Rank #1: Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 01/16/21
(00:00-01:47) - It is a special edition of Soccer Saturday this week with the announcement Thursday about Tyler Pasher being transferred to the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. Greg previews this week's guest lineup and the show.
(04:49-18:10) - Tyler Pasher's Head Coach in Martin Rennie joins the program to walk you through the process of Pasher being transferred from the Indy Eleven to Houston, how Tyler first came onto his radar when Rennie was hired as the new head coach of the team, and revisits his decision on moving Pasher to an attacker.
(21:11-29:40) - The man who this episode is dedicated to in Tyler Pasher joins the show to explain when he started gaining wind that he would have the chance to move back to Major League Soccer, what makes him most excited about this opportunity with the Houston Dynamo, and what the last two and a half years in Indianapolis has meant to him.
(32:42-45:06) - Glenn Davis, voice of the Houston Dynamo, joins Soccer Saturday to share his thoughts on the impact that Tyler Pasher will have on his new squad, what opportunities Pasher will have in this upcoming season, and then spends a little time with Greg overlooking the rest of the roster construction.
(48:07-56:32) - In the final segment of the Tyler Pasher edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg spends some time crowd sourcing the Brickyard Battalion Facebook Page with their favorite Tyler Pasher moments during his time with the Indy Eleven.
Jan 17 2021
Rank #2: Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 01/09/21
(00:00-03:50) - Greg Rakestraw is back with the first live edition of Soccer Saturday of the 2021 calendar year! In the opening segment of today's show, Greg makes you aware of the announcement the Indy Eleven made in regards to Eleven Park and previews the rest of the show.
(06:52-19:06) - Head Coach Martin Rennie is the first guest of the 2021 slate of Soccer Saturday to share how he is handling having extra time on his hands between the end of the 2020 season and start of the 2021 season, give his thoughts on bringing back Karl Ouimette for a fourth season with the club, and breaks down the latest signing to the team in Rece Buckmaster.
(22:08-34:07) - Defender Karl Ouimette joins the program today to elaborate on why he decided on wanting to come back to the Indy Eleven for the fourth consecutive season, what it means to him to call Indianapolis his home for multiple years, and how he plans to ramp up his training without having a date set in stone as to when the new season will start.
(37:09-46:33) - Another former IU soccer player in Rece Buckmaster joins the program following his signing with the Indy Eleven to share his emotions in signing with the club, how he ended up in Memphis last year after being released days before the start of the season with Red Bulls, and what kind of response he has received from his friends and family after signing with the Boys In Blue.
(49:34-56:44) - In the final segment of the first 2021 live edition of Soccer Saturday, Greg spends it sharing some news about soccer players with Indiana ties moving teams, biggest news in MLS of Mark McKenzie switching from Philadelphia Union to Genk in Belgium, and recaps/previews some of the FA Cup matches.
Jan 09 2021
Rank #3: Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 12/26/20
(00:00-00:55) - Greg Rakestraw introduces the final 2020 edition of Soccer Saturday and we close out this year with the annual Best 11 Moments, but this year it is the Best 11 Moments of the Indy Eleven's franchise history.
(03:57-17:47) - Greg brings his in broadcast partner for life in Brad Hauter recapping the 2020 season for the Indy Eleven and go through the best moments eleven through nine in Indy Eleven's franchise history.
(20:48-31:20) - Greg and Brad guide you closer to the top moment in franchise history of the Indy Eleven by providing you their eighth through sixth favorite moments.
(34:21-44:12) - In the second to last segment of the program, Greg and Brad continue discussing the best moments in Indy Eleven history by announcing moments five through three.
(47:13-58:06) - In the final 2020 segment of Soccer Saturday, Greg Rakestraw and Brad Hauter spend it by sharing the top two moments in Indy Eleven franchise history.
Dec 26 2020
Rank #4: Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 12/19/20
(00:00-03:16) - In the final regular edition of Soccer Saturday before the Best Eleven Moments episodes come your way the next two weeks, Greg shares the latest news since last week around the Indy Eleven, and previews the conversations that he will have throughout the show.
(06:17-17:07) - Earlier in the week, Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie joined the Ride With JMV and Greg Rakestraw replays that interview where Martin talks about when the Indy Eleven will get back on the pitch, how they’re adjusting to an offseason and managing the roster without seeing players in person, and actually signing players that they find in the teams tryout open to the public.
