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The Union went full “12-year-old Fortnite player” on Gonzalo Higuain after Inter Miami’s new star skied a PK in his MLS debut. Why’d they do it? What does it mean? Why hasn’t the beef carried over to Instagram like it does in the NBA? Andrew, Matt and Calen have some laughs, discuss Inter Miami’s sluggish first year and then turn to the rest of the MLS weekend. Are Toronto FC the class of the East after Crew win? Who is the best right back in MLS? What the hell is going on with the Quakes (and LAFC)? Is Chicharito really the problem in LA? Plus, MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert on DeAndre Yedlin, Reggie Cannon and Lille etc. and D.C. United defender and cancer survivor Chris Odoi-Atsem tells his inspirational story.

3:16 - Union spoil Gonzalo Higuain's debut

15:04 - Are we overlooking Philadelphia in the East? 19:05 - Toronto takes down Columbus

23:59 - Is Alejandro Pozuelo the clear MVP?

25:57 - Who is the best RB in MLS?

29:40 - Tom Bogert interview

43:30 - What's wrong with the LA teams?

53:17 - What to make of RBNY's rumored new coach

57:28 - Chris Odoi-Atsem interview

1:07:28 - Mailbag

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Anyone can win MLS MVP? Kinda! Sorta! Well, not really … but almost. Andrew, David and Charlie handicap the most wide-open race in recent memory, and try to do the same with the top of the Eastern Conference. There are four teams that stand above the rest – Toronto FC, Philadelphia Union, Orlando City and the Columbus Crew – so how would you rank them? Plus, the LA Galaxy struggle with Chicharito in the lineup, Brian Rodriguez might be headed to Serie A and Peter Coates (Golazo Argentina) gives a detailed scouting report on new Atlanta United DP Marcelino Moreno.

3:15 – Who is the best team in the Eastern Conference?

18:27 – Predicting Toronto FC-Columbus Crew

22:36 – Who leads the MLS MVP race? Who could push into the race?

31:27 – Red Bulls get a big win, but who are they exactly?

35:08 – Why the Galaxy can’t get it going with Chicharito

39:01 – What would a Torino transfer mean for Brian Rodriguez and MLS?

44:15 – Peter Coates (Golazo Argentina) on Marcelino Moreno, Argentine opinions of MLS

1:11:38 – MAILBAG: Where should Mason Toye be traded? Ugly numbers for San Jose

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It was a historic weekend for Americans, both abroad and in MLS. The guys start with Weston McKennie (start for Juventus), Gio Reyna (Dortmund) and Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), who all made waves overseas. Listener mail leads Doyle to name his current, must-win USMNT XI. Who made it? Do you agree? Listen to find out, then the crew tackles all the academy success stories in MLS, debate Brenden Aaronson’s rumored move to Red Bull Salzburg, evaluate the Kei Kamara trade, try to determine Gyasi Zardes’ final MLS goal total and officially name Chris Mueller and MVP candidate.

4:10 Why Weston McKennie’s Juve start is such a validating moment

 

17:19 What is Doyle’s USMNT starting XI?

 

29:02 Brenden Aaronson to Red Bull Salzburg? Good move? How much?

 

40:28 Why the Rapids traded Kei Kamara and what comes next in Minny

 

46:30 After Gyasi Zardes hits 75 goals in MLS, where could he finish?

 

57:33 Is Chris Mueller an MVP candidate?

 

1:11:19 Dallas vs. Kansas City in the Mailbag!

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It’s just FIFA, right? Wrong! Why pro players care how they’re rated in the game (hint: banter). Rudy Camacho is gonna be at the bottom of the composure rankings after Wednesday night’s knee punch that helped knock the Impact out of Canadian Championship contention. Charlie shares his own moment of madness, then the Andrew and David dig in on FC Dallas and Colorado before Sounders legend Steve Zakuani joins the show to talk Jordan Morris’ polarizing place in American soccer, DeAndre Yedlin’s desire to return home, Gonzalo Higuain’s outlook in Miami, what makes a good player-turned coach and Jozy Altidore’s haters. Plus, Atlanta United’s new DP and Matt Turner love.

2:51 Why pro players care about their FIFA ratings (hint: banter)

 

6:27 Rudy Camacho punched a man in the knee!

 

21:55 GUEST HOST: Steve Zakuani

 

27:51 Zakuani on Jordan Morris, with the Sounders and USMNT

 

36:28 Zakuani on why DeAndre Yedlin would love to come home to Seattle

 

38:37 Zakuani names his three best teams in MLS

 

42:14 Why Gonzalo Higuain needs to be an MVP candidate

 

1:04:16 – Zakuani to ETR: Is Jozy still the best American forward?

 

1:08:29 – ATLUTD’s new DP, Americans Abroad + Matt Turner for USMNT?

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This is not your distraction. It’s not your escape from real life. For some, this is everyday life.

These words adorned the shirts worn on July 8 by nearly 200 black Major League Soccer players, coaches, and staff who gathered for a showing of unity during a summer of historic racial tension in the United States. In the debut episode of The Movement Podcast, host and former MLS player Calen Carr examines how the Black soccer community in MLS embraced the Black Lives Matter movement and formed the Black Players for Change organization. Founded by a collection of prominent players with their own sobering stories of life as Black men in America, the BPC orchestrated a series of demonstrations in July as well as a boycott of nearly all MLS games on one historic night in August, all to raise awareness of racial injustice and police brutality.

Carr offers a candid look at life for these Black players across the North American soccer spectrum via months of interviews with MLS players Warren Creaville, Raymon Gaddis, Jeremy Ebobisse and Ike Opara, as well as passionate supporters eager to join the fight for justice. From the Minneapolis corner where George Floyd died, to a protest in Atlanta following the death of Ahmaud Arbery, to the night when MLS play suddenly stopped after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, players and fans share their experiences from an unprecedented and transformative moment for soccer and social change.

0:00 - Formation of the Black Players for Change organization

8:45 - Warren Creavalle recounts one agonizing night in Houston

14:20 - Ike Opara on life in Minnesota after George Floyd’s death

18:05 - Jeremy Ebobisee on systemic racism and the relationship between the black community and the police

25:42 - Atlanta United Supporters refocus their resources on social justice

35:12 - Ray Gaddis reflects on the death of Breonna Taylor and his personal story of protests and pandemic

45:33 – Reggie Cannon and Ryan Hollingshead discuss a fateful night in Frisco and a historic night when sports stopped across the country

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Gonzalo Higuain is reportedly the highest paid player in MLS. What should Inter Miami expect from that investment? How much pressure is on the Argentine goalscorer? Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen discuss, then hit topics around the league, from Jack Harrison’s goal against Liverpool, Montreal Impact’s CanChamp quest, Doyle’s Supporters’ Shield woes, Rapids’ big Rocky Mountain Cup win and Doyle’s Freddy Adu comparison for Efra Alvarez. Plus, Rodrigo Carvalho gives you the Portuguese perspective on Nashville DP Jhonder Cadiz and Alberth Elis and Reggie Cannon’s prospects at Boavista.

8:45 – Higuain will reportedly be highest-paid player in MLS

17:31 – Wild win for Montreal opens CanChamp door

27:35 – Next phase of schedule is out! Does the Shield matter?

32:13 – Miles Robinson’s comments, Nashville’s win

39:29 – Portuguese analyst on Nashville DP singing, Elis/Cannon to Boavista

51:58 – Why Andres Ricuarte is the missing piece for FC Dallas

56:01 – Colorado Rapids finally hit back in Rocky Mountain Cup

1:07:40 – Efra Alvarez-Freddy Adu comparison explained

1:15:20 – The Movement podcast screener

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Atlanta United and LAFC are looking more like expansion teams than Cup contenders. Who should be more worried? And who more petty than Jozy Altidore? Andrew, David and Charlie dig into the big takeaways from midweek action then go over the MLS academy products to watch in Europe this season, biggest club disappointment so far and a playoff race between Miami and Nashville.

3:31 – Charlie Davies on Jozy Altidore quietly trolling Impact fans

5:02 – LAFC and ATL look more like expansion teams than Cup contenders ... Why?

25:01 – Why Bebelo Reynoso can be a special player for Minnesota United

28:22 – Are Real Salt Lake the deepest team in the Western Conference?

36:16 – Most disappointing team in MLS?

49:28 – Which MLS academy product is set for European stardom?

57:24 – Charlie gives his MLS power rankings + Weekend preview

1:08:38 – Mailbag! Reactions to Hall of Fame vote

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What are we doing?! WHAT ARE WE DOING?! We’re not talking about the World Cup. We’re talking about National Soccer Hall of Fame voting and the process that continues to deny players their rightful place in the Hall. Wiebe rants, then David, Doyle and Calen dig through a busy MLS weekend: Galaxy’s El Trafico dominance, Sebastian Blanco’s injury, Crew and Dynamo excellence, Reynoso’s debut and much more. Plus, Brenden and Paxten Aaronson on MLS Next and the plan for their futures in Philadelphia (and beyond).

2:24 Hall of Fame voting is broken, and the voters ought to take the blame, too

 

15:06 Why Red Bulls fired Chris Armas and what comes next

 

28:16 The Galaxy are good again! And that’s good for MLS…

 

37:02 What Sebastian Blanco injury means for the Timbers

 

42:52 The Dynamo are good, too! How good? TBD

 

49:02 Rest of the MLS Weekend…

 

56:22 – INTERVIEW: Brenden and Paxten Aaronson on their path to MLS, someday Europe

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Adios, Pity Martinez. We barely knew you. Atlanta United are selling their big star (and reportedly making $4 million, too) after a disappointing season and a half. Andrew, David and Charlie try to figure out what happened, what it means and what’s next for the Five Stripes. Down the road in Miami, it looks like the Gonzalo Higuain deal is almost done. Is he the right signing for Inter? Who is his MLS comparable? Tom Bogert (MLSsoccer.com) also joins the guys to talk transfers, plus the LA Galaxy’s Julian Araujo calls in to explain what’s going on with the Galaxy and his international future.

11:48 – Why Atlanta United is selling Pity Martinez & what’s next

25:52 – Is Gonzalo Higuain the right DP for Inter Miami?

31:57 – Tom Bogert on Reggie Cannon, Union duo, Reynoso and more

47:31 – INTERVIEW: Julian Araujo on LA Galaxy resurgence, his international future

1:07:19 – What we took away from midweek games … Lassiter! RSL! Crew!

1:13:55 – MAILBAG: D.C. United, home-field advantage, Pity takes

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