We talk SAFC’s 3-0 loss at San Diego. Clayton was there to see it in person: So, what happened? Is it time to panic? Then we preview our THREE upcoming home games,. Finally: Costa Rica WC ‘22, controversy in Orange County, and the return of the EPL. Also, check out https://usmnt-tracker.com to see where Americans are playing around the world each day. Enjoy!
August 10, 2022
Live from San Diego!
We discuss SAFC’s spicy 1-1 tie against LA Galaxy 2 last Saturday that had everything: a red card, a late goal, and almost a winner at the death. Then we preview this Saturdays road game: #1 SAFC vs #2 San Diego (and Coach Landon Donovan). Also, WC preview of Die Mannshaft and FC Monza! Bunga Bunga!
August 04, 2022
Temporada de Lluvia: When It Rains, It Pours
Clayton and Shaddock talk TWO big SAFC wins on the road: 1-0 at El Paso and 2-0 in Vegas. Both games had much in common, even though the opponents didn’t. Finally, we preview Saturday’s home match, talk Japan WC 2022, and another US Open Cup “Cup-set”!
July 29, 2022
Clayton and Shaddock talk SAFC’s 5-0 destruction of Atlanta United 2 last week. We go into the great night, the end of MLS2 teams in USL, and what’s next for the team. We also discuss Spain for WC 2022 and Free Kicks of Women’s Soccer and Seafood Towers. Enjoy!
July 22, 2022
Mid Season Review Show
Clayton and Shaddock break down the first half of SAFC’s season: overall thoughts, team MVPs, surprises, and disappointments. We also talk Saturday’s upcoming home game, Panini Wolf Cup team Belgium, and Free Kicks. Enjoy!
July 14, 2022
Los Súper Seven: La Balada de Matt el Barbón
Live from both Mexico and the ‘09, Clayton and Shaddock talk about SAFC’s 2-0 win last Saturday night on Matt Cardone Night. We talk about Matt’s career, SAFC’s dominance, and what’s next (a bye week). We also go into Canada for WC2022 and the USA’s championship in the U-20 tournament. Enjoy!
July 06, 2022
You Drop The Bomb on Me
Recorded late Tuesday night, after lightening delays and the SAFC game. Clayton and Shaddock talk about SAFC’s BIG 1-0 win in Colorado Springs last Friday night. Then we discuss Tuesday night’s 2-1 come from behind home win over Tulsa. Mentality Monsters? We also talk USA qualifying for the U-20 World Cup.,Panini World Cup team Croatia, and Free Kicks. Enjoy!
June 29, 2022
Same Song (SAFC and USA Win!)
Clayton and Shaddock dig into SAFC’s dramatic all-hands-on-deck 3-2 road win at Monterrey Bay. Then we talk all things USA including the 5-0 win in austin and an exciting 1-1 tie at El Salvador. Finally, Brazil WC preview and Free Kicks.
June 16, 2022
Clayton and Shaddock review SAFC’s chippy but ultimately drab 1-0 loss away to Sac Republic. Next up: back to California away to Monterrey Bay. Around 30:00, our thoughts on the USA’s two friendlies against Morocco and Uruguay. Finally, WC Panini team Cameroon and Free Kicks: ViX free tv and Boerne boys soccer. Enjoy!
June 08, 2022
Shaddock and Clayton start the Summer of Soccer with a recap of SAFC’s 3-2 road win at Copa Tejas rivals RGV. Next, we talk USA’s dominant 3-0 win over Morocco. Finally, we preview upcoming games. Panini WC 2022 team Serbia and Free Kicks. Enjoy!
June 02, 2022
Boogie Woogie Blues: SAFC Cancelled, European Season In Review
Clayton and Shaddock take SAFC’s COVID-delayed game as a chance to give thumbs up and thumbs down to the just-finished season in Europe. We review teams, Americans, and stories before we look at the USA’s upcoming June games. We also talk about SAFC’s new signings, the upcoming 3 game road trip, and our next Panini World Cup team: Switzerland. Enjoy!
May 25, 2022
Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)
Clayton and Shaddock talk SAFC’s 1-0 US Open Cup loss at the Houston Dynamo. Then we dig into how SAFC pulled our a dramatic 2-0 win on the road at The Miami FC. What’s next? Home against co-league leaders Colorado Springs THIS Saturday night. Finally: Panini World Cup Grouo H rounds up with Portugal, plus a Free Kick about St. Tottenham’s Day this Sunday. Enjoy!
May 18, 2022
Rockin’ Down the Highway
Clayton and Shaddock diagnose SAFC’s 3-0 loss at Phoenix Rising. Did we lose or get beat? Then, we preview two more upcoming road games: US Open Cup at Houston followed by USL at Miami. Also: the Whiparound on ESPN+. Finally, Panini World Cup preview of Ghana and a Free Kick from a different Championship. Enjoy!
