MLS Cup reaction from Columbus and so much more.

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The final MLS Cup preview.
With Andrew on the ground in Columbus, David, Matt and Ben ‘The Researcher’ Baer run the rule of the championship game. Portland bring their incredible away record into MAPFRE Stadium against high-flying Crew SC. Who will be the X factor? Which coach has an ace up their sleeve? Can you take anything from Portland’s 2-1 regular season win in Columbus?
In the second segment, Liam Ridgewell makes his first ETR appearance to preview a historic game for the Timbers. The English defender discusses what it was like sitting out for the second leg of the Western Conference Championship, the airport greeting from the Timbers Army, makes a guarantee involving his ‘Ridgy Roll’ celebration and casts his star for the Liam Ridgewell movie.
In the mailbag, the guys discuss the expansion chatter after the Commissioner’s State of the League, Matt Doyle’s magic numbers and renaming Kei Kamara’s man bun.
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MLS Cup is set! Columbus and Portland took care of business on the road, which means the Red Bulls and FC Dallas have to wait until next year while MAPFRE Stadium hosts the big game. Crew SC hero Kei Kamara finally gets his studio invite and gives the guys the lowdown on post-game celebrations, expectations for the final, his in-game lovefest with Tony Tchani and much more.

Not to be forgotten, the Portland Timbers continued their torrid road form in 2015 to clinch their first MLS Western Conference championship. Matt, David and Andrew weigh in on how the Timbers got it done, and ask what lies ahead for RBNY and FC Dallas.

In the mailbag, the MLS Best XI debate rages on, and fans ask whether this the best/most exciting MLS Cup Playoffs ever?

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Thanksgiving is here, and Andrew, Matt and David are giving #ThanksToSoccer the only way they know how, with a full hour to get you through holiday travels.

First up, a massive game for the Red Bulls, who have a mountain to climb after last Sunday's 2-0 loss in Columbus. Crew SC should be feeling good...but not that good considering New York's home form. Then FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd pauses daddy duty to explain why the Western Conference's best regular-season team feels confident they're primed for a good performance in the second leg of their Conference Championship.

Portland's Nat Borchers, meanwhile, will do everything in his power to take the Timbers where they've never been before. MLS Cup, to be specific. He also gives his Thanksgiving meal preferences and shares a special off-the-field story from the first leg at Providence Park.

In the mailbag, the guys share what they are thankful for in North American soccer this year.

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The Chicago Fire are making moves, and general manager Nelson Rodriguez joins Andrew and David to talk about the latest hire: Veljko Paunovic as the club’s next head coach.

As you make your way to visit friends or family on Thanksgiving, get the lowdown on the situation in Chicago, including Rodriguez’s philosophy on Designated Players and a USL team in the Windy City.

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With long drives and flights ahead as you connect with friends and family on Thanksgiving, the guys at ExtraTime Radio knew you'd need something to occupy your time.

With that in mind, Andrew invited Philadelphia Union midfield Michael Lahoud to join him in the studio for a wide-ranging interview that reveals the hidden details that govern player life in MLS, the bizarro world of Chivas USA, international soccer in Africa and Schools for Salone and the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

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Three games remain in the 2015 MLS season, and the guys gather to break down how we got to this point after Sunday’s Conference Championship first legs. Up first, the Western Conference, where the Timbers put on a show without Diego Valeri and ran out 3-1 winners at home. Fox Sports pundit Alexi Lalas was at Providence Park and says Dallas still has plenty of room to muscle in on an MLS Cup experience.

Out East, Justin Meram threw a sucker punch heard from Columbus to New York then Kei Kamara did what he does best to make it 2-0 and give the Red Bulls a mountain to climb at home. What happened on the defensive breakdowns? Did Crew SC out Red Bull the Red Bulls? What’s the tactical landscape look like for the second leg?

In the mailbag, a Mexican legend is linked with the open Chicago Fire coaching job. David and Matt say it would be a good hire. What do you think? We have Fire swag for the best emails and tweets!

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The international break (and the wait for Audi MLS Cup Playoffs soccer) is over. We’re on the verge of the Conference Championships, which means Andrew’s on his way to MAPFRE Stadium for the first leg of the Columbus Crew SC-New York Red Bulls series. But before he left, the guys got on the phone with Kei Kamara, the most potent goalscorer left in the playoff race, to talk shop. Bad news for Red Bull fans: Andrew reminded Kei that he hasn’t scored against New York yet this season. David and Matt hold down the fort in studio and break down the upcoming (Sunday 5 pm ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes) matchup and the clash of soccer styles.

Out West, two of the most exciting young players in MLS prepare to lead their squads into a winner-take-all clash. Can the Timbers’ Darlington Nagbe continue to carry Portland to heights they’ve never hit before? Or will FC Dallas’ Mauro Diaz prove he is the most talented player in MLS, and make Doyle eat his words?

In the mailbag, the news never stops in MLS as Seattle and Chicago make big coaching announcements. Plus, the guys give a quick NCAA tournament primer, and look back at the World Cup qualifying results in CONCACAF.

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The United States national team flattened St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday night, but there are still plenty of questions to be answered. Who starts and in what formation when the Nats take the field in Port of Spain to take on Trinidad & Tobago in what will be their toughest test in CONCACAF’s Fourth Round? Andrew wonders whether Bobby Wood should be a shoo-in starter, and Matt praises Darlington Nagbe’s effect on the team. Not to be forgotten is the monumental victory up north by Canada against one-time boogieman Honduras. The guys look ahead to the CanMNT’s next match in San Salvador and the nation’s odds of qualifying for the Hex.

World Cup Qualifiers hum along, but don’t forget we are less than a week away from more Audi MLS Cup Playoffs action. Four teams enter the conference championships with their MLS Cup dreams intact. The guys look back on the offseason moves and regular-season performances got the Red Bulls, Crew SC, Timbers and FC Dallas to this point.

In the mailbag, the guys dive back into the ETR Book Club discussion as Matt weighs in on Das Reboot and explains what the US can borrow from World champion Germany. Plus, why aren’t there more Germans in MLS?

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The ExtraTime Radio Book Club is back with a wide-ranging interview with Raphael Honigstein, the author of Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World.

Honigstein joins Andrew and David to explain how a critical eye and investment in youth development (and Jurgen Klinsmann) helped spark the revolution that took German soccer from doomsday to a World Cup victory.

Read the book? Email your review to extratime@mlssoccer.com.

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World Cup qualifying is hours away for the United States national team, and Andrew and Matt dive into CONCACAF’s Fourth Round with both studs up. Well, not really, but there is plenty to talk about as Jurgen Klinsmann and his charges get set to take on St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Will Darlington Nagbe play? Can the US find and stick with a formation? Oh, and do Canada fans have reason for Hex hope as a young squad gets ready for another go?

The rumor mill is churning in MLS, as SI.com’s Grant Wahl drops some midweek bombs regarding TAM, Gyasi Zardes, Robbie Keane’s future employment and Osvaldo Alonso’s status as a Seattle Sounder. Plus, Laurent Ciman is the Defender of the Year despite some blemishes on his resume, and AT&T Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin joins Andrew to reminisce about his record-breaking season.

In the mailbag, fans chime in about that epic FC Dallas-Seattle Sounders clash in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, then one gets some serious swag for a creative email that blends the MLS Best XI with the fans that rep each team.

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What started at 12 is down to four, and Matt and Andrew break down all the Conference Semifinal second leg action as the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs roll on. FC Dallas got revenge for last year’s postseason exit, dropping Seattle in penalty kicks with the help of 20-year-old goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez. Portland stand in their way after shrugging off listless Vancouver, while the other side of the bracket pits the Red Bulls and Columbus Crew SC. No big-money stars? No problem. Is that a trend?

