Interviews

CBA for Dummies – with Scott Rezendes

Before the 2020 MLS season starts, the players and owners have to come to an agreement on a new CBA. Travel, roster rules, salaries, and several other issues have to be figured out. But what exactly is a CBA, and how did we get here?

Scott Rezendes of The Soccer Syndicate (and formerly an employee at the MLSPA and a USL GM) joins Dustin to break it all down from the beginning! They cover the beginning of the MLSPA, what negotiations are REALLY like, current and historical hot button issues, and much more!

Lower League Roundup – Josh and Moises Hernandez

Dustin gives a summary of the first few weeks of MASL action for the Dallas Sidekicks and the Mesquite Outlaws.

Then Dustin and Arman sat down with Josh Hernandez (Sidekicks) and Moises Hernandez (formerly FC Dallas) to talk about their lives, careers, growing up together, and who’s better at FIFA.

2019 (LIVE) Season Review – Part 2

The guys took over the mezzanine at 3 Nations Brewery in Carrollton, Tx for their live season review show. They were joined by a parade of friends and had so much fun they split it into two parts!

In part 2, Dustin, Arman, Tristan, and Jonathan have their own roundtable to discuss FC Dallas’ 2019 season. They grade the team, discuss the premise of whether a curve should be applied to that grade, and then ponder “what if Oscar Pareja hadn’t left”. The guys are then joined by audience members to discuss their view on the season, including FC Dallas social media team member, Michael Ramirez (@michrami_).

Following that, Walter Martinez (@El_Quimico) of the 19th Minute Podcast joins to talk about the attendance/marketing/game-day issues the team seems to have.

And finally, everyone at the brewery helped crown the Dallas Soccer Show Player of the Year award.

2019 (LIVE) Season Review – Part 1

The guys took over the mezzanine at 3 Nations Brewery in Carrollton, Tx for their live season review show. They were joined by a parade of friends and had so much fun they split it into two parts!

In part 1, Dustin, Arman, and Tristan chat with North Texas SC CB and captain Brecc Evans about his career and life at North Texas SC. Then 3rd Degree’s Dan Crooke (@Crooke86), FC Dallas Media’s Garrett Melcer (@GarrettMelcer), and Jonathan run the comb over North Texas SC’s inaugural season!

Enjoy!

Special Edition – NTSC’s Move To Arlington with GM Matt Denny

This week, North Texas SC announced that they’ll be playing the next 3 seasons at Globe Life Park in Arlington. And we have questions.

I caught up with NTSC general manager Matt Denny to try and get some of them answered.

Mother’s Day Special: Kanikah Perry-Acosta

Closing out our Mother’s Day specials, Dustin spoke with Kanikah Perry-Acosta, the mom of Colorado Rapids midfielder and former FC Dallas homegrown, Kellyn Acosta.

Kanikah talked about the controlled chaos that comes with having a kid in the FC Dallas academy, cooking for Kellyn and his friends, how she felt when Kellyn moved to Colorado, and much more!

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/

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