Stars and Stripes FC: for fans of USA soccer

Stars and Stripes FC: for fans of USA soccer

The official home for audio programming from Stars and Stripes FC, SB Nation's community for fans of the U.S. Men's National Team and the U.S. Women's National Team.

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June 11, 2021 22 min
It’s been a wild window, but we are back with Episode 53 of the SSFC Podcast! We recap the USMNT window that just finished, which was capped by a win over Mexico to win the Concacaf Nations League. The USMNT lost on the road to Switzerland 2-1, but they came back to win 1-0 against Honduras, 3-2 after extra time against Mexico, and 4-0 in a friendly against Costa Rica. We focus mainly on the Nations League matches and just everythi...
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The USMNT has a 27-player roster for their upcoming friendly against Switzerland on May 30th. Gregg Berhalter just released the roster this morning and we do a quick reaction to some of the names on this list. Of course, some names are off this list, like Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen (Champions League final), and Aaron Long and Jordan Morris (injury). Despite injuries, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie made the roster. We’ll se...
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May 14, 2021 17 min
The 2021 Gold Cup schedule has finally arrived...took Concacaf long enough! We go through it on Episode 51 of the SSFC Podcast. First, we talk about how Concacaf completely bungled the announcement of this Gold Cup schedule, including releasing the list of venues without dates or who would be playing there. Less than 2 months before the start of the tournament, we finally learn where teams will be playing, which is making fans scra...
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The UEFA Champions League Final is set, and Chelsea FC and Manchester City will take the field in Istanbul to see who will be crowned European champions. However, two Pennsylvanians from the USMNT, Christian Pulisic and Zack Steffen, will compete to see which of them will become only the 2nd USMNT player to win a Champions League. On Episode 50, we discuss the matchup and also quickly look at some of the USMNT and USWNT players tha...
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Jesse Marsch is off to RB Leipzig, as he was announced yesterday as their next coach, replacing Julian Nagelsmann. On Episode 49, we do a quick reaction to Marsch’s move from Salzburg to Leipzig and how his path through the Red Bull system has put him in the position he seeked when he left the New York Red Bulls: a head coaching job with a big time club in Europe. We also dip into the pathway for American coaches to run clubs in Eu...
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The European Super League shook the pillars of the soccer world, so it's only right that we begin with that discussion on Episode 48! The Super League has come and gone, but it's still a good time to break down what it was really all about: money. On both sides. There were no good guys in this dispute, and it's only going to maintain until the adults enter the room and try to figure out what makes the most sense for eve...
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On Episode 47 of the SSFC Podcast, we’re discussing one thing: failure to qualify. The USMNT U-23s didn’t qualify for the Olympics for the 3rd consecutive time and 4th time in 5 opportunities, and it’s a setback and a failure for the MNT program. We’re quickly breaking down all of it, from the players on the field to the coaching decisions, to the fact that our best players weren’t available to play. We had a team that was strong e...
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On Episode 46 of the SSFC Podcast, we recap the USMNT’s victory over Jamaica and preview the big doubleheader on Sunday with the USMNT’s match against Northern Ireland and the United States U-23s attempting to book their trip to Tokyo in Olympic qualifying against Honduras. The USMNT had several standout performers yesterday from Sergiño Dest to Brenden Aaronson. We discuss some of those performances quickly and what it means for t...
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It’s a short episode this week on the SSFC Podcast, but Episode 45 focuses on the USMNT roster that was released this week ahead of friendlies against Jamaica and Northern Ireland. We dissect the roster and discuss some of the changes that will come in the middle of the window due to Covid restrictions in the United Kingdom. We also go through some of the players who weren’t called in for various reasons. Covid really did a number ...
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On Episode 44 of the SSFC Podcast, we go through the U-23 Olympic qualifying roster that was released by Jason Kreis yesterday. With 20 guys remaining in Guadalajara to take on Concacaf and qualify for the Tokyo Games, we take a look at who those players are and what combinations they could have on the field. Starting with a general breakdown of the roster, you see there are plenty of players with USMNT experience as well as experi...
