Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl

Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl

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The world of Soccer is vast, and Planet Fútbol has it all. Featuring news, analysis, and wide-ranging interviews with the game’s most prominent figures. Hosted by Grant Wahl and Luis Miguel Echegaray.


An Interview With LAFC’s Bob Bradley
Apr 9 • 70 min
In an interview that touches all aspects of his long career, LAFC coach Bob Bradley discusses leadership in a time of crisis, what he learned from coaching Egypt during a national emergency, how he’s interacting with his LAFC players and coaching staff…
An Interview with Carli Lloyd; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest
Apr 6 • 42 min
Grant gets the latest on the coronavirus from his wife Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the EPIDEMIC podcast. Then he interviews Carli Lloyd, the two-time world player of the year, in a wide-ranging interview that gets into what…
Landon Donovan Interviews Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus
Apr 2 • 30 min
Landon Donovan and Grant were talking on the phone earlier this week, and Donovan asked if it might be possible for him to interview Grant’s wife—Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the podcast EPIDEMIC—about the coronavirus. So…
Lauren Barnes on Playing in the Australian Final and Escaping to LA; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest
Mar 30 • 37 min
Grant speaks to his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the podcast EPIDEMIC, about the latest coronavirus news and listener questions. Then he interviews American Lauren Barnes about playing for Melbourne City in the Australian…
An Interview with Seattle’s Garth Lagerwey; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest
Mar 26 • 34 min
Grant has a short interview on the coronavirus latest with his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, a CNN medical analyst and co-host of the EPIDEMIC podcast. Then he speaks to Garth Lagerwey, the president of soccer for the reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle…
An Interview with Weston McKennie; Dr. Celine Gounder on Coronavirus Latest
Mar 23 • 43 min
Grant interviews his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious-disease specialist, CNN medical analyst and co-host of the EPIDEMIC podcast, on the latest coronavirus news. Then he talks to Weston McKennie of the USMNT and Schalke about his project with…
Good Coronavirus Info from Dr. Celine Gounder; An Interview with Jesse Marsch
Mar 19 • 38 min
Grant spends seven good minutes getting the latest on general and sports-related coronavirus info with his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, a medical analyst for CNN and co-host of the podcast Epidemic. Then he has a wide-ranging interview with Jesse Marsch, the…
Coronavirus Shuts Down Sports; US Soccer’s Meltdown; Liga MX Update
Mar 16 • 24 min
Grant and Luis Miguel are on lockdown in New York City due to the coronavirus, but they connect here to talk about the impact of the soccer (and sports) world being shut down. They also discuss the momentous week for the U.S. Soccer Federation, which saw…
Liverpool Bounced From Champions League; Grant Interviews His Wife Dr. Celine Gounder About Coronavirus and Sports
Mar 12 • 37 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down the stunning Champions League exit of defending champ Liverpool at the hands of Atlético Madrid along with the other UCL results. Then Grant interviews his wife, Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious-disease expert, about the…
Coronavirus and Soccer; Man United Revived!; LA Galaxy Trouble?
Mar 9 • 68 min
Grant and Luis Miguel have a jam-packed podcast discussing the global impact of coronavirus on soccer; the impact of Bruno Fernandes on Manchester United’s revival; Tottenham’s malaise under Mourinho; Bayern Munich and Dortmund starting to separate from…
An Interview with Keith Costigan of Fox Sports
Mar 5 • 30 min
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with Keith Costigan, who broadcasts games for Fox Sports and the Seattle Sounders. Costigan discusses the Bundesliga title race, why he got a UEFA A coaching license, his lifelong Liverpool fandom, why he switched…
MLS Returns; Liverpool Loses Big to Watford; Real Madrid Beats Barcelona in El Clasico
Mar 2 • 47 min
Planet Fútbol’s Luis Miguel Echegaray welcomes host, commentator Kevin Egan to break down the opening weekend of MLS, Jurgen Klopp in shock as Watford routs Liverpool and an imperfect Clasico with Real Madrid beating Barcelona. Also, Luis Miguel and Kevin…
BONUS: Carlos Vela, Josef Martínez, Nicolás Lodeiro (en español)
Feb 28 • 26 min
SPECIAL SPANISH LANGUAGE BONUS EP: Grant tiene entrevistas exclusivos en español con tres de las estrellas más grandes de MLS: Carlos Vela de LAFC, actual jugador más valioso de la liga; Josef Martínez de Atlanta United, jugador más valioso de 2018; y…
Man City’s Big Win at Real Madrid; An Interview with St. Louis MLS Owner Carolyn Kindle Betz
Feb 27 • 28 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down the four UEFA Champions League games, including Man City’s huge 2-1 win at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory at Chelsea (henceforth known as The Alphonso Davies Game). Then Grant has an interview with Carolyn…
Messi Leads Barcelona Back Atop La Liga; Mourinho’s Bellyaching; MLS Starts Season 25
Feb 24 • 52 min
Grant and Luis Miguel marvel at Lionel Messi’s four-goal performance as Barcelona goes back atop La Liga ahead of Real Madrid (a 1-0 loser at Levante). They also discuss the VAR failure in Chelsea’s 2-1 win vs Spurs; José Mourinho’s silly bellyaching…
Champions League Breakdown; Tariq Panja on UEFA’s Man City Ban
Feb 20 • 53 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down this week’s UEFA Champions League games, and Grant interviews Tariq Panja of the New York Times about UEFA’s stunning Man City ban, what comes next and what it could mean for the landscape of the European game. Learn more…
Man City’s Stunning UEFA Ban; UEFA Champions League is Back!; Is MLS a Better Gateway to Europe than Liga MX?
Feb 17 • 60 min
Grant and Luis Miguel thank the soccer gods for the return of UEFA Champions League with some fun matchups this week, including PSG-Dortmund, Atlético Madrid-Liverpool and Spurs-Leipzig; break down UEFA’s stunning two-year Champions League ban for…
An Interview With Tyler Adams
Feb 13 • 33 min
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with Tyler Adams, the USMNT and RB Leipzig midfielder who celebrates his 21st birthday this week while he’s in the middle of a Bundesliga title race, UEFA Champions League and (soon) a return to the national team.…
Inter Digs Deep to Go Top; Leipzig Stays Close to Bayern; USWNT Olympics-Bound
Feb 10 • 53 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down the world football weekend, including Inter’s remarkable comeback in a 4-2 win over AC Milan to go top in Italy; Leipzig’s useful point at Bayern Munich; Real Madrid and Barcelona holding serve in La Liga; Messi’s Insta…
Fernando Palomo of ESPN
Feb 6 • 29 min
Grant has a fun discussion with ESPN’s Fernando Palomo, who’s also well-known for his role on the EA Sports FIFA video game. They talk about suffering Champions League withdrawal and the knockout matchups ahead, including Real Madrid-Manchester City,…
Man City’s Issues; Lazio and Ciro Immobile; Ulysses Llanez
Feb 3 • 58 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down the soccer weekend, including the reasons for Man City falling 22 points behind Liverpool, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard benching Kepa for Willy Caballero, which teams we see making the Premier League’s top four, two more goals…
USWNT and NWSL Talk With The Athletic’s Meg Linehan
Jan 30 • 39 min
Grant has an in-depth conversation with The Athletic’s Meg Linehan about the NWSL and the state of the USWNT as it moves forward in the Olympic qualifying tournament. Will Carli Lloyd perform under the microscope at centerforward? Is Lynn Williams the…
On Kobe Bryant’s Legacy and Soccer Connection; Erling Haaland, Chicharito’s Relationship with Mexican Media
Jan 27 • 49 min
Grant and Luis Miguel devote the first part of the podcast to the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in Sunday’s helicopter crash; the impact that Bryant had on so many millions, including in the soccer world; and then…
ESPN’s Hérculez Gómez
Jan 23 • 34 min
Grant has a fun interview with Hérculez Gómez, who co-hosts Ahora o Nunca on ESPN Deportes and appears on ESPNFC. They talk in depth about LA Galaxy’s signing of Chicharitio Hernández, why Herc thinks the Mexican national team has frozen out Chicharito…
Liverpool Dumps Man United; Dortmund Is Now Must-See TV; LA Galaxy Lands Chicharito
Jan 20 • 48 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Man United, in which LFC fans sang they’re going to win the league for the first time; the debut hat trick for Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (and Gio Reyna’s debut in the same game); Barcelona’s…
Catching Up With Alexi Lalas
Jan 16 • 53 min
Grant sits down in LA with Alexi Lalas of Fox Sports, who hosts the State of the Union Podcast. They talk about the impending arrival of Chicharito Hernández to LA Galaxy, the potential of labor strife ahead of the MLS season, what he’s excited about in…
Grant’s Jürgen Klopp Magazine Story, Barcelona Chaos, New USMNT GM Brian McBride, Chicharito to LA Galaxy?
Jan 13 • 72 min
In an action-packed pod, Grant and Luis Miguel discuss José Mourinho’s “dark force” impact on Tottenham in the wake of Saturday’s loss to Liverpool; Grant’s big Jürgen Klopp story coming out this week for SI; Sergio Agüero’s place in the Premier League;…
Michael MacCambridge of “Red Letters” on Liverpool’s magical season, Jürgen Klopp and the Changing Face of Premier League Accessibility in America
Jan 9 • 55 min
Grant speaks about all things Liverpool with Michael MacCambridge, an Austin-based writer and author who’s one half of “Red Letters,” a weekly season-long series of letters about Liverpool FC for the Liverpool Echo with Neil Atkinson of The Anfield Wrap.…
Breaking Down Arteta, Ancelotti, Moyes & Pearson; Is Barcelona Ready For Xavi to Be Pep 2?; Will Inter Miami Sign Any Big Names?
Jan 6 • 52 min
Grant and Luis Miguel reconvene and hop around the world of soccer, starting with a discussion on all the new Premier League managers (Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta, Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti, West Ham’s David Moyes and Watford’s Nigel Pearson. They also discuss…
An Interview With DaMarcus Beasley
Dec 30, 2019 • 46 min
Grant sits down in Houston with DaMarcus Beasley, the only U.S. man ever to play in four World Cups, who recently retired from a club career that saw him win 13 trophies in North America and Europe. Beasley talks about his new work as an executive with…
Suzy Wrack, Women’s Soccer Writer for The Guardian
Dec 23, 2019 • 47 min
Grant speaks to Suzy Wrack, who covers women’s soccer and women’s sports for The Guardian, about a number of topics: Her blockbuster investigative story revealing sexual, physical and emotional abuse of Afghanistan women’s national team players by the…
An Interview With Paul Tenorio of The Athletic
Dec 19, 2019 • 45 min
Grant speaks to Paul Tenorio, national soccer reporter for The Athletic, about a host of topics, including his career path, how he ended up choosing to cover soccer full-time instead of other sports, how he approaches covering MLS, his thoughts on the MLS…
Exciting Matchups in Champions League Draw; Liverpool Keeps Rolling; De Bruyne Magic for Man City; Arteta to Arsenal? a Midweek Clasico
Dec 16, 2019 • 59 min
SI’s Luis Miguel Echegaray welcomes guest co-host Kay Murray to discuss each #UCLDraw matchup, another EPL victory for Liverpool, Man City’s win at Arsenal, Tottenham under Jose Mourinho, who should manage Arsenal, La Liga action, a preview of Wednesday’s…
An Interview With Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre
Dec 12, 2019 • 30 min
Grant speaks to Ian Ayre, the former CEO of Liverpool and now the CEO of Nashville SC, which begins its first MLS season on February 29 when it hosts Atlanta United. They discuss what he has been doing over the last 19 months to prepare Nashville for MLS;…
SI’s Jenny Vrentas on 2019 SI Sportsperson of the Year Megan Rapinoe
Dec 9, 2019 • 34 min
Grant talks to SI senior writer Jenny Vrentas about her new Sportsperson of the Year story on Megan Rapinoe—the sports figure who made the most lasting impression of 2019. They talk about Rapinoe’s athletic and social impact, the forces in her life that…
Liverpool Pulls Away; A Weekend of Glorious Backheels; Earnie Stewart’s Unwise Chicago Policy; Jesse Marsch Goes For It
Dec 9, 2019 • 52 min
Grant and Luis Miguel discuss Megan Rapinoe’s SI Sportsperson of the Year award, Man City falling 14 points behind Liverpool, Man United’s huge week, amazing backheels by Luis Suárez and Mohamed Salah, another Messi hat trick, Jesse Marsch’s huge…
Portland Timbers Coach Giovanni Savarese
Dec 5, 2019 • 30 min
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese in which they talk about Diego Valeri’s potential return to the team for 2020, what happened with departed DP Brian Fernández, how Savarese works with GM Gavin Wilkinson…
Unai Emery Out At Arsenal; Messi Saves Barça Again; The Day That Changed FIFA Forever
Dec 2, 2019 • 49 min
Grant and Luis Miguel kick off a busy December in the Premier League with talk of whether Liverpool can stay on cruise control without Fabinho, Arsenal’s next move after dismissing Unai Emery, a flat performance by Chelsea in a home loss to West Ham and…
Astead Herndon, New York Times Political Reporter and Spurs Fan
Nov 27, 2019 • 36 min
Grant has a fun conversation with Astead Herndon, a national political reporter for the New York Times and a diehard Tottenham Hotspur fan. They talk about Herndon’s soccer origin story, how he became a Spurs fan, his thoughts on José Mourinho replacing…
Mourinho Replaces Pochettino at Spurs; Epic Libertadores Final; Chicago Fire Rebrand
Nov 25, 2019 • 56 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down a busy week, including Tottenham’s decision to fire Mauricio Pochettino less than six months after making the Champions League final and replace him with José Mourinho; Man City’s important 2-1 win over Chelsea; Flamengo’s…
Yael Averbuch West, Former USWNT Player, Techne Futbol Founder, NWSLPA Executive Director
Nov 21, 2019 • 24 min
Grant sits down with Yael Averbuch West, a former USWNT player, University of North Carolina star and 10-year club pro who these days works as the executive director of the NWSL Players Association and owns the soccer training app Techne Futbol. She talks…
USMNT Crisis Eases (Just A Bit), Man City-Chelsea Preview, Zlatan’s MLS Legacy
Nov 18, 2019 • 49 min
You’d think things would be quiet during a FIFA window, but that’s hardly the case this week. Grant and Luis Miguel break down the USMNT’s 4-1 win over Canada (which could have been Gregg Berhalter’s last game); Earnie Stewart’s strange all-is-well-here…
Landon Donovan on Why He’s Becoming The San Diego Loyal Manager, Plus His USMNT Opinions
Nov 14, 2019 • 30 min
Grant sits down with Landon Donovan to talk about why he decided to become the manager of the new San Diego Loyal USL team that starts play in 2020, why he wanted to name a woman (Carrie Taylor) as one of his assistants, what his aspirations are as a…
Liverpool Takes Down Man City; Seattle Wins the MLS Cup; Lewandowski by the (Insane) Numbers
Nov 11, 2019 • 51 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down a huge soccer weekend on both sides of the Atlantic, including Liverpool’s 3-1 victory over Man City in the game of the season (so far) of the Premier League; Seattle’s 3-1 win over Toronto to win the Sounders’ second MLS…
The Guardian’s David Squires, The World’s Premier Satirical Soccer Cartoonist
Nov 7, 2019 • 46 min
Grant has a lively conversation with The Guardian’s David Squires, the world’s top satirical soccer cartoonist, about how he creates his biting (and hilarious) weekly cartoons that have focused on the English Premier League, the men’s and women’s World…
Looking Ahead to Liverpool-Man City; Pulisic Scores Again; MLS Cup Final Preview; More Racism In Italy
Nov 4, 2019 • 53 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down the come-from-behind wins by Liverpool and Manchester City and look forward to Sunday’s showdown between the Premier League leaders. They also discuss another goal-scoring performance by Christian Pulisic in Chelsea’s…
Dan Altman on The Best Goalkeepers Today
Oct 31, 2019 • 37 min
Dan Altman, the creator of the free soccer data site SmarterScout.com, speaks with Grant about data analytics and goalkeeping, answering a bunch of intriguing questions. Who are the best shot-stoppers in world soccer today? Who are the best goalkeepers…
Pulisic’s Chelsea Hat Trick; Dest Chooses USA; MLS Semifinals Preview; North Carolina’s NWSL Dominance
Oct 28, 2019 • 48 min
Grant and Luis Miguel hail Christian Pulisic’s breakthrough hat trick for Chelsea and Sergiño Dest’s decision to play for the USMNT and break down Liverpool’s comeback win against Spurs, as well as the misery at Southampton (9-0 home losers to Leicester)…
Kashif Siddiqi on Football For Peace and Going On Loan to a Team in Kashmir
Oct 24, 2019 • 27 min
Grant interviews Kashif Siddiqi, the player/diplomat who co-founded the NGO Football For Peace. Siddiqi, whose organization has drawn support from Prince William, Pelé, Ronaldinho, Mesut Özil and the United Nations, explains the soccer and non-soccer…
Epic Start to MLS Playoffs; Liverpool No Longer PL-Perfect; NWSL Final Is Set
Oct 21, 2019 • 51 min
Grant and Luis Miguel break down a memorable weekend of MLS elimination-game playoffs, look ahead to a monster El Tráfico playoff in Los Angeles, explain how Manchester United pulled off its 1-1 tie against Liverpool and dissect the NWSL semifinals that…
The GOAT Michelle Akers On Why She’s Selling Her Memorabilia
Oct 17, 2019 • 33 min
Grant interviews Michelle Akers, viewed by many as the greatest women’s soccer player of all time, about her decision to sell her memorabilia at GoldinAuctions.com to fund her horse and animal welfare work, her farm relocation and family time. Akers…
Canada-USMNT, MLS & NWSL Playoff Preview, Favorite Soccer Books and Video Recs
Oct 14, 2019 • 62 min
Grant and Luis Miguel discuss Tuesday’s Canada-USMNT tilt, a proposal to improve CONCACAF Nations League, Vlatko Andonovski’s USWNT coaching candidacy, the Mexican MNT, CONMEBOL friendlies, a game-by-game breakdown of this weekend’s MLS and NWSL playoffs,…
Jason Davis on American Soccer Radio/Podcasts
Oct 10, 2019 • 31 min
Grant interviews Jason Davis, the host of the United States of Soccer on SiriusXM FC, about his path in American soccer media, the relaunch of his popular soccer podcast with Jared Dubois (JD & The Rod: America’s Best Soccer Podcast), the transition from…
Liverpool’s 8-Point Lead on Man City, Man United and Spurs are Imploding, Juve Dumps Inter, Jesse Marsch’s Big Week, MLS Decision Day and Jill Ellis’s Farewell
Oct 7, 2019 • 73 min
On their usual Monday look at the weekend in soccer, Grant and Luis Miguel break down Liverpool’s last-minute win against Leicester, which combined with Man City’s shock home loss to Wolves to give LFC an 8-point Premier League lead; the terrible weeks…
An Interview With New Full Chicago Fire Owner Joe Mansueto
Oct 3, 2019 • 34 min
Grant has a revealing conversation with Joe Mansueto, who became the full owner of the Chicago Fire recently when he bought out the majority share of Andrew Hauptman. Mansueto, a billionaire who founded the financial services firm Morningstar, explains…
Liverpool and City Win But Have to Work; Schalke’s Americans Get a Big W; Discussing the New Maradona Documentary; Jesse Marsch’s Champions League Opportunity
Sep 30, 2019 • 53 min
In their new weekly Monday podcast, Grant and Luis Miguel discuss harder-than-expected wins for Premier League leaders Liverpool and Manchester City, another DNP for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and the big win for Schalke (featuring Yanks Weston McKennie…
A Conversation With Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness
Sep 26, 2019 • 20 min
Grant sits down in New York City with Uli Hoeness, who as a player won the World Cup and three European championships and then went on to become a formative figure as an executive at Bayern Munich over the last four decades. Hoeness, who’s stepping down…
Grant & Luis Miguel On Chelsea-Liverpool, Man City (8!), Barcelona’s Skid
Sep 23, 2019 • 53 min
In their weekly chat on the weekend that was, Grant and Luis Miguel break down Liverpool’s 15th straight Premier League win (this one vs Chelsea), Christian Pulisic’s struggle for playing time, Man City’s 8-goal romp against Watford, the potential of Xavi…
Former SI Writer Liviu Bird on Trying To Make It as a Soccer Coach in America
Sep 19, 2019 • 41 min
Grant has an enlightening chat with former SI soccer writer Liviu Bird, who left journalism to start a career as a professional soccer coach. Bird shares his story of coaching Kitsap Pumas to surprise success in the U.S. Open Cup, taking his current jobs…
New Monday Episodes! Norwich takes down Man City, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati, Another Ibra Hat Trick
Sep 16, 2019 • 44 min
The Planet Fútbol Podcast goes to two episodes a week! On Mondays, Grant and SI’s Luis Miguel Echegaray will give their takes on the soccer weekend that was, and on Thursdays Grant will continue to interview the most intriguing people in fútbol. In this…
Asif Kapadia, Director of Diego Maradona
Sep 12, 2019 • 37 min
Grant speaks to Asif Kapadia, whose terrific new documentary film, Diego Maradona, opens in New York City theaters on September 20 and on October 1 on HBO. Kapadia, who also directed the films Senna (on the legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna) and the…
A Conversation with Ed Malyon on The Athletic Disrupting UK Soccer Media
Sep 5, 2019 • 27 min
Grant has an in-depth discussion with Ed Malyon, the managing director of The Athletic UK, about the website’s sweeping efforts to hire dozens of writers and editors and disrupt soccer coverage in the UK. Malyon, whose fiancée is American, also talks…
The Total Soccer Show Guys, Daryl Grove and Taylor Rockwell
Aug 29, 2019 • 48 min
Grant has a rollicking conversation with Daryl Grove and Taylor Rockwell, the hosts of the popular Total Soccer Show and Soccer 101 podcasts. They discuss how they met each other and started their podcast, their shared humor and chemistry, how they have…
Soccer Multimedia Maven Aaron West
Aug 22, 2019 • 36 min
Grant has a fun conversation with Aaron West, who co-hosted Fox Sports’ nightly digital show during the women’s World Cup and is currently hosting the Crossroads series of Premier League “What-Ifs” on the NBC Sports YouTube channel. West tells how he got…
World Cup Winner Crystal Dunn
Aug 15, 2019 • 21 min
Grant has a conversation with Crystal Dunn, the reigning World Cup champion with the US and NWSL champion with the North Carolina Courage. They talk about what she’s hoping for in the next USWNT coach, whether that might include her moving away from her…
A Conversation With Sports Photographer Simon Bruty
Aug 8, 2019 • 37 min
Grant interviews Simon Bruty, a legendary sports action and portrait photographer who has done work for Sports Illustrated (and with Grant) for more than two decades. They go into detail about Bruty’s rise as a photographer, how he approaches the details…
Post-World Cup Women’s Soccer Talk
Aug 1, 2019 • 47 min
Grant and SI’s Laken Litman reconnect to discuss the main post-World Cup developments in women’s soccer: USWNT coach Jill Ellis’s decision to step down, U.S. Soccer’s claim that it has paid the WNT more than the MNT over the past 10 years, the post-WC…
WWC ‘19: USA Wins World Cup 2019, Adds a Fourth Star
Jul 7, 2019 • 31 min
Grant and Laken break down the U.S.’s 2-0 victory in the World Cup final against the Netherlands, completing the Americans’ run to a record fourth World Cup title in the women’s game. They talk about Megan Rapinoe’s tournament masterclass, the rise of…
WWC ‘19: Final Preview Episode
Jul 5, 2019 • 28 min
Grant Wahl is joined by SI staff writer Laken Litman to preview the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final between the US and Netherlands. Grant and Laken discuss Megan Rapinoe’s likelihood to play, the potential impact of a US win back home, and Dan Wetzel’s…
WWC ‘19 USA 2, England 1, and the USWNT Is In Another World Cup Final
Jul 2, 2019 • 41 min
Grant and Laken go deep on the U.S.’s 2-1 semifinal victory against England: The extremely well-taken goals, Alyssa Naeher’s career-defining game in goal, the highs and lows of VAR, and, ultimately, a berth in a third straight World Cup final for the…
WWC ‘19 USA 2, France 1: Americans in the Semis
Jun 28, 2019 • 22 min
Grant and Laken break down the U.S.’s stirring 2-1 victory against France, eliminating the hosts in the World Cup quarterfinals. They discuss Megan Rapinoe’s big-game performance, scoring both U.S. goals, and look ahead to the USA-England semifinal in…
WWC ‘19: USA 2, Spain 1 and American Outlaws’ Donald Wine
Jun 24, 2019 • 35 min
Grant and Laken discuss the U.S.’s difficult 2-1 win over Spain in the World Cup Round of 16, including the soft penalty call that decided it. They also look ahead to the monster quarterfinal showdown on Friday between the U.S. and France in Paris, and…
WWC ‘19: USA 2, Sweden 0 and Fox Sports’ Alex Curry
Jun 20, 2019 • 36 min
Grant and Laken break down the U.S.’s 2-0 group finale victory over Sweden and discuss other aspects of the women’s World Cup, including the spate of VAR-influenced penalty retakes, their look at the Round of 16 matchups and who they think will win the…
WWC ‘19: U.S. vs Chile and Sepp Blatter Interview
Jun 17, 2019 • 65 min
Grant and Laken discuss the U.S.’s 3-0 win over Chile, and Grant interviews former FIFA president Sepp Blatter about his legacy in women’s soccer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
WWC ‘19: U.S. vs Thailand 13-0? The USWNT won 13-0?!?
