Soccer America Q&A Archive: Who we've been interviewing

Here are links to our recent Q&As, including insights from Aly Wagner, Tony Meola and Andres Cantor.



Tony Meola
On the USA style of play quest, youth national team success, and young Americans going abroad


Aly Wagner

On her TV trailblazing, the savvy U.S. women's team, and Coach Jill Ellis' team-building

Todd Beane
The USA has an opportunity to astound the world with a new brand of soccer

Andres Cantor
On the U.S. national teams of the past, the next coach and countries U.S. should (or shouldn't) emulate

Ian Barker
On a U.S. style of play, producing No. 10s, and coaching schools in the USA


Hugo Perez
On style of play: 'The USA has the players to play possession-oriented, offensive soccer'

Landon Donovan
On  a U.S. style of play, what worked in the past, and who should coach the USA

Paul Riley
On ECNL vs. DA, the need for No. 10s, and the North Carolina Courage's stellar season

Javier Ayala-Hil
From East Palo Alto to Cal Berkeley captain and college head coach: 'I was one of the lucky ones'

Jared Micklos
U.S. Soccer DA director on new substitution rules, managing costs, and a revamped schedule

Nico Romeijn and Ryan Mooney
On U.S. Soccer coaching education: the Federation's intentions and its capabilities and capacity

Ken Bensinger
On the secret informants who made the USA's case in soccer's biggest scandal, the soccer guys who worked it, and the Christopher Steele twist

Anson Dorrance
On the NWSL's big win, the upcoming U-20 World Cup, and the evolution of women's soccer around the world

Jeremy Gunn
On why he's optimistic about the unique American soccer system

Rene Siles
The barriers Latino players face, explained by California high school coach

Dan Karosen
On FC Motown, from co-ed team to NPSL championship contender, and building a sustainable club

Mike Hoyer
Youth soccer needs options between entry level and full travel/club commitment

Kevin Payne
'There's way too much pressure being put on kids at too young an age'

Lynn Berling-Manuel
Declining numbers of young players is a trend that must be reversed

Cobi Jones
'France shows you that inclusiveness really helps'

Phil Murphy
Governor of New Jersey, on his love for soccer and the richness of its diversity

Joe Machnik
On watching every World Cup game and assessing the performances of referees such as Mark Geiger

Tab Ramos
On 2018 World Cup tactics, quality of play, VAR, and what young players should pay attention to

John Hutchinson
On the Sounders promoting American teen talent and the USL bridge from academy ball to MLS


Omar Gonzalez
On the haunting own goal, Liga MX vs. MLS, and who he'll be watching at the World Cup

Roger Bennett
On 'American Fiasco,' becoming enchanted with USA soccer, and the roller-coaster 1990s

Dave Sarachan
On his run as the caretaker of the U.S. men's national team

Herculez Gomez
On the transition from player to broadcaster, MLS, Liga MX and El Tri

Brad Friedel
On better days ahead for Revs and U.S. national team

Carlos Queiroz
On the USA's great potential, MLS creating soccer culture, and coaching youngsters

Peter Wilt
On starting up another soccer team in Madison, independent landscape and his days in Chicago and Indianapolis

Mike Munoz
On how Mexico landed Efrain Alvarez, how the Galaxy academy has evolved, and how he's learned from Bob Bradley


Mike Munoz (Photo by Stephanie Romero courtesy of the LA Galaxy)

Bobby Moffat
On life in American pro soccer in the 1970s, the charm of Pele, and the NASL's legacy

Peter Vermes
On U.S. Soccer's future and the Sporting Kansas City's formula


Steve Gans
On the Development Academy's flaws, the alienating turf wars, and what U.S. Soccer should do

JP Dellacamera
On the craft of the play-by-play announcer, how he got into soccer and the three greatest games he's called

Giovanni Savarese
His new job in Portland, attending the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, and what can be done about USMNT

Grant Wahl
What makes soccer special, his new book, and social media's pros and cons

Mark Noonan
The American CEO of an African club on Ghana's unique love for soccer and his hope for Hearts