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Get your weekend started with Episode 43 of the Stars & Stripes FC Podcast! On this episode, we go through the U-23 training roster for Olympic qualifying. There were a few players who were removed, and some who were left off the roster. We explain why they are absent from the roster. The USMNT have a couple of matches coming up. We discuss the one that was just announced against Jamaica as well as the test they will have again...
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February 26, 2021 64 min
As we close out Black History Month, we have a special episode of the Stars & Stripes FC Podcast dedicated to one supporter who is using his platform to tell the stories that need telling. Elliot Barr is the co-host of the Can I Kick It Podcast, which covers Black soccer history, moments, and players. Since Juneteenth 2020, he and his co-host Chenier Durand II have brought stories and interviews about some of the great Black pl...
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We have a few things to dissect on Episode 41 of the Stars & Stripes FC Podcast! First, we give our thoughts on the 3rd jersey that leaked yesterday for the USWNT and the USMNT. We assume some things, but one thing’s for sure: it’s a zany jersey and I like it! Next up, the WNT win SheBelieves Cup again. We discuss some of the players that stood out above the rest, like Crystal Dunn, Christen Press, Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe, ...
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February 18, 2021 11 min
SheBelieves Cup begins this evening, so we have a quick Episode 40 for you to view while you prepare for the matches! The United States Women’s National Team begin with a match this evening against Canada, then follow with matches Sunday against Brazil and next Wednesday against Argentina. In preparations for the tournament, the USWNT media availabilities gave some nice insight into the team’s approach to these matches, both indivi...
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February 11, 2021 21 min
It’s a special interview on Episode 39, as we welcome Danita Johnson, D.C. United’s new President of Business Operations, to the show! Danita is the first black president and only the 3rd woman president in MLS history. We speak with Danita on her rise through the ranks in the basketball world (NBA, WNBA, G League), the challenges of switching to the soccer world, and being the first black person to be in the space of running a MLS...
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We recap quite a bit on Episode 38 of the Stars & Stripes FC Podcast! First, we recap the United States Men’s National Team’s 7-0 destruction of Trinidad and Tobago. Which players had standout performances and what does it mean for the USMNT and U-23s? After that, we recap a busy final day to the European winter transfer window, touching on a few key moves. Most notably, Daryl Dike’s loan to Barnsley FC would not have happened ...
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We have a bit to discuss on Episode 37 of the Stars & Stripes FC Podcast! First, the United States Women’s National Team made easy work of Colombia last weekend, and we saw Crystal Dunn and Margaret Purce Midge Purce finally get free! We also preview the USMNT’s match against Trinidad and Tobago this weekend and review the roster that head coach Gregg Berhalter has to choose from in the final days of January Camp. After the bre...
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We have a new episode ready for your Friday afternoon consumption before the United States Women’s National Team takes the field! On this episode, we recap the WNT’s victory over Colombia on Monday night and we discuss which players could feature tonight in round 2. We also discuss the Olympics and what it could mean that there are now reports that the Summer Games are in danger of being canceled. It could really alter the schedule...
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We have quite a bit to recap on Episode 35 of the Stars & Stripes FC Podcast! This week, Olympic qualifying dates have been announced! We discuss the tournament down in Mexico and what the United States U-23s have to do in order to make it to Tokyo for this summer’s Olympics. There were also a few transfers worth noting, from Mark McKenzie moving to Genk to Bryan Reynolds’ rumored move to Juventus (and Benevento). There’s also ...
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It’s a new year, and that means our national teams are back in action! On Episode 34 of the SSFC Podcast, the United States has January Camp for the WNT, the MNT, and the U-23s. We start with a look at the roster for the USWNT, who play Colombia twice in January. We have some veterans back on the field in Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, and Mallory Pugh. Some of the newcomers are back as well, like Sophia Smith, Catarina Macario, and J...
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