Thu, 25 April 2019
Andrew, David, Bobby and Susannah pick out the highs and lows of Week 9’s midweek slate and look ahead to the weekend. Are NYCFC back after Dome Torrent admitted he was under pressure? How did the Impact handle business despite travel issues? Is Matias Almeyda’s man-to-man system finally catching on? Plus, back to expansion reality with FC Cincinnati, Sporting KC’s injury woes, Minnesota’s mixed signals and The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio talking LAFC and those Bob Bradley comments.
Also in this show … Tenorio explains why MLS front offices are encouraged by MLS’s move to participate in training compensation and solidarity payments, listeners dream big with new league and playoff formats and Bobby declares himself an “Asterisk Guy.”
2:51 – Are NYCFC back on the right path? Susannah was at Yankee Stadium
5:25 – Planes, trains and automobiles … Montreal takes three points in New England
8:00 – Bobby helps you understand why the Quakes’ man-to-man is working
12:06 – Back to expansion reality for FC Cincinnati…
18:15 – Will injuries sink Sporting KC’s Shield aspirations? Maybe more?
23:54 – Minnesota have some work to do to win at home & sing Wonderwall
27:20 – INTERVIEW: Paul Tenorio (The Athletic) on LAFC and Bob Bradley
32:08 – Tenorio on how training compensation and solidarity payments change MLS
44:42 – Listener mail on Teams No. 28, 29 and schedule/playoffs after expansion
56:27 – Current MLS players who could become future MLS managers
Mon, 22 April 2019
Dave and Bobby are back, complete with Frisco glow, to break down MLS Week 8 and talk expansion (30 teams!) with Andrew and Doyle. Best team in MLS? No doubt LAFC after Bob Bradley’s team dropped the Sounders 4-1 on Sunday. What makes them special? Can the team (and Carlos Vela) sustain this pace? Plus, Dome Torrent wins after admitting he was on the hot seat, Thierry Henry gets shot down as a replacement for Chris Armas, Frank De Boer puts lipstick on a pig, John Molinaro explains the Jozy-Bill Manning drama and much more!
Plus, takeaways from a historic GA Cup, where Seattle knocked off a who’s who of top international clubs to win the title, and the MLS Board of Governors votes to expand MLS to 30 clubs. What does that mean?
Thu, 18 April 2019
The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal joins the Andrew, Doyle and Susannah to bounce around Major League Soccer ahead of Week 8. First up, a very MLS-y midweek win for the Whitecaps, who might not have the results but are starting to show signs of life. The crew also explains why Friday’s UniMas game is a test for both the Galaxy and Dynamo, then wonders when Alberth Elis might be sold. Are Atlanta United making progress? Hard to tell. Is James Sands the next Homegrown stud? Could be. Is Caleb Porter out for some revenge against Portland? You’d think, right?
The biggest game of the weekend, however, comes on Sunday night, as Seattle visit LAFC. The Sounders’ Cristian Roldan calls in to talk flower planters (seriously), Seattle’s blistering form, his choice to re-sign on a TAM deal, draft-day motivation that lingers, his role with the USMNT and his best Clint Dempsey story.
In the mailbag, in honor of the Thierry Henry-to-Red Bulls rumors, the crew unearth former Designated Players they’d like to see become MLS head coaches, for all manner of reasons, good and bad.
1:08 – Good riddance, Sam Stejskal (just kidding, we love you)
3:30 – How the Whitecaps got a very MLS-y win vs. LAFC
8:34 – Big test for both the Galaxy and the Dynamo on Friday
14:48 – When should the Dynamo sell Alberth Elis?
16:55 – Are Atlanta United back on the right track?
20:09 – James Sands appreciation hour, thanks to NYCFC fans
23:56 – Revenge game for Caleb Porter … DP rumors for the Timbers
26:46 – INTERVIEW: Cristian Roldan on Sounders, USMNT, best Dempsey story
46:24 – Bobby and David check in from the GA Cup
55:44 – Henry to the Red Bulls? Other MLS stars who could make the jump
Mon, 15 April 2019
In this episode, former US national team striker Charlie Davies joins Wiebe and Doyle to take a hard look at MLS Week 7. First up, a goosebumps-inducing experience at Allianz Field as soccer in Minnesota opened the doors to its forever home.
Plus, is Bradley Wright-Phillips’ role evolving with the Red Bulls? What makes Sporting KC teenager Gianluca Busio so special? Is this the Ezequiel Barco ATLUTD paid $15 million for? Que golazo! Who gets more trophies: LAFC or Sounders?
In the second segment, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman joins the guys to bounce around MLS. Topics covered: St. Louis vs. Sacramento for the 28th team, the Twellman family legacy at Allianz Field, NYCFC’s winless campaign so far, CCL failure and solutions, Robert Lewandowski to MLS (!!!) and Jesse Marsch to Salzburg.
In the mailbag, MLS’s Game of Thrones equivalents, Houston Dynamo keep rolling and the top five stadiums in MLS.
Thu, 11 April 2019
In this episode, the crew celebrates Calen’s Hall of Fame status. Which HOF? Don’t you worry about that. There are no worries in Minnesota, either. Not with Allianz Field set to open and future of the professional game in the Twin Cities assured. Andrew explains why Allianz Field means so much to Loons supporters and why it might just be the best soccer stadium in the US. Plus, Kei Kamara’s legacy examined after the Rapids striker moves into 5th on the all-time goal list, the Galaxy land a new center back who you’ll know from Concacaf and the World Cup and the United States’ Gold Cup mandate.
In the second segment, David explains why the GA Cup matters. Long story short, five years from now, today’s prospects will be the real deal and many will be playing at the highest level. Find out who you should be watching, then Real Monarch’s head coach Martin Vasquez calls in to walk you through Real Salt Lake’s development efforts.
In the mailbag, the MLS Iron Throne is up for grabs, so who gets the prime seat? Plus, who is MLS’s Jon Snow? David and Susannah disagree.
4:14 – Allianz Field a dream realized for Twin Cities and Minnesota United
12:53 – Are Houston among MLS’s elite teams? They’re unbeaten…
15:03 – Kei Kamara’s legacy examined after Rapids FWD moves into No. 5 on all-time goal list
22:03 – Galaxy sign Costa Rican Giancarlo Gonzalez to shore up backline
25:25 – Sporting KC and Red Bulls re-evaluate expectations for 2019
29:29 – USMNT goal for the Gold Cup? Win it, period.
34:25 – Future stars of world soccer take the stage at GA Cup
37:57 – INTERVIEW: Martin Vasquez (Real Monarchs) talks academies, USL and youth development
53:39 – MAILBAG: MLS Game of Thrones!
Mon, 8 April 2019
In this episode, Matt and Bobby are reunited on Extratime. You know what that means! We’re going DEEP into MLS Week 6. Is LAFC the new ATLUTD? And could Diego Rossi be the next big player sale? On the DC side, Manchester United are scouting Lucho Acosta! In Vancouver, the fans came out for Zlatan, and ‘Caps midfielder Felipe was not happy about it. Was the Brazilian right to be peeved? Plus, Tommy Thompson and San Jose back up their talk, Nani rescues Orlando and the Crew are ever so quietly at the top of the East.
In the second segment, Minnesota United and US men’s national team midfielder Miguel Ibarra calls in to explain how winning changes a club, what it’s like to be a Twin Cities cult hero, what the Allianz Field effect will be like and where the Wonderwall tradition came from. Also, what happened to Sporting KC in Monterrey and how should Peter Vermes approach the second leg?
In the mailbag, the Red Bulls face a conundrum. To press or not to press? That is the question, and Matt and Bobby disagree about the answer.
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Thu, 4 April 2019
Major League Soccer's long-running podcast Extratime is now available on YouTube, every Monday and Thursday at 5 pm ET.
In this episode, D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum joins Andrew, David, Bobby and Susannah to talk baby reveals on national TV, Wayne Rooney’s golf game and impact on D.C. United, Lucho Acosta’s PSG disappointment, Carlos Vela and LAFC and much, much more. The Athletic’s Pablo Maurer stops by as well to explain where Acosta’s contract and transfer prospects stand as time ticks down on his deal. Then the crew previews Week 6, including the bright spots in Vancouver’s rebuild and Bobby’s must-watch soccer nuggets.
In the second segment, Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha joins the crew to talk Soccer For All and racism in sport and society. Get Onuoha’s perspective on the headlines swirling around Moise Kean and Juventus, his own history with racism in life and soccer and his hope for a future without what is a blight on the game and our world.
Mon, 1 April 2019
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In this episode, it’s all about otherworldly performances from No. 10s. First, Alejandro Pozuelo has Andrew guzzling from the poisoned Toronto FC chalice after one of the best debuts in MLS history. But the Reds’ $11 million man couldn’t match the jaw-dropping exploits of LAFC’s Carlos Vela, who is following Bob Bradley’s request to aspire to Leonel Messi levels while he chases the Landon Donovan MVP trophy. Don’t forget the kids, either! Doyle says a change is underway in MLS. More domestic teenage attackers than ever before are playing and making a real impact.
In the second segment, a heaping helping of #CCLFever with Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes and Peter Brownell. Who, you might ask? The man who discovered #CCLFever, of course! Vermes gives the guys insight into the success of Krisztián Németh (AKA the MLS Sergio Aguero), the matchup with Monterrey in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals and the reason for the change from pressing to possession in KC.
In the mailbag, Calen tells his Memo Rodriguez-Houston Dynamo story, Switzerland decides neutrality is boring and supporters get salty about the refs.
2:55 – Toronto FC’s cup runneth over as Alejandro Pozuelo wows on his debut
6:11 – Story time! Calen on how Cuauhtémoc Blanco multiplied the Fire’s swag
9:17 – Carlos Vela channels inner Leo Messi, by Bob Bradley’s request, as LAFC top table
14:42 – Biggest MLS trend? Doyle says it’s the emergence of so many young, domestic attackers
20:41 – Zlatan! Rooney! Ref beef! What did we learn from Sunday’s action?
26:18 – INTERVIEW: Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes talks touchdown and CCL
42:24 – INTERVIEW: Peter Brownell, the discoverer of #CCLFever
47:05 – Why it would be fitting for Sporting KC to make history and win CCL
54:05 – MAILBAG: Memo and the Dynamo & the Swiss abandon neutrality
Thu, 28 March 2019
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
Mon, 25 March 2019
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!
Thu, 21 March 2019
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!
Mon, 18 March 2019
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.
Thu, 14 March 2019
Why you're thinking about MLS spending all wrong! Chats w/ Garth Lagerwey (Sounders), Sam Stejskal (MLSsoccer.com)
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.
Mon, 11 March 2019
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.
2:24 – What is wrong with Atlanta United?
Thu, 7 March 2019
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
Mon, 4 March 2019
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.
Thu, 28 February 2019
In this episode, the crew makes their final predictions before the MLS season begins!
First up, MLS’s Concacaf Champions League prognosis and the latest on the Giovani dos Santos situation in LA and Nico Gaitan’s impending transfer to the Chicago Fire (10:55). Once that’s out of the way, it’s time to name the team most likely to win multiple trophies, the team most likely to drop OUT of the playoffs and the one most likely to jump IN to the postseason field as well as Wooden Spoon and Leicester City-style dark horse MLS Cup contenders (31:20).
Also in this episode, an interview with Jordan Morris (35:11, Seattle Sounders FC) and more fearless listener predictions in the Mailbag.
Mon, 25 February 2019
It's prediction time! With cameras trained on their every move -- head over to Major League Soccer's YouTube channel to get the full Extratime experience -- the crew gathers in the studio to forecast the 2019 season. In other words, make wild/educated guesses.
With the focus on individual awards, Andrew, Doyle, Bobby and David pick their AT&T Rookie of the Year, All-State Goalkeeper of the Year, Defender of the Year, D-Mid of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Assist King, Golden Boot pres. by Audi and Landon Donovan Most Valuable Player award. Plus, some made-up awards that bring the laughs.
The guys also hit the soccer headlines of the day with Sam Stejskal (MLSsoccer.com), chat with Taylor Twellman (ESPN) from his home office and get the lowdown on the 10-part documentary We Are LAFC, now available on ESPN+, from executive producer Jon Weinbach.