Mint City Soccer Show
By Mint City Collective
We love Charlotte. We love soccer. We love Charlotte soccer.
Listen every other week for Charlotte FC news, the history of the beautiful game in Charlotte and interviews with folks who love Charlotte soccer as much as we do.
Brought to you by the Mint City Collective, Charlotte FC’s supporters’ group.
Listen every other week for Charlotte FC news, the history of the beautiful game in Charlotte and interviews with folks who love Charlotte soccer as much as we do.
Brought to you by the Mint City Collective, Charlotte FC’s supporters’ group.
71. What's NEXT (w/Darrius Barnes)
There's a new team in town: Crown Legacy FC. Team President Darrius Barnes joined the show this week to talk about Charlotte FC's new MLS NEXT Pro squad. We talk about the team's branding, where it fits within the club's structure, how it will impact the first team and what to expect at matches this summer.
January 31, 2023
70. Happy Enzo Copetti Day
Charlotte FC news is coming fast and furious as we get closer to the start of the season. Matt and David break down the latest, including the worst-kept secret in Charlotte: Enzo Copetti joining the club. They also talk about Christian Fuchs' move to the coaching staff, Harrison Afful's dual role and the Ashley Westwood signing. And they answer a boatload of your reader questions.
January 12, 2023
69. The Mighty Purple and Pink
We all knew the black and mint kit would only last a season. So how will Charlotte FC replace that wildly popular look? We got a clue this week through a leaked color scheme and David and Matt have very different feelings about it. They debate the look in the first half of this week's episode, then dive into the mailbag to answer your questions. Nice.
December 30, 2022
68. 2023 schedule release and MLS SuperDraft preview
Now that we know who and when Charlotte FC will play in 2023, it's time to start marking our calendars and circling matchups we don't want to miss. Hosts David Gusler and Matt Swift are joined by the great Vaughn Pollman to discuss the schedule, the upcoming MLS SuperDraft and other CLTFC roster news. Finally, the guys talk a little World Cup and take your listener questions.
December 21, 2022
67. World Cup Group B Preview
Wales. England. Iran. The United States. Four will enter, two will advance. Who will it be? Matt Swift is joined by two other Matts – Chantry and Livingston – and a Russell (Varner) to break down World Cup 2022 Group B and answer important questions like, "How many countries are in this country?"
November 16, 2022
66. World Cup Group A Preview: 'Moisex'
Let's dig into the teams, shall we? The team takes a closer look at Group A with two special guests: Becca Mitchem, who fills us in on the complicated story of the Qatar national team, and Greg Tosi, who covered Ecuador and should be credited – blamed? – for this episode's title. Cohost Matt Swift rounds out the preview with a look at the Netherlands and we make score predictions for the group's opening games. Like video with your audio? You can also check this and other Mint City Soccer Show episodes on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MintCitySoccerShow.
November 10, 2022
65. World Cup 2022 Kickoff Show
We start our comprehensive World Cup preview with special guest Vaughn Pollman! He joins Matt Swift and David Gusler to discuss the controversy around Qatar hosting, big storylines heading into the tournament and they answer your burning World Cup questions!
November 05, 2022
64. On the Mark
Charlotte FC goalkeeper George Marks joins the Mint City Soccer Show to talk about his journey to the pro level, which keeper on the team is best at penalties and his takeaways from the Crowns' first season.
October 29, 2022
63. Mint Condition
The first Charlotte FC season has come to an end with the Crown coming up just short of a playoff berth. David Gusler and Matt Swift invited special guest Matt Chantry on the show this week to recap the final two matches of the season, discuss the end-of-season roster decisions already made – and those to come – and also share all of the behind-the-scenes work Mint City Collective and the other supporters' groups did to make game day in Bank of America Stadium so magical.
October 19, 2022
62. Four the Crown
Daniel. Rios. What a night. Matt and David discuss Rios' four-goal performance in Charlotte FC's historic win over Philadelphia Union on Fan Appreciation Night, then look ahead to Wednesday's rescheduled – and massive – home match against Columbus. And, as always, they answer your listener questions!