May 11, 2022
Country Roads, Take Me Home
Clayton and Shaddock talk SAFC’s franchise record 6-0 win over Monterrey Bay last Saturday night. Goals galore and great performances, just as SAFC heads out on a three game road trip over the next 8 days. We preview those games, as well as discussing our next Panini World Cup team, Uruguay. Finally, free kicks about all of the Champions Leagues. And don’t forget to futboldle.com today! Enjoy!
May 05, 2022
I Like Austin, But I Love San Antone
Clayton and Shaddock are back in the Pod Den to discuss a big week: SAFC’s dramatic 2-1 win over Austin in the US Open Cup and 1-0 road win at New Mexico. We also preview Saturday’s home game against Monterrey Bay. Finally, two special free kicks about the World Cup 2022 and futboldle.com. Enjoy!
April 27, 2022
The Rivalry Episode
Clayton and Shaddock recorded live at the thrilling Austin FC-SAFC U.S. Open Cup game to discuss what makes a great rivalry. Geography? Animosity? Repetition? History? Then we discuss the best soccer rivalries in the world: International, MLS, and USL. TONS of listener feedback and lots of fun. Enjoy!
April 21, 2022
The Mariner’s Revenge
Just in time for your Easter Weekend… we review SAFC's road win over the O.C. last weekend and preview this Saturday night's home game vs. El Paso. Also, we preview next Wednesday's HUGE US Open Cup grudge home match vs. MLS's Austin FC. 4/20 in San Antonio. Enjoy!
April 15, 2022
De-Feated? Week 4 Recap
Clayton and Shaddock recorded LIVE this Tuesday at the US Open Cup game vs the De-Featers. From the sky lounge, we review SAFC’s 2-0 loss to Phoenix Rising: injuries to SAFC, the loss of GK Christian Bonilla, and what’s coming next. Finally, free kicks about the World Cup draw.
April 06, 2022
Lola: the USA is (almost) in the World Cup
Clayton and Shaddock talk USA’s recent win and tie that have them (just about) in the 2022 World Cup. We give our thumbs up/thumbs down to various U.S. players, coaches, and even teams. After 43:00, we talk SAFC’s 2-1 road win at RGV this past weekend and preview this Saturday’s home game vs. Phoenix Rising. Finally, in Free Kicks, we talk the US Open Cup as SAFC hosts the De-Feeters next Tuesday night.
March 30, 2022
The Heat Is On: USA World Cup Qualification
Clayton and Shaddock quickly talk SAFC’s 2-1 road win at the LA Galaxy 2. Then, at 19:00, the real story: by next week, the USA will either be in or out of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. What should you be watching for? Finally, free kicks about the D’Feeters and the US Open Cup.
March 23, 2022
Get Your Move On (Game 1 Recap)
Clayton and Shaddock review SAFC’s 1-0 win over Detroit City in the 2022 home opener. Who stood out? How was the game? We give our thoughts, Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down-style. We also dive in to Champions League knockout rounds around the world. Shout out to listener James Moore in England as well as all the listeners who came to the Puro Tailgate.
March 16, 2022
Clayton and Shaddock preview the SAFC season ahead of Saturday’s home opener vs Detroit City FC. What are we looking forward to? Who was the best off season signing? And, of course, our predictions. As always, free kicks.
March 09, 2022
Don’t Ask Me No Questions (Listener Questions Show)
In the last week of Puro Pod Preseason, Shaddock and Clayton answer your listener questions on a range of topics: SAFC’s playoffs chances, spirit animals, soccer rule changes, Americans abroad, the Bud Light Beer Bunker, and Chelsea’s Russian ownership. Free kicks, as always. Enjoy!
March 02, 2022
Ballad of Davey Crockett (with Crocketeer James Hope)
Clayton and Shaddock continue the Puro Preseason with special guest James Hope. James is a board member and original Crocketeer, a supporters group that’s actually way older than SAFC. We talk tailgates, chants, tifo, and did we mention free drinks at tailgates? Free Kick: what does it mean to be a supporter of a club?
February 26, 2022
You Ain’t Going Nowhere (with Dave Stalarsky)
Clayton and Shaddock are joined by living San Antonio soccer historian, 90.1 KSYM’s DJ Kilbassa aka Dave Stalarsky. Dave talks about the history of soccer in SA, as coach, player, ref, and fan. We talk the old NASL Thunder, Scorpions, International Legends, St Mary’s University, and of course SAFC. Our special free kicks are San Antonio soccer memories. Enjoy!
