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Soccer Saturday - Indy Eleven

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Indy Eleven's "Soccer Saturday" airs every Saturday at 9 am to 10 am on 93.5FM/107.5FM hosted by Greg Rakestraw.
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Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 11/28/20
(00:00-03:06) - Greg Rakestraw welcomes you in with another edition of Soccer Saturday by previewing today's show, announces which six players will be back with the Indy Eleven, and the unfortunate news surrounding the news of Diego Maradona. (06:10-22:17) - The head coach of the Indy Eleven in Martin Rennie makes a return to the program to discuss the recent re-signing and acquisitions of players between last week's show and this week. Also, Coach Rennie discusses coming back for his 4th season as the lead man of the Eleven. (25:18-37:08) -  After re-signing to join the Indy Eleven for a second stint with the team, Carl Haworth joins the show to explain the difference between a Canadian Thanksgiving to a Thanksgiving in the United States, what it was like spending roughly nine months away from home for one of the first times in his career, and his feelings on playing with Tyler Pasher and Ayoze versus playing against them. (40:11-54:19) - Greg Rakestraw takes you behind the curtain following a conversation with the lead soccer announcer for FOX Sports in John Strong discusses the Men's National Team two matches a couple weeks ago and shares a couple stories about the soccer icon that we lost on Wednesday in Diego Maragona. (57:20-58:07) - With very limited time in the final segment of today's show, Greg spends it thanking everyone who made today's show possible.
1:01:10
November 28, 2020
Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 11/21/20
(00:00-03:19) - Greg Rakestraw returns for another edition of Soccer Saturday and opens the show in typical fashion previewing the rest of the show and teases how you will hear some Indy Eleven news next week on the show regarding the roster for the upcoming season. (06:23-18:00) - Maura Gladys from American Tifo joins the show to discuss her latest piece profiling Peter Evans, what it means to her reporting on the still how new Major League Soccer is for fan culture because people are still discovering soccer and which team someone wants to follow, and what was unique about Peter's story that she discovered in the process of writing the story about Peter Evans. (21:01-38:16) - Following his conversation with Marua Gladys, Greg Rakestraw heads to the archives to replay an interview he conducted with Peter Evans from April 14, 2018. The conversation Rake had with Peter covers when he discovered his love for soccer, how he first caught wind of the possibility of a soccer club coming to Indianapolis, and how he felt walking into Union Jack Pub seeing his face up on the wall. (41:18-46:11) - In 2019 it was Josh Penn going from the Indy Eleven back to IU, now it's Patrick McDonald going from training with the Indy Eleven to IU, and Greg Rakestraw shares other news from an NCAA soccer perspective about Gary Yohe's wommen soccer team at Marian winning the Crossroads League Championship following their 2-0 victory over Grace to compete in the NAIA National Tournament in April/May. (49:12-57:11) - Greg wraps up today's show by sharing how big time superstar athletes are buying ownership in soccer clubs across the world and the number of celebrities that are apart of the Seattle Sounders Ownership group. Greg also briefly discusses the performance the Men's National Team had against Panama earlier this week.
1:00:13
November 21, 2020
Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 11/14/20
(00:00-04:55) - Greg Rakestraw introduces the show and talks about what is coming up on the show today. He brings up that the USA Mens National Team news and what is going on in the world of soccer at the moment. (07:55-20:06) –Greg Rakestraw talks with former Indy Eleven Player Ben Speas who announced his retirement this week and what is ahead in his life. He talks about what all went into the decision to call it a soccer career. He talks about his proudest moment of his soccer career. (23:06-35:48) – In this segment, the owner of Wood Warbler Coffee, Jeff Canada, talks about the new Indy Eleven blend Coffee. He talks about how this blend came together and how you can get the bag to brew at home. (38:48:-52:00) – Greg Rakestraw talks about the latest news surrounding the US Men’s National Team and the first time they have played since February. It is their longest break since 1986-1987. Also the latest scheduling news regarding the Men’s National Team with the Gold Cup and World Cup Qualifying schedule in 2021. He also talks about how if there was a cycle to have a fall World Cup, its good that it came during the same cycle as a break and delayed status due to the Global Pandemic. (55:00-56:43) - In the final segment of the show Greg Rakestraw, updates the Premier League table and the look ahead to the MLS Playoffs.
59:50
November 14, 2020
Soccer Saturday - Indy Eleven For 11/7/20
(00:00-04:30) - Our first November edition of Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw kicks off with Greg reciting the high school soccer programs that won state earlier this week and previews the conversations he will have throughout the show with his guests for today. (07:33-19:29) - Phil Presser from the USL Academy makes a return to the program to elaborates on the schedule for the USL youth/amateur league for the Indy Eleven, what it means to have so many young athletes that can play some minutes here and there at the Indy Eleven's disposal, and what it's like knowing you have so much space at Grand Park in Westfield to train young athletes. (22:30-43:06) - Gerg's broadcast partner for life in Brad Hauter makes another appearance on Soccer Saturday to go over what his fall has been like from a coaching standpoint with his DePauw Tigers soccer program, what he would like to do outside of the conference portion of the schedule, and discusses how there was not an USL Championship this season as a result of COVID-19 complications for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. (46:08-53:29) - Fort Wayne FC's Dr. Eril Magner what the preparations have been like inside the office and around the community with the knowledge that they are bringing a soccer team to Fort Wayne and how he feels about taking the pitch in six months when their season starts. (56:30-58:50) - In the final segment of today's show, Greg recaps some of the matches that took this week in the Champions League.
