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Crossing Broad FC: The CBFC World Cup Preview Show

JoyOnBroad - June 13, 2018

Phil and Russ break down:

  • (1:00) Examining the World Cup field and FIFA rankings
  • (5:30) World Cup programming note
  • (6:00) Is there any sporting event better than the World Cup?
  • (11:00) Group A “The home team and VAR”
  • (15:00) Group B “Firing Spain’s manager two days before the WC”
  • (22:00) Group C “Can France take advantage of their talent?”
  • (28:00) Group D “Messi’s legacy”
  • (45:00) Group E “Overcoming 1-7”
  • (48:00) Group F “The Group of Death”
  • (57:00) Group G “Three lions and a former dark horse”
  • (1:06:00) Group H “Why’s Japan here?”
  • (1:18:00) Recapping our Group Stage picks
  • (1:22:00) The Unified bid from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico

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The United States Won the World Cup (Hosting Rights)(With Others)(In 2026)!

Philip Keidel - June 13, 2018

Russia would be the first to agree that the surest way to qualify for a World Cup is to host it. Fresh off a disgraceful failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the United States of America proved that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and secured the rights to host the 2026 World Cup with some help from our allies (they are as of this writing, anyway), Mexico and Canada.

Sports Illustrated’s Tim Hackett provides us with some of the mechanical and logistical details:

The 2026 World Cup will expand to 48 qualified teams, up from the 32 that will be going to Russia. A total of 80 matches will be played, 60 in the U.S. and 10 apiece in Mexico and Canada. As part of the United Bid’s proposal, the opening day will feature one match in each of the three nations. Every match from the quarterfinals on will be played in the U.S. The final could potentially be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, while AT&T Stadium in Dallas and the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles have also been touted as possibilities.

Hackett notes that Philadelphia is among the 17 cities on the list of finalists that the United States has submitted for FIFA’s approval; the list is set to be pared down to 10 by 2021. It does not take a degree in advanced mathematics to figure out that the 10 cities who are ultimately selected will most likely host multiple matches.

Forgive my bias, but there is no way Philadelphia can be omitted from this selection, which should give Hershey’s own Christian Pulisic the chance to wear the red, white and blue right here.

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher, USA TODAY

Put aside that some of the competition is weak (I’m talking to you, Baltimore and Cincinnati). The 2018 World Cup final is set to be played on July 15. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the World Cup matches in 2026 will precede and follow the 250th birthday of the United States of America. Here’s some free association for you: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Constitution Center. Not to mention Valley Forge.

Yeah, if FIFA has any sense of history, we’re getting some World Cup matches here in the Cradle of Liberty. And can you imagine some of the possible opponents? England. France. Germany. Even Mexico.

It’s a good thing we have eight years to prepare for this, because it’s going to be pretty wild.

But of course we aren’t going to leave you unprepared for this year’s tournament. Join Russ and me for the Crossing Broad FC World Cup Preview:




Just One Philly Player on Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes List

Kevin Kinkead - June 5, 2018

It’s two-time Arena Bowl champion Dan Raudabaugh.

Just kidding.

It’s JJ Redick, who checks in at #86 on the list with $23.5 million in combined salary and endorsements from June of last year to June of this year.

That’s it, just one Philly player, though Joel Embiid and Jake Arrieta will enter the top-100 next year with their beefy deals. Carson Wentz will be there when/if he gets a long-term deal.

Otherwise, the list is pretty interesting, with a top five of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Conor McGregor (who hasn’t fought in almost a year), and Neymar Jr. All five made more than 90 million dollars, with Ronaldo pulling in $47 million in endorsements alone.

The ridiculous purse of the Mayweather/McGregor superfight was strong enough to put both fighters in the top five. Mayweather got a $275 million payday in his only boxing match dating back to September of 2015.

The rest of the top ten is LeBron James, Roger Federer, Steph Curry, Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford. There are some head-scratchers on the list, with Alex Smith clocking in at #20 overall ($41.4m), Jimmy Garoppolo at #28 ($36.2m) and Ryan Tannehill at #32 ($35.2m). Gotta find that franchise quarterback, no matter what the cost.

