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Need some soccer talk to get you through 2017? Andrew sits down with AT&T Rookie of the Year Julian Gressel to talk Atlanta United and his unconventional path from Germany to Providence to the pros. Sporting KC backstop Tim Melia also stops by to explain why it took until now for him to become a game-changing 'keeper and what his future might hold (hint, GM).

Direct download: ETR_Gressel_Melia.mp3
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While the holidays are on David sitdowns with MLS legend Dero to talk about his career path, finding the next Dero, and winning championships. David also talks MLS with Jack Harrison and Kelyn Rowe. Link here to Jessie Rees Foundation http://negu.org/kelyn-rowe/

Direct download: ETR_Dec25_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

Forget TAM and GAM! The guys sit down with the newest member of the ETR family -- that'd be Cam Wiebe -- to break down expansion news, talk transfers, and chat with USMNT starlet Kellyn Acosta about his WhatsApp buddies Christian Pulisic & Weston McKinnie, his future plans and FC Dallas heading into 2018.

Direct download: ETR_Dec21_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:51pm EST

The guys break down the hire of Gio Saverese with Dave Martinez, and talk to LAFC GM John Thorrington about Diego Rossi, Ciman/Zimmerman, Bob's plan, and more.

Direct download: ETR_Dec18_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EST

Either the internet has eroded our attention spans past the point of recognition, or there was just that much massive news in Major League Soccer this week. Maybe both. Not even a week ago, Toronto FC were winning MLS Cup and claiming best-ever status. Now? It's all Darlington Nagbe to ATLUTD, LAFC's ever-growing roster and silly season in full swing.

 

Nagbe to the South could be the biggest MLS trade yet, and the guys dive in to provide analysis from top to bottom to give you the lowdown on the Five Stripe's big gamble and Portland's big payday. Then ATLUTD president Darren Eales calls in to talk Nagbe, those Ezequiel Barco rumors and Arthur Blank's desire to push the on-field envelope.

 

Silly season got, well, even sillier in a matter of days. LAFC sign Uruguayan starlet Diego Rossi to a DP deal, those Sacha Kljestan rumors won't go away and the newest club in MLS grabbed five new players (and traded two) in the Expansion Draft. And that's just the beginning. Praise be to Panterita! The Dynamo locked up Alberth Elis. Plus, NYCFC and Sporting KC are making moves and making trades, the LA Galaxy have a new centerback and there are so many rumors that you won't be able to keep up.

 

In the mailbag, a new Hot-Take Hotline theme straight from the 70s, the guys realize their reading comprehension is lacking and wonder which players might have Twitter burner accounts a la Kevin Durant. Remember, you can call or text the show at 401-206-0MLS!

Direct download: ETR_Today.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:04pm EST

Toronto FC are your 2017 MLS Cup Champions! The guys crown the Reds as the best team in MLS history – feel free to disagree via the Hot-Take Hotline – while trying to understand why Seattle took so long to adjust to Greg Vanney’s tactical switch. The result also proves the ETR curse lives on after five hosts picked the Sounders to repeat. Plus, don’t miss an opportunity to bask in the glory that is Jozy Altidore’s speech from the championship parade.

Of course, there’s no rest for the weary as the MLS offseason gets off to a flying start with a half-day trade window that can only be described as “lit,” TAM Injection tours all 23 league markets, the free agent list comes out and the Expansion Draft gets set for Tuesday. What do Kei Kamara and Walker Zimmerman bring to their new teams? Are there handshake deals going down between ATLUTD and the new boys? Which free agents are getting wined and dined? 

In the mailbag, Doyle and Ben give a bandwagon fan the business, then turn the heat up on themselves. Remember, you can call or text the show at 401-206-0MLS!

Direct download: ETR_MLSsoccer_Dec_11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm EST

The 2017 MLS season comes down to this. Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC, an MLS Cup rematch from one year ago.

Will the Sounders repeat? Will Toronto FC claim the best MLS season of all-time? David and Sam Stejskal get things started from the Six, as the locals say, and Andrew and Matt finish things off from the Green Room back in New York.

Comments or questions before, during or after the big game? Hit up the Hot-Take Hotline! Call or text at 401-206-0MLS.

Direct download: 2017_ETR_MLS_Cup_preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13pm EST

It's 2017 MLS Cup Week! Wiebe returns from baby duty a changed man, but the convo on the pod is all about the big championship rematch.

What legacies are set to be cemented, created or destroyed when Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders meet on Saturday (4 pm ET; ESPN, UniMás in US | TSN, TVAS in Canada)? Also, can TFC return to the all-time form they showed midseason or will they keep their Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs form going and grind a win out against the Sounders? And what would back-to-back titles mean for Seattle?

In the second segment, the guys shower some praise on 2017 Landon Donovan MLS MVP winner Diego Valeri and explain why it was never really a discussion about who would take home the award. Of course, there is also plenty of time to quibble about some of the voters' decisions. They also take a look at the latest MLS rumors and reports as silly season begins.

Some competition to the show could also be on the way as Jermaine Jones announces his own radio show! That ought to be fun. Plus, Ben Baerantees an MLS Cup pick that doubles as a troll move, and Wiebe divulges a little too much about his life over the past three weeks.

Direct download: ETR_Dec4_MLSsoccer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm EST

We know the matchup for the 2017 MLS Cup final as Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders will meet again at BMO Field on December 9 (4 pm ET; ESPN, UniMás in US | TSN, TVAS in Canada). Current MLS players Ethan Finlay and Rodney Wallace join the guys for the first segment to provide expert analysis on Toronto's 1-0 win against Columbus Crew SC. Were they surprised by Gregg Berhalter's tactical change and should TFC be favorites in MLS Cup?

In the second segment, Doyle joins Gass and Ben to discuss Seattle's relatively easy time dispatching the Dynamo. Is this time better than last year's squad and are they hitting a high point at the perfect time?

The mailbag let's you know what's wrong about this year's Best XI, which was released on Thursday night.

Direct download: MLS_Rematch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17am EST

It's almost time for the 2017 MLS Cup with the second legs of the Conference Championships taking place on Wednesday and Thursday. The guys discuss whether Toronto FC are truly in form right now and if Columbus can take get a huge win on the road while the West looks pretty clear cut with Seattle the clear favorites to advance.

In the second segment, Doyle breaks down the coaching change in San Jose and what Anthony Hudson could bring to Colorado. It's also Contract Deadline Day so they discuss as many moves as they can by Monday afternoon.

The mailbag is filled with a discussion of what story time should be and whether Greg Vanney should have been named Coach of the Year.

Direct download: ETR_Nov27_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm EST

The 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs are on and flying. David leans on Kurt Larson (Toronto Sun) and Sam Stejskal (mlssoccer.com) in Columbus to break down everything in the eastern conference championships. Then Matt Doyle joins in to breakdown the Sounders roaring start in Texas as the cup holders head towards a repeat.

In the mailbag Kurt and Sam stick around to talk the USMNT coaching options, and MLS playoff format.

2:56 TFC Tactical risks

8:28 Blueprint for Crew SC for 2nd leg

12:54 Pressure mounting on TFC

17: 27 Greg Vanney’s impact in Toronto

19:23 Debate over newcomer of the year

23:15 What buttons are Gregg Berhalter going to push?

29:21 Sounders looking like the reigning champs again

33:02 What went wrong for Houston?

36:47 MLS Cup Playoff theatrics

38:40 Leg 2 preview

41:20 Caleb Porter for USMNT? If not then who?

44:10 Could Justin Meram have been a USMNT star?

45:32 Playoff format debate

 

And of course Happy Thanksgiving to all our ETR listeners.

Direct download: ETR_Nov22_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12am EST

The Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs are finally back after a two-week absence and the crew here is to breakdown everything you need to know heading into both Leg 1's on Tuesday night.

In Columbus, Crew SC have a huge opportunity ahead of them as Toronto FC will be without Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. What will head Gregg Berhalter do tactically to befuddle the Supporters' Shield winners and who will TFC rely on to fill the scoring void (8 pm ET; ESPN, ESPN Deportes in US | TSN 1/3/4/5, TVAS in Canada).

Out West, the Houston Dynamo host the Seattle Sounders at BBVA Compass Stadium (9:30 pm ET; FS1, FOX Deportes in US | TSN1/3, TVAS in Canada). The big question for Houston is who will start in the attack while Seattle will be weighing whether to push forward for an away goal or try to keep a clean sheet. Plus, the guys discuss Caleb Porter's exit from the Portland Timbers.

Segment 1 - Full breakdown of Eastern Conference Championship Leg 1

  • What do Crew SC need to do vs. short-handed Toronto (2:33)
  • Who replaces Jozy and Giovinco for TFC? (10:02)

Segment 2 - Full breakdown of Western Conference Championship Leg 1 + Caleb Porter reax

  • How does Wimer Cabrera juggle attacking pieces? (18:12)
  • Do Seattle repeat performance from Leg 1 vs. Vancouver (20:53)
  • Predictions for Leg 1 (32:21)
  • Reaction to Caleb Porter leaving Portland (32:41)

Segment 3 - Mailbag and Hot-Take Hotline

  • Are Ben Baer's takes really that hot?
  • Does Caleb Porter's departure make him a more likely USMNT option?
  • Should Almiron have won Newcomer of the Year (47:54)
Direct download: ETR_Nov20_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm EST

The guys get back together to discuss the four teams left in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. What are the expectations and points pressure for each side? How were able to get to this point in the season? What will the future look like win or lose for them? Plus a sit down with Howard Webb on Video Review

3:48 TFC the pressure and task at hand

10:30 Crew SC how did they get here, what’s in store for the future?

20:20 Does Dempsey need this MLS Cup to cement his legacy?

31:30 How Houston was built, what is their core going forward, and how do the Honduran Internationals perform after their heartbreak in Australia.

42:27 Howard Webb interview on Video Review’s historic roll out, goals for improvement, and what to expect in 2018.

56:45 USMNT-Portugal reaction, debating the future of the GK position

1:08:20 International NIT?

Direct download: ETR_November16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

With the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs still on a break and Andrew Wiebe welcoming Cameron Russell into the world (congrats!), the ExtraTime Radio crew spends some time talking to new Revolution head coach Brad Friedel to understand his philosophy heading into his first professional coaching gig, and previewing the young USMNT squads matchup in Portugal (3:45 pm ET; FS1, Univision, UniMás).

3:47 Brad Friedel Interview
10:16 Friedel on his International contacts he can bring to New England
12:11 How player acquisition will be handled
13:17 Friedel on Revs Academy
16:28 Revs attacking pieces fitting together
20:26 Cody Croppers future
21:25 Friedel on the profile of player the Revs will look for.
32:11 What to look forward to for USMNT fans on Tuesday
37:36 Should the US Soccer foundation be taken down or built on?
42:22 Timeline for hiring next US coach
44:24 Pulisic’s TPT article
50:24 The progress of MLS Homegrowns
53:55 Yaya Toure to NYCFC?
57:00 Debate over Sounders Dynasty

Direct download: ETR_Nov13_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EST

The last time in a little while soon to be father Andrew Wiebe and the gang get together to cover all the MLS news. New England make their big coaching hire what will Brad Friedel bring to the club? Up north Remi Garde could be a game changing manager for both Montreal and MLS.

 

In the second segment Dave Sarachan USMNT Interim Manager calls in from Portugal to discuss the future for his young squad, and look back on the dark days of CONCACAF Qualifying.

 

In the mailbag the guys pick through some fantasy MLS trades, fan fiction MLS Cup 2017 finishes, and debate MLS dynasties.

Direct download: ETR_Nov9_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:02pm EST

Turmoil in the tunnel. Handbags in the hallway. Clash in the club. The 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs got heated on Sunday as the field was narrowed to four, and Jozy Altidore and Sacha Kljestan got all the headlines for the fracas that led to red card to both ... at halftime!

The guys weigh in on the BMO brouhaha, break down Crew SC's loss (but series win) at Yankee Stadium and try to find the balance between injuries and results as the Dynamo busted brackets in Portland.

Plus, USMNT chatter and much more in the Hot-Take Hotline!

Direct download: ETR_Nov6_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

The guys break down the Sounders victory as they continue on their quest for MLS Cup repeat. They ask what is next for the Whitecaps. In the second segment they preview the Sunday action of leg 2 MLS playoff action as it is win or go home time. 

Direct download: ETR_Nov3_siri_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

With the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in full swing, the guys get together to dig into Tuesday's Crew SC-NYCFC match and the three Conference Semifinal first legs already in the books. Can anyone stop Toronto FC? Are fans right to boo Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley? Can Portland cope with the loss of Diego Chara? Why can't anyone score goals in the Western Conference?

Direct download: ETR_Oct31_siri_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

Four games and the Knockout Round down, 13 games and a season-capping trophy lift to go as the 2017 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs roll on. After two long nights – one with goals, and one without (though no shortage of drama) – the guys sit down to make sense of it all ahead of the first leg of the conference semifinals.

In this episode...

Segment 1 - Knockout Round review

  • Sorry Atlanta, Columbus are officially the darling of the MLS Cup Playoffs (4:26)
  • Pipa goes Panenka, Zach Steffen's coming out party in PKs (11:01)
  • Set-piece dominant Vancouver wipes the floor with Earthquakes (13:12)
  • Sporting KC fans lament yet another disappointing playoff loss (16:05)
  • Where Kansas City must improve, no excuses (20:12)
  • Fire peak in June, Red Bulls get rolling at just the right time (24:20)

Segment 2 - Semifinal matchups

  • VANvSEA - 'Caps look to replicate Sounders 2017 run, No Dempsey for Seattle (28:53)
  • NYvTOR - Why the Red Bulls could pull the upset, Why Toronto won't let that happen (33:28)
  • HOUvPOR - Dynamo revolve around ... Vicente Sanchez, Timbers easy favorites (39:52)
  • CLBvNYC - Everyone is rooting for Columbus, David Villa must carry NYCFC (45:28)

Segment 3 - Mailbag and Hot-Take Hotline

  • Offside calls get Soccer Twitter up in arms (53:33)
  • Why didn't Tata reorder the PK shooters? (55:32)
  • Pedro Santos hot take, but what about final product? (57:05)
  • Sam Allardyce for USMNT? San Jose? No thanks (1:05:38)

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Direct download: ETR_Oct27_siri_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

There's no better time than the present for MLS fans, and the guys are in heaven following an insane Decision Day that saw the sixth and final playoff spot change hands seven times, the Western Conference picture shuffle and the Eastern Conference go bonkers only to stay the same (somehow). Listen for analysis from the final day of the regular season, plus a Knockout Round preview that includes a few fearless predictions!

In this episode...

Segment 1 - Decision Day drama

  • Can we do that every single weekend? (1:55)
  • Scoreboard roulette for the final playoff spot (3:35)
  • Should wins be the first tiebreaker? Or goal differential? (7:02)
  • What's next for FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake? (9:15)
  • 'Caps talk a big game but can't back it up (12:33)
  • Should Clint Dempsey miss mulitple games for that elbow? (14:05)
  • Joy for Houston ... and despair for Kansas City (16:50)
  • USMNT players booed, Miggy returns in ATL (21:10)
  • New York City holds serve thanks to Villa (25:45)

Segment 2 - Knockout Round previews

  • CHIvNY - Dax trade referendum, pressure on the Red Bulls (29:20)
  • VANvSJ - Fredy Montero's attacking futility, Quakes hoping for Goonie magic (34:01)
  • ATLvCLB - Potential for fireworks as Almiron returns, Crew SC play for the fans (38:05)
  • HOUvSKC - Who starts up top for Dynamo? Can Sporting buck history? (43:11)

Segment 3 - Mailbag and Hot-Take Hotline

  • This week's Baerantee is trash (49:40)
  • Shame, shame, shame from Canada (52:04)
  • Revisiting preseason predictions (52:54)
  • Naming names and revealing our awards ballots (59:15)

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Direct download: ETR_Oct23_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42pm EST

If you haven't listened to ExtraTime Radio, are you really ready for Decision Day? Prepare for the final day of the regular season with Andrew, Matt and David with a special show from the RFK Stadium press box.

There may just be one playoff spot left up for grabs -- battle royal time for San Jose Dallas and Salt Lake -- but the seeding scenarios are downright insane, with just three points separating two through five in both conferences. The guys answer all the pressing questions, then make some regular-season finale Baerantees. Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus also drops by for a mailbag full of RFK lore.

In this episode...

Segment 1 - Crew SC and Eastern Conference

Segment 2 - Western Conference insanity

Segment 3 - Mailbag and Hot-Take Hotline

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Direct download: ETR_Oct19_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:36pm EST

Carlos Ruiz is an absolute legend. From the sacrifices his family made in Guatemala to help him chase his soccer dream to the dark arts that helped him win championships and score goals to the MLS moments, join us for another story time segment. It is our favorite yet!

Direct download: Ruiz_special.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04am EST

If Sunday and Countdown to Decision Day didn't get your juices flowing, you either don't like soccer or last Tuesday in Trinidad & Tobago still haunts you. It's time to at last partly move on -- but never forget -- and the guys jump in the Blue Room to talk Major League Soccer as the playoff field came one team from being set, though seeding is still up in the air, and the Landon Donovan MVP award and Golden Boot races started to clarify. Plus, a preview of MLS story time with Carlos 'Pescadito' Ruiz and the future of the US national team in the mailbag! 

In this episode...

Segment 1 - Countdown to Decision Day

  • Houston Dynamo's season-changing week locks in playoff spot (3:57)
  • Are Sporting KC fading ... again? What will Vermes do with Dwyer money? (7:04)
  • Cascadia trio separate themselves as West's best ... Or did they? (12:21)
  • Real Salt Lake stumble as Yura remains rooted to bench (13:37)
  • San Jose might make the playoffs with worst GD in the West (17:09)
  • Seattle or Portland: Who is more dangerous in the playoffs? (19:33)
  • Diego Valeri for MVP? Who is on board? (24:50)
  • Three points separate 2-5 in the standings (25:30)
  • Who made the most of their weekend? Crew SC or Chicago? (26:54)
  • Home-field advantage is important, especially for Atlanta (30:33)

Segment 2 - Preview of MLS story time with Carlos Ruiz

  • A taste of our hour-long interview w/ Pescadito, full pod coming Wednesday (37:13)

Segment 3 - Mailbag and Hot-Take Hotline

  • This week's Baer-antee (53:48)
  • Who picked Nemanja Nikolic to win Golden Boot? (55:12)
  • Wondo in the No. 10 role ... Is Leitch out of ideas? (56:56)
  • Who is the current equivalent of Carlos Ruiz in MLS? (59:23)
  • What direction should the USMNT plot for the future? (1:04:44)
  • Could Bruce Arena return to MLS? (1:13:05)

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Direct download: ETR_Oct16_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

It hurts. We know. In need of self-therapy after the US national team's World Cup qualifying nightmare, Andrew Wiebe and Matt Doyle let their emotions flow on Thursday, with a little help from their friends.

After the guys break down what went wrong, commiserate over the opportunity lost for anyone who loves soccer in the United States and begin to think about what the future might bring, former USMNT star and Fox Sports pundit Alexi Lalas (19:04), Paul Tenorio (35:38) of FourFourTwo and Brian Sciaretta (45:27) of American Soccer Now chime in with their respective takes. As always, you can call or text the show at 401-206-0MLS.

In this episode...

US crash out of World Cup

  • Massive feeling of loss takes hold of US soccer community (3:10)
  • Is change inevitable for U.S. Soccer after failure? (6:24)
  • Why missing Russia robs next generation of opportunity (10:15)
  • Mindset must change from top to bottom in US soccer circles (13:01)
  • Soccer is not broken in the US ... do your part to improve it (17:45)
  • INTERVIEW: Alexi Lalas (Fox Sports) breaks down what went wrong (19:04)
  • INTERVIEW: Paul Tenorio (FourFourTwo) talks legacy of failure (35:38)
  • INTERVIEW: Brian Sciaretta (ASN) on missing generation and what's next (45:27)

Countdown to Decision Day

  • Should Red Bulls or ATL hold back in possible playoff matchup? (1:03:01)
  • Will World Cup failure hang over Toronto FC? (1:04:52)
  • What is Kaka's MLS legacy? (1:08:42)
  • How will Tim Melia's injury affect Sporting KC's title hopes? (1:13:27)
  • Who is the Western Conference's bogey team? (1:17:15)

Mailbag

  • What is Clint Dempsey future with the USMNT? (1:23:39)
  • Did we over hype USMNT? Does ETR bear some responsibility? (1:24:38)
  • How do we build a better and more education soccer community?(1:30:50)
  • Does the USMNT need to adopt a single system? (1:32:59)
  • Whose US career is over after World Cup flop? (1:35:37)

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Direct download: ETR_Oct12_MLSs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

What a weekend it was the US National stepped up agains Panama in their biggest moment in years, and the NY Red Bulls locked down the last of the Eastern Conference playoff spots. It was all a little too much for Andrew so he takes a breath as David, Matt, and Ben guide you through it all. What did the USA learn from their demolition of Panama? What changes do you expect in Trinidad? What positions are up for battle?

 

6:12 T&T Preview

 

In the second segment the guys investigate whether a Daniel Royer fueled Red Bulls side can threaten the top of the east, and then they both lay to rest and give hope to every MLS squad that has fallen by the wayside. Which of the 8 has disappointed the most, and which fan base has the most hope to get them through the winter.

 

New England & Orlando 25:31

Philadelphia 31:17

Montreal 35:13

DC United 36:43

LA Galaxy 39:23

Colorado 41:50

Minnesota United 43:23

Direct download: ETR_Oct9_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EST

Immediate reaction following the US national team's 4-0 win against Panama. A special gift from the ETR guys to you!

Direct download: USvPAN_react.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm EST

Friday's World Cup qualifier against Panama in Orlando (7 pm ET, ESPN2) has Matt losing sleep. Four years of work comes down to two games. Well, one really.

The US need to win or draw against Los Canaleros to avoid a playoff against Australia or Syria for a place in Russia, with all three points the only truly acceptable result. Can they do it? The guys preview the big game from top to bottom, then invite Panamanian journalist David Sakata of DiarioPro (listen at 18:49 mark) to explain how San Zusi's goal in 2013 turned into a national nightmare that's stuck with the squad to this day.

In this episode...

