Thu, 20 July 2017
Talking All-Star snubs w/ Fire’s Paunovic, USMNT worries and MLS’s wild return + special guest Erik Palmer Brown
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!
Mon, 17 July 2017
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.
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Thu, 13 July 2017
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.
Mon, 10 July 2017
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.
Thu, 6 July 2017
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.
Mon, 3 July 2017
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?
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