1:01:07
November 7, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 10/31/20
(00:00-03:34) – Greg Rakestraw is back on a Halloween edition of Soccer Saturday informing you about the players that made the All-League team’s from the Indy Eleven, what games he will be broadcasting for the high school state finals, and preview’s his five favorite moments that helped shape his soccer story. (06:37-21:41) – A good friend of the show in Mike Watts joins the show to discuss if he was surprised when the Tampa Bay Rowdies knocked off Louisville City considering they didn’t see each other this year, face any similar opponents during the year, and because of how dominant Louisville has been at home. Watts also previews his sixth USL Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Phoenix Rising. (24:42-37:04) – The first year head coach of Guerin Catholic’s women’s soccer team in Sean Yau to describe what it means to make the state championship game in his first year as a head coach, the level of familiarity going up against a school in Noblesville in the state championship game for the first time in their school’s history even though they are less than ten miles away, and how the sectional they had to come out of is a “dog eat dog sectional.” (40:07:-51:10) – Following his conversation with Drew Thompson from The Game Beckons, Greg Rakestraw and Brad Hauter asked him if they could share their top five favorite soccer moments. A couple of his favorite moments were the 2006 World Cup Final between Italy and France and the opening night for the Indy Eleven back in 2014. (54:10-56:37) – In the final segment of the final October edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg touches on the idea of Fort Wayne FC will play on the amateur level the next two years and then enter league one to play professionally in 2023. From a youth soccer standpoint, the Indy Eleven will compete in the USL Academy League and updates you on what is going on in the Champions League.
1:00:09
November 1, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 10/24/20
(00:00-02:04) – Greg Rakestraw returns with another off-season edition of Soccer Saturday informing you if there was any news in the past week and previews the conversations you will be hearing the rest of the show. (05:08-18:05) – Midfielder for El Paso Locomotive FC and former member of the Indy Eleven in Dylan Mares joined us this morning on Soccer Saturday to explain what life is like for him in El Paso, how already knowing some of the guys on a new team makes you feel more comfortable moving to that city, and how close of tabs he keeps on the Indy Eleven now a days considering he has played with some of the players on the current roster. (21:05-35:51) – Clay Ables who is the voice of Louisville City how the goal scorer and goalie usually get the attention instead of someone who sets up the play in Coben Bone, whether or not Ben Lundt and Cameron Lancaster will be on a professional roster or Louisville City’s next year, and what catches his attention when preparing for the Tampa Bay Rowdies that might concern him going into that match. (38:55-53:35) – Owner of Sogility and Guerin Catholic’s soccer coach in Chris McGrath joins the show to tell you how Sogility is going, which player he saw working out the other day at the facility, how optimistic he is about his soccer team making it to the state finals this year, and how Cam Lindley has been assisting the soccer team as much as he could this year. (56:36-58:02) – Greg concludes today’s show by overlooking some of the latest news and scores in Champions League from this week.
1:01:34
October 26, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 10/17/20
00:00-01:55) – In the opening segment of off-season edition number two of Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw, he opens up the show previewing the kind of conversations the program will entail in the next couple of weeks while informing you who you will hear from throughout the course of the show. (04:58-17:04) – Drew Thompson from The Game Beckons to share how his passion and love for soccer came about, the current project that he is working on in connection with the Indy Eleven that Greg Rakestraw will be assisting him with, and what went through his mind when he found out in 2013 that there would be a professional soccer team in Indiana. (20:04-36:26) – Former Carmel Greyhound, Butler Bulldog, and current goalkeeper for Phoenix Rising in Eric Dick joins Soccer Saturday explaining whether or not he will return back to Indianapolis, Kansas City, or stay in Phoenix once his season is over, what it’s like practicing against some of the best scorers in the USL in Junior Flemmings and Rufat Dadashov, and how he loved the challenging schedule his club had prior to the playoffs. (39:28-52:25) – Detroit City FC’s Trevor James joins the show to describe the season his club had after winning the championship in the NISA League, what type of culture he was trying to create when he was announced as the new head coach and general manager of Detroit City FC, and what it was like managing minutes for his players knowing they could (and eventually would have) played five games in two weeks. (55:25-56:46) – In the final segment of today’s show, Greg overlooks some of the top EPL matches that he will be watching today and tells you about the watch party that the Indy Eleven is throwing today.
1:00:19
October 19, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 10/10/20
(00:00-02:24) – In the opening segment of this week’s edition of Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw, he welcomes you to the show by previewing the conversations he will have later on in the show and explaining how rough the final twelve games of the season were for the boys in blue. (05:28-18:51) – The CEO of the Indy Eleven in Greg Stremlaw makes an appearance on the first off-season show of Soccer Saturday to tell you about the silver linings about the season even though it didn’t end the way he hoped, how critically important it is to have the same club culture from management to the player, and sheds some light on potential changes to the USL for next season. (21:52-34:12) – Head Coach Martin Rennie returns to Soccer Saturday to explain what he’s been doing the last seven days, if there is a point of the season that he can identify as the turning point where things went from being really good to not so good, and how difficult the schedule was without facing the lower level opponents to help get the team back on track. (37:14-51:50) – A very well known guest on the show in Devon Kerr, lead analyst of the USL, to share his thoughts on a post-season without seeing the Indy Eleven in it, how there might be something behind Andrew Carleton not being utilized as much as he has in the past (only 51 minutes per game this season), and what the difference between this Indy Eleven club versus last year’s club. (54:50-56:49) – Greg wraps up the first off-season edition of Soccer Saturday by updating you on how some of the local soccer coaches are doing, reminds you about what is going on in the EPL, and thanks everyone involved for making today’s show possible.
