Episode 18 of the Quakes Cast is a bonus show that features two special interviews. First up is an excerpt from the press conference when U.S. Men’s National Team and 1994 World Cup hero Paul Caligiuri was in San Jose to promote the upcoming World Football Challenge match between Manchester City and Club America at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Paul was kind enough to touch on a variety of subjects, including his memories of playing at Stanford against Brazil on July 4, 1999, and his critique of the American system of developing young soccer talent. The Almanden Brit played host to the presser, so the background noise should be familiar to the pub crawlers in our listening audience.
In the second half of this bonus episode of the Quakes Cast, Center Line Soccer’s Jay Hipps joins Robert and Kelly to talk about the history and importance of Major League Soccer's Supporters Shield. Not too long ago on this show, the hosting trio touched on the trophy that is annually awarded to the MLS team that finishes the regular season with the best overall record. Given his involvement when MLS was founded in promoting the idea of a regular season championship award, we asked Jay to give us a more detailed look at the genesis of the award and why it is so important to MLS going forward. Jay also discusses his ideas for enhancing the importance of the Shield, which he outlined originally in his column. Thanks for listening to this special episode and check back soon for the next Quakes Cast.
(Paul Caligiuri is honored at halftime of the San Jose Earthquakes match on July 2, 2011, as Stanford Stadium. Photo: Joe Nuxoll, centerlinesoccer.com)