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With World Cup Qualifying around the corner, the guys shift to the US national team. Taylor Twellman (ESPN) will be on the call Friday night when the US take on Costa Rica, and he joins the guys to debate some hot topics heading into the game.

Then the guys head to New Jersey to sit down with Darlington Nagbe  in the team hotel to discuss his passion in the game, working with Christian Pulisic, why a European move has to make sense for his family, and more.

In a special segment, the guys check in with Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti on all the work being done to help Houston recover and rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.

The mailbag begins with some FC Dallas news before shifting to listener texts: What is the future of MLS coaching hires? Is the "Research Baer" gun shy? Which team do the guys dislike most?

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The guys are off the road after going coast to coast for Heineken Rivalry Week and ready to draft in the "Research Baer" to break it all down. Are TFC on their way to breaking the MLS single season points record? With NY Blue will MLS be next? Who should worry more Chicago or FCD? Plus much more.

 

In the second segment "Secretary of Defense" himself Tim Howard joins the guy from USMNT camp. He tells stories from the past of how he got between the pipes, debuting in MLS in 1998, the future of USMNT goalkeeping, and World Cup Qualifying.

 In the mailbag half the league is either sending gift baskets or angry mail on Ben's latest "Baerentee", the guys debate the future of the US centerback spot, and much more.

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In the midst of a Heineken Rivalry Road trip, the guys sit down with FC Dallas owner Dan Hunt for an extra special edition of MLS story time. From his father Lamar's contagious love for the game to the day in 2001 when it looked like the league was dead, Hunt takes the guys behind the scenes of one of American soccer's leading families.

That's not all. There's plenty of midweek action to break down, as well as a full slate of rivalry games at the weekend. Listen for everything you missed or need to know -- and don't forget to tune in to ExtraTime Live driven by Continental on Friday at Red Bull Arena (5:30 ET) and Sunday in Montreal (3 ET) on Facebook Live.

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ExtraTime Radio is on the road, and it's time to call a spade a spade. Are you a playoff team or an also-ran? For most, that question has already been answered. With the help of Matt Pentz(ESPNFC) and the Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle, Andrew and David dig through the Eastern and Western Conferences looking for quality and the most buzzworthy news of the day.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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A new dawn, a new day in Colorado, as the Rapids part ways with club legend Pablo Mastroeni. ExtraTime Radio driven by Continental tackles big news out of Commerce City  What's The Rapids Way? Who'll take Mastroeni's place? How much will we all miss Pablo's press conferences and irrepressible human spirity?  then jump on the line with FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio for transfer-window nuggets and an inside look at David Accam's future in MLS, the TAM effect in MLS, what awaits in the January transfer window and why there are rebuilds coming across the league.

The Red Bulls don't need to rebuild, though they may need another game-changer or two to finally win MLS Cup. That's still months away, but New York are just 90 minutes from capturing the US Open Cup after knocking off FC Cincinnati in extra time on Tuesday night in a wild semifinal match at Nippert Stadium. Homegrown defender Tyler Adams joins the guys to talk through the big win, his recent time at right back and upcoming Friday night games against Portland and New York City FC.

In the mailbag, the guys decide it might be time to show the red side of New York some R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Carlos Rivas' future in Orlando goes under the microscope, Carlos Vela's logical LAFC marketing appeal works out for club and player and it's time to prepare for a big road trip during Heineken Rivalry Week.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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Success or failure? In MLS, the general margins of both are determined by playoff qualification. With a little more than two months left in the MLS regular season, those margins are starting to be very thin. Andrew, David and Matt run through a busy MLS weekend attempting to answer the questions that will determine whether your club is one of the 12 who have a shot at MLS Cup.

Are the Sounders the class of the weakened West or are Houston's young guns the better bet? Are LA's playoff dreams dead? Can Portland avoid disaster? Is the Shield a step too far for road-weary Chicago? Could Real Salt Lake make a miraculous run? Do Dallas have enough firepower to finally capture the silverware Oscar Pareja seeks?

In the second segment, it's all US Open Cup, as the New York Red Bulls head to Cincinnati with a place in the final on the line. They do so on the back of another big win against Orlando, one that got tongues wagging as Video Review saw Kaka sent off in stoppage time. Then it's time for the Baer's Lair, where more #MLSmiddlenames are bandied about and hot takes flow like water.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweetthe show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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Who won the MLS summer transfer window? The guys break down all the moves after a hectic deadline day with former MLS executive and New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis. Who got the best of the flurry of trades that beat the close of the window? Which under-the-radar moves caught the eye? Who should have made a move and didn't? What on earth is going on with Krisztian Nemeth? You won't want to miss this episode.

As far as winners go, D.C. United are an easy choice. The Black-and-Red introduced their newest crop of players on Thursday, including club record signing Paul Arriola, who cost a reported $3.5 million from Club Tijuana. General manager Dave Kasper chats with Andrew about the club's financial splash, effort to get younger and more dynamic ahead of the opening of Audi Field and ongoing contract negotiations with Bill Hamid.

Two Baer's Lairs in one week? Consider it our present to you. Ben Baer jumps in for the mailbag to talk Sporting KC's US Open Cup semifinal win, the Union's lack of player movement, Minnesota's glut of wingers and banter for days.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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ExtraTime Radio driven by Continental is back in the comfy confines of the Green Room to break down MLS Week 22. The playoff races are heating up, and wasted opportunities and opportunistic results have clubs going opposite directions. New York is blue thanks to David Villa's first-ever MLS hat-trick, a disallowed Gyasi Zardes goal and LA Galaxy loss inspires a Baerantee, The Answer bites Sporting KC, Seattle puts a hurting on Minnesota (complete with Monty Python reference) and the Chicago Fire flame New England at home, their ninth straight win (!!!) at Toyota Park. All 22 teams get a once over!

 

In the second segment, Howard Webb, who you'll recognize as the man in the middle at the 2010 World Cup final and is now PRO's Manager of VAR Operations, joins Andrew and David to evaluate the first weekend of Video Review in MLS. Though there were more than 100 checks, only two plays were reviewed. Did the referees get them right? Were there kinks in the process? What is a clear and obvious error? How do referees define the attacking phase? All your questions (and more) answered by the man behind Video Review in MLS.

 

Monday means Andrew and David head to the Baer's Lair for a wild 20 minutes of MLS banter. First up, stories from the NY Derby, big news with a new addition to ETR on the way and then all your calls and texts from the weekend!

 

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ExtraTime Radio driven by Continental comes at you one last time in Chicago to look back over all the MLS All-Star events -- from the EA Sports Skills Challenge to the Homegrown Game presented by Energizer to the main event, the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target against Real Madrid. Of course, MLS stops for nothing, with a huge weekend including three Sunday national TV games on the docket, plus transfer rumors out of D.C. and more.

In the second segment, Men in Blazers co-host and legend Roger Bennett joins the guys to look back on his All-Star week, reflect on Dom Dwyer following him across the Atlantic, debate All-Star changes and label Matt Doyle the Alan Gordon of MLS scribes.

Do teams have an obligation to keep talent like Dwyer and David Accam around? The Hot-Take Hotline is firing on all cylinders.

Want to be a part of the show? Drop your thoughts in the comment section, email or tweet the show and call or text the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS and you could appear on ExtraTime Radio or ExtraTime Live! Free advice: Keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language!

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The guys are in Chicago, and they've got a doozy of a show for you ahead of the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. First up, Sam Stejskal joins Andrew and David to preview the big game against Real Madrid, then Sporting KC's Graham Zusi and ATLUTD captain Michael Parkhurst team up for laugh-filled interview. FC Dallas' Kellyn Acosta follows that up with some honest words about his Gold Cup performance and big goals for the second half of 2017.

 

But will he Acosta be around to accomplish them? Stejskal got the goods on a potential transfer for the Homegrown star, and it sounds like he may be ready to leave sooner rather than later. Should FC Dallas sell? The guys dive into that topic feet first, then Greg Garza and Jelle Van Damme jump on to talk about their own careers and maybe even a potential transfer or two.

 

In the mailbag, Ben Baer's Baerantee is short on research, and the Hot-Take Hotline blows up with questions from around the league.

 

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Another slow day in the North American soccer world is broken down by the guys...just kidding. It's madness in LA as Sigi Schmid is brought in to as head coach of the Galaxy following the dismissal of Curt Onalfo and he wasn't the only hiring by a professional soccer team in the city. LAFC makes it official, naming Bob Bradley as their first head coach and David, Ben and Doyle tell you what to expect from the former US national team head coach. David and Ben then interview Schmid, asking what he needs to do first, some rumored additions and his emotions heading into Saturday's matchup against his former team (10 pm ET; ESPN, ESPN Deportes in US | MLS LIVE in Canada).

In the second segment, USA's sixth Gold Cup trophy is discussed as Doyle tells you what the scene was like at Levi's Stadium and why the US deserved their 2-1 win against Jamaica. He also breaks down who helped and hurt their stock while Ben tries to just enjoy the win.

In the mailbag, fans make their voices heard with some hot-take predictions about some young US stars, why CJ Sapong will lead Philadelphia to greatness and if Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin can fit together.

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An electric weekend of MLS and international soccer demands an ExtraTime-sized cast. With Andrew out, David brings in Calen Carr to breakdown the US national team’s run to the Gold Cup Final (Wednesday vs. Jamaica at 9:30 pm ET; FS1, Univision). Is Clint Dempsey's U.S. Soccer future as a super sub? What is Bruce's best backline? How do they much up against the Reggae Boyz?

In the second segment, Bobby Warshaw joins David and Ben to break down a wild weekend in MLS – from Portland's undermanned road win in Cascadia, to Cristian Roldan's offensive explosion, Dom Dwyer trade rumors and much more. Plus, David and Calen sit down with the leading goalscorer in MLS: the Chicago Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic. Nikolic tells them about growing up in Serbia, how he prepares each transfer to a new club, watching game tape to become the best and his experience playing Real Madrid.

As a special interview, Trey Fitz-Gerald, Real Salt Lake’s VP of Broadcasting & PR made infamous by Mike Petke’s "hand them out, Trey" line, tells the behind-the-scenes story of what went down Saturday night at Rio Tinto. You won’t want to miss it.

In the mailbag, the second-ever "Baer's Lair" begins with its namesake already gun shy about his Baerantee. Plus, transfer rumors abound and David Bingham's starting spot comes under pressure in San Jose.

 

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Between the MLS All-Star roster, another shaky US national team performance in the Gold Cup, the wacky, wild and unpredictable return of MLS and a trash-talking billboard in Orlando, there just wasn’t enough time to talk about everything.

We still did, though. Hit the play button for All-Star snubs, a roster breakdown and Fire insider segment with Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic, USMNT analysis (don’t worry, there was no biting) and a head-scratching rundown of some wild games in Cascadia on Wednesday night.

Oh, and there’s a bonus segment, as Sporting KC phenom Erik Palmer-Brown joins the guys to explain why he’s a Michelle Branch fan, what it’s like to go abroad as a teenager, why Ike Opara calls him his “son” and where he contract situation stands with time ticking down on his current deal.

Of course, the guys also hit the Hot-Take Hotline, which is overflowing with gold from the most important people in the ETR world … the listeners!

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The US are on the quarterfinals at the Gold Cup after a crucial 3-0 win vs. Nicaragua but just how much of a success was the group stage? Andrew, David and Ben discuss that as there's some divided opinions on Arena's decision to bring some of the longtime stalwarts. New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe also calls in to discuss his time with the team after being sent home, including what he needs to work on to return.

After the break, the guys discuss the return of MLS and all the latest transfer rumors. They also interview Houston Dynamo vice president/general manager Matt Jordan after the signing of Tomas Martinez and what the Dynamo front office exec thinks about Alberth Elis' future with the club.