1:00:22
October 12, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 10/03/20
(00:00-02:43) – Greg Rakestraw is back with the final regular season edition of Soccer Saturday where the Indy Eleven need a win or draw in order to make it into the postseason, which would be a very surprising end to what was a very promising start of the season. (05:47-16:55) – Head Coach Martin Rennie is back in his usual segment of the show and he said that he is feeling good on short rest going on the road today to take on St. Louis FC because it’s like a playoff game for both teams, what his expectations are for St. Louis FC tonight considering it is their last match in franchise history, and what some of the key points are tonight to either draw or win the match to make it to the playoffs. (19:56-28:12) – The only Indy Eleven player to find the back of the net on Wednesday in Andrew Carleton shares his thoughts about the fourty-five minutes he gave the team, walks you through what he saw on the field in the moments leading up to his first goal scored, and what Martin Rennie told him at the end of the first half. (31:14-50:12) – SiriusXM’s Brian Dunseth returns to the program to discuss how busy he has been broadcasting games between the various leagues that are all in action right now, how people should be feeling about the United States National League in comparison to previous years, and his respect for Landon Donovan following his team’s (San Diego Loyal) second forfeiture of a match earlier this week after Collin Martin received a homophobic slur by an unpunished LA Galaxy II’s Omar Ontiveros. (53:13-56:59) –  Greg concludes this week’s edition of Soccer Saturday by congratulating Jerry Little for his 600th career victory, reviews the Champions League pairings, and briefly touches some of the latest news in the EPL.
1:00:02
October 5, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 09/26/20
(00:00-02:05) – In the short opening segment of today’s edition of Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw, he previews who you will be hearing from and some of the latest news that he will touch on throughout the show with his guests. (05:07-17:23) – Head Coach Martin Rennie is back in his weekly time slot to go over how crazy of a match it was on Wednesday against St. Louis FC despite it being a 1-1 draw, breaks down the only goal his team scored from Neveal Hackshaw, and what kind of Sporting Kansas City II team he could potentially see on Wednesday night with it being their last game of the season. (20:24-35:57) – SiriusXM’s Jason Davis follows Rennie to get his thoughts on whether or not Major League Soccer was able to expand their reach since there were more televised matches, why the MLS has not come out with a full schedule like other soccer leagues have, and why people are becoming more excited about the United States Men’s National Team. (38:58-52:06) – Marian’s women soccer coach and former goal keeper coach for the Indy Eleven in Gary Yohe returns to this program to explain how many matches they will be playing between the fall and spring, how COVID-19 has impacted the NAIA tournament, and what it’s like to have such a talented two sport student-athlete in Erin Oleksak. (55:07-56:10) – Greg Rakestraw wraps up this edition of Soccer Saturday by thanking all of his guests for joining him today and tells you which English Premier League matches he will have his eyes on this weekend.
59:43
September 26, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 09/19/20
(00:00-03:53) – Greg Rakestraw hosts another edition of Soccer Saturday following an Indy Eleven loss on Wednesday against Louisville City, previews the rest of the show, and overlooks the rest of the Indy Eleven schedule to tell you what the boys in blue need to do in order to secure a playoff spot. (06:56-15:30) – Martin Rennie is back in his weekly time slot to share what his mindset is like following the loss to Louisville City, how the first day back on the training pitch was yesterday following the loss, still thinks that their best play of soccer is yet to come, and shares his expectations for a very important match on Wednesday against St. Louis FC. (18:31-32:33) – Lead announcer of the USL in Mike Watts makes another appearance on the show to describe how Louisville City has been able to turn up the heat earlier this season in comparison to previous seasons, compares the upcoming Indy Eleven match-up by elaborating on how they stack up against St. Louis FC, and which team he thinks is the best team in the Western Conference. (35:35-46:17) – The first president and general manager of the Indy Eleven in Peter Wilt stops by to inform you about the current project he is trying to work on in his hometown of Chicago and whether or not he has an idea where the new team will play, and how he is dividing his soccer watching time nowadays. (49:18-56:53) – Greg wraps up the show in quick fashion to let you know where you can go to watch some EPL matches, looks over some of the EPL matches that come your way today, and the biggest news this week in the EPL and USL.
59:54
September 21, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 09/12/20
(00:00-02:43) – Greg Rakestraw is back with another Soccer Saturday to recap the Indy Eleven’s win against Sporting Kansas City II, reviews the rest of the schedule for the boys in blue prior to the playoffs, and examines the Group E standings. (05:45-15:21) – Martin Rennie returns for his weekly time slot on the program to explain the process behind adding Jeremy Rafanello to the squad following his big outing on Wednesday, explain how Drew Conner made a huge impact on the victory even though he didn’t register a goal, and he shares his thoughts on getting Louisville City back in Lucas Oil in which his club is trying to beat them for the first time this season. (18:21-28:08) – First time Indy Eleven player making his second appearance on the show in Jeremy Rafanello explains what it meant to him and his dad to score his first career goal on his father’s birthday, what he saw on the field in the moments leading up to the goal, and how often the family has traveled to Indy to come watch him play. (31:09-45:51) – Indiana soccer legend and current North Central Men’s Varsity Soccer Coach in Jerry Little joins the show with Greg to elaborate on why right now was the right time to decide to retire from coaching soccer, how he got interested into coaching, and describes the soccer landscape around Indianapolis. (48:53-58:44) – In the final segment of this week’s edition of Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw, he is joined by former MLB pitcher in Joe Thatcher to elaborate on his athlete training service at Grand Park in Pro X Athlete, how much knowledge he has about soccer, and what team would come to mind from his playing days that was a rival that he struggled to beat.