New York City FC have their fair share of stars in Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo and David Villa. They have a new head coach with similar credentials as a player in Patrick Vieira. Is he the right man for the job? Don’t write him off just yet. Plus, is Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man roster, sans Clint Dempsey, the right group to lead the United States national team into qualifying? Perhaps, at least it’s easy to get excited about Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga.

In the mailbag, a fan writes in with his Best XI. Do the guys agree? Yes and no.

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On a slow Friday in the office, Andrew and Matt sit down to talk the latest US national team roster. The good? Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga are among the 23. The bad? No new blood at d-mid. Listen to the complete breakdown!

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Sunday means another quadrupleheader of MLS action. Andrew, David and Matt preview all the matchups, but first they turn a critical eye to New York City FC, where Jason Kreis is out after two years – just one actually in the league – in charge. Does the move make sense? The red side of New York appears to be in good hands with Jesse Marsch, but D.C. United are ready to spring an upset. See what Red Bulls midfield Felipe has to say about that and the growth of MLS. Plus, can Columbus prove their regular-season success was no fluke or will Didier Drogba run rampant?

In the Western Conference, FC Dallas have plenty to prove as well. They’ll have to do it against a Sounder side that’s finally starting to look like the juggernaut that wrecked MLS earlier in the year. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, the Whitecaps are still trying to find that April form. Portland, according to the guys, are the favorite, and Darlington Nagbe is the protagonist. Plus, MLS end-of-season awards: Who deserves hardware and why?

Mailbag brings news from France, where Bob Bradley is reportedly a candidate for another job. David tries to revive the Ronaldinho rumors, and a Timbers fan bemoans free tickets. Seriously.

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Sunday means another quadrupleheader of MLS action. Andrew, David and Matt preview all the matchups, but first they turn a critical eye to New York City FC, where Jason Kreis is out after two years – just one actually in the league – in charge. Does the move make sense? The red side of New York appears to be in good hands with Jesse Marsch, but D.C. United are ready to spring an upset. See what Red Bulls midfield Felipe has to say about that and the growth of MLS. Plus, can Columbus prove their regular-season success was no fluke or will Didier Drogba run rampant?

In the Western Conference, FC Dallas have plenty to prove as well. They’ll have to do it against a Sounder side that’s finally starting to look like the juggernaut that wrecked MLS earlier in the year. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, the Whitecaps are still trying to find that April form. Portland, according to the guys, are the favorite, and Darlington Nagbe is the protagonist. Plus, MLS end-of-season awards: Who deserves hardware and why?

Mailbag brings news from France, where Bob Bradley is reportedly a candidate for another job. David tries to revive the Ronaldinho rumors, and a Timbers fan bemoans free tickets. Seriously.

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One leg down, one to go in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals. Andrew, David and Matt go around the league to breakdownSunday’s postseason quad-header. They start in Seattle, where FC Dallas got a road goal but couldn’t keep Clint Dempsey from a moment of glory that may wipe his Sounders slate clean. Seattle Times reporter Matt Pentz gives his take and provides an injury update, then the guys hand the Timbers the edge against Vancouver then chat with Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg.

Out in the Eastern Conference, Didier Drogba finally came back down to earth against Crew SC, but the Impact still found a way to win. MLSoccer.com’s own Oli Tremblay joins to talk Drogba leg locks, Patrice Bernier’s resurgence and the vibe in Quebec. D.C. United beat writer Pablo Maurer follows that up by pointing out the capital club’s desolate performance might have been by plan. Was the Red Bulls 1-0 win enough to advance? Only time will tell. 

In the mailbag, the GAM has officially retired, and the guys ponder what Eddie Johnson’s legacy will be. Jermaine Jones isn’t done, but he may have a new team. What does the man himself have to say? Plus, Chicago Fire coaching candidates get Doyle in negotiator mode.

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The Knockout Round is kaput after two wild nights, but that doesn’t mean the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs are set to peter out. Catch your breath quickly because the Conference Semifinals are here.

Andrew, Matt and David are up bright and early to break down all the action, starting in the Western Conference where the Portland Timbers and Sporting KC played a classic on Thursday night. That followed up another epic match in Seattle as the defending champion Galaxy saw their season end early. Now, the semi matchups are set – #DALvSEA and #VANvPOR – and there’s plenty to get excited about.

The Eastern Conference didn’t have PK insanity, but Jermaine Jones added some referee craziness to get the blood pumping. What happened at RFK? Do D.C. feed on the doubters? And what went wrong for Toronto? The guys tackle the tough stuff as Didier Drogba and Montreal prepare to host Kei Kamara and Columbus Crew SC and the Atlantic Cup takes the postseason stage – again. Should the Red Bulls be considered MLS Cup favorites? Doyle chimes in.

In the mailbag, what’s an Orlando City fan to do now that the season is over? Plus, trash talk from D.C. fans, scenes from the Timbers Army and the likelihood of a first-time MLS Cup champion.

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The first-ever MLS #DecisionDay has come and gone, but with four midweek Audi MLS Cup Playoffs matchups looming, there’s no time to rest ahead of the Knockout Round. Andrew and David are joined by Ben ‘The Research’ Baer to put the New York Red Bulls’ Supporters Shield in historical context. Then the guys chat with New England star Lee Nguyen about the Revs hot and cold season and MLS Cup redemption. Plus, there’s a playoff battle up north between Toronto and Montreal, Columbus demolished D.C. United and the Union have a new sporting director.


In the Western Conference, there was chaos, stress and plenty of excitement up until the final minute of the regular season. Now that the standings are set, the guys look ahead. Can Portland continue their late resurgence? Is Peter Vermes playing mind games with Benny Feilhaber at the wrong time? Does Vancouver have the right recipe for a title run? If Seattle are going to win their first MLS Cup, it will have to start against their old playoff nemesis, the LA Galaxy. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei goes over the the mood in the Sounders camp, details all the Decision Day drama, names an X-factor and much more. 

Former ETR host Jason Saghini jumps in for the mailbag, returning with some sage advice. What should Andrew and David wager on the World Series? Who might jump into the playoff field next season? Finally, MLS Cup predictions.

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#DecisionDay goes down on Sunday, with comprehensive coverage on MLSsoccer.com, FS1 and ESPN. Before the guys dive into all the scenarios and break down the matchups, there’s the business of our new book club book "Das Reboot" to announce. Once that’s out of the way, it’s all Eastern Conference, where only one Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs spot is up for grabs and the Audi Golden Boot is basically locked up…but there’s still plenty of seeding drama to digest.

In the Western Conference, the scenarios for the three remaining berths are complicated, especially because Sporting KC fell flat on their face in midweek action. Will Seattle see their season go up in smoke? Can San Jose sneak in? Is Portland the most likable team yet to book their place? Oh, and who will lift the Supporters’ Shield after the Fire-Red Bulls game was moved to the late window?

The mailbag is an MLS Monster Mash, as the guys share all the timely and hilarious MLS Halloween costumes submitted by listeners.

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Week 33 has come and gone, and the guys dive into the action as the countdown to Decision Day begins. What happened at halftime in Carson? Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter joins to explain his team’s recent tactical switch and Darlington Nagbe’s US national team status. Plus, what does it say that three teams without big-money Designated Players are at the top of the standings?

Didier Drogba is helping usher in a new era in Montreal. What makes him so special? Interim head coach and native Montrealer Mauro Biello calls in to detail the Ivorian’s impact on the club and shed light on his job and the club’s future. Plus, Giovinco or Piatti? Which goal was better? Andrew’s answer might surprise you, but David says there’s a trump card.

In the mailbag, swag is flying as the guys applaud a bold preseason prediction, potential national team head coaches, Decision Day scheduling and a new nickname for the Atomic Ant.

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After eight years of heartache, Toronto FC are playoff bound. It’s worth repeating: Toronto FC have qualified for the MLS postseason, putting eight years of failure in the rearview mirror. The man who helped drag them there, Italian star Giovinco, unveiled a masterpiece against the Red Bulls. Watch his goal then listen to what Andrew, David and Matt have to say about all three Wednesday games and the year of the playmaker in MLS.

In the second segment, get your Soccer Sunday breakdown then listen to Diego Pinzon’s interview with MLS legend Juan Pablo Angel. What does JPA think about Fabian Castillo’s nascent Colombia career? How about the Red Bulls’ success under new management? Plus, is old friend Juan Carlos Osorio the right man for Mexico?

The mailbag starts with more United States national team talk before veering into MLS waters. What city will a fan in Madrid visit after falling in love with the league? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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First the U-23s fell flat in their attempt to avoid an Olympic playoff. Then the senior team hung on against Mexico through 118 minutes before Paul Aguilar scored a goal nobody on either side of the rivalry will forget. Make no mistake about it, Saturday was a low point for U.S. Soccer. So what do the guys make of it? Andrew, David and Matt give their thoughts, then ESPN’s Doug McIntyre joins to chime in after a disappointing weekend followed by a friendly against Costa Rica.

In the second segment, it’s all MLS as three midweek games with huge Audi MLS Cup Playoffs implications take over the airwaves. Toronto FC, with a win or draw against the Red Bulls, will make the playoffs. Yes, we said playoffs. Local boy Jonathan Osorio calls in to discuss the new culture at the club and dishes on what Giovinco’s taught him. Plus, Fabian Castillo…how much is he worth?

In the mailbag, more USMNT controversy plus listener’s thoughts on the big game.

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First, midweek action at Red Bull Arena and BC Place as the Impact give themselves an uphill climb to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and the ‘Caps booked their place in the big dance. After that, the main event – for this week at least – the CONCACAF Cup. Andrew, David and Matt break down the storylines surrounding the game, not least the mounting pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann.

In the second segment, Eric Gomez (FutbolTotal) and Jeff Carlisle (ESPN) join the guys to preview both sides. Gomez takes Mexico, who are weathering an especially bumpy road as coach familiar to MLS fans gets ready to take over the team. The US has issues of it’s own, including an illness to one presumed starter. Plus, will the US and Canada book a place in the Olympics?

It’s peanut butter and jelly time in the mailbag, then a little East-West debate before calling it a day. Send your CONCACAF Cup thoughts via Twitter and email for a chance to win prizes!

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So what do we know about MLS with three rounds left? Well, four teams are safely in the playoffs – the Red Bulls, D.C. United, LA Galaxy and FC Dallas – and that’s about it. With eight Audi MLS Cup Playoffs spots still up for grabs, Andrew, David and Matt take a closer look at the weekend that was: Why is Lil’ B a Toronto FC and Giovinco fan? What’s wrong with Crew SC’s backline? Why hasn’t Plan B worked in Portland? Why didn’t Kekuta pass? Is FC Dallas MLS’ best team?

In the second segment, the guys are joined by Chipotle’s No. 1 customer Kellyn Acosta, who explains why he doesn’t eat burritos before games, picks his FCD 3v3 team and gives fans outside of the Lone Star State insight into the Texas Derby. Acosta has USMNT dreams, but he’s still years away from playing in a game like CONCACAF Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann named his roster on Saturday, and the guys take a shot at the lineup that’ll take the field at the Rose Bowl.

No mailbag. Instead, an extra special interview with Matt and Brooklyn Banks, the Sounders FC supporters who got married at halftime of the Seattle-LA match on Sunday night.

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As champagne soaked the visitor’s locker room at PPL Park, Sporting Kansas City belted out the old classic at the top of their lungs. Campeones, campeones! Olé, olé, olé! With help from captain Matt Besler, Andrew, David and Matt break down the US Open Cup final, a back-and-forth affair decided from the spot, the third time in four years Sporting did the the business via spot kicks. But what of the Union? And who helped Kansas City prepare for PK specialist John McCarthy?

In the second segment, the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs race rages on, with plenty of weekend implications. Will Portland take advantage of Sporting’s USOC hangover? Can Vancouver break out of their slump? Who will take over first place in the Eastern Conference? What will the Red Bulls do without Matt Miazga? So many questions, and the guys have (some) of the answers.

Where is Miazga, you ask? He’s with the United States Olympic team, who – along with Canada and six other CONCACAF qualifiers – is trying to book a place in Rio. See what’s at stake, plus gain new appreciation for Kei Kamara’s historic season in the mailbag.

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It figures. Just when you think you’ve got MLS all figured out, the league turns itself inside out with an unpredictable weekend that saw expansion Orlando trounce the high-flying Red Bulls, Portland snatch a huge road win in Columbus and a precocious Sporting squad nearly knock off the a Sounders squad full of World Cup vets. The Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle joins Andrew and David to break it all down as the race of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs reaches fever pitch.

 There’s a trophy up for grabs this week, too, as Kansas City head to Philadelphia to take on the Union in the 102nd Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final. There are goalkeeping questions on both sides, while form favors the home team. Visiting manager Peter Vermes joins the guys to talk history, second-half swoons and the balance between the Eastern and Western Conference. Plus, one team swept the guys’ predictions. Was it SKC or the Union?

 In the mailbag, David wraps up the opening weekend of the USL playoffs, then it’s shots, shots, shots as a unique record gets broken. Finally, what does a MLS-run USL squad (or not) actually mean for a club?

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The annual 24 Under 24 list is out, and the debate around MLS has been heated. Andrew and David are joined by this year’s 24U24 head honcho ETR regular Matt Doyle to discuss the best young players in MLS. Get the full story on the voting process, the missing players he still sheds a tear for and what has changed most since the series started in 2010.

Following up on that conversation, Sporting KC assistant technical director and former USL executive and college soccer coach Mike Jacobs sits down with Andrew Wiebe to discuss the lay of the land when it comes to talent development in the US and North America. What are the most drastic changes in recent years as well as the most worrying trends? Will SKC be getting a USL team soon? You’ll have to listen to find out.

In the final segment, get your full weekend preview as the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs approach. Which clubs could add their name to the list of teams in the big dance and which could fall out of the running?

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Andrew and David sit down in studio with RSL super-fan and author of the "Believe" chant Branden Steineckert. They discuss his love affair with soccer and MLS plus the work he has done with some USMNT players. He tells the story of how "Believe" came to life from his world soccer travels to the first recording. And he discusses the trials and tribulations of following his club while on tour with Rancid.

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Win or spend November at home. That’s where things stand as the season reaches fever pitch and the league sees it’s first coaching casualty in Chicago. On a weekend that saw the Red Bulls clinch the first spot in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, Crew SC fell just short – but not by their own doing. Ambitious winger Ethan Finlay joins the guys to talk fantasy football, Kei Kamara the alpha dog, his international future (hint: Canada is out) and Columbus’ status as the MLS Las Vegas.

 New York may have booked a postseason place, but they didn’t lift a trophy in Cascadia. The Sounders did, though, going to Vancouver for a Cascadia Cup-clinching win that was doubly important as San Jose, a direct competitor, lost again. Plus, Real Salt Lake are roaring back with the help of a man named Burrito, and Montreal and Toronto got it done with the help of their stars.

