Thu, 17 December 2020
It's finally time to put a bow on 2020! While Andrew Wiebe trudges through the snow to his new digs in Kansas City, Calen and Doyle join David to break down all the big news. First, the guys hit CCL and explain why LAFC COULD win it this year. Then they talk the big moves in Austin from the Alex Ring trade to expansion draft and potential DPs with Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. Finally, the crew previews free agency, re-entry draft, and transfer rumors coming up plus the big trades made in Montreal.
Direct download: ETR_1217.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:15pm EDT
Mon, 14 December 2020
Andrew, David, Doyle and Charlie sift through all the storylines from MLS Cup XXV, then preview Austin FC's Expansion Draft options and this week's Concacaf Champions League matches!
1:52 – Columbus Crew win 25th MLS Cup! Save/Crown the Crew!
5:27 – How Columbus got the job done without two of their best players
13:23 – Why the final was a Caleb Porter masterclass
27:50 – 19-year-old Aiden Morris steps up in a big way
34:02 – What went wrong for the Sounders and Brian Schmetzer
47:34 – Analyzing Austin FC’s flurry of trades and Expansion Draft targets
1:03:32 – CCL preview … and Atlanta got a 2021 spot?
1:07:08 – Who has the best chance to advance in CCL?
Direct download: ET_121420.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT
Thu, 10 December 2020
It all comes down to this, a season defined by a pandemic ends with the two best teams (our words … and Caleb Porter’s) playing for the 25th MLS Cup championship in the league’s history. Andrew, David and Charlie chat with Porter, Brian Schmetzer, Jonathan Mensah and Cristian Roldan and preview the match. All the hype, the best storylines, all the soccer wrinkles, player spotlights and, finally, predictions. Also, please note this was recorded before Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos were ruled out. Sigh, 2020.
1:38 – MLS Cup is finally here!
6:27 – Fitting for Crew and Sounders to meet in Columbus
12:57 – INTERVIEW: Caleb Porter on Zelarayan, Schmetzer
24:57 – Are the Sounders already a dynasty? Would they be with another Cup?
37:14 – From Saved to Cup, Crew’s present and future
42:29 – INTERVIEW: Brian Schmetzer on another MLS Cup, Caleb Porter
51:20 – Breaking down the game, lineup decisions and trends
59:43 – INTERVIEW: Jonathan Mensah on a uniquely difficult year
1:08:15 – Player Spotlights: Nouhou, Artur/Nagbe (sigh) and Roldan
1:13:24 – INTERVIEW: Cristian Roldan, Seattle’s own (kinda)
1:18:45 – MLS Cup predictions
1:22:32 – Rapid fire MLS news: McDonough, Besler etc
1:35:47 – USMNT takes
Direct download: ET_121020.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT
Tue, 8 December 2020
D-Y-N-A-S-T-Y. Minnesota United huffed and puffed, but the Sounders blew the house down and booked a place in MLS Cup to make it four finals in five years and seal their place in league history. Their opponent? The Columbus Crew, in a match that pits arguably the best two teams in the league. First, Andrew, David, Doyle and Charlie explain how the Loons blew their 2-0 lead, the ways in which Brian Schmetzer pulled the right strings and why Seattle is a model club. Plus, reaction to Alejandro Pozuelo’s Landon Donovan MLS MVP season, Gabriel Heinze to Atlanta United, Patrick Vieira’s case to be the manager of Toronto FC and Mauro Manotas’ reported sale to Liga MX.
1:09 – Instant reaction to #SEAvMIN and the Sounders comeback
5:26 – Charlie responds after listeners point out Reynoso take
12:29 – What could Minnesota and Adrian Heath have done differently?
14:13 – Quick lookahead to MLS Cup
20:44 – Are the Sounders officially a dynasty?
29:23 – Raul Ruidiaz: MLS Cup Playoffs assassin
32:18 – Minnesota United season in review: Can they get even better? How?
37:01 – Will Kevin Molino return to the Loons?
42:14 – Reaction to Alejandro Pozuelo winning MVP
47:32 – Mauro Manotas sold, so what’s next for the Dynamo?
50:45 – Is Gabriel Heinze the right man for Atlanta United? Or should they hire Vieira?
57:23 – Where will Greg Vanney manage next? What if it isn’t LA…
59:51 – USMNT v El Salvador preview
Direct download: ET_120720.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:48am EDT
Fri, 4 December 2020
And then there were four. The Audi MLS Cup Playoffs are just three games away from crowning a 25th MLS Cup champion. Who will it be? Minnesota United rolled Sporting KC behind Kevin ‘Hot Boy’ Molino and Bebelo Reynoso. The Seattle Sounders march to the Cup feels inevitable, and FC Dallas couldn’t stand in their way. Meanwhile, the Revs might be the hottest team in the competition, and the Columbus Crew have home-field advantage should they win. The guys celebrate the Loons dynamic duo, pinpoint what’s missing in Kansas City, explain how Seattle can be beaten, take a close look at the midfield battle between the Crew and Revs then hit all the headlines around the league. Who should sign Patrick Vieira? Why does Greg Vanney make sense for the Galaxy? Does Chris Armas make sense for D.C. United? Who should sign Dom Dwyer?
4:19 – SKCvMIN: How did the Loons roll? Hot Boy, that’s how!
11:46 – Is Emanuel Reynoso one of the best players in MLS?
32:07 – SEAvMIN: How can Minnesota end the Sounders’ run?
37:21 – CLBvNE: Why the game will be won in midfield
49:35 – Patrick Vieira back to MLS? Who should sign him?
56:13 – Where will Greg Vanney be coaching next? Why should it be LA?
57:18 – Does Chris Armas make sense for D.C. United?
1:03:25 – Thoughts on USMNT roster!
Direct download: ET_120320.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT