Thu, 30 July 2015
AT&T MLS All-Star week is over, but there's still plenty to break down after a 2-1 win against Tottenham. The big questions revolve around format. East vs. West? US vs. the World? Andrew, David and Calen Carr give their opinions, then dive into the summer silliness in MLS. Didier Drogba to Montreal? Barneta to the Union? Gilberto's MLS return? It's all here.
In the second segment, attention turns to MLS as the season passes the midpoint and playoff races come into focus. Breakdowns for all 20 teams. Who are the real playoff contenders? Are FC Dallas Supporters' Shield favorites? Whose additions will pay off?
In the final segment, the guys revisit the Gold Cup. Do the US national team have forward problems? Copa America Centenario win or 2018 World Cup semifinals? Which would you take as a US fan?
Mon, 27 July 2015
ETR goes coast to coast from a cup final to an all-star game in a jam-packed show. Andrew and Calen Carr sit down in Philadelphia to try and digest what has been a wild Gold Cup 2015 and break down El Tri’s triumph. They also look forward to the high stakes Confederations Cup playoff between USA and Mexico on October 9th in California, and what the future holds for this Jamaica squad.
In the second segment we head out west to Denver, Colorado, the center of the USA soccer world for the next week. Greg sits down with MLS legend and Chipotle MLS Homegrown head coach Landon Donovan to talk coaching. Greg also attempts to stump Landon on some MLS coaching trivia, and get the inside scoop on his pregame speech.
In the final segment Arielle joins Greg to talk about all the AT&T All-Star festivities and of course the match itself. Can Tottenham handle the travel, altitude, and weather to hang with this group of All-Stars? And is a skills competition instead of a full match in the cards for the future? Plus review of the Capital Cites and Aloe Blacc concerts and the “Overall” MVP of the week.
Thu, 23 July 2015
All anyone is talking about is the Gold Cup semifinals and of course ETR has a hot take. Simon, David, and Arielle break down the USA's historic loss to Jamaica and discuss where the USA go from here. But the Americans' loss was quickly overshadowed by the drama of the Panama vs Mexico semifinal. Andrew Wiebe calls in from the road to talk about what he witnessed at the Georgia Dome, and the mood in the USMNT locker room.
In the second segment there is plenty of USOC action to cover, along with big MLS news. Andrea Pirlo is finally in training with NYCFC: Is he the last piece to their puzzle? And is Didier Drogba about to come to the rescue for the Chicago Fire? The guys also chat with LA Galaxy up-and-comer and upcoming Chipotle MLS Homegrown player Bradford Jamieson IV about his battle with Gerard Pique, his Panamanian roots, fashion, and more.
In the mailbag the guys look forward to all the upcoming AT&T All-Star festivities as the big week gets started on Friday. And Simon tries to figure out what to do with himself at a silent disco!
Mon, 20 July 2015
There was a new DP taking the field (LA’s Steven Gerrard) and a new team atop the Shield standings after Week 20 (FC Dallas), but one thing in MLS remains unchanged: Sporting Kansas City is still statistically the best team in MLS and Benny Feilhaber is their best player and a league MVP candidate. The USMNT veteran joins ETR after an eventful weekend: another goal and assist for SKC and a spot on the MLS All-Star gameday roster … for the first time! What’s responsible for Feilhaber’s resurgence? And is a USMNT return around the corner?
Meanwhile, the final four are set in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the USA and Mexico are still alive. But will the regional giants meet their match in the semis? Find out about US semifinal opponents Jamaica through star left back and New York Red Bulls newcomer Kemar Lawrence, who shares his Copa America experience, his path to MLS and the key to beating the USMNT.
In the final segment, David, Arielle, Ben and Simon discuss the new faces of the upcoming EA Sports FIFA ’16, the man who made it rain at FIFA HQ and the definition of the “farby.”
