Mon, 31 August 2020
An American at Juventus. Four words we’ve never uttered before. The guys discuss Weston McKennie’s big move to Serie A and his chances for success, then shift to the biggest story in MLS. That’d be the breaking news at Real Salt Lake and the development that owner Dell Loy Hansen will sell the team. Utah soccer insider Brian Dunseth joins the show to walk you through all the details: past, present and future. Plus, Daryl Dike looks like the No. 9 Orlando City needed, teenagers get the job done over the weekend and LAFC starts to spring real leaks.
3:49 – Weston McKennie moves to Juventus
13:40 – INTERVIEW: Brian Dunseth on Real Salt Lake & Dell Loy Hansen
39:33 – Daryl Dike’s coming out party with Orlando City
48:03 – Teenagers star around MLS: Busio! Aaronson! Bassett!
58:38 – What’s wrong with LAFC?
1:10:19 – Atlanta United vs. Inter Miami lookahead
Thu, 27 August 2020
Boycott. That’s the word of the moment in the sports world and the United States. The Bucks and NBA started a chain reaction of peaceful protests across courts, fields and stadiums in American sports. MLS players stood up for what they believe in, too, boycotting five of six games on Wednesday night. Andrew, David and Charlie welcome six players – Kei Kamara, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Ryan Hollingshead, Earl Edwards Jr., Jalil Anibaba and Stefan Frei – to tell the story of a historic night from the men who took action then discuss what it means and what’s still to come.
5:20 – INTERVIEW: Kei Kamara, Colorado Rapids
20:37 – INTERVIEW: Mark-Anthony Kaye, LAFC
32:10 – INTERVIEW: Ryan Hollingshead, FC Dallas
49:47 – INTERVIEW: Earl Edwards Jr., D.C. United
1:06:23 – INTERVIEW: Jalil Anibaba, Nashville SC
1:23:43 – INTERVIEW: Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders
Mon, 24 August 2020
Carlos Vela’s return was the story, but it was the Galaxy that landed all the El Trafico blows. Are Los Angeles’ original powers back? Are LAFC in trouble? Or was it just a mirage? The guys also chat with The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas about Frank de Boer’s Atlanta United exit, Pity Martinez’s suddenly blistering form (coincidence?) and which South American manager might take the reins of the Five Stripes. Plus, gloating over Alphonso Davies’ inclusion on MLS Mount Rushmore, Inter Miami’s first-ever win, Sounders payback on the Timbers and constructive criticism for Calen in the Mailbag.
0:53 – Mount Rushmore, baby! Alphonso Davies wins the Champions League
13:25 – Galaxy did what?! What El Trafico win means for LA (and loss for LAFC)
30:42 – INTERVIEW: The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas on ATLUTD culture & coaching search
50:06 – Pity Martinez is feeling good again, and maybe it’s because a certain Dutchman is gone
52:27 – Inter Miami get their first win thanks to Julian Carranza, Rodolfo Pizarro
57:54 – Are Toronto FC the best team in the East … or are they just playing Vancouver?
1:06:45 – Sounders hit back at Timbers after MLS is Back disappointment
1:10:33 – Mailbag! FC Dallas’ attack, Calen critique & context-less emails
Thu, 20 August 2020
Why US-Mexico MUST be played in Columbus, plus Paul Tenorio (The Athletic) & Dennis te Kloese (LA Galaxy)
Minnesota or Columbus? Where should the USMNT host Mexico in the Octagon? And will Canada join the Americans there? Andrew, David and Charlie dive into Concacaf’s World Cup qualifying draw and schedule with history to be made. The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio also joins the guys to talk transfer season, why MLS could have opportunities to buy but trouble selling, Inter Miami’s third DP spot and Reggie Cannon’s immediate future. Finally, Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese on the club’s recent struggles, state of his project, helping Chicharito settle and what MLS can do to compete with the rest of the world.
2:49 – What do Canada and the USMNT face in World Cup qualifying?
15:32 – Minnesota or Columbus? Where should US host El Tri?
17:57 – The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio talks MLS transfers, Miami DP spot, Reggie Cannon
41:40 – Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese on LA struggles, Chicharito and how MLS can compete w/ the world
1:08:15 – Rivalry games galore in packed weekend of MLS!
1:17:25 – Mailbag: Gass pitches new MLS travel/food show
Mon, 17 August 2020
Alphonso Davies is a gift to us all, and he may have helped usher in the biggest transfer in the history of the game should Leo Messi depart Barcelona after an 8-2 shellacking by Bayern laid the truth bare at Barcelona. So … Messi to MLS, anyone? Is the time right? (Always.) And where would he fit best? (TBD). Plus, the guys dig into Davies’ meteoric rise and future, for club and country, and go 2v2 with the US and Canada’s biggest and brightest prospects. Who would you take to have the better careers? Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams or Davies and Jonathan David?
