ExtraTime, the Official Podcast of Major League Soccer (MLS)

Are you watching the games or just looking at the stats? David's catchphrase is taking off! The guys are definitely talking about (and watching) the games, starting with Friday night lights in Toronto where the best player in the league – Alberth Elis, duh ;) – is hoping to put on a show against the upstart Dynamo. Yes, that'd be Sebastian Giovinco, who Atlanta United captain Michael Parkhurst gives the nod as MLS's best. Who else does Parkhurst hating matching up against? What's life like with an expansion team firing on all cylinders on and off the field? Just how cushy is that new training complex? You won't want to miss this all-encompassing interview from ATL.

There are plenty more juicy MLS storylines to talk about, too. The guys start with Dax McCarty's return to Red Bull Arena, celebrate Mauro Diaz's cameo on the training field and Portland's proposed stadium expansion, wonder what's up in Columbus as Gregg Berhalter and Kekuta Manneh go back and forth in the media and finally call the LA Times Kevin Baxter to diagnose what ails the Galaxy.

As always, the Hot-Take Hotline is chock full of gems, starting with a jingle from none other than Alexi Lalas. There are more jingles where that came from, a Joe Bendik-to-USMNT flame job, LA Galaxy gritching and some insight into Dax's return from Bill Carroll in Section 132.

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Forget Race to Seis, the Galaxy are just racing to keep the 2017 season alive after a slow start that has them at the bottom of the Western Conference. With Andrew back from gallivanting around Mexico, the guys dive into the weekend action, starting with a Sounders blowout at StubHub Center that has LA fans worried and Seattle thinking big.

Orlando City have The Wall dreaming big as well after Cyle Larin led the Lions to yet another victory, their first on the road and league-leading fifth of the season, against Jason Kreis' former employers. Plus, the Union's misery continues after blowing a three-goal lead, Toronto FC spoils Bastian Schweinsteiger's party, Portland rule Cascadia thanks to Darlington Nagbe's swag, Kekuta Manneh cryptic tweet raises eyebrows and Atlanta United hand Mike Petke and Real Salt Lake a loss that has Nick Rimando under the microscope.

In the second segment, the guys get jacked about the variety and quality of this season's Golden Boot contenders, then get Kevin Kinkead (Philly Voice) on the line to diagnose the ailing Union, who haven't won in eight months. That's not all, either, as supporters call in from the stands to make the Hot-Take Hotline even more special (or ridiculous).

Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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An all-star episode of ETR heading into a weekend filled with exciting games. Calen Carr joins David and Matt to preview it all as several teams enter high stakes matches. Can Bastian Schweinsteiger & Co. do it on the road in Toronto? Who is the most exciting player on Atlanta? Can FC Dallas break through the impenetrable SKC defense? And of course Calen and Doyle’s favorite topic, the Canadian wonder that is Cyle Larin. All this and more, plus an interview with Mexican national team head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. The former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls manager talks all about the USA-Mexico rivalry, the fight for dual nationals, how his time in MLS shaped him as a manager, and the future of the league.

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After an exciting weekend of MLS action and with the big announcement that Real Madrid will be the MLS All-Star’s opponent the guys are raring and ready to go. David and Ben are back from Dallas and join up with Matt to break down all the big performances in MLS from David Villa’s GOY at Philly, to Orlando’s dominant home form, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s undefeated MLS streak, and everything in between.

In the second segment Ben Baer sits down field side in Frisco at the Generation adidas Cup with Real Madrid legend Raúl. They talk about MLS and La Liga’s growing partnership, developing young talent and of course the MLS All-Star game presented by Target on August 2 at 9 pm ET (FS1, UniMás in US | TSN TVA Sports in Canada).

In the mailbag the Hot-Take Hotline is ringing off the hook fans call in to try and solve Houston’s glut of young attacking talent, bring the heat with Colorado Rapids takes, call in from Red Bull Arena section 132 and much more.

