Phil and Russ explain their extended absence and react to the Philadelphia Union’s playoff elimination, Jim Curtin’s tactics, and the team’s future going forward. They then break down what’s gone wrong with Real Madrid, Barcelona’s form without Messi, Borussia Dortmund’s unbeaten run, whether Bayern München has the ability to reclaim the top spot in the Bundesliga, Manchester City’s great start, the talent gap in the EPL, Cristiano Ronaldo leading Juventus, and Gonzalo Higuain’s unceremonious departure. The guys finish up with some TV rights discussion including the alleged piracy of league games by the Saudi network beoutQ, Bein Sports being dropped by Comcast and DirecTV, B/R Live’s app, and ESPN+ takeaways. Plus, Twitter questions!

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastCrossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers Podcast, and It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia.

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