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Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 117): NFL Week 7 Preview! Plus, Nik Wonders if the Dallas Cowboys Have Finally Pieced it Together

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season’s Week 7 matchups. He also breaks down some questionable late-game coaching decisions from last week, wonders why the Deshaun Watson trade market heated up (only to promptly cool down) in the span of a week, and debates if the interception is actually a good stat for evaluating a defensive player’s performance. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday for the following episode!

Where Should Ricardo Pepi Play Next? And What‘s with the One Month International Break?

Ricardo Pepi looks to possibly have a move to VFL Wolfsburg possibly done soon, but with interest from Ajax, Genoa, and other clubs there's plenty of opportunities for him to go learn and ply his trade. However, with the 2022 World Cup looming playing time is also of the utmost importance.

 

So Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins discuss who could be the best fit for the USA's star striker, if making a move soon is the best decision, or if perhaps staying in MLS for another year may be a better option.

 

They get into the latest with what's been happening in the NWSL, Europe and South America looking at blocking the proposed Biennial World Cup, and if Arsene Wenger's one-month international break is a good idea or not.

 

Plus, Supporters Club, the Manchester United Moment, Hernan Dario Gomez becoming the new coach of Honduras, and more!

Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 116): NFL Week 6 Preview! Plus, Why the Chiefs Offense Deserves More Blame for Their Rough Start

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season’s Week 6 matchups. He also weighs in on what we learned from the Chargers-Browns slugfest, touches on the weird week that was for NFL kickers, and also talks about some potential changes that would affect the future of the show. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday for the following episode!

Soccer 2 the MAX: USA vs Costa Rica: The Sergino Dest Banger!

After falling behind super early doors 1-0 to Costa Rica, the United States Men's National Team woke up and went after it to get a goal back from an unlikely source in Sergino Dest, and then were able to force a second goal and get the big win to secure six points in this window of three games and sit firmly in second place in the Octagonal.

 

Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins discuss the game, some of the players that stood out, thoughts on the changes to the squad, and after six games is there a Best XI for the USA? Plus, an overall look at the team as the game against Mexico looms on November 12.

 

Of course, they also go around CONCACAF and discuss the nervy yet comfortable moments for Mexico in San Salvador against La Selecta El Salvador. Canada zooming past Panama for a blowout win, and Jamaica getting their first win in qualifying and sending Honduras straight to the bottom.

Soccer 2 the MAX: USA vs Panama 2022 WCQ Round 5: Seven Changes And a 1-0 Loss

The 13-match unbeaten run has ended for the United States Men's National Team as they fall to Panama 1-0 in World Cup Qualifying. Seven changes were made by coach Gregg Berhalter to the starting 11 from the previous match, was that the biggest factor in the loss?

 

How much of the lack of energy and grit applies to the players? And what about the substitutions during the game as well? Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins get into all that, plus praise for Panama, Matt Turner finally looking a little vulnerable, and what is it with these half-time subs as well?

 

The guys also go around the rest of CONCACAF and talk about Costa Rica's big come from behind win against El Salvador. Jamaica and Canada battling to a 0-0 draw, and also Mexico's comfortable win against a 10-man Honduras side too.

Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 115): NFL Week 5 Preview! Plus, Why the Grandstanding Surrounding the Urban Meyer “Controversy” is Bizarre

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season’s Week 5 matchups. He also weighs in on the Ravens decision to pad stats, touches on Tom Brady’s overhyped return to New England, and takes stock of the league’s best and worst teams as we pass this season’s quarter-point. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday for the following episode!

USA vs Jamaica - 2022 World Cup Qualifying Round 4 - All Aboard the Ricardo Pepi Train

Although it took a while for the United States National Team to kick it into gear, once they did, it turned into a commanding performance that wound up being a 2-0 victory that could have been more.

 

Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins discuss the standout performances, if the USMNT have solidified two of their three starters up-front, was Walker Zimmerman secretly the Center Back the team needed? And of course, it is all aboard the Ricardo Pepi train as he scores two more goals in his home state.

 

Of course, there's also talk about some controversial decisions involving the referee and why no VAR in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying is an even bigger mystery as well.

 

Plus, we go around CONCACAF talking about the other games that happened on the night including a deeper dive into Canada vs. Mexico and El Salvador's big result against Panama too.

Soccer 2 the MAX: NWSL Abuse Allegations Lead to Changes And Reform, USMNT WCQ Rounds 4-6 Squad

Unfortunately, the major story this week in American soccer is one that involves allegations of verbal and emotional abuse and sexual coercion that have led to the firing of not only former North Carolina head coach Paul Riley, but also former Washington Spirit head coach Richie Burke. This has now gone a step further with Lisa Baird now becoming the former commissioner of the league as well.

 

Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins discuss the delicate topic, why the league got it wrong on so many levels, and what they are starting to do to ensure it doesn't happen again.

 

The United States Men's National Team also had their World Cup Qualifying squad announced for the next round of games against Jamaica, Panama, and Costa Rica. The guys go over the roster, some surprises, and if there are any major snubs too.

 

Plus, Supporters Club, the Manchester United minute, and what's a bigger disappointment Bayern Munich or Real Madrid from this week?

Necessary Roughness Podcast (EP 114): NFL Week 4 Preview! Plus, Why Not All 3-0 Starts are Created Equal…and That’s Perfectly Fine

In this episode of the Necessary Roughness Podcast, host Nikolas Donadic dives into the NFL regular season’s Week 4 matchups.  He also gives his take on the Ravens buzzer-beating “win” over the Lions, touches on the Rams sending a message against the Bucs, and rants about the fact that the 49ers (allegedly) chose Jimmy Garoppolo over Tom Brady. Enjoy the show and join us next Saturday for the following episode!

Soccer 2 the MAX: Could Ronaldo Be the Next Man Utd Manager? Big Changes for the Leagues Cup Ahead

Is it possible that Cristiano Ronaldo could be the next Manchester United manager when his playing career finally ends? Or is this just speculation of the highest order since once again Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under fire for recent results?

 

Major changes are happening all over the landscape when it comes to CONCACAF competitions as the CONCACAF Champions League changes again and now the League Cup expands to include every single MLS and Liga MX team. Plus, there's also a 2nd division Women's League in the works too.

 

All this plus Luchi Gonzalez fired at FC Dallas in our headlines, Supporters Club, and our biggest winners and losers as well.

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