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Crossing Broad FC: The Real Threepeat, Moving Managers, Questionable Calls

JoyOnBroad - June 3, 2018

Phil and Russ discuss:

  • Champions League Final recap (0:30)
  • Sergio Ramos’ tackle on Salah (3:30)
  • Loris Karius’ blunders (6:30)
  • Russ’ prophecy came true (10:30)
  • Ronaldo and Bale make questionable comments (14:30)
  • Should Real Madrid sell CR7 and Bale? (16:30)
  • Possible replacements for Zidane at Real Madrid (25:30)
  • Could Jürgen Klopp leave Liverpool? (29:00)
  • Fulham’s promotion (39:00)
  • Lewandowski wants out of Bayern (44:00)
  • USMNT friendlies (46:00)
  • Mexico’s disappointing result vs. Scotland (50:00)
  • Terrible officiating in Atlanta United v. Philadelphia Union (1:00:00)

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It’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia: Sebastien Le Toux

Kevin Kinkead - June 2, 2018

I needed to bring in a special guest for episode #50 of the podcast, so I reached out to Union legend Sebastien Le Toux, who was good enough to share some of his time.

Le Toux is the franchise’s all-time leading goal scorer and assist provider and recently signed a ceremonial contract to retire as a Philadelphia player. He became the first person to enter the club’s “Ring of Honor” and is a member of Major League Soccer’s exclusive 50/50 club, a group of just 19 players who reached 50 goals and 50 assists during the course of their MLS careers.

We talked about literally everything on the podcast, from Le Toux’s Philly start as an expansion draft selection to his strengths and weaknesses as a player and his favorite goals and teammates to play alongside.

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Crossing Broadcast: Interviews, Internet, Water Slides

JoyOnBroad - May 22, 2018

Kyle and Russ discuss:

  • Our schedule (0:00)
  • Getting interviewed (6:00)
  • Xfinity vs. Fios (16:00)
  • Phillies Ticket Giveaway from AmeriGas (21:00)
  • WWE deal with FOX (27:00)
  • Michael Rubin and Joel Embiid (31:00)
  • Bob Ford on “building organically” (42:00)
  • BOS/CLE vs. GS/HOU (49:00)

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The Philadelphia Union Are Doing What They Normally Do

Kevin Kinkead - May 21, 2018

It feels like the 2018 Union season is a carbon copy of 2017, which went something like this:

  1. horrible start
  2. fans become disinterested
  3. make a few changes to the starting XI
  4. win some games in late May and early June
  5. head above water, treading the playoff line
  6. ultimately fall apart in September and October

Right now we’re at bullet point #4, with the Union winning in Montreal and blasting Real Salt Lake in consecutive weeks.

There are a million reasons to be negative about this franchise based on recent months/seasons/years, but I’ll give credit where it’s due – they looked really good on Saturday night. The offense was clicking, the personnel changes were refreshing, and Borek Dockal looked like a $1.7 million playmaker.

Head coach Jim Curtin has apparently been annoyed with the criticism of the franchise’s record signing:

And that’s fine if he feels that way.

I think everybody understood that Dockal came into preseason incredibly late and needed time to adjust to a new team, new league, and new country. There was always going to be transitional period; fans just hoped that he would figure it out sooner than game 11 of a 34-game season, because we’ve seen what happens when this team starts slow and plays from behind for two-thirds of the campaign. The Union have had past issues with late transfer window acquisitions, which forces players to adapt on the fly. Some guys figure it out rather quickly, like Vince Nogueira and Ilsinho, while the likes of Fernando Aristeguieta, Steven Vitoria, and now Dockal need time to get going (or never really get going at all). I think we as sports fans and writers constantly downplay the importance of a full offseason. Maybe it’s on Earnie Stewart and Chris Albright to get these deals done sooner.

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Crossing Broad FC: Clinching the League, Moving On, Getting Relegated

JoyOnBroad - May 16, 2018

Phil and Russ discuss:

  • Manchester City clinches a 100 point season (0:00)
  • Barcelona’s unbeaten streak ends (2:30)
  • El Clásico (10:00)
  • Gareth Bale’s resurgence (14:30)
  • Neymar to Real Madrid? (18:30)
  • Ronaldo’s ego (24:00)
  • Juventus clinches their 7th straight Scudetto (28:00)
  • European Super League? (30:00)
  • City and United finish Top 2 (35:00)
  • EPL roundup (38:30)
  • Managerial questions (40:00)
  • English Championship playoffs (43:00)
  • Bundesliga’s 3rd/4th/5th deadlock (48:30)
  • Hamburg’s relegation and implications (51:00)
  • Wayne Rooney to DC United (1:00:00)
  • Bruce Arena (1:05:00)
  • iTunes review (1:07:30)

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