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Long-running American soccer show covering the USMNT, Premier League, Champions League, MLS, and more. If you enjoy analysis and silliness in equal measure, we're the podcast for you.

Episode Date
Allocation Disorder: Nashville drops out, player protests, and Thierry Henry getting frustrated. MLS is Back!
00:43:45

Paul and Sam catch up on some news, including Nashville dropping out of the tournament and the subsequent group realignments that have been necessary, as well as the multiple player protests that have taken place thus far.

They then move on to actual soccer being played, including Thierry Henry's frustration with his players, the intensity of the Orlando v Miami game, the overall quality of play (or occasional lack thereof), and much more!

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Jul 10, 2020
What's going on at Wigan, the worst team that could accommodate both Messi and Ronaldo, and more listener questions
01:04:40

2:50 - What is going on at Wigan and are we buying into the conspiracies

13:04 - What does it mean when someone says a player is playing with his back to goal?

19:48 - Why don't leagues retroactively change results of a game when they admit that there was a mistake?

24:06 - Was Emile Heskey good?

33:35 - Assuming there are no chemistry issues, what is the worst team Messi and Ronaldo could team up and win the UCL with?

42:28 - What club soccer team would win a special tournament where all offensive players switch to defense, and defense to offense, but midfielders and goalies stay the same?

53:11 - Tottenham really seemed to be on the up, challenging in both England and abroad. What is the key reason they didn’t turn out like Liverpool?

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Jul 09, 2020
Christian Pulisic analysis and appreciation special, plus: What happened to Stoke City?
01:09:46

First, if you're interested in MLS, then please subscribe to our superb spinoff show MLS Assist. You won't be disappointed.

Here are your timestamps for today's show:

2:50 — Has Christian Pulisic been Chelsea’s best player since the restart?

9:15 — What exactly is Pulisic doing that's so effective?

23:45 — What exactly is involved in "arriving late?"

31:10 — Didn't Pulisic used to play right wing?

33:40 — What happened to Werder Bremen? How did they almost get relegated?

44:35 — What happened to Stoke City?

56:15 — Should Gio Reyna play as a striker for the USMNT?

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Jul 09, 2020
MLS is Back preview with Joe Lowery
00:50:28

MLS Assist is now a separate show, please go and subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts. MLS Assist will be publishing daily episodes throughout the MLS is Back tournament, so you can stay on top of the action

In this episode of TSS, Daryl talks to MLS Assist co-host Joe Lowery about what he and Jordan Angeli have planned, which teams are best equipped to handle the crazy kickoff times and Florida weather, and which players are worth keeping an eye on in Orlando.

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Jul 07, 2020
Allocation Disorder Emergency Pod: FC Dallas withdraws from the MLS is Back tournament
00:22:38

Paul and Sam are on the phone for their first ever emergency pod. Sound the alarm!!! FC Dallas have withdrawn from the MLS is Back tournament. What happened, where do we go from here, and how many more positive tests have there been?

Jul 07, 2020
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: most exciting English players, Lewandowski for the Ballon d'Or, and Barcelona's new look
01:00:41

0:00 - An unplanned conversation about witnessing lobbed goals in person

3:30 - Manchester United continue their winning ways and we ponder which teams in the world could stand to do without the services of Bruno.

13:08 - The most exciting young English players that have Ryan feeling happy fizzles

15:16 - New sponsor alert! Today's episode is brought to you by Artifact! Go to heyartifact.com and you can get $40 off your first Artifact with the code “TSS”

16:51 - A quick round-up of some of the biggest results in the Premier League this weekend, plus where does Bukaya Sako fit for Gareth Southgate?

22:28 - DFB Pokal Final: Bayern Munich win, Kai Havertz looks lonely, and should Robert Lewandowski be a Ballon d'Or candidate?

31:09 - Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos scores as Madrid grind closer to the title

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43:12 - Villarreal v Barcelona: a new formation should have Barca fans feelings better

53:08 - Serie A round-up, featuring Milan getting back to winning ways as we wonder what it would take to get the masses enthusiastic about Serie A again

 

Jul 06, 2020
NWSL Challenge Cup updates and analysis w/ Kim McCauley
00:36:00

Taylor talks to Kim McCauley about all-things NWSL Challenge Cup. How have the Houston Dash turned things around so emphatically, which two teams (if combined) could compete with the North Carolina Courage, Julie Ertz's best (and natural) position, and much much more! Near the end of the show, we also get into the positive and negatives of CBS's coverage. 

You can find more from Kim here.

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Jul 06, 2020
Jeremy Ebobisse discusses the formation of the Black Players Coalition of MLS, as well as life in the Orlando Bubble
00:36:57

Taylor talks with Jeremy Ebobisse of the Portland Timbers and the USMNT about a wide range of issues, including why the BPC initially formed, what their short, medium and long term goals are, and why feel good moments can't be prioritized above long term battles. Plus, why it's okay to keep binge-eating Ben and Jerry's and why MLS probably won't stop you from doing so.

And here's a slink to the piece Jeremy wrote which was mentioned several times in the interview.

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Jul 05, 2020
Manchester City v Liverpool abbreviated review, plus the Scottie Pippen of soccer, American Golden Generations, and more listener questions
01:07:16

Up front, it's Manchester City v Liverpool: Guards of Honor, Phil Foden is the new David Silva, and Pep changes things up (maybe with an eye towards next season?)

After that, we've got listener questions, including who is the Scottie Pippen of soccer, when can we talk about the USMNT having a Golden Generation, 5-aside tactics, and much much more! And! If that's not enough, we close out with some Scouting Network updates.

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Jul 03, 2020
Allocation Disorder: "This thing is happening" MLS is Back remains on schedule, despite COVID concerns
00:42:39

Paul and Sam discuss the latest news regarding the MLS is Back Tournament, including the situation with FC Dallas, the increasing number of positive tests, and the challenges of getting all the teams to Orlando as safely as possible.

Around 25:44, the guys move on to a discussion/explanation of why exactly the tournament is happening, as well as the decision making process that has led to the league reopening.

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Jul 03, 2020
A good, long look at Man Utd's attack, Chelsea's defense, Arsenal's patterns, Everton's solidity, plus: McKennie on the move and more
01:28:35

We ask ourselves four Premier League questions, then answer four questions from listeners:

Man Utd’s 3-0 win over Brighton means they’re now 15 games unbeaten. How seriously should we take them? Are they 2020-21 title challengers? If not, why not?

Christian Pulisic was great again, but why did Chelsea concede three goals and lose to West Ham?

Arsenal now won three in a row (Southampton, Sheff Utd (FA Cup) and Norwich). What are they doing right? Any commonalities among goals scored?

Are Everton good now?

LISTENER QUESTIONS:

Did NWSL made a mistake by signing a TV rights agreement that places their games behind a paywall?

Should Weston McKennie stay at Schalke next year? If he moves, which EPL club would be an ideal destination?

Which teams are being promoted from the Championship? What does the race for those spots look like? Also, of the teams that are coming up which ones are most likely to do well?

Who has the authority to make the five substitutions rule permanent?

Take a look at this highlights reel of Brentford FC's Said Benrahma in action 

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Jul 02, 2020
What's gone wrong at Barcelona and where do they go from here? Plus more La Liga updates w/ Graham Ruthven
01:02:49

Graham Ruthven is back on the pod and his whiteboard of zingers is ready to go! We go deeeeep on the situation at Barcelona: what's gone wrong, who can fix it and why has their recruitment strategy (or lack thereof) been so erratic? Plus, Real Madrid stay both dominant and consistent, Simeone finds a solution to his attacking problems at Atletico, and Valencia do their best to make Barcelona look like a well-oiled machine.

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Jul 01, 2020
How Liverpool FC won the Premier League: all your questions answered
01:18:58

We asked for your Liverpool title win questions and you did not disappoint. In this episode, we answer as many as possible. Hope you enjoy!

The Guardian story referenced: Liverpool's new boot room

MLS Assist has flown the nest! Subscribe to the MLS Assist solo feed via Apple Podcasts

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Jul 01, 2020
MLS Assist: 10 Very Specific Predictions for the MLS is Back tournament
00:49:45

From where you'll see the most attempted dribbles to who will receive the most through balls, Joe and Jordan offer 10 very specific predictions for the upcoming MLS is Back tournament

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Jun 30, 2020
Weekend Review: 4 strong semifinalists in the FA Cup, Sargent scores, Real Madrid's spine is stronger than Barcelona's, and the NWSL is back!
00:59:04

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1:45 - Norwich v Manchester United: why were the commentators using golf voices?

10:09 - Leicester v Chelsea: Frank "Substitution King" Lampard strikes again

16:52 - Which semifinal matchup is most intriguing?

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23:03 - Werder Bremen avoid direct relegation as Josh Sargent scores

27:53 - Stuttgart are back in the Bundesliga with an American in charge

32:17 - Celta Vigo v Barcelona

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42:31 - Espanyol v Real Madrid: that back heel. So good.

48:59 - The NWSL Returns and Lynn Williams will not be contained!

Jun 29, 2020
Liverpool FC are Premier League Champions! Plus: Christian Pulisic's best game so far for Chelsea
01:07:48

Lots to discuss, timestamps below:

0:55 — Congrats to LFC!

3:30 — Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 World Cup

6:50 — Turner says no thanks to the UEFA Champions League

14:15 — Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace — match review in the form of Liverpool's greatest hits

25:05 — Chelsea 2-1 Man City — match review with a focus on Christian Pulisic because we can't help it

LINK: Read Snaves' newsletter here 

45:55 — The title race is over, but here's why we'll keep watching the Premier League

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QUESTIONS:

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Jun 26, 2020
Allocation Disorder: MLS is Back schedule and Covid-19 updates
00:43:54

0:00 - MLS is Back/Covid updates: with more positive tests around the league and the overall state of Florida, will the tournament definitely happen? 

23:45 - What to be excited about once the tournament kicks off, including an actual schedule and Orlando City (potentially) going all the way!

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Jun 26, 2020
Serie A roundup w/ David Amoyal: Crazy Inter returns, Sarri and Juventus still not vibing, and how the pandemic will impact the Italian transfer market
00:43:33

There's live soccer happening again in Italy, which means it's time for a refresher with our pal David Amoyal of The Calcioland Pod. We discuss why Sarri is still unpopular despite Juventus being top of the table, how Antonio Conte is trying to calm down Inter Milan, and why that Panic/Arthur swap makes more sense than you might think. Plus, Zlatan, exciting youngsters, Italian national team updates, and much more!

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Jun 25, 2020
NWSL Challenge Cup preview w/ Kim McCauley
00:40:04

Taylor talks to Kim McCauley (All for XI) about the structure of the Challenge Cup following Orlando's withdrawal, before moving on to talk about each team's strengths and weaknesses (only one of those applies to North Carolina). They also discuss the best players in the league, the best players in the league that you might not be familiar with, and why Julie Ertz is the ideal draft pick.

You can find more of Kim's work over at All for XI, a women's soccer community.

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Jun 24, 2020
MLS Assist: An MLS is Back Extravaganza!
00:59:15

0:00 - The details and pertinent info for the MLS is Back tournament

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16:58 - The structure of the tournament and its inherent imbalance

Then some Quick Hits on the individual groups:

21:44 - Group A

24:29 - Group B

26:46 - Group C

28:21 - Group D

30:19 - Group E

31:47 - Group F

33:37 - Go to GetRoman.com/TSS for a free online visit

34:57 - Individual player news, featuring LGP, Andy Najar, Federico Higuain, and more

48:34 - Answering some listener questions

Jun 23, 2020
Can I Kick It co-hosts Elliot Barr and Chenier Durand II are telling the stories of Black soccer icons
00:37:01

Elliot Barr and Chenier Durand II are co-hosts of the new podcast Can I Kick It, which celebrates and tells the stories of Black soccer players, coaches, and other important figures.

The first three episodes focus on DaMarcus Beasley, Wendie Renard, and Lincoln Phillips.

Listen to Can I Kick It Here via Apple Podcasts or find slinks to other podcasts apps here.

Did you hear Elliot mention the Richmond 34? You can read about them here.

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Jun 23, 2020
Weekend Review: Pulisic and Reyna shine, Arsenal don't, and Real Madrid go top
01:14:15

0:00 - Aston Villa v Chelsea: give Pulisic the Ballon d'Or now?

11:22 - West Ham v Wolves: Adama Traore. That is all.

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20:10 - Brighton v Arsenal. and a lengthy debate on the strength of Arsenal and their continued signing power

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42:15 - Everton v Liverpool: why wasn't this the goal fest we all hoped for?

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52:51 - Real Sociedad v Real Madrid: a panel review of the game's "controversial" decisions

1:02:22 - Leipzig v Dortmund: give Reyna the Ballon d'Or now?

Jun 22, 2020
Jordan Ferrell and Edreece Arghandiwal of the Oakland Roots discuss reopening in the Coronavirus era
00:50:37

Taylor is joined by Jordan Ferrell (head coach) and Edreece Arghandiwal (co-founder/CMO) of the Oakland Roots to discuss, amongst other things, reopening in the midst of a global pandemic, the role that sports  can play in furthering the Black Lives Matter movement, how the team is helping to give back to the community (on and off the field), and the best starting point for people who want to want to like jazz.

You can find out more about the Oakland Roots via their website or you can check out all their outstanding merchandise options here.

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Jun 20, 2020
Deep-dive review of Spurs vs Man Utd, aka Pogback II: The Bruno-ing, plus: Norwich vs Southampton
01:09:06

At the top of the show we discuss the Black Players Coalition of MLS. For more on the BPC, follow @BPCMLS on Twitter

Then we get detailed on the tactical setups and goal breakdowns as we review Spurs vs Man Utd

Finally, a bit like Norwich City, we cower before the power of Southampton's pressing system

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Jun 20, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Will MLS teams play the kids in Orlando? And what's happening at the Vancouver Whitecaps?
00:54:48

Mark Pannes is out as Vancouver Whitecaps CEO after just six months, and sporting director Axel Schuster has stepped up to absorb Pannes' old job. Sam and Paul take a long look at the situation, and then at wider trends in MLS front offices

In the second half, Sam and Paul examine why more MLS teams don't play the kids and to what extent it's wise to do so, as well as offering some informed speculation about what the approach will be for the Orlando tournament in July

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Jun 19, 2020
The Premier League is back! Aston Villa-Sheffield United and Manchester City-Arsenal reviews
00:56:36

2:14 - We have a schedule for the Champions League!

4:31 - Aston Villa v Sheffield United AKA How Hawkeye dropped the ball

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21:58 - Man City v Arsenal: why no Ozil? What were Arsenal trying to do? Is David Luiz aware that he's still paid to do this?

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36:55 - More on City-Arsenal, including breakdowns of 2 of the 3 goals, injury updates, and Pep Guardiola pouring salt into wounds.

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Jun 18, 2020
The Premier League returns! Here's what to watch out for
01:47:53

We highlight the players, stories, tactical trends and more to keep your eye on as the Premier League makes its long-awaited return to our screens on Wednesday and beyond.

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Jun 16, 2020
MLS Assist: 10 Americans in MLS who could (and should) make the move to Europe
01:07:52

This week, your intrepid hosts return to discuss which Americans could (and should) make the jump to Europe. The rules, as with last week:

  1. Players must have been with their current team for at least one season
  2. No players on loan at their current MLS team
  3. They must be under 26 years old
  4. No more than 2 players from any one team can be on the lists

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Jun 16, 2020
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Barcelona and Real Madrid are back to their winning ways while Bayern Munich inches closer to the title
01:05:07

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4:48 - Barcelona v Mallorca

14:50 - Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid

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23:10 - Real Madrid v Eibar

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37:50 - Bayern Munich v Gladbach 

46:04 - Dusseldorf v Dortmund AKA Haaland Strikes Again!

48:51- Coppa Italian semi-finals

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57:39 - Updates on the return of the Premier League, plus what Ryan will be keeping an eye on in the first week back.

Jun 15, 2020
La Grande Inter vs Lippi's Juventus — why Helenio Herrera's team was more than just catenaccio
00:52:19

We step back in time to profile Helenio Herrera's catenaccio-loving, but not nearly as defensive as you think, Inter team that won two European Cups in the 1960s, followed by Marcello Lippi's relentless Juventus team of the 1990s.

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Jun 15, 2020
Allocation Disorder: MLS is back! Analysis, excitement... and a little confusion
00:46:18

Sam and Matt provide some necessary updates regarding the 2020 MLS Is Back tournament. Who went into what group and how will it all be structured? Plus, which teams should be nervous, who should be the most pleased, the absurdity of a Zoom draw, and the overall schedule of the tournament... which will have many, many people losing sleep, for a variety of reasons.

Quick TSS scheduling note: the next International Champions' Champion Cup of History episode will be recorded this Sunday and will be out that evening.

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Jun 12, 2020
La Liga returns! Sevilla-Real Betis review, plus why Man United need to be more selective with the Number 7 shirt
01:01:20

1:20 - Sevilla v Real Betis review AKA Set Pieces, Set Pieces

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19:49 - Why have all the players who have worn the Number 7 shirt (post-Ronaldo) at Manchester United struggled?

32:59 - Why are some European Men’s Leagues returning but not women’s leagues?

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43:07 - What fringe USMNT veterans would you be comfortable calling in if an injury crisis hits right before qualifying?

52:25 - How did Miroslav Klose become the Men's World Cup all-time leading goalscorer?

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Jun 12, 2020
Benny Feilhaber talks in depth about his USMNT career: 2009 Confederations Cup, 2010 World Cup, and 2017 in Couva
01:20:42

Benny Feilhaber is a very patient man. The former USMNT midfielder answered all Daryl's questions about his international career, his first call-up, that Gold Cup final goal, Bob Bradley's tactical instructions, the lack of consideration from Jurgen Klinsmann, and the final few minutes of 2018 World Cup qualification. 

Benny also talks about BSI: The Podcast, the show he runs with Sal Zizzo and Ike Opara. We 100% recommend that you listen, because there is no other soccer podcast where players talk as openly as they do on BSI.

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Jun 11, 2020
MLS Assist: 10 players who could (and should) make the move to Europe
01:01:56

Joe and Jordan name 10 MLS players who could and should move to Europe. But, there are conditions to being on Joe and Jordan's Future Transfer List:

  1. No USMNT-eligible players, because that's next week's show
  2. Must have bee in MLS at least one year
  3. No loanees
  4. Must be 26 or younger
  5. No more than two players per MLS team on the list

And here are the timestamps:

6:30 — Latif Blessing (LAFC)

12:40 — Eddie Segura (LAFC)

17:20 — Julian Gressel (DC United)

25:10 — Franco Escobar (Atlanta United)

29:45 — Artur (Columbus Crew)

36:40 — Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United)

42:30 — Milton Valenzuela (Columbus Crew)

48:45 — Valentín Castellanos (NYCFC)

53:05 — Mauro Manotas (Houston Dynamo)

57:25 — Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo)

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Jun 09, 2020
Who is the Michael Jordan of soccer? And what if the US had qualified for the 2018 World Cup?
01:30:56

It's listener questions! Got one for us? Please submit here

Timestamps:

0:00 - Weston McKennie continues to take a stand and US Soccer might make a rule change

8:24 - Who is the Michael Jordan of soccer?

18:31 - Who will be the next Most Divisive player on the USMNT, and why?

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29:41 - What would have happened if the US had qualified for the 2018 World Cup?

43:47 - Who are our 5 favorite pure playmakers of all time?

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58:36 - Where does the USMNT head coaching job fall in the global pecking order? And what about the USWNT?

1:14:26 - What would it take for small-to-medium to have a chance in the Champions League?

1:17:47 - Why do we want Tyler Adams to eventually become the USMNT captain?

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Jun 08, 2020
Premier League schedule, Timo Werner to Chelsea, plus profiles of Eusebio's Benfica and Man Utd's treble-winners
01:43:33

Timestamps!

1:10 — Tony Sanneh on racism in the United States. This clip is excerpted from Tony's interview with Grant Wahl. For the full episode listen to Fútbol with Grant Wahl

4:30 — Premier League schedule is out! Get ready for June 17. Here's the full listing.  

9:35 — Profile of Benfica, 1962

39:25 — Profile of Manchester United's 1999 treble-winning team

59:45 — Benfica '62 vs Man Utd '99

1:12:30 — More soccer player protests (Bedoya, Shaqiri, Socrates, Cruyff)

1:29:04 — If the rumored move for Timo Wener goes through, who should be more worried about his spot in Chelsea's lineup: Christian Pulisic or Tammy Abraham?

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Jun 06, 2020
Soccer and politics in South America, with George Quraishi
01:10:36

This is the third episode of the TSS Book Club. Daryl and George Quraishi are working their way through David Goldblatt's book "The Age of Football: Soccer in the 21st Century."

In this episode we talk about chapter three, titled From The Left Wing, focused on the intersection of politics and football in South America.

We also briefly discuss George's recent change in employment. Why would anyone voluntarily stop being the managing editor of The Athletic's Soccer section?

Lots of slinks from today's show! Here they be:

Fútbol with Grant Wahl

Artifact (George's new project!)

Why Are The Soccer Hooligans Of Argentina Killing Each Other?

Buy The Age of Football via independent book shops or via Amazon or via Kindle

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Jun 05, 2020
Allocation Disorder: The drama behind the scenes of MLS returning to play
00:45:07

On today's episode of Allocation Disorder...

0:00 - Paul and Sam share their thoughts on the current state of the country

13:17 - Getting into the nitty-gritty of the negotiations that led to MLS returning to action, as well as the factors that nearly led to a work stoppage

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Jun 04, 2020
"I didn't steal the penguin. I borrowed him" Lutz Pfannenstiel on his illustrious playing career and enhancing the scouting network at Fortuna Dusseldorf
00:42:02

Taylor talks to Lutz Pfannenstiel about the many ups and downs of his playing career, his philosophy when it comes to scouting and roster construction, and the value American players represent in the Bundesliga. Plus, how he managed to bring in Zack Steffen, and why it's best not to end up in a Singapore prison.

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Jun 03, 2020
Can the USMNT win the World Cup in 2026? Plus: soccer player protests, prized memorabilia, and more
01:29:46

It's listener questions! Got one for us? Please submit here

Timestamps:

1:40 — Black Lives Matter

9:05 — Can the USMNT win the 2026 World Cup?

21:15 — Use code SOCCER at SundayScaries.com for 25% off

23:10 — What are some of the most famous examples of players protesting?

32:30 — Why wasn't Kaylor Navas in our best player in Concacaf discussion?

37:55 — Advertise with The Athletic's podcast network! Visit TheAthletic.com/podcastads to learn more

40:10 — Can you tell us more about your guys' time as announcers with the Richmond Kickers?

