Episode #140 – Feckless USMNT Flirting With Disaster, FA Cup Fourth Round Preview

In Episode #140 of the Squeaky Bum Time Podcast, Mike and Laurent are worried that the US Men’s National Team, who forced Honduras to play in below-zero temperatures in Minnesota for some reason? Also:

  • FA Cup Fourth Round Preview! Tottenham host Brighton in an interesting crop of matchups
  • Manchester City take on high-flying Fulham in a potentially dangerous game
  • Can Kiddieminster take out West Ham after a quiet transfer window for the Hammers?

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Transcript

00:01

hello and welcome to the squeaky bum

00:03

time podcast with mike and ron an

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episode that almost didn't happen uh it

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is friday february third

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fourth

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fourth the other one in this episode

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small-time u.s men's national team win v

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honduras and try and freeze them to

00:18

death and we welcome back real football

00:22

but first mike discuss concacaf please

00:25

tell us what the status of what just

00:27

happened over these three days we

00:29

already love canada for our european

00:31

friends we're not going to go too far

00:33

into canada again but for our friends

00:35

from fan hub we have to talk about our

00:37

american stuff because you know you

00:39

would talk about england right this is

00:41

well this is go ahead this is a big deal

00:43

because and i'm not going to do the

00:44

canada love thing i'm wearing a usa

00:46

hockey hat and we are way too close to

00:48

the olympics for me to be

00:50

chummy with the canadians on anything

00:52

[ __ ] you we're coming for the gold medal

00:54

in hockey that's the only sport that

00:56

matters even a little bit and it also

00:57

still doesn't but

00:59

you got me on this one you dumb [ __ ]

01:01

canucks because you're going to win

01:03

concacaf and it's not going to be

01:05

particularly close

01:08

1986 was that the last time

01:11

last time they were in the world cup

01:12

jesus 19

01:16

yes

01:17

so canada was in that world cup i think

01:20

i think their actual their their magic

01:22

number is three

01:24

uh and they get to play jamaica at home

01:26

in march so

01:27

let's just stop there have been 11 games

01:30

of the final stage of the concacaf world

01:33

cup qualifying and as we've talked about

01:35

details on the show

01:37

many times three teams get automatic

01:39

bids the fourth place team has to play a

01:41

team from the other side of the world

01:43

as it stands currently if you haven't

01:45

been watching canada

01:47

after 11 games with 25 points seven wins

01:51

four draws and

01:53

zero

01:54

losses

01:55

the us is on gold difference ahead of

01:58

mexico for second place they're tied

02:00

with 21 points the us has a nine goal

02:02

difference mexico has six now this is

02:04

actually where it gets interesting

02:06

panama currently sitting in that

02:08

precarious fourth spot with 17 points

02:10

and a one positive one goal difference

02:12

costa rica the ticos have gotten their

02:14

[ __ ] together they sit in fifth

02:17

16 points with a one goal difference so

02:19

they're one point off right yeah

02:22

it's tight it's gonna be really close

02:24

there's gonna be three more games

02:26

wait

02:27

wait and

02:29

is it uh squeaky bum time it is squeaky

02:33

bum time for concrete calf because

02:35

what's gonna happen

02:36

it's almost gonna happen almost like a

02:38

pee-wee's playhouse

02:42

so we we should practice that so

02:45

i'll just start saying it

02:46

when we see the internationals next

02:49

it'll be march we have no idea what type

02:51

of form health injuries covet anything

02:54

is going to be going on around the world

02:55

but specifically around the us and

02:57

mexico and those are the two teams as

03:00

usual that are going to make concacaf

03:02

interesting canada's gone

03:04

right it's they're not the same

03:06

interesting yeah they're through they

03:08

need one more game and even if they get

03:10

zero points from the last three games

03:12

which again they're hosting jamaica so

03:14

they're going to get those three they

03:16

play panama they play costa rica and

03:17

they play jamaica so those two games

03:19

panama and costa rica are fighting for

03:21

their lives they're dangerous teams

03:23

and i say

03:24

i mean we boil it down right u.s have to

03:26

go to mexico

03:27

very well that's what i'm saying i say

03:29

that because mexico is hosting the us on

03:31

march 24th at azteca the us has won at

03:35

azteca maybe twice since the war of

03:37

1812. it is not

03:39

a good scenario for the americans

03:41

basically they haven't won since trotsky

03:43

got a spike in his head they did win

03:45

once like five years ago yeah

03:48

i remember no no that's what i mean i

03:50

remember it yeah okay it is that rare of

03:52

an occurrence now if they go in i'm

03:54

gonna get a point panama game is the

03:55

game if they go there and they get a

03:57

point then it's a huge honestly it's as

04:00

good as a win for me because you keep

04:01

mexico from getting through you stay

04:03

exactly on par with them yeah the whole

04:04

difference in all that

04:06

and for the uninitiated uh think of

04:08

azteca as basically denver colorado with

04:11

the they they play all their national

04:13

games there they do it because they have

04:15

a home field advantage they train at a

04:17

high altitude they force you to come to

04:20

play to them and i think it's actually

04:21

higher altitude than denver well let's

04:24

let's actually take a step back

04:25

it's a hundred and ten 000 people

04:28

and it is raucous it is beyond

04:31

beyond any it's more like it's more akin

04:34

to

04:35

um the river plate uh uh uh

04:39

yeah match in argentina than anything in

04:42

europe

04:43

physical conditions right right right

04:45

but it's but in terms of like the crowd

04:46

it's it's partisan versus belgrade it's

04:49

like right right and and they i mean not

04:51

that this is all that unique to the the

04:54

european world especially the eastern

04:55

european world but they literally and i

04:57

they have a in a way section that is um

05:00

gated with barbed wire and they

05:02

basically throw bags of piss into the uh

05:04

the opposing fans i have a number of

05:06

friends who are like i gotta go to

05:07

azteca for a game no you don't [ __ ]

