Mon, 29 April 2019
Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen sit down to analyze every nook and cranny of MLS Week 9. First up, the winners! Omar Browne and the Montreal Impact, who sit tied atop the East. Boniek Garcia and the Houston Dynamo, the quiet powers out West. Oh, and anyone who watched Sporting KC and New England go full-on Concacaf. The Week 9 loser? Gotta be the Rapids, by virtue of Colorado being the final team in the league without a win.
Also in this show … Zlatan talks trash, scores the game winner and tried to go to the Real Salt Lake locker room to apologize. Nedum Onuoha wasn’t having that. The guys put Pity Martinez’s body language and Atlanta performance under the microscope. Minnesota United gets to belt out Wonderwall thanks to another shut out. Seattle and Cristian Roldan have red card beef and a courageous point. Jeremy Ebobisse gets another goal, but should he keep his place in Portland?
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:43pm EDT
Thu, 25 April 2019
Andrew, David, Bobby and Susannah pick out the highs and lows of Week 9’s midweek slate and look ahead to the weekend. Are NYCFC back after Dome Torrent admitted he was under pressure? How did the Impact handle business despite travel issues? Is Matias Almeyda’s man-to-man system finally catching on? Plus, back to expansion reality with FC Cincinnati, Sporting KC’s injury woes, Minnesota’s mixed signals and The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio talking LAFC and those Bob Bradley comments.
Also in this show … Tenorio explains why MLS front offices are encouraged by MLS’s move to participate in training compensation and solidarity payments, listeners dream big with new league and playoff formats and Bobby declares himself an “Asterisk Guy.”
2:51 – Are NYCFC back on the right path? Susannah was at Yankee Stadium
5:25 – Planes, trains and automobiles … Montreal takes three points in New England
8:00 – Bobby helps you understand why the Quakes’ man-to-man is working
12:06 – Back to expansion reality for FC Cincinnati…
18:15 – Will injuries sink Sporting KC’s Shield aspirations? Maybe more?
23:54 – Minnesota have some work to do to win at home & sing Wonderwall
27:20 – INTERVIEW: Paul Tenorio (The Athletic) on LAFC and Bob Bradley
32:08 – Tenorio on how training compensation and solidarity payments change MLS
44:42 – Listener mail on Teams No. 28, 29 and schedule/playoffs after expansion
56:27 – Current MLS players who could become future MLS managers
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT
Mon, 22 April 2019
Dave and Bobby are back, complete with Frisco glow, to break down MLS Week 8 and talk expansion (30 teams!) with Andrew and Doyle. Best team in MLS? No doubt LAFC after Bob Bradley’s team dropped the Sounders 4-1 on Sunday. What makes them special? Can the team (and Carlos Vela) sustain this pace? Plus, Dome Torrent wins after admitting he was on the hot seat, Thierry Henry gets shot down as a replacement for Chris Armas, Frank De Boer puts lipstick on a pig, John Molinaro explains the Jozy-Bill Manning drama and much more!
Plus, takeaways from a historic GA Cup, where Seattle knocked off a who’s who of top international clubs to win the title, and the MLS Board of Governors votes to expand MLS to 30 clubs. What does that mean?
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT
Thu, 18 April 2019
The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal joins the Andrew, Doyle and Susannah to bounce around Major League Soccer ahead of Week 8. First up, a very MLS-y midweek win for the Whitecaps, who might not have the results but are starting to show signs of life. The crew also explains why Friday’s UniMas game is a test for both the Galaxy and Dynamo, then wonders when Alberth Elis might be sold. Are Atlanta United making progress? Hard to tell. Is James Sands the next Homegrown stud? Could be. Is Caleb Porter out for some revenge against Portland? You’d think, right?
The biggest game of the weekend, however, comes on Sunday night, as Seattle visit LAFC. The Sounders’ Cristian Roldan calls in to talk flower planters (seriously), Seattle’s blistering form, his choice to re-sign on a TAM deal, draft-day motivation that lingers, his role with the USMNT and his best Clint Dempsey story.
In the mailbag, in honor of the Thierry Henry-to-Red Bulls rumors, the crew unearth former Designated Players they’d like to see become MLS head coaches, for all manner of reasons, good and bad.
1:08 – Good riddance, Sam Stejskal (just kidding, we love you)
3:30 – How the Whitecaps got a very MLS-y win vs. LAFC
8:34 – Big test for both the Galaxy and the Dynamo on Friday
14:48 – When should the Dynamo sell Alberth Elis?
16:55 – Are Atlanta United back on the right track?
20:09 – James Sands appreciation hour, thanks to NYCFC fans
23:56 – Revenge game for Caleb Porter … DP rumors for the Timbers
26:46 – INTERVIEW: Cristian Roldan on Sounders, USMNT, best Dempsey story
46:24 – Bobby and David check in from the GA Cup
55:44 – Henry to the Red Bulls? Other MLS stars who could make the jump
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT
Mon, 15 April 2019
In this episode, former US national team striker Charlie Davies joins Wiebe and Doyle to take a hard look at MLS Week 7. First up, a goosebumps-inducing experience at Allianz Field as soccer in Minnesota opened the doors to its forever home.
Plus, is Bradley Wright-Phillips’ role evolving with the Red Bulls? What makes Sporting KC teenager Gianluca Busio so special? Is this the Ezequiel Barco ATLUTD paid $15 million for? Que golazo! Who gets more trophies: LAFC or Sounders?
In the second segment, ESPN’s Taylor Twellman joins the guys to bounce around MLS. Topics covered: St. Louis vs. Sacramento for the 28th team, the Twellman family legacy at Allianz Field, NYCFC’s winless campaign so far, CCL failure and solutions, Robert Lewandowski to MLS (!!!) and Jesse Marsch to Salzburg.