Jun 11, 2019 • 55 min
In the latest episode of their women’s World Cup podcast, Grant and SI’s Laken Litman discuss the U.S.’s 13-0 win over Thailand—which broke the record for the most lopsided game in World Cup history—and break down whether scoring that many goals (and…
Women’s World Cup Preview
Jun 6, 2019 • 67 min
SI’s Grant Wahl and Laken Litman look ahead to World Cup 2019, which starts Friday in France. They look at the six groups, break down the US’s chances and make predictions for Golden Ball and Boot, biggest surprises and flameouts, most entertaining teams,…
USWNT’s Rose Lavelle and Abby Dahlkemper
May 30, 2019 • 24 min
With the World Cup starting on June 7, Grant sits down with USWNT starters Rose Lavelle and Abby Dahlkemper to talk about their stories and how they approach the sport. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani
May 23, 2019 • 20 min
Grants chats with Canada’s Victor Montagliani, the CONCACAF president and a FIFA VP, about women’s soccer in CONCACAF, the men’s Gold Cup and his work as chair of the FIFA stakeholders committee—including his views on solidarity payments, possible changes…
Tab Ramos and Jonathan González
May 16, 2019 • 21 min
Grant has two interviews this week. One is with Tab Ramos about his U.S. team at the upcoming Under-20 World Cup and his future as a coach. The second is with Monterrey’s Jonathan González about his team’s recent CONCACAF Champions League title and his…
Episode 1 of Throwback: The 1991 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team
May 9, 2019 • 22 min
This week’s podcast has a special episode: It’s Episode 1 of Throwback, SI’s new podcast series on the untold stories of legendary sports moments. This season is on the first FIFA women’s World Cup in 1991 and the fascinating U.S. team that played in it.…
A Conversation With John Strong of Fox Sports
May 2, 2019 • 37 min
Grant has a fun discussion with John Strong, the lead play-by-play voice of Fox Soccer, about what it’s like to reach your professional life goals in your early 30s, why he took singing lessons for work, his thoughts on MLS and this summer’s Gold Cup, and…
Adriana Monsalve of Univision Deportes
Apr 25, 2019 • 40 min
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with one of the biggest stars of U.S. soccer media, Adriana Monsalve of Univision Deportes. They talk about her recent donation of a kidney to her brother, Adrián; her thoughts on the big soccer events in 2019; her…
Matt Pentz on the Seattle Sounders
Apr 11, 2019 • 29 min
Grant chats with longtime Seattle Sounders beat writer Matt Pentz of The Athletic about his new book, The Sound and the Glory: How the Seattle Sounders Showed Major League Soccer How to Win Over America. Pentz explains how the Sounders became the…
A Discussion With Five Members of the 1994 USMNT World Cup Team
Apr 4, 2019 • 64 min
In a special podcast, Grant moderates a panel discussion at the International Champions Cup launch in New York City with five members of the 1994 U.S. men’s World Cup team: Alexi Lalas, Tony Meola, Claudio Reyna, Tab Ramos and Cobi Jones. They discuss not…
English-Pro-Turned-Podcast-Host Gary O’Reilly
Mar 28, 2019 • 48 min
Grant interviews the fascinating Gary O’Reilly, who had a 14-year pro career with Tottenham, Brighton and Crystal Palace and scored a goal for Palace in the 1990 FA Cup final against Manchester United. O’Reilly discusses his varied career and how he got…
Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City
Mar 21, 2019 • 31 min
Grant has a wide-ranging conversation with Peter Vermes, the manager and sporting director of Sporting Kansas City, the only MLS team to reach the semifinals of this year’s CONCACAF Champions League. They talk about the special preparations that Sporting…
Andy Markovits on Women’s Soccer History
Mar 14, 2019 • 34 min
Grant speaks with University of Michigan professor Andy Markovits about his new book “Women In American Soccer and European Football: Different Roads To Shared Glory.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
JP Dellacamera on Women’s World Cup and Ben Mackriell on Soccer Analytics
Mar 7, 2019 • 53 min
Grant speaks to JP Dellacamera of Fox Sports about his preparations for this summer’s women’s World Cup and to Ben Mackriell of OptaPro about what U.S. Soccer and MLS are doing these days in soccer data analytics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Soccer and Standup Comedy With Julie Stewart-Binks
Feb 28, 2019 • 40 min
Grant sits down for a fun conversation with Julie Stewart-Binks, whom American soccer fans got to know as a terrific host and sideline reporter for Fox Sports and ESPN. She fills me in on what she’s doing now, including New York City standup comedy, and…
A conversation with MLS commissioner Don Garber
Feb 21, 2019 • 35 min
MLS’s 24th season starts on March 2, and Grant sits down to talk about all things MLS with commissioner Don Garber, who just extended his contract with the league through the end of 2023. They discuss MLS owner ambition, continued expansion and how the…
Collin Martin, the only out player in the five major U.S. men’s pro sports leagues
Feb 14, 2019 • 30 min
Grant sits down with Minnesota United’s Collin Martin, a creative midfielder who’s entering his seventh MLS season. Last year Martin came out as gay on Pride Day and received an outpouring of support from people around the world. He and Grant have a…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Bastian Schweinsteiger
Feb 7, 2019 • 27 min
Grant goes one-on-one with three of the biggest names in MLS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the LA Galaxy, Wayne Rooney of D.C. United and Bastian Schweinsteiger of the Chicago Fire. All three bring their unique personalities to the forefront, shedding light on…
A Conversation With Jonathan Liew of The Independent
Jan 31, 2019 • 40 min
Jonathan Liew, the chief sportswriter for the UK-based independent, is one of the finest journalists and commentators working in English today. He joins Grant for a wide-ranging conversation on the craft of writing, the similarities and differences…
A conversation with Jozy Altidore
Jan 24, 2019 • 22 min
Grant sits down for a candid interview with Jozy Altidore about his recent visit to Haiti, his future with Toronto FC and the USMNT and any suggestions he might have for Christian Pulisic about joining a team in the English Premier League. Learn more…
#SaveTheCrew With The Ringer’s Mark Titus
Jan 17, 2019 • 34 min
It’s one of the most remarkable stories in sports of the past year: Against all odds, a fan-driven push to keep the Columbus Crew in Ohio—instead of moving to Austin, Texas—worked. Diehard Crew fan Mark Titus of The Ringer and One Shining Podcast joins…
USWNT Star Julie Ertz
Jan 10, 2019 • 24 min
As we enter a women’s World Cup year, Grant interviews World Cup champion Julie Ertz of the U.S. women’s national team and the Chicago Red Stars. A fun discussion ensues about her thoughts on the World Cup, her uncanny ability to score on set-piece…
Rising U.S. Teenager Josh Sargent and U.S. Investor Jordan Gardner
Jan 3, 2019 • 36 min
Grant starts 2019 right by interviewing two intriguing figures: 18-year-old American forward Josh Sargent, who scored on his debuts for Werder Bremen and the USMNT in 2018 and looks forward to a bright year ahead; and Jordan Gardner, an American soccer…
Khalida Popal and Hailai Arghandiwal of the Afghanistan Women’s National Team
Dec 27, 2018 • 46 min
For years, Khalida Popal has been the face of the Afghanistan women’s national team, which has been a success story bringing the sport of soccer to more women in her home country. Popal helped raise her team’s profile and even got sponsorships from Soccer…
Tyler Adams of the USMNT and RB Leipzig
Dec 20, 2018 • 34 min
Grant visits 19-year-old USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams at his New Jersey home and speaks to him about his impending move to RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga, what he’s been doing to prepare for the move, what he has been told by Leipzig officials about…
Bill Simmons on California Youth Soccer, MLS and US Soccer
Dec 13, 2018 • 45 min
Grant gets into the soccer side of HBO’s Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy, founder and CEO of The Ringer and host of the Bill Simmons Podcast. Simmons talks about being deeply involved in Southern California youth soccer over the last five years with his…
Katie Nolan Talks Soccer and Her Love of Liverpool FC
Dec 6, 2018 • 35 min
Grant has a fun interview with Katie Nolan, the host of Always Late With Katie Nolan on ESPN+, about how she fell in love with Liverpool FC, her fascination with Mohamed Salah, her thoughts on soccer fans in the United States, how she puts her show…
Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg on Their New Book “The Club: How The English Premier League Became The Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force In Sports”
Nov 29, 2018 • 43 min
Grant interviews the Wall Street Journal’s Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg on their new book “The Club: How The English Premier League Became The Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force In Sports.” Based on more than 100 interviews, including such…
All Things Italian Soccer With David Amoyal
Nov 22, 2018 • 38 min
Grant interviews David Amoyal, the Boston-based Italian soccer maven who hosts the Calcioland Podcast, edits the English-language website of the Woj-for-soccer Gianluca Dimarzio, writes columns for ESPNFC and The Athletic and appears regularly on…
Pod Save The People’s Clint Smith
Nov 15, 2018 • 44 min
Clint Smith is a former Division I soccer player at Davidson and a huge Arsenal fan who has written occasionally on soccer for The New Yorker. He’s also a regular on the podcast Pod Save the People; a Harvard doctoral candidate whose research interests…
Abby Wambach Interview
Nov 8, 2018 • 55 min
Grant interviews Abby Wambach, the World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and the all-time leading goal-scorer in international soccer history. Wambach retired from playing in 2015, and she was recently announced as the founding chair of the…
Former USMNT Forward Eddie Johnson
Nov 1, 2018 • 36 min
Grant interviews Eddie Johnson, the former USMNT forward whose 15-year playing career ended in 2015 due to a heart condition. These days Johnson is working as a skills-development coach in Orlando for all ages, from kids to pro players like Christian…
Interview of National Soccer Hall of Fame’s Djorn Buchholz
Oct 18, 2018 • 17 min
The new National Soccer Hall of Fame opens this weekend in Frisco, Tex., and Grant was there to interview executive director Djorn Buchholz about all the cool things inside the new HOF. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Interviews with ESPN’s Bob Ley and USMNT’s Antonee Robinson
Oct 11, 2018 • 52 min
Grant interviews ESPN’s Bob Ley, one of the seminal soccer and TV sports broadcasters of the past 40 years. The focus here is on Ley’s legendary experience in the soccer world, from the New York Cosmos to covering World Cups from 1982 to 2014, with some…
Derek Rae, Soccer Broadcaster
Oct 4, 2018 • 41 min
Grant interviews Derek Rae, who’s everywhere these days—Fox Sports, NBC Sports, Amazon Prime and even the EA FIFA19 video game—about his personal journey and how he approaches his job. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tony Sanneh, The Original Big Cat
Sep 27, 2018 • 42 min
Grant meets up in NYC with Tony Sanneh. They talk about Sanneh’s standout performance in World Cup 2002, some hilarious stories from his career in Germany, his thoughts on being snubbed from the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the work he’s doing these…
Grant Interviews The Athletic’s Pablo Maurer
Sep 20, 2018 • 48 min
Grant interviews one of the most interesting people in American soccer media: Pablo Maurer, who covers D.C. United for The Athletic. They talk Wayne Rooney and D.C. United’s new stadium, but their discussion also ranges into Maurer’s remarkable…
Grant and Brian Talk USMNT & new GM Earnie Stewart
Sep 11, 2018 • 39 min
After the U.S.’s 2-0 friendly loss to Brazil, Grant and Brian discuss the game and Earnie Stewart’s still-ongoing search to hire a new head coach. Then they discuss the new UEFA and CONCACAF Nations Leagues and debate whether a competitive Nations League…
An Interview With Emerging USA Goalkeeper Zack Steffen
Sep 6, 2018 • 23 min
Ahead of Friday’s USA-Brazil friendly, Grant sits down with Zack Steffen, the 23-year-old goalkeeper for the USMNT and Columbus Crew. They talk about his Man of the Match performance in June against France, his rise with the Columbus Crew, his thoughts on…
Grant and Brian Talk Clint Dempsey, Wayne Rooney, Gianni Infantino
Sep 5, 2018 • 55 min
Back from vacation, Grant reconnects with Brian to talk about Brian’s interviews with Wayne Rooney and FIFA president Gianni Infantino. Plus the guys give their thoughts on the still-ongoing US men’s coaching search and the career of Clint Dempsey. Learn…
Roma Director of Football Monchi
Aug 30, 2018 • 22 min
Grant interviews Roma’s Monchi, widely regarded as one of the premier directors of football in world soccer. Monchi goes in depth on how he built his post-playing career as the director of football for 16 years at Sevilla, how he developed a strategy for…
John Halloran on the USWNT
Aug 23, 2018 • 26 min
Grant interviews John Halloran of American Soccer Now and The Equalizer on the state of the U.S. women’s national team after its victory in the Tournament of Nations and how things look heading into friendlies against Chile, October’s World Cup qualifying…
Jesse Marsch, RB Leipzig
Aug 16, 2018 • 37 min
Grant interviews Jesse Marsch, who recently left his job as head coach of the New York Red Bulls to take an assistant coaching job with RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga. Marsch explains why he took the Leipzig job, how he has assimilated quickly and…
NBC’s Kyle Martino on the New Premier League Season
Aug 9, 2018 • 35 min
Kyle Martino of NBC Sports joins Grant from England for a fun discussion about the new Premier League season, which starts on Friday, and his thoughts on the state of U.S. Soccer after his run for federation president and his new role with Street Soccer…
The English Premier League Season Begins!
Aug 7, 2018 • 33 min
Grant and Brian discuss what’s on their mind at the start of the English Premier League season, and they also share their thoughts on the MLS All-Star Game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Popular University of Michigan Professor Andy Markovits
Aug 2, 2018 • 59 min
While visiting Ann Arbor for the Manchester United-Liverpool game, Grant sits down with one of his favorite guests, the University of Michigan professor Andy Markovits (the author of Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism). They have a wide-ranging…
Our First Visits to Audi Field and The Big House
Jul 31, 2018 • 47 min
Grant and Brian are back on the case soccer-wise post-World Cup, and in this episode Brian shares his thoughts on visiting D.C. United’s new Audi Field for the first time, while Grant talks about his first visit to the Big House in Michigan for Manchester…
Interviews With Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Serge Gnabry
Jul 26, 2018 • 30 min
Grant sits down in Philadelphia for interviews with two Bayern Munich wingers at different stages of their careers. Arjen Robben, now 34, talks about what he wants to achieve in his 10th season at Bayern and how he has adjusted his game as a winger as he…
World Cup Withdrawal, Etc.
