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With the MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, on hiatus for a week, the guys turn their attention to the international break. That means US national team action, this time in London against Colombia on Friday. The guys chat with one of the roster's youngest stars in Rubio Rubin, who discusses his choice to represent the US over Mexico and Guatemala and even sings a little ditty.

On Thursday, New York City FC unveiled their home jersey, and Sporting Director Claudio Reyna joined the show to talk about the event and building a roster of guys to actually wear the thing. Find out what he had to say about the Frank Lampard situation, a third DP, scouting focuses and the team's future. MLS fans from all markets will want to listen closely to what their newest competitor has planned.

Beard maintenance starts the mailbag, then the guys counsel an MIT professor who's thinking about riding to the game with the enemy and Simon describes the treat that defined his childhood in Malta.

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It's down to four in the MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T. Well, almost. Three are locked in and, as of taping on Monday, Seattle and Dallas were set to battle it out for the final stop. Because of that, the guys start the show with a fake recap of the match, and wouldn't you know it Simon goes against the grain.

After that little excercise, the guys turn their focus to the LA Galaxy's beatdown of Real Salt Lake. Tony Beltran says Landon Donovan "battered" him in recording just the third hat-trick in playoff history. New England battered Columbus on the scoresheet, too, although one of the ETR crew says they pretty much played perfectly.

Meanwhile, in DC, Red Bulls fans didn't exist because nobody saw them on TV. They're still alive, though. Stick around for USMNT and more Lee Nguyen talk as well as Dispersal Draft chatter in the second segment.

In the mailbag, donuts are debated and the guys assure everyone out there that it's nothing but love in the studio.

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Four games to decide which four teams will see their MLS Cup dreams live on as the MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, ramp up. The guys start by breaking down #DCvNY with the help of Bobby Boswell. He says D.C. United were angry at themselves after that 2-0 defeat at Red Bull Arena in the first leg. Now can they reverse it at home with 1,000-plus New York supporters headed south to RFK? And what about Columbus? Do they stand a chance at Gillette Stadium?

Out West, Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy have yet another playoff battle to settle at StubHub Center. Will we see the Robbie Keane who is a favorite to win MVP or the one who was nowhere to be found in Leg 1? And what about Seattle? They've got to get by Dallas to set up a fairytale Western Conference semifinal.

In the mailbag, Simon gives apple-picking advice, and Andrew's No. 1 fan takes one of the guys to task and praises another. It won't be who you think.

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The MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, are in full swing, so let's just get into it. But first the guys turn their attention to the away-goals rule. Good? Bad? Indifferent? All of the above.

Out West, it remains tight, with two draws in the opening conference semifinals. Seattle looks to be in position to advance at home, while neither LA or Real Salt Lake are in the drivers seat. But why was the game in Dallas ugly? Why couldn't RSL beat Jaime Penedo? Why is Simon eating an apple?

The Eastern Conference is a little clearer, with New England snatching four away goals and New York smacking D.C. United at home to send the series back to RFK Stadium. Peguy Luyindula is the man of the hour for the Red Bulls, and he joins to talk life in Brooklyn, arguing with Thierry Henry and his role on a team that's all of a sudden rolling at the right time.

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There's one Knockout Round game left, but the two-legged postseason fun starts this weekend with the conference semifinals. The guys start off with some Los Angeles FC news and some disagreement about the penalty call that sent Dallas through on Wednesday before turning to the Western Conference's bracket. Can LA get a result at Rio Tinto? Will Mauro Diaz start against Seattle?

It's just as tough out East, with Columbus and New England a battle of purveyors of the beautiful game. Lee Nguyen joins the guys to run the rule over his own incredible season, talks Jermaine Jones' fashion sense and admits he's not sure what the future holds when it comes to international soccer. Plus, who would D.C. United rather face between Sporting KC and New York? And is the ETR curse in effect?

Finally, Andrew wonders how MLS fans might feel if their team reached the brink of a title only to fall short, a la the Royals, and Simon lays out the mechanics of curses.

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A Supporters' Shield has been decided. The AT&T MLS Playoffs are set. The Knockout Round looms. ExtraTime Radio has everything you need to know, including news that Chivas USA is ceasing operations with a new team set to begin play in Los Angeles in 2017.

