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Why the US Soccer media doesn’t get it: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 42, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• US sports networks are too soft on the US Men’s National Team,

• What the UEFA Champions League TV schedule reveals about FOX,

• Opinions about the job that beIN SPORTS and ESPN did in analyzing the two recent results by the US team and

• Feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Larry Kern

    September 13, 2017 at 7:37 am

    The quality of play in the MLS is kind of pathetic. The more American players that decide to play for teams in this country the worse our national team will become. Playing in Europe is the only way to strengthen a player to the point that he can have a positive affect on the national squad’s performance. The level of play in the MLS is about equal to the quality in most Central American countries, which in turn allows a thriving fan base (there are many Central American immigrants in our country). As a result MLS teams are generally competitive (but not superior to) club teams in CONCACAF. Our national team performs at about the same level when playing CONCACAF teams. Being a “feeder league”, much like Brazil, Argentina and others has been a very lucrative venture over the years. Selling young players to top teams in Europe has allowed those countries to reap the benefits when these players come home to play for their respective national teams. The MLS should be a stepping stone to greater things in Europe not a place for a talented player to languish against mediocre competition.

    • Oliver Tse

      September 13, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Before MLS started, the top American players had to fight to earn starting spots on club teams outside the U.S.

      Recall that former “Captain for Life” John Harkes played for Sheffield Wednesday (of the English Premier League), Alexi Lalas played for Padova (of the Serie A), Eric Wynalda played for Saarbrucken (of the Bundesliga).

      That group got as far as the semifinal of the 1995 Copa America in Uruguay before they decided to “mail it in” for the 3rd place match (and lost 4-1).

      Once they came home to play in MLS, their egos swelled to the size of Planet Jupiter and the result for the USMNT at World Cup France 1998 was predictable: dead last (by goal difference), getting humiliated by Iran in the process.

      The current generation of USMNT stars play abroad for a while. Tim Howard was at Everton. Clint Dempsey was at Fulham and Tottenham. Michael Bradley was at Roma. Jermaine Jones played in the Bundesliga for 15 seasons before going Hollywood. Once they started playing in MLS, the USMNT’s performance suffered.

      Money and ego ruined other national teams beside the U.S. The Republic of Korea (South Korea) was another team of spoiled millionaires who went soft once they started making the big money in the Premier League and they became too busy “chasing skirts” of Korean entertainers. What happened to the Koreans at FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 was predictable.

      Another national team program that was ruined by changing economics was the Chinese women, which went from World Cup runners up in 1991 and 1999 to basically a non-entity at the World Cup level today. Chinese girls don’t need to attend sports schools and make national teams in order to travel abroad and live a privileged life anymore. Young Chinese women today want to attend business schools and work for international companies. They can now walk into any consulate and apply for travel visas to vacation abroad (including the U.S., which is now able to issue 10-year come-as-you-please multiple-entry tourist visas to ordinary Chinese citizens) and load up on junk food at the likes of Costco once they are abroad.

  2. Linard

    September 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    What do you guys think about new CPL?

    Threat for MLS or welcome competition?

  3. Oliver Tse

    September 11, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    ICYMI: Lalas has called out the USMNT as “soft, underperforming tattoed multi-millionaires”:

    youtu.be/IpYuzrBIy9o

    • R.O

      September 12, 2017 at 2:24 am

      Yes, except he included (quote from Lalas) “You to Wonder Boy” a reference to Pulisic. IMO that was unfair to include Pulisic. Only 18 (soon 19), still learning and developing and need more than Pulisic to carry the team to next level.

  4. Oliver Tse

    September 10, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    beIN Sports USA’s production partner, Imagina U.S. (pronounced ee-mah-HEEN-ah YOO ESS), lives up it its reputation as an Hispanic-centric TV production “sweatshop”.

    Hopefully, Imagina spurged a little by paying each freelance “talent” at least $700/day for their services.

    The trend of paying freelance sports TV “talent” only around $150/day, the way several outfits in San Francisco are now doing (notably NBC Sports Bay Area with its new bloggers-turned studio hosts, and the contingent of males under the age of 24 who are “casting” for the video gaming website Twitch.tv), is becoming absurd.

    Jimmy Conrad actually did a better job than Carlos Bocanegra, but that’s because Jimmy Conrad had the motivation to do a better job than Bocanegra (as he is on the outside looking in).

    Bocanegra, despite being “bland” and lacking fire, is simply too “cheap” an option for Turner Sports to ignore (ZERO travel cost.)

    Ali Kreiger pulled an “Abby Wambach” and simply did NOT prepare close to enough to be an effective studio pundit. This is 2017. “Winging it” won’t cut it anymore, regardless of gender. Either you put in the time to prepare or someone else younger and cheaper is waiting to take our job.

    The likes of Aly Wagner is “mopping the floor” with all the wannabe TV pundits like Ali Krieger because Wagner is willing to put in 5 hours of prep time to study video and read a lot of stuff for every TV gig.

    • Fake news tse

      September 11, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Get a life loser

  5. SilverRey

    September 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I have yet to see a scathing article on how Bruce is failing US Soccer on this site. Hold yourselves responsible too….

    • Wrong Said Fred

      September 8, 2017 at 12:14 am

      I love how a site obsessed with meaningless summer cash-in friendlies is going to be critical of how other outlets cover Team USA.

      • ZQQQSSSVVVVVVV

        September 8, 2017 at 7:15 am

        Would you rather they just be cheerleaders and suck off Arena and horrible players like Jozy Altidore no matter what happens? Like most of the soccer media here does.

        • Joe

          September 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

          Bruce can be held accountable but lets be real here….It was his first loss in 14 games and the first time the looked awful under him, Klinsman sucked and he was given a pass for a looooong time.

        • Wrong Said Fred

          September 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm

          No, I would like for them to cover the US national team and MLS with the same zest they cover European teams cashing in over here every July. Chris can, of course, cover what he likes on his website. I just find it cheeky for someone who doesn’t care very much about the team to be critical of how others cover it.

          I am not trying to say the rest of the “soccer media” is doing a good job. They aren’t. The reason is that so few people actually CARE about the national team. The USSF and MLS have tamed the media to the point where they are covered much like WWE.

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