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Talkin’ soccer and life with the people who matter in Major League Soccer. Hosted by DC101's Gregory Roche.
Jul 28, 2020
The Athletic's Pablo Maurer On MLS Is Back
*Roche checks in with The Athletic's Pablo Maurer for an update on the MLS Is Back Tournament. Has the tournament been good for the league? Is youth finally being served in the League? What teams' performance is indicative of its future? Plus, an update on D.C. United and more. ** Click here for more info on Jaime Moreno.*
1 hr 8 min
Jul 12, 2020
Andrew Dykstra On Coaching Youth Soccer During A Pandemic
Former MLS GK Andrew Dykstra now makes his living coaching the next generation of soccer players. In this episode of Pitch Pass, Dykstra discusses the challenges of being a youth coach during a pandemic, which age groups suffer the most from a disruption in training, and which MLS team mines the Mid-Atlantic region for talent the best. Roche and Andrew also discuss the MLS Is Back Tournament, life in the USL, and more.
May 8, 2020
Frederic Brillant At Home
After scoring the game winning goal against Inter Miami, D.C. United veteran Frederic Brillant, like almost everyone else, has spent the past two months at home. During that time, he's spent time with family, stayed sharp with DCU's tactical Zoom sessions, mentored the younger United players, while being mentored by Nolan Sheldon on the nuances of coaching. The veteran has also had time to ponder his future in the sport as a player and coach. Also, Fred and Roche break down his ultimate French 5v5 team and look for possible weaknesses and alternatives.
Mar 5, 2020
Steven Birnbaum Is The Captain Now
The new season of Pitch Pass is here! First guest of the year is D.C. United captain, Steven Birnbaum. It's his second stint as captain of the Black and Red and he tells Roche what he's learned since his first tenure. Then, Roche and Steve discuss the life changing money to be made in MLS now, sitting next to "regular" people on flights, the DCU new boys, being a #GirlDad, and what it's like being Wayne Rooney's friend off the pitch.
Oct 10, 2019
MLS Cup Playoffs Preview Part 1
The MLS Cup Playoffs are here! Pitch Pass will spend the next month breaking down the match ups and making BOLD predictions. Roche will be joined throughout the month by former MLS Defender Of The Year, Bobby Boswell, who will be sharing his expert analysis exclusively on Pitch Pass. Sounds legit, don't it? It definitely isn't but it'll be a lot of fun to hear. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Sep 26, 2019
D.C. United's Russell Canouse: Renaissance Man
Don't tell Russell Canouse he's had an up and down year. No, seriously, don't. Roche tried and Canouse shut that right down. Hear why he thinks comments about his "form" were overblown, his numerous off the field interests, the long term plan for his life as a realtor, playing right back for D.C. United, the uniqueness of a lung injury, sports fandom in Central PA, and much, much more. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Sep 20, 2019
Bobby Boswell On The MLS CBA And The Number 32
Good friend of the podcast (and D.C. United legend), Bobby Boswell joins Roche to discuss the upcoming MLS CBA. Boswell has been in the room for the last two rounds of CBA negotiations and offers unique insight on what the players got last time and what they can achieve this time. He also advises you "stay woke" (his words) on what is and isn't important to the players(13:06). But first, he breaks down the recent appearance of the number 32 in a recent D.C. United match, how it got there (hint: Steve Birnbaum), and the magical powers of the iconic number. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Sep 5, 2019
Sebastian Salazar Goes Off Board
Roche brought ESPN's Sebastian Salazar on talk D.C. United tactics. He did not want to talk about D.C. United tactics. Instead, Roche and Sebi discussed fan alienation, an owner's obligation to club supporters, long term investment vs. short term capitalization, and the role of minority voices in the media. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
1 hr 3 min
Aug 30, 2019
The Athletic's Pablo Maurer Endures Roche's D.C. United Rants
If you like a grown man whining about a sports team for 90 minutes, this episode of Pitch Pass is for you. Pablo Maurer joins Roche to discuss his latest articles on The Athletic including his column on the troubles with Audi Field. Then, the guys get into a hypothetical starting XI for D.C. United in 2020, Wayne Rooney's legacy, Lucho Acosta's legacy, who is to blame for DCU's meh season, and much, much more. It's an episode to air all the grievances with D.C. United. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe
1 hr 34 min
Aug 14, 2019
Felipe Martins Wants To Be Your Friend
Roche hates Felipe Martins! Whew! That felt good. Now, Roche and Felipe can move forward with an insightful conversation about Felipe's reputation amongst MLS (and especially DCU) fans, his incredible journey from Brazil to Europe to MLS, the difficulties he experienced in Vancouver, and the MLS urban legend featuring him and Frank Lampard. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Jul 2, 2019
Ben Olsen Previews The Rest D.C. United's Season
D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen joins Roche to discuss the life of a soccer dad and how/if to coach your kid, keeping an eye on the Academy, and the number 14 in DC history. Then, Roche compares Branko Boskovic and Zoltan Stieber and asks Olsen if Stieber is a luxury the team can afford. Plus, talk of DCU formations, Rooney's minutes, and transfer talk. It's a jam packed episode of Pitch Pass brought to you in part by Tropical Smoothie Cafe. www.pitchpass.com
Jun 13, 2019
Ryan Martin On The Reality Of Loudoun United And D.C. United
New Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin joins Roche to discuss his new role in the D.C. United organization, what Loudoun United means to the Black And Red, and, integrating youth players into the professional ranks. Then, Martin breaks down the homegrown signing process, the Pathway 2 Pro initiative, and the perception vs. reality of DCU. Listen and subscribe so you never miss an episode. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe.
