As part of Everton’s pre-season preparations, the Blues will be heading to the United States to compete in the International Champions Cup later this month.
Today, of course, is America’s national Independence Day holiday - so to mark the occasion and to celebrate the Toffees heading Stateside, we have produced a very special podcast.
It features popular former Everton striker Brian McBride welcoming the Toffees across the pond.
McBride, who spent a short spell on loan at Goodison Park back in 2003, is hoping to cover one of the Blues’ matches in the International Champions Cup as part of his role with FOX Soccer, and talks about how important it is for Everton to capitalise on the love of the Premier League out in the States.
With the US national team closing in on World Cup qualification, McBride also has his say on just how important it would be to reach the 2014 tournament, and how key Tim Howard has been to Jurgen Klinnsman’s side all but reaching Brazil.
The second guest on the podcast – Cody Arnoux - didn’t have the same kind of impact as McBride but nonetheless holds his time at the Club in high regard.
Arnoux played a handful of games for the reserves during a season long stay four years ago and was left with good impressions.
Since leaving Everton, the now 25-year-old Arnoux has played for both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Real Salt Lake in the MLS and currently turns out for home town team the Wilmington Hammerheads.
He is another who is relishing the chance to watch their former Club in action closer to home, and he speaks warmly about his time on Merseyside.
To listen to both Brian and Cody, simply click on the play button below.