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

Brad Davis – This Is A Game We Have To Start Off Fast

Brad Davis Stops by Soccer Matters on ESPN 97.5 to give us an update on the Houston Dynamo, his injury, and the upcoming game against Chivas USA.

brad

GD:

From the outside looking in, it has to be tough for you when you miss these games having the ankle injury.

BD:

Definitely, you never want to sit out and watch your team especially when things are not going your way. It just makes me work harder off the field. I want to be in the trenches with these guys. Trying to do what I can do and have positive contributions is what I tried to do against Portland and now hopefully we can keep it going.

GD:

It was a pressure filled moment, being a captain, to lift your team mates and making sure your own game is right.

BD:

For me, I just wanted to make sure I did the little things right. I wasn’t trying to slowly come back, I wanted to come back 100% and be healthy, contribute and help this team win. We created a lot of chances and I believe we could have walked away with three points against Portland.

For the rest of Brad Davis’s interview, you can find it here below:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2739773

Wilmer Cabrera – Growing Up In Columbia Was A Tough Life, But For Us It Was Natural Life

In this week’s interview on Soccer Matters, Wilmer Cabrera (Chivas USA Head Coach) stops by to talk about the trials and tribulations of growing up in Columbia and playing through the hard times in the 1990s.

wilmer cabrera

GD:

I want to start off by talking about your playing career. Who is the person or event that influenced you to play futbol?

WC:

I was influenced obviously by my dad, who also played soccer. In Columbia, everything was about soccer. I watched my dad and saw how good he was and everything was evolved around soccer.

GD:

Give us a little taste of what it was like to play in the first division in Columbia while the drug wars were going on in the 1990s.

WC:

It was a tough life, but at the same time it was the natural life for us. We didn’t know anything different than that environment. It was a normal life for a soccer player. It was hostile and you were under high pressure, but that was our everyday environment.

To get a glimpse of the Houston Dynamo’s next match up and to hear what it is like to play in Columbia please click the link below:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2739773

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

Giles Barnes – Fans Want To See Me Entertain

Glenn Davis sits down with Houston Dynamo attacker Giles Barnes

Giles Barnes

GD:
We have done a few interviews this preseason and you have come back with an incredible fitness level. Your preseason was wonderful. Did something just go off in your head because I believe you can be a top star in the league. When did the light bulb go off?

GB:
After every season I always evaluate where can I improve my game and be better. One thing that came to my mind was my fitness level. Obviously when you do that, you get stronger, quicker and more powerful. You are able to last longer. My fitness level is feeling really good so I am ready to go.

GD:
Fifteen to twenty goals this season, is that the target for the season.

GB:
I have set a number. You hit the nail on the head, it is somewhere around that. I always want to improve my numbers from last year so I’ll be headed that way hopefully.

GD:
You have a brother, Marcus, only 17 years of age. He has recently played for the under 21 Southampton on their youth system. Tell us about the progression on your brother.

GB:
They have embraced him over there in Southampton. They really like him as a player. He had a little injury which has kept him out for a while but right now he is the youth top goal scorer at the moment. He is still seventeen so he has a lot to learn yet.

For the whole interview with Giles Barnes, you can find it below:

http://stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=741&c=5701&f=2516283

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