fireside Chat: Abby Wambach and Sage Steele
We're so excited to bring you a bonus episode featuring ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele and former U.S. Women’s National Team and National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Abby Wambach, who headlined U.S. Soccer’s 2021 SheBelieves Summit, presented by Deloitte. The two friends opened the summit with discussion focused on inspiring and empowering women to reach their goals, and we're bringing the full, uncut conversation to the U.S. Soccer podcast.
The SheBelieves Summit is a series of panel discussions featuring a packed list of inspirational and high-powered women sharing valuable insight and experiences driving progress in sports, business, technology and entertainment, all taking place virtually this year due to the pandemic. The SheBelieves Summit is a core initiative within U.S. Soccer’s overall SheBelieves campaign, which focuses on inspiring and empowering women through soccer.
USMNT Legend DaMarcus Beasley
During U.S. Soccer’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, Charlie and Jordan welcomed former USMNT defender/midfielder/forward DaMarcus Beasley to the Podcast.
Reflecting on the month, Beasley first opened up on his own family history, learning that his own ancestors were slaves and the struggles his relatives went through for him to become the man he is today.
The only U.S. man to play in four FIFA World Cups and one of 17 USMNT players to reach 100 caps, Beas went into depth about the U-17 USMNT side that finished fourth at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and what the early days of Residency were like in Bradenton, Fla., alongside Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and Kyle Beckerman.
After explaining how his start with the Chicago Fire prepped him for a long professional and international career, Beas went into his USMNT experience, from his first cap and first goal to talking about his journey through four FIFA World Cups and the many memories he made representing the United States.
Beas wrapped up by discussing how he knew it was time to end his illustrious 19-year playing career, giving his views on more Black representation in coaching and club management, and his new project as Owner and Brand Ambassador for USL League Two side Fort Wayne FC.
USWNT Defender Midge Purce
The U.S. Soccer Podcast returns as Jordan and Charlie catch up with U.S. Women’s National Team defender Margaret “Midge” Purce, fresh off her first international goal in the USWNT’s 6-0 win over Colombia on January 22. Purce, who earned her first cap in 2019, discusses her path to the National Team, the teammates that have helped her elevate her game and speaks frankly about the challenges faced along the way. She also gives insights into what 2020 was like as a professional athlete and how she and the Black Women’s Player Collective are trying to change the landscape for Black women in soccer.
U-23 USMNT Head Coach Jason Kreis
Charlie and Jordan kick off The U.S. Soccer Podcast in 2021 by speaking with U-23 USMNT Head Coach Jason Kreis. Kreis looks back on his stellar playing career, including his 1999 MLS MVP season. He transitions to his coaching career, the opportunity ahead for the U-23 USMNT, working with clubs for player releases, and takes us inside the U-23 USMNT training camp in Florida prior to the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in March.
U.S. Disability Soccer Month with Drew Bremer and Josh Brunais
On this special episode of the U.S. Soccer Podcast, Jordan and Charlie welcome U.S. Paralympic National Team members Drew Bremer and Josh Brunais to the show. December is U.S. Disability Soccer Month, and throughout the month the Federation is celebrating the programs and member organizations that support athletes with disabilities in every corner of the sport. That ranges from the U.S. para 7-a-side National Team - which Bremer and Brunais have competed on since 2015 - to Deaf Soccer, Power Soccer and more. The theme of this month is Adapt and Thrive, a phrase the applies not just to the action on the soccer field, but also to how we should tackle each day.
2020 Reflections with Jordan and Charlie
As the calendar turns to the final month of 2020, U.S. Soccer Podcast hosts Jordan Angeli and Charlie Davies shared their reflections on the year that’s been. The duo broke down their favorite moments from the inaugural year of the podcast, and the guests and stories that resonated with them most deeply. They also discussed how the U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Men’s National Team have navigated this challenging year, the developments and players that have most impressed them and what they’re most looking forward to seeing from both squads in 2021. And of course, with their respective MLS Clubs gearing up for clash in the 2020 Eastern Conference finals, the hosts closed the show with some friendly banter and a wager on the winner.