October 04, 2022
61. Fire Extinguisher
Charlotte FC does the flippity flop. Matt and David discuss the epic comeback win over Chicago Fire, evaluate playoff scenarios and take a look ahead to Philly.
September 21, 2022
60. Seriously, you're saying there's still a chance?
Yeah, we're saying it. Charlotte FC's path to the playoffs isn't easy, but it's possible and it starts with a must-win trip to Chicago this weekend. Matt and special guest Russell Varner look back at the sweep of NYCFC, look ahead to Crown vs. Fire, describe how Matt became Chico's Instagram boyfriend at the CLTFC shoe event and answer your questions.
September 15, 2022
59. Dazed and Confused in Cincinnati
What in the world happened in Cincinnati? That's the central question this week as David rejoins Matt on the show to discuss Charlotte FC's 2-0 road loss and look ahead to the final stretch of games in this inaugural season. And we answer your questions in everyone's favorite segment!
September 08, 2022
58. So You're Telling Me There's a Chance ...
Vaughn Pollman is back! He joins Matt Swift to answer all of your burning Charlotte FC questions, such as "Is there really still a chance Charlotte makes the playoffs?!?" The guys also discuss how CLTFC stacks up to other recent expansion teams, expectations for the rest of the year, team needs for next season and – now that they've coached the same number of matches – how MAR and Christian Lattanzio's records compare.
September 01, 2022
57. The Charlotte FC Roller Coaster
What a week. Just days after flying high following a massive road win against New York City FC, Charlotte FC comes crashing down to Earth with a disappointing home loss to Orlando City SC. David and Matt are back to break down just what happened in that match, look ahead to this weekend's match against Toronto FC and reassess the Crowns' playoff chances. We also share some breaking news about the Andre Shinyashiki situation and dispel rumors about his lack of playing time.
August 25, 2022
56. Eric Krakauer: The voice of Charlotte FC
He's the soundtrack to all of your favorite Charlotte FC moments. Charlotte FC play-by-play master Eric Krakauer joined Matt and David at Salud to talk about how he got into this industry, how he landed in Charlotte (and how he got paired with Lloyd Sam), his favorite moments from the season and his reaction to Charlotte FC's upset road win over New York City FC. Then, we wrap it all up with reader questions.
August 19, 2022
55. California dreaming? More like a nightmare
It's a busy – and crucial – week for Charlotte FC. Matt and David discuss the 5-0 shellacking at LAFC and preview Wednesday's road test against New York City FC. And Producer Corey makes no apologies for the 1-minute cold open about cheesecake.
August 17, 2022
54. Burn baby burn
The boys are back, though a little late as Matt tries to fight off bronchitis (ain't nobody got time for that). Our fearless hosts break down Charlotte FC's loss to Chicago Fire, the loss of the club's OG player and answer the question: Are Charlotte's playoff hopes lost, too? Then we get to your fan questions, a segment that still has no name or hashtag.
August 12, 2022
53. Joe LaBue, Charlotte FC President
Matt and David treated a special guest to beers at Lenny Boy Brewing this week. Charlotte FC President Joe LaBue joined the show to discuss: Columbus game cancellation and reschedule Player signings Training facility update Reality show update Sir Minty Kit update and distribution info Joe's top 3 moments of the season so far
August 03, 2022
52. McKinze Gaines and Sergio Ruiz
Matt and David distract themselves from the bad weekend loss by inviting not one but two special guests onto this week's show! Charlotte FC Winger McKinze Gaines and midfielder Sergio Ruiz join the show to talk about their time in Charlotte and their favorite moments from the season so far. Then, eventually, Matt and David do talk about the Toronto loss and look ahead to the three-game homestand that starts this weekend against Columbus Crew.
July 27, 2022
51. Charlotte FC Video Manager Brittany Alvarado: Her own paparazzi
Video Manager Brittany Alvarado takes us behind the scenes to show how Charlotte FC content gets made and just how much work goes into producing the great material we see on social media. We find out what it's like to work alongside the creative team and ask Brittany about her favorite moments from the season so far.