The Baer's Lair debuts in the third segment as Ben makes his first "Baerantee" and the Hot-Take Hotline is aghast at some the decisions Arena has made so far. Your texts also make their first appearance on the show with the fans wondering who the best striker on USA is and if it's time to think about a different No. 2 goalkeeper.

Want to be a part of the show? Use the comment section, emailtweet, call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language), or text the Hotline and it could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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How are you feeling this morning? Are you riled up about the US national team’s skin-of-their-teeth win against Martinique? Or is it just part of the process? With Andrew back in New York – complete with a few mystery bites from Kansas wildlife – the guys break down the Gold Cup for Bruce Arena so far, the winners and losers from Wednesday night’s action, Dax McCarty’s World Cup ticket and Canada’s newest hype train.

After the break, US and Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan joins David Gass to explain why now was the right time to return to MLS, how excited he is to be a part of an expansion team “doing it right” and outline the differences between Bruce Arena and Jurgen Klinsmann.

In the mailbag, the guys name their midseason award winners, hear from a listener who ran into Simon Borg in the flesh and ponder whether LAFC are behind the eight ball sans coach and players with closing in on six months until 2018 preseason begins.

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A less than dominant start to the Gold Cup for the US national team leaves a lot of questions about Bruce Arena's decisions and this tournament's roster. Ben Baer and Matt Doyle join David Gass to look at all the good and bad of the US. From Kelyn Rowe's shining performance and Dom Dwyer's goalscoring streak to why Dax McCarty and Kellyn Acosta struggled to control midfield, the guys break it all down. Also, what upgrade is needed defensively and where can they find some attack from the wings? The guys also hit on Canada's big win against French Guyana and why Mexico may not be as exciting as they usually are.

In the second segment, the MLS transfer window is open and the rumors are flying. The guys discuss if Seattle targeted their next Designated Player and what it could mean for Jordan Morris. Plus, are big time moves coming in LA or NY? Could there be a big center forward traded inside MLS? All that plus much more. 

In the mailbag the guys debate the state of the USMNT. Is this the most talented group ever? And what should expectations be at next year's World Cup? Plus who outside the playoff field is ready for a second half charge.

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The days are long and the BBQs are hot, and that means the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is upon us. Who better to preview it all with than American soccer icon and MLS Cup champion coach Sigi Schmid. He joins Andrew and David on ExtraTime Radio Driven by Continental Tires to preview the whole tournament. What is his buddy Bruce Arena's plan for this US national team roster? Who will solidify their place in Russia? How can this team take the crown? Plus, a Canada preview for their first tournament under Octavio Zambrano and the group of young attackers under him.

Of course Andrew and David wouldn't have Sigi in without asking all the burning MLS questions: What does he think of expansion darling Atlanta United? And what to make of the shift in power from Western Conference to East?

Join the guys Saturday for Club & Country After The Whistle for live reaction to every USMNT match at the Gold Cup. And listen to ETR all tournament long for coverage.

 

 

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It’s a holiday weekend – have fun and stay safe – but you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging after a wild weekend of MLS action, did you? Not a chance. Andrew and Bobby Warshaw jump in the blue room to break down all the Cali Clasico drama, the Chicago Fire’s incredible rise to the top of MLS, Tim Melia’s claim to the title of “Best Goalkeeper in MLS” and everything in between.

After the break, Red Bulls' forward Bradley Wright-Phillips joins Andrew and David for a wide-ranging (and often hilarious) interview about the Fourth of July, packing lunches for his kids, the pressure to win MLS Cup and Game of Thrones.

In the mailbag, Bobby helps Andrew take a closer look at the United States national team’s Gold Cup warmup win against Ghana. Did Dom Dwyer show enough to be the starting forward? IS Kellyn Acosta destined for greatness? Who can benefit most from a big tournament with Russia on the horizon?

Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Andrew is back, and the guys waste no time putting him in his place. First, though, David and Matt help break down Toronto FC's dramatic Canadian Championship triumph against archrivals Montreal, those Wesley Sneijder-to-LAFC rumors, a changing Cali Clasico and early winners and losers from the Dax McCarty trade. There's a packed weekend of MLS action in store, but the US national team managed to jam a friendly in as well. What's Bruce Arena looking for against Ghana? What partnerships are being tested? Is Matt Hedges the key to the backline? Will it be Dom Dwyer or Juan Agudelo up top?

In the second segment, it's all Lamar Hunt US Open Cup following a typically wild night of action. Poku (!!!) got the game-winner vs. Atlanta, but it was Mitch Hildebrandt who became a folk hero after saving three penalties to help FC Cincinnati knock off the Chicago Fire from the spot. He joins the guys to explain his strategy, tell stories from his not-so-wild night, explain what makes Cincinnati such a strong soccer market and look ahead to the next round (and perhaps even more glory).

The mailbag starts with some news: Jesse Gonzalez's one-time switch to the US is done and dusted. So what's that mean for the national team and the FC Dallas goalkeeper? Plus, San Jose's new direction, a hot (but incorrect) take in Toronto and an "I told you so" from a long-time listener in Chicago.

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Wow what a weekend David brings in former MLSer Bobby Warshaw to try and make sense of it all. A great Heineken Rivalry Week with action including the Magic Unicorn in Houston, Jack Harrison slaying demons at Red Bull Arena, and Dempsey well being Dempsey would be enough. But that’s not even close to all that has happened the guys have a coaching change in San Jose, a shocking level of honesty in Philadelphia, and two 4 goal performances by Crew SC and the Fire. Plus so much more weekend action.

 In the second segment Bruce Arena drops his Gold Cup roster and there is a lot to dig into. The guys debate their potential breakout players, could a permanent formation change be coming, which first time call up can become a permanent fixture, will Dax lead this squad to victory? The Gold Cup is just around the corner and mlssoccer.com is your source for all the coverage.

 A bonus third segment has Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun check in to preview the Canadian Championship. With TFC flying high off another good win he delves in the Toronto-Montreal rivalry, the potential CCL future of these sides, as well as Justin Morrows USMNT call up, and when USA fans can expect to see Bradley and Jozy.

In the mailbag there are pyrotechnics, sad Red Bull fans, and a much more.

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David Gass brings in the stars to help preview one of the biggest weekends of the season Heineken Rivalry Week. First Calen Carr and Ben "The Research" Baer stop by to talk Houston v FC Dallas (9pm ET on UniMas & Facebook.com.) They chat about Calen's history in the rivalry but more importantly what Wilmer Cabrera and Oscar Pareja are building for the future. They also breakdown the must win Seattle-Portland Cascadia Cup match on Sunday 10pm ET (Fox & Fox Deportes). Plus they look back at a bunch of midweek action and forward to a Saturday night filled with big time MLS battles.

 

In the second segment Tommy McNammara and Luis Robles stop by the MLS office to preview the Hudson River Derby. McNammara talks about his national team future, NY sightseeing tips, and much more while the ironman Luis Robles takes over hosting duties from Andrew.

 

In the mailbag the ignorant ETR hosts FINALLY look north to the Canadian Championship, wonder what is wrong with Jordan Morris, and one caller worries Deuce could get Landon'd off next summers World Cup roster.

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The Armchair Analyst is rested and ready for his return to the ETR lineup, and just in time too because there's plenty to talk about after an MLS weekend that saw David Villa hit the 50-goal mark, Josef Martinez make a triumphant Atlanta United return and the Fire establish themselves as the only real contender to Toronto FC. Oh, and there was drama, too. It's been a tough few months for Real Salt Lake. Three points via a Yura Movsisyan goal were huge, but it was the forward's finger-to-the-lips celebration that got people talking. Was it directed toward Mike Petke? The guys break it all down, and even dive into a few transfer rumors.

Are Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris actually BFFs (best friends forever)? The answer, after sitting down the pair, is a resounding yes. You won't want to miss an exclusive interview with two of MLS's top young players, in which they discuss their sleeping habits on the road (it gets a little weird), what it feels like to be an MLS Cup champion and what they do to improve every single day. And while they're teammates now with the Sounders, both hope to link up when the US national team gathers for the Gold Cup this summer. Roldan takes you inside his decision to pursue a future with the US, while Morris explains how he deals with the pressure that follows him wherever he goes.

In the mailbag, it's rumor time. Would Andres Guardado be a good fit for LAFC? What about Jakub Blaszczykowski to the Fire? And could Sporting KC lose Erik Palmer-Brown after this season? Plus, an ode to Brek Shea's naming abilities.

Want to share your own Father's Day stories, odes or memories? Use the comment section, email,tweet or call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Like any good team, squad rotation is key. So, with Matt Doyle resting his vocal chords, the guys bring super sub and ESPN extraordinaire Julie Stewart-Binks into the blue room to help reflect on the US Open Cup, MLS weekend and life on the sidelines (literally). You won't want to miss Stewart-Binks' stories from on the road and behind the scenes around MLS.

In honor of Father's Day – make sure to call your dad this weekend, or better yet catch some MLS action together – Andrew and David chat with LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes, who has two children of his own. Listen to Zardes explain how he balances work with fatherhood and describe how his own father set him up for success, both as a player and a man.

Want to share your own Father's Day stories, odes or memories? Use the comment section, email, tweet or call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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The US national is back in the drivers seat under Bruce Arena. The guys convene to gush about the last weekend for the national team in CONCACAF qualifying. Where does Bradley's goal rank in US Soccer history, how did Bruce pull the right strings? What has changed in the national team over the last 6 months? All this and much more.

 

In the second segment the guys talk to a one of the stars of the U20 World Cup Tyler Adams about his young career, going to prom as a soccer star, learning under Bradley Wright-Philips, and more.

 

In the mailbag as good as the US National Team has played there are still 40 players looking to make the gold cup.

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United States-Mexico is arguably the biggest rivalry in international soccer, an occasion that's far bigger than one game or the sport itself. For millions, it's a balancing act between two cultures, an identity exercise felt acutely by players on both sides of the rivalry.

Ahead of the USMNT's trip to Estadio Azteca, ETR brings you exclusive interviews with US centerback Omar Gonzalez, former US forward Herculez Gomez and Mexico goalkeeper Moises Munoz as they detail their own experiences straddling both sides of the divide.

Union forward Charlie Davies also calls in to tell the story of the famous goal he scored in 2009, and US supporter Brent Gamit explains what it's like to root for the away team at one of the most intimidating venues in the world ahead of his fourth trip to Estadio Azteca.

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It's a massive week for the US national team, and Andrew, David and Matt are here to make sure you don't miss a thing. Thus the early edition of ExtraTime Radio this week, with a complete preview of the Thursday's must-win World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago. Check back later for an extra special US-Mexico show featuring interviews with Omar Gonzalez, Herculez Gomez, Moises Munoz, Charlie Davies and others!

How much do you know about the Soca Warriors? Probably not as much as T&T journalist Lasana Liburd, who explains why Cordell Cato was sent home and discipline appears to be an ongoing issue for the team currently last in the Hex. Plus, Kevin Molino's special place among Trinidad fans, Kenwyne Jones' goal drought at the international level and new head coach Dennis Lawrence's plan for his first road game.

It's not all US, though, as fans north of the border got some good news this week when teenage phenom Alphonso Davies committed his international future to Canada. Journalist Daniel Squizzato joins the show to explain what it means for the Canadian program and what impact we should expect from the young Whitecaps attacker. In the mailbag, a listener questions the importance of the Gold Cup, especially when his MLS team suffers, and another wonders how he might be able to impress his friends at the bar without sounds too smart for his own good.

Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Not many nicknames stick like Sueño stuck to Jorge Villafaña, but those days are over for the Santos Laguna and US national team left back. He’s an established pro now, an MLS Cup winner and subject of a seven-figure transfer fee from Liga MX club Santos Laguna. In fact, this could be the biggest week of Villafaña’s career, as the US take on Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico in Hexagonal matches that could determine whether the Americans book a trip to Russia. The guys link up with Villafaña for a 1v1 interview you won’t want to miss, then break down the US’s warmup draw with Venezuela, Bruce Arena’s 40-man preliminary roster for the Gold Cup and the U-20’s loss in the World Cup quarterfinals. 

