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Tue, 21 May 2013 12:00:00 CDT
The crew go all in this week and talk about the DC United game, FC Kansas City beating the Boston Breakers, US Men's National Team call ups, Landon Donovan's exclusion, Sporting Kansas City player call ups, New York City FC MLS Expansion, David Beckham, Scholes and Owen retiring, and finish with some rare Bundesliga chat as we preview this weekend's UEFA Champion's League Final.
Tue, 14 May 2013 11:35:00 CDT
James and Laura are joined by Mike Kuhn. We look back on the Seattle Sounders defeat, the Houston Dynamo win, preview DC United on Sunday and segway into the FA Cup Final, Gus Johnson, Watford, and Alex Ferguson.
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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.