US-Panama preview

  • Doyle can't sleep ... The stress of World Cup qualification is too much! (3:30)
  • What would it mean if the US missed the World Cup? (5:20)
  • All the Hexagonal scenarios ahead of the final two games (9:02)
  • Reminiscing about the San Zusi game and heartbreak in Panama City (11:31)
  • INTERVIEW: Panamanian journalist David Sakata on 2013 and Friday's match (18:49)
  • Will the rest of CONCACAF help the USMNT if they need it? (31:40)
  • Why the USMNT should abandon the 4-4-2 for Pulisic's sake (33:55)
  • Clint Dempsey ... sub or starter? (40:18)
  • Constructing the best-possible backline (43:45)

MLS Weekend + Mailbag

  • Danladi or Gressel for Rookie of the Year (47:48)
  • Nesta (and Poku) to Montreal? Are the guys on board? (54:04)
  • Must-win for Red Bulls with playoffs at stake (58:31)
  • Minnesota turn things around! Whats next? (1:03:40)
  • How should Vermes navigate bizarre schedule? (1:06:19)
  • Why Feilhaber over Kljestan for USMNT must-win? (1:12:35)
  • Have FC Dallas' struggles hurt Kelyn Acosta's transfer hopes? (1:15:56)

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Direct download: ETR_Oct5_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

A Supporters' Shield and double for Toronto FC, drama in the wild wild Western Conference, Bruce Arena's crunch-time roster for the final two World Cup qualifiers on the road to Russia and much more ... the ExtraTime Radio pump is primed and ESPN's Taylor Twellman (listen at 36:33 mark) joins the guys to discuss it all. Subscribe to ExtraTime Radio to listen to the podcast twice a week.

Also in this episode...

  • Are Toronto FC getting the hoopla they deserve for Shield? (2:10)
  • Should Toronto FC go for the all-time points record? (7:10)
  • The Western Conference's best team? It's anyone's guess (9:52)
  • Was that a handball and PK in Orlando? Guys chime in (20:33)
  • The hottest team in MLS that nobody (but us) is talking about (22:32)
  • Who will win the Golden Boot? (25:45)
  • Matt Doyle's take on Bruce Arena's USMNT roster for WCQs (27:50)
  • INTERVIEW: ESPN's Taylor Twellman on USMNT holes, MLS (36:33)
  • Hot-Take Hotline/Mailbag ... 401-206-0MLS (1:04:33)
  • This week's Baerantee (1:05:37)
  • What's your MLS Halloween costume? (1:12:27)

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Direct download: ETR_Oct2_1.mp3
Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:09pm EST

Nothing liked a packed Wednesday night slate of wild MLS action to get Andrew, David and Matt riled up on a Thursday. The guys get petty with inspiration from Steve Birnbaum and D.C. United, then talk 24 Under 24 and the best young players in MLS. Make sure you bookmark the interview with US youth technical director and U-20 head coach Tab Ramos (38:07) for some inside insight on the league's top young talents and the work being done by the federation to keep the pipeline full of talent.

Also in this episode...

  • Tyler Adams and Own Goal steal the show in petty Atlantic Cup (2:29)
  • Galaxy crumble on the road as Dynamo avoid gut-punch loss (5:46)
  • FC Dallas bust their slump against Rapids -- first win since July! (8:07)
  • Sounders rain on 'Caps parade ... and Andrew definitely doesn't gloat (9:55)
  • Atlanta United make the playoffs! But home slate was soft... (13:03)
  • Miguel Almiron's teammates honor him ... Too much or just right? (16:05)
  • Listeners push back on Tata Martino squad rotation critique (17:37)
  • Are New England fans right to be hacked off about Video Review? (19:47)
  • Fire trade Wooden Spoon for playoff spot as Quakes fall flat (23:31)
  • What do the guys think of 2017's 24 Under 24? (28:01)
  • Why the 24 Under 24 list is different than years past (30:45)
  • INTERVIEW: Tab Ramos, US youth technical director and U-20 head coach
  • Alessandro Nesta rumored to be Montreal's next head coach (1:06:00)
  • Crew SC are ignored now longer ... Doyle's take on Columbus (1:09:24)
  • Remembering Christos FC with a hilarious listener story (1:11:20)

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Every single result result matters this time of year, and Andrew Wiebe, David Gass and Matt Doyle jump in the studio to break down MLS Week 29 (see below) before giving Real Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke a call (25:35) following his team's streak-breaking win against the Seattle Sounders.

In this episode...

  • Real Salt Lake's climb from last place to a playoff place (2:30)
  • Did Tata Martino make a mistake by not resting stars in ATL? (5:52)
  • Diego Valeri's MVP and Golden Boot chances (12:41)
  • How will the wacky Western Conference shake out? (14:56)
  • Did D.C. United send a message by benching Bill Hamid? (21:33)
  • Gyasi Zardes ... right back? (23:23)

The guys will be back for an extra-special ExtraTime Live driven by Continental on Thursday at 2 pm ET for an MLSsoccer.com exclusive. For the first time in the history of 24 Under 24, the Top 10 will be revealed on Facebook Live. Set a reminder below to follow along as MLS's best young players are honored!

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The gang is all together in Kansas City post USOC final festivities to break it all down. Where does this SKC core stand in the all-time order after their 4th cup in 6 years? How about Peter Vermes?

In the second segment, the guys look ahead to the weekend after a wild set of midweek results, what does the future hold for the NE Revolution, and much more.

In the mailbag, the guys select a coach for their imaginary clubs, and much more.

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Halfway through September, the Eastern Conference playoff field seems set while the West gets more interesting by the day. Andrew and David get together in Brooklyn to dig deep into a formative MLS weekend as the haves separate themselves from the have-nots. You can look forward to...

  • Wild scenes (and an awesome game) in ATL
  • The Toronto FC buzzsaw chews up the Galaxy
  • We Believe! Why Real Salt Lake deserves a playoff spot
  • We're worried! Houston and Dallas are fading fast
  • 'Caps fans bring some hot takes directed at the guys

Plus, your US Open Cup preview ahead of Wednesday's final at Children's Mercy Park between Sporting KC and the New York Red Bulls and a fuego mailbag segment! Tune in to ExtraTime Live driven by Continental after the final whistle of the USOC final for an extra-special post-game show on Facebook Live.

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What happens when Atlanta United see red? We're talking two first-half red cards to the second-ever visitors to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We're talking 9 vs. 11 when Josef Martinez is feeling it and Miguel Almiron is ready to ride. A soccer touchdown, that's what happens.

After the Revs suffered a historic 7-0 defeat, the guys argue about running up the score and whether Tata Martino should have gone even numbers just to keep his side rested. Then ATLUTD president Darren Eales (9:30) calls in to rave about an incredible season so far, give Tata credit for keeping things even keel and basically guarantee that a new single-season attendance record will be set on Saturday.

After the break, Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson (37:45) joins Andrew and David to explain how the Whitecaps fought their way into first place, what tier of attacker Yordy Reyna falls in and why Thierry Henry still wanted to be coached with the Red Bulls. Plus, all your questions, comments and banter in the Mailbag as the Hot-Take Hotline lights up for the

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INTERVIEWS: Caleb Porter (25:06) and Diego Valeri (1:03:13)

Monday means soccer talk! Don't forget to subscribe so you never miss a show. First up, Andrew, David (Jason?) and Matt dive into the weekend action, including Atlanta United's banner homecoming at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the make-or-break homestand that figures to define their season and playoff place. It was a big win, but what on earth is wrong with FC Dallas? Plenty, it seems.

More questions answers: Can Toronto FC make regular-season history AND win MLS Cup? What's the deal with the rumored Erik Palmer-Brown move? Who's the odds-on favorite to win Landon Donovan MLS MVP? Are the Montreal Impact out if after a third straight loss? How will Jordan Morris' injury affect the Sounders?

After the break, Portland head coach Caleb Porter (25:06) joins Andrew for an unfiltered interview about the state of coaching and tactics in MLS, the players and teams he respects most, the reason Portland was the right job from him and whether the pressure on the Timbers is fair or not. Stick around for a Seattle-based #Baerantee in the mailbag, then MVP candidate Diego Valeri (1:03:13) hops on for an interview you won't want to miss.

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Is the sky falling for the US national team? Short answer ... no. Long answer ... don't look up. After a near catastrophic international break for Bruce Arena and the Americans, Andrew and Matt get together to break it all down. What's up with the stinkers against Costa Rica and Honduras? What can Arena do to right the ship? Why would anyone think missing the World Cup is the answer to the USMNT's current struggles?

With that out of the way, the guys tackle Atlanta United's home-heavy slate as Mercedes-Benz Arena prepares for its first MLS match. Can the FIve Stripes get enough points to keep their playoff and MLS Cup dreams alive? If they don't, how big a blow is that to their banner first season? Plus, which non-playoff team is best equipped for 2018?

After the break, Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes joins Andrew for a long, all-encompassing interview, including what makes the best defense in MLS so special, the MLS academy arms race, effect of TAM on rosters and scouting, Graham Zusi's career in KC and switch to right back and current plight of the US national team. Would Vermes consider the job? You bet, if he can bear to leave Sporting.

Instead of the Hot-Take Hotline, Ike Opara and Tim Melia (Sporting KC) drop by for an off-the-cuff convo about All-Star snubs, fast cars, Vermes' health regimen and kickball games at Chivas USA. Stay tuned for lots of laughs and stories you've never heard before!

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Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the holiday with a heaping helping of ExtraTime Radio driven by Continental, as Andrew Wiebe and Matt Doyle come to your from their living rooms to yours.

The guys break down a disastrous loss to Costa Rica on Friday, look ahead to a high-stakes trip to San Pedro Sula to face Honduras on Tuesday, calculate the odds that the Americans could (gulp) actually miss the World Cup and take a hard look at Bruce Arena's roster choices and role in the loss.

The MLS slate may have been truncated, but there was a lot to talk about. Stick around for the latest around the league and listener questions and takes in the Hot-Take Hotline!

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With World Cup Qualifying around the corner, the guys shift to the US national team. Taylor Twellman (ESPN) will be on the call Friday night when the US take on Costa Rica, and he joins the guys to debate some hot topics heading into the game.

Then the guys head to New Jersey to sit down with Darlington Nagbe  in the team hotel to discuss his passion in the game, working with Christian Pulisic, why a European move has to make sense for his family, and more.

In a special segment, the guys check in with Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti on all the work being done to help Houston recover and rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.

The mailbag begins with some FC Dallas news before shifting to listener texts: What is the future of MLS coaching hires? Is the "Research Baer" gun shy? Which team do the guys dislike most?

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The guys are off the road after going coast to coast for Heineken Rivalry Week and ready to draft in the "Research Baer" to break it all down. Are TFC on their way to breaking the MLS single season points record? With NY Blue will MLS be next? Who should worry more Chicago or FCD? Plus much more.

 

In the second segment "Secretary of Defense" himself Tim Howard joins the guy from USMNT camp. He tells stories from the past of how he got between the pipes, debuting in MLS in 1998, the future of USMNT goalkeeping, and World Cup Qualifying.

 In the mailbag half the league is either sending gift baskets or angry mail on Ben's latest "Baerentee", the guys debate the future of the US centerback spot, and much more.

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In the midst of a Heineken Rivalry Road trip, the guys sit down with FC Dallas owner Dan Hunt for an extra special edition of MLS story time. From his father Lamar's contagious love for the game to the day in 2001 when it looked like the league was dead, Hunt takes the guys behind the scenes of one of American soccer's leading families.

That's not all. There's plenty of midweek action to break down, as well as a full slate of rivalry games at the weekend. Listen for everything you missed or need to know -- and don't forget to tune in to ExtraTime Live driven by Continental on Friday at Red Bull Arena (5:30 ET) and Sunday in Montreal (3 ET) on Facebook Live.

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ExtraTime Radio is on the road, and it's time to call a spade a spade. Are you a playoff team or an also-ran? For most, that question has already been answered. With the help of Matt Pentz(ESPNFC) and the Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle, Andrew and David dig through the Eastern and Western Conferences looking for quality and the most buzzworthy news of the day.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EST

A new dawn, a new day in Colorado, as the Rapids part ways with club legend Pablo Mastroeni. ExtraTime Radio driven by Continental tackles big news out of Commerce City  What's The Rapids Way? Who'll take Mastroeni's place? How much will we all miss Pablo's press conferences and irrepressible human spirity?  then jump on the line with FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio for transfer-window nuggets and an inside look at David Accam's future in MLS, the TAM effect in MLS, what awaits in the January transfer window and why there are rebuilds coming across the league.

The Red Bulls don't need to rebuild, though they may need another game-changer or two to finally win MLS Cup. That's still months away, but New York are just 90 minutes from capturing the US Open Cup after knocking off FC Cincinnati in extra time on Tuesday night in a wild semifinal match at Nippert Stadium. Homegrown defender Tyler Adams joins the guys to talk through the big win, his recent time at right back and upcoming Friday night games against Portland and New York City FC.

In the mailbag, the guys decide it might be time to show the red side of New York some R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Carlos Rivas' future in Orlando goes under the microscope, Carlos Vela's logical LAFC marketing appeal works out for club and player and it's time to prepare for a big road trip during Heineken Rivalry Week.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm EST

Success or failure? In MLS, the general margins of both are determined by playoff qualification. With a little more than two months left in the MLS regular season, those margins are starting to be very thin. Andrew, David and Matt run through a busy MLS weekend attempting to answer the questions that will determine whether your club is one of the 12 who have a shot at MLS Cup.

Are the Sounders the class of the weakened West or are Houston's young guns the better bet? Are LA's playoff dreams dead? Can Portland avoid disaster? Is the Shield a step too far for road-weary Chicago? Could Real Salt Lake make a miraculous run? Do Dallas have enough firepower to finally capture the silverware Oscar Pareja seeks?

In the second segment, it's all US Open Cup, as the New York Red Bulls head to Cincinnati with a place in the final on the line. They do so on the back of another big win against Orlando, one that got tongues wagging as Video Review saw Kaka sent off in stoppage time. Then it's time for the Baer's Lair, where more #MLSmiddlenames are bandied about and hot takes flow like water.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweetthe show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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Who won the MLS summer transfer window? The guys break down all the moves after a hectic deadline day with former MLS executive and New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis. Who got the best of the flurry of trades that beat the close of the window? Which under-the-radar moves caught the eye? Who should have made a move and didn't? What on earth is going on with Krisztian Nemeth? You won't want to miss this episode.

As far as winners go, D.C. United are an easy choice. The Black-and-Red introduced their newest crop of players on Thursday, including club record signing Paul Arriola, who cost a reported $3.5 million from Club Tijuana. General manager Dave Kasper chats with Andrew about the club's financial splash, effort to get younger and more dynamic ahead of the opening of Audi Field and ongoing contract negotiations with Bill Hamid.

Two Baer's Lairs in one week? Consider it our present to you. Ben Baer jumps in for the mailbag to talk Sporting KC's US Open Cup semifinal win, the Union's lack of player movement, Minnesota's glut of wingers and banter for days.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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ExtraTime Radio driven by Continental is back in the comfy confines of the Green Room to break down MLS Week 22. The playoff races are heating up, and wasted opportunities and opportunistic results have clubs going opposite directions. New York is blue thanks to David Villa's first-ever MLS hat-trick, a disallowed Gyasi Zardes goal and LA Galaxy loss inspires a Baerantee, The Answer bites Sporting KC, Seattle puts a hurting on Minnesota (complete with Monty Python reference) and the Chicago Fire flame New England at home, their ninth straight win (!!!) at Toyota Park. All 22 teams get a once over!

 

In the second segment, Howard Webb, who you'll recognize as the man in the middle at the 2010 World Cup final and is now PRO's Manager of VAR Operations, joins Andrew and David to evaluate the first weekend of Video Review in MLS. Though there were more than 100 checks, only two plays were reviewed. Did the referees get them right? Were there kinks in the process? What is a clear and obvious error? How do referees define the attacking phase? All your questions (and more) answered by the man behind Video Review in MLS.

 

Monday means Andrew and David head to the Baer's Lair for a wild 20 minutes of MLS banter. First up, stories from the NY Derby, big news with a new addition to ETR on the way and then all your calls and texts from the weekend!

 

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweetthe show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

 

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ExtraTime Radio driven by Continental comes at you one last time in Chicago to look back over all the MLS All-Star events -- from the EA Sports Skills Challenge to the Homegrown Game presented by Energizer to the main event, the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target against Real Madrid. Of course, MLS stops for nothing, with a huge weekend including three Sunday national TV games on the docket, plus transfer rumors out of D.C. and more.

In the second segment, Men in Blazers co-host and legend Roger Bennett joins the guys to look back on his All-Star week, reflect on Dom Dwyer following him across the Atlantic, debate All-Star changes and label Matt Doyle the Alan Gordon of MLS scribes.

Do teams have an obligation to keep talent like Dwyer and David Accam around? The Hot-Take Hotline is firing on all cylinders.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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The guys are in Chicago, and they've got a doozy of a show for you ahead of the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. First up, Sam Stejskal joins Andrew and David to preview the big game against Real Madrid, then Sporting KC's Graham Zusi and ATLUTD captain Michael Parkhurst team up for laugh-filled interview. FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta follows that up with some honest words about his Gold Cup performance and big goals for the second half of 2017.

 

But will he Acosta be around to accomplish them? Stejskal got the goods on a potential transfer for the Homegrown star, and it sounds like he may be ready to leave sooner rather than later. Should FC Dallas sell? The guys dive into that topic feet first, then Greg Garza and Jelle Van Damme jump on to talk about their own careers and maybe even a potential transfer or two.

 

In the mailbag, Ben Baer's Baerantee is short on research, and the Hot-Take Hotline blows up with questions from around the league.

 

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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Another slow day in the North American soccer world is broken down by the guys...just kidding. It's madness in LA as Sigi Schmid is brought in to as head coach of the Galaxy following the dismissal of Curt Onalfo and he wasn't the only hiring by a professional soccer team in the city. LAFC makes it official, naming Bob Bradley as their first head coach and David, Ben and Doyle tell you what to expect from the former US national team head coach. David and Ben then interview Schmid, asking what he needs to do first, some rumored additions and his emotions heading into Saturday's matchup against his former team (10 pm ET; ESPN, ESPN Deportes in US | MLS LIVE in Canada).

In the second segment, USA's sixth Gold Cup trophy is discussed as Doyle tells you what the scene was like at Levi's Stadium and why the US deserved their 2-1 win against Jamaica. He also breaks down who helped and hurt their stock while Ben tries to just enjoy the win.

In the mailbag, fans make their voices heard with some hot-take predictions about some young US stars, why CJ Sapong will lead Philadelphia to greatness and if Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin can fit together.

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An electric weekend of MLS and international soccer demands an ExtraTime-sized cast. With Andrew out, David brings in Calen Carr to breakdown the US national team’s run to the Gold Cup Final (Wednesday vs. Jamaica at 9:30 pm ET; FS1, Univision). Is Clint Dempsey's U.S. Soccer future as a super sub? What is Bruce's best backline? How do they much up against the Reggae Boyz?

In the second segment, Bobby Warshaw joins David and Ben to break down a wild weekend in MLS – from Portland's undermanned road win in Cascadia, to Cristian Roldan's offensive explosion, Dom Dwyer trade rumors and much more. Plus, David and Calen sit down with the leading goalscorer in MLS: the Chicago Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic. Nikolic tells them about growing up in Serbia, how he prepares each transfer to a new club, watching game tape to become the best and his experience playing Real Madrid.

As a special interview, Trey Fitz-Gerald, Real Salt Lake’s VP of Broadcasting & PR made infamous by Mike Petke’s "hand them out, Trey" line, tells the behind-the-scenes story of what went down Saturday night at Rio Tinto. You won’t want to miss it.

In the mailbag, the second-ever "Baer's Lair" begins with its namesake already gun shy about his Baerantee. Plus, transfer rumors abound and David Bingham's starting spot comes under pressure in San Jose.

 

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Between the MLS All-Star roster, another shaky US national team performance in the Gold Cup, the wacky, wild and unpredictable return of MLS and a trash-talking billboard in Orlando, there just wasn’t enough time to talk about everything.

We still did, though. Hit the play button for All-Star snubs, a roster breakdown and Fire insider segment with Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic, USMNT analysis (don’t worry, there was no biting) and a head-scratching rundown of some wild games in Cascadia on Wednesday night.

Oh, and there’s a bonus segment, as Sporting KC phenom Erik Palmer-Brown joins the guys to explain why he’s a Michelle Branch fan, what it’s like to go abroad as a teenager, why Ike Opara calls him his “son” and where he contract situation stands with time ticking down on his current deal.

Of course, the guys also hit the Hot-Take Hotline, which is overflowing with gold from the most important people in the ETR world … the listeners!

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The US are on the quarterfinals at the Gold Cup after a crucial 3-0 win vs. Nicaragua but just how much of a success was the group stage? Andrew, David and Ben discuss that as there's some divided opinions on Arena's decision to bring some of the longtime stalwarts. New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe also calls in to discuss his time with the team after being sent home, including what he needs to work on to return.

After the break, the guys discuss the return of MLS and all the latest transfer rumors. They also interview Houston Dynamo vice president/general manager Matt Jordan after the signing of Tomas Martinez and what the Dynamo front office exec thinks about Alberth Elis' future with the club.

The Baer's Lair debuts in the third segment as Ben makes his first "Baerantee" and the Hot-Take Hotline is aghast at some the decisions Arena has made so far. Your texts also make their first appearance on the show with the fans wondering who the best striker on USA is and if it's time to think about a different No. 2 goalkeeper.

Want to be a part of the show? Use the comment section, emailtweet, call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language), or text the Hotline and it could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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How are you feeling this morning? Are you riled up about the US national team’s skin-of-their-teeth win against Martinique? Or is it just part of the process? With Andrew back in New York – complete with a few mystery bites from Kansas wildlife – the guys break down the Gold Cup for Bruce Arena so far, the winners and losers from Wednesday night’s action, Dax McCarty’s World Cup ticket and Canada’s newest hype train.

After the break, US and Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan joins David Gass to explain why now was the right time to return to MLS, how excited he is to be a part of an expansion team “doing it right” and outline the differences between Bruce Arena and Jurgen Klinsmann.

In the mailbag, the guys name their midseason award winners, hear from a listener who ran into Simon Borg in the flesh and ponder whether LAFC are behind the eight ball sans coach and players with closing in on six months until 2018 preseason begins.