There’s plenty to talk about in Major League Soccer as well. Jesus scores! Jesus Ferreira, of course. The 16-year-old FC Dallas Homegrown and son of former MLS MVP David Ferreira wasted no time in his debut making history, so what’s next for the young winger? What’s next for Real Salt Lake and Mike Petke after the latter called out his team for another appalling performance? That’s not all, as the guys parse Pablo Mastroeni’s stats vs. heart comments and give Will Bruin a pass for celebrating against his former team.

In the mailbag, a listener suggests a three-man backline for the US ahead of Russia 2018, another castigates the guys for not giving Seattle-Portland in the Open Cup more love and an emailer questions Michael Bradley’s place in the MLS and US pecking order.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT

A World Cup knockout run by the United States in South Korea? We've seen that before. This time, though, it's the US U-20s doing the damage, as a parade of MLSers helped Tab Ramos' team advance to the quarterfinals thanks to a 6-0 victory against New Zealand on Wednesday morning. Renaissance man and Top Drawer Soccer' Will Parchman joins the guys to praise Tab Ramos, marvel at Tyler Adams' eye-popping play and look ahead to a massive match against NYCFC's Yangel Herrera and Venezuela.

The second segment is all about the underdog, the soccer David attempting to slay another Goliath. Christos FC are sponsored by a liquor store. Their real jobs come before training. They're on the verge of shocking the world – if they haven't already. Christos FC are the final amateur side remaining in the US Open Cup and booked a Fourth Round date with D.C. United after a big win on Wednesday. Shawn Smith helped found the club two decades ago and calls in to tell their incredible story. Can they knock off the big boys? You've just got to believe.

In the mailbag, the guys rank bar games, wonder why Seattle and Portland fans are looking for plaudits while their teams struggle, debate Hernan Grana's defensive prowess and update everyone on MLS All-Star Fan XI voting (hint: ATLUTD fans are stuffing the ballot box).

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

Bruce Arena named the US national team roster for massive Hexagonal matches, and the guys have trouble finding fault with the group. Let's just say it hasn't always been that way in the last few years. Still, Arena has a decision to make: Where and when does he deploy his best resources considering Trinidad & Tobago is a must-win and Azteca is a dragon the Americans have yet to slay? Plus, the US U-20s head to the World Cup Round of 16 and Octavio Zambrano and Canada prepare for the Gold Cup.

We're almost three months into the 2017 season, and it's time to take stock of the best and brightest in MLS. Yes, that means 2017 MLS All-Star Fan XI presented by Target voting is open. Cast your ballot via the MLS app while you listen to the guys reveal their own choices. Some picks are obvious, but others get the guys heated. Everybody is happy, though, about Mauro Diaz's return, Julian Gressel's outstanding rookie season and the LA Galaxy's flip-flopping form. Plus, what's wrong with the Timbers?

In the mailbag, Doyle tackles whether Kaka and the diamond are working in Orlando, and the Rapids Rabbi offers his take on a thus-far disappointing season in Colorado.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

It was hard to miss David Beckham's name on U.S. Soccer's list of Hall of Fame nominees. But does he belong? With Dave hanging out in the UK, Andrew and Doyle grapple with the international superstar's place in the HoF, and it's not cut and dry. Beckham's case might surprise you. Then it's on to a rivalry heavy weekend featuring Toronto FC sans Jozy and Seba, a Cascadia clash complete with timber-related trash talk and a tough choice for Oscar Pareja and FC Dallas. Plus, a closer look at Patrick Vieira's rapidly rising coaching career

After the break, Andrew gives MLS and San Jose legend Chris Wondolowski a call to reminisce about the Cali Clasico. The 75th edition will go down on Saturday night in NorCal, and Wondo was a San Jose Clash then Earthquakes fan from the start. Go down memory lane as MLS's fourth all-time leading scorer tells stories about Landon Donovan's place as Judas in Quakes lore, wrestling matches between the Bash Brothers and so much more!

In the mailbag, Doyle assesses the US U-20's World Cup so far and takes a crack at predicting Bruce Arena's US roster for upcoming World Cup qualifiers before a emailer compares FC Dallas and Ajax in the wake of the Europa League final.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

Golazos? Check. Streaks ending and beginning? You bet. A little controversy? Sure, why not? MLS had it all this weekend, and the guys (with Ben 'The Research' Baer filling in for Dave) break it all down. From Toronto FC coming up just short at Red Bull Arena to New York City FC getting revenge on Orlando City, there's more than enough talking points to keep your attention on soccer for nearly an hour.

It's not just MLS on the docket, either, as the US U-20s had a dramatic moment in stoppage time to thank for huge point to start the U-20 World Cup in South Korea. They might have won, too, if not for a bit of an uneven performance in goal and on the backline, including a forgettable moment by a name you may be familiar with. Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio and a Hot-Take Hotline call from a plucky grade schooler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Days after Jelle Van Damme went 1v1 with ExtraTime Radio, Toronto FC and US national team captain Michael Bradley did the same, camping out for 45 minutes to give you the background on that famous US-Mexico photo in Columbus, Christian Pulisic's bright future, Toronto FC's historic winning streak, his father's future (and his own) in coaching and the sport of Fierljeppen (look it up). You won’t want to miss this one.

Oh, and we've got all your MLS reaction following a five-game Wednesday that saw Philly roll on and Gerso get hot for Sporting KC, plus a weekend preview in which Doyle throws cold water (or snow) all over your team's hopes and dreams. Finally, the Hot-Take Hotline takes you home, with another awesome MLS slate of games on the horizon!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm EDT

Have time to kill at work? Maybe a long drive coming up? We've got you covered with nearly two hours of soccer talk, including an exclusive interview with LA Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme.

But first, the long and the short from an awesome Week 11, including Toronto FC's historic winning streak, a throwback night in Chicago, hambones for the Union and Revs and a big win thousands of miles from home for the LA Galaxy. Ben 'The Research' Baer, aka the King of Takes, jumps on as well to give you insight into Justin Meram's big season with Crew SC and Cyle Larin's Chicharito-like shot efficiency before Evan Ream (Davis Enterprise) gives the guys an update on MLS expansion in Sacramento.

Once that's out of the way, it's time to sit down for a long chat with the big Belgian, who takes Andrew and Dave through his career in Europe, including at Ajax with none other than Zlatan, and his life in Southern California. Oh, and you better believe we asked Van Damme about getting the first-half hook against the Fire. Settle in for a fun interview before the Hot-Take Hotline takes you home!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT

Unless you've been under an MLS rock, you know Toronto FC are stacked – even when Sebastian Giovinco isn't around. You also know the ExtraTime Radio guys are obsessed with Raheem Edwards and Victor Vazquez. No surprise then that the duo helped the Reds to a big midweek win. The guys break that down, then shift their attention to a weekend full of must-watch games on national television, bringing in Dan Gargan to help explain what makes Atlanta United special and what's going on with the Galaxy.

After the break, it's time to evaluate a quiet deadline day for MLS clubs. Even though there were only a handful of moves made, there will be a couple game-changers entering the league in May. Once that's out of the way, it's time to dream about the summer! Marca's Arch Bell calls in to offer up his top five MLS targets in Central America. You'll want to write these names down.

Finally, in the mailbag, the guys reminisce about the MLS teams that they loved before they worked in soccer, David's "Are you watching the game? Or just looking at the stats?" tagline sneaks into a classroom and Doyle explains why the MLS foreign coaching cliches were always wrong.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

After another wild MLS weekend, Andrew, David and Matt sit down to digest Minnesota's eye-opening performance against Sporting KC on national television, Atlanta's humbling loss in the Bronx to an NYCFC squad making waves and a Doop-tastic win for the Union that ended a run of 252 days without a win.

Meanwhile, Chris Wondolowski is thriving with a little freedom to roam in San Jose – and Andrew says he will own the MLS scoring title sooner rather than later – the Houston Dynamo are the most entertaining team in MLS and uber-talented Toronto FC ought to be disappointed with anything less than a double. Plus, Curt Onalfo made one of the gutsiest substitutions in MLS history ... will it pay off for the LA Galaxy boss?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

If you were watching the games – feel free to fill in the rest on your own – last weekend, you know all about Will Bruin's meme-worthy, two-thumbs up moment. With an MLS Cup rematch on the cards, the guys dial up the Dancing Bear to chat about his new digs in Seattle, the best lock-room characters he's been around and the strikers in MLS he admires.

The guys dig into big games in Minnesota and Atlanta, then take a look at the current standings to determine which teams are favorites, contenders and pretenders before turning to the Hot-Take Hotline. Listeners are split. Some love it, some hate it and some are using it as a way to get through months in the wilderness on the Appalachian Trail. No, really.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

Is the ETR curse real? You'll get no confirmation from us, but Michael Parkhurst did score an own goal in Atlanta's 3-1 loss on Sunday after appearing on the show, so make of that what you will. If you're looking for a unique perspective on the Battle of the Uniteds, FS1's Katie Withamcalls in to explain what it's like to watch the game from the sideline, how the atmosphere in Atlanta has improved in a matter of weeks and why Ben Olsen can identify with Lucho Acosta.

 

The guys also put a bow on the weekend, starting with Dax McCarty's return to New York, Seattle's epic comeback from 3-0 down against New England, Jozy Altidore's big game against the Dynamo, Sporting KC's claim to the "Best Team in MLS" title and Orlando's impregnable fortress. Plus, what's the best attacking tandem in MLS? And which under-the-radar signing this offseason gets the guys stamp of approval?

 

Last, but not least, the Hot-Take Hotline brings the heat. That's a good think since Ben Baer, otherwise known as the King of Takes, joins to make sure listeners aren't coming lukewarm. Stick around for voicemails berating Dave for his Broadway knowledge, missives from the "Garbage Bowl," Rapids Rabbi standing by his boys and more Portland trolling.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:56pm EDT

Are you watching the games or just looking at the stats? David's catchphrase is taking off! The guys are definitely talking about (and watching) the games, starting with Friday night lights in Toronto where the best player in the league – Alberth Elis, duh ;) – is hoping to put on a show against the upstart Dynamo. Yes, that'd be Sebastian Giovinco, who Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst gives the nod as MLS's best. Who else does Parkhurst hating matching up against? What's life like with an expansion team firing on all cylinders on and off the field? Just how cushy is that new training complex? You won't want to miss this all-encompassing interview from ATL.

There are plenty more juicy MLS storylines to talk about, too. The guys start with Dax McCarty's return to Red Bull Arena, celebrate Mauro Diaz's cameo on the training field and Portland's proposed stadium expansion, wonder what's up in Columbus as Gregg Berhalter and Kekuta Manneh go back and forth in the media and finally call the LA Times Kevin Baxter to diagnose what ails the Galaxy.

As always, the Hot-Take Hotline is chock full of gems, starting with a jingle from none other than Alexi Lalas. There are more jingles where that came from, a Joe Bendik-to-USMNT flame job, LA Galaxy gritching and some insight into Dax's return from Bill Carroll in Section 132.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

Forget Race to Seis, the Galaxy are just racing to keep the 2017 season alive after a slow start that has them at the bottom of the Western Conference. With Andrew back from gallivanting around Mexico, the guys dive into the weekend action, starting with a Sounders blowout at StubHub Center that has LA fans worried and Seattle thinking big.

Orlando City have The Wall dreaming big as well after Cyle Larin led the Lions to yet another victory, their first on the road and league-leading fifth of the season, against Jason Kreis' former employers. Plus, the Union's misery continues after blowing a three-goal lead, Toronto FC spoils Bastian Schweinsteiger's party, Portland rule Cascadia thanks to Darlington Nagbe's swag, Kekuta Manneh cryptic tweet raises eyebrows and Atlanta United hand Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake a loss that has Nick Rimando under the microscope.