Bonus Thanksgiving USWNT Camp Update: Alex Morgan is Back! Plus Sam Mewis, Kelley O'Hara, and Vlatko Andonovski
The U.S. Women’s National Team will return to the game action for the first time in 261 days when it faces reining European champions Netherlands on Friday, Nov. 27. Alex Morgan talks getting back to soccer and the USWNT after becoming a mother, Sam Mewis dishes on being back in camp with her sister Kristie, Coach Vlatko Andonovski is excited to get back to mach preparation, and Kelley O'Hara contemplates the team's Thanksgiving dinner plans.
CAMP RECAP: USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter
Charlie and Jordan welcome USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter back to the podcast following the team's camp in Wales and Austria. The USMNT manager discussed gathering the team for the first time in ten months and the adjustment to running a safe camp in the midst of COVID-19. He then went into depth around the tactics for the matches against Wales and Panama, discussed some key performances -- especially among some of his first-time call-ups -- and the positives he took away from the experience.
Former USMNT Midfielder Stu Holden
Former Major League Soccer, English Premier League and USMNT midfielder and current Fox Soccer Analyst Stu Holden joined Jordan and Charlie for episode 23 of The U.S. Soccer Podcast as the U.S. Men’s National Team prepares for its first international match in nine months and as Holden prepared to broadcast the USA’s matchup against Wales on November 12.
The trio broke down the roster - which features numerous uncapped players – and discussed what success might look like for this youthful USMNT squad as they prepare for World Cup qualifying in 2021 with the hopes of competing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Bonus USMNT Camp Update: Gregg Berhalter and Tyler Adams
Catch up on the action from across the pond as the U.S. Men’s National Team prepares take the field against Wales on November 12 for its first match in nine months. USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and midfielder Tyler Adams spoke about the upcoming match and the composition of the camp, which features 10 uncapped players. Berhalter and Adams also discussed how the USMNT has adapted to the logistical challenges of the current COVID climate, the need to progress quickly with a busy slate ahead in 2021 and how the team plans to use its platform to raise awareness for issues beyond just soccer.
Bonus USMNT Camp Update: Gregg Berhalter Ahead of Nov. Camp
USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter named his roster as the USA prepares to gather in Wales for just its second camp of 2020. The USMNT first takes on Wales on Nov. 12 in Swansea and will face Panama on Nov. 16 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Berhalter once again called upon a young and talented group, relying heavily on a contingent of European-based players with nineteen players age-eligible for participation in the 2021 Summer Olympics and 14 players age 20 or younger.
USWNT Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski
As the U.S. Women’s National Team wrapped up its October training camp in Colorado, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski joined Jordan and Charlie for Episode 22 of The U.S. Soccer Podcast.
Elated to be back on the field coaching after a seven-month pause in programing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Andonovski discussed his goals for the camp and what he and his coaching staff were looking to see from players in building for both the upcoming Olympics and future cycles. He also shed light on the ultra-competitive environment and mentality that have become synonymous with the culture of the USWNT.
Former USMNT Midfielder Maurice Edu
This episode was recorded on Wednesday, October 21. Prior to the interview with Maurice Edu, Charlie and Jordan sent a message of support to Daryl Grove, the founder and co-host of The Total Soccer Show. Diagnosed with colorectal cancer in January 2019, Daryl entered hospice care on Sunday and passed away over night Friday. Combining his passion for the game with the podcasting medium, Daryl was a treasured voice in our soccer community and leaves a legacy that will live on for forever.
We ask that you consider a donation to the “Team Daryl Grove” page on GoFundMe to help Daryl’s family through this time.
We send our strength and love to them, his Total Soccer Show co-host Taylor Rockwell, their listeners and all those who were touched by Daryl's work.
Daryl, Thank You. We love you.
Former USMNT midfielder and current Fox Soccer Analyst Maurice Edu joined Jordan Angeli and Charlie Davies for Episode 21 of The U.S. Soccer Podcast.
One of a number of U.S. players to pass through Ibrox with Scottish giants Rangers, Edu reflected on what the “Old Firm” rivalry with Celtic means in Scotland and scoring a famous stoppage-time winner in the derby on February 28, 2010. Just the fourth American to score in the UEFA Champions League – a feat he accomplished the following season - the former midfielder spoke with pride about seeing five different U.S. players appear in the competition on the same day earlier this week.
