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The show’s a day late, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to miss it. First, justice in Colorado, a howler in Montreal delights David’s mother and New York City and Kevin “hot boy” Molino do what they do. Namely, blow points at home and come up big when it matters. Plus, a Giovinco injury that has Toronto FC fans worried, a new Kamara in Columbus and a growing crisis in Seattle. To finish things off, Andy Edwards joins to explain what’s ailing Sporting KC.

 

The second segment begins with some CONCACAF Champions League fever. Well, not quite fever. Maybe more of a sniffle as the 2016/17 groups are out and MLS teams have reason to be perturbed as well as excited for this year’s tournament. After that, it’s all US national team talk after a friendly win against a poor – let’s be honest – Bolivia side. Has Jurgen settled on a lineup? Is Pusilic the next big thing? Make sure to tune in on Thursdayfor the full tournament preview.

 

Finally, in the mailbag, listeners take a crack at creative AT&T MLS All-Star ballots, and Andrew has more salt poured in his Wondo goal-prediction wound.

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With a laundry list of MLS news to tackle, the guys bring in Calen Carr to augment the New York crew. First up, All-Star voting is open. The guys run through their early ballots and attempt to pinpoint the proper voting protocol. This big news of the day, though, is a mutual parting between the Dynamo and Owen Coyle. Houston vice president and general manager Matt Jordan explains the move – and the now-active coaching search. 

Copa’s coming, and the US national team are closing in on their opener against Colombia. On Wednesday, the Nats dispatched Ecuador via Darlington Nagbe’s first career international goal. Andrew and David pitch their dream lineups, no matter how unrealistic. Is the Pulisic/Wood/Nagbe core ready to start now or would you rely on veterans to lead the way?

In the mailbag, one listener thinks he can explain the Rapids’ success then the guys discuss shifting allegiances in the Big Apple and Luciano Acosta’s outburst. Plus, Calen pitches his new book, an in-depth look at his Arsenal career.

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The guys pit ESPN against FOX by inviting Alexi Lalas to join in the Heineken Rivalry Week conversation a week after Taylor Twellman set the show alight. First up, the Hudson River Massacre, as one listener put it, that saw the Red Bulls prove #NYisRed for the fourth time in four tries. What can NYCFC do to recover after a loss that will go down in New York Derby lore? Plus, Waston’s tackle after the whistle, another attempt at explaining the Rapids’s success and hot seats in Seattle.

In the second segment, Copa America Centenario is quickly approaching, and the United States 23-man roster is out following a friendly win in Bayamon against Puerto Rico. Lalas is back to break down the group, including Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision between Wondo and Jordan Morris, the ideal center-back pairing and in what scenario the Nats will win it all. His favorite? They wear green, red and white.

The mailbag begins with a quandary: Why doesn’t every team put two men on the posts? Dave is riled up, and so were NYCFC fans when a certain Designated Player came on a substitute on Saturday. Listen to find out who.

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The guys head to Twitter headquarters in New York City for Heineken Rivalry Week media day. They to sit down with some of MLS's Big Apple's biggest stars, but first break down all the must-watch action happening elsewhere. First, why rooting for Chris Pontius is basically your responsibility as an MLS fan. Then, Toronto FC's attack without Jozy, a rivalry between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake that doesn't get the due it deserves and waning animosity between San Jose and LA (maybe?).

In the second segment, the real fun begins as Patrick Vieira, Jesse Marsch, Mike Grella, and Mix Diskerud stop by to chat with the guys about rivalry games, babysitters, travel plans, and those pesky media responsibilities.

In the mailbag, a quick look ahead to a Sunday matinee between Puerto Rico and the United States, trash talk from a D.C. United fan and Calen's off-the-cuff MLS Fantasy advice.

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With Andrew out of the picture, the guys turn to none other than ESPN's Taylor Twellman to lead the front line. Taylor talks everything from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's impending future to the Colorado Rapids miracle turnaround, trouble in Columbus and reaction to the disappointing Jozy Altidore injury news.

 

After hanging up on Taylor, David and Matt break down another wild weekend. They start with Sporting KC's shooting practice against Orlando and the fortunes of the two New York clubs as they head into a pair of midweek fixtures before a Heineken Rivalry Week matchup on Saturday. Not to be overlooked is Montreal and Philly's top of the table matchup and the FC Dallas winger not named Fabian Castillo who is lighting it up.

 

In the mailbag, the guys talk fantasy, lock in some playoff teams in May and which of the seven young USMNT call-ups have the brightest future.

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The MLS transfer window closed without a peep, and the guys ... just kidding. There's nothing like a blockbuster to get the conversation started, and Kei Kamara's trade from Columbus to New England after that outburst certainly qualifies. Andrew and Calen check in from Venice Beach, while Matt chimes in from after. Plus, don't miss the midweek breakdown and recommended watching this weekend.

In the second segment, Andrew stops by StubHub Center to chat with Galaxy vice president Pete Vagenas about LA's new high school and integration between the academy, USL team and MLS squad. The mailbag has the requisite Cali flavor, plus some hints for growing a fanbase outside the United States.

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With Andrew on the road and David in Mexico, the guys get together late Sunday night to put a bow on the weekend. Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain certainly weren’t exchanging gifts after a contentious draw that saw Columbus Crew SC’s Designated Players fight over a penalty kick (then air grievances in the media). Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes used the media to challenge his team after another loss, Toronto opened the new BMO Field in style, Jordan Morris can’t stop scoring and the Rapids (!!) are first in the West and the Supporters’ Shield standings.

On Friday, LAFC got the go ahead on their sparkling stadium in South Los Angeles. To celebrate, club president and co-owner Tom Penn joined Andrew to give the lowdown on the design and the future of the club on and off the field.

The mailbag begins with a Mother’s Day story then the guys mull Cyle Larin’s future and Frank Lampard’s legacy (so far) with New York City FC.

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Before David heads down to Mexico on vacation, the guys get together to preview a truly special weekend of MLS matchups. First, you’ve got to find a way to be in front of the TV for Toronto FC's home debut at the renovated BMO Field in what could be an MLS Cup preview. That’s just one of the buffet of big games on MLS Live on Saturday,  including Cascadia Cup action in Vancouver, a playoff rematch in Columbus, a top-of-the-table (!!!) Rocky Mountain Cup clash, and plenty more.
 
In the second segment, Red Bull's captain Dax McCarty joins the show to talk about city living, New York’s slow start and the pre-training huddle that makes the squad feel like a family. From his favorite NYC brunch spots to his improv skills, you won’t want to miss this one with the always charming McCarty.
 
The mailbag begins with a letter written on behalf of Calen Carr's permanent ETR status, the guys talk Copa America Centenario rosters, Jurgen Klinsmann's book gets the green light for ETR Book Club treatment, and a LA Galaxy fan in Italy asks for help.
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There’s plenty to talk about on this Monday – perhaps too much. First, afairytale story in England starring a CONCACAF captain, then Doylebreaks down Jurgen Klinsmann’s preliminary roster for Copa AmericaCentenario. Once that’s out the way, it’s all about MLS. The guyswax poetic about the Red Bulls demolition of FC Dallas, NickRimando’s heroics (with his face), a beautiful day in Portland forDiego Valeri and Jake Gleeson and a sumptuous chip from Giovani DosSantos.

 Get ready for banter in the second segment as theVancouver Whitecaps’ Jordan Harvey and Tim Parker hunker down inthe studio with Andrew and Calen. Harvey’s a new father and Parkeris, well, barely out of college. Their lifestyles are different,but they’re both dedicated to their craft. On a serious note, theguys divulge which MLS teams they like to watch, what’s its like toplay with a former rival like Blas Perez and why cheat days (andcandy runs) are key. Finally, Parker reacts to a bold World Cupprediction from Greg Lalas.

In the mailbag, what are Chicago Fire defender JonathanCampbell’s Rookie of the Year chances? What is Andrew going to dowith all those scarves? What’s the best balance for MLS teams inthe transfer market?

 
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Forget Detroit Rock City. How about Detroit Soccer City? Fresh expansion news took the guys by surprise, but with they dive in with both feet to beak down the current pecking order. Midweek action produced three 1-1 draws, one of which prompted Matt to label one team’s playoff chances kaput. In general, slow starts are difficult to overcome in MLS, and a handful of 2015 playoffs teams are already in trouble. Toronto FC aren’t in that group as an epic road trip comes to a close. Neither is FC Dallas, or the LA Galaxy, where Ashley Cole is forcing some folks to eat some crow.

In the second segment, Seattle Sounders director of performance and sports science Dave Tenney joins Andrew and Ben to explain what his team does to get the most out of their players, their efforts to prevent injury and why sleep and hamstring strength are crucial for athletes.

 The mailbag begins with the Armchair Analyst’s take on the decisions Jurgen Klinsmann must make to narrow down a 40-man preliminary roster for Copa America Centenario, then the guys discuss the incessant beeping in Andrew’s apartment, Lord Bendtner’s MLS ambitions and the idea of former players becoming MLS referees.

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A predictable MLS weekend? Those don’t exist. After another wild slate of high-volume action to digest, Calen (or is it Aziz?) jumps in the Armchair Analyst’s chair to help Andrew and David break it all down. From controversial refereeing decisions to audacious chips, surprise results, LA Galaxy dominance and a historic Toronto FC road run, re-live the weekend that was.
 
in the second segment, ETR favorite C.J. Sapong stops by to tell the guys all about Planet Lovetron, his alien brother Andre Blake, a potential national team future and why Keegan Rosenberry can be trusted with the hair clippers. 
 
The mailbag introduces Calen to his vocal doppelgänger, and a listener wonders whether there will ever be an MLS version of Johan Cruyff, a game-changing player/manager in the making.
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No Viernes de Futbol this week, which is a real bummer. Still, there’s a big weekend of MLS action on tap, and Andrew rejoins Calen and David to discuss all the biggest headlines. First up, Chris Wondolowski’s hunt for the MLS goal record with Sporting KC headed to San Joseon Sunday (3:30 ET, ESPN), then a must-win matchup at Red Bull Arena on for New York against Orlando on FS1 (7 pm ET). Oh, and how can you forget about Didier Drogba's first start, and FC Dallas’ chase for history?
 
In the second segment, the burning question is this: Are the Colorado Rapids a playoff team? Calen says no, David says yes, and Andrew says maybe. To break the deadlock, the guys give Rapids midfielder Sam Cronin a call to see what he thinks. They also ask Cronin about the impending arrival of Tim Howard, orange balls and the machine that is Jermaine Jones.
 
The mailbag includes queries about Owen Coyle and Houston, Marky Delgado’s potential, and a case for why little leaguers pulling on a MLS jersey on Saturday mornings would be awesome.