Jun 6, 2019
Griffin Yow Is 16 And A Professional Soccer Player
D.C. United homegrown signing, Griffin Yow, joins Roche for this episode of Pitch Pass. The 16 year old has already made his first team debut for DCU and is a fixture in the Loudoun United starting XI. Hear when Yow knew he could compete with professionals, what Academy players could be following in his footsteps, and his excellent advice for players dreaming of a career as a professional soccer player. Pitch Pass is sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Listen + Subscribe so you never miss an episode!
May 9, 2019
Donovan Pines: D.C. United Is My Home
Donovan Pines has had a fantastic start to his rookie season with D.C. United. In this episode of Pitch Pass, he gives his thoughts on his play thus far, the injury that has put his season on hold and how much time he'll miss, and the difference between USL and MLS. Plus, he explains why he's a Liverpool fan, how close he was to starting his career overseas, and why his teammates call him Bambi. But first, Emily Olsen of ProSoccerUSA.com joins Roche to discuss DCU's current form, summer transfer targets, what formation is most successful for United, and Marquinhos Pedroso's crazy travel to get to D.C. Listen + Subscribe to Pitch Pass so you never miss an episode!
1 hr 8 min
Apr 5, 2019
Chris McCann Is Still Irish
Chris McCann joined D.C. United this season after winning the MLS Cup with Atlanta United last season, which was preceded by a long career in England. Now, the Irishman talks with Roche about his time in England, the Netflix documentary Sunderland Til I Die, the process of getting a green card, and whether he can still deal with cold weather now that he's in America.
Mar 28, 2019
Jordan Culver Previews OCSC v DCU. Plus, Pablo Maurer Talks Johan Cruyff
Orlando City hosts D.C. United and The Orlando Sentinel's Jordan Culver joins the show to discuss the Lions early season form, how they want to play, and the impact of Nani. Then, The Athletic's Pablo Maurer talks with Roche about Johan Cruyff, his worldwide and national legacy, why his "mixtapes" don't pop, and who would play Cruyff in the Netflix limited series about his time in DC.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 14, 2019
Paul Arriola On His Blistering Start To The New Season
Paul Arriola has been D.C. United's most in form player during the first two matches of the new MLS Season. He joins Roche to discuss his form, the cold, wet opener at Audi Field, USMNT Coach Gregg Berhalter's style, and more. Make sure you subscribe to Pitch Pass so you never miss an episode!
Feb 27, 2019
D.C. United Defender Steven Birnbaum And The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas On Atlanta United Vs. D.C. United
The new season of MLS is finally here! One of the marquee match ups during opening weekend is D.C. United hosting MLS Cup Champions, Atlanta United. Defender Steven Birnbaum joins Roche to discuss the #DCU preseason, the rash of weddings in the League this offseason, and Wayne Rooney's golf game. Then, The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas calls in to talk about Atlanta United's CONCACAF Champion's League experience, the pressure on Frank DeBoer to hit the ground running, and Miguel Almiron's outstanding EPL start.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 22, 2019
D.C. United Technical Director Dane Murphy
D.C. United has a new Technical Director and he joins Roche on the latest episode of Pitch Pass. Dane Murphy has climbed the front office ladder at breakneck speed and discusses how he transitioned from player to exec so quickly. Then, he takes Roche behind the scenes at Loudoun United to talk roster building, establishing an organizational infrastructure, and how the Academy will play an important role with the new USL team.
Feb 8, 2019
The Athletic's Paul Tenorio On MLS's "Helicpoter General Managing" And D.C. United's Akeem Ward On Life As A Professional
The Athletic's Paul Tenorio joins Roche to discuss the Andrew Gutman loan saga and how MLS's "helicopter general managing" style escalated the situation. Will the owners address the League's meddling or will the players in the next CBA? Do either care enough to try and address it? Then, Paul and Roche discuss the future of solidarity payments in the U.S. as well as Russell Canouse's USMNT future. Later, D.C. United rookie Akeem Ward talks about DCU's preseason thus far, Donovan Pines, his role with the team, and more.
Jan 24, 2019
Dave Kasper On D.C. United's New Reality
D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper joins Roche to discuss DCU's eventful offseason. D.C. United is in a different reality now and Kasper explains what that means for the club in its negotiations with clubs in South America and throughout the world, how Loudoun United fits into the club's infrastructure, what it means for the Academy, and Dane Murphy's role in all of it. Plus, some updates on the training center in Leesburg and some roster news. Listen and subscribe!
Jan 16, 2019
The Athletic's Pablo Maurer On D.C. United's Quietly Eventful Offseason
Pitch Pass is back for a new MLS season! The Athletic's Pablo Maurer joins Roche in studio to go over a quietly eventful D.C. United offseason that included a new brodcast deal, contract negotiations with two key attackers, a Wayne Rooney kerfuffle, and more. Plus, what DIDN'T happen this offseason at Audi Field.
1 hr 19 min
Nov 8, 2018
Bobby Boswell: There Are No Easy Games For Atlanta United
D.C. United and Houston Dynamo legend Bobby Boswell joins Roche to discuss leg 2 of this round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Boswell gives his thoughts on why having the home match first is an advantage, the pressure Atlanta United players are constantly under, and how much stock to put in year end awards. He also discusses the upcoming CBA, what issues should and should not be important to the players, how involved foreign players are in the union, and why players like Brandon Vincent retire so early. Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode!
Oct 31, 2018
Crew SC FW Patrick Mullins And Columbus Dispatch Reporter Andrew Erickson
The MLS Cup Playoffs are here! A preview of the Knockout Round match between D.C. United and Columbus Crew features Columbus Dispatch reporter, Andrew Erickson on #SavedTheCrew, the future of soccer in Columbus and Austin, winners and losers in the #SaveTheCrew drama, and if Crew SC has a chance against DCU. Then, Crew SC FW (and former D.C. United man) Patrick Mullins joins Roche to discuss how a player gains confidence (and form), Gregg Berhalter's coaching style, his time with DCU, and early morning wake up calls
Oct 25, 2018
Chris Durkin And Sebastian Salazar On D.C. United's Playoff Chances
D.C. United MF (and homegrown talent) Chris Durkin discusses his absence from the USMYNT U-20 squad, his growth during the season, his broken nose, his passing vision, and more. Then, ESPN's Sebastian "Hot Take Sebi" Salazar joins Roche to marvel at DCU's turnaround, their playoff chances, the future of Lucho Acosta, the rise of hot takes in sports, and more.
1 hr 2 min
Oct 11, 2018
RFK Memories With D.C. United Legends Bobby Boswell and Chris Pontius
Two legends of D.C. United join Roche to share some memories and stories of RFK Stadium. Bobby Boswell and Chris Pontius give some career highlights on the field and tell Roche some of the strange things associated with working daily at RFK.
Oct 11, 2018
Audi Field And The D.C. United Supporters' Group Situation
Roche is joined by ESPN's Sebastian Salazar to discuss D.C. United's new stadium, Audi Field, the debut of global superstar, Wayne Rooney, and the supporters' groups controversy and how divisive it has become for all the fans of the club.
1 hr 17 min
Oct 11, 2018
Hola y Bienvenido, Russell Canouse!
MF Russell Canouse on his bond with Wayne Rooney, the injury that wiped out the first half of his season, his guitar playing ability, and his Spanish lessons.
Oct 11, 2018
Charlie Boehm & Jalen Robinson On D.C. United's Pathway 2 Pro Initiative
This week, D.C. United announced their Pathway 2 Pro initiative. Journalist Charles Boehm joins Roche to discuss what P2P is, how it will work, and what it means for the D.C. United Academy and youth soccer in the DMV. Then, DCU Academy grad Jalen Robinson discusses his path from the Academy to the first team.
Oct 11, 2018
Nick DeLeon Is Back From The Wilderness
It's been a long road back for D.C. United's longest tenured player. But Nick DeLeon is back and ready to contribute to DCU's playoff push. Nick talks about his journey to get back on the pitch and the self pity that crept in. He also shares his excitement about playing at Audi Field, with Wayne Rooney, and the opportunity to jump into the attack from his RB position.
Dec 10, 2015
Thomas Rongen | Episode 531
We coach Thomas Rongen about MLS Cup Playoffs, the 4-3-3 formation in MLS (great insight here), Freddy Adu's future and much more. Don't miss this one.
Dec 3, 2015
Diego Valeri and Sebastian Salazar | Episode 530
MLS Cup Preview Edition: We talk to Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri about his playoff beard, trash talking with Federico Higuain, craft beer drinker and MLS Cup. In the second segment, CSN-Washington anchor and reporter Sebastian Salazar joins us to breakdown MLS Cup. Don't miss this one!
Nov 19, 2015
Ethan Finlay | Episode 529
Columbus Crew SC winger Ethan Finlay calls in to talk about his Eye Of The Tiger compression shorts, his acting and directing skills, NY Red Bulls and more.
Nov 5, 2015
Evan Bush and Tim Parker | Episode 528
"Defense wins championships," goes the old saying. So this week we spoke to a pair of key defensive players. In the first segment we tak to Montreal Impact Goalkeeper Evan Bush about his teams playoff run, Drogba, and his route to MLS. Then we discuss Fantasy Football, books, and more with Vancouver Whitecaps defender Tim Parker.
Oct 29, 2015
Chris Pontius and Garth Lagerwey | Episode 527
D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius discuss his Knockout Round goal, injury status, and ... golf! In the second segment Sounders executive Garth Lagerwey talks about his official title, soccer analytics, and more.
Oct 22, 2015
Herculez Gomez | Episode 526
Toronto FC forward Herculez Gomez calls in to talk about his return to MLS, his baby announcement, professional athletes on Twitter, and much more. Don't miss this one.
Oct 8, 2015
Kurt Larson and Matt Hedges | Episode 525
TorontoFC and Canada National Team columnist Kurtis Larson calls in to talk about TFC's playoff chances and the Canadian National Team. In the second segment, we talk to FC Dallas defender about his FIFA 16 rating, FC Dallas' current form and his Canadian citizenship.
Oct 2, 2015
Cyle Larin | Episode 524
Orlando City SC forward discusses playing against Drogba and with Kaka. He also talks about his outstanding rookie season ... and the best places to shop in Orlando.
Sep 24, 2015
Jonathan Tannenwald | Episode 523
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com checks in to discuss the upcoming Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final.
Sep 11, 2015
Sebastian Salazar | Episode 522
We go around the league and talk USA-MEX with CSN anchor, Sebastian Salazar.
1 hr 18 min
Sep 2, 2015
Michael Parkhurst and Alexi Lalas | Episode 521
We talk to Columbus Crew SC defender Michael Parkhurst about fantasy football, the Eastern Conference playoff race, and more. In the second segment, Alex Lalas calls in to discuss the difference in styles between New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy and the rest of the league.
Aug 28, 2015
Quincy Amarikwa | Episode 520
It is #QuincyTime on PitchPass this week. San Jose Earthquakes' Quincy Amarikwa talks about his preferred position, "man buns", and the upcoming Cali Classico.
Aug 12, 2015
Jesse Marsch and Kevin Payne | Episode 519
New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch discusses his team's season and his work with the Red Bulls Academy and the recent NYvNY derby. In the second segment we talk to U.S. Club Soccer CEO and former D.C. United President Kevin Payne about U.S. Club Soccer's new program called "Players First". Also we talk about MLS Academies and Designated Players.
1 hr 6 min
Aug 6, 2015
Bobby Boswell | Episode 518
D.C. United captain and centerback Bobby Boswell talks about his penchant to get forward (#WhiteRooney), United's current form and tight finances, and fishing in the Potomac River.
Aug 5, 2015
John Strong | Episode 517
FOX Sports play-by-play man, John Strong calls in to discuss MLS, Gold Cup, and the Women's World Cup. Don't miss this discussion with one of the leading voices in North American soccer.
Jul 15, 2015
Zach Pfeffer and Brian Straus | Episode 516
Philadelphia Union midfield Zach Pfeffer talks about growing up an MLS fan and then playing in the league and if his recent red card could be seen as a positive. In the second segment, Sports Illustrated writer Brian Straus the Tao of Klinsmann and how MLS selects the All-Star team.
1 hr 9 min
Jul 8, 2015
Ethan Finlay | Episode 515
Columbus Crew SC winger Ethan Finlay calls in for a wide ranging discussion that spans from Settlers of Catan to playing with Kei Kamara.
Jun 18, 2015
Dom Dwyer and Paul Tenorio | Episode 514
We talk to Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer and then Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel.
Jun 11, 2015
Jozy Altidore and Rodney Wallace | Episode 513
Toronto FC and U.S. National Team forward Jozy Altidore helps us break down the "exciting" USMNT result against Germany and why he decided to return to MLS. He offers candid comments about how life off the field affected his performance. Also find out which player he described as "so fun to watch ... he's got everything going for him."
May 27, 2015
Tally Hall | Episode 512
Orlando City SC goalkeeper Tally Hall talks camouflage, Kaka, turning 30 and more.
May 21, 2015
Chad Barrett and Alicia Rodriguez
We talk to Seattle Sounders forward Chad Barrett about his Entourage life this week, playing with Oba and Clint, and turning 30. In the second segment we go around the league with thegoatparade.com and mlssoccer.com editor Alicia Rodriguez.
May 15, 2015
Tesho Akindele and Sebastian Salazar | Episode 510
FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele shares his Settlers of Catan and Monopoly advice and we discuss his options with the USA vs Canada national teams. In the second segment, we check in with long-time friend of the show and CSN-Washington anchor Sebastian Salazar.
May 8, 2015
Jeb Brovsky & Mike Petke | Episode 509
[Episode updated to correct an audio issue.] New York vs New York episode! NYCFC defender Jeb Brovsky previews Sunday's match and discusses his awesome mustache. In the second segment, we talk to special guest Mike Petke about how he felt returning to Red Bull Arena, his take on when the Red Bulls vs NYCFC "rivalry" will begin, why the NY vs DC rivalry maybe slipping, and listening to Linkin Park.
Apr 29, 2015
Benny Feilhaber and Travis Worra | Episode 508
Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber on reacting the George Brett's pine tar incident at Yankee Stadium, his "Master the Mane" charitable program, best moustaches in MLS - and we talk some soccer. In the second segment, we check in with Travis Worra on his D.C. United call up and big week in MLS.
Apr 23, 2015
Dax McCarty | Episode 507
New York Red Bulls Dax McCarty checks in to talk about the Red Bulls' season, the team's offseason changes, and his role on the team. Plus he shares his recommendations for where to eat in New York.
Apr 16, 2015
Clint Irwin and Brian Dunseth | Episode 505
Find out why Colorado Rapids GK Clint Irwin sometimes feels "so left out", why he authors blog posts, and his thoughts on the Rapids' current form. In the second segment we talk to Brian Dunseth about the USMNT, RSL, and the rest of MLS.
Apr 9, 2015
Jalil Anibaba and Kyle McCarthy | Episode 505
Boston Herald writer and FOX Soccer editor Kyle McCarthy discusses Klinsmann's national team camps and we go around MLS. In the second segment, Sporting KC defender Jalil Anibaba checks into talk about Game of Thrones, playing outside back, and the lighter side of Peter Vermes.
Apr 2, 2015
Chris Pontius and Alexi Lalas | Episode 504
D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius about his club's current form, free agency, and DC stadium dreams. In the second segment, we talk to soccer analyst Alexi Lalas about his move to FOX Sports, the USMNT, and go around MLS.
Mar 26, 2015
Jonathan Tannenwald | Episode 503
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com checks in to discuss Minne United, TV and media issues, and the Philadelphia Union's current troubles.
Mar 19, 2015
Brian Straus and Matt Hedges | Episode 502
We talk about Minnesota United and go around the league with Sports Illustrated writer Brian Straus. In the second segment, FC Dallas and U.S. National Team defender Matt Hedges about part-time jobs, his EA Sports ranking, muscle cars and more.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 12, 2015
Tyler Deric | Episode 501
We kickoff the 2015 season with a great first guest. Houston Dynamo Goalkeeper Tyler Deric joins us to talk about the new CBA, the first week of the season, covering Dez Bryant in high school, and his favorite president.
Dec 4, 2014
Grant Wahl and Teal Bunbury | Episode 436
Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses the latest news in MLS and the MLS Cup Final. Then we talk to New England midfielder Teal Bunbury about his chance to play in the Cup Final, his sister's acting career, and more.
Nov 26, 2014
Robbie Rogers & Kyle Martino | Episode 435
We talk to LA Galaxy full back about his new book "Coming Out to Play" and the MLS Playoffs. In the second segment, we talk to NBCSN analyst Kyle Martino about playoffs and ... moustaches.
Nov 19, 2014
Phil Rawlins and Stefan Frei | Episode 434
Orlando City SC president Phil Rawlins checks in to talk about the club's preparations for upcoming drafts and the 2015 MLS season. In the second segment we discuss ponytails and PKs with Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Nov 6, 2014
Charlie Davies and Sebastian Salazar | Episode 433
We talk Jermaine Jones, locker room music, and MLS Playoffs with New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies and then NBCSN soccer analyst Sebastian Salazar helps us break down all the Leg 2 matches.
Oct 29, 2014
Dax McCarty | Episode 432
New York Red Bulls midfielder and friend of the show, Dax McCarty, checks in ahead of his playoff match. We discuss plating Sporting KC twice in a week, the CBA, and more. Don't miss this one.
Oct 23, 2014
Dave Kaval & Dan Gargan | Episode 431
San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval discusses his team's new stadium and hiring Dominic Kinnear. In the second segment, we check back in with LA Galaxy right back Dan Gargan as he prepares for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Oct 17, 2014
Diego Valeri | Episode 430
MLS MVP candidate Diego Valeri on learning English, translating trash talk, living in Portland and where he keeps all his timber slices from Timber Joey.
Oct 15, 2014
Jonathan Tannenwald | Episode 429
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com checks in to discuss MLS Commissioner Don Garber's response to Jurgen Klinsmann comments and the Philadelphia Union's current form.
Oct 9, 2014
Kei Kamara and Grant Wahl | Episode 428
Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses the upcoming USMNT match and Landon Donovan's retirement. In the second segment, we talk to Kei Kamara about returning the MLS and Columbus.
Oct 2, 2014
Alexi Lalas and Jordan Harvey | Episode 427
ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas shares the inside scoop on Chivas USA, Jim Curtin's future in Philadelphia, and the possible sale of New York Red Bulls. In the second segment, we talk to Whitecaps FC defender Jordan Harvey.
Sep 26, 2014
Ben Olsen and Kurt Larson | Episode 426
Toronto Sun soccer columnist Kurtis Larson shares his inside knowledge about Jermain Defoe, BMO Field upgrades, and TFC's chances of making the playoffs. In the second segment D.C. United's Head Coach addresses his team's current form in Champions League and MLS. Also he breaks down when to wear a suit versus a track suit.
Sep 19, 2014
Gyasi Zardes and Sebastian Salazar | Episode 425
LA Galaxy homegrown forward Gyasi Zardes on the FIFA '15, playing for an academy vs college, and his team's current form. In the second segment, CSN-Houston and NBCSN soccer analyst Sebastian Salazar helps us break down what's happening around MLS.
Aug 28, 2014
Kyle McCarthy | Episode 424
Boston Herald writer and FOX Soccer editor Kyle McCarthy discusses Jermaine Jones joining New England Revolution and updates us on the latest news from around the league.
Aug 22, 2014
Matt Besler and Adam Jardy |Episode 423
Sporting KC and U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Besler checks in to talk MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, and why he loves playing for Sporting KC. In the second segment, Adam Jardy of the The Columbus Dispatch shares his reporting on the current state of the Crew.
Aug 7, 2014
Jon Busch and Stephen Keel | Episode 422
San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch checks in to talk about new stadiums, California Classico, and MLS playoffs. In the second segment, FC Dallas defender Stephen Keel about IM screen names, the plight of the curly haired man, and - of course - soccer.
Aug 1, 2014
Ethan Finlay and Charlie Davies | Episode 421
Columbus Crew winger, Ethan Finlay joins the show talk about is scoring surge, Kirk Urso Memorial Night, and - of course - Settlers of Catan. In the second segment, New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies discuss his current form.
Jul 24, 2014
Maurice Edu and Brain Straus | Episode 420
We talk to Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu and Brain Straus from Sports Illustrated about Designated Players, the World Cup, and soccer in America.