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Dave is down at GA Cup, where the best youth players in the country are battling international competition for bragging rights. He sits down with MLS youth technical director Fred Lipka and ATL UTD academy director Tony Annan to discuss how the US and Canada are trying to produce the next big star from the ground up.

With David at GA Cup, Andrew and Matt tackle MLS Week 7 alone. Are Gyasi Zardes and Giovani dos Santos primed to explode? Are the Union in a tailspin? Should Pirlo ride the bench? Why is Bobby Boswell so important to D.C. United's success? Plus, your MLS LIVE game of the week goes down in Houston, and Timbers troll is gonna troll.

Speaking of trolls, the Hot-Take Hotline is a hit, and you won't want to miss the latest crop of voicemails.


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It's official! The United States, Canada and Mexico are joining forces to bring the World Cup back to CONCACAF, making their pitch for 2026 official on Monday at a press conference in New York City. The guys walk you through all the details (31:02), then give their takes on what would be an incredible event. Plus, everything you need to know about MLS Week 6 and David Beckham stories with former MLS MVP Mike Magee (47:45)

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Another year, another CONCACAF Champions League trophy that won't be lifted by an MLS team. Those dreams died on Tuesday and Wednesday as FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps succumbed to Liga MX competition in a trend that American and Canadian clubs just can't seem to break. So what should we take away from this year's CCL disappointment? What does it mean for the future? Where did FC Dallas fall short in Pachuca? Why prevented the 'Caps from slaying a giant in Tigres? Andrew, David and Matt try to answer those questions then turn to more positive news in the region as all signs to a US, Canada and Mexico joint bid for the 2026 World Cup!

After the break, it's all MLS as Week 6 approaches. Are the Galaxy in trouble or is this just a case of early season yips and the injury bug? Can Bastian Schweinsteiger shine in a tough test for the Fire? Should Jim Curtin be on the hot seat in Philly? Why is Sebastian Giovinco still looking for his first goal or assist in 2017? How will Real Salt Lake change under Mike Petke? What level of player are Orlando City getting in Luis Gil, back in MLS on loan for the season? Finally, Fredy Montero calls in from Vancouver to talk CCL, China, Cascadia bad blood and why he hopes 2017 will be his best year yet.

In the mailbag, listeners flood the Hot-Take Hotline with a new jingle, a question about the next generation of USMNT goalkeepers and a dispute about the best MLS team of all-time. Want to be a part of the show? Call the Hot-Take Hotline at 401-206-0MLS to leave a voicemail (keep it short and sweet and avoid colorful language) that could appear on ExtraTime Radio!

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Block out some time because there's more than an hour of soccer talk coming your way after an entertaining MLS weekend saw Bastian Schweinsteiger score on his debut, Minnesota United finally get on the good side of a blowout and Cubo Torres break out the robot (again). As always, give us your takes by calling the Hot-Take Hotline or emailing the show!


There's plenty to look forward to this week as well, as the CONCACAF Champions League returns with semifinal second legs that could see two (or zero) MLS teams advance to the final. Goal.com's Jon Arnold joins the guys from a bus on the way to Pachuca, where FC Dallas will attempt to protect their 2-1 series lead against Los Tuzos. Do they have a chance of bucking the odds and knocking off their Omar Gonzalez and the Liga MX powers? Yes, but it won't be easy, Arnold says. On the flipside, the Vancouver Whitecaps have a mountain to climb against Tigres down 2-0 after the first leg. Can Carl Robinson inspire his boys to a famous victory?


Bonus segment! Don't say we never gave you anything. Arielle Castillo joins Andrew for an entertaining sitdown with San Jose Earthquakes Homegrowns Nick Lima and Tommy Thompson. Yes, the hype train is real. Yes, Wondo is Lima's favorite player. Yes, you'll want to listen to this one.


In the mailbag, the Hot-Time Hotline returns with a 'Caps fan claiming Vancouver got the better of Crew SC in that Kekuta Manneh-Tony Tchani deal, and another listener giving Dave an excuse to play show tunes. Typical.


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