ExtraTime, the Official Podcast of Major League Soccer (MLS)

In this episode, the crew is digging deep into the rumor mill. Would Pep Guardiola trade Man City for MLS and New York City FC? Football consultant Ian McGarry says his contract makes mention of that very possibility! Will Pep actually make the swap? Would he dominate the league? Is any of this actually real?! Who knows, to be honest. Plus, Bobby explains how coaches build a cohesive culture in their teams, Orlando City goes back to basics thanks to a Nani-led players meeting and Zlatan might be back for the Galaxy.

In the second segment, eMLS Cup for dummies (or just Wiebe). First, eMLS correspondent & FIFA YouTuber Jake Barford explains why competitive FIFA is a big deal, then the eMLS Cup favorite Doolsta (Philadelphia Union) stops by to explain how he became a pro player, how he prepares for tournaments, what his parents think and what winning the big one would mean to him.

In the mailbag, the state of the US men’s national team after a win and a draw during the international break.

3:48 – Jozy + Pozuelo on Friday Night MLS on TSN

5:14 – Could Pep Guardiola swap Man City for New York City? Hey, it’s possible!

11:07 – What does it take to build a culture? How, practically, would a coach do it?

17:25 – Have Orlando City found a style that works for them?

21:50 – Zlatan is back! Well, almost … but are LA inching back toward the MLS elite?

24:43 – ESPN+ must-watch matches

28:50 – INTERVIEW: eMLS correspondent & FIFA YouTuber Jake Barford

40:01 – INTERVIEW: eMLS Cup favorite Doolsta on how he became a FIFA pro

53:39 – MAILBAG: State of the US men’s national team

Direct download: Extratime_March_28_REAL.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

Former US national team star Charlie Davies joins the guys to talk MLS Week 4, the US national team’s new era and the Gold Cup field. But first, David returns from Colombia bearing MLS gifts for his fellow hosts! EL PIBE!!!

Put some #respeckt on FC Cincinnati’s name. Everybody doubted them, but the results are falling into place. Doyle explains how that’s happening, then Davies takes the temperature of the listless Revs. Then it’s time for an ethical quandary. To admit to a deflection or not? Walker Zimmerman calls in to talk LAFC, USMNT, that new contract and Carlos Vela’s left foot.

In the second segment, Columbus Crew and US national team midfielder Wil Trapp takes you behind the scenes of Gregg Berhalter’s setup. What’s the vibe in camp? What does he ask of his No. 6? What to expect vs. Chile? Then Davies gives his take on the progress and future of the program and his hopes for 2026. More black trash bag of swag in the mailbag!

  • 3:58 – Put some #respeckt on FC Cincinnati’s name
  • 10:05 – Looking for signs of life as Revs fall very flat
  • 17:02 – INTERVIEW: Walker Zimmerman on the Striker’s Code, LAFC, USMNT
  • 28:58 – INTERVIEW: Wil Trapp pulls back the USMNT curtain under Berhalter
  • 37:48 – Positives (and a couple negatives) from US vs. Ecuador
  • 44:41 – Inside the former USMNT group chat with Charlie Davies
  • 51:09 – New hope for Canada as Gold Cup, Nations League A loom
  • 55:44 – MAILBAG: VAR-ma for RSL, bad-record teams that’ll be alright
Direct download: March_25_Extratime.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Sam Stejskal (National Writer, MLSsoccer.com) calls in to give the lowdown on Inter Miami’s early strategy. What sort of Designed Player model do they prefer? Will they spend the big bucks on a big name? What coach fits the bill? Plus, Stejskal gives the crew the latest scouting report on Toronto FC’s new No. 10, Alejandro Pozuelo.

Stay tuned for a well of positivity around the US national team – seriously, it feels good to feel good about the Nats – and a must-listen interview with Paxton Pomykal. On the list of topics: what makes the FC Dallas academy so special, title chances at the U-20 World Cup, European dreams and the path to get there and … Fortnite?

Also in this episode, an ode to the chronically underrated Nacho Piatti, Ben Baer in the mailbag and much more!

