ExtraTime Radio (general)

The crew is on alert as bears invade ETR. Andrew, Simon, and David break down the MLS weekend dominated by road teams and stats expert Ben "The Research" Baer brings some enlightening facts to the conversation. But the real star of the first segment is the "Dancing Bear," Houston's Will Bruin, who reveals the reasons behind his red-hot goalscoring run, the plan for his recent marriage proposal and his thoughts on a potential USMNT future and the impending arrival of Cubo Torres.

We go international in Segment 2, beginning with the USMNT's historic victory in Amsterdam. Then MLSsoccer.com's Canadian soccer expert Daniel Squizzato delves into the storylines from the Women's World Cup opener, Canada's WWC chances and the upcoming men's national team's qualifying campaign which begins on Thursday against Dominica.

In the mailbag, ETR listeners confront Simon on both Jordan Morris and DC United, and Andrew makes a plea for potential adversaries. All critics welcome.

Direct download: ETR_June8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

Simon is back with the gang for a loaded new episode. First, the guys try to find some logic in the often illogical world of MLS while breaking down a packed midweek slate. Then Philly head coach Jim Curtin joins the show to explain how the Union rode out their bad run, discuss the philosophy changes that led to the turnaround, and the future of their ever-changing goalkeeping situation. Plus, Curtin assigns Andrew and Simon a little homework.

It's almost time for kickoff in Edmonton and World Cup fever has finally hit the ETR studio. Caitlin Murray of The Guardian and Soccer by Ives joins the crew to preview the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. She breaks down the favorites, dark horses, stars to watch, and all your Canada/USA inside scoop. Plus the guys look forward to the US U-20 and USMNT's upcoming matches, and Simon attempts to derail David’s Gedion Zelalem hype train.

In the mailbag, the D.C. United fans sink their claws (Talons) into Simon for consistently picking against them. Beware: the only thing worse than Simon picking against you may be if he picks your team to win.

Direct download: ETR_June4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EST

A star-studded show, and for once it is actually true. In the first segment, newly-minted ETR regular Matt Doyle joins Andrew and David to chat about the weekend action in MLS and USMNT roster. They discuss Giovinco settling in, the best managers in the league at developing young talent and the biggest snubs on the USMNT roster.

In the second segment, Dom Dwyer – and Sydney Leroux, sort of – drop by to talk MLS and the Women's World Cup. Dom gets quizzed on his knowledge of his wife newlyweds-game style with Sydney right there to hold him accountable. He also talks with the guys about his ability to play alongside Kristzian Nemeth, MLS's stronger conference and facing off against Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

In the final segment, Andrew and David break down some USA U-20 action, talk about their must-watch player power rankings, and Jason Kreis’ slow start with NYCFC.

Direct download: ETR_Jun1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:15pm EST

A busy week in North American soccer keeps the guys plenty busy, but first they fill you in on the breaking news that has every soccer fan around the world focused on the FIFA Congress in Zurich. Once that’s out of the way, they hit the results from the US Open Cup Third Round and look forward to a few of the most exciting Fourth Round matchups. Plus, a look back on three 1-0 home wins in MLS midweek action.

After the break, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle stops by to talk the MLS season so far: who has surprised him most, who is the best American in the league right now and which coaches stand out. Plus, US U-20 World Cup hopes and predictions with a breakdown of who to watch for and what to expect.

Unfortunately, the mailbag waits for another day as the guys book a second straight surprise guest at the final hour. This time US U-20 and Real Salt Lake midfielder Jordan Allen who calls in from around the world. New Zealand, to be exact. He sums up the team’s expectations – knockout stages or bust – and whether Landon Donovan still has it after the MLS and USMNT legend dropped by camp.

Direct download: ETR_May28.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm EST

It’s a special Tuesday show, and that means you’re in for a treat. Chris Wondolowski joins the guys in the first segment, fresh off joining the MLS Century Club. But what would he have done had he hung up his boots like one college coach suggested? When did he figure it out in MLS and why? And which message from his fellow 100-goal scorers made his heart swell with pride?

In the second segment, the guys talk MLS before chatting with a special guest from south of the border. That’d be Jonathan Bornstein, who scored the biggest goal in Queretaro’s history to book a spot in the LigaMX final. Hear the story straight from Jonny B, as he discusses impending fatherhood, dedicating the goal to his own dad and Ronaldinho’s special tribute.

Finally, in the mailbag, David’s employment status is clarified. Should he stay or should he go? Plus, which ETR mailbag regular bumped into Simon at Red Bull Arena?

