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Mother’s Day Special: Carrie Richards

Continuing our Mother’s Day specials, Dustin caught up Carrie Richards, the mom of Bayern Munich and former FC Dallas homegrown player, Chris Richards.

Carrie shared stories of carting Chris around for practices, making tough decisions in tough financial times, sending 16 year old Chris to another state to live with a family she’d never met, what its like to have a kid playing on another continent, plus much more!

Mother’s Day Special: Tracy Cannon-Smith

Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, we wanted to take a bit of time to shine some light on the mom’s behind the players we love watch. Raising a professional athlete is no easy task, but these women were up for the challenge!

Dustin caught up with Reggie Cannon’s mom, Tracy Cannon-Smith, to talk about what it was like to raise a pro. They talked about her family, her career, traveling for Reggie’s soccer, balancing all 4 of her kids with the demands of elite soccer, and much more!

Building Denton Diablos with Chad Rakestraw

If you’ve been following along on Twitter, you’ve seen a rash of player signings coming from upstart NPSL team Denton Diablos FC as they prepare for their inaugural season. Watching those player-signing announcements roll across his feed got Dustin curious about the process of filling out a roster from scratch and all that that entails.

He caught up with Diablos head coach Chad Rakestraw to ask him those questions, what success looks like in the first year of the club, what fans can expect on game days in Denton, and more!

Links:

Dustin’s interview with Diablos owner Damon Gochneaur: http://fcnationpod.com/002-damon-gochneaur/

FC Dallas topples Atlanta, 2-1

Tristan is back to discuss FC Dallas’ 2-1 victory over defending champions Atlanta United!

He and Dustin discuss Atlanta’s current problems, both Jesus Ferreira and Bryan Acosta’s goals, Jesse Gonzalez’ Man-of-the-Match performance, and what might happen with this summer’s international competitions.

They then give a preview of the upcoming San Jose Quakes match.

ExtraTime Reactions – FC Dallas 2-1 Portland

Dustin is joined by Jon Arnold of Goal.com and the Dallas Morning News to give instant reactions on a chilly, soggy night in Frisco.

Jon also gives his thoughts on the handball controversy at the end of the game.

Plus, fresh off of his interview with Dallas Soccer Show, Jacori Hayes gives some post-game thoughts to Arman Kafai.

See the video of this episode at https://youtu.be/WbkZyLNCdTk

Coffee with Jacori Hayes

Dustin met up with FC Dallas midfielder Jacori Hayes for coffee and a chat.

They talked about the loss to Philly, his hamstring injury and recovery, Oscar’s tactics vs Luchi’s Triple-Pivot, college ball at Wake Forest, getting drafted by FC Dallas, going on loan to Tulsa Roughnecks, ~that~ game against NYRB, plus a look at what its like to be a pro-soccer player in Dallas off the field!

Note: Dustin references a specific quote from a Men In Blazers interview with Kellyn Acosta. Jacori questions the quote, so to prove this podcast isn’t fake news, here’s the audio of that quote

Tactics! with Jason Poon

Jason Poon of BigDSoccer.com joins Dustin to chat about Luchi Gonzalez’ new tactics. They talk formation, “Triple Pivot”, and the 4 P’s -possession, passing, pressing, and Pomykal.

Jason is on Twitter at @jasonpoonFC

ExtraTime Reactions – FCD 2-1 Colorado

Instant match reactions from Dustin and Tyler Kern of ESPNSoccerToday on 103.3FM ESPN Radio as FC Dallas get a late winner over Colorado Rapids on a rainy night in Frisco, Tx

PLUS! Stay tuned afterwards for postgame video from Ryan Hollingshead and Thomas Roberts!

Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/l4Qipgy-xoY

Jamie Lovegrove’s Journey: A Sidekicks Story

Earlier in the year Dustin covered a Sidekick’s match. And while the squad has a ton of interesting stories and personalities, Dustin was struck by one in particular. Jamie Lovegrove.

Born in England and pro at 16, he now finds himself in Texas playing for both the Sidekicks and the Ft Worth Vaqueros and even scored the 2018 NPSL goal of the year.

Dustin sat down with Jamie to talk about growing up in England, differences in the youth systems, his decision to move to the US for college, life in the MASL, and much more!

Don’t forget to stick around to the end for instructions on how to win 4 tickets to the Sidekicks game on Sunday March 24th and some autographed Sidekicks player graphics!

ExtraTime Reactions: FCD 2-0 LAG

Dustin and Arman Kafai from ProSoccerUSA.com give their instant takes on Luchi Gonzalez’ first win as FC Dallas defeat the Zlatan-less LA Galaxy.

PLUS! Stay tuned afterwards for postgame audio from Paxton Pomykal, Marquinhos Pedroso, and Edwin Cerrillo

Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nKMfG-PtrTE