Captain of the U.S. team that qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Edu spoke about how the core from that team helped make up a big chunk of the USMNT at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and reminisced about the shocking call that denied him a late game-winning goal against Slovenia in South Africa.
Teammates with Charlie Davies at the 2008 Olympics and on the USMNT, Edu also spoke about their close friendship, and how inspired he has been by Charlie’s recovery from his 2009 car accident.
Bonus USWNT Camp Update: Lindsey Horan and Sophia Smith
As the U.S. Women’s National Team returns to the field for the first time in seven months, catch up on the action on the ground in Colorado with a special Camp Update from The US Soccer Podcast. Colorado natives Lindsey Horan and Sophia Smith addressed the media after the first day of full-team training in the Centennial State. Horan has been thankful to get the chance to get back to field while following guidelines to stay safe and has embraced her growing leadership role. Smith, the number one draft pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft, has relished the opportunity to return to the full team setting and sharpen her skills playing with and against some of the best in the world.
USMNT Goalkeeper Zack Steffen
After being part of the important Roundtable on Racism back in June, USMNT and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen became the first two-time guest on The U.S. Soccer Podcast, returning for the show’s 20th overall episode.
Having spent last season in Germany on loan with Fortuna Düsseldorf, Zack talked to Jordan and Charlie about how he’s settled in Manchester, what the GK Union situation is like with Ederson and City’s other goalkeepers and what he took away from his first two appearances for the club in the Carabao Cup. Zack also talked about the connections he’s made with his fell U.S. “Cityzens”, the USWNT duo of Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle and their crosstown rivals Tobin Heath and Christen Press at Manchester United.
Zack continues to do great work in the community through the VOYCENOW Foundation which he started earlier this year. A global community of athletes and fans fighting for equality and justice, VOYCENOW recently launched the Minority Education Fund, which aims to help level the playing field for children of color by increasing their access to education. Working in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, funds raised through the campaign will go to help provide laptops, scholarships and mentorship programs.
Finally, Zack talked about being one of 10 U.S. players eligible for the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League, his excitement for a potential USMNT camp in Europe next month, and how the team can continue to grow as it works towards qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Former USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis
In 2019, Jill Ellis became the first coach to win two FIFA Women’s World Cup titles. One year later, the former USWNT head coach is committed to unlocking opportunities for the female coaches who look to follow in her footsteps. On this week’s episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast, Ellis joins hosts Jordan Angeli and Charlie Davies to discuss U.S. Soccer’s newly launched Jill Ellis Scholarship Fund and the SheChampions Mentorship Program, initiatives aimed to directly target and tackle the barriers women face when getting into or advancing in coaching.
The all-time wins leader among USWNT coaches, Ellis speaks on the need to dramatically increase the number and visibility of female coaches, and how networking and mentorship have evolved since she began her own coaching journey.
While expanding on her current work as a mentor and advocate, Ellis also reflects on her own coaching career, and the individuals and experiences that shaped her. Ellis sheds light on how she sought to grow members of her staff and the need to find new ways to motivate and engage players.
Former USWNT Defender Stephanie Cox
Stephanie Lopez Cox joins The U.S. Soccer Podcast this week as part of the Federation’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and to discuss her remarkable journey in the game with Jordan and Charlie.
A product of the U.S. Youth National Team system, she made 89 appearances with the USWNT, playing in two FIFA Women’s World Cups and capturing gold at the 2008 Olympics. Along with her success on the international stage, Cox also discussed her professional career and her remarkable return to the pitch not once, but twice. First, after becoming a mom, and secondly in 2019, when she put the boots back on and went from an assistant coach for now-USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski, to anchoring a defensive line in the NWSL.
#USWNTClassics: Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis and Emily Sonnett
While Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis, and Emily Sonnett are currently plying their trade in Europe, earlier this spring the trio co-hosted a USWNT Classics pre-game chat leading into a re-air of the USA’s matchup against Australia in April 2019. The World Cup champions brought the insights and entertainment as they battled sometimes spotty WiFi, caught up, and looked back on the meeting with the Matildas.
