On this episode of THE MIXXED ZONE, “The Keeper” Jen Cooper waxes nostalgic about the inaugural WUSA game played on April 14, 2001 at RFK Stadium in front of more than 34,000 fans, chatting with former Washington Freedom (and current Washington Spirit) head coach Jim Gabarra, former Bay Area CyberRays keeper LaKeysia Beene and longtime WoSo reporter Beau Dure.
George, Bobby, and David chat about the taxes paid by professional soccer players and where their true loyalties lie. Then George runs into his very interesting friend Greg, who talks about not-sports. Finally, the hosts Tika-Talka about Theo Theodoridis (the football administrator, not the less questionable drug mule), the quality of football journalism, and the greatest soccer game that you have not seen.
"The Keeper" Jen Cooper previews the final two 2015 NWSL clubs in this episode, chatting first with StarsAndStripesFC.com's Steph Yang about the Boston Breakers and then getting the WNY Flash scoop from Courtney Andros of WoSo Off The Post and FinalThirdSoccer.com. Jen and Steph also discuss the second USWNT friendly versus Colombia.
In this bonus episode of the THE MIXXED ZONE, "The Keeper" Jen Cooper reviews the first USWNT friendly versus Colombia with Equalizer Soccer's Dan Lauletta, and they also break down Sky Blue FC's roster for 2016. Then Jen chats with Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian about the challenges facing the Portland Thorns and their new head coach Mark Parsons.
David returns to talk about two important off-the-field stories: Gianni Infantino’s alleged role in football corruption, and the financial inequalities of revenue distribution in U.S. Soccer. George and Bobby then speak to Matt Doyle to discuss the tactical development of the Number 10, and the status of that role in American soccer. Finally, the three hosts Tika-Talka about the fascinating nature of the Israeli playoff system, the Going Up of the Gas, and crowd-sourcing football management.
On this week's episode of THE MIXXED ZONE, "The Keeper" Jen Cooper continues her series of 2016 NWSL club previews. First she chats with Jennifer Gordon of Equalizer Soccer about two-time playoff team Washington Spirit, and then Jen gets the latest scoop from Hal Kaiser about her hometown club, the Houston Dash.
George and Bobby are joined by Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman who discusses his recent piece with Howler regarding the current state of youth soccer development in the United States. Our two hosts then talk about Sam Borden’s recent piece in the New York Times about “Soccer’s Version of Solitary Confinement” and Bobby shares his experience in such a situation during his career. Finally, we hear a brief Tika-Talka about the ethicality of valuing soccer development over a traditional educational experience.
Continuing the theme of previewing each 2015 NWSL club before the 2016 season, "The Keeper" Jen Cooper chats with soccer writer Evan Davis about the prospects for two-time regular season champions Seattle Reign and last year's playoffs debutante Chicago Red Stars.
Bobby speaks to George about signing with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the USL and the fresh challenges of joining a new club. They are then joined by poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips, who attempts to describe the artistry of Messi’s play and personality. Finally, George and Bobby briefly Tika-Talka about Tim Howard’s exit from Everton and fantasy soccer.
In the first of nine discussions reviewing the 2015 NWSL clubs as the next season approaches, "The Keeper" Jen Cooper chats with hardcore FCKC fan Mark Shawhan about the team's offseason player changes and 2016 outlook. Then Jen catches up with WUSA alum and current Baylor soccer head coach Paul Jobson.