S3E6: Justin Bryant (Goalkeeper Coach for NC State and Author of "Small Time")

Justin is a former professional goalkeeper, an accomplished writer, and the current goalkeeper coach for North Carolina State.

I’ve really appreciated Justin’s analysis over the years. It’s clear he approaches the position with not only a wealth of knowledge from all the years he’s played and coached but also with a mind that really takes into account all the nuances for any given situation. He doesn’t fall back on tired slogans or one size fits all phrases, and in general, when everyone is looking at one thing, he’s able to pick up on a small detail that others miss.

Today you’ll hear Justin talking about his autobiography, called Small Time: A Life in the Football Wilderness, which I absolutely loved the book’s honest and transparent display of professional football in the 80s and 90s. We’ll also cover his view on the entire country’s approach to goalkeeping as a whole, including where the USSF is coming up short. And finally we’ll recap with a game I came up with where I give Justin a variety of different situations one could face as a goalkeeper coach, and he weighs in on how he would handle it.

S3E5: Steve Holroyd (Hall of Fame, Upcoming MLS CBA, Bethlehem Steel)

We return after a summer break with Steve Holroyd to discuss a number of non-goalkeeping events, specifically the 2019 Y’all of Fame class, the upcoming MLS CBA, and a mini-documentary PBS put out on the Bethlehem Steel. While Holroyd is not technically a goalkeeper, he provides a point of view as a historian and labor lawyer that many can’t match. So getting Steve in really fits the “everybody” in “everybody soccer”, although we’ll get back to goalkeeping in the next episodes.

S3E4: EJ Proctor (Duke University, Utah Royals)

EJ Proctor was a three year starter with the blue devils, finishing in the fall of 2017. For a goalkeeper who’s a little undersized, she never wavered in playing the position correctly and I think that really showed as Duke made deep trips in the national tournament each year with her in net.

She would proceed to get drafted by the Utah Royals in 2018 and was set to backup Nicole Barnhart until the dissolution of the Boston Breakers bumped her to a practice player. EJ recaps her time at Duke as well as her short stint with the Royals, including the highs and lows of the whole process.

Towards the back part of the interview, EJ and I talk about an article her mother, Kathy, wrote. It’s a really wonderful and personal account of Kathy detailing her journey as a parent of a gay athlete and how she approached this new stage in her life. EJ discusses her reaction to reading it, all positive, of course, and to be honest, connecting with EJ over the idea of being proud of our parents was a real pleasant surprise for me.

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S3E3: Connor Sparrow and Tim Kelly

Current Nashville SC and Creighton alum Connor Sparrow alongside St. Louis Gallagher goalkeeping director Tim Kelly. Tim has known Connor for over a decade know, being instrumental to his development. So we flip back the pages to hear about the two discuss their time together and how Tim approached Connor as a young goalkeeper.

S3E2: Top 10 NCAA Men's Goalkeepers (since 1970)

FC United’s one and only Stan Anderson returns to discuss why Michigan State’s men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo is getting backlash for his coaching style and if Stan has ever done anything to that degree in his coaching career. We move on to perennial underdog Spencer Richey’s chances at nailing down the starting job with Cincinnati after only recently becoming a starter. Finally Stan and Bill reveal their top ten collegiate goalkeepers from D1 play since 1970.

If you have a top tier collegiate goalkeeper that isn't mentioned, share your thoughts on Twitter with @letsallsoccer (Bill Reno) and @soccer_coach (Stan Anderson).

To see the top 10 lists from Stan and Bill, click here.

episode eight - steve holroyd (soccer historian)

Steve Holroyd (@soccermavn) is a soccer historian and a part of SASH, the Society for American Soccer History. Recently the Soccer HOF opened in Frisco Texas, which Steve and the rest of SASH attended on its opening weekend, presenting various presentations from some of the members. Steve talked about the NASL college drafts and their general inability to “Americanize” the game, which we reference a few times in the conversation. The paper can be found here.

Listen here for a wonderful discussion on American soccer history, the US Hall of Fame, and SASH.

episode six - tim kelly (st. louis scott gallagher)

Today we’re here with Tim Kelly. Tim is a former MLS goalkeeper but more notably the Director of Goalkeeping for St. Louis Scott Gallagher. If you’ve ever looked at the list of clubs for a U17 or U20 US roster release, you’ve probably see Gallagher on there at some point. They’re a fairly prominent club, producing good field players and goalkeepers alike. Tim has developed or worked with a number of MLS goalkeepers at some stage in their career, as well having a number of young goalkeepers in the club that he’s really excited about. 

The conversation Tim and I had was pretty free-flowing and it picks up right in the middle, as there wasn’t a proper starting spot to be honest. Tim discusses his take on his job as a goalkeeper coach and where he inserts himself but also talks about how he gets out of the way of a goalkeeper’s development. He hits on some intangible qualities and mentalities that contribute to a goalkeeper’s success, as well as touching briefly on the US youth national team setup as far as goalkeepers are concerned. And then towards the end he shares why he’s optimistic about the future of American goalkeeping, despite the current lull we’re in.

Tim has a ton of experience in developing goalkeepers and he’s been around a while to prove the quality of his craft. So it was really wonderful to hear some outside-the-box thinking and someone to reassure us that the future is bright. So here’s Tim Kelly on American goalkeeping development.

episode two

Episode two returns with Tom Serratore (University of Oregon) who discusses his work with the St. Baldrick's Foundation and why off-the-field work is so important for him and his program. The NCAA recently published an article on one of Tom's players, Caitlyn Wong, on their work with St. Baldrick's, which can be read in full here.

season two: episode one

Stan Anderson joins the Everybody Soccer podcast in an attempt to revive the two-year hiatus. We discuss goalkeeper development in the college system.

At one point we talk about a double save by Eric Dick, which can be found here at the 0:20 mark.