A Kick In The Grass

Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair discuss the biggest matches and most significant news in international and club soccer. They are joined by guests from around the globe for insight into what is happening on the ground in Europe, the Americas and anywhere else stories develop.

Recent Episodes
Messi Out?
Jul 6, 2020
Jul 6, 2020
Messi Out?

Dan and Jeff discuss what’s going on with FC Barcelona and look at how they got into a messy situation because of bad transfer market decisions. They talk about the future of the club and what might happen with an aging Lionel Messi as his contract is up next summer. They’re joined by The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson to break down what’s worked well lately for Manchester United and how the Red Devils may look to improve going forward. Finally, they wrap up the show with questions from you the listener in injury time!

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Jun 29, 2020
Coach's Week

Dan is joined by guest co-host Alex Seixeiro this week to discuss the past week of football from across the pond — including Liverpool snapping their Premier League title drought. They are joined by a couple Canadian MLS managers as Greg Vanney of Toronto FC and Marc Dos Santos of the Vancouver Whitecaps discuss their preparations ahead of the MLS is Back tournament.

This episode is produced by Josh Elliott-Wolfe and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Jun 22, 2020
Davies’ Rise to a World Star

Dan is joined by co-host Alex Seixeiro this week to look back at a busy week of football across the pond. They break down the first set of matches from the Premier League as more leagues return to play. Manuel Veth of TransferMarkt and Forbes joins the show to discuss how Alphonso Davies played a major role in helping Bayern Munich win their 8th straight league title. They also look at why Canadian soccer players might be on the rise in the Bundesliga and what transfers might be coming. Later they’re joined by The Athletic’s Sam Stesjkal to get more details on the MLS is Back tournament and to try and figure out what is happening with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Alex Seixeiro.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Jun 15, 2020
Liverpool’s Walk to Greatness

Dan and Jeff look back at a busy week in the world of football and give their reaction to the return of play in La Liga and Serie A. As the Premier League is set to resume this week, the guys debate whether Liverpool is one of the best Premier League teams ever as they look to top Manchester City’s points record. They’re joined by ESPN analyst Janusz Michallik to look more at Liverpool’s dominance and talk about the difficulty of continued play during COVID-19. Later they welcome football scout and executive Tor-Kristian Karlsen to take a look at the future of the transfer market and how the pandemic is changing the way teams scout.

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate. 

Jun 8, 2020
The Week Football Takes Over

With more leagues set to return, Dan and Jeff get you set for a busy soccer schedule. They look at Thomas Muller’s resurgence under Hans-Dieter Flick and Muller’s willingness to adapt his game to a new style. They also break down Chelsea’s signing of Timo Werner and the impact that has on the rest of the Premier League. The guys are joined by ESPN’s Samuel Marsden to discuss the return of La Liga and a fascinating title race between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Finally, they check in with Canadian International and Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio as teams in MLS begin training after coming to agreement on a new CBA.

This episode is produced by Cam Barra and hosted by Dan Riccio and Jeff Blair.

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Media Inc. or any affiliate.