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The U.S. Soccer Podcast
61 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Former USWNT Midfielder Angela Hucles
Charlie caught up with the multi-talented Angela Hucles, two-time gold-medal winner with the USWNT, television analyst, LA Real Estate Agent, mother, wife, and now Angel City FC VP of Player Development and Operations. Hucles recalls her star turn at the 2008 Olympics, breaks down this summer’s Olympic Tournament, and talks about all that goes into building a new club as the much-anticipated Angel City FC builds toward its inaugural NWSL season.
42 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
USMNT Defender Reggie Cannon
Jordan and Charlie are back this week with Reggie Cannon! The USMNT defender talked about the two huge Nations League wins, scoring his first international goal las time out in June against Costa Rica, and looks forward to the Gold Cup as the last chance for players to make an impact before World Cup Qualifying kicks off the in fall. "DJ Cannon" also revealed his top tracks, dished on the best (and worst!) teammates to ask for fashion advice, and recapped his first year playing in Europe with Boavista F.C. of Porto.
40 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
The Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 2 - Nations League and the 4-Match Window
Bobby Warshaw caught back up with USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter following the USMNT's successful May/June window. Berhalter dives in to look back on the thrilling, come-from-behind, extra-time victory over Mexico in the Nations League Final, who gave Christian Pulisic advice ahead of his decisive penalty, Ethan Horvath's big moment in extra time, and recap the big win. Warshaw and Berhalter also talk about how playing the four-match schedule will help the team prepare for this fall's World Cup Qualifying campaign, the camaraderie the the group built throughout the camp, and preview the upcoming Gold Cup.
39 minutes | May 27, 2021
Dr. Jessica Bartley, USOPC Director of Mental Health Services
The latest episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast features an important discussion on mental health with Dr. Jessica Bartley, the Director of Mental Health Services for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and through this conversation with Jordan and Charlie, Dr. Bartley provides valuable information on ways everyone who plays or enjoys the beautiful gamecan help combat the stigma around mental health, normalize conversations on the topic and better take care of themselves and others. As part of U.S. Soccer’s Mental Health task force, Dr. Bartley also discussed the ways the Federation is working to raise awareness and provide mental health support to all its constituents, from youth players to National Team players, coaches, referees and even spectators. Many of those resources can already be found at RecognizeToRecover.org, U.S. Soccer’s Comprehensive Player Health and Safety Program.
38 minutes | May 22, 2021
The Gregg Berhalter Podcast: Episode 1
We're excited to drop something just a little bit different in the feed this week. Jordan and Charlie lent the podcast feed to Bobby Warshaw, who sat down with USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and dug into the preparations for the team's four-game stretch including the upcoming friendly in Switzerland, the Concacaf Nations League semifinals and finals, and a friendly match against Costa Rica in Salt Lake City. Bobby and Gregg talked player pool, tactics, team goals for this camp, their favorite cereals and even what's on Gregg's on reading list. Catch up on the USMNT boss's thinking heading into the upcoming camp and beyond.
51 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
USMNT Midfielder Brenden Aaronson
Ahead of perhaps the biggest game of his young career, USMNT midfielder Brenden Aaronson joined Charlie and Jordan for the latest episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast. Just four months after his move to Europe, the 20-year-old will seek the first part of the Austrian “Double” as Red Bull Salzburg faces LASK Linz in the ÖFB Austrian Cup on Saturday, May 1. The Medford, N.J. native discussed fighting for two pieces of hardware, the pressure that comes with being the biggest club in the country, and the overall decision to join the Austrian giants above other potential moves. While still in the early stages of his USMNT career, Aaronson had plenty to stay about his first steps with the senior team, reminiscing about his first call-up at age 18, his USMNT debut the following January, what the young group is striving for and the role Gregg Berhalter has played in his development so far.
70 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
USWNT Forward Carli Lloyd
Fresh off her historic 300th (and soon thereafter, 301st) cap for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Carli Lloyd joins Jordan and Charlie for the latest episode of The U.S. Soccer Podcast. Back in her home state of New Jersey, Lloyd recently returned from the USWNT’s European tour. During that two-game trip, the USA extend its unbeaten streak to 39 consecutive games and on April 10, Lloyd achieved a monumental milestone of her own. Becoming just the third player in the history of international soccer to reach 300 caps. The two-time World Cup Champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA World Player of the Year discussed how she remains motivated and hungry for more, despite a career that many could only dream of. She also sheds lights into some of the individual and collective struggles that she says helped set her up for success down the road. In her 17 years with the U.S. Women’s National Team, Lloyd has played for five head coaches and competed at four World Cups and three Olympics. She discusses her ability to both stay consistent throughout a changing environment as well as the ways in which she has had to grow, evolve, and learn new positions over the course of her career. One of the most decorated players in U.S. Women’s National Team history and one of the greatest competitors to ever wear The Crest, Lloyd gives an honest, inspiring, and self-reflective account of her remarkable journey in the game. You will not want to miss it.
74 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
USMNT Forward Nicholas Gioacchini
Jordan and Charlie one of the more fascinating current figures in the U.S. Men’s National Team pool, French-based forward, Nicholas Gioacchini. Never called up for a National Team camp at any level before last November, Nico made the most of his first USMNT camp, scoring a brace in his first start to push the USA to a 6-2 victory against Panama. The 20-year-old explained how he and his family have bounced back and forth between the United States and Europe, from Kansas City, to Parma, Italy, the Washington, D.C. suburbs and on to Paris. Along the way, Gioacchini developed a relentless style of play that led him to launch his professional career in France with Paris FC and later moving on to his current club, Caen. His performances for the Ligue 2 side led to his USMNT call-up in November, but even though he was excited, Gioacchini admitted almost feeling “confused” by how quickly everything happened for him. Going from playing reserve football less than a year earlier, to stepping into the National Team with Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie, Gioacchini quickly dispelled any nerves with his memorable two-goal performance against Panama, saying that he knew he belonged after that.
76 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Former USWNT Midfielder Heather O'Reilly
It's no surprise that one of the all-time greats for the USWNT joined us for one of the all-time great episodes of the U.S. Soccer Podcast. Former USWNT Forward Heather O'Reilly brought her famous game face and high energy to the podcast to dig deep into her career with Jordan and Charlie. HAO takes us way back to humble beginnings in New Jersey, playing on the national team as a high schooler and making her way into USWNT national history and brings us behind-the-scenes, from the locker room after Carli Lloyd's first-half hat-trick in the World Cup final, to some shenanigans with the gals at her wedding.
52 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Former USMNT Midfielder John O'Brien
Nearly a year on from the launch of the U.S. Soccer Podcasts, Charlie Davies and Jordan Angeli have found it telling how often former U.S. Men’s National Team alumni would tell them the best they ever played with was John O’Brien. So, we brought him on the podcast! A talented young U.S. player in a time before an academy setup existed here, O’Brien explained his decision to venture to the Netherlands to sign with famed Dutch side Ajax at age 17. Once there he rose through the ranks of the youth teams to become a starter in the UEFA Champions League, win two Eredivisie titles and a Dutch Cup. He also reflected on his eight years representing the USMNT, including his integral role in the team’s run to the quarterfinals at the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as the U-23’s fourth place finish at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Reflecting back on his international career, the talented midfielder discussed his favorite memory – a World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Oct. 7, 2001 in Foxborough. He vividly remembered the USMNT being the first National Team in any sport to represent the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks, and recalled how the team learned of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan just hours before kickoff of the match that would see the team qualify for the 2002 World Cup. Despite all his accomplishments, O’Brien’s career was riddled by injuries and he retired following the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After leaving the game he went to school and recently earned his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. Now Dr. O’Brien explained how he’s using his own experience as a former player to work with athletes today and what he would tell his younger self today.
88 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
USMNT Defender Mark McKenzie
In the latest edition of The U.S. Soccer Podcast, Jordan and Charlie welcome current U.S. Men’s National Team defender Mark McKenzie. One of the latest young USMNT players to make the move to Europe, the center back discussed how his adjustment to life in Belgium, how his time coming up with the Philadelphia Union prepared him for the move and gave background on his decision to move to Jupiler League side Genk. While he’s still one of the club’s new faces, the 22-year-old made clear what his future aspirations in Europe are. McKenzie shifted to talk about what he’s done internationally, including what he learned as captain of the U-20 USMNT at the 2019 World Cup, a tough conversation he had with USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter which served as a wakeup call during his first senior team camp and the fond memories he has of his first team debut on Feb. 1, 2020 vs. Costa Rica. Finally, McKenzie discussed what Black History Month means to him after the last year and the role he played in the USMNT’s “Be The Change” initiative.
32 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
BONUS SheBelieves Summit Commissioners Conversation: NWSL's Lisa Baird and WNBA's Cathy Engelbert
Former USWNT defender and current soccer analyst Danielle Slaton moderates a conversation between NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert as they discuss their career paths, uplifting women in sport, navigating challenges and what is to come in their respective leagues.
32 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
BONUS SheBelieves Summit Discussion Featuring Tierna Davidson: Sports & Inclusion
World Cup champion Tierna Davidson joins a group of exemplary women across the sporting and corporate landscape to discuss social justice, allyship, activism, how the current climate has impacted their roles, and how to break down barriers. U.S. Soccer's Nicole Idowu hosts the panel discussion that features Danita Johnson – President of Business Operations, D.C. United, Shizuka Suzuki – AVP, Sponsorship and Experiential Marketing, AT&T, Terri Cooper – Vice Chair of External Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Deloitte LLP, and Zaileen Janmohamed – Head of Partnership Development & Innovation, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Properties.
