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FM Soccer Talk

FM Soccer Talk

Soccer fans, Tito, Paolo, and Franco, discuss current soccer topics. From personal soccer experiences growing up to current standings in leagues around the world (i.e. Domestic Leagues: MLS, EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Liga MX, etc.; International Leagues: Champions League, Inferior Cup, Copa Libertadores, CONCACAF Champions League, etc.)... No soccer topic is safe from the banter.
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A Messi Situation
Messi is leaving Barcelona — were words we never thought we'd hear. Messi was one of the last, one-club players left and it seemed like it was always going to be that way until the soccer world was flipped on its head. But why are we so surprised? In a world where money talks, it turns out, Barcelona has run out of funds and was forced to make the hardest — and quite possibly, the worst decision ever. Tito and Paolo break down the market, hypothesize about possible outcomes, and dream about their preferred destination all while breaking down TNF and the FMST 9v9 League in Bridgeport. #fmst #fmsoccertalk #soccer #football #futebol #futbol #calcio #podcast #pod #podcasts #SoccerInCt #2020Olympics #2020Euros #CopaAmerica #mls #laliga #bundesliga #seriea #premeirleague #ligue1 #messi #leo #SoccerSaturation #CTSoccer #FromThePassToTheNutmeg #ElPaso #Connecticut #fmst9v9 #9v9 #Bridgeport #barcelonafc
August 8, 2021
Paolo and Franco recap both EURO 2020 semi-final matches; Italy vs Spain and England vs Denmark. PLUS, break down the final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium. We discuss which players and matchups we are most excited to watch. The EURO 2020 tournament has been excited, to say the least, and not many people could have predicted this final. Franco recaps matchday 3 of the FMST | BUFC 9v9 League in Bridgeport. The guys share their input and insight on the new teams that have joined the league and the quality of each team. #fmst #fmsoccertalk #soccer #podcast #football #futebol #futbol #calcio #footy #FromThePassToTheNutmeg #euro2020 #ITAENG #Azzurri #ThreeLions #JackGrealish #MarcusRashford #CiroImmobile #HarryKane #Foden #FedericoChiesa #Insigne #ItsComingHome #ItsComingToRome #SoccerSaturation #UEFA #FIFA #Adidas #Nike #Puma #Macron #NewBalance #ESPN #ESPNDeportes 
July 10, 2021
Tournament Time
What's better than an international tournament? What's better the Euros or Copa America? The answer is NOTHING and the guys break it all down. Tito Paolo and Franco discuss the Euros and Copa America, make predictions and share their thoughts on some of the standout performances so far.
June 19, 2021
Tito, Paolo, and Franco get together, to sum up, what most of you already know; N'golo Kante is awesome. Pep Guardiola chokes in big games. And the coolest dude on the planet is Jack Grealish. In the next week, we will have the 9v9 Finals, 9v9 Coed Final, The EUROs, World Cup Qualifiers, and Nations League finals. Finalmente!  #MLS #LALIGA #SERIEA #BUNDESLIGA #LIGUE1 #INTER #LOSC #MANCITY #ATLETICO #BAYERN #SOCCER #FOOTBALL #FUTEBOL #FUTBOL #CALCIO #MANAGERS #KANTE #KDB #LUKAKU #LEWANDOWSKI #SUAREZ #MESSI #CONTE #PEPGUARDIOLA #UEFA #FIFA #PODCAST
June 7, 2021
Interview With A Captain
The guys end their silence of nearly 3 months with the interview of FC Shelton O30-1 Captain, Paolo Sellari. Tito sits down with Paolo and asks all the tough questions in a preview to the 2021 SASL Season. Paolo shares his thoughts and predictions of the league. He speaks up about players that have left, and the new ones that have joined the team. 
