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Episode #10: US Nats, Subbuteo, Beckham and More

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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.

Download the show, subscribe (and rate and review, if you would) the show on iTunes and send us your feedback (either in an email or in the comments below).

Also, many thanks to Brian Lewis of the New York Post for giving us some love in his soccer blog about last week’s interview with Shep Messing.

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June 4th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Four At The Back – Episode 6

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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 latest episode of Four At The Back, America’s fastest-growing soccer podcast*.

Tim Holt, USL VP, is our special guest on this week’s show – thanks to Tim for agreeing to join us. Thanks go out to all of you who have been listening to the show and subscribing to it on iTunes. Send us your feedback – let us know what you like, what you don’t like, what topics you think we should cover or just how much you like my partner, Dan Loney.

*I have no idea if this is true. But we have had a good first month, so thank you, one and all.

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April 30th, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Well, There’s THAT

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From today’s Toronto Sun:

Toronto FC will not ask Major League Soccer to review Danny Dichio’s expulsion from Saturday’s match with Chicago Fire, coach Mo Johnston said yesterday.

This, in spite of the fact that Johnston feels the one game penalty — after seeing several replays of Dichio’s punch-up with Chicago goalkeeper Matt Pickens and subsequent red card — was too harsh.

“No one ever wins an appeal on a red card,” Johnston said. “We just have to accept the fact that we’ll be without Danny on Wednesday (versus Houston Dynamo).”

You know why no one ever wins an appeal on a red card, Mo? Because you can’t appeal a red card. It’s a FIFA directive. Unless the referee gave the card to the wrong player, there is no recourse. The player leaves the game. The player sits out the next game. It is impossible – IMPOSSIBLE – for the one-game suspension that accompanies a red card to be appealed or circumvented.

UPDATE (5/15): Apparently there will be no further discipline for Count Dichula, as despite the photo above and the video replay that appears to show him biting Matt Pickens, Dichio will serve only the mandatory one-game suspension for being sent off. An MLS source told me that, visual evidence notwithstanding, no one on the Fire mentioned being bitten or witnessing a bite. But Luis Arroyove’s Chicago Tribune blog says Diego Gutierrez WAS bitten by Dichio. Someone’s not telling the truth.

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May 14th, 2007 at 11:16 am

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Embrace the Colours of Public Transportation

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Here’s an interesting little nugget from the Toronto FC media guide that I just picked up today:

Page 48 under “Media Information” tells us that “There are no parking privileges for media at BMO Field. However, Lot F (south side) is the closest to the media entrance at Gate 4. This lot can be located north west of the Lakeshore Blvd, Ontario Drive intersection.”

No media parking? What is that? Is it just that there’s no parking at BMO Field to be had (it’s at Exhibition Place – Toronto’s website says Exhibition Place has “ample parking”) or that they’re going to make them pay to park or what?

Let’s see if Michelle Lissel answers my email about that.

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April 13th, 2007 at 5:46 pm

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