 

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It was a weekend of high-profile returns in MLS as Didier Drogba and Jermaine Jones’ goals helped fuel wins for the Impact and Rapids. Calen Carr also makes his return to ExtraTime Radio as nature and family scatter the normal ETR crew across the country. Calen and David hit all the hot topics from the weekend, including the Red Bulls’ continued woes, FC Dallas's big Western Conference win and so much more.

Only one team in MLS remains unbeaten. Real Salt Lake’s Yura Movsisyan checks in to chat about playing for some of the biggest clubs in Russia, playing for the Armenian national team, the decision to return to MLS, how Jeff Cassar's direct style plays to his strengths, and what it’s like playing with Joao Plata and Burrito Martinez.

In the mailbag, the guys get the Coach of the Year conversation going (a tad early) and hear from some FC Dallas fans in England.

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The first midweek action of the year meant less sleep but more MLS, and that’s just fine. Things aren’t “fine” for last year’s powers, however. The table is upside down, at least compared to 2015, and Andrew, Matt, and David break down the surprising Wednesdaynight results then look ahead to the weekend. With Colorado riding high, how will the upcoming addition of Jermaine Jones affect their playoff chances? Will he be more impactful than Didier Drogba, who could come back this weekend for Montreal? The guys also talk SkyCam in KC, the wonderful life of Chris Wondolowski and the imminent departure time of the Tommy Thompson hype train.

 
In the second segment, Sporting KC's midfield duo of Roger Espinoza and Jordi Quintilla stop by the studio on the heels of a Justin Bieber concert. They discuss their respective paths to KC, the players and teams they hate playing against and best tactics for pushing through a postgame jersey trade.
 
It’s time to go off topic in the mailbag. First, the guys ponder which MLS player should host a podcast, help a lonely MLS fan pick the best match to attend and make some bold Copa America Centenario predictions.
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That tackle. It’s the talk of MLS on Monday, and the guys give their takes on the Nigel de Jong challenge that forced Portland Timbers and US national team star Darlington Nagbe to leave the StubHub Center pitch in a wheelchair. Then they break down the rest of another wild MLS weekend. Philly are for real, but should their game-winner have counted? Why are last year’s powers (Red Bulls, Crew SC, ‘Caps and Sounders) reduced to also-ran status? Is the TomThom hype train finally rolling along? It’s all here.

 

Then, in the second segment, the Fire’s Arturo Alvarez and Johan Kappelhof sit down in studio to explain why each of them ended up in Chicago, give their thoughts on the De Jong tackle, look forward to a matchup with Didier Drogba and give Andrew a scheduling lesson. Oh, and why were Khiry Shelton and Mikey Lopez suspended by Patrick Vieira? It sounds ridiculous, but is it?

 

Finally, the mailbag provides the forum for some venting by a Timbers fans, and listeners give their suggestions for most underrated in MLS.

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ETR favorite and LA Galaxy attacker Mike Magee joins the show for some MLS story time ahead of a Sunday tripleheader. Find out what MLS was like back in 2003, what living in New York City was like as an 18-year-old MetroStars rookie, why Bruce Arena threatens to cut him, what the Timbers face in their quest to defend their title and the best ways to roast Sebastian 'Da Boy' Lletget. Plus, all the talking points from #SEAvHOU (4 pm ET, ESPN), #NYCvCHI (7:30 pm ET, FS1) and #LAvPOR (9:30 pm ET, FS1).

The second segment starts with a debate: Who is the most underrated player in MLS? After that, the guys wonder whether Seattle finally found their DP attacking midfielder, if Montreal's midfield is good enough as currently constituted and whether Sporting KC will take three points on the road against the Red Bull as they roll through the full weekend preview.

In the mailbag, the guys' get a lesson in food safety and Fire fans explain what it was like last weekend in the frigid cold at Toyota Park.

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Another Monday with plenty of drama to dissect. This time it's the Revs and Red Bulls who are grabbing the headlines after New England played on (and scored the game-winner) with Kemar Lawrence down injured. Former MLSer Calen Carr joins the guys to give a player's perspective, then the conversation turns to red cards.

In case you missed it, Kaka went off on Sunday night, and Doyle contends it was his best game yet for Orlando City. Plus, Real Salt Lake ends Sporting KC's winning streak, Columbus Crew SC and FC Dallas split the points and Adam Jahn is a lonely (but effective) Bash Brother.

In the mailbag, the guys' brat-v-orange drink hypocrisy is exposed, they get a lesson in the laws of the game and David gets some shtick.

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The sky is no longer falling. The United States put up a 4-0 win over Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying in a clear must-win and the gang looks back on the victory as the dust settles. The result was right, but was the direct style a blast from the past? Speaking of a blast from the past, Canada must now prep for a do-or-die game in San Pedro Sula after Mexico handled business at Azteca, and the US U-23s failed to qualify for the Olympics once again. What does this mean for the future of soccer in the US and Canada?
 
Now that the international break is over, there's a full slate of fascinating MLS games to preview. Do the Revs or Red Bulls have more riding on Friday’s match on UniMas? What’s led to Philly's early success? What are the guys most looking forward to in the SKC-RSL rivalry matchup? And THE MLS original matchup goes down on Saturday night as D.C. United travels to San Jose nearly 20 years to the day of the league’s inaugural match.
 
In the mailbag, Tommy Mac might be Ireland’s next soccer legend, and the guys search under the cushions for some fresh American fullback prospects.

 

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The sky is falling! Or maybe not. It all depends on your perspective. ESPN's Taylor Twellman joins the gang to break down the malaise surrounding the US national team after a 2-0 World Cup qualifying loss in Guatemala. Are players being played out of position? How different is Jurgen Klinsmann's reign than Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena in actuality? What’s Klinsmann's role as Technical Director? Taylor digs in on all those topics and more. Plus, reaction to Canada's big match against Mexico in Vancouver.

 
In the second segment, there is good news for US fans after the U-23 squad earned a 1-1 draw down in Colombia in their Olympic playoff. How did they get it done? Brian Sciaretta explains then gives a scouting report on rising star Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund). 
 
In the mailbag, Arielle Castillo joins to give the lowdown on the stadium plots Miami Beckham United purchased last week. The guys close it out by celebrating the legend of Jimmy Nielsen, which still burns strong because of some hilarious on-field antics back in 2013.

 

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MLS slows down – but doesn’t shut down – as the international break arrives in full force. The United States’ double dip with Guatemala could help seal a spot in the Hex, and forward Bobby Wood joins the guys to talk about his career resurgence with Union Berlin, those pesky transfer rumors and his advice for young players looking to make the European jump. Plus, can Canada pull an upset against Mexico at home? Will the US U-23s do the business in Colombia with a place in the Olympics on the line?

While MLS takes a breath, USL is getting ready to get after it. Opening day is Friday, and Oklahoma City Energy FC head coach (and Sporting KC legend) Jimmy Nielsen gives the lowdown on the league and his new status as a Midwesterner.

In the mailbag, Calen Carr joins to give a player’s perspective on the unwritten rules of the game, a father and his daughters are welcomed into the Galaxy family and RapidMan gets the fan fiction treatment.

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Missed the free-kick golazos (and red cards) this weekend? The guys, sans David but with Ben ‘The Research’ Baer in tow, break down an up-and-down Week 3 that saw Tim Howard introduced, Toronto FC cry foul, C.J. Sapong boss the Revs, the Sounders lose a Cascadia match at home (zero points in three games) and the Red Bulls win a wild one in Harrison. Plus, Joao brings the Plata for RSL, Steven Gerrard’s injury might be a blessing in disguise for LA and Cyle Larin can’t stop scoring.

After the break, it’s all about the international…break. United States U-23 boss Andi Herzog joins Andrew to explain what a place in the Olympics means ahead of the young Nats two-leg series against Colombia. Then the guys turn their attention to US-Guatemala and Canada-Mexico, with plenty of questions to answer about both rosters.

In the mailbag, folks wonder why there’s been a surge of red cards, and a listener sends in some RapidMan fan fiction.

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After two high-energy and hectic weekends of MLS, Week 3 brings rivalry flavor as March Madness begins. First, the guys wonder whether the four 0-2 teams need to worry. Friday brings an “expansion” matchup — time for a new moniker? — as Orlando hit the road in search of their first win at New York City FC, where Viera continues to tinker. Crew SC, meanwhile, face a daunting three-game road trip starting in Chicago, Houston bring their supernova attack to face the faltering Red Bulls, Sporting KC host Toronto FC looking to go 3-0-0 on the season and plenty more.
 
Then it’s time to chat with San Jose’s Quincy Amarikwa after his SportsCenter "Top 10" goal against the defending champs. He walks the guys through his emotions after scoring, his journey to establish himself in MLS, American’s battle for playing time and some of the best defenders he’s done battle with.
 
In the mailbag, it is tournament time so obviously it’s time to talk brackets. But not just any old bracket: MLS Mascot Madness. Everyone can have their say as Andrew, Arielle, and David go to bat for their favorite mascots. Cast your vote now!
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You were expecting MLS to settle down in Week 2? Not a chance. Andrew, David and Matt break down yet another thrilling (and often confounding) weekend of play that saw Houston shellack in-state rivals FC Dallas, Montreal establish themselves as an early power, Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer wow on and off the pitch and Quincy Amarikwa make the MLS world stand up and scream in delight.

In the second segment, a Cascadia trade between Vancouver and Portland that saw Darren Mattocks head south inspires some trade scuttlebutt. Plus, why is Poku sitting in New York? Then Dynamo goalscorer and assist man Andrew Wenger joins the guys to talk hype trains, Hamilton and Owen Coyle’s system.

Finally, a soon-to-be-married fan asks for advice winning over his in-laws in the mailbag. Help the man out ETR fam!

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MLS original Todd Durbin, the Executive Vice President of Competition & Player Relations, stops by the studio to answer your questions. He covers it all from the process of creating rules, the use and effect of TAM, the future of young player development, Discovery claims, and so much more.

While the guys look at the bigger picture in the first segment in the second segment it is all about weekend preview. A few big matches are on the docket headlined by the first Viernes De Futbol of the year. Calen Carr stops by to talk about the development of OCSC star player Cyle Larin. The guys then run through the rest of the weekend's big question marks -- is Mike Magee a locked in starter for LA? Do RSL and Seattle already have reason to worry? Who looks better heading into the Texas Derby? And what to make of the Portland Timbers' newest acquisition?

In the mailbag the guys discuss the culinary experience around MLS, and their favorite MLS fantasy team names, and Calen's love of Kris Kross.

