Planet Fútbol with Grant Wahl

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 Aug 3, 2018


Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl talks with the prominent figures in soccer.

Episode Date
Jesse Marsch, RB Leipzig

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 how he feels about the open U.S. men’s coaching job. 

Aug 16, 2018
NBC's Kyle Martino on the New Premier League Season

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 USA.  

Aug 09, 2018
The English Premier League Season Begins!

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. 

Aug 07, 2018
Popular University of Michigan Professor Andy Markovits

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 discussion of the World Cup on and off the field. 

Aug 02, 2018
Our First Visits to Audi Field and The Big House

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 United-Liverpool. The guys also break down Zlatan Ibrahimovic's incredible form for LA and find out why Brian was once thrown out of a Monte Carlo casino.

Jul 31, 2018
Interviews With Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben and Serge Gnabry

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 has gotten older. And Serge Gnabry, who has scored double-digit goals in the Bundesliga the last two seasons with Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen, looks ahead to his first season with Bayern and shares his story of growing up in Germany, moving to Arsenal as a teenager and coming back to his home country, where he has revived his promising career.

Jul 26, 2018
World Cup Withdrawal, Etc.

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 tournament, Josef Martínez and Atlanta, their thoughts on the ICC and both New York MLS coaches leaving while they were in Russia.

Jul 24, 2018
France Wins World Cup 2018! Plus Stu Holden Interview

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.

Jul 15, 2018
Final Thoughts Ahead of the World Cup Final; Alexi Lalas Interview

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 Grant interviews Alexi Lalas of Fox Sports and hears his thoughts on Russia 2018.

Jul 14, 2018
Our World Cup Best XI, Plus Jenny Taft of Fox Sports

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 interview the French players during the tournament

Jul 13, 2018
Looking Ahead To The France-Croatia World Cup Final

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 to Russia and soccer in the bigger picture.

Jul 12, 2018
Croatia Comes Back Again, Beats England 2-1 To Reach World Cup Final

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.

Jul 11, 2018
France Beats Belgium 1-0, Reaches World Cup Final

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. 

Jul 11, 2018
France and Belgium Get Ready to Rumble

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.

Jul 09, 2018
France, Belgium and England Have Succeeded With Multicultural Identities, So Why Shouldn't the USMNT? Plus Jaime Macías of BeIN Sports

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 interview by Jaime Macías of BeIN Sports.

Jul 08, 2018
It's a Croatia-England Semifinal! Plus Rodolfo Landeros Interview

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 work covering the Mexican national team during the World Cup for Fox Sports.

Jul 08, 2018
Belgium Stuns Brazil and France Wears Down Cavani-Less Uruguay; Plus Cobi Jones Interview

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.

Jul 06, 2018
Brazil-Belgium and France-Uruguay Preview; Plus Kate Abdo Interview

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. 

Jul 05, 2018
Happy 4th of July! Grant and Brian Talk Favorite World Cup Moments; Plus JP Dellacamera

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 been and where it's going.

Jul 04, 2018
England Wins On Penalties!?! Plus Tony Meola Interview

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 thoughts on the tournament.

Jul 04, 2018
Mexico Out; Belgium and Japan Play the Best Half of World Cup 2018; Plus Ed Malyon Interview

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 Ed Malyon, the sports editor of The Independent, about England-Colombia and his thoughts on the exits of Argentina and Spain, where he has lived and worked.

Jul 02, 2018
Russia Eliminates Spain and Croatia Advances Over Denmark; Plus Ian Wright of Fox Sports

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 palpable in both as a subpar Croatia still advanced over Denmark. Then Grant interviews Ian Wright, who's covering the World Cup for Fox Sports and other global outlets. They talk about England-Colombia and Ian's pride over the success of his son, Bradley Wright-Phillips, with the New York Red Bulls.

Jul 01, 2018
Messi and Ronaldo Are Out of World Cup 2018; Plus Maria Komandnaya of Fox Sports

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 her fascinating career path as a journalist and media personality in Russia and beyond.

Jun 30, 2018
Looking Ahead to Argentina-France and Uruguay-Portugal; Plus Sunil Gulati Interview

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 other Round of 16 matchups. Then Grant interviews former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who's still a FIFA Council member, about the genesis of his baby, the successful U.S.-led bid to host World Cup 2026. 

Jun 29, 2018
Fair-Play Points As A World Cup Tiebreaker? Plus Clarence Seedorf Interview

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 interview with Clarence Seedorf, the only man ever to win the UEFA Champions League with three different teams and now a coach who's working for Fox Sports and other outlets at the World Cup.

Jun 28, 2018
Defending World Cup Champion Germany Is Out—and Mexico Is In. Plus Kelly Smith of Fox Sports.

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. They also talk about the game Brian attended in Moscow (Brazil 2, Serbia 0) and what it means for Brazil ahead of a knockout-round showdown with Mexico. Then Grant interviews Kelly Smith, one of England's greatest players, who discusses her work analyzing games for Fox Sports and her thoughts on the tournament, including England. 

Jun 28, 2018
Against All Odds, Argentina Survives. Plus Jake Walerius On World Cup Fan Groups

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 far the dullest game of Russia 2018, that saw both teams advance from Group C. Then Grant interviews FanSided's Jake Walerius about his work writing about different national fan bases at this World Cup. One question: Why are European fans being so outnumbered at a World Cup in Europe by fans from Latin America?

Jun 26, 2018
Simultaneous Group Finales! Simultaneous VAR Craziness! Plus Nike's Pete Hoppins on Those Amazing Nigeria Kits

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 story of the design for Nigeria's wildly popular World Cup kits.

Jun 25, 2018
England and Colombia Rampant! Plus Rob Stone of Fox Sports

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, as well as how he goes about his duties as a host.

Jun 24, 2018
Toni Kroos Saves Germany, Mexico Wins Again and Fernando Fiore Interview

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 his background, his broadcasting style and his nightly show from Russia, World Cup Tonight.

Jun 23, 2018
Nigeria Is Here! Plus Vaishali Bhardwaj on England

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 Evening Standard about England's winning start to the World Cup and her pathway to journalism.

Jun 22, 2018
Croatia Takes Down Messi and Argentina; Amelia López on Mexico's Hot Start

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 Argentina and so right for Croatia. Then Grant interviews Amelia López of Fut Mex Nation and the Mexican Soccer Show about Mexico's brilliant start to beat Germany and what comes next for El Tri.

Jun 22, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo Again! Plus A Landon Donovan Interview

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.

Jun 20, 2018
Russia Plus-7 Goal Difference?!? Interview: U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro

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 an Asian team has beaten a South American team at a men's World Cup. Then Grant is joined by U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, who gives the inside skinny on how the World Cup '26 bid was won and explains what's next on his plate with the federation. (Hint: Approving the hire of a USMNT coach.)

Jun 19, 2018
Harry Kane Fires England Past Tunisia; Zack Goldman and Nathen McVittie Interview

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 (@NathenMcVittie), two of the most interesting soccer people you have probably never heard of.

Jun 19, 2018
Mexico Takes Down World Cup Champion Germany; Bora Milutinovic Interview

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, who coached the host USA team to the second round of World Cup 1994 and four other World Cup teams: Mexico (1986), Costa Rica (1990), Nigeria (1998) and China (2002).

Jun 18, 2018
Lionel Messi Should Stop Taking Argentina's Penalties

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 of his last seven spot kicks for club and country). Then Grant interviews Deyna Castellanos, the Venezuelan rising star and Florida State forward who's in Russia promoting women's soccer at the World Cup under the hashtag #DareToShine.

Jun 17, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo's Insane Hat Trick; Bruce Arena On His New Book

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 Morocco and Brian's visit to the Iceland camp ahead of Saturday's highly awaited Iceland-Argentina game.

Jun 16, 2018
Russian Attack! And Arsene Wenger Negs Us In An Elevator

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.

Jun 15, 2018
The USA-Led Bid Will Host World Cup 2026

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 Lopetegui the day before the start of the World Cup and Thursday's Russia-Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 kickoff between the two lowest-ranked teams in the tournament. Then Grant interviews author Ken Bensinger about his book Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal.

Jun 13, 2018
The Start of World Cup Daily! Plus Andrei Arshavin Interview

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 against Morocco on Wednesday. Then Grant is joined by Russian great Andrei Arshavin, who tells some terrific stories about Euro 2008 glory, scoring four times for Arsenal at Liverpool, and his thoughts on Russia's chances in this World Cup.

Jun 12, 2018
Garry Kasparov on Putin Hosting the World Cup; Mark Noonan on Being the CEO of Ghana's Biggest Club

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 MLS vice-president Mark Noonan tells the story of why he left Connecticut earlier this year to become the CEO of Accra Hearts of Oak, the most storied club in the history of Ghana.

Jun 07, 2018
Grant and Brian on the SI World Cup Preview Issue

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 about what went into his new half-hour video documentary on Iceland on SI TV and his cover story on Mohamed Salah.

Jun 05, 2018
Aly Wagner is Making U.S. TV History During the Men's World Cup

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 TV booth and how she feels about making history.

May 31, 2018
Real Madrid, Another Champions League Title And The DNA Of Winning

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 also touch on the U.S. men’s national team and Cincinnati joining MLS. 

May 29, 2018
World-Renowned Skills Coach Tom Byer On Why U.S. Soccer Dumped His Pilot Program

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 Washington State beyond a brief six-month trial. 

May 24, 2018
SI's Chris Ballard on Jurgen Klinsmann; New MLS Nashville CEO Ian Ayre

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. Then Grant chats with Ian Ayre, the former Liverpool CEO who has just taken the same position with the new Nashville MLS team that's set to debut in 2020

May 22, 2018
Ted Knutson's Story From the U of Oklahoma to Running A Cutting-Edge Soccer Data Business in England

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) and now owning StatsBomb. Knutson also provides insight on how this week's Supreme Court decision on sports gambling will change the landscape for soccer in the United States.

May 17, 2018
Grant and Brian Tell World Cup Stories

Grant and Brian record the podcast in Grant's rental car at the wedding of 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.

May 15, 2018
Moya Dodd On How Soccer's Male-Dominated Leadership Is Keeping Global Women's Soccer From Reaching Its Potential

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.

May 10, 2018
El Clásico Never Fails To Disappoint

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 Sunday.

May 08, 2018
Grant's New Book, Masters of Modern Soccer

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 goalkeeper (Manuel Neuer), a defender (Vincent Kompany), a defensive midfielder (Xabi Alonso), an attacking midfielder (Christian Pulisic), a forward (Javier "Chicharito" Hernández), a head coach (Roberto Martínez) and a director of football (Michael Zorc). We also explain how to enter our contest for the giveaway of five signed hardcover copies of the book.

May 03, 2018
Is Toronto's CCL Gut-Punch A Temporary Blip or TFC's High Point?

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 reaction to our annual MLS Ambition Rankings.

May 01, 2018
Part 2: The Struggle For Equality In Global Women's Soccer

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 "Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer."

Apr 26, 2018
Part 1: The Struggle For Equality In Global Women's Soccer

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 "Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer."

Apr 24, 2018
Raphael Honigstein on His Jürgen Klopp Biography

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 deep into the history of the most significant influences on Klopp’s career.

Apr 19, 2018
Gigi Buffon's Next Country Song: "Trashcan For A Heart."

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.

Apr 17, 2018
Merritt Paulson Is The Most Vocal Owner In American Soccer

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 Paulson; whether he considers himself a soccer expert, his controversial Twitter personal—we recorded this just before his Twitter outburst during Orlando-Portland—and his contention that there aren't any MLS owners who would be open to promotion and relegation.

Apr 12, 2018
Has Manchester City Lost Its Mystique In A Week?

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. Lucia and Dominica (two Concacaf countries) to support the World Cup '26 bid of ... Morocco.

Apr 10, 2018
Duke Professor Laurent Dubois On "The Language of the Game"

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 his new book, which draws from a wide variety of cultural sources around the world, including both the men's and women's games, to explore the language and meaning of the world's most popular sport.

Apr 05, 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic And The Greatest Holy S--- Moment In MLS History

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 semifinals involving some of the biggest cities in North America.

Apr 03, 2018
Zlatan is here. Will we see the Real Zlatan?

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 LA-LAFC showdown this weekend.

Mar 29, 2018
Bob Bradley On LAFC, His Exile From U.S. Soccer and The Early Days of Mohamed Salah

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.

Mar 27, 2018
Andy Markovits, The Soccer- and Grateful Dead-Loving U. of Michigan Professor

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: Soccer and American Exceptionalism."

Mar 22, 2018
Mohamed Salah's Rise: How Did This Happen?

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 (or anyone, for that matter) would want to punch or elbow someone in the groin.

Mar 20, 2018
David Neal, the Head of Fox Sports's World Cup Broadcasts, Describes How He's Approaching World Cup 2018

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 relationships in Russia, how he and his staff approach a typical day during the tournament and why there will be more American voices on Fox's broadcasts than we have seen in previous World Cups on other networks.

Mar 15, 2018
Should Bob Bradley be a top candidate for USMNT coach?

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 national team job should be … Bob Bradley.

Mar 13, 2018
Steve Nash discusses his new Champions League job with Turner and B/R Football; Sebastian Abbot on his new book "The Away Game"

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 chronicles the largest soccer talent search in history, involving prospects from all over Africa and funding from the Qatari government.

Mar 08, 2018
MLS was supposed to be more predictable at the top, and then the opening weekend happened.

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 the decent but not great performance of the USWNT so far in the SheBelieves Cup.

Mar 06, 2018
Megan Rapinoe Is Still A Proud Ally Of Colin Kaepernick

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 as an ally in protest with Colin Kaepernick.

Mar 01, 2018
Man City's Cup win, Arsenal's American fans, MLS 2018, Neymar's injury and SheBelieves Cup

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 joined PSG and Grant's thoughts on whether Jill Ellis's job should be questioned after not winning any of the U.S. women's last three tournaments.

Feb 27, 2018
Landon Donovan on why he came out of retirement for León and his U.S. Soccer, USMNT thoughts

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 days, how he feels about President Trump's stance on Mexico and his reaction to Carlos Cordeiro winning the U.S. Soccer presidential election.

Feb 22, 2018
Brian's "Fade Into Bolivian," Geoff Cameron's U.S. Soccer Opinions, Election Fallout

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.

Feb 20, 2018
Shaw Brown Is The Most Interesting Soccer Person In America You've Never Heard Of

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 looking for when he's directing a soccer broadcast on TV. For anyone interested in breaking into soccer media, this is an especially fun podcast.

Feb 15, 2018
Dr. Joe Machnik is the Renaissance Man of American Soccer

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 mens and women's soccer at the University of New Haven, who was an assistant coach on the U.S. men’s 1990 World Cup team, a referee who worked the 1988 NCAA title game, a FIFA match commissioner, a director of officials for three U.S. pro leagues and the creator of the popular No. 1 Soccer Camps. He was recently inducted as a Builder into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. 

Feb 13, 2018
Paul Caligiuri on why he should be U.S. Soccer president

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 and how he would like to expand the Olympic Development Program to every high school in the country.

Feb 08, 2018
U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate Carlos Cordeiro

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 who has been on the board of U.S. Soccer since 2007.

Feb 06, 2018
Brad Rothenberg of Alianza de Fútbol Is Still Angry About US Soccer Losing Jonathan González

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 comedian Jay Baruchel and journalist Eoin O'Callaghan tell the story behind their terrific new documentary film Celtic Soul

Feb 01, 2018
Beckham, Miami finally get an MLS team; Transfer deadline anticipation

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 the U.S. losing Jonathan González to Mexico. 

Jan 30, 2018
MLS Commissioner Don Garber Sounds Off On Just About Everything

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 in U.S. Soccer and whether he'll pledge to work with whomever wins the U.S. Soccer presidential election.

Jan 25, 2018
Atlanta’s Ezequiel Barco purchase (for an MLS-record $15 million) is a league game-changer.

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 Arena and Sunil Gulati; whether North America’s World Cup ’26 bid is in doubt and the parade of U.S. Soccer presidential candidates in Philadelphia over the weekend.

Jan 23, 2018
US Soccer Presidential Candidate Michael Winograd Has A Novel Idea For Promotion and Relegation

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 and an "interim" stage to test promotion and relegation in US soccer leagues.

Jan 18, 2018
Liverpool Beats Man City

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 Philadelphia, also known as Tracksuit Woodstock. 

Jan 16, 2018
Ray Hudson, BeIN Sports and SiriusXM

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 NASL his love of South American soccer players and fellow Floridian Dick Vitale, and the influence of his father, Wilfred, who passed away last year at 98.

Jan 11, 2018
The US's Loss of Jonathan González

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 weekend. 

Jan 09, 2018
Sports Illustrated's Luis Miguel Echegaray

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 rooting for Peru to England to the U.S. to Aston Villa. He also has some strong opinions on the landscape of soccer in the United States.

Jan 04, 2018
SI's Brian Straus and two-thirds of a happy new year.

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 Garber, Kathy Carter and the legendary Sal Rapaglia. They also discuss Brian’s desire to ride with goats on a Russian third-class train this summer to Nizhny Novgorod.

Jan 02, 2018
Sportswriter Will Leitch, Newly Minted Soccer Fan

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. national team, Arsenal and becoming a season ticket holder for Atlanta United. Leitch, who has written extensively on sports fandom, explains what makes soccer different from a fan's perspective than other sports.

Dec 28, 2017
Steve Gans, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate

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 pressed on how he'll find a path to victory in a crowded race.

Dec 19, 2017
Kyle Martino, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate

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.

Dec 14, 2017
Toronto's MLS title, MLS expansion, USSF campaign

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 meetings and LA Galaxy owner Phil Anschutz curing his own smoked meats. 

Dec 12, 2017
Kathy Carter, U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidate

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 platform, her background in business and on the field, and Soccer United Marketing: What is it? And what would she do to remove any perceived conflicts of interest between SUM, MLS and U.S. Soccer?

Dec 07, 2017
MLS Cup final, Toronto's chance for greatness

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 World Cup draw and the intricacies of Brian’s Twitter bio.

Dec 05, 2017
Eric Wynalda, US Soccer Presidential Candidate

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 from MLS owner Merritt Paulson and whether his candidacy resembles that of Donald Trump.

Nov 30, 2017
We're back.

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 the U.S. Soccer presidential campaign.