February 16, 2022
Cowboys From Hell (with Hayden Partain)
Clayton and Shaddock kick off the Puro Pod Preseason with special guest Hayden Partain, former SAFC midfielder. We talk about his life as a USL player: tryouts, college soccer, stadium atmosphere, the daily grind, player salaries, and how to make it all better. As always, free kicks.
February 09, 2022
Clayton and Shaddock are back to say HELLO to the new SAFC schedule, some new signings, two new USL clubs, and two (yes, two) new SAFC goalkeepers. We also say GOODBYE to some former players who have left to parts far and near, including Jose Gallegos and Matt Cardone. As always, Free Kicks!
February 01, 2022
New Years in Laredo
Clayton and Shaddock make their New Years resolutions related to soccer. From the podcast to SAFC, trips to tailgates, we share our plans for 2022. For Free Kicks, we share our favorite soccer moment of 2021. What’s YOUR favorite soccer moment of 2021? Let us know?
December 29, 2021
On the day of Decemberfest, Clayton and Shaddock give Christmas presents to various people in the SA soccer community. From listener Dave aka DJ Kilbassa to Chef James, SAFC to the USA, we don’t leave much out. Happy Holidays, safe travels, and enjoy! We had fun recording!
December 18, 2021
The Lonesome Loser
Live from friend-of-the-Pod Chef James Moore’s patio, Clayton and Shaddock review SAFC’s playoff exit: a 1-1 penalty kick loss to Orange County FC. It was sad, but it was exciting, especially at the Watch Party. We move on to revisit our pre-season predictions and also review the best storylines and individual players for SAFC in 2021. Enjoy!
November 24, 2021
Clayton and Matt talk SAFC’s thoroughly enjoyable and memorable 3-1 home playoff win over Texas rivals RGV on Saturday night. We then preview this weekend’s away game vs. Orange County. See you at the watch party at the Winchester Bar Saturday night at 8:00 (9:00 kickoff). Also, free kicks. Enjoy!
November 17, 2021
Havin’ A Good Time!
Clayton and Shaddock talk SAFC’s big 2-0 playoff win on Saturday night. Set piece goals, a new goalie, and a playoff atmosphere. We also preview this week’s Round 2 home playoff matchup Saturday night at 8:00pm vs rivals RGV. Also, Free Kicks. Enjoy!
November 09, 2021
Clayton and Shaddock talk SAFC’s 3-0 win on Saturday night and preview this Friday’s HOME playoff game against Landon Donovan’s San Diego Loyal. As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
November 03, 2021
The Final Countdown
Shaddock and Clayton preview this weekend’s final regular season game, at home to Colorado Springs on Saturday night. We get excited for the match and discuss possible playoff scenarios. We also discuss SAFC’s 0-0 uninspiring home tie last Saturday night. As always, free kicks!
October 27, 2021
I Wanna Go Back
Shaddock and Clayton are BACK to review SAFC’s recent homestand: José Gallegos scoring bangers, Matthieu Deplagne a tale of two players, and tight playoff standings. All recorded live while SAFC battled away at New Mexico on Wednesday night. As always, free kicks: this time about the EPL and Saudi owners. Enjoy!
October 21, 2021
Stop Dragging My Heart Around
Clayton and Shaddock revisit SAFC’s 1-0 loss to New Mexico United on Saturday by getting philosophical. We go all in and discuss: What is minor league soccer all about? What makes an SAFC game something worth doing? Is this it? We compare the experience to other minor and major league sports experiences and decide what keeps us coining back to the stadium. Lots of listener shout outs! Finally, free kicks.
September 29, 2021
Eye of the Tiger
Clayton and Shaddock review SAFC’s epic road trip: 3 wins in 3 games. Who shined, who saw red, and who scored? It’s all here. We’re now in second place and within striking distance of first. Then we look forward to a home game against New Mexico this Saturday night. As always, free kicks, this time about Clayton’s own epic journey. Recorded in the Toyota Field tailgate lot!
September 22, 2021
Clayton and Shaddock are back in the Stimulus Bar discuss the last two SAFC home games against Real Monarchs and Pittsburgh Riverhounds. While recording, we also watched SAFC’s 2-1 loss to bitter rivals Austin Bold. Finally, our thoughts on the USA’s first World Cup Qualifiers. Enjoy!
September 08, 2021
We Don’t Need No Doctor
Clayton and Shaddock talk SAFC’s last minute 2-1 win over El Paso at home last Saturday night. After a two week Covid pause and a 45 minute thunderstorm delay, the boys played it cool and won in the 93rd minute. This week brings two more home games before a long road trip. As always, Free Kicks. Enjoy!
