Kick the Ball is the premier podcast covering Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer, the US Men's National Team and occasionally World Football. You can find Kick the Ball on Stitcher Radio, and twice in iTunes as a high quality version and a smaller low quality version, or if you dodge Apple you can subscribe to our RSS feed right here. To be notified of updates you can follow us on Facebook, or follow us on twitter @KicktheBallKC, or you can come back here once a week and simply listen to the latest episodes right in your web browser.
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Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:00:00 CST
James, Laura and Gooch preview the Sporting KC vs Seattle game with help from Jeremiah Oshan, MLSSoccer.com beat writer for the Sounders, contributor to Sounder at Heart and the Nos Audientes Podcast. New Jersey chat. New captain chat. New season chat. Chat chat.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:00:00 CST
James, Zach and Laura chat about Chivas USA being re-acquired by MLS before launching into a team by team preview of the Eastern Conference. We also chat about Laura's attraction to men with a particular name ....
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James was born and raised in London, England and raised an Arsenal fan. He moved to the United States in 1998 and settled in Chicagoland where he had a brief flirtation with the Chicago Fire before moving onto Kansas City in 2006. He became a Kansas City Wizards Season Ticket holder in 2008 when the team moved to CommunityAmerica Ballpark starting the blog SportingTimes.net shortly afterwards. He is an outspoken supporter and critic of the team who is willing to buck a trend in the name of objectivity. James spent much of the 2011 and 2012 seasons as co-host of the Stateline Soccer Show on 610 Sports Radio along side anchor Callum Williams.
Sporting Kansas City might be local media darlings now, but you only have to roll the clock back a couple of years to find a time when the team was barely talked or written about anywhere. Charles Gooch helped change that, first inserting himself in the Kansas City Cauldron at CommunityAmerica and writing about his experiences in Ink magazine in 2008. He kept the momentum up creating The Full 90 blog for the Kansas City Star in March 2010, providing an avenue for Star journalists to report and talk about the Wizards long before it was fashionable to do so.
Zachary is a professional photographer and long time Kansas City sports fan. A Wizards (and now Sporting) supporter since 2007 he really enjoys the community aspect of the club being very involved with the Cauldron supporters group. Very outgoing and quirky (that is the nice word we will use to describe him) you can find Zachary at Sporting Park taking photos or getting loud in the north end.
Like most worth while relationships the love story between soccer and Laura had a rocky start. Laura wasn't interested in soccer at all, but when all her friends began playing FIFA and going to Wizards games she decided to give it a go. Now on her fourth year as a Cauldron season ticket holder for Sporting KC she can't get enough. If she's not at school or work you can find her playing pick up games in the park, going strong at indoor with her friends, or cheering on her boys in blue, both Sporting KC and Chelsea. She has been inaugural part of KC Cauldron based Ladies of SKC supporters group where she is able to mix her love of soccer with her attachment to her city.
You have heard other soccer podcasts right? The big generic rock riff leeched from Creative Commons sources or the totally played out anthems that might fit right in with WWE. Well we didn't want any of that, we wanted something a bit more laid back, something born in Kansas City, something unique and so we turned to the wonderfully talented Sporting KC fan Andrew Foshee. Sometimes folky, sometimes blues, always soulful his relaxed and engaging music is used throughout Kick the Ball.