Thu, 16 July 2015
Gold Cup quarterfinals, AT&T All-Star snubs and Mexican superstars fill the show as Andrew returns to the fold. The guys, along with friend of the show Calen Carr, break down all the big MLS stories, including what Gio Dos Santos might mean to the Galaxy and MLS based on his time with Cuauhtémoc Blanco. The guys also react the day’s trade news, including Alvaro Sabario’s RSL exit. Then Pablo Mastroeni joins the show to discuss the Rapids’ newfound winning ways, and his All-Star managerial duties.
In the second segment, the guys tackle the Gold Cup. Calen reports back from his travels to give you the inside scoop on who will go through to the semifinals. Plus, the USMNT made three roster changes. How will it change Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup?
In the mailbag, Simon returns to defend his position on the best MLS match in history as the fans put him on the spot. The debate rages on!
Mon, 13 July 2015
On the weekend that Steven Gerrard made his debut for the LA Galaxy, did we witness perhaps the greatest match in MLS history in Week 19? David, Simon and Ben kick off the show with the thriller in the Bronx between New York City FC and Toronto FC and the epic hat-trick performance by Sebastian Giovinco. TFC next face upstart Philadelphia and Union star forward CJ Sapong joins the gang to provide some insight into the magic moment that he and the team are experiencing.
After putting a bow on the MLS weekend, Arielle joins the show for an in-depth, in-person interview with Conor O'Brien, a native New Yorker who has quietly plied his trade in Europe for the last several years. Learn about his story and the lengths he went to earn a professional contract abroad. As a free agent, and with suitors from multiple countries, he now has a big decision to make on his next move.
In the mailbag, we discuss the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico's stumble against Guatemala and Canada's scoreless drought. Do Benito Floro's men have what it takes to beat Costa Rica in their group finale? Also, USMNT forward Jozy Altidore reveals the reason why he doesn't raise his hand to his heart during the national anthem.
Thu, 9 July 2015
The Gold Cup is in full swing and with Andrew out on the road, David and Arielle step up with Simon to bring you all the coverage. Chris Wondolowski joins us from Boston to hit on all the serious topics: Who controls the locker-room music? What ever happened to the lucky "W"? And what do we know about Haiti? Plus a full breakdown of Canada’s opening match, and is Cyle Larin getting too much heat?
In the second segment, the moment has finally come for Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to begin their MLS adventure. The gang discusses which club will be better off. Plus we provide your Rocky Mountain Cup preview and can Vancouver continue their high-flying form vs. Sporting KC?
In a special mailbag segment, Preki calls in to discuss his managerial future. Is he leaving for a manager job or assistant gig in the UK? Which team is he joining? Find out all that and more.
Mon, 6 July 2015
World champs! There’s only one way to start the show, and that’s with a complete breakdown of the United States’ victory in the Women’s World Cup final. Forget victory, though. This was a 90-minute celebration led by hat-trick hero Carli Lloyd. Simon called it, and so did Chelsea Ladies head coach Emma Hayes, who joins the guys to explain why the USWNT are still at the top of the women’s game.
Now that you’ve finally caught your breath after a hectic month of June, it’s time to dip your toes in CONCACAF waters. The Gold Cup starts Tuesday, and Andrew, Simon and David all agree that the USMNT are the favorites. But what’s their weakness? And how will Dempsey react to his demotion from captain? Fox Sports’ Kyle McCarthy joins to answer those questions and more. It’s time to get CONCACAF’d!
Of course, MLS won’t stop for the Gold Cup, and there’s plenty to talk about on the domestic front. First, David and Andrew introduce Arielle Castillo, then the discussion shifts to some guy named Andrea Pirlo, who is NYCFC’s newest DP. But what about Giovani dos Santos? And why is Andrew eating crow. Tune in to find out.
Thu, 2 July 2015
World Cup fever is raging right now in the US and Japan, and Andrew, Simon, and David are on board. They open up with Emma Hayes’ reaction to the semifinals, and the full breakdown of the final matchup to come. Fortunately, as if there wasn’t enough soccer on the radar, the US Open Cup is rolling along as well. Get the lowdown on the Round of 16 action as well as the quarterfinals.