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Author: Julian Gressel & Fabian Herbers

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Soccer, life in the US, and everything in between. Germans, Julian Gressel (DC United) and Fabian Herbers (Chicago Fire), first competitors now friends, share their weekly experiences on and off the field as they manage their way through the Major League Soccer season. Get an inside perspective of their personal lives, cultural challenges, and their German view of the beautiful game - pragmatic, honest & direct.
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The Fire Card

The Fire Card

2021-11-2328:00

Thank you to all zee loyal listeners. The first year is in the books. In this “surprise” episode, we announce the winners of the two jerseys - a special thanks to all who donated to Zee Soccer Fund. More than $1500 came together to help kick childhood cancer. Fabi played the Fire card to get his girlfriend a Visa for Germany. Meanwhile Jules, aka Matthew McConaughey, is getting ready to be the best thanksgiving host for his wife’s family. The Fire have a new unofficial head coach, which is discussed in this episode as well. Find out what other offseason plans the two MLS players have, and why Fabi will show up with a mask for preseason 2022. Happy thanksgiving. Happy holidays. Happy new year. We’ll be back soon.
Bent & Broken

Bent & Broken

2021-11-0948:58

Zee final episode of the year has us talking about the finish of the regular season in MLS. Fabi clarifies how the boycott in Chicago wasn’t really a boycott while Julian tries to explain why DC United missed the playoffs by one point. We will both start our off-season now, but we had to give our end of season MLS awards along with our Best 11s before going on numerous trips throughout the next few months. We also wrap things up with Zee Soccer Fund, giving the final tally and where we intend to donate the money to. We encourage everybody to join us in donating to a great cause! Thank you for all the support throughout the year, it’s been a lot of fun and we intend to be back next year for some more content from your favorite Germans in MLS!
Hi Im Donovan (Pines)

Hi Im Donovan (Pines)

2021-11-0234:40

As the end of the regular season approaches the share some stories from the weekend. Julian hosted his first ever annual halloween party with all DC players and staff. Fabi shares his frustration with the German embassy in the attempt of applying for a travel visa for his gf. On the field, there was some frustration as well. DC’s playoff hopes shrink as they couldn’t get a result vs The Crew. Fire losing 1:0 at Yankee Stadium. Winners of the week are NYCFC who are taking care of business at the end stages of the season. A lot to play for next weekend. Stay tuned for Decision Day madness and keep rooting for DC!!
Thunderbuddies

Thunderbuddies

2021-10-2640:03

Thunderbuddies Freddy & Julian are joined by Fabi to talk about the horrible week for DC United and the very good week for the Chicago Fire. Yankee Stadium once again wasn’t nice to DC and Jules walks us through their big loss against NYCFC. Fabi on the other hand collected 6 out of 6 this past week and might have a couple reasons for why all of a sudden the Fire are playing better. We debate about the vaccination status of Joshua Kimmich and how Germany compares to the US in regard to the COVID vaccine. Also, since they released some more salary data we ask ourselves if a salary cap structure would work in the Bundesliga or Europe as a whole. We certainly have some ideas. At last, congratulations to the New England Revolution on winning the Supporters Shield! 
Hand at Task

Hand at Task

2021-10-1936:11

First off, apologies for canceling Zee Pod last week! To make up for it, this week’s episode is packed news, inside stories, and slip of the tongues (see title) from Fabi. Find out why DC players are having a halloween party in Jules’ backyard. Gressel also provided inside info on the new training facility and how it compares to other MLS teams. The Fire player is providing and injury update and in search for meaning in this last stretch of the season. Lastly, a Bundesliga update and how we think a bad team like Greuther Fürth would do in MLS.
Who Needs Assists?

Who Needs Assists?

2021-10-0536:11

Last week, the Chicago Fire relieved their head coach of his duties, strangely after a rare win. Fabi reacts to the news and tells us how he found out, how the locker room reacted, and what is next for the Fire. In DC, Jules finally scored his first goal of the season and backed it up by scoring another the next game. They won one and lost one and are staying right in the tight playoff race. It was a good week for Zee Soccer Fund and Bayern also lost, keeping the Bundesliga quite tight at the top. Also, we support you NWSL players!! 
Leagues Cup