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The 2016 MLS season has officially started, and it did so with a marathon #SoccerSunday full of goals (36) and excitement (stoppage-time heroics galore). With so much to sort through, it was only right to break down every matchup. The guys do just that, starting with a huge win for Toronto FC thanks to Giovinco, who picked up right where he left off last season. Don’t forget about that furious comeback in Orlando, an NYCFC goal explosion and plenty more.
 
Oh, you thought that was it? Hardly. In the second segment, the rest of the night goes under the microscope. You already know who’s year it is in Houston (Andrew Wenger!), plus the Timbers gave Crew SC fans deja vu, Piatti played Superman in Vancouver, and Magic Mike did his thing for the first time in 18 months as the LA Galaxy put a exclamation point on opening night.
 
In the mailbag, listeners share their opening weekend experience, and the guys put out a call for advice to for a pair of first-time season tickets holders (ages six and seven).
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The waiting is finally over. MLS Soccer Sunday is here, with 10 games and a live digital extravaganza in store after months sans meaningful domestic soccer. The guys rejoice, then finish up their four-minute preview drill with the cream of the 2015 crop. Guess who got a new Designated Player deal! More Didier Drogba controversy? You better believe it.

We promised you predictions, and we shall deliver. See who the guys peg, via highly scientific means, for Breakout, Newcomer, Young and Old Player, Goalkeeper, Defender, Golden Boot and Landon Donovan MVP. Plus, MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, US Open Cup and the Canadian Championship are all handed out. Will your side win a trophy in 2016?

Finally, it’s all about the listeners and their off-the-wall questions in the mailbag. Best hair, most buyer’s remorse and a Harry Shipp prediction. This really is must-listen stuff ahead of the 2016 season!

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The CONCACAF Champions League is over. For MLS teams, at least. After an 0-for-4 showing against Liga MX in the quarterfinals, Andrew, David and Matt survey the aftermath and look ahead to next year.

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With less than a week to go before #SoccerSunday, the guys bring in the big guns to get their season preview rolling. Jozy Altidore stops by the studio on his whirlwind tour of New York City to chat about his life in Toronto, current injury concerns, three-point shooting, poker with the Landon Donovan MLS MVP, and more. He also invites the guys on a special postseason trip. Don’t worry Jozy, we’ve already cleared our calendars!
 
In the second segment, the MLS 2016 season preview rolls on. A few fringe MLS playoff teams from 2015 are looking to make the MLS Cup leap in 2015. Can the young cats in Orlando raise their game? Where will goals come from for Peter Vermes? Who is the Revolution's potential breakout star? It’s all here.
 
Calling all residents of Borg-nation! It’s time to challenge your fearless (or ScoreBorg-less) leader, and don't forget to join ETR Fantasy Manager league (code 202-548).

 

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An epidemic of #CCLfever gives MLS fans chills and aches after the opening legs of the MLS-Liga MX CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. But hope is not yet lost! Strong performances from D.C. United and Real Salt Lake in Mexico leave them within touching distance ahead of the home legs, but will they do it? Can they? On the flip side, Seattle and LA both drew at home. What must they focus on in the second leg to make history? Plus, the guys break down Jordan Morris's professional debut, we finally see what the big-name Galaxy have in store and whether Yura Movsisyan is the big-time goalscorer Real Salt Lake hope he’ll be.
 
In the second segment, it is finally time to gear up for the 2016 season! With all 20 clubs to preview, the guys take their first crack at the bunch. Chicago, Philly, New York City FC, RSL and Houston are up first. What will Gilberto do in a full season for the Fire? How will NYCFC's three stars fit together? Can a healthy Joao Plata get RSL back in the playoffs? You’ll get four fast-and-furious minutes on all six, with more to come.
 
It’s a curtailed mailbag as Andrew channel’s Herm Edwards’ time-management skills. The CCL anthem has brother and sister songs elsewhere, including perhaps the ultimate N64 theme song.

 

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The MLS regular season is right around the corner, but first the international scene is heating up. The stage is set for Copa America Centenario after Sunday’s draw, an event that saw the United States drawn into the (cliché alert) Group of Death. FutbolMLS’s Diego Pinzon joins the guys to describe the pagentry in New York City, provide scouting reports on Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay and debate the USMNT's shot at the knockout rounds. 
 
Centenario is just the beginning, as the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals go down on Tuesday andWednesday. Andrew has a raging #CCLFever, but David and Doyle aren’t so sure good news is on the horizon for MLS in four direct Liga MX clashes. Eric Gomez calls in to break down the matchups from a Mexican perspective. Is this the year for MLS? Which team has the best draw? How does Liga MX view the rivalry? Plus, predictions.
 
In the mailbag, Ben "The Research" Baer drops all the MLS Fantasy Manager details as the game goes live. There are a plenty of changes and prizes at stake, so create your team now and make sure to enter the ETR league with code 202-548.
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David is out cavorting, but Andrew, Matt and Arielle are around to hold down the fort. The Sounders remain mum, but Obafemi Martins says he’s on his way to China. While that shakes out, the guys wonder whether the Seattle could actually be better without him? It also seems the Fire have identified a Harry Shipp replacement, and C.J. Sapong is targeting 20 goals. Who else could break out?

In the second segment, adidas senior product manager Mike Walker (translation: the creative force behind MLS jerseys and team gear) joins Andrew and Arielle to explain the how, what and why behind this year’s kit releases. Make sure you stick around to see how your team’s look came together.

And, finally, in the mailbag, Sounders fans chime in on Martins’ impending move, and Andrew puts his foot in his mouth as the MLS reality TV train runs its course.

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After a long weekend of franchise-changing news across MLS, the guys dive in head first as Harry Shipp calls in from the training field in Tampa after his first session with the Impact. Shipp re-lives the moment he found out his hometown Fire had shipped him off to Montreal, the emotions he felt in the moment and after (both his own and his mother’s), and what his future with the Impact looks like.

Thousands of miles away, Sounders fans face uncertain times with Obafemi Martins reportedly the subject of a bid from China. Could it actually be a blessing in disguise for Seattle or does it change 2016 expectations? Plus, there’s a villain on the move in the Western Conference and more roster moves to digest.

In the mailbag, TV executives beware as the ETR fan club sends in their best MLS reality show ideas. Giovinco driving around in a red convertible eating at questionable diners? Green light. Pipa and Laurent Ciman in a physical face off? Yes, please.

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Big news for Gunners (and MLS fans) starts the show, along with Doyle’s burgeoning reputation as a “Crazy Cat Person.” Then the guys break down the New England-Vancouver trade that could have repercussions for Jermaine Jones and the rest of the Eastern Conference. Plus, jersey judgments, the Red Bulls’ replacement for Matt Miazga and a Brazilian No. 10 on trial in Philly.

 It’s been a busy offseason in Colorado and Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni joins the show to talk about his offseason visits to Tottenham and Arsenal, the new identity and culture he hopes to build and what’s going on with the No. 1 spot in the allocation order.

Then, in the mailbag, Maroon 5 fever is alive and well, listeners contribute some “unique” four-v-four sides and spring training in Tucson gets put on the schedule for 2017.

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A “super” show of new beginnings as recently minted pro Brandon Vincent makes his ExtraTime Radio debut. Of course, a more prestigious debut came on Friday night for the United State national team against Canada. Matt says Jozy Altidore is primed for a huge year as the guys break down the 1-0 win against the Canucks. Then run through some MLS news and notes before talking to Brandon himself.

In the mailbag, it is all about small-sided fantasies as listeners send in their best 4-v-4 squads made up of MLS stars. Who would you take? Is Burrito going to drop the Martinez? All your very serious questions are answered.

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Andrew is back just in time for a loaded show that features two A-List guests. On the eve of #USAvCAN, US national team debutant Jerome Kiesewetter checks in explain how he went from Berlin to the StubHub Center. Find out why John Brooks may be to thank for Kiesewetter’s emergence, why MLS could be in his future. Plus, the guys discuss Stuart Holden’s retirement, Iker Casillas to NYCFC and more transfer news.

After the break, Peter Vermes joins the guys on for a must-listen Q&A for any MLS fan. He goes into the nitty-gritty details of the Krisztián Németh and Erik-Palmer Brown deals. Don’t miss his thoughts on the nature of transfers in MLS, including details on where those dollars go. Plus, Vermes confirms foreign clubs are sniffing around for managers as well.

In the mailbag, Andrew puts out a call for the best MLS 4-v-4 sides, and the guys plan their ideal MLS man date.

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The transfer window exploded on Monday and the guys break it all down. Andrew is on the injured reserve list, so David and Matt carry the load. What were their takeaways from U.S. Soccer’s rainy victory vs. Iceland? It starts with the new and improved Jozy Altidore, but there is plenty more to unpack. Plus, what to make of the Krisztian Nemeth transfer, an ever-evolving LA Galaxy squad that now reportedly features Nigel De Jong, and two new Designated Player signings in their prime.

Of course, the guys wouldn’t pass up the chance to chat with Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis, who discusses Matt Miazga’s move to Chelsea and the big picture as it pertains to MLS. How will the Miazga transfer money be used? How is TAM affecting the league? Plus, how might the sale of young prospects affect the talent pool as a whole?

In the mailbag, the guys assemble MLS 4-v-4 squads, name Dom Leroux's (or Sydney Dwyer's) future World Cup winner, and shine a spotlight on US and Borussia Dortmund phenom Christian Pulisic.

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The transfer window exploded on Monday and the guys break it all down. Andrew is on the injured reserve list, so David and Matt carry the load. What were their takeaways from U.S. Soccer’s rainy victory vs. Iceland? It starts with the new and improved Jozy Altidore, but there is plenty more to unpack. Plus, what to make of the Krisztian Nemeth transfer, an ever-evolving LA Galaxy squad that now reportedly features Nigel De Jong, and two new Designated Player signings in their prime.

Of course, the guys wouldn’t pass up the chance to chat with Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis, who discusses Matt Miazga’s move to Chelsea and the big picture as it pertains to MLS. How will the Miazga transfer money be used? How is TAM affecting the league? Plus, how might the sale of young prospects affect the talent pool as a whole?

In the mailbag, the guys assemble MLS 4-v-4 squads, name Dom Leroux's (or Sydney Dwyer's) future World Cup winner, and shine a spotlight on US and Borussia Dortmund phenom Christian Pulisic.

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Major League Soccer was trending on Twitter on Wednesday. Why? Matt Miazga’s rumored big-money move to Chelsea and the soccer lifeline the LA Galaxy extended Ashley Cole. The guys give their takes on both moves…right after congratulating Landon Donovan on fatherhood. Fox Sports’ Alexi Lalas joins soon after to chime in on Miazga, Bruce Arena’s future in LA, Patrick Vieira, Jermaine Jones, Tim Howard and the role of captains on the field and off.

