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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?

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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.

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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.

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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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