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From the Pitch – Outside the Box Podcast: Episode 4

By JAKE FENLASON and AUSTIN MARTZ, Saint Louis FC, 06/23/18, 5:29AM EDT


46-year veteran of the broadcast booth steps Outside the Box to drop history lessons, World Cup insight

So is this thing on?

The Outside the Box Podcast returns as Saint Louis FC teammates Jake Fenlason and Austin Martz are joined by the living soccer encyclopedia that resides in the club's commentary booth, Bill McDermott.

A two-time collegiate national champion at Saint Louis University himself, no one understands the city's central role in the history of the sport in America than "Mr. Soccer."

McDermott also details his unique path to his seat behind the mic and how one phone call took him away from selling snacks branded by an elf, instead steering him towards a decorated career that has spanned five decades and has led some to even don him the "Morgan Freeman of soccer announcing."

A veteran of a number of FIFA World Cups as a member of the media, McDermott recounts the impact of the United States playing the role of hosts in 1994, while also exploring the impact of the event returning to the continent in 2026.

For a wealth of rich, first-hand soccer knowledge as well as some fun with unfortunate pronunciations and the debatable trivia prowess of soccer players, hit the play button below.



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