Meanwhile, Wilmer Cabrera has a lot of work to do, and very little time to get it done. The former Chivas USA and United States youth national team coach is now at the helm of USL expansion team and Houston Dynamo affiliate Rio Grande Valley Toros FC. Cabrera is currently building a roster from scratch, and he joins the guys to lay out his plans, challenges and mandate from the Dynamo.

In the mailbag, a long-time listener takes Andrew to task after some Twitter back and forth, New Jersey gets its soccer due and the guys try to narrow down the field and name the best left back in MLS.

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Camps are open and preseason is in full swing. Didier Drogba isn’t with the Impact just yet, but his future has been resolved. Or has it? RDS’ Pat Leduc joins the guys to explain why the relationship between the Ivorian and Montreal owner Joey Saputo has lost some luster, then addresses rumors that Drogba won’t be around for a full MLS season. Plus, what is preseason like for the players?

For many, training camp means fitness, and Sporting Kansas City’s head fitness coach Mateus Manoel joins the guys to explain how he gets his charges ready for a long MLS campaign, why the beep test is important and how yoga (of course) can be a good and bad thing for soccer players. Players want to play and scrimmages begin soon, often against college competition. Florida Gulf Coast takes on New York City FC this weekend, and head coach Bob Butehorn says his guys are pumped up about it.

In the mailbag, a listener warns Andrew about the hygiene risks that come with hot yoga and supporters wonder whether they should change where their fandom lies.

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The prodigal son has returned. OK, so that’s a little dramatic, but you may have heard Stanford standout (and US national team player) Jordan Morris signed with the Sounders on Thursday. Is it good for MLS, too? Taylor Twellman wouldn’t comment on that, but Andrew, David and Matt will. Plus, what does Jurgen Klinsmann think about the move and why did Benny Feilhaber go off on the German in a media roundtable this week?

In the second segment, Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney joins the guys to talk about the moving and shaking in Ontario. Many say TFC won the postseason (again). Does Vanney agree? More importantly, how do the Reds get all that talent on the field – and manage to defend? Plus, thoughts on North American player development and that road trip to start the season.

 To finish things off, the guys hit the mat to explore the world of yoga as listeners enlighten Andrew and give David some much-needed affirmation. Ommmmmmm! 

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While the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft went down via conference call, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman joined Andrew, David and Matt for a wide-ranging MLS discussion that included the former Revs and USMNT’s striker’s New Year’s resolution, Jordan Morris’ potential MLS future, the Rapids’ pursuit of a certain US national team goalkeeper, the rebuilding project going on in Los Angeles and uncertain MLS fates for Jermaine Jones and Didier Drogba.

Of course, there’s plenty going on outside MLS. Notably, the USMNT’s January camp is ongoing, and Matt puts 2016 – Olympic qualifying, Copa Centenario and World Cup qualifying – in context. More importantly, what’s up with Morris’ rumored Sounders signing after leaving Werder Bremen? Where does he fit in and what does it mean for Seattle? Plus, thoughts on what are the Chicago Fire are up to, Yura Movsisyan’s 2016 goal haul and a Costa Rican international linked with New York City FC.

In the mailbag, a certain Red Bulls’ player (of the past) created a stir on Craigslist, and MLS’s biggest Hungarian fan chimes in on Sporting KC’s newest signing and Krisztian Nemeth’s MLS future.

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Drama at the MLS SuperDraft? You don’t say. Once again, MLS’s kick-off event gave Andrew, David and Doyle plenty to talk about as eight trades went down, the first-overall pick’s final destination was a bit of a mystery and the LA Galaxy and Sporting KC called it a day before the first round was even over. Get the full breakdown of the top five (OK, seven), plus some thoughts on Alejandro Bedoya’s rumored MLS move.

Drama is fun to talk about, but the real joy every January is seeing dreams come true for the players in the room. The guys share their best stories from the floor, then give all 41 picks a once over to determine winners and losers. Well, not exactly. Oh, and don’t forget that plenty of veterans made moves this week, too.

In the mailbag, next year’s location gets a vote of approval from Andrew, the pride of Baltimore gets a shout out and David Bowie is honored again.

 

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In the final episode before the MLS SuperDraft, Andrew and David check in with Doyle, who is down in Ft. Lauderdale at the MLS Combine, to see who has been flying up (and down) draft boards, what the Fire will do about the No. 1 pick and whether this draft class is stronger than the previous editions.

After a quick break, the guys chat with the man most likely to be taken first overall, Georgetown defender Joshua Yaro. What made him finally decide to go pro and sign with MLS? Yaro may have to deal with the likes of Yura Movisisyan in MLS as it appears the Armenian striker is close to becoming the goalscorer Real Salt Lake have been searching for. Plus, is Tim Sebastian the Matt Miazga backup plan? And does Sporting KC already have a center forward option in their squad to cover Dom Dwyer?

In the mailbag, the guys talk Ballon d’O and help settle some simmering family feuds.

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Soccer, news, transfers, and fashion – Thursday’s show has it all. First, the guys dig into the youthful USA roster called in for January camp by Jurgen Klinsmann. Which U23 prospect or senior hopeful has Andrew most excited? Which Crew SC neophytes does David see shining the brightest?

In the second segment, news and fashion are combined. MLS dropped the 2016 schedule with two editions of Heineken Rivalry Week and plenty of national television games, so start planning those road trips and tailgates. One team that isn't on the schedule but is making waves is LAFC via Thursday morning’s crest reveal. Andrew and David drool over potential swag (shouldn’t they be giving that away!), then Bobby Warshaw calls in to walk you through the MLS Combine experience from a player's point of view – nerves, roommates, job interviews and more.

In the mailbag, a Columbus fan challenges the current “Gas Man,” and Chicago Fire faithful change their tune about Didier Drogba and Jermaine Jones.

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As the calendar turns, the guys return to New York for a special show recapping all the holiday news around MLS. The Galaxy made plenty of headlines as Omar Gonzalez and Juninho took their talents to Liga MX, and Bruce Arena joins to give his take on the transfers and what’s next for LA. Plus, the Didier Drogba saga continues, and new signings begin to trickle into the league.


The silly season is in full swing, including a bevy of MLS Combine and SuperDraft news. Goal.com’s Ives Galarcep checks in to give the lowdown on the 2016 Generation adidas class, Jordan Morris and Dax McCarty.


In the mailbag, a Union fan is unhappy about the club’s ETR holiday tidings, Orlando supporters wonder if they need a new forward and the Dynamo’s defensive misgivings are examined.

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As 2015 comes to a close, Andrew, Matt and David drop the final show before the New Year with some holiday tidings. Using the newly formed FAT or TAF (Freely Acquired Things or Things Acquired Freely) mechanism they made up on the spot, the guys dole out gifts to all 20 MLS clubs.

Who could really use Kenwyne Jones? Who is the next Matt Miazga? And, of course, which team will snag Jose Mourinho and Freddy Adu? First, though, the guys take a closer look at all the news making tongues wag ahead of Christmas, including the Jermaine Jones saga and some Lee Nguyen rumblings. Plus, what’s the latest free agency news?

In the mailbag, a fan asks about whether the United States could be a future host of the Club World Cup, and Canada’s big 2015 and potentially bigger 2016 is compared to the USMNT’s disappointing campaign.

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The holidays are quickly approaching and TFC fans have a few new presents to unwrap. Matt Doyle makes a special in-studio appearance with Andrew and David to discuss the offseason so far. The Toronto Sun's Kurt Larson joins the crew first with all the details on TFC’s courtship of Drew Moor, their immediate lineup needs, and the future of their center back pairing.

In the second segment the guys have a long discussion with US national team legend and newly announced Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart. He discusses his experience as a front office member in Holland, his plans and goals for the Union, the intricacies of MLS, and much more.

In the mailbag they guys just cannot escape a good Jurgen Klinsmann debate and this time USWNT legend Abby Wambach stokes the flames. Plus how would you convert a free agent to love your city, and Justin Mapp gets a new nickname.

 

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Another first in Major League Soccer! This time it’s Justin Mapp who claims the honors as the first-ever free agent signing in league history. Was he wined and dined? How did Sporting KC woo the veteran winger? Who else was in the mix? Mapp provides a primer on the process, then Andrew, David and Matt take a look at the other rumors floating around as the offseason begins.

Jordan Morris is doing Jordan Morris things, and now he’s got a decision to make. One day after scoring twice to help Stanford to the national title, Top Drawer Soccer’s Will Parchman calls in to explain what the options are for the US national team star. Will he sign a Homegrown deal with Seattle? Head to Europe? Plus, what makes him so special?

In the mailbag, after watching Leicester hand Chelsea yet another loss, the guys wonder whether the EPL is channeling its inner MLS when it comes to parity and unpredictability. Plus, listeners chime in on North Carolina expansion.

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[12/10/15, 8:10:17 PM] Andrew Wiebe: The bow still has to be tied on the Portland Timbers’ MLS Cup triumph, so the guys bring in Fanendo Adi to close it out. Adi paints a colorful picture of the festivities from the parties to the airport greeting and a historic parade. The Nigerian also gives an update on his national and club team future.

In the second segment, the offseason officially begins in the ETR universe. The Philadelphia Union started fast in the Earnie Stewart era, but can they turn themselves into a playoff contender? Every MLS team now has sweet, sweet TAM to work with as well. Matt explains what that means as best he can, plus gives the rundown on the first-ever free agency test case.

In the mailbag, Andrew, Matt and David made some enemies and now have to answer the call. Why isn’t Portland the undoubted best club in MLS? How can the Eastern Conference be equal to the West? And who should MLS fans keep an eye in this weekend’s College Cup?

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MLS Cup reaction from Columbus and so much more.

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The final MLS Cup preview.
 
With Andrew on the ground in Columbus, David, Matt and Ben ‘The Researcher’ Baer run the rule of the championship game. Portland bring their incredible away record into MAPFRE Stadium against high-flying Crew SC. Who will be the X factor? Which coach has an ace up their sleeve? Can you take anything from Portland’s 2-1 regular season win in Columbus?
 
In the second segment, Liam Ridgewell makes his first ETR appearance to preview a historic game for the Timbers. The English defender discusses what it was like sitting out for the second leg of the Western Conference Championship, the airport greeting from the Timbers Army, makes a guarantee involving his ‘Ridgy Roll’ celebration and casts his star for the Liam Ridgewell movie.
 
In the mailbag, the guys discuss the expansion chatter after the Commissioner’s State of the League, Matt Doyle’s magic numbers and renaming Kei Kamara’s man bun.
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MLS Cup is set! Columbus and Portland took care of business on the road, which means the Red Bulls and FC Dallas have to wait until next year while MAPFRE Stadium hosts the big game. Crew SC hero Kei Kamara finally gets his studio invite and gives the guys the lowdown on post-game celebrations, expectations for the final, his in-game lovefest with Tony Tchani and much more.

Not to be forgotten, the Portland Timbers continued their torrid road form in 2015 to clinch their first MLS Western Conference championship. Matt, David and Andrew weigh in on how the Timbers got it done, and ask what lies ahead for RBNY and FC Dallas.

In the mailbag, the MLS Best XI debate rages on, and fans ask whether this the best/most exciting MLS Cup Playoffs ever?

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Thanksgiving is here, and Andrew, Matt and David are giving #ThanksToSoccer the only way they know how, with a full hour to get you through holiday travels.

First up, a massive game for the Red Bulls, who have a mountain to climb after last Sunday's 2-0 loss in Columbus. Crew SC should be feeling good...but not that good considering New York's home form. Then FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd pauses daddy duty to explain why the Western Conference's best regular-season team feels confident they're primed for a good performance in the second leg of their Conference Championship.

Portland's Nat Borchers, meanwhile, will do everything in his power to take the Timbers where they've never been before. MLS Cup, to be specific. He also gives his Thanksgiving meal preferences and shares a special off-the-field story from the first leg at Providence Park.

In the mailbag, the guys share what they are thankful for in North American soccer this year.

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The Chicago Fire are making moves, and general manager Nelson Rodriguez joins Andrew and David to talk about the latest hire: Veljko Paunovic as the club’s next head coach.

As you make your way to visit friends or family on Thanksgiving, get the lowdown on the situation in Chicago, including Rodriguez’s philosophy on Designated Players and a USL team in the Windy City.

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With long drives and flights ahead as you connect with friends and family on Thanksgiving, the guys at ExtraTime Radio knew you'd need something to occupy your time.

With that in mind, Andrew invited Philadelphia Union midfield Michael Lahoud to join him in the studio for a wide-ranging interview that reveals the hidden details that govern player life in MLS, the bizarro world of Chivas USA, international soccer in Africa and Schools for Salone and the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

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Three games remain in the 2015 MLS season, and the guys gather to break down how we got to this point after Sunday’s Conference Championship first legs. Up first, the Western Conference, where the Timbers put on a show without Diego Valeri and ran out 3-1 winners at home. Fox Sports pundit Alexi Lalas was at Providence Park and says Dallas still has plenty of room to muscle in on an MLS Cup experience.

Out East, Justin Meram threw a sucker punch heard from Columbus to New York then Kei Kamara did what he does best to make it 2-0 and give the Red Bulls a mountain to climb at home. What happened on the defensive breakdowns? Did Crew SC out Red Bull the Red Bulls? What’s the tactical landscape look like for the second leg?

In the mailbag, a Mexican legend is linked with the open Chicago Fire coaching job. David and Matt say it would be a good hire. What do you think? We have Fire swag for the best emails and tweets!

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The international break (and the wait for Audi MLS Cup Playoffs soccer) is over. We’re on the verge of the Conference Championships, which means Andrew’s on his way to MAPFRE Stadium for the first leg of the Columbus Crew SC-New York Red Bulls series. But before he left, the guys got on the phone with Kei Kamara, the most potent goalscorer left in the playoff race, to talk shop. Bad news for Red Bull fans: Andrew reminded Kei that he hasn’t scored against New York yet this season. David and Matt hold down the fort in studio and break down the upcoming (Sunday 5 pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes) matchup and the clash of soccer styles.

Out West, two of the most exciting young players in MLS prepare to lead their squads into a winner-take-all clash. Can the Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe continue to carry Portland to heights they’ve never hit before? Or will FC Dallas’ Mauro Diaz prove he is the most talented player in MLS, and make Doyle eat his words?

In the mailbag, the news never stops in MLS as Seattle and Chicago make big coaching announcements. Plus, the guys give a quick NCAA tournament primer, and look back at the World Cup qualifying results in CONCACAF.

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The United States national team flattened St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday night, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered. Who starts and in what formation when the Nats take the field in Port of Spain to take on Trinidad & Tobago in what will be their toughest test in CONCACAF’s Fourth Round? Andrew wonders whether Bobby Wood should be a shoo-in starter, and Matt praises Darlington Nagbe’s effect on the team. Not to be forgotten is the monumental victory up north by Canada against one-time boogieman Honduras. The guys look ahead to the CanMNT’s next match in San Salvador and the nation’s odds of qualifying for the Hex.

World Cup Qualifiers hum along, but don’t forget we are less than a week away from more Audi MLS Cup Playoffs action. Four teams enter the conference championships with their MLS Cup dreams intact. The guys look back on the offseason moves and regular-season performances got the Red Bulls, Crew SC, Timbers and FC Dallas to this point.

In the mailbag, the guys dive back into the ETR Book Club discussion as Matt weighs in on Das Reboot and explains what the US can borrow from World champion Germany. Plus, why aren’t there more Germans in MLS?

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The ExtraTime Radio Book Club is back with a wide-ranging interview with Raphael Honigstein, the author of Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World.

Honigstein joins Andrew and David to explain how a critical eye and investment in youth development (and Jurgen Klinsmann) helped spark the revolution that took German soccer from doomsday to a World Cup victory.

Read the book? Email your review to extratime@mlssoccer.com.

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World Cup qualifying is hours away for the United States national team, and Andrew and Matt dive into CONCACAF’s Fourth Round with both studs up. Well, not really, but there is plenty to talk about as Jurgen Klinsmann and his charges get set to take on St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Will Darlington Nagbe play? Can the US find and stick with a formation? Oh, and do Canada fans have reason for Hex hope as a young squad gets ready for another go?

The rumor mill is churning in MLS, as SI.com’s Grant Wahl drops some midweek bombs regarding TAM, Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane’s future employment and Osvaldo Alonso’s status as a Seattle Sounder. Plus, Laurent Ciman is the Defender of the Year despite some blemishes on his resume, and AT&T Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin joins Andrew to reminisce about his record-breaking season.

In the mailbag, fans chime in about that epic FC Dallas-Seattle Sounders clash in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, then one gets some serious swag for a creative email that blends the MLS Best XI with the fans that rep each team.

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What started at 12 is down to four, and Matt and Andrew break down all the Conference Semifinal second leg action as the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs roll on. FC Dallas got revenge for last year’s postseason exit, dropping Seattle in penalty kicks with the help of 20-year-old goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez. Portland stand in their way after shrugging off listless Vancouver, while the other side of the bracket pits the Red Bulls and Columbus Crew SC. No big-money stars? No problem. Is that a trend?

New York City FC have their fair share of stars in Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa. They have a new head coach with similar credentials as a player in Patrick Vieira. Is he the right man for the job? Don’t write him off just yet. Plus, is Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster, sans Clint Dempsey, the right group to lead the United States national team into qualifying? Perhaps, at least it’s easy to get excited about Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga.

In the mailbag, a fan writes in with his Best XI. Do the guys agree? Yes and no.

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On a slow Friday in the office, Andrew and Matt sit down to talk the latest US national team roster. The good? Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga are among the 23. The bad? No new blood at d-mid. Listen to the complete breakdown!

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Sunday means another quadrupleheader of MLS action. Andrew, David and Matt preview all the matchups, but first they turn a critical eye to New York City FC, where Jason Kreis is out after two years – just one actually in the league – in charge. Does the move make sense? The red side of New York appears to be in good hands with Jesse Marsch, but D.C. United are ready to spring an upset. See what Red Bulls midfield Felipe has to say about that and the growth of MLS. Plus, can Columbus prove their regular-season success was no fluke or will Didier Drogba run rampant?

In the Western Conference, FC Dallas have plenty to prove as well. They’ll have to do it against a Sounder side that’s finally starting to look like the juggernaut that wrecked MLS earlier in the year. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, the Whitecaps are still trying to find that April form. Portland, according to the guys, are the favorite, and Darlington Nagbe is the protagonist. Plus, MLS end-of-season awards: Who deserves hardware and why?

Mailbag brings news from France, where Bob Bradley is reportedly a candidate for another job. David tries to revive the Ronaldinho rumors, and a Timbers fan bemoans free tickets. Seriously.

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Sunday means another quadrupleheader of MLS action. Andrew, David and Matt preview all the matchups, but first they turn a critical eye to New York City FC, where Jason Kreis is out after two years – just one actually in the league – in charge. Does the move make sense? The red side of New York appears to be in good hands with Jesse Marsch, but D.C. United are ready to spring an upset. See what Red Bulls midfield Felipe has to say about that and the growth of MLS. Plus, can Columbus prove their regular-season success was no fluke or will Didier Drogba run rampant?

In the Western Conference, FC Dallas have plenty to prove as well. They’ll have to do it against a Sounder side that’s finally starting to look like the juggernaut that wrecked MLS earlier in the year. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, the Whitecaps are still trying to find that April form. Portland, according to the guys, are the favorite, and Darlington Nagbe is the protagonist. Plus, MLS end-of-season awards: Who deserves hardware and why?

Mailbag brings news from France, where Bob Bradley is reportedly a candidate for another job. David tries to revive the Ronaldinho rumors, and a Timbers fan bemoans free tickets. Seriously.

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One leg down, one to go in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals. Andrew, David and Matt go around the league to breakdownSunday’s postseason quad-header. They start in Seattle, where FC Dallas got a road goal but couldn’t keep Clint Dempsey from a moment of glory that may wipe his Sounders slate clean. Seattle Times reporter Matt Pentz gives his take and provides an injury update, then the guys hand the Timbers the edge against Vancouver then chat with Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg.

Out in the Eastern Conference, Didier Drogba finally came back down to earth against Crew SC, but the Impact still found a way to win. MLSoccer.com’s own Oli Tremblay joins to talk Drogba leg locks, Patrice Bernier’s resurgence and the vibe in Quebec. D.C. United beat writer Pablo Maurer follows that up by pointing out the capital club’s desolate performance might have been by plan. Was the Red Bulls 1-0 win enough to advance? Only time will tell. 

In the mailbag, the GAM has officially retired, and the guys ponder what Eddie Johnson’s legacy will be. Jermaine Jones isn’t done, but he may have a new team. What does the man himself have to say? Plus, Chicago Fire coaching candidates get Doyle in negotiator mode.

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The Knockout Round is kaput after two wild nights, but that doesn’t mean the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs are set to peter out. Catch your breath quickly because the Conference Semifinals are here.

Andrew, Matt and David are up bright and early to break down all the action, starting in the Western Conference where the Portland Timbers and Sporting KC played a classic on Thursday night. That followed up another epic match in Seattle as the defending champion Galaxy saw their season end early. Now, the semi matchups are set – #DALvSEA and #VANvPOR – and there’s plenty to get excited about.