51:02 — Why are young players with attacking talents but limited defensive skills asked to play fullback?

58:45 — Go to GetRoman.com/TSS for a free online visit and free shipping

1:01:11 — If there's an MLS lockout, could players play elsewhere?

1:09:40 — If you could have any soccer memorabilia in the world, what would it be?

1:15:40 — When hiring a head coach, what four or five traits would you look for?

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Jun 03, 2020
MLS Assist: The Goals Added soccer metric explained, with John Muller of American Soccer Analysis
00:46:29

Joe Lowery is joined by John Muller of American Soccer Analysis to talk about goals added, the new soccer metric that captures the effect of every touch on the ball on that team's chances of scoring or conceding and might change the way we measure soccer.

John says goals added is a soccer metric that "tells us what matters" on the field.

See more of John's work at AmericanSoccerAnalysis.com

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Jun 02, 2020
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Premier League restart concerns, a potential lockout in MLS, and actual soccer in the Bundesliga
00:58:39

After a slightly somber start, Ryan and Taylor discuss the Premier League restart, plans for the resumption of the Champions League, and a looming lockout in MLS. Plus, goals galore in Bayern Munich v Dusseldorf and Paderborn v Dortmund, as well as Schalke's continued poor form merits further discussion.

Oh, and I can't stress this enough... neither David Guetta nor his musical attempts at whatever he was musically attempting are featured on this episode. 

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Jun 01, 2020
Premier League return date, USMNT WCQ news, plus: Who's the best player in Concacaf?
01:42:41

Plenty to talk about on today's show. Here are your timestamps:

1:40 — Premier League is coming back June 17

13:55 — Use code TSS for 10% off at Hawthorne.co

16:25 — Possible changes to Concacaf qualifying for the 2022 World Cup

23:30 — Gregg Berhalter indicates the USMNT will defend in a pressing 4-3-3

30:30 — Jesse Marsch wins the Austrian Cup!

35:55 — Visit Podiumwear.com to order your team soccer kits or to order a custom face mask

LISTENER QUESTIONS

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38:40 — Why is women's soccer more valued than men's soccer at the Olympics?

42:50 — Who is the best player in Concacaf?

46:10 — Who would you rather have on your favorite team — Diego Lainez, Christian Pulisic, or Alphonso Davies?

49:24 — Glorious sidetrack into a Weston McKennie at Schalke conversation

58:50 — Use code SOCCER for 25% off at SundayScaries.com

1:02:25 — Which league has the best-looking trophy?

1:07:29 — What is typically included in a player contract?

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1:20:45 — Why can center backs stay competitive at older ages

1:25:40 — What are 2-3 non-American, non-English things worth knowing about the Bundesliga?

1:29:35 — If you had to pitch a Bundesliga team to a novice American soccer fan, which team would it be and why?

1:32:45 — Daryl's take on  what happened wit Joshua Kimmich's goal versus Borussia Dortmund

1:36:25 — Non-soccer things we've been watching

 

 

 

May 30, 2020
Allocation Disorder: USMNT depth chart and starting XI
00:59:09

Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio discuss the USMNT's depth chart and pick their preferred starting elevens

This episode is a companion to Paul's interview with Gregg Berhalter, which Athletic subscribers can read here: https://theathletic.com/1844942/2020/05/29/

Not a subscriber? Sign up via http://theathletic.com/totalsoccer

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May 29, 2020
Discussing the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup w/ Meg Linehan
00:31:02

The NWSL is returning to action this summer, with the NWSL Challenge Cup scheduled to run from June 27 until July 26th, when a tournament champion will be crowned. To  explain the creation of the competition, as well as the proposed structure, dates, format, and competitors, Taylor talks to The Athletic's Meg Linehan. And by "talks to" I mean "sits and listens as she does all the heavy lifting." 

You can find Meg's work over at The Athletic

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May 29, 2020
What's wrong at Schalke, right at Hertha Berlin, and very right at Bayern Munich w/ Manuel Veth
01:09:44

Manuel Veth is on the line to discuss Schalke's abysmal form, a looming goalkeeper battle at Bayern Munich, the most valuable Americans, and why Jadon Sancho might not be on the move but that doesn't mean Dortmund will have a quiet summer. Plus, why are Stuttgart bad, why are Hertha Berlin suddenly good, and much more!

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May 28, 2020
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich review w/ Bobby Warshaw, plus how to evaluate the development of Americans in the Bundesliga
00:59:34

Bobby "I take audio production seriously" Warshaw returns to the show to help break down Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich. How fine were the margins, how much has Alphonso Davies developed, how Bayern frustrated Dortmund's approach, and how strange it was to hear crowd noise without a crowd?

Of course, we also meander into a wide range of other topics including podcasts that Bobby thinks are better than ours, the best ways to discuss soccer without relying on "hot take" formats, if predestination is a valid reason for avoiding player analysis, and much much more.

If you want to read all of Bobby's book (which I definitely have) you can find it here

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May 27, 2020
MLS Assist: the best Designated Players in MLS history
01:00:37

There gave been many great Designated Players in MLS history, and then there have been quite a few that have been the opposite of that. Joe and Jordan work together to determine the consensus (ish) best DPs in league history, including David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and many more. If you're new to American soccer, there's also an explanation of the Designated Player Rule and how it came to be.

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May 26, 2020
Bundesliga Sunday Review: discussing Schalke-Augsburg and Mainz-Leipzig, plus a Dortmund-Bayern preview
00:57:17

Ryan and Taylor review the biggest moments from Sunday's Bundesliga action

  1. Schalke 0 - Augsburg 3
  2. Mainz 0 - RB Leipzig 5
  3. Koln 2 - Dusseldorf 2

They then preview the midweek fixtures, including Dortmund-Bayern, Leverkusen-Wolfsburg, and Leipzig-Hertha.

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May 25, 2020
Saturday Bundesliga Review! Wolfsburg-Dortmund, Bayern Munich-Frankfurt, Gladbach-Leverkusen, and Josh Sargent vs The World
01:01:42

3:13 - Wolfsburg v Dortmund: John Brooks does his best to stifle Erling Haaland and Company

16:41 - Today's show is sponsored by... TheBlackTux.com — use code SOCCER for 10% off

18:42 - Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt: Alphonso Davies is good.

 33:27 - Today's show is sponsored by... GetRoman.com/TSS — for a free online visit and free two-day shipping

35:18 - Borussia Monchengladbach v Bayer Leverkusen: Kai Havertz can not be contained!

48:09 - Freiburg v Werder Bremen: Sargent on the field as Bremen get three points!

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May 23, 2020
Allocation Disorder: detailing the positives and negatives of The MLS Orlando Plan
00:47:42

Your second favorite soccer-podcast-duo go deep on Major League Soccer's plan to resume play via a summer tournament in Orlando. What will be the structure, who will be the seeded teams, and how are the groups determined? Your Allocation Disorder hosts have the answers, as well as information on how the season will resume after the tournament.

If you want to read more about The Orlando Approach, The Athletic has got you covered:

Here's some combined reporting on the plan.

And here's Jeff "Please pronounce it like the news agency" Rueter with additional info on the structure and protocols that are currently taking shape.

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May 22, 2020
Premier League teams return to training, Bundesliga preview, profiles of Sacchi's Milan, Beckenbauer's Bayern Munich, 1967 Celtic, 1986 Steaua Bucharest, and 1991 Red Star Belgrade
01:48:33

Here are you timestamps!

Starting at 3:05 — The Premier League is back in action! Sort of. They're training at least. In small groups. And the Bundesliga is back this weekend, we let you know which game are on TV, and which games to look out for. Gio Reyna-watch starts now.

PROFILES:

26:30 — The Celtic FC Lisbon Lions of 1967

38:40 — The Bayern Munich team of the 1970s, featuring Gerd Muller, Franz Beceknbauer, and Uli Hoeness

1:10:30 — Red Star Belgrade 1991

1:14:25 — Steaua Bucharest 1986

1:30:23 — Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan, 1988-90

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May 22, 2020
The best farewell games in soccer history, featuring Pele, Cruyff and many more
01:05:33

We talked "best debuts" last week, so now we're getting into best farewell performances in soccer. It could be the final game of a player's career or it could be a fine performance in their last game for club or country. But if it was a fitting way to sign off on a moment in a career, it's probably discussed on this episode! Pele, Cruyff, Raul, Zidane and Neymar are all in there, plus many more!

TODAY'S SPONSORS:

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 And a quick reminder... if you haven't already, you can subscribe to Grant Wahl's new show in a number of different ways:

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Stitcher / Google Podcasts

May 20, 2020
MLS Assist: Luchi Gonzalez goes deep on his FC Dallas philosophy and developing future USMNT players
00:45:49

Joe Lowery has a detailed conversation with Luchi Gonzalez about  the FC Dallas head coach's football philosophy and tactics, his approach to developing and promoting talented young players, and how he's risen through the ranks so quickly.

If you're interested in the future of American soccer, don't miss this episode.

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May 19, 2020
Fútbol with Grant Wahl: Tyler Adams interview
00:32:19

TSS has partnered with Grant Wahl to launch a  new interview podcast, Fútbol with Grant Wahl.

The first episode of FwGW, in which Grant interviews Tyler Adams about experiencing the Bundesliga's coronavirus protocols, is now available.

We're cross-publishing the first half of that interview here to promote Grant's new show. To hear the full episode, and future episodes every Monday and Thursday, please support our new project and subscribe to Fútbol with Grant Wahl. 

May 18, 2020
Grant Wahl on his time at Sports Illustrated, The Beckham Experiment, his new podcast, and how to book big-name guests
00:54:17

Daryl talks to Grant Wahl about his career in soccer journalism and his new project, the Fútbol with Grant Wahl podcast, which the TSS is helping produce.

Topics discussed include advice for aspiring soccer writers, the 1998 World Cup Final, the 99ers, The Beckham Experiment, the awesomeness of Alan Gordon, and how to get a player like Mohamed Salah to commit to an interview.

Here are some links to help you subscribe to the Fútbol with Grant Wahl podcast:

Apple Podcasts / Spotify / Stitcher / Google Podcasts 

TODAY'S SPONSORS:

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May 18, 2020
Bundesliga review: Detailed breakdown of Borussia Dortmund v Schalke and RB Leipzig v Freiburg
01:29:28

Daryl and Taylor go deep on Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke. No spoilers in the show notes, but analyze the tactical setup of both teams and break down what happened on every goal.

We also get into RB Leipzig vs Freiburg, and touch on Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg vs Wolfsburg.

USMNT players in today's conversation: Weston McKennie, Gio Reyna (briefly), Tyler Adams, John Brooks.

Referenced at the end of today's show, we're teaming with Grant Wahl to bring you a new podcast: Fútbol with Grant Wahl — click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts 

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May 17, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Major League Soccer has a plan to return to play, but will it work?
00:46:11

The 2020 MLS season had only just got going when it was brought to an abrupt halt by the coronavirus pandemic. MLS has a plan to replace the regular 2020 season with a televised tournament in Orlando. But how realistic is that plan? And will the players agree to play? Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio discuss Major League Soccer's proposal from all angles.

Here are Sam's two stories for The Athletic:

Revealed: Details, dates of MLS’s proposal to return to play in Orlando

More details emerge on MLS’s Orlando plan, players’ concerns about a return

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May 16, 2020
The Bundesliga is Back! Here's what to watch for this weekend and beyond
01:36:25

The Bundesliga is back in action this weekend! Daryl and Taylor discuss the teams, players, tactics and narratives to keep an eye on this weekend, as well as in the remainder of the season to come.

What position will Weston McKennie play? Who will hit the ground running and who might struggle? Will Daryl ever stop being excited to talk about Tyler Adams? The answer to that last one is pretty clearly no, but you'll have to listen to the show to find out our answers to the first two questions, as well as many others.

Josh Sargent, Giovanni Reyna, John Brooks, and Uly Llanez are all in there, as are catch-ups on Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Dortmund. 

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May 14, 2020
Puskas' Honved vs 100-point Man City, Cruyff's Barcelona Dream Team vs Pele's Cosmos
01:16:33

The Champions Champions Cup of History continues with two more matchups.

First we have the famous 1954 Honved team that conscripted its way to being maybe the greatest club team in the world before the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 put an end to Puskas and co playing together.

Their opponent is Pep Guardiola's Manchester City team that won the Premier League in 2017-18 by putting 100 points on the board.

The second game features Johan Cruyff's 1992 Barcelona team, with Hristo Stoichkov and Michael Laudrup in attack, Ronald Koeman in defense, and  a young Catalan man named Josep Guardiola playing the passes in midfield.

Barcelona face the 1977 New York Cosmos, featuring the star wattage of Pele, Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto. Will that triumvirate of legends be able to carry their less famous teammates to glory against Cruyff's men? The answer is, obviously, no. But it's a fun conversation nonetheless.

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May 13, 2020
MLS Assist: favorite and least favorite formations, Luchi Gonzalez vs Gregg Berhalter, and many more listener questions
00:47:42

It's a listener question extravaganza! 

3:35 - How similar is FC Dallas’ system to the one used by Gregg Berhalter? 

12:57 - Would similar systems at club level help the USMNT at international level?

16:27 - Is there an ideal position for set piece taking? Is having a defender take it an advantage?

20:48 - Today's episode is brought to you by Hydrant! Go to DrinkHydrant.com and enter promo code "soccer" to get 25% off your first order.

22:55 - Can any tactical system work if the coach is given unlimited time and the right players? Are some systems better than others, or is implementation the key?

29:13 - Favorite and least favorite formations?

34:10 - Today's show is sponsored by Podiumwear.com, where you can buy facemasks and soccer team uniforms.

35:43 - What is the basic strategy behind substitutions?

42:51 - What tactical differences might we see if/when the MLS season resumes in an abbreviated timeframe?

May 12, 2020
The 11 best debuts in soccer history, featuring Zidane, Romario, Zlatan and many more
00:55:30

A 2020 debutant. A pre-bald brace for a French midfielder. A bombastic hat trick at the Camp Nou. They all feature on today's show in which we leave no stone unturned in history of soccer (starting in the Premier League era) to discuss the eleven greatest debut performances (by an attacker who scored in the game) in soccer history.

Today's show is sponsored by Podiumwear.com, where you can buy facemasks and soccer team uniforms.

Today's show is sponsored by Sunday Scaries, specially formulated CBD gummies with Vitamins D3 & B12. Get 25% off your first order by using the coupon code "SOCCER" at checkout.

Today's show is sponsored by Remarkable Remote, the new microcast from GoToMeeting available on your preferred podcasting device.

May 11, 2020
Allocation Disorder: discussing The Athletic's USMNT draft
00:51:59

Sam, Matt and Paul take turns drafting players into their respective USMNT squads. Here are the rules: "We got to choose our own formations and points of emphasis. Each player was presumed to be at his personal peak from 2002 forward, and had to have lined up at his chosen position at some point in his career."

Who gets rattled, who draft's Freddy Adu and which former USMNT coach isn't really enjoying this concept? All that and more!

Sponsors! Today's episode of Allocation Disorder is brought to you by Roman. Go to GetRoman.com/TSS for a free online visit and free two-day shipping. 

And for you Athletic subscribers out there, here's a link to the article: https://theathletic.com/1802215/2020/05/08/mock-draft-building-three-u-s-national-teams-with-players-from-2002-present/

May 09, 2020
Landon Donovan Mixtape, with Jason Davis and Jared DuBois
01:09:05

Jason Davis and Jared DuBois are the co-hosts of JD and The Rod, a soccer and pop culture podcast.

In this two-part crossover episode, our two shows have combined to make career mixtapes for two American icons.

In part one, we each choose three Tom Cruise movies. You can find that episode in the JD and The Rod podcast feed. Go do it, I highly recommend it.

In this, part two, we each choose three Landon Donovan games to watch, leading to a wide-ranging discussion about Landon Donovan's career.

Today's show is sponsored by Podiumwear.com, where you can buy facemasks and soccer team uniforms.

Today's show is sponsored by Roman. Go to GetRoman.com/TSS for a free online visit and free two-day shipping.

May 08, 2020
Soccer in the Middle East: Regime vs Street vs Mosque
00:53:48

It's episode two of the TSS Book Club! We're reading "The Age of Football: Soccer in the 21st Century" by David Goldblatt. You don't need to have read the book to enjoy these episodes, I promise.

Chapter two is all about soccer in the Middle East, from the Egyptian ultras role in the overthrow of Mubarak to that little kid with the blue-and-white-striped-plastic-bag Messi jersey.

Want to buy the book? Here are some links:

To buy a hardcover copy of The Age of Football, go here: https://bookshop.org/books/the-age-of-football-soccer-and-the-21st-century/9780393635119

(we're not getting a cut, just providing the link)

To read via Kindle, try here: https://www.amazon.com/Age-Football-Global-Twenty-first-Century-ebook/dp/B07P55K5BZ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Today's show is sponsored by Podiumwear.com and Policygenius.com

May 07, 2020
The Bundesliga is coming back! Plus, listener questions featuring Maradona joining the USMNT, the evolution of Guardiola's teams, and much more
01:03:12

On today's episode of The Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - The Bundesliga returns... in a few weeks

6:48 - When  did the Ronaldo vs. Messi debate begin?

12:33 - Today's show is sponsored by Hyndrant! Go to DrinkHydrant.com and enter promo code "soccer" to get 25% off your first order.

14:37 - Would the USMNT have won the World Cup if it had 1986 peak Diego Maradona as a one-man army on one of its prior teams? 

23:24 - Would the current USMNT qualify for the 2022 World Cup if they were put in CAF (Africa) qualifiers?

27:47 - Today's show is sponsored by Podiumwear.com

29:52 - Which players shouldn't Everton have sold?

37:01 - How has the style of play under Pep Guardiola different between each of the three teams he's managed?

48:07 - Today's show is sponsored by Roman. Go to GetRoman.com/TSS for a free online visit and free two-day shipping. 

49:50 - Dream soccer jobs that aren't podcasting?

54:50 - Best cleats/boots/exterior footwear that we've worn and would recommend?

May 07, 2020
Riquelme's Boca Juniors, Louis van Gaal's '95 Ajax, Zidane's first Real Madrid team, Klopp's Liverpool FC
01:06:24

We profile Bianchi's brilliant turn-of-the-century Boca Juniors, built around the magical feet of Juan Roman Riquelme. 

We then examine the incredible Ajax team Louis van Gaal put together in 1995, featuring Davids, Litmanen, Overmars, Rijkaard, plus the teenagers Kluivert, Seedorf, and Kanu. What would happen if these two played each other?

In part two, we imagine a match up between the Zinedine Zidane's first Real Madrid team, and Jurgen Klopp's current Liverpool team (the one with Allison in goal and with Mohamed Salah's shoulder firmly in its socket).

We're asking you to vote to determine the winner of that Real Madrid vs Liverpool game. Please use this poll here: https://forms.gle/RGd52vy2pgUGEh7Z6

Today's show is sponsored by Podiumwear.com

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May 06, 2020
MLS Assist: Joe chats with Yoann Damet, interim head coach at FC Cincinnati
00:45:39

On the today's episode of MLS Assist, FC Cincinnati interim head coach Yoann Damet joins Joe for another wide-ranging conversation. Topics discussed include:

Damet's pathway into coaching

Cincinnati's new soccer philosophy

The team's latest acquisitions

His ideas about player development

What his hopes are for the season and beyond

His thoughts on the youth movement in coaching

Inspirational managers

 

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May 05, 2020
The 20 best transfers that almost happened, but didn't
01:09:05

Ryan and Taylor detail their (combined) 20 favorite transfers that almost happened, but ended up falling through for whatever reason. 

They also get into Alternative Timelines in which Blackburn were (and remain) the dominant side in the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson gave the hair-dryer treatment to no less than 3 global names, and Pele, Maradona and Garrincha all find themselves at new European homes.

Spoilers below if you want to players and clubs discussed, in order:

  1. Zinedine Zidane to Blackburn Rovers, 1995
  2. Roy Keane to Blackburn Rovers, 1993
  3. Robert Lewandowski to Blackburn Rovers, 2010
  4. Ronaldinho to Blackburn Rovers, 2011
  5. Ronaldinho to New York Red Bulls (2010) and Man United (2003)
  6. Alan Shearer to Manchester United (1992 and 1996)
  7. Paul Gascoigne to Manchester United (1988)
  8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Arsenal (1996)
  9. Ronaldo to Arsenal (2003)
  10. Rivaldo to Bolton (2004)
  11. Steven Gerrard to Chelsea (2005)
  12. Kaka to Manchester City (2009)
  13. David De Gea to Real Madrid (2015)
  14. Gareth Bale to Birmingham (2009)
  15. Andres Iniesta to Rangers (2004)
  16. Leo Messi to Rangers (2004)
  17. Pele to Real Madrid (1962)
  18. Garrincha to Juventus (1963)
  19. Maradona to Sheffield United (1978)
  20. Didier Drogba to the Chicago Fire (2015)

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May 04, 2020
Pele's Santos v Mourinho's Chelsea, Maradona's Napoli vs Ancelotti's Milan
01:27:35

We're talking Pele and Maradona at the peak of their powers, but also their respective Santos and Napoli teams and the teammates and tactics that made everything tick.

Timestamps:

1:40 — Chocolate Hobnobs  rule!

5:10 — Cancer update

11:05 — USWNT lawsuit update

23:05 — A profile Pele's Santos team of 1961-62, featuring Pele at his peak surrounded by teammates he grew up with.

35:55 — Remembering Jose Mourinho's first Chelsea team, a relentless winning machine from 2004-2007

46:45 — Santos vs Chelsea simulated (in our heads)

53:30 — Carlo Ancelotti's Milan of the 2000s

1:06:40 — Diego Maradona's Serie A-winning Napoli team of the late 80s and how it got the best out of El Diego.

1:20:30 — Milan v Napoli simulated (using the power of imagination)

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May 02, 2020
Is the current USMNT better or worse than the 2002 World Cup squad? Plus many more listener questions
01:19:48

Daryl and Taylor answer your listener questions...

0:00 - New changes to the substitute rule

7:11 - Why didn’t England's Golden Generation win stuff?

21:37 - Today's show is sponsored by DoorDash! Get $5 off your first order and zero delivery fees for a month when you download the DoorDash app in the App Store and enter code TSS.

23:52 -  What is the appropriate number of teams Major League Soccer should have?

29:40 - What is a wing back and what skills are unique to that position versus a fullback who joins the attack?

36:59 - What, if any, competitive advantages do professional soccer players have when playing FIFA?

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47:57 - Is the USMNT better now than in 2002?

57:52 - What should Newcastle fans do with the impending Saudi takeover at the club?

1:08:46 - Is DeAndre Yedlin a better player for his club team than the national team?