August 31, 2021
Soccer Trends of 2021
What are the top new things we’ve seen in 2021? SAFC’s last two games have been cancelled due to Covid-19, so Clayton and Shaddock dive into empty stadiums, oil fortunes, analytics, and other soccer trends of 2021. Lots of listener input, as well! Finally, we look forward to 3 SAFC games in 8 days and free kicks. Enjoy!
August 25, 2021
Midseason Review Show
After 17 games, Clayton and Shaddock make some conclusions about the first half of SAFC’s season. First, we name our top performers, then we move on to Pleasantries and Disappointments. Finally we talk next week’s game and free kicks. Enjoy!
August 11, 2021
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Clayton and Shaddock talk about SAFC’s comprehensive 3-0 win over New Mexico last Wednesday night. We talk Jose Gallegos’s brilliance, Mohammed Abu’s debut, and USL’s annual meeting. As always, free kicks, this time about the Gold Cup. Enjoy!
July 27, 2021
Puro SAFC: They’re BA-ACK Clayton and Shaddock take their ‘ship long distance, Colorado to Texas. We talk SAFC’s random Mexican friendlies and their big 3-2 win over Colorado Springs on the road last week. Both featured lots of returning players and positive energy. Then, we preview SAFC’s random Wednesday night HOME game tomorrow night vs New Mexico United on ESPN2. 8:30 kickoff, Henry! As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
July 21, 2021
Shaddock and Clayton discuss SAFC’s 1-0 home loss to I-35 rivals Austin Bold in Saturday night. A full stadium saw an early goal, a red card, and no left midfielder. But hey, there’s free lineup posters again! As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
July 06, 2021
We’ve Missed You, Have You Missed Us?
Clayton and Shaddock catch up after a couple weeks of vacation. What’d we miss? From Euro 2020 to SAFC’s recent games, listen to find out Call it a 1/3 season review show. As always, free kicks. Also, there’s a Puro SAFC Tailgate at 6:00 before this Saturday’s home game.
July 01, 2021
Rocky Mountain High
Clayton and Shaddock record LIVE in the Denver airport following our big weekend in Colorado. SAFC fought to a 1-1 tie, and the USA came back twice before heroically defeating Mexico 3-2 in extra time. We talk similarities and difference between the two games. Enjoy!
June 07, 2021
Get Your Sh*t and Go (to Colorado)
Shaddock and Clayton are on the road with special guest Tanner to see SAFC in Colorado Springs! Listen to our drive to the match with pit stops at the Air Force Academy and Garden of the Gods.
June 05, 2021
Shaddock and Clayton talk about SAFC’s 1-1 tie against RGV. But, more importantly, they preview the Puro road trip! The guys are headed up to Colorado to see SAFC play in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, among other things. Look for the Puro SAFC Flag by the goal on the ESPN2! Lastly, a couple team USA free kicks. Enjoy!
June 01, 2021
Shaddock and Clayton review Saturday night’s 2-1 win for SAFC over Birmingham Legion. We discuss Clayton’s game night experience, Jose Gallegos’s instant impact, and all the feisty moments. Next, we preview Saturday’s rematch with RGV before free kicks all about coming games in Denver and Colorado Springs. Enjoy!
May 26, 2021
Blake Smith Special Episode
Clayton and Shaddock sit down with new State Farm Agent and recently retired SAFC player Blake Smith to talk all things San Antonio Soccer. We discuss Sunday’s SAFC game, Blake’s playing career, and his thoughts on playing soccer at just about every level: high school, college, NASL, MLS, USL, PDL... oh and don’t forget the village team in Switzerland. As always, free kicks and a sponsored tailgate THIS SATURDAY before SAFC’s game at home.
May 18, 2021
Smart Soccer vs. Dumb Soccer
Clayton and Shaddock meet at the Stimulus Bar to discuss SAFC’s frustrating yet encouraging 2-2 tie at home on Saturday night. Who was dumb and who was smart? Listen to find out. We also preview Sunday (Sunday, Sunday)’s game at RGV and, as always, Free Kicks. Enjoy!
May 11, 2021
Home Opener: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Clayton and Shaddock talk SAFC’s 3-0 win in the home opener last Saturday night. Thumbs both UP and DOWN are given out to fans, coaches, players, and even the oft-forgotten groundskeeper. Next, we preview next Saturday’s home match against Real Monarchs. Finally, Free Kicks on Man U fans and a couple new MLS youngsters.
May 04, 2021
Clayton and Shaddock meet in the pod den to make predictions for SAFC and the 2021 USL season: new clubs like Oakland Roots, SAFC’s formation, leading scorer, young players, and, of course, Jose Gallegos. Next, what are we looking forward to in Saturday night’s home opener and, as always, Free Kicks.