In the mailbag, MLS’s Game of Thrones equivalents, Houston Dynamo keep rolling and the top five stadiums in MLS.
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:20pm EDT
Thu, 11 April 2019
In this episode, the crew celebrates Calen’s Hall of Fame status. Which HOF? Don’t you worry about that. There are no worries in Minnesota, either. Not with Allianz Field set to open and future of the professional game in the Twin Cities assured. Andrew explains why Allianz Field means so much to Loons supporters and why it might just be the best soccer stadium in the US. Plus, Kei Kamara’s legacy examined after the Rapids striker moves into 5th on the all-time goal list, the Galaxy land a new center back who you’ll know from Concacaf and the World Cup and the United States’ Gold Cup mandate.
In the second segment, David explains why the GA Cup matters. Long story short, five years from now, today’s prospects will be the real deal and many will be playing at the highest level. Find out who you should be watching, then Real Monarch’s head coach Martin Vasquez calls in to walk you through Real Salt Lake’s development efforts.
In the mailbag, the MLS Iron Throne is up for grabs, so who gets the prime seat? Plus, who is MLS’s Jon Snow? David and Susannah disagree.
4:14 – Allianz Field a dream realized for Twin Cities and Minnesota United
12:53 – Are Houston among MLS’s elite teams? They’re unbeaten…
15:03 – Kei Kamara’s legacy examined after Rapids FWD moves into No. 5 on all-time goal list
22:03 – Galaxy sign Costa Rican Giancarlo Gonzalez to shore up backline
25:25 – Sporting KC and Red Bulls re-evaluate expectations for 2019
29:29 – USMNT goal for the Gold Cup? Win it, period.
34:25 – Future stars of world soccer take the stage at GA Cup
37:57 – INTERVIEW: Martin Vasquez (Real Monarchs) talks academies, USL and youth development
53:39 – MAILBAG: MLS Game of Thrones!
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT
Mon, 8 April 2019
In this episode, Matt and Bobby are reunited on Extratime. You know what that means! We’re going DEEP into MLS Week 6. Is LAFC the new ATLUTD? And could Diego Rossi be the next big player sale? On the DC side, Manchester United are scouting Lucho Acosta! In Vancouver, the fans came out for Zlatan, and ‘Caps midfielder Felipe was not happy about it. Was the Brazilian right to be peeved? Plus, Tommy Thompson and San Jose back up their talk, Nani rescues Orlando and the Crew are ever so quietly at the top of the East.
In the second segment, Minnesota United and US men’s national team midfielder Miguel Ibarra calls in to explain how winning changes a club, what it’s like to be a Twin Cities cult hero, what the Allianz Field effect will be like and where the Wonderwall tradition came from. Also, what happened to Sporting KC in Monterrey and how should Peter Vermes approach the second leg?
In the mailbag, the Red Bulls face a conundrum. To press or not to press? That is the question, and Matt and Bobby disagree about the answer.
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT
Thu, 4 April 2019
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In this episode, D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum joins Andrew, David, Bobby and Susannah to talk baby reveals on national TV, Wayne Rooney’s golf game and impact on D.C. United, Lucho Acosta’s PSG disappointment, Carlos Vela and LAFC and much, much more. The Athletic’s Pablo Maurer stops by as well to explain where Acosta’s contract and transfer prospects stand as time ticks down on his deal. Then the crew previews Week 6, including the bright spots in Vancouver’s rebuild and Bobby’s must-watch soccer nuggets.
In the second segment, Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha joins the crew to talk Soccer For All and racism in sport and society. Get Onuoha’s perspective on the headlines swirling around Moise Kean and Juventus, his own history with racism in life and soccer and his hope for a future without what is a blight on the game and our world.
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT
Mon, 1 April 2019
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In this episode, it’s all about otherworldly performances from No. 10s. First, Alejandro Pozuelo has Andrew guzzling from the poisoned Toronto FC chalice after one of the best debuts in MLS history. But the Reds’ $11 million man couldn’t match the jaw-dropping exploits of LAFC’s Carlos Vela, who is following Bob Bradley’s request to aspire to Leonel Messi levels while he chases the Landon Donovan MVP trophy. Don’t forget the kids, either! Doyle says a change is underway in MLS. More domestic teenage attackers than ever before are playing and making a real impact.
In the second segment, a heaping helping of #CCLFever with Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes and Peter Brownell. Who, you might ask? The man who discovered #CCLFever, of course! Vermes gives the guys insight into the success of Krisztián Németh (AKA the MLS Sergio Aguero), the matchup with Monterrey in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals and the reason for the change from pressing to possession in KC.
In the mailbag, Calen tells his Memo Rodriguez-Houston Dynamo story, Switzerland decides neutrality is boring and supporters get salty about the refs.
2:55 – Toronto FC’s cup runneth over as Alejandro Pozuelo wows on his debut
6:11 – Story time! Calen on how Cuauhtémoc Blanco multiplied the Fire’s swag
9:17 – Carlos Vela channels inner Leo Messi, by Bob Bradley’s request, as LAFC top table
14:42 – Biggest MLS trend? Doyle says it’s the emergence of so many young, domestic attackers
20:41 – Zlatan! Rooney! Ref beef! What did we learn from Sunday’s action?
26:18 – INTERVIEW: Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes talks touchdown and CCL
42:24 – INTERVIEW: Peter Brownell, the discoverer of #CCLFever
47:05 – Why it would be fitting for Sporting KC to make history and win CCL
54:05 – MAILBAG: Memo and the Dynamo & the Swiss abandon neutrality
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT