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The State of the USMNT: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In the NEW episode, number 216, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• How Hulu has just advanced to the next level for soccer fans,
• Our thoughts about the state of the US national team,
• The enticing world of soccer stickers, trading cards and NFT,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

Launched in 2006, the World Soccer Talk Podcast is the longest running podcast on the planet. Every week, we share the latest news about watching soccer on television and streaming, in addition to discussing what we like and dislike, and featuring your questions and feedback in our Listener Mailbag segment.

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  1. Nidhi Rajput

    April 20, 2021 at 4:32 am

    In the World Soccer Talk Podcast, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer has just amaze me with the topic, I loved the podcast

  2. Nick

    April 3, 2021 at 11:00 am

    NBCSN has lost the plot. I’m watching the Premier League match with my team (Leeds) against the blades. NBCSN has been disrespectful to this match throughout. Less than 3 minutes before the game, NBC has still not switched to prematch buildup and is instead showing a Pulisic interview. Halftime commentary has no relevance to the match, and is instead more garbage about the Pulisic substitution. Highly disrespectful to non-big 6 teams and the live match. Hopefully NBC lose the rights because we as PL fans deserve better.

  3. JP

    April 2, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    @Turfit, thanks for the heads up!

  4. Adolfo Boutin

    April 2, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I would like to comment on things you said about Telemundo’s coverage of Chivas vs. America game a few weeks back I felt coverage was good as Andres Cantor and Manuel Sol are as good as you can get calling matches in Spanish or in my opinion in any language. I prefer Telemundo to Univision as Univision is largely owned by Televisa and their coverage of anything other Club America is minimal at best. Lastly Telemundo coverage of World Cup of 2018 blew anything Fox Sports did and did as good if not better than when ESPN or Univision had the World Cup rights.

  5. Turfit

    April 2, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    @JP, just noticed that The Locker Room is back on, it’s on beIN Sports Xtra at 6 on Monday and Friday.

  6. Fechin Attuah

    April 2, 2021 at 2:20 am

    I hope discovery plus doesn’t win the bidding rights. I don’t need another service to just watch soccer. Discovery plus for me to subscribe is they need at least more than one sport that I can watch for me to subscribe. If Peacock doesn’t retain the rights then I think peacock is over then unless if they can renew the rights to the nhl or get ligue 1 or something.

  7. Chris Guardiano

    April 2, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Hi guys another great pod. When it comes to the US not qualifying for the Men’s Olympic tournament and the USMNT in general, I think a major reason why there has been so much disappointment in recent years is because of the way soccer is structured in this country at the youth level among many reasons. “The pay to play” structure that exists in US youth soccer (specifically: travel & academy teams) really discourage talented players from lower income families from joining their team because their parents can’t afford the significant economic cost. As a result many of these talented players are forced to play in recreational and school leagues where the costs are lower but there are less competitive games and less of a chance of being seen by scouts for professional teams or the USMNT program because the scouts are at the tournament involving the travel teams. Also the quality of the recreational and school leagues is significantly diminished because all the talented players that can afford the travel/academy team choose it over playing on the school or recreational team. I have seen this first hand at the high school I volunteer coach at with the boy’s team where a few years ago the best player in the school on the boy’s side decided not to play for us and chose to play on his travel team during the season. All of this results in my view in talented players that come from lower income backgrounds being overlooked by the USMNT program and having to work twice as hard to even get a look and the USMNT has a much smaller pool of players to work with at the youth level. The chaos within the US Soccer Federation that Kartik talked about certainly does not help the situation. Lastly in a pod I re listened to that you did back in February, I heard both of you talk about Discovery+ as a possible player in the Premier League bidding rights. With that in mind, my question to either of you is: What are the chances of Discovery actually picking up the rights in your opinion?

  8. Jasinho

    April 1, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    As much as I would like to see the USMNT perform just as well in the World Cup as much as American athletes in the Olympics, the real problem is the competition within CONCACAF does not incentivize the US to play at a higher level as one would expect a senior national team to perform.

    I wonder how much the level of interest would increase for the USMNT if there were a combined Copa America every four years, for example ’24 and ’28 instead of just the Gold Cup. In my opinion, the USMNT wouldn’t need the olympics at that point except only to draw attention to their U-23 squad.

    If the USA were to ever win the World Cup, it would only begin with a merger between CONCACAF and CONMEBOL so the US would start competing with the likes of Colombia, Uruguay, and Chile for WC qualification. Stronger competition is warranted if the USMNT are to ever be taken seriously on the global stage.

  9. JP

    April 1, 2021 at 8:06 am

    Big streaming news to come out next week, can’t end with that cliffhanger!

    If we guess will you confirm……it’s La Liga to ESPN+?????

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