Mon, 30 November 2020
Mad Max Fury Road … in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. Hope you were buckled up because Orlando City and Revs had the MLS world on the edge of its seat. In the end, the inevitable: Bruce Arena’s squad is marching on via their DPs, Matt Turner and Tajon Buchanan. Meanwhile, Orlando, Oscar Pareja and Nani are left to wonder … what if? Nashville might wonder the same, but their expansion season is a clear success despite succumbing to the Crew in extra time. The guys argue (OK, yell) about what comes next in the Music City and look ahead to the Western Conference semifinals this week.
2:09 – First impressions of the Eastern Conference Finals
8:03 – Columbus-Nashville game breakdown
10:48 – Gyasi Zardes delivers in extra time
15:13 – Why did Nashville SC fall short?
17:09 – Looking ahead to Crew-New England
21:00 – What’s the next step for Nashville SC? (Lots of arguing/yelling)
32:11 – Orlando City-New England game breakdown
33:01 – Did Orlando’s lack of discipline cost them?
40:26 – How good can Tajon Buchanan be?
45:52 – INTERVIEW: Matt Polster
53:26 – How did Bruce Arena and the Revs become a contender so quickly?
1:03:26 – How can Orlando build on historic season?
1:05:42 – Looking ahead to Seattle-Dallas
1:06:04 – Ricardo Pepi or Franco Jara?
1:07:57 – How should FC Dallas set up to pull off the upset?
1:12:52 – Is it a failure if Sounders don’t make (or win) MLS Cup?
1:15:31 – Looking ahead to Sporting KC-Minnesota
1:16:25 – Will Adrian Heath run it back or start Kei Kamara?
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:08am EDT
Wed, 25 November 2020
And then there were eight! The Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs delivered again on Tuesday night, as both of the Eastern Conference top seeds (Union, Toronto FC) saw their seasons end early and the Sounder cruised past, for the second year running, LAFC. The guys burn the midnight oil (in other words, Brown Liquor Special!) to break it all down, preview the Conference Semifinals and chat with Matt Turner (NE) and Dax McCarty (NSH).
4:33 – Seattle Sounders handle LAFC with ease, now MLS Cup favorites
25:51 – How should Luchi, FC Dallas approach Sounders?
29:26 – Supporters’ Shield winners OUT! How Revs ended Union’s season
44:08 – INTERVIEW: Matt Turner on New England win, Carles Gil, goalkeeping in the playoffs
56:44 – How did Nashville upset Toronto FC? Are they the real deal?
1:04:11 – INTERVIEW: Dax McCarty is back again to explain how Nashville built into the year
Direct download: ET_112420.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:59am EDT
Mon, 23 November 2020
EMBRACE THE INSANITY! We’re talking Rodrigo Schlegel and the shootout that wouldn’t end, Tim Melia stonewalling everyone, Wondo being Wondo, Gustavo Bou golazo winners, Hot Boy and Ricardo Pepi. The 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs have delivered through seven games, and Andrew, David, Charlie and Doyle gather in the middle of the night to round up all the action. We’ve got interview’s with Pepi and Melia, plus previews of Tuesday’s action!
0:40 – Ricardo Pepi calls in minutes after FC Dallas’ big win
5:03 – Most memorable moment of the 2020 playoffs so far?
11:25 – How did FC Dallas get past the Timbers?
21:09 – Wondo, Melia and insanity as Sporting KC outlast San Jose
32:06 – INTERVIEW: Tim Melia reveals his PK secrets
42:11 – Minnesota keep it “boring” as Hot Boy shines in first playoff win
48:49 – INTERVIEW: Dayne St. Clair
53:38 – Was it just a year too early for the Rapids?
55:46 – Orlando vs. NYCFC: Wrap your head around history/the spectacle
59:30 – Crew vs. Red Bulls: Did Gerhard Struber tinker too much?
1:02:32 – PHIvNE: Why Carles Gil could change the Revs’ luck against the Union
1:05:25 – TORvNSH: Charlie Davies’ monologue on narratives around Nashville
1:10:11 – SEAvLAFC: Doyle on how LAFC can get the job done
Direct download: ET_112220.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:53am EDT
Thu, 19 November 2020
Only 24 hours left until Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs soccer. Andrew, David and Charlie start the show with big news: one of them is the owner of the professional soccer team … guess who! Then it’s on to the Eastern Conference bracket, where Nashville SC is the subject of “lazy narratives” and Inter Miami have nothing to lose and everything to gain from a postseason run. Plus, Orlando City’s Daryl Dike joins the show to talk about his path to MLS, his favorite strikers of all-time and a looming international decision between the US and Nigeria. Plus, reactions to the Houston Dynamo’s new crest, Austin FC’s first jersey and Ken Griffey Jr., the Seattle Sounders owner.
1:00 – Charlie Davies, USL owner!
5:02 – Continental Awards recap
11:29 – Houston Dynamo rebrand and first-ever Austin FC jersey
15:56 – Ken Griffey Jr. joins Mariners ownership group
20:27 – D.C. United coaching search … Who are the candidates?
22:20 – New England vs. Montreal: Who has the edge?
29:23 – Nashville vs. Miami: Lazy narratives and redemption opportunities
39:43 – INTERVIEW: Orlando City’s Daryl Dike on rookie season, international choice
1:01:04 – Orlando vs. NYCFC: Best game of Round One? Best game of Round One!
1:05:57 – Crew vs. Red Bulls: Are Columbus MLS Cup favorites now? Can New York pull off an upset?
1:16:55 – Pandemic disrupts LAFC’s upset bid against Seattle Sounders
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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:11pm EDT
Mon, 16 November 2020
There’s a chill in the air, and that means the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs are upon us. Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen dive into the Western Conference bracket. Can anybody really make it to MLS Cup or is there a clear hierarchy? How will international absences affect Round One? Are the Sounders still the favorites? To help answer those questions, Steve Zakuani calls in to explain why Seattle-LAFC is liable to be a banger, what’s up with Brian Schmetzer’s contract talks and sort out who can actually make it to MLS Cup to face the … Union! Also in this show, MLS awards under the microscope and the best matches of the play-in and opening round.
5:28 – Which playoff games are the guys circling on the calendar?
13:38 – Sporting KC … favorites or nah?
18:58 – Did voters get it right with Comeback Player of the Year?
25:55 – Lucas Zelarayan or Robert Beric for Newcomer of the Year?
30:52 – Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and AT&T Young Player of the Year
36:03 – INTERVIEW: Steve Zakuani talks Sounders, Western Conference
54:57 – SKCvSJ: How can Quakes pull the upset in Kansas City?
1:00:56 – PORvDAL: Can Dallas jump up and shock the Timbers?
1:06:50 – MINvCOL: Upset special again for the Loons?
1:11:45 – Luka Modric to the Galaxy?
1:14:41 – Mailbag!
Direct download: ET_111620.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT
Thu, 12 November 2020
After 285 days, the US national team is back … for a scoreless draw! Despite the lack of goals, there were plenty of positive signs from the young squad for Andrew, Charlie and David to discuss: Weston McKennie is a boss, Tyler Adams is the No. 6, Sergino Dest has sauce, Yunus Musah might/could/maybe commit his future to the squad and Gio Reyna is full of talent even if the final ball didn’t come off. The guys go through their winners then welcome Fox Sports’ Stu Holden to the show for his USMNT and Audi MLS Cup Playoffs takeaways. Plus, Peter Vermes stops by to talk Sporting Kansas City, soccer during Covid and Alan Pulido’s injury.
2:10 – USMNT are back! First impressions
4:54 – Tyler Adams/Weston McKennie boss the midfield
7:47 – Yunus Musah … How does he fit? What did we see from the 17-year-old?
19:36 – INTERVIEW: Stu Holden jumps on to give his thoughts on Wales
22:11 – Holden on Musah … What is his future? Is it with the US?
36:39 – Holden on MLS Cup Playoffs, including Cup prediction
43:07 – INTERVIEW: Peter Vermes on Sporting KC, soccer during Covid
1:09:29 – Mailbag!
Direct download: ET_111220.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT
Mon, 9 November 2020
What do Captain America and the Philadelphia Union have in common? Both have the Shield. Extratime brings you the story of the cosplay costume turned “Supporters’ Shield.” We talk to Jeremy Sullivan, who loaned his shield to the club at the last minute to get the full story, then bring on Union manager Jim Curtin for the story behind Philly’s rise, the way the club came together in a difficult year, why he’d love to coach in Europe and an audacious prediction about the USMNT at the 2026 World Cup. Plus, all the crazy moments from Decision Day presented by AT&T, our MLS award winners and mail from around the league!
1:17 – Doop, Doop, Doop! Union win the Supporters’ Shield
9:50 – INTERVIEW: Jeremy from Medford! How Captain America gave Philly their first trophy
15:53 – INTERVIEW: Jim Curtin on the Union’s rise, 2020 and USMNT
52:15 – Playoff field at a glance and best Decision Day moments
59:50 – MLS award winners for 2020: MVP? Coach? Comeback?
1:08:51– USMNT preview
1:10:25 – Mailbag from around the league
Direct download: ET_110920.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT
Thu, 5 November 2020
Decision Day presented by AT&T will decide the playoff field, but the guys have their Home Depot Best XIs already in hand. Andrew, Charlie and David go line by line and reveal the team that paces the league. Who had outside backs and who went all central defense? Who is the No. 9 … or is there one? Should Cristian Pavon be in the team or might the Galaxy’s struggles keep him out? In the Western Conference, the Rapids and the Earthquakes locked in their places in the field, but Chris Wondolowski’s future remains murky. Plus, Jack Price calls in to talk Colorado present and past, Covid, Cole Bassett, Joe Willis joins to lay out Nashville’s tactical identity and talk goalkeeping and the Union’s chances at the Supporters’ Shield come down to 90 minutes.
4:07 – The guys share their 2020 MLS Best XIs
18:21 – Is this Chris Wondolowski’s last season?
23:13 – INTERVIEW: Jack Price on Rapids present and past, Covid, Cole Bassett
37:31 – Will Philadelphia get the job done and lift the Supporters’ Shield?
43:35 – INTERVIEW: Jordan Angeli talks Crew, Fire, best in the West
1:00:38– Did Nani deserve a red card?
1:02:55 – Who will take the final playoff places in the Eastern Conference?
1:05:55 – INTERVIEW: Joe Willis on Nashville’s playing style, Walker Zimmerman, goalkeeping peers
1:22:23 – USMNT roster reaction and Sporting KC real talk in the Mailbag
Direct download: ET_110520.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:51pm EDT
Mon, 2 November 2020
The weather is cooling quickly, and the soccer is starting to give off playoff vibes. The Union had a shot at the first silverware in club history … and fell short in Columbus. The Crew’s stars are back, and they’re feeling it. Meanwhile, pressure is on Philly (and Joe Bendik) to hold Toronto at bay on Decision Day presented by AT&T. Five teams are still battling for two remaining playoff spots in the East, it four teams for two spots in the West. The guys name who they want in for soccer/entertainment reasons, dissect the end of the Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s time in LA and discuss what Miguel Herrera would bring to club, ponder the Rapids’ chances at making a run and pump up the NYCFC midfield. Plus, Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year candidates and the 2020 Continental Awards categories!
4:31 – Philly fall short in Shield bid as Crew make a statement
17:49 – Who is the Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year?
20:02 – What’s going on with Concacaf Champions League?
21:51 – Who do you want to make the playoffs in the East? Fire and _____
33:40 – Which teams deserve to be in the postseason out West?
38:06 – GBS era over in LA, so what’s next for the Galaxy? Miguel Herrera?
50:27 – Why nobody wants to play NYCFC in the playoffs
52:32 – 2020 Continental Awards categories revealed…
58:30 – Who has inside track on Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year?
1:11:06 – MAILBAG: Sporting KC takes and more
Direct download: ET_110220.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT