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 26 - Mark Donaldson, ESPN commentator and Hearts fan

Jan. 18, 2023

We talk to the hilarious and fascinating Mark Donaldson, long-time ESPN commentator. We talk to editing radio with a knife, the first team ever to beat the New York Cosmos and writing four sports books. He tells us about his…

Matchday 25 - Kevin Baxter, LA Times soccer reporter

Sept. 21, 2022

We talk to LA Times soccer writer Kevin Baxter. We talk the battle for LA supremacy, the rise and fall of LA Galaxy and his love of Manchester City - and his car. He tells us about his reluctant move away from baseball repor…

Matchday 24 - Adam Richman, Spurs superfan, Grimsby shareholder and former Man vs Food host

Aug. 21, 2022

We talk to the effervescent Adam Richman, former host of Man vs Food and a true football lover. He tells us why he chose Spurs, why he bought shares in Grimsby and why he is the shirt sponsor of charity football side Broadle…

Matchday 23 - Ivor Heller, Commercial Director AFC Wimbledon

Aug. 15, 2022

We talk to legendary AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director Ivor Heller. He talks about the franchising of the club, his involvement from day one and why he fell in love with Wimbledon. He describes the chance sponsorship deal wi…

Matchday 22 - Ajay Nwosu, CEO Teqball USA

July 28, 2022

We talk to ex-player, entrepreneur and now Teqball CEO Ajay Nwosu. He explains what Teqball is, why David Beckham loves it and how the best women can beat international male players. He tells us how many MLS, Premier League …

Matchday 21 - Adrian Healey, veteran broadcaster and Austin FC’s lead commentator

July 5, 2022

We talk to British veteran broadcaster Adrian Healey. He talks about his time calling games for the New England Revolution, ESPN and now Austin FC. We talk about the birth of MLS, PKs vs penalties and the importance and joy …