Tom Marshall – The World Cup Excitement Is Building For Everyone

In this week’s spotlight, Tom Marshall joins Glenn to discuss all the hot topics dealing with the World Cup.

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Tom Marshall

GD:
What’s the countries mood concerning Mexico going into the World Cup?

TM:
I think everyone in Mexico, generally like everyone else in the world, is very excited and ready. There are some optimism with the last two friendly matches. The first thing they want is to get out of the group. This will be very difficult with the group Mexico is in. It’s exiting to see everyone gearing up for the World Cup really.

GD:
How much stock can you put into these warm up games prior to the World Cup?

TM:
I think from the Mexican point of view I really think they were vital. Miguel Herrera just started to coach the national team in November. I believe he just had four games with his complete squad, including the European players and having everyone fit. To see the results with what he had was quite promising.

To hear the rest of the interview with Tom Marshall you can find it here:

http://espn975.com/page.php?page_id=211

Remember to tune in next week on Monday as we go live after the United States and Ghana match. Let’s hear your voice, opinions, and go U S A!

Brad Davis – Juergen Klinnsman Is An Unbelievably Confident Guy

Brad Davis joins Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters, fresh off the friendly with Turkey, to discuss last minute preparations before the World Cup.

Brad

GD:

Let’s talk about the last two friendly games against Turkey and Azerbaijan. Where are you guys as a team and how you are feeling heading into the World Cup?

BD:

Obviously, coming off two wins. Still in the building process. Training has been intense. Everyone is feeling good and ready to move on to Nigeria and get some confidence going into the World Cup.

GD:

Nigeria, kind of mirrors Ghana. Is that why you have them on your schedule prior to World Cup?

BD:

Ya I think so. They are going to be very strong and athletic team with pace. I think it is going to feel very similar to Ghana. So I believe that this will be a good match up for us.

For the rest of the interview with USMNT mid fielder Brad Davis, just click the link below:

http://espn975.com/page.php?page_id=211

Robbie Keane – I Have Not Not Changed The Way I Play

In this week’s spotlight, Glenn Davis is joined by Ireland international and LA Galaxy player Robbie Keane.

Keane

GD:

I want to talk about your game. You clearly are a guy who relishes picking up the ball and taking people on. I’m wondering during your youth career where did you gain this confidence? Did it come organically or was it a coach that made you this type of player?

RK:

I was kind of always that type of player to be honest. My kind of skills were learned on the streets of Dublin. When we got a chance to play it was on the streets. For me, that is where I benefited from most. I took every opportunity I could get. I transferred that to my youth clubs and always been that type of player ever since.

GD:

I see you as a guy that loves the game. Are you enjoying the game now still, since your early soccer career?

RK:

Oh yes. I think anybody who knew me, they would say I love the game so much. I love what I do. When you get older you appreciate things a lot more. When you are younger you think things will never end. You relish the opportunity now compared to when you are younger.

For the entire interview with Robbie Keane, you can find it here:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2800123

Boniek Garcia – I Will Do Anything The Team Asks Of Me

Glenn Davis is joined by Honduras National Team Member and current Dynamo player Boniek Garcia to talk about the current Dynamo struggles.

boniek

GD:
What were the difficulties this past weekend against New England?

BG:
There was a little bit of trouble trying to find continuity and intensity on the field, especially in the mid field area. Obviously that created the issues we had in the game.

GD:
Would you prefer being on the outside wide right, coming inside, suppose to being in the middle?

BG:
Team needs always comes first. I will do whatever Coach Dom will do. However, throughout my career I have been playing out on the right. That is what comes naturally to me and serving balls in the box, but then again that is what the team needed me to do this past weekend.

For the full interview and to find out Boniek’s favorite restaurant, just click the link below:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2681133

Warren Barton – Mourinho Is At Another Level

Warren Barton (Former Newcastle player) is the latest guest to pass by Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis:

Warren Barton

GD:
Warren, drama at it’s best today and all kinds of people coming out as stars in matches as maybe were not expected.

WB:
It was sensational. When you talk about quality, tactics, effort, and commitment, everybody played their part. Chelsea’s fans really made it hard for the opponent to play. It went for both sides. It was really energetic. Mourinho is just amazing. The way he knows his team, and to put Demba Ba in. Psg is a top team as well. You look at the type of players they have makes them a quality team.

GD:
How much of this is about Mourinho magic or the nature to play Demba Ba or a Schurrle because you didn’t have a lot of options with the injuries?

