Edition 12 – Catching up with the USWNT at the Olympics

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss:

  • The USWNT lineup vs. New Zealand
  • should we be surprised by Tobin Heath and Mo Brian’s addition to the starting 11?
  • is Tobin Heath finally growing into an offensive star for the USWNT?
  • is the outcome of the game a letdown?  should fans be happy with a 2-0 win?
  • is New Zealand a legit team?  or did the USWNT have a bad game?
  • do you respect the New Zealand strategy against the USWNT?
  • did the UWSNT respond well to the physical nature of the game?
  • is Mallory Pugh okay???
  • Who gets credit for the 2nd goal?  A good goal from Morgan?  Or poor GK’ing from the Kiwi goalie
  • Stars for the New Zealand game: Sauerbraunn & Heath
  • Gripes for the New Zealand game: slow starts, midfield needs to create more opportunities and control the pace of the game, & Alex Morgan
  • the USWNT lineup vs. France
  • how’d the line up changes work for the backline?  Did Engen hold her own against the French attack?
  • did France deserve to win the game?
  • what happened to Meghan Klingenberg?
  • ZIKA??!?
  • the complex substitutions by Jill Ellis
  • has Hope Solo done enough to prove how good she is at GK?
  • Stars for the France game: Kelly Ohara, Hope Solo, Allie Long
  • Gripes for the France game: wake up! Klingenberg (Jill Ellis), Morgan,Carli Lloyd

 

Edition 11 – Cruisin’ Past Costa Rica

 

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss:

  • The US Women’s Olympics Soccer team victory over Costa Rica in their final tune-up game before the Olympics in Rio
  • The USWNT were just a better soccer team than Costa Rica
  • The starting line-up.  Where was Tobin Heath and Christen Press in the starting 11?
  • How do you pronounce “Horan?”  And Horan and Allie Long’s strong performance at the central midfield position.
  • the four goals; Klingenberg to Dunn, Pugh’s solo goal, Lloyd’s header, and Press’ quick turn and finish
  • there’s show notes?
  • Carli Lloyd’s full 90 minutes coming back from injury and the confidence boost that goal will give her post-World Cup
  • the defense pressuring the ball caused lots of goals and opportunities for the UWSNT
  • Should Christen Press start over Alex Morgan?
  • Crystal Dunn has 10 goals in 2016???!?
  • Allie Long is the player of the match?
  • Stars: Pugh (Pugh, Pugh, Pugh) and Lloyd
  • Gripes: Alex Morgan and the inclusion of Rapinoe on the 18-player roster
  • Should Rapinoe be one of the reserves?
  • The S&G crew predict the starting 11 for the first game for the USWNT – Solo, Ohara, Sauerbrunn, Johnston, Klingenberg, Long, Brian, Lloyd, Dunn, Pugh and Morgan

Edition 10: Breakin’ Down the Ladies’ Lineup

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss:

  • we have a Twitter account and Adam refers to it as “the Twitter”
  • should the USWNT be posting less pictures of their summer vacation and more of them practicing?
  • a look at the reserves and why they’re still vital to the Olympic roster
  • Jill Ellis’ decision to keep veterans on/around the roster vs. Klinsmann’s decision to keep Donovan off the roster
  • Who’s on the hot seat more; Jill Ellis vs. Jurgen Klinsmann?
  • the SAG crew breakdown the 18 player roster, player by player.  Plus, Adam adds one interesting fact about each player
  • what position should Christen Press play?
  • Alex Morgan is a NYTimes best selling author??!? and she’s the heir apparent to Abby Wambach
  • Mallory Pugh is 18, not 17 years old.  And Christian Pulisic has no chance at getting a date
  • the SAG crew won’t follow Beckermann, Wondo, or Beasely on Twitter
  • Carli Lloyd leaves one of Scott’s former soccer teammates at home during the World Cup.  Oh, it was her husband.

Edition 9: Ladies Night

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss:

  • recap of of the USWNT vs. South Africa and the 1 goal we scored vs. the 10 we created
  • do we make a big deal about a 1-0 win or was it just a friendly?
  • breakdown of Jill Ellis’ starting lineup and hoping for better performances from key players (hint, Morgan, Alex and Press, Christen)
  • is the 4-3-3 the right lineup for this player pool?  does it matter with the talent we have in the player pool?
  • Alex Morgan and her unselfish runs and how she makes her wingers more dangerous
  • what happened to our midfield?  and it’s going to be tough world post-Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd.
  • Why in the world did Christen Press play CAM?
  • Does Hope Solo even need to be a good GK if we trot out that back-line every game?
  • And yes, Hope Solo is just that good.  Stats prove it.  The eye test proves it.
  • Meghan K and Kelly Ohara give a dynamic look to our lineup that we’re lucky to have
  • Meghan K is our favorite player and star of the game!
  • Mallory Pugh with 7 assists??!??
  • Gripes for the game: Alex Morgan and Christen Press
  • why just 1-0?
  • Jill Ellis’ problems with the lineup vs. Klinsmann’s problems with the lineup
  • why do we have a pool full of awesome women’s players?  and where’s the men’s players?
  • do you like watching the USWNT style of play?
  • Adam throws down his FIFA challenge at Conor and Scott.  And demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge for video games.

Edition 8: The Prequel Podcast

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss:

  • the S&G crew introduce themselves…7 editions after the first show
  • the S&G crew set (fairly low) expectations for themselves outside of being passionate fans
  • how each of us got to where we are today; from soccer players, to fans, to coaches.
  • Scott explains how he’s actually from New Jersey and not the Japan much to the dismay of a group of 8 year olds he coached
  • their first specific moment that really formed their tight connection to the National Team
  • their opinions on whether its more fun to watch the US Men or the US Women play?
  • their favorite Men’s and Women’s player ever?

Edition 7: Colombian Neck-tied

 

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss:

  • the US is conquered by Colombia…again
  • the starting lineup + where did Fabian Johnson and Brad Guzan go?
  • did Klinsmann’s 23 man roster selection force his hand into playing players that just couldn’t compete against a talented team like Colombia
  • Conor describes his Copa experience relating it to drinking jungle juice in college and the ensuing hangover
  • is it fair to judge Klinsmann based on 1 completely negative Tweet with lots of disappointing facts?
  • Klinsmann and the ever questionable timing of his subs (but hey, at least he got the right guys on the field this time!)
  • Stars
  • Gripes
  • was the USMNT’s Copa experience a step in the right direction?
  • Player grades/ratings
  • Fire Klinsmann?

Episode 6: It Got Messi Versus Argentina

 

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss:

  • …4-0?
  • the starting line-up; what we hoped to see vs. what we saw
  • was goal #1 more of a Guzan issue or more of a “why is there nobody within 10 yards of Messi issue?”
  • the USMNT can’t keep the ball, but mostly they look like they don’t want the ball
  • Wondo finally participates in the game…fouling Messi.  And Messi appreciates the opportunity
  • Messi’s greatness
  • after basically playing 9v11 for the first half, we start Pulisic in the 2nd half
  • Stars
  • Gripes
  • What does the 3rd place game mean for you?  What should the 3rd place game mean for the USMNT?
  • Fire Klinsy?
  • And for the big finish: Adam shares his idea around stopping idiots from running onto the pitch.  And the SAG crew have a new business opportunity?

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Edition 5: Poor, Poor Ecuador

During this episode, the S&G crew discuss: