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The SBI Show: Episode 55 (Previewing USMNT-Honduras, talking Chivas USA, and more)

Eddie Johnson


The U.S. Men’s National Team will look to take a step closer to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final when they take on Honduras tonight in Dallas in the semifinals, and the latest episode of The SBI Show takes a closer look at the match-up.

Episode 55 of The SBI Show breaks down the U.S.-Honduras semifinal, as well as looking at the Mexico-Panama semifinal, which are both set to be played in awful field conditions in Dallas.

Co-Host Garrett Cleverly and I also discuss the scathing HBO Real Sports segment on Chivas USA, and allegations of racial discrimination being made against the Los Angeles-based club.

We also talk about Clint Dempsey’s situation at Tottenham (and yes, we were off by a day on when the Sunderland-Tottenham friendly in Hong Kong was. It was played Wednesday morning). We also run our usual SBI Show Q&A as well.

Give the show a listen after the jump:

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What did you think of the show? Agree with our take on the Chivas USA mess? See Panama beating Mexico in the Gold Cup semifinals? Confident the U.S. can get past Honduras and reach the Gold Cup final?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. How about interviewing someone from PRO who can address the poor quality of officiating in MLS and what’s being done (if anything…) to address that problem. As a fan, every game for the past several years seems to leave me feeling like it’s getting worse instead of better, and the league seems to be trying to pin it on the players and coaches (such as with the mass confrontation rule the league imposed this year) rather than recognizing that in a lot of those situations, the reason they’re so up in arms is that the ref screwed up in a serious way and they’ve got a legitimate complaint. How are referees’ performances evaluated and how (if at all) does that impact a referee in terms of suspensions, fines, and selection for future assignments? It seems to me and a lot of the MLS fans I’ve discussed this topic with that whatever’s in place is insufficient, and maybe these refs need a strong disincentive to be as poor as they’ve been on a maddeningly frequent basis not only this season, but over the last several.

  2. Sorry but based on how Honduras been playing group stages and QuarterFinal they have struggle and lucked out with COsta Rica. I just dont see Honduras doing much

  3. Over the course of the SBI Show, Garrett has grown on me. I didn’t like him at first, but now I enjoy listening to him.

  4. Has anyone else seen the pictures of the field for the games tonight? It looks awful and they laid the gra$$ directly onto the concrete evidently. Embarrassing pitch from what I have seen of it.

  5. Off topic, just check out this quote from Spurs website regarding the friendly they played against Sunderland today:

    “Jozy Altidore took a delightful touch to play the ball into the path of Cebral who slid a shot into the corner of the net as the first half ended 1-1.

    Sunderland should have taken the lead immediately after the break when Altidore, an increasingly large influence on the game, swivelled and scuffed a shot into substitute Brad Friedel’s arms from only six-yards out with the goal gaping.”

  6. Are you guys done with having guests? Seems like the Gold Cup would be a nice time to check in with some of the euro-based guys we don’t hear much from. I think Stu or Mix could be interesting interviews, in particular.

  7. LOL, just LOL at Ives’ prior assertions that Chivas USA rampantly discriminating at its employees gives rise to no legal problems because it is no different than a Mexican restaurant employing Mexican employees.

    Ives, I appreciate your work 90% of the time, but leave the law to the lawyers.

    • Kev, the key issues Chivas USA is facing heat for now relate to how they went about making changes. Their heavy-handed, sloppy and inconsiderate approach early on is costing them now. Without those clear-cut blunders, Chivas USA wouldn’t be facing the problems they face now. Their mistake wasn’t establishing a stronger Mexican influence in the club, but trampling on people’s civil rights with blatant examples of discriminatory behavior. That is the charge being made now.

      When I made the comments I made back then I wouldn’t have expected Chivas USA to make the kind of mistakes they made. Now they’ll probably pay the price for that, as they should.

    • Chivas’ errors gave guys like Riley a case. But the allegations must still be proven, and I personally think that will be extremely difficult. Chivas’ clumsy actions made this less of sure thing from their side of the equation but they’re still in relatively decent shape from a legal perspective. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a settlement either, just to get it over and done with.

  8. The fact that the field at one of the most expensive stadiums, if not, THE most expensive stadium in the country makes me sick. You are hosting a regional, international, tournament. This is not a friendly. What the hell. Field conditions should not be an issue in this country, makes me so mad.


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