Sam's Army

Sam's Army

The wild and wonderful world of soccer from an American perspective. Samuel Army and a rotating cast of fans, athletes and athlete fans discuss all the relevant goings-on from both sides of the pond. Headlines and a weekly recap plus previews and predictions with an emphasis on the Premier League and Champions League, along with the US men’s and women’s national teams, and just enough from the rest of Europe, MLS and NWSL to be dangerous. Episodes also typically feature candid interviews with players, coaches and other people of interest from in and around the sport. We aim to keep things light and entertaining but with enough analysis to appeal to fans new and old. Many people are calling Sam’s Army Podcast the best podcast they have ever listened to – not me, but many people. Note: true believers in #b2bwcw are eligible for a 22% to 26% discount at checkout. Holler!

Episodes

March 28, 2023 101 min

HEADLINES: Barcelona got 99 problems but Gavi may not be one for long, the coaching carousel is spinning extra fast with Conte and Nagelsmann sent packing plus the confusing Sebastian Lletget and Becky G situation

WEEKLY WHAT IF [24:00]: where would Tottenham finish this season if Jesse Marsch took over as manager right now?

REST OF WORLD [26:00]: Rapid reaction to USMNT games vs Grenada and El Salvador, MLS Hit-It-N-Quit-It Minute...

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HEADLINES: pluses/minuses of FIFA's new 48-team format starting with World Cup 2026; is the Allstate Continental Cup a good thing for USMNT; and MLS announces opponent for 2023 all-star game

WEEKLY WHAT IF: in a hypothetical universe where the current owner never bought your club, how would things be different?

PREMIER LEAGUE: Antonio Conte goes scorched earth after Tottenham piss away points (again); Chelsea get Dyched and Arsenal...

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IMPROMPTU Q&A - we pillory Tim Parker with questions about St Louis City SC's three-game win streak and what it has been like in the locker room and out on the town, the story behind his goal celly/pregnancy announcement, plus we get an answer to the biggest mystery of all: what voodoo magic is making teams repeatedly hand St Louis free goals

HEADLINES [12:00] - appeals court restores lawsuit brought by Relevant Sports seeking to f...

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HEADLINES - Jurgen Klinsmann (from the clouds) lands in Good Korea, PSG's Achraf Hakimi sexual assault allegations, Ivan Toney facing lengthy suspension and latest and possibly greatest installment of Keeping Up With The Icardashians

WEEKLY WHAT IF [15:30] - if you could go back in history and have a season-long "All or Nothing" documentary made about one team... who you picking?

PREMIER LEAGUE [23:00] - how back is Liverpool after...

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HEADLINES: new MLS format and France women's NT in disarray

WEEKLY WHAT IF: where would PSG finish if they played in the Premier League?

PREMIER LEAGUE: giving United some flowers, Liverpool is actually not #back after all, trying to describe Chelsea's heinousness and preview of the week ahead f/t City vs Newcastle and Liverpool vs United

REST OF WORLD: an inside and outside look at MLS's opening weekend and Apple's coverage of it,...

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HEADLINES - best and worst of MLS's 2023 jerseys; yay or nay on Thierry Henry as next USMNT manager; thots on Manchester United becoming another oil money club and how big of a deal is Barcelona's sordid referee payment scandal (note: last one not touched upon until GOAW section because someone -- not naming names -- is a dummy)

WEEKLY WHAT IF [23:00] - right here right now one game your life depends on it, who's your striker... Ma...

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HEADLINES - pluses and minuses of the latest iteration of the Fuck Soccer Get Money Super League and if Jesse Marsch to Southampton would be a good thing for him and/or USMNT fans

WEEKLY WHAT IF [19:00] - in a hypothetical soccer club stock market, which clubs are you buying and/or short-selling?

PREMIER LEAGUE [27:00] - most interesting results from the weekend, is corruption or incompetence at the heart of recent VAR mishaps and ...

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HEADLINES: thots timing of and fallout from Leeds firing Jesse Marsch (and relevance for USMNT); why Man City may not be able to wriggle free from allegations of financial irregularities again and heartbreaking situation in Turkey/Syria/Lebanon

WEEKLY WHAT IF [27:30] - if your favorite team had to hire one as your coach in 5-10 years, would you pick Messi or Ronny?

PREMIER LEAGUE [34:45] - January transfer window winners and losers...

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HEADLINES: US Soccer cleans house; Dear Leader (Bday Boy) Jozay's greatest hits and what to make of Wrexham mania

WHAT IF [32:30]: If you had $100M to invest it in a club anywhere in the world, what league would you pick?

USMNT [40:00]: January window postmortem

PREMIER LEAGUE [47:00]: thots on Leeds and Everton transfer moves, City/Arsenal recap and weekend preview

REST OF WORLD [1:09:00]: do we have a legitimate Bundesliga title ...

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HEADLINES: FIFA drops hammer on Lyon for maternity pay; Galaxy supporters groups vow boycott; Brian McBride out at USSF and shocking Dani Alves news

WEEKLY WHAT IF [14:30]: if you could launch a new MLS team next year in a city without one... wher...

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HEADLINES - who is winning the "Shakira vs Piqué" break-up, what happens now with Benjamin Mendy and we pick favorites among Puskas nominees

WEEKLY WHAT IF [17:00] - how would things be different if the Premier League were decided by cumulative goal differential rather than normal points system?

PREMIER LEAGUE [20:30] - breakdown of Manchester and North London Dærbies including in depth debate about if Rashford was offside and lots...

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HEADLINES: we debate newly retired Gareth Bale's underratedness and discuss NWSL's decision to ban four coaches for life

WEEKLY WHAT IF [7:45]: if you were sentenced to a trial by combat and had to pick someone from MLS... who you picking?

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The good, the bad and (mostly) the ugly of the Desperate American Soccer Housewives situation unfolding WAY too publicly before our eyes as the discord between the Berhalter's and Reyna's has snowballed into a genuine public relations nightmare for US Soccer:

  • What actually happened?
  • Who is to blame?
  • Where does USMNT go from here?
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HEADLINES: Ronny almost signing with... Sporting Kansas City(?!?!); Russia leaving UEFA and Infantino's non-penile Pele plan

WEEKLY WHAT IF [16:00]: what if it had been Messi had been on Real Madrid and Ronaldo was on Barcelona back in La Liga's golden days

PREMIER LEAGUE [21:00]: how hot is Jesse Marsch's seat; what is wrong with Tottenham, are Arsenal gonna mess around and win the damn league and highly unbiased Power Rankings

ST...

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HEADLINES: drama at Club Brugge and Pele update

WEEKLY WHAT IF [7:45]: if your club could have one do-over on a sale or signing - who?

PREMIER LEAGUE [15:30]: what we learned about who from the Boxing Day restart, Power Rankings and weekend preview (f/t Arsenal vs Brighton and Liverpool vs Lester)

STOPPAGE GAME [39:30]: Ivan Toney's Best Bets and GOAWs

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Hold onto your butts because the Premier League is about to return with a VENGEANCE starting on Monday (aka Boxing Day) so the hardest working crew in the soccer podcast game is here to ship your brains right back into midseason shape.

HEADLINES [3:00]: Messi to Miami on hold plus new MLS playoff format

WEEKLY WHAT IF [10:00]: Mourinho to USMNT?

PREMIER LEAGUE [14:45]: Who was hurt/helped most by the WC22 break; who has the hardest...

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Dan Katz makes a triumphant return to the big stage and bright lights after a 4.5-year hiatus, joining Mitch and Tommy to discuss where Argentina vs France stands in the pantheon of great soccer (and even sports) games and put a big beautiful bow on the good, the bad and the ugly of WC22. Gato Grande also gives Emi Martinez a run for his money as the soccer world's most committed troll and we decide once and for all what the USMNT'...

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Get up to speed on World Cup 2022 starting with a rapid recap of the two semifinals - Argentina/Croatia and France/Morocco - as well as the storylines, key matchups and how we see Argentina vs France playing out.

We also start out with a quick discussion of who we would like to see step in as next USMNT manager and close out with Stoppage Time f/t Best Bets and GOAWs.

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We taped Episode 2.186 on Sunday night just as news of Berhalter's off-the-record convo about "a player" at WC22 started picking up steam and reports of him asking individual players to vote on whether to send Gio Reyna home began circulating. We did the best we could trying to process the info we had in real time but ultimately, especially after conflicting reports debunking certain elements and a statement from Reyna himself emer...

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We get everyone up to speed on a wild and wooly weekend in the soccer universe, especially so within the American orbit, by discussing:

  • Berhalter's ("off the record") remarks about the Gio Reyna situation and what it means for the coach, player and team
  • [17:15] Recap of a truly incredible quarterfinal round, including a debate on which game was our favorite
  • [33:15] Preview of this week's semifinals
  • [51:15] We circle back aroun...
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