05:09

mind dude are you crazy because even if

05:12

god forbid we get a result out of there

05:14

you're getting stabbed

05:16

99

05:17

99

05:18

yeah yeah yeah i have i have an

05:20

anecdotal story that just two women i

05:21

know who are from san diego and went

05:23

down there they you know in college for

05:25

fun they're just oh let's go to a soccer

05:26

game it did not feel safe

05:30

it was crazy so so anyway that's the us

05:32

story the story is oh

05:35

you need four from three

05:37

right but the the other two in this are

05:39

with costa rica and with panama and one

05:41

of them is on the road i'm forgetting

05:42

which one at the moment they go to costa

05:44

rica costa rica and in the final game

05:46

okay so let's play out a scenario they

05:49

draw mexico which again would be a great

05:51

result then they're on 22 along with

05:52

mexico what happens costa rica probably

05:55

loses to canada

05:57

panama beats honduras

05:59

there's nothing that says that canada is

06:02

is a lock still they've been good short

06:05

they've been playing well but they

06:06

couldn't purposely but it is concacaf

06:08

they could lose to costa rica they

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certainly could but for all intents and

06:11

purposes

06:13

they

06:14

they lose to costa rica uh they they

06:15

beat costa rica right so costa rica

06:17

effectively

06:19

has really

06:20

one leg left right but panama beats

06:22

honduras which means

06:25

that the us hosts panama in what's

06:27

effectively a knockout game because then

06:29

you've got the us on 22 and panama on

06:31

20. if panama wins that game the u.s

06:34

drops to a fourth

06:36

you know what did i tell you about

06:37

fourth that means they play somebody

06:39

from [ __ ] japan or oceana or

06:40

somewhere the [ __ ] across i don't know

06:42

if it's

06:44

if it counts japanese japan japan would

06:47

be through from asia it'll be something

06:49

like my point

06:50

well let's let's put it into context

06:51

though it'll be someone like have

06:54

trinidad and tobago too teed up you have

06:57

to go to costa rica another hostile

06:59

environment and you have to not just get

07:01

a result not a draw you have to beat

07:03

costa rica and hope to god that panama

07:06

gets done in by canada you have to hope

07:08

that canada does you a favor at that

07:09

point and they're going to be

07:10

celebrating they're not going to be

07:12

there

07:13

i don't i don't

07:15

like i think

07:17

tnt:

