Thu, 26 May 2016
With a laundry list of MLS news to tackle, the guys bring in Calen Carr to augment the New York crew. First up, All-Star voting is open. The guys run through their early ballots and attempt to pinpoint the proper voting protocol. This big news of the day, though, is a mutual parting between the Dynamo and Owen Coyle. Houston vice president and general manager Matt Jordan explains the move – and the now-active coaching search.
Copa’s coming, and the US national team are closing in on their opener against Colombia. On Wednesday, the Nats dispatched Ecuador via Darlington Nagbe’s first career international goal. Andrew and David pitch their dream lineups, no matter how unrealistic. Is the Pulisic/Wood/Nagbe core ready to start now or would you rely on veterans to lead the way?
In the mailbag, one listener thinks he can explain the Rapids’ success then the guys discuss shifting allegiances in the Big Apple and Luciano Acosta’s outburst. Plus, Calen pitches his new book, an in-depth look at his Arsenal career.
Mon, 23 May 2016
The guys pit ESPN against FOX by inviting Alexi Lalas to join in the Heineken Rivalry Week conversation a week after Taylor Twellman set the show alight. First up, the Hudson River Massacre, as one listener put it, that saw the Red Bulls prove #NYisRed for the fourth time in four tries. What can NYCFC do to recover after a loss that will go down in New York Derby lore? Plus, Waston’s tackle after the whistle, another attempt at explaining the Rapids’s success and hot seats in Seattle.
In the second segment, Copa America Centenario is quickly approaching, and the United States 23-man roster is out following a friendly win in Bayamon against Puerto Rico. Lalas is back to break down the group, including Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision between Wondo and Jordan Morris, the ideal center-back pairing and in what scenario the Nats will win it all. His favorite? They wear green, red and white.
The mailbag begins with a quandary: Why doesn’t every team put two men on the posts? Dave is riled up, and so were NYCFC fans when a certain Designated Player came on a substitute on Saturday. Listen to find out who.
Thu, 19 May 2016
The guys head to Twitter headquarters in New York City for Heineken Rivalry Week media day. They to sit down with some of MLS's Big Apple's biggest stars, but first break down all the must-watch action happening elsewhere. First, why rooting for Chris Pontius is basically your responsibility as an MLS fan. Then, Toronto FC's attack without Jozy, a rivalry between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake that doesn't get the due it deserves and waning animosity between San Jose and LA (maybe?).
In the second segment, the real fun begins as Patrick Vieira, Jesse Marsch, Mike Grella, and Mix Diskerud stop by to chat with the guys about rivalry games, babysitters, travel plans, and those pesky media responsibilities.
In the mailbag, a quick look ahead to a Sunday matinee between Puerto Rico and the United States, trash talk from a D.C. United fan and Calen's off-the-cuff MLS Fantasy advice.
Mon, 16 May 2016
With Andrew out of the picture, the guys turn to none other than ESPN's Taylor Twellman to lead the front line. Taylor talks everything from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's impending future to the Colorado Rapids miracle turnaround, trouble in Columbus and reaction to the disappointing Jozy Altidore injury news.
After hanging up on Taylor, David and Matt break down another wild weekend. They start with Sporting KC's shooting practice against Orlando and the fortunes of the two New York clubs as they head into a pair of midweek fixtures before a Heineken Rivalry Week matchup on Saturday. Not to be overlooked is Montreal and Philly's top of the table matchup and the FC Dallas winger not named Fabian Castillo who is lighting it up.
In the mailbag, the guys talk fantasy, lock in some playoff teams in May and which of the seven young USMNT call-ups have the brightest future.
Thu, 12 May 2016
The MLS transfer window closed without a peep, and the guys ... just kidding. There's nothing like a blockbuster to get the conversation started, and Kei Kamara's trade from Columbus to New England after that outburst certainly qualifies. Andrew and Calen check in from Venice Beach, while Matt chimes in from after. Plus, don't miss the midweek breakdown and recommended watching this weekend.
In the second segment, Andrew stops by StubHub Center to chat with Galaxy vice president Pete Vagenas about LA's new high school and integration between the academy, USL team and MLS squad. The mailbag has the requisite Cali flavor, plus some hints for growing a fanbase outside the United States.
Tue, 10 May 2016
With Andrew on the road and David in Mexico, the guys get together late Sunday night to put a bow on the weekend. Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain certainly weren’t exchanging gifts after a contentious draw that saw Columbus Crew SC’s Designated Players fight over a penalty kick (then air grievances in the media). Sporting KC’s Peter Vermes used the media to challenge his team after another loss, Toronto opened the new BMO Field in style, Jordan Morris can’t stop scoring and the Rapids (!!) are first in the West and the Supporters’ Shield standings.
On Friday, LAFC got the go ahead on their sparkling stadium in South Los Angeles. To celebrate, club president and co-owner Tom Penn joined Andrew to give the lowdown on the design and the future of the club on and off the field.
The mailbag begins with a Mother’s Day story then the guys mull Cyle Larin’s future and Frank Lampard’s legacy (so far) with New York City FC.
Thu, 5 May 2016
Before David heads down to Mexico on vacation, the guys get together to preview a truly special weekend of MLS matchups. First, you’ve got to find a way to be in front of the TV for Toronto FC's home debut at the renovated BMO Field in what could be an MLS Cup preview. That’s just one of the buffet of big games on MLS Live on Saturday, including Cascadia Cup action in Vancouver, a playoff rematch in Columbus, a top-of-the-table (!!!) Rocky Mountain Cup clash, and plenty more.
In the second segment, Red Bull's captain Dax McCarty joins the show to talk about city living, New York’s slow start and the pre-training huddle that makes the squad feel like a family. From his favorite NYC brunch spots to his improv skills, you won’t want to miss this one with the always charming McCarty.
The mailbag begins with a letter written on behalf of Calen Carr's permanent ETR status, the guys talk Copa America Centenario rosters, Jurgen Klinsmann's book gets the green light for ETR Book Club treatment, and a LA Galaxy fan in Italy asks for help.
Mon, 2 May 2016
There’s plenty to talk about on this Monday – perhaps too much. First, afairytale story in England starring a CONCACAF captain, then Doylebreaks down Jurgen Klinsmann’s preliminary roster for Copa AmericaCentenario. Once that’s out the way, it’s all about MLS. The guyswax poetic about the Red Bulls demolition of FC Dallas, NickRimando’s heroics (with his face), a beautiful day in Portland forDiego Valeri and Jake Gleeson and a sumptuous chip from Giovani DosSantos.
Get ready for banter in the second segment as theVancouver Whitecaps’ Jordan Harvey and Tim Parker hunker down inthe studio with Andrew and Calen. Harvey’s a new father and Parkeris, well, barely out of college. Their lifestyles are different,but they’re both dedicated to their craft. On a serious note, theguys divulge which MLS teams they like to watch, what’s its like toplay with a former rival like Blas Perez and why cheat days (andcandy runs) are key. Finally, Parker reacts to a bold World Cupprediction from Greg Lalas.
In the mailbag, what are Chicago Fire defender JonathanCampbell’s Rookie of the Year chances? What is Andrew going to dowith all those scarves? What’s the best balance for MLS teams inthe transfer market?