 In the mailbag, Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert describes how he fell in love with the beautiful game and RSL. Check back on Tuesday for the full interview. Plus, the scarf vs. jersey debate continues and listeners make a MLS Cup case for their teams.

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verybody loves a little midweek action, and Andrew and David break it all down – from Frank Lampard’s first MLS goal to another missed opportunity for the Quakes – before New England’s Diego Fagundez joins to give MLS fans the lowdown on muddin’ with Lee Nguyen, the Revs late-summer runs and his decision to represent Uruguay. Plus, MLS clubs do the business in the CONCACAF Champions League.


In the second segment, the guys take a closer look at what’s turning into a back-and-forth MLS Cup playoff race. Who can clinch this weekend? Whose hopes are slowly dwindling? Can Drogba and Co. knock off the first-place Revs? Can Sporting Kansas City pull out of their recent nosedive? Is the Wiebe curse for real?


The mailbag starts with some CONCACAF Cup roster chatter (no Guardado? USMNT fans can hope), then rumors from around the Copa Centenario water cooler. Will it happen? Soccer fans in the US wait with baited breath. Plus, thoughts on LAFC’s name confirmation and Darlington Nagbe’s United States citizenship and what it could mean for the US national team.

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With David on vacation, Andrew calls in an old hand (Simon) to help break down the MLS weekend. Another impressive win for New England, this time in Toronto? Another disappointing loss for Sporting KC? That feeling you're getting is déjà vu as both teams begin to replicate their 2014 surge and slide. Kei Kamara is in the Golden Boot lead, but should he be MVP? Did Michel mean to score on his olimpico? Plus, why Montreal's scoreless draw in LA was the most surprising (and impressive) result of the weekend.

In the second segment, Chicago Fire rookie Matt Polster drops by the studio to chat with Andrew, David and Matt Doyle about his emotional draft day, rookie life, Steven Gerrard fandom, the United States U-23s and his offseason plans, which hopefully include a training stint in Europe.

The mailbag answers one question: Which club (not named the Galaxy) and its fans deserve to win MLS Cup? Be sure to make your opinion known by tweeting @ExtraTimeRadio or emailing the show at extratime@mlssoccer.com.

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The MLS train chugs on as Matt Doyle joins the guys to break down the midweek action and look ahead to another weekend with serious MLS Cup Playoff implications. Things are going well in Red Bull land, but should fans feel secure? Are Orlando and NYCFC’s playoff hopes dead? Can Montreal keep the Galaxy from dropping a five-spot? How healthy in Giovinco and how will it affect Toronto’s late push?


In the second segment, it’s all Dax, all the time as the Red Bulls’ captain joins Matt and Andrew for a wide-ranging interview that touches on his engagement, famous dog, Thierry Henry’s New York legacy and the present and future of his new-look club. Plus, find out why New York fans shouldn’t worry about all that contract chatter.


The show concludes with a look at a USMNT loss to Brazil that Matt says was a real bummer and what Jurgen Klinsmann and Co. face ahead of the CONCACAF Cup on Oct. 10. Plus, a domestic MLS sighting and a fact-finding trip to Malta.

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After a refreshing holiday weekend that included a truncated MLS slate and plenty of international action, the guys dive right in by discussing Didier Drogba’s historic night in Montreal. Then it’s on to FC Dallas, who knocked off Crew SC, 3-0, with a lineup that included five Homegrown players and two teenagers. Head coach Oscar Pareja says he knows playing kids can be a bit scary, but he’s committed to seeing his project through. The former Colombia international also chimes in on Fabian Castillo’s first call-up.



In the second segment, it’s all United States national team as the Yanks prepare for Mexico on Oct. 10 via friendlies vs. Peru (2-1 win on Friday at RFK Stadium) and Brazil (Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium). What have we learned so far? Is Jozy back in form? Is Matt Besler back out of the cold? Is Gyasi Zardes the key to the attack? Where should Jermaine Jones play? All that, plus a big win for Canada and some CONCACAF craziness.


The mailbag starts with a goalkeeper question that turns into a request for listener feedback. There are still MLS abroad stories rolling in as well, plus a father’s first game with his son…after a trip down from Alaska. Finally, football (soccer) vs. football (the American kind). How do you balance the load come fall?

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here may be half the normal MLS action this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about. The guys start with the United States national team and Jurgen Klinsmann, who said some things that got MLSsoccer.com’s own Matt Doyle riled up. Then San Jose forward Quincy Amarikwa joins the show to talk about a new opportunity after his midseason trade from Chicago.

In the second segment, NBC Sports and Travel Channel personality (oh, and former MLS and USMNT player) Kyle Martino sits down with Andrew to talk about his new gig, progress in MLS and the national team’s recent troubles.

The mailbag starts with some gibberish about Dax McCarty before Dave steers the conversation to random MLS sightings (think Finland and Colombia) and a graduate student who needs a way to hold onto his fandom without the benefit of free time.

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The guys gather to break down Heineken Rivalry Week, starting with an Atlantic Cup clash that saw the Red Bulls run over a D.C. United squad that's beginning to grow concerned about their current form. In Toronto, the Reds squeaked past the Didier Drogba-less Impact, a result that was the final nail in the coffin for Frank Klopas in Montreal. Mauro Biello is taking over on an interim basis, and RDS' Pat Leduc joins the guys to explain what's going on behind the scenes with the Impact. Plus, Seattle won by the skin of their teeth much to the chagrin of Caleb Porter, and San Jose have now won four straight after a California Clasico win vs. the Galaxy.

Of course, there was plenty of action outside of Heineken Rivalry Week, most notably in the Bronx, where New York City FC lost to Columbus Crew SC and Jason Kreis questioned his team's commitment. Colorado won again to keep their playoff hopes alive, Vancouver lost for the ninth time in nine games in Texas and Fabian Castillo scored then got a Colombia call-up. Speaking of international duty, David and Andrew break down the US national team roster that includes a mixture of World Cup and Gold Cup stars.

In the mailbag, a listener wonders what Kei Kamara would have to do to win MVP, the guys sift through more Timbers-Sounders stories, a San Jose fan bemoans all the Steven Gerrard jerseys at Avaya Stadium and David solicits random MLS sightings in world soccer.

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Heineken Rivalry Week is upon us, but first the guys break down all the midweek action from the MLS regular season, Canadian Championship and CONCACAF Champions League. First up, an unexpected loss for the Red Bulls that confirmed Simon’s hot take on the Fire from Monday’s show. But what about that corner kick? PRO says no good, but Dave’s not so sure. While that was going down, the Vancouver Whitecaps lifted a cup and sealed their place in the CCL. Speaking of CCL, which MLS teams are positioned best to advance to the knockout stage?

The weekend gets started with a classic, a Cali Clasico to be specific. Both teams are hot, but can San Jose really knock off the high-flying Galaxy? Then, on Saturday, Canada gets in on the act, as Toronto host Montreal in a matchup of two playoff hopefuls. The Impact need wins, but will they have Didier Drogba to help them get one? Soccer Sunday is the main course, and the Seattle Times’ Matt Pentz and Fox Sports’ John Strong break down #SEAvPOR and #NYvDC.

In the mailbag, the guys give away the Cascadia Crazy 8s from adidas and ponder the future of the Copa Centenario. Plus, which team is being pitched as “Showtime on Grass?”

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There’s still plenty to play for in the 2015 season, but can the new-look LA Galaxy be stopped? After the overwhelming display by the defending champions against New York City FC, Simon is ready to call them locks for MLS Cup 2015 except that David, Ben and Arielle aren’t taking the bait. The gang breaks down every matchup from a busy Week 25 in MLS: Drogba’s debut, to Toronto’s Jozy-less domination, San Jose’s reversing fortunes, and lots more.


In the second segment, David, Simon, and Arielle preview the upcoming midweek action highlighted by the Amway Canadian Championship second leg final. Can Vancouver finally break their tournament curse and win their first Voyagers Cup? Plus, we preview the two MLS midweek matches and the CCL group games on tap for this week as the Sounders and Brad Evans prepare for their rematch with Olimpia in Honduras.


And in the mailbag: another FIFA head-scratcher, Sounders fans take issue with Simon Borg (surprise) and what works best for the development of young players? Star players or experienced coaches?


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Poku-mania finally touches down in the ETR studio as the man himself joins the gang for the first time. Kwadwo discusses his run of form, the man who discovered him in the NPSL ranks (Eric Wynalda) and the advice that he’s getting from the other NYCFC stars. And we go from the player of the moment, to the result that has everyone talking: Right after Andrew calls them the best team in the league, Sporting Kansas City are humbled by the San Jose Earthquakes in midweek. Plus Simon asks how fans would react if the tables were turned in the case of the Brad Evans-Olimpia CCL brouhaha.


In the second segment, we look forward to a busy MLS weekend with plenty of questions. Is the West superior to the East as Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson claims? Who would you take: Kekuta Manneh or Fabian Castillo? Can NYCFC hang with the LA Galaxy on Sunday? And then there’s the big Didier Drogba debut happening on Saturday night. MLSsoccer.com's Montreal Impact beat writer Olivier Tremblay sets the scene ahead of the sold-out match at Stade Saputo.


In the mailbag, it’s your time to DJ as David goes through the top responses on MLS club anthems. Plus what do you need in your Appalachian Trail survival pack? Apparently a little bit of ETR and much more fun.

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After a goal- and drama-packed weekend of the MLS action, the gang jumps in the studio to break it all down, starting with Sporting Kansas City’s historic comeback against the Whitecaps. Philadelphia, meanwhile, were on the other end of a see-saw match with Chicago that left one player bemoaning their lack of maturity. Plus, Robbie Keane is trying to weasel his way into the MVP race, Kaka’s gone missing, the Red Bulls rolled Toronto FC and Seattle and #TeamOba are back in business.

In the second segment, D.C. United defensive stalwarts Bobby Boswell and Steve Birnbaum sit down with Andrew for a wide-ranging interview that includes the guys’ thoughts on Instant Replay and MLS refereeing, epic trash talkers, ideal MLS dinner partners and Targeted Allocation Money. Don’t miss it.

In the mailbag, a listener wonders what MLS’ most interesting XI would look like, a D.C. fan gets some swag and the guys try to come up with theme songs for all 20 MLS clubs.

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The battle for domestic cup silverware hit the final stretch on Wednesday. In Canada, the Impact and Whitecaps battled to a thrilling 2-2 draw that sets up winner-take-all match at BC Place at the end of the month. Down south, the Union booked their second straight US Open Cup final appearance. They’ll take on Sporting KC, and Philly captain Maurice Edu joins the guys to talk Meek Mill, Lamborghinis and the club’s playoff chances.

In the second segment, the guys turn their focus to the MLS weekend. Are Colorado on the right track with their most recent signings? Can Toronto FC deal with the Red Bulls’ pressure after wilting against Sporting KC? Gio-mania in Dallas? Finally, are the Sounders set to turn things around after eight losses in nine? GM and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey says yes following a massive talent influx.

Another fight involving a CONCACAF manager? This time it’s Costa Rica’s Paulo Wanchope, and the news prompts Andrew to share an embarrassing story from Brazil.

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MLS Week 23 was full of drama, and the guys jump right in with the NYC derby, a game Red Bulls fans likely won’t let their blue-clad counterparts forget for a long, long time. Plus, Giovani Dos Santos made his MLS debut – goal and an assist, no big deal – and the Whitecaps rolled to within two points of D.C. United in the Supporters’ Shield race. MLS’ most interesting man, ‘Caps centerback Pa Modou Kah, calls in to discuss his newfound knack for goals, fellow Gambian Kekuta Manneh and life in Qatar.

In the second segment, the guys take a look at a trio of midweek games with silverware (or at least the opportunity to play in a final) at stake. That’d be the first leg of the Canadian Championship between Montreal and Vancouver and a pair of US Open Cup semifinals. MLS pool goalkeeper turned Sporting KC standout Tim Melia joins the guys to share his story of perseverance.

In the mailbag, an Orlando fan wonders if Mike Petke has been forgotten, Adrian Heath’s lineup choices are questioned and Toronto FC’s American contingent grows.

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The gang is back on a wild Deadline Day in MLS. Follow along with the guys as moves come down the pike as the deadline approaches, and get their take on the transfer window that was. Which was the biggest move? Andrew says Giovani dos Santos takes the cake and LA Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan calls in to give the guys a taste of the hoopla on the ground.

It may take awhile for some signings to gel, but there's no time to rest in MLS with another packed weekend on the horizon and New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga joins the guys ahead of the NYC derby. Find out what his international future holds, why people made fun of his goal celebration at Yankee Stadium and what career dreams he holds dear.

In the mailbag, Timmy Chandler hears some tough words from his manager, and Tim Ream might be on the move in England. Plus, how should floppers who fake injury be punished and did the Sounders have reason to cry foul about the 'Caps' selfie celebrations?

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Monday means a rotating cast, with Ben ‘The Researcher’ Baer up first to help Andrew and David break down a wild, goal-heavy Week 22! Andrea Pirlo started for the first time and Frank Lampard made his debut off the bench, but NYCFC still lost. What gives? Then D.C. United and RSL combined for 10 goals in a match that left Ben Olsen hoarse before Orlando City dropped a nickel on Columbus. Speaking of the Lions, history maker Cyle Larin calls in to talk Kaka, Canada and Rookie of the Year honors.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the rest of the weekend. Nick Rosano jumps in to break down THAT red card on Jozy Altidore, New York’s brotherly love and a comparison between the airport mobs that greeted Didier Drogba and Giovani Dos Santos on arrival. Oh, and CONCACAF Champions League starts on Tuesday. Which MLS team is best equipped to make a run?

In the mailbag, Aron Johannsson’s flirtation with Real Salt Lake starts the conversation before another tough weekend for US national team centerbacks comes to the fore. Plus, which MLS players would you put in your foot gold twosome?

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AT&T MLS All-Star week is over, but there's still plenty to break down after a 2-1 win against Tottenham. The big questions revolve around format. East vs. West? US vs. the World? Andrew, David and Calen Carr give their opinions, then dive into the summer silliness in MLS. Didier Drogba to Montreal? Barneta to the Union? Gilberto's MLS return? It's all here.


In the second segment, attention turns to MLS as the season passes the midpoint and playoff races come into focus. Breakdowns for all 20 teams. Who are the real playoff contenders? Are FC Dallas Supporters' Shield favorites? Whose additions will pay off?


In the final segment, the guys revisit the Gold Cup. Do the US national team have forward problems? Copa America Centenario win or 2018 World Cup semifinals? Which would you take as a US fan?

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ETR goes coast to coast from a cup final to an all-star game in a jam-packed show. Andrew and Calen Carr sit down in Philadelphia to try and digest what has been a wild Gold Cup 2015 and break down El Tri’s triumph. They also look forward to the high stakes Confederations Cup playoff between USA and Mexico on October 9th in California, and what the future holds for this Jamaica squad.

 In the second segment we head out west to Denver, Colorado, the center of the USA soccer world for the next week. Greg sits down with MLS legend and Chipotle MLS Homegrown head coach Landon Donovan to talk coaching. Greg also attempts to stump Landon on some MLS coaching trivia, and get the inside scoop on his pregame speech.