1 hr 30 min
Jul 10, 2014
Garth Lagerwey and Kyle Martino | Episode 419
Real Salt Lake's General Manager/Senior Vice President of Soccer Operations Garth Lagerwey checks in to talk about the World Cup and RSL. In the second segment, NBCSN soccer analyst Kyle Martino breaks down everything happening in MLS.
Jun 30, 2014
Bobby Boswell | Episode 418
Great insight & analysis from D.C. United center back Bobby Boswell ahead of the United State's match against Belgium. Should Jozy start? Did he root for Mexico? Listen to find out!
1 hr 2 min
Jun 20, 2014
Bobby Boswell | Episode 417
D.C. United center back Bobby Boswell joins the show as our official World Cup analyst and we discuss the United's U.S. Open Cup match.
Jun 11, 2014
Jay DeMerit | Episode 416
Vancouver Whitecaps FC and ESPN analyst(!) Jay DeMerit joins the show to discuss the World Cup, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Major League Soccer.
Jun 5, 2014
Sebastian Salazar | Episode 415
We go around the league with CSN Houston anchor/reporter Sebastian Salazar.
Jun 4, 2014
Chad Marshall and Ben Olsen | Episode 414
Seattle Sounders center back Chad Marshall checks in to talk music, horses, and soccer. In the second segment, D.C. United Head Coach and member the 2006 United States World Cup team discusses the upcoming World Cup his team's current form in MLS.
May 20, 2014
Taylor Twellman | Episode 413
ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman discuss the U.S. Men's National Team's preparations, Landon Donovan, MLS coaches on the hot seat, and the New England Revolution.
May 16, 2014
Clarence Goodson | Episode 412
May 7, 2014
Lee Nguyen and Kyle McCarthy | Episode 411
New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen discuss is haircut, his new dog, and - of course - the Revs current winning streak. In the second segment we go around the league with national soccer reporter Kyle McCarthy.
May 2, 2014
Dan Gargan and Alexi Lalas | Episode 410
LA Galaxy right back Dan Gargan discussed his Philly street cred, his time in Puerto Rico, and then his clothing line. In the second segment, we go around MLS with ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas.
Apr 23, 2014
Ned Grabavoy and John Strong | Episode 409
NBC Sports play-by-play announcer John Strong checks in to talk about Portland Timbers and the rest of the league. In the second segment, RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy discusses life with twins, NHL playoffs and his goal celebration.
Apr 16, 2014
MLS in Atlanta, Grant Wahl and Dillon Powers | Episode 408
Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl discusses MLS in Atlanta, Arthur Blank, and more. In the second segment Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers checks in to talk about mullets, burritos, and ... his video making skills.
Apr 9, 2014
Chris Rolfe and Jonathan Tannenwald | Episode 407
Chris Rolfe discusses joining D.C. United and being the new guy in a locker room. In the second segment, Roche and Philly.com reporter Jonathan Tannenwald have a spirited discussion about MLS in Atlanta, the USWNT, and the Union.
Apr 3, 2014
Dan Kennedy | Episode 406
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy talks about the club's ownership transition, Tommy McNamara's mullet, and the Superclasico.
Mar 26, 2014
Brian Straus | Episode 405
We go around the league with Sports Illustrated writer Brian Straus. Are TFC and the Crew for real? Can David Beckham get things done in Miami? And we run through the U.S. Men's National Team roster ahead of the friendly against Mexico.
Mar 21, 2014
Will Bruin and Sebastian Salazar | Episode 404
We go around the league with CSN Houston anchor/reporter Sebastian Salazar and then talk to Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin about his current form and ... Beer!
Mar 3, 2014
Sheanon Williams | Bonus Episode
Philadelphia Union defender Sheanon Williams talks to Roche while they watch the Union/Impact preseason match.
Mar 1, 2014
Dom Dwyer and Wil Trapp | Episode 403
Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer talks about Orlando City SC, preseason preparation, and the power of an English accent. In the second segment, Crew midfielder Wil Trapp talks about Medieval Times, life in Holland, TV talk, and - of course - soccer.
Feb 25, 2014
Eddie Johnson and Charles Boehm | Episode 402
SoccerWire.com editor Charles Boehm talks about Mike Magee's holdout, Chivas USA, and MLS refs. In the second segment, D.C. United and U.S. Men's National Team forward Eddie Johnson talks about preseason, ice baths, and ... Maria Sharapova?
Feb 20, 2014
Sounds of the Game: MLS buys Chivas USA
Commissioner Don Garber on why MLS purchased Chivas USA and the league's plans for the club.
Jan 17, 2014
Kyle McCarthy & Travis Clark | Episode 401
TopDrawerSoccer.com's Travis Clark discusses the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and MLS expert Kyle McCarthy talks about the issues facing the league ahead of the 2014 season.
Dec 12, 2013
Episode 342: Brian Straus and Sebastian Salazar
We recap the 2013 MLS season's biggest stories with Sports Illustrated writer Brian Straus and CSN Houston anchor/reporter Sebastian Salazar.
1 hr 10 min
Dec 5, 2013
Episode 341: 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee
BONUS EPISODE: 2013 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Mike Magee takes about the past season and the possibility of playing international soccer.
Dec 4, 2013
Episode 340: Dax McCarty and Brian Dunseth
New York Red Bulls midfielder and Orlando native Dax McCarty discusses MLS expansion and the MLS Cup Final. In the second segment, RSL soccer analyst Brian Dunseth breaks down the final.
