Mon, 30 March 2015
Two words: Holy Shipp. In Chicago, that's the rallying cry of an entire fanbase after Homegrown hero Harry Shipp stole the show against Philadelphia to break a three-game losing streak. But what makes Shipp so special? Let him tell you the story, from Fire fandom to Notre Dame to the first team. Now, what about a US national team look?
Thu, 26 March 2015
Minnesota dominates the headlines after Wednesday's MLS expansion announcement, and the guys go straight to the source with Minnesota United FC President Nick Rogers and resident Minnesota superfan/soccer writer Bruce McGuire (DuNord). What's the next stadium step? What about that logo and the loon? Who are their prospective rivals? It's all here.
Of course, there is plenty of US national team and MLS action to discuss as well. Simon claims he wishes he was a Dane (or a Danish?) as the guys search for positives after another late collapse from the Yanks. On the MLS front, it is a packed weekend with a series of high-profile matchups on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
In the mailbag, the guys consider Xavi’s potential fit in the NYCFC midfield, and look at two of the best attacking acquisitions of the offseason.
Mon, 23 March 2015
Week 3 is in the books and there is only one perfect team left standing. Simon and David chat with FC Dallas goal scorer Ryan Hollingshead about his league-leading side, the reasons for his year-long hiatus from the sport and his battle to get back into the pro soccer ranks. Plus the guys break down the opening of Avaya stadium in San Jose, the Cameron Porter injury, and more.
Fri, 20 March 2015
Week 3 is here (they come thick and fast, right?) and a new soccer-specific stadium is set to open in San Jose. On Sunday, the Earthquakes will welcome Avaya Stadium to the club with a matchup against the Chicago Fire (7 pm ET, Fox Sports 1). Club president Dave Kaval joins the guys to take construction, perks and the future. Oh, and there are plenty of other games to preview as well.
Of course, Montreal made the biggest news of the week, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the CONCACAF Champions League after a massive home result. Can they finish the job in Costa Rica? Simon isn't so sure. We do know that USL kicks off this weekend, though, and president Jake Edwards joins to preview the biggest season in league history.
Mon, 16 March 2015
Week 2 in MLS had everything: incredible goals, unlikely comebacks, late drama and controversial calls. Down a man, Simon and David attempt to digest all the action. The guys discuss their experiences at the NYCFC opener and the team's ability to capture the imagination of NYC in their first week in town. They also break down the incredible drama that unfolded in Portland and Seattle this weekend, before chatting with PK save hero Chris Seitz of 1st-place FC Dallas.
Thu, 12 March 2015
ExtraTime Radio: Third Rail President Chance Michaels (NYCFC), Kristy Olychick (Vancouver Bird Flipper)
Andrew, Simon, and David preview the weekend with the people that matter most: the fans! Third Rail president Chance Michaels calls in from work to serenade Simon with some NYCFC chants and explain what’s on tap for Sunday. The guys also break down the match vs. New England, and give their takes on Portland and Orlando’s center-forward conundrums.
Not to be outdone by their Eastern Conference brethren, a member of Vancouver Whitecaps supporters group “The Southsiders” stops by to preview their matchup. But it’s not just any member, it’s Kristy Olychick, who flipped the bird in Jozy Altidore’s face last weekend, a gesture felt around MLS. The guys finish up by breaking down the rest of the weekend’s games, then debate who got the toughest Gold Cup group.
In the mailbag, the legal battle begins as an ETR fan/attorney chimes in about Simon’s copyright claim to the “ScoreBorg” (not like it’s every going to happen anyway). Finally, the guys consider what kind of ETR memorabilia might take the marketplace by storm.
Mon, 9 March 2015
There was ecstasy (and some pain) across the US and Canada this weekend. Why? Because MLS is back. So whether you’re feeling up or down about your club's 2015 fate after a jam-packed slate of games, Andrew, Simon, and David are ready to break it all down. The guys start off with the historic expansion derby in front of 62,000 fans in Orlando, and president and part owner Phil Rawlins (interview starts atmark) stops by to discuss his emotions from , and the club's plans for major crowds.
Of course, we have discuss the return of Seattle’s two-headed monster as well as Matt Besler’s best Aurelin Collin impersonation. Plus, questions arise about the career path of budding American star Jose Villarreal, and Simon makes a bold claim about the on-field production of Mix Diskerud’s hair this season. And obviously there's a discussion to be had about Toronto FC following their impressive opening day victory in Vancouver.
Thu, 5 March 2015
The season is here and it’s impossible not to feel the excitement. After an offseason of rumors, drafts and scuttlebutt, it’s game time and Andrew, Simon, and David leave no stone unturned while breaking down EVERY opening weekend matchup. All the top story lines are covered: Kaka vs. Villa, Canada’s East and West Coasts go at it, the LA Galaxy move on without Landon, and so much more. Also, start getting used to the new match schedule because Friday and Sunday nights are locked in for MLS.
In the mailbag, Simon forces the guys to nail down their MLS Cup and MVP picks. There are a few surprises there, and you’re sure to be shocked by what bodily fluid one of our fans thinks Simon is picking for the 2015 Landon Donovan MVP. Go ahead, give us your MLS Cup prediction in the poll!
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