07:21

once every 200 year event it was like a

07:23

a snowstorm where everything went wrong

07:25

like of course the united states can

07:27

lose these games and back in right

07:29

things could go break their way

07:31

yeah but i mean they could

07:33

like three draws isn't gonna do it but

07:35

it'll be if they draw two no i would say

07:37

three draws does do it because it keeps

07:39

panama off the board yeah so anyway it's

07:42

intense it's a lot it's exciting

07:46

my thing with it is this actual game

07:49

that just happened

07:50

and it is

07:52

an indictment again on the u.s soccer it

07:56

is a mentality thing it's not respecting

07:58

players so for those who don't know the

08:00

united states played this game in

08:02

minnesota for those of you from outside

08:05

of our purview basically they played a

08:08

game in st petersburg outdoors

08:11

as a us qualifier on purpose when they

08:13

didn't have to on february 1st 2nd yeah

08:17

you know russia is not playing right now

08:19

they went to the coldest place you could

08:20

go it was minus 5 degrees so that's zero

08:24

for the europeans below zero for for

08:27

celsius no is that do i have it right

08:29

that's not too much it's way negative

08:31

anyway it gets really [ __ ] cold sorry

08:33

it's way colder it's like minus 15

08:35

excuse me it's minus 15 celsius

08:38

something along those lines really

08:40

really really [ __ ] cold the us gets

08:42

dispensation to play these things it's a

08:44

mentality thing where

08:46

you're supposed to be the better team

08:48

we've got all these young guys playing

08:50

in europe west of mckinney's in uva

08:53

our lord and savior is supposed to be at

08:55

chelsea he's faffing about whey is

08:57

playing in europe all around sins at red

09:00

is at leipzig

09:02

good good players

09:05

and we decide against honduras to be

09:09

like we need to play the elements

09:11

because this south american team won't

09:13

be able to handle the cold

09:15

[ __ ] what kind of [ __ ] mentality

09:17

is that we can't beat them we're never

09:20

the united states is never gonna be a

09:22

good team until they go we'll play on

09:24

any [ __ ] field give us the best give

09:27

us pasadena give us california 750

09:31

degrees at night perfect pitch and we'll

09:33

play you off the [ __ ] park because

09:35

we're better than you not this let's try

09:38

and freeze south americans like it's

09:40

1990 and it's college kids who are from

09:43

chicago and and middle class colleges

09:46

the kids that are playing in the united

09:48

men's national team are playing in

09:50

europe's top level they must think this

09:52

is a [ __ ] joke like i play for

09:54

chelsea where i play on [ __ ] pool

09:56

tables and you guys want me to play

09:58

the ice bowl like john fashenda is going

10:01

to [ __ ] come on and it's ray nichky

10:03

and blood i'm making full nfl football

10:05

references don't say that that was good

10:08

nah nah nah anyway

10:11

it's absurd and it's pathetic and until

10:13

and the players know it too they must be

10:15

like we did you froze my ass off for

10:17

[ __ ] honduras right you didn't think

10:19

we could do this that's what i'm saying

10:21

panama if it's costa rica because they

10:23

did that with colorado uh that was like

10:25

almost jesus almost 10 years ago the

10:27

yeah but we weren't weak the snow the

10:29

snowball but we weren't i don't

10:31

it made sense then in some way it made

10:34

sense because we were that was the

10:36

embodiment of the team it was scrappy

10:37

and it was it was basically saying hey

10:39

this is this is our general winter this

10:42

is us taking our plan

10:44

in the snow fighting

10:46

makes sense like the team had the ethos

10:49

of dempsey a forgotten overlooked kid

10:52

from texas who was way into hip-hop who

10:55

had no right to be right

10:57

you know it was weird it's like

10:59

who is this gunslinger right he was very

11:01

much a brett favre

11:03

kind of

11:04

as a football player in a weird way he

11:06

almost took on that mentality but this

11:08

team now is professional high-end high

11:11

level like we need to play at the best

11:13

level to blow teams off the pitch

11:16

technical is the word i would use or or

11:18

or masquerading as technical right yeah

11:20

so the problem with that

11:22

i mean we want it easy it wasn't really

11:24

a big deal but the problem with concrete

11:25

is that

11:26

technical has almost never worked you do

11:29

need both you need both to qualify

11:32

you need grit and and and

11:34

englishness if you will to to get out of

11:37

concacaf yeah as well as some talent but

11:40

you can't do anything on the world stage

11:42

without the clinical nature and the

11:43

technical ability to communicate it is

11:45

it is tricky right it is tricky yeah

11:47

both you need fight and you need to

11:49

recognize your opponents and match that

11:52

again it goes listen

11:55

the english are not the perfect

11:58

way to play football by any means but

12:00

there are some cliches and axioms that i

12:03

think are true it's like you earn the

12:05

right to play let honduras come and kick

12:07

you you [ __ ] kick them right back

12:10

and then you get to play like oh they're

12:12

not [ __ ] around i thought mckinney

12:14

embodied that and i think that the big

12:16

takeaway from these last three games is

12:18

western mckinney's the best u.s national

12:21

team player it's not [ __ ]

12:24

um

12:25

yeah but it's the physicality he

12:27

i think he embodies more of an american

12:30

ethos than the slip of a man that is

12:33

that is pulisic who can't really stand

12:35

up to the fight really i mean he gets on

12:38

the ball and he does things and he's out

12:40

of form he's taking too many touches all

12:42

the time i'd rather the team run through

12:45

mckinney

12:46

aronson and that fighting mentality

12:49

versus pula six

12:53

technical classy

12:55

i i he he's much more of a like he

12:58

should be playing for sevilla i think if

12:59

this so i think the problem with pusage

13:01

is that we're playing him

13:03

in but he actually reminds me of like

13:07

the the post peak deli because he's he's

13:10

his heat map if you had to probably look

13:12

at it and i haven't but but watching him

13:14

play

13:14

he's sort of

13:16

weaning into areas he doesn't

13:18

necessarily believe he doesn't want to

13:19

be there yeah yeah yeah right and so

13:21

that becomes he he inherently becomes

13:23

less effective right right but and the

13:25

u.s men's national team he needs to come

13:27

for the ball and be able to be heroic

13:29

correct

13:30

but maybe he doesn't maybe he's not the

13:32

hero that we were all looking for i

13:34

don't think i don't think he he's not i

13:36

just you know

13:37

i it but you're right i think mckenney

13:39

is more of the engine than he is

13:41

mckinney is more of the engine and pool

13:43

stitch still to me is

13:45

more often more of the finished product

13:48

yeah but but i think in the in the end

13:51

product i should say but i think that

13:53

you know one can't really necessarily

13:55

survive without the other in big games

13:58

we need we need them all it's not one or

14:00

two right right what i'm saying is that

14:02

you can like you can put pull stitch to

14:04

sleep on the sideline against [ __ ]

14:05

honduras in the in the goddamn frozen

14:07

tundra but you can't do it against

14:09

canada you can't do it at azteca against

14:11

mexico and you sure as [ __ ] can't do it

14:13

if god willing you get out of concacaf

14:15

and you go compete on the world stage so

14:17

i i don't i i did i didn't know really

14:19

where to go from here i did like pepe i

14:21

did think he got some good shots off or

14:23

at least tried or took chances that he

14:25

could i thought waea

14:27

with mckenney on the wing they had a

14:29

really nice give and go where they cut

14:31

through the team i thought that was

14:32

really good i still don't trust burr

14:35

holter i still don't trust the unity

14:37

within the squad i still don't feel like

14:40

if we make the world cup if we got out

14:42

of the group that would be an event uh i

14:46

think i still think that

14:48

the goals are missing the creativity is

14:50

missing the consistency of performance

14:53

is missing and if we lay one of those

14:55

eggs that we did like i guess it was it

14:57

was it uh first half honduras or first

14:59

half costa rica where i was like this is

15:01

the worst soccer i've ever seen in my

15:02

life yeah yeah um and then the second

15:05

half was totally different but like if

15:07

any of those things happen there's gonna

15:08

be embarrassing games where like really

15:10

good teams

15:12

will put five on the us easy oh without

15:15

question because their back line is

15:17

suspect to say the best but um

15:20

as far as assuming they get to the world

15:22

cup i think that this is more or less a

15:23

building cycle 426 when you do have the

15:26

host ability to you know grow it a

15:29

little bit more have the maturity of the

15:31

mckinney's the postage be the

15:33

effectively elder statesman you hope at

15:35

that point and have four more years to

15:37

bring younger guys along giorena is a

15:39

guy we haven't heard a lot in a long

15:40

time he's been out he's again also a

15:42

slip of a player we need these guys to

15:44

be a little bit bigger and so a little

15:45

bit more athletic but i'm not i want to

15:48

go back to it because

15:50

i think about the form that the us was

15:52

in we talked about it on the show over

15:53

the summer they beat mexico twice they

15:55

in two cup finals terrible no no i

15:58

understand but it it felt like for a

16:00

moment that

16:02

this was the reclamation this was the

16:04

reckoning of:

