Interview With Phil Schoen: Part One

The Yanks are joined on the show this week by Phil Schoen of beIN sports to talk about the art and science of soccer broadcasting. Phil Schoen has over 15 years of experience calling the game and we hope to take a peek behind the curtain on how the Read more

Interview With Bobby McMahon

The Two Daft Yanks are back after their "Spring Break" which sadly did not involve jello shots and bikini clad babes but hey that's life. The Yanks are happy to be back and are ready to talk some soccer so sit back relax and listen to what should be Read more

Club Over Country

The two games over the international break for the USMNT are in the books and the Two Daft Yanks are back to break down what is really important. Which isn't much because over time it has been increasingly obvious that club over country is the way to go. But Read more

Interview With Phil Schoen: Part One

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The Yanks are joined on the show this week by Phil Schoen of beIN sports to talk about the art and science of soccer broadcasting. Phil Schoen has over 15 years of experience calling the game and we hope to take a peek behind the curtain on how the world’s most popular game is presented. On this week’s episode:

  • How Phil got into soccer broadcasting
  • Working with Ray Hudson
  • Onsite vs offsite commentary
  • Is there a lack of American voices?
  • And much more!

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

Interview With Phil Schoen

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Semi-Final FA Cup Nuggetz: Impostor Edition

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I am taking a huge risk here, with the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend I have decided to co-opt Corey’s traditional FA Cup preview with my own version of the Nuggetz and risk bringing out the angry wolf in our favorite Cajun. Hopefully I can sneak this by him and avoid is wrath. Wish me luck and now on to the impostor version of the Nuggetz!

Reading-Arsenal

If you are a Reading supporter you have to be pretty happy in this point in time because the only way in the last 88 years for you to see a reference to your club in a FA Cup semi-final was by “Reading” a history book. The atmosphere at Wembley should be quite exciting with 31,000 Royals coming to London for a day out. Sad thing is not many will see it on television though as the match takes place at the same time as Manchester United versus Chelsea further devaluing the FA Cup (purposefully).  Arsenal will be tough competition for the Championship side being the current FA Cup holders looking to become the first back to back winners since Chelsea (08/09 and 09/10). The only question is will Piers Morgan be in the  stands with a “Wenger Out, Klopp In” sign?

 Arsenal 3 – Reading 1 (Reading defense will be distracted by the dreamy Giroud)

Aston Villa- Liverpool

I’m expecting the ultimate crash and burn scenario for Villa against the Reds this weekend. The Villains are coming off an emotional 1-0 win over Spurs and their manager Tim Sherwood will be as ego driven as ever after besting his former club and will surely double down against Liverpool with a commemorative gilet and PASHUN ™. Unfortunately for Aston Villa even though the Liverpool backline at times is as leaky as the iCloud (hello Jennifer Lawrence), Aston Villa really only has one goal scoring threat in Christian Bentekkers. Liverpool have more than enough goal scoring prowess to make up for it lead by the Cheech and Chong of the Premier League Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe. Although my running theory is Real Madrid have found these damning images and have leaked them to drive down Sterling’s transfer price. I can only see this match going one way.

Liverpool 2 – Aston Villa 0 (Wembley patrons beware of flying gilets)

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Interview With Bobby McMahon

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The Two Daft Yanks are back after their “Spring Break” which sadly did not involve jello shots and bikini clad babes but hey that’s life. The Yanks are happy to be back and are ready to talk some soccer so sit back relax and listen to what should be a ‘Man Of The Match’ quality podcast (we hope) with our special guest. On this week’s show:

  • A look at relegation battles across Europe
  • A wide ranging interview with Bobby McMahon talking: Manchester Derby, FA Cup, Champions League and more.

Be sure to read Bobby on Forbes.com!

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

Two Daft Yanks: Interview With Bobby McMahon 

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Sherwood Returns To White Hart Lane

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Outside of the Manchester Derby, there aren’t any marque games on the Premier League fixture list this weekend. If you are looking for some excitement as a football fan, your eyes will have to be on White Hart Lane Saturday morning and the potential theater we may see. Tim Sherwood the winningest coach in the history of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club* will make his return to the lilywhite side of north London as Aston Villa travel to Spurs.

The Villians are just above the relegation zone and have an FA Cup semifinal to look forward to but I am sure this fixture is bullet point number one, on the former Spurs boss to-do list. There is nothing more the king of throwing gilets wants than to get one over on his former side who he feels never gave him a proper chance to retain his job despite his gleaming win ratio. If you saw Tottenham’s performance (or lack thereof) last week at Burnley you know Sherwood will fancy his side’s chances in getting a result, especially with Christain Benteke coming off a midweek hat-trick.

In his time at Spurs Sherwood was a never ending sound bite often alienating the clubs supporters by being way to honest and open with what was on his mind. Since arriving at Villa he has toned it down a bit and hasn’t made too many headlines via his mouth (or is he just not being covered as much by the media?).  Yet, I expect his vibrato (and his ego) to be at full steam in the build up to this match. Be sure to monitor the Aston Villa media outlets to see what Sherwood will say. Perhaps he will shock the masses and play things close to the vest (or gilet) but I don’t think that’s in his nature. If Villa do get a result, his post-match interview will instantly become must see TV and there is no guessing what will come out of Sherwood’s mouth. He may claim it was actually him or his direct decedents who founded THFC back in 1882. Or maybe that he designed and fabricated the iconic golden cockerel that sits on top of WHL. For my sake as a Spurs supporter , I hope this doesn’t happen because I will be forced to hide myself in the bottom of a hole or bottle and sure enough even that will not save me from hearing all the things Sherwood will have on his mind.

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Welcome Back Club Football

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With the international break now over (thank goodness) let’s take a quick look at my top 3 must see games  in Europe this weekend as we welcome back club football, that will have impact on the race for European places.

 1. Marseille vs PSG

The Ligue 1 title race has gone under the radar for the most part with a very tight three horse race between PSG, Lyon and Marseille in the works. On Sunday third place Marseille on 57 points will host first place PSG on 59 points.  PSG has won the last 6 matches against Marseille in all competitions so perhaps Les Olympiens are due to get a result? Marseille will need a strong game from the much talked about striker Andre-Pierre Gignac (2 goals in his last 4 league games) to counteract the very much inform Zlatan Ibrahimovic (6 goals in his last 3 games).

  2. Arsenal vs Liverpool

With just 8 games left in the season the Reds need a result if they wish to stay in the race for Champions League Qualification. A loss at the Emerites coupled with a Manchester United win versus Aston Villa would put Liverpool 8 points back of the 4th place Red Devils with 7 games left in the season a gap they surely would not be able to overcome. This is an important game for Arsenal as well being just 1 point back of 2nd place Manchester City, so we should be in store for a good match on Saturday morning with both sides needing 3 points.

  3. Roma vs Napoli

With 10 games left in the Italian season, Roma will host Napoli on Saturday kicking off the action for the weekend in Serie A. Roma sits 6 points back of first  place Juventus and Napoli are 5 points back of thirs place Lazio who currently hold the last Champions league qualifying spot in Italy. Much like the Arsenal and Liverpool match both of these clubs need a win this weekend in order to kick start their run in towards a possible tilt e for Roma or possible Champions League qualification for Napoli.

There are my tope three matches for this weekend. What games are you looking forward to?

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