In the second segment, the guys get jacked about the variety and quality of this season's Golden Boot contenders, then get Kevin Kinkead (Philly Voice) on the line to diagnose the ailing Union, who haven't won in eight months. That's not all, either, as supporters call in from the stands to make the Hot-Take Hotline even more special (or ridiculous).

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:21pm EDT

An all-star episode of ETR heading into a weekend filled with exciting games. Calen Carr joins David and Matt to preview it all as several teams enter high stakes matches. Can Bastian Schweinsteiger & Co. do it on the road in Toronto? Who is the most exciting player on Atlanta? Can FC Dallas break through the impenetrable SKC defense? And of course Calen and Doyle’s favorite topic, the Canadian wonder that is Cyle Larin. All this and more, plus an interview with Mexican national team head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. The former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls manager talks all about the USA-Mexico rivalry, the fight for dual nationals, how his time in MLS shaped him as a manager, and the future of the league.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm EDT

After an exciting weekend of MLS action and with the big announcement that Real Madrid will be the MLS All-Star’s opponent the guys are raring and ready to go. David and Ben are back from Dallas and join up with Matt to break down all the big performances in MLS from David Villa’s GOY at Philly, to Orlando’s dominant home form, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s undefeated MLS streak, and everything in between.

In the second segment Ben Baer sits down field side in Frisco at the Generation adidas Cup with Real Madrid legend Raúl. They talk about MLS and La Liga’s growing partnership, developing young talent and of course the MLS All-Star game presented by Target on August 2 at 9 pm ET (FS1, UniMás in US | TSN TVA Sports in Canada).

In the mailbag the Hot-Take Hotline is ringing off the hook fans call in to try and solve Houston’s glut of young attacking talent, bring the heat with Colorado Rapids takes, call in from Red Bull Arena section 132 and much more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

Dave is down at GA Cup, where the best youth players in the country are battling international competition for bragging rights. He sits down with MLS youth technical director Fred Lipka and ATL UTD academy director Tony Annan to discuss how the US and Canada are trying to produce the next big star from the ground up.

With David at GA Cup, Andrew and Matt tackle MLS Week 7 alone. Are Gyasi Zardes and Giovani dos Santos primed to explode? Are the Union in a tailspin? Should Pirlo ride the bench? Why is Bobby Boswell so important to D.C. United's success? Plus, your MLS LIVE game of the week goes down in Houston, and Timbers troll is gonna troll.

Speaking of trolls, the Hot-Take Hotline is a hit, and you won't want to miss the latest crop of voicemails.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT

It's official! The United States, Canada and Mexico are joining forces to bring the World Cup back to CONCACAF, making their pitch for 2026 official on Monday at a press conference in New York City. The guys walk you through all the details (31:02), then give their takes on what would be an incredible event. Plus, everything you need to know about MLS Week 6 and David Beckham stories with former MLS MVP Mike Magee (47:45)

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

Another year, another CONCACAF Champions League trophy that won't be lifted by an MLS team. Those dreams died on Tuesday and Wednesday as FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps succumbed to Liga MX competition in a trend that American and Canadian clubs just can't seem to break. So what should we take away from this year's CCL disappointment? What does it mean for the future? Where did FC Dallas fall short in Pachuca? Why prevented the 'Caps from slaying a giant in Tigres? Andrew, David and Matt try to answer those questions then turn to more positive news in the region as all signs to a US, Canada and Mexico joint bid for the 2026 World Cup!

After the break, it's all MLS as Week 6 approaches. Are the Galaxy in trouble or is this just a case of early season yips and the injury bug? Can Bastian Schweinsteiger shine in a tough test for the Fire? Should Jim Curtin be on the hot seat in Philly? Why is Sebastian Giovinco still looking for his first goal or assist in 2017? How will Real Salt Lake change under Mike Petke? What level of player are Orlando City getting in Luis Gil, back in MLS on loan for the season? Finally, Fredy Montero calls in from Vancouver to talk CCL, China, Cascadia bad blood and why he hopes 2017 will be his best year yet.

In the mailbag, listeners flood the Hot-Take Hotline with a new jingle, a question about the next generation of USMNT goalkeepers and a dispute about the best MLS team of all-time. Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:12pm EDT

Block out some time because there's more than an hour of soccer talk coming your way after an entertaining MLS weekend saw Bastian Schweinsteiger score on his debut, Minnesota United finally get on the good side of a blowout and Cubo Torres break out the robot (again). As always, give us your takes by calling the Hot-Take Hotline or emailing the show!

 

There's plenty to look forward to this week as well, as the CONCACAF Champions League returns with semifinal second legs that could see two (or zero) MLS teams advance to the final. Goal.com's Jon Arnold joins the guys from a bus on the way to Pachuca, where FC Dallas will attempt to protect their 2-1 series lead against Los Tuzos. Do they have a chance of bucking the odds and knocking off their Omar Gonzalez and the Liga MX powers? Yes, but it won't be easy, Arnold says. On the flipside, the Vancouver Whitecaps have a mountain to climb against Tigres down 2-0 after the first leg. Can Carl Robinson inspire his boys to a famous victory?

 

Bonus segment! Don't say we never gave you anything. Arielle Castillo joins Andrew for an entertaining sitdown with San Jose Earthquakes Homegrowns Nick Lima and Tommy Thompson. Yes, the hype train is real. Yes, Wondo is Lima's favorite player. Yes, you'll want to listen to this one.

 

In the mailbag, the Hot-Time Hotline returns with a 'Caps fan claiming Vancouver got the better of Crew SC in that Kekuta Manneh-Tony Tchani deal, and another listener giving Dave an excuse to play show tunes. Typical.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

The MLS news machine never stops! After listening to the first-ever Hot-Take Hotline submission, the guys dive into Mike Petke's appointment as the fourth head coach in Real Salt Lake history, discuss the long-term implications of Oscar Pareja's contract extension in Dallas and then ponder how exactly the Chicago Fire might qualify for the World Cup. Confused? So was Bastian Schweinsteiger. There's plenty of weekend action to break down as well. You won't want to miss a marquee matchup between Seattle and Atlanta on a rare Friday night MLS doubleheader.

After the break, those pesky transfer rumors around Cyle Larin just won't go away. Doyle gives his take on the young striker's future, then veteran defender Jonathan Spector calls in to give Larin his vote of confidence, explain why moving to MLS now made sense and what it's like to make the move to Manchester United at 17 years of age. Spector is also high on Christian Pulisic (duh) and says he'd love to get his national career going again under Bruce Arena. Speaking of, the US got a 1-1 draw on Tuesday in Panama City, and David takes Andrew to task for expecting more. Doyle also got taken to task ... on Twitter ... by Jermaine Jones ... and shares the full story and the opinion that annoyed the LA Galaxy man.

In the mailbag, there's breaking news as the Whitecaps trade Kekuta Manneh to Columbus for Tony Tchani and an allocation money grab bag. What's going on with Vancouver? How does affect the Crew SC XI ... and could there be another trade in the works? Once that's out of the way, the guys listen to the inaugural crop of Hot-Take Hotline voicemails. You won't want to miss history being made!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

Everyone wants to talk about the US national team's big win, but first Ben 'The Research' Baer steps into the starting lineup to drop some knowledge that's downright painful for Minnesota United fans. It may have been a truncated MLS weekend, but there are still plenty of takes (hot, lukewarm and cold) to be had. Are the Loons really in contention to set records for futility or will this trend reverse? Is Pipa Higuain back to his best or was that a beautiful mirage against the Timbers? Is Tyler Adams the next coming?

 

Breathing easier this week? That might just be because the USMNT shook off months of uncertainty and worry after disposing of Honduras 6-0 at Avaya Stadium. As many tweeted at ExtraTime Radio, a hat-trick for Deuce -- and yes, we were watching the game and not just looking at the stats -- and some special moments from Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore, among others, got Bruce Arena and the boys back on the track. With Clint Dempsey bearing down on Landon Donovan's goal record, the guys wonder if there's a new all-time USMNT best soon to be crowned. Plus, how much can we really take away from such a lopsided result?

The first chance to find out whether the Americans have turned a page comes Tuesday against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez (10 pm ET; beINSPORTS, Follow on the MLS App). David Sakata of Diario Pro joins the guys to explain why Graham Zusi is known as the ghost in Panama, what happened to Los Canaleros in Trinidad and how they'll attempt to grab a huge three points at home against a CONCACAF giant.

In the mailbag, the ETR curse is back (and may be Wiebe's fault), the guys debate Atlanta's effect on MLS, Ben wonders if the Red Bulls will stick with the 4-2-2-2 long term and David claims the Tyler Adams hype train for himself.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:01pm EDT

Are you excited or nervous (or both) for the US national team’s Hex must-win on Friday against Honduras? To help you get through the week, the guys put together a comprehensive preview that includes interviews with Sebastian Lletget and Diario La Prensa’s US correspondent Eduardo Solano.

But first there’s plenty of MLS news to cover, including Bastian Schweinsteiger’s arrival in Chicago, where the Fire hope he’ll help usher in a new era in club history. That’s not all, either, as Jeff Cassar became the first head coach to lose his job in 2017. What will Real Salt Lake do next? That’s still a bit of a mystery, but there are hints.

Once that’s out of the way, Solano calls in to give an insider look at Los Catrachos, offer perspective on the changing profile of MLS in Honduras and make a prediction that might worry USMNT fans. Don’t worry, Lletget’s up next and Da Boy gets on the horn to give the American side of the story ahead of his first World Cup Qualifier and talk LA Galaxy and his position of choice. That’s all well and good, but what Andrew and David are really interested in is the new Power Rangers movie and Becky G’s role in it.

In the mailbag, listeners offer up potential soccer rule changes, the guys try to help get an MLS watch party in Korea off the ground and an RSL fan offers up four-pages of complaints.

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

How does 40 minutes of unfiltered MLS, Olympic and US national team stories with Brian Dunseth sound? We thought so. Enjoy this bonus episode and be sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode.

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Goals, goals, goals. Oh, and a howler of epic proportions. If you averted your eyes this weekend in MLS, you most definitely missed something.

Let the ETR crew catch you up, starting with an almost impossible question: If you could only watch one team the rest of the year, which would it be? Some say Portland (three wins in three games), others might go with Seattle (MLS Cup defense + scary attack), and if you're really brave, you might opt for Houston (La Pantera!) or Minnesota (someone is going to score goals). You'll have to listen to see who the guys went with. Let us know who you'd go with in the comment section below!

Also of note, big days from No. 9s. Josef Martinez had yet another big day for Atlanta United, Cyle Larin keeps scoring at home, Fanendo Adi is a bull in the box and Jozy Altidore closes the door in Vancouver. So who's the best finisher in MLS? Once again, opinions are split. Same when it comes to the US national team, where there are changes galore ahead of a must-win Hexagonal matchup with Honduras.

Plus, tune in for a wildly entertaining interview with Brian Dunseth and a mailbag with hot, lukewarm and cold takes from you, the listeners!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

First things first, have you taken the pledge? Don't Cross the Line may be a slogan, but it's also a way of life, so join the ExtraTime Radio crew in standing against discrimination of any kind. It's the right thing to do.

Kellyn Acosta knows something about the right thing to do, if that thing is banging in Beckham-esque free kicks in CONCACAF Champions League semifinals. Yeah, it was dope. Yeah, FC Dallas knocked off Pachuca. Yeah, they've still got a lot of work to do before we're talking CCL Final. Vancouver's situation isn't so positive, down 2-0 to Tigres, but they're headed back to Canada for the second leg, so who knows? Once that's out of the way, the guys turn their attention to MLS, where some would prefer the takes stay lukewarm until summer.