16:07

this is them putting that in the

16:08

rearview mirror and saying

16:10

look we're not going to go out there and

16:11

say we're going to you know make a deep

16:13

run at the world cup we're going to be

16:15

the kings of concacaf only to have their

16:17

neighbors to the north completely

16:20

blindside them right and you talked

16:22

about why in the last episode right but

16:24

um but i'm worried because

16:28

they're not going to get a win in azteca

16:30

and if they don't

16:32

if they lose to panama they have a

16:35

tougher meaner

16:36

more difficult trinidad and tobago

16:39

win or go home in costa rica i don't see

16:43

it

16:43

and that's the first time like like okay

16:45

2018 and i felt so horrible for pulisic

16:48

because he felt like that was on his

16:49

shoulders and it wasn't for a second it

16:51

was on the dying carcasses of a clint

16:53

dempsey right of a josie outdoor of a

16:55

michael bradley but at the same time you

16:58

have to think about this and say no this

17:00

one's on on younow chris like this one's

17:03

on you westin this one needs to happen

17:06

right you can't have effectively you're

17:08

in second place right now you have three

17:10

games left against all against

17:12

contenders you need to go stake your

17:14

claim it's not like saying if you don't

17:16

win the the the nate the region i should

17:19

say if you don't win the federation you

17:22

don't get in you you've got three spots

17:24

they're gonna make they're gonna be fine

17:26

i think i don't think so the whole thing

17:27

is it's gonna be squeaky bump time it is

17:30

it already is

17:32

we transitioned research wow there was a

17:35

league that we were following that

17:37

disappeared and now it's back there's

17:39

only one game in the premier league

17:41

burnley versus watford they're finally

17:43

playing and wait

17:44

roy hodson is the coach of watford wow

17:46

incredible he is 75 years old he's still

17:49

got the fight in him uh very strange

17:52

appointment uh watford have made bunches

17:55

of deals we're not going to go too deep

17:56

into wofford but they they tap into the

17:58

pozo family i think they own 47 teams

18:00

across 37 countries um and they just

18:03

find guys so they they probably have a

18:05

completely different team by the time we

18:06

watch them but they still have dennis uh

18:09

joshua

18:10

uh up front and um and and they still

18:13

have your boy moussa

18:15

well i think you missed but you don't

18:16

realize it uh he's you know um

18:19

i don't do you miss him getting into

18:21

really good spots and then shooting it

18:22

over the bar no i don't i i miss the

18:25

twitter jokes i guess i miss being like

18:27

you know seeing

18:28

oh yeah he shot the light out like you

18:30

know rosie uh we we do we do we do

18:34

find this as the moment of redemption

18:36

this is a if burnley are staying up and

18:39

they have a they have they still have a

18:41

decent amount of games in hand but this

18:43

is one of them they've got to get these

18:45

i mean this is this is the six pointer

18:47

that you need and they did move uh chris

18:50

wood out to newcastle but they grab

18:52

wagout they make 10 million dollars

18:54

cornett's probably uh not injured

18:56

anymore i like cornett i'm happy to see

18:58

him but really it's not premier league

19:00

week it's actually

19:02

wait let's go back in let's talk a

19:04

little bit more about this before we

19:04

jump into fb companies as i look at the

19:06

standings

19:07

this is an elimination game one or both

19:10

teams will get eliminated i feel like or

19:12

relegated because

19:14

either way if burnley wins then they

19:16

have a shot in the race right because

19:18

like i mentioned they have those games

19:19

in hand that puts them up to 15 with the

19:21

best goal difference of the group

19:23

of the four right

19:25

if watford win then they're actually out

19:27

of the of the relegation zone but if

19:30

they draw i feel like they're both

19:32

sentenced to hell right like i feel like

19:34

they're the draw is bad yeah

19:36

so this could be a really entertaining

19:38

game in the sense that somebody is going

19:40

to need three points yeah and it's

19:42

saturday 10 a.m pacific

19:47

or i can't do the math 1 p.m eastern

19:49

maybe i got it wrong correct okay so

19:51

it's a great time frame check it out

19:53

so that's a good game that's the

19:54

relegation battle that's one of the

19:56

things we have to fight for but

19:58

the rest of the league fa cup fourth

20:00

round what crazy town we have man united

20:03

middlesboro tomorrow uh middlesboro with

20:07

our friend um oh god well who's the

20:09

sheffield united coach chris wilder and

20:12

his overlapping fullbacks he's taken

20:14

over middlesboro and uh once again you

20:17

find out that that guy's actually a

20:18

really good coach especially at the

20:20

championship level he's moved that team

20:22

forward friends from brighton they have

20:25

on loan aaron connolly i know you guys

20:27

all know who he is the striker who

20:29

couldn't score who's neil mopey probably

20:31

bagged his girlfriend and did his wifey

20:33

wipes to her and now he has now been

20:36

moved on to brighton i feel like

20:37

countley and mopay are just like

20:40

corrections of each other they can't

20:42

both be on the same team at the same

20:43

time because they're both trying to do

20:44

terrible things to your lady one in

20:46

french style and one in the irish

20:49

bartender voice style connolly being the

20:50

irishman both evil both keep away from

20:54

your ladies because we know what they're

20:56

up to um uh we have the great and

20:58

powerful kitty minster harry minster

21:00

can't talk about kitty minster enough i

21:02

think they're the lowest ranked team

21:03

they're playing west ham west ham uh

21:06

not feeling good about west ham they did

21:09

not add anything to their team they

21:11

should tank this game and walk become

21:14

the story and leave the epic up yeah

21:16

they should but this is do not play your

21:18

big boys this is likely to be a game

21:21

where west hem goes this is a

21:23

a circling of the wagons for west ham

21:25

right they're gonna be like okay we're

21:27

gonna take care of business against

21:28

kitty minster who i love not if they

21:30

play michael antonio that is bad no i

21:33

agree jaclyn rice neither of those two

21:35

should play in that game um well because

21:37

they've got watford three days later

21:38

right uh chelsea play plymouth argyle

21:40

they get a bye i mean plymouth argyle i

21:42

don't even know what that is there's

21:43

something about socks they have a green

21:45

logo there's a boat on their crest i

21:47

don't know anything about plymouth

21:49

argyle but i do have an insight you

21:50

ready

21:51

this will be the first meeting between

21:52

chelsea and plymouth since:

