Four At The Back

Four At The Back was a soccer podcast that yours truly and my man Dan Loney did for a bit in the spring and summer of 2009.

The basic idea is that we took four topics from the world of American soccer and kicked them around for a half-hour or so. This is where you can go back and listen to all of the episodes, because, God knows, listening to radio talk shows from months ago is soooooo entertaining.

Before you ask, no, we have no plans to bring the show back. We both enjoyed doing it, but I think we also both enjoy not doing it. At least as long as nobody’s going to pay us to do it.

EPISODE #15 (Available 8.14.09) – Download here (33:54)
If you’d forgotten about us, I can’t say I blame you – it’s been a while. But on Episode #15 of Four At The Back, Dan Loney and I return to discuss the USA/Mexico game, Don Garber‘s decade as MLS commissioner, the “Summer of Soccer,” and the future of the show.

EPISODE #14 (Available 7.10.09) – Download here (29:54)
So is David Beckham really a bad captain and teammate? And what will happen now that he’s due back in the States soon and will return to his contractually-obligated, short-term-stint MLS career next week against the Red Bulls in New York? Dan Loney and I will discuss that and other topics in the latest episode of Four At The Back. The USA’s performance to this point in the Gold Cup, the upcoming semifinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup and the future of SuperLiga are also on the agenda for our 14th episode.

EPISODE #13 (Available 7.03.09) – Download here (31:10)
Back after a week’s vacation, Dan Loney and I pick up with Episode 13 of Four At the Back by looking at the US Nats’ shocking run to the Confederations Cup final, the potential demise of the Xtreme Soccer League and third-round results in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, plus we talk to soccer historian and author Roger Allaway about his new book, Corner Offices & Corner Kicks.

EPISODE #12 (Available 6.19.09) – Download here (33:52)
The plight of the National Team, branding Giuseppe Rossi a traitor, the top team in USL-1 and Mount Rushmore redux are the topics on this week’s episode of Four At The Back.

EPISODE #11 (Available 6.12.09) – Download here (36:34)
Josh Hakala from usopencup.com and Rob Penner from WPS are our guests on Episode #11. We also talk about the US Men’s National Team’s qualifier against Honduras and their prospects in the upcoming Confederations Cup, and, just for fun, ask “Who’s on your Mount Rushmore of American soccer?”

EPISODE #10 (Available 6.04.09) – Download here (29:35)
Falling between World Cup qualifiers, episode #10 of Four At The Back features discussion of the US Nats’ loss in Costa Rica and a look ahead to the game with Honduras. Also, the best subbuteo player in the country, Zach Walker, is our guest (visit the American Subbuteo Association to find out more about this fun game). We’ll also talk about Toronto FC’s upcoming friendly with Real Madrid and Dan gets his David Beckham hate on.

EPISODE #9 (Available 5.30.09) – Download here (33:39)
Shep Messing is our guest on the latest episode of Four At The Back (sorry it took an extra day to get it online – but, hey, you’re not paying for it, so simmer down). We also discuss the US National Team’s upcoming busy summer and ask what can be done about the US Open Cup? Shep shares his insight on this year’s New York Red Bulls team, the sad history of MLS’ New Jersey/New York franchise and the glory days of the Cosmos in Episode 9. (And, yes, Shep will be back in a future Four At The Back Extra because there was too much good stuff for just this one show.)

EPISODE #8 (Available 05.22.09) – Download here (36:45)
The Steven Cohen affair, ties in Major League Soccer, proFANity in the stands and an NASL reunion are the topics Dan Loney and I cover on the 8th episode of Four At The Back. In honor of the season finale of American Idol, we even ran a little long this week. Sorry about that.

EPISODE #7 (Available 05.15.09) – Download here (29:41)
Bryan James of the Sons of Ben stops by to talk about Philadelphia Union, we look at MLS storylines at the season’s 1/4 mark, WPS gets physical and we wonder how super SuperLiga is. Plus, the all-new Lightning Round!

EXTRA #1 (Available 05.06.09) – Download here (21:05)
From time to time, when Dan and I are unable to get together for a regular edition of Four At The Back, we’ll bring you Four At The Back EXTRA, featuring an extended interview with a guest that we were only able to give you a taste of during our regular show. On this edition, Chivas USA captain Jesse Marsch discusses the Goats’ fast start, playing for Preki, his own potential coaching career, his departure from Chicago, David Beckham, how different MLS is now from when he first came into the league in 1996 and more.

EPISODE #6 (Available 05.01.09) – Download here (30:32)
The plight of last year’s MLS Cup finalists, John Carver‘s departure from Toronto FC, the short and long-term future of the United Soccer Leagues and the first month of the Women’s Professional Soccer season are the topics on the sixth episode of Four At The Back.

EPISODE #5 (Available 04.24.09) – Download here (26:43)
A look at United Soccer Leagues Division I, an interview with Vancouver Veep Bob Lenarduzzi, the Seattle Sounders and Bruce Arena‘s dwindling star power are all on the fifth episode of Four At The Back.

EPISODE #4 (Available 04.17.09) – Download here (25:10)
The new episode of Four At The Back features discussion of MLS officiating, a visit with Chivas USA’s Jesse Marsch, theories on lagging MLS attendance and the US Soccer Supporters Club.

EPISODE #3 (Available 04.10.09) – Download here (28:52)
D & K talk about the surprising start by the Seattle Sounders, find out the latest on DC United’s stadium search (with correspondent Ed Morgans, on loan from The Fighting Talker podcast), examine USSF’s big list of possible future World Cup venues and look at the state of the indoor game.

EPISODE #2 (Available 04.03.09) – Download here (28:31)
We discuss the US Men’s National Team’s World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago, faux hooligans at Major League Soccer games, the first Women’s Professional Soccer match and the newest United Soccer Leagues First Division team in New York.

EPISODE #1 (Available 03.26.09) – Download here (27:44)
Dan and Kenn get the ball rolling with discussion of the first weekend in Major League Soccer, the US National Team’s upcoming games against El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago, the impending launch of Women’s Professional Soccer and future fortunes for the United Soccer Leagues Division 1 now that three of its top franchises have been poached by MLS.