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Few saw that one coming: Simon and David get into all of the talking points from the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League between the Montreal Impact and Club America, joined by Andrew Wiebe, who experienced it in-person in Mexico City. Did Club America just have an off night? And are the Impact automatic favorites for the second leg?

Five national TV matches are the highlight of the MLS schedule, including a UDN Friday night doubleheader, a "must-win" at the Citrus Bowl (7ET, Fox Sports 1), a peculiar Cascadia derby that might mean more to the Timbers (9:30ET, Fox Sports 1) and a heavyweight NY Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy clash (5ET, ESPN2) that deserves a dose of LA-NY trash talking courtesy of Galaxy right back Dan Gargan.

Thierry Henry makes an appearance in the mailbag, David gets heated about celebratory yellow cards and the guys try to put their finger on US rising star Jordan Morris: Is he Dominic Oduro or Landon Donovan?

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Will we be looking back on April 22, 2015 as one of the defining moments in MLS history? The Montreal Impact sure hope so as they head to Mexico City for the CONCACAF Champions League final first leg against Mexican champs Club America. Montreal captain Nigel Reo-Coker, who joins the guys from Mexico City, sounds pretty confident -- find out why. Also, Matt Pavlich of Opta Sports tells you all you need to know about the Impact's opponents.

Meanwhile, in MLS play there's another Canadian team making waves as the Vancouver Whitecaps extended their lead atop the league standings. Goalkeeper David Ousted calls in to answer the question on everyone's mind: Are the 'Caps truly MLS Cup contenders? Meanwhile, the Red Bulls continue to make their case in the East, while their intra-city rivals NYCFC miss out on a huge opportunity. Have they become David Villa dependent?

In the mailbag there's more Jordan Morris talk and a Twitter controversy over the weekend has us all wondering: What the hell happened to this country?

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What crisis? The USMNT wiped out all the doomsday talk of late collapses with another dos a cero against Mexico. Simon and David are joined by US World Cup veteran Herculez Gomez to break down the US win and the hoopla surrounding goal-scoring hero and Seattle Sounders academy product Jordan Morris. Meanwhile, Gomez, who plays for LigaMX side Puebla has a championship game coming up next week.

In MLS league play, a busy MLS Week 7 kicks off Thursday and we highlight all the key match-ups, including the team that has the most riding on the weekend. New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe joins the show to talk Revs soccer, the upcoming trip to Philadelphia (5ET, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes) and his USMNT chances. Oh, and Rowe puts the man-bun controversy to bed once and for all.

Plus, there's talk of another World Cup spot for CONCACAF, a new soccer stadium in Minnesota and the US-Canadian MLSer who is approaching a decision: Which way should he go?

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After six weeks, who's good and who's bad in MLS? Who knows, it's springtime and that means we're still figuring it all out! Andrew, David and Simon are back together, and they break down the weekend that was in MLS. First things first, the Rapids scored. And then they scored again. And again. And again. Plus, what's going on in Portland? What's up with the new goalkeeper in Philadelphia? And should Bill Hamid shoulder the blame for D.C. United's Atlantic Cup draw?

Hamid won't have much time to dwell on it, of course, as he is one of 14 MLSers in USMNT camp for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico. Could William Yarbrough get time in goal after making his debut against Denmark? Perhaps, either way the young dual citizen will be pulled both ways as his country of birth takes on his national team. Yarbrough needs a nickname, help us out ETR faithful!

In the mailbag, where would Jason Kreis and Jurgen Klinsmann fall in their own depth charts? And is this the year of the Canuck?

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The Montreal Impact almost got CONCACAF'd, but they're through to the Champions League final via guile, timely goals and a little luck. Head coach Frank Klopas joins Andrew and David to re-live the semifinal second leg, a game in which shoes were thrown, players had to fight to get off the field and, somehow, no red cards were shown. Plus, hear why Klopas believes the Impact defied the odds to become the second-ever MLS team in this position.

Meanwhile, over in Portland, Nat Borchers possesses the best beard in the Northern Hemisphere. What inspired it? And is it even all that special in a city like Portland? He also gives his take on Tissue Gate between Caleb Porter and Oscar Pareja and admits he has serious beef with Simon Borg. Over what? You'll have to listen to find out.

