Thu, 29 October 2020
These are unprecedented times, and MLS is taking unprecedented measures to ensure all teams are measured on the same standard. That means points per game will decide playoff seeding and playoff spots. That’s good news for some, and not so good for others. Andrew, David and Charlie weigh in, celebrate another win for the Union, who are on track for their first-ever trophy now that the Supporters’ Shield is back on, then chat with veteran shirt tucker Ray Gaddis, covering the how and why of on-field presentability, the importance of voting and everything in between. Also in this show, the guys argue about MVP candidates (and Defender of the Year), declare Josef Martinez clear troll winner and give Henry Kessler his due not that there’s no Rookie of the Year award.
4:44 – Standings, Shield to be decided on points per game
14:47 – Do the Union have a legitimate MVP candidate?
16:41 – Who should be Defender of the Year? Mensah vs. Zimmerman
23:15 – INTERVIEW: Ray Gaddis’ All-Tuck 5-a-side, Union evolution, voting rights
1:02:28 – Should a fullback be in the running for Defender of the Year?
1:05:27 – What’s the ceiling for the Revolution?
1:16:39 – MLS Predict 6 pres. By BetMGM
Direct download: ET_102920.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT
Wed, 28 October 2020
On this episode of The Movement, host and former MLS player Calen Carr examines the issue of voting rights in America, and travels to Pennsylvania to see how the Black Players for Change and the Philadelphia Union opened their stadium as a three-day voter service center, despite opposition. Carr speaks with players and figures across the leagues and reflects on his own political experiences as a player, all with the goal of determining one single but complicated idea: the value of a vote.
Listen and subscribe to The Movement HERE! Extratime driven by Continental will be back on Thursday to chat with Ray Gaddis of the Philadelphia Union and round up Wednesday's action.
Direct download: 201028_MVMT_Podcast_Ep02_Full_Episode.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT
Mon, 26 October 2020
Doop! The Union project is fully mature, and they took years of frustrations out on Toronto FC. Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen give Jim Curtin and Philadelphia their due and wonder whether a double is in the cards. A double is possible because the Supporters’ Shield is back, as the decision not to award the trophy in 2020 was reversed by the Supporters’ Shield Foundation. Doyle is, of course, a Shield truther, and he says this proves the trophy means more than it ever has before. Calen, meanwhile, is back on the Carlos Vela hype train, even if LAFC’s star still looks a half step slow. Alicia Rodriguez (SBNation) also drops by to drop some Chicharito and Guillermo Barros Schelotto takes and explain what’s going on in San Jose and Sacramento.
8:00 – Huge win for the Union! What’s it mean, and now what?
25:07 – LAFC gets Carlos Vela back and they’re back in the MLS Cup convo
37:02 – INTERVIEW: Alicia Rodriguez on LAFC, Chicharito, Guillermo Barros Schelotto
58:16 – Playoff races heat up! So who are we watching down the stretch?
1:03:04 – Nagbe? Zelarayan? Maxi? Vela? What’s the biggest return from injury?
1:07:54 – 22U22 and Aron Johannsson in the mailbag!
Direct download: 102620.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT
Thu, 22 October 2020
The best young players in MLS? Yeah, we’ve got the list. Only we’ve got some tweaks to make and snubs to spotlight as Andrew, David and Charlie debate MLS’s 22 Under 22 presented by Body Armor. Brenden Aaronson or Brian Rodriguez for No. 1? Who has a better career Ayo Akinola or Daryl Dike? Is Paxton Pomykal overrated? Which player would you bet on to have a solid career? Who are the biggest snubs? Also in this show … Drake Hills (Tennessean) joins the guys to talk Nashville SC and candy corn, and the Rapids return to MLS play.
5:17 – Americans in the Champions League + USMNT Nov. friendly takes
9:05 – Breaking down 22 Under 22 presented by Body Armor
17:58 – Brenden Aaronson or Brian Rodriguez for No. 1?
