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Soccer fans speak out about how to grow the game in US: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is a weekly podcast about watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 119, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Soccer fans speak out about how to grow the game in US,
• How FOX presents the Bundesliga differently than MLS,
• Concerns about ESPN+ in more ways than one,
• US Open Cup signs a major new deal with ESPN,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. JP

    April 20, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    What is going on with the Juve vs Fiorentina match on + right now? Using the Deportes graphics and Mark Donaldson over the world feed graphics/commentators. Plus, there is a #SerieAxESPN sprawled across the lower half of the screen.

    • JP

      April 20, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Ok, Mark Donaldson made mention of watching on ESPN Caribbean. So + using that feed instead of the normal world feed it had been using all year (and the 9am matches used). Hope this doesn’t become a trend or continue next season as well. While Donaldson is ok, he comes off as disinterested and find the world feed commentary much better and livelier (as they are often actually at the stadium)

  2. Monte Reed

    April 13, 2019 at 9:28 am

    I too have had some minor issues with ESPN+. I have been watching several USL matches and notice that the coverage sometimes does not start until a minute or two after kickoff. There is no point to turn on early and if you do it may not come on without refreshing the screen. I understand that the local broadcasters are running the cameras (not ESPN’s crew) but a lot of the USL matches are almost unwatchable due to the camera work.
    I have been watching a lot of the CAF Champions League matches on beIN Sports Connect (Fubo). I like how they start before the players come into the stadium, they keep the cameras on during halftime (I wish ESPN+ would do this). Most matches they have an extended pregame and the commentators has a lot of time to update the viewers about the match which I find very helpful as a neutral supporter in these matches.

  3. Jasinho

    April 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    1. Top MLS clubs Participate in the Copa Libertadores every year.
    2. The USMNT Participates in the Copa America from here on out.
    3. Get rid of Don Garber.
    4. Stop scheduling matches when El Clasico is on.
    5. Start taking footy more seriously instead of treating it like a cartoon, like how Fox Sports treats the World Cup and even MLS.

    It can be done, but the psyche has to change.

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