The Eastern Conference didn’t have PK insanity, but Jermaine Jones added some referee craziness to get the blood pumping. What happened at RFK? Do D.C. feed on the doubters? And what went wrong for Toronto? The guys tackle the tough stuff as Didier Drogba and Montreal prepare to host Kei Kamara and Columbus Crew SC and the Atlantic Cup takes the postseason stage – again. Should the Red Bulls be considered MLS Cup favorites? Doyle chimes in.

In the mailbag, what’s an Orlando City fan to do now that the season is over? Plus, trash talk from D.C. fans, scenes from the Timbers Army and the likelihood of a first-time MLS Cup champion.

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The first-ever MLS #DecisionDay has come and gone, but with four midweek Audi MLS Cup Playoffs matchups looming, there’s no time to rest ahead of the Knockout Round. Andrew and David are joined by Ben ‘The Research’ Baer to put the New York Red Bulls’ Supporters Shield in historical context. Then the guys chat with New England star Lee Nguyen about the Revs hot and cold season and MLS Cup redemption. Plus, there’s a playoff battle up north between Toronto and Montreal, Columbus demolished D.C. United and the Union have a new sporting director.

 

In the Western Conference, there was chaos, stress and plenty of excitement up until the final minute of the regular season. Now that the standings are set, the guys look ahead. Can Portland continue their late resurgence? Is Peter Vermes playing mind games with Benny Feilhaber at the wrong time? Does Vancouver have the right recipe for a title run? If Seattle are going to win their first MLS Cup, it will have to start against their old playoff nemesis, the LA Galaxy. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei goes over the the mood in the Sounders camp, details all the Decision Day drama, names an X-factor and much more. 

Former ETR host Jason Saghini jumps in for the mailbag, returning with some sage advice. What should Andrew and David wager on the World Series? Who might jump into the playoff field next season? Finally, MLS Cup predictions.

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#DecisionDay goes down on Sunday, with comprehensive coverage on MLSsoccer.com, FS1 and ESPN. Before the guys dive into all the scenarios and break down the matchups, there’s the business of our new book club book "Das Reboot" to announce. Once that’s out of the way, it’s all Eastern Conference, where only one Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs spot is up for grabs and the Audi Golden Boot is basically locked up…but there’s still plenty of seeding drama to digest.

In the Western Conference, the scenarios for the three remaining berths are complicated, especially because Sporting KC fell flat on their face in midweek action. Will Seattle see their season go up in smoke? Can San Jose sneak in? Is Portland the most likable team yet to book their place? Oh, and who will lift the Supporters’ Shield after the Fire-Red Bulls game was moved to the late window?

The mailbag is an MLS Monster Mash, as the guys share all the timely and hilarious MLS Halloween costumes submitted by listeners.

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Week 33 has come and gone, and the guys dive into the action as the countdown to Decision Day begins. What happened at halftime in Carson? Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter joins to explain his team’s recent tactical switch and Darlington Nagbe’s US national team status. Plus, what does it say that three teams without big-money Designated Players are at the top of the standings?

Didier Drogba is helping usher in a new era in Montreal. What makes him so special? Interim head coach and native Montrealer Mauro Biello calls in to detail the Ivorian’s impact on the club and shed light on his job and the club’s future. Plus, Giovinco or Piatti? Which goal was better? Andrew’s answer might surprise you, but David says there’s a trump card.

In the mailbag, swag is flying as the guys applaud a bold preseason prediction, potential national team head coaches, Decision Day scheduling and a new nickname for the Atomic Ant.

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After eight years of heartache, Toronto FC are playoff bound. It’s worth repeating: Toronto FC have qualified for the MLS postseason, putting eight years of failure in the rearview mirror. The man who helped drag them there, Italian star Giovinco, unveiled a masterpiece against the Red Bulls. Watch his goal then listen to what Andrew, David and Matt have to say about all three Wednesday games and the year of the playmaker in MLS.

In the second segment, get your Soccer Sunday breakdown then listen to Diego Pinzon’s interview with MLS legend Juan Pablo Angel. What does JPA think about Fabian Castillo’s nascent Colombia career? How about the Red Bulls’ success under new management? Plus, is old friend Juan Carlos Osorio the right man for Mexico?

The mailbag starts with more United States national team talk before veering into MLS waters. What city will a fan in Madrid visit after falling in love with the league? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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First the U-23s fell flat in their attempt to avoid an Olympic playoff. Then the senior team hung on against Mexico through 118 minutes before Paul Aguilar scored a goal nobody on either side of the rivalry will forget. Make no mistake about it, Saturday was a low point for U.S. Soccer. So what do the guys make of it? Andrew, David and Matt give their thoughts, then ESPN’s Doug McIntyre joins to chime in after a disappointing weekend followed by a friendly against Costa Rica.

In the second segment, it’s all MLS as three midweek games with huge Audi MLS Cup Playoffs implications take over the airwaves. Toronto FC, with a win or draw against the Red Bulls, will make the playoffs. Yes, we said playoffs. Local boy Jonathan Osorio calls in to discuss the new culture at the club and dishes on what Giovinco’s taught him. Plus, Fabian Castillo…how much is he worth?

In the mailbag, more USMNT controversy plus listener’s thoughts on the big game.

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First, midweek action at Red Bull Arena and BC Place as the Impact give themselves an uphill climb to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and the ‘Caps booked their place in the big dance. After that, the main event – for this week at least – the CONCACAF Cup. Andrew, David and Matt break down the storylines surrounding the game, not least the mounting pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann.

In the second segment, Eric Gomez (FutbolTotal) and Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) join the guys to preview both sides. Gomez takes Mexico, who are weathering an especially bumpy road as coach familiar to MLS fans gets ready to take over the team. The US has issues of it’s own, including an illness to one presumed starter. Plus, will the US and Canada book a place in the Olympics?

It’s peanut butter and jelly time in the mailbag, then a little East-West debate before calling it a day. Send your CONCACAF Cup thoughts via Twitter and email for a chance to win prizes!

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So what do we know about MLS with three rounds left? Well, four teams are safely in the playoffs – the Red Bulls, D.C. United, LA Galaxy and FC Dallas – and that’s about it. With eight Audi MLS Cup Playoffs spots still up for grabs, Andrew, David and Matt take a closer look at the weekend that was: Why is Lil’ B a Toronto FC and Giovinco fan? What’s wrong with Crew SC’s backline? Why hasn’t Plan B worked in Portland? Why didn’t Kekuta pass? Is FC Dallas MLS’ best team?

In the second segment, the guys are joined by Chipotle’s No. 1 customer Kellyn Acosta, who explains why he doesn’t eat burritos before games, picks his FCD 3v3 team and gives fans outside of the Lone Star State insight into the Texas Derby. Acosta has USMNT dreams, but he’s still years away from playing in a game like CONCACAF Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann named his roster on Saturday, and the guys take a shot at the lineup that’ll take the field at the Rose Bowl.

No mailbag. Instead, an extra special interview with Matt and Brooklyn Banks, the Sounders FC supporters who got married at halftime of the Seattle-LA match on Sunday night.

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As champagne soaked the visitor’s locker room at PPL Park, Sporting Kansas City belted out the old classic at the top of their lungs. Campeones, campeones! Olé, olé, olé! With help from captain Matt Besler, Andrew, David and Matt break down the US Open Cup final, a back-and-forth affair decided from the spot, the third time in four years Sporting did the the business via spot kicks. But what of the Union? And who helped Kansas City prepare for PK specialist John McCarthy?

In the second segment, the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs race rages on, with plenty of weekend implications. Will Portland take advantage of Sporting’s USOC hangover? Can Vancouver break out of their slump? Who will take over first place in the Eastern Conference? What will the Red Bulls do without Matt Miazga? So many questions, and the guys have (some) of the answers.

Where is Miazga, you ask? He’s with the United States Olympic team, who – along with Canada and six other CONCACAF qualifiers – is trying to book a place in Rio. See what’s at stake, plus gain new appreciation for Kei Kamara’s historic season in the mailbag.

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It figures. Just when you think you’ve got MLS all figured out, the league turns itself inside out with an unpredictable weekend that saw expansion Orlando trounce the high-flying Red Bulls, Portland snatch a huge road win in Columbus and a precocious Sporting squad nearly knock off the a Sounders squad full of World Cup vets. The Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle joins Andrew and David to break it all down as the race of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs reaches fever pitch.

 There’s a trophy up for grabs this week, too, as Kansas City head to Philadelphia to take on the Union in the 102nd Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final. There are goalkeeping questions on both sides, while form favors the home team. Visiting manager Peter Vermes joins the guys to talk history, second-half swoons and the balance between the Eastern and Western Conference. Plus, one team swept the guys’ predictions. Was it SKC or the Union?

 In the mailbag, David wraps up the opening weekend of the USL playoffs, then it’s shots, shots, shots as a unique record gets broken. Finally, what does a MLS-run USL squad (or not) actually mean for a club?

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The annual 24 Under 24 list is out, and the debate around MLS has been heated. Andrew and David are joined by this year’s 24U24 head honcho ETR regular Matt Doyle to discuss the best young players in MLS. Get the full story on the voting process, the missing players he still sheds a tear for and what has changed most since the series started in 2010.

Following up on that conversation, Sporting KC assistant technical director and former USL executive and college soccer coach Mike Jacobs sits down with Andrew Wiebe to discuss the lay of the land when it comes to talent development in the US and North America. What are the most drastic changes in recent years as well as the most worrying trends? Will SKC be getting a USL team soon? You’ll have to listen to find out.

In the final segment, get your full weekend preview as the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs approach. Which clubs could add their name to the list of teams in the big dance and which could fall out of the running?

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Andrew and David sit down in studio with RSL super-fan and author of the "Believe" chant Branden Steineckert. They discuss his love affair with soccer and MLS plus the work he has done with some USMNT players. He tells the story of how "Believe" came to life from his world soccer travels to the first recording. And he discusses the trials and tribulations of following his club while on tour with Rancid.

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Win or spend November at home. That’s where things stand as the season reaches fever pitch and the league sees it’s first coaching casualty in Chicago. On a weekend that saw the Red Bulls clinch the first spot in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, Crew SC fell just short – but not by their own doing. Ambitious winger Ethan Finlay joins the guys to talk fantasy football, Kei Kamara the alpha dog, his international future (hint: Canada is out) and Columbus’ status as the MLS Las Vegas.

 New York may have booked a postseason place, but they didn’t lift a trophy in Cascadia. The Sounders did, though, going to Vancouver for a Cascadia Cup-clinching win that was doubly important as San Jose, a direct competitor, lost again. Plus, Real Salt Lake are roaring back with the help of a man named Burrito, and Montreal and Toronto got it done with the help of their stars.