21:54

blues ran out one nil mitters in their

21:56

second tier match thanks to a winning

21:57

goal from carrie dixon in:

22:00

did you know that chelsea had been

22:01

relegated and they were not in the top

22:03

flight and there you have it it was the

22:04

last campaign that chelsea did not

22:07

compete in the top flight of that is

22:10

what you guys come to squeaky bum time

22:12

for tidbits like that you're welcome i

22:14

mean yeah yeah we're going to carry out

22:16

every week carry on one thing i do want

22:17

to talk about i do want to talk about my

22:19

team playing fulham at home

22:22

uh

22:23

city fans are hoping we see kids i don't

22:26

think we're gonna see kids because i'm

22:28

ready ready for the stat to blow your

22:30

mind blow it

22:33

fulham fc

22:36

of craven cottage of west london by the

22:38

river thames

22:40

are the top scoring team in all of

22:44

europe wow by a 10 goal margin they have

22:48

scored

22:49

75 goals the next nearest competition in

22:52

the championship has 45. uh the next

22:55

nearest team in the top five leagues in

22:57

europe is bayern munich on 65 goals this

23:00

is a [ __ ] machine and marco silva

23:04

behave yourself just please keep marco

23:07

anatomic away from your wife your kids

23:09

your children at this level he will [ __ ]

23:12

you up he has 27 goals

23:16

this is like he is lewandowski of the

23:19

championship they also have uh fabio

23:22

carvalho a new son of mine from the

23:24

championship 17 years old he almost went

23:27

to liverpool but he stays at fulham so

23:29

city will have their hands filled it's

23:31

all a question about whether marco silva

23:34

plays the big boys and says you know

23:36

what manchester city do you want to [ __ ]

23:38

with me you want to dance let's [ __ ]