  • 1:56 – Did NYCFC sign a new No. 9 … or another winger?
  • 4:36 – Sam Stejskal on Inter Miami signings, coaching search
  • 11:42 – Sam Stejskal gives the scouting report on TFC’s Alejandro Pozuelo
  • 16:02 – An ode to the chronically underappreciated Ignacio Piatti
  • 21:50 – Clean slate for USMNT? Yes, please. Leave the past behind!
  • 27:16 – INTERVIEW: Paxton Pomykal on FC Dallas, US U-20s and European dreams
  • 48:54 – MAILBAG: Panic meter, set-piece monsters, MLS Week 4
Direct download: March_21_Extratime.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT

Former USMNT and MLS striker Charlie Davies joins Andrew, Doyle and Calen for an extra special episode from the AT&T MLS Studios.

First up, a non-soccer question: Do you believe in ghosts? Andrew didn’t until he stayed in an old house in Cincinnati alone … and left in the middle of the night to check into a hotel. FC Cincinnati wowed the MLS universe on Sunday as their first-ever MLS home was a success on the field and off. Plus, are the Timbers in trouble or is this just a blip? Who’s the best team in the league after three weeks? Should Kaku stop tweeting? Which clubs have the most to worry about? 

Also in this episode,  Davies on Tyler Adams, Christian Pulisic and the USMNT, plus a deep dive on goal celebrations against former clubs. Would you do it? The studio is split.

  • 1:45 – Do you believe in ghosts?
  • 5:49 – Cincinnati steals the MLS show on and off the field
  • 16:57 – Are the Timbers in trouble? Or is this just a blip?
  • 21:02 – Who is the best team in MLS after three weeks?
  • 27:16 – Kaku tweets, misses match for Red Bulls … What’s going on?
  • 33:13 – Which teams, with zero or one point, should be the most concerned?
  • 39:40 – Tyler Adams, Christian Pulisic and the first-team for the USMNT
  • 47:42 – Alphonso Davies gets his first goal with Bayern Munich
  • 55:01 – Is celebrating a goal against your old club disrespectful? The studio is split
Direct download: Extratime_March_18.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Susannah reveals she doesn’t have #CCLFever (gasp) as the crew laments this week’s disappointing results against Liga MX. Is MLS making progress? Yes, it’s just slower than we’d like. Tune in for the Week 3 preview, then it is on to the big conversations.

First, MLSsoccer.com national writer Sam Stejskal joins Andrew and David to explain how MLS teams spend the big bucks and why the way we’re talking about it is wrong. Forget Designated Player tags. That’s just the beginning. To explain more, Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey stops by the studio to talk Seattle spend, MLS roster-building trends, CCL progress and the US national team under Gregg Berhalter.

Also in this episode, a listener rates the Extratime hosts on the FIFA scale. The results are surprising and hilarious.

2:00 – BIG REVEAL! Susannah does not have CCL Fever…

4:46 – Liga MX handles business head-to-head with MLS in the CCL quarters

7:22 – Is MLS making progress in CCL?

13:00 – Atlanta United bow out of CCL, but get a consolation prize

17:53 – The best to come in MLS Week 3

28:03 – INTERVIEW: MLSsoccer.com national writer Sam Stejskal on why we’re talking about MLS spending all wrong

35:48 – INTERVIEW: Sounders’ GM Garth Lagerwey on how MLS teams spend, how that has to change, CCL & USMNT

57:43 – MAILBAG: A listener rates the Extratime hosts on the FIFA scale

Direct download: ExtraTime_March_14.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

The guys unveil the Atlanta United Panic Meter to gauge the frustration among the Five Stripes faithful. Free space (disappointment) in the Concacaf Champions League against Monterrey then a draw at home to FC Cincinnati? Something is off, but what is it? The guys dig in, then give Cincy their due, analyze Bob Bradley’s Carlos Vela-Lionel Messi comparison, celebrate FC Dallas’ first win under Luchi Gonzalez and preview the second leg of the #CCLFever quarterfinals.

Also in this episode, interviews with Minnesota United defender Francisco Calvo and FC Cincinnati and USMNT midfielder Kenny Saief.

2:24 – What is wrong with Atlanta United?

