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Glenn Davis joins The Bench to talk World Cup

Glenn Davis joins The Bench to talk World Cup
You can catch Glenn Davis' show Soccer Matters on ESPN 97.5 on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Glenn Davis/Twitter

Soccer Matters’ host, Glenn Davis, talks World Cup with The Bench’s Lance Zierlein and guest host Adam Wexler. Is the US not making the World Cup a setback? How can the US prepare to host the World Cup in eight years? Glenn discusses the new way of officiating and why he thinks a traditional soccer power will leave Russia with a World Cup. To listen to the full interview click here.

You can hear John Granato and Lance Zierlein on The Bench weekdays from 7-9am on ESPN 97.5 and SportsMap 94.1 radio. You can also watch on espn975.com.

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