It all starts Wednesday, when Vancouver visit Dallas, and there are some big questions for the 'Caps' Carl Robinson. First, who starts at right back? Second, can the Canadians slow down FC Dallas' set-piece barrage? The guys all agree on a prediction, is that bad news?

The Eastern Conference is a rematch of Sunday night's regular-season finale. The New York Red Bulls are rolling on the back of Bradley Wright-Phillips, who tied the MLS single season scoring record against Kansas City. Sporting KC, meanwhile, are tired. Dog tired. Manager Peter Vermes joins the guys to talk shop, his trip home to New Jersey and offseason movement.

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It's Round 33 and that means there's just 90 minutes left take care of any final business before the playoffs begin in earnest. Some teams have more to tend to than others, and the guys start their wide-ranging discussion with the Supporters' Shield matchup going down in Seattle between the Sounders and Galaxy. Whoever comes out on top of that one will face Portland or Vancouver. Will ETR's prediction from a few weeks ago come true? What about all that crazy seeding out East?

We'll have to wait to see how it all turns out, but first we go to ETR fantasy land to create our own playoff brackets based on pure entertainment value. What would you want to see? And how would you prepare MLS teams and future MLS players for the wiles of CONCACAF Champions League? We take a look at the lay of the land with one final CCL group game to go and propose our own CONCACAF camp to get North America's players ready to succeed in the region.

Finally, Sabrina the Teenage Witch makes one final appearance, and the guys debate Landon Donovan's replacement with the Galaxy.

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The Columbus Crew are the sensation of the 2014 MLS season and their winger Ethan Finlay is arguably the revelation of the year. Coming off a playoff clinching weekend, we get to know the ex-college superstar who's finally earning praise from the likes of Thierry Henry after two tough seasons to start his pro career. Which national team will he represent -- USA or Canada? And what's with his fascination with The Settlers of Catan?

The other big storylines from the weekend involve the battle for the 5th spot in the West -- Vancouver vs. Portland. Were the Timbers just unlucky? Should the Whitecaps have pushed harder in San Jose? And the Showdown for the Shield goes down to the final weekend: Is Saturday's match vs. LA Galaxy truly the biggest game in Seattle Sounders history?

Plus, which artist do you want to send you off into the sunset at your retirement party? Would Toronto FC ever trade Michael Bradley? And is there a scenario where New England's Lee Nguyen can actually win the MVP award?

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Andrew was under a Royals' World Series rock on Wednesday, so the guys walk him through MLS Commissioner Don Garber's response to recent comments by US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann concerning the league. Everyone's got an opinion. Chime in with yours via email.

It's a massive weekend in MLS, and Portland's playoff lives are on the line with Real Salt Lake in town on Friday. Meanwhile, Sunday should be spent in front of the TV if you're an MLS fan. The New York Red Bulls are battling for position, and Mike Petke joins the guys to discuss Thierry Henry's future, BWP for MVP and his Twitter habits.

In the mailbag, we discuss Dominic Kinnear's future and why it worked out for everyone involved, Simon defends Dominic Oduro and we play some MLS-style NBA Jam.

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First things first, the guys revisit Landon Donovan's testimonial match on Friday, a 1-1 draw against Ecuador in which the post robbed the USMNT legend of a Derek Jeter-esque moment. But did he cry? Simon says no, while Andrew and David contend he's got more humble pie in his future. LD aside, who looked good? Did the ETR curse strike Joe Gyau? What will the team look like against Honduras with all the big boys called up?

Meanwhile, in MLS, the playoff races have come down to two spots. In the East, Toronto has all but waved the white flag. In the West, it comes down to Cascadia Cup winner Vancouver and Portland. One has a much easier schedule than the other. The Supporters' Shield still comes down to LA and Seattle with a home-and-home series left to finish the regular season.

The Revs sealed their place, and Charlie Davies has been crucial to their current form. On the five-year anniversary of the car accident that threatened his life and career, Davies joins the guys to reflect and look ahead. Ever positive, he says the USMNT isn't out of the question.

In the mailbag, we wonder who the listeners might want as guests, where MLS Cup would be hosted in a perfect world and mull a time capsule to test our ability to predict the future.

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