Apr 30, 2020
The most disappointing players of the 2019-2020 Premier League season
01:02:03

We take turns detailing the most disappointing/underperforming players (for whatever reason) in the 2019-2020 Premier League season. Spoilers ahead...

Ryan's Squad (4-4-2): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Fernandinho, Angelino; Che Adams, Douglas Luiz, Tanguy Ndombele, Fabian Delph; Nicolas Pepe, Moise Kean

Taylor's Squad (3-4-1-2): Kepa Arrizabalaga; John Stones, Jesus Vallejo, David Luiz; Nicolas Pepe, Paul Pogba, Danny Drinkwater, Christian Pulisic; Michy Batshuayi, Joelinton

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Apr 29, 2020
MLS Assist: Rethinking fundamental soccer assumptions with Bobby Warshaw
00:50:28

Bobby Warshaw joins Joe and Jordan for a wide-ranging conversation. Topics covered include:

Bobby's career

Life after professional soccer

How to analyze a soccer match

Principles of play vs tactics

Why some basic soccer assumptions might be worth rethinking

The brilliance of Bob Bradley

The MLS players who could make a big move

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Apr 28, 2020
Guardiola's Barcelona vs EPL-winning Leicester City, and Arsenal's Invincibles vs Real Madrid's 1950's Galacticos
01:16:46

Timestamps!

3:20 — Quick news check-in: Eredivisie season officially canceled, Bundesliga season waiting for green light to restart.

8:45 — Barcelona 2009-11, profiling Guardiola's masterpiece

21:15 — Leicester City 2015-16, the 5,000-1 longshot

30:21 — Barcelona vs Leicester, how does it go down?

38:40 — Arsenal 2004, examining The Invincibles

50:10 — Real Madrid 1955-60, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back European Cup winners.

1:01:15 — Arsenal vs Real Madrid, who wins?

Video!

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Apr 28, 2020
Allocation Disorder: MLS-Liga MX merger pros and cons
00:48:26

Whether you're for or against the MLS and Liga MX merger, you need to hear what The Athletic's Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio have to say about it.

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Apr 25, 2020
African football in the 21st century and the unstoppable commercialization of the World Cup — The Age of Football introduction and chapter one
01:00:00

Haven't read the book? Trust us and listen anyway! Daryl and The Athletic Soccer's George Quraishi are using introduction and chapter one of David Goldblatt's book The Age of Football as the jumping off point for a discussion about the commercialization of the World Cup, and soccer in 21st-century Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Apr 24, 2020
The 2020 TSS Draw to Settle It All: who will be crowned the greatest club team of all time?
00:31:57

How do you determine the greatest club team of all time? You start with a draw, of course. We pull 32 balls (AKA balled up pieces of paper) to determine the first round match-ups in the 2020 TSS Champions' Champion Cup of History. We'll begin analyzing the teams and determining some early victors of the first round starting next week. For now, here are the 32 squads involved:

  1. Honved 54-56
  2. Real Madrid 56-60
  3. Benfica 60-62
  4. Santos 1962-3
  5. La Grande Inter 64-67
  6. Celtic 1967 
  7. Man Utd 1968
  8. Ajax 71-73
  9. Bayern 74-76
  10. New York Cosmos 1977
  11. Nottingham Forest 1978-1980 
  12. Liverpool 81-84
  13. Napoli 85-90
  14. Steau Bucharest 86-90 
  15. Milan 88-90
  16. Barcelona 1992
  17. Ajax 1995-96
  18. DC United 1996
  19. Juventus 1995-1998
  20. Man Utd 1999-2001
  21. Boca Juniors 2000-2003 
  22. Real Madrid 2001-2003 
  23. Milan 2003-2007
  24. Arsenal 2004
  25. Chelsea 2004-7
  26. Inter 2009-10
  27. Barcelona 2009-2011
  28. Bayern 2013-16
  29. Leicester City 2015-16
  30. Real Madrid 2016-2018
  31. Man City 2017-19
  32. Liverpool 2018-2020

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Apr 22, 2020
Listener questions: Could the USMNT play a 2009-style 4-2-2-2? What would the co-ed world rankings be? Why no West Indies football team?
01:00:09

Here are the timestamps for today's show:

 2:55 — Describing our plans for a greatest club teams of all time knockout tournament, and the plan to discuss David Goldblatt's new book, The Age of Football.

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9:30 — If FIFA were to switch all international tournaments to be co-ed (5/5 for field players, goalies change at half) where would you ranked the United States, and why? Which country rises the most, and which falls the furthest?

18:02 — What will happen to the Euro 2021 Women's Championship?

20:02 — Which professional team would be your ideal place to play if you were a professional footballer?

30:30 — On Soccer 101, Joe and Daryl recently reviewed the USMNT's 2009 win over Spain in the Confederation Cup. If you were to recreate the gameplan (defend and transition 4-2-2-2) with today's player pool, how would you line the US up?

41:03 — Is there a particular reason that the West Indies have a combined cricket team but do not field a combined side in other sports such as soccer? Would a combined West Indies team challenge for WC qualification?

51:57 — What are the pros and cons to having "B" teams play in a lower level of the soccer pyramid, like in Spain or the US, versus having them play in a completely separate league, like in England?

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Apr 22, 2020
MLS Assist: East (Joe) vs West (Jordan) draft and tactics showdown
00:47:24

Joe and Jordan take turns assembling their best elevens for an MLS Assist Tactics Showdown (patent pending). They've both got tactical instructions for their respective players, and are ready to talk some trash along the way.

Apr 21, 2020
The most infamous curses in soccer history, plus Newcastle takeover updates
00:48:45

2:32 - Discussing the proposed takeover at Newcastle by a consortium featuring the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

13:35 - The best curses in soccer history, featuring seven (hopefully predeceased) black cats, public urination, and Saxon burial grounds. 

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Apr 20, 2020
Sunderland 'Til I Die episode 6: "I hate this squeaky bum time ... " plus: How we'd fix Sunderland
01:07:09

We review episode six of Sunderland 'Til I Die, featuring dropped defenders, an overly emotional owner, and pain-killing injections.

We also offer our up a few ideas for how we'd run SAFC, if we were in charge.

We mentioned the Wise Men Say podcast in this episode. Here's a link to the episode where they review STID season two: https://wisemensay.co.uk/ep548/

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Apr 19, 2020
Allocation Disorder: The Development Academy is no more. What happened and what comes next?
00:50:21

Your intrepid hosts are back together to talk about the big news that US Soccer has shut down the Development Academy. What brought about this decision? Where do we go from here? How will MLS teams move to protect their interests? 

Paul and Sam also extol the merits of the DA, as well as the drawbacks that need to be addressed in order to ensure longterm stability in youth development in the United States.

Apr 17, 2020
Why did US Soccer shut down the Development Academy? What happened to Mario Götze? Why could no-one stop Arjen Robben?
01:12:08

It's a listener question special! Here are the timestamps and questions:

2:40 — Why did US Soccer shut down the Development Academy? What does it mean for soccer in America? Is this a good thing or bad thing or somewhere in the middle?

24:25 — What has gone wrong with Mario Götze's career?

32:30 — What would it take for Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga title favorites?

36:20 — Why doesn't Berlin have a dominant team despite being the largest city?

39:40 — If you could drop 3 current USMNT players into the same squad in a top 5 European league, who would you choose and where would you play them?

51:30 — Why could no one stop Arjen Robben from doing the one thing he was famous for? 

Here's a clip of Robben scoring the same goal, many times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoZ4jhE_FVw&

59:55 — What characters or combination of characters from your favorite TV shows are you two most closely aligned with?

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Apr 17, 2020
Sunderland 'Til I Die episode 5: Charlie gets loud at a cup final
00:47:24

We break down Episode 5 of the current season of Sunderland 'Til I Die, and ponder the big questions like why is Brexit involved in this episode, what is the Checkatrade Trophy and why is it important, is the themself song good, and much much more. 

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Apr 16, 2020
USMNT legend Steve Cherundolo goes deep on his 5 most memorable games for the national team
00:56:29

Taylor talks to America's right back Steve Cherundolo about his current role as a temporary teacher and then also his five most memorable games for the US men's national team. We talk debuts, multiple world cups, qualifying in Central America, and much much more!

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Apr 14, 2020
MLS Assist: Advanced soccer metrics explained, how MLS teams use data, and more with Eliot McKinley
00:38:13

Why has soccer been slow to buy into analytics? What are some advanced metrics that can help analyze the game? How is MLS doing on the date collection and analysis front?

Joe Lowery talks to Eliot McKinley of American Soccer Analysis to get answers to these questions.

Because data is good, here are a few helpful timestamps:

4:35 — Expected Goals

12:15 — Expected Assists

15:10 — Post-shot (or Keeper) xG

18:10 — Expected Passing

23:30 — How is MLS doing with data collection and analysis?

27:00 — Tracking data and how it opens up analytics

30:40 — Which MLS teams are most committed to data analysis? (Spoiler: they played in three of the last four MLS Cups ... )

 

 

 

 

 

Apr 14, 2020
The best January transfers of all time (but mostly recent history)
00:53:02

0:00 - Ryan catches up on The English Game, and then catches Taylor up on Tottenham reversing their furlough planning.

5:37 - The duo take turns giving their selections for the inaugural Stewart Donald "10 best January transfers of all time" that weren't at all panicky. Some big names, some smaller names, and one obvious name are all included!

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Apr 13, 2020
Sunderland 'Til I Die episode 4, plus league restarts dates, FIFA indictments and more news we missed from the world of soccer
01:22:24

0:00 - Catching up on the biggest stories from world soccer, including proposed league restart dates, FIFA indictments, a crisis at Barcelona, sackings in Ireland, Mario Gotze on the move, and much much more!

46:10 - Reviewing Sunderland 'Til I Die episode 4, and explaining lots of the background that was left on the cutting room floor.

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Apr 11, 2020
Picking a USMNT 2022 World Cup roster, with Matt Doyle
01:04:17

Matt Doyle recently published a nice, long story for MLSSoccer.com, detailing his predicted/daydreamed US Men's National Team 2022 World Cup roster. So Daryl asked Matt to discuss the reasoning behind his picks, and the notable omissions. It's an episode full of youthful optimism and looking ahead to better times.

Read Matt's story, here: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/04/09/armchair-analyst-blue-sky-daydreaming-about-2022-us-mens-national-team

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Apr 10, 2020
Allocation Disorder: "It was the scariest experience I ever had in my life in an automobile" Tales from covering soccer in America
00:58:13

Sam talks to five of his colleagues over at The Athletic about their funniest (and strangest) experiences covering soccer in the United States.

1:40 - Jeff Rueter on Clint Dempsey and pizza

12:42 - Pablo Maurer on Eagle Summits and Outback Steakhouse

26:06 - Matt Pentz on life in Tucson during MLS preseason

35:27 - Felipe Cardenas on tactics for avoiding video interviews

48:49 - Meg Linehan on alcohol, sing-a-longs, and Katniss Everdeen lookalikes

 

Apr 09, 2020
Sunderland 'Til I Die episodes 2 and 3, most embarrassing soccer moments, and USMNT selection conundrums
01:13:45

Starting at 1:55, we offer you a deep-dive review of episodes two and three of Sunderland 'Til I Die, including Josh Maja lying both to camera and to a nice old lady's face.

Then, we answer three listener questions. Here are the timestamps:

42:30 — What became of the football clubs show in The English Game, like Darwen FC, Old Etonians, and Blackburn?

54:45 — What are some of the most embarrassing on-field professional moments

1:05:45 — Has the USMNT ever had a Gerrard/Lampard-like conundrum?

Apr 08, 2020
The English Game episodes 5 and 6 (including: how much of this actually happened?)
01:12:27

Fergus wears a suit! Arthur stands up to his dad! Jimmy finds a job! We discuss the final two episodes of The English Game. We also answer some key questions:

What year was this FA Cup final? Did Suter and Kinnaird really play against each other? Did the Lancashire FA really threaten to resign?

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Apr 08, 2020
Which players from 1996 would fit best in MLS today, what current players could be future MLS coaches, and many more listener questions
01:01:44

Joe and Jordan take turns answering your listener questions, including...

2:38 - Best MLS mullets throughout the years?

6:06 - Will fullbacks become even more important to the attack than they already are?

13:13 - Which player from MLS' early years would be best suited tactically to play today?

27:30 - What are some wild predictions for the next evolution of tactics?

35:50 - What made RSL's 4-4-2 Diamond so effective for so long?

43:59 - What are the vulnerabilities of the 4-3-3 formation?

52:30 - What current or former MLS players will be future coaches?

Apr 07, 2020
The best (and weirdest) soccer conspiracy theories, plus Coronavirus-related updates from the Premier League
01:02:53

3:26 - Updates from the Premier League, including clubs finding themselves in hot water, players angry with government criticism, Kyle Walker being a naughty boy, and much more!

22:11 - Our favorite conspiracy theories from soccer history, including Lasagna-gate, Syrian battle plans, pregnant players at the 1978 World Cup, Klinsmann getting his revenge, and much much more!

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Apr 06, 2020
Sunderland 'Til I Die, top 5 EPL games to watch for free, best and worst US national team players to be quarantined with
01:09:01

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Here are today's timestamps:

1:20 — Reviewing Sunderland 'Til I Die season two, episode one. It's like The Office, but football.

26:45 Who would be the best and worst US National Team players to be quarantined with?

33:58 — Does the Olympics being pushed back to July 2021 help the USWNT? If so, how?

38:05 — Did Olivier Giroud really have a bad World Cup?

44:11 — What style of play would be most exciting to watch in empty stadiums?

47:47 — Given we're all at home with no new soccer and NBC Gold is now free through April. What are the top 5 games of the EPL 2019-2020 season that are worth re watching and why?

Free NBC Sports Gold here: https://www.nbcsports.com/gold/premier-league/schedule#full-event-replays

53:40 — Who are Daryl and Taylor’s favorite cult players for Wolves and Man Utd?

John De Wolf story in The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/1295595/2019/10/17/strikers-want-a-football-player-to-play-against-not-a-butcher-like-me/

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1:04:22 — How do you nutmeg a dog?

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Apr 04, 2020
Allocation Disorder: possible MLS season restart dates and how the Coronavirus will impact the transfer market
00:44:51

On today's episode...

0:00 - Possible MLS season restart dates and potential league structure if/when play resumes.

20:35 - Impact of the Coronavirus on the transfer market, how certain teams (in the Premier League) will handle it better than others, and how MLS is uniquely suited to handle the situation.

Apr 03, 2020
The English Game episode four — "It's just a wee knock, Doris"
01:17:38

Breaking down of every scene of episode four of The English Game, a show which almost certainly does not deserve this much attention.

In our defense, we do add some good historical footnotes, including what really happened to Jimmy Love after he played for Darwen FC.

Coming soon: The TSS Book Club. Our first book will be "The Age of Football: Soccer in 21st Century" by David Goldblatt. Link to buy the book, below:

From your independent bookstore: https://bookshop.org/books/the-age-of-football-soccer-and-the-21st-century/9780393635119

From Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Age-Football-Soccer-21st-Century/dp/0393635112

 

 

 

Apr 02, 2020
MLS Assist: looking back at the league's inaugural season... and the many, many mullets on display
00:50:24

After learning that Joe is solid on piano and Jordan is working on literature, the duo take a tactical look the very first and very last games of the inaugural 1996 MLS season. Up first is San Jose's opening-day winner over DC United, featuring mullets, tight camera angles, and league legends. After that, they get into DC's dramatic, come-from-behind victory in the 1996 MLS Cup.

Apr 01, 2020
Picking an England national team XI, with Sam Tighe from B/R Football
00:52:43

England were functional at the 2018 World Cup, but now they're exciting. And maybe even good. Daryl is joined by B/R Football Ranks co-hosts Sam Tighe to discuss the current England set-up and to pick an ideal starting XI.

There's some coronavirus, Messi v Ronaldo, and Marvel Cinematic Universe chat up front. If you have no times for pleasantries and want to get straight to the football, skip to 8:25

Also, as you'll learn in you listen, Sam is celebrating his 30th birthday and can't go out! If you see this on March 31, please tweet a happy birthday message to @stighefootball

Mar 31, 2020
A possible Premier League MEGA EVENT, plus the 10 worst transfers of all time
01:00:43

0:00 - Ryan and Taylor start off by discussing the recent news that the Premier League is considering (with government backing) putting on a Mega Event to ensure the remainder of the season gets played. Ryan proposes taking to the high seas while Taylor wants to see high school pitches being put to good use!

8:20 - After that, they take turns giving their combined nominations for the 10 worst transfers of all time (or at least, in modern times). I'd list the nominees here, but that feels like a bit of a spoiler...

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Mar 30, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Chastising MLS owners, telling funny stories
00:43:19

On this week's show...

0:00 - Sam gets mad at some MLS owners who could be doing a lot more to help out their local communities.

8:13 - Telling tales from covering Major League Soccer for many, many years. More good stories coming from a variety of folks on next week's show.

Mar 29, 2020
USMNT legend Tony Sanneh goes deep on all 5 US games at the 2002 World Cup
01:04:58

Taylor talks to US men's national team "world class role player" Tony Sanneh about the working being done by The Sanneh Foundation, as well as Tony's experiences of playing very minute of every game for the USMNT at the 2002 World Cup. They also get into the current state of the US Soccer Federation and what needs to be done to improve soccer (across the board) in this country.

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Mar 28, 2020
The English Game episode three recap and review — mixing soccer and whisky
01:10:42

In episode three, we meet Fergus Suter's dad in Scotland's narrowest bedroom, see our hero say yes to that Blackburn move, and also yes to entire bottle of whisky the night before a  game.

We discuss what it's like to play with a hangover and get into the historical details of some of Arthur Kinnaird's Old Etonians teammates.

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Mar 28, 2020
Six standup comedy specials to stream right now, with Christian Polanco of The Cooligans
00:58:06

Daryl talks to Christian Polanco, one half of soccer podcast The Cooligans. Christian is also a professional standup comedian, and so he explains how life has changed for standups during the coronavirus pandemic, and how he has been using the time to both sharpen his soccer skills and produce maybe the best StayAtHomeChallenge toilet paper juggling video we've seen so far: https://twitter.com/SoccerCooligans/status/1240645584626896897

At about 20:30 in to this episode, Christian starts giving us his list of the six standup specials he recommends we watch during the pandemic. The list, along with where to stream, is below:

George Carlin — Jammin’ in New York (1992)
via Prime (but you can also find it on Daily Motion) 

Paul F. Tompkins — Laboring Under Delusions (2012)
via Comedy Central Now (subscription) or to rent on Prime
or audio only via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1alxMPVMOF2lnmxEsKEbti?si=uFsVO5hMS4O3U7RzGkFscw

Mitch Hedberg
— Comedy Central Presents (1999) 
via Daily Motion: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2z583r
—Strategic Grill Locations (2003)
audio via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/15QBJzC1hIQ5DdrU4VHQZz?si=dt9kLc6DQsqFBaOmmJsKuQ

Maria Bamford — The Special Special Special (2012)
via Netflix

Ted Alexandro — Senior Class of Earth (2019)
via the All Things Comedy website: https://allthingscomedy.com/blog/ted-alexandro-senior-class-of-earth

Patrice O’Neal — Elephant in the Room (2011)
via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgrQkdJHdVE

BONUS: Steph Tolev doing standup for her dog! https://twitter.com/StephTolev/status/1240326258841403392

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Mar 27, 2020
US Soccer gets a new CEO, Nagbe says No Thanks to the USMNT, and we answer your listener questions
01:02:59

On today's show, Daryl and Taylor discuss...

1:43 - US Soccer's CEO is introduced and the conference call gets wild

16:41 - Today's show is brought to you by HelloFresh! Go to HelloFresh.com/tss10 and use code tss10 for 10 free meals including free shipping.

19:27 - Darlington Nagbe explains his USMNT absences

28:18 - The Olympics have been postponed: what might that mean for the current crop of players?

30:31 - Today's show is brought to you by The Athletic! Sign up now for a 90 DAY FREE TRIAL by going to TheAthletic.com/totalsoccer for a 90 DAY FREE TRIAL.

33:29 - Answering your listener questions, including which players do we wish had stayed in their prime longer, how will an adjusted schedule impact the start of the transfer window, and much much more! 

Oh, and don't forget to check out one of the best Nike soccer commercials of all-time: Before Ronaldo/After Ronaldo

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Mar 26, 2020
The English Game episode two recap and review — STRIKE!
01:16:50

Well, at least we still have strikers to watch, am I right?

Daryl and Taylor review episode two of The English Game

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Mar 25, 2020
Three Western Conference teams that have started the 2020 MLS season well (and why)
00:51:27

Joe and Jordan take some long looks at three Western Conference teams that started the 2020 MLS season in strong form.

0:00 - Should Cross Kitchen Skiing be an Olympic event?

2:59 - Sporting KC: the importance of defensive pressure, the flexibility of attacking fluidity, and the glory of Alan Pulido.

30:57 - Colorado Rapids: How did they turn things around last season and how has that continued into 2020?

38:54 - Minnesota United: broadcast limitation disclaimers up front, getting numbers into the attack helps destroy the opposition in their back.

Mar 24, 2020
Recapping, reviewing and ranting about the film United Passions (2014)
01:00:51

Ryan and Taylor go deep on the least successful movie in US box office history, United Passions (2014). Why did this movie need to be made? Is there a plot? Does Sepp Blatter really see himself as a fighter of corruption? Are Nazis bad? Are the English worse? All that and much much more!

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Mar 23, 2020
Reviewing episode one of the new Netflix series The English Game
00:39:54

We go deep on the first episode of Netflix's new historical series/period piece/soccer show, The English Game. What did we like, what didn't we like, and what did they get wrong from a historical standpoint. 

Send us a tweet or an email to let us know if you think we should keep reviewing the show and howe we should go about doing it. 

Mar 21, 2020
Alexi Lalas discusses his 5 most memorable games for the USMNT
01:13:28

Taylor is joined by Alexi Lalas for an hour of anecdotes, insider info, and footwear talk! Alexi tells stories from his 5 most memorable games for the USMNT, with mentions for Maradona, kicks to the nuts, dunking on Russians, and a whole lot more!

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Mar 20, 2020
Allocation Disorder: How MLS teams are coping with coronavirus, plus: listener questions
00:57:31

For the first 20 minutes of today's Allocation Disorder, Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio discuss what they've heard about MLS teams' response to coronavirus.

In part two, they answer listener questions, including: Will MLS cancel the playoffs to save the season?  How are transfer fees absorbed into roster budgets? And which MLS press box has the best food?

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Mar 19, 2020
The Minnow XI: assembling the best team from the smallest soccer nations, plus Pulisic v Davies and more listener questions
01:00:45

0:00 - Slightly positive Coronavirus updates from the soccer world. Speaking of, here's a link to the fund raiser being undertaken by our friends at Bugeaters FC. Give it a look if you're interested in helping out!

