Meet Nathan Terlesky, one half of the soccer-loving duo that chats about FC Edmonton and other football-related matters on the Loyal Company of the River Valley podcast.
In this hockey-mad city, other sports tend to get short shrift in the media, even for Alberta’s only professional soccer team. But that creates an opportunity for the hardcore fans to fill the gap with their own commentary and reporting. While Nathan has noticed more mainstream attention lately , those stories are still aimed at a general audience. The podcasters and bloggers can go deeper, and offer the fan’s-eye view of the game. Nathan and his co-host Adam clearly relish providing that service.
We had a great conversation about the origins of the podcast’s name and its Fear No Foe motto; the challenges of keeping a podcast going when your co-host moves away; and juggling a day job and family responsibilities with a regular podcast that involves a lot of sports-watching.
I should note that FC Edmonton’s record has improved since we recorded the podcast; the team is at two wins, two draws and two losses as I write this.
Here are Nate’s local recommendations:
- The 11, Canada’s online soccer magazine, edited by Edmonton’s Steven Sandor;
- For Kicks, a podcast and Tumblr that covers the Canadian Women’s National Team and the NWSL;
- Field Turf of Dreams, Tobias Oliva’s passionate blog about soccer. Tobi and Nathan also do soccer commentaries on RabbleTV;
- The Edmonton Supporters Group, the fan group, which is also on Twitter: @fcesg;
- Free Footie, the free soccer league for kids organized by Tim Adams. Here’s the Treaty 6 ball that Nathan mentioned.
Nathan also recommended a couple of other Canadian podcasts: From the Black Hole and The Canadian Soccer Experiment. If you’re interested in any podcasts for specific NASL teams, hit him up on Twitter. He is @jediknightnate and Adam is @_adamdh.
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Musical credits: Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 2 No. 1, played by Daniel Veesey, from freemusicarchive.com.