 In the mailbag, Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert describes how he fell in love with the beautiful game and RSL. Check back on Tuesday for the full interview. Plus, the scarf vs. jersey debate continues and listeners make a MLS Cup case for their teams.

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verybody loves a little midweek action, and Andrew and David break it all down – from Frank Lampard’s first MLS goal to another missed opportunity for the Quakes – before New England’s Diego Fagundez joins to give MLS fans the lowdown on muddin’ with Lee Nguyen, the Revs late-summer runs and his decision to represent Uruguay. Plus, MLS clubs do the business in the CONCACAF Champions League.

 

In the second segment, the guys take a closer look at what’s turning into a back-and-forth MLS Cup playoff race. Who can clinch this weekend? Whose hopes are slowly dwindling? Can Drogba and Co. knock off the first-place Revs? Can Sporting Kansas City pull out of their recent nosedive? Is the Wiebe curse for real?

 

The mailbag starts with some CONCACAF Cup roster chatter (no Guardado? USMNT fans can hope), then rumors from around the Copa Centenario water cooler. Will it happen? Soccer fans in the US wait with baited breath. Plus, thoughts on LAFC’s name confirmation and Darlington Nagbe’s United States citizenship and what it could mean for the US national team.

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With David on vacation, Andrew calls in an old hand (Simon) to help break down the MLS weekend. Another impressive win for New England, this time in Toronto? Another disappointing loss for Sporting KC? That feeling you're getting is déjà vu as both teams begin to replicate their 2014 surge and slide. Kei Kamara is in the Golden Boot lead, but should he be MVP? Did Michel mean to score on his olimpico? Plus, why Montreal's scoreless draw in LA was the most surprising (and impressive) result of the weekend.

In the second segment, Chicago Fire rookie Matt Polster drops by the studio to chat with Andrew, David and Matt Doyle about his emotional draft day, rookie life, Steven Gerrard fandom, the United States U-23s and his offseason plans, which hopefully include a training stint in Europe.

The mailbag answers one question: Which club (not named the Galaxy) and its fans deserve to win MLS Cup? Be sure to make your opinion known by tweeting @ExtraTimeRadio or emailing the show at extratime@mlssoccer.com.

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The MLS train chugs on as Matt Doyle joins the guys to break down the midweek action and look ahead to another weekend with serious MLS Cup Playoff implications. Things are going well in Red Bull land, but should fans feel secure? Are Orlando and NYCFC’s playoff hopes dead? Can Montreal keep the Galaxy from dropping a five-spot? How healthy in Giovinco and how will it affect Toronto’s late push?

 

In the second segment, it’s all Dax, all the time as the Red Bulls’ captain joins Matt and Andrew for a wide-ranging interview that touches on his engagement, famous dog, Thierry Henry’s New York legacy and the present and future of his new-look club. Plus, find out why New York fans shouldn’t worry about all that contract chatter.

 

The show concludes with a look at a USMNT loss to Brazil that Matt says was a real bummer and what Jurgen Klinsmann and Co. face ahead of the CONCACAF Cup on Oct. 10. Plus, a domestic MLS sighting and a fact-finding trip to Malta.

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After a refreshing holiday weekend that included a truncated MLS slate and plenty of international action, the guys dive right in by discussing Didier Drogba’s historic night in Montreal. Then it’s on to FC Dallas, who knocked off Crew SC, 3-0, with a lineup that included five Homegrown players and two teenagers. Head coach Oscar Pareja says he knows playing kids can be a bit scary, but he’s committed to seeing his project through. The former Colombia international also chimes in on Fabian Castillo’s first call-up.

 

 

In the second segment, it’s all United States national team as the Yanks prepare for Mexico on Oct. 10 via friendlies vs. Peru (2-1 win on Friday at RFK Stadium) and Brazil (Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium). What have we learned so far? Is Jozy back in form? Is Matt Besler back out of the cold? Is Gyasi Zardes the key to the attack? Where should Jermaine Jones play? All that, plus a big win for Canada and some CONCACAF craziness.

 

The mailbag starts with a goalkeeper question that turns into a request for listener feedback. There are still MLS abroad stories rolling in as well, plus a father’s first game with his son…after a trip down from Alaska. Finally, football (soccer) vs. football (the American kind). How do you balance the load come fall?

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here may be half the normal MLS action this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about. The guys start with the United States national team and Jurgen Klinsmann, who said some things that got MLSsoccer.com’s own Matt Doyle riled up. Then San Jose forward Quincy Amarikwa joins the show to talk about a new opportunity after his midseason trade from Chicago.

In the second segment, NBC Sports and Travel Channel personality (oh, and former MLS and USMNT player) Kyle Martino sits down with Andrew to talk about his new gig, progress in MLS and the national team’s recent troubles.

The mailbag starts with some gibberish about Dax McCarty before Dave steers the conversation to random MLS sightings (think Finland and Colombia) and a graduate student who needs a way to hold onto his fandom without the benefit of free time.

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The guys gather to break down Heineken Rivalry Week, starting with an Atlantic Cup clash that saw the Red Bulls run over a D.C. United squad that's beginning to grow concerned about their current form. In Toronto, the Reds squeaked past the Didier Drogba-less Impact, a result that was the final nail in the coffin for Frank Klopas in Montreal. Mauro Biello is taking over on an interim basis, and RDS' Pat Leduc joins the guys to explain what's going on behind the scenes with the Impact. Plus, Seattle won by the skin of their teeth much to the chagrin of Caleb Porter, and San Jose have now won four straight after a California Clasico win vs. the Galaxy.

Of course, there was plenty of action outside of Heineken Rivalry Week, most notably in the Bronx, where New York City FC lost to Columbus Crew SC and Jason Kreis questioned his team's commitment. Colorado won again to keep their playoff hopes alive, Vancouver lost for the ninth time in nine games in Texas and Fabian Castillo scored then got a Colombia call-up. Speaking of international duty, David and Andrew break down the US national team roster that includes a mixture of World Cup and Gold Cup stars.

In the mailbag, a listener wonders what Kei Kamara would have to do to win MVP, the guys sift through more Timbers-Sounders stories, a San Jose fan bemoans all the Steven Gerrard jerseys at Avaya Stadium and David solicits random MLS sightings in world soccer.

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Heineken Rivalry Week is upon us, but first the guys break down all the midweek action from the MLS regular season, Canadian Championship and CONCACAF Champions League. First up, an unexpected loss for the Red Bulls that confirmed Simon’s hot take on the Fire from Monday’s show. But what about that corner kick? PRO says no good, but Dave’s not so sure. While that was going down, the Vancouver Whitecaps lifted a cup and sealed their place in the CCL. Speaking of CCL, which MLS teams are positioned best to advance to the knockout stage?

The weekend gets started with a classic, a Cali Clasico to be specific. Both teams are hot, but can San Jose really knock off the high-flying Galaxy? Then, on Saturday, Canada gets in on the act, as Toronto host Montreal in a matchup of two playoff hopefuls. The Impact need wins, but will they have Didier Drogba to help them get one? Soccer Sunday is the main course, and the Seattle Times’ Matt Pentz and Fox Sports’ John Strong break down #SEAvPOR and #NYvDC.

In the mailbag, the guys give away the Cascadia Crazy 8s from adidas and ponder the future of the Copa Centenario. Plus, which team is being pitched as “Showtime on Grass?”

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There’s still plenty to play for in the 2015 season, but can the new-look LA Galaxy be stopped? After the overwhelming display by the defending champions against New York City FC, Simon is ready to call them locks for MLS Cup 2015 except that David, Ben and Arielle aren’t taking the bait. The gang breaks down every matchup from a busy Week 25 in MLS: Drogba’s debut, to Toronto’s Jozy-less domination, San Jose’s reversing fortunes, and lots more.

 

In the second segment, David, Simon, and Arielle preview the upcoming midweek action highlighted by the Amway Canadian Championship second leg final. Can Vancouver finally break their tournament curse and win their first Voyagers Cup? Plus, we preview the two MLS midweek matches and the CCL group games on tap for this week as the Sounders and Brad Evans prepare for their rematch with Olimpia in Honduras.

 

And in the mailbag: another FIFA head-scratcher, Sounders fans take issue with Simon Borg (surprise) and what works best for the development of young players? Star players or experienced coaches?

 

 
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Poku-mania finally touches down in the ETR studio as the man himself joins the gang for the first time. Kwadwo discusses his run of form, the man who discovered him in the NPSL ranks (Eric Wynalda) and the advice that he’s getting from the other NYCFC stars. And we go from the player of the moment, to the result that has everyone talking: Right after Andrew calls them the best team in the league, Sporting Kansas City are humbled by the San Jose Earthquakes in midweek. Plus Simon asks how fans would react if the tables were turned in the case of the Brad Evans-Olimpia CCL brouhaha.

 

In the second segment, we look forward to a busy MLS weekend with plenty of questions. Is the West superior to the East as Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson claims? Who would you take: Kekuta Manneh or Fabian Castillo? Can NYCFC hang with the LA Galaxy on Sunday? And then there’s the big Didier Drogba debut happening on Saturday night. MLSsoccer.com's Montreal Impact beat writer Olivier Tremblay sets the scene ahead of the sold-out match at Stade Saputo.

 

In the mailbag, it’s your time to DJ as David goes through the top responses on MLS club anthems. Plus what do you need in your Appalachian Trail survival pack? Apparently a little bit of ETR and much more fun.

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After a goal- and drama-packed weekend of the MLS action, the gang jumps in the studio to break it all down, starting with Sporting Kansas City’s historic comeback against the Whitecaps. Philadelphia, meanwhile, were on the other end of a see-saw match with Chicago that left one player bemoaning their lack of maturity. Plus, Robbie Keane is trying to weasel his way into the MVP race, Kaka’s gone missing, the Red Bulls rolled Toronto FC and Seattle and #TeamOba are back in business.

In the second segment, D.C. United defensive stalwarts Bobby Boswell and Steve Birnbaum sit down with Andrew for a wide-ranging interview that includes the guys’ thoughts on Instant Replay and MLS refereeing, epic trash talkers, ideal MLS dinner partners and Targeted Allocation Money. Don’t miss it.

In the mailbag, a listener wonders what MLS’ most interesting XI would look like, a D.C. fan gets some swag and the guys try to come up with theme songs for all 20 MLS clubs.

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The battle for domestic cup silverware hit the final stretch on Wednesday. In Canada, the Impact and Whitecaps battled to a thrilling 2-2 draw that sets up winner-take-all match at BC Place at the end of the month. Down south, the Union booked their second straight US Open Cup final appearance. They’ll take on Sporting KC, and Philly captain Maurice Edu joins the guys to talk Meek Mill, Lamborghinis and the club’s playoff chances.