Leagues Cup

2021-09-2835:25

What’s up Soccer Pod Fans, we are back with another episode. Today you’ll hear all the details about Zee Soccer Fund (in support of childhood cancer), so keep cheering for us as that will contribute to the fund. For example, just this weekend Jules contributed with his stellar performance in the 4:2 victory over Cincy including 3 assists, man of the match AND team of the week $80 alone. Fabi tied 0:0 against Nashville, but maybe he can learn a bit from Jules as he played the same position. Also, Julian and DC is responsible for another coach being fired as Cincy let go of Jaap Stam. Moreover, we talk about the new Leagues Cup and give our opinions on stopping the season for a month long tournament. Lastly, the two players got into a bit of an argument because of some Bundesliga send offs.
Zee Soccer Fund

Zee Soccer Fund

2021-09-2135:08

9 games to go in MLS and the race for the playoffs in the East is very tight! Unfortunately, the Fire couldn’t find a way into the mix this past week with two losses while DC United is right in the thick of it. We cover all of our games this past week, including ZeePodDerby and an emotional return to Atlanta for Jules! Most importantly, we created ‘Zee Soccer Fund’ to start giving back to the community through this platform (more details to follow). At first though, we spoke a little bit about Formula 1 racing, especially about Michael Schumacher and how his documentary made us think back to our youth. Lastly, the Bundesliga stays tight with Ws from both Bayern and Dortmund, while Leipzig is a bit slacking behind.
22 and Parcheesi

22 and Parcheesi

2021-09-1434:27

What’s up folks! Exactly 20 years after the tragic terror attacks from 9/11 Jules headed to New York to play the Red Bulls. The two share their stories of how they experienced and remembered the day as little boys in Germany. In a typical “Red Bull game”, DC managed to steal a point on the road after a slow start. An even slower start had Fabi with the Fire that lost 2:0 in Kansas City. The playoff race is tightening up with Miami and Atlanta’s strong performances over the weekend. In addition, the players describe a how the team travels and how much money Fabi usually loses playing cards with his teammates. Lastly, Zee Pod Derby is coming up, so find up why Jules is going to call at 2pm on Wednesday right before the game. Thanks for the loyalty guys. We appreciate it!!!
Chubby Jules

Chubby Jules

2021-09-0734:49

Happy Labor Day! Slower week in terms of MLS play, but that didn’t slow us down. We were both able to enjoy our off weekend, which in general is a big sacrifice for us pro soccer players as well as our families. However, Fabi actually skipped a game in the past to attend his sisters wedding (Shoutout Jim Curtin!!). Obviously some on the field talk can’t be missing, so we give our take on the start of World Cup Qualifying for the US Men‘s National Team, the craziness that went down in Brasil vs. Argentina, and Germany‘s return to its old self (maybe?). Oh, MLS was worth maybe 2 minutes, as well. Enjoy!! 
Happy Off-Days

Happy Off-Days

2021-08-3134:24

Happy off-days! A successful weekend needs to be celebrated. Jules with a dominant 3:1 victory over Philly did a wine tour with his friends; Fabi went to a concert after breaking the 20 away game winless streak with a 1:0 win at the Red Bulls - Ironically after the worst travel day that the Fire had experienced in the past 2 years. The Germans talk American sports and what other sports they enjoy watching (Jules all, Fabi none). Furthermore, the two talk about how the Premier League has gotten more attractive than the Bundesliga over the past years, and how the Blockbuster signing of Ronaldo to ManU could change the dynamic in the Prem. Even Jules prefers watching English football over his FC Bayern…
We are back, even after a terrible week for both the Chicago Fire and DC United on the field. We speak about all those Ls, how Fabi didn’t ask for Higuain‘s jersey again, and what Julian thought of seeing some of his old teammates. We certainly didn’t agree with some of the players selected for the All-Star game! We question how much it really is about the best performing players or if it’s getting almost too political. Meanwhile in the Bundesliga, Fabi is scared Dortmund is on the same path as the past few years while Julian had other things to worry about on Saturday morning. Finally, don’t be German and spread positivity people!!
Melatonin & MOTM

Melatonin & MOTM

2021-08-1734:00

Late night chats with Fabi and Jules. Just hours after their respective games, zee two Germans sat down to talk about their efforts. The Fire player, aka Man of the Match, put in a shift for the Fire to beat the Crew while the DC player noted another assist to his account at tough 5:2 loss in Nashville. Other MLS topics include late game penalty drama for the Red Bulls, evolving quality striker for NYCFC, and blasting Sounders past Portland. Also, don’t miss Julian trying to give Fabi advice on how to win away games… Moreover Bundesliga started and the two give not so surprising predictions of who will be Champion this year. Lastly, will Messi win the Champions League with PSG? Fabi says NO.P.S. Wanted: Marketing intern to help us out on social media and uploading Zee Pods.
Miles Robinson