7:36 - We take a good long while to answer our first question... Who's in your All-Time Minnow XI? (aka who are the greatest men's players from countries most would describe as minnows)

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25:35 - Who has the higher ceiling: Christian Pulisic or Alphonso Davies?

29:16 - What do you make of the Hakim Ziyech transfer to Chelsea? Where and how will he fit in?

33:22 -  How does the total amount the US men's team gets for games and appearances compare to other national teams, both top tier and below?

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41:11 - Why do central defenders drop deep and leave attackers open at the top of the box?

45:17 - Are we going to watch the new Netflix miniseries "The English Game" and will we provide episode match reports?

53:02 - When a team plays a 4-2-3-1, do the two defensive midfielders usually play the same way?

Mar 19, 2020
US National Team co-ed XI, best transfers of the 21st century, Euro 2020 update, and more listener questions
01:00:23

We open with a quick chat about why it's worth working remotely if you can, and why taking a shower is still important.

At the 2:30 mark we get into UEFA's decision to move Euro 2020 to 2021, and what that might mean for domestic soccer.

At 4:45 we revisit Taylor and Ryan's list of soccer movies, righting the historic wrong of leaving Kicking & Screaming off the list. GO TIGERS!

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From there, it's listener questions all the way:

9:30 — If you selected four USWNT players to combine with the USMNT and field a US Co-Ed XI, who would it be?

17:20 — Could Katie Cousins declare for the NWSL 2021 draft?

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23:15 — What are some of the best transfers of the past 15 to 20 years?

38:03 —  Which territory or region that's not an independent country which you pick to gain FIFA membership?

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47:05 — Why were Barcelona allowed to make an emergency signing?

51:40 — What is your favorite type of pie?

54:04 — Should the Champions League stop using away goals as a tiebreaker?

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Mar 17, 2020
Three MLS teams that haven't lived up to expectations so far (and why)
00:48:42

Joe and Jordan analyze three teams that started the 2020 MLS season on the opposite of the front foot, and attempt to figure out what's gone wrong and how it can be fixed.

3:55 - LA Galaxy: why the reliance on so many crosses and (simultaneously) why so narrow? The phrase "attacking posture" is used.

18:40 - San Jose Earthquakes: man-to-man marking is wildly complicated and sometimes organized chaos can be less "organized" and more so the other thing.

32:37 - Portland Timbers: attacking transition indecision + not playing to your individual strengths = predictable patterns and slow rate of play.

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Mar 17, 2020
The best (and worst) soccer movies and documentaries to stream right now
00:55:54

Ryan and Taylor discuss...

2:37 - Updates from the world of soccer in regards to COVID-19 (changing schedules, Euro 2020 votes, and what should happen to the current season).

15:55 - The best and worst soccer-centric documentaries and films that are (mostly) available to stream right now!

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Mar 16, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Coronavirus' affect on MLS, Carlos Cordeiro's resignation as US Soccer president
00:29:52

Paul Tenorio is joined by The Athletic's Pablo Maurer to talk about how MLS is handing the coronavirus pandemic, and then by The Athletic's Meg Linehan to discuss the USSF's relationship with the USWNT in the wake of Carlos Cordeiro's resignation.

Mar 14, 2020
Most underrated and overrated USMNT players, and more, on the TSS-Scuffed Collaboration, part one
01:06:13

This is part one of the TSS-Scuffed collaboration episode. Part two is in the Scuffed feed.

In this episode, we talk:

Carlos Cordeiro's resignation

Soccer content in a coronavirus world

Best league for young Americans

Tanner Tessman

Implications for u23s if Olympics cancelled

Most overrated and underrated players in the USMNT pool

Is this the deepest USMNT pool in history?

Starting XI for the first game in the Hex

The great Ully Llanez vs Costa Rica debate

Gregg Berhalter's priorities in friendlies

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Mar 13, 2020
Discussing the latest in USWNT v US Soccer Federation, plus we create a fictional tournament for the USMNT and answer your listener questions
01:13:15

On today's episode...

0:00 - Updates from the Coronavirus shutdown

5:22 - The USWNT emerges victorious in the SheBelieves Cup. Will they do the same in their legal battle with the federation? We discuss!

31:45 - We move on to answer your listener questions, including who should be theoretically involve in a "He Believes Cup" format for the USWMNT, which non-soccer athlete should give the sport a go, why is artificial turf so reviled, and much much more!

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Mar 13, 2020
How Klopp and Liverpool almost played it perfectly, Neymar's impressive defensive shift, plus: how the coronavirus is impacting soccer
01:10:31

We start with Liverpool, and how Klopp introduced three elements of chaos to break open that Atletico Madrid defense.

At 24:10 we review PSGs 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, which featured a superb team-oriented performance from Neymar himself

44:25 — VERY quick look at RB Leipzig vs Spurs and Valencia vs Atalanta, before we get into the specifics of which soccer games, leagues and competitions have been suspended in response to the spread of COVID-19

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Mar 12, 2020
MLS Assist: How Atlanta won without Josef, and more from week two
00:54:54

Joe Lowery and Jordan Angeli with a tactical take on week two of Major League Soccer. Timestamps below ... 

2:05 — Atlanta United vs FC Cincinnati review, featuring a breakdown of all three goals, why Atlanta can look unstoppable even without Josef Martinez, and a possible source of optimism for Cincy fans

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17:19 — New England Revolution vs Chicago Fire review

32:15 — MLS Assist of the week, featuring Johnny Russell and Sporting Kansas City vs Houston Dynamo

34:55 — Tactical Tidbits: Seattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew

38:15 — Tactical Tidbits: Toronto FC vs NYCFC

43:40 — Listener questions, featuring: Sporting KC's new signings, DC United vs Inter Miami, and problems with the LA Galaxy

Mar 10, 2020
Manchester derby, USMNT Olympic Qualifying roster, Juventus v Inter and more
01:17:04

It's a full show! If you're only here for USMNT Olympic qualifying roster chat, go straight to 41 minutes and 50 seconds. Full list of timestamps below:

2:20 — Manchester United vs Manchester City review, focusing on what United got right

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21:33 — Liverpool vs Bournemouth review, and how Roberto Firmino served Bournemouth on a plate for Sadio Mane

30:35 — Juventus vs Inter review, which was played behind closed doors (and we don't just mean what Bentancur did to Lukaku)

39:45 – Today's show is sponsored by DoorDash. Download the app and use code TSS for $5 off your first order of $15 or more

41:50 — US Men's Olympic Qualifying roster reaction

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1:02:55 — Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent both scored in the Bundesliga this weekend

1:09:25 — USWNT vs Spain SheBelieves Cup review

Mar 09, 2020
Who makes a combined USMNT-Wales XI? Who is the USWNT's best player? Which relegation-threatened EPL players would you buy? Plus: SheBelieves review
01:06:11

It's a listener question special with a USWNT v England chaser! Here are your timestamps:

0:25 — Ronaldinho did what???

2:05 — Who makes a combined USMNT and Wales XI?

9:45 — Who are some players from Premier League relegation-threatened teams that may get a transfer?

18:55 — How do you determine a team's "best" player? And who is the USWNT's best player?

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23:30 — Is it Wins-Draws-Losses? Or Wins-Losses-Draws?

26:24 — Does a ref have to wait until a player stands up before they can issue a card?

29:15 — Are you still a one-club man if you spent a season on loan?

36:00 — Are the top tier Premier League clubs getting worse, or are the lower tier clubs getting better?

41:00 — Has this off-season in MLS seen the greatest uptick of talent joining the league?

45:35 — USWNT v England SheBelieves Cup review

56:35 — Updates from the TSS Scouting Network

Got a question for us? Send it to http://totalsoccershow.com/questions

 

Mar 06, 2020
Gregg Berhalter on his most tactically versatile players, Graham Ruthven on El Clasico and the start of the 2020 MLS season
00:39:00

On today's episode!!!

1:52 - Gregg Berhalter (recorded at the MLS 25th anniversary season kickoff event in New York last week)

6:44 - Graham Ruthven on El Clasico, Major League Soccer, and up-and-coming English managers.

Mar 05, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Changes to MLS roster rules, plus what will Atlanta do without Josef Martinez?
00:37:51

Paul and Sam go deeeeep on the recent changes to the MLS roster rules,  with special emphasis up front on some of the more convoluted topics when it comes to salary budget.

21:02 - After that, they move on to discuss the Josef Martinez injury. How important is he to both the team and the league, should they try to replace him and, if so, with whom, and many more questions asked/answered.

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Mar 04, 2020
Gio Reyna's USMNT call up, NWSL hires commissioner, Dest to Bayern, Sturridge's losing gamble, and more news you might have missed
00:54:44

This show has it all! CONCACAF Champions League updates, teenagers getting confirmed call ups to the USMNT, the NWSL hiring a commissioner, Daniel Sturridge offering ill-advised gambling advice, Belgium and Netherlands attempting to merge their top tiers, and all the other news from the past month that we wished we'd talked about didn't find time ... until now.

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Mar 03, 2020
MLS Assist: LAFC’s interior fullbacks, Inter Miami’s high press, who steps up for Atlanta, and much more from Week One.
00:58:05

On this week's episode of MLS Assist...

2:41 - LAFC v Inter Miami

15:20 - FC Dallas v Philadelphia Union

28:20 - Tactical Tidbits featuring Montreal’s fledgling attempts to do something with the ball, the importance of Kevin Molino at Minnesota, and how Christian Pavon has a galaxy operating around him.

38:35 - Listener Questions including which newcomer had the most promising start, tactical surprises in week one, should the Galaxy change up their approach, who can step up for Atanta in the absence of Josef Martinez, and much more

Mar 03, 2020
Weekend Review: Zidane gets it right in El Clasico, Watford end Liverpool's streak, controversy and kick-arounds in Germany, and much more
01:02:55

Ryan and Taylor break down the most noteworthy matches and/or incidents from this past weekend, including...

2:18 - El Clasico

14:29 - League Cup Final: Villa v City

25:11 - VAR drama: was Gylfi offside and why wasn't Nashville's keeper sent off?

33:33 - Watford v Liverpool

43:40 - LAFC v Miami

48:56 - Explaining the strange ending to Hoffenheim-Bayern, as well as the background on the protests that saw a match come to a screeching halt. 

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Mar 02, 2020
Real Madrid v Man City and Lyon v Juventus reviews, or: How Pep overthought then underthought his way to victory
00:50:58

We review Man City's win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, Lyon's win over Juventus, and the bold claims that were circulated at the MLS 25th season kickoff event in New York.

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Feb 27, 2020
Allocation Disorder: 2020 MLS season predictions
00:43:57

Sam and Paul start off by discussing the teams that have done the best in terms of constructing their 2020 squads and the teams that have done the opposite of that. There are also standings predictions, MVP prognostications, bettings odds worth reviewing, and much much more! 

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Feb 26, 2020
Chelsea v Bayern and Napoli v Barcelona review, with Alexis Guerreros and Bobby Warshaw
00:40:18

We're joined by (in alphabetical order) Alexis Guerreros and Bobby Warshaw to review the five goals and two red cards from Tuesday's Champions League action.

Chelsea vs Bayern is up first, with the Napoli vs Barcelona review starting at the 26:30 mark.

If you somehow haven't heard of Bobby Warshaw, he's the author of When the Dream Became Reality, a candid memoir of Bobby's life as a pro player.

If Alexi Guerreros' baritone and insistence that Antonio Rudiger was to blame made you want to hear more, visit https://www.soccercooligans.com/bio to find out about The Cooligans.

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Feb 26, 2020
MLS Assist: Eastern Conference preview and very specific predictions
00:56:05

Joe Lowery and Jordan Angeli preview the Eastern Conference by making a very specific prediction about every single team. Here are your timestamps:  

2:27 — Atlanta United

6:30 — Chicago Fire

9:45 — FC Cincinnati

15:20 — Columbus Crew

19:20 — DC United

24:15 — Inter Miami CF

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30:30 — Montreal Impact

34:42 — New England Revolution

38:35 — New York City FC 

41:58 — New York Red Bulls

44:40 — Orlando City SC

48:30 — Philadelphia Union

51:30 — Toronto FC

Feb 25, 2020
Where should Messi play next, what is the relationship between US Soccer and MLS, and more listener questions
01:07:03

Recorded in our hotel room in New York (and not even from any particular part of Soho), Daryl and Taylor answer your listener questions, including...

  1. The USWNT has a higher average age than most teams, but don't have the youth team success to ensure their winning legacy. Is this an issue?
  2. Robin van Persie retired last summer. How will you remember his career?
  3. Could the US play Lindsey Horan as a false nine?
  4. What is the relationship between MLS and US Soccer?
  5. Why are Champions league knock out matches held at the same time of day?
  6. Where should Messi play after Barcelona and before retiring?

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Feb 25, 2020
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in-depth previews: Chelsea v Bayern Munich, Napoli v Barcelona, Lyon v Juventus, Real Madrid v Man City
01:16:22

Daryl and Taylor go deep on each of next week's Champions League Round of 16 first-leg games, detailing tactics, key players, and important matchups.

  1. Chelsea v Bayern Munich
  2. Napoli v Barcelona
  3. Lyon v Juventus
  4. Real Madrid v Man City

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Feb 21, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Ron Jans' departure, and why Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, and Inter Miami had the most interesting off-seasons in MLS
00:44:42

Sam and Paul open the show with a discussion of what Ron Jans did,  why he had to go, and why FC Cincinnati have problems on and off the field.

Then they  go deep on MLS roster building, analyzing the moves that Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, and Inter Miami have made.

Looking for timestamps because you only care about your team? How selfish! :) Here they are:

0:55 — Ron Jans

6:50 — Why FC Cincinnati are the new Orlando City

17:00 — Chicago Fire

27:30 — Atlanta United

34:03 — Inter Miami

 

Feb 20, 2020
Champions League review: Spurs-Leipzig, Atalanta-Valencia
00:40:16

We analyze how Spurs tried to bottle up RB but ultimately failed and give you at least four reasons to watch Atalanta after their win over Valencia.

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Feb 20, 2020
Champions League review: Atletico Madrid-Liverpool and Dortmund-PSG
00:39:57

No spoilers to be found, but here are some timestamps:

0:00 - Atletico Madrid v Liverpool

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18:34 - Dortmund v PSG

Feb 19, 2020
MLS Assist: Western Conference preview and very specific predictions
01:05:08

It's a big Western Conference preview episode from MLS Assist, with Joe Lowery and Jordan Angeli making very specific predictions for all 13 teams.

Timestamps below:

2:20 — Colorado Rapids

6:14 — FC Dallas

10:05 — Houston Dynamo

13:38 — LA Galaxy

17:50 — LAFC

23:30 — Minnesota United

28:20 — Nashville

32:00 — Portland Timbers

36:20 — Real Salt Lake

43:00 — San Jose Earthquakes

50:05 — Seattle Sounders

54:30 — Sporting KC

1:00:07 — Vancouver Whitecaps

Got Eastern Conference predictions? Tweet them to Joe and Jordan before next week's episode:

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Feb 18, 2020
Updates on Man City's Champions League ban, plus title drama in Serie A, social media drama in Barcelona, and PSG just being dramatic from start to finish: Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey
00:54:21

It's weekend review time!

0:00 - Abbreviated Premier League chat and then lengthy discussion regarding Manchester City's 2-year ban from the Champions League and why it might all end up in disaster for UEFA.

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22:13 - Lazio v Inter Milan: a Battle of 3-5-2s

33:18 - Atalanta v Roma: positional anarchy abounds!

39:48 - La Liga updates and Barcelona v Getafe: turns out... Messi is pretty, pretty good... and there's even more social media drama to be found!!!

48:30 - PSG v Amiens: The Parisians went down 3-0, went up 4-3, and then conceded another for things to finish 4-4. GET READY FOR THAT DORTMUND-PSG FOLKS! It's going... to be epic!

 

Feb 17, 2020
Man City Champions League ban, Pulisic v Reyna, and more listener questions
01:28:32

Daryl and Taylor discuss the breaking news that Manchester City have been handed a Champions League ban for the next two seasons. What happened, what might happen, and what still remains unclear? After that, they answer 10 listener questions.

  1. Who has the higher ceiling: Gio Reyna or Christian Pulisic?
  2. Now that the WNT has qualified for Tokyo, who’s in our 18 player squads?
  3. Why is the Milan Derby called the "Derby della Madonnina?"
  4. Which foreign players should NWSL teams spend allocation money on?
  5. What are some other strangely worded or specifically written soccer contracts?
  6. What are our thoughts on the US men's union's statement in support of the women's CBA legal fight?
  7. Why is there a 3pm TV broadcast blackout in England? 
  8. How is Wayne Rooney doing at Derby and what do his performances tell us about the standard of MLS vs the Championship?
  9. What are the reasons for US Soccer Twitter and Reddit seeming to still dislike Berhalter?
  10. Why isn't there more player movement from USL to MLS from teams that aren’t affiliates?

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Feb 14, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Is MLS serious about competing with Liga MX?
00:33:44

The new CBA has more money for players but also possible restrictions on that 3rd Designated Player spot. The Athletic's Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio ask whether or not MLS is really serious about competing with Liga MX

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Feb 14, 2020
UEFA Champions League Round of 16 in-depth previews: Atletico v LFC, BVB v PSG, Spurs v Leipzig, Atalanta v Valencia
01:15:13

Daryl and Taylor go deep on each of next week's Champions League Round of 16 first-leg games, detailing tactics, key players, and important matchups. Timestamps below:

2:55 — Atletico Madrid v Liverpool

18:15 — Borussia Dortmund v PSG

37:30 — Tottenham Hotspur v RB Leipzig

53:45 — Atalanta v Valencia

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Feb 13, 2020
Upsets in the Copa del Rey, Basque derbies, and one Madrid is happy while the other is sad: La Liga updates w/ Graham Ruthven
00:50:11

Taylor talks with Graham Ruthven about the Copa del Rey, La Liga, and the Champions League knockout round. Up first, Barcelona and Madrid have both been eliminated from the cup, setting up the prospect of an all-Basque final. What might that look like and how would it be perceived?

After that, it's on to the various crisis/non-crisis states of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid (crisis, non-crisis, crisis, respectively). We also take a look at some of the teams that have impressed in La Liga thus far, who might find themselves involved in the relegation battle, and preview some of the upcoming Champions League fixtures.

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Feb 12, 2020
MLS Assist: 10 new players we're excited to watch in 2020
01:04:04

Joe Lowery is joined by producer Daryl (filling in for Jordan Angeli) to name the 10 players new to MLS that they're most excited to see in 2020. Though it ends up being more like 12.

Here are timestamps for the players we talk about:

3:20 — Chicharito (LA Galaxy)

9:15 — Alan Pulido (Sporting KC)

14:15 — Kenneth Vermeer (LAFC)

20:20 — Lucas Zelarayán (Columbus Crew)

26:20 — Leonard Owusu (Vancouver Whitecaps)

31:10 — Fernando Meza (Atlanta United)

37:58 — Jurgen Locadia (FC Cincinnati)

41:04 — Yuya Kubo (FC Cincinnati)

44:25 — Edison Flores (DC United)

48:55 — João Paulo (Seattle Sounders)

54:15 — Oswaldo Alanis (San Jose Earthquakes)

59:30 — Younes Namli (Colorado Rapids)

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Feb 11, 2020
Zlatan scores but Inter shine in the Milan Derby, plus Adams v Davies in the Bundesliga, Barcelona battle past Betis, and the USWNT emerge victorious in Olympic qualifying
01:39:40

Ryan and Taylor take a look back at the action from this weekend, including...

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3:15 - Inter v Milan: Zlatan scores but Inter fight back in the Derby della Madonnina 

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20:16 - Bayern Munich v RB Leipzig: a reminder that 0-0 draws can be super enjoyable to watch

37:16 - Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund's strategy of "who cares about defense, let's just score goals" finally comes back to bite them in the league... again.

51:04 - Real Betis v Barcelona: is Quique Setien turning things around? Our answer is "... it seems like it... maybe?"

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1:10:59 - Daryl is on the line to take a lengthy look back at the USWNT's 3-0 win over Canada in Concacaf Olympic qualifying.

Feb 10, 2020
Allocation Disorder: Deep-dive review of the new MLS CBA
00:38:49

In the first episode of a new podcast  for The Athletic, produced by the Total Soccer Show, Paul Tenorio and Sam Stejskal take a detailed look at the new MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement

Paul and Sam know more about how MLS works than some people who work for MLS. They go through the ins and out of the new deal, explaining how the players made progress and won some concessions with this deal.

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Feb 07, 2020
Which 5 people are most important to USMNT World Cup qualification? Can England replace Harry Kane? (and many more listener questions)
01:27:27

00:00 — Daryl's solo take on the US Soccer CEO news

3:45 — Overview of the new MLS CBA

14:45 — The Court of Arbitration for Sport's final ruling on whether or not FIFA should force the US to implement pro/rel 

18:40 — Should New York Red Bulls fans be happy or worried that Wolves' Kevin Thelwell has been named head of sport?

27:10 — Given Harry Kane's fitness issues, does England's best starting XI at the Euros still have him playing up top? What are some alternatives?

35:10 — Can Erling Haaland play in the Champions League for Dortmund this year having played for RB Salzburg?

36:20 — The Norwegian men's team hasn't been good for a while. Is Erling Haaland part of a new generation or a one-off for a team that is mediocre?

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44:30 — I’ve heard a few people say that Arturo Vidal isn’t a Barcelona player. What exactly is a Barcelona player? (Also: Leo Messi drama!)

53:40 — Would a tennis-style challenge system fix VAR?

59:20 — Who are the five most important people in the USMNT's World Cup qualification campaign?

1:13:30 — Updates from the TSS Scouting Network

 

Feb 07, 2020
Bundesliga title race, plus Americans in Germany w/ Manuel Veth
00:59:54

Taylor talkings to Manuel Veth, newly of Transfermarkt, about his thoughts on the way the title race is shaping up in the Bundesliga. Plus, which mid-table teams are attempting to make the leap to the next level, how are some of America's most promising players doing in the Bundesliga, where is Alphonso Davies' best position, and much much more.

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Feb 06, 2020
The best and strangest moves of the January window, plus summer transfer speculation w/ Sam Tighe
01:00:20

With Daryl away, Taylor called up Sam Tighe of the B/R Football Ranks podcast to discuss his favorite move of the January window, as well as the one he found the strangest. After that, we get into the specific situations of some of Europe's biggest clubs, as well as what they might need to do this summer to stay on top. Lastly, we close out with a game of "Stay Or Go" in which Sam predicts the summer fortunes of nine players and whether they will remain with their current clubs or move on in search of greener pastures.

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Feb 05, 2020
MLS Assist: what to expect from the league's new coaches
00:48:32

MLS Assist is a new podcast produced by TSS and hosted by Joe Lowery and Jordan Angeli. Last week, your intrepid hosts took a deeper look at Diego Alonso and Inter Miami. This week, they're going deep on the other new coaches in MLS in 2020 and what you can expect from them in terms of style, tactics and approach.

2:35 - NYCFC's Ronny Deila

9:10 - Orlando City's Oscar Pareja

16:40 - Houston Dynamo's Tab Ramos

23:05 - Chicago Fire's Raphael Wicky

30:25 - Montreal Impact's Thierry Henry

47:10 - Nashville SC's Gary Smith

Feb 04, 2020
Weekend Review: Man City see red against Spurs, Dortmund destroy a Union, and The Madrid Derby was exactly what we expected
01:05:19

Ryan and Taylor are together again (via Skype) to discuss the five biggest games from this past weekend...

0:00 - Neymar penalized for being Neymar

3:55 - Tottenham v Man City - Mourinho a genius or City unlucky?

22:57 - Leicester v Chelsea - Who needs striker reinforcements when you've got Antonio Rudiger?

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35:33 - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - One manager is happy and the other is Diego Simeone

45:29 - Leipzig v Gladbach - A managerial masterclass

54:54 - Dortmund v Union - Is it physically possible for Haaland not to score? Thus far, the answer is pretty much no.

Feb 03, 2020
USMNT vs Costa Rica review, plus: our favorite moments from USWNT v Panama
00:57:18

Lost to discuss from the USMNT's 1-0 win over Costa Rica. We look at the team's attacking and defensive shape, the patterns of play we saw successfully implemented, the individual performances of players like Jesus Ferreira and Ulysses Llanez, and plenty more.

Starting at 46:30, we take a look at the USWNT's 8-0 win over Panama. It was all a little too easy for the US because Panama provided way too much space to play into, but we highlight the moments we enjoyed, including little bits of magic from Tobin Heath, Emily Sonnett, and Rose Lavelle.

Feb 02, 2020
MLS Assist: previewing Diego Alonso's Inter Miami tactics
00:18:24

MLS Assist is a new podcast produced by TSS and hosted by Joe Lowery and Jordan Angeli.

In the inaugural episode, Joe and Jordan offer some insight  into how new Inter Miami head coach Diego Alonso might play, looking at his preferred tactical set-ups at former clubs Pachuca and Monterrey

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Jan 31, 2020
USMNT v Costa Rica preview: who might start for the USA and how might Los Ticos cause problems for Gregg Berhalter
01:01:34

Daryl and Taylor each do their best to select a starting eleven for the USMNT that blends what Berhalter might do with what each host wants him to do. They then take a look at Los Ticos, including how they might play under Ronald Gonzalez and who their key performers could be. Lastly, there are many questions (some of them even mildly positive) from Twitter to be answered and scouting reports to be read!

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Jan 30, 2020
USWNT v Haiti, EFL Championship vs EPL, favorite non-American players, FIFA world ranking objectivity
01:09:24

Starting at 2:20, we get into the USWNT's 4-0 win over Haiti to start Olympic qualifying, How did Haiti slow down the US? (we have answer), why was Haiti's goal disallowed? (we do NOT have an answer), and how did the US improve? (answer involves purple hair).

Any 13:05, Taylor and Daryl each have a correction to offer.

Then, we're all in on listener questions. Here are your timestamps:

14:10 — Will Pulisic, McKennie, and Adams be called in for Olympic qualifying?

17:35 — If we were named NWSL co-commissioners, what are the first three actions we would take to improve the league?

22:50 — Who your favorite non-American player?

31:50 — Which MLS team would best for Bobby Wood?

37:10 — How subjective are FIFA's world rankings?

40:18 — Planning the Holloway family June 2020 vacation in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin

46:00 — If the best possible team were formed by drafting without budget from the EFL Championship, how would they do in the Premier League?

51:49 — How is math day different from a player-coach?

58:05 — Why doesn't the Premier League give extra balls to ball boys?

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Jan 30, 2020
USL special with Ira Jersey and Phill Grooms
01:06:14

Recorded recently in Baltimore at the United Soccer Coaches convention, it's a three-part lower-league American soccer special. Here are the timestamps:

3:05 — We talk to Ira Jersey of League One Fun about what's happening in the third tier of American soccer.  League One only started play last year but is rapidly maturing.

26:14 — Phill Grooms from the USL Show talks some big-picture USL Championship with us, including the developing transfer market between USL and MLS

50:35 — Ira and Phill join us for a round of the Wikipedia Game!

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Jan 28, 2020
Weekend Review: Barcelona drop points but not possession stats, Bayern Munich crush Schalke, and Gattuso screams Napoli past Juventus
01:02:31

On today's show, Ryan and Taylor take a look back at the weekend's results, including...

1:57 - Commemorating the 25th anniversary of Eric Cantona kicking a fan

3:56 - FA Cup results, most notably Shrewsburg 2-Liverpool 2. Klopp won't be playing his regulars in the replay and Ryan has thoughts.

17:14 - Bayern Munich v Schalke AKA The Return of the Muller Hello!

23:35 - Valencia v Barcelona: should Barca fans be nervous or is Quique Setien moving things in the right direction? Plus, Valencia are... pretty good.

36:54 - Napoli v Juventus: Gattuso's gestures instrumental in defeating Sarri's cigarette butt

48:40 - Roma v Lazio AKA The Derby della Bad Goalkeeping

53:29 - Updates to the USMNT roster ahead of their friendly with Costa Rica

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Jan 27, 2020
TSS x Cooligans: 2020 USC Convention Crossover
00:37:58

We were hanging out in Baltimore with The Cooligans, so it only made sense to capture it all on mics!

We answer various Twitter questions (only one of which is pizza related), with occasional breaks to mock each other's style, musical preferences, or general existence. 

This is part one. You'll find the second part in The Cooligans podcast feed.

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Jan 24, 2020
Chicharito to the LA Galaxy, Gio Reyna's Bundesliga debut, agents threaten to sue FIFA, and other news you might have missed
01:08:52

We round up 14 news stories from the past couple weeks that we didn't get to talk about:

3:50 — Chicharito to the LA Galaxy

12:05 — Julian Gressel joins DC United

16:10 — Africa Cup of Nations switches back to winter

18:58 — Gio Reyna's Bundesliga debut

22:12 — Indiana Vasillev playing for Aston Vila

 26:48 — Bayern Munich making transfer moves

31:27 — CAF World Cup qualifying draw and formaty

34:09 — Hailie Mace signs with North Carolina Courage

36:13 — Michael Bradley injury layoff, Jozy Altidore transfer rumor

42:20 — Football agents threaten to sue FIFA

47:50 — Antonee Robinson to Milan rumor

53:20 — Barcelona hire Quique Setien

58:25 — Paxton Pomykal leaves USMNT January camp, Ulysses Llanez stays

1:02:02 — Inter sign Ashley Young and Victor Moses

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Jan 24, 2020
Chelsea v Arsenal review, plus: What if Antonio Conte coached the USMNT?
01:18:34

BIG SHOW! We review Chelsea v Arsenal then get into some listener questions. Timestamps below:

2:52  — Chelsea v Arsenal review, including an in-depth look at how Chelsea's panicky reaction to Tammy Abraham's injury cost them two points

25:10 — Which do you consider the more impressive feat: Arsenal's 2003-2004 undefeated season  or Manchester City's 2017-2018 100 point season?

28:44 — Money is no concern.... Which professional soccer manager would you hire to coach you and your amateur soccer team?

31:35 — Is there an equivalent for the Astros, and soon to be Red Sox, cheating scandal in soccer?

36:30 — Could the USMNT be more successful playing an Antonio Conte-style system?

43:50 — How does TSS view Patrice Evra’s career?

48:33 — Is Sergio Aguero under-celebrated by media and fans?

53:45 — What is the most memorable goal you have scored?

57:07 — Has Lynden Gooch's club loyalty hurt his stock?

1:01:53 — Updates from the scouting network, including Eerling Haaland and Gio Reyna

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Jan 22, 2020
Meg Linehan talks USWNT Olympic qualifying roster and being behind the scenes with Sky Blue FC at the NWSL draft
00:42:22

Wed sat down with Meg Linehan from The Athletic. We discuss Meg's recently published piece, "The inside story of Sky Blue’s 2020 NWSL draft," and also take a good look at Vlatko's 20-player USWNT Olympic qualifying roster.

Need timestamps? Can do. The Sky Blue and NWSL draft talk start around  3:25 and the Olympic roster talk starts at 24:15

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Jan 21, 2020
Weekend Review: Virgil Van Dijk leads Liverpool past an outplayed Man United, which American had the best weekend, and much more!
01:02:10

Ryan and Taylor review the action from this past weekend, including...

3:22 - Liverpool v Manchester United: how the Reds adjusted to Solskjaer's tactics and emerged with a comprehensive win. Plus, where should/does the blame lay for the state of Man United?

23:44 - Marcus Rashford is out for 3 months. What happened and what happens next?

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31:11 - Southampton v Wolverhampton: Raul Jimenez literally and figuratively leads the fight back

39:28 - Manchester City v Crystal Palace: Guardiola spent most of this one fuming... at one person in particular.

46:40 - Real Madrid v Sevilla OR how Casemiro saved the day, helped nearly lose the day, and then saved the day again.

50:34 - Ausburg 3 - Borussia Dortmund 5: ENTER HALAND!

58:02 - Which American had the best weekend in Europe?

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Jan 20, 2020
How the world's top players mentally prepare to succeed w/ Dan Abrahams
00:48:09

Sports psychologist and consultant Dan Abraham's makes his return appearance (on the anniversary of his debut performance) to discuss the work he's doing to help top footballers mentally prepare for matches, training and everyday life. Plus, how to deal with negativity from social media, what clubs should be doing to help athletes remain emotionally balanced, and much much more.

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Jan 18, 2020
Kate Markgraf explains her USWNT role, Yael Averbuch discusses Vlatko's style
00:45:20

Two interviews in this episode. Up first is Kate Markgraf, US Soccer's Head of Women's Football (which includes the role of USWNT General Manager). Kate discusses her role with US Soccer, how she got the job, how she chose Vlatko Andanovski as head coach, her relationship with Earnier Stewart and how the US Soccer heirarchy works.

We then talk to Yael Averbuch about the transition from college to pro, playing under Vlatko, playing in Russia, and plenty more.

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Jan 18, 2020
2020 NWSL Draft recap and reactions w/ Jordan Angeli and Lori Lindsay
00:30:10

Former professionals Jordan Angeli and Lori Lindsay join Daryl and Taylor in Baltimore at the United Soccer Coaches convention to break down all that was from the 2020 NWSL Draft. Lots of moves, a couple big trades, and some solid pre-interview dancing. There's much to be discussed and lots of great NWSL chats to be had!

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Jan 16, 2020
Ask us anything! Behind the scenes of TSS
01:39:24

This episode was recorded in the car on the way to Baltimore, with Taylor behind the wheel and Daryl scrolling through Twitter to ask questions from listeners.

I know it sounds self indulgent, but we do this once a year to keep us honest.

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Jan 16, 2020
Who's the best player never to win an international cap? What's the prime age for a footballer?
00:53:27

Seven listener questions:

1. Who is the best player to have never received a cap for their respective national team?

2. What is the prime age for a soccer player? 

3. Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal are either in the beginning of middle stages of a rebuilding/reloading period of sorts. Which teams fans should be most optimistic at the moment, and which teams fans should be most pessimistic?

4. Why is Brek Shea a punching bag on USMNT twitter? 

5. If a player gets sold from one team to another during the transfer window, does the player get any part of the transfer fee? Is the player bound by the pay and other provisions of his original contract, or does he renegotiate his contact?

6. What is the actual definition of a “farmers league”? I’ve heard it said when mentioning leagues like Ligue 1, but never was sure what it meant. 

7. Why are more free transfers not announced in January?

Jan 15, 2020
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Hugs at Liverpool, Arteta's Arsenal takes shape, and a dramatic red card for Real Madrid
01:07:29

Ryan and Taylor (AND DARYL!) discuss the biggest moments from the weekend, including...

1:24 - Drama at Buckingham Palace

3:40 - Tottenham v Liverpool: what was Mourinho's plan and how did Liverpool find a way through it?

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20:37 - Crystal Palace v Arsenal: what is Mikel Arteta trying to get his team to do AND what does a good season look like for Palace?

33:15 - Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: amazing penalties and dastardly/impressive red cards

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44:48 - Ernesto Valverde on his way out at Barcelona? What's gone wrong and what comes next?

51:31 - Lazio v Napoli: strangest goal of the weekend?

56:28 - Roma v Juventus: how is Sarri getting the best out of Ronaldo?

1:01:28 - The debut of the new segment "Anything Else to Talk About?" with Ryan Bailey, featuring El Cashico in France and Zlatan gets a goal in Serie A!

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Jan 13, 2020
10 players we'd sign in the January transfer window, plus: McBride named USMNT GM
00:54:12

We open at 1:20 with some show news. You'll know it when you hear it :)

4:15 — Brian McBride has been hired as USMNT GM. What do we think his job will be? We also Brandon Servania's addition to the January camp, and react to the draw for Olympic qualifying.

 16:00 — We name some players we think could move in January and where we think they could go. Strikers and rightbacks for Spurs, a striker for Barcelona, defensive mids for Everton, strikers for Newcastle and Villa,  defenders for Arsenal, Bayern Munich, and Man City, and plenty more besides. The episode title promises 10 players, but I'm pretty sure we go above and beyond that number.

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Jan 13, 2020
Your guide to the USMNT January camp newbies
01:33:32

We take a closer look at the fresh faces in the USMNT January camp. Get to know Julian Araujo, Chase Gasper, Justen Glad, Mark McKenzie, Sam Vines, Brenden Aaronson, Christian Cappis, Bryant Kayo, Paxton Pomykal, Jesus Ferreira, and Ulysses Llanez

We also answer some listener question about Jan camp and ruminate on the recent U20 hirings of Laura Harvey and Anthony Hudson

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Jan 10, 2020
Who we'd sign for Man Utd and Wolves, why Liverpool can't be counterattacked, a Xavi retrospective, and more listener questions
01:01:13

It's a listener question special! Timestamps below:

0:45 — Who is one player each of you want your club to sign?

15:03 — Liverpool's fullbacks get very far forward. Why haven’t opposition teams been able to exploit this with counter attacks?

17:45 — If you could wave a magic wand and implement any rule change to make the game better (in your eyes) without any backlash from the soccer community, what would it be?

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23:40 — How and why did West Ham become associated with bubbles?

26:45 — What is the the TSS opinion on Xavi's club/international career?

31:50 — If you had to grow one extra body part to give you the biggest advantage in soccer possible, what would it be and why?

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37:02 — Why USL doesn't implement pro/rel between its three leagues?

42:40 — Considering the crowds the USWNT draw, why is it so difficult to get a women’s league going?

50:15 — Why is there such little coverage of Liga MX in English?

54:35 — Do you agree with the trend of hiring inexperienced club legends to coach clubs in the Top 6 of the Prem (like Solskjaer, Arteta, Lampard) or would you prefer for them to have a few years experience first in other

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Jan 08, 2020
USMNT analysis and January camp preview w/ Stu Holden
00:48:31

Daryl and Taylor talk to Stu Holden about his thoughts on the USMNT in 2019, the team's upcoming January camp, and some players he thinks have been unfairly maligned. There's also insight into what it's like to get called into camp for the first time and what it's like to have injuries limit your ability to perform.

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Jan 07, 2020
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Madrid kick into high gear, Zlatan returns to Milan, and FA Cup drama, of sorts
00:48:54

Ryan and Taylor break down all the action from this past weekend:

0:00 - Does the FA Cup still matter? Ryan explains why it used to, why it doesn't as much anymore, and why it should.

8:47 - Wolves v Man United

12:31 - Merseyside Derby in the FA Cup

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24:11 - Rochdale v Newcastle

29:46 - Quick hits for Fulham, Spurs, and Derby County

34:03 - Getafe v Real Madrid

38:03 - Espanyol v Barcelona

44:16 - Zlatan returns to Milan

Jan 06, 2020
USMNT expectations for 2020, why the EPL is so successful, MLS DP defenders, and more listener questions
00:57:55

It's a listener questions special! Here are the timestamps:

2:35 — Are there any female play by play or color analysts in English men’s football?

6:00 — Which USMNT player needs a move this transfer window?

8:55 — Today I saw Jordan Pickford, the Everton keeper, dribble from outside the area in and then pick up the ball. Is this allowed?

11:24 — Are there any world class (or formerly world class) defenders you'd sign as an MLS Designated Player?

15:40 — Do you think allowing USWNT members to play for European leagues would help or hurt the NWSL?

18:30 — Who is the biggest club you reasonably see getting relegated within the next 5 years?

24:05 — If you were picking the 18-player USWNT roster for the Olympics, would you still include Crystal Dunn as a defensive player?

26:30 — Do you think any team from the Premier League will ever reach 114 points?

29:40 — If you had to pick just one NWSL team to follow for the season, who would it be and why?

32:25 — What are your expectations for the USMNT and Gregg Berhalter in 2020?

40:40 — The Premier League is considered by many the best league in the world. What are the factors that led to its success?

48:20 — What is the bare minimum and the ideal recovery time for a professional soccer player between games?

53:10 — Scouting!

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Jan 03, 2020
Specific Predictions for 2020, plus: USMNT roster reaction
01:03:18

It's the last show of the year!

We open with a quick look at the USMNT January camp roster, which featured a couple of exciting surprises.

Starting at 11:35, we get into our predictions for 2020. Will Leo Messi lift a trophy with Argentina? Will the USWNT win Olympic gold? Will the USMNT U23s qualify for the Olympics? How will Erling Braut Haaland change Borussia Dortmund? Who will Mikel Arteta sign for Arsenal? Which American will win a Bundesliga? And plenty more ...

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Dec 31, 2019
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: A strange three days for Wolverhampton, Chelsea muscle past Arsenal, and drama in Mexico
00:58:41

Ryan and Taylor first attempt to determine exactly what day it is, before moving on to discuss...

0:00 - Wolves v Man City

10:35 - Liverpool v Wolves

18:34 - Arsenal v Chelsea

28:41 - Norwich v Tottenham

35:50 - Who finishes in the top four, plus some transfer speculation

42:59 - Moyes is back at West Ham. Hooray?

46:10 - Liga MX Apertura Final

Dec 30, 2019
The TSS Soccer Santa Spectacular
00:55:14

We give out Christmas gifts to soccer players, coaches and media personalities.

Our list of recipients includes Tyler Adams, Carlo Ancelotti, the USWNT, Ronald Koeman, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Gregg Berhalter and plenty more. 

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Dec 24, 2019
Liverpool are world champions, racism in Spurs v Chelsea, and Ronaldo wears a headband: Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey
01:07:49

Ryan and Taylor break down all the action from the weekend, including...

1) Liverpool v Flamengo in the Club World Cup

2) Man City v Leicester

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3) Tottenham v Chelsea - What should happen next to combat racism in the Premier League? Plus, possible explanations for Gazzaniga's challenge AND for the lack of an immediate penalty.

4) Everton v Arsenal - Which new manager has the more difficult job ahead of them?

5) Newcastle v Palace - Almiron scores!

6) Watford 2 - Man United 0 (it's just a 4 minute sigh from Taylor)

7) Italian Super Cup (Juventus v Lazio)

8) RB Leipzig v Ausborg, aka The Return of Tyler Adams

Dec 23, 2019
Mikel Arteta takes over at Arsenal: discussing what happens next w/ James McNicholas
00:38:09

Recorded just prior to the official club announcement, Taylor talks to The Athletic's James McNicholas about the appointment of Mikel Arteta as head coach of Arsenal. What will his style be, what are his immediate challenges, and who could be on their way out in January? Plus, we get into the backroom issues causing problems at Arsenal, and discuss Mesut Ozil v China.

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Dec 20, 2019
Who wins in an all-time Bald XI v an all-time Big Hair XI? Plus many more listener questions
01:23:17

Daryl and Taylor answer some excellent listener questions, including...

1) Which competition is more important for the USMNT: Nation's League or the Olympics?

2) All-time best bald/shaved head 11 v All-time big-haired 11. Who wins?

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3) Will Red Bull ever take over a club in England and if they do what club will it be?

4) Outside of traditional big sides, who’s been the most impressive player this season?

5) With does Emerson Hyndman fit into the USMNT midfield depth chart?

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6) Why do Premier League fans wear dark/black jackets to games in the winter instead of their team’s color?

7) Is the "manager's box" an official thing and what are the rules for it/why aren't they enforced more?

8) If Jadon Sancho goes to Chelsea will he overshadow Pulisic again?

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9) Why are Olympic soccer rosters so small?

PLUS! Updates to the TSS Scouting Network!

Dec 19, 2019
Ancelotti sacked, racism at HQ, a potential three-way Scudetto race, and much more: Serie A round-up w/David Amoyal
00:52:50

Taylor is joined by David Amoyal of The Calcioland podcast to get up-to-date on all things Serie A. There's racist artwork at the Serie A offices that someone thought was a good idea, Carlo Ancelotti out at Napoli and Gennaro "I stab people with forks" Gattuso has taken over, a title race between Inter Milan and Juventus (and maybe also possibly maybe Lazio). Plus, praise for Cagliari, Parma, and Atalanta AND some transfer rumors to round it all out!

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Dec 18, 2019
El Clásico preview, plus a mid-season round-up of the top teams in La Liga w/ Graham Ruthven
00:47:42

Taylor is joined by Eurosport's Graham Ruthven to preview the midweek El Clasico. How will both managers approach this one tactically and where are the potential areas of vulnerability? Plus, lineup questions, ramifications for the remainder of the season, and much much more.

After that, we get into the other teams near the top of the table in Spain before looking ahead to the Champions League knockout round for the four remaining Spanish teams. 

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Dec 17, 2019
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Champions League knockout round draw, plus trouble ahead for Chelsea and Arsenal while a different Real than usual trips up Barcelona
00:56:09

On today's Weekend Review, Ryan and Taylor take a look at...

0:00 - The authenticity of Ryan's accent

1:42 - Chelsea v Bournemouth

10:31 - Arsenal v Man City

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24:02 - Real Sociedad v Barcelona

34:06 - Fiorentina v Inter Milan

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40:27 - Bayern Munich v Werder Bremen

47:10 - Chess makes you good at fantasy, evidently?