April 27, 2021
Live Listener Question Show
Clayton and Shaddock recorded LIVE with listeners at the Growler Exchange, ending our April Barnstorm. We answered 8 listener questions like: Who owns Toyota Field? Topics ranged from the European Super League, US Olympic qualifying failure, SAFC’s Jose Gallegos, and even soccer ball stitching technology (really!). As always, free kicks. Looking forward, we’ll have a Season Preview episode on Monday in advance of next Saturday’s home opener: May 1st at 7:30pm!
April 24, 2021
Small Goals Soccer (Radio Edit)
Clayton and Matt continue the Barnstorm Tour. We record LIVE at Tuesday night Small Goals Soccer 6v6 and talk to a bunch of people: Doug, the founder of SA’s league, a team manager, a few players, and even a ref. As always, we end with free kicks.
April 08, 2021
Small Talk about Small Goals Soccer
Clayton and Matt continue the Barnstorm: we record LIVE at Tuesday night Small Goals Soccer 6v6 and talk to a bunch of people: Doug, the founder of SA’s league, a team manager, a few players, and even a ref. As always, we end with free kicks.
April 07, 2021
High School Soccer Spectacular
First Stop of the Barnstorming Tour: Clayton and Shaddock record live with a special guest, the High School Soccer Dad, as we take in the Reagan-New Braunfels high school boys playoff game. We discuss the place of the high school game, SAFC’s involvement in the youth game, and even get a call in from the high school soccer son, who now plays college ball. Great father and son interviews! Enjoy!
March 27, 2021
Something in the air...
Shaddock and Clayton discuss SAFC’s preseason: the team’s schedule, what is soccer preseason, and our own preseason stories. Then, we preview our Podcast Preseason, aka the Puro SAFC Barnstorming Tour. We’ll be visiting a HS soccer playoff game, the SAFC academy, a local 6v6 league, and finally a live listener question happy hour. Oh, and Free Kicks. All recorded live at the Stimulus Bar: Enjoy!
March 23, 2021
What’s Going On?
Matt and Clayton are back to discuss the new year, new soccer. We discuss what we’ve been up to, what the USL is up to, and what SAFC has been up to. As always, free kicks. It’s good to be back!
March 16, 2021
International Soccer Special
USL may be over but international soccer is back! Clayton and Matt each name “Five Things They Are Excited To See” during this week’s FIFA games. For Clayton, it’s five games in five days. For Shaddock, it’s all USA after 286 days without a game. In Free Kicks, the boys discuss the bizarre end to the USL season. Enjoy!
November 11, 2020
SAFC 2020 Post Mortem
Well folks, as you know, SAFC fell 1-0 in extra time to New Mexico at home in the opening round playoff game. After a week of rest, Matt and Clayton are ready to talk about the game. We look back on 2020, in terms of positives and negatives. Free Kicks stays in USL with the thorny situation out in Phoenix. Enjoy!
October 22, 2020
Everybody Wants Some... Playoffs!
Clayton and Matt discuss what they will be looking for in Saturday night’s home playoff game vs. New Mexico United. We share the clues that will show if SAFC is having a good or bad game. Then, we boldly predict opposite results. Free Kicks gets spicy when we discuss Landon Donovan and San Diego Loyal walking off the field at halftime and forfeiting after alleged verbal abuse.
October 07, 2020
Land of Confusion
Clayton and Matt discuss SAFC’s entertaining but disappointing 1-0 loss to Tulsa Saturday night. Clayton wants consistency, not confusion, and Matt wants Parano in the middle! We look forward to the last game of the week vs Austin on Sunday as well as free kicks related to Americans abroad. Enjoy!
September 30, 2020
Jordan Perruzza Love Fest
Clayton declares his love for new forward signing Jordan Perruzza, who bagged a brace on Saturday night. We dedicate the episode to his Canadian-Italian origin story, his two bangers on Saturday night, and Perruzza-adjacent topics like the new formation, team injuries, and other teenage heart-throbs Parano and Gallegos. Finally, free kicks take us to San Diego and Turin. Enjoy!
September 23, 2020
Live Show: Austin @ SAFC
Clayton and Matt talk to you live from Toyota Field on a night out at SAFC as Austin comes to own. SAFC ended up winning 3-2. We recorded our thoughts both pre-game and at halftime. We talk the 2-1 loss at El Paso, the new 3 forward formation, and new young starlet in from Toronto. SAFC is back at home this Saturday night for the last home game of our short season. As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
September 17, 2020
Everything is Going Our Way
SAFC beat RGV 3-2 in front of fans last Saturday night, and Clayton and Matt are here to tell you what they saw. Hear about the game, the crowd, and even concession lines and bandit tailgates. As always, free kicks and next week’s preview.
September 09, 2020
SAFC is Back - Where are YOU sitting?