Former USMNT Defender Marcelo Balboa
Episode No. 17 of The U.S. Soccer Podcast features one of the best to wear the No. 17 jersey in U.S. Men’s National team history, as Marcelo Balboa joins hosts Jordan Angeli and Charlie Davies on the show as part of the Federation’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The son of Argentine parents, soccer was ingrained in ‘Celo from a young age. A former professional player in Argentina, his father Luis Balboa came to the United States to play for the Chicago Mustangs of the old NASL in the late 1960s. While here playing in the NASL, ‘Celo was born, paving the way for him to represent the United States 20 years later. The stalwart defender opened the podcast by describing how deep the game ran in his blood, and the role his father played in pushing him to greater heights in the sport.
The first U.S. player – man or woman – to reach 100 caps, Balboa rose from the U-20 MNT and into the senior team in 1988, becoming one of the youngest players on the 1990 FIFA World Cup roster. A mainstay in the side leading up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, he suffered an ACL tear just over a year before the tournament, putting his participation in doubt. Balboa went into detail about the depression he experienced in that time and the helping hand that the late Fernando Clavijo provided him as he recovered before going on to start for the USA in all four matches of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
Full of interesting stories, Balboa spoke in depth on the growth of the National Team programs since the late 1980s, the team’s performance at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, when he knew it was the right time to retire and how he sees the development of Hispanic talent in the United States.
Former USMNT Defender Oguchi Onyewu
Well-traveled former U.S. Men’s National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu joins Charlie and Jordan to reminisce on a professional career which saw him play 13 seasons across seven different European countries and share locker rooms with the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Ronaldinho and Andrea Pirlo, among many others. Seasoned in the European game, Onyewu gave his thoughts and advice to the young, exciting crop of USMNT players currently plying their trade overseas.
#USWNTClassics: Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly on #ChasingMia
Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly relive the record-setting match vs Korea Republic on June 20, 2013 in which Wambach passed the legendary Mia Hamm as the all-time leading goal-scorer in international soccer. The longtime teammates and friends caught up on life, reflected on their careers and reminisced about that memorable night. Wambach entered the match needing a hat trick to break Hamm’s international scoring record of 158 career goals. She made history – and then some – scoring four goals in the first half.
Former USWNT Midfielder Shannon Boxx
Shannon Boxx looks back on her 12-year career with the USWNT. Beginning with her first cap as a 26-year-old in 2003, she became the first uncapped player to be named to a World Cup roster and within two years was named a finalist for the 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year. A three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and 2015 World Cup champion, Boxx ranks 12th in USWNT history with 195 caps (the most by any Black player – male or female – in U.S. Soccer history). Her longevity and success came despite battling two autoimmune diseases throughout her career.
USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter
Fresh off Wednesday’s draw which determined the USMNT’s schedule for the Final Round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter joins the show to talk the road ahead with Charlie Davies, hitting on what he liked about the draw, the challenges that the end of the schedule presents, thoughts on venue selection for home matches, and one of the perilous qualifying moments he faced during his playing career.
Former USMNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Currently in the running for the title of “Most Interesting Man in Soccer”, Tim Howard briefly retired last year and moved into management as part owner and Sporting Director for USL Championship side Memphis 901 FC. But his time away from the field didn’t last long, and Howard has also taken on a familiar role as the club’s starting goalkeeper this season. Howard discusses how he balances all three jobs and tells how he’s looking for the club to make on impact on the lives of the youth in Memphis.
Howard recalls his high-profile move to Manchester United, the experience he gained while playing at Old Trafford, and how he ultimately found a home during his 10-year stay with Everton FC. The USMNT legend looks back on his incredible 16-year international career, recalling the highs of the 2009 Confederations Cups and 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, meeting three different U.S. Presidents and becoming the “Secretary of Defense”. He also reflects on how he dealt with the USMNT’s devastating 2-1 loss at Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 10, 2017 and missing out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
#USMNTClassics: Bob Ley, Taylor Twellman, Alexi Lalas on Snowclasico
A bonus episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast revisits a #USMNTClassics Pre-Game Chat as Bob Ley, Taylor Twellman, and Alexi Lalas relive their adventures broadcasting the unforgettable SnowClasico match. Our three guests prepped for their most unusual night of broadcasting as the MNT took on Los Ticos at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. A cloud hung over proceedings following scrutiny over a loss in the opening match of the Final Round of 2014 World Cup Qualifying and literal blizzard-like conditions rolled over Denver in the lead-up to kickoff. Despite the formidable conditions, the USA earned a crucial 1-0 victory thanks to a 16th minute goal from Clint Dempsey.