April 22, 2021
So much soccer, so little time
Time!!! Some days time seems to fly by while others it seems to stand still. Some days it's on your side and most days its seems to be working against you. With an overloaded schedule of games and teams playing every 3 days, there is just not enough time to play all these games. And the worst part, is they are usually on during work hours — so how are you watching these games? Do you just watch one team, one league, once a day or do you try to watch as many games, from as many leagues, every day of every week?  #MLS #EPL #SERIEA #BUNDESLIGA #LALIGA #FMST #FMSOCCERTALK #PODCAST #NIKE #ADIDAS #MACRON #PUMA #SOCCER #CALCIO #FOOTBALL #FUTBOL #FUTEBOL #USMNT #USWNT
February 3, 2021
Hindsight is 20/20
The guys recap 2020 and relive some of the finer moments like; The Connecticut Coaching Soccer Conference, SoccerTown USA, Interviewing the gold-medal influencer, Melissa Ortiz, and the amazing resolve by all the teams, players, influencers, reporters, fellow podcasters, and everyone associated with our game during this amazing year.  Perhaps 2020 was more memorable than we thought.
December 24, 2020
37 – Talk About The Passion
Tito, Paolo, and Franco recap the weekend soccer tennis games, and the ever-growing interest in the sport. More and more players keep showing up and continue to turn up to play despite the dropping temperatures. The only explanation is the passion. However, is our passion for the professional game starting to dwindle? Are empty stadiums, endless VAR reviews, and the frequency of games killing the sport? Are players just as passionate to play in an empty stadium or do they still love the game as it's played today. What about you, are you still just as passionate?
December 10, 2020
36 – Unpredictable Predictions
It's November and Fut-tennis (aka Soccer Tennis) is back — every Sunday morning. The 36 Champions League teams have all played each other once and the tables have been flipped upside-down. How do your predictions compare to Tito, Paolo, and Franco's picks? Some of the best moments during a soccer match is the sideline commentary. You'll hear the "Sounds of Soccer" and learn when's the right time to start the clock.
November 13, 2020
35 – The Halloween Episode
It's Halloween and the on this special night we've decided to discuss the scary, the ugly, the meanest, and all the things that go bump in the night. Is a world without fans, the scariest thing that could happen? What soccer player would you dress as? The Halloween episode is a real treat and but it won't give you cavities. 
October 31, 2020
34 – 18-2
Tito lets everyone know exactly how he feels in this heated discussion about Project "Big Picture". Americans thought they could come in and change the way the PL is run with their bailout package but really what they are doing is keeping the smaller teams from competing — giving power to the top 6. The optimist that he is, Paolo tries to find the good in everything, and not even he can find anything. Franco has his own thoughts and feels it's not the owners who are to blame but maybe it's the greedy players. 18-2 is an exciting fun episode that is guaranteed to get you fired up. 
October 16, 2020
33 – These are the champions
Tito, Paolo, and Franco breakdown the group stages of the 20/21 UEFA Champions League. With the draw done and all Groups set, we voice our opinion on the pots, the draw, and who we think will progress out of the group. Paolo shares a story about coaching and managing as he fills in Franco at the FC Shelton game over the weekend. Tito rocks a new birthday gift that his co-hosts are jealous of.  Bridgeport United football club continues to roll and go undefeated as they close in on the final match of the CSL plus the guys play in the rain under the lights at the 9v9 league in Bridgeport. 
October 6, 2020
32 – Special(ty) Coaches
Tito, Paolo, and Franco are back with another episode of FM Soccer Talk and want to know why specialty coaches are not held accountable rather, while the head coach takes all the blame. Paolo tells us exactly how he feels after his first rec soccer experience. We recap the SASL match, Danbury United vs FC Shelton, and Bridgeport United vs Bridgeport Brazilians of the CT Soccer League (CSL). 
September 25, 2020
31 – A Place To Play
Local adult leagues have resumed for the first time since the break but there are still people looking for a place to play. Which league is right for you and what are you looking to get out of it? What are some of the challenges players are facing with the return of play? Tito, Paolo, and Franco discuss some of the adult leagues in CT and a new league that is catching fire in Bridgeport. 
August 21, 2020
30 - MLS and UCL Review
After a week of watching the MLS, Paolo finally gives us his feedback on the league and the teams. We preview the UEFA Champions League matches and choose our favorites for the matches ahead. Franco provides a quick recap of the friendly match between Bridgeport United FC and Newtown Pride FC. 
July 24, 2020
29 - Red Lobster Red Card
Tito, Paolo, and Franco discuss sponsorships in soccer and the overwhelming influx of opportunities. There's no doubt that sponsors are essential to the sport but where do we draw the line or is it already too late? 
July 17, 2020
28 - What's Good?