The US national have a must-win game (serious understatement) coming up against Honduras, and now we know the roster Bruce Arena will choose from to select the 11 players best suited for the job. Matt breaks down a confounding and encouraging group -- yes, that's possible -- then Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty joins the guys to talk about his place on the team, his transition to life in Chicago and the beast that is Tyler Adams.

In the mailbag, a shout out to a listener making his way through Southeast Asia (but still listening to the show), more Acosta talk (not our fault, we're jacked) and a scouting report on the coach linked with the Canadian national team.

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Now that MLS is back, Mondays just got a whole lot better. The guys gather to break down the Round 2 results, starting with a frigid first-ever game in Minnesota that saw the Loons lose 6-1 to a rampant Atlanta United side under a blanked of snow. So what has to change? First things first, the defense, says Doyle, while David likes the look of the Josef Martinez-Miguel Almiron one-two punch up top for ATL.

Meanwhile, Andrew is jumping on the Houston Dynamo bandwagon, San Jose get some love (with a caveat), Luis Robles is the new MLS iron man, the Galaxy lose again in a bizarre match at the StubHub Center and Ben 'The Research' Baer gets his own segment. Itwasn't just about the games this weekend, either. There was some drama, featuring a Twitter back-and-forth between Alejandro Bedoya and Jozy Altidore.

It's not just MLS occupying our attention this week, as the CONCACAF Champions League returns with semifinal matchups for the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas against Liga MX compeition. ESPN FC's Tom Marshall joins the guys to explain why Tigres might just be the best Mexican team of all-time (gulp, 'Caps fans) and give Omar Gonzalez some props for his performances for Pachuca. Is this MLS's year? Maybe, but it's going to be a grind.

In the mailbag, a shout out to two long-time listeners, props for the Cauldron in Kansas City, some sketchy match in the Montreal Impact midfield, more love for the Dynamo and a vocabulary lesson from Helsinki.

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Superman on ExtraTime Radio? That’s something you’ve got to hear.

 Soccer is back – that has a nice ring to it – so Andrew and David sit down with a few MLS players to take the temperature of the league. First up, though, the guys dare to Zlatan, with rumors flying that the Manchester United star could be on his way to the LA Galaxy in the summer. They also look ahead to a weekend filled with big matches, from Sporting hosting FC Dallas, a Toronto-Philadelphia playoff rematch and hype trains making stops coast to coast.

After the break, Minnesota United striker Christian Ramirez, who scored the club’s first MLS goal, calls in after a team breakfast to shoot the breeze for more than half an hour. Ramirez describes his stop-start path through college and then up the pro ranks, how he almost ended up playing in Mexico this season, his superhero friendship with Migeul Ibarra (who was spying the whole time), and how wild (and maybe a little weird) TCF Bank Stadium is going to be on Sunday vs Atlanta (5 pm ET; ESPN2 in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada).

 No mailbag on this day, as the guys leave their cozy studio space to head to New York City FC media day, where they sit down for a chat with Jack Harrison and Rodney Wallace. Wallace gets things started by interviewing Harrison about the season, then they move on to the Costa Rican’s time in Brazil, Frank Lampard and much more.

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MLS is back – no more previews, just the real thing – and the guys jam into one room to break down the Week 1 action. And there was no bigger story than firsts for Minnesota United and Atlanta United, each of which had their party spoiled in very different ways. The Loons absorbed a 5-1 loss in Portland on opening night, but is that really indicative of who'll they'll be in 2017? Meanwhile, Atlanta were Twitter darlings for 75 minutes ... then the Red Bulls reminded them that winning in MLS won't be some easy feat.

Jason Kreis knows a little something about tough expansion seasons, and while he was glad to open Orlando City's sparking new stadium with a win, the Lions boss probably lost sleep over an injury to Kaka that will keep the Brazilian out for six weeks. Can his teammates pick up the slack? It's going to be tough, that's for sure. Any game against FC Dallas is tough, which the LA Galaxy now know from experience after Kellyn Acosta's star continued it's steady rise with a game-winner at StubHub Center.

There's plenty more to chew on from Week 1, too. Should Houston be at the top of your MLS LIVE rankings? Are the Rapids MLS's answer to the binary code? Why aren't you on the Alphonso Davies hype train?

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The whole crew gets together one last time before #MLSisback to make are the normal and crazy predictions they can. Andrew, David, and The Research Baer are joined in studio by Matt to go from Rookie of the Year to MLS Cup predictions and everything in between. Who has the best shot at a treble? The leading USA soccer goal scorer on the year? Who will be the 2017 stepover king and so much more!

 

Don't forget to join the ETR fantasy league use code 12-308. And the guys will be back on Monday to break down the opening week!

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Just hours ahead of the start of the 2017 MLS season, the guys are back to bring you the second half of their season preview. The Western Conference has won 11 of the last 13 MLS Cups, and with powers such as FC Dallas and Seattle Sounders chasing silverware, 12 of 14 seems possible. Can Albert Rusnak pick up where Javier Morales left off at Real Salt Lake? Has Vancouver finally found their striker? And will Giovani dos Santos be able to lead LA past the Bruce Arena era?

The guys then get on the horn with Herculez Gomez to talk about his new career as a broadcaster at ESPN, preview the MLS season, talk all-time great MLS teams, and compare Liga MX to MLS.

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Professional Referee Organization (PRO) general manager Peter Walton and 2016 MLS Referee of the Year Alan Kelly know thousands of armchair officials are inspecting their work closely every weekend. So what do they do to make sure they get the big calls right and let the players decide the result?

More than you probably know.

As the ETR Extravaganza continues, don't miss our referee special as Walton explains what his crews will focus on in 2017 and Kelly explains what it's like to be the man in the middle.

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We are a few days away from the biggest season in MLS history. With more clubs and star players in the league how can you keep tabs with it all? The guys have you covered they talk TV broadcasts with John Strong of Foxsports, MLS Live with Mark McClure, and MLS Fantasy with Ben Baer (join ETR Fantasy league code 12-308).

Check out ETR all week for your season preview a new episode dropping everyday.

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The guys are back all together to rev up for the start of MLS season. With one week left it is time to give every team their due and get ready for 2017. The guys start with Chicago and head all up and down the east ending on the new boys in Atlanta. Who will be the 2017 NYCFC with the biggest turnaround? Has Toronto gotten better? Are Crew heading back to MLS Cup contenders? We hit all these question and so much more.

In the third segment Jesse Marsch stops by to preview CCL, the 2017 season, discuss the NY Red Bulls offseason, and more,

Check out ETR all week with specials and previews leading up to Portland and Minnesota Friday night on Fox Sports 1.

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What’s soccer without supporters? Very little, if you ask us. That’s why, on the eve of the 2017 MLS season, the ExtraTime crew reached out to five folks with skin the game to help preview what’s to come on the field and in the stands.

First up, expansion check-ins with Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United. Bruce McGuire calls in from the Twin Cities to provide some much-needed insight into the culture of the club and its supporters, then Terminus Legion Outreach Coordinator Andrea Bustamante explains what it’s like to start from scratch and what will make Atlanta a unique market in MLS.

After the break, Ruckus president Jerry Updike is jacked about Orlando City’s new stadium and literal wall of support as well as a new opportunity to grow the purple army that’s followed the club from USL to MLS. Mike Coleman knows a thing or two about armies. Coleman leads tifo creation and execution for the Timbers Army, and he shares some tricks of the trade (without giving anything away!) for those who admire or might try to replicate what they see at Providence Park.

Last but certainly not least, MLS original and New York Red Bulls supporter/reporter Mark Fishkin shares the ups and downs that come with being there from the very beginning!

 

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After a long weekend, the guys are back at it sans Matt Doyle, who may never come back from Mexico. Know what’s also back? The CONCACAF Champions League. Do you have CCL Fever? Are there varying degrees of regional soccer anticipation? David’s not sure Andrew’s temperature is high enough as the Red Bulls and Whitecaps clash and FC Dallas take on Arabe Unido this week. What makes the tournament special? Who has an edge? Get caught up before quarterfinal first legs on Wednesday and Thursday.

In other news, Tommy Thompson’s backheel goal gets the hype train back on the tracks, but the guys want to know what other MLS hype trains are primed and ready to leave the station. Alphonso Davies, anyone? Plus, Toronto FC use TAM to sign an attacking midfielder who could get them over the MLS Cup hump, Adrian Heath says Kevin ‘Hot Boy’ Molino could be the league’s best player and David Villa gets slap happy.

In the second segment, Timbers coach Caleb Porter joins the guys for a must-listen interview that dives deep into MLS’s tactical identity. Listen as the Portland boss details his plans for 2017 and explains what makes a successful MLS team. There’s plenty more, too. What’s the best way to teach tactics to pros and youth players alike? What’s holding the league back in CCL? How has TAM affected rosters? What the next phase in his own coaching career?

 In the mailbag, Andrew tells tales from his Minnesota trip, including a shout out to a young listener, a Soccer Tour helper asks for advice on convincing his wife to open their home to a soccer vagabond and a serviceman emails with a touching story about how soccer brought people together on the other side of the globe.

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On Monday, the guys talked Homegrown players and MLS academies. This time around, they’re tackling star power, the big names who garner Designated Player contracts as well as the increasing crew of TAM players raising the level of the league.

Fredy Montero is certainly a star, and Ben ‘The Research’ Baer joins to break down the stats behind the Whitecaps much-needed forward signing. Plus, Red Bulls banter after the club parts ways with Ali Curtis, and intel on NYCFC’s new DP.

Alexi Lalas knows a thing or two about Designated Players. Now coming live and direct to your living room on Fox Sports, Lalas was LA Galaxy GM when they signed none other than David Beckham. How’d that deal go down? How did it change MLS? What is it’s legacy? What’s the state of star power in the league today? You’ll want to hear what Lalas has to say.

In the mailbag, the Union are looking for a Chief Tattoo Officer, Brad Evans is stoking rivalry flames in Cascadia, more MLS bucket lists and an ode to MLS LIVE in which one listener calls Andrew a big fat liar.

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Eight months, 35 games, 20,000 miles. It’s the ultimate soccer road trip, and Steve Bernasconi is just crazy enough to take it on. The 25-year-old will start Feb. 25 in Tampa, Fla., and end Oct. 15 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. But how is he pulling this off? Why is he doing it in the first place? ExtraTime Radio got the intrepid soccer fan on the phone to find out what The Soccer Tour is all about and how you can be a part of it when Bernasconi comes through your city!

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We know it's hard to wait for the 2017 MLS season. That's why we put together a 10-show run to take you throw March 3, including another ExtraTime Extravaganza leading up to Opening Weekend. Might as well just subscribe on iTunes now.

 First up, a show devoted to Homegrowns and the academy system, the conveyor belt of talent that clubs (and the US and Canadian national teams) hope will sustain them long term.

 Matt Doyle gives his thoughts on the 2017 Homegrown class, then Sporting KC academy director Jon Parry joins Andrew and David to explain why producing talent from within is so important. And while the "why" is crucial to the process, it's all about the "how" when it comes to producing future pros, and Parry goes deep to help listeners understand what SKC are doing to seed their first team with local (and recruited) talent.

 FC Dallas and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta is a Homegrown success story, and he calls in from preseason camp in Argentina to tell his own story -- from the U13s to the first team. When and why did he join the academy? How did FC Dallas help him make the jump from grassroots to the pros? What's next for one of the most talented young players in the league? MLSsoccer.com and iTunes listeners get the full story!

 

In the mailbag, the guys decide the fandom of an unborn child and discuss (then cross an entry off of) a rather creative MLS bucket list.

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Super Bowl hangover? Spend an hour with ExtraTime Radio!