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A less than dominant start to the Gold Cup for the US national team leaves a lot of questions about Bruce Arena's decisions and this tournament's roster. Ben Baer and Matt Doyle join David Gass to look at all the good and bad of the US. From Kelyn Rowe's shining performance and Dom Dwyer's goalscoring streak to why Dax McCarty and Kellyn Acosta struggled to control midfield, the guys break it all down. Also, what upgrade is needed defensively and where can they find some attack from the wings? The guys also hit on Canada's big win against French Guyana and why Mexico may not be as exciting as they usually are.

In the second segment, the MLS transfer window is open and the rumors are flying. The guys discuss if Seattle targeted their next Designated Player and what it could mean for Jordan Morris. Plus, are big time moves coming in LA or NY? Could there be a big center forward traded inside MLS? All that plus much more. 

In the mailbag the guys debate the state of the USMNT. Is this the most talented group ever? And what should expectations be at next year's World Cup? Plus who outside the playoff field is ready for a second half charge.

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The days are long and the BBQs are hot, and that means the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is upon us. Who better to preview it all with than American soccer icon and MLS Cup champion coach Sigi Schmid. He joins Andrew and David on ExtraTime Radio Driven by Continental Tires to preview the whole tournament. What is his buddy Bruce Arena's plan for this US national team roster? Who will solidify their place in Russia? How can this team take the crown? Plus, a Canada preview for their first tournament under Octavio Zambrano and the group of young attackers under him.

Of course Andrew and David wouldn't have Sigi in without asking all the burning MLS questions: What does he think of expansion darling Atlanta United? And what to make of the shift in power from Western Conference to East?

Join the guys Saturday for Club & Country After The Whistle for live reaction to every USMNT match at the Gold Cup. And listen to ETR all tournament long for coverage.

 

 

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It’s a holiday weekend – have fun and stay safe – but you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging after a wild weekend of MLS action, did you? Not a chance. Andrew and Bobby Warshaw jump in the blue room to break down all the Cali Clasico drama, the Chicago Fire’s incredible rise to the top of MLS, Tim Melia’s claim to the title of “Best Goalkeeper in MLS” and everything in between.

After the break, Red Bulls' forward Bradley Wright-Phillips joins Andrew and David for a wide-ranging (and often hilarious) interview about the Fourth of July, packing lunches for his kids, the pressure to win MLS Cup and Game of Thrones.

In the mailbag, Bobby helps Andrew take a closer look at the United States national team’s Gold Cup warmup win against Ghana. Did Dom Dwyer show enough to be the starting forward? IS Kellyn Acosta destined for greatness? Who can benefit most from a big tournament with Russia on the horizon?

Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Andrew is back, and the guys waste no time putting him in his place. First, though, David and Matt help break down Toronto FC's dramatic Canadian Championship triumph against archrivals Montreal, those Wesley Sneijder-to-LAFC rumors, a changing Cali Clasico and early winners and losers from the Dax McCarty trade. There's a packed weekend of MLS action in store, but the US national team managed to jam a friendly in as well. What's Bruce Arena looking for against Ghana? What partnerships are being tested? Is Matt Hedges the key to the backline? Will it be Dom Dwyer or Juan Agudelo up top?

In the second segment, it's all Lamar Hunt US Open Cup following a typically wild night of action. Poku (!!!) got the game-winner vs. Atlanta, but it was Mitch Hildebrandt who became a folk hero after saving three penalties to help FC Cincinnati knock off the Chicago Fire from the spot. He joins the guys to explain his strategy, tell stories from his not-so-wild night, explain what makes Cincinnati such a strong soccer market and look ahead to the next round (and perhaps even more glory).

The mailbag starts with some news: Jesse Gonzalez's one-time switch to the US is done and dusted. So what's that mean for the national team and the FC Dallas goalkeeper? Plus, San Jose's new direction, a hot (but incorrect) take in Toronto and an "I told you so" from a long-time listener in Chicago.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm EST

Wow what a weekend David brings in former MLSer Bobby Warshaw to try and make sense of it all. A great Heineken Rivalry Week with action including the Magic Unicorn in Houston, Jack Harrison slaying demons at Red Bull Arena, and Dempsey well being Dempsey would be enough. But that’s not even close to all that has happened the guys have a coaching change in San Jose, a shocking level of honesty in Philadelphia, and two 4 goal performances by Crew SC and the Fire. Plus so much more weekend action.

 In the second segment Bruce Arena drops his Gold Cup roster and there is a lot to dig into. The guys debate their potential breakout players, could a permanent formation change be coming, which first time call up can become a permanent fixture, will Dax lead this squad to victory? The Gold Cup is just around the corner and mlssoccer.com is your source for all the coverage.

 A bonus third segment has Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun check in to preview the Canadian Championship. With TFC flying high off another good win he delves in the Toronto-Montreal rivalry, the potential CCL future of these sides, as well as Justin Morrows USMNT call up, and when USA fans can expect to see Bradley and Jozy.

In the mailbag there are pyrotechnics, sad Red Bull fans, and a much more.

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David Gass brings in the stars to help preview one of the biggest weekends of the season Heineken Rivalry Week. First Calen Carr and Ben "The Research" Baer stop by to talk Houston v FC Dallas (9pm ET on UniMas & Facebook.com.) They chat about Calen's history in the rivalry but more importantly what Wilmer Cabrera and Oscar Pareja are building for the future. They also breakdown the must win Seattle-Portland Cascadia Cup match on Sunday 10pm ET (Fox & Fox Deportes). Plus they look back at a bunch of midweek action and forward to a Saturday night filled with big time MLS battles.

 

In the second segment Tommy McNammara and Luis Robles stop by the MLS office to preview the Hudson River Derby. McNammara talks about his national team future, NY sightseeing tips, and much more while the ironman Luis Robles takes over hosting duties from Andrew.

 

In the mailbag the ignorant ETR hosts FINALLY look north to the Canadian Championship, wonder what is wrong with Jordan Morris, and one caller worries Deuce could get Landon'd off next summers World Cup roster.

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The Armchair Analyst is rested and ready for his return to the ETR lineup, and just in time too because there's plenty to talk about after an MLS weekend that saw David Villa hit the 50-goal mark, Josef Martinez make a triumphant Atlanta United return and the Fire establish themselves as the only real contender to Toronto FC. Oh, and there was drama, too. It's been a tough few months for Real Salt Lake. Three points via a Yura Movsisyan goal were huge, but it was the forward's finger-to-the-lips celebration that got people talking. Was it directed toward Mike Petke? The guys break it all down, and even dive into a few transfer rumors.

Are Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris actually BFFs (best friends forever)? The answer, after sitting down the pair, is a resounding yes. You won't want to miss an exclusive interview with two of MLS's top young players, in which they discuss their sleeping habits on the road (it gets a little weird), what it feels like to be an MLS Cup champion and what they do to improve every single day. And while they're teammates now with the Sounders, both hope to link up when the US national team gathers for the Gold Cup this summer. Roldan takes you inside his decision to pursue a future with the US, while Morris explains how he deals with the pressure that follows him wherever he goes.

In the mailbag, it's rumor time. Would Andres Guardado be a good fit for LAFC? What about Jakub Blaszczykowski to the Fire? And could Sporting KC lose Erik Palmer-Brown after this season? Plus, an ode to Brek Shea's naming abilities.

Want to share your own Father's Day stories, odes or memories? Use the comment section, email,tweet or call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Like any good team, squad rotation is key. So, with Matt Doyle resting his vocal chords, the guys bring super sub and ESPN extraordinaire Julie Stewart-Binks into the blue room to help reflect on the US Open Cup, MLS weekend and life on the sidelines (literally). You won't want to miss Stewart-Binks' stories from on the road and behind the scenes around MLS.

In honor of Father's Day – make sure to call your dad this weekend, or better yet catch some MLS action together – Andrew and David chat with LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes, who has two children of his own. Listen to Zardes explain how he balances work with fatherhood and describe how his own father set him up for success, both as a player and a man.

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The US national is back in the drivers seat under Bruce Arena. The guys convene to gush about the last weekend for the national team in CONCACAF qualifying. Where does Bradley's goal rank in US Soccer history, how did Bruce pull the right strings? What has changed in the national team over the last 6 months? All this and much more.

 

In the second segment the guys talk to a one of the stars of the U20 World Cup Tyler Adams about his young career, going to prom as a soccer star, learning under Bradley Wright-Philips, and more.

 

In the mailbag as good as the US National Team has played there are still 40 players looking to make the gold cup.

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United States-Mexico is arguably the biggest rivalry in international soccer, an occasion that's far bigger than one game or the sport itself. For millions, it's a balancing act between two cultures, an identity exercise felt acutely by players on both sides of the rivalry.

Ahead of the USMNT's trip to Estadio Azteca, ETR brings you exclusive interviews with US centerback Omar Gonzalez, former US forward Herculez Gomez and Mexico goalkeeper Moises Munoz as they detail their own experiences straddling both sides of the divide.

Union forward Charlie Davies also calls in to tell the story of the famous goal he scored in 2009, and US supporter Brent Gamit explains what it's like to root for the away team at one of the most intimidating venues in the world ahead of his fourth trip to Estadio Azteca.

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It's a massive week for the US national team, and Andrew, David and Matt are here to make sure you don't miss a thing. Thus the early edition of ExtraTime Radio this week, with a complete preview of the Thursday's must-win World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago. Check back later for an extra special US-Mexico show featuring interviews with Omar Gonzalez, Herculez Gomez, Moises Munoz, Charlie Davies and others!

How much do you know about the Soca Warriors? Probably not as much as T&T journalist Lasana Liburd, who explains why Cordell Cato was sent home and discipline appears to be an ongoing issue for the team currently last in the Hex. Plus, Kevin Molino's special place among Trinidad fans, Kenwyne Jones' goal drought at the international level and new head coach Dennis Lawrence's plan for his first road game.

It's not all US, though, as fans north of the border got some good news this week when teenage phenom Alphonso Davies committed his international future to Canada. Journalist Daniel Squizzato joins the show to explain what it means for the Canadian program and what impact we should expect from the young Whitecaps attacker. In the mailbag, a listener questions the importance of the Gold Cup, especially when his MLS team suffers, and another wonders how he might be able to impress his friends at the bar without sounds too smart for his own good.

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Not many nicknames stick like Sueño stuck to Jorge Villafaña, but those days are over for the Santos Laguna and US national team left back. He’s an established pro now, an MLS Cup winner and subject of a seven-figure transfer fee from Liga MX club Santos Laguna. In fact, this could be the biggest week of Villafaña’s career, as the US take on Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico in Hexagonal matches that could determine whether the Americans book a trip to Russia. The guys link up with Villafaña for a 1v1 interview you won’t want to miss, then break down the US’s warmup draw with Venezuela, Bruce Arena’s 40-man preliminary roster for the Gold Cup and the U-20’s loss in the World Cup quarterfinals. 

There’s plenty to talk about in Major League Soccer as well. Jesus scores! Jesus Ferreira, of course. The 16-year-old FC Dallas Homegrown and son of former MLS MVP David Ferreira wasted no time in his debut making history, so what’s next for the young winger? What’s next for Real Salt Lake and Mike Petke after the latter called out his team for another appalling performance? That’s not all, as the guys parse Pablo Mastroeni’s stats vs. heart comments and give Will Bruin a pass for celebrating against his former team.

In the mailbag, a listener suggests a three-man backline for the US ahead of Russia 2018, another castigates the guys for not giving Seattle-Portland in the Open Cup more love and an emailer questions Michael Bradley’s place in the MLS and US pecking order.

