There’s no place like home. After slumming it on a muddy cricket field in Antigua, the United States returned to the warm, juiced embrace of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, where Jurgen, Clint, and Michael Bradley collectively throttled Guatemala 3-1 to enter “The Hex,” the final stage of World Cup qualifying. To mark the occasion, the Men in Blazers welcomed U.S. legend and ESPN studio analyst Alexi Lalas to the pod. The well-known defender, who played both Stateside and in the celebrated Serie A, offered his thoughts on head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and reminisced about his own experiences with the U.S. team in the dark ages of the 1990s, before closing with a heartfelt message for gingie kids everywhere: Stay the course, and maybe you, too, can support Hootie and the Blowfish on a European tour.
As expected, Michael and Roger also paused to comment on England’s World Cup qualifying blight, analyzing the least-impressive 5-0 blowout in the history of the game. Their opponent? The mighty enclaved micro-state San Marino (pop. 32,140). It got us thinking. If San Marino can field a side to play internationally, why not GFOP Nation? We intend to challenge the Sammarinese on their own turf. To participate in this historic campaign, please send your footballing résumés our way.
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A new competition series from CBS and the executive producers of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’, ‘Survivor’ & ‘The Voice’ is now looking for ambitious people willing to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to land the job of their dreams at one of America’s most prestigious companies. A popular American Sports League is now seeking an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER for online content. Applicant must be passionate about sports and have creative ideas to produce online media for the league website.
Candidate must have good writing skills and experience (2+ years) in the media landscape.
Candidate must have confident interpersonal skills and willingness to be involved in multimedia projects (podcast pundit, on-camera work, etc.)
Candidate must have a colorful personality and be opinionated to allow for daily discussion regarding the league and similar leagues around the world.
Attend games to capture B-roll footage, interview players, cover local supporters, and record vital live action shots.
Research new ideas and come up with segments that could be featured on the league website.
Work in edit sessions to see project through to its final stages.
Produce podcasts featuring player interviews and sports commentary that will interest our loyal listeners as well as newcomers to our league.
If interested, please email our casting department and include your name, age & contact information. Also attach an updated resume, two recent photos of yourself, a brief cover letter/bio stating why you would be perfect for “The Job”.
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In light of today’s World Cup qualifying clash between the U.S. Men’s National Team and mighty Antigua & Barbuda, Michael Davies and Roger Bennett were graced by the dignified presence of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on this morning’s SiriusXM program. His Excellency surveys his own national side, explains the whole Barbuda thing, and soothes the Blazered Ones’ concerns for piddling England.
A hip new sport threatens to topple Soccer from it’s perch as America’s 37th most popular sport — Camel Jumping. Help save America’s Sport of the Future Since 1972™. Listen to the pod, subscribe to the GFOP Newsletter, “like” us on Facebook. (Photo via Getty’s brilliant Ed Ou)
We asked Grantland listeners for their favorite soccer movies of all time. Who knew there were so many “Ladybugs” fans out there? A film evidently ripe for a remake. We discussed our top three in this week’s MIB Grantland podcast to be released Wednesday, Sept 14. Some of these movies may have made it:
If John Hughes had come of age in suburban Glasgow instead of the American Midwest, the movie “Gregory’s Girl" is the kind of classic he would have conjured. The soccer-themed film was to 1980s Britain what "The Breakfast Club" was to the States: generation-defining, coming-of-age magic.
Crafted by cult Scottish director Bill Forsyth, the movie revolved around the tale of how a teenage girl revived the sagging fortunes of a high school boys’ soccer team. Feathered of hair, long of leg and nimble of foot, Dorothy was a beauty whose allure was matched only by her skill. Outplaying all the boys, she became an unobtainable object of affection. When she stroked home a goal, even vanquished opponents lined up to join in the celebration.
150 brave British soliders keep thousands of Zulus at bay for 24 hours. A valiant triumph against the odds. Like Animal Farm is not just about horses and cows, this movie is a thinly-veiled allegory alluding to Everton Football Club’s season. No players. No cash. No problem.