Jul 24, 2018 • 36 min
Grant and Brian are back after five weeks in Russia, and they’re going through World Cup withdrawal. They’ll talk about that and other things in the soccer world, including Mesut Özil and national identity, the U.S. women’s national team’s Four Nations…
France Wins World Cup 2018! Plus Stu Holden Interview
Jul 15, 2018 • 34 min
Grant and Brian break down France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final—and finally eat Brian’s space borscht! Then Grant interviews Stu Holden of Fox Sports, who called the World Cup final on Sunday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Final Thoughts Ahead of the World Cup Final; Alexi Lalas Interview
Jul 14, 2018 • 31 min
Brian checks in with Grant from Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, where the players of France and Croatia gave their final press conference ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final. The guys also discuss Belgium’s 2-0 win over England in the third-place game. Then…
Our World Cup Best XI, Plus Jenny Taft of Fox Sports
Jul 13, 2018 • 39 min
Grant and Brian break down our Best XI of the World Cup and make some tough decisions to do so. Then Grant interviews Jenny Taft of Fox Sports about her thoughts covering the French team and how she got fluent in French in the first place, helping her to…
Looking Ahead To The France-Croatia World Cup Final
Jul 12, 2018 • 41 min
Brian is finally back in Moscow, albeit in the hotel from hell, and he and Grant look ahead to the France-Croatia World Cup final on Sunday. Plus Grant interviews Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post, who talks about his visit…
Croatia Comes Back Again, Beats England 2-1 To Reach World Cup Final
Jul 11, 2018 • 30 min
Grant and Brian break down Croatia’s third straight knockout-round comeback as it beat England 2-1 in extra time on goals by Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic to reach the World Cup final vs France on Sunday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
France Beats Belgium 1-0, Reaches World Cup Final
Jul 10, 2018 • 32 min
Despite it being 3:30 am in Russia, Grant and Brian break down France’s 1-0 victory over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals, with Brian relaying his thoughts from covering the game in St. Petersburg. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
France and Belgium Get Ready to Rumble
Jul 9, 2018 • 27 min
Grant and Brian compare and contrast France and Belgium as Brian prepares to cover Tuesday’s semifinal in St. Petersburg. Grant then challenges Brian to get the term ”Inspector Pavard” into his postgame press conference question. Learn more about your ad…
France, Belgium and England Have Succeeded With Multicultural Identities, So Why Shouldn’t the USMNT? Plus Jaime Macías of BeIN Sports
Jul 8, 2018 • 53 min
Grant and Brian are hard at work on an off day of World Cup games, and they’re noting the success of France, Belgium and England with multicultural teams and asking why the USMNT shouldn’t be able to do that as well. Then Grant is joined for a fun…
It’s a Croatia-England Semifinal! Plus Rodolfo Landeros Interview
Jul 7, 2018 • 47 min
Grant and Brian break down Croatia’s wild victory over Russia on penalties and England’s 2-0 win over Sweden that gives us four teams in the World Cup semifinals: Croatia-England and France-Belgium. Then Grant interviews Rodolfo Landeros, who did terrific…
Belgium Stuns Brazil and France Wears Down Cavani-Less Uruguay; Plus Cobi Jones Interview
Jul 6, 2018 • 29 min
Brian and Grant break down Belgium’s thrilling 2-1 World Cup quarterfinal victory against Brazil and France’s 2-0 win against Uruguay, which was missing star Edinson Cavani. Then Grant interviews Cobi Jones of Fox Sports. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Brazil-Belgium and France-Uruguay Preview; Plus Kate Abdo Interview
Jul 5, 2018 • 31 min
With Brian now in St. Petersburg, he and Grant preview the varsity side of the World Cup bracket in Friday’s quarterfinals (Brazil-Belgium and France-Uruguay). Then Grant interviews the terrific Kate Abdo of Fox Sports. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Happy 4th of July! Grant and Brian Talk Favorite World Cup Moments; Plus JP Dellacamera
Jul 4, 2018 • 36 min
It’s an off day at the World Cup, but Grant and Brian are still on the case talking about their favorite World Cup moments so far. Then Grant interviews veteran soccer broadcaster JP Dellacamera of Fox Sports about his thoughts on where this World Cup has…
England Wins On Penalties!?! Plus Tony Meola Interview
Jul 3, 2018 • 41 min
Grant and Brian (who was in the Moscow stadium) break down England’s dramatic elimination of Colombia on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals and set up a matchup against a tough Sweden team. Then Grant interviews Tony Meola of Fox Sports about his…
Mexico Out; Belgium and Japan Play the Best Half of World Cup 2018; Plus Ed Malyon Interview
Jul 2, 2018 • 46 min
Grant and Brian break down Belgium’s thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Japan in the Round of 16 and dissect Mexico’s elimination in the Round of 16 for the seventh straight World Cup, this time in a 2-0 loss to Brazil. Then Grant interviews…
Russia Eliminates Spain and Croatia Advances Over Denmark; Plus Ian Wright of Fox Sports
Jul 1, 2018 • 28 min
Brian joins Grant from Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, where he covered Russia’s stunning elimination of Spain on penalty kicks to advance to the World Cup 2018 quarterfinals. It wasn’t a great day of games, but the high-stakes drama of penalty kicks was…
Messi and Ronaldo Are Out of World Cup 2018; Plus Maria Komandnaya of Fox Sports
Jun 30, 2018 • 49 min
Grant and Brian review France’s 4-3 win over Argentina and Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over Portugal in a pair of compelling games to start the Round of 16. Then Grant interviews Maria Komandnaya of Fox Sports about the Russian team ahead of Russia-Spain and…
Looking Ahead to Argentina-France and Uruguay-Portugal; Plus Sunil Gulati Interview
Jun 29, 2018 • 42 min
It may be the first day of no games at World Cup 2018, but Grant and Brian aren’t taking the day off for the podcast! They preview Saturday’s pair of mouthwatering games to open the knockout rounds—Argentina-France and Uruguay-Portugal—as well as the…
Fair-Play Points As A World Cup Tiebreaker? Plus Clarence Seedorf Interview
Jun 28, 2018 • 42 min
Grant and Brian break down the last day of group-stage finales, including whether fair-play points should be used as a tiebreaker after the unprecedented use of them to send Senegal home and Japan to the Round of 16. Then Grant has a deeply candid…
Defending World Cup Champion Germany Is Out—and Mexico Is In. Plus Kelly Smith of Fox Sports.
Jun 27, 2018 • 40 min
Grant and Brian discuss the remarkable finish that saw defending World Cup champion Germany eliminated from World Cup 2018—the fourth time in five occasions that the defending champion has gone out in the group stage—and saw Mexico saved by South Korea.…
Against All Odds, Argentina Survives. Plus Jake Walerius On World Cup Fan Groups
Jun 26, 2018 • 32 min
Grant and Brian discuss Argentina’s miraculous survival in Group D after Marcos Rojo’s late goal brought the Argentines back from the dead and knocked Nigeria out of the tournament. Meanwhile, Brian laments having to be at France and Denmark’s 0-0 tie, by…
Simultaneous Group Finales! Simultaneous VAR Craziness! Plus Nike’s Pete Hoppins on Those Amazing Nigeria Kits
Jun 25, 2018 • 30 min
Grant and Brian break down the dramatic Group B finales as Iran almost takes out Portugal late, but Spain and Portugal end up advancing. Then Grant is joined by Pete Hoppins, the senior design director for Nike football apparel, who tells the fascinating…
England and Colombia Rampant! Plus Rob Stone of Fox Sports
Jun 24, 2018 • 32 min
Grant and Brian discuss the big wins by England over Panama and then Colombia over Poland, as well as Japan and Senegal’s compelling 2-2 tie in Group H. Then Grant sits down with Rob Stone of Fox Sports to talk about his thoughts so far on the World Cup,…
Toni Kroos Saves Germany, Mexico Wins Again and Fernando Fiore Interview
Jun 23, 2018 • 44 min
Grant and Brian discuss Germany’s last-second win over Sweden that saved 10-man Germany (for now), Mexico’s 2-1 victory over South Korea and Belgium’s freewheeling 5-2 win over Tunisia. Then Grant interviews Fernando Fiore, his Fox Sports colleague, about…
Nigeria Is Here! Plus Vaishali Bhardwaj on England
Jun 22, 2018 • 37 min
Grant and Brian talk Day 9 of World Cup 2018, from Nigeria’s 2-0 takedown of Iceland to Brazil’s difficult 2-0 victory over Costa Rica to Switzerland’s stirring comeback in a 2-1 triumph over Serbia. Then Grant interviews Vaishali Bhardwaj of London’s…
Croatia Takes Down Messi and Argentina; Amelia López on Mexico’s Hot Start
Jun 21, 2018 • 48 min
Grant and Brian discuss Croatia’s memorable 3-0 win over Argentina, putting Lionel Messi and Argentina in serious danger of failing to advance from Group D. Brian, who covered the game in Nizhny Novgorod, details what exactly has gone wrong so far for…
Cristiano Ronaldo Again! Plus A Landon Donovan Interview
Jun 20, 2018 • 45 min
Grant and Brian discuss Day 7, including Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the figure of this World Cup. Then Grant interviews Landon Donovan about his thoughts on the World Cup, that bank ad and what comes next following his departure from Club León. Learn more…
Russia Plus-7 Goal Difference?!? Interview: U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro
Jun 19, 2018 • 60 min
Grant and Brian break down Day 6 of World Cup 2018, including Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt that gives the hosts 6 points and almost certainly a berth in the Round of 16; Senegal’s 2-1 victory over Poland and Japan’s 2-1 win against Colombia, the first time…
Harry Kane Fires England Past Tunisia; Zack Goldman and Nathen McVittie Interview
Jun 18, 2018 • 43 min
On Day 5 of the World Cup, Grant and Brian break down England’s stoppage-time game-winner against Tunisia and discuss how important it is for Mexico to keep pushing and win its group. Then Grant interviews Zack Goldman (@ThatDamnYank) and Nathen McVittie…
Mexico Takes Down World Cup Champion Germany; Bora Milutinovic Interview
Jun 17, 2018 • 38 min
Grant discusses Mexico’s stunning 1-0 victory over World Cup champion Germany with Brian, who was at the game in Moscow. They also talk about Brazil’s 1-1 tie with Switzerland and Costa Rica’s 1-0 loss to Serbia. Then Grant interviews Bora Milutinovic,…
Lionel Messi Should Stop Taking Argentina’s Penalties
Jun 16, 2018 • 32 min
With an unexpected guest appearance from Alexi Lalas right next to the Kremlin, Grant and Brian discuss Iceland’s impressive 1-1 tie against Argentina and ask whether it’s time for Messi to stop taking Argentina’s penalties (after failing to convert four…
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Insane Hat Trick; Bruce Arena On His New Book
Jun 15, 2018 • 74 min
Grant and Brian break down Day 2 of World Cup 2018, headlined by the remarkable Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick and late free kick goal in Portugal’s 3-3 tie with Spain. They also discuss Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Egypt, Iran’s surprising 1-0 victory against…
Russian Attack! And Arsene Wenger Negs Us In An Elevator
Jun 14, 2018 • 51 min
Grant and Brian discuss Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0, and what it means for Group A. They also touch on Mohamed Salah’s likely return from injury against Uruguay, the spicy Spain-Portugal game and an amusing encounter near a hotel elevator with Arsene Wenger.…
The USA-Led Bid Will Host World Cup 2026
Jun 13, 2018 • 60 min
In the latest World Cup Daily episode, Grant and Brian discuss all the details surrounding the historic news that the USA-led bid to host World Cup 2026 has beaten Morocco here in Moscow. They also dig into Spain’s astonishing firing of coach Julen…
The Start of World Cup Daily! Plus Andrei Arshavin Interview
Jun 12, 2018 • 38 min
Grant and Brian are on the ground in Russia for the first episode of our World Cup Daily podcast. We give our first impressions of Moscow and handicap the chances of the United States-led bid with Mexico and Canada for World Cup 2026, which goes up…
Garry Kasparov on Putin Hosting the World Cup; Mark Noonan on Being the CEO of Ghana’s Biggest Club
Jun 7, 2018 • 42 min
The Russian former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasparov joins Grant to discuss his criticism of Vladimir Putin and answer the question: Should we feel conflicted about being excited to watch a World Cup from Russia? Then former…
Grant and Brian on the SI World Cup Preview Issue
Jun 5, 2018 • 52 min
Grant and Brian get ready for their daily World Cup podcast by discussing their stories in the SI World Cup preview issue. Brian explains what it was like at the SI cover shoot with Chicharito Hernández, Chucky Lozano and Carlos Vela, and Grant talks…
Aly Wagner is Making U.S. TV History During the Men’s World Cup
May 31, 2018 • 28 min
Fox Sports TV’s Aly Wagner will be the first woman to do game commentary on U.S. English-language TV for a men’s World Cup once Russia 2018 starts June 14. She joins Grant to discuss how she prepares for games, what led her from the playing field to the…
Real Madrid, Another Champions League Title And The DNA Of Winning
May 29, 2018 • 36 min
Grant and Brian dissect the UEFA Champions League final—Real Madrid 3, Liverpool 1—and all the talking points, from Madrid’s threepeat to Sergio Ramos’s villainy to Mohamed Salah’s injury to Gareth Bale’s golazo to Loris Karius and his two howlers. They…
World-Renowned Skills Coach Tom Byer On Why U.S. Soccer Dumped His Pilot Program
May 24, 2018 • 37 min
Tom Byer, a renowned skills coach who’s based in Japan and who appeared on a popular episode of HBO’s Real Sports last fall, explains to Grant why U.S. Soccer chose not to extend funding his pilot program working with the parents of soccer-playing kids in…
SI’s Chris Ballard on Jurgen Klinsmann; New MLS Nashville CEO Ian Ayre
May 22, 2018 • 46 min
SI’s Chris Ballard joins the pod to discuss his terrific new magazine story on Jurgen Klinsmann, which delves into what the former USMNT coach is doing these days, his take on the US’s failed World Cup qualifying campaign and what may come next for him.…
Ted Knutson’s Story From the U of Oklahoma to Running A Cutting-Edge Soccer Data Business in England
May 17, 2018 • 43 min
Ted Knutson, the England-based owner of StatsBomb, tells Grant about his journey from the University of Oklahoma to professional gambling to diving down the rabbithole of world soccer, which has included working for two clubs (Brentford and Midtjylland)…
Grant and Brian Tell World Cup Stories
May 15, 2018 • 39 min
Grant and Brian record the podcast in Grant’s rental car at the wedding of SI.com soccer editor Avi Creditor—and, fortified by a few wedding drinks, tell some of their favorite stories over the years from covering the World Cup. Learn more about your ad…
Moya Dodd On How Soccer’s Male-Dominated Leadership Is Keeping Global Women’s Soccer From Reaching Its Potential
May 10, 2018 • 27 min
Australia’s Moya Dodd, one of the most influential women in world soccer, joins Grant to discuss her work to advance the women’s game, which areas still need a lot of work and why women’s soccer is a sleeping giant globally. Learn more about your ad…
El Clásico Never Fails To Disappoint
May 8, 2018 • 45 min
Grant and Brian discuss another wild El Clásico, what’s next for Arsene Wenger, the New York City derby, a USA-less and Mexico-less Copa América, Rocco Commisso and the possibility of recording next week’s pod a few beers into their editor’s wedding this…
Grant’s New Book, Masters of Modern Soccer
May 3, 2018 • 30 min
Grant’s first book in nine years, Masters of Modern Soccer, is out this week, and he’s interviewed by Luis Miguel Echegaray about it. The book looks at the craft of soccer, position by position, and includes two years of in-depth interviews with a…
Is Toronto’s CCL Gut-Punch A Temporary Blip or TFC’s High Point?
May 1, 2018 • 40 min
Grant and Brian discuss Real Madrid’s uncanny way of winning in UEFA Champions League, Mohamed Salah’s insane goal-scoring run for Liverpool, Toronto’s gut punch of a loss in the Concacaf Champions League final, LAFC’s remarkable start in MLS and the…
Part 2: The Struggle For Equality In Global Women’s Soccer
Apr 26, 2018 • 51 min
Grant leads a panel discussion at Duke University on The Struggle for Equality in Global Women’s Soccer. Panelists include Jean Williams of the University of Wolverhampton, Shireen Ahmed of the Burn It All Down podcast and Gwendolyn Oxenham, the author of…
Part 1: The Struggle For Equality In Global Women’s Soccer
Apr 24, 2018 • 46 min
Grant leads a panel discussion at Duke University on The Struggle for Equality in Global Women’s Soccer. Panelists include Jean Williams of the University of Wolverhampton, Shireen Ahmed of the Burn It All Down podcast and Gwendolyn Oxenham, the author of…
Raphael Honigstein on His Jürgen Klopp Biography
Apr 19, 2018 • 40 min
Raphael Honigstein, the leading journalist on German soccer, joins Grant to talk about his book Bring The Noise: The Jürgen Klopp Story. Honigstein discusses how the charismatic Klopp has taken Liverpool to the Champions League semifinals, and he goes…
Gigi Buffon’s Next Country Song: “Trashcan For A Heart.”
Apr 17, 2018 • 49 min
Grant and Brian discuss a busy week in soccer, including the wild UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, Toronto’s chance for CCL history, more FIFA World Cup expansion talk and the electric Atlanta-NYCFC game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Merritt Paulson Is The Most Vocal Owner In American Soccer
Apr 12, 2018 • 53 min
Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Portland Timbers and Thorns, joins Grant for a candid discussion—is there any other type with Paulson?—about why he wanted to become a soccer owner; the influence of his father, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank…
Has Manchester City Lost Its Mystique In A Week?
Apr 10, 2018 • 52 min
Grant and Brian ask whether Man City’s two losses in a week have altered its incredible season, and they also discuss Toronto and New York in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals, MLS expansion, Zlatan Week 2 and the move by the governments of St.…
Duke Professor Laurent Dubois On “The Language of the Game”
Apr 5, 2018 • 33 min
Duke professor Laurent Dubois joins Grant to talk about his new book “The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer.” Dubois, who teaches a popular class at Duke called Soccer Politics, explains how he approached organizing, researching and writing…
Zlatan Ibrahimovic And The Greatest Holy S—- Moment In MLS History
Apr 3, 2018 • 37 min
Grant and Brian discuss Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his insane debut for LA Galaxy, Christian Pulisic and Dortmund’s 6-0 loss to Bayern Munich, their favorite two-week period of UEFA Champions League starting this week and the Concacaf Champions League…
Zlatan is here. Will we see the Real Zlatan?
Mar 29, 2018 • 28 min
Fresh off his cross-country travels to see Mexico and the USMNT, Brian Straus joins Grant to talk about USA 1, Paraguay 0; the guys’ visits with the Mexican and Icelandic national teams and the signing by LA Galaxy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the first…
Bob Bradley On LAFC, His Exile From U.S. Soccer and The Early Days of Mohamed Salah
Mar 27, 2018 • 65 min
LAFC coach Bob Bradley discusses his team’s fast start, this week’s LA derby, his thoughts on Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving in LA, what needs to happen in U.S. Soccer and his memories of working with an emerging Egyptian talent named Mohamed Salah. Learn…
Andy Markovits, The Soccer- and Grateful Dead-Loving U. of Michigan Professor
Mar 22, 2018 • 57 min
Grant has a fun and wide-ranging conversation about soccer with University of Michigan professor Andy Markovits, probably the smartest guest ever on the podcast. Their discussion dives into Andy’s work in soccer, including his classic book “Offside:…
Mohamed Salah’s Rise: How Did This Happen?
Mar 20, 2018 • 48 min
Grant and Brian discuss why Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is in a zone few players ever enter; come up with some ideas to fix domestic cup competitions; break down MLS’s impressive (so far) run in CCL; discuss the new USMNT roster and ask why Clint Dempsey…
David Neal, the Head of Fox Sports’s World Cup Broadcasts, Describes How He’s Approaching World Cup 2018
Mar 15, 2018 • 37 min
David Neal, whose more than three-decade career in sports television production has included the Olympics, the NBA Finals and the World Series, tells Grant how Fox will be approaching its coverage of World Cup 2018 in Russia. Neal details how he has built…
Should Bob Bradley be a top candidate for USMNT coach?
Mar 13, 2018 • 44 min
Grant and Brian discuss Manchester United and José Mourinho, a new addition to our list of bad players on good teams, MLS’s big opportunity this week in Concacaf Champions League and Grant’s bold argument that one of the top candidates for the U.S. men’s…
Steve Nash discusses his new Champions League job with Turner and B/R Football; Sebastian Abbot on his new book “The Away Game”
Mar 8, 2018 • 51 min
Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash joins Grant to explain what he’ll be doing with Turner’s Champions League coverage and why he’s more passionate these days about soccer than basketball. And Sebastian Abbot discusses his new book “The Away Game,” which…
MLS was supposed to be more predictable at the top, and then the opening weekend happened.
Mar 6, 2018 • 52 min
SI’s Brian Straus joins Grant to talk about the string of upsets in MLS Week 1, Lionel Messi’s genius to sink Atlético Madrid, the big Toronto-Tigres CONCACAF Champions League showdown, the questions surrounding the North American World Cup ‘26 bid and…
Megan Rapinoe Is Still A Proud Ally Of Colin Kaepernick
Mar 1, 2018 • 29 min
USWNT star Megan Rapinoe joins Grant for a thoughtful conversation on a number of topics, including the SheBelieves Cup, NWSL, how she and power couple partner Sue Bird discuss vision in basketball and soccer, and how Rapinoe looks back on taking a knee…
Man City’s Cup win, Arsenal’s American fans, MLS 2018, Neymar’s injury and SheBelieves Cup
Feb 27, 2018 • 44 min
Brian and Grant discuss Man City’s defeat of Arsenal in the League Cup final, including asking what drives the psychology of Arsenal’s numerous American fans. They also address MLS’s season-opening storylines, whether Brian’s old friend Neymar should have…
Landon Donovan on why he came out of retirement for León and his U.S. Soccer, USMNT thoughts
Feb 22, 2018 • 36 min
In his most detailed public comments since coming out of retirement to play for Mexico’s Club León, Landon Donovan describes why he made his decision, his lifelong connection to Mexico and Mexican-Americans, what he’s capable of in pure soccer terms these…
Brian’s “Fade Into Bolivian,” Geoff Cameron’s U.S. Soccer Opinions, Election Fallout
Feb 20, 2018 • 30 min
SI’s Brian Straus is back! He and Grant speak about Brian’s vacation to Bolivia (including a Copa Libertadores game), our big-picture thoughts on the US Soccer presidential election and Geoff Cameron’s opinions on the federation in the Players Tribune.…
Shaw Brown Is The Most Interesting Soccer Person In America You’ve Never Heard Of
Feb 15, 2018 • 55 min
Grant interviews Shaw Brown, the lead producer for Fox Sports’ U.S. Soccer and MLS broadcasts, who discusses his more than two decades in the sport, how he got into it and some of his favorite stories from over the years. He also describes what he’s…
Dr. Joe Machnik is the Renaissance Man of American Soccer
Feb 13, 2018 • 49 min
Dr Joe Machnik is currently the soccer rules analyst for Fox Sports, but his past goes all the way back to being an All-American goalkeeper at Long Island University, a coach who led LIU at age 23 to the 1966 NCAA title game, who coached ice hockey and…
Paul Caligiuri on why he should be U.S. Soccer president
Feb 8, 2018 • 31 min
Ahead of Saturday’s U.S. Soccer election, Grant interviews Paul Caligiuri, who played in two World Cups and scored one of the most significant goals in U.S. Soccer history to send the Americans to World Cup 1990. Caligiuri explains why he decided to run…
U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate Carlos Cordeiro
Feb 6, 2018 • 52 min
Ahead of the highly contested U.S. Soccer election on February 10, candidate Carlos Cordeiro discusses his travels to state associations around the country, lays out his plan to change the federation and addresses his challenge of being a reform candidate…
Brad Rothenberg of Alianza de Fútbol Is Still Angry About US Soccer Losing Jonathan González
Feb 1, 2018 • 50 min
In a two-interview podcast, Brad Rothenberg of Alianza de Fútbol, which discovered Jonathan González, explains why U.S. Soccer lost González to Mexico and why it will keep happening with Mexican-American players if U.S. Soccer doesn’t change. Then…
Beckham, Miami finally get an MLS team; Transfer deadline anticipation
Jan 30, 2018 • 47 min
Grant and Brian talk about the long-awaited official announcement of David Beckham’s Miami MLS team; intriguing transfers like Aubameyang to Arsenal and Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy; the U.S. men’s friendly against Bosnia and the ongoing recriminations over…
MLS Commissioner Don Garber Sounds Off On Just About Everything
Jan 25, 2018 • 34 min
Grant is joined by MLS commissioner Don Garber, who discusses a range of topics, including Atlanta’s MLS-record purchase of Ezequiel Barco, what’s happening with expansion (including with David Beckham’s Miami project), the role of Soccer United Marketing…
Atlanta’s Ezequiel Barco purchase (for an MLS-record $15 million) is a league game-changer.
Jan 23, 2018 • 51 min
Grant and Brian hail the trend of MLS teams spending big on rising South American superstars (led by Atlanta and Ezequiel Barco) and discuss the pending Alexis Sánchez/Henrikh Mkhitaryan between Arsenal and Manchester United; the Defiance Tour of Bruce…
US Soccer Presidential Candidate Michael Winograd Has A Novel Idea For Promotion and Relegation
Jan 18, 2018 • 31 min
US Soccer presidential candidate Michael Winograd joins Grant for a wide-ranging conversation in which he talks about his biggest challenge—finding a path to victory—and shares some promising proposals, including building training centers in each state…
Liverpool Beats Man City
Jan 16, 2018 • 39 min
Grant and Brian discuss Liverpool’s pulsating victory over Manchester City to end City’s hopes of an undefeated Premier League season, Landon Donovan’s surprise un-retirement to join Mexico’s León, and this week’s United Soccer Coaches convention in…
Ray Hudson, BeIN Sports and SiriusXM
Jan 11, 2018 • 45 min
The inimitable Ray Hudson of BeIN Sports and SiriusXM joins Grant for a fun conversation on how he developed his love for words, his unique broadcasting style, his appreciation for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, his favorite stories from the 1970s…
The US’s Loss of Jonathan González
Jan 9, 2018 • 46 min
Grant and Brian talk about Jonathan González choosing Mexico over the United States, Eric Lichaj’s blinder to dethrone Arsenal in the FA Cup, the new U.S. January camp roster and what it was like for Brian to attend a Baltimore Blast indoor game over the…
Sports Illustrated’s Luis Miguel Echegaray
Jan 4, 2018 • 50 min
Grant is joined by SI’s Luis Miguel Echegaray, his cohost on the weekly Planet Fútbol video show on the SI TV streaming channel. Luis shares his story from living in Peru to England to the United States, from acting to coaching to journalism, and from…
SI’s Brian Straus and two-thirds of a happy new year.
Jan 2, 2018 • 45 min
Grant and Brian ring in the new year and talk about the year ahead, World Cup 2018, who will be the next US men’s national team coach, the wild US Soccer presidential election and our thoughts on our end-of-the-year campaign story on Sunil Gulati, Don…
Sportswriter Will Leitch, Newly Minted Soccer Fan
Dec 28, 2017 • 46 min
Grant is joined by Will Leitch, the founder of Deadspin and now a writer for Sports on Earth, New York magazine and other publications. They talk about Leitch’s trip down the rabbit hole of soccer fandom, including the story of his support for the U.S.…
Steve Gans, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate
Dec 19, 2017 • 52 min
Grant is joined by U.S. Soccer presidential candidate Steve Gans, a Boston-based lawyer who has a long record in the game. They talk about Gans’s platform and his opinions on the problems in American soccer and the potential solutions. Gans is also…
Kyle Martino, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate
Dec 14, 2017 • 37 min
Martino joins Grant to talk about his U.S. Soccer presidential candidacy and answers questions about his platform, his view of Sunil Gulati’s record as president and why he thinks he’s qualified to run such a big organization. Learn more about your ad…
Toronto’s MLS title, MLS expansion, USSF campaign
Dec 12, 2017 • 48 min
Grant and Brian discuss Toronto’s MLS Cup title, Brian’s thoughts from being on the ground north of the border, the wild U.S. Soccer presidential campaign, and which cities we think will get MLS expansion teams. They also talk about staking out MLS owners…
Kathy Carter, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate
Dec 7, 2017 • 29 min
Grant interviews Kathy Carter, most recently the president of Soccer United Marketing, about her decision to enter the U.S. Soccer presidential race in the final week before nominations are due. Carter engages on a number of topics, including her…
MLS Cup final, Toronto’s chance for greatness
Dec 5, 2017 • 39 min
Grant and Brian discuss this week’s MLS Cup final, the greatest teams in MLS history by year and era, and the ingredients that make for a good cup final. Grant tells some of his favorite Clint Dempsey and Drew Carey stories, and the guys get into the…
Eric Wynalda, US Soccer Presidential Candidate
Nov 30, 2017 • 41 min
Former USMNT forward Eric Wynalda joins Grant for a discussion about his U.S. Soccer presidential candidacy, including his thoughts on changing the federation, promotion and relegation, how to spend U.S. Soccer’s $130 million surplus, recent criticism…
We’re back.
