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The KickAround is simply about talking soccer and all that implies.
Andy & Peter bring the Dallas area perspective of the game, but in a way familiar to The Ticket. The show gives sanctuary to the segment of the true Ticket P1 who also love soccer. Now, after 20 years, a place for them is found on Saturdays, 2-4.
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Peter Welpton is a life long soccer fan with a 25 year radio career and somehow lucked into mixing the two into this weekly production. He has a real job, but spends his free time playing, writing and talking about soccer. (Dirty secret: the only reason he’s really doing this is to get an invite to Sturm’s annual English soccer trip)
Andy Swift is a soccer lifer who began his professional career as a TV reporter covering “futbol” before tackling management positions with the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas), Major League Soccer, Dallas Cup, and FIFA. When taking time off from his soccer gigs, he spends too much time over-managing his Diamond Mind Baseball computer Geek-Ball league team.
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This is the one where Andy & Peter juggle all of the summer Cup finals happening on the same day, and find time to fawn over their favorite player in the whole wide world – Paxton Pomykal.
This is the one where Andy returns from his CONCACAF sabbatical to splash around in the glory that was USA beating France in the WWC quarterfinals. Plus some Gold Cup talk, and, a very special guest. Will Parchman (@WillParchman), noted high-brow soccer journalist with the Athletic, either sullies himself or increases the show’s credibility with his presence. You decide.
This is another one where Andy is out running around doing CONCACAF things and Peter is left alone to his own devices. So, to compensate he calls up a trio of soccer friends: Linda Hamilton, member of the USWNT that won the 1st World Cup, the coaching great Dave Dir and Buzz Carrick. Plus a special surprise call to Andy.
This is the one where Andy was out of town running around with this CONCACAF, fancy-pants cohorts – so the good Buzz Carrick sat in, talked the freak out over the USWNT 13-0 celebrations and how the rest of the tournament has gone so far, US Men’s Gold Cup preview, some FC Dallas updates and more.
This is the one where Andy & Peter discuss the Women’s World Cup, react to the US-U20 loss to Ecuador and react in amazement to the most wheels-off own goal that happens while they’re on the air.
This is the one where Andy & Peter return from hiatus, just in time for the TOTLIV Champions’ League Final… except the game was pretty meh. Plus they review their predictions for the previous PL season, catch up on all things FCD and talk about what they’ve liked and not liked from the U20-USMNT World Cup performances.
This is the one – the new “best episode, ever”, as the great Bob Sturm joins in for the first hour to talk about this last week of a great Premier League season. Bob also spends time talking about his recent trip to England and his now famous “seat in the Kop”. We try, for the 1st time, a FCD post game show, but result was so crappy, so was the post game show.
This is the one where Andy & Peter do another Sunday show because other stuff bumped them from their Saturday slot. Kinda like a landlord kicking you our of your place for a night because he’s leased it out for a party. Anyway – the ManCity/Liverpool tussle appears to be resolving itself, no one else wants to play in Champions’ League and Leeds does something almost unimaginable.
This is the one where Peter attempts to do the program solo (YMMV). Why? With Andy busy with Dallas Cup he’s only available to call in for a segment and with the Dallas Stars’ playoffs on Saturday bumping the show from its normal 2pm slot and because there is simply way too much soccer drama, the KickAround must go on.
This is the one where Andy & Peter are back, on location, for the 40th Annual Dr Pepper Dallas Cup! Gordon Jago, as always, joins in and we even spontaneously discover what an “Albion” is.