53 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
BONUS SheBelieves Summit Fireside Chat: Abby Wambach and Sage Steele
We're so excited to bring you a bonus episode featuring ESPN SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele and former U.S. Women’s National Team and National Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee Abby Wambach, who headlined U.S. Soccer’s 2021 SheBelieves Summit, presented by Deloitte. The two friends opened the summit with discussion focused on inspiring and empowering women to reach their goals, and we're bringing the full, uncut conversation to the U.S. Soccer podcast. The SheBelieves Summit is a series of panel discussions featuring a packed list of inspirational and high-powered women sharing valuable insight and experiences driving progress in sports, business, technology and entertainment, all taking place virtually this year due to the pandemic. The SheBelieves Summit is a core initiative within U.S. Soccer’s overall SheBelieves campaign, which focuses on inspiring and empowering women through soccer.
69 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
USMNT Legend DaMarcus Beasley
During U.S. Soccer’s ongoing celebration of Black History Month, Charlie and Jordan welcomed former USMNT defender/midfielder/forward DaMarcus Beasley to the Podcast. Reflecting on the month, Beasley first opened up on his own family history, learning that his own ancestors were slaves and the struggles his relatives went through for him to become the man he is today. The only U.S. man to play in four FIFA World Cups and one of 17 USMNT players to reach 100 caps, Beas went into depth about the U-17 USMNT side that finished fourth at the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Cup, and what the early days of Residency were like in Bradenton, Fla., alongside Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and Kyle Beckerman. After explaining how his start with the Chicago Fire prepped him for a long professional and international career, Beas went into his USMNT experience, from his first cap and first goal to talking about his journey through four FIFA World Cups and the many memories he made representing the United States. Beas wrapped up by discussing how he knew it was time to end his illustrious 19-year playing career, giving his views on more Black representation in coaching and club management, and his new project as Owner and Brand Ambassador for USL League Two side Fort Wayne FC.
58 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
USWNT Defender Midge Purce
The U.S. Soccer Podcast returns as Jordan and Charlie catch up with U.S. Women’s National Team defender Margaret “Midge” Purce, fresh off her first international goal in the USWNT’s 6-0 win over Colombia on January 22. Purce, who earned her first cap in 2019, discusses her path to the National Team, the teammates that have helped her elevate her game and speaks frankly about the challenges faced along the way. She also gives insights into what 2020 was like as a professional athlete and how she and the Black Women’s Player Collective are trying to change the landscape for Black women in soccer.
46 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
U-23 USMNT Head Coach Jason Kreis
Charlie and Jordan kick off The U.S. Soccer Podcast in 2021 by speaking with U-23 USMNT Head Coach Jason Kreis. Kreis looks back on his stellar playing career, including his 1999 MLS MVP season. He transitions to his coaching career, the opportunity ahead for the U-23 USMNT, working with clubs for player releases, and takes us inside the U-23 USMNT training camp in Florida prior to the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in March.
55 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
U.S. Disability Soccer Month with Drew Bremer and Josh Brunais
On this special episode of the U.S. Soccer Podcast, Jordan and Charlie welcome U.S. Paralympic National Team members Drew Bremer and Josh Brunais to the show. December is U.S. Disability Soccer Month, and throughout the month the Federation is celebrating the programs and member organizations that support athletes with disabilities in every corner of the sport. That ranges from the U.S. para 7-a-side National Team - which Bremer and Brunais have competed on since 2015 - to Deaf Soccer, Power Soccer and more. The theme of this month is Adapt and Thrive, a phrase the applies not just to the action on the soccer field, but also to how we should tackle each day.
70 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
2020 Reflections with Jordan and Charlie
As the calendar turns to the final month of 2020, U.S. Soccer Podcast hosts Jordan Angeli and Charlie Davies shared their reflections on the year that’s been. The duo broke down their favorite moments from the inaugural year of the podcast, and the guests and stories that resonated with them most deeply. They also discussed how the U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Men’s National Team have navigated this challenging year, the developments and players that have most impressed them and what they’re most looking forward to seeing from both squads in 2021. And of course, with their respective MLS Clubs gearing up for clash in the 2020 Eastern Conference finals, the hosts closed the show with some friendly banter and a wager on the winner.
10 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Bonus Thanksgiving USWNT Camp Update: Alex Morgan is Back! Plus Sam Mewis, Kelley O'Hara, and Vlatko Andonovski
The U.S. Women’s National Team will return to the game action for the first time in 261 days when it faces reining European champions Netherlands on Friday, Nov. 27. Alex Morgan talks getting back to soccer and the USWNT after becoming a mother, Sam Mewis dishes on being back in camp with her sister Kristie, Coach Vlatko Andonovski is excited to get back to mach preparation, and Kelley O'Hara contemplates the team's Thanksgiving dinner plans.
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