Nov 28, 2017 • 45 min
Grant and SI’s Brian Straus catch up on what happened since the last episode—the USMNT World Cup failure, Brian’s Neymar SI cover story, Grant’s book—and discuss the Seattle-Toronto Era in MLS, the sordid Columbus Crew story, the World Cup 2018 draw and…
Brian Straus, SI soccer writer
May 9, 2017 • 66 min
SI’s Brian Straus joins Grant for a fun conversation on the latest in soccer, including the U.S.-led World Cup 2026 bid, FIFA not changing its stripes, Chris Wondolowski, the revival of Minnesota United, what they would do with U.S. Soccer’s $100…
Carli Lloyd, USWNT captain on her Man City experience
May 2, 2017 • 31 min
Carli Lloyd, the two-time defending FIFA World Player of the Year, joins Grant in Manchester, England, to discuss her short-term stay at Man City, which she has helped lead to the Champions League semifinals and upcoming FA Cup final. Lloyd describes…
Howard Webb, famed ref on the future of video replay
Apr 25, 2017 • 68 min
Howard Webb, who refereed the finals of the 2010 World Cup and UEFA Champions League, joins Grant to talk about his new job running the Video Assistant Referee program that’s set to debut this summer in MLS. Webb explains in detail how VAR will work, what…
John Strong, Fox Sports Soccer Broadcaster
Apr 18, 2017 • 85 min
A rising star at age 31, John Strong talks to Grant about his journey from deciding he wanted as a kid to become a sports broadcaster to his current position as Fox Sports’ lead play-by-play announcer for soccer. John discusses his influences, his process…
Bixente Lizarazu, World and European Champion for Club and Country
Apr 11, 2017 • 47 min
Left back Bixente Lizarazu was a world and European champion for club (Bayern Munich) and country (France), and he joins Grant to talk about a wide range of topics: The Bayern-Real Madrid Champions League showdown; what it was like to play with Zinédine…
Becky Sauerbrunn, USWNT Co-Captain
Apr 4, 2017 • 31 min
Becky Sauerbrunn speaks to Grant about a number of topics: The USWNT’s experimentation and surprising recent losses as the journey continues toward World Cup ‘19; her increasingly vocal role in labor talks with U.S. Soccer; new details on what the players…
Tim Howard, U.S. goalkeeper; Paolo Maldini, A.C. Milan legendary defender
Mar 28, 2017 • 49 min
In a packed podcast with two terrific interviews, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard sits down with Grant in Panama to talk about the U.S. national team and his own career. Legendary defender Paolo Maldini also joins the show and gives his thoughts on defending…
Jimmy Conrad, World Cup Player Turned YouTube Star
Mar 21, 2017 • 75 min
Jimmy Conrad joins Grant for a candid and funny conversation about defying expectations in soccer and life. Conrad went from being a walk-on to an NCAA champion, from being undrafted to MLS Defender of the Year, from being unheralded to starting games at…
MLS Commissioner Don Garber at SXSW
Mar 14, 2017 • 64 min
MLS commissioner Don Garber goes one-on-one with Grant at SXSW in Austin, Texas, with a focus on technology, including Facebook’s move into becoming an MLS rights-holder, the start of Video-Assistant Referees this season, continued MLS expansion and where…
SI.com’s Brian Straus on MLS opening week
Mar 7, 2017 • 45 min
SI’s Brian Straus joins Grant to talk about all things MLS as the new season gets underway, from new stadiums in Orlando (and soon to be D.C.) to new teams in Atlanta and Minnesota to why terminology matters in growing world of American soccer. Learn more…
Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona Goalkeeper
Mar 2, 2017 • 26 min
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen joins Grant in Spain for a fun talk about how he became a goalkeeper in the first place; how he gained the foot skills of a “sweeper keeper;” what it was like to start and win a Champions League final at age 23;…
Ivan Rakitić, Barcelona Midfielder
Feb 28, 2017 • 38 min
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić joins Grant in Spain for a wide-ranging conversation about scoring in the 2015 Champions League final; what it’s like playing with Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar; his more defensive role for Barça this season; how…
Kyle Martino, NBC Premier League analyst.
Feb 21, 2017 • 93 min
NBC Premier League studio analyst Kyle Martino joins Grant for a remarkably honest discussion. Martino talks about being the lone American accent on NBC Premier League broadcasts; the differences between working for NBC, Fox Sports and ESPN; how he…
Danny Karbassiyoon, The Arsenal Yankee
Feb 14, 2017 • 62 min
Danny Karbassiyoon, the only American to have scored for Arsenal’s first team, joins Grant to talk about his book, The Arsenal Yankee, which details his time playing with Arsenal’s Invincibles, his retirement at age 22 due to injuries and his post-playing…
Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer president
Feb 7, 2017 • 57 min
The most influential American in world soccer, U.S. Soccer president and FIFA Council member Sunil Gulati, gives a rare wide-ranging one-on-one interview with Grant in his Columbia University office. Among the topics: Why he voted to expand the men’s…
Shawn Francis, Pop Culture and American Soccer
Jan 31, 2017 • 66 min
Shawn Francis, a music and soccer industry veteran, joins Grant to talk about the cultural moment of American soccer and what it means as the sport continues to grow in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Moya Dodd, FIFA Reformer
Jan 24, 2017 • 67 min
Australia’s Moya Dodd, the most influential woman in FIFA in recent years, joins Grant to talk about the FIFA reform process, with a focus on gender reform. Dodd details the struggle of women to gain respect in soccer, from the days she paid her own way…
Kate Abdo; Fox Sports Los Angeles, Sky Sports London
Jan 17, 2017 • 31 min
Kate Abdo joins Grant to talk about her move to cover soccer for Fox Sports in Los Angeles from Sky Sports in London. She also discusses what she’s excited about in the U.S., her multi-country career path and her remarkable ability to work in four…
Colin Udoh; Nigerian journalist on the Africa Cup of Nations
Jan 12, 2017 • 38 min
Nigerian journalist Colin Udoh of Kwesé Sports joins Grant to discuss the history and the appeal of the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on January 14. One of the world’s oldest continental tournaments, the AFCON has a rich tradition of entertaining…
John Green; Best-selling novelist on Liverpool fandom, sponsoring Wimbledon
Jan 10, 2017 • 31 min
Best-selling novelist John Green joins Grant to talk about his love of soccer, including Liverpool FC and the inspirational story of AFC Wimbledon, where he’s a sponsor and where the north end of the stadium is called the John Green Stand. Green also…
Bob Bradley, Former USMNT and Swansea City Coach
Jan 3, 2017 • 43 min
Bob Bradley joins Grant for a candid conversation about his 11-game, 85-day tenure at Swansea City as the first American to manage a Premier League team. Bradley addresses what happened, what he would have done differently and what comes next in his…
Jonathan Northcroft. Leicester: the Story of 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 55 min
For our year-end episode, Grant looks back at the story of the year (and maybe the decade and beyond): Leicester City overcoming 5,000-to-1 odds to win the English Premier League. His guest, Jonathan Northcroft, is the soccer correspondent for the Sunday…
Rory Smith, Chief Soccer Correspondent for the New York Times
Dec 20, 2016 • 54 min
Grant speaks to Rory Smith, the first Chief Soccer Correspondent for the New York Times, about his role in the changing face of soccer media coverage in the United States and globally. Smith talks about the differences in sports media culture between the…
Pedro Arellano
Dec 13, 2016 • 51 min
Ahead of the Liga MX final between Club América and Tigres, Grant talks to Pedro Arellano, his good friend and go-to guy for all things Mexican soccer. Liga MX has the biggest U.S. TV audiences of any soccer league, and they chat about why anyone who’s…
MLS Commissioner Don Garber
Dec 10, 2016 • 53 min
Grant sits down in Toronto with MLS commissioner Don Garber, who goes into depth on the state of the league, what comes next in expansion, the changing landscape of media and sports leagues and some of his own personal story, including going to…
Clint Irwin, Toronto FC Goalkeeper
Dec 7, 2016 • 40 min
Ahead of the MLS Cup final, Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin talks about the matchup with Seattle, playing high school basketball with teammate Stephen Curry, his willingness to tweet politics and his own remarkable career path from minor-league…
Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey
Dec 6, 2016 • 42 min
Ahead of the MLS Cup final, Grant speaks to Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey about his team’s remarkable in-season turnaround, his vision for the club and how he went from a hard-partying MLS backup goalkeeper into a hard-working lawyer who has become…
Bruce Arena; USMNT Coach
Dec 1, 2016 • 23 min
Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl sits down with new USMNT coach Bruce Arena, who recently replaced Jurgen Klinsmann for his second run leading the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Brian Straus; Sports Illustrated
Nov 29, 2016 • 57 min
Grant talks to SI’s Brian Straus about a number of topics: His 2013 exposé on USMNT player concerns about Jurgen Klinsmann; Seattle’s run to the MLS Cup final; and his history from D.C. United intern to Washington Post writer to SI chronicler of MLS…
Taylor Twellman, Former USMNT and MLS Player and ESPN Analyst
Nov 22, 2016 • 56 min
Grant sits down with Taylor Twellman to discuss Jurgen Klinsmann’s firing, the current state of US Soccer, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tab Ramos; American Soccer Legend, Head Coach of the American U-20 Team
Nov 15, 2016 • 36 min
Tab Ramos, the USMNT assistant coach and former star midfielder, sits down with Grant to talk Costa Rica-USA World Cup qualifier, spotting an 11-year-old Christian Pulisic, making the transition into coaching and his Hall of Fame playing career. How…
Juan Carlos Osorio; Manager of the Mexican National Team
Nov 10, 2016 • 39 min
Mexican national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio sits down with Grant to discuss his peripatetic career from Colombia to Brazil to the US, England and now Mexico. Osorio goes into detail describing his five-day visit to see legendary coach Marcelo Bielsa…
The ‘Dos a Cero” Interviews: Bruce Arena, Brian McBride, Landon Donovan, Claudio Reyna, and Michael Bradley
Nov 8, 2016 • 77 min
In this special podcast, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl sits down with some of the key figures from the legendary “Dos a Cero” games between the USA and Mexico. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bob Bradley
Nov 5, 2016 • 48 min
Bob Bradley made history this season, becoming the first American coach of a team in the top five European leagues. In the new Planet Futbol Podcast, Grant Wahl talks to Bradley about his early days in the English Premier League with Swansea City, how he…
English Soccer Legend Gary Lineker
Nov 2, 2016 • 17 min
Gary Lineker enjoyed a stellar career with Leicester City, Barcelona, Tottenham, and the England national team. But since retiring, he’s also become a well-known voice in British sports broadcasting. On the new episode of the Planet Futbol Podcast,…
Kingston Stockade founder Dennis Crowley
Oct 26, 2016 • 40 min
Dennis Crowley co-founded the app Foursquare, but in 2015 he turned his attention to the lower levels of American soccer. On the new Planet Futbol Podcast, Crowley speaks with Grant Wahl about his experiences starting NPSL club Kingston Stockade from…
Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller
Oct 19, 2016 • 20 min
Bayern Munich and Germany striker Thomas Muller joins Grant Wahl to discuss his unorthodox playing style, his hometown, and why he prefers equestrian pursuits in his spare time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
NYCFC striker David Villa
Oct 18, 2016 • 33 min
Grant Wahl is joined by NYCFC and former Barcelona, Valencia, and Atlético Madrid striker David Villa. Together, the pair discuss Villa’s favorite moments from his career, his thoughts on MLS, and how long he’d like to stick around New York City. Learn…
Mike Piazza, MLB Hall Of Famer and owner of Reggiana
Oct 10, 2016 • 28 min
On the new Planet Futbol Podcast, MLB Hall of Famer Mike Piazza talks with Grant Wahl about his experience as owner of Italian third-division team Reggiana, and how he plans to get the team into the Italian top flight. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Russian soccer expert James Appell
Sep 21, 2016 • 46 min
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is less than two years away, and the new episode of the Planet Futbol is all about the host nation. James Appell, an expert in the Russian sporting culture, joins SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl for an insightful look at where…
Lothar Matthäus on captaining at a World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann, and favorite players
Sep 20, 2016 • 21 min
In the new edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, 1990 World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthäus joins SI senior writer Grant Wahl on the phone. Together, the pair discuss the attributes needed for a World Cup captain, Matthäus’ evolving relationship with…
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu
Sep 12, 2016 • 11 min
Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl sits down with F.C. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to discuss his club’s plans for the U.S. market, and what’s in store for the future of La Liga. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Jozy Altidore on injuries, the national anthem, and captaining USMNT
Sep 2, 2016 • 9 min
SI senior writer Grant Wahl sits down with U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore ahead of the team’s qualifier at St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Together, the pair talk about Altidore’s injury struggles, his return to form, and his interpretation of…
Transfer window review with analytics expert Daniel Altman
Aug 24, 2016 • 19 min
As the European transfer window draws to a close, Grant Wahl welcomes soccer analytics expert Daniel Altman to the podcast. Together, they discuss which clubs made the best and most confusing moves of the transfer window, and what to make of the rising…
Carlo Ancelotti on life at Bayern Munich
Aug 15, 2016 • 15 min
In this special interview edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, Grant Wahl visits with Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti ahead of the new season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From Brazil: Alex Morgan on quarterfinals & U.S.’s mentality
Aug 11, 2016 • 15 min
U.S. women’s national team forward Alex Morgan joins Grant Wahl to discuss the U.S.’ mentality heading into the Olympics’ knockout round, and how much she’s been able to enjoy Brazil during the team’s run. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Hope Solo addresses booing at Olympics, Zika, and more
Aug 4, 2016 • 14 min
Speaking to SI senior writer Grant Wahl after the United States’ 2-0 win over New Zealand in their Olympic opener, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo discusses the boos and negative chants she received from the crowd, and if the 2015 U.S. women’s national team…
In Brazil, Carli Lloyd talks Olympics, equal pay, and following up her 2015
Aug 3, 2016 • 21 min
Reigning FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd joins SI senior Writer Grant Wahl from Belo Horizonte on the eve of the U.S. women’s national team’s Olympic opener against New Zealand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Euro 2016: Portugal won ugly, and that’s OK
Jul 11, 2016 • 38 min
Portugal are your Euro 2016 champions, and we’re here to break down the team’s memorable victory on the new Planet Futbol Podcast, the last from 2016’s insane summer of soccer. Avi Creditor and Alex Abnos recap all the big events from the Euro 2016 final,…
Jill Ellis on Olympics preparations, Alex Morgan, and what she’s writing in her notebook
Jul 8, 2016 • 22 min
The summer of soccer continues in August as the Rio Olympics get underway, with the U.S. women’s national team looking to follow up its 2015 World Cup title with Olympic gold. In advance of the tournament, SI senior writer Grant Wahl caught up with U.S.…
Euro 2016: Should Griezmann join the ranks of Ronaldo, Messi?
