A busy week in North American soccer keeps the guys plenty busy, but first they fill you in on the breaking news that has every soccer fan around the world focused on the FIFA Congress in Zurich. Once that’s out of the way, they hit the results from the US Open Cup Third Round and look forward to a few of the most exciting Fourth Round matchups. Plus, a look back on three 1-0 home wins in MLS midweek action.

After the break, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle stops by to talk the MLS season so far: who has surprised him most, who is the best American in the league right now and which coaches stand out. Plus, US U-20 World Cup hopes and predictions with a breakdown of who to watch for and what to expect.

Unfortunately, the mailbag waits for another day as the guys book a second straight surprise guest at the final hour. This time US U-20 and Real Salt Lake midfielder Jordan Allen who calls in from around the world. New Zealand, to be exact. He sums up the team’s expectations – knockout stages or bust – and whether Landon Donovan still has it after the MLS and USMNT legend dropped by camp.

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It’s a special Tuesday show, and that means you’re in for a treat. Chris Wondolowski joins the guys in the first segment, fresh off joining the MLS Century Club. But what would he have done had he hung up his boots like one college coach suggested? When did he figure it out in MLS and why? And which message from his fellow 100-goal scorers made his heart swell with pride?

In the second segment, the guys talk MLS before chatting with a special guest from south of the border. That’d be Jonathan Bornstein, who scored the biggest goal in Queretaro’s history to book a spot in the LigaMX final. Hear the story straight from Jonny B, as he discusses impending fatherhood, dedicating the goal to his own dad and Ronaldinho’s special tribute.

Finally, in the mailbag, David’s employment status is clarified. Should he stay or should he go? Plus, which ETR mailbag regular bumped into Simon at Red Bull Arena?

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The guys spoke to Kyle Beckerman, then the recorder ate the audio. What does that mean for "sound engineer" David? Simon says it's a fireable offense. Let us know what you say in the poll to the right. In the meantime, the guys fill the time by breaking down Wednesday's action and looking ahead to the weekend. Is Columbus-Chicago a rivalry? Is LA rope-a-doping or are they just worse than in years past? Plus, what will Toronto FC do without the injured Jozy Altidore?

In the second segment, Soccer Sunday takes center stage. It's all about Wondo, who is about to hit the MLS Century Club and Andrew says doesn't get enough credit for his efforts. Then the allocation list gets a second look. What if you could choose where Alejandro Bedoya would land? The guys give their preferences for the top USMNT players in Europe.

In the mailbag, fans chime in on the Crew SC-Fire rivalry, Philly's rough start, a new word for MLS rivalries (we swear this is it) and Simon's one-liner.

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The one thing Andrew, Simon, and David can predict about MLS is …. that it’s impossible to predict! The guys do their best to wrap their minds around an unpredictable weekend in which Orlando blew out the defending champion Galaxy, NYCFC rallied from two-goals down with 10 men, the Union ground out a win vs. noted grinders D.C. United, and Chad Barrett (not Oba or Deuce) is the star striker in Seattle. New England’s Juan Agudelo chats with Andrew about the birth of “Swagudelo,” fatherhood, his national team future and the Revs’ development.

In the second segment, LAFC’s major stadium announcement takes center stage. With a new soccer-specific stadium (or is it just soccer stadium?) coming into the league in 2018, the guys dive into the details. Plus, what happens when you celebrate a championship you haven’t actually won?

In the mailbag, the final ruling comes down on “Farby” or “Furbie.” Plus, Simon’s disdain for D.C. United, and a discussion on Brek Shea’s soccer development over the years.

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Wait, Steven Gerrard said what?! Less pressure in MLS? Hit play to see what the guys thought of the soon-to-be Galaxy star's comments as he prepares to say goodbye to the only club he's ever known. Then stick around for a chat with D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen, who has a big event off the field this week, is fielding interest from Europe and has a US national team career to think about. Oh, and what's he think about all this "luck" talk when it comes to D.C. United and their first-place position?

In the second segment, MLS Week 11 takes center stage. Viernes de Futbol is huge this week. Can NYCFC finally rebound? Can the Red Bulls slow down Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz and FC Dallas? Saturday is just as good, with a Cascadia battle pitting Vancouver and Seattle and New England hoping to heap more misery on Toronto FC. The guys also welcome friend of the show Brian Sciaretta on to talk Gedion Zelalem and all the moving and shaking from Americans in Europe.

In the mailbag, the "Farby" debate heads in a new direction, listeners pull the homer card and Simon is confronted by his alter egos: Dr. Simon and Mr. Borg.

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The derby talk rolls on as the guys discuss the historic RBNY vs. NYCFC match that gave Simon goose bumps on Sunday night. They touch on Jason Kreis' controversial subs, what ails NYCFC and the excellence of the Jesse Marsch’s side. In the other “Soccer Sunday” matchup, Toronto FC fell flat once again in a big moment on their home field. Toronto Sun beat writer Kurt Larson checks in from north of the border to narrow down what’s wrong and how to remedy things before the playoffs slip from sight.

In the second segment, there’s a glut of big weekend results to pore over, including Mauro Diaz’s shining performance in Dallas’ victory against LA and Crew SC knocking off last years “Supporters' Shield” winners. The biggest goal of the weekend, though,  may have come via the head of Orlando City’s center back Aurelien Collin. He talks to the guys about what needs to change for Orlando, his new role with the Lions and the differences between fans and ambitions in Orlando and Kansas City.

In the mailbag, the age-old question draws discussion: what is your favorite “Farby” in MLS? You know, a “farby,” a rivalry between two clubs far apart! Also the listeners have advice to get Simon and David to the Olympic games.

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Simon's out, but the guys welcome a very special guest host in former MLS forward Calen Carr<http://www.mlssoccer.com/players/calen-carr> ahead of a massive MLS weekend. The biggest game? Clearly between the Red Bulls and New York City FC. NYCFC defender Jason Hernandez has played for both teams, was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. So what does he think of this whole #NYCSoccerWarz thing?

In the second segment, the focus shifts to the U-20 World Cup. Tab Ramos announced his 20-man roster (one spot is still up for grabs) ahead of the tournament in New Zealand. Who might No. 21 be? What style will the Baby Nats play? Can they win the whole thing? Hear it from their head coach.

A special guest joins the guys in the mailbag as Nepal head coach Jack Stefanowski drops into the studio to tell people how they can help those affected by the earthquake in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas.

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The gang is back together. It’s perfect timing, too, after a loaded weekend of MLS action. The cream has begun to rise in the East, as Andrew is forced to look for a new word to describe D.C. United besides lucky. Plus, what ails NYCFC, does Seattle have the best forward line in MLS, and where does FC Dallas stand now with Mauro Diaz’s return to form?

In the second segment, the focus is on a different type of football. Former FC Dallas goalkeeper and first round MLS SuperDraft pick Josh Lambo checks in as he prepares for training camp with the San Diego Chargers. He tells the story of his transition from soccer to potential NFL kicker, and shatters Dave’s dreams in the process.

A special guest joins the guys in the mailbag as Nick Rosano joins the group to discuss MLS’s rules announcement, the Timbers scoring woes, and just how wrong Simon is about cell phones on planes.

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