In April of 2013, Soccer Morning launched as a daily soccer show with the goal of covering the world’s game from an American perspective. Eight months later, Soccer Morning has established itself as the home of informative, in-depth, and topical discussion of soccer with some of the most interesting people in the game five days a week.
Soccer Morning welcomed a litany of notable guests in its first eight months, including:
Jeffrey Webb, president of CONCACAF
Jozy Altidore, Sunderland and USMNT striker
Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna and USMNT striker
- Alexi Lalas, ESPN analyst and former playing great
- Taylor Twellman, ESPN analyst and former playing great
- James Montague, author of When Friday Comes: Football, War, and Revolution in the Middle East and noted soccer journalist
- Tim Vickery, South American football expert and BBC contributor
- Grant Wahl, senior Sports Illustrated soccer writer
- Luke Moore, member of the world famous Football Ramble
Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers
- Mike Magee, Chicago Fire striker and 2013 MLS MVP
- Geir Thorsteinsson, president of the Iceland FA
In addition to the quality guests (of which the above list is just a small sample), Soccer Morning is also an interactive show. The show’s live daily format means we can get listener reaction to the topics of the day, whether through social media like Twitter or on the phone. That’s right, Soccer Morning takes calls, making it the only daily U.S.-based show giving American soccer fans a voice five days a week on whatever is happening in the world.
Now headed into its second calendar year, Soccer Morning is looking to build on that foundation. 2014 is an opportunity to push soccer coverage in America to new heights. And with a World Cup coming, that coverage is needed more than ever. This is where your help comes in--as an independent show, we need your support to keep Soccer Morning on the air.
To reiterate the focus and remind you just what the discerning soccer fan gets out of the deal, a few key points:
1. Soccer Morning is American-made, but world-focused.
We make an effort, day-in, day-out, to cover both domestic and international stories, no matter the season. That means MLS and Premier League, but also competitions across the globe from South America to Asia. Perhaps more importantly, Soccer Morning takes on the big issues in world soccer and go in-depth with knowledgeable journalistic voices and key figures. If it happened in soccer, it has a place on Soccer Morning. The game is a vast tapestry--Soccer Morning is about examining the weave.
2. Soccer Morning is live for a reason.
We could do just another podcast, taping interviews with big names from around soccer and releasing it via iTunes. And while the show is available in podcast format for later listening (recorded podcasts, available on demand, remain an underappreciated art form), being live gives us the chance to interact with listeners, respond to breaking stories, and turn what would otherwise be a one-way ramble into a coherent, back-and-forth conversation. Soccer fans need the outlet, and we’re happy to provide it. Soccer Morning encourages interaction because soccer should be more discussion and less monologue.
3. Soccer Morning strives to find people who know what they’re talking about and the people making the newsThough host Jason Davis does his best to stay on top of happenings around the world, Soccer Morning’s real strength lies in the collection of experts we bring on the air to delve deep into the stories of the day. Be it James Montague on the kafala system in Qatar, Christopher Gaffney and Tim Vickery on Brazilian unrest, or a litany of others, the voices heard on the program are among the best in their field and possess an intimate insight on the stories they cover. Soccer Morning’s daily format also means we’re in a position to grab newsmakers in a timely fashion--take, for example, Iceland FA president Geir Thorsteinsson, interviewed in the aftermath of Aron Johannsson’s decision to play for the United States.
"Not only do I enjoy appearing on Soccer Morning, but I always look forward to listening on my daily treadmill workouts. Jason Davis is a smart interviewer who knows the game and cares about where it's headed in America."
-Grant Wahl, Senior Sports Illustrated soccer writer
"I'm a soccer person. And a morning person. And I'm definitely a Soccer Morning person. Jason and team help set the agenda for soccer obsessives everywhere. That's why I listen."
-John Godfrey, Founder of American Soccer Now
The Internet has been a great equalizer in media, and no show has stepped up to consistently tackle as many topics in American and global soccer as Soccer Morning. Joined by guests and experts from around the world, Jason Davis has become an invaluable voice for fans interested in understanding the biggest - and most controversial - issues that surround the beautiful game on a daily basis.
-Eric Beard, Founder of A Football Report
I've really enjoyed contributing to Soccer Morning this season, the continued mix of different topics coupled with interesting and informative angles on the football issues of the day make it not only a 'must-contribute' but also a 'must-listen' for me.
Luke Moore, Co-host of The Football Ramble