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American Fiasco

By WNYC Studios

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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

Customer Reviews

Another platform?

NBC, Crackle, Wnyc, just wish you guys could hook up with a one-stop shop multiplatform media outlet with the reach and impact that MIB deserve!!

The Drama!

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.