23:41

dance i think you might i think you

23:43

might so uh what i'll be watching for is

23:45

if nathan aka is in this game we're

23:47

losing take the over take the over

23:51

so i've got one of your weight is that

23:53

one of your plus a thousand specials

23:55

then oh it might be

23:57

i have to look at it uh i will i like

23:59

fulham in this game i believe you know

24:01

what i do like i i like the draw and

24:03

city going through on penalties or

24:05

losing on penalties yeah i would

24:07

actually say full on penalties so yeah

24:10

fulham are like a machine and that's for

24:12

my friend andy who is a big fulham fan

24:14

big u.s man national team fan the ginger

24:17

ninja he

24:18

stuck with fulham because of its us

24:20

men's national team uh connections and

24:22

he hasn't let them go he's all brian

24:24

mcbride he's all

24:26

the rest of those [ __ ] clowns and now

24:28

he's stuck with a team that's owned by a

24:30

guy who put up a michael jackson uh

24:32

[ __ ] statue outside of the stadium

24:33

who bless your heart and they had to

24:35

remove it said khan uh and you now own

24:38

jacksonville and you're gonna be in

24:39

trouble because you hired a white coach

24:41

sorry nfl you're getting weird

24:44

um more from the fa cup these are i'm

24:47

telling for my english fans

24:49

you can ask us questions i'll explain

24:51

all these things another day

24:54

uh peterborough qpr that's a

24:56

championship peterborough at the bottom

24:57

of the championship kpr a well-loved

25:00

team from london wolves norwich neither

25:02

of these teams want to be in this

25:03

competition but i think wolves will look

25:06

at it as an opportunity for a trophy

25:07

they could win oh yeah wolves very much

25:09

want to be in this competition and i

25:10

think this they win this going away um

25:12

interested to see who runs down the wing

25:14

and uh pulls the moussa soco frankly

25:17

with adama triori uh off to barcelona

25:20

uh-huh yes we say goodbye to our friend

25:22

i haven't heard a lot of good news and i

25:25

haven't heard it recently to be fair

25:27

about our friend pedro neto he was

25:30

supposed to be and that's a gruesome

25:32

knee injury that he suffered and it was

25:33

it was surgery and i think he had a

25:35

setback

25:36

but he's gonna look it up right now his

25:38

initial time frame was

25:41

early

25:42

my late late february early march maybe

25:45

um so he could be somebody who factors

25:48

in by the way

25:49

tremendous player for wolves last year

25:51

but it's a calamitous knee injury

25:54

that's not something that you just snap

25:56

back from right maybe they maybe they

25:58

know

26:00

maybe they know he's coming back

26:01

sometime soon

26:02

i i would be more pessimistic on that i

26:05

think the last update i i saw neto still

26:08

out yeah no information on that that

26:10

that breaks my heart he was such a great

26:12

player for wolves last year for nuno um

26:15

well i hope he does well i hope he gets

26:17

better soon and gets back on the pitch

26:19

because again with that's what i mean he

26:21

was

26:22

the void

26:23

he was the guy to fill the void that

26:24

treyarch leaves and he can shoot

26:27

yeah but they have potent centring cow

26:28

so they should no i know they're not

26:30

they're not they should totally void but

26:32

um he's better than both of them one

26:34

thing to keep in mind is there are

26:36

players most players are returning from

26:38

afghan we would love to have covered it

26:41

we did not watch it enough but we do get

26:44

the

26:44

money versa final in senegal versus

26:47

egypt egypt played a horrendous 120

26:51

minutes of fouling each other and went

26:53

through i believe on penalties so

26:55

afghans going on i'm glad the more games

26:59

that the [ __ ] liverpool clowns miss

27:00

the better hopefully they both get

27:03

injured because i don't care about my

27:05

fantasy team as much as i care about

27:07

yeah you have both of them you're

27:09

getting a champions league uh i don't

27:11

know what's been going on with that team

27:12

i haven't looked in quite a while so uh

27:15

we continue brentford everton this is a

27:18

fun one we may see our friend erickson i

27:20

don't think he's ready yet everton this

27:23

is an opportunity i think frank lampard

27:25

can't [ __ ] around he's got to try and

27:27

win this thing because he's got to get

27:29

hearts and minds on his side as quickly

27:31

as possible so i alluded to delhi

27:33

earlier in the show i think he can play

27:35

a big part for this everton team that's

27:37

sort of stuck in neutral but only if

27:39

lampard

27:40

lets him be for a lack of a better term

27:43

akant let him go out there let him be

27:46

the delhi of old let him stay

27:48

in that second striker position yeah i

27:50

saw something today where um he showed

27:53

up to his first training with everton in

27:55

a 300 000

27:56

300 000 pound rolls royce oh no

28:00

no no no no

28:01

that's the deli you bought that's the

28:03

deli you want trust me

28:05

you want him to be a [ __ ] if

28:07

he's a [ __ ] he's going to be

28:08

effective the issue i see for them is

28:12

they have two midfielders who have to

28:14

play for them to be successful sure i

28:16

think that's alan and decorate how do

28:19

they then fit in

28:20

ally

28:22

and vanderbeek

28:24

that's right yeah i don't i don't have

28:26

the answer but what i'm saying is if

28:27

you're going to get anything out of

28:29

delhi and it may be at the behest of the

28:31

team's success so that's maybe he just

28:33

plays off of

28:34

and then you have rich charleston

28:36

playing well he's going to be he's more

28:38

of a winger and he's just a [ __ ]

28:39

aubameyang at this point

28:41

you know but he's much more fun than

28:43

aubameyang

28:44

yeah i like him better so we carry on we

28:47

we want to check on that game that's

28:49

just to see what frank lampard does that

28:51

team then of course

28:52

a game that is pure hatred for me stoke

28:55

city must defeat wigan i've never hated

28:58

there are teams that i hate and wigan is

29:00

one of them they can go [ __ ] themselves

29:02

for beating me in the fa cup and

29:04

knocking me out three times will greg i

29:06

hope your face is on fire go on stoke

29:08

city you [ __ ] and then south hampton

29:10

coventry i got a soft spot for coventry

29:12

they wear sky blue

29:14

but they play southampton southampton

29:16

could win this game and feel like

29:17

they're moving an epic up or not uh

29:20

crystal palace play harder pool

29:22

partly pool oh they have a

29:25

they have a little boat uh insignia i

29:27

kind of like that that's fun uh but i

29:29

don't know much about hartley poole but

29:31

they're in the fa cup enjoy it have fun

29:33

boys you're going to sellhurst where

29:35

things get crazy cambridge loot in town

29:37

don't know what that means uh-huh the

29:39

big one and then the biggest game and

29:41

and i'm biased obviously but this is by

29:43

far the best matchup tottenham hotspur

29:45

against brighton holding out oh god it's

29:47

it's the

29:48

it's the mini it's the millen it's the

29:50

milling duchy go it's the baby duchico

29:52

the junior yeah and um

29:57

you gotta think that brighton come into

29:58

this game in better shape uh there's

30:00

still no sunny there's still no romero

30:02

although romero is getting close for

30:03

spurs

30:05

i like i like neil mopey in a late

30:07

winter i do i just i i there's no reason

30:11

to feel confident about you know

30:13

unless unless

30:15

kula savage and bettencourt go right

30:17

into the team which by the way might

30:19

happen

30:20

uh are you ready for this one go for it

30:22

tottenham hotspur striker harry kane has

30:24

scored 11 goals in his last fa cup

30:26

appearances last 11 appearances oh yeah

30:28

each one coming in the last four as a

30:30

substitute including spurs third and

30:32

fourth versus morkum in round but yeah

30:34

like come on

30:35

listen

30:36

you know and everyone listening to the

30:38

show knows that i will back harry and i

30:40

i there's that meme where it's like who

30:42

would you defend this player with like

30:43

the huge long like war and peace level

30:46

text message i will fight for harry kane

30:48

every day and twice on sundays however

30:51

that's a ridiculous stat he's scoring

30:53

against morkum and wickham wanderers and

30:56

all these [ __ ] teams in the early

30:57

rounds of the faq lucky [ __ ] there's no

31:00

basuma

31:02

that's right that's right nobody so that

31:03

actually yeah okay that's a big hole in

31:06

the middle but yeah i think

31:07

would i be surprised but sumo would have

31:09

[ __ ] eaten you guys lunch oh yeah oh

31:12

yeah he's been playing hit or miss but i

31:14

think that they're gonna

31:15

they're gonna sell him on he almost went

31:17

uh you're linked to lampd at 65 million

31:20

already i'm like yeah that's a crazy

31:22

number have they ever have they ever

31:24

heard daniel levy speak 65 million for

31:26

for

31:27

three

31:28

come on dude that's like that's like a

31:30

million pounds per inch at that point

31:32

yeah first are you [ __ ] kidding me

31:35

i like this game it's a clash of styles

31:38

um

31:39

brighton b will be without burn

31:41

they should go for this there's no

31:43

reason for them not to no because

31:45

they're not going down they're not

31:47

they're not in trouble they want to push

31:49

for the top 10 but they could just as

31:51

easily get another round of fa cup for

31:53

spurs

31:56

they might want to

31:59

play some people just to see what's

32:01

going on but i don't get the sense kante

32:03

is a skipper out on events so i think

32:05

he'll play his best they've been off for

32:07

a while no kante will chase trophies

32:10

especially at a club like spurs who

32:11

hasn't had one since the [ __ ]