1:02:16
September 12, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 09/05/20
(00:00-03:21) – In the opening segment of the first September edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg welcomes you to the show by reviewing the remaining schedule for the boys in blue, reviews how close the division is for the Indy Eleven, and previews who you will be hearing from later in the program. (06:23-14:09) – Head Coach Martin Rennie returns for his weekly time slot on the show to elaborate on the health status of a couple of key members of the team, what it’s like to prepare for a game against a team they just played, and how hard it is to believe that they’re entering the final month of the regular season. (17:09-32:01) –  The captain of the Indy Eleven in Matt Watson joins the show to walk you through how he was feeling last week when he physically could not take the field, what Martin Rennie’s immediate reaction once Watson informed him about his decision to not play last week, and how he is attempting to balance being a dad, soccer player, coach, and be a leader in the community. (35:03-48:03) – Ray Gaddis makes his third appearance on Soccer Saturday to explain the work he is doing Black Players Coalition with MLS, provide his insight on how his team (Philadelphia Union) is doing right now, and how much communication he has with his former North Central soccer coach in Jerry Little. (51:04-58:04) – Teresa Anderson from Fairbanks Hospital rounds out the program to tell you about what Fairbanks is all about, all of the firsts that the hospital has made in Indiana history, and how COVID-19 impacted the hospital protocols. Additionally, Greg in his closing remarks informs you about the Lionel Messi news and previews next week’s show.
1:01:38
September 5, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 08/29/20
(00:00-03:41) – Greg Rakestraw hosts another edition of Soccer Saturday this week and opens the show previewing who you will be hearing from during the hour and previews the September calendar for the boys in blue. (06:43-25:46) – Head Coach Martin Rennie returns to the show to go over the loss on Wednesday at Louisville City, walks you through the timeline in which Matt Watson informed Coach Rennie that he wasn’t going to play on Wednesday, and how he help bridges the cultural divides as a coach in the locker room while also seeing how much closer the team becomes when they come together to talk about racial injustice. (28:46-39:42) – The Indy Eleven re-signed Josh Penn, an Indiana University alumnus, to become a full time professional soccer player earlier this week and stops by once again on the program to explain why he chose to forgo the rest of his collegiate career and get a head start on his professional career. Penn also accessed the improvements he has made from playing with the team last year to now and goes back in time to relive the moment of playing on a professional soccer team at the age of 18. (42:44-53:40) – During this segment of Soccer Saturday, Greg plays a couple of snippets from a conversation Greg had with Matt Watson on June 13th on this show in regards to social injustice. Watson discussed how the George Floyd incident affected the Indy Eleven locker room because the message he delivered fits the bill for what just happened with  Jacob Blake and how people are becoming more comfortable with speaking up on how black lives matter . (56:40-58:19) – Greg wraps up the show by giving his thoughts on which Lionel Messi will end up in once he is out of Manchester City and reminds you of the next match for the Indy Eleven.
1:01:55
August 31, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 08/22/20
(00:00-01:16) – Greg Rakestraw is back with another edition of Indy Eleven Soccer Saturday and opens the program by recapping Pittsburgh win last Saturday and previewing the upcoming guests on the program today. (04:16-13:44) – Head Coach Martin Rennie is back in his weekly spot to recap the big win over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds which capped off a season sweep last Saturday 1-0. He talks about why his team is very successful after going a man down due to penalty. Coach Rennie also begins to preview the next couple matches as they will battle rivals Louisville City in a Home and Home over the next couple of weeks. (16:44-29:24) – On this segment of the show Greg Rakestraw gets the opportunity to chat with Indy Eleven Goalie Evan Newton. They discuss the huge penalty save that Evan had to secure the 1-0 win over Pittsburgh last Saturday. They also discuss the extended time between matches as they only have one match in 20 days which is Wednesday against Louisville FC on the road.  He also discusses his 50 clean sheets when he is goalie as well as giving advice to the new fathers on the team. (32:24-42:12) – Former United States Women’s National Team Member Christie Rampone, who was on five World Cup teams, talks about her new book to help parents “Be All In.” She discusses what that term means to her.  She discusses seeing current Women’s National Team members leaving the United States and play for club teams overseas and also the current state of the NWSL (45:12-56:43) – In the final segment of today’s show, on the day before the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey joins the show to preview tomorrow’s race, how his Month of August has been, running full time in the Indy Car Series for the first time, and talk about his love for the sport of soccer and his Indy Eleven Fandom.