In the second segment, the guys turn their focus to the MLS weekend. Are Colorado on the right track with their most recent signings? Can Toronto FC deal with the Red Bulls’ pressure after wilting against Sporting KC? Gio-mania in Dallas? Finally, are the Sounders set to turn things around after eight losses in nine? GM and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey says yes following a massive talent influx.

Another fight involving a CONCACAF manager? This time it’s Costa Rica’s Paulo Wanchope, and the news prompts Andrew to share an embarrassing story from Brazil.

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MLS Week 23 was full of drama, and the guys jump right in with the NYC derby, a game Red Bulls fans likely won’t let their blue-clad counterparts forget for a long, long time. Plus, Giovani Dos Santos made his MLS debut – goal and an assist, no big deal – and the Whitecaps rolled to within two points of D.C. United in the Supporters’ Shield race. MLS’ most interesting man, ‘Caps centerback Pa Modou Kah, calls in to discuss his newfound knack for goals, fellow Gambian Kekuta Manneh and life in Qatar.

In the second segment, the guys take a look at a trio of midweek games with silverware (or at least the opportunity to play in a final) at stake. That’d be the first leg of the Canadian Championship between Montreal and Vancouver and a pair of US Open Cup semifinals. MLS pool goalkeeper turned Sporting KC standout Tim Melia joins the guys to share his story of perseverance.

In the mailbag, an Orlando fan wonders if Mike Petke has been forgotten, Adrian Heath’s lineup choices are questioned and Toronto FC’s American contingent grows.

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The gang is back on a wild Deadline Day in MLS. Follow along with the guys as moves come down the pike as the deadline approaches, and get their take on the transfer window that was. Which was the biggest move? Andrew says Giovani dos Santos takes the cake and LA Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan calls in to give the guys a taste of the hoopla on the ground.

It may take awhile for some signings to gel, but there's no time to rest in MLS with another packed weekend on the horizon and New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga joins the guys ahead of the NYC derby. Find out what his international future holds, why people made fun of his goal celebration at Yankee Stadium and what career dreams he holds dear.

In the mailbag, Timmy Chandler hears some tough words from his manager, and Tim Ream might be on the move in England. Plus, how should floppers who fake injury be punished and did the Sounders have reason to cry foul about the 'Caps' selfie celebrations?

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Monday means a rotating cast, with Ben ‘The Researcher’ Baer up first to help Andrew and David break down a wild, goal-heavy Week 22! Andrea Pirlo started for the first time and Frank Lampard made his debut off the bench, but NYCFC still lost. What gives? Then D.C. United and RSL combined for 10 goals in a match that left Ben Olsen hoarse before Orlando City dropped a nickel on Columbus. Speaking of the Lions, history maker Cyle Larin calls in to talk Kaka, Canada and Rookie of the Year honors.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the rest of the weekend. Nick Rosano jumps in to break down THAT red card on Jozy Altidore, New York’s brotherly love and a comparison between the airport mobs that greeted Didier Drogba and Giovani Dos Santos on arrival. Oh, and CONCACAF Champions League starts on Tuesday. Which MLS team is best equipped to make a run?

In the mailbag, Aron Johannsson’s flirtation with Real Salt Lake starts the conversation before another tough weekend for US national team centerbacks comes to the fore. Plus, which MLS players would you put in your foot gold twosome?

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AT&T MLS All-Star week is over, but there's still plenty to break down after a 2-1 win against Tottenham. The big questions revolve around format. East vs. West? US vs. the World? Andrew, David and Calen Carr give their opinions, then dive into the summer silliness in MLS. Didier Drogba to Montreal? Barneta to the Union? Gilberto's MLS return? It's all here.

 

In the second segment, attention turns to MLS as the season passes the midpoint and playoff races come into focus. Breakdowns for all 20 teams. Who are the real playoff contenders? Are FC Dallas Supporters' Shield favorites? Whose additions will pay off?

 

In the final segment, the guys revisit the Gold Cup. Do the US national team have forward problems? Copa America Centenario win or 2018 World Cup semifinals? Which would you take as a US fan?

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ETR goes coast to coast from a cup final to an all-star game in a jam-packed show. Andrew and Calen Carr sit down in Philadelphia to try and digest what has been a wild Gold Cup 2015 and break down El Tri’s triumph. They also look forward to the high stakes Confederations Cup playoff between USA and Mexico on October 9th in California, and what the future holds for this Jamaica squad.

 In the second segment we head out west to Denver, Colorado, the center of the USA soccer world for the next week. Greg sits down with MLS legend and Chipotle MLS Homegrown head coach Landon Donovan to talk coaching. Greg also attempts to stump Landon on some MLS coaching trivia, and get the inside scoop on his pregame speech.

 

 In the final segment Arielle joins Greg to talk about all the AT&T All-Star festivities and of course the match itself. Can Tottenham handle the travel, altitude, and weather to hang with this group of All-Stars? And is a skills competition instead of a full match in the cards for the future? Plus review of the Capital Cites and Aloe Blacc concerts and the “Overall” MVP of the week.

 

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All anyone is talking about is the Gold Cup semifinals and of course ETR has a hot take. Simon, David, and Arielle break down the USA's historic loss to Jamaica and discuss where the USA go from here. But the Americans' loss was quickly overshadowed by the drama of the Panama vs Mexico semifinal. Andrew Wiebe calls in from the road to talk about what he witnessed at the Georgia Dome, and the mood in the USMNT locker room.

In the second segment there is plenty of USOC action to cover, along with big MLS news. Andrea Pirlo is finally in training with NYCFC: Is he the last piece to their puzzle? And is Didier Drogba about to come to the rescue for the Chicago Fire? The guys also chat with LA Galaxy up-and-comer and upcoming Chipotle MLS Homegrown player Bradford Jamieson IV about his battle with Gerard Pique, his Panamanian roots, fashion, and more.

 In the mailbag the guys look forward to all the upcoming AT&T All-Star festivities as the big week gets started on Friday. And Simon tries to figure out what to do with himself at a silent disco!

 

Direct download: ETR_July23.mp3
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There was a new DP taking the field (LA’s Steven Gerrard) and a new team atop the Shield standings after Week 20 (FC Dallas), but one thing in MLS remains unchanged: Sporting Kansas City is still statistically the best team in MLS and Benny Feilhaber is their best player and a league MVP candidate. The USMNT veteran joins ETR after an eventful weekend: another goal and assist for SKC and a spot on the MLS All-Star gameday roster … for the first time! What’s responsible for Feilhaber’s resurgence? And is a USMNT return around the corner?  

 

Meanwhile, the final four are set in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the USA and Mexico are still alive. But will the regional giants meet their match in the semis? Find out about US semifinal opponents Jamaica through star left back and New York Red Bulls newcomer Kemar Lawrence, who shares his Copa America experience, his path to MLS and the key to beating the USMNT.

 

In the final segment, David, Arielle, Ben and Simon discuss the new faces of the upcoming EA Sports FIFA ’16, the man who made it rain at FIFA HQ and the definition of the “farby.” 

Direct download: ETR_July20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm EDT

Gold Cup quarterfinals, AT&T All-Star snubs and Mexican superstars fill the show as Andrew returns to the fold. The guys, along with friend of the show Calen Carr, break down all the big MLS stories, including what Gio Dos Santos might mean to the Galaxy and MLS based on his time with Cuauhtémoc Blanco. The guys also react the day’s trade news, including Alvaro Sabario’s RSL exit. Then Pablo Mastroeni joins the show to discuss the Rapids’ newfound winning ways, and his All-Star managerial duties.

In the second segment, the guys tackle the Gold Cup. Calen reports back from his travels to give you the inside scoop on who will go through to the semifinals. Plus, the USMNT made three roster changes. How will it change Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup?

In the mailbag, Simon returns to defend his position on the best MLS match in history as the fans put him on the spot. The debate rages on!

Direct download: ETR_July16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

On the weekend that Steven Gerrard made his debut for the LA Galaxy, did we witness perhaps the greatest match in MLS history in Week 19? David, Simon and Ben kick off the show with the thriller in the Bronx between New York City FC and Toronto FC and the epic hat-trick performance by Sebastian Giovinco. TFC next face upstart Philadelphia and Union star forward CJ Sapong joins the gang to provide some insight into the magic moment that he and the team are experiencing.

 

After putting a bow on the MLS weekend, Arielle joins the show for an in-depth, in-person interview with Conor O'Brien, a native New Yorker who has quietly plied his trade in Europe for the last several years. Learn about his story and the lengths he went to earn a professional contract abroad. As a free agent, and with suitors from multiple countries, he now has a big decision to make on his next move. 

 

In the mailbag, we discuss the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico's stumble against Guatemala and Canada's scoreless drought. Do Benito Floro's men have what it takes to beat Costa Rica in their group finale? Also, USMNT forward Jozy Altidore reveals the reason why he doesn't raise his hand to his heart during the national anthem. 

Direct download: ETR_July13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

The Gold Cup is in full swing and with Andrew out on the road, David and Arielle step up with Simon to bring you all the coverage. Chris Wondolowski joins us from Boston to hit on all the serious topics: Who controls the locker-room music? What ever happened to the lucky "W"? And what do we know about Haiti? Plus a full breakdown of Canada’s opening match, and is Cyle Larin getting too much heat?

 

In the second segment, the moment has finally come for Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to begin their MLS adventure. The gang discusses which club will be better off. Plus we provide your Rocky Mountain Cup preview and can Vancouver continue their high-flying form vs. Sporting KC?

 

In a special mailbag segment, Preki calls in to discuss his managerial future. Is he leaving for a manager job or assistant gig in the UK? Which team is he joining? Find out all that and more. 

 

Direct download: ETR_July9.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm EDT

World champs! There’s only one way to start the show, and that’s with a complete breakdown of the United States’ victory in the Women’s World Cup final. Forget victory, though. This was a 90-minute celebration led by hat-trick hero Carli Lloyd. Simon called it, and so did Chelsea Ladies head coach Emma Hayes, who joins the guys to explain why the USWNT are still at the top of the women’s game.

Now that you’ve finally caught your breath after a hectic month of June, it’s time to dip your toes in CONCACAF waters. The Gold Cup starts Tuesday, and Andrew, Simon and David all agree that the USMNT are the favorites. But what’s their weakness? And how will Dempsey react to his demotion from captain? Fox Sports’ Kyle McCarthy joins to answer those questions and more. It’s time to get CONCACAF’d!

Of course, MLS won’t stop for the Gold Cup, and there’s plenty to talk about on the domestic front. First, David and Andrew introduce Arielle Castillo, then the discussion shifts to some guy named Andrea Pirlo, who is NYCFC’s newest DP. But what about Giovani dos Santos? And why is Andrew eating crow. Tune in to find out.

Direct download: ETR_July6_1.mp3
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