Miles Robinson

2021-08-1039:31

What a great week for the pod going undefeated in a total of 6 games. 5 points for the Fire and 7 for DC United has us in a good mood for the quick recap of our games. However, today’s episode is all about the USMNT’s Gold Cup star, Miles Robinson. Listen in to find out why this win against his former coach (Tata Martino) means a lot to him, and how he thinks those years (‘17 & ‘18) being a backup in Atlanta actually helped him accelerate his development in the last couple years. We talk about how Frank DeBoer trusted him from the start, which gave him all the confidence for an impressive 2019 season. He also gives a good look into what itu was like to be coached by Gabriel Heinze on & off the field. In terms of what’s the next step in his career,  he said one thing: “Dream big, they might just come true."
My Name is Not Herbs!

My Name is Not Herbs!

2021-08-0342:25

Congrats to the US Men’s National Team on winning the Gold Cup! Getting their 2nd trophy in as many months against Mexico is certainly worth celebrating. We obviously also speak about our two very similar ties, both the Fire and DCU ultimately coming away with a good point on the road each. Fabi shares a little how traveling with a ‘world-famous’ Bastian Schweinsteiger turned out to be and some other funny team related travel stories creep into the episode, too. In the end, the olympics got us to Simone Biles and from there we talked a bit about our own experiences with mental health and the issues that still remain in locker rooms regarding that topic.
F**k Cancer

F**k Cancer

2021-07-2738:45

What’s up everybody! Another Pod - today with mixed feelings. While DC is picking up points with Julian’s stellar performance the Fire are struggling and Fabian is raging about Toronto’s time wasting. Gressel - aka Mr. Man of the Match - talks how he has been confronted on the field during Zee Pod Derby. The two reveal their favorite cleats of all time in today’s fan question (keep questions coming!!!). Lastly,  on a more serious note, Julian has lost his friend Owen who suffered from cancer. We encourage you all to donate what you can to help eradicate Childhood Cancer.  F**k Cancer!
Zee Angry German

Zee Angry German

2021-07-2041:47

What’s up Pod-Fam! #ZeePodDerby is coming up and we got another friendly bet. Like always we talk about our past games and all around MLS. Do not miss the ALL inside stories from Atlanta United. Where did Heinze turn wrong? Why did he limited water intake for players? And what did Tata do differently back in the days to get the best out of Atlanta United and Josef Martinez. Don’t miss the radical rule changes that the Fifa is testing at a youth tournament in Europe. We break them down for you. Lastly, find out why Fabi is the angry German and Julian the nice one.
Mr. Worldwide

Mr. Worldwide

2021-07-1341:17

Ciao Bella! Italy are champions and Julian won the bet. There is your EURO 2020 recap…. jk! Obviously we dive into the EURO a bit deeper and talk about our positive and negative standouts. In MLS, the Fire added another W while DC only played some soccer golf. However, Fabi had 3 days off where he decided to be very spontaneous. He even (kind of) ditched his girlfriend, while Jules was left extremely jealous. Messi FINALLY won his international trophy, the Gold Cup has started and we keep on rolling into a busy month ahead. Any lawn tips, please reach out to Julian. Thanks!
Happy 4th of July. In celebration of the holiday weekend in the US, Jules and Fabi decided to give back: 10 combined goals, 6 points for zee Pod, and two happy Germans in front of the mic. The two discussed their respective celebrations and other memorable games in the past. Let’s not forget about Canada though. The players talk about Montreal nights out, and Chris Armas parting with Toronto FC. What do the two Germans have to say about the disappointing loss vs England? Who has impressed the most from the Germany squad? And are Bonucci and Chiellini the best center back duo in the world?
The weekly therapy session commences as we talk about the past 2 games for the Fire and DCU. Combined we managed to pick up 2 out of possible 12 points, then you add a flat tire and missing some crazy EURO games to the mix and that certainly doesn’t help the overall mood. We pushed through, however, and certainly discussed good & not so good performances throughout MLS, as well as EUROs top stars that already exited the tournament. Also, AUF GEHTS DEUTSCHLAND!!
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Markus Hauer

Very interesting, already looking forward to heated discussions after the direct matches !

Apr 14th
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