Jul 8, 2016 • 33 min
The Euro 2016 final is nearly upon us, and the implications of Sunday’s final form the backbone of discussion on the new Planet Futbol Podcast. Host Avi Creditor, SI senior writer Grant Wahl, and SI.com’s Brian Straus and Ben Lyttleton discuss what the…
Euro 2016: Georgios Samaras on penalty kicks, Greece, and the semifinal field
Jul 5, 2016 • 35 min
The semifinals of Euro 2016 are set, and special guest Georgios Samaras joins the Planet Futbol Podcast to break it all down. Greece’s surprising 2004 European championship happened before Samaras was a fixture on the team, but the striker recalls his…
Euro 2016: What the hell happened to England? Guest: Tranquillo Barnetta
Jun 28, 2016 • 29 min
Euro 2016 has delivered a fair amount of surprises already, but perhaps nothing that could top Iceland’s win over England in the tournament’s round of 16. Discussion of Iceland’s triumph (and England’s failure) kicks off the newest edition of the Planet…
Copa America: Messi retired?!?! And, oh yeah, Chile won.
Jun 27, 2016 • 33 min
The Copa America final has come and gone, and amazingly the big news to come out of the game has nothing to do with the team that lifted the trophy at the end of the night. Lionel Messi shocked the world first by missing his penalty kick in a shootout as…
Interview: Landon Donovan on commentary, ownership, and U.S. soccer
Jun 25, 2016 • 24 min
Landon Donovan is the all-time leading goal scorer for the U.S. national team, but he’s been mostly out of the public eye since his retirement from the game a year and a half ago. That is beginning to change in the Copa America, as Donovan has provided…
Copa America: The U.S. learns a lesson vs. Argentina
Jun 23, 2016 • 28 min
The United States is out of the Copa America, and the Planet Futbol crew are here to break down what it all means for Jurgen Klinsmann’s team on the new edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast. Host Avi Creditor, SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl, and SI.com’s…
Euro 2016: Asmir Begovic breaks down the Round of 16
Jun 23, 2016 • 25 min
The knockout round of Euro 2016 is set, and the Planet Futbol welcomes a special guest to the podcast this week to help break it all down. Chelsea and Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic joins the podcast, and offers his take on the *extremely*…
Copa America: How will U.S. contain Messi?
Jun 20, 2016 • 24 min
On the new Copa America edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, host Avi Creditor is joined by SI senior writer Grant Wahl and SI.com’s Brian Straus to recap the United States’ win over Ecuador to propel the team into the Copa America semifinals. The…
Euro 2016: “The Leicester Effect” in the group stage?
Jun 15, 2016 • 25 min
Every team at the 2016 European Championships has played at least once, and the new episode of the Planet Futbol Podcast recaps the tournament’s opening action and assesses where the games might be headed in future rounds. With no truly dominant…
Copa America gets controversial; previewing USA-Ecuador
Jun 13, 2016 • 29 min
On this edition of the Copa America Planet Futbol Podcast, Grant Wahl, Brian Straus, and host Avi Creditor discuss the controversial ending to Brazil-Peru, featuring a handball goal that dumped the Samba Kings from the tournament after the group stage.…
Euro 2016: Bradley Wright-Phillips helps preview the tournament
Jun 9, 2016 • 47 min
In the first Euro 2016 edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, Avi Creditor and Alex Abnos team up to discuss the major storylines for each group ahead of the tournament’s kickoff. Later, New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips joins the podcast…
USA-Costa Rica Recap
Jun 8, 2016 • 29 min
In the new Copa America edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, Grant Wahl and Brian Straus break down the United States’ 4-0 win over Costa Rica, and debate the best players, moments, and games of the Copa America thus far. Jurgen Klinsmann kept the same…
USA-Colombia recap
Jun 4, 2016 • 25 min
On this special edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, Grant Wahl, Brain Straus, and Avi Creditor recap the United States’ 2-0 loss to Colombia in the opening game of the Copa America. What caused the U.S.’s loss? Why did Michael Bradley seem to falter?…
Copa America preview / Jermaine Jones interview
Jun 2, 2016 • 40 min
Copa America Centenario is here at last! After months of build-up, hype and speculation, the host U.S. opens the competition against Colombia, beginning a 23-day march to the final. U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones joins our latest podcast to…
Messi’s on the cover / Champions League final preview
May 26, 2016 • 51 min
As one New York radio personality has made perfectly clear, there are 11(!) pages of soccer in this week’s Sports Illustrated magazine in the build-up to Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016. Lionel Messi is front and center, as is Chicharito, and the…
The state of U.S. soccer: An American Outlaws panel discussion
May 20, 2016 • 86 min
At the recent rally of the American Outlaws in Austin, TX, SI’s Grant Wahl joined former USMNT midfielder Tab Ramos, former USWNT midfielder Kristine Lilly, and former MLS defender of the year Jimmy Conrad for a panel discussion on the state of U.S.…
Awkward moments with Giovani Dos Santos / Talking analytics with Opta VP
May 19, 2016 • 64 min
Giovani Dos Santos had an awkward Tuesday, and SI’s Grant Wahl and Brian Straus had the distinction of being part of it. While Dos Santos was left off Mexico’s Copa America roster–said by Juan Carlos Osorio to have curiously declined the invitation–he was…
Brian McBride / Kei Kamara trade reaction
May 12, 2016 • 41 min
Columbus Crew SC beat the MLS trade deadline and dealt Kei Kamara to the New England Revolution, and there’s all sorts of fallout to delve into on our latest podcast. Brian McBride, former U.S. and Columbus forward and a former teammate of Crew manager…
Revisiting our ‘perfect’ Premier League season predictions
May 5, 2016 • 36 min
The Premier League has been won by its most unpredictable champion, so, naturally, it’s a good time to look back on our oh-so-prescient season predictions from August. How badly did we misjudge Leicester City? How did we see Harry Kane following up his…
Alexi Lalas interview
Apr 28, 2016 • 65 min
If you’ve been watching soccer at all in recent years, you know that Alexi Lalas is a man of many opinions, and he shares a number of them with us on our new podcast. Lalas, the former U.S. men’s national team defender and current Fox Sports 1 soccer…
Christian Fuchs, Chris Wondolowski join the podcast
Apr 22, 2016 • 67 min
We’re fortunate enough to be joined on our latest podcast by a pair of guests who know a thing or two about overcoming the odds. Christian Fuchs’s Leicester City is closing in on the most improbable Premier League title ever, while Chris Wondolowski…
Arlo White on Leicester City’s run
Apr 14, 2016 • 65 min
Leicester City is closing in on its historical title, so who better to marvel at what the Foxes have been able to do this season than Leicester native and NBC Sports Network lead soccer announcer Arlo White? White joins the Planet Fútbol Podcast to paint…
Charlie Stillitano reads mean tweets; Our favorite last-minute goals
Apr 7, 2016 • 71 min
We kick off our latest podcast with SI’s Grant Wahl and Brian Straus delving into all of the off-field circumstances surrounding U.S. Soccer. We’re also joined by Charlie Stillitano, who has come under fire overseas amid discussion of a European Super…
Guatemala: The worst U.S. loss since 1998?
Mar 30, 2016 • 44 min
The U.S. men’s national team avoided the disaster scenario it was facing entering Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Guatemala, but the U.S. U-23s failed when it mattered most, and both developments are the focus of the new Planet Fútbol Podcast. SI’s…
Thomas Rongen remembers Johan Cruyff
Mar 25, 2016 • 26 min
Johan Cruyff’s passing on Thursday has caused many to commemorate and remember the Dutch soccer icon. Among them is Thomas Rongen, Cruyff’s former teammate on the Washington Diplomats and L.A. Aztecs. In this special edition of the Planet Futbol podcast,…
Remembering Johan Cruyff / USA-Guatemala preview
Mar 24, 2016 • 43 min
The soccer world was saddened Thursday by the passing of Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands great Johan Cruyff, who lost his battle with lung cancer at age 68. We begin our latest podcast with a tribute to Cruyff, as SI’s Brian Straus and Grant Wahl share…
Alejandro Bedoya on MLS, USMNT, fatherhood
Mar 17, 2016 • 38 min
U.S. men’s national team and FC Nantes midfielder Alejandro Bedoya joins our latest podcast, with the U.S. on the cusp of a pair of World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala. Between becoming a father, having talks with MLS, hitting a hot run of form and…
Herculez Gomez interview / Can PSG win the Champions League?
Mar 10, 2016 • 58 min
On this week’s edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, Herculez Gomez joins Grant Wahl to discuss the differences between American and Mexican leagues, why the U.S. loses young prospects to Mexico, and how MLS has changed in his time away from the league.…
20 seconds on all 20 MLS teams / Geoff Cameron interview
Mar 3, 2016 • 48 min
The 2016 MLS season kicks off on Sunday, with all 20 teams in action. With that in mind, we preview all 20 teams on the new Planet Fútbol Podcast–with a twist. We’ve brought in the calvary, with SI’s Grant Wahl, Brian Straus, Liviu Bird, Alexander Abnos…
What should the new FIFA President do first?
Feb 25, 2016 • 37 min
The FIFA election will give the world’s game a new administrative leader and the draw was finally made for the historic Copa América Centenario, and these two major events provide the basis for discussion on the new episode of the Planet Fútbol Podcast.…
JP Dellacamera interview
Feb 18, 2016 • 51 min
JP Dellacamera has been in the broadcast booth for 13 World Cups (men’s and women’s) and countless other iconic moments in American and world soccer lore, so it’s no surprise that he has some fantastic stories to tell. Dellacamera does just that with SI’s…
Frank Lampard talks MLS & playing under Vieira; USWNT lawsuit analysis
Feb 11, 2016 • 44 min
The U.S. women’s national team is currently taking on CONCACAF foes on the field, but its players are squaring off against the U.S. federation off the field in a labor dispute, so we welcome SI legal analyst Michael McCann to the new Planet Fútbol Podcast…
Christian Pulisic discusses his debut
Feb 4, 2016 • 57 min
Christian Pulisic’s fast rise at Borussia Dortmund has caught the attention of U.S. soccer fans, with the 17-year-old making his debut for the Bundesliga power last weekend. How has he risen so quickly and what is it like being a teenager in his position?…
Giovani Dos Santos & Steven Gerrard interviews; Let’s play the Mario Gomez Game
Jan 29, 2016 • 45 min
Between Matt Miazga, Christian Pulisic, and Tim Howard, there have been plenty of intriguing stories around the world of soccer this week, and those transactions provide the backbone of discussion between SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl…
Fact-checking Klinsmann & Feilhaber
Jan 21, 2016 • 58 min
The winter transfer window in Europe is beginning to shut, and there are a number of factors in play that will determine which big names, if any, change addresses ahead of the stretch run. SI.com’s Ben Lyttleton joins the Planet Fútbol Podcast to explain…
MLS SuperDraft special: Don Garber interview; What is college soccer’s role?