48:48 - Champions League knockout round draw analysis

Dec 16, 2019
MLS offseason moves and rumors w/ Paul Tenorio
00:59:21

Taylor talks to The Athletic's Paul Tenorio about all the moves that have/have not yet happened in the early days of the MLS offseason.

Who will be coaching in New York, Miami and Chicago next year? How big of a get is Sporting KC's acquisition of Alan Pulido? Is it easy to be a roaming reporter while taking care of an infant child? The answer to that is very much no, even if Paul makes it seem like it very much is.

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Dec 13, 2019
Reviewing the Champions League group stage w/ Sam Tighe of B/R Football Ranks
00:55:44

Taylor talks to Sam Tighe of the B/R Football Ranks podcast about attending the Ballon d'Or awards whilst being as tall as Virgil van Dijk. After that, it's a group-by-group review of the Champions League so far. Who is in the strongest position? Who has a lot of work to be done between now and February? Is Jesse Marsch the greatest Champions League manager of all time? Those questioned answered, and many more as well!

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Dec 12, 2019
US Soccer's CEO search, Glassdoor reviews, the Chicago policy, the USMNT GM role and more, with Henry Bushnell
00:39:17

Daryl calls up Henry Bushnell of Yahoo! Sports to talk about the recent US Soccer board meeting, which Henry attended and reported on.

Topics include the ongoing CEO search (Jay Berhalter or not?), the controversial policy of asking staff to move to Chicago, the suitability or otherwise of Soccer House, the new and improved GM role for the USMNT, and how US Soccer is spending its money.

Links to four Yahoo! Sports articles below:

A CEO search, an evolving GM role, and more from a fascinating U.S. Soccer board meeting — Henry Bushnell

https://sports.yahoo.com/us-soccer-ceo-usmnt-gm-board-meeting-carlos-cordeiro-earnie-stewart-172503921.html

U.S. Soccer is spending millions fighting lawsuits – including equal pay — Henry Bushnell

https://sports.yahoo.com/us-soccer-lawsuits-equal-pay-cost-legal-fees-budget-financials-deficit-020203626.html

U.S. Soccer defends controversial hiring policy as numerous youth coaching jobs sit vacant — Caitlin Murray

https://sports.yahoo.com/us-soccer-defends-controversial-hiring-policy-as-numerous-youth-coaching-jobs-sit-vacant-195441791.html

Sources: U.S. Soccer denies NWSL owners' funding request, but offers counterproposal — Caitlin Murray

https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-us-soccer-denies-nwsl-owners-funding-request-but-offers-counterproposal-143108951.html

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Dec 10, 2019
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Manchester United paint the town red, Gladbach have Bayern feeling defeated, and it's a 3 horse race in Serie A
01:09:42

Ryan and Taylor review all the action they were able to watch from this past weekend, including...

0:00 - Discussing the worst fake British accents in movies

3:26 - Manchester Derby

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24:51 - Ryan discusses his hockey-attending experience

27:06 - Everton v Chelsea

33:07 - Bundesliga updates, plus Gladbach v Bayern Munich

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44:36 - Serie A updates, plus Lazio v Juventus

52:40 - Barcelona v Mallorca

58:28 - Russia doping scandal and the potential impact for their soccer future

1:04:29 - Updates from the TSS Scouting Network

Dec 10, 2019
How much do managers get paid? Could a futsal player play pro soccer? How can we make penalty kicks fairer?
00:56:08

It's a listener question special, with lots of hypotheticals! Timestamps below ...

1:20 — In the USMNT we often talk about German Americans. What are some other famous country-country relationships for other countries?

7:40 — How has Lampard used Pulisic for Chelsea tactically different from how Berhalter has tried to use Pulisic?

13:22 — How would you change penalties to make it more even odds for the goalkeeper? We’ve had the rule change where they can’t come off their line so let’s say that part can’t be changed.

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20:20 — What would happen if, instead of international breaks spread throughout the season, all international games happened in say November and December?

26:20 — How much do coaches and assistant coaches make? Do MLS coaches get paid significantly less than European coaches?

33:10 — What is one aspect of a major American sports league that you would like the Premier League to try?

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40:25 — Why do teams with years in the Premier League consistently stall out in the Championship?

45:08 — Can you pinpoint the day/game where the USMNT lost their identity of grinding and working their butts off?

49:40 — Do you think a beach soccer or futsal player could translate their skills to traditional soccer?

(Link to World Soccer Falcao story: https://www.worldsoccer.com/blogs/falcao-pele-futsal-351602 )

Dec 09, 2019
Could Christian Pulisic win the Ballon d'Or? What's the best festive-themed XI? And more listener questions ...
01:15:24

There's one Wall Street Journal article, two ads, and 11 listener questions on today's show. Here are the timestamps:

00:00 — Discussing Rachel Bachman's WSJ article about how the US Soccer Federation is being run. Link to article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-soccer-federations-struggles-deepen-11575567787

13:15 — What does "Kop" mean at football grounds in England?

16:08 — Could Christian Pulisic one day win the Ballon D'Or?

20:28 — Are we being too harsh on Berhalter for having his "group"? Haven't other USMNT coaches had the same criticism?

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29:40 — Why don't people mention Juan Pablo Angel more as being one of the true elite players to help build MLS?

33:03 — Has the application of VAR in the EPL has been rougher than in other leagues? And if so, why?

38:25 — What’s is the most festive starting eleven you can make in the Christmas tree formation?

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44:15 — Which USMNT player, or players', injury/injuries do you think had the greatest impact on putting us on the path to where the men's national team is now?

50:55 — How do you view Samuel Eto’o’s career and where does he rank in top African footballers?

58:45 — Would PSG actually benefit from an equivalent-size takeover of a rival team in Ligue 1?

1:03:10 — With negotiations between MLS and MLSPA taking place this winter, what do you think are the main things a collective bargaining agreement needs to have to help the league move forward?

1:10:01 — How are UK citizens allocated to national teams? They all have a UK passport, but they play for England, Scotland, Wales, or Nothern Ireland. How does this work?

Dec 06, 2019
Man Utd v Spurs review, plus: what's gone wrong at Everton?
00:55:34

We review Man Utd's 2-1 win over Spurs, highlighting the things that impressed us about Solskjaer's team.

In part two, we take a quick look at Liverpool's 5-2 win over Everton and then have a ponder about the problems at Goodison Park.

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Dec 05, 2019
Analyzing hypothetical new MLS roster rules w/ Sam Stejskal of The Athletic
00:53:31

Taylor is joined by The Athletic's Sam Stejskal to discuss the recent article Sam wrote with Paul Tenorio that outlined their ideal alternative to the MLS CBA. 

Here's a link to their MLS opus: https://theathletic.com/1424561/2019/12/02/how-wed-rewrite-mlss-maddeningly-complex-roster-rules/

We get into the background for their plan, the basic of their new CBA, and the areas that Sam finds most confusing/offputting. 

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Dec 04, 2019
Discussing all things Bundesliga w/ Manuel Veth
01:01:41

With Daryl still galavanting around England, Taylor talks to Manuel Veth (Forbes, ProSoccerUSA) about a wild Bundesliga season so far. Have Bayern righted the ship, will Klinsmann work out at Hertha, how big of an impact will Tyler Adams have when he returns to Leipzig, and much much more.

We also spend some time discussing Weston McKennie and Schalke, Gio Reyna and Dortmund, and the state of the German national team as it prepares for this summer's Euros.

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Dec 03, 2019
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: City stumble again, Liverpool win again, and Messi scores a winner... again
00:59:35

Ryan and Taylor break down all the action from this past weekend, including...

Newcastle v Manchester City

Liverpool v Brighton

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Tottenham v Bournemouth

Arsenal v Norwich (and United v Villa)

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Bayern Munich v Bayer Leverkusen

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

The Euro 2020 draw is complete: who is happiest and who is going to be nervous?

Dec 02, 2019
TSS Soccer Thanksgiving Part 2: All the many, many things we're thankful for this year
00:49:24

We take turns listing the things we're thankful for this year. Most are soccer related. Some are personal. Some are things like Mourinho being back at Tottenham or Sergino Dest declaring for the USMNT. It's always good to give thanks. Speaking of...

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Nov 27, 2019
TSS Soccer Thanksgiving: Part I
00:35:08

On the first installment of our Thanksgiving themed episodes, we take turns discussing a few holiday-themed questions:

1) Who are we inviting to our soccer-specific Thanksgiving?

2) What teams/players/coaches are the best representations of traditional Thanksgiving foods?

3) What are the soccer-related topics that should be off limits for any Thanksgiving celebration?

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Nov 26, 2019
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Mourinho has Spurs running, City battle back against Chelsea, and roughly 38 top-flight managers are on the hot seat
01:06:06

Ryan and Taylor take a look back at all the action from the weekend, including:

1) West Ham v Tottenham

2) Crystal Palace v Liverpool

3) Sheffield United v Man United

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4) Man City v Chelsea

5) Copa Libertadores Final

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6) Dortmund 3 - Paderborn 3

7) Milan 1 - Napoli 1

8) Real Madrid 3 - Sociedad 1

Nov 25, 2019
Discussing the USMNT and Americans in the Bundesliga w/ Steve Cherundolo
00:38:39

Former USMNT defender Steve Cherundolo joins the show to discuss his start in Germany, Americans playing in the Bundesliga, his future aspirations, and the current state of the USMNT.

There's also a bonus segment at the end of the show (about 10 minuets) recorded in the lobby of our hotel in Frankfurt. It was after a very late night, so credit to Steve for sounding chipper throughout.

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Nov 23, 2019
USMNT Euro XI v MLS XI, UK work permit process, and many more listener questions
01:08:51

We answer 10 listener questions. Here are the timestamps:

3:10 — If you could have any 3 Mexican or Canadian players make the switch to the US Men's National Team, who would it be and why?

8:55 — If Man City and Liverpool were forced to play an entire PL season down a man (10 men), where would they finish in the table?

13:20 — What would it take for MLS to break into USA's "Top 4" sports and make it a "Top 5?"

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23:15 — MLS & Liga MX merger. Pros, cons? Would it be a logistical nightmare?

29:37 — If a European-based USMNT XI played an MLS-based USMNT XI, what would the score be?

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39:15 — How does the UK work permit process work when it comes to international caps?

43:05 — Out of Liverpool's current starting eleven, which type of player is US Soccer most and least likely to develop and why?

48:51 — What is your favorite non-goal type of play and the most memorable example or player of such?

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57:35 — For a struggling team, what are some ways you can tell if the coach or the quality of the players is the primary issue?

1:00:35 — How does Dest’s USMNT declaration affect his future transfers?

1:03:45 — What happens if you get fouled in the box while scoring?

 

Nov 22, 2019
USL Championship season review with Phill Grooms
00:46:30

Daryl is joined by The USL Show's own Phill Grooms to review the 2019 USL Championship season, including the three standout players, a couple of coaches who impressed, that 20-game winning stream from Phoenix Rising, and how the Real Monarchs got the balance right.

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Nov 21, 2019
News Catch-Up: Pochettino out/Mourinho in at Spurs, Wales matter more than Madrid, Thierry Henry is taking his talents to Montreal, and much more!
01:29:32

With the international break now complete and the USMNT officially discussed to the absolute extent possible, we take a look back at all the news we've missed in the last couple weeks, including:

1) Pochettino out/Jose Mourinho in at Tottenham

2) Euro qualification is nearly complete: who is in, who is out, and who still has to deal with playoffs. Plus, why aren't France seeded, how Finland earned their spot, and which things Gareth Bale loves most.

3) Maradona quits yet another job

4) Luis Enrique is back at Spain, but things aren't quite as festive as some were expecting.

5) Zlatan officially bids goodbye to MLS via a definitively Zlatan message.

And many, many more stories!

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Nov 20, 2019
USMNT: very quick Cuba review and a 2020 preview
01:06:01

We offer quickfire answers to 21 USMNT-themed listener questions, offering a quick look back at the USA's 4-0 win over Cuba followed by a look ahead to 2020

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Nov 20, 2019
USA v Cuba preview, plus 10 USMNT-centric listener questions
01:20:59

On today's show, we take a look at the USMNT's Tuesday night game against Cuba. Who should start up top? What will the defensive shape look like? Should the US win this one? The answer to that last one is definitely yes, but the others require a bit more conversation.

After that, we answer 10 USMNT-centric listener questions, including:

1) What should Berhalter's game plan look like moving forward?

2) What's the percentage chance the US qualifies for Qatar?

3) Which players in the pool would most benefit from a move abroad?

And many many more! Plus, SCOUTING!

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Nov 19, 2019
USMNT v Canada: deep-dive review
01:08:05

No spoilers!

We go deep on the USA's Concacaf Nations League match-up with Canada. What did the US do differently tactically, who performed best/worst, and much more!

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Nov 16, 2019
USA v Canada preview
01:20:05

Gregg Berhalter's job is not on the line, tut the reputation of the USMNT is. We go deep and detailed on the must win CONCACAF Nations League game.

Timestamps:

0:15 — Hello and Daryl health update

3:40 — Earnie Stewart's public backing of Gregg Berhalter

17:15 — Get $10 off your first three months of fuboTV at http://fubotv.com/tss

22:40 — What to expect from Canada

30:40 — The USA's 23-man roster

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41:10 — Possible USMNT starting XIs

57:45 — Most frustrating possible starting XI

Listener questions:

1:02:40 — Could Berhlater play wingbacks?

1:05:20 — What does Yedlin actually offer?

1:08:29 — Is there a team out there using the same system as the USMNT?

1:11:15 — If everyone were fit and happy and available, what would our ideal starting XI look like?

Nov 14, 2019
USMNT roster reaction and why Olympic qualification is important, w/ Brian Sciaretta
00:55:13

Daryl talks to Brian Sciaretta about the 23-man USMNT roster to face Canada (which may or may not feature Christian Pulisic and definitely does not feature Michael Bradley), the u23 camp that's preparing for Olympic qualification, and the wider state of the US youth national team programs.

Looking for Brian on Twitter? Here he is: https://twitter.com/BrianSciaretta

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Nov 12, 2019
Weekend review: Liverpool v Man City, flying Foxes, Pulisic FC, Der Klassiker
01:11:36

It's Daryl filling in for Taylor and talking to Ryan Bailey on the weekend review! Timestamps:

0-1:45 — Dentistry

1:45 — Liverpool v Man City

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29:43 — Leicester City v Arsenal

39:45 — Chelsea v Crystal Palace

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55:40 — Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund

Nov 11, 2019
2019 MLS Cup Final Review: Seattle Sounders v Toronto FC
00:49:50

NO SPOILERS!

Taylor and Joe Lowery are in the TUDN broadcast booth (after it was abandoned) at CenturyLink Field to break down all that happened in the 2019 MLS Cup Final.

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Nov 11, 2019
Vlatko's USWNT debut review w/ Jeff Kassouf, MLS Cup preview w/ Bobby Warshaw
01:02:20

2:12 — Jeff Kasouff of The Equalizer reviews Vlatko Andonovski's debut as USWNT head coach. What's new with the team, what's stayed the same, and what does the future hold?

Read more from Jeff and his writers at https://equalizersoccer.com/ and use code CHAMPION for 40% off a one-year subscription

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24:45 — Bobby Warshaw preview MLS Cup — Seattle Sounders vs Toronto FC, with a heavy focus on tactics

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47:19 — Bobby talks USMNT and why he's not selling his Berhalter stock

Nov 08, 2019
The most confusing USMNT roster announcement ever, analyzed and explained
00:55:06

We break down one off the most confusing roster announcement in US  men's national team history.

Last week, Gregg Berhalter named 20 MLS players to camp, today he named nine European-based platers to the roster, and after Sunday's MLS Cup game he'll add another handful.

We go through all 29+ players and see what we can discern about Berhalter's plans

We also look ahead to tonight's USWNT v Sweden game, in which Vlatko Andonovski debuts as US head coach 

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Nov 07, 2019
Why is Pulisic succeeding at Chelsea? Would Jill Ellis take the USMNT job? And more listener questions ...
01:00:32

We answer nine listener questions:

1. What's Pulisic doing right that he wasn't doing earlier in the season?

2. If you could bring back one former USMNT player in their prime to fix the current team, who would it be?

3. If Berhalter were fired, would Jill Ellis take the USMNT job?

4. If you were commissioner of MLS, would you focus on attracting Eurosnobs or casual American sports fans?

5. What would impact MLS more: no salary cap or pro/rel?

6. Wh are some of the best captains in the Premier League?

7. Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired. How do you view how career?

8. Why are players always carrying toiletry bags? And what's in them?

9. Which countries should be concerned abut Euro 2020 qualification?

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Nov 06, 2019
Have we reached a VAR tipping point? Plus Bayern say goodbye to Kovac, Balotelli racially abused in Italy, and more stories from the weekend
01:12:11

Taylor is back from Germany, which means it's time for a (belated) weekend review with Ryan Bailey! Detailed time stamps will be added later, but for now... Topics discussed include:

VAR drama in the Premier League, specifically in Everton-Tottenham

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Pulisic scores again, things aren't heating up in La Liga, Bayern Munich get thrashed and Niko Kovac takes the blame, plus much more!

There's also an extended rant/discussion regarding the racist abuse suffered by Mario Balotelli this past weekend.

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Nov 05, 2019
TSS x Cooligans Bundesliga crossover, part one
00:32:44

We were in Germany with The Cooligans so we sat down with my guys and recorded another listener questions crossover special.

This is part one. You'll find the second part in The Cooligans podcast feed.

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Nov 05, 2019
MLS Conference Finals review with Joe Lowery and Jordan Angeli
00:50:46

With Daryl and Taylor in Germany, Joe Lowery and Jordan Angelini step in to review the MLS Conference Finals.

Expect tactical analysis and sharp insights from Joe and Jordan as they break down LAFC vs Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United vs Toronto FC

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Oct 31, 2019
The NWSL Championship, Vlatko Andonovski takes over the USWNT, and much more w/ Meg Linehan
00:39:59

Meg Linehan is back on the show to discuss Vlatko Andonovski's introductory press conference: what next for the manager, for the program, and for GM Kate Markgraf?

After that, they review the NWSL Championship, ponder what the future may hold for the North Carolina Courage, and provide some updates on the players' lawsuit against the federation. 

Oct 30, 2019
Bundesliga catch-up w/ Matt Hermann: Bayern and Dortmund struggle while Gladbach surprise
00:51:46

Taylor talks to Matt Hermann of the Talking Fussball podcast. They discuss the Bundesliga's surprise team Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as the respective seasons of perennial title contenders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. They also get into which Americans have done well this season, which teams might continue to over-perform, and why the Dusseldorf v Koln game this weekend is more interesting than it might seem on paper.

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Oct 29, 2019
Totally justified/absolutely necessary Emergency Pod! Dest chooses the USMNT
00:22:34

The title says it all! If you aren't entirely certain what this episode is about, go ahead and read the title again.

Oct 28, 2019
Weekend Review: Liverpool rally past Spurs, Pulisic nets a hat trick, the US U17s stumble in the World Cup, and the NC Courage establish a dynasty
01:01:44

It's weekend review time! Ryan and Taylor discuss a wild weekend in world soccer...

1:46 - Liverpool v Tottenham

11:16 - Burnley v Chelsea

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26:08 - Arsenal v Crystal Palace

33:10 - Southampton v Leicester City

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41:45 - NWSL Championship review

48:40 - USA v Senegal in the U17 World Cup

54:06 - Quick hits from the Bundesliga, La Liga, Scotland, and more! 

Oh, and here's the link to Boris Johnson careening into a child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBt8AoLBCoo

 

Oct 28, 2019
MLS conference semifinal review w/ Joe Lowery and NWSL Final preview w/ Jeff Kassouf
01:34:03

Dary and Taylor talk to Joe Lowery about the 4 MLS conference semifinals that took place this week:

1) NYCFC v Toronto

2) Seattle v RSL

3) Atlanta v Philadelphia Union

4) LAFC v LA Galaxy

5) Conference final previews

1:17:21 - After that, Taylor talks to Jeff Kassouf of The Equalizer about this weekend's NWSL Final between the North Carolina Courage and the Chicago Red Stars. They also get into the NWSL Best XI controversy, the USWNT coaching search coming to an end, and Alex Morgan at the Olympics.

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Oct 25, 2019
Why don't more Americans play in the Championship, should MLS teams spend big money on defenders, and many more listener questions
58:46

Daryl and Taylor take turns answering your listener questions, many of which are MLS-centric.

1) Why don't more Americans go to the Championship?

2) Why isn't the Supporters' Shield valued more?

3) When will MLS teams spend big on center backs?

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4) Why isn't there as much movement of players between MLS teams, similar to what happens in the Premier League?

5) Is it fair to criticize Berhalter for rotating too much AND criticize Arena for not rotating enough?

6) Will Messi coach?

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7) How could the FIFA rankings be reformed or replaced?

8) Should there be a combined Concacaf/Conmebol Nations League?

And we spend some time updating the TSS Scouting Network

Oct 24, 2019
Should Gregg Berhalter be fired? (and other USMNT-themed listener questions)
01:32:11

We answer 13 listener questions about the USMNT, including the big one.

Here's the article from The Nation, featuring quotes from Hugo Perez: https://www.thenation.com/article/us-soccer-latino-neglect/

Call in to the JD and The Rod show tonight (Wednesday), from 10 pm Eastern, at this number: 717-727-BEST 

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Oct 23, 2019
MLS Playoffs Round One review w/ Joe Lowery: Wins for ATL, Sounders, TFC, RSL, Philly Union, and LA Galaxy
01:15:27

We are joined by MLS expert Joe Lowery to discuss the six Round One playoff games and then look ahead to the Conference Semifinals or, as Daryl calls them, the quarterfinals.

Timestamps, because we know you're only here to hear about your team. Unless you're a DC United fan.

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7:00 — Atlanta United v New England Revolution

13:45 — Seattle Sounders v FC Dallas

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22:20 — Toronto FC v DC United

26:50 — Real Salt Lake v Portland Timbers

32:20 — Philadelphia Union v New York Red Bulls

38:15 — Minnesota United v LA Galaxy

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47:55 — NYCFC v Toronto FC preview

54:00 — Seattle Sounders v RSL preview

58:25 — Atlanta United v Philadelphia Union preview

1:03:58 — LAFC v LA Galaxy preview

 

Oct 22, 2019
Weekend Review: Manchester United and Liverpool scrap their way to a draw, a Pulisic Sighting for Chelsea, and massive drama Liga MX
01:07:07

Daryl and Taylor take a look back at some of the biggest moments of the weekend, including...

1:48 - Manchester United v Liverpool

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25:03 - Chelsea v Newcastle

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40:09 - Sargent scores for Werder Bremen

41:41 - Seattle v FC Dallas, but mostly Jordan Morris chat... including should he go abroad at the end of the season?

51:13 - NWSL playoff semifinal abbreviated reviews

54:36 - USL League One Final/Lansing Ignite updates

56:29 - Liga MX drama/violence/relegation weirdness

1:00:51 - TSS Scouting Network updates

Oct 21, 2019
2019 NWSL playoff preview and USWNT coaching search w/ Meg Linehan, plus USL League One Championship preview and Lansing Ignite update w/ Jason Weintraub
00:52:03

It's a two-parter on this Friday episode!

2:15 - Part I features Meg Linehan of The Athletic discussing the likelihood of Seattle Reign FC coach Vlatko Andonovski taking over the US women's national team. Meg also previews what to watch for in this weekend's NWSL playoff semifinals. 

Here's a link to an article Meg and Steph Yang wrote for The Athletic that goes deep on each playoff team.

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32:37 - Part II has Jason Weintraub of the League One Fun podcast discussing the USL League One Championship game and explaining the situation with the Lansing Ignite. It's a happy topic/bummer topic sort of segment, but with lots of interesting insights and even some tinfoil hats!

Oct 18, 2019
2019 MLS Cup playoff preview w/ Joe Lowery
00:54:08

The 2019 MLS Cup playoffs get underway this weekend, and Joe Lowery is here to preview each and every match-up. He explains the tactical preferences of each team, how they might match up, and who the key performers will be (or need to be). 

13:29 - If you're only here for MLS previews, skip to that marker. We start off by talking about the USMNT's 2-0 loss to Canada, so if you don't want to think about that travesty any longer, you don't have to!

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Oct 17, 2019
TSS x Cooligans USMNT-Cuba crossover episode, part one
00:35:59

Prior to the USA's 7-0 destruction of Cuba (and very much prior to their destruction at the hands of Canada), TSS and The Cooligans sat down in a Washington DC hotel conference room to answer your Twitter questions. Surrounded by strange political caricatures from the mid-1990s, they answer questions like:

1) Which host from the other show would you most want to be stranded on a desert island with?

2) What happens in the Gulliest Derby?

3) Is Carlos Vela one of the 20 best players in the world or is Alexi Lalas just trolling us all once again?

And much much more!

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Oct 16, 2019
USMNT v Canada review: why did the US look so poor and what changes need to happen?
01:07:53

Daryl and Taylor go in-depth to review the USA's disappointing/frustrating/infuriating/depressing 2-0 loss to Canada. Why would you play 2 central midfielders against 4? Why would you substitute Pulisic with the scored tied and 30 minutes to go? Was DeAndre Yedlin aware this was a game and not a pre-match scrimmage? All that, plus constructive plans for changes we want to see going forward.

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Oct 16, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Season review crossover episode with River City 93
00:55:52

We're joined in studio by Elliot and Chenier from the River City 93 podcast. Together, the four of us answer listener questions about the Richmond Kickers 2019 season, including a look ahead to 2020.

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Oct 15, 2019
Canada v USA preview — what to watch for and our starting XI
00:59:16

We preview the USMNT's CONCACAF Nations League game away to Canada. We highlight the threats that Canada pose and pick our starting US XI.

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Oct 14, 2019
USA v Cuba review — carpool questions special
01:00:00

Live from Taylor's moving automobile, we review the USMNT's big CONCACAF Nations League win over Cuba by answering some excellent listener questions from Twitter.

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Oct 12, 2019
USMNT v Cuba CONCACAF Nations League preview — Sargent will start!
01:04:00

We preview the USA's CONCACAF Nations Leaugue game opener vs Cuba. We look at how Cuba plays and how we can get at them, ask what an acceptablele scoreline is, and go over our preferred starting XI for this game.

If you're only here for the starting XI talks it starts at 34:00

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Oct 10, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Orlando defeated, Troyer retires, Bulow let go
00:24:23

We discuss the 2-0 win over Orlando City B, the retirement of Kickers stalwart Braeden Troyer, the cub's decision to part ways with head coach David Bulow, and what we hope the future holds.

Highlights of Kickers v Orlando City B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjtcG5bqf8w

 

Oct 10, 2019
Is the USMNT definably better under Berhalter? (and other listener questions)
01:13:45

We start by discussing the end of Jill Ellis' reign as USWNT coach, and the search for her replacement. Then we answer 9 (NINE!) listener questions:

—Why is US Soccer using soccer-specific stadiums instead of NFL stadiums for CONCACAF Nations League games?

—How are we definably better after one almost full year under the Berhalter tenure?

—Would Klinsmann have been a better Technical Director / General Manager than a coach?

—Does Bob Bradley's dominance of MLS after his perceived failure in the Premier League tarnish how the English / Europeans view the strength of MLS?

—For 6 and 9-year-olds, starting to really enjoy soccer, what skills or knowledge are most important to emphasize?

—Why don’t players who start on the bench have their uniform on already?

RB Salzburg vs Liverpool. Good tactics by Marsch or an off night by Liverpool?

—What is a "striker's finish?"

—Who plays the most Champions League minutes this campaign as a cap-tied American? [Adams, Weah, Pulisic, Dest or 0 total]

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Oct 09, 2019
What's gone wrong at AC Milan, plus how the big clubs in Italy are moving to combat racism w/ David Amoyal
00:29:58

David Amoyal returns to the show to discuss the recent/ongoing instances of racism in Serie A. Why is it happening, what's to be done, and what it could mean for the future of the league? Plus, David succinctly explains the demise of AC Milan and gives his thoughts on the looming title race between Juventus and Inter Milan. 

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Oct 08, 2019
Weekend Review: a rough weekend for Manchester, more surprises in the Bundesliga, and MLS Decision Day has been decided
01:05:11

Ryan and Taylor break down all the action from the weekend that was...

1:56 - Brighton v Tottenham

10:46 - Liverpool v Leicester

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21:26 - Man City v Wolves

27:48 - Newcastle v Man United

34:24 - Southampton v Chelsea

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43:45 - Inter v Juventus

49:34 - Real Madrid v Granada

55:25 - Bayern Munich v Hoffenheim

57:29 - MLS Decision Day

Oct 07, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: individual errors cost points in the penultimate match
00:19:05

Daryl and Taylor take a look at the Kickers's 2-1 home loss to Toronto FC II and ponder what could have been after the Kickers started the game with a dominant approach. What happened next? You'll have to listen!

Highlights from Kickers v TFC II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t63ChfBLw8U

 

Oct 04, 2019
Discussing the persistence of racism in Italian soccer w/ Leander Schaerlaeckens
00:27:21

Taylor talks to Leander Schaerlaeckens about Sergino Dest's looming choice between the United States and Netherlands, as well as the factors that may play a part in making that decision.

They then move on to discussing Leander's recent article for Yahoo Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/italian-soccers-pathetic-refusal-to-acknowledge-racism-is-obstructing-meaningful-change-162831063.html Why does racism seem so prevalent in Italy and why hasn't more been done to address it? 

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Oct 03, 2019
USMNT roster reaction and analysis, plus Matt Doyle on Berhalter's squad and the looming MLS playoffs
01:07:56

0:00 - In the first part of the show, Daryl and Taylor break down Gregg Berhalter's latest USMNT roster ahead of the start of the Concacaf Nations League. Who should be there that isn't, who shouldn't be but is, and much much more.

45:29 - In part two, Taylor is joined by Matt Doyle to get further clarity on the roster and why Doyle is slightly happier about things than Rockwell. They also get into the MLS playoff picture, what the change to single-elimination might mean for who eventually makes the final, and which teams are in need of a rebuild/which ones should be feeling optimistic about next season.

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Oct 02, 2019
Man Utd v Arsenal review, Pulisic loan suggestions, Europa Conference League pondering
00:49:42

We review the 1-1 draw between Man Utd and Arsenal in the Premier League and then answer four listener questions. Timestamps:

0:15 — Man Utd v Arsenal review

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23:25 — If Pulisic got a January loan move, where would you want him to go?

35:00 — UEFA Europa Conference League — hit or miss?

39:15 — Can you be offside passing to yourself?

41:20 — What's the least important position in soccer?

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Oct 01, 2019
Weekend Review! Liverpool get some help against Sheffield, Schalke blitz Leipzig, and AC Milan continues to pretend it's still the 1990s
01:03:55

Ryan and Taylor are together (via the internet) once again to break down all the action worth podcasting about from this past weekend.

2:31 - Liverpool v Sheffield United

6:11 - Everton v Man City

13:07 - Leicester v Newcastle

16:02 - Man United v Arsenal: will United buy big in January?

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23:58 - Madrid Derby

33:56 - Getafe v Barcelona

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42:38 - Milan v Fiorentina: what is happening to AC?

51:27 - Leipzig v Schalke

57:06 - Galatasaray v Fenerbahce

59:28 - MLS playoff picture rounds into focus

Sep 30, 2019
Americans abroad round up — which USMNT players are doing well?
01:17:21

We have an early season check-in on multiple USMNT players, seeing who's doing well with their club team and who's having a tough time.

Looking for a specific player? Timestamps below ...

2:20 — Zack Steffen at Fortuna Dusseldorf

5:50 — Christian Pulisic at Chelsea

13:20 — Weston McKennie at Schalke

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20:25 — Tim Ream at Fulham

25:55 — Tyler Adams at RB Leipzig

29:20 — Josh Sargent at Werder Bremen

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37:20 — Tyler Boyd at Besiktas

42:15 — Matt Miazga at Reading

46:50 — Tim Weah at Lille 

50:15 — Bobby Wood at Hamburg

52:33 — Sergino Dest at Ajax

59:45 — John Brooks at Wolfsburg

1:05:03 — Duane Octavius Holmes at Derby County

Got questions? Send them to us at http://totalsoccershow.com/questions

 

 

Sep 28, 2019
Luke Moore of The Football Ramble explains how to grow a podcast empire, which big-club manager will be sacked first, and which Ramble member has the best singing voice
00:48:27

Taylor talks to Luke Moore of The Football Ramble about their upcoming North American tour. They also go deep on how the Ramble has expanded its network in recent years, as well as some actual soccer content (who wins the Premier League, which club is the best run in England, title upsets in Europe, etc). 

To get tickets for The Ramble's shows in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Toronto and Chicago, you can head here: https://www.mickperrin.com/tours/football-ramble-live/

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Sep 27, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: a red card bonanza in Tucson
00:15:34

Daryl and Taylor review the Kickers' 0-0 road draw with FC Tucson and ponder what the team should do in their 3 remaining games.

Highlights of the 0-0 draw with Tucson, featuring a pinged crossbar and more than a couple red cards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpV9qLKDCkM

Sep 27, 2019
Where should the USMNT be in the world rankings, what is Unai Emery trying to do at Arsenal, and more listener questions!
00:57:10

Daryl and Taylor do their best to answer 7 listener questions:

1) Where does the USMNT rank in the world today? What is the best and worst case scenarios for 1 year from now?

2) Why do Man City often get massive wins when Liverpool do so much more rarely?

3) What is Unai Emery trying to do at Arsenal and what is still unclear about his approach?

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4) After Frank Lampard’s statement that Pulisic isn’t ready for the Premier League, should we begin to worry?

5) How do the USMNT and USWNT assign squad numbers?

6) Should the USMNT play Pulisic as a false 9?

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7) How does the Total Soccer Show view Čech's entire club/international career?





Sep 25, 2019
Making sense of the weird start to the La Liga season w/ Graham Ruthven
00:41:46

Gentle Scotsman/James Corden hater Graham Ruthven returns to the show to help make sense of the strange start to La Liga this season. Madrid in second but Zidane could leave before Christmas, two Basque teams in the top four, Barcelona struggle in a Messiless mess, and much much more from the campaign in Spain!

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Sep 24, 2019
Weekend Review! Thumbs up for Lukaku, Liverpool, and Neymar; thumbs down to Man United, Ernesto Valverde, and racist tweets
01:11:10

Ryan and Taylor review all the action from this past weekend using the tried-and-true method of thumbs up/thumbs down.

0:00 - Chelsea v Liverpool

13:48 - Leicester City v Tottenham

27:00 - Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek! Use code TSS for $10 off your first ticket purchase 

30:13 - Arsenal v Aston Villa

37:22 - Manchester City v Watford

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49:41 - West Ham v Manchester United

55:49 - Grenada v Barcelona

1:01:08 - Lyon v PSG

1:03:25 - Milan v Inter

1:06:49 - Juventus v Verona

1:09:08 - THE BEST SAVE OF THE WEEKEND! TAKE A BOW, MAHMOUD GAD! https://www.reddit.com/r/soccer/comments/d7ly0s/incredible_goalkeeper_save_in_the_egyptian_league/

Sep 23, 2019
Is Berhalter’s system too complex, could Weston McKennie thrive at Arsenal, and many more listener questions
00:56:28

DARYL IS BACK! He and Taylor do their best to answer 8 listener questions:

1) Is Berhalter’s system too complex for international play?

2) Could Weston McKennie thrive at Arsenal?

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3) Why don't more American coaches challenge themselves in Europe?

4) How much do the roles of the two centerbacks in a back-four differ?

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5) What's it like to play soccer against ex-pros/sneaky good journalists?

6) Given the consistent frailty of John “Bubble Wrap” Brooks, why is he actually worth calling into camp?

7) Which national team is the most disliked by other nations?

8) Should FIFA have managerial transfer windows like they do for players?

Sep 20, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: feeling mad after loss to Forward Madison
00:15:51

We review the Kickers 1-0 loss at home to Forward Madison

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G4lmUfGXiY

Sep 20, 2019
Discussing MLS v Iron Front, DC United, and the most interesting MLS final possibilities w/ Pablo Maurer
00:37:29

Taylor talks to The Athletic's Pablo Maurer about his recent piece for The Athletic that delves deep on MLS players choosing to engage on social media and the ramifications of those decisions. Plus, we discuss the Iron Front and what happens next, Wayne Rooney's future as a coach, the MLS teams Pablo most enjoys watching, and the most intriguing MLS Cup Final possibilities. 

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Sep 18, 2019
Updates on the USWNT coaching search and the NWSL season so far w/ Meg Linehan
00:48:03

Taylor talks to The Athletic's Meg Linehan about the US women's national team and the NWSL. Up first, they get into the status of the coaching search (who is out, who is still on the list) as well as which players could potentially miss out on the Olympics.

After that, it's on to the NWSL: will North Carolina repeat as champions? Who are the next big stars we should be keeping an eye on? How does the league compare to its European counterparts? What next for expansion? All that and much more!

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Sep 17, 2019
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: Norwich down City, Chelsea thump Wolves, and Messi smiles on the sidelines
01:00:58

On today's episode, Taylor and Ryan take a look back at alllll the weekend's action, including...

0:00 - Norwich v Man City

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18:32 - Man United v Leicester City

25:59 - Wolverhampton v Chelsea

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38:49 - Tottenham v Crystal Palace

47:00 - Barcelona v Valencia

52:58 - RB Leipzig v Bayern Munich

57:17 - Philadelphia Union v LAFC

Sep 16, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: coach David Bulow on his expectations for the remaining 5 games of the season
00:19:08

Taylor talks to Richmond Kickers head coach David Bulow about the win against Greenville, the loss on the road to North Texas, and this weekend's massively important match against Forward Madison. Coach Bulow also explains how to turn things around when you concede early, why statistics can be misleading, and what needs to change for the Kickers to make the playoffs.

Highlights of the hard-fought 1-0 win over Greenville: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHrQfwKuHCk

Highlights/lowlights (depending on your perspective) of Richmond's 4-0 road loss to North Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiA-yWiZIDc

 

 

 

Sep 13, 2019
What comes next for the USMNT?
00:58:46

Taylor and Joe Lowery recap the international window that was for the USMNT. Whose stock is up, whose stock is down, and what do a few players need to do to take their respective games to the next level. To name just a few, we analyze the performances of: Tim Ream, Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, Reggie Cannon, Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie, Christian Roldan, and several more.

We also get into Berhalter's tactics and how they could adapt in the future, as well as a decent amount of chat about the record-setting Phoenix Rising.

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Sep 13, 2019
"It's all under the microscope" Felipe Cardenas on USA-Uruguay and how the pressure is mounting for the USMNT
00:34:44

Taylor talks to The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas about the USA's 1-1 draw with Uruguay on Tuesday evening. Felipe was there and provides excellent insight regarding what Uruguay were trying to do and how the US forced coach Oscar Tabarez to adapt. They then get into which players impressed, what still needs to be done (a lot), and how the players seem to be adjusting/reacting to what Berhalter is asking them to do.

For subscribers to The Athletic, here's a link to Felipe's piece mentioned in the episode: https://theathletic.com/483188/2018/08/21/jeff-larentowicz-atlanta-uniteds-connector-has-been-doing-it-since-he-was-a-kid/

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Sep 11, 2019
USMNT v Uruguay: deep-dive review w/ Paul Tenorio
00:51:01

NO SPOILERS!

Taylor talks to The Athletic's Paul Tenorio about the USA's friendly against Uruguay. Who impressed, who struggled, and who still has work to do? (Abbreviated answers: a couple people, a few people, pretty much everyone involved with the US men's national team). They also go deep on dual nationals and how Berhalter might need to change the way he talks about his approach if he wants to win over American soccer supporters.

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Sep 11, 2019
"We don't need silver linings!" Sam Stejskal on the USMNT's loss to Mexico, the friendly against Uruguay, and the upcoming CBA negotiations
00:37:12

Taylor talks to The Athletic's Sam Stejskal about the USMNT's comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Mexico on Friday night. What went wrong, what failed to go right, and what needs to be done? They then look ahead to Tuesday night's friendly with Uruguay, and Sam also provides insight into the upcoming MLS CBA negotiations.

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Sep 09, 2019
USA v Mexico review — what went wrong for the USMNT and so very right for Mexico
01:12:16

We review the USA's cero e tres loss to Mexico, outlining the tactical approaches of both teams, the USMNT's tactical shortcomings, breaking down the goals, and offering our thoughts about what we'd like to see Gregg Berhalter do going forward.

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Sep 07, 2019
Has the transfer market bubble started to burst, dark horse Premier League teams, and more listener questions
00:58:02

Daryl and Taylor answer your listener questions! If you want to ask one of your own, you can do so at totalsoccershow.com/questions

1) Why don’t they show the stoppage time in the stadium like they do on TV?

2) How hard is it to hit a diagonal crossfield ball and why can't more USMNT midfielders do it?

3) Does the USMNT need a CB like Abby Dahlkemper?

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4) Why do attackers try to dribble in 1v1 situations as opposed to passing to open teammates?

5) Why were Wolves fans singing "sign on" at Everton?

6) Has the bubble finally burst on transfer market prices or did we just have an oddly high number of undesirable superstars this time around?

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7) Has the new goal kick rule had a noticeable impact on the way games are played?

8) Do Leicester have the squad to be a dark horse top 6 contender this season?

Sep 06, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Kickers win as Gallardo scores the goal of the season
00:29:55

Taylor is joined by Ira Jersey of the League One Fun podcast to discuss the Kickers' come-from-behind victory over South Georgia Tormenta FC. That game featured more set-piece indecision, a double brace for the Kickers, and Joe Gallardo tearing apart the opposition defense.

Ira also gives his thoughts on the season so far, as well as what the Kickers should do in their next 3 games in order to keep playoff hopes alive. 

Here's a link to League One Fun's site on the Beautiful Game Network: https://www.bgn.fm/league-1-fun/

Sep 06, 2019
USA v Mexico deep-dive preview w/ Joe Lowery
01:11:00

Taylor talks to Joe Lowery about the upcoming USA-Mexico friendly. What adjustments might we see from Berhalter after the loss in the Gold Cup final, who might fit where in his starting eleven, and how has the national team evolved in the last year. All that and much much more, including some statistics chat!

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Sep 04, 2019
Stupid penalties, absurd own goals, and Americans doing things in Europe! It's Weekend Review time!
01:19:40

Ryan and Taylor discuss all the action from this past weekend. What was Granit Xhaka thinking in the North London Derby? Is this the year a non-traditional top four side makes it into the Champions League? How far will Manchester United fall?

Plus, there's lots going on in the Bundesliga (Dortmund lose, Schalke and Bremen win), Spain (Real Madrid and Barcelona both draw while Neymar plays for neither), and Italy (more own goals). We round it out with the slightest of SPL chats, then some more in-depth looks at MLS and the TSS Scouting Network!

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Sep 02, 2019
Champions League draw, player nicknames, Bolton and Bury explained, soccer's Andrew Luck, and what if Jesse Marsch ran the USMNT?
01:40:19

We've got a HUGE show for you. Seriously, it's an hour and 40 minutes long. We open by pondering Eric Cantona's Champions League speech, then giving some very quick, reactions to the UEFA Champions League draw. Then we get into some listen questions.

Here are your timestamps:

17:03 — What are our favorite soccer player nicknames? What are some of the worst?

25:28 — Today's show is sponsored by Manscaped. Use code TSS for 20% off and free shipping at http://manscaped.com

28:43 — Which three players would we drop from Berhalter's 26-man USMNT roster?

34:09 — What has happened at Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC?

56:47 — Today's show is sponsored by Weals. Go to http://feals.com/TSS to get 50% off a membership

58:40 — What's the soccer equivalent of a player retiring early like Andrew Luck?

1:06:10 — If Jesse Marsch had been named USMNT head coach instead of Gregg Berhalter, how different would the starting XI be?

1:13:10 — Today's show is sponsored by AwayDays! Go to http://awaydaysfootball.com and use code TSS for 15% off.

1:17:00 — Which formerly great club team would you like to see be great again?

1:25:35 — Why aren't soccer fans as obsessed with statistics as other sports fans?

Got a question? Please send to http://totalsoccershow.com/questions

 

 

Aug 30, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Going backwards in Madison
00:16:05

We review the Kickers 1-0 away loss to Forward Madison

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RabtJkh-sY

Aug 30, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Going backwards in Madison

We review the Kickers 1-0 away loss to Forward Madison

Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RabtJkh-sY

Aug 30, 2019
Discussing the latest USMNT roster and the past/present/future of DC United w/ Charles Boehm
00:50:03

Taylor talks to Charles Boehm about the current US national team roster, DC United, the state of MLS in 2019, why owners don't always want to open up the chequebook, and much much more!

Here's a link to the article about the last night at RFK, which Charles co-wrote with Pablo Maurer: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017/10/25/funeral-party-reunion-scenes-dc-united-s-last-call-rfk-stadium

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Aug 29, 2019
Pomykal and Pulisic will conquer the world! USMNT roster reaction and analysis
00:35:29

It's... THE RETURN OF THE GROVE!!!

Daryl and Taylor review Gregg Berhalter's latest US men's national team roster by going through position by position to see who fits where. They also come up with a list of "what to watch for" from the friendlies against Mexico and Uruguay, which includes more than just "Sergino Dest doing things in a USA jersey." 