Tito, Paolo, and Franco discuss what is considered "good". Are players today as good as the previous generation. Should a 40-year-old, really be able to keep up with a teenager? Is soccer-tennis good for you? Is Tuesday Night Futbol the best run? How many good players does Bridgeport United FC have? Are you a good teammate if you don't kneel during the national anthem? 
July 3, 2020
27 - The Gift of Soccer, Father's Day Edition
Tito, Paolo, and Franco reflect on their father's day and finally have REAL soccer to talk about. From Sunday Morning Soccer to Tuesday Night Futbol, to across the pond; the EPL, LaLiga, Bundesliga, and the Serie — we break down the good the bad and the ugly. No more eGaming, No contest or battles. Just good old-fashioned soccer — and it's on every day, it sounds different but it's still the same game we know and love.  
June 26, 2020
26 - Players Who Became Coaches
Tito and Paolo discuss the transformation of soccer players who became coaches. Breaking down the good, the bad, and the ugly. Coaching is not for everyone and there's no evidence that says you need to be a good player to be a good coach. Then again, there are some great players who are also great coaches. In this episode, the guys share their thoughts and theories about it all. 
June 11, 2020
25 – Melissa Ortiz - the gold medal influencer
Social media soccer connoisseur, Melissa Ortiz shares her soccer stories and experiences with the guys; From hanging with Pirlo, Zidane, and her interview with Carlos Puyol to putting on the Colombian jersey for the first time. Her workout routines will test even the fittest athletes and her FIFA2020 skills are legit – challengers welcome.
May 18, 2020
24 – DJ and the DA (2-part series)
Tito, Paolo, and Franco discuss the state of youth development soccer in this country with DJ Pereira, (Director of Coaching for the town of Cheshire, University of New Haven first Assistant Coach, and coach at Beachside F.C.). This 2-part series is about the soccer pathway; rec, travel, premier, Olympic Development Program (ODP), Development Academy (DA), and beyond. We find out who the best player DJ has played against is and what his initials stand for. We tackle why the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) decision to cut the DA from its program, and how it changes the soccerscape.
May 6, 2020
23 — The Interview with the Guys that made Soccertown USA
The creators of Soccertown USA, Tom McCabe and Kirk Rudell, share some "behind the scenes" stories about the making of the greatest American soccer documentary ever made. 
April 22, 2020
22 – "Soccertown USA", The Best U.S. Soccer Documentary Ever
Every soccer player in America knows the names; Ramos, Meola, and Harkes. But do you know how their careers began? Join us as we talk about,  Soccertown USA,  a documentary by U.S. Soccer Historian, Tom McCabe. The 68-minute journey tells the story of the boys from Kearny, NJ — from the streets, to playing against Italy in Rome, to finally leading a USA team in the 1994 World Cup.
April 7, 2020
Jhonny Arteaga "It's a Players Game"
Tito, Paolo, and Franco hang out with Jhnonny Arteaga, Founder/Director of JA Elite Soccer Academy at the SCCC2020. Jhonny's journey from California to the New York Redbulls was less than ordinary, to say the least. His #Path2Pro didn't even start with him playing soccer and now he's developing some of the finest footballers in the lower Fairfield county. 
March 29, 2020
John Evans "Say yes to the game, and the game moves you. It’ll embrace you."
Tito and Paolo sit with John Evans, Head Coach of Westfield State University D1 Men’s Soccer & Creator of HOT Futbol (non-profit in Haiti). This is a story you want to hear... and then go out and get involved in. Guaranteed to make you say WOW. 
March 29, 2020
The Gang Does A Podcast
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with some of the top, up-and-coming coaches in Connecticut with the states' best soccer podcast? So did we. This is why we invited; Tommy Mattera (Assistant Coach at Columbia University and scout for the DA), Tony Viscuso (Masuk HS Varsity Coach, President of AV Soccer Academy, Assistant Coach of the Westchester Flames (USL2) and president of Calcio é Vita Lifestyle brand),  Durval "DJ" Perreira (First Assistant at the University of New Haven Men's Soccer team, Beachside SC MPL and DOC of Cheshire CT Youth Soccer),  And Shane Recklett (First Assistant Coach of Central Connecticut State University, and Beachside SC coach); to sit with us to share some of their stories and insight on today's game.  