Nov 28, 2017
Brian Straus, SI soccer writer
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 million-plus nest egg and Brian's tale of buying a counterfeit ticket at the 1998 UEFA Champions League final.
May 09, 2017
Carli Lloyd, USWNT captain on her Man City experience
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 everything from meeting Pep Guardiola to engaging with her new teammates to giving her impressions of the rising level of women's soccer in England compared to the NWSL and other leagues in Europe.
May 02, 2017
Howard Webb, famed ref on the future of video replay
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 kinds of calls it will and won't review, and why it's one of the biggest changes in soccer that we have seen in our lifetimes. Webb also describes his own journey in refereeing from his humble start to the pinnacle of the sport.
Apr 25, 2017
John Strong, Fox Sports Soccer Broadcaster
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 and his career goals as he looks toward a busy MLS season, U.S. World Cup qualifying and the promised land of the World Cup in 2018.
Apr 18, 2017
Bixente Lizarazu, World and European Champion for Club and Country
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 Zidane; what makes Carlo Ancelotti special; and a post-playing career that includes TV and other media as well as becoming a black belt in jiu-jitsu and going on surfing and mountain-climbing adventures around the globe.
Apr 11, 2017
Becky Sauerbrunn, USWNT Co-Captain
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 are looking for from U.S. Soccer; and how she hopes relations can improve between the U.S. women's and men's players.
Apr 04, 2017
Tim Howard, U.S. goalkeeper; Paolo Maldini, A.C. Milan legendary defender
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 in today's game, as well as the ups and downs of AC Milan.
Mar 28, 2017
Jimmy Conrad, World Cup Player Turned YouTube Star
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 World Cup 2006. Now he's building a new audience with nearly 100,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel.
Mar 21, 2017
MLS Commissioner Don Garber at SXSW
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 Garber thinks MLS will be in 20 years.
Mar 14, 2017's Brian Straus on MLS opening week
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.
Mar 07, 2017
Marc-André ter Stegen, Barcelona Goalkeeper
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; the differences between German and Spanish football culture; winning the Barcelona No. 1 job outright after platooning with Claudio Bravo for two seasons; and how Barça might find a way back from 4-0 in its Champions League return leg against PSG.
Mar 02, 2017
Ivan Rakitić, Barcelona Midfielder
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 he met his future wife on his first day in Spain; thoughts on extending his Barça contract soon; and the challenge of coming back from a 4-0 Champions League deficit to PSG and catching up to Real Madrid in La Liga. “We have three months for this season,” Rakitić says, “and we have to do the best three months in the history of the club.”
Feb 28, 2017
Kyle Martino, NBC Premier League analyst.
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 prepares for each week’s Premier League studio show; his own depression after having to retire from playing at age 27 due to injuries; why he doesn’t stick to sports; his part-ownership in the Spanish club Mallorca; and how he wouldn’t mind emulating the media career of Michael Strahan.
Feb 21, 2017
Danny Karbassiyoon, The Arsenal Yankee
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 days as an Arsenal scout and digital impresario in the soccer space.
Feb 14, 2017
Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer president
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 World Cup to 48 teams, the status of labor talks with the USWNT, his opinion of President Trump's travel ban, whether U.S. soccer is doing enough in player development and including minorities, the U.S.'s potential World Cup '26 bid and whether the U.S. would consider boycotting the World Cups in Russia and Qatar.
Feb 07, 2017
Shawn Francis, Pop Culture and American Soccer
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.
Jan 31, 2017
Moya Dodd, FIFA Reformer
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 on the Australian national team to becoming one of the first women to join the FIFA executive committee after it went more than a century as an all-male body.
Jan 24, 2017
Kate Abdo; Fox Sports Los Angeles, Sky Sports London
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 languages (English, Spanish, German and French).
Jan 17, 2017
Colin Udoh; Nigerian journalist on the Africa Cup of Nations
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 soccer, star power and compelling storylines. It's something every soccer fan should know about.
Jan 12, 2017
John Green; Best-selling novelist on Liverpool fandom, sponsoring Wimbledon
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 explains how a guy who went to high school in Alabama got so infatuated with English soccer—and what he thinks makes soccer fandom different from being a fan of the more traditional U.S. pro sports.
Jan 10, 2017
Bob Bradley, Former USMNT and Swansea City Coach
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 coaching journey.
Jan 03, 2017
Jonathan Northcroft. Leicester: the Story of 2016
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 Times of London and the author of the new book Fearless: The Amazing Underdog Story of Leicester City, The Greatest Miracle in Sports History.
Dec 27, 2016
Rory Smith, Chief Soccer Correspondent for the New York Times
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 U.S. and England, his own career path, the writing process and his book, Mister: The Men Who Gave The World The Game.
Dec 20, 2016
Pedro Arellano
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 curious should check out the league; what makes Mexican soccer fun and unique; how to pick a Mexican league team; and why Chivas owner Jorge Vergara is Mexico’s answer to Dan Snyder. They also tell the story of Grant’s 2007 road trip to Mexican soccer stadiums, which included a male-bonding experience with Pedro and their buddies over beers and banderitas at a game in Monterrey.
Dec 13, 2016
MLS Commissioner Don Garber
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 electronica clubs with his music-writer son, VICE's David Garber, and how beating prostate cancer changed Garber's life.
Dec 10, 2016
Clint Irwin, Toronto FC Goalkeeper
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 journeyman to starting goalkeeper in the MLS championship game.
Dec 07, 2016
Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey
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 one of the brightest minds in the American game.
Dec 06, 2016
Bruce Arena; USMNT Coach
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.
Dec 01, 2016
Brian Straus; Sports Illustrated
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 expansion plans.
Nov 29, 2016
Taylor Twellman, Former USMNT and MLS Player and ESPN Analyst
Grant sits down with Taylor Twellman to discuss Jurgen Klinsmann's firing, the current state of US Soccer, and much more.
Nov 22, 2016
Tab Ramos; American Soccer Legend, Head Coach of the American U-20 Team
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 repeatable is Pulisic's development path from the US to UEFA Champions League? Ramos also discusses the broken skull he suffered in World Cup '94, which nearly ended his career.
Nov 15, 2016
Juan Carlos Osorio; Manager of the Mexican National Team
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 after El Tri's 7-0 loss to Chile. Osorio also explains why he has brought a mental-conditioning coach to the Mexican team and why he still shows them video of the 1974 Dutch national team to prepare for games.
Nov 10, 2016
The 'Dos a Cero" Interviews: Bruce Arena, Brian McBride, Landon Donovan, Claudio Reyna, and Michael Bradley
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.
Nov 08, 2016
Bob Bradley
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 formed his coaching philosophy, and his history with Manchester United's Jose Mourinho.
Nov 05, 2016
English Soccer Legend Gary Lineker
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, Lineker sits down with Grant Wahl and talks about his transition from athlete to TV personality, his World Cup career, and what he expects from the England national team going forward.
Nov 02, 2016
Kingston Stockade founder Dennis Crowley
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 scratch, the team's relative success in the New York area, and how the American soccer system needs to change in order to create more opportunity for small, locally-focused clubs.
Oct 26, 2016
Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller
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.
Oct 19, 2016
NYCFC striker David Villa
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.
Oct 18, 2016
Mike Piazza, MLB Hall Of Famer and owner of Reggiana
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.
Oct 10, 2016
Russian soccer expert James Appell
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 Russia is now and where it might be by the time 2018 comes around.
Sep 21, 2016
Lothar Matthäus on captaining at a World Cup, Jurgen Klinsmann, and favorite players
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 Jurgen Klinsmann, and the best goal he scored in his career.
Sep 20, 2016
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu
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.
Sep 12, 2016
Jozy Altidore on injuries, the national anthem, and captaining USMNT
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 Colin Kaepernick's sitting down during the national anthem.
Sep 02, 2016
Transfer window review with analytics expert Daniel Altman
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 stature of analytic officers at European clubs.
Aug 24, 2016
Carlo Ancelotti on life at Bayern Munich
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.
Aug 15, 2016
From Brazil: Alex Morgan on quarterfinals & U.S.'s mentality
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.
Aug 12, 2016
Hope Solo addresses booing at Olympics, Zika, and more
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 might be the best ever.
Aug 04, 2016
In Brazil, Carli Lloyd talks Olympics, equal pay, and following up her 2015
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.
Aug 03, 2016
Euro 2016: Portugal won ugly, and that's OK
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, reminisce about their favorite moments from the tournament, and speculate what Cristiano Ronaldo might be like as a manager.
Jul 11, 2016
Jill Ellis on Olympics preparations, Alex Morgan, and what she's writing in her notebook
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. coach Jill Ellis for the Planet Futbol Podcast. In the interview, Ellis discusses the fitness status of Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, and what having a full healthy Alex Morgan will do for the U.S. team in Rio. The coach also offers her theory of why it's been so hard for teams to pull off the Olympic-World Cup double, and what exactly it is she's writing so furiously in her notebook on the sideline.
Jul 08, 2016
Euro 2016: Should Griezmann join the ranks of Ronaldo, Messi?
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's Brian Straus and Ben Lyttleton discuss what the final means for Cristiano Ronaldo's legacy, and what kind of impact the game could have on the race for the 2016 Ballon d'Or. The panel also assesses the state of the new, expanded Euro 2016. Did the addition of eight more teams dilute the quality of the tournament, or has the expansion resulted in enough fairytale stories to make it all worth it? Could it lead to a 40-team World Cup?
Jul 08, 2016
Euro 2016: Georgios Samaras on penalty kicks, Greece, and the semifinal field
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 memories of watching the team play and offers some insight into how that win shaped the next generation of Greek players. Samaras also offers an inside look at Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who Samaras worked with extensively as a member of the Greek national team. The podcast wraps up with host Avi Creditor and's Alex Abnos breaking down both of the semifinal matchups and offering a (perhaps not-so-confident) pick of who the world will see compete in the Euro 2016 final later this week.
Jul 05, 2016
Euro 2016: What the hell happened to England? Guest: Tranquillo Barnetta
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 Futbol Podcast. Philadelphia Union playmaker Tranquillo Barnetta, who played for Switzerland at the 2004 and 2008 European Championships, also joins the podcast this week to talk about Switzerland's run in the tourney, Xherdan Shaqiri's incredible goal against Poland, and who he expects to win the heavyweight matchup between Germany and Italy in the quarterfinals.
Jun 28, 2016
Copa America: Messi retired?!?! And, oh yeah, Chile won.
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 Argentina lost to Chile, then again by claiming that he would retire from his national team after his fourth loss in a major tournament final. Here to break it all down the day after are SI senior writer Grant Wahl and's Brian Straus, both of whom were in the stadium as word spread of Messi's announcement. Together with host Avi Creditor, the guys talk about what impact Messi's departure will have on the Argentina national team, and whether Chile's achievement is overshadowed by the headline news.
Jun 27, 2016
Interview: Landon Donovan on commentary, ownership, and U.S. soccer
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 color commentary for games on Fox during the tournament, and he talks about that and more with Grant Wahl on the new Planet Futbol Podcast. Besides his burgeoning broadcast career, Donovan also speaks about potential paths forward for him in the game of soccer, whether it be coaching, more media work, or perhaps even ownership of an MLS team. He also discusses the U.S.'s performance in the Copa America, and gives his take on whether or not the team's performance in the tournament could be considered a success.
Jun 25, 2016
Copa America: The U.S. learns a lesson vs. Argentina
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's Brian Straus break down Lionel Messi's incredible free kick goal against the U.S., where the Americans could have improved in the 4-0 drubbing, and how the services of the suspended Jermaine Jones, Alejandro Bedoya, or Bobby Wood might have helped the U.S. Lastly, the trio turns their attentions to the final, which will pit Argentina against Chile for the second consecutive year. Both teams have played better and better as the Copa America has progressed. Which will come out on top on Sunday?
Jun 23, 2016
Euro 2016: Asmir Begovic breaks down the Round of 16
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* unbalanced nature of the Round of 16 draw and the team with the best chance to advance out of the weaker half of the bracket. Begovic also discusses the state of England's national team as it heads into a potential banana-peel matchup against tournament Cinderella Iceland, and what he makes of incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's work with Italy in the tournament so far.
Jun 23, 2016
Copa America: How will U.S. contain Messi?
On the new Copa America edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, host Avi Creditor is joined by SI senior writer Grant Wahl and's Brian Straus to recap the United States' win over Ecuador to propel the team into the Copa America semifinals. The Americans will face FIFA No. 1-ranked Argentina in that game, and they won't lack for challenges, with numerous suspensions compounding the obvious threats that Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, and the rest of the Argentinean attack can cause. How will Jurgen Klinsmann deal with these issues? The guys also discuss Mexico's incredible 7-0 destruction against Chile in another quarterfinal. Will the loss signal the end of Juan Carlos Osorio's reign as coach of the team? And why did Mexico lose so badly in the first place?
Jun 20, 2016
Euro 2016: "The Leicester Effect" in the group stage?
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 performances from the title favorites, what should we expect going forward? Host Avi Creditor and's Ben Lyttleton also discuss the impact Leicester City's run to the EPL title might be having on the style of play at the tournament so far, whether England still has a chance to top its group, and what the best goal of the tournament has been so far.
Jun 15, 2016
Copa America gets controversial; previewing USA-Ecuador
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. The trio then turn to talk about the United States, which somewhat surprisingly won its group thanks to a victory over Paraguay and Colombia's loss to Costa Rica. Now that the U.S. is out of the group, must they win against Ecuador for its Copa America to be a success?
Jun 13, 2016
Euro 2016: Bradley Wright-Phillips helps preview the tournament
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 to give his take on the tournament, including his reasons why England has a chance to win the whole thing this year. Wright-Phillips also discusses Jamaica's interest in adding him to its national team, and whether he might suit up for the Reggae Boyz in the not-too-distant future.
Jun 09, 2016
USA-Costa Rica Recap
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 lineup against costa Rica that he did against Colombia. Is the U.S. coach turning over a new leaf when it comes to personnel selection? What will the United States need to do against Paraguay to secure passage to the knockout rounds? All that and more on this special edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast.
Jun 08, 2016
USA-Colombia recap
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? Should Darlington Nagbe and Christian Pulisic start the next game? And ultimately, how much of the loss falls on the shoulders of Jurgen Klinsmann? The guys also look ahead to the U.S.'s matches against Costa Rica and Paraguay, and ponder what the United States will need to do in order to get out of its group and into the knockout rounds.
Jun 04, 2016
Copa America preview / Jermaine Jones interview
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 discuss, among other things, his role in the option-filled U.S. midfield, and we preview each of the 16 teams taking part in a Copa America blowout episode in anticipation of the summer spectacle. Which U.S. will show, the one that struggled in recent competitions or the one that enters the tournament on a four-game winning streak? Has Jurgen Klinsmann come up with a winning combination, or will the U.S. struggle in a tough group? Which teams are primed to go through to the knockout stage?
Jun 02, 2016
Messi's on the cover / Champions League final preview
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 Summer of Soccer is on the horizon. Grant Wahl discusses the big soccer spread and his experiences working with Messi for our cover story and total package on the Barcelona and Argentina superstar with Maggie Gray on our latest podcast. With Copa America around the corner, we also focus on the U.S. men's national team, which looks to build on Wednesday's 1-0 win over Ecuador in a tournament tune-up for both sides. There's also the matter of Saturday's Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Which Spanish capital club will wind up ruling Europe?
May 26, 2016
The state of U.S. soccer: An American Outlaws panel discussion
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. soccer and fandom of the sport in this country. In this special edition, we bring you a recording of that panel, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
May 20, 2016
Awkward moments with Giovani Dos Santos / Talking analytics with Opta VP
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 in the midst of a media tour, and Wahl and Straus share their conversations with Dos Santos while it all went down on the new Planet Fútbol Podcast. Later on this week's episode, Wahl also speaks with Angus McNab, a vice president at renowned soccer data provide Opta, about data and analytics' place in today's game, how they're used as a metric to judge players and the more prevalent stat of expected goals. This weekend also marks the cup finals for Europe's five major countries, and Wahl and Straus make their picks for the FA Cup, Coppa Italia, Copa del Rey, DFB Pokal and Coupe de France.
May 19, 2016
Brian McBride / Kei Kamara trade reaction
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 Gregg Berhalter, joins us to discuss the deal in addition to the state of the U.S. men's national team ahead of Copa America. It happened to be a massive news week elsewhere in soccer, with Mauricio Pochettino extending his stay at Spurs, Roberto Martinez getting the sack at Everton and West Ham fans getting belligerent with Manchester United's team bus.
May 12, 2016
Revisiting our 'perfect' Premier League season predictions
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 breakout season? Before that, though, we play a wide-ranging game of word association. So much is going on across the soccer landscape, whether it's the Champions League being whittled down to two Madrid sides or Copa America looming on the horizon. We talk some of the biggest names involved in those competitions and beyond to kick off our episode.
May 05, 2016
Alexi Lalas interview
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 analyst, speaks with SI's Grant Wahl in a wide-ranging interview covering a number of topics: Jurgen Klinsmann, Abby Wambach, Fox Sports' "Embrace Debate" strategy, and what it's like to have opinions on television. We also discuss Leicester City, which is on the cusp of winning the Premier League. Given that the Foxes could win at Old Trafford on Sunday, what is the best manner for them to win it all? In Manchester? By virtue of a Tottenham loss to Chelsea? At home next week against Everton? Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor discuss.
Apr 28, 2016
Christian Fuchs, Chris Wondolowski join the podcast
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 continues to climb the all-time MLS goal-scoring charts after emerging from obscurity years ago, and both join the podcast in a pair of entertaining and enlightening interviews. We start our show, though, with SI's Ben Lyttleton and Brian Straus breaking down the top stories in Europe. If you read Lyttleton's Monday column, you'll be familiar with the format, and with title races winding down and the summer approaching, he plucks the top storylines from each of the five major European leagues in light of recent events.
Apr 22, 2016
Arlo White on Leicester City's run
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 a picture of Leicester the city and put the magnitude of what Claudio Ranieri's club has done thus far–and is aiming to finish off–into proper perspective. He also warns against celebrating too soon, though, with Tottenham still alive in the title race. There's also the matter of some of the other major stories elsewhere in world soccer: Barcelona's ouster from the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid; Cristiano Ronaldo's heroics for Real Madrid; Nigel De Jong's tackle on Darlington Nagbe; the 2016 Olympic soccer tournaments. We cover it all.
Apr 14, 2016
Charlie Stillitano reads mean tweets; Our favorite last-minute goals
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 League and changes to the UEFA Champions League. The International Champions Cup organizer discusses his role with top clubs and what's actually happening, and he reads mean tweets directed at him from soccer fans overseas in a highly entertaining and insightful interview with Wahl. Finally, with the backdrop of the dramatic NCAA men's basketball championship game, we recall some of the greatest high-stakes finishes in soccer history, for both club and country.
Apr 07, 2016
Guatemala: The worst U.S. loss since 1998?
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 Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Liviu Bird were each present at one of the U.S. games during the international break, and each has stories to share from his experience.
Mar 30, 2016
Thomas Rongen remembers Johan Cruyff
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, Grant Wahl sits down with Rongen, who shared stories of Cruyff's time in the NASL and reflections on his impact on the world of soccer.
Mar 25, 2016
Remembering Johan Cruyff / USA-Guatemala preview
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 their memories of watching Cruyff play and offer thoughts on his profound impact on the game and undeniable legacy. It's an international fixture week, and we preview the U.S.'s pair of World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala. Wahl also speaks with Manchester United and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini (NOTE: The conversation took place prior to this week's tragic terrorist attacks in Brussels), whose No. 1-ranked team in the world will face Portugal on Tuesday in the build-up to Euro 2016.
Mar 24, 2016
Alejandro Bedoya on MLS, USMNT, fatherhood
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 taking part in penning his first piece for SI, Bedoya has plenty to talk about with SI's Grant Wahl. Wahl and SI's Avi Creditor also discuss the madness in Bayern Munich and Juventus's Champions League series, whether Barcelona can be beaten and how the U.S. should be prioritizing the World Cup qualifying/Olympic playoff roster dilemma facing Jurgen Klinsmann.
Mar 17, 2016
Herculez Gomez interview / Can PSG win the Champions League?
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. Elsewhere in the pod, host Avi Creditor and's Brian Straus try to get's Ben Lyttleton set up with an MLS team to support now that the league is more readily available to watch across the Atlantic. The crew also recap the last week's Champions League action, and ponder whether PSG has what it takes to win the title.
Mar 10, 2016
20 seconds on all 20 MLS teams / Geoff Cameron interview
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 and Avi Creditor given 20 seconds apiece to preview every MLS team, whip-around style. We also welcome former MLS standout Geoff Cameron, whose Stoke City remains in the hunt for a Champions League berth. The outspoken Cameron is back from injury, returning last weekend against Aston Villa, and he joins Wahl for a 1-on-1 interview. --- The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about three rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to and entering the promo code SPORTS.
Mar 03, 2016
What should the new FIFA President do first?
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. From Brazil,'s James Young joins SI senior writer Grant Wahl (from Zurich), Brian Straus (from Washington, D.C.), and host Avi Creditor (from New York City), for perspective from three continents on what the next FIFA president needs to fix first, and who could come out on top of the special Copa America tournament. -- The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about three rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to and entering the promo code PLANET.
Feb 25, 2016
JP Dellacamera interview
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 Grant Wahl on the new Planet Fútbol Podcast. What are the top moments of his broadcasting career? What does he think about "authentic" being the word used to describe foreign announcers calling the game on U.S. broadcasts? Dellacamera, known affectionately by many as simply "The Legend," talks about that and much more in an entertaining, lengthy discussion. -- Audibles is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about three rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to and entering the promo code PLANET.
Feb 18, 2016
Frank Lampard talks MLS & playing under Vieira; USWNT lawsuit analysis
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 to break down the case and explain how it's likely to be resolved. We're also joined by New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard, who spoke with SI's Grant Wahl ahead of his first full season in MLS about what it was like playing against current manager Patrick Vieira as opposed to now playing for him, and the rise of Ghanaian teammate Kwadwo Poku. We close by responding to your listener/reader questions, which you submitted on Twitter and Facebook, ranging from MLS to Barcelona's dominance to Christian Pulisic and beyond. --- Planet Futbol is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about three rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to and entering the promo code PLANET.
Feb 11, 2016
Christian Pulisic discusses his debut
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? Pulisic joins Grant Wahl ( on the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast to discuss it all. We also touch on the biggest news this week in the U.S. (U.S. Soccer's lawsuit against the U.S. women's national team's players union and Stuart Holden's retirement) and Europe (Pep Guardiola signing on to coach Manchester City for the next three seasons and Man City's upcoming clash vs. first-place Leicester City), spanning a pair of continents with's Brian Straus and Ben Lyttleton. ||| Audibles is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about three rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to and entering the promo code PLANET.
Feb 04, 2016
Giovani Dos Santos & Steven Gerrard interviews; Let's play the Mario Gomez Game
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 (,'s Brian Straus (, and host Avi Creditor ( in the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast. As MLS preseason gets underway, Wahl also visits with the LA Galaxy's two big acquisitions from last season: Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos, and England's Steven Gerrard. In separate interviews, the two discuss their favorite goals, teammates, and opponents in their careers, as well as their first impressions of MLS. Finally, the crew plays The Mario Gomez Game. It's a new feature on the show. It features 30-second answers...and Mario Gomez. Just listen. It'll be fun.
Jan 29, 2016
Fact-checking Klinsmann & Feilhaber
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.'s Ben Lyttleton joins the Planet Fútbol Podcast to explain all the intricate reasons why players may be staying put (hint: few big names risk moving ahead of a major tournament like the Euros), which big names will actually move and how the transfer bans against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid could complicate matters as well. But how do teams identify the players they want to go after? For that, we bring in analytics expert Daniel Altman, who speaks with SI's Grant Wahl about the not-so-obvious things teams and talent scouts may look for in a player. Finally, we conclude with the biggest stories in U.S. Soccer: Jordan Morris choosing Seattle over Werder Bremen and the Benny Feilhaber-Jurgen Klinsmann war of words. With Morris in the fold, does Seattle have the best NBA Jam-style (three-man team) attacking trio in MLS? Do Feilhaber and Klinsmann both have points?
Jan 22, 2016
MLS SuperDraft special: Don Garber interview; What is college soccer's role?
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's Brian Straus, Liviu Bird, and Alex Abnos were all in town for the event, and together they'll give you a sense of what the mood is like at the biggest gathering of soccer people in the country. First, Grant Wahl sits down for a chat with MLS Commissioner Don Garber on the eve of the league's 21st season. In the talk, Garber discusses the importance of the SuperDraft, potential cities for MLS' next round of expansion, and what the league thinks of Dider Drogba's supposed flirtation with a return to Chelsea. Finally, Abnos, Straus, and Bird deliver a rich look at college soccer's importance to the American soccer system, and how Maryland's Sasho Cirovski's radical changes could improve the sport going forward. Additional music in this episode provided by SLP [] and Brandon Liew []. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Jan 15, 2016