Jan 15, 2016 • 54 min
This week’s Planet Futbol Podcast comes to you from Baltimore, the site of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and the NSCAA convention. SI senior writer Grant Wahl and SI.com’s Brian Straus, Liviu Bird, and Alex Abnos were all in town for the event, and together…
Carli Lloyd discusses Ballon D’Or Gala and meeting Messi
Jan 8, 2016 • 51 min
Days before she could become the third U.S. player in history to win FIFA’s Women’s World Player of the Year award, Carli Lloyd joins the Planet Fútbol Podcast. Lloyd, who joined our podcast back in August as well, talks to SI’s Grant Wahl…
The biggest moments of 2015
Dec 30, 2015 • 46 min
In this special year-end edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, host Avi Creditor (twitter.com/acreditor) is joined by Alex Abnos (twitter.com/anabnos), and the guys recap the biggest and most notable moments in the world of soccer in 2015. Spoiler alert:…
A five-a-side team of our best 2015 interview guests
Dec 23, 2015 • 51 min
With December winding down, it’s time to do some reflecting on 2015, a year in which we were able to, at last, bring back the Planet Fútbol Podcast. We’re thankful that we were able to re-launch, we’re even more thankful for every single one of our…
A conversation with Abby Wambach
Dec 16, 2015 • 46 min
Abby Wambach’s playing career comes to an end in New Orleans on Wednesday night, as she rides off into the retirement sunset in the U.S. women’s national team’s friendly vs. China. We teased a clip of her interview with SI’s Grant Wahl…
Inside the business of the Bundesliga
Dec 10, 2015 • 62 min
The Champions League field is down to the last 16 after the group stage ended this week, but Manchester United is not in the mix. What’s plaguing the Red Devils, and how, after spending all that money in the summer, did Manchester United fail to get out…
Didier Drogba has written more books than Grant Wahl
Dec 3, 2015 • 45 min
FIFA is back in the U.S. Department of Justice crosshairs, and MLS is on the cusp of crowning its champion. Just another week in the world of soccer. We kick off our latest podcast with the new revelations in the ongoing FIFA investigation, with U.S.…
Thankful for the messy and the Messi
Nov 25, 2015 • 53 min
It’s Thanksgiving week, so naturally it’s a time to reflect and give thanks, which we do with a soccer spin on the newest Planet Fútbol Podcast. Before that, though, we take a look at the MLS conference finals, where the Columbus Crew and Portland Timbers…
Talking tactics, Timbers and Tissuegate with Caleb Porter; USMNT 2015 wrap
Nov 19, 2015 • 69 min
The MLS playoffs resume this weekend, and one of the key figures in the league’s conference finals joins the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast. Portland Timbers manager Caleb Porter is this week’s guest, and he delves into his growth since taking the Timbers…
The ups and downs of St. Louis-style pizza; Soccerperson of the Year nominees
Nov 12, 2015 • 41 min
This week’s edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast comes to you on the eve of the U.S. kicking off its World Cup qualifying campaign vs. St. Vincent & The Grenadines at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. SI.com’s Brian Straus (twitter.com/brianstraus) joins host…
Tokyo Sexwale, François Carrard interviews ; Kreis fired; Champions League
Nov 5, 2015 • 65 min
With the FIFA presidential election growing closer, the field of candidates is set, and the one with the name everyone is talking about (and trying to pronounce) is a guest on the Planet Fútbol Podcast. While in New York this week for the ICSS conference,…
Jesse Marsch interview; MLS playoff insanity; Abby Wambach
Oct 30, 2015 • 64 min
In January, the New York Red Bulls were a team in turmoil. Fast forward 10 months, and they’re in the driver’s seat to host MLS Cup. How did it happen? Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch joins the Planet Fútbol Podcast for an honest, thoughtful and intriguing…
A dark week for U.S. soccer; How will Jurgen Klopp fare at Liverpool?
Oct 15, 2015 • 48 min
U.S. men’s soccer teams endured a rough week, with the senior squad falling to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup and U-23s failing to qualify automatically for the Olympics. The debacles provide plenty of fodder for the new Planet Fútbol Podcast, in which SI’s…
Jozy Altidore talks USA-Mexico, Reviewing the latest in FIFA
Oct 8, 2015 • 53 min
The USA and Mexico clash on Saturday night, with the winner headed to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, so it’s no surprise that the new Planet Fútbol Podcast is focused almost entirely on the rivalry bout. SI’s Grant Wahl and Brian Straus interview U.S.…
Petr Cech interview; KC wins Open Cup; EPL teams falter in Champions League; Laura Harvey talks NWSL
Oct 1, 2015 • 62 min
The Planet Fútbol Podcast welcomes another esteemed guest this week, as SI Senior Writer (and this episode’s host) Grant Wahl (twitter.com/grantwahl) speaks by phone with Petr Cech, the Czech goalkeeper who recently made the switch to Arsenal after 11…
Xabi Alonso interview; Robert Lewandowski’s unforgettable quintuple
Sep 24, 2015 • 47 min
Host Avi Creditor (twitter.com/avicreditor), SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl (twitter.com/grantwahl), and SI.com’s Brian Straus (twitter.com/brianstraus) welcome the first Planet Futbol guest to have won a men’s World Cup this week. Bayern Munich and Spain…
Kei Kamara talks MLS goal record & playing for Sierra Leone; LAFC’s play for millenials
Sep 17, 2015 • 46 min
Columbus Crew and Sierra Leone national forward Kei Kamara (twitter.com/keikamara) joins SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl (twitter.com/GrantWahl) and Brian Straus (twitter.com/BrianStraus) this week to talk his MLS-leading 20 goals, his experiences playing for…
Tim Howard talks U.S. future; Do friendlies even matter?; Remembering Boca vs. River
Sep 10, 2015 • 49 min
This week, the Planet Futbol crew had the pleasure of being joined by U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was reduced to a back-up role in his first games back from a one-year international hiatus. He speaks to Si Senior Writer Grant Wahl…
Previewing the USMNT friendlies; Who to blame in De Gea saga?
Sep 3, 2015 • 51 min
Jurgen Klinsmann made a pair of declarations prior to the USA’s first of two September friendlies, and they are cause for discussion on the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast Grant Wahl (twitter.com/grantwahl), Brian Straus (twitter.com/brianstraus), and your…
Breaking down the UEFA Champions League draw; Who will Klinsmann call?; MLS Rivalry Week gets lazy
Aug 27, 2015 • 45 min
With Grant Wahl (twitter.com/GrantWahl) and Brian Straus (twitter.com/BrianStraus) back in the fold, the Planet Fútbol crew dissects the UEFA Champions League draw, and ponders whether the group stage is just a mere formality for the typical giants en…
A.J. DeLaGarza on L.A.’s galaxy of stars; What’s wrong with Chelsea?
Aug 20, 2015 • 36 min
On this week’s episode of Planet Futbol, LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza joins SI.com’s Avi Creditor and Brian Straus to discuss this weekend’s star-studded matchup vs. NYCFC and how the Galaxy’s big-name signings are fitting in. Also, NBC soccer…
Sports Illustrated Joins Panoply Network
Aug 17, 2015 • 2 min
For more than 60 years, Sports Illustrated has championed its brand of quality sports journalism. Today, SI announces a new partnership … one that helps us tell the stories that matter to your life, through today’s mobile channels. Sports Illustrated is…
Carli Lloyd on her stellar WWC, Sounders making moves, Jens Lehmann on Bundesliga
Aug 13, 2015 • 34 min
With Grant Wahl and Brian Straus on well-deserved vacations, Planet Futbol went big with this week’s guest: Women’s World Cup champion and Golden Ball winner Carli Lloyd. Avi Creditor and Liviu Bird ask what’s next for the World Cup champions, Olympic…
August 6, 2015: Special guest Brad Friedel on Premier League season, Tim Howard vs. Brad Guzan
Aug 6, 2015 • 40 min
With a new Premier League season on the horizon, former U.S. national team and EPL goalkeeper Brad Friedel joins SI’s Grant Wahl, Ben Lyttleton and Avi Creditor to preview the campaign ahead. Which team does Friedel think will win the league, and which…
July 30, 2015: MLS All-Star format, Gold Cup fallout, Zlatan, MLS Year 1 Oral History
Jul 30, 2015 • 36 min
MLS topped Tottenham in the All-Star Game 2-1, but after some players, coaches and the league publicly wondered if it was time for a format change, we do too. After a heated debate between SI’s Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor, we turn our…
July 23, 2015: USA stunned in Gold Cup, Peak CONCACAF, Panama-Mexico fallout
Jul 23, 2015 • 31 min
The U.S. men crashed out of the Gold Cup in the semifinals, falling to Jamaica 2-1. Is it a stretch to call it the biggest upset in USMNT history? How bad is this for Jurgen Klinsmann? How much does the Confederations Cup really matter? How on earth can…
July 16, 2015: Gold Cup quarterfinals, Giovani dos Santos to MLS, Gerrard-Lampard All-Star drama
Jul 16, 2015 • 41 min
The Gold Cup is down to its final eight teams after a bit of a bizarre group stage. What do we make of how things have unfolded and how the quarterfinal matchups stack up? Mexico star Giovani dos Santos, meanwhile, is on his way to MLS. How does it…
July 9, 2015: USWNT wins World Cup; USMNT kicks off Gold Cup
Jul 9, 2015 • 45 min
SI’s Grant Wahl and Liviu Bird recount their experiences covering the U.S. women’s national team at the historic Women’s World Cup final, we ponder Carli Lloyd’s place in history, and Brian Straus chimes in from the road at the Gold Cup, where he’s…
July 2, 2015: USWNT-Japan World Cup final, Bassett’s own goal, MLS Year 1
Jul 2, 2015 • 43 min
The 2015 Women’s World Cup is down to its final two teams, and it’s the same two that battled for the 2011 title. The USA and Japan will meet for a third straight major final–doing so in the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Game as well–and they’re entering under…
Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda recall the USA’s improbable 1995 Copa America run
Jun 26, 2015 • 50 min
The USA’s improbable 1995 Copa America run to the semifinals featured a number of incredible stories, both on and off the field. Some 20 years later, former U.S. stars Alexi Lalas and Eric Wynalda recall it all, from the player strike that nearly derailed…
Planet Futbol Podcast: June 25, 2015: USWNT-China memories, Gold Cup, Atlanta United FC, Pirlo
Jun 25, 2015 • 46 min
The U.S. women’s national team takes on China in the World Cup quarterfinals in a rematch of the epic 1999 final. SI’s Grant Wahl and Brian Straus share their memories of that day before turning attention to the Gold Cup and Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: June 18, 2015 | Women’s World Cup, Clint Dempsey vs. Open Cup referee
Jun 18, 2015 • 35 min
The Women’s World Cup is down to 16 teams, and the USA is one of them after winning its group. Can the USA win it all given its draw and group-stage production? Who might stand in the way? Has the expanded tournament been a good idea? As for Clint…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: June 11, 2015: All the U.S. national teams
Jun 11, 2015 • 35 min
What a week it’s been for U.S. national teams. Between the U.S. men sweeping the Netherlands and Germany in a pair of road friendlies and the U.S. women kicking off the Women’s World Cup with a win over Australia (not to mention the U-20 men reaching the…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: June 4, 2015 | FIFA, Blatter, Women’s World Cup, Champions League final
Jun 4, 2015 • 40 min
What was Sepp Blatter’s motivation for announcing he would resign, and what does that mean for the future of FIFA? Is true reform actually on the way? On the field, the Women’s World Cup and Champions League final take center stage. SI’s Grant Wahl, Brian…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: May 28, 2015 – FIFA
May 28, 2015 • 38 min
The latest FIFA scandal has stolen the headlines, with the FBI, DOJ and IRS going at the world’s governing body of soccer and making arrests to high-ranking officials. SI’s Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor touch on the wide-ranging scandal, what…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 17, 2015
May 27, 2015 • 34 min
SI’s Brian Straus, Liviu Bird and Avi Creditor breaks down the latest edition of Dos-A-Cero, after Jordan Morris’s surprise heroics lifted the USA to another win over Mexico. Also, can Barcelona’s star trio be stopped in the Champions League? Learn more…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 9, 2015 – The Relaunch
May 27, 2015 • 39 min
The Planet Fútbol Podcast makes its long-awaited return prior to the USA’s friendly vs. Mexico. What is Clint Dempsey’s future with the national team? How does the USA shape up vs. El Tri? SI’s Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor discuss, while also…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 30, 2015
May 27, 2015 • 30 min
The Montreal Impact were close, but came up short of making CONCACAF Champions League history. SI’s Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor make sense of the Impact’s CCL run and ponder its big-picture ramifications. Learn more about your ad choices.…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 23, 2015
May 26, 2015 • 39 min
What’s it like watching Barcelona and Bayern Munich advance in the Champions League at a Barcelona AND Bayern Munich bar? What do we make of the Montreal Impact’s first-leg edge over Club America in the CCL final? SI’s Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: May 21, 2015
May 21, 2015 • 37 min
How does Jozy Altidore’s injury impact the USMNT’s upcoming friendlies and Gold Cup? Who will step into his role? On the women’s end, which of a deep forward corps should start in Canada? What does NASL’s expansion to Miami mean for MLS’s aspirations…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: Jeremy Schaap on FIFA, Sepp Blatter
May 19, 2015 • 41 min
Veteran reporter Jeremy Schaap joins Grant Wahl to talk about his E:60 documentary on Sepp Blatter and FIFA. As the FIFA presidential election approaches and with Blatter expected to win a fifth term, a cloud of corruption hangs above him and his regime.…
Planet Fùtbol Podcast: May 14, 2015
May 14, 2015 • 42 min
The Champions League final is set: Juventus will play Barcelona on June 6 in Berlin, and SI’s Avi Creditor, Grant Wahl and Ben Lyttleton discuss the semifinals, whether Juve can slay another Spanish giant and wonder if managers Luis Enrique and Max…
Planet Fútbol Podcast: May 7, 2015
May 7, 2015 • 40 min
After Lionel Messi’s latest exploits, SI’s Grant Wahl, Ben Lyttleton and Avi Creditor discuss his magic, the Champions League semifinals and if we’ll see a first UCL Clásico final. Also, we talk Gedion Zelalem’s place with the USA U-20s and Arsenal, and…