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A World Cup knockout run by the United States in South Korea? We've seen that before. This time, though, it's the US U-20s doing the damage, as a parade of MLSers helped Tab Ramos' team advance to the quarterfinals thanks to a 6-0 victory against New Zealand on Wednesday morning. Renaissance man and Top Drawer Soccer' Will Parchman joins the guys to praise Tab Ramos, marvel at Tyler Adams' eye-popping play and look ahead to a massive match against NYCFC's Yangel Herrera and Venezuela.

The second segment is all about the underdog, the soccer David attempting to slay another Goliath. Christos FC are sponsored by a liquor store. Their real jobs come before training. They're on the verge of shocking the world – if they haven't already. Christos FC are the final amateur side remaining in the US Open Cup and booked a Fourth Round date with D.C. United after a big win on Wednesday. Shawn Smith helped found the club two decades ago and calls in to tell their incredible story. Can they knock off the big boys? You've just got to believe.

In the mailbag, the guys rank bar games, wonder why Seattle and Portland fans are looking for plaudits while their teams struggle, debate Hernan Grana's defensive prowess and update everyone on MLS All-Star Fan XI voting (hint: ATLUTD fans are stuffing the ballot box).

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Bruce Arena named the US national team roster for massive Hexagonal matches, and the guys have trouble finding fault with the group. Let's just say it hasn't always been that way in the last few years. Still, Arena has a decision to make: Where and when does he deploy his best resources considering Trinidad & Tobago is a must-win and Azteca is a dragon the Americans have yet to slay? Plus, the US U-20s head to the World Cup Round of 16 and Octavio Zambrano and Canada prepare for the Gold Cup.

We're almost three months into the 2017 season, and it's time to take stock of the best and brightest in MLS. Yes, that means 2017 MLS All-Star Fan XI presented by Target voting is open. Cast your ballot via the MLS app while you listen to the guys reveal their own choices. Some picks are obvious, but others get the guys heated. Everybody is happy, though, about Mauro Diaz's return, Julian Gressel's outstanding rookie season and the LA Galaxy's flip-flopping form. Plus, what's wrong with the Timbers?

In the mailbag, Doyle tackles whether Kaka and the diamond are working in Orlando, and the Rapids Rabbi offers his take on a thus-far disappointing season in Colorado.

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It was hard to miss David Beckham's name on U.S. Soccer's list of Hall of Fame nominees. But does he belong? With Dave hanging out in the UK, Andrew and Doyle grapple with the international superstar's place in the HoF, and it's not cut and dry. Beckham's case might surprise you. Then it's on to a rivalry heavy weekend featuring Toronto FC sans Jozy and Seba, a Cascadia clash complete with timber-related trash talk and a tough choice for Oscar Pareja and FC Dallas. Plus, a closer look at Patrick Vieira's rapidly rising coaching career

After the break, Andrew gives MLS and San Jose legend Chris Wondolowski a call to reminisce about the Cali Clasico. The 75th edition will go down on Saturday night in NorCal, and Wondo was a San Jose Clash then Earthquakes fan from the start. Go down memory lane as MLS's fourth all-time leading scorer tells stories about Landon Donovan's place as Judas in Quakes lore, wrestling matches between the Bash Brothers and so much more!

In the mailbag, Doyle assesses the US U-20's World Cup so far and takes a crack at predicting Bruce Arena's US roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers before a emailer compares FC Dallas and Ajax in the wake of the Europa League final.

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Golazos? Check. Streaks ending and beginning? You bet. A little controversy? Sure, why not? MLS had it all this weekend, and the guys (with Ben 'The Research' Baer filling in for Dave) break it all down. From Toronto FC coming up just short at Red Bull Arena to New York City FC getting revenge on Orlando City, there's more than enough talking points to keep your attention on soccer for nearly an hour.

It's not just MLS on the docket, either, as the US U-20s had a dramatic moment in stoppage time to thank for huge point to start the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. They might have won, too, if not for a bit of an uneven performance in goal and on the backline, including a forgettable moment by a name you may be familiar with. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio and a Hot-Take Hotline call from a plucky grade schooler.

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Days after Jelle Van Damme went 1v1 with ExtraTime Radio, Toronto FC and US national team captain Michael Bradley did the same, camping out for 45 minutes to give you the background on that famous US-Mexico photo in Columbus, Christian Pulisic's bright future, Toronto FC's historic winning streak, his father's future (and his own) in coaching and the sport of Fierljeppen (look it up). You won’t want to miss this one.

Oh, and we've got all your MLS reaction following a five-game Wednesday that saw Philly roll on and Gerso get hot for Sporting KC, plus a weekend preview in which Doyle throws cold water (or snow) all over your team's hopes and dreams. Finally, the Hot-Take Hotline takes you home, with another awesome MLS slate of games on the horizon!

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Have time to kill at work? Maybe a long drive coming up? We've got you covered with nearly two hours of soccer talk, including an exclusive interview with LA Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme.

But first, the long and the short from an awesome Week 11, including Toronto FC's historic winning streak, a throwback night in Chicago, hambones for the Union and Revs and a big win thousands of miles from home for the LA Galaxy. Ben 'The Research' Baer, aka the King of Takes, jumps on as well to give you insight into Justin Meram's big season with Crew SC and Cyle Larin's Chicharito-like shot efficiency before Evan Ream (Davis Enterprise) gives the guys an update on MLS expansion in Sacramento.

Once that's out of the way, it's time to sit down for a long chat with the big Belgian, who takes Andrew and Dave through his career in Europe, including at Ajax with none other than Zlatan, and his life in Southern California. Oh, and you better believe we asked Van Damme about getting the first-half hook against the Fire. Settle in for a fun interview before the Hot-Take Hotline takes you home!

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Unless you've been under an MLS rock, you know Toronto FC are stacked – even when Sebastian Giovinco isn't around. You also know the ExtraTime Radio guys are obsessed with Raheem Edwards and Victor Vazquez. No surprise then that the duo helped the Reds to a big midweek win. The guys break that down, then shift their attention to a weekend full of must-watch games on national television, bringing in Dan Gargan to help explain what makes Atlanta United special and what's going on with the Galaxy.

After the break, it's time to evaluate a quiet deadline day for MLS clubs. Even though there were only a handful of moves made, there will be a couple game-changers entering the league in May. Once that's out of the way, it's time to dream about the summer! Marca's Arch Bell calls in to offer up his top five MLS targets in Central America. You'll want to write these names down.

Finally, in the mailbag, the guys reminisce about the MLS teams that they loved before they worked in soccer, David's "Are you watching the game? Or just looking at the stats?" tagline sneaks into a classroom and Doyle explains why the MLS foreign coaching cliches were always wrong.

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After another wild MLS weekend, Andrew, David and Matt sit down to digest Minnesota's eye-opening performance against Sporting KC on national television, Atlanta's humbling loss in the Bronx to an NYCFC squad making waves and a Doop-tastic win for the Union that ended a run of 252 days without a win.

Meanwhile, Chris Wondolowski is thriving with a little freedom to roam in San Jose – and Andrew says he will own the MLS scoring title sooner rather than later – the Houston Dynamo are the most entertaining team in MLS and uber-talented Toronto FC ought to be disappointed with anything less than a double. Plus, Curt Onalfo made one of the gutsiest substitutions in MLS history ... will it pay off for the LA Galaxy boss?

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If you were watching the games – feel free to fill in the rest on your own – last weekend, you know all about Will Bruin's meme-worthy, two-thumbs up moment. With an MLS Cup rematch on the cards, the guys dial up the Dancing Bear to chat about his new digs in Seattle, the best lock-room characters he's been around and the strikers in MLS he admires.

The guys dig into big games in Minnesota and Atlanta, then take a look at the current standings to determine which teams are favorites, contenders and pretenders before turning to the Hot-Take Hotline. Listeners are split. Some love it, some hate it and some are using it as a way to get through months in the wilderness on the Appalachian Trail. No, really.

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Is the ETR curse real? You'll get no confirmation from us, but Michael Parkhurst did score an own goal in Atlanta's 3-1 loss on Sunday after appearing on the show, so make of that what you will. If you're looking for a unique perspective on the Battle of the Uniteds, FS1's Katie Withamcalls in to explain what it's like to watch the game from the sideline, how the atmosphere in Atlanta has improved in a matter of weeks and why Ben Olsen can identify with Lucho Acosta.

 

The guys also put a bow on the weekend, starting with Dax McCarty's return to New York, Seattle's epic comeback from 3-0 down against New England, Jozy Altidore's big game against the Dynamo, Sporting KC's claim to the "Best Team in MLS" title and Orlando's impregnable fortress. Plus, what's the best attacking tandem in MLS? And which under-the-radar signing this offseason gets the guys stamp of approval?

 

Last, but not least, the Hot-Take Hotline brings the heat. That's a good think since Ben Baer, otherwise known as the King of Takes, joins to make sure listeners aren't coming lukewarm. Stick around for voicemails berating Dave for his Broadway knowledge, missives from the "Garbage Bowl," Rapids Rabbi standing by his boys and more Portland trolling.

 

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Are you watching the games or just looking at the stats? David's catchphrase is taking off! The guys are definitely talking about (and watching) the games, starting with Friday night lights in Toronto where the best player in the league – Alberth Elis, duh ;) – is hoping to put on a show against the upstart Dynamo. Yes, that'd be Sebastian Giovinco, who Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst gives the nod as MLS's best. Who else does Parkhurst hating matching up against? What's life like with an expansion team firing on all cylinders on and off the field? Just how cushy is that new training complex? You won't want to miss this all-encompassing interview from ATL.

There are plenty more juicy MLS storylines to talk about, too. The guys start with Dax McCarty's return to Red Bull Arena, celebrate Mauro Diaz's cameo on the training field and Portland's proposed stadium expansion, wonder what's up in Columbus as Gregg Berhalter and Kekuta Manneh go back and forth in the media and finally call the LA Times Kevin Baxter to diagnose what ails the Galaxy.

As always, the Hot-Take Hotline is chock full of gems, starting with a jingle from none other than Alexi Lalas. There are more jingles where that came from, a Joe Bendik-to-USMNT flame job, LA Galaxy gritching and some insight into Dax's return from Bill Carroll in Section 132.

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Forget Race to Seis, the Galaxy are just racing to keep the 2017 season alive after a slow start that has them at the bottom of the Western Conference. With Andrew back from gallivanting around Mexico, the guys dive into the weekend action, starting with a Sounders blowout at StubHub Center that has LA fans worried and Seattle thinking big.

Orlando City have The Wall dreaming big as well after Cyle Larin led the Lions to yet another victory, their first on the road and league-leading fifth of the season, against Jason Kreis' former employers. Plus, the Union's misery continues after blowing a three-goal lead, Toronto FC spoils Bastian Schweinsteiger's party, Portland rule Cascadia thanks to Darlington Nagbe's swag, Kekuta Manneh cryptic tweet raises eyebrows and Atlanta United hand Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake a loss that has Nick Rimando under the microscope.

In the second segment, the guys get jacked about the variety and quality of this season's Golden Boot contenders, then get Kevin Kinkead (Philly Voice) on the line to diagnose the ailing Union, who haven't won in eight months. That's not all, either, as supporters call in from the stands to make the Hot-Take Hotline even more special (or ridiculous).