 After reminiscing about the most painful MLS losses ever – sorry Falcons and Atlanta United fans – the guys turn their attention to the US national team, which concluded January camp by knocking off Jamaica 1-0 in Chattanooga thanks to some Benny Feilhaber magic and a Jordan Morris finish. The results against the Reggae Boyz and Serbia weren’t incredible, but Doyle says it’s the process and the system that should reassure US fans ahead of a huge Hex game against Honduras in March. What should Bruce Arena’s XI be for that match? Who should get the nod at the No. 10? Will Da Boy be a 2017 revelation? All that, plus the latest MLS news.

Speaking of (potentially huge, massive, gigantic) news, FourFourTwo’s Paul Tenorio reports Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez could come to MLS as soon as this summer. You know what that means. Andrew and Dave get on the phone to grill Tenorio about which teams could be in the running, how much moolah is would take to get a deal done and prognosticate about the Little Pea’s impact on and off the field. It could be THE summer blockbuster in MLS, so you might as well prepare yourself for the possibility now.

In the mailbag, Doyle gives his take on what Chicharito could bring to MLS, listeners chime in with more #MLSDPbusts and Andrew suggests a name for the award, then the guys brainstorm some 2017 MLS bucket list items.

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More Designated Players? Yes, please. After Atlanta United and Portland snagged big-time attackers in Sebastian Blanco and Josef Martinez, the guys sit down to try to pin down what the expansion side's formation might look like (2-3-5 anyone?) and whether the Timbers are in position to spoil their rivals' title defense despite a big injury on the backline. Meanwhile, in Orlando and New York, Jason Kreis and Jesse Marsch put out quotes that raised some eyebrows. Which players are on the outs with the Lions? Why does Marsch feel bad about the way the Dax McCarty trade went down?

After the break, MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott sits down with Andrew and David to discuss the expansion rush that saw 12 cities and ownership groups make their case to be teams 25-28. Why the new process? What comes next? Who'll have the final say? What's going on in Sacramento? Plus, Abbott describes what it's been like to build the league from scratch and what the future looks like.

In the mailbag, the guys try to settle on the worst DP of all time, hear expansion pitches that revolve around tacos, ponder DaMarcus Beasley's future and pass on breaking news from San Jose.

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Last week was an ExtraTime Extravaganza – seriously, go back and listen to all five shows if you haven’t already – but that doesn’t mean the guys don’t have something special planned for you on Monday. The Armchair Analyst is back after a month-long absence, and he’s ready to make up for lost time! First, that scoreless draw in San Diego that saw the national team put weeks of training to the test against Serbia. It wasn’t always pretty, especially in the final third, but Doyle says there were some positives and David wonders whether we should just accept that Darlington Nagbe might be better suited to the No. 8. Plus, who won Round 1 of the US playmaker competition between Sacha Kljestan and Benny Feilhaber?

There aren’t any games just yet, but there’s still plenty to talk about in MLS as team-building for 2017 continues. The big news is out in LA, where reports have the Galaxy landing a DP winger that could change the face of the Western Conference. Andrew catches you up on the comings and goings, then the guys dive into the transactions page to try to decide on the single biggest MLS signing of the offseason. Miguel Almiron? Those Fire DPs? The young target forward FC Dallas just beat big-time competition to sign? How about Alberth Rusnak at Real Salt Lake? On the flip side, what about biggest losses? Does Dax McCarty fall in that category? How about Jermaine Jones or Kevin Molino? Someone else’s gain is someone’s loss…

 In the mailbag, the guys start the Steve Zakuani for Comeback Player of the Year bandwagon and Doyle gives everyone an update on Freddy Adu’s preseason cameo against the Red Bulls.

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It's been a long week, but thanks to the ExtraTime Radio Extravaganza there's still one more show to get you through to the weekend.

A decade ago, Orlando City's Jason Kreis traded his cleats for a clipboard (and an avalanche of responsibilities he wasn't quite ready for). The Lions boss joins Andrew and David for a wide-ranging conversation that covers the stress of coaching, the lessons he's learned with Real Salt Lake, New York City FC and now in Central Florida, and how he nearly quit the profession early on until his wife intervened. Plus, insight into the future of Orlando City, that sparkling new stadium and the squad he hopes will help the club push into the playoffs for the first time.

Enjoy the show? There's plenty more where that came from. This week was an ExtraTime Radio Extravaganza. Five shows, five days, five exclusive one-v-one interviews with MLS coaches.

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Three days after they broke down the Eastern Conference, the guys turn their attention to the West. After the news of the day – Hot Boy Molino to Minnesota?! – of course.

Andrew and Dave dive in to tell you the Western Conference moves you should care about, the holes that need filling, the reasons for optimism and the biggest questions facing the 11 team are fighting for six playoff spots. Have a take? Hot or cold, leave it in the comments section or hit us up on Twitter!

Enjoy the show? There's more where that came from. This week is an ExtraTime RadioExtravaganza. Five shows, five days, five exclusive one-v-one interviews with MLS coaches.

Check out Monday's show, a team-by-team Eastern Conference whiparound as preseason begins, then move on to Tuesday's special with Dominic Kinnear (SJ) on the time he won a title in Mexico and Mauro Biello (MTL) explaining how he managed Didier Drogba. Don't forget there is also a Texas Derby edition with Wilmer Cabrera (HOU) and Oscar Pareja (DAL), and finally Friday's finale with Jason Kreis (ORL), who tells the guys how his wife kept him in the coaching game when he wanted to quit.

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The ExtraTime Radio Extravaganza rolls on with a Texas Derby edition of the show featuring new Houston Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera and FC Dallas boss Oscar Pareja, who are now on opposite sides of the rivalry after decades of friendship.

A legend in Colombia for his time with the national team and as a star in the domestic league, Pareja dishes about his playing days, how Dallas became his home, what the future of the club looks like and what he hopes for his own son, a member of the academy from which FCD plucks future stars.

Don't assume Papi is the only one with a star-studded playing career. Cabrera was Pareja's peer and equal back in the day, and he joins the guys ahead of his first season as head coach of the Dynamo after being promoted from within. So how did he land the job? How did the club land Alberth Elis and the other Central and South American stars set to populate the line? What does Cubo need to do in order jump start his career?

Give it a listen and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

Enjoy the show? There's more where that came from. This week is an ExtraTime Radio Extravaganza. Five shows, five days, five exclusive one-v-one interviews with MLS coaches.

Check out Monday's show, a team-by-team Eastern Conference whiparound as preseason begins, then move on to Tuesday's special with Dominic Kinnear (SJ) on the time he won a title in Mexico and Mauro Biello (MTL) explaining how he managed Didier Drogba. Don't forget there is also a comprehensive Western Conference primer coming on Thursday followed by Friday's finale with Jason Kreis (ORL), who tells the guys how his wife kept him in the coaching game when he wanted to quit.

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Andrew and David sit down with both Dominic Kinnear and Mauro Biello to cover a range of topics. Dom tells the guy about San Jose's new GM, his first years in coaching, and all about his time at Necaxa. 

 

Mauro Biello talks about the TFC playoff series, dealing with star players, coaching in his hometown and more.

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Get ready for a massive week of ExtraTime Radio, maybe the biggest ever, as the extravaganza begins. Five shows, five days, five exclusive one-v-one interviews with MLS coaches.

On Tuesday, hear from Dom Kinnear (San Jose) and Mauro Biello (MTL). Wednesday is an all-Texas special with Wilmer Cabrera (HOU) and Oscar Pareja (DAL). Friday's finale features Jason Kreis (ORL) explaining how his wife kept him in the coaching game.

What's the occasion, you ask? Preseason 2017 has officially begun, of course, as teams gathered on Monday for physicals. The guys get in the swing of things by taking a long, hard look at the Eastern Conference picture. Andrew and Dave dive in to tell you the moves you should care about, the holes that need filling, the reasons for optimism and the biggest questions facing the 11 team are fighting for six playoff spots. 

In the mailbag, big changes are coming to the CONCACAF Champions League. What do they mean for MLS teams? Does it change the task at hand, namely knocking off Mexican opposition? Is it a good thing for the region?

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With Dave and Matt hanging on the West Coast, Andrew and Ben jump in the studio to run over the week's headlines. Front and center are the LA Galaxy, who wasted no time stocking up after trading A.J. DeLaGarza on SuperDraft day. The ink is finally dry on Jermaine Jones' contract, but it's the 23-year-old Portuguese midfielder LA used TAM to sign who really has the guys riled up. In New York, the Red Bulls' front office appears to be in a state of flux, but does that mean the project is dead? Andrew says no way. Meanwhile, with training camp just days away, which teams have the biggest holes to fill.

Ever wonder what MLS was like in 1996? Sporting Kansas City manager and technical director Peter Vermes has first-hand experience. The MLS lifer joined Andrew Wiebe and David Gass for a special ExtraTime Radio segment (WATCH) from Manhattan Beach, Calif., ahead of the MLS SuperDraft. Listen to Vermes tell some throwback stories about life in the early days of the league, then detail the recent offseason moves in Kansas City that he hopes will return the club to the very top of the MLS pyramid.

In the mailbag, the guys give the Jonathan Spector-to-MLS reports a vote of confidence, wonder whether Dom Dwyer can break into the US national team and imagine a world in which all PK shootouts were conducted by the old-school MLS rules.

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With Andrew back on the east coast David Gass and Calen Carr carry a show with huge trade news. The captain of the New York Red Bulls is headed to Chicago the guys break down how the Red Bulls move forward, and the potential for Chicago. They also look at AJ DeLaGarza's move to Houston and winners and losers of the SuperDraft. Plus Calen gives Minnesota fans the inside scoop on their number one pick.

 

In the second segment Andrew and David sit down with LAFC Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations John Thorrington in his hometown. The guys discuss potential LAFC signings, coaching rumors (Bob Bradley?!), stadium details, and so much more.

 

In the mailbag everyone wants to know about expansion to California so David turns to NorCal native Calen to break it down.

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Andrew, Matt, David, and Sam Stejskal preview and break down the first ten picks of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

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The Combine is over. The scouting is done. The player interviews, too. Now, all that's left is for MLS Commissioner Don Garber to take the stage and put Minnesota United on the clock.

Andrew, Matt and David have been there for it all, even the hotel lobby bartering that could see the draft order change before and during Friday's MLS SuperDraft. So have Sigi Schmid and Sam Stejskal. All five take turns giving their expert opinions on the players vying to be picked by 22 MLS teams in the first two rounds. Want Combine winners and losers? Done. How about the consensus top five prospects? Uh huh.

That's not all, either. Atlanta United movers and shakers Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra stopped by as well to chat with Andrew about Year 1. Are they changing the lay of the land when it comes to Designated Players? How has Tata Martino changed the way they think and operate? How'd Bocanegra get the job in the first place? What's that first game going to be like? It's must-listen stuff.

In the mailbag, Sam gives the lowdown on Jesse Marsch's Austria trip and Brad Guzan's likely summer arrival, and a listener digs up the all-name team for soccer clubs around the world.

Not satisfied with ETR's full SuperDraft preview? Listen to specials featuring Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath and a special Mock Draft edition before the action starts at 3 pm ET, all streamed live on MLSsoccer.com.

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With 24 hours left until Minnesota United FC are on the SuperDraft clock, Adrian Heath joins the guys for a wide-ranging interview that’s a must-listen ahead of the big day.

 

Which prospects are standing out in the Combine? How close was Heath to returning to England after his time in Orlando ended? What was it like to coach his son in the pros? What’s his new life like in Minnesota? Has he slept at all – not really – as the Loons race to put their first-ever MLS roster together?

 

As usual, Heath is refreshingly honest, especially when it comes to what makes a good MLS player, how he wants his Minnesota team to play and what fans should expect come March 3 in Portland.

 

Check back for a full SuperDraft preview later on Thursday, including a sitdown with Atlanta United’s Carlos Bocanegra and Darren Eales, plus more interviews from the Combine!

 

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You can't beat the MLS silly season -- unless you're anti-fun, of course. As the MLS SuperDraft rapidly approaches, the guys gather in Manhattan Beach to break down the end of the Fabian Castillo era, a puzzling TAM signing by the Union, Designated Player rumors in LA, Sporting KC's drive to get younger and more athletic on the wings and some roster shuffling in Portland. That's just the beginning, too. The Rapids are reportedly searching for a winger in Norway, Orlando's central midfield could get even more crowded, Minnesota keep building and the Fire are linked to a perfect partner for Juninho. Oh, and what's this about Frank Lampard to LA or Orlando?

 In case you couldn’t tell, the guys are living the Cali lifestyle thanks to the 2017 MLS Player Combine -- be sure to tune into the streams on Tuesday and Thursday at MLSsoccer.com -- and Day 1 is already in the books. Who were the winners? Who has work to do? Sam Stejskal tags in to help analyze the 2017 draft class and pass on some knowledge gleaned from coaches and front-office folks. Is the top three set? And who could move up or down? Your insider insight into the Combine and SuperDraft is right here.

 In the mailbag, Andrew's get a pronunciation lesson, Doyle breaks down Harold Cummings' starting prospects for the Quakes and the guys ponder USMNT January camp snubs.

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Guess who’s back? After a few weeks to recharge their batteries over the holidays, Andrew and David sit down in the aquarium to try to wrap their heads around everything that’s happened in MLS as clubs prepare for the MLS Combine and SuperDraft. Hint: It’s an awful lot.

 

First up, Minnesota United FC got Batman (Miguel Ibarra) and Superman (Christian Ramirez) back together as the attack begins to take shape. San Jose, meanwhile, finally has a general manager, but you probably won’t recognize his name. Yeah, but what about Designated Players, you say? Sporting KC and Crew SC snagged one apiece and it looks like Real Salt Lake are on the brink of signing a European No. 10 as well. And that’s just the beginning, because Houston appears to be killing it, Fabian Castillo’s fate is in the balance, the Fire are making moves, Seattle are reloading and plenty more is floating around as the transfer window opens.

 

In the second segment, it’s all Combine, SuperDraft and Bruce Arena’s first-ever (well, this time, anyway) US national team camp. David gives his take on the crop of Generation adidas and college senior signings, and points out the possible difference makers who’ll hope to impress teams in Los Angeles. Then the guys break down the 32-player squad called in by Arena in the lead up to the first national team games of 2017. Snubs? Not many, but that’s because there are some many interesting names among the all-MLS group.

 

Mailbag provides a platform to congratulate Mike Magee for a brilliant career, dissect Bob Bradley’s brief EPL tenure and identify the quietest team in the player market so far this offseason.

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The final episode of 2016 is on deck as the gang will return to the studio next week to kick off 2016. First Andrew and David discuss new years resolutions. And then they talk to the pros.

Juan Agudelo talks about being a young upcoming American attacking player. The pressure that comes from the media, the decision he has made, and his future with the national team. He also sings the theme to his favorite Disney Channel show and projects the future of the USWNT midfield.

Last but not least the Andre Blake stops by after robbing some more of Juan's goals. Andre discusses how he ended up between the posts, his path out of Jamaica, his favorite "Andre Blake Says No" save, and his barber Keegan Rosenberry.

 

 

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The guys are away but no fear there is plenty of MLS content to consume. Andrew and David hold court at MLS Cup with a few stars of the league to talk big picutre, their 2016 experiences, music choice, what its like to celebrate winning a title and so much more.

 

First Andrew sit down with Philadelphia Union duo CJ Sapong and Keegan Rosenberry. They talk all about working under Jim Curtin, the culture Earnie Stewart is building, working through your rookie season and more.

 

In the next segment Andrew and David are joined by Sacha Kljestan he discusses his love of Queen, battle for playing time as an American in Europe, changes in the USMNT, and all things Red Bulls.

 

Look out for the second holiday special with Juan Agudelo and Andre Blake on December 29th and Sirius XM FC Ch 85.

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This is it for 2016! Well, not quite – ETR will keep your holidays humming with two more episodes on Dec. 22 and 29 – but it’s the last time the guys sit down to talk soccer in the flesh before heading their separate ways. First up, Andrew, David and Calen reflect on 2016 then get down to the business at hand: drafts, signings, rumors and player movement in general. Who’s up for grabs in Re-Entry Stage 2? Why is Dave so giddy about Honduran international Alberth Elis? What’s up with Oscar Romero to Atlanta? Could Batman make a return to Minnesota? Is FC Dallas killing it or are they killing it?

In the second segment, the guys look ahead to 2017, starting with the CONCACAF Champions League, which is clear as mud. Then they tackle the US national team under Bruce Arena. What’s January camp going to look like? What’s the overall theme of the program? Who’ll get a shot that needs one and who’ll be the player who makes fans scratch their heads? MLS predictions? Oh, we’ve got those, too, even if it is guesswork at this point. 

The mailbag – errrr, post – gets started with some Bob Bradley discussion, then quickly shifts to an MLS Cup solution and an ode to Seattle. Finally, who’s odds-on favorites to win 2017 MLS Cup?

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Don’t blink or you’ll miss something. No, really, you almost certainly missed something this week. Maybe it was the MLS Expansion Draft, in which Atlanta United and Minnesota United grabbed five players each then turned around and started flipping them for players, GAM, TAM and draft picks. Maybe it was the rumor mill, which saw the 2017 expansion sides making noise domestically but also internationally. Andrew and David take a look at the moves, the rumors and the players already in to take a stab at what each team’s first-ever MLS season might look like.
 
They weren’t the only team grabbing headlines, though, as the LA Galaxy named a new head coach from within then traded for the rights to Jermaine Jones. First, what does Curt Onalfo’s appointment mean for the Galaxy philosophically? Are they going to play the kids? Second, what should they do with their two open Designated Player spots? Could Jones be one of them? Then the guys run through the rest of the rumors — too many to count — and give the list of available MLS free agents a look to see where the league could find veteran value in 2017.
 
In the mailbag, a parade in Seattle, then some big news on the expansions front. MLS announced the parameters for teams 25-28 on Thursday. What were those parameters? What do they mean?
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The guys are back from MLS Cup, where the Seattle Sounders became the league's 21st champion in their eighth season. The Rave Green have been waiting for this moment, one that didn’t look likely in 2016, and celebrated as such despite failing to register a shot on goal. Toronto FC, meanwhile, know it’s a missed opportunity, one that might have gone differently had Stefan Frei not reached back to paw out Jozy Altidore’s extra-time header. Calen Carr joins Andrew and David as they reflect on a beautiful MLS weekend in Ontario. 
 
There’s no rest for the weary in MLS, with a sneaky little trade window leading into Tuesday’sExpansion Draft. The guys run the rule over the moves, led by some Atlanta United FC wheeling and dealing, then examine the unprotected lists that ATL and Minnesota United will sift through as they continue to build their rosters. There are some intriguing names, but what’s the right strategy?
 
In the mailbag, Ben 'The Research’ Baer eats Sounders crow for that prediction, and the guys answer some pressing questions.
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MLS Cup is just days away, and the guys are on the ground in Toronto to soak in the championship atmosphere. To help set the stage, former Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid brings his inside knowledge to the table for a championship preview you won’t want to miss. First up, which club and which city has more on the line with a first-ever MLS Cup at stake? What’s MLS Cup week like for coaches, players and fans? What did Greg Vanney and Brian Schmetzer do to get their squad rolling?

In the second segment, the guys dive into a tactical breakdown that’ll get you up to speed on what’ll go down between the lines at BMO Field. How should the Sounders deploy Nicolas Lodeiro? How can Toronto FC get the best from Sebastian Giovinco, who didn’t look like himself against Montreal? Who will come out on top between Jozy Altidore, Chad Marshall and Roman Torres in what promises to be a battle of the titans? What does Michael Bradley need to do to keep the Reds rolling? 

Predictions come first up in the mailbag, with the crew split as Schmid goes with his heart. Then there’s the requisite Landon Donovan MVP discussion and a call for more young American playmakers as the guys wrap it up and prepare for Saturday.

 
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The guys save the tactical talk for Thursday in Toronto, where Sigi Schmid will bring his expertise to the table. Instead, it’s time to learn about how Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders were built with the men who did the building. First up is Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko, who explains why the salary cap is even trickier than you think and how he went about putting the pieces together after getting the job in late 2013. What happened with Jermain Defoe? How’d the Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore deals get over the line? How would an MLS Cup victory change the club and the city?
 
After the break, Sounder GM Garth Lagerwey calls in after a trip to South America to dish on Seattle's roller-coaster 2016 season. Next up? Another flight, this one to Europe, then an MLS Cup appearance that nobody thought possible in July. How shocking was it when Obafemi Martins took off in February? How crucial was Jordan Morris’ decision to eschew Germany for his hometown club? Did Luis Suarez help seal the Nico Lodeiro deal? Did analytics play a role in the Sounders (and Toronto FC’s run)?
 
In the mailbag, the Best XI drops and Matt gives his own team of the year, ATL UTD makes a splash in the transfer market and drafts of all different varieties are on the horizon. 
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We've been at this for 11 months, through preseason, opening day, the dog days of summer, the playoff push and more than a month of postseason action. After all that, the 2016 Major League Soccer season comes down to two teams without a championship to their name: Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders. MLS Cup at BMO Field will be lit, as the kids say, but will it be as incredible as the Eastern Conference Championship? The guys aren't so sure after TFC and the Montreal Impact played out a playoff series for the ages, culminating in a wild, back-and-forth, heart-attack inducing second leg that had the guys gasping for air. How'd the Reds come back after another early blow from their norther rivals? Why didn't the Impact mark (like, at all) on set pieces? Is Sebastian Giovinco alright or is there an injury issue to watch the rest of the way? Who has the edge on Dec. 10 when the Sounders travel to Ontario hoping to spoil the party?

In the second segment, buckle in for half an hour of new US national team head coach Bruce Arena, who joined Andrew and David for an exclusive interview that you can also watch above. Arena explains how the transition from Jurgen Klinsmann went down from his perspective, lays out the immediate future of the program, evaluates the player pool and task at hand and even manages to reveal a few new nuggets along the way, like which European team offered him a job in the wake of the 2006 World Cup.

In the mailbag, Matt gives his take on MLS Coach of the Year, won by FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja, and listeners give their take on the playoffs so far and the MLS Cup matchup to come.

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Finally! After eight years of trying, the Seattle Sounders are in MLS Cup after long last. Wait, finally? Long last? David is happy for the Cascadians, but he’s not sure why they’re being made out to be the Chicago Cubs of MLS. Jordan Morris may have some common ground with Michael Jordan, however, after his Flu Game performance helped take the club he grew up supporting to the brink of a title. Morris calls in to give an update on his stomach bug, describe the celebrations in the locker room and at the airport and look ahead to the biggest game of his life on Dec. 10. Plus, are the Rapids set up to compete for years to come or was this a flash in the pan?

Who will the Sounders play in MLS Cup? We know it will be a Canadian team, with Toronto hosting Montreal on Wednesday (7 pm ET; FS1 in the US, TSN/RDS in Canada) facing a 3-2 aggregate deficit. Should Greg Vanney start Will Johnson and Tosaint Ricketts? Is Didier Drogba on the brink of a Flu Game himself? The guys dive in full steam, then hit up TFC defender Justin Morrow for the lowdown on the paint fiasco in Montreal, the genius of Giovinco and the opportunity to host MLS Cup at BMO Field.

In the mailbag, big news in Los Angeles as the Galaxy name a new general manager and give some hints about their future head coach. Plus, US national team, Designated Player and Cascadia chatter.

