Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives

The joy and wonder that is the English Premier League is back and the Two Daft Yanks return to the podcasting airwaves to break down the weekend's opening action. On this week's episode: Manchester United vs Swansea, Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives LVG and Harry strike post-match interview gold North London Pandemonium Liverpool vs Southampton, Read more

EPL Preview

The Two Daft Yanks are on location in Corey's hometown of New Orleans for a very special edition of the podcast to preview the upcoming EPL season. Many daft predictions will be made so do your best to follow out logic but even in our daft state we will Read more

Under The Radar EPL Transfers

We are now less than 14 days away from a new EPL season and just 7 days away from the Community Shield if you view the contest as an actual viable match that matters. The Two Daft Yanks are back to preview more of the upcoming season as teams Read more

Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives

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The joy and wonder that is the English Premier League is back and the Two Daft Yanks return to the podcasting airwaves to break down the weekend’s opening action. On this week’s episode:

  • Manchester United vs Swansea, Manchester United Schadenfreude Lives
  • LVG and Harry strike post-match interview gold
  • North London Pandemonium
  • Liverpool vs Southampton, cool your jets Arlo and NBC
  • World Cup player hangover, why are so many players sitting out early portion of the season?
  • Plus much more including daft moments of the opening weekend

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TWO DAFT YANKS: MAN U SCHAD

 

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Liverpool vs Southampton Preview

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During the 2014/15 Premier League season we here at TDY hope to bring you a self selected match of the week preview each Friday to get your footy weekend kick-started. With the opening games now just less than 24 hours away there is excitement in the air and it’s time for a Liverpool vs Southampton Preview. One could also view this opening match-up as Southampton A versus Southampton B with Liverpool’s swoop of three regular starters for the Saints last season. Jokes aside, on to the preview:

Team News:

Both sides have a high profile player out due to injury. Adam Lallana will not make his Liverpool debut against his former club due to a knee injury and Southampton will not have Jay Rodriguez at their disposal as he recovers from his knee injury and operation suffered last season. The status of French international Morgan Schneiderlin is also up in the air as he has not played or trained very much with the club in preseason, as he was looking to get a transfer to Tottenham. I suppose he could feature on the bench but a start looks very doubtful at this point.

Tactics:

It will be interesting to see how new manager Ronald Koeman sets up his side in his league debut for Southampton. He favored a 4-3-3 formation at Feyenoord last season and one would expect him to utilize it again this year in England as that formation and style meshes well with the new look Southampton squad. Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers plays a 4-3-3 as well and will look for their attacking trio upfront to provide the same goal scoring threat that the club had last year with Luis Suarez who has since transferred to Barcelona. The question now is can Sturridge lead the line consistently for an entire season?

Prediction:

Being at home and having a more settled side look for Liverpool to provide the same type of entertainment and action they often showed last season while breaking in up to three new players into their starting XI. Southampton will have to play much like they did last year (on the counter with quick direct passing) if they are to get any points at Anfield. There are probably too many new players in Southampton’s side to get a result this weekend but it would not surprise me if they continue to be plucky and scrape out a draw. In the end I think Liverpool will be able to comfortably beat the new look Southampton with the home support and a talented roster on their side.

Liverpool 3   Southampton 1 

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EPL Preview

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The Two Daft Yanks are on location in Corey’s hometown of New Orleans for a very special edition of the podcast to preview the upcoming EPL season. Many daft predictions will be made so do your best to follow out logic but even in our daft state we will surely be more accurate than the Daily Mail. On this week’s episode:

Predictions galore!

-EPL Title winner

-European places

- Relegation projections

- Surprising and disappointing clubs for 14/15

- First manager to be sacked

- Cup winners!

Listen to or download the podcast below, or listen on your mobile device via StitcherTuneIn or iTunes

Two Daft Yanks: EPL Preview

 

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Never Say Promotion and Relegation Again

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According to Sports Illustrated soccer reporter Grant Wahl, MLS President (who knew such a person existed) Mark Abbott has stated promotion and relegation will “never happen” in MLS. Now we do not know the context of how or why these words were uttered but we do know the very words themselves are a slap to the face of every lower league soccer club in the United States.

Promotion and relegation is the lifeblood of European soccer providing joy and pain to all our friends with accents across the Atlantic but it seems that if MLS has its way we will never truly know these emotions here in America. Throughout the history of European leagues you can find stories of small and minnow like clubs earning the right to be on the same field of history rich and money flush clubs like Manchester United and Bayern Munich. One current example is Basque club SD Eibar who has made it to La Liga the Spanish top division for the first time since their founding in 1940. Even though they have a modest stadium that seats just 5,250 people (Ipurua Municipal Stadium) and a small budget that forced them to launch a crowd sourcing fundraising drive just to keep their place in La Liga; the club has earned the right to face heavy weights Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona on the playing field. This is what makes the beautiful game even more beautiful no matter how much money you spend and no matter how many big name players are in your clubs squad your status must be earned on the pitch. That is not true in the United States of course thanks to people like Don Garber and Mark Abbott who only serve the heavily NFL influenced MLS owners.

The United States will never see a club like Eibar or Swansea in the English league climb the club ladder of success because such a ladder does not exist. Instead franchises pay their way into top flight status and what they have done on the field does not matter. The only thing that does matter is how much money you can put in the MLS coffers. This is the sad and cold reality until we see real leadership not only in the MLS but also at the top of the US Soccer Federation.

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Under The Radar EPL Transfers

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We are now less than 14 days away from a new EPL season and just 7 days away from the Community Shield if you view the contest as an actual viable match that matters. The Two Daft Yanks are back to preview more of the upcoming season as teams across Europe wind down their world wide commercial tours. On this week’s episode:

-Where is the voice of American soccer?

-The pros and cons of preseason tours.

- What is the current situation at Southampton? Will they recover from so much change so quickly? Are they a victim of the football foodchain?

- Under the radar EPL transfers. Which clubs have found non big name impact players in the transfer market so far?

and much more!

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Two Daft Yanks: Under The Radar

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