7:11 – Are the Five Stripes faithful … “spoiled?”

16:31 – What does this historic result mean for FC Cincinnati?

18:18 – Bob Bradley wants Carlos Vela to channel Messi. What does that mean?

19:56 – Luchi Gonzalez gets his first pro win, FC Dallas impress Doyle

22:05 – You might have missed ______ from Week 2

26:27 – Who has a chance to make the Concacaf Champions league semis?

29:13 – INTERVIEW: Francisco Calvo (MNUFC) on perfect start, R-E-S-P-E-C-T & Pura Vida

43:39 – INTERVIEW: Kenny Saief (FCC) on his dream start, move to Cincy and USMNT future

51:17 – MAILBAG: New MLS Fantasy winner, praise for Susannah and more

Direct download: Extratime_March_11.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT

Extratime announces the biggest signing in the podcast’s history! Susannah Collins arrives on a Designated Player deal, bringing with her a fly wardrobe and a voice of reason. The latter is especially useful as the crew digs into a painful week of Concacaf Champions League results that saw #CCLFever break around MLS. Four games, four losses. What does it all mean? What’s wrong with Atlanta United? Is this classic Red Bulls? Can Sporting KC carry the torch? For now, Liga MX’s hegemony remains intact.

Also in this episode, an interview with Nashville SC head coach Gary Smith (38:42), details on MLS transfer dealings in the works from MLSsoccer.com national writer Sam Stejskal, a Week 2 preview and a laugh-out-loud Mailbag, including a logo explains for ETR's new look.

3:44 – #CCLFever dreams spoiled in quarterfinals

11:19 – What happened to ATLUTD? Are De Boer’s tactics holding them back?

13:32 – CAI are the story of CCL so far! Can Sporting KC come back at home?                                                                       

16:22 – That’s so Metro? Or a new strain of Red Bulls misery in CCL?

19:05 – SAM STEJSKAL: Transfer moves still to come in MLS

22:58 – MLS Week 2 begins with FC Dallas trolling Zlatan (plus Joe Corona signs)

27:59 – When will FC Cincinnati get their first win? Should they tweak tactics?

33:06 – Susannah picked Timbers for MLS Cup … so what does she want to see in LA?

35:30 – The crew names their ESPN+ game of the weekend

38:42 – INTERVIEW: Gary Smith on being named Nashville SC head coach, DP spend and 2020

55:08 – MAILBAG: Hamid vs. Guzan, ETR’s new crest explainer, bad CCL poetry

Direct download: Extratime_March_7.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

In this episode, the crew goes deep on Week 1 of the 2019 MLS season. Favorite moment? Best individual performance? Which team proved the most? Which burning question went unanswered? Plus, 16-year-old Efra Alvarez steals the show in LA, so how should Guillermo Barros Schelotto manage his young star? FC Cincinnati are officially an MLS team, but they’ve got their work cut out for them. Jordan Morris is back! What does it mean for the Sounders and USMNT?

Also in this episode, an interview with Crew co-owner Dr. Pete Edwards, insight on Toronto FC’s massive No. 10 signing from MLSsoccer.com national writer Sam Stejskal and more a hilarious MLS dating email in the Mailbag.

Time Segment
3:10 ETR crew’s favorite thing from Week 1
6:22 How should GBS manage 16-year-old Efra Alvarez?
11:34 How did FC Cincinnati fare in their first MLS match?
15:38 Jordan Morris is back! What does it mean for Sounders? USMNT?
18:19 Best individual performances in Week 1 was _______
22:17 The coldest game in MLS history was bonkers
24:24 Which team proved the most in Week 1?
28:15 The biggest questions that went unanswered in Week 1
31:38 INTERVIEW: Crew co-owner Dr. Pete Edwards on Crewsmas, #SaveTheCrew, CLB’s future
44:10 MLSsoccer.com national writer Sam Stejskal on Pozuelo, Giovani Dos Santos conclusion
51:12 #CCLFever preview: Fear or no fear with Liga MX looming?
56:31 MAILBAG: First fantasy winner + MLS clubs as potential mates
Direct download: March_4_Extratime.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:52pm EDT

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