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An all-star episode of ETR heading into a weekend filled with exciting games. Calen Carr joins David and Matt to preview it all as several teams enter high stakes matches. Can Bastian Schweinsteiger & Co. do it on the road in Toronto? Who is the most exciting player on Atlanta? Can FC Dallas break through the impenetrable SKC defense? And of course Calen and Doyle’s favorite topic, the Canadian wonder that is Cyle Larin. All this and more, plus an interview with Mexican national team head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. The former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls manager talks all about the USA-Mexico rivalry, the fight for dual nationals, how his time in MLS shaped him as a manager, and the future of the league.

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After an exciting weekend of MLS action and with the big announcement that Real Madrid will be the MLS All-Star’s opponent the guys are raring and ready to go. David and Ben are back from Dallas and join up with Matt to break down all the big performances in MLS from David Villa’s GOY at Philly, to Orlando’s dominant home form, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s undefeated MLS streak, and everything in between.

In the second segment Ben Baer sits down field side in Frisco at the Generation adidas Cup with Real Madrid legend Raúl. They talk about MLS and La Liga’s growing partnership, developing young talent and of course the MLS All-Star game presented by Target on August 2 at 9 pm ET (FS1, UniMás in US | TSN TVA Sports in Canada).

In the mailbag the Hot-Take Hotline is ringing off the hook fans call in to try and solve Houston’s glut of young attacking talent, bring the heat with Colorado Rapids takes, call in from Red Bull Arena section 132 and much more.

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Dave is down at GA Cup, where the best youth players in the country are battling international competition for bragging rights. He sits down with MLS youth technical director Fred Lipka and ATL UTD academy director Tony Annan to discuss how the US and Canada are trying to produce the next big star from the ground up.

With David at GA Cup, Andrew and Matt tackle MLS Week 7 alone. Are Gyasi Zardes and Giovani dos Santos primed to explode? Are the Union in a tailspin? Should Pirlo ride the bench? Why is Bobby Boswell so important to D.C. United's success? Plus, your MLS LIVE game of the week goes down in Houston, and Timbers troll is gonna troll.

Speaking of trolls, the Hot-Take Hotline is a hit, and you won't want to miss the latest crop of voicemails.

 

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It's official! The United States, Canada and Mexico are joining forces to bring the World Cup back to CONCACAF, making their pitch for 2026 official on Monday at a press conference in New York City. The guys walk you through all the details (31:02), then give their takes on what would be an incredible event. Plus, everything you need to know about MLS Week 6 and David Beckham stories with former MLS MVP Mike Magee (47:45)

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Another year, another CONCACAF Champions League trophy that won't be lifted by an MLS team. Those dreams died on Tuesday and Wednesday as FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps succumbed to Liga MX competition in a trend that American and Canadian clubs just can't seem to break. So what should we take away from this year's CCL disappointment? What does it mean for the future? Where did FC Dallas fall short in Pachuca? Why prevented the 'Caps from slaying a giant in Tigres? Andrew, David and Matt try to answer those questions then turn to more positive news in the region as all signs to a US, Canada and Mexico joint bid for the 2026 World Cup!

After the break, it's all MLS as Week 6 approaches. Are the Galaxy in trouble or is this just a case of early season yips and the injury bug? Can Bastian Schweinsteiger shine in a tough test for the Fire? Should Jim Curtin be on the hot seat in Philly? Why is Sebastian Giovinco still looking for his first goal or assist in 2017? How will Real Salt Lake change under Mike Petke? What level of player are Orlando City getting in Luis Gil, back in MLS on loan for the season? Finally, Fredy Montero calls in from Vancouver to talk CCL, China, Cascadia bad blood and why he hopes 2017 will be his best year yet.

In the mailbag, listeners flood the Hot-Take Hotline with a new jingle, a question about the next generation of USMNT goalkeepers and a dispute about the best MLS team of all-time. Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Block out some time because there's more than an hour of soccer talk coming your way after an entertaining MLS weekend saw Bastian Schweinsteiger score on his debut, Minnesota United finally get on the good side of a blowout and Cubo Torres break out the robot (again). As always, give us your takes by calling the Hot-Take Hotline or emailing the show!

 

There's plenty to look forward to this week as well, as the CONCACAF Champions League returns with semifinal second legs that could see two (or zero) MLS teams advance to the final. Goal.com's Jon Arnold joins the guys from a bus on the way to Pachuca, where FC Dallas will attempt to protect their 2-1 series lead against Los Tuzos. Do they have a chance of bucking the odds and knocking off their Omar Gonzalez and the Liga MX powers? Yes, but it won't be easy, Arnold says. On the flipside, the Vancouver Whitecaps have a mountain to climb against Tigres down 2-0 after the first leg. Can Carl Robinson inspire his boys to a famous victory?

 

Bonus segment! Don't say we never gave you anything. Arielle Castillo joins Andrew for an entertaining sitdown with San Jose Earthquakes Homegrowns Nick Lima and Tommy Thompson. Yes, the hype train is real. Yes, Wondo is Lima's favorite player. Yes, you'll want to listen to this one.

 

In the mailbag, the Hot-Time Hotline returns with a 'Caps fan claiming Vancouver got the better of Crew SC in that Kekuta Manneh-Tony Tchani deal, and another listener giving Dave an excuse to play show tunes. Typical.

 

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The MLS news machine never stops! After listening to the first-ever Hot-Take Hotline submission, the guys dive into Mike Petke's appointment as the fourth head coach in Real Salt Lake history, discuss the long-term implications of Oscar Pareja's contract extension in Dallas and then ponder how exactly the Chicago Fire might qualify for the World Cup. Confused? So was Bastian Schweinsteiger. There's plenty of weekend action to break down as well. You won't want to miss a marquee matchup between Seattle and Atlanta on a rare Friday night MLS doubleheader.

After the break, those pesky transfer rumors around Cyle Larin just won't go away. Doyle gives his take on the young striker's future, then veteran defender Jonathan Spector calls in to give Larin his vote of confidence, explain why moving to MLS now made sense and what it's like to make the move to Manchester United at 17 years of age. Spector is also high on Christian Pulisic (duh) and says he'd love to get his national career going again under Bruce Arena. Speaking of, the US got a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in Panama City, and David takes Andrew to task for expecting more. Doyle also got taken to task ... on Twitter ... by Jermaine Jones ... and shares the full story and the opinion that annoyed the LA Galaxy man.

In the mailbag, there's breaking news as the Whitecaps trade Kekuta Manneh to Columbus for Tony Tchani and an allocation money grab bag. What's going on with Vancouver? How does affect the Crew SC XI ... and could there be another trade in the works? Once that's out of the way, the guys listen to the inaugural crop of Hot-Take Hotline voicemails. You won't want to miss history being made!

Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Everyone wants to talk about the US national team's big win, but first Ben 'The Research' Baer steps into the starting lineup to drop some knowledge that's downright painful for Minnesota United fans. It may have been a truncated MLS weekend, but there are still plenty of takes (hot, lukewarm and cold) to be had. Are the Loons really in contention to set records for futility or will this trend reverse? Is Pipa Higuain back to his best or was that a beautiful mirage against the Timbers? Is Tyler Adams the next coming?

 

Breathing easier this week? That might just be because the USMNT shook off months of uncertainty and worry after disposing of Honduras 6-0 at Avaya Stadium. As many tweeted at ExtraTime Radio, a hat-trick for Deuce -- and yes, we were watching the game and not just looking at the stats -- and some special moments from Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore, among others, got Bruce Arena and the boys back on the track. With Clint Dempsey bearing down on Landon Donovan's goal record, the guys wonder if there's a new all-time USMNT best soon to be crowned. Plus, how much can we really take away from such a lopsided result?

The first chance to find out whether the Americans have turned a page comes Tuesday against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez (10 pm ET; beINSPORTS, Follow on the MLS App). David Sakata of Diario Pro joins the guys to explain why Graham Zusi is known as the ghost in Panama, what happened to Los Canaleros in Trinidad and how they'll attempt to grab a huge three points at home against a CONCACAF giant.

In the mailbag, the ETR curse is back (and may be Wiebe's fault), the guys debate Atlanta's effect on MLS, Ben wonders if the Red Bulls will stick with the 4-2-2-2 long term and David claims the Tyler Adams hype train for himself.

 

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Are you excited or nervous (or both) for the US national team’s Hex must-win on Friday against Honduras? To help you get through the week, the guys put together a comprehensive preview that includes interviews with Sebastian Lletget and Diario La Prensa’s US correspondent Eduardo Solano.

But first there’s plenty of MLS news to cover, including Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival in Chicago, where the Fire hope he’ll help usher in a new era in club history. That’s not all, either, as Jeff Cassar became the first head coach to lose his job in 2017. What will Real Salt Lake do next? That’s still a bit of a mystery, but there are hints.

Once that’s out of the way, Solano calls in to give an insider look at Los Catrachos, offer perspective on the changing profile of MLS in Honduras and make a prediction that might worry USMNT fans. Don’t worry, Lletget’s up next and Da Boy gets on the horn to give the American side of the story ahead of his first World Cup Qualifier and talk LA Galaxy and his position of choice. That’s all well and good, but what Andrew and David are really interested in is the new Power Rangers movie and Becky G’s role in it.

In the mailbag, listeners offer up potential soccer rule changes, the guys try to help get an MLS watch party in Korea off the ground and an RSL fan offers up four-pages of complaints.

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How does 40 minutes of unfiltered MLS, Olympic and US national team stories with Brian Dunseth sound? We thought so. Enjoy this bonus episode and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode.

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Goals, goals, goals. Oh, and a howler of epic proportions. If you averted your eyes this weekend in MLS, you most definitely missed something.

Let the ETR crew catch you up, starting with an almost impossible question: If you could only watch one team the rest of the year, which would it be? Some say Portland (three wins in three games), others might go with Seattle (MLS Cup defense + scary attack), and if you're really brave, you might opt for Houston (La Pantera!) or Minnesota (someone is going to score goals). You'll have to listen to see who the guys went with. Let us know who you'd go with in the comment section below!

Also of note, big days from No. 9s. Josef Martinez had yet another big day for Atlanta United, Cyle Larin keeps scoring at home, Fanendo Adi is a bull in the box and Jozy Altidore closes the door in Vancouver. So who's the best finisher in MLS? Once again, opinions are split. Same when it comes to the US national team, where there are changes galore ahead of a must-win Hexagonal matchup with Honduras.

Plus, tune in for a wildly entertaining interview with Brian Dunseth and a mailbag with hot, lukewarm and cold takes from you, the listeners!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

First things first, have you taken the pledge? Don't Cross the Line may be a slogan, but it's also a way of life, so join the ExtraTime Radio crew in standing against discrimination of any kind. It's the right thing to do.

Kellyn Acosta knows something about the right thing to do, if that thing is banging in Beckham-esque free kicks in CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Yeah, it was dope. Yeah, FC Dallas knocked off Pachuca. Yeah, they've still got a lot of work to do before we're talking CCL Final. Vancouver's situation isn't so positive, down 2-0 to Tigres, but they're headed back to Canada for the second leg, so who knows? Once that's out of the way, the guys turn their attention to MLS, where some would prefer the takes stay lukewarm until summer.

The US national have a must-win game (serious understatement) coming up against Honduras, and now we know the roster Bruce Arena will choose from to select the 11 players best suited for the job. Matt breaks down a confounding and encouraging group -- yes, that's possible -- then Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty joins the guys to talk about his place on the team, his transition to life in Chicago and the beast that is Tyler Adams.