Matt and Clayton look forward and backward: Forward to Saturday night’s home game WITH FANS vs. RGV; Backward to trends we’ve seen in the past few games. What should YOU be looking out for on Saturday? All in anticipation of Saturday’s big game, 8:00 at home with 25% of fans vs. RGV Toros. As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
September 01, 2020
Austin @ SAFC
Clayton and Matt talk about SAFC’s 1-1 home draw with Austin Bold on Saturday night in SA. Jose Gallegos salvaged a 1-1 tie in the 92nd minute after a rather leggy performance from the home team. Too many games? Not enough squad rotation? We also saw a new, old goalkeeper. Then we look forward to another “English week” with a Wednesday night game home vs. OKC and then again Saturday home to Tulsa. Six games in three weeks for the boys, which can exhaust even a viewer or a pod host, as you’ll hear in free kicks. Enjoy!
August 19, 2020
SAFC @ Austin, OKC, and Tulsa
Clayton and Matt live-pod during SAFC’s 0-0 tie on the road to Tulsa. The tie marked a 3 game undefeated road trip from the squad, with a combined 7-2 goal difference. We discuss what went right, which players are stepping up, and if it’s all just fools gold due to weak opposition. Finally, we preview Saturday’s “home” game vs Austin Bold and, as always, Free Kicks. Enjoy!
August 13, 2020
RGV @ SAFC 7/26
SAFC is home again, after all these months, hosting RHV in a rematch at Toyota Field. There were no fans in the stands, though, so Clayton and Matt talk about the 1-0 win as well as the at-home viewing experience. Free kicks: is baseball or soccer with no fans better on tv, and also Clayton’s newfound love of Minnesota United. Enjoy!
July 29, 2020
SAFC @ RGV 7/19/20
It’s been a long wait but SAFC is back! Matt and Clayton discuss Friday night’s... oops, no... Sunday’s 1-1 tie at Rio Grande Valley. New starters, new formation, new season format. And yet, the good guys end up losing a late lead on the road, settling for a tie. Unfortunately, the recording paused around the 34:10 mark, so some of our thoughts about the new GK and water break will remain hidden from the public. The episode picks up back in time for free kicks. Also, be on lookout for an invitation to our live Zoom for Saturday night’s home game. Enjoy!
July 22, 2020
Ask a Coach!
In a special welcome back to USL play podcast, Matt and Clayton talk to SAFC Assistant Coach Lee Williams! We ask about: -A day in the life of the team during Covid -How is the restart working -Lee’s path to becoming an SAFC coach -The SAFC academy program and youth development -SAFC’s formation/shape -Comparing SAFC to Lee’s native Swansea club -What goes into creating a club culture -And, of course, ALL of your listener questions (even yours, Henry). Unfortunately, the Zoom abruptly crashed and the Free Kicks were not recorded, so: - Lee’s been watching Wycombe Wanderes in the English promotion playoff - Clayton saw fans in the stands in USL’s Louisville game - Matthew says Atalanta is appointment tv.
July 16, 2020
USL is Back!
Matt and Clayton talk about the impending return of USL soccer! This Friday night, El Paso will host fans for their home game... oops, no, scratch that. Sunday night Louisville does! We discuss the groups, schedule, as protocols as well as listener questions related to the restart. Fingers crossed, SAFC will kick off July 17th. As always, free kicks.
July 08, 2020
USL Return to Play Episode
Clayton and Matt are back to talk about what we’ve seen in the European return to soccer. Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down to fake crowd noise? Fake Fans? Water Breaks in the Euro heat? The real reason for all of this: What can SAFC learn from the European Soccer ‘Rona Soccer Seasons? As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
June 24, 2020
Return to Soccer!
We talk about the return of the Bundesliga: What have we liked or not liked about post-pandemic soccer. Also, the Premier League and American sports are making plans to come back. What should the MLS, the USL, and of course, SAFC do?
June 03, 2020
Sunderland Til I Die: Wise Men Say SPECIAL POD
Matt and Clayton call up Michael of the “Wise Men Say” podcast in Sunderland, England to talk about the other SAFC, Sunderland AFC. We talk about the Netflix series “Sunderland Til I Die” and second division soccer on both sides of the pond. We discuss topics like: - Was the Netflix series a fair or accurate depiction of the club, city, and fans? - How does Michael feel about the American players who have played at Sunderland? - Who would win an SAFC Derby Match? - Compare the two teams, leagues, and fans. - Michael’s surprising love of MLS soccer. - How should soccer in England resume play? Thanks to Michael for his time. Check out the Netflix special and the Wise Men Say podcast which has episode by episode recaps comparing the doc to reality on the ground. Dreaming of meeting up for a pre-game pint in Sunderland once this all passes!
May 18, 2020
We answer five listener questions: 1. What are some recent rule changes that improve the game, going back 30 years? - Dave S. 2. A “SAFC 2030" look into the future? Can be as optimistic or pessimistic as you'd like. - Andrew C. 3. Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? -Justin B. 4. Bundesliga will start this Saturday. Give an introduction of players and teams to your listeners that will start watching it since no other main league is playing. -Tobias K. 5. If you could only play soccer or watch soccer for the rest of your life (only one or the other), which would you choose? - Matthew S.
May 13, 2020
Top 5 Live Goals
Clayton and Shaddock re-live the best goals they’ve ever seen, live and in person. From high school bicycle kicks to World Cup in Russia, Messi in Houston to World Cup in Dallas, we go near and far in our memory books. Even as close to home as a Scorpion kick by a San Antonio Scorpion. Listeners chimed in with their personal stories, from a 13 year old in the Rose Bowl to a 70 year old in Moscow. Enjoy!
April 30, 2020
World Cup 2022 Draft
Shaddock and Clayton Draft our epic Qatar 2022 teams, complete with managers and a bench. Respond with your pick of who would win the game. Each reader pick is a goal for Clayton or Shaddock. Who will win? Clayton: Mbappe - Lewandawski - Sancho Neymar Jr. Pogba - Casamieo Andy R-Van Dyck-Koulibaly-Kimmich Oblack Bench: Bonucci, Veratti, David Neres Shaddock: S. Mane - Kane - Messi K De Bruyne Thiago A. - Kante A.Davies- S Ramos - Verane - T.A.A. Ederson Bench: Harland, Pulisic, Alaba
April 22, 2020
Top 5 US Games
Where were you when....? Clayton and Shaddock discuss their Top 5 US National Team games. We “travel” via soccer to Trinidad, Korea, Africa and Brazil, and of corse, Columbus, Ohio. Looking for something to watch instead of Netflix? Try one of these vintage US game on YouTube. Finally, Clayton recaps an SAFC game for the ages.
April 15, 2020
Top 5 Most Influential US Players
We discuss our picks of the all time most influential US national team players, men or women. Some surprises, along with lots of listener suggestions. Enjoy!
April 08, 2020
Top 5 Soccer Books
Now that we’ve all got a bit more free time on our hands due to social distancing and shelter-in-place, we discuss our Top 5 books related to soccer. We both agree on one thing: “How Soccer Explains The World” by Franklin Foer is our favorite book related to soccer. Give it a read in these strange times. What’s YOUR favorite book related to soccer? Did we miss a book? Listen all the way to the end, where we ask you the listener to weigh in our next topic. Listener poll: what should we discuss next week? Top 5 All Time USA games? Top 5 US National Team Players? Let us know!
April 01, 2020
Puro SAFC Top Soccer Movies
With USL and other leagues suspended due to corona virus, we discuss our Top 5 Visual Media Pieces About or Pertaining to Soccer, aka Top 5 Soccer Movies. We each surprise each other and give some things to spend a couple hours of our life on. As always, free kicks. Enjoy!
March 26, 2020
SAFC 1-Real Monarchs 0
We discuss Saturdays dramatic season opener, a 1-0 home win for SAFC. What did we learn? What did we not learn? How did the team play? How do the new players look? Lots to discuss, as well as a preview of what we’ll be looking for in this week’s Spring Break game at Colorado Springs. Finally, Free Kicks about Corona virus in soccer and Olympic Qualifying. Enjoy!
March 10, 2020
2020 SAFC Primer: Whats New, SA?
We preview the upcoming season in advance of Saturday’s home opener vs Real Salt Lake. We take turns highlighting what’s new: the coach, the team, the players, the jersey. We also give a quick info to the opponent, Real Monarchs, and make a few season predictions. As always, we end with Free Kicks. Enjoy!
March 04, 2020
2020 Puro Pre-Season Podcast
Listen to our special preview of tomorrow night’s SAFC home game vs FC Dallas. We kept this weeks episode short (30 min) so you can listen to it on your way to the game! Dallas has some exciting players and SAFC will also feature their new signings. As always, free kicks end the show.
February 12, 2020
High School Soccer Spectacular
Matt, Clayton and our special guest Steve the Soccer Dad recorded live at the Reagan vs Central Catholic high school boys game to discuss the state of the high school game. Questions like: what is high school soccer, what’s the point, does it matter, what does it teach, what’s would we change, and should pro prospects like Jose Gallegos even be playing it. Enjoy!
January 22, 2020
New Years SAFC Resolutions
Clayton and Matthew discuss all the latest SAFC news in the form of New Years Resolutions. We make new goals on the home opener March 7th, the 2020 full schedule, new signings (Blake, Hunter, Jesus, Conner, and Hayden) and the departure of 8 former SAFC players to new clubs. As always, we end with free kicks, this time about high school soccer. Enjoy!