 In the final segment Arielle joins Greg to talk about all the AT&T All-Star festivities and of course the match itself. Can Tottenham handle the travel, altitude, and weather to hang with this group of All-Stars? And is a skills competition instead of a full match in the cards for the future? Plus review of the Capital Cites and Aloe Blacc concerts and the “Overall” MVP of the week.


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All anyone is talking about is the Gold Cup semifinals and of course ETR has a hot take. Simon, David, and Arielle break down the USA's historic loss to Jamaica and discuss where the USA go from here. But the Americans' loss was quickly overshadowed by the drama of the Panama vs Mexico semifinal. Andrew Wiebe calls in from the road to talk about what he witnessed at the Georgia Dome, and the mood in the USMNT locker room.

In the second segment there is plenty of USOC action to cover, along with big MLS news. Andrea Pirlo is finally in training with NYCFC: Is he the last piece to their puzzle? And is Didier Drogba about to come to the rescue for the Chicago Fire? The guys also chat with LA Galaxy up-and-comer and upcoming Chipotle MLS Homegrown player Bradford Jamieson IV about his battle with Gerard Pique, his Panamanian roots, fashion, and more.

 In the mailbag the guys look forward to all the upcoming AT&T All-Star festivities as the big week gets started on Friday. And Simon tries to figure out what to do with himself at a silent disco!


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There was a new DP taking the field (LA’s Steven Gerrard) and a new team atop the Shield standings after Week 20 (FC Dallas), but one thing in MLS remains unchanged: Sporting Kansas City is still statistically the best team in MLS and Benny Feilhaber is their best player and a league MVP candidate. The USMNT veteran joins ETR after an eventful weekend: another goal and assist for SKC and a spot on the MLS All-Star gameday roster … for the first time! What’s responsible for Feilhaber’s resurgence? And is a USMNT return around the corner?  


Meanwhile, the final four are set in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the USA and Mexico are still alive. But will the regional giants meet their match in the semis? Find out about US semifinal opponents Jamaica through star left back and New York Red Bulls newcomer Kemar Lawrence, who shares his Copa America experience, his path to MLS and the key to beating the USMNT.


In the final segment, David, Arielle, Ben and Simon discuss the new faces of the upcoming EA Sports FIFA ’16, the man who made it rain at FIFA HQ and the definition of the “farby.” 

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Gold Cup quarterfinals, AT&T All-Star snubs and Mexican superstars fill the show as Andrew returns to the fold. The guys, along with friend of the show Calen Carr, break down all the big MLS stories, including what Gio Dos Santos might mean to the Galaxy and MLS based on his time with Cuauhtémoc Blanco. The guys also react the day’s trade news, including Alvaro Sabario’s RSL exit. Then Pablo Mastroeni joins the show to discuss the Rapids’ newfound winning ways, and his All-Star managerial duties.

In the second segment, the guys tackle the Gold Cup. Calen reports back from his travels to give you the inside scoop on who will go through to the semifinals. Plus, the USMNT made three roster changes. How will it change Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup?

In the mailbag, Simon returns to defend his position on the best MLS match in history as the fans put him on the spot. The debate rages on!

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On the weekend that Steven Gerrard made his debut for the LA Galaxy, did we witness perhaps the greatest match in MLS history in Week 19? David, Simon and Ben kick off the show with the thriller in the Bronx between New York City FC and Toronto FC and the epic hat-trick performance by Sebastian Giovinco. TFC next face upstart Philadelphia and Union star forward CJ Sapong joins the gang to provide some insight into the magic moment that he and the team are experiencing.


After putting a bow on the MLS weekend, Arielle joins the show for an in-depth, in-person interview with Conor O'Brien, a native New Yorker who has quietly plied his trade in Europe for the last several years. Learn about his story and the lengths he went to earn a professional contract abroad. As a free agent, and with suitors from multiple countries, he now has a big decision to make on his next move. 


In the mailbag, we discuss the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Mexico's stumble against Guatemala and Canada's scoreless drought. Do Benito Floro's men have what it takes to beat Costa Rica in their group finale? Also, USMNT forward Jozy Altidore reveals the reason why he doesn't raise his hand to his heart during the national anthem. 

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The Gold Cup is in full swing and with Andrew out on the road, David and Arielle step up with Simon to bring you all the coverage. Chris Wondolowski joins us from Boston to hit on all the serious topics: Who controls the locker-room music? What ever happened to the lucky "W"? And what do we know about Haiti? Plus a full breakdown of Canada’s opening match, and is Cyle Larin getting too much heat?


In the second segment, the moment has finally come for Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard to begin their MLS adventure. The gang discusses which club will be better off. Plus we provide your Rocky Mountain Cup preview and can Vancouver continue their high-flying form vs. Sporting KC?


In a special mailbag segment, Preki calls in to discuss his managerial future. Is he leaving for a manager job or assistant gig in the UK? Which team is he joining? Find out all that and more. 


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World champs! There’s only one way to start the show, and that’s with a complete breakdown of the United States’ victory in the Women’s World Cup final. Forget victory, though. This was a 90-minute celebration led by hat-trick hero Carli Lloyd. Simon called it, and so did Chelsea Ladies head coach Emma Hayes, who joins the guys to explain why the USWNT are still at the top of the women’s game.

Now that you’ve finally caught your breath after a hectic month of June, it’s time to dip your toes in CONCACAF waters. The Gold Cup starts Tuesday, and Andrew, Simon and David all agree that the USMNT are the favorites. But what’s their weakness? And how will Dempsey react to his demotion from captain? Fox Sports’ Kyle McCarthy joins to answer those questions and more. It’s time to get CONCACAF’d!

Of course, MLS won’t stop for the Gold Cup, and there’s plenty to talk about on the domestic front. First, David and Andrew introduce Arielle Castillo, then the discussion shifts to some guy named Andrea Pirlo, who is NYCFC’s newest DP. But what about Giovani dos Santos? And why is Andrew eating crow. Tune in to find out.

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World Cup fever is raging right now in the US and Japan, and Andrew, Simon, and David are on board. They open up with Emma Hayes’ reaction to the semifinals, and the full breakdown of the final matchup to come. Fortunately, as if there wasn’t enough soccer on the radar, the US Open Cup is rolling along as well. Get the lowdown on the Round of 16 action as well as the quarterfinals.

In the second segment, get your MLS fill: all the weekend’s games, what to watch for, and who needs it most. Next up, a fun and informative conversation with ETR's guru of youth development, Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach Thomas Rongen. Rongen brought Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Freddy Adu through the U-20s, and reminisces about a player who could have outshone them all in Charles Renken. He also discusses Jordan Morris, the future of the Rowdies, and the next step for development in the US and Canada.

In the mailbag, it’s all USMNT. What message did Jurgen Klinsmann send Clint Dempsey by giving Bradley the armband? Plus, who is Aron Johannsson’s MLS comparable?

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The guys are back in the saddle to help react to an epic Rivalry Week. Simon fights off his mystery sickness to join Andrew and David for full breakdown from Fabian Castillo’s Friday-night magic to claim “El Capitan” to a blowout in Cascadia. Plus, Sacha Kljestan checks in to detail how the Red Bulls turned it around in the second half of the New York City derby and Matt Miazga and Felipe’s flawed celebration.

In the second segment, the guys hit all the key moments from the rest of the weekend then move on to US Open Cup action, with the Round of 16 set for Tuesday and Wednesday. The Charlotte Independence are the last USL team standing and head coach Mike Jeffries checks in as his squad lands in Chicago.

In the mailbag, Simon and Andrew discuss Giovani Dos Santos and Chicharito’s potential MLS moves, another fan attempts to appeal to Simon’s taste in music, and a happy Joe Gaetjens day to you!

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Tune in for a packed show as Rivalry Week revs up following a wild Wednesday night slate and transitions to the weekend. Andrew and David replace a Borg with an analyst as Matt Doyle subs in to help break down all the action. Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey joins the guys to stoke some transfer rumors, talk Clint Dempsey’s suspension and Jordan Morris.

In the second segment, the guys look ahead to the weekend, starting with “El Capitan” and ending on Sunday with back-to-back primetime matchups on national TV. Plus, Gold Cup roster reactions, and Emma Hayes checks in to preview the mouth watering WWC quarterfinals coming up, especially USA-China and Canada-England.

In the mailbag, tune in to see if you’re one of three lucky winners of free MLS LIVE accounts. Then listen to what the guys think about MLS Atlanta’s new name.

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Rivalry week has officially arrived, and Impact stalwart Patrice Bernier stops by to tell the guys all about the cultural and sporting rivalry between Montreal-Toronto. From language, to style and everything in between, what makes these two cities tick? First, though, Simon Borg is back, and it is time for him to revel in Poku glory. Meanwhile, Andrew and David try to figure out where Andrea Pirlo would fit in with New York City FC as they review a wild weekend.

In the second segment, the guys break down “The Notebook.” But instead of Ryan Gosling, it is all about Clint Dempsey and his controversial three-game suspension. Taylor Twellman comes on to answer all your questions: Was it a fair? Should Dempsey be called up to the national team? Are MLS referees treated worst than their worldwide counterparts?

In the mailbag, Simon feeds David’s sociology + soccer nerdom with a tale from Colombia, and the guys look for more North American soccer tales.

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Have you caught your breath after back-to-back Lamar Hunt US Open Cup nights? No? Neither have Dave and Andrew, who welcome Nick Rosano to discuss all the upsets and PK shootouts as well as Clint Dempsey’s outburst against the Timbers. Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath also joins the guys to discuss his side’s wild win and the tragedy in Charleston that hit home immediately after the match.

In the second segment, the guys turn their attention to the weekend slate in MLS then talk Women’s World Cup. Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes joins to explain why the US have the easiest path to the semifinals, Germany remain the favorite and China and Cameroon may be tougher than USWNT fans think.

In the mailbag, find out how you can win an MLS Live subscription, a listen explains how ETR piqued his interest in the US Open Cup and AT&T Goal of the Week eligibility is broken down.

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Simon may be off exploring South America, but the show must go on. First, all the weekend action from MLS goes under the microscope, then LA Galaxy goalscorer Sebastian Lletget joins the guys to set the record straight on his last name, explain why opportunities were hard to come by at West Ham and bask in the glory that comes with being a Golden State Warriors fan. Plus, what did the Galaxy do during that two-hour rain delay?

In the second segment, the US Open Cup fourth round arrives on Tuesday and Wednesday with a bevy of regional matchups that have the guys, including special guest Nick Rosano, drooling. How can you follow the action and watch live? Jeff Crandall is here to tell you, as well as why the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers are meeting so early in the competition. Also on the docket, the US U-20's World Cup exit on penalties, Abby Wambach's explanation for her Women's World Cup misses and Canada updates for both the men and women.

In the mailbag, a reader compares FIFA's current issues to House of Cards. Who would be Doug Stamper? Plus, Panini stickers make a comeback!

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Introducing ExtraTime Radio Extras, for all those interviews that just can't make the show. To get things started, Andrew and David chat with Minnesota United FC head coach Manny Lagos about the reportedly seven-figure transfer of USMNT midfielder Miguel Ibarra to Club Leon in Liga MX. Get the lowdown here!

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It’s a busy day at the ETR studios, and not just because it’s David’s birthday. First up, the guys discuss the US national team’s historic victory against Germany, as friend of the show Bobby Wood scores the game winner (again!!). The US U-20s are also high on life after Zack Steffen saved a late penalty kick to send them to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup. Goalscorer Rubio Rubin wakes up early to chat about the experience.

In the second segment, Simon says you have no excuse not to watch all five MLS matches this weekend. They’re all so even, it’s hard to choose just one. Just remember Friday’s all clear. Then Chelsea Ladies head coach Emma Hayes also joins the guys to talk Women’s World Cup, USWNT, Abby Wambach, Pia Sundhage and the dark horses of the tournament.

In the mailbag, Simon gets taken to task for his Jordan Morris stance and a fan shares details from his graduation trip to three MLS venues, which makes David jealous.

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The crew is on alert as bears invade ETR. Andrew, Simon, and David break down the MLS weekend dominated by road teams and stats expert Ben "The Research" Baer brings some enlightening facts to the conversation. But the real star of the first segment is the "Dancing Bear," Houston's Will Bruin, who reveals the reasons behind his red-hot goalscoring run, the plan for his recent marriage proposal and his thoughts on a potential USMNT future and the impending arrival of Cubo Torres.

We go international in Segment 2, beginning with the USMNT's historic victory in Amsterdam. Then MLSsoccer.com's Canadian soccer expert Daniel Squizzato delves into the storylines from the Women's World Cup opener, Canada's WWC chances and the upcoming men's national team's qualifying campaign which begins on Thursday against Dominica.

In the mailbag, ETR listeners confront Simon on both Jordan Morris and DC United, and Andrew makes a plea for potential adversaries. All critics welcome.

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Simon is back with the gang for a loaded new episode. First, the guys try to find some logic in the often illogical world of MLS while breaking down a packed midweek slate. Then Philly head coach Jim Curtin joins the show to explain how the Union rode out their bad run, discuss the philosophy changes that led to the turnaround, and the future of their ever-changing goalkeeping situation. Plus, Curtin assigns Andrew and Simon a little homework.

It's almost time for kickoff in Edmonton and World Cup fever has finally hit the ETR studio. Caitlin Murray of The Guardian and Soccer by Ives joins the crew to preview the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. She breaks down the favorites, dark horses, stars to watch, and all your Canada/USA inside scoop. Plus the guys look forward to the US U-20 and USMNT's upcoming matches, and Simon attempts to derail David’s Gedion Zelalem hype train.

In the mailbag, the D.C. United fans sink their claws (Talons) into Simon for consistently picking against them. Beware: the only thing worse than Simon picking against you may be if he picks your team to win.

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A star-studded show, and for once it is actually true. In the first segment, newly-minted ETR regular Matt Doyle joins Andrew and David to chat about the weekend action in MLS and USMNT roster. They discuss Giovinco settling in, the best managers in the league at developing young talent and the biggest snubs on the USMNT roster.

In the second segment, Dom Dwyer – and Sydney Leroux, sort of – drop by to talk MLS and the Women's World Cup. Dom gets quizzed on his knowledge of his wife newlyweds-game style with Sydney right there to hold him accountable. He also talks with the guys about his ability to play alongside Kristzian Nemeth, MLS's stronger conference and facing off against Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

In the final segment, Andrew and David break down some USA U-20 action, talk about their must-watch player power rankings, and Jason Kreis’ slow start with NYCFC.

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A busy week in North American soccer keeps the guys plenty busy, but first they fill you in on the breaking news that has every soccer fan around the world focused on the FIFA Congress in Zurich. Once that’s out of the way, they hit the results from the US Open Cup Third Round and look forward to a few of the most exciting Fourth Round matchups. Plus, a look back on three 1-0 home wins in MLS midweek action.