(20:08-35:57) - Greg's broadcast partner for life in Brad Hauter returns to Soccer Saturday to share his thoughts about each of the returning pieces that Martin Rennie's team has coming back and how the young and inexperienced players can improve from year one with the Boys In Blue to year two.
(38:59-53:46) - MLS.com's Matthew Doyle joins the program today discussing the Columbus Crew's MLS Cup win last weekend, how he suspects some of the things that came with 2020 will not disappear in 2021 from a soccer standpoint, and the lasting impact of 2020 going into the 2021 season impacting vendors, communities, and fans in general.
(56:48-57:40) - Greg wraps up today's edition of Soccer Saturday by thanking all of his guests and reminding you that next week's edition of Soccer Saturday will feature the Best Eleven Moments of the Indy Eleven's franchise history.
Dec 19 2020
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Rank #5: Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 12/12/20
(00:00-01:21) - In the short segment to open up the show, Greg previews today's jam packed guest lineup.
(04:23-20:57) - Goalie for the Indy Eleven in Evan Newton to share the process of playing with New York City FC for the remainder of the Major League Soccer season, what it means to him and his family being with the Indy Eleven for a couple years now without having to worry about moving, and why he keeps one jersey from each club that he plays for.
(23:50-34:16) - The newest member of the Indy Eleven Jared Timmer is returning home for the first time professionally since graduating from Butler describing if that was a factor into his decision of signing with Martin Rennie's club, whether or not the members of the Reno franchise knew last year was going to be the final year for the organization, and shares what position he and Coach Rennie have discussed him playing for this season with the Indy Eleven.
(37:18-53:43) - Jonathan Smith from 97.1 The Fan in Columbus, Ohio joins Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw discussing the Columbus Crew's MLS Cup match against the Seattle Sounders today, where Columbus Crew soccer falls in the ranks of sports teams in the state of Ohio, and how the Crew are moving towards downtown Columbus.
(56:44-57:42) - In the final moments of today's show, Greg spends his short amount of time thanking all of guests.
Dec 12 2020
Rank #6: Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 12/04/20
(00:00-01:33) - As the off-season of the Indy Eleven continues, Greg previews his conversations with some new signings and returning members to the club that he will have later on in the show.
(04:36-14:23) -Head Coach of the Indy Eleven in Martin Rennie re-joins the program to discuss the re-signings of some Indy Eleven players, but the main portion of Rake's conversation with Coach Rennie involves breaking down the first new member of the Indy Eleven in Cal Jennings, and what the next couple of weeks look like from an activity standpoint of signing players to contracts.
(17:24-24:59) - The newest member of the Indy Eleven who is coming off an exceptional season from Memphis 901 in Cal Jennings to discuss what made Indianapolis such an attraction for him to come play next to Tyler Pasher, how many players that are on the roster that he knows or has played with in the past, and what has impressed him the most in playing for Martin Rennie.
(28:02-42:08) - With the MLS Cup Finals next week, the voice of the Columbus Crew in Chris Doran returns to Soccer Saturday discussing the sense of appreciation that broadcasters have for fans now that they were taken away, why Gyasi Zardes has been so consistently good since leaving the LA Galaxy to go to Columbus, and whether or not Zardes is going to stay long term since his interest is mainly coming from MLS teams as a result of him being 29.
(45:10:59:07) - Jay Wetzel from Union Jack Pub to describe the last couple of months as a worked at in the restaurant industry, the current protocols the pub is underneath in order to maintain business, and when soccer matches became a big deal now that soccer culture has started to grow and become much more stronger in Indiana.
Dec 05 2020
Rank #7: SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 11/28/20
(00:00-03:06) - Greg Rakestraw welcomes you in with another edition of Soccer Saturday by previewing today's show, announces which six players will be back with the Indy Eleven, and the unfortunate news surrounding the news of Diego Maradona.
(06:10-22:17) - The head coach of the Indy Eleven in Martin Rennie makes a return to the program to discuss the recent re-signing and acquisitions of players between last week's show and this week. Also, Coach Rennie discusses coming back for his 4th season as the lead man of the Eleven.
(25:18-37:08) - After re-signing to join the Indy Eleven for a second stint with the team, Carl Haworth joins the show to explain the difference between a Canadian Thanksgiving to a Thanksgiving in the United States, what it was like spending roughly nine months away from home for one of the first times in his career, and his feelings on playing with Tyler Pasher and Ayoze versus playing against them.
(40:11-54:19) - Greg Rakestraw takes you behind the curtain following a conversation with the lead soccer announcer for FOX Sports in John Strong discusses the Men's National Team two matches a couple weeks ago and shares a couple stories about the soccer icon that we lost on Wednesday in Diego Maragona.
(57:20-58:07) - With very limited time in the final segment of today's show, Greg spends it thanking everyone who made today's show possible.
Nov 28 2020
Rank #8: SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 11/21/20
(00:00-03:19) - Greg Rakestraw returns for another edition of Soccer Saturday and opens the show in typical fashion previewing the rest of the show and teases how you will hear some Indy Eleven news next week on the show regarding the roster for the upcoming season.
(06:23-18:00) - Maura Gladys from American Tifo joins the show to discuss her latest piece profiling Peter Evans, what it means to her reporting on the still how new Major League Soccer is for fan culture because people are still discovering soccer and which team someone wants to follow, and what was unique about Peter's story that she discovered in the process of writing the story about Peter Evans.
(21:01-38:16) - Following his conversation with Marua Gladys, Greg Rakestraw heads to the archives to replay an interview he conducted with Peter Evans from April 14, 2018. The conversation Rake had with Peter covers when he discovered his love for soccer, how he first caught wind of the possibility of a soccer club coming to Indianapolis, and how he felt walking into Union Jack Pub seeing his face up on the wall.
(41:18-46:11) - In 2019 it was Josh Penn going from the Indy Eleven back to IU, now it's Patrick McDonald going from training with the Indy Eleven to IU, and Greg Rakestraw shares other news from an NCAA soccer perspective about Gary Yohe's wommen soccer team at Marian winning the Crossroads League Championship following their 2-0 victory over Grace to compete in the NAIA National Tournament in April/May.
(49:12-57:11) - Greg wraps up today's show by sharing how big time superstar athletes are buying ownership in soccer clubs across the world and the number of celebrities that are apart of the Seattle Sounders Ownership group. Greg also briefly discusses the performance the Men's National Team had against Panama earlier this week.
Nov 21 2020
Rank #9: Soccer Saturday - INDY ELEVEN for 11/14/20
(00:00-04:55) - Greg Rakestraw introduces the show and talks about what is coming up on the show today. He brings up that the USA Mens National Team news and what is going on in the world of soccer at the moment.
(07:55-20:06) –Greg Rakestraw talks with former Indy Eleven Player Ben Speas who announced his retirement this week and what is ahead in his life. He talks about what all went into the decision to call it a soccer career. He talks about his proudest moment of his soccer career.
(23:06-35:48) – In this segment, the owner of Wood Warbler Coffee, Jeff Canada, talks about the new Indy Eleven blend Coffee. He talks about how this blend came together and how you can get the bag to brew at home.
(38:48:-52:00) – Greg Rakestraw talks about the latest news surrounding the US Men’s National Team and the first time they have played since February. It is their longest break since 1986-1987. Also the latest scheduling news regarding the Men’s National Team with the Gold Cup and World Cup Qualifying schedule in 2021. He also talks about how if there was a cycle to have a fall World Cup, its good that it came during the same cycle as a break and delayed status due to the Global Pandemic.
(55:00-56:43) - In the final segment of the show Greg Rakestraw, updates the Premier League table and the look ahead to the MLS Playoffs.
Nov 14 2020
Rank #10: SOCCER SATURDAY - INDY ELEVEN for 11/7/20
(00:00-04:30) - Our first November edition of Soccer Saturday with Greg Rakestraw kicks off with Greg reciting the high school soccer programs that won state earlier this week and previews the conversations he will have throughout the show with his guests for today.
(07:33-19:29) - Phil Presser from the USL Academy makes a return to the program to elaborates on the schedule for the USL youth/amateur league for the Indy Eleven, what it means to have so many young athletes that can play some minutes here and there at the Indy Eleven's disposal, and what it's like knowing you have so much space at Grand Park in Westfield to train young athletes.
(22:30-43:06) - Gerg's broadcast partner for life in Brad Hauter makes another appearance on Soccer Saturday to go over what his fall has been like from a coaching standpoint with his DePauw Tigers soccer program, what he would like to do outside of the conference portion of the schedule, and discusses how there was not an USL Championship this season as a result of COVID-19 complications for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
(46:08-53:29) - Fort Wayne FC's Dr. Eril Magner what the preparations have been like inside the office and around the community with the knowledge that they are bringing a soccer team to Fort Wayne and how he feels about taking the pitch in six months when their season starts.
(56:30-58:50) - In the final segment of today's show, Greg recaps some of the matches that took this week in the Champions League.
Nov 07 2020