With the World Cup coming to a close, ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman joined the AA podcast this week.
Twellman and Ben Heisler chatted about this summer’s World Cup, covering it without highlights for ESPN, his media career, the USMNT, concussions, and much more.
- 6:05 – His “summer internship” experience with Van Pelt on SC & “Drawing the World Cup”
- 10:20 – The one goal he had when he was doing his SVP SC hits
- 11:02 – Was there any benefit for the USMNT not being in this year’s World Cup for the viewers?
- 15:40 – How far out is the U.S team from positioning themselves into being legit WC contenders consistently?
- 19:20 – Who first inspired him to play soccer + his family’s unique athletic background
- 23:00 – How he never expected to enter the media and who helped him get started as an analyst
- 25:00 – His perspective on hot take culture in sports talk
- 27:15 – Has he done a 180 on any strong opinion he’s had recently?
- 32:54 – Working with as many talented broadcasters as he has at ESPN
- 36:52 – The ThinkTaylor Foundation and helping educate the public on head injuries and concussions
- 40:42 – Can soccer become a more “safe” sport?
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