July 20, 2022
The 50th Episode!
The whole gang is back together again to celebrate the 50th episode of the Mint City Soccer Show! Johnny, David, Matt and Corey gathered in front of a live audience at Edge City Brewery to discuss our favorite moments from the season so far, Charlotte FC's big win over Nashville, transfer options, the road ahead for a playoff spot and ... straws?
July 14, 2022
49. Houston, You Have A Problem
Matt Swift & David Gusler go on Twitter Live to discuss Charlotte FC's first road victory 2-1 over Houston Dynamo, answer fans questions, and talk about the upcoming Americana match against Nashville SC. Also, David had to edit this episode since Corey is on vacation - so blame him for any bad issues with audio.
July 07, 2022
48. Lost in the Trees
It's a short turnaround for Charlotte FC and our intrepid podcast hosts as the Crown try to bounce back from Thursday's 1-0 loss to Austin and prepare to play Houston Sunday night. David and Matt discuss the home loss – and the lack of finishing – while also answering a whole bunch of listener questions.
July 02, 2022
47. The Montreal Screw Job
What happened to Charlotte FC in the 2-1 away defeat to Montreal? Why was this game even played with Charlotte missing 10 players? How did that second Montreal goal count? How did Swiderski not score the equalizer? So many questions and Matt and David regroup this week to try to answer them the best they can.
June 28, 2022
46. Charlotte FC 1 – Columbus Crew 1
The guys did something a little different this weekend while gathering at Matt Swift's house to drink bourbon and watch Charlotte FC draw Columbus Crew on the road. They recorded the first half of the episode pregame – how hopeful they were for that first away win – before finishing the episode with an in-depth analysis of the second match in the Lattanzio era.
June 19, 2022
45. Good Old Fashioned Revenge
Matt and David go live on Twitter to discuss: - Charlotte FC's 2-0 win over the Red Bulls - What was different about this game - Our thoughts on the lineup - Man of the match - Answering fan questions
June 14, 2022
44. The Lattanzio Era begins
Matt and David jumped on Twitter live to discuss Christian Fuchs' press conference this week and his comments on MAR and preview Saturday's home match against New York Red Bulls. Is this a must-win? And how will Charlotte FC look in its first match under Christian Lattanzio.
June 09, 2022
43. MAR is out. What does this mean for Charlotte FC?
Charlotte FC made the surprising move Tuesday to part ways with the club’s first and only head coach, Miguel Angel Ramirez. Why did this happen? And why now? What does it mean for the club? For the players? How will the fanbase react? Can Matt beat Titi Ortiz in a race? Matt, David and Corey break it all down and answer listener questions during this Twitter Spaces livestream.
June 01, 2022
42. GAM, TAM, thank you ma'am
Matt and Vaughn jump in for a special episode all about money. Specifically, they go over GAM, TAM and where all of Charlotte FC's money has gone, and explain how being towards the bottom in spending is perhaps not as bad as people think.
May 19, 2022
41. Charlotte FC falls to Club De Foot Montreal
"Vault Vaughn" Pollman in the house! He joins Matt and David as they share their surprisingly reasonable and level-headed reactions to Charlotte FC's 2-0 loss to CF Montreal Saturday – the first home loss since the opener to LA Galaxy. They talk formations, lineup changes and more to try to get to the bottom of what went wrong for the Crown Saturday night.
May 17, 2022
40. Charlotte FC 1 | Inter Miami 0
Matt and David get to celebrate a 1-0 home win over Inter Miami, plus dig into: The 4-3-3 formation; where have Mora and Reyna been?; Kahlina saving us again; and Andre Shinyashiki off to a flying start. Then they move on to preview the midweek U.S. Open Cup match against Richmond Kickers.
May 10, 2022
39. Nick Kelly leaves Charlotte FC | Inter Miami preview
Matt and David are back to preview Charlotte FC's return to Bank of America Stadium against Inter Miami. They break down the new player signing – and a possible new formation? – that may affect Saturday's match. They also discuss some merch for good – the MCC Pride Scarf and sunglasses that support Time Out Youth. And they dig into the surprise departure of Tepper Sports CEO Nick Kelly. Most importantly, David learns that he is "good enough, he's smart enough, and doggone it – people like him."
May 06, 2022
38. They're coming back home (thank goodness)
Charlotte FC ended its extended road trip in not-so-stellar fashion, losing 2-1 to Orlando City. Matt and David discuss the uninspired first half, why Titi and Franco should see some time on the bench, and why a new formation is badly needed. They also quickly cover some new signings that we hope will bolster the squad as the season continues.
May 03, 2022
37. First point on the road for Charlotte FC
Matt and David break down Charlotte FC's 0-0 draw against Colorado Rapids, a game Charlotte easily could have won with the way it played in the second half. What should we take away from that result as we head into a third-straight away match this weekend? Also, David got a new office chair. It's gas-powered. He wanted to make sure we included that in the episode description.
April 26, 2022
36. New England 2 – Charlotte FC 1
Matt and David try to uncover what went wrong in Charlotte FC's fourth-straight away loss to the New England Revolution and also look ahead to the midweek U.S. Open Cup match against Greenville Triumph.
April 19, 2022
35. Revolution and Triumph
Charlotte FC heads out on the road this weekend for a rematch with New England Revolution and Matt, David and Corey (!!) gathered at Edge City Brewery to talk all about it. They also previewed Charlotte's first U.S. Open Cup match against Greenville Triumph on April 20. It's going to be a fun week.
April 15, 2022
The Queen City wears the crown after Charlotte FC beat that city 1-0 in front of 32,000+ fans at Bank of America Stadium. And Matt and David are feeling "pretty damn good" about it. The duo breaks down Sunday's win over Atlanta United – including Jordy Alcivar's olimpico – and also discuss where DP Kamil Józwiak fits in this squad when he returns from injury.
April 12, 2022
33. Charlotte FC vs. Philadelphia Union recap
The win streak comes to an end. Matt and David get together to discuss Charlotte FC's return to Earth in a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia and work through some ... interesting roster and substitution decisions.
April 05, 2022
32. The Real Queen City
Matt Swift and David Gusler are joined once again by the walking MLS encyclopedia that is Vaughn Pollman to talk about the Charlotte FC vs. FC Cincinnati match (another win!). They also look at the road ahead for Charlotte FC and Matt tells us how the other half lives after watching the last match from the Vault.
March 31, 2022
31. Charlotte FC's first win!
What. A. Day. Charlotte FC scores its first goal in Bank of America Stadium and earns its first win in club history 3-1 over New England Revolution. Matt and David are here to break down the Karol Swiderski brace, Ben Bender's magic and everything else from Saturday's historic match.
March 21, 2022
30. Charlotte FC's first goal
Charlotte FC went down to Georgia, and Matt and David are here to break down the good (Charlotte FC's first goal!), the bad (giving up another penalty) and the ugly (heartbreak in stoppage time) from the Crowns' first match against Atlanta United.
March 16, 2022
29. It's Atlanta week
David and Matt reminisce about the first Charlotte FC home match – everything from the tailgate to the march to the viral national anthem moment ... oh, and the result on the field as well – and look ahead to this weekend's rivalry match with that city.
March 09, 2022
28. Charlotte FC vs. LA Galaxy pregame LIVE!
Charlotte FC will play its first home match in front of a record-breaking MLS crowd this weekend. What should we expect? Matt, David and the one and only Russell Varner (aka Good Ol' Rusty) break down the match. The crew is also joined by special guest Ryan Bailey to commemorate the historic match. This episode was recorded at Lenny Boy Brewing during the launch of the delicious Mint City/Lenny Boy Brewing pilsner collaboration. Thanks for letting us crash your taproom, Lenny Boy!
March 05, 2022
27. Charlotte FC vs. DC United: Postmatch reactions
Matt and David take an analytical look back at Charlotte FC’s first match, a 3-0 loss to DC United. They explain why the match was more encouraging than the scoreline suggests and look and dissect the good, bad and ugly player ratings.
March 01, 2022
26. It's match week for Charlotte FC!
David and Matt discuss the good and the bad from the final two games of the Carolina Challenge Cup and preview Charlotte FC's first match, which is this weekend at D.C. United. They also talk about the upcoming home opener and other exciting events coming up in the world of Mint City Collective.
February 22, 2022
25. Charlotte FC vs. Charleston post-match LIVE
Swift and David come to you live in Charleston to give their initial reactions to the first open-to-the-public preseason game against Charleston Battery. Should fans be concerned? We also discuss Darwin and the recent bad luck of CLTFC, and ... mascots?
February 13, 2022
24. Marc Nicholls, Paul Arriola and Charlotte FC training (LIVE!)
Matt and David hopped on Twitter for another live show (with way less background noise)! Up for discussion this week: Should we panic over Marc Nicholls leaving? Should we panic that we missed on Paul Arriola? And how excited are we that Charlotte FC training finally got underway?
January 26, 2022
23. MLS SuperDraft LIVE!
Charlotte FC Chief Fan Officer Shawn McIntosh and MLS expert Vaughn Pollman join Matt Swift for the Mint City Soccer Show's first live episode at Lenny Boy Brewing! The guys discuss a wide range of Charlotte FC news from the past few weeks and go deep on Charlotte FC's first SuperDraft pick.
January 12, 2022
22. Charlotte FC Director of Scouting Thomas Schaling
Charlotte FC Director of Scouting Thomas Schaling stops by to discuss how he got started in scouting, the Charlotte FC MLS Expansion Draft, the upcoming MLS Super Draft and the strategy around Designated Players and signings.
January 04, 2022
21. Charlotte FC Expansion Draft with Nick Kelly and Bobby Belair
Matt, David are Corey were joined by Vaughn Pollman, Charlotte FC President Nick Kelly and Director of Player Personnel Bobby Belair to break down all of the picks in Tuesday night's draft, discuss more roster news from the past few days and hear the process behind Charlotte FC's first kit. And Matt tells us what it's like to speak your dreams into existence. Recorded live from a bunker suite in Bank of America Stadium during the Charlotte FC Expansion Draft.
December 15, 2021
20. The first Charlotte FC home match!
David Gusler, Matt Swift and Russell Varner get together to talk about the announcement of Charlotte FC's first MLS home match. And, because Russell is on the show, they do an MLS preview – this time about the playoffs. And because it's a day that ends in "y" David mispronounces yet another European club name.
November 20, 2021
19. Chief Fan Officer Shawn McIntosh
David, Matt and Corey invite newly minted Chief Fan Officer Shawn McIntosh to have a beer at Salud Cerveceria and talk about his one-of-a-kind role with Charlotte FC.
October 14, 2021
18. Touchy Topics & July Madness
Matt & David discuss PSLs, Ticket Prices, Turf, Chief Fan Officer and David has a great marketing plan for the new Leagues Cup. Hosted by Matt Swift and David Gusler. Edited by Corey Inscoe mintcitycollective.com
September 22, 2021
17. MLS Mid-Season Review
It's MLS All-Star week, so Corey, Matt, David and special guest Russell Varner gathered at Matt's house, drank bourbon and assessed the MLS season so far. Hear who we think have been the biggest surprises and disappointments so far, and learn what storylines we think Charlotte FC fans should be watching in the second half of the season.
August 25, 2021
David, Matt and Scott discuss upcoming Mint City Collective events, the Supporters’ Group Council, “Friends” and pivoting, and the Matthews MCC chapter.
August 12, 2021
15: Fresh Prince of Belair
Matt and David share a beer with Charlotte FC Director of Player Personnel Bobby Belair.
July 30, 2021
14. Brandt & Rebecca Bronico
David and Matt sit down with Brandt and Rebecca Bronico to talk about life as a professional soccer player, their college playing days at UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte FC coaching news. Brandt was one of the first signings for Charlotte FC and is currently playing on loan with the Charlotte Independence.