In the mailbag, a shout out to a listener making his way through Southeast Asia (but still listening to the show), more Acosta talk (not our fault, we're jacked) and a scouting report on the coach linked with the Canadian national team.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

Now that MLS is back, Mondays just got a whole lot better. The guys gather to break down the Round 2 results, starting with a frigid first-ever game in Minnesota that saw the Loons lose 6-1 to a rampant Atlanta United side under a blanked of snow. So what has to change? First things first, the defense, says Doyle, while David likes the look of the Josef Martinez-Miguel Almiron one-two punch up top for ATL.

Meanwhile, Andrew is jumping on the Houston Dynamo bandwagon, San Jose get some love (with a caveat), Luis Robles is the new MLS iron man, the Galaxy lose again in a bizarre match at the StubHub Center and Ben 'The Research' Baer gets his own segment. Itwasn't just about the games this weekend, either. There was some drama, featuring a Twitter back-and-forth between Alejandro Bedoya and Jozy Altidore.

It's not just MLS occupying our attention this week, as the CONCACAF Champions League returns with semifinal matchups for the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas against Liga MX compeition. ESPN FC's Tom Marshall joins the guys to explain why Tigres might just be the best Mexican team of all-time (gulp, 'Caps fans) and give Omar Gonzalez some props for his performances for Pachuca. Is this MLS's year? Maybe, but it's going to be a grind.

In the mailbag, a shout out to two long-time listeners, props for the Cauldron in Kansas City, some sketchy match in the Montreal Impact midfield, more love for the Dynamo and a vocabulary lesson from Helsinki.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

Superman on ExtraTime Radio? That’s something you’ve got to hear.

 Soccer is back – that has a nice ring to it – so Andrew and David sit down with a few MLS players to take the temperature of the league. First up, though, the guys dare to Zlatan, with rumors flying that the Manchester United star could be on his way to the LA Galaxy in the summer. They also look ahead to a weekend filled with big matches, from Sporting hosting FC Dallas, a Toronto-Philadelphia playoff rematch and hype trains making stops coast to coast.

After the break, Minnesota United striker Christian Ramirez, who scored the club’s first MLS goal, calls in after a team breakfast to shoot the breeze for more than half an hour. Ramirez describes his stop-start path through college and then up the pro ranks, how he almost ended up playing in Mexico this season, his superhero friendship with Migeul Ibarra (who was spying the whole time), and how wild (and maybe a little weird) TCF Bank Stadium is going to be on Sunday vs Atlanta (5 pm ET; ESPN2 in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada).

 No mailbag on this day, as the guys leave their cozy studio space to head to New York City FC media day, where they sit down for a chat with Jack Harrison and Rodney Wallace. Wallace gets things started by interviewing Harrison about the season, then they move on to the Costa Rican’s time in Brazil, Frank Lampard and much more.

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MLS is back – no more previews, just the real thing – and the guys jam into one room to break down the Week 1 action. And there was no bigger story than firsts for Minnesota United and Atlanta United, each of which had their party spoiled in very different ways. The Loons absorbed a 5-1 loss in Portland on opening night, but is that really indicative of who'll they'll be in 2017? Meanwhile, Atlanta were Twitter darlings for 75 minutes ... then the Red Bulls reminded them that winning in MLS won't be some easy feat.

Jason Kreis knows a little something about tough expansion seasons, and while he was glad to open Orlando City's sparking new stadium with a win, the Lions boss probably lost sleep over an injury to Kaka that will keep the Brazilian out for six weeks. Can his teammates pick up the slack? It's going to be tough, that's for sure. Any game against FC Dallas is tough, which the LA Galaxy now know from experience after Kellyn Acosta's star continued it's steady rise with a game-winner at StubHub Center.

There's plenty more to chew on from Week 1, too. Should Houston be at the top of your MLS LIVE rankings? Are the Rapids MLS's answer to the binary code? Why aren't you on the Alphonso Davies hype train?

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The whole crew gets together one last time before #MLSisback to make are the normal and crazy predictions they can. Andrew, David, and The Research Baer are joined in studio by Matt to go from Rookie of the Year to MLS Cup predictions and everything in between. Who has the best shot at a treble? The leading USA soccer goal scorer on the year? Who will be the 2017 stepover king and so much more!

 

Don't forget to join the ETR fantasy league use code 12-308. And the guys will be back on Monday to break down the opening week!

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Just hours ahead of the start of the 2017 MLS season, the guys are back to bring you the second half of their season preview. The Western Conference has won 11 of the last 13 MLS Cups, and with powers such as FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders chasing silverware, 12 of 14 seems possible. Can Albert Rusnak pick up where Javier Morales left off at Real Salt Lake? Has Vancouver finally found their striker? And will Giovani dos Santos be able to lead LA past the Bruce Arena era?

The guys then get on the horn with Herculez Gomez to talk about his new career as a broadcaster at ESPN, preview the MLS season, talk all-time great MLS teams, and compare Liga MX to MLS.

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Professional Referee Organization (PRO) general manager Peter Walton and 2016 MLS Referee of the Year Alan Kelly know thousands of armchair officials are inspecting their work closely every weekend. So what do they do to make sure they get the big calls right and let the players decide the result?

More than you probably know.

As the ETR Extravaganza continues, don't miss our referee special as Walton explains what his crews will focus on in 2017 and Kelly explains what it's like to be the man in the middle.

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We are a few days away from the biggest season in MLS history. With more clubs and star players in the league how can you keep tabs with it all? The guys have you covered they talk TV broadcasts with John Strong of Foxsports, MLS Live with Mark McClure, and MLS Fantasy with Ben Baer (join ETR Fantasy league code 12-308).

Check out ETR all week for your season preview a new episode dropping everyday.

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The guys are back all together to rev up for the start of MLS season. With one week left it is time to give every team their due and get ready for 2017. The guys start with Chicago and head all up and down the east ending on the new boys in Atlanta. Who will be the 2017 NYCFC with the biggest turnaround? Has Toronto gotten better? Are Crew heading back to MLS Cup contenders? We hit all these question and so much more.

In the third segment Jesse Marsch stops by to preview CCL, the 2017 season, discuss the NY Red Bulls offseason, and more,

Check out ETR all week with specials and previews leading up to Portland and Minnesota Friday night on Fox Sports 1.

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What’s soccer without supporters? Very little, if you ask us. That’s why, on the eve of the 2017 MLS season, the ExtraTime crew reached out to five folks with skin the game to help preview what’s to come on the field and in the stands.

First up, expansion check-ins with Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United. Bruce McGuire calls in from the Twin Cities to provide some much-needed insight into the culture of the club and its supporters, then Terminus Legion Outreach Coordinator Andrea Bustamante explains what it’s like to start from scratch and what will make Atlanta a unique market in MLS.

After the break, Ruckus president Jerry Updike is jacked about Orlando City’s new stadium and literal wall of support as well as a new opportunity to grow the purple army that’s followed the club from USL to MLS. Mike Coleman knows a thing or two about armies. Coleman leads tifo creation and execution for the Timbers Army, and he shares some tricks of the trade (without giving anything away!) for those who admire or might try to replicate what they see at Providence Park.

Last but certainly not least, MLS original and New York Red Bulls supporter/reporter Mark Fishkin shares the ups and downs that come with being there from the very beginning!

 

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After a long weekend, the guys are back at it sans Matt Doyle, who may never come back from Mexico. Know what’s also back? The CONCACAF Champions League. Do you have CCL Fever? Are there varying degrees of regional soccer anticipation? David’s not sure Andrew’s temperature is high enough as the Red Bulls and Whitecaps clash and FC Dallas take on Arabe Unido this week. What makes the tournament special? Who has an edge? Get caught up before quarterfinal first legs on Wednesday and Thursday.

In other news, Tommy Thompson’s backheel goal gets the hype train back on the tracks, but the guys want to know what other MLS hype trains are primed and ready to leave the station. Alphonso Davies, anyone? Plus, Toronto FC use TAM to sign an attacking midfielder who could get them over the MLS Cup hump, Adrian Heath says Kevin ‘Hot Boy’ Molino could be the league’s best player and David Villa gets slap happy.

In the second segment, Timbers coach Caleb Porter joins the guys for a must-listen interview that dives deep into MLS’s tactical identity. Listen as the Portland boss details his plans for 2017 and explains what makes a successful MLS team. There’s plenty more, too. What’s the best way to teach tactics to pros and youth players alike? What’s holding the league back in CCL? How has TAM affected rosters? What the next phase in his own coaching career?

 In the mailbag, Andrew tells tales from his Minnesota trip, including a shout out to a young listener, a Soccer Tour helper asks for advice on convincing his wife to open their home to a soccer vagabond and a serviceman emails with a touching story about how soccer brought people together on the other side of the globe.

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On Monday, the guys talked Homegrown players and MLS academies. This time around, they’re tackling star power, the big names who garner Designated Player contracts as well as the increasing crew of TAM players raising the level of the league.

Fredy Montero is certainly a star, and Ben ‘The Research’ Baer joins to break down the stats behind the Whitecaps much-needed forward signing. Plus, Red Bulls banter after the club parts ways with Ali Curtis, and intel on NYCFC’s new DP.

Alexi Lalas knows a thing or two about Designated Players. Now coming live and direct to your living room on Fox Sports, Lalas was LA Galaxy GM when they signed none other than David Beckham. How’d that deal go down? How did it change MLS? What is it’s legacy? What’s the state of star power in the league today? You’ll want to hear what Lalas has to say.

In the mailbag, the Union are looking for a Chief Tattoo Officer, Brad Evans is stoking rivalry flames in Cascadia, more MLS bucket lists and an ode to MLS LIVE in which one listener calls Andrew a big fat liar.

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Eight months, 35 games, 20,000 miles. It’s the ultimate soccer road trip, and Steve Bernasconi is just crazy enough to take it on. The 25-year-old will start Feb. 25 in Tampa, Fla., and end Oct. 15 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. But how is he pulling this off? Why is he doing it in the first place? ExtraTime Radio got the intrepid soccer fan on the phone to find out what The Soccer Tour is all about and how you can be a part of it when Bernasconi comes through your city!

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We know it's hard to wait for the 2017 MLS season. That's why we put together a 10-show run to take you throw March 3, including another ExtraTime Extravaganza leading up to Opening Weekend. Might as well just subscribe on iTunes now.

 First up, a show devoted to Homegrowns and the academy system, the conveyor belt of talent that clubs (and the US and Canadian national teams) hope will sustain them long term.

 Matt Doyle gives his thoughts on the 2017 Homegrown class, then Sporting KC academy director Jon Parry joins Andrew and David to explain why producing talent from within is so important. And while the "why" is crucial to the process, it's all about the "how" when it comes to producing future pros, and Parry goes deep to help listeners understand what SKC are doing to seed their first team with local (and recruited) talent.

 FC Dallas and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta is a Homegrown success story, and he calls in from preseason camp in Argentina to tell his own story -- from the U13s to the first team. When and why did he join the academy? How did FC Dallas help him make the jump from grassroots to the pros? What's next for one of the most talented young players in the league? MLSsoccer.com and iTunes listeners get the full story!

 

In the mailbag, the guys decide the fandom of an unborn child and discuss (then cross an entry off of) a rather creative MLS bucket list.

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