59:55
August 22, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 08/15/20
(00:00-01:42) – Greg Rakestraw is back with another edition of Indy Eleven Soccer Saturday and opens the program by previewing Racing Indy Night at Lucas Oil Stadium against Pittsburgh and who all is coming up today on the show. (04:42-16:24) – Head Coach Martin Rennie is back in his weekly spot to recap the draw against Louisville on the Road last weekend.  He also talks about being honored with the Championship Coach of the Month and what it means to him.  They also discuss the dramatic win at Pittsburgh with a late game goal to secure the win and what can be learned from that game to the home game tonight against the same Pittsburgh squad. (19:24-35:49) – On this segment of the show Greg Rakestraw gets the opportunity to chat with Authors of The Game, Stewart Roy Clark and John Williams.  They discuss what the book is about and what the game, soccer means in the United Kingdom and how English Football has changed over the last 30 years. They discuss stories of how the book was written and the process behind it as well. (38:49-51:00) – Television play-by-play broadcaster for Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Matt Gajtka joins Greg this week to preview the match tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium between the Riverhounds and Indy Eleven and how the season has gone for the Riverhounds since the last meeting between the teams last month.  They also do a scouting report on each team in advance of tonight’s game. (54:00-60:37) – In the final segment of today’s show, Indy Car Driver Spencer Pigot joins the show to talk about his love for soccer and who he loves to follow in the English Premier League.  He also talks about his Month of August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1:04:16
August 15, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 08/11/20
(00:00-02:22) – Greg Rakestraw is back with another edition of Indy Eleven Soccer Saturday and opens the program by welcoming you to rivalry week as the Indy Eleven host Louisville City tonight for the first of at least four matches and update you on the standings for Group E. (05:26-17:56) – Head Coach Martine Rennie is back in his weekly spot to go over how nice it feels to get a week off after playing a handful of games in a two week stretch, breaks down their opponent tonight in Louisville City, and then explains why he likes what he has seen so far out of newly signed Felicien Dumas. (20:57-34:56) – Indy Eleven’s Felician Dumas makes his first appearance on Soccer Saturday to describe the emotions he felt being able to walk out on the field for the first time for the club after the delays he went through as a result of the pandemic, what the zoom meetings during the pandemic were like halfway across the globe, and what he hopes to apply to rest of the season after what he’s learned in his limited time with the club. (37:57-53:00) – Radio play-by-play broadcaster for Louisville City in Clay Ables joins Greg this week to give his take on what it is like broadcasting from a studio off of a monitor versus being at the arena, why the start for Louisville City has not been what they expected it to be, and whether or not some of the guys who have built up this franchise are starting to show their age. (56:01-57:13) – In the final segment of today’s show, Greg teases next week’s show by telling you what he plans on discussing with his guests.
1:00:46
August 11, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 08/01/20
(00:00-02:14) – Greg Rakestraw is back with another edition of Soccer Saturday and today’s show is jam packed with a lot of information and in the opening segment he tells you everything you need to know about today’s show and quickly recaps the victory and defeat for the Indy Eleven between last week’s show and today’s. (05:16-16:18) – Head Coach Martin Rennie is back after another midweek victory this week to go over the way things unfolded against Hartford Athletic on Wednesday, what he thought of Drew Conner’s performance in their most recent match, and what he is expecting from Sporting Kansas City II  to come out and do to try and get their second win on the season. (19:19-29:38) – One of Indy Eleven’s fullback’s and winger’s in Nick Moon joins the show to explain if he would have expected to have an opportunity to receive as much playing time as he has when he signed with the team in the off-season, what it’s been like to have the best view on the field for what Tyler Pasher has done so far this season, and what it’s like playing in Lucas Oil Stadium. (32:39-45:46) – The final guest of today’ edition of Soccer Saturday is the head coach of the Butler Bulldog’s men’s soccer team in Paul Snape to discuss what the past five months have been like for him as a coach, give his opinion on how his guys will be feeling with the extra rest during the summer while not facing the same competition they usually do in the summer once college soccer restarts, and what the fall season would look like if they have one. (48:46-55:55) – Greg wraps up today’s show updating you on the scores that happened this week in the MLS  is back tournament, why he is interested in Arsenal and Chelsea in the FA Cup, and reminds you when the Champions League resumes.
59:28
August 1, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 07/25/20
TYLER PASHER MOVES INTO SECOND ON THE ALL-TIME SCORING LIST (00:00-02:08) – Greg Rakestraw welcomes you in to another edition of Soccer Saturday by recapping the Indy Eleven’s victory earlier this week courtesy of a Tyler Pasher goal late in the game and breaks down who will be joining him this week on the show. (05:09-17:56) – Head Coach Martin Rennie returns to the program to explain what he saw on the sidelines once Tyler Pasher took the ball at midfield before scoring the only goal in the game, how he balances being the head coach and general manager throughout the course of a season, and breaks down their match-up against St. Louis tomorrow. Ad ends in 6s (20:57-33:00) – Indy Eleven’s Tyler Pasher re-joins the show to detail what was going through his mind when he was able to dribble the ball down the field before scoring the only goal in their game on Tuesday, what it meant to the team to finally go on the road to Pittsburgh to get the win, and where he thinks the team stands across the league and not just Group E. (36:02-50:48) – NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird makes her first appearance on the show following the announcement midweek that she is the new commissioner of the NWSL to discuss why Salt Lake City was the right place for the NWSL to play their season, what the rest of their season looks like, and shares her excitement about the new expansion team in Louisville that will be joining the NWSL next year. (53:490-57:12) – Greg wraps up today’s show by telling you about everything you need to know about what is going on in English soccer and reminds you that tomorrow is the final day of the Premiere League.