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Aug 29, 2019
Discussing the latest USMNT roster, US Open Cup, and MLS playoffs w/ Matt Doyle
00:45:18

Taylor talks to Matt Doyle about Gregg Berhalter's latest US men's national team roster. Where will Pulisic play? What are the biggest questions Doyle wants answered? Who is Corey Baird? Kidding on that last one... sort of.

After that, we get into Atlanta's US Open Cup triumph, ponder why expansion teams tend to struggle in their inaugural seasons, and examine the most intriguing storylines in the MLS playoff race. All that, plus food talk!

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Aug 28, 2019
Pulisic at Chelsea, Arsenal's tactics, Weston McKennie as a number 6, and more listener questions
01:18:18

We answer listener questions about Pulisic, Chelsea, Arsenal, Ben Olsen, Jordan Morris, and Weston McKennie.

We also talk Zlatan in El Trafico and Marta in the NWSL

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Aug 27, 2019
Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey: VAR the villain in the Premier League, while Bayern stroll and Napoli score
01:13:02

Ryan and Taylor take a look at all the action from the past weekend, most notably the VAR drama in the Premier League. How many penalties should have been given and why didn't that end up being the case? Plus, Liverpool dominate while Newcastle and Crystal Palace lay down blueprints (according to Ryan). We also talk Bundesliga, Serie A, and MLS, with some scouting in there as well! 

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Aug 26, 2019
2019-20 Serie A preview w/ David Amoyal
01:06:01

Taylor talks to David Amoyal of The Calcioland Podcast about the upcoming Serie A season: will there actually be a title race, who will be competing for the European spaces, and which less-heralded teams are worth keeping an eye on? Plus, there are new signings, new managers, and new drama to be discussed! All that and more!

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Aug 22, 2019
Our USMNT roster for September's games vs Mexico and Uruguay
01:08:43

We pick our roster for September's games

Aug 21, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: coach David Bulow discusses the team's recent turnaround in form
00:35:09

Daryl and Taylor are joined in studio by Kickers head coach David Bulow to discuss the recent run of good form, as well as the rough patch the team went through in June. There's also some Arsenal talk near the end for you Gooners fans out there!

Aug 20, 2019
Which young American abroad had the best start to the season? Plus: Wolves vs Man Utd review, Sheff Utd's overlapping centerbacks and listener questions galore
01:19:02

We open with a review of the TSS Derby — Wolves vs Man Utd — including a tactical overview and a breakdown of both goals, plus Paul Pogba's penalty kick.

Then, listener questions about the weekend action. Here are your timestamps:

27:10 — Which young American abroad had the best start to their season? (We talk Steffen, Dest, McKennie, Pulisic)

37:50 — What's the tactical advantage given by Sheffield United's overlapping center backs?

(Here's video of Sheff Utd's goal this weekend: https://twitter.com/NBCSportsSoccer/status/1163091243389394944)

Are you concerned about Tim Weah not starting for Lille this weekend vs Nantes?

43:20 — Are you concerned about Tim Weah not starting for Lille this weekend?

51:35 — How many minutes/goals/assist do you project for Pulisic at Chelsea this season?

59:40 — Why does Unai Emery start Lacazette and Aubameyang so rarely together?

1:02:20 — What do you make of MLS clubs banning anti-fascist displays at matches?

1:10:53 — Will Jadon Sancho's transfer fee be bigger than Ousmane Dembele's?

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Aug 20, 2019
Weekend Review! Real Madrid on top, Barcelona and Bayern stumble, and Man City get Var-ed
01:05:17

Ryan and Taylor review all the major action from the weekend, including the start of the La Liga season, plus PSG dropping points in France, Bayern dropping points in Germany, Newcastle dropping points all over the place! There's VAR to be yelled about, Simpsons to be referenced, and Finnish strikers to praise!

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Aug 19, 2019
The best Pele profile you'll ever hear (a Soccer 101 teaser)
00:19:22

Did Pele really score 1,000 goals? What particular set of skills made him such a formidable striker? How did this this 5-foot-8 guy score so many headers?

In this profile of Pele, we answer as many questions as we can about the most famous soccer player of all time.

Of course, this is only half of the full episode. To listen to the full show, use whatever app you're using right now to search for our new show, Soccer 101, and listen there.

 

 

 

Aug 18, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Kickers make it 3 in a row with a win in Wisconsin
00:15:11

Daryl and Taylor discuss the tactical adjustments that led to the Kickers' goal in their 1-0 win over Forward Madison. They also get into lineup adjustments and the solid atmosphere in Madison.

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Aug 16, 2019
2019-20 La Liga season preview w/ Graham Ruthven
00:48:43

Taylor talks to Eurosport's Graham Ruthven about the upcoming La Liga season. They start off by discussing some of the lesser-followed teams in the league as well as why they're worth keeping an eye on, and then it's on to The Big Three (Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid) and what the season ahead may look like. Plus, there's some Neymar and Gareth Bale chat in there as well, and a whole lot more!

Midway through, Taylor is briefly joined by Daryl to go some Transfer Window Trivia. Hope you enjoy!

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Aug 15, 2019
Epic Bundesliga season preview w/ Matt Hermann: Part 2
00:47:04

In Part 2 of our Bundesliga season preview, Taylor and Matt focus on all things Schalke, Americans in Germany, and the clubs that could be challenging for European places.

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Aug 15, 2019
Epic Bundesliga season preview w/ Matt Hermann: Part 1
01:15:55

In Part 1 of what turned out to be a two parter, Taylor talks to Matt Hermann of the Talking Fussball podcast. They take a look at the teams most likely to finish in the top 3 spots, the newly promoted sides, Tyler Adams, the Soviet influence in German football, and much much more. Check back for Part 2 tomorrow!

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Aug 14, 2019
Premier League Listener Question Spectacular! Did VAR get it right in the opening weekend, who will be the breakout star of the bottom half clubs, and much much more
01:34:37

Daryl and Taylor do their best to answer your Premier League-centric questions, like...

1) How big of a role did Christian Erikson play in turning things around for Spurs against Aston Villa?

2) Will the pressure be on Frank Lampard this season?

 

3) Why didn't Pulisic start against Man United?

4) Is Marcus Rashford good enough to be a Big 4 striker?

5) What were the arguments for and against closing the PL transfer window before the season begins?

6) How well was VAR utilized in the opening weekend?

7) Were Wolves cheated by VAR?

 

8) Who’s going to be the breakout star of the teams in the lower half of the table?

9) Why did the NBCSN graphics look more like Sky Sports's graphics? 

10) Which 2-3 non MLS teams should I be following? NOTE - This one isn't Premier League specific.

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Aug 13, 2019
City, Liverpool and United all win big! Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey
01:16:48

Ryan Bailey returns (even though he was allegedly on the show last week) to help Taylor review the weekend that was in the Premier League. Are Chelsea in trouble or figuring things out? Will City annihilate everyone this season? Same question for Liverpool? How angry should Newcastle fans be? All that, plus Spice Girls, VAR, and Ryan's favorite Ninja Turtle.

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Aug 12, 2019
Why is it called a derby? How to pronounce it, plus: our favorite derbies (a Soccer 101 teaser)
00:24:04

In this teaser episode for our new show, Soccer 101, we explain the two possible origins of the football phrase derby, how to pronounce, and then discuss some of our favorite derbies.

To hear the full episode, and to hear the other episodes in the Soccer 101 feed, you'll find every podacast player subscription link here: http://totalsoccershow.com/soccer101

 

Aug 11, 2019
Manchester City Premier League preview: Ryan Bailey talks Rodri, Cancelo, and ... AFC Wimbledon
00:42:01

Daryl is joined by TSS fave/guest co-host Ryan Bailey to preview Man City's Premier League season.

Starting at 33:45, we also talk AFC Wimbledon, an English team with a fascinating history (both recent and, I would argue, going way back)

Go to https://www.afcwimbledon.co.uk/ to learn about the new stadium and maybe even contribute to the cause

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Aug 09, 2019
Arsenal Premier League preview: Zito Madu talks Pepe and Ceballos, Ozil's role, and why MLS will fail at being apolitical
00:56:03

Daryl talks to SB Nation staff writer Zito Madu about all things Arsenal. Unai Emery's style of play is yet to emerge as anything identifiable at the Emirates, but the signings of Pepe and Ceballos give reason for optimism. Ozil's role is still TBD, but how that unfolds will be important either way. Meanwhile, youngsters like Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock will have a role to play.

Starting 43:45, we also talk about Major League Soccer's attempts to be apolitical, and why that approach is destined to fail.

Two stories by Zito:

Alejandro Bedoya showed why MLS can never be a nonpolitical space: https://www.sbnation.com/2019/8/7/20758742/alejandro-bedoya-mls-gun-violence-goal-celebration

Black History Month: Accepting responsibility to inspire future generations: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/02/27/black-history-month-accepting-responsibility-inspire-future-generations

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Aug 08, 2019
Liverpool Premier League preview: Keith Costigan goes deep on LFC's evolution under Klopp
00:42:12

You know Keith Costigan from FOX, perhaps for his Bundesliga and Seattle Sounders coverage. But Keith is also a Liverpool fan and expert, and it was a pleasure to discuss all things LFC with him.

We go into detail on why Liverpool have gone so long without a Premier League title, why that might be about to change, and how Liverpool will handle three strikers who just played summer their second summer tournament in a row.

We also get super-detailed about the current iteration of Klopp's pressing system. It's no longer so all-out heavy metal, but something more controlled, possibly more effective, and certainly more sustainable.

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Aug 08, 2019
Everton Premier League preview: Mike Goodman talks Silva's style, Moise Kean, and replacing Idrissa Gana Gueye
00:59:36

Daryl talks to Mike Goodman, managing editor of StatsBomb, about Everton's season. The Toffees finally have an exciting striker in teenage sensation Moise Kean, but lost a statistically significant defensive midfielder in Idrissa Gana Gueye.

To read more of Mike's work, visit http://StatsBomb.com

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Aug 07, 2019
Manchester United Premier League preview: Carl Anka returns to talk Solskjaer's tactics, Maguire's pricetag, Pogba's role, plus: Southampton preview
01:08:31

Carl Anka is back! He talks to Daryl about all things Man Utd, including the Harry Maguire signing, Paul Pogba giving Utd one more good year, Lukaku's muscle gain and loss, and Solskjaer's tactical setup.

Carl is also going to be covering Southampton for the Athletic this season, so we close with a quick Saints preview.

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Aug 07, 2019
Chelsea Premier League preview: Andres Eduardo explains Lampard-ball, Pulisic's role, and the potential upside of the CFC transfer ban
01:17:56

Daryl is joined by Andres Eduardo of the Roman's Empire podcast to preview Chelsea's 2019-20 season.

We cover the entire team from front to back, get into the details of Lampard's playing style, explain where Christian Pulisic fits into the system and why he might succeed, get excited about Ross Barkley running at defenders, and try to figure out which of the three available strikers Chelsea will field.

Andres also makes a compelling case for why the transfer ban may result in a change of approach at Chelsea which could see the club finally play the kids, and transform CFC from Premier League villains to heroes.

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Listen to Andres on Roman's Empire and his new pod, Student of The Game.

 

 

 

Aug 06, 2019
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League preview: talking Spurs' tactics with Nathan A Clark
01:06:54

We go deeeeeeep on Spurs — the coach, the style, the shape, the players, the signings, the lack of signings, the gap that Tanguy Ndombele fills, the evolution of Dele Alli, why early August is Erik Lamela's favorite time of year, and plenty more, with today's guest Nathan A Clark, an analyst and writer who focuses on Tottenham.

Spurs fans should absolutely follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanAClark / https://twitter.com/NathanAClark and listen to his podcast, The Extra Inch.

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Also, don't miss out on our new show, Soccer 101

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Aug 05, 2019
Does US Soccer even need a GM, should we be worried about losing dual nationals, and more USMNT-centric listener questions
01:16:11

It's a jam-packed show! Daryl and Taylor answer 8 listener questions, and finally get a chance to provide some updates to the scouting network.

Listener Questions:

1) Might the GM position at US Soccer be a mistake?

2) Should we be worried about the US potentially losing dual nationals and what can be done to keep players from wavering?

3) Could Sergino Dest or Nick Lima play left back for the USA?

4) Why don't some European leagues change things to promote more level competition? Looking in your direction Scotland...

5) Why are South American mainland countries like Guyana, Suriname, and French Guyana part of Concacaf and not Conmebol?

6) Are we reaching the end of big clubs doing their preseason in the US?

7) Why didn't the US compete at the 2019 Pan-American games?

8) Which of the USA's youngsters is most likely to get the Michael Bradley Treatment near the end of his career?

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Aug 04, 2019
MLS All-Star review, club vs international management, NWSL podcast ideas, and more listener questions
00:53:19

We review the MLS All-Stars vs Atletico Madrid, and then answer five listener questions:

1. Where did the term “soccer” come from?

2. What's the benefit of having 2 transfer windows as opposed to just one transfer deadline (like other sports)?

3. Would you rather manage a top club team or a top international team and why?

4. What advice do you have for someone trying to start a new female soccer podcast focusing on the NWSL?

5. Is MLS actually a detriment to the development of American players?

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Aug 02, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Two in a row!
00:14:49

We review the Richmond Kickers' 2-1 win over Toronto FC II 

Highlights of game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRXXQYf1xTE

Aug 02, 2019
Alexi Lalas talks MLS All-Star Skills Challenge, the USA v Mexico gap, 1998 World Cup and more
01:01:44

We sit down with Alexi Lalas to talk about how we'd improve the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge and how he prepares for a broadcast.

Alexi also joins us in answering some listener questions:

1. If you could re-write history and manage a disappointing USMNT (e.g. 1998, 2006, 2018) which team would it be and what would you do differently?

2. What do you make of Zlatan's comments about MLS teams not spending money?

3. How did this seemingly giant gap between the USA and Mexico national teams arise?

4. What are those bumps on players backs?

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Jul 31, 2019
TSS x Cooligans MLS All-Star Crossover Episode, part one
00:39:11

We sit down with our podcast cousins The Cooligans to answer  questions from Twitter, including:

Which MLS player is most likely to two-foot Zlatan?

Which overage players should the US take to the Olympics?

What's the one soccer-related thing you would take to a desert island.

Daryl and Taylor also break off mid-show to do some ad reads and discuss the news about Jill Ellis stepping down as USWNT head coach.

Jim and Jasper should make sure to listen to the last minute or so of this episode.

HOW TO LISTEN TO PART TWO:

Subscribe to the Cooligans podcast and part two will publish on Thursday, August 1.

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Jul 31, 2019
Please help us out and listen to our new show, Soccer 101
00:05:23

We introduce our new, separate show, Soccer 101.

It's like TSS, except it's not newsy. It's a series of detailed explainers about every little detail of soccer. The first season features episodes on offside, the numbers, Panenka, Pele, how to watch a game for tactics, and plenty more.

Here's the Apple Podcasts link, please give it a click and go listen: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/soccer-101/id1473757537

If you're using a different podcast app, here are some other links:

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=446257&refid=stpr

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4i2X6hF2OqfjpxyHs3VvmL?si=bPRUU7BpQJS6s-eqrc_aVw

Overcast: https://overcast.fm/itunes1473757537/soccer-101

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Player FM: https://player.fm/series/soccer-101

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Jul 25, 2019
Aaron West talks jerseys, pho, and how to interview famous players, plus: defining success for Pulisic at Chelsea
00:56:27

Taylor talks to Aaron West about the new Juventus jersey, covering the Women's World Cup for Fox, and techniques for helping famous soccer players relax before you interview them.

Then, starting at 29:56, Daryl and Taylor answer the question: What does success look like for Christian Pulisic at Chelsea this coming season?

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Jul 23, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Florida Men Lose Soccer Match
00:20:58

We review the Kickers 1-0 win over Orlando City B, breaking down the Kickers' new formation (3-5-2-ish), the goal from Dennis Chin, and the three red cards. 

Here are the highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzd3q3gRfZ4

Jul 23, 2019
Who should be the USMNT captain, how to support the NWSL, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and more listener questions
01:02:33

We answer six listener questions and have a jolly good time doing so

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Jul 18, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: The Dread Pirate Roberts strikes for North Texas SC
00:16:06

We review the Kickers' 2-0 loss to North Texas SC, featuring an exquisite goal from young Thomas Roberts.

Here are the highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkcx3RegpSQ

Jul 18, 2019
TSS x Cooligans D.C. crossover episode part 1 — "This kid's eating wraps!"
00:53:32

After the Audi Field live show for the Screaming Eagles, TSS and the Cooligans sat down in our mosquito-filled AirBnB and answered some listener questions.

This is part one. You'll find part two in the Cooligans podcast feed, which is here --> http://soccercooligans.libsyn.com/

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Jul 15, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: discussing the season so far w/ club President and GM Matt Spear
00:44:24

Taylor welcomes Kickers President and General Manager Matt Spear to the studio. They discuss the recent passing of Kickers VP for Community Engagement and Gameday Experience Charlie Slagle, as well as Charlie's life and career.

They then get into the Kickers season so far, including updates on the roster, stadium construction, and plans for the future. Matt also goes deep on the work the Kickers are doing to strengthen community connections by curating a joyful, authentic soccer experience in Richmond.

Jul 12, 2019
USA at the Gold Cup: deep-dive recap and review w/ Henry Bushnell
00:52:32

Taylor talks to Henry Bushnell, features writer for Yahoo Sports, who covered the USMNT at the Gold Cup all tournament long. They go deep on the USA's evolving tactics, what Berhalter got right and, just as importantly, what he got wrong. Plus, they take a long look at some individual players in the squad to determine their strengths, weaknesses, and ideal places in the team going forward. 

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Jul 11, 2019
USA v Mexico Gold Cup Final review, plus: Brazil v Peru Copa America Final review
01:19:20

We review the tactical decisions (and mistakes) in the Gold Cup Final, and look ahead to what's next for Gregg Berhalter and the USMNT

At 57:45, we review the Brazil v Peru Copa America final.

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Jul 08, 2019
USA v Netherlands World Cup Final review
00:46:24

NO SPOILERS in the description!

We review the final of the Women's World Cup between the United States and the Netherlands.

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Jul 07, 2019
Deep and detailed USA v Mexico Gold Cup Final preview with Joe Lowery
01:18:32

Daryl talks briefly to Taylor but then to Joe Lowery of The Athletic about Sunday's USMNT v Mexico Gold Cup Final

Topics addressed:

Specific GreggyBall improvements we've seen during the Gold Cup so far

Importance of Jozy Altidore to making this system work

How Mexico plays and which Mexican players we should look out for (spoiler: one of them is Raul Jimenez)

Possible opportunities that Mexico's style presents for the USMNT

The USMNT's defensive setup, what we think the US is trying to do, how it can be improved, and what we think Berhalter should do for the final

Lineup conundrums Berhalter faces for the final

And, by popular demand, what the future looks like for the USMNT, including how and where players like Pomykal, Adams, and Dest could be integrated into the US starting XI

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Jul 06, 2019
USA v Netherlands World Cup Final preview w/ Caitlin Murray
00:42:02

Caitlin Murray is back on the show to preview the World Cup Final between the USA and the Netherlands. She catches us up on the respective healths of Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle, possible starting lineup permutations, and how Jill Ellis has kept the team focused in training this week.

In the middle of the show, Daryl joins to help do some ad reads AND help preview the game from a tactical perspective. It's fun!

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Jul 05, 2019
Previewing the Gold Cup Final and Copa America Final w/ Felipe Cardenas
00:33:44

Felipe Cardenas makes his second appearance of the week to discuss how El Tri will likely approach their Gold Cup Final date with the USMNT. How can Berhalter adjust his tactics, who are some players to keep an eye on, and how bad will the Mexican press melt down if the US manages to win? All that, plus some Copa America talk. Felipe helps explain how Peru got it right/Chile got it wrong in their semifinal, as well as what the final might look like from a tactical standpoint.

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Jul 05, 2019
USA v Jamaica Gold Cup semi-final review, plus WWC Netherlands v Sweden review
00:54:57

We open with a tight 10-minute review of Netherlands v Sweden.

At 12:20 we review the USA v Jamaica Gold Cup semifinal

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Jul 04, 2019
Discussing Mexico in the Gold Cup and the first Copa America semifinal w/ Felipe Cardenas
00:44:57

The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas is back on the show to discuss Mexico advancing to the Gold Cup Final. To do so, they had to get past a difficult Haiti side, and Felipe has insight into how they did so and what opportunities the USA/Jamaica might be able to exploit.

After that, it's on to the first Copa America semifinal in which Brazil eliminated Argentina 2-0. What next for La Albiceleste? Just how good is this Brazil team? Why aren't Bolivia more competitive? All that and much more!

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Jul 03, 2019
USA v Jamaica Gold Cup semifinal preview
00:35:35

We give you a quick explainer on how Jamaica play and the players and trends to look out for, then get into how the US can go about getting a result; talking lineups, tactics, and the USMNT's attacking and defensive schemes.

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Jul 03, 2019
WWC: USA v England, a deep-dive, tactical, tea-sipping review
00:53:39

We go all in on the USA v England World Cup semifinal, breaking down the lineup choices, the tactical approaches, the goals and the controversies. Hope you enjoy! If you do, please share with a friend, family member, or workplace proximity associate.

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Jul 02, 2019
Richmond Kickers Weekly: Chattanooga Red Wolves review — beaten by Beattie
00:21:06

We review the Richmond Kickers 1-0 loss to Chattanooga Red Wolves. The show is a long and detailed breakdown of Chattanooga's winning goal, scored by Steven Beattie in the 7th minute.

Here's the link to the highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJnLhhtzOQ

 

Jul 02, 2019
WWC: England v USA preview, featuring your listener questions
00:59:23

Daryl and Taylor go deep on the strengths and weaknesses of both England and the United States, before answering 11 listener questions relating to Tuesday's World Cup semi final. Hotelgate, the British press, Lindsay Horan, and Daryl's allegiances are all subject to debate!

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Jul 01, 2019
USA v Curacao review — what worked and what didn't
00:51:40

We analyze the USMNT's 1-0 win over Curacao, getting deep into the things that worked and the problems we saw.

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Jul 01, 2019
USMNT v Curacao Gold Cup preview, plus Italy-Netherlands and Germany-Sweden WWC reviews
00:49:11

Daryl and Taylor discuss...

0:00 - The strangeness of European Olympic qualifying

3:50 - Italy v Netherlands

14:28 - Germany v Sweden

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32:55 - USMNT v Curacao preview (TL:DL = Curacao are better than you think, but are also possibly the ideal opponent for validating Greggyball)

Jun 29, 2019
WWC: USA v France deep-dive review
00:54:15