USA Portugal, 2014: Howler’s World Cup podcast on the U.S. draw and Mexican coach Miguel Herrera. Plus: Special guest Steve Nash.
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Howler’s World Cup podcast on the U.S.-Portugal draw and Mexico’s exuberant coach. Also: Guest Steve Nash on his love of soccer.


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Throughout the World Cup, Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen will have a special treat: a podcast extra from our soccer-obsessed friends at Howler Magazine.

In today’s episode of Howler’s World Cup podcast, David Goldblatt, Danny Karbassiyoon, and George Quraishi break down the USA-Portugal draw: the goals, the defensive errors, and the scenarios for advancing through the group stage. Alexander Abnos reports from Manaus as he continues to follow the American camp on assignment for U.S. Soccer. The panel shares a few observations on the U.S national team’s biggest rival: Mexico. George talks to Dr. Christopher Gaffney, a college professor and journalist in Rio de Janeiro, who shares an update on the protests and social movements across Brazil. The panel also discusses racism and homophobia in World Cup stadiums. Finally, George talks to two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash about his love for the beautiful game ahead of the seventh annual Showdown, his foundation’s charity soccer match in which Nash is joined on the pitch by NBA and international soccer stars.

Here are links to some of the topics mentioned on the show:

Podcast production and edit by Matthew Nelson and Ryan Catanese.

You can email the Howler crew at

David Goldblatt was born in London; lives in Bristol, England; and teaches in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer and Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer.

Danny Karbassiyoon is a former American soccer player who has suited up for Arsenal, Ipswich Town, and Burnley. He is currently an Arsenal scout and co-founder of

George Quraishi is founder and editor of Howler, a magazine about soccer. During the World Cup he is editing

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