Holding The High Line: Tim Howard Retirement Analysis

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Podcast (January 24, 2019) – Hello Rapids Fans! This week on Holding The High Line, we’ve got interviews for you! Rabbi and Red start off by discussing Tim Howard announcing his retirement. We then break down what Kellyn Acosta’s early departure from United States Men’s National Team January Camp.

Holding The High Line: Tim Howard Retirement Analysis

Then with a short week, Matt has sit downs with some key players in the Rapids Development Academy. First, he talks U-12 and youth development with Antii Ronkanen of the GA Cup Champion Rapids U-12 squad. Then he discusses general academy operations with Brian Crookham. The two break down the the evolution of the Rapids DA over the years, what the future holds, and Crookham’s new role as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC GM.

Howard/Acosta talk: 0:00 – 27:04
Antti Ronkanen interview: 27:04 – 48:35
Brian Crookham interview: 48:35 – 01:17:40

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Matt Pollard is the Managing Editor of Last Word on Soccer and an engineer by day. A Colorado Convert, he started covering the Colorado Rapids as a credentialed member of the press in 2016, though he’s watched MLS since ’96. When he’s not watching or writing about soccer, he’s being an outdoorsman (mostly skiing and hiking) in this beautiful state or trying a new beer. For some reason, he thought that starting a podcast with Mark was a good idea and he can’t figure out how to stop this madness. He also hosts Last Word SC Radio.

Mark Goodman, the artist formally known as Rapids Rabbi, moved to Colorado in 2011. Shortly thereafter he went to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, saw Lee Nguyen dribble a ball with the silky smoothness of liquid chocolate cascading into a Bar Mitzvah fountain, and promptly fell head over heels in love with domestic soccer. When not watching MLS or coaching his son’s U-8 team, he’s generally studying either Talmud or medieval biblical exegesis. Which explains why he watches so much MLS, probably. He covers the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL for Pittsburgh Soccer Now. He also writes for American Soccer Analysis.

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