WB:
These are good players. Now PSG focused all week on Hazard and when he went out their game plan changed. You didn’t have to worry about Hazard. This made them vulnerable because they did their homework on the player they were trying to shut down and when he isn’t on the field. This made them relax. Then when Schurrle came on with a point to prove. Then Demba Ba coming on, but he hasn’t worked on the side of Mourinho. Even Fernando Torres came in and was chasing the ball around. For me, he is at another level because to get the group of players to do what they did is something.

To get the rest of the interview with Warren, you can find it here:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2651253

Brad Davis – Time To Put My Best Foot Forward

Brad Davis stops by to talk to Glenn about his last chance to make the world Cup squad with the match up against Mexico in Arizona.

Brad Davis

GD:
You have come on the show many times to talk about your World Cup future. Where are you mentally right now?

BD:
I am good, I’m still in the mix. This will be the last opportunity to put my best foot forward. I understand the moment and pressure that I am going to be in. Confidence is high right now and I am looking forward to the match.

GD:
As Klinsmann said, the clock is ticking. The days to the World Cup are getting closer. Could every pass be important to your future to make the World Cup squad in the match against Mexico?

BD:
Everything will be analyzed under the microscope for sure. The creativity, way we work for each other, and creativity will be assessed very closely when we play on the field. Like you said this is the last time to show what we got to the coaches and that goes for the rest of the MLS players as well. It has been difficult to manage being the country and club teams, but if you want to be successful you have to be able to manage it.

For the rest of the Brad Davis interview, just click here below:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2621593

Lloyd Barker – MLS Needs To Know About The Value Of Healthy Pressure

Montreal Gazette Columnist Lloyd Barker joins Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters

LLoyd Barker

GD:
I read your columns all the time and you break games down without looking through the lens of Montreal. You grow the game the right way and isn’t it that the way to show opinion in a neutral mindset?

LB:
Ya I am glad you picked up on that. I try to portray that. I don’t try to hide the fact that I have a strong history with the club, but at the same time I am no longer that directly associated with the club. That is what I am trying to do with my columns. I try to point out things the naked eyes have missed. I played many many roles with the Impact, then at the same time I call it how I see it. If it ain’t right I’m not sugar coating it for sure.

GD:
There are always going to be that fan that looks through the eyes of their loyalty. MLS will not arrive until we get outside sources questioning tactics, moves of clubs, etc. This is what I call healthy pressure, and it is not a negative. Coaches, players, and organizations need this. Healthy pressure is needed and desired.

LB:
And it ups your game. It will keep people honest and on their toes. Players, coaches, and the hierarchy of the Impact read my articles, it is something that these people look forward to. If you have no competition things remain status quo and this is good for no one. There is no urgency to get better as a club and as the league.

You can check out the whole interview with Lloyd Barker by clicking on the link below:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2587943

Dominic Kinnear – Our Guys Came Out With Purpose

Glenn Davis is joined by Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear after their opening game against the New England Revolution.

Coach dom

GD:
I didn’t’ see this coming 4-0 based on all the tight games last year. Two minutes in the game you get the goal from Will Bruin, you put your foot on their throat and 21 minutes later it becomes 3-0. What a performance.

DK:
It really was. The guys came flying out the gate. The first goal started from the back and was moved up top. Good involved play from everyone and the best goal from Bruin that I have seen since he has been here in Houston. The second goal was all about extra effort, if you remember we win the throw in by the corner. The runs by Will and Giles were rewarded by Corey Ashe’s great ball in the box. Third goal was just a great play. Three to nothing was kind of a surprise but we were deserving of it as we were sharp in front of goal. Movement was good. Little bit of luck on the fourth goal but it was a really great start to the season. Now looking forward to playing the next one.

GD:
Dom, when we look at that midfield in Boniek, Davis, Clark, it just oozes with experience.

DK:
It’s a good midfield. You know Warren wasn’t available. We have some good quality and depth there. I thought Boniek and Clark worked out a good partnership right away. That left hand side early on were giving us chances in a lot of places so there were contributions from everywhere on the field.

GD:
Dom, Tony Cascio, do we have any update on him because he came out injured there and looked kind of awkward on television?

DK:
Yea he twisted his knee a little bit and is having it looked at this week. We have a day off tomorrow and spoke with him a little bit today. He said he is feeling better. Hopefully we will have him available for the weekend because he had a great pre-season.

To listen to the full interview with Head Coach Dominic Kinnear, you can find it here:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2539483

Geoff Cameron – Manchester United’s Intimidation Factor Is Gone

Glenn Davis is joined by former Dynamo defender and current Stoke City player Geoff Cameron.

GD:
Lets talk about the historic win for Stoke City over Manchester United. You played a huge part in it playing right back for the Potters. This had to be a remarkable moment not only for you personally, but also for the club.