1:00:14
July 25, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN FOR 07/18.20
(00:00-03:39) – Following last week’s 2-0 victory for the boys in blue, Greg Rakestraw raves about how the team looked in their first match in the restart of the season in comparison to what Martin Rennie was telling him during the pandemic while the team was training. (06:40-19:32) – Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie returns to the program to discuss how you could not tell the team did not have any rust to knock off following four months without playing, the future of Andrew Carleton in soccer following his terrific Indy Eleven debut last week, and what it was like on the field with less fans than normal by Indy Eleven standards. (22:33-36:14) – Greg replays his post-game interview with Indy Eleven forward Tyler Pasher following the win last week to break down goal number three on the season and the fourth straight game with a goal dating back to last postseason, what Andrew Carelton and Nick Moon mean to the team, and how he felt physically after the game. President and CEO Josh Mason also makes an appearance in this segment to tell you about potential adjustments the club might make to the fan experience, explains the century club program in connection to the fans, and shares his excitement with a new sponsor that creates more opportunities for the club to have fan interaction with their app. (39:16-52:46) – Matthew Levine, director of the documentary film on professional soccer player Drew Beckie, joins Greg on Soccer Saturday today to fill us in on what exactly happened to Drew at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, explains what myocarditis is, and why he felt like Drew’s story was compelling enough to make a forty-five minute documentary. (55:47-57:28) – In the final segment of today’s show Greg informs you about the three Indy Eleven players who made the team of the week and the big news in English soccer
1:00:30
July 18, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 07/11/20
(00:00-2:52) – In the opening segment of today’s GAME DAY edition of Indy Eleven Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw, he informs you about all of the details that you need to know before the game tonight and tells you where you can watch the boys in blue if you are not comfortable going out to a sporting event just yet. (05:53-15:54) – Indy Eleven’s Head Coach Martin Rennie returns to the program as the Indy Eleven kick off their season TODAY to preview that match against Saint Louis FC, what it means to him to be back and coaching/playing soccer, and the mindset of the players as they have approached closer and closer to game day. (18:55-33:10) – Indy Eleven’s Vice President of Strategy and Marketing in Josh Mason makes an appearance on this weeks edition of Soccer Saturday to provide the details on what the seating arrangement is going to look like tonight in the first match of the resumption of the season, what percentage of season ticket holders will be making their way to Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, and delivers a message towards the fans that plan on attending tonight. (36:11-53:51) – Devon Kerr, lead analyst of the USL Championship, makes his first ever appearance on Soccer Saturday to give his thoughts on what the new Louisville City FC’s impact on the USL (especially the Indy Eleven) and the city as a whole,  examines the Indy Eleven’s opponents tonight in Saint Louis FC, and what team out west that he will keep an eye on as the season progresses. (56:52-58:05) – With the very little time to wrap up the show, Greg concludes the show by reminding you where you can watch the Indy Eleven take on Saint Louis FC and updates you briefly on what is going on in the Premier League.
1:01:07
July 12, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY FOR INDY ELEVEN - 7/4/2020
FULL SHOW: INDY ELEVEN SOCCER SATURDAY FOR 7/4/2020 (00:00-03:29) – In the opening segment of today’s edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg Rakestraw previews todays show as the Indy Eleven Season resumes in just one week at home and with fans. He also talks about the upcoming schedule and how the rest of the 2020 season will look. (04:59-16:31) – Head Coach Martin Rennie talks about the upcoming schedule for Indy Eleven as the squad gets set to resume play next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium as they will host ten matches out of 16 that will be played this season.  He talks about the importance of being allowed five substitutes this season because of the tight schedule and quick turnaround between matches. (19:31-31:39) – Indy Eleven Midfielder Tyler Gibson, who is also Indy Eleven’s Player Representative for the USL Player Association, he talks about the 11 vs 11 training as it ramps up leading to the resumption of play next week.  He talks about how he feels in July 2020 after 1 match played vs July 2019 when 17-18 would have been played by this point. (34:39-52:14) – Greg Rakestraw is joined by ESPN Soccer Broadcaster Mike Watts to talk about his broadcast schedule for the USL Championship on ESPN2 and what it means to have fans back in the stands. He talks about calling all of the games offsite even before the Coronavirus, as the only game he was on site for last season was the USL Championship match out of the 100+ games he called in 2019. (55:14-57:03) – In the final segment of Soccer Saturday for the month, Greg Rakestraw updates you on the Premier League and the Champions League. SHARE
1:01:24
July 4, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY FOR INDY ELEVEN - 06/27/20
FULL SHOW: INDY ELEVEN SOCCER SATURDAY FOR 06/27/20 (00:00-04:57) – In the opening segment of today’s edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg Rakestraw informs you on some important news about the Indy Eleven’s training and foreshadows who you will be hearing from today. (07:59-22:58) – Head Coach Martin Rennie makes a return to the show after a week off to explain how beneficial it is to have so much depth, whether or not he has received or has an idea about a schedule, and he shares his thoughts the league made to expand the playoffs to two team per division. (26:00-36:55) – An old friend of the show and a well known name in Indy Eleven history, former assistant and interim head coach Tim Regan joins the program for the first time in four years. Regan discusses what this spring was like for him with the Bradley Braves, how boring it is for him not being able to be recruiting, and the energy that was consistently brought into Carroll Stadium during his time with the Indy Eleven. (39:56-51:51) – Greg Rakestraw continues his conversation with Tim Regan about the difficult conversation he had to have with Peter Wilt, why he chose to stick around with the Indy Eleven, and where he ranks the Miracle at the Mic in his soccer career. (54:51-57:15) – In the final segment of Soccer Saturday for the month, Greg Rakestraw updates you on who won the Premier League this season in historic fashion.