1 hr 3 min
Nov 21, 2013
Episode 339: Josh Wolff and Brian Straus
Josh Wolff talks about his new role as an Assistant Coach with the Columbus Crew and why he decided to join the Black-and-Gold and then Sport Illustrated reporter Brian Straus discusses MLS's playoff structure and expansion.
Nov 13, 2013
Episode 338: Grant Wahl and Sebastian Salazar
Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl calls in to discuss MLS expansion and playoffs. In the second segment Sebastian Salazar of CSN Houston joins Roche to go around the league.
Nov 6, 2013
Episode 337: A.J. Soares and Joshua Mayers
New England Revolution defender A.J. Soares talks about Leg 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup with Sporting KC and then Joshua Mayers of The Seattle Times discusses the Sounders' changes agains Portland Timbers.
Oct 31, 2013
Episode 336: Luis Robles and Sebastian Salazar
New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles tells a heartwarming story about his path to MLS and his team's preparation for the playoffs. In the second segment, NBCSN and CSN Houston reporter Sebastian Salazar goes around the league with Roche.
Oct 24, 2013
Episode 335: Alexi Lalas and Will Johnson
ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas checks in to discuss Pearl Jam, hair bands, and - of course - MLS. In the second segment, Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson shares his comparison of coaches Caleb Porter and Jason Kreis and the Timber's playoff push.
Oct 17, 2013
Episode 334: Taylor Twellman and Jay DeMerit
ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman checks in to recap World Cup qualifying and the role of MLS players on the USMNT. In the second segment, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit talks about his return from injury and offers some fantasy football advice.
Oct 9, 2013
Episode 333: Danny Cruz and Amanda Stein
Midfielder Danny Cruz talks about Philadelphia Union's playoff push and his Spanish class. In the second segment, TSN 690′s Amanda Stein checks in to discuss Montreal Impact's current form.
Sep 26, 2013
Episode 332: Ben Olsen and Garth Lagerwey
We preview the U.S. Open Cup Final by talking to D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen and Real Salt Lake GM Garth Lagerwey. Do not miss this show, it's one of our best.
Sep 25, 2013
Episode 331: Steve Davis
ProSoccerTalk's Steve Davis on the MLS Cup playoff chase and the state of refereeing around the league. Does MLS need a star ref like Howard Webb or Collina?
Sep 19, 2013
Episode 330: Deshorn Brown
Colorado Rapids forward Deshorn Brown joins the show to discuss his season with the Rapids, his place in MLS's 24 Under 24, and the Jamaican National Team.
Sep 3, 2013
Episode 329: Mike Petke and Sebastian Salazar
New York Red Bulls Head Coach Mike Petke talks about his first season coaching, MLS's Disciplinary Committee, and his sweater vest style. In the second segment, NBC Sport Network's Sebastian Salazar discusses the Houston Dynamo and the unfulfilled potential of CONCACAF Champions League.
Aug 28, 2013
Episode 328: Adam Serrano
LA Galaxy Insider, Adam Serrano, discusses the reigning champ's current form and Landon Donovan's possible contract extension.
Aug 21, 2013
Episode 327: Kyle Martino
NBC Sports Network soccer analyst Kyle Martino talks about the state of MLS and whether or not a young U.S. player should stay in MLS or move to Europe. He also discusses NBC Sports Networks BPL coverage.
Aug 9, 2013
Episode 326: Brian Straus and Luis Silva
Roche and Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus go on a date. (Not really.) Roche and Straus meet up in a bar to discuss MLS and U.S. Soccer. In the second segment, Roche talks to D.C. United midfielder Luis Silva.
1 hr 5 min
Jul 31, 2013
Episode 325: Troy Perkins and Grant Wahl
Goalkeeper Troy Perkins offers candid thoughts about how trades affect family members and discusses the Impact's current form. In the second segment, Sports Illustrated and FOX Soccer reporter Grant Wahl calls in to talk hats, Gold Cup and MLS.
Jul 23, 2013
Episode 324: Chris Rolfe and Darlington Nagbe
It's all Ohio edition - but without a member of the Columbus Crew? Reigning MLS Player of the Week and Chicago Fire forward Chris Rolfe calls in and then we talk to Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe.
Jul 18, 2013
Episode 323: Kurt Larson
Toronto Sun's Kurt Larson calls in to talk about Canada men's national soccer team and Toronto FC. There was a lot to talk about ...
Jul 2, 2013
Episode 322: Chance Myers and Ives Galarcep
Sporting Kansas City right back Chance Myers calls in to talk music in the locker room, playing with Claudio Bieler, and more. In the second segment, national soccer reporter Ives Galarcep goes around MLS and talks about Gold Cup with Roche.
Jun 26, 2013
Episode 321: Alecko Eskandarian
New York Cosmos Assistant Coach Alecko Eskandarian calls in to talk about how he landed his current role, meeting Pelé, his health, and more.
Jun 20, 2013
Episode 320: Justin Morrow and Kyle McCarthy
San Jose Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow discusses his career path, the club's response to the coaching change, Lebron James, and dread locks. In the second segment national soccer reporter Kyle McCarthy talks U.S. Men's National Team and MLS.
