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Soccer Comic Rant Podcast

Soccer is the greatest sport in the world, and it is stand up comedians Ian Edwards and Martin Harris' favorite topic to insult each other about at The Soccer Comic Rant. The Soccer Comic Rant has recorded over 100 episodes since they have been established, right here in Los Angeles too at the famous Comedy Store. Ian and Martin are the hosts and Comedians of the show, the two have been bringing their experience and expertise on the beautiful game since their start back January 4th 2013. 

Now that the Soccer Comic Rant has joined the WFD family we will be able to collaborate with each other by giving the WFD family what they have been deprived of since our hiatus on the 28th of February 2014. The podcast will be a weekly show for the time being till we can work out all that is needed to make the show "Daily" again. 


Tune in for upcoming interviews with quality guests, giveaways and some quality football discussion. Be sure to follow the hosts and the shows twitter accounts too, @IanEdwardsComic @Martinwharris @SoccerComicRant 


Here is the most recent Episode of The Soccer Comic Rant with the guys reaction to the Manchester Derby and the Liverpool match against Newcastle United 



If you want to add a topic into the discussion for the weekly show email WFD producer Gio Franco at Gio@worldfootballdaily.com or tweet him at @FrancotheG 


Posted by Gio Franco on 04/17/2015 at 3:41 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | DISCUSS | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
Portland Timbers 0-2 Orlando City SC from Providence Park
Kaka ready to strike the penalty.
Portland Timbers 0-2 Orlando City SC from Providence Park

Major League Soccer - Providence Park

04/12/2015: Clear, 11C/52F

Attendance: 21,314

Pre-game records: Portland Timbers (W1-D3-L1) vs. Orlando City SC (W1-D2-L2)

Starting Line-ups:

Portland Timbers – GLK Adam Larsen Kwarasey, DEF Alvas Powell, DEF Liam Ridgewell, DEF Nat Borchers, DEF Jorge Villafana, MID Rodney Wallace, MID Diego Chara, MID George Fochive, FWD Darlington Nagbe, FWD Maximiliano Urruti, FWD Fanendo Adi. Formation: 4-4-2.

Orlando City SC: GLK Donovan Ricketts, DEF Brek Shea, DEF Aurelien Collin, DEF Seb Hines, DEF Rafael Ramos, MID Amobi Okugo, MID Cristian Higuita, MID Carlos Rivas, MID Kaka, MID Kevin Molino, FWD Cyle Larin. Formation: 4-2-3-1.

Game 6 of the MLS season:

A stunning afternoon in the Rose City for a 2pm kick off and the home crowd will have felt confident after a well-deserved 3-1 victory over FC Dallas at home the previous week. Caleb Porter decided to go with the same starting 11 that beat FC Dallas keeping faith in the 4-4-2 system that served him so well that day. Diego Chara and George Fochive were immense in that victory and with Will Johnson still out injured, Coach Porter must have been delighted that these two worked so well in the center of midfield. Ridgewell and Borchers looked sturdy at the back and Villafana and Powell were always a threat as backup to Nagbe and Wallace.

Orlando City, after a promising start to the season, had not won in their past 3 games, losing at home to DC United and the Vancouver Whitecaps by a goal to nil and drawing away to Montreal Impact 2-2. Orlando Coach Adrian Heath decided to go with a 4-2-3-1 with Kaka playing his usual position in behind Cayle Larin looking to do what FC Dallas could not the previous week in beating the 4-4-2 of the Portland Timbers.


Match Highlights:

1st Half

10 mins: After a bright opening from the Portland Timbers with some decent early possession, Rodney Wallace works a good space on the left hand side and slides in a medium height cross that Fanendo Adi does get his foot too but at an awkward height, he can only dink it over the crossbar. A minute later Orlando FC work a nice move into the Portland 18 yard box and Kevin Molino twists and turns inside the area but his shot is deflected for a corner. Within another minute, Orlando have a shout for a penalty kick denied as Molino scoops the ball up and it appears to hit the hand of Villafana. Nothing given. Possession was now certainly in favor of Orlando City.

18 mins: After some good pressure from Orlando City SC, Darlington Nagbe fires in a shot from the right hand side of the 18 yard area and Donovan Ricketts gets a strong hand to it and although it lands at the feet of Urruti, he finds himself in an offside position. Still 0-0.

28 mins: Alves Powell commits a cynical challenge on Higuita after he felt that he was fouled himself on the edge of the Orlando penalty area.

30 mins: It’s a goal for Orlando City SC as Molino gets free after an error from Villafana on the right hand side and crosses to Cyle Larin who finds himself unmarked in the 6 yard box and he chests it straight into the net. Portland Timbers 0-1 Orlando City SC.

36 mins: The Timbers obtained a free kick at the edge of the box after some nice work from George Fochive in what is now a rare attack but Darlington Nagbe fires the shot just over the left hand corner of the crossbar.

45 mins: Diego Chara found himself into the book as he pulls down Mulino who was on a breakaway from a Timbers corner that Chara and Powell worked well to obtain. Orlando City argued that he was the last man and they have a point, but the card was yellow. The half ends in a flurry of yellow cards as Ramos fouls Urruti in cynical fashion and the half ends with a frustrated Timbers being out passed by a competent Orlando side. Was Portland coach Porter going to stick with the 4-4-2 for the 2nd half of change it to combat the 5 man midfield of Orlando.

Half Time Score: Portland Timbers 0-1 Orlando City SC (Larin 30)

Shots: Portland Timbers 5-7 Orlando City SC

Possession: Portland Timbers 49%-51% Orlando City SC

2nd Half:

45 mins: Caleb Porter brought in Jack Jewsbury for George Fochive to try to get a foothold in the game and work their possession game better in the 2nd half.

54 mins: Darlington Nagbe springs through the center of the Orlando defense but gets too much under the ball and scoops the shot over the bar from 20 yards out. That was a real chance for the home side to get back on level terms. Caleb Porter decides that it’s not working for Rodney Wallace today and brings on Dairon Asprilla to bring some more youth and pace into the attack.

68 mins: With Orlando City SC taking the foot off the gas and the Timbers obtaining better possession of the ball the home side squander a couple of half opportunities as first Adi puts a header over the bar from 8 yards out and then both he and Urruti have shots blocked by a resilient Orlando defense.

71 mins: The Timbers now beginning to come forward in waves and Nagbe springs through the center and slides in Asprilla who hits a first time shot that Ricketts manages to get glove to as it was heading towards the top left hand corner of the goal. Portland are just unable to find the back of the net now as they are slowly turning up the heat on the Orlando City defense.

77 mins: Darlington Nagbe again slid in a fine pass and this time it found Urruti 10 yards from goal but once again there is an Orlando leg outstretched to block the artillery being fired in. The home side had created plenty of good half chances in this 15 minute spell but were just unable to get around an excellent display at the back for the away side. Liam Ridgewell 2 minutes later performs a Cruyff turn to the delight of the home fans who had little to cheer about thus far.

82 mins: One last throw of the dice for Caleb Porter as he went 3 at the back and took off Jorge Villafana for Gaston Fernandez.  

85 mins: PENALTY! Kwarasey brings down substitute Carlos Rivas and then saves it from Kaka but the referee insisted that there was some infringement and orders the penalty to be retaken to the dismay of the home fans and Caleb Porter. Second time around, Kaka makes no mistake and makes it 2-0. Portland Timbers 0-2 Orlando City SC.

90 mins: A wonderful turn by Jorge Villafana and he takes on 3 Orlando defenders but his shot is saved by former Timber Donovan Ricketts. Moments later Gaston Fernandez fires in a curling shot that just goes wide. The home side certainly had some chances in the second half but were just unable to convert them.

Summary:

After a cagey first 10 minutes or so, Orlando City got into their passing game and controlled the first half as if they were the home side looking calm on the ball and Kaka seemed to be enjoying himself with some excellent vision and passing. The 4-4-2 formation that had suited Portland so well in the games against the Vancouver Whitecaps (even through defeat they had 66% of the possession) and FC Dallas, did not work well against the extra man in midfield in a side that thrives on possession like Orlando City.

With Diego Valeri and Club Captain Will Johnson still out injured, there was just a slight lack of drive and creativity through the Timbers midfield and being outnumbered made it difficult for the as little was created by the home side in the first half due to the pressure on the ball by Orlando. Coach Porter did some tinkering at half-time and Jack Jewsbury helped to obtain a higher share of possession and there was a 15-20 minute spell where the home side looked the most likely to score but the penalty kick with 5 minutes to go killed off the game. Credit to Orlando City, they came with a game plan to gain possession and frustrate and 2007 FIFA World Player Of The Year Kaka excelled in his role.

It will be interesting to see if Coach Porter sticks with the 4-4-2 for the next game at New York City or if he will revert back to the 4-2-3-1 formation.

Full Time Score: Portland Timbers 0-2 Orlando City SC (Larin 30, Kaka 85 Pen)

Shots: Portland Timbers 18 – 14 Orlando City SC

Possession: Portland Timbers 53% – 46% Orlando City SC

 


Posted by Mark Henty on 04/12/2015 at 4:10 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | DISCUSS | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
Portland Timbers 3-1 FC Dallas from Providence Park
Nat Borchers heads home the Timbers opening goal.
Portland Timbers 3-1 FC Dallas from Providence Park

Major League Soccer - Providence Park

04/04/2015: Clear, 10C/50F

Attendance: 20,814

Pre-game records: Portland Timbers (W0-D3-L1) vs. FC Dallas (W3-D1-L0)

The traditional handshakes before the game.
Starting Line-ups:

Portland Timbers – GLK Adam Larsen Kwarasey, DEF Alvas Powell, DEF Liam Ridgewell, DEF Nat Borchers, DEF Jorge Villafana, MID Rodney Wallace, MID Diego Chara, MID George Fochive, FWD Darlington Nagbe, FWD Maximiliano Urruti, FWD Fanendo Adi. Formation: 4-4-2.

FC Dallas – GLK Chris Seitz, DEF Matt Hedges, DEF Atiba Harris, DEF Walker Zimmerman, DEF Zach Loyd, MID Michel, MID Victor Ulloa, MID Fabian Castillo, MID Ryan Hollingshead, MID Tesho Akindele, FWD David Texeira. Formation: 4-2-3-1.

Game 5 of the MLS season:

After a beautiful, dry day in the Rose City, the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas took to the field staring at different ends of the MLS league table early doors with the Timbers only mustering 3 points from their first 4 games despite 3 goals already from Fanendo Adi and FC Dallas looking strong atop the Western Conference with an unbeaten record and 10 points already on the board.

Many would argue that the Timbers have been unlucky in their first few games with injury time despair at home to the LA Galaxy (to snatch away a Timbers victory) and away to the Vancouver Whitecaps (whom the Timbers dominated in terms of possession and passing but just could not get the result). Caleb Porter had plenty of confidence in his team going into this game, firmly believing that they could get the 3 points and he went with the 4-4-2 formation used at Vancouver as it worked extremely well in terms of possession. Coach Porter said in the run up to this game after a frustrating start to the season that “The best medicine for what we are feeling is a win”.

FC Dallas came into this game brimming with confidence with their somewhat surprisingly lofty position atop the MLS league standings after impressive wins against San Jose (1-0), Sporting KC (3-1), and the Philadelphia Union (2-0), plus a decent draw against the Seattle Sounders. Preseason form did not point to such a good start but this side has performed well and 24 year old Blas Perez had already netted 3 goals in 3 games. FC Dallas had scored 6 goals in their first 4 games and were looking to poach another victory at a place where away wins are hard to come by.


Match Highlights:

1st Half

7 mins: With the Timbers looking comfortable in possession, Darlington Nagbe dribbles his way through a 40 yard run and knocks it wide left to Rodney Wallace who, with Urruti and Adi waiting in the penalty box, wastes the chance to put in a good cross and FC Dallas clear. 5 minutes later, Wallace chests the ball done nicely and hits a volley but it deflects of the Dallas defense through to the keeper safely.

15 mins: David Texeira appears to throw an elbow to the nose of Liam Ridgewell and Texeira is booked as Ridgewell receives treatment. Texeira to be fair appeared to have his eyes on the ball and it was more clumsy than malicious.

19 mins: The first real chance to FC Dallas as Castillo puts a ball through for Akindele but Kwarasey read the play brilliantly and comes out to grab the ball from the midfielder’s feet.

GOAL 23 mins: The Timbers win a corner and Jorge Villafana swerves in a fine cross from the right hand side and Nat Borchers nets his first goal for the Timbers! Portland Timbers 1-0 FC Dallas.

Borchers heads home the first goal
Offside 25 mins:
Fernando Adi breaks free through the FC Dallas defense and strikes low at goal and Chris Seitz pulls off an excellent save and sprays the ball to his right and Urruti is there to convert but is offside from the original shot.

GOAL 30 mins: FC Dallas score themselves from a corner kick as Michel crosses from the left side an out swinger and it is met by Tesho Akindele to slot it home from close range and make the game all square at 1-1. Portland Timbers 1-1 FC Dallas.

42 mins: From an FC Dallas corner, Fanendo Adi heads the ball clear to Diego Chara who breaks and gets the ball wide to Darlington Nagbe who then scuffs his shot wide of the left hand post. Excellent work by Chara. Nagbe might usually show more composure there.

45 mins: Some excellent footwork from Alves Powell as he cuts in from the right at the edge of the penalty box and he is fouled by Ryan Hollingshead. It’s an excellent position for a left footer but Rodney Wallace’s free kick is fired just over the bar.

Half Time Score: Portland Timbers (Nat Borchers 23) 1-1 FC Dallas (Tesho Akindele 30)

Shots: Portland Timbers 7-4 FC Dallas

Possession: Portland Timbers 54%-46% FC Dallas

Timber Joey revvin' her up
2nd Half:

50 mins: Urruti is through but it’s a very tight angle and he fires the ball straight to the hands of the Dallas keeper. The Timbers started the 2nd half with some extra zeal in an attempt to regain the lead.

56 mins:  A poor and accidental back pass from Diego Chara slips through Ryan Hollingshead for FC Dallas but he is unable to get the ball under control and Kwarasey sprints out to collect the ball from the feet of the wide man.

GOAL 63 mins: Some excellent work from George Fochive as he wins the ball and Nagbe goes on a mazy run toward the penalty and slips it through to Asprilla who crosses to Maximiliano Urruti who volleys it high into the net from close range. Portland Timbers 2-1 FC Dallas. Darlington Nagbe once again carving a way through the FC Dallas defense and causing them all sorts of problems.


84 mins:
As FC Dallas push people forward with little real threat, the Portland Timbers are breaking well and often and this time its Fochive driving through the midfield and his pass cannot quite reach Adi who would have been through on goal.

85 mins: FC Dallas win a corner and Zach Loyd climbs all over Nat Borches and gets a decent header onto it and Kwarasey gets a hand on it and tips it onto the crossbar.

GOAL 87 mins: As FC Dallas file men forward Diego Chara steals the ball close the halfway line a prods it to Adi who returns the favor and Chara runs through on goal and slides the ball to the left of Chris Seitz and the home side go 3-1 up to the delight of the majority of the capacity crowd.  Portland Timbers 3-1 FC Dallas.

Chara slots home the Timbers 3rd goal. 

Summary:

The Portland Timbers have played better than their 3 points from 4 games had eluded to but tonight they came out and played the 4-4-2 like they had been playing it for years. Borchers and Ridgewell looked solid at the back, if a little war scarred from the game, Chara and Fochive were excellent in the center of midfield as the engine of the team and Nagbe and Wallace threatened often throughout the game supplying some good chances to Urruti and Adi. 

The 3-1 score line was not flattering to the Timbers who had more possession and more shots on goal and Caleb Porter deserves credit for going again with the 4-4-2 formation that dominated Vancouver away, even though they were unfortunate to lose that game. With Valeri and Captain Johnson yet to come back from injury, things are looking positive for the Portland Timbers who finally got their first win of the season tonight.


Full Time Score: Portland Timbers (Borchers 23, Urruti 63, Chara 87) 3-1 FC Dallas (Akindele 30)
Possession: Portland Timbers 49%-51% FC Dallas.
Shots: Portland Timbers 12-8 FC Dallas.

The home fans go nuts after the third goal. 

The home scorers receive their prize from Timber Joey


Posted by Mark Henty on 04/04/2015 at 9:42 PM - PERMALINK | EMAIL | DISCUSS | PRINT | RSS  Subscribe
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