GC:
Ya it was huge. Things have not been going our way this season with the red card against Sunderland, unlucky bounces , creating chances and then not putting the ball in the back of the net. We are playing so much better than we were last year. It has been short of getting results. It’s been very frustrating as a team. Mark Hughes said to us this past weekend that this was an opportunity for us to stick together and fight for one another. When you are on the same pitch as Mata, Van Persie, and Rooney you know you are going to be in for a long day. We did an excellent job defending and ya know we walked away with a 2-1 result.

GD:
What was the face of manager Mark Hughes like in the locker room after the game because I know this had to mean so much to him personally being a former Manchester United player?

GC:
I think it was just more about relief or about damn time. We have been waiting for one of these results to come. We have been so unfortunate. Our last game against Liverpool we come back to tie the game then they get a penalty to get the 4th and go ahead goal. We were just like not again. Things have not been going our way whether its referee or unlucky bounces. Finally we put it all together this game, the fans been behind us supporting us like crazy, and we are a tough team to beat at home. So, he is just was so relieved and excited for us guys to get that win.

GD:
You played against Manchester United last year, is it a different team now? Do they seem more vulnerable now?

GC:
I think it is more of confidence in a way. The fact that Sir Alex Ferguson is gone, the aura they had with him, and the intimidation factor is gone maybe has something to do with that. They were fortunate last year winning the league with things going their way but a lot of their big players are getting older and there was some talk in the media this past off season that they were going to move them. Not having Ferguson around there is difficult. They have the same group of guys but it is the other teams in the league that are stepping it up which is making it that much tougher.

To hear the full 20 minute interview with Geoff Cameron, you can listen to it here:

http://cdn.stationcaster.com/stations/kfnc/media/mp3/Dynamo_All_Access_Hour_2-1391657006.mp3

Chris Klein – Complacency In The MLS Is Something We Cannot Have

On this week’s show of Soccer Matters, Glenn kicks it with Chris Klein, former MLS player now president of the LA Galaxy.

GD:
Long time Chris, glad to hear your voice and glad to see you so successful not only as a player but also off the field. Talk about the challenge getting the opportunity and sort of finding your way to the management side because a lot of things have to change for an individual when that happens.

CK:
Sure, I think athletes in general, soccer players are certainly no different when its time to walk away from the game since we were kids. You know our lives don’t change a whole lot from the time we are 5, 6, 7 until it’s time to retire. To make the decision to walk away and to really identify something that I was really passionate about in the other end of the business if you will in soccer. To get an opportunity with AEG and the Galaxy is something that I am thankful for, but it is a challenge and it is a learning curve and a lot of the same things you have as an athlete you can take to this side and its starts with an understanding that you have a lot to learn.

GD:
Chris Klein only 38 years of age, from St. Louis, Missouri and now the president of the LA Galaxy. Did you have to pinch yourself when you first got into the management side about this transition and the opportunity that lied in front of you?

CK:
Not really, as I said I am thankful for the opportunity but as I got on into my career, I had an understanding of what I wanted to do. I was heavily involved with our players association and the business side of the MLS. As players, especially in MLS, we are charged with growing the game in this country. It’s like as you said in the open, I started close to the beginning of our league and it would never of got to this point about support from the league, support from the players, and the incredible ownership that we have, so to pinch myself I am not sure but I am definitely thankful to be here.

GD:
Do we have to be careful to stay grounded and rooted with this incredible infrastructure? A lot of players coming into the league know nothing but good infrastructure as the game was very different in the 80s and 90s. Do we have to be careful not to get comfortable and remain hungry in growing, promoting, and marketing this league? I’m specifically talking about players as well.

CK:
Ya there is no question, I don’t know that anyone that understands how far we’ve come have to be extremely proud of what we done in less than 20 years of having the league in this country. However when you put it into context and everyone watches the world’s game now. When you put it into that context, I think that we all understand we have a long way to go. We are gaining ground, we have a model that works. We an understanding of what we need to do as the game continues to grow. I don’t think anyone here will tell you that we made it. Complacency is something we definitely cannot have. There are many areas where we can continue to improve on an individual club basis and the league as a whole.

GD:
Do you feel you have a corporate responsibility to put a team on the field that sort of reflects the city of Los Angeles?

CK:
It’s interesting that you say that, absolutely. I think when we look at our city, our team has to reflect our city. Our city is known as Hollywood, but also known as a trendy and multicultural city. Our roster reflects that. We do feel a responsibility to have a little bit of glitz and glamour. It started with David Beckham. Then it went back to Landon Donovan, Coby jones, and Alexi Lalas. At the end of day, our city come and support teams that win. That’s always what it is about, winning and being successful on the field.

For the rest of the interview please visit http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2391803

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