Also in this pod … Another big result for Nashville and a summer transfer for Reggie Cannon? Should Jozy and Ayo partner? What are the New York clubs doing exactly ahead of the Hudson River Derby? What now for Revs without Carles Gil? And, in the mailbag, best food in MLS.
2:49 – Two road games, two big results for Nashville SC
10:25 – Is Reggie Cannon on his way out of Dallas? Where should he go?
21:01 – Alphonso Davies has no ceiling! Celebrating another high point
36:43 – DEBATE: Pulisic/Adams vs. Davies/David … Who you got? USA or Canada duo?
40:16 – Why Canada and Lille’s Jonathan David is the next big Concacaf star
52:21 – Should Leo Messi come to MLS this summer? Why not?
57:49 – Big questions from midweek matches: Jozy + Ayo? State of NY Derby?
1:13:45 – Mailbag! Which city has the best food in MLS?
Thu, 13 August 2020
Campeones, campeones … Ole, ole, ole!!! The Portland Timbers are MLS is Back champions, and Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen dig through how they did it and what it means. Plus, what now for Orlando City? Nani said it himself: Expectations have changed. Can Oscar Pareja keep the level high? The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman also joins the pod to explain how he fell in love with the league on accident! Also in this show: reactions to St. Louis City SC’s name, crest and colors, Nashville’s first MLS win and support for Reggie Cannon, Mario Gotze and Blaise Matuidi transfer news and your mail in the mailbag.
2:59 – First reactions to St. Louis City SC name, crest and colors
9:28 – MLS is Back final: All the storylines, tactics and takeaways
18:18 – What should MLS is Back cup mean to the Timbers?
27:45 – Nani says Orlando is different now, so what should we expect?
34:52 – INTERVIEW: The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman on how/why he fell in love w/ MLS is Back
46:30 – Presenting the MLS is Back Conti Awards: David Accam MVP et al
58:02 – Historic first win for Nashville as Reggie Cannon’s words make headlines
1:10:25 – TRANSFERS: Mario Gotze to Cincinnati? Blaise Matuidi on TAM to Inter Miami!
1:18:57 – Mailbag! Where would goalkeepers go in an MLS Fantasy draft?
Mon, 10 August 2020
The #MLSisBack final is here, so who are you rooting for? Orlando City’s fairytale run or Seba Blanco and the Timbers? Andrew, David, Doyle and Charlie debate whether this counts as a “big trophy” and dig through all the tactical storylines, then do their best to handicap the adidas Player of the Tournament race between Nani and Blanco. Plus, reaction to MLS’s return to play Phase 1, an interview with Nashville SC’s Walker Zimmerman – talking Covid, his new contract and Christian Pulisic’s Fortnite skills – and deciding whether Blaise Matuidi to Inter Miami is a good idea.
4:07 – ORL or POR: Who should neutrals root for in #MLSisBack final? Who needs it more?
12:52 – Does the #MLSisBack Cup count as a “big” trophy?
18:10 – #MLSisBack Final tactical preview: To press or not to press? Neutralizing Chara?
27:53 – Nani or Blanco for adidas Player of the Tournament?
38:08 – MLS will return to play in markets … All the details!
47:30 – Which game on the schedule has the most juice?
49:33 – INTERVIEW: Walker Zimmerman on Covid, Nashville, new contract, USMNT Fortnite
1:09:16 – Is Blaise Matuidi the right signing for Inter Miami?
1:14:43 – Mailbag!
Fri, 7 August 2020
Calen, Charlie, Doyle, and Gass get together late night following Orlando’s win over Minnesota in the MLS is Back Tournament Semifinals. How Orlando has changed the perception of the club. Why Minnesota should either play Mason Toye or move him. Debate if Ozzie Alonso and Diego Chara are the best defensive midfielders in MLS history. Then they breakdown the final preview and hit a heavy mailbag.
Mon, 3 August 2020
After an amazing weekend of quarterfinal action Charlie, Doyle and David are excited to break it all down. A star performance from the bench by Diego Valeri to lead the Timbers to the semifinal. Alejandro Bedoya checks in to talk about the ceiling for “Bundesliga” Brenden Aaronson, the improvements at all levels inside the Philadelphia Union, and one year on from the massacre in El Paso what has he done to slow gun violence in America. Finally, the guys break down what has made Orlando and Minnesota so successful heading into their semifinal match, and Charlie rolls out his dream Miami signings.
2:51 - POR-NYCFC Analysis
10:31 - PHI-SKC Analysis
17:12 - Bedoya Interview
22:29 - Bedoya on Aaronson’s Ceiling
44:09 - MIN-SJ
52:38 - LAFC Struggles
1:04:39 - ORL-MIN preview
1:11:20 - Mailbag