25:00 – Davies: I’d take Akinola over Dike for their careers
32:42 – What’s Cole Bassett’s ceiling? USMNT? Europe?
47:49 – INTERVIEW: Drake Hills (Tennessean) talks Nashville SC
1:08:05 – El Trafico preview and Chicharito’s awful season, plus Rapids return
Direct download: ET_102220.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT
Mon, 19 October 2020
Jesse Marsch on Aaronson transfer, European perceptions of the American player & Champions League dreams
Life is fleeting, so live it and live it with people you love. Andrew, David and Calen send their love to Daryl Grove, Taylor Rockwell and the Total Soccer Show then turn to the Supporters’ Shield. Why is it going away? What does it mean to players and fans alike? In some other big news, Brenden Aaronson is officially headed to Red Bull Salzburg. The guys discuss the here and now as well as the long-term trickle down, and Andrew chats with Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch about what the Union homegrown brings to the Austrian champions, the perception of American players in Europe and a tough Champions League draw that will test players and manager alike.
3:45 – We’re thinking of you Daryl Grove
9:45 – What’s going on with the Supporters’ Shield?
19:36 – What does Brenden Aaronson’s transfer to Red Bull Salzburg mean now and long term?
27:43 – INTERVIEW: Jesse Marsch calls in from Salzburg to talk Aaronson, the American player and Champions League
1:04:13 – Orlando finally make the playoffs? ORLANDO FINALLY MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!
1:07:40 – Gass: Eastern Conference >>> Western Conference
1:08:55 – Some awesome Continental Tire awards in the mailbag
Direct download: ET_1015202.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT
Thu, 15 October 2020
Mark McKenzie dreams of the Champions League, World Cups and playing against the game’s best players. He’s got what it takes to get there, and Andrew and Charlie chat with the Philadelphia Union man about his present and future, a mentally challenging 2019, what voting and the upcoming election means to him and Brendan Aaronson’s rumored move to Red Bull Salzburg. Oh, and Caden Clark bagged another banger! How should the Red Bulls usher the 17-year-old along? Plus, with more games postponed because of COVID-19, how might that affect playoff qualification? Andrew explains how he’d keep things fair, using points per game and minimum games played, then Charlie goes in on the Galaxy after yet another poor performance.
3:04 – Is PPG a fair way to determine playoff teams? Andrew’s solution…
8:12 – Caden Clark’s star is rising. How should the Red Bulls bring him along?
14:20 – INTERVIEW: Mark McKenzie on Union, European dreams, USMNT, voting
51:42 – Calling all Continental Awards nominees and awards!
57:43 – Quick hits from midweek action! SKC penalty shout, Hany Muhktar is Messi-ish
1:02:39 – Charlie goes in on the Galaxy after yet another embarrassing loss
1:11:16 – What happened to the Crew? What’s next for NYCFC
Direct download: ET_101520.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT
Mon, 12 October 2020
Caden Clark. Remember the name. The 17-year-old signed with the New York Red Bulls in the morning and scored his first goal that night, a game-winning volley. David gives you the USL scouting report, where Clark was a standout in his first pro season, and Doyle explains why he may be next player headed to RB Leipzig. Plus, the DaMarcus Beasley Young Player of the Year award is born, Mike Lahoud helps the guys understand what went wrong in Cincinnati and the most memorable cult-hero strikers in MLS history get their due thanks to Erik Hurtado.
5:13 – Caden Clark is the Red Bulls’ next big thing
10:50 – How can MLS super charge youth development?
18:36 – Introducing the DaMarcus Beasley Young Player of the Year award
31:13 – Toronto FC first to clinch a playoff spot
33:09 – INTERVIEW: Mike Lahoud on what’s gone wrong for Cincinnati
58:02 – Watch out! The Timbers are rolling without Blanco
1:01:46 – MLS cult-hero strikers … All the names/memories
1:09:20 – MAILBAG: What did Ben Olsen mean to D.C. United and MLS?
Direct download: ET_101220.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT
Thu, 8 October 2020
Bang! First goal for Gonzalo Higuain, three points for Inter Miami. Andrew, David and Charlie try to predict what’s to come for the former Juve man, then name their biggest signings of 2020 (so far). Plus, the guys examine Jordan Morris’ case for MLS MVP, ask what exactly NYCFC are going for after Alexandru Mitrita is loaned to Saudi Arabia, give Jeremy Ebobisse some USMNT love, name the worst team in MLS and hand out some midweek shout outs to Ayo Akinola, Winston Reid and the Union. Stick around for an interview with Kelvin Jones (Crew academy director) and Continental Award submissions in the mailbag.
4:57 – Gonzalo Higuain gets his first, many more to come
8:46 – Best signings of the offseason (so far)
18:08 – Is Jordan Morris the real MLS MVP?
24:31 – Soooooo what are NYCFC doing?
34:10 – Should managers get 2020 mulligans?
38:01 – Who is the worst team in MLS?
40:04 – Charlie Davies is a big fan of Ayo Akinola
49:46 – INTERVIEW: Kelvin Jones (Crew academy director) on developing players, coaches
1:05:12 – MAILBAG: Continental Awards, D-Mid snubs and Reyna trolls
Direct download: ET_100820.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:48pm EDT
Mon, 5 October 2020
Gio Reyna did what?! Jozy Altidore ... super sub?! Plus, Pablo Maurer on a rough year at D.C. United
Americans (and MLS academy products) thriving in Europe’s biggest league and biggest teams? It feels a little bit like a dream come to life. Andrew, Doyle and David talk Gio Reyna (three assists), Chris Richards (first Bayern start) and Sergino Dest (Barca debut), then turn their eye toward MLS. First up, Toronto FC, Jozy Altidore’s injury and Alejandro Pozuelo, the best player in the league. Plus, Gass-stradamus calls Mason Toye’s trade to Montreal, the Alan Pulido-effect on Sporting KC and Pablo Maurer (The Athletic) explains what’s gone wrong at D.C. United.
3:12 – Banner weekend for Americans abroad
14:30 – Jozy Altidore … super sub?
22:04 – Are Union at same level as other elite teams?
26:19 – How good is Orlando City …really?
31:03 – Dave celebrates the Mason Toye-Montreal trade
33:09 – Alan Pulido is back!
36:42 – What international call-ups are going to impact the playoff race?
41:23 – INTERVIEW: Pablo Maurer (The Athletic) on D.C. United’s down year
58:58 – 22 Under 22 Five a Side
1:06:46 – Osvaldo Alonso D-Mid of the Year frontrunners
1:12:01 – Canada Best XI
Direct download: ET_100520.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT
Thu, 1 October 2020
Coming off the news of Sergino Dest’s historic transfer to Barcelona, David Gass and Charlie Davies get on the line with USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter to break down all the big questions: How does he see the depth chart at center forward? Where does Gio Reyna fit into the USMNT set up? What is the club future for Jordan Morris? And what does it mean to have so many young Americans playing at big clubs? Then the guys have some fun putting together a dream MLS under 22 five-a-side team (make sure to vote on who did better!). We round out the show with the best building-block players for starting an MLS team, what trades should happen in MLS right now, and listener questions.
6:02 - Sergino Dest officially signs for Barcelona!
10:11 - Gregg Berhalter Interview
28:12 - How Berhalter sees the USMNT forward position
34:26 - Should Jordan Morris go to Europe?
40:19 - Where does Gio Reyna fit with the national team?
45:06 - Pick your dream five-a-side team from the MLS 22 under 22 list
1:01:42 - Previewing Toronto - Philadelphia
1:12:27 - Mailbag
Direct download: ET_100120.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT