America the Beautiful Game

America the Beautiful Game

America the Beautiful Game is a podcast about soccer in the US and its relationship with Europe. Each week Dan Rutstein, a former sports journalist and diplomat and now head of International at Orange County Soccer Club, sits down with a new guest to discuss the sport and its growth in this country. We have current and former players, coaches, administrators and those from industries linked to soccer - betting, data, marketing and more.
America the Beautiful game is a chance to see soccer in the US from a new angle. Please join us.

Recent Episodes

Matchday 19 - Jim Piddock, actor, writer, Crystal Palace fan

Nov. 3, 2021

I talk to actor, writer, producer and transatlantic football fan Jim Piddock. Jim tells us about attending the first ever Galaxy game (with an actor on the bench), the first LAFC game and how much American soccer has moved o…

Matchday 18 - Sanjit Atwal, data-led sports marketing expert and co-founder of Halfspace

Sept. 15, 2021

Statistics, data and innovation in sport. We talk to Sanjit Atwal, the co-founder of award-winning agency Halfspace. We discuss data-led marketing in sport, how far behind the industry is compared to e-commerce and how he is…

Matchday 17 - Rob Kiernan, Orange County, Rangers, Watford

Sept. 8, 2021

We talk to Orange County Soccer Club defender Rob Kiernan. The former Rangers, Watford and Wigan player talks about making the transition to the US, his memories of playing at Ibrox and helping the next generation of young U…

Matchday 16 - Richard Chaplow, Orange County SC interim head coach

Aug. 25, 2021

We talk to former Burnley, West Brom, Ipswich and Southampton midfielder Richard Chaplow. Now interim head coach at Orange County SC of the USL, the former England U-21 international talks about taking the reins in Californi…

Matchday 15 - Paul Hardyman, coach, FA Cup finalist

July 21, 2021

We talk to Paul Hardyman, on secondment with Orange County SC from Rangers. He compares youth development in the US and in the UK, talks about the key lessons for young players and why he's taken on the challenge of working …

Matchday 14 - Richard Hyde, British diplomat

July 16, 2021

We talk to Richard Hyde, the British Consul General based in Texas. A keen Liverpool fan, he talks about England's defeat to Italy, the racism that followed the game but then the outpouring of support that followed. We talk …