January 15, 2020
Boxing Day Special
Clayton and Matthew give each other Boxing Day presents, in the spirit of Britain’s Boxing Day. A USL All Star Game? Check. A local pro veteran signing? Check. A pen empty Brazilian shaped box? Check. And more... Enjoy!
January 03, 2020
Breaking News: New Coach!
SAFC hires Alen Marcina, former assistant coach, to be their new head coach for the 2020 season. What to think? We give our initial thoughts, discuss what his first agenda item should be, and more. We also answer listener questions related to the new coach. Enjoy! We’ll be back next week with our Christmas Wish List.
January 03, 2020
We give thanks for all things USL (really) and review all the interesting off-season news that’s broken lately: - USL Championship Game - SAFC’s own Christian Parano named USL Young Player of the Season - SAFC’s boy-wonder Jose Gallegos signs a college scholarship offer - USL mandates all teams play in soccer specific stadiums by 2020 - Expansion (San Diego and Queens) and Contraction (both teams folding and teams moving up to MLS) - Possible USL Promotion/Relegation? Plus, as always, free kicks!
December 02, 2019
Season Review Part 2
We discuss the shocking dismissal of Coach Powell last week, then go on to review the club, the USL, and our own pod. Don’t miss Clayton’s own “Dear SAFC” letter. Enjoy!
November 06, 2019
Season Review: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?
We evaluate each player on the roster, wondering: should SAFC resign them or not? Life happens fast, and in the USL change is constant. Thanks for the great question, listener Josh Wagner. Next week we’ll be back with our coach, team, and league review.
October 30, 2019
Episode 25: SAFC vs. Colorado
We review SAFC’s massively disappointing 2-2 draw at home in their final game of the season. The tie, after taking a 2-0 lead over 10 man Colorado, ensured that SAFC missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. We let that sink in for a bit, but it’s not all doom and gloom as we discuss moving forward and Free Kicks. Enjoy!
October 24, 2019
Episode 24: SAFC @ Portland II
We review SAFC’s season-salvaging 4-3 win at Portland last Friday night and look forward to the last home game of the year, this Saturday night vs. the Colorado Switchbacks. SAFC is in must win territory with a playoff spot on the line.
October 15, 2019
Episode 23: SAFC @ Las Vegas
We discuss SAFC’s crushing 4-2 defeat on the road amid the smoke haze, pink lines, and confetti showers of Las Vegas. The playoffs are in peril and just two games are left this season. Plus a preview of the final road game vs Portland and college and USA soccer free kicks.
October 08, 2019
Episode 22: SAFC vs. Fresno
We review SAFCs dramatic 2-1 Saturday night over Fresno, as well as preview the upcoming road trip and , of course, free kicks: local college soccer and MLS Decision Day. Enjoy,
October 01, 2019
Episode 21: SAFC @ LA and @ Tulsa
We review SAFC’s hard-fought 1-1 tie on the road to LA Galaxy 2 and their rain-drenched 4-3 loss away to Tulsa. The playoffs are in peril! We also preview Saturdays Noche Latina and throw in a free kick about Althetic Club de Bilbao.
September 26, 2019
Episode 20: SAFC hosts OKC
We discuss SAFC’s impressive 3-1 win over OKC Saturday night, preview the last week’s of the season, and talk free kicks.
September 18, 2019
Episode 19: SAFC @Tacoma Defiance
We review last Friday night’s disastrous 5-1 drubbing away to last place Tacoma Defiance. We also talk upcoming opponent Phoenix Rising, USL teams moving up to MLS, and free kicks about Champions League and Mexico-Argentina in San Antonio.
September 05, 2019
Episode 18: SAFC vs. NMU
We review SAFC’s club record 5-0 victory over New Mexico United Saturday night. We also talk Ethan Bryant’s signing in the Belgian league, next week’s game at Tacoma Defiance, and free kicks about the US Open Cup and the Gordon Hartman Cup. Enjoy!
August 28, 2019
We share our thoughts on the first half of the SAFC season, the team overall as well as Most Superlative, Most Disappointing, and Most Surprising Player. We also answer two listener questions about the team’s formation and coach. Recorded live at the tailgates before the Cardiff City match. Enjoy!
July 16, 2019
Episode 13: Listener Question Show
In a special 13th episode, we answer listener questions like: -Who are we? -What level of soccer does SAFC play in? -How much do the players get paid? -Who are the cutest players? -Why do you do this podcast? Thanks to loyal listeners Peter, Kathy A, Michele, Alex S, Angela T, James, Sergio, Alejandro, and Michelle M for their questions!
July 10, 2019