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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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