1:00:17
June 29, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY FOR INDY ELEVEN - 06/20/20
FULL SHOW: INDY ELEVEN SOCCER SATURDAY FOR 06/20/20 (00:00-04:04) – As we get another day closer towards the resumption of the Indy Eleven season, we await an announcement about the schedule for the boys in blue. Greg Rakestraw previews who will be joining him on the program and updates you on what leagues have made their returns. (07:06-23:45) – As we await the announcement on the Indy Eleven schedule, Greg brings back an old friend of the show and Indy Eleven organization in former head coach Tim Hankinson. The two discuss how the 2016 team was so success during his time as head coach, how he got the team ready for the game that labeled the Indy Eleven as champions, and what his two years in Indianapolis meant to him as a professional. (26:46-41:50) – Dean Linke who is the voice of NC Courage stops by to share what he is and has been doing from a broadcasting perspective while soccer wasn’t in action, the work he is doing with his now weekly podcast ‘United Coaches,’ and how NC Courage has been so successful before and after their move to the triangle in the UWSL. (44:52-50:24) – In this short segment, Greg updates you on the standings in the Bundesliga as the league is in the final stretch of their season, when the Champions League will start their season, and goes over some of the soccer scores from this week in the Premier League. (53:25-56:39) – Greg wraps up another edition of Soccer Saturday by informing you on some soccer camps that you can take your child to and informs you about leagues that are making their return.
59:41
June 22, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY FOR INDY ELEVEN - 06/13/2020
(00:00-3:00) – In the opening segment of today’s edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg Rakestraw updates you on where the Indy Eleven stands as they prepare for the resumption of play and also who will be joining the show today.  He also previews the MLS Return to Soccer Tournament and other soccer news from around the World. (6:00-14:30) – Indy Head Coach Martin Rennie joins the show to talk about the training process and that coaches can be hands on in that training as the season draws closer to a July 11 resumption date.  He also talks about the season being more of a sprint versus a marathon in 2020. (17:30-28:20) –  Indy Eleven Team Captain Matt Watson joins the show to talk about having four months off between matches which has been the longest in his career off and away from soccer. He also talks about the racial injustice issues in this country and ways it could be improved. (31:20-47:36) – Former Indy Eleven and current forward for USL League One club Forward Madison FC  Wojciech Wojcik in his full interview talks about his battles with Indy Eleven since leaving the club and talks about why he decided to play for USL League One Club Forward Madison FC. (50:36-57:54) – As we close out today’s show, Greg talks about the MLS Welcome Back Tournament format this summer in Orlando and also gets into the Premier League and Bundesliga Soccer Seasons and Up to date Tables.
1:01:23
June 13, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY FOR INDY ELEVEN 06/06/20
(00:00-8:24) – In the opening segment of today’s edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg Rakestraw updates you on when the boys in blue will make a return to their season, previews what is to come this week on the show, and what statement the Indy Eleven made in response to the George Floyd incident from last week. (11:26-25:21) – President and CEO Greg Stremlaw joins the program what the process have been like trying to funnel all the information to everyone in the organization, his thoughts on the ability to spread people out at Lucas Oil Stadium if they have fans in the stands, and what people need to know right now as the Indy Eleven make their return. (28:23-42:06) – USL’s Vice President of Communications and Public Relations in Ryan Madden tells you whether or not the league is trying to still play a full season’s worth of games, what kind of potential process the league will go through if they have to recreate each team’s schedule, and his confidence in team’s being able to start practicing as a full team versus individual workouts. (45:07-52:33) – Former Indy Eleven and current forward for USL League One club Forward Madison FC  Wojciech Wojcik briefly joins the program to discuss what it was like to play against his former team, how they have set Twitter on fire with their alternative uniforms, and Greg tells you that you can hear the rest of the interview in next weeks show. (55:34-57:57) – As we close out today’s show, Greg announces the fixtures that the Premier League has announced and updates you on other soccer leagues across the globe that are making their returns.
1:01:00
June 6, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN FOR 05/30/20
(00:00-05:04) –  Greg Rakestraw is back with another edition of Soccer Saturday and in the opening segment of today’s show, Greg informs you about the return of the Premiere League, and other various soccer leagues across the world. (08:05-19:21) – Head coach of the boys in blue, Martin Rennie, returns to the program to update everyone on what he has been doing the past week or so, says the players all have a positive mindset on things as they start to make their return, and feels like the team will come out with a lot of motivation and excitement when that start playing games again but misses having a set schedule of doing things that he is so used to doing day-to-day. (22:22-40:47) – Former Indy Eleven midfielder Nicki Paterson represents this week’s catching up segment to explain what all went into his decision to return home to play soccer versus in the United States, why he chose the Indy Eleven after two years with the Ottawa Fury, and what he misses the most about living in Indianapolis. (43:48-53:30) – Josh Mason,  Indy Eleven’s Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, makes a return to the show to tell you about the process of creating the racing Indy kits, the effort of everyone involved in making the racing uniforms that will have to wait to be delivered, and informs everyone what is happening behind the scenes that people need to know. (56:31-54:58) – Greg wraps up the last May edition of Soccer Saturday by thanking everyone involved in making today’s show happen and what leagues are making a return.