After the break, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle stops by to talk the MLS season so far: who has surprised him most, who is the best American in the league right now and which coaches stand out. Plus, US U-20 World Cup hopes and predictions with a breakdown of who to watch for and what to expect.

Unfortunately, the mailbag waits for another day as the guys book a second straight surprise guest at the final hour. This time US U-20 and Real Salt Lake midfielder Jordan Allen who calls in from around the world. New Zealand, to be exact. He sums up the team’s expectations – knockout stages or bust – and whether Landon Donovan still has it after the MLS and USMNT legend dropped by camp.

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It’s a special Tuesday show, and that means you’re in for a treat. Chris Wondolowski joins the guys in the first segment, fresh off joining the MLS Century Club. But what would he have done had he hung up his boots like one college coach suggested? When did he figure it out in MLS and why? And which message from his fellow 100-goal scorers made his heart swell with pride?

In the second segment, the guys talk MLS before chatting with a special guest from south of the border. That’d be Jonathan Bornstein, who scored the biggest goal in Queretaro’s history to book a spot in the LigaMX final. Hear the story straight from Jonny B, as he discusses impending fatherhood, dedicating the goal to his own dad and Ronaldinho’s special tribute.

Finally, in the mailbag, David’s employment status is clarified. Should he stay or should he go? Plus, which ETR mailbag regular bumped into Simon at Red Bull Arena?

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The guys spoke to Kyle Beckerman, then the recorder ate the audio. What does that mean for "sound engineer" David? Simon says it's a fireable offense. Let us know what you say in the poll to the right. In the meantime, the guys fill the time by breaking down Wednesday's action and looking ahead to the weekend. Is Columbus-Chicago a rivalry? Is LA rope-a-doping or are they just worse than in years past? Plus, what will Toronto FC do without the injured Jozy Altidore?

In the second segment, Soccer Sunday takes center stage. It's all about Wondo, who is about to hit the MLS Century Club and Andrew says doesn't get enough credit for his efforts. Then the allocation list gets a second look. What if you could choose where Alejandro Bedoya would land? The guys give their preferences for the top USMNT players in Europe.

In the mailbag, fans chime in on the Crew SC-Fire rivalry, Philly's rough start, a new word for MLS rivalries (we swear this is it) and Simon's one-liner.

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The one thing Andrew, Simon, and David can predict about MLS is …. that it’s impossible to predict! The guys do their best to wrap their minds around an unpredictable weekend in which Orlando blew out the defending champion Galaxy, NYCFC rallied from two-goals down with 10 men, the Union ground out a win vs. noted grinders D.C. United, and Chad Barrett (not Oba or Deuce) is the star striker in Seattle. New England’s Juan Agudelo chats with Andrew about the birth of “Swagudelo,” fatherhood, his national team future and the Revs’ development.

In the second segment, LAFC’s major stadium announcement takes center stage. With a new soccer-specific stadium (or is it just soccer stadium?) coming into the league in 2018, the guys dive into the details. Plus, what happens when you celebrate a championship you haven’t actually won?

In the mailbag, the final ruling comes down on “Farby” or “Furbie.” Plus, Simon’s disdain for D.C. United, and a discussion on Brek Shea’s soccer development over the years.

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Wait, Steven Gerrard said what?! Less pressure in MLS? Hit play to see what the guys thought of the soon-to-be Galaxy star's comments as he prepares to say goodbye to the only club he's ever known. Then stick around for a chat with D.C. United midfielder Perry Kitchen, who has a big event off the field this week, is fielding interest from Europe and has a US national team career to think about. Oh, and what's he think about all this "luck" talk when it comes to D.C. United and their first-place position?

In the second segment, MLS Week 11 takes center stage. Viernes de Futbol is huge this week. Can NYCFC finally rebound? Can the Red Bulls slow down Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz and FC Dallas? Saturday is just as good, with a Cascadia battle pitting Vancouver and Seattle and New England hoping to heap more misery on Toronto FC. The guys also welcome friend of the show Brian Sciaretta on to talk Gedion Zelalem and all the moving and shaking from Americans in Europe.

In the mailbag, the "Farby" debate heads in a new direction, listeners pull the homer card and Simon is confronted by his alter egos: Dr. Simon and Mr. Borg.

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The derby talk rolls on as the guys discuss the historic RBNY vs. NYCFC match that gave Simon goose bumps on Sunday night. They touch on Jason Kreis' controversial subs, what ails NYCFC and the excellence of the Jesse Marsch’s side. In the other “Soccer Sunday” matchup, Toronto FC fell flat once again in a big moment on their home field. Toronto Sun beat writer Kurt Larson checks in from north of the border to narrow down what’s wrong and how to remedy things before the playoffs slip from sight.

In the second segment, there’s a glut of big weekend results to pore over, including Mauro Diaz’s shining performance in Dallas’ victory against LA and Crew SC knocking off last years “Supporters' Shield” winners. The biggest goal of the weekend, though,  may have come via the head of Orlando City’s center back Aurelien Collin. He talks to the guys about what needs to change for Orlando, his new role with the Lions and the differences between fans and ambitions in Orlando and Kansas City.

In the mailbag, the age-old question draws discussion: what is your favorite “Farby” in MLS? You know, a “farby,” a rivalry between two clubs far apart! Also the listeners have advice to get Simon and David to the Olympic games.

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Simon's out, but the guys welcome a very special guest host in former MLS forward Calen Carr<http://www.mlssoccer.com/players/calen-carr> ahead of a massive MLS weekend. The biggest game? Clearly between the Red Bulls and New York City FC. NYCFC defender Jason Hernandez has played for both teams, was born in New York City and grew up in New Jersey. So what does he think of this whole #NYCSoccerWarz thing?

In the second segment, the focus shifts to the U-20 World Cup. Tab Ramos announced his 20-man roster (one spot is still up for grabs) ahead of the tournament in New Zealand. Who might No. 21 be? What style will the Baby Nats play? Can they win the whole thing? Hear it from their head coach.

A special guest joins the guys in the mailbag as Nepal head coach Jack Stefanowski drops into the studio to tell people how they can help those affected by the earthquake in Kathmandu and the surrounding areas.

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The gang is back together. It’s perfect timing, too, after a loaded weekend of MLS action. The cream has begun to rise in the East, as Andrew is forced to look for a new word to describe D.C. United besides lucky. Plus, what ails NYCFC, does Seattle have the best forward line in MLS, and where does FC Dallas stand now with Mauro Diaz’s return to form?

In the second segment, the focus is on a different type of football. Former FC Dallas goalkeeper and first round MLS SuperDraft pick Josh Lambo checks in as he prepares for training camp with the San Diego Chargers. He tells the story of his transition from soccer to potential NFL kicker, and shatters Dave’s dreams in the process.

A special guest joins the guys in the mailbag as Nick Rosano joins the group to discuss MLS’s rules announcement, the Timbers scoring woes, and just how wrong Simon is about cell phones on planes.

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It's all anyone is talking about after the Montreal Impact fell just short of Champions League glory against Club America: What does MLS need to do to finally win the continental trophy? Simon and David sink their teeth into that debate and they go over the reasons for Montreal's second-half implosion with host Andrew Wiebe, who was at the Big O.

MLS veteran and current leading scorer Kei Kamara also chimes in on the CCL discussion before diving into the reasons behind the hot start by Columbus Crew SC. His five goals may be tops in MLS, but Kamara is not content with how they've come about. Plus, find out which conference he thinks is the best in MLS (hint, hint — it's probably not the one you think).

Lastly, Liga MX may have some major Twitter beef on their hands, the celebration police come out of the woodwork again and we discuss when exactly it's appropriