The Scuffed Podcast | USMNT, Yanks Abroad, MLS, soccer in America

The Scuffed Podcast | USMNT, Yanks Abroad, MLS, soccer in America

An in-depth show about the U.S. men's national soccer team, the players who could one day make it better, and American soccer in general.

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    Episode 48: Interview with Brian Clarhaut, a young American manager making his way in Europe

    Clarhaut is the 32-year-old manager of Nyköpings BIS, a club in the Swedish third division. He’s taken the road less traveled. Grew up in New Jersey, played college soccer, was an assistant coach at a few colleges in the Northeast, and then got an assistant coaching job in Sweden and was named head coach at the club mid-season in 2017 when his boss was fired. He gave Scuffed a wide-ranging interview that covered his coaching path, his work in Nyköping, his views on the U.S. men’s national team, and some of his personal coaching philosophy, among other things.

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    Episode 46: Preseason player pool worst case scenarios, revisited

    In August, we recorded a catalog of worst case scenarios for USMNT players abroad in the first half of the European season. This week we check in on those (a disconcerting number came true). Then we discuss Ledezma’s pending move to PSV, the Champions League draw, and Dave Sarachan’s new job.

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    Episode 43: Tab Ramos joins the pod, plus a USMNT interim era wrap-up & a U20s breakdown

    U.S. men's U20 coach and youth technical director Tab Ramos joins to talk about the Concacaf Championship and a few other things. Then Greg and Belz talk briefly about the Italy friendly, evaluate the first team minutes requirement floated by some after the game, and break down the satisfying, trophy-winning 2-0 win over Mexico in Bradenton from the U20s.

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    Episode 42: A U17 Player Pool Review ahead of the Nike Friendlies

    Belz, Joey Anthone and Matt Hartman take a deep dive into the pool of players born in 2002 or later and therefore eligible for the U17 World Cup next year. We talk about how this age group stacks up against past cycles, discuss more than 50 individual players and try to answer a bunch of very good Twitter questions. This is a long one. Use the show notes. If you get bored with the discussion of one position, skip to the next. We start with the top prospects, generally, and move our way down at each spot on the field.

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