Jun 13, 2013
Episode 319: Steven Goff and Dax McCarty
Washington Post reporter Steven Goff calls in to talk about the U.S. Men's National Team, MLS, and D.C. United. And then New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty checks in to discuss U.S. Open Cup, his health, and more.
Jun 4, 2013
Episode 318: Lee Nguyen
New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen checks in to discuss the Revs current form, life on the road and playing in Vietnam.
May 28, 2013
Episode 317: Russell Teibert and Alexi Lalas
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder and front runner for best hair in MLS, Russell Teibert calls in to talk about his season and then ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas talks about the U.S. National Men's Team ahead of their match on Wednesday night.
May 21, 2013
Episode 316: Kyle Martino and Dominic Oduro
NBC Sports Network soccer analyst Kyle Martino talks about NYCFC, Chivas USA and more. In the second segment, Columbus Crew forward Dominic Oduro joins the show to talk about pizza, his speed, and his national team hopes.
May 16, 2013
Bonus Episode: Robbie Russell
Robbie Russell talks about his plans to retire from soccer and enroll in Georgetown University’s Post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Certificate Program.
May 14, 2013
Episode 315: Amobi Okugo and Sebastian Salazar
Don't miss this one! Philadelphia Union midfielder/defender Amobi Okugo talks about sports movies, playing D-min, and more. In the second segment, friend of the show Sebastian Salazar from CSN Houston goes around the league with Roche.
May 7, 2013
Episode 314: Clint Irwin and Brian Dunseth
The Pitch Pass goalkeeper trend continues when Colorado Rapids 'keeper Clint Irwin joins the show to discuss his career and the current season. In the second segment, TV soccer analyst Brian Dunseth calls in to go around the league.
May 7, 2013
Bonus Episode: Mark Simpson
Mark Simpson is currently the Director of Soccer Operations for NASL side Virginia Cavalry FC. He was also an assistant coach at D.C. United as well as an MLS Cup-winning goalkeeper for the Black-and-Red. We ask him about his new team and role.
May 1, 2013
Episode 313: Nick Rimando and John Strong
Real Salt Lake and U.S. National Team goalkeeper Nick Rimando joins the show to talk music, soccer, and more. In the second segment, Portland play-by-play man John Strong checks in to discuss Timbers and MLS.
Apr 24, 2013
Episode 312: Arlo White and Mike Magee
Roche talks to NBC Sports play-by-play man Arlo White about Major League Soccer and his time in the United States and then he talks to LA Galaxy forward/midfielder Mike Magee.
Apr 17, 2013
Episode 311: Grant Wahl and Robert Earnshaw
Roche talks to Toronto FC and Welsh international forward Robert Earnshaw talks about joining Major League Soccer and his life in T-Dot. In the second segment, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Grant Wahl joins the show to discuss the current MLS season.
Apr 9, 2013
Episode 310: Brad Davis and Drew Epperley
Roche checks in with Drew Epperley of bigdsoccer.com to talk about FC Dallas and then U.S. Men's National Team and Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis joins the show.
Apr 5, 2013
Episode 309: Amanda Stein
TSN 690's Amanda Stein joins the show to talk about Montreal Impact and ... hockey.
Mar 19, 2013
Episode 308: Graham Zusi and Chris Pontius
Roche talks to Sporting KC and U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Graham Zusi about the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and start of the MLS season. In the second segment D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius discusses his national team aspirations, injuries, and ... Maroon5?
Mar 12, 2013
Episode 307: Dan Kennedy and Brian Straus
Chivas USA captain and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy joins the show to discuss his club and a possible U.S. National Team call-up and then Roche talks to Brian Straus of SportingNews.com.
Mar 5, 2013
Episode 306: Taylor Twellman and Matt Reis
MLS is back! Roche talks to ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman and then to New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis.
Feb 26, 2013
Episode 305: Steven Goff
Roche talks to Steven Goff of The Washington Post about MLS preseason, life on the road covering the U.S. Men's National Team, and stadium talks in DC and Orlando.
Feb 19, 2013
Episode 304: Andy Gruenebaum and Robert Jonas
Columbus Crew Goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum talks about the upcoming MLS season, his bunny, Robbie Rogers, and much more. In the second segment, Robert Jonas of centerlinesoccer.com checks in from San Jose with updates on the Earthquakes.
Feb 12, 2013
Episode 303: Joshua Mayers and Kenny Cooper
Joshua Mayers of The Seattle Times gives Roche the inside scoop on all things Sounders including the Shalrie Joseph trial and the loss of Fredy Montero. In the second segment, forward Kenny Cooper talks about joining FC Dallas and not joining Twitter.
Feb 7, 2013
Episode 302: Alexi Lalas and Mike Petke
Roche and Alexi discuss the definition of #MLSsnob and talk about the U.S. National Team. Is Landon Donovan playing the role of Jimmy Chitwood? In the second segment, Roche talks to New York Red Bulls Head Coach Mike Petke about his new role.
Jan 22, 2013
Episode 301: Kyle Martino and Austin Berry
Find out why Kyle Martino is the next Ryan Seacrest and Austin Berry wished he had taken some lessons in Turkish vocabulary before heading to Spain.
Jan 12, 2013
Welcome to the all new Pitch Pass
As the 2013 MLS season (quickly) approaches, we welcome you into the all-new Pitch Pass. Visit pitchpass.com for more information.