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A wild and crazy MLS weekend has come to a close and the band is finally back together to make sense of all the action. Young Vancouver star Kekuta Manneh stops by to chat about his national team future, the Whitecaps' success so far, and whether or not he’s the best shot in MLS. But before that, the guys have to delve into Tissue Gate, also known as the Caleb Porter-Oscar Pareja WWE show on Saturday night. Things may get messy Simon brought his box of tissues.


While MLS rolls on, the Montreal Impact are down in Costa Rica preparing for one of the biggest games in MLS history. Impact beat writer Olivier Tremblay calls in to give the guys a taste of the environment right now in Alajuela, and the Impact’s chances to move on to the final against a strong, determined Alajuelense side.


In the mailbag, a few rule and philosophy debates spring up. If a referee happens to see a replay and can correct a call, should he? Should 0-0 draws end in no points for either side? And where would Mike Petke fit best if he returns this season?

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Ike Opara has serious bounce. Dunk off two feet, sky above the pack on a set piece hops. The Sporting KC center back joins Andrew and Simon to talk ankle injuries, the best dead-ball defender in MLS, his alternate future as a basketball star and the NCAA Tournament. Plus, find out why his teammates are bothering him about MLS Fantasy.

Ahead of another big MLS weekend, Andrew wonders why the league seems to be stuck in first gear. Of course, Simon disagrees. Taylor Twellman gives his take in the second segment, and chimes in on a USMNT side that has just two wins in 12 games and can't stop leaking late goals. What games are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below.

In the mailbag, the one and only Victoria Borg joins in to dispel the myth of the scoreboard, the guys debate whether another United belongs in MLS and there's a case of mistaken gender.

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Two words: Holy Shipp. In Chicago, that's the rallying cry of an entire fanbase after Homegrown hero Harry Shipp stole the show against Philadelphia to break a three-game losing streak. But what makes Shipp so special? Let him tell you the story, from Fire fandom to Notre Dame to the first team. Now, what about a US national team look?

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch made some news this week when he chimed in on the USMNT and Jurgen Klinsmann. The guys clarify those comments and dive into Red Bull land, where Marsch and his new-look squad sit atop the Eastern Conference despite playing only three games in four weeks. Did he see this coming? What makes Dax McCarty the ideal captain? And, most importantly to the South Ward, can he replicate Mike Petke's Supporters' Shield and playoff success?

In the mailbag, the guys break down long throws, the top five stadiums in MLS and darby vs. derby pronunciation.

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Minnesota dominates the headlines after Wednesday's MLS expansion announcement, and the guys go straight to the source with Minnesota United FC President Nick Rogers and resident Minnesota superfan/soccer writer Bruce McGuire (DuNord). What's the next stadium step? What about that logo and the loon? Who are their prospective rivals? It's all here.

Of course, there is plenty of US national team and MLS action to discuss as well. Simon claims he wishes he was a Dane (or a Danish?) as the guys search for positives after another late collapse from the Yanks. On the MLS front, it is a packed weekend with a series of high-profile matchups on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

In the mailbag, the guys consider Xavi’s potential fit in the NYCFC midfield, and look at two of the best attacking acquisitions of the offseason.

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Week 3 is in the books and there is only one perfect team left standing. Simon and David chat with FC Dallas goal scorer Ryan Hollingshead about his league-leading side, the reasons for his year-long hiatus from the sport and his battle to get back into the pro soccer ranks. Plus the guys break down the opening of Avaya stadium in San Jose, the Cameron Porter injury, and more.


On top of all the MLS action this weekend, the US Soccer Federation dropped not one, not two, but three national team rosters on us. The guys chat with ASN/NY Times writer Brian Sciaretta, who is en route to Denmark, about the USMNT and the U23/U20 squad selections. They go over the surprises, the snubs, and the controversies -- Julian Green is back.


There is also the small matter of a major MLS announcement in Minnesota to look forward to as well as another Colorado Rapids Designated Player on the horizon. Simon and David dust off their crystal ball for segment three: Will Kevin Doyle be the goal-scoring savior the Rapids have been searching for?

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