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 56: Mea Culpas, and three burning USMNT questions

    Belz goes under the knife for his garbage predictions about Miazga and Weah, and then the hosts discuss three key questions about the USMNT in the interim between January Camp and the March friendlies.

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    Episode 55: Interview with Ted Kroeten, an evangelist for free play in youth soccer

    Ted Kroeten is the founder of Joy of the People, a non-profit in the Twin Cities focused on free play as a way to develop more instinctive, resourceful soccer players (and people). A former player, long-time coach and current soccer parent, Kroeten believes that up to at least the age of 14, the best way for kids to improve is by playing for fun with their friends, with minimal supervision and basically no coaching.

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    Episode 54: USA 2, Costa Rica 0, and January Camp ends on a high note

    The USA beat Costa Rica 2-0 on Saturday in San Jose, California, with a couple of goals in the last 10 minutes. This was a Costa Rica side that was a bit stouter than the Panamanian opponent a week ago, and another convincing Concacaf friendly win for Berhalter.

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    Episode 53: USA 3, Panama 0, and a positive start to the Gregg Berhalter era

    Yes it was a Panama B team, but the U.S. is likely to face several similar sides at the Gold Cup in June, and the win on Sunday was a coherent, competent, even dominant, performance. Compared to US-Bosnia in 2018, and January camps in previous years, this was a step in the right direction.

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    Episode 51: An interview with Brian Kleiban, the LA Galaxy academy coach

    LA Galaxy's academy is one of the top talent centers in American soccer, and U19 head coach Brian Kleiban is in the middle of it. He's now got former players all over the U.S. boys' youth national teams, he's been to two straight Development Academy finals, and he joined the pod for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from the time he spied on Bielsa in the early 2000s, to the MLS draft, the U20 World Cup, the Development Academy, and his long-term ambitions as a coach.

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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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