32:13

depression ended but like

32:15

he and i remember he he he took chelsea

32:17

on a run i think

32:19

they haven't won a cup since devil

32:20

chamberlain gave up the czechoslovakia

32:23

to hitler right yeah

32:25

is their last real trophy:

32:28

the last carling oh sorry that was uh

32:29

that was gulf war that's not as fun

32:31

nobody cares about the gulf war no

32:33

no no but let's finish it out with the

32:35

three team three three last games here

32:37

and then god knows what else we're gonna

32:38

[ __ ] talk about

32:40

there's always [ __ ] to talk about what

32:42

i i lost my page and lost my liverpool

32:44

and cardiff city oh [ __ ] and

32:46

liverpool still without money and salah

32:48

as you said but uh more than enough in

32:50

the tank they're fine they're fine

32:54

these are the games that they does diaz

32:56

get a start against for liverpool maybe

32:58

but we have to remember the way klopp

33:00

works he does not integrate guys quickly

33:03

and if you think about it it has been a

33:06

good it took it took at least 10 games

33:09

for fabinho to even get into the side

33:10

maybe even 15. nabi kaita never really

33:13

integrated minamino's working his way

33:15

through gianta took half a season so

33:18

it's not likely that diaz is just going

33:21

to pop right in and take over i think

33:23

your regulars will get in your regular

33:26

gangs will pop in uh i don't even

33:28

realize who's not in this which is

33:30

pretty funny so i didn't see arsenal's

33:32

name and i didn't see aston villa which

33:33

is pretty funny uh lester do play

33:36

nottingham forest that's a midlands

33:38

battle and of course we always have a

33:39

soft spot for

33:41

the old nottingham forest

33:43

two european cups they wear the stars

33:46

proudly and they have been in the

33:48

wilderness of the championship i think

33:50

they're like leads now i think they've

33:52

been in a championship now it's got to

33:54

be like

33:55

20 years in the second division just a

33:57

ridiculous number like they can't seem

33:59

to get out oh here's the here's the

34:01

tidbit you ready this is only the third

34:03

instance of nottingham forest joining

34:05

leicester in the fa cup after a round

34:07

one tie in:

34:10

one by four

34:11

we all remember that

34:13

one yeah big big game big game in a

34:15

ound and a round three tie in:

34:19

lester progressing on a replay something

34:21

to remember there are no replays and

34:24

there's no extra time we go to penalties

34:27

no ties no draws we just kick on and

34:30

don't stop till the party drops

34:34

mike what game what game are you

34:35

watching

34:36

uh well i'm watching spurs brighton

34:38

obviously uh i like nor wolves norrish

34:40

just to see what that uh that new

34:43

formation for wolves with that that

34:44

treyarch-less

34:46

formation for wolves it happens to be um

34:49

and i'm waking up for kitty minster

34:50

versus west ham come on kitty minster

34:53

what about you oh the harriers i will

34:56

try and watch united middlesborough

34:58

because shot and freud is my favorite

35:00

thing middlesboro is gonna come and

35:02

chris wilde who got the one nil [ __ ]

35:04

win at old trafford his best win he's

35:07

gonna take his toys in middlesborough

35:10

back up there and do the [ __ ]

35:12

tyneside proud come on middlesboro i'd

35:15

love to see united lose and then i'm

35:17

really intrigued for my city fulham game

35:20

you know i love the championship you

35:21

know i like to see my sons play i've

35:23

always loved mitrovic he weirdly looks

35:25

like my autistic brother in france who's

35:28

15. shout out matthew you're weirdo um

35:32

such like my brother's really weird he's

35:34

16 years old i don't know what he's

35:35

doing but he looks like mitrovic if

35:37

mitchuvich was a tiny french kid um

35:40

and so i'm looking for fulham to see if

35:42

they score i can't imagine city will

35:44

play will get a clean sheet but we shall

35:46

see i want to see if some of the kids

35:48

play mcatee cole palmer liam delapp is

35:51

he ready is he back i missed him he's my

35:53

guy feels like a game where they're

35:56

either drawing or losing at early second

35:59

half and does pep open the war chest

36:01

does he bring on the thing is that's not

36:02

how that's the thing is with city that's

36:04

not really how they work like if they're

36:06

behind they don't normally come back in

36:09

a weird way like they do sometimes but

36:11

sometimes the comebacks come from coal

36:13

palmers and stuff like that so it's a

36:15

little bit weird it's sometimes a

36:16

disconnect it the the key thing for me

36:18

is if nathan aka is in the side i'm

36:20

[ __ ] running to hell he's not a bad

36:23

player he's just not naked he's

36:28

yeah and then of course i mean i have to

36:29

i mean brighton tottenham is just going

36:31

to be is going to be my my dream game i

36:33

mean i you know i i do feel bad about

36:37

how much i love brighton and i i have to

36:40

i have thought about it a lot and really

36:42

it's really potter love it's potter love

36:45

it it comes from their europa league run

36:48

when they played

36:49

they played arsenal and beat them in the

36:52

[ __ ] northern reaches of the arctic

36:54

circle in sweden

36:56

and i've never stopped loving him since

36:58

and once he and then when he took when

37:00

he almost beat city had a two-nil lead

37:02

with 30 sec with with 20 minutes to go

37:04

in the fa cup when he was the coach of

37:06

swansea when swansea almost fell apart

37:08

and aguero came on i was like not so

37:10

fast my friend and city won three two

37:12

which was one of the incredible moments

37:14

but you know potter was good then and

37:16

pep was like holy [ __ ] who the [ __ ] is

37:18

this guy uh i'm looking forward to it i

37:20

think that you are in trouble and get

37:22

ready for a lot of cookerella the man is

37:25

[ __ ] incredible

37:27

just be ready for it tottenham fans when

37:30

you lose this game don't feel bad just

37:33

go

37:36

yeah right exactly

37:37

uh i mean i'm not it's been weird that i

37:40

go from spurs to the u.s men's national

37:42

team and then back to spurs so i've no

37:45

it's like spurs it's like spurs all over

37:47

you yeah i've not had a reprieve from

37:49

the [ __ ] uh quality that i've been

37:51

usually watching here's speaking of [ __ ]

37:52

quality um the spurs lawyers office

37:55

chimes in with some uh subpar

37:59

some subpar job performance this week

38:01

obviously they had wanted luis diaz uh

38:04

they did not get him liverpool i know

38:06

this story this is a great story yeah so

38:08

they go out they finally get deion kula

38:10

seven kulasevsky excuse me and rodrigo

38:13

bettencure from um uh

38:16

from juventus anyway right um

38:19

fun fact

38:20

drawing up the papers spurs lawyers sent

38:24

bettencar's lo betancar's agent and his

38:27

his team

38:29

documents with luis diaz's name on it oh

38:32

good good job

38:34

there's the transformer

38:36

so they went hey we are really excited

38:38

about you joining our club we're so

38:40

excited that we are going to send you

38:43

documents of a player we would have

38:45

rather had than you

38:48

welcome to london how about this one my

38:50

understanding i saw some story that

38:53

the diaz negotiation started at 80

38:56

million pounds and levy drove a [ __ ]

38:59

hard ass bargain got it down to 60. got

39:02

it down to 45 and at 45 liverpool were

39:04

like

39:05

we'll jump in at 45.

39:08

thanks thanks for bringing the price

39:09

down and that's all

39:11

that's all that the other side of the

39:14

negotiation wants to do at that point

39:16

they just want to [ __ ] levy over

39:17

wouldn't you

39:19

right you're trying to give me i said

39:21

here's the price and you're trying to

39:22

give me literally 55 of that price

39:26

why wouldn't i give 55 of the price to

39:30

somebody who's going to hurt you now i'm

39:33

gonna take a 20 million dollar bath just

39:35

because [ __ ] you that's why and that my

39:37

friends they probably could have had the

39:39

guy at 50.

39:41

that my friends

39:42

is

39:43

part and parcel to being a tottenham

39:45

hotspur supporter you have to watch [ __ ]

39:47

like this

39:48

how can you the thing is i think you can

39:50

be that way right like

39:52

i see other teams recruitment

39:55

and it's good like

39:57

brighton's recruitment is good they find

39:59

weird dudes you just have to accept that

40:02

kookarella the second string left back

40:04

from espanol is gonna be your guy and

40:07

you have to go

40:08

all right i trust them i guess i know i

40:11

mean that comes from with a whole new

40:12

bag of [ __ ] landmines

40:14

and it's to say like we talked about it

40:16

on the show i think that was the episode

40:17

i did by myself you as tottenham if you

40:20

go in for a player who's between 40 and

40:22

70 million you can't miss you can't have

40:24

that guy flop so that's where i

40:26

understand it from levy's perspective

40:28

this [ __ ] much but

40:29

any time you're negotiating with a club

40:32

like you just said

40:33

between that range there are no you're

40:36

not the only player in the ballgame

40:38

there are other teams that are

40:39

interested in that player so the minute

40:41

that that

40:42

wheelhouse becomes more

40:44

um appeasing to you well guess what

40:47

idiot it was already appeasing to the

40:49

other half of the yeah

40:50

yeah the competition for players

40:53

especially at the top level

40:56

i like if you think about let's think

40:57

about it right a player like diaz

41:00

it's not it's not just the top four it's

41:02

not just you it's not united city

41:06

liverpool

41:07

arsenal spurs it's those five

41:11

plus leicester

41:12

plus aston villa everton

41:15

everton into a lesser right that's eight

41:18

by the way assuming they stay up

41:20

newcastle

41:21

now yeah now yeah right so it's only

41:24

getting worse not better right and if

41:27

you look around you're going to lose

41:28

guys you got to find new you've got to

41:31

like that spurs does not have a real

41:35

academy not some [ __ ] thing in every

41:38

state in the u.s

41:40

is just ridiculous because it costs

41:41

nothing yeah yeah yeah right yeah where

41:44

you just like

41:45

like that's what barcelona does

41:47

and just make money like

41:49

city does a really good job with that

41:51

it's a revenue generator they use the

41:53

nycfc like if levy's such a good

41:55

businessman steal the nycfc model like

41:59

buy an mls team well you can't now

42:01

they're too expensive but buy a usl team

42:04

they cost dick and it's just as good and

42:07

that is

42:08

um anyway

42:09

this

42:10

usl season starts march 12th i will be

42:12

at sd uh landon donovan sd does not

42:15

stand anything for donovan uh i'm so

42:18

happy to be at the church of football

42:21

live uh not freezing my ass off but uh

42:24

that's exciting i'm glad that football's

42:26

back i'm glad you're here mike uh and we

42:29

made it to episode 140

42:32

yeah that's that's a lot

42:34

it is a lot that's a lot

42:37

that's a [ __ ] ton though [ __ ] show

42:39

but uh i'm gonna wrap it up mike give me

42:41

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42:44

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42:46

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43:03

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