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Join host Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers for this story of the U.S. men’s soccer team that swaggered onto the international stage and set out to win the 1998 World Cup in France. When they arrived, they faced only one serious opponent: themselves. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts, including On the Media, Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Nancy and many others. © WNYC Studios
||ExplicitBonus Episode with Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Radio||After chronicling the rise and fall of the 1998 U.S. national team, Roger Bennett -- like Marty McFly in Back to the Future -- jumps into the DeLorean, sets the coordinates for present day, and blasts through space and time to return to 2018. Where he||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: Injury Time||What do you do after you’ve just crashed and burned in a World Cup? That’s what the entire 1998 U.S. men’s national team was asking themselves, including the coach. The day after the team lost to Yugoslavia in its third and final World Cup game,||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: The World Cup Ends||So far, the 1998 World Cup was going pretty badly for the U.S. men’s national team. They’d just played the Germans, losing 2-0 when they’d been counting on a tie. The next two games, against Iran and Yugoslavia respectively, now mattered more tha||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: The World Cup Begins||On June 15, 1998, the U.S. men’s national team was waiting to kick off their first World Cup game. The players warmed up in the tunnel before taking the field at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Their German opponents were waiting there as well. Of||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: The Chateau||When the U.S. men’s national team departed JFK International Airport for France on June 5, 1998, many players assumed they were headed straight into the heart of World Cup action. Fourteen hours later, they arrived in the middle of nowhere. It’s co||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Final Roster||The U.S. men’s national team had done it. They’d qualified for the 1998 World Cup. Now it was time to find out which teams they would face. The World Cup draw determines the matchups for the tournament’s first round, the so-called group stage. I||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode with Big Cat (Dan Katz) of Barstool Sports||American Fiasco isn’t Roger’s only podcast gig. Along with his great friend (and fellow bald) Michael Davies, he hosts the soccer show Men in Blazers. That show’s unofficial slogan -- “Soccer. America’s sport of the future, as it has been sin||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Captain for Life||John Harkes was off the team. It didn’t make any sense. Harkes was practically born to play on the national team. He grew up in Kearny, N.J. -- nicknamed “Soccertown U.S.A.” -- where everyone he knew was the kids and grandkids of Scottish and Ir||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Decisions, Decisions||Fresh off their impressive showing at the Copa America tournament, the U.S. team was feeling ready to take on the world. Or, more specifically, the World Cup. That was coming up in 1998 and the players were primed to begin the qualification run. “We||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: We’ll Always Have Paysandu||1994 World Cup? America nailed it. Regional rival Mexico? Crushed ’em in D.C.! Now it was time for the United States national team to prove it could be successful outside the U.S. In July 1995, the team traveled to Uruguay for the Copa America, a bat||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Steve||After the 1994 World Cup, officials from the U.S. Soccer Federation were basking in the glow of a job well done. They had played host to the planet’s biggest sporting event, set attendance records, turned a profit and set expectations high for the fu||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: The Dream (On) Team||You may have heard by now: There’s a World Cup this year. It’s in Russia so the geopolitical stakes couldn’t be higher...the Cold War heats up again on the pitch! Only one problem -- the United States won’t be there. The Americans were elimina||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow Not To Win The World Cup||Coming June 4: Join host Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers for this true tale of the U.S. men's soccer team's quest to conquer the 1998 World Cup. American Fiasco is a 12-part series based on over 30 interviews with the players, coaches, and media pers||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Word From Rog||Long before Men in Blazers, Roger Bennett was just a kid growing up in Liverpool with contradictory obsessions: soccer and America. He moved to the U.S. just in time to witness the sudden rise of the U.S. men's national team in the early 1990s. Now, R||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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Roger Bennett tells a story that captures why we love sport in general and soccer in particular. He brings it to life in his esoteric style that requires you to stay actively engaged until full time.
Revisiting the scars of 1998
I am the same age as Rog and grew up a suburban soccer player in the 80’s. I never amounted to much and when the teen years hit and my athletic skills were greatly surpassed by my peers, I redirected my energies to music.
In 1994, I was a year out of college and that music career (naturally) never happened either. It was the 1994 World Cup that reignited my love of soccer and of sports in general. I followed the amazing run of our denim clad boys (still bearing a grudge against Leonardo for his foul against Tab Ramos), and haven’t looked back.
Following the USMNT sometimes has felt like Roger’s depiction of being a Evertonian abroad, with dodgy single camera coverage of poor CONCACAF pitches acquired through suspect Internet feeds, but the struggle has only grown my love of this ragtag team.
I was one of the ridiculous optimists in 1998, self-deluded about our team’s capabilities and chances. Weren’t we ranked #11 in the world going into this? Surely those rankings meant something, right?!
Thank you, Rog, for recapturing this era and helping me through the current dark days for US soccer fans.