Sebastian Lletget
On moving forward from his foot injury, the Galaxy finding its way and welcoming Zlatan

Sarina Wiegman
World Coach of the Year on the rise of Dutch women's soccer and the benefits of kids playing coed

Jason Dewhurst
Leaving the Development Academy: FC Stars director explains why

Tim Kelly
'The future of soccer in this country is in cities like Chattanooga'

Dr. George Chiampas
On U.S. Soccer taking the lead in player safety

Julie Foudy
On the new U.S. Soccer, inspiration from Billie Jean King, and getting girls to raise their hands

Chris Wright
On emergence of MLS in the Twin Cities, the NWSL and WNBA, and his indoor days in Pittsburgh

John Guppy
On the evolution of U.S. soccer culture, its unique fan dynamic, and the Gen Z influence

Yael Averbuch
On forming the NWSL Players Association, learning to love a new position and dealing with a rough offseason

Juan Carlos Osorio
On working in Colombia, Mexico and the USA, his goals for the future and how the Chicago Bulls changed him

Christopher Cuellar
Explains the rise of Mexican women's soccer

Todd Dunivant
On building successful organizations, winning an NASL title and moving to Sac Republic

Jim Trecker
On American soccer's remarkable rise in popularity

Francisco Marcos
'The impatient train left a long time ago'

Ian Plenderleith
German vs. U.S. soccer comparisons from Ian Plenderleith, an author, ref, coach and fan

Joe Cummings
On the success and challenges of women's pro soccer

Lesle Gallimore
It's a wonderful time to lean on one another to help grow the game in a positive and unified way

Earnie Stewart
His vision for Philadelphia Union, what he expects from David Accam, and MLS then and now

Dennis te Kloese
On Jonathan Gonzalez, Mexico's emphasis on technique, and the U.S. style question

Chris Henderson
On scouting abroad for the Sounders, how his job has changed and why he loves it

Anson Dorrance
On soccer politics, marrying the ECNL and DA, and the women's pro game

Bob Contiguglia
On his faith in new president Carlos Cordeiro, why the other candidates fell short, and Sunil Gulati's legacy

Megan Rapinoe
On Carlos Cordeiro, Sunil Gulati, USWNT and NWSL going forward

Joe Machnik
Hall of Famer Dr. Joe Machnik: On New York soccer in the 1960s, his move into refereeing and break into TV

Hugo Salcedo
'U.S. Soccer has to have a greater presence in the Hispanic community'

Sigi Schmid
'If you don't so self-assessments, you're never going to move forward'

Brady Scott
To go pro or play college ball: How U.S. teen goalkeeper Brady Scott opted for the German route

Bill Manning
On building a winning tradition in Toronto, what he learned about player development at RSL and the way forward for U.S. Soccer

Nancy Feldman
College coaching trailblazer Nancy Feldman on women in soccer, Generation Z, and ECNL vs. DA

Bodo Menze
Schalke's Bodo Menze on U.S. teens in Germany and the Bundesliga's faith in young coaches and players

John Thorrington
LAFC general manager on getting ready for Year 1, working with Bob Bradley and learning from Alex Ferguson

Tim Hanley
MLS's longest-serving coach, on MLS then and now and his specialty, American goalkeepers

Brad Rothenberg
'Our Federation lost Jonathan Gonzalez either by its own arrogance, apathy or incompetence'

Dave Sarachan
On January camp, Jonathan Gonzalez, Couva and youth development

Phil Wright
U.S. Club Soccer's Phil Wright on the big election, empowering clubs, and the quest for A+ players

Lynn Berling-Manuel
United Soccer Coaches CEO: 'We need to start thinking about youth soccer in a different way'

Jonathan Gonzalez
Californian Jonathan Gonzalez reflects on his remarkable rise to teen star in Mexico

Amanda Cromwell
UCLA's Amanda Cromwell on women in soccer, the new youth landscape, and role models Tony DiCicco and Lauren Gregg

Terry Fisher
Terry Fisher on why pro/rel in an integrated league structure is essential at the youth level

Jan Osborne
Jan Osborne on Werner Fricker and Sunil Gulati, national teams in 1980s and '90s and barnstorming Project-40 team

Paulo Wanchope
On 'secret' to Costa Rican success, why kids should play multiple sports, and USA's qualifying failure

Sissi
Brazil star Sissi on coaching American girls, appearing in Chelsea Clinton's new book, and what's impressive about U.S. youth soccer

Ed Foster-Simeon
U.S. Soccer Foundation CEO Ed Foster-Simeon on building mini-pitches and what they can do for kids at risk and under-served communities

Rob Stone
FOX Sports' Rob Stone on the Russia World Cup, working MLS in the 1990s, his fear of saying no, and drinking a hot dog smoothie

Curt Johnson
North Carolina FC's Curt Johnson on building a sustainable youth-to-pro club, U.S. Soccer's opportunity and slowing the youth train down

Kevin Flynn
Standup comedian and ex-soccer pro Kevin Flynn: 'The funniest guys I have ever hung out with were soccer players'

Michelle Akers
Michelle Akers, American soccer's first superstar, rates the progress of the U.S. game, women's and men's

Bill Nuttall
Bill Nuttall: 'Barriers to entry are always going to be a question'

Tom Byer
Tom Byer: Look to parents, not coaches, to create skillful players

Todd Beane
Cruyff disciple Todd Beane on street soccer, coaching education and the current Dutch crisis

Howard Webb
Howard Webb on the VAR project, what's working and the comfort of the words 'Check complete'

Alexi Lalas

Alexi Lalas: The American soccer community is knowledgeable, discerning, passionate and committed

Schellas Hyndman
Schellas Hyndman: American soccer needs playmakers

Tom Mulroy
Tom Mulroy: 'There's so many people on the wrong page'

Eric Sippel
Pay-to-Play: The complexity of high-cost youth soccer explained by former Bay Area club president Eric Sippel

Cliff McCrath
Cliff McCrath, Seattle's 'Mr. Soccer,' on the Sounders, USA's World Cup exit and the next steps

Richard Groff
Richard Groff: 'We need to keep doing what we do well'

Sasho Cirosvki
Sasho Cirovski: We need to define an 'American Way' and end the divisiveness

Carlos Cordeiro
Carlos Cordeiro: 'I have harbored ambitions for a long time'

Nick Lusson
Nick Lusson, California coach brings sheriff's program to under-served, addresses solutions for pay-to-play and soccer's arms race

Bob Gansler
Bob Gansler's historical perspective provides reasons for optimism

Kevin Payne
Kevin Payne on the current freak-out, player development, pay to play and soccer parents

Hugo Perez
Hugo Perez: It's time for the USA to embrace creative, entertaining, total soccer

Lance Reich
Is compensation from pros to U.S. youth clubs on the horizon? Attorney Lance Reich provides an update on the quest

Weston McKennie
Texan teen Weston McKennie, now a Bundesliga starter, on keys to his quick rise and his off-field interests

Evan Silverman
A+E's Evan Silverman on NWSL and Lifetime, selling women's pro soccer and challenge of raising awareness

Marcelo Balboa
Marcelo Balboa on Hex crunch time, U.S. complacency, implications of missing out

Brian Glanville
Brian Glanville: A conversation at his London home about soccer and books

Phil Savitz
A coach's life: Phil Savitz, NSCAA High School Coach of the Year, South Carolina legend, big Bruce Arena fan

Fernando Clavijo
Fernando Clavijo on friendship with Brian Schmetzer that goes back to indoor days

Daouda Kante
A coach's life: Daouda Kante of Kansas Rush and how 'respecting kids goes a long way'

Jim Curtin

Jim Curtin, MLS's youngest head coach, on breaking in, coaching players today and Bob Bradley's influence

Anson Dorrance
Anson Dorrance on Mallory Pugh, foreign talent in college, how far it's come, and what can be improved (Part 1)
Anson Dorrance: It should be 'moral imperative to grow the game' so an NWSL player isn't making $16,000 (Part 2)

Ronnie Woodard
Tennessee SC's Ronnie Woodard: 'Start teaching and stop yelling'

Paul Mariner
Paul Mariner: On MLS and the Revs, then and now, the Eastern Conference race and VAR

Ted Howard
From NASL 1971 to Concacaf 2017, Ted Howard reflects on career at forefront of soccer's rise

Benjamin Ziemer
A coach's life: Benjamin Ziemer combines backyard brotherhood experience with worldwide lessons

Dave van den Bergh
Combining Dutch, Spanish and American style, Dave van den Bergh leads U.S. U-15 boys

Matt Crocker
England youth on the rise: The FA's Matt Crocker on how it happened and hopes for the future

Eric Wynalda
Eric Wynalda on coaching, his new challenge, Bruce vs. Jurgen, and Pulisic

Todd Eason
PDL director Todd Eason: Providing young players a bridge to pro ball

Eric Quill
A coach's life: MLS veteran Eric Quill returns to his Texas youth club and wins another national title

Brian Kleiban
Galaxy coach Brian Kleiban has the American Messi's back

Tab Ramos
Tab Ramos: We want these U-20s to play first-team pro ball
Tab Ramos is bullish on USA after U-20 World Cup performance and DA progress

Tab Ramos on new rules, U.S. progress, MLS and youth clubs

Ben Boehm
Venerable Queens club BW Gottschee going strong thanks to Ben Boehm

Miriam Hickey
Girls DA Director Miriam Hickey: Federation is best suited to support clubs and coaches

Nico Romeijn
U.S. Soccer's top coach educator Nico Romeijn: On teaching the coaches

Troy Dayak
Troy Dayak leads thriving West Coast SC after 16 years of pro ball

1 comment about "Soccer America Q&A Archive: Who we've been interviewing".
  1. Ric Fonseca, October 6, 2018 at 3:57 p.m.

    Just sayin":  I know, I know, I know, that some will say here you go again, Fonse, crying over spilt milk....  But really, now, If I didn't who will/would?  The spilled milk has to do with the list of "USA soccer cognosenti," the folks that have held sway in the development of our sport in this vast and beyootiful country, from Terry Fisher to Cliff McGrath, et.al.  What drive me to spill the milk is the mere fact that of this very long list, I counted at least twelve "Hispanic" surnamed coaches, all males and not one single Latina/Hispanic surnamed female coach.  My point of contention and where the milk was spilled has to do with the mere fact that even as one coach said that not only does US Soccer but MLS must do is to have its presence felt IN the Latino communities, e.g. in Meola's interview (nice recopilation of his playing career, know him and is a nice guy, not like some who are full of themselves...) he's questioned about US Soccer's "lack of presence" in the Latino community (per M. Woitalla) yet his answer not only sideswiped the question, he doesn't even give it lip service.  Wow.  I never thought I read a lack of knoweledge in the subject from him, yet there it wasn't!  The point is that the Latino soccer playing community, all across the breadth and width of our country, is literally being ignored, notwishtanding another interview addresses and admits the sad fact that US Soccer in fact and deed does not have a sufficient number of "scouts" to do "due diligence" vis-a-vis the identification of potential Latino youth players.  Or Brad Rothenberg's piece about US Soccer having lost Jonathan Gonzales through "arrogance, apathy or incompetence...: but doesn't admit that his organization helped (and has continued to help) Liga Mex in identifying potential Mexican-American/Latino soccer talent sign with pro teams.  Yes there have been some very interesting stories - and even the L.A. Times has picked up on the topic and recently featured the plight of Latinoi you soccer players and the lack of or "dearth" of interest by the likes of U.S. Soccer thus many going to Mexico to try their soccer-playing luck only to return home to toil in the field of the Salinas Valley.  There is obviously a lot to this topic, and I will close with Hugo Salcedo's statement that "US Soccer has to have a greater presence in the Hispanic community...."  Will it happen soonr or later?  Saludos a todos!  

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