*We begin with a quick annotation of the origin of the title “Nerd Farmer.”
2:00: Steve summarizes the backstory of his youth that begins in the Congo (then Zaire) and life in English Council Estates (projects) in Tottenham. American soccer saved his life. Steve found that, in America, one could play soccer and go to a university. He was on this way to the University of Akron (where Lebron is from and we find out more about that at 45:00.)
14:45: Steve and Nate discuss the MLS Cup in Toronto and the roster fallout including what to expect from Clint Dempsey and Osvaldo (Ozzie) Alonzo’s future with the team.
Never stop. Keep progressing.
33:00 Steve gives his take on the career of Sounders Legend Brad Evans and his future with the Sounders. This is followed by a discussion of the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League and Steve’s work and future as an analyst.
When it’s good, I’ll be the biggest cheerleader, when it’s bad, I’ll be the biggest critic
42:00: The conversation switches to politics. Steve talks about how he uses his platform to address issues of justice. Steve recalls a story that his principal told him about a teacher being stabbed on his first day of school and his love of the book Malcolm X while growing up in London. He also discussed the London Riots that began in Tottenham when as a young man he had some questions about the murder of an innocent man named Mark Duggan.
52:00: Steve opens up about how he feels about kneeling and the Anthem at sporting events. As an outsider, Steve can’t understand how “you’re so patriotic that you're ignoring the fact that the country you love is murdering its’ citizens.”
Hot Take 5
Your thoughts on the Sigi Experiment in LA.
Your thoughts on Darlignton Nagbe moving to Atlanta.
What’s up with Caleb Porter?
In reference to the US Men’s National Team: if I make you technical director of US Soccer, what do you do?
Who are the soccer writers who you read first, who do you trust? Who is doing good work?