1:01:36
May 30, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN FOR 05/23/20
(00:00-01:36) – In the opening segment of today’s show, Greg Rakestraw by telling you about whom you will be hearing from today and what those conversations will entail (04:38-19:40) – Arguably Indiana’s best soccer player ever in Demarcus Beasley makes his first ever appearance on Soccer Saturday to elaborate on the news around him wanting to bring a soccer team to his home town of Fort Wayne, if he could imagine owning his own club and putting it in Fort Wayne when he started his professional career twenty years ago, and gives you the answer as to what the target date is to have a club ready to start competing. (22:41-38:17) – All-time leading scorer of the Indy Eleven in Eamon Zayed joins the show live this time after requesting to be on the show with Greg via Twitter last week to discuss the training that he can be apart of in Chattanooga, what he did during prior to training to stay in shape while he was quarantines, and some of the things that he has done in Chattanooga on his spare time. (41:19-54:07) – Ian Joy from Fox Sports is our last guest from today’s edition of Soccer Saturday to explain how how surprised he is that the Bundislega has received so much media attention of its return, how close the action was last weekend in comparison to when matches were last played in March, and why the younger Americans go to the Bundesliga first. (57:08-58:33) – In the final segment of today’s program, Greg has to wrap it up quickly by thanking all people involved in making today’s spectacular show and where you can watch and which game is this week’s Indy Eleven game of the week.
1:01:36
May 23, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY FOR INDY ELEVEN - 04/25/20
FULL SHOW: INDY ELEVEN SOCCER SATURDAY FOR 04/25/20 (00:00-03:57) – In the opening segment of today’s show, Greg Rakestraw updates you about the training moratorium for the Indy Eleven, previews whom you will be hearing from the rest of the show, and what Indy Eleven moment you can watch tonight on TV! (03:59-17:45) – Midfielder for the Indy Eleven in Drew Connor joins the program to explain how the phrase “Professional Footy Fun Ball” came about, what the one thing he would order from Wisconsin if it could appear on his doorstep, and provides a little background information on his business. (17:47-39:13) – Former Indy Eleven player and current assistant coach from Sacramento Republic FC in Colin Falvey follows Connor for a lengthy elaborating on how long he believes the team will need to get ready to start playing again, when he knew it was time to go from a player to a coach, and they reflect on his favorite memory and accomplishment during his time as a player with the boys in blue. (39:15-45:08) – As we go up against time, Greg plays a snippet of his conversation with former General Manager of the Indy Eleven Peter Wilt on how the the Indy Eleven got their name, but he tells you where you can go to listen to the entire forty minute conversation. (45:09-47:21) – In the final segment of this morning’s show, Greg wraps up the show telling you where you can watch relive some of the best Indy Eleven moments tonight and tomorrow night and dates to consider as to when you could see some soccer return
47:21
May 19, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY FOR INDY ELEVEN - 05/16/20
FULL SHOW: INDY ELEVEN SOCCER SATURDAY FOR 05/16/20 (00:00-02:56) – Greg Rakestraw is back with another edition of Soccer Saturday as we await the return of the Indy Eleven season discussing who will be joining today’s program, what kind of show this week is going to be, and updates you on leagues that are returning and still on hold. (02:57-10:44) – Head Coach Martin Rennie of the boys in blue joins us for the second consecutive week, but this time it’s from an interview he did with Devon Kerr as the two discuss Landon Donovan, what coaching is all about, and what his mindset was when he was entering his first season as head coach of the Indy Eleven. (10:46-32:04) – This week’s catch up interview with a former Indy Eleven player is Owain fon Williams for a rather lengthy discussion on the soccer in Scotland in comparison to the United States, if he has any idea where he could be playing next season, and if he had a chance to go out and experience Indianapolis in his only season as a member of the club. (32:06-43:40) – In the fourth segment in today’s show, Greg plays a little bit of Eamon Zayed’s conversation with Josh Mason in April about his favorite moments when he was with the team, how special of a bond he had with some of his teammates, and some of his favorite parts of the city he enjoyed visiting during his time in Indianapolis. (43:41-44:53) – Greg closes out the show this week by telling you about live soccer that is returning, where you can watch each of the match, and thanks each of the guests that joined the show today.
44:53
May 19, 2020
SOCCER SATURDAY > INDY ELEVEN FOR 05/09/20
FULL SHOW: INDY ELEVEN SOCCER SATURDAY FOR 05/09/20 (00:00-01:44) – Greg Rakestraw is back with another edition of Indy Eleven Soccer Saturday to shed some light at the end of the tunnel as individual workouts will begin on Monday and previews each guest that will be joining the program this week. (01:46-14:22) – Head Coach Martin Rennie of the Indy Eleven is back after a couple week’s off to elaborate on what he can start doing with the players on Monday as individual workouts are now allowed, some of the coaches and sources that he has talked to during his time away from the show to pick their brain, and how the depth of the team will benefit them during mid-week games. (14:24-29:46) – Old friend of the show and former Indy Eleven defender in Greg Janicki represents the catching up guest on this week’s show that Greg catches up with by asking what job he is doing now,  his brief time with Detroit City, and what appealed him back in 2015 to come play for the Indy Eleven knowing it was a young program. (29:47-44:17) – The director of Worth the Wait, Tucker Gragg, joins the show to discuss why right now was the right time to produce the documentary, how Jerry Yeagley turned down a coaching offer late in his (coaching) career to stay at IU, and what his current role is today in Indiana University’s soccer program. (44:19-44:59) – In the final segment of today’s show, Greg wraps it up by giving you an update on the returns of various soccer leagues and a couple of important dates for the Indy Eleven that are approaching.
44:58
May 19, 2020