Former USWNT Forward Mia Hamm
Jordan and Charlie welcome former U.S. Women’s National Team forward and two-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Mia Hamm to the show. Before diving into her standout career on the pitch, Hamm shares insights on her current involvement in the game, including her newly-announced role as an investor in Angel City, the NWSL expansion club slated to join the league in 2022. Hamm sheds light on the growth of the NWSL, the club’s mission, and her excitement in having so many USWNT alums involved in the venture. Hamm also looks back on her storied career with the U.S. Women’s National, which began in 1987 at the age of 15. One of the most prolific strikers in the history of the game, Hamm gives insights on the experiences and individual that shaped her development while also looking back on some of the lighter and lesser-known moments in her national team career, including being a role player at the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991 and her impeccable goals against average at the 1995 World Cup.
Former USMNT Defender Tony Sanneh
Jordan and Charlie welcome former U.S. Men’s National Team defender/midfielder/forward (yes, he played all those positions) and 2002 FIFA World Cup veteran Tony Sanneh to the show.
Having started his career prior to the launch of Major League Soccer, Sanneh discusses his remarkable rise from playing indoor soccer to helping D.C. United to back-to-back MLS Cup wins in 1996 and 1997 and how that helped him make his way into the National Team. An integral part of the USMNT setup during the 2002 cycle, Sanneh played every minute during the team’s quarterfinal run in South Korea. In particular, Sanneh discussed which USMNT legend gave him some sage advice during his first National Team camp, and how much his first international goal scored against Germany in 1999 helped him gain instant respect in the Bundesliga when he later joined Hertha Berlin.
Towards the end of his career, the Minnesota native launched the Sanneh Foundation which serves the holistic youth development needs of the diverse Twin Cities metro area. The USMNT veteran discusses how The Sanneh Foundation grew from small beginnings in 2003 into a now $11 million organization which has taken on an even greater role in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the aftermath of the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
USWNT Midfielder Samantha Mewis
Jordan Angeli and Charlie Davies catch up with current U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Samantha Mewis. Mewis joins the podcast from the NWSL “Bubble” in Utah, where she and the reigning champion North Carolina Courage are preparing to kick off the NWSL Challenge Cup knockout rounds. A three-time NWSL Champion, Mewis provides insights into the tournament format, what it’s like going up against her USWNT teammates, and the role the league has played in her development both on and off the field.The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion also shares memories of last summer in France (and yes, those after parties) and the impact that both the 99ers and her immediate family have had on her career.
#USMNTClassics: Stu Holden, Jonathan Bornstein on Oct. 14, 2009 vs. Costa Rica
A special bonus episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast replays a #USMNTClassics Pre-Game Chat with Adrian Healey, Stu Holden, Jonathan Bornstein, and featuring a special surprise appearance from our host Charlie Davies. Holden and Bornstein dig into the special run through World Cup Qualifying and the Confederations Cup in 2009, all culminating with the final match of the Hex on Oct. 14, 2009 - a special night in DC to wrap up the successful year but also heavy with emotion following Charlie's serious car accident the night before.
USWNT Legends Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy, and Mia Hamm
This bonus episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast revisits a #USWNTClassics Pre-Game Chat between U.S. Women’s National Team legends Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm. The trio recount a May 1997 showdown against England, catch up on life in quarantine, and share early memories of the WNT.
Former USMNT Midfielder Robbie Rogers
Jordan and Charlie welcome former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and two-time MLS Cup champion Robbie Rogers to the show. Rogers, who made history in 2013 by becoming the first openly game male professional athlete in North America to participate in a team sport, discusses Pride Month in the era of COVID-19, coming out to his family and the public, his current career in television production and the causes he has been championing.