March 29, 2020
Rachel Toporek — Girls High School Varsity Coach
Tito and Franco sit with Rachel Toporek, the Girl’s Varsity Head Coach at JP Stevens HS, New Jersey. Former player return's to her alma mater as head coach with a mission — to not make the same mistakes her high school coach made. 
March 29, 2020
Steve Carneiro — AC CT '06 Boys Head Coach
Tito, Paolo, and Franco sit down with Steve Carneiro, Head Coach of AC Connecticut '06 Boys — the U.S. Club National Cup Champions. A magical story of a team coming together to defy the odds and become the 2nd team from Connecticut to claim the title and the first time in 16 years. 
March 29, 2020
Everson Maciel — Building a Futsal Empire
Tito, Paolo and Franco hangout with Everson Maciel — U.S. Futsal National Instructor & CJSA Futsal Technical Director. Everson takes us for a journey from his time in Brazil, growing up as a Flamengo fan, to playing at Quinnipiac University before taking us to Malaysia before settling at the West Mass Pioneers. His passion for the game is evident in his soccer academy and his reach has no limits; from Douglas Costa, and Rafinha to Thaisa Moreno and Monica Hickmann and beyond. 
March 29, 2020
Brandon Fern, "You got the ball, say something with it"
Tito and Paolo sit down with Fern, the Instructor at SAWSA and promoter of PANNA freestyle soccer at the Soccer Champions Coaching Clinic at Mohegan Sun, CT.  Influenced as a child by early 90's soccer freestyle videos and his worldwide travels playing panna street soccer in Iceland and Norway, Fern shares his philosophy of introducing kids at a young age the importance of freestyle soccer, tricks, moves, and developing comfort on the ball to shape better soccer players for the future.
March 29, 2020
21 - Life Without Soccer
Tito, Paolo, and Franco prepare for the unthinkable, a world without soccer. We are living history — the COVID-19 Pandemic has forced countries to shutdown; Confederations stopped tournaments; Leagues have postponed games; Towns have shut down camps and the soccer fields are empty. So now what? 
March 15, 2020
20 – The New Galáctico
Tito and Franco discuss the implications and magnitude of LA Galaxy's latest signing. In the wake of Zlatan's departure, LA sign one of Mexico's all-time great, Javier (Chicharito) Hernández. But is he here to retire, or will he be LA's greatest signing? If Vela is the Messi of the MLS; Does that mean Chicharito is the Ronaldo — but what happens when they get here? Or are they both just Fiats? 
February 15, 2020
19 - In The Name of The Father and Son
Special guest Cesare joins Paolo and Franco for a fascinating discussion about Fathers; The roles they play; There influence on a son/child; And living up to their legacy. The 3 share stories from their youth, which reveals how much the times have changed — including Cesare's team before Internazionale.
February 5, 2020
18 - Comeback to the future.... 2020
FMST start 2020 with discussions of comebacks... Mourinho, Zlatan......LU_ _ _ _!?!?  You'll be getting the same banter and excitement coming into the new year. 
January 18, 2020
17 - The Princeton (Soccer Conference) Review
The FMST crew have a have a discussion about Tito and Paolo's experience at the Princeton Soccer Conference (Dec. 7-8th, 2019). In here you will hear about talks given about soccer analytics, the preparation that goes into being a soccer commentator, Sunil Gulati, and our lunch encounter with some good people. 
January 3, 2020
16 - The Christmas Pod
Tito, Paolo, and Franco get into Christmas stories, gifts, and memories about the excitement of holiday season with soccer undertones. Merry Christmas FMers!
December 25, 2019
15 - My Cup is better than yours!
Today's show is all about tournaments. The FMST guys talk about next year's Euros, Copa America, a local tournament and a bit more. Join in on the comments and laughs... Reach out to Tito, Paolo, and Franco to let your voice be heard. Which tournament do you enjoy watching and/or participating in?
December 22, 2019
14 - Pa-o-lo! Pa-o-lo! ole ole ole!
Meet the newest member of the FMST family.... Mr. Paolo Sellari! In this episode we "get down to the nitty-gritty" with Paolo as our interview goes directly into current soccer topics. Join us in welcoming Paolo. 
December 2, 2019
13 - TNF 2.0?
"TNF 2.0?" starts with the typical catching up banter and leads quickly into quite possibly a new quantification method for TNF. From here we get into USL driven conversation, specifically Hartford Athletic and El Paso Locomotives. And cap the episode with some discussion of cash prized tournaments. 
November 24, 2019
12 - from the Pass to the Nutmeg
Franco and Tito get right into the usual TNF which leads to leads into a discussion on future plans. FMST discuss their upcoming efforts and ideas that will hopefully excite soccer fans. 
November 15, 2019
11 - Tactically Fair or Unsportsmanlike Foul?
Tito and Franco bring the show from Sacred Heart University where we discuss SMS with espresso, TNF (MVP: keepers), and get into a conversation about tactical fouls being a part of the game. But is there a line as to when someone's gone too far?! 
November 8, 2019
10 - Diego Maradona (2019) Reaction
Franco & Tito get into the Diego Maradona (2019) that recently aired on HBO. You'll hear our thoughts, reactions, and analysis of the documentary. 
October 23, 2019
9 - NYRB, Captains, & Inter-Juve
FMST starts it off with a few stories of their weekend. Franco went to the NYRB-DC United game and lets us know how it went. We then get into a discussion about great captains which leads to Jerry immediately showing the City crest with Kompany mentioned, while Franco's love for Sergio Ramos is real. We end the show with our special guest, the Italian-born Inter-lovin' Paolo Sellari with his clear disliking for Icardi as captain and the groups prediction to the infamous Inter-Juve game (.... yeah know now that it ends Inter 1-2 Juve). 
October 11, 2019
8 - "What a Save! What a Save!"
This week on FMST: 00:30-2:15 The most fit get injured    `\_('')_/` 2:15-6:41 TNF 6:41-12:27 SMS 12:27-23:09 Derbies—Our Top 5 23:09-31:12 Coaches—Chop Chop 31:12-35:59 Upcoming Week 35:59-36:41 Sounds of Soccer
September 27, 2019
7 - Wolves: 2nd division & UCL
In this week's episode of FMST, the guys talk megs on TNF, last weeks predictions, this weeks games, and put out to the universe Wolves getting relegated and winning Europa, which essentially puts them in the Champions League... in the words of Franco: "Whoooaaaa" 
September 20, 2019
6 - Mexoosa!!!
Today we discuss A LOT.... We start off with the International Break and coaching which can be summed us with "Bring us Wenger!!!" ... we then get into the player talent pool and how scouting was looking at the wrong attributes in players. This leads in the creation of Mexoosa (the dual-national national team... wait what!?). ConCACAf Nations League makes its gross appearance and we finish with some predictions. We hope you enjoy the show!  FMST PS: please rate us and leave comments!
September 13, 2019
5 - Back from El Paso
Episode 5 starts with a conversation about El Paso, TX and the soccer community. How a charity game was played by the Legends of El Paso to raise $17,000 for victims of the shooting which included critical injuries to two youth team coaches and a 15 year-old soccer player who was killed.  The conversation then transitions into leagues (e.g. Serie A, La Liga, and EPL), teams that have impressed along with those that are "eh," good (and terrible) transfers, and other topics of the game..... so listen up! 
September 5, 2019
FMST Borderland Interview Series: Mike Lopez
FM Soccer Talk are all about promoting the game and bringing to our listeners relevant soccer information and news. In the "Borderland Interview Series" (B.I.S.), FMST is meeting with soccer ambassadors in El Paso, TX (Jerry Moreira's hometown). The purpose of B.I.S. is to promote local soccer coaches, directors, players, brand developers, etc. Anyone that reps soccer in the 915. In this interview, FMST get together with Mike Lopez, Director of FC Dallas Academy-El Paso and creator of Crack.Futbolero. 
July 30, 2019
4 - Soccer Saturation
The FMST guys catch up on time passed and discuss "Soccer Saturation," a term coined due to all the soccer happening and the difficulty of keeping up with it all. We get into Gold Cup, Copa America, U21 Euros, and of course Women's World Cup. 
June 23, 2019
3 - A Chat with Friends
The guys from FM Soccer Talk sit down with their friends and talk soccer
June 7, 2019
2 - Intro to Tuesday Nights
April 12, 2019