Carli Lloyd discusses Ballon D'Or Gala and meeting Messi
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 ( about being up for FIFA World Player of the Year, and also delves into the hot-button issue of equality across men's and women's players. Wahl, SI's Ben Lyttleton ( and Avi Creditor ( also take a spin on Europe's coaching carousel, which has already seen some of the biggest names in management change addresses and surely has more moves on the way. Where will Pep Guardiola go? Is Arsenal a viable possibility? How will Zinedine Zidane fare at Real Madrid? == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Jan 08, 2016
The biggest moments of 2015
In this special year-end edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast, host Avi Creditor ( is joined by Alex Abnos (, and the guys recap the biggest and most notable moments in the world of soccer in 2015. Spoiler alert: There's a lot of them! Soccer was at the center of a worldwide corruption investigation, a terrorist attack, and yet another notable incident of racism. Then there where the slightly more positive, on-field moments: Which of Barcelona's incredible goals made the cut? And what performance does Alex think tops Robert Lewandowski's ridiculous outburst of five goals in nine minutes? All that and more on this year-end edition of the Planet Futbol Podcast. -- The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Dec 30, 2015
A five-a-side team of our best 2015 interview guests
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 listeners and we're grateful that we were able to welcome some terrific guests while we discussed all of the happenings in the soccer world on a weekly basis. Over the last eight months we assembled an interview lineup that included three World Cup winners and a host of other international stars, coaches and executives, so it's only appropriate that as we compile a best-of edition of our show, we go position by position to come up with a five-a-side team (plus a coach) we'd take to battle on the field any day of the week. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Dec 24, 2015
A conversation with Abby Wambach
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 ( last week, but now listen to the entire interview, in which she reflects on her career and looks ahead to what's next in her life on this week's Planet Fútbol Podcast. We also put a cap on the year for the U.S. men's and women's national teams as a 2015 of mixed results and storylines comes to a close. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Dec 16, 2015
Inside the business of the Bundesliga
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 of its group?'s Ben Lyttleton ( joins this week's podcast to break down Louis van Gaal's side in addition to the slew of teams who did advance and will be part of Monday's draw. This week we also have a pair of unique and special interviews. U.S. women's national team icon Abby Wambach will have her playing career end next week in New Orleans, and she talked with SI's Grant Wahl ( about the end of her storied run and what might be on the horizon for her. We'll give you a taste of the conversation, to come in full next week. Wahl is also joined by Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert, who is attempting to make inroads globally with one of the world's premier leagues. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Dec 10, 2015
Didier Drogba has written more books than Grant Wahl
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. Attorney General Loretta Lynch indicting 16 more individuals connected to bribery, racketeering, corruption and more malfeasance clouding the world's game. We're also fortunate enough to be joined by Montreal Impact forward Didier Drogba, who sheds light on his first foray into MLS, his thoughts on the Columbus Crew (who eliminated his squad in the playoffs), that bizarre leg lock and Chelsea's struggles. We close with MLS Cup analysis from Grant Wahl and Brian Straus, who are on the ground in Columbus ahead of the Sunday's championship bout between the Crew and Portland Timbers. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Dec 04, 2015
Thankful for the messy and the Messi
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 are each one result away from advancing to MLS Cup. Is there any way back from two-goal deficits for either of the two highest remaining seeds, the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas? We also have a special interview with longtime Trinidadian journalist Lasana Liburd, who spoke to Grant Wahl in Trinidad & Tobago during the USA's World Cup qualifier there about the post-Jack Warner state of affairs in the Caribbean nation. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Nov 25, 2015
Talking tactics, Timbers and Tissuegate with Caleb Porter; USMNT 2015 wrap
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 to the Western Conference finals in his first season in 2013, that postgame scuffle with FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja, that double-post penalty kick that could've ended Portland's season and Darlington Nagbe's emergence and potential for club and country. Speaking of Nagbe, he made his U.S. debut during the pair of World Cup qualifiers over the last week, which put a cap on the U.S. men's national team's 2015. If you had one word to describe the USMNT's year, what would it be? We pose that question to SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Nov 19, 2015
The ups and downs of St. Louis-style pizza; Soccerperson of the Year nominees
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.'s Brian Straus ( joins host Avi Creditor ( and SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl ( there, giving us an idea of what the team needs to do and why St. Louis-style pizza is incredibly delicious....until it isn't. The guys also review their soccer-specific nominations for SI's Sportsman of the Year (AKA Soccerperson of the year). Kei Kamara, Claudio Bravo, and Iceland all make the cut. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Nov 12, 2015
Tokyo Sexwale, François Carrard interviews ; Kreis fired; Champions League
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, South African candidate Tokyo Sexwale and the head of the FIFA reform committee, Francois Carrard, both spoke to Grant Wahl ( as part of our latest episode to talk about the election, potential changes to FIFA and much more. There's also plenty happening in MLS to discuss, between NYCFC firing Jason Kreis after one season and the conference semifinal second legs of the league's playoffs. We wrap up by delving into the latest happenings in the Champions League, where Fabian Johnson became the first U.S. international to score in two years, Chelsea earned a dramatic and much-needed win, Bayern Munich put Arsenal to the brink of early elimination and Real Madrid, Manchester City and Zenit Saint Petersburg are already through to the round of 16. == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Nov 05, 2015
Jesse Marsch interview; MLS playoff insanity; Abby Wambach
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 interview with Grant Wahl about the past year prior to the Red Bulls playoff opener this weekend against rival D.C. United. Speaking of the MLS playoffs, they've been insane. The four opening-round games provided drama, theatrics, golazos and an unprecedented penalty shootout, and Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor recap all of it before looking ahead to the conference semifinals. We close with talk about Abby Wambach's career, with the iconic U.S. women's national team forward announcing she will retire at the end of the World Cup victory tour. What made her such a special player? And did she really have a physical altercation with Straus early in her career? (Yes, and it's a hilarious story) == The Planet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Oct 30, 2015
A dark week for U.S. soccer; How will Jurgen Klopp fare at Liverpool?
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 Avi Creditor (, Grant Wahl ( and Liviu Bird ( wrap up the performances and provide some perspective for a frustrating October international fixture window for American soccer. It's not all doom and gloom, though. North of the border, Toronto FC has secured its first playoff berth, and we pay tribute to the Reds (most notably the spectacular Sebastian Giovinco) and their drought coming to an end. We close with some EPL manager talk, with "The Special One," Jose Mourinho, under constant fire, while "The Normal One," Jurgen Klopp, gets set for his first match on the Liverpool sidelines. == -- ThePlanet Futbol Podcast is brought you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code MEDIA in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first purchase. We are also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code MEDIA at for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Oct 15, 2015
Jozy Altidore talks USA-Mexico, Reviewing the latest in FIFA
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. forward Jozy Altidore at U.S. camp, and the Podcast crew dissects the matchup from all angles, including Klinsmann's future (which has been called into question by Landon Donovan), who should start for the USA and what reaching the Confederations Cup means for the current batch of U.S. players and the next generation of players who may be in their position in two years' time. We also delve into the latest to emanate from FIFA, where Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been suspended, throwing narratives surrounding the February presidential election into chaos.
Oct 08, 2015
Petr Cech interview; KC wins Open Cup; EPL teams falter in Champions League; Laura Harvey talks NWSL
The Planet Fútbol Podcast welcomes another esteemed guest this week, as SI Senior Writer (and this episode's host) Grant Wahl ( speaks by phone with Petr Cech, the Czech goalkeeper who recently made the switch to Arsenal after 11 seasons at Chelsea. In the interview, Cech discussed what it takes to be a world-class goalkeeper, where he thinks the future of the position lies, and what his favorite song is to drum along to. The podcast then welcomes's Brian Straus to the fold with his observations from a thrilling night in Chester, Pennsylvania, where Sporting Kansas City captured its third U.S. Open Cup title with a PK shootout win over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night. Wahl and Straus also discuss why English Premier League teams are having such a tough time in the Champions League, rummage through the multitude of options the U.S. men's national team has at center back ahead of the team's crucial tilt against Mexico, and whether qualifying for the Olympics really matters as the U.S. U-23 team attempts to do just that later this week. Finally, SI contributor Liviu Bird ( checks in from the left coast along with Laura Harvey, coach of the NWSL's Seattle Reign. The two discuss the Reign's sustained success in the fledgling league, preaching posession with a purpose, and why there are still so many male coaches at the uppermost levels of the women's game.
Oct 02, 2015
Xabi Alonso interview; Robert Lewandowski's unforgettable quintuple
Host Avi Creditor (, SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl (, and's Brian Straus ( welcome the first Planet Futbol guest to have won a men's World Cup this week. Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso talks to Wahl about his career, the managers he's worked under, and whether Bayern will dominate the Bundesliga once again this season. The guys also recap Robert Lewandowski's insane nine-minute goal spree against Wolfsburg, and riff on some other eye-raising developments in the world of soccer. -- The Planet Futbol Podcast is sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
Sep 24, 2015
Kei Kamara talks MLS goal record & playing for Sierra Leone; LAFC's play for millenials
Columbus Crew and Sierra Leone national forward Kei Kamara ( joins SI Senior Writer Grant Wahl ( and Brian Straus ( this week to talk his MLS-leading 20 goals, his experiences playing for his home country, and the differences between MLS and European leagues. The guys then switch gears and talk about the latest ridiculousness from CONCACAF: Forcing the U.S. and Mexico to name 35-man preliminary rosters a full month ahead of their showdown at the CONCACAF Cup in Los Angeles. Finally, they discuss the latest involving once of MLS' newest teams: LAFC, which officially confirmed its name and made it clear in an LA Times article that they plan to market heavily toward millennials. Is the club already failing in that regard? -- The Planet Futbol Podcast is sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
Sep 17, 2015
Tim Howard talks U.S. future; Do friendlies even matter?; Remembering Boca vs. River
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 ( about his current U.S. status, Everton's season and his plans to play until the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup before moving on from the game. Also,'s Brian Straus ( discusses how much of an indicator of future success or failure have friendlies actually been during the Jurgen Klinsmann era. We close with personal reflections and experiences of the Superclásico ahead of the latest installment of Boca Juniors vs. River Plate in Argentina.
Sep 10, 2015
Previewing the USMNT friendlies; Who to blame in De Gea saga?
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 (, Brian Straus (, and your host Avi Creditor ( We wrap up by recapping the closing of the summer transfer window in Europe, where David de Gea somehow remains with Manchester United and Anthony Martial set the new standard for a fee paid for a teenager. What other moves stood out from the window? -- The Planet Futbol Podcast is sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
Sep 03, 2015
Breaking down the UEFA Champions League draw; Who will Klinsmann call?; MLS Rivalry Week gets lazy
With Grant Wahl ( and Brian Straus ( 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 route to expected deep runs. The crew also ponders if Klinsmann has any surprise call-ups in mind for the #USMNT's upcoming friendlies, and whether or not MLS Rivalry Week will live up to the hype. The Planet Futbol Podcast is sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code PLANET at for up to $200 in bonus cash. We are also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at Enter code PLANET to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase.
Aug 27, 2015
A.J. DeLaGarza on L.A.'s galaxy of stars; What's wrong with Chelsea?
On this week's episode of Planet Futbol, LA Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza joins'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 analyst Kyle Martino offers his take on the first weeks of EPL action.
Aug 20, 2015
Sports Illustrated Joins Panoply Network
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Aug 17, 2015
Carli Lloyd on her stellar WWC, Sounders making moves, Jens Lehmann on Bundesliga
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 qualifying, and what it'll be like to play on turf (again). Also, the guys discuss the moves made by the Seattle Sounders as they attempt to top their slide in MLS, and hear from former German national team goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as he discusses the upcoming Bundesliga season.
Aug 13, 2015
August 6, 2015: Special guest Brad Friedel on Premier League season, Tim Howard vs. Brad Guzan
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 ones does he see getting relegated? As for the pending U.S. goalkeeper conundrum brought on by Tim Howard's return, how does Friedel see it shaking out? We cover it all and more in the latest Planet Futbol Podcast.
Aug 06, 2015
July 30, 2015: MLS All-Star format, Gold Cup fallout, Zlatan, MLS Year 1 Oral History
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 attention to the coaching situations of Mexico and the USA, where Miguel Herrera is out, but Jurgen Klinsmann carries on. Finally, we finish up with two of SI's recent projects: Interviewing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the release of our lengthy oral history of MLS's inaugural season.
Jul 30, 2015
July 23, 2015: USA stunned in Gold Cup, Peak CONCACAF, Panama-Mexico fallout
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 we make sense of what happened in the Mexico-Panama semifinal night cap? SI's Grant Wahl and Brian Straus share their experiences from the Georgia Dome and look ahead to the Mexico-Jamaica final (and USA-Panama third-place game!) in the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast.
Jul 23, 2015
July 16, 2015: Gold Cup quarterfinals, Giovani dos Santos to MLS, Gerrard-Lampard All-Star drama
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 compare with other landmark signings for the league? Finally, what do we make of Don Garber naming Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard MLS All-Stars with a combined 0 league minutes under their belt? SI's Brian Straus, Avi Creditor and Liviu Bird delve into all of it on our latest podcast.
Jul 16, 2015
July 9, 2015: USWNT wins World Cup; USMNT kicks off Gold Cup
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 following the U.S. men's national team in its quest to repeat as CONCACAF champs.
Jul 10, 2015
July 2, 2015: USWNT-Japan World Cup final, Bassett's own goal, MLS Year 1
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 different circumstances. While the USA played its best game against Germany, Japan got through on Laura Bassett's devastating own goal. SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus, Liviu Bird and Avi Creditor react to Bassett's own goal, assess the USA's chances in the final and also tease SI Magazine's MLS Year 1 oral history, which includes some phenomenal stories.
Jul 02, 2015
Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda recall the USA's improbable 1995 Copa America run
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 the team to Diego Maradona weeping in the U.S. locker room.
Jun 26, 2015
Planet Futbol Podcast: June 25, 2015: USWNT-China memories, Gold Cup, Atlanta United FC, Pirlo
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 choices. We wrap up with MLS talk, including Brian's story on Atlanta's MLS expansion team name and the possibility of Andrea Pirlo joining the league.
Jun 25, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: June 18, 2015 | Women's World Cup, Clint Dempsey vs. Open Cup referee
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 Dempsey's U.S. Open Cup antics, what do we make of the U.S. captain ripping up a referee's notebook, and how might his actions impact him, the USMNT and Sounders? SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor cover it all in the latest Planet Fútbol Podcast.
Jun 18, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: June 11, 2015: All the U.S. national teams
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 World Cup quarterfinals), there's plenty to dissect. SI's Grant Wahl, Brian Straus and Avi Creditor do just that in our latest podcast.
Jun 11, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: June 4, 2015 | FIFA, Blatter, Women's World Cup, Champions League final
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 Straus, Ben Lyttleton and Avi Creditor break it all down during a landmark week in world soccer.
Jun 04, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: May 28, 2015 – FIFA
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 comes next and how it could impact soccer in the USA, in addition to sharing a couple of first-hand stories that show what FIFA corruption is all about.
May 28, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 17, 2015
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?
May 27, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 9, 2015 – The Relaunch
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 examining the Montreal Impact's surprise showing in the CCL.
May 27, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 30, 2015
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.
May 27, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: April 23, 2015
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 Creditor discuss.
May 26, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: May 21, 2015
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 there? And how is RSL approaching Jason Kreis's return to Rio Tinto Stadium? SI's Avi Creditor, Grant Wahl and Liviu Bird supply the answers to all of those questions.
May 21, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: Jeremy Schaap on FIFA, Sepp Blatter
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. Schaap details his documentary and much more in a fascinating conversation.
May 19, 2015
Planet Fùtbol Podcast: May 14, 2015
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 Allegri are getting enough credit. SI's Brian Straus joins the fray to pay tribute to the careers of Brad Friedel and Dwayne De Rosario, with both announcing their retirements this week.
May 14, 2015
Planet Fútbol Podcast: May 7, 2015
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 SI's Brian Straus joins to help name the RBNY-NYCFC rivalry.
May 07, 2015