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Soccer doesn’t take a break for the holidays, and neither do Andrew and Dave in the wake of the first leg of the Conference Championships. With Matt off eating brisket in Texas somewhere, the guys celebrate Thanksgiving in the broom closet by breaking down the return of the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night.

 First up, the measurement snafu at Olympic Stadium that delayed the game for half an hour, but has David making Copa Libertadores comparisons. Let’s just say it was memorable. The delay didn’t effect the Impact, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead that had Toronto FC fans thinking déjà vu following last season’s playoff disappointment. Only it wasn’t to be, as the Reds stormed back to grab two away goals. In the late game, it was a similar tale. Colorado scored first, but Seattle quickly found their feet and ended up with a 2-1 win at home that sets up a tantalizing second leg on Sunday afternoon.

Sounders right back Tyrone Mears could make the difference in that game, and he calls in to chat with the guys about the playoff atmosphere in Seattle, the team’s up-and-down 2016 campaign, Nicolas Lodeiro’s class, Jordan Morris’ future, Roman Torres’ dance moves and an international career that took some strange turns. Then Dave and Andrew offer their takes on Bruce Arena’s new/old post with the US national team and Celtic’s rumored interest in Darlington Nagbe.

In the mailbag, it’s time to give thanks. For the soccer community, for MLS, for everything that makes the beautiful game unique in the United States and Canada.

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In the wake of Jurgen Klinsmann's dismissal as US national team head coach and technical director, Andrew Wiebe, Matt Doyle and Ben Baer react to the news and look ahead. Could Bruce Arena be the next head coach? Who will benefit from the change atop the USMNT?

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In the first segment the guys break down both conference finals first legs. In front of two packed stadiums who will be the X-factors that will swing the series. Kurt Larson calls in from Olympic stadium in Montreal to discuss Giovinco vs Piatti, and the home field advantages Montreal will try to use.

In the second segments the guys sit down just minutes after US Soccer announces they will be moving on from Jurgen Klinsmann as Head Coach and Technical Director. Also check out a separate special episode of ETR reacting to the US news in your podcast feed and on mlssoccer.com

In the mailbag how would Bruce Arena's appointment to the US job affect the LA Galaxy, and when will a Technical Director be hired.

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Welp, that was a bad week for the US national team. After a 4-0 loss to Costa Rica in San Jose, it's crisis time in the Hexagonal for one of the favorites. Jurgen Klinsmann is understandably under pressure, and the guys ponder what went wrong (again) and what it means for the future of the program. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle joins to give his two cents on the German's job security as well as rumors that LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena could be waiting in the wings.

The offseason hot stove is starting to heat up in MLS. First up, rumors (Carlos Tevez? Please tell us it is true) and a first-ever home jersey in Atlanta, then FiftyFiveOne's Wes Burdine calls in from Minnesota to provide perspective on reports that Adrian Heath will be the club's first MLS head coach as well as provide news (or lack thereof) on the player front. Also, Benny Feilhaber's new deal in Kansas City, D.C. splash cash on Luciano Acosta, a former MVP's son signs for FC Dallas and award season rolls on.

In the mailbag, a debate about Designated Players that revolves around Tim Howard's injury, #Bielsa4USMNT, questions about the MLS Cup Playoffs schedule and Soccer Thanksgiving requests.

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After 12 hours on the road and some fitful sleep, Andrew and David are back in the broom closet to break down the death of Dos a Cero with Matt. Though the atmosphere was spectacular and the fans respectful and passionate, the tactics from Jurgen Klinsmann left something to be desired.

First the what, how and why behind the 3-4-3 that saw the Americans go down early, then the changes that helped the hosts fight back valiantly before the villain of all CONCACAF villain (Rafa, baby) got the goal the gave El Tri three valuable points in Columbus. Of course, there’s no rest for the weary. A trip to Costa Rica, where the US have never won, is next and the guys are split on how they think the result will pan out.

If you thought things would be quiet in MLS during the international break, think again. There’s big news from Frank Lampard, some hints but no confirmation from Steven Gerrard and an untimely injury for Tim Howard that will change the trajectory of the USMNT and Rapids’ MLS Cup bid. In the mailbag, a big congrats to FC Dallas’ Matt Hedges for his Defender of the Year nod.

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The guys abandon the broom closet for the open road, road tripping to Columbus for United States-Mexico (7:45 pm ET; FS1, Univision) in the opening round of the Hexagonal. Will there be another Dos a Cero to add the legend or will El Tri shed the burden of history with a huge result at MAPFRE Stadium? Jurgen Klinsmann has some big decisions to make. Should Jermaine Jones start? Who partners John Anthony Brooks? Will Christian Pulisic explode into the mainstream with a big performance? The guys are buzzing ahead of the game. Don’t forget to say what’s up if you see us in the parking lot or at the stadium!

In the second segment, the guys get things started with a Rookie of the Year discussion. Jordan Morris won the award and deserves huge plaudits, but so do the other ROY finalists. There’s also big news out of Real Salt Lake, where Jeff Cassar found out he’ll stick around for at least one more year. Not so, in all likelihood, for Javier Morales, as it appears an era has ended in Utah.

 The mailbag begins with a Terrence Boyd proposal, then a long-time listener has beef with the way the LA Galaxy eulogy affected his daughter. Apologies!

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Who else is dragging this morning? That’s what happens when you mainline the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs for 10 hours on a Sunday night. Whether you devoted your weekend to the Conference Semifinals or not, the guys are here to catch you up. First up, why can’t the Red Bulls seem to get over the hump? And what about the Impact, even with all the drama, makes them such a dangerous playoff team? Then, a jaunt over to Yankee Stadium, where Toronto FC embarrassed New York City FC, and looks out West as the Galaxy’s race to seis ended at the hands of the Rapids and the Sounders lost in Dallas but moved on to the Conference Championships all the same.

In the second segment, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman calls in from his secret lair outside of Boston to help the guys make sense of the playoffs so far and what the future holds for the teams who stumbled before the finishing line. Of course, there’s US national team talk as well ahead of a huge Hexagonal match in Columbus. Twellman thinks the pressure is on Mexico and that a US win is in the cards, but Andrew isn’t so sure.

There’s nothing quite like organ music. You’ll get plenty of it in the mailbag as the guys eulogize the seasons of both sides of New York, FC Dallas and LA. Finally, CCL qualification for a surprise club (should the results go their way) and decision time on some Designated Players.

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We’re 90 minutes (OK, maybe 120) away from MLS Cup dreams being harbored by just four teams. The Conference Semifinal second legs are days away, and folks are starting to get a little nervy. Can the Red Bulls find their attack via Sacha Kljestan and take care of upstart Montreal? Doyle and Gass clash when to comes to the weapons at Jesse Marsch’s disposal. Speaking of clashes, David Villa escaped punishment from his run-in with Armando Cooper. The Toronto Sun’s Kurt Larson calls in to explain how the TFC squad are prepping for the big game and to take the fan temperature up North.
 
In the second segment, the guys head West to discuss what moves the Rapids can make to turn around their 1-0 deficit. Is Jermaine Jones the key? Should Kevin Doyle start? Then, in Dallas with Seattle already up 3-0, it’s time to ponder how Coach Of the Year candidate Oscar Pareja can inspire his team emotionally and tactically.
 
Armando Cooper gets his name put in for a CONCACAF Camp counselor position, but who stands alone on top of the playoff heap? Finally, the guys argue and agree about the awards snubs suffered by Giovinco and David Bingham, among others.
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Leslie Jones was the breakout star of Sunday night’s 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs action, as the SNL star-turned-MLS fan was treated to four sterling home performances by the lower seeds as the Conference Semifinals got things rolling back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Andrew, David and Matt jump in the studio to give you the highs and lows, starting with the Western Conference, where FC Dallas played it safe and paid for it. Seattle Times reporter Matt Pentz joins the guys to dish on the roller coaster ride that is the Sounders, Brian Schmetzer’s future and the club’s MLS Cup ambitions. Then it’s out to LA, where Colorado ought to be feel fine about a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy.

 

The Eastern Conference was just as tight, with Toronto FC held in check in the late going by New York City FC. Those two goals hurt, though, and now Patrick Vieira and the boys from the Bronx have an uphill battle to climb that could have been avoided had they stuck to their guns from the regular season. Meanwhile, the Impact know who they are, and they aren’t ashamed to bunker and counter, a strategy that gave Montreal a 1-0 lead over the Red Bulls heading back to New York. Former Impact player and RDS commentator Patrick Leduc calls in the dish on the pragmatic Mauro Biello, Drogba-gate and Matteo Mancosu’s emergence.

 

In the mailbag, a New York metro area conundrum, a new MLS Cup champion, payroll vs. home-field advantage and more Ben ‘The Research’ Baer gloating by Sounders fans.

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Andrew, David and Matt are beat after two straight nights of Knockout Round action, but they drag themselves into the broom closet anyway for a special Friday morning summing up the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs so far and looking ahead to Sunday’s conference semifinals. First up, what happened to much-fancied D.C. United, who laid an egg against the bunker-and-break Impact at RFK? Do Sporting KC have reason to be peeved at the referees after their late lost to the Sounders? Are LA the favorites in the West? Did Toronto FC’s win say more about them or Philly?

 There’s no rest for the weary, as barely more than 48 hours are left until Montreal and the Red Bulls get a Sunday quadruple-header started from Stade Saputo in what promises to be a fascinating tactical battle between Jesse Marsch and Mauro Biello, one that could include a Didier Drogba trump card. Same goes for Galaxy-Rapids, a clash of clubs with very different histories but MLS Cup aspirations all the same. Toronto and NYCFC, meanwhile, promises to be the most fun matchup, and Seattle and Dallas will rehash a playoff rivalry that seems to pop up every year.

 In the mailbag, the Houston Dynamo’s coaching search appears to be over, with Wilmer Cabrera getting the nod over Wade Barrett. What’s that mean for the club? The guys wade in.

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Bring on the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs! Decision Day was over in a flash, and the Armchair Analyst is in studio for one last show to help digest it all and look ahead to midweek Knockout Round action.
 
How did FC Dallas get over the finish line on the way to the Supporters’ Shield and double? What happened to Portland as the Timbers flamed out in Vancouver?  Is Seattle the favorite in the West? How crazy do you have to be to bet against Bruce and Landon in the playoffs? And that’s not even mentioning the Eastern Conference, where Toronto FC are targeting their first-ever playoff win, both sides of New York earned byes, Drogba drama continues and D.C. United are hitting their stride at just the right time.
 
Finally, it’s time for Knockout Round previews, plus the reasons why every playoff team will lift MLS Cup … or crash out.
 

 

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After months of buildup, we’re almost there. Decision Day looms, and the guys are busy trying to figure out the best way to watch 10 games at once without missing any action. In the Western Conference, three playoff spots are up for grabs, and the biggest game on the docket seems to be Seattle hosting Real Salt Lake with one of the two guaranteed a spot – and perhaps both in the field should other results go their way. Yura Movsisyan calls in to discuss the mounting pressure, his permanent MLS move and the evolution of the league and RSL. Then it’s Supporters’ Shield talk and mourning for Mauro Diaz.

Out East, the field is basically set, but seeding remains in flux. It matters where you finish. Like, a lot, according to Andrew’s research. Will Toronto FC or New York City FC skip the Knockout Round? Can D.C. United get a game at RFK? Will Didier Drogba be extra jacked to prove himself after Joey Saputo put out last weekend’s fire in Montreal? What about Philly? Are they destined for a quick exit, or might Jim Curtin put a charge in his troops?

In the mailbag, Darlington Nagbe’s USMNT future is in flux, a listener wonders what MLS matchup an international-audience would find most intriguing, plus someone floats a Kei Kamara-to-Seattle trade that Matt doesn’t see happening.

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