July 07, 2021
13. Nick Kelly and a Chief Fan Officer
Charlotte FC President Nick Kelly sits down with Matt, David and Corey to break some exciting team news.
June 30, 2021
12. Players, coaches and beers, oh my
Johnny and Corey are back – with new cohosts! David Gusler and Matt Swift join the team to talk about upcoming Mint City Collective events, an exciting new player signing and coaching search news (or lack thereof). Thanks to Salud Cerveceria for hosting us and serving us delicious beer!
June 23, 2021
11. 2021 MLS preview
New to following MLS? Need a team to root for this season while waiting for 2022? Or just want to know what storylines Charlotte FC fans should be following? We got you. Resident MLS experts Chris Ashley and Russell Varner join Johnny and Corey to break down the league and make some (surprising) playoff predictions. Oh, and Johnny does a ridiculous lightning round, of course.
April 14, 2021
10. We're back!
Johnny came over to Corey's backyard to talk about Charlotte FC tickets and relaunch this here internet radio program. They also name dropped Joe Bruno on accident. But it's fine because he's great and the Joe they meant to shout out is also great.
April 05, 2021
9: Charlotte Football Club
"Soon" is now. Today we learned that the team we'll be cheering like maniacs for starting in 2022 will be called Charlotte Football Club. Say it again: Charlotte Football Club. In this episode, Johnny and Corey recorded their reactions while watching the reveal live (MINTED!), then they took a break before talking to one of the video's stars – MCC member Matt Chantry – about the making of the video and his thoughts on the branding.
July 22, 2020
8. Of Gliders and Townies
In what is probably the most ridiculous episode we've recorded, Johnny and Corey talk to Twitter stars Gary the Glider and Tommy the Townie about their ongoing feud and the upcoming Charlotte MLS branding announcement. In a (slightly) more series segment, we also discuss the news that the team's first season has been delayed to 2022 and predict what will happen on 7.22. Thanks to everyone who submitted questions for this show. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MintCityPod.
July 19, 2020
7: The League Awakens
Let's try this again: Our MLS experts Russell Varner and Chris Ashley return to preview the #MLSisBack tournament. We also talk about what Charlotte MLS is doing (and not doing) right now. Oh, and mayonnaise. We discuss mayonnaise.
June 21, 2020
6: PSLs? Branding? "Great value"?
Johnny and Corey hop on a Zoom call to talk about ... a Zoom call. Charlotte MLS leaders held a virtual meeting with Mint City Collective members and fans to talk about their approach to building a team, ticket sales and branding (kind of). We discussed our biggest takeaways from the meetings and dove into the news that the Tepper Dome might be closer to reality than we realized.
May 13, 2020
5: Between Two Pixels with Ryan Bailey
Ryan Bailey, writer, broadcaster, videographer and man of many talents for Charlotte MLS, joins us to talk about his soccer journey, his role with the team and how he expects Charlotte MLS to look when the team launches. Oh, and we did a LIGHTNING ROUND. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MintCityPod and learn more about the Mint City Collective at mintcitycollective.com.
April 11, 2020
4: Conjecture is a verb
Johnny and Corey get together from a safe social distance to talk about ... well ... everything that's happened since the last time we recorded (which feels like 100 years ago). They also discuss what all of this could mean for Charlotte MLS.
March 31, 2020
3: 2020 MLS Preview
With the MLS season starting Feb. 29, we invited our resident MLS experts Chris Ashley and Russell Varner into the studio to preview the season, introduce newcomers to the league and explain what Charlotte MLS fans can learn by watching this year's expansion teams.
February 26, 2020
2: History of Mint City
Mint City Collective President Jay Landskroener joins the show to explain how the supporters' group got started, Johnny talks about Charlotte MLS news and Corey shares a history lesson.
February 15, 2020
1: The first one
A little bit about us, a little bit about the podcast and a little bit of news about Charlotte MLS.
February 02, 2020
Episode 0: A teaser
A little ditty about what you can expect from the Mint City Soccer Show.
January 28, 2020