Direct download: ETR_May26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

The guys spoke to Kyle Beckerman, then the recorder ate the audio. What does that mean for "sound engineer" David? Simon says it's a fireable offense. Let us know what you say in the poll to the right. In the meantime, the guys fill the time by breaking down Wednesday's action and looking ahead to the weekend. Is Columbus-Chicago a rivalry? Is LA rope-a-doping or are they just worse than in years past? Plus, what will Toronto FC do without the injured Jozy Altidore?

In the second segment, Soccer Sunday takes center stage. It's all about Wondo, who is about to hit the MLS Century Club and Andrew says doesn't get enough credit for his efforts. Then the allocation list gets a second look. What if you could choose where Alejandro Bedoya would land? The guys give their preferences for the top USMNT players in Europe.

In the mailbag, fans chime in on the Crew SC-Fire rivalry, Philly's rough start, a new word for MLS rivalries (we swear this is it) and Simon's one-liner.

Direct download: ETR_May21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EST

The one thing Andrew, Simon, and David can predict about MLS is …. that it’s impossible to predict! The guys do their best to wrap their minds around an unpredictable weekend in which Orlando blew out the defending champion Galaxy, NYCFC rallied from two-goals down with 10 men, the Union ground out a win vs. noted grinders D.C. United, and Chad Barrett (not Oba or Deuce) is the star striker in Seattle. New England’s Juan Agudelo chats with Andrew about the birth of “Swagudelo,” fatherhood, his national team future and the Revs’ development.

In the second segment, LAFC’s major stadium announcement takes center stage. With a new soccer-specific stadium (or is it just soccer stadium?) coming into the league in 2018, the guys dive into the details. Plus, what happens when you celebrate a championship you haven’t actually won?

In the mailbag, the final ruling comes down on “Farby” or “Furbie.” Plus, Simon’s disdain for D.C. United, and a discussion on Brek Shea’s soccer development over the years.

Direct download: ETR_May18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:32pm EST

Wait, Steven Gerrard said what?! Less pressure in MLS? Hit play to see what the guys thought of the soon-to-be Galaxy star's comments as he prepares to say goodbye to the only club he's ever known. Then stick around for a chat with D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen, who has a big event off the field this week, is fielding interest from Europe and has a US national team career to think about. Oh, and what's he think about all this "luck" talk when it comes to D.C. United and their first-place position?

In the second segment, MLS Week 11 takes center stage. Viernes de Futbol is huge this week. Can NYCFC finally rebound? Can the Red Bulls slow down Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz and FC Dallas? Saturday is just as good, with a Cascadia battle pitting Vancouver and Seattle and New England hoping to heap more misery on Toronto FC. The guys also welcome friend of the show Brian Sciaretta on to talk Gedion Zelalem and all the moving and shaking from Americans in Europe.

In the mailbag, the "Farby" debate heads in a new direction, listeners pull the homer card and Simon is confronted by his alter egos: Dr. Simon and Mr. Borg.

Direct download: ETR_May14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

The derby talk rolls on as the guys discuss the historic RBNY vs. NYCFC match that gave Simon goose bumps on Sunday night. They touch on Jason Kreis' controversial subs, what ails NYCFC and the excellence of the Jesse Marsch’s side. In the other “Soccer Sunday” matchup, Toronto FC fell flat once again in a big moment on their home field. Toronto Sun beat writer Kurt Larson checks in from north of the border to narrow down what’s wrong and how to remedy things before the playoffs slip from sight.

In the second segment, there’s a glut of big weekend results to pore over, including Mauro Diaz’s shining performance in Dallas’ victory against LA and Crew SC knocking off last years “Supporters' Shield” winners. The biggest goal of the weekend, though,  may have come via the head of Orlando City’s center back Aurelien Collin. He talks to the guys about what needs to change for Orlando, his new role with the Lions and the differences between fans and ambitions in Orlando and Kansas City.

In the mailbag, the age-old question draws discussion: what is your favorite “Farby” in MLS? You know, a “farby,” a rivalry between two clubs far apart! Also the listeners have advice to get Simon and David to the Olympic games.

Direct download: ETR_May11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Simon's out, but the guys welcome a very special guest host in former MLS forward Calen Carr<http://www.mlssoccer.com/players/calen-carr> ahead of a massive MLS weekend. The biggest game? Clearly between the Red Bulls and New York City FC. NYCFC defender Jason Hernandez has played for both teams, was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. So what does he think of this whole #NYCSoccerWarz thing?

In the second segment, the focus shifts to the U-20 World Cup. Tab Ramos announced his 20-man roster (one spot is still up for grabs) ahead of the tournament in New Zealand. Who might No. 21 be? What style will the Baby Nats play? Can they win the whole thing? Hear it from their head coach.

A special guest joins the guys in the mailbag as Nepal head coach Jack Stefanowski drops into the studio to tell people how they can help those affected by the earthquake in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas.

Direct download: ETR_May7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14pm EST