NASL Podcast Episode #37 with Special Guest, Eric Wynalda
Welcome to episode #37 of the IMSoccer News North American Soccer League Podcast.
This week I’m soloing as I interview the newest coach in the NASL, Eric Wynalda.
On Sunday night, the rumors became a reality and Atlanta Silverbacks head coach Alex Pineada Chacon was let go after a dismal 1-8-5 start to the season. Chacon had replaced José Manuel Abundis last winter who ended the 2011 season with a 4-20-4 record.
Silverbacks Director of Soccer Rodrigo Rios was also released after a cumulative record of 5-28-9 under Rios’ guidance.
On Monday morning the Silverbacks announced the former US National Team player and FOX Soccer analyst Eric Wynalda had been hired to right the listing ship. Wynalda’s new role will include both interim coach and team advisor.
Wynalda talks to IMS about his new deal with the Silverbacks and explains what his role is and his appreciation to Atlanta for giving him a chance to coach and advise. He says his main mission is to find a full-time coach and reveals to IMS that he thinks he has already found the person for the job and the details just need to be worked out.
The California native also says he is looking for players in Atlanta who are hungry. “They have a saying in Mexico, your belly is full, meaning you have no desire,” said Wynalda. “I need to go find some kids that haven’t eaten for a week. That’s what the next month is all about. You know me, I’m going to be honest and sometimes I let the cat out of the bag a little early, but I am going to bring in some players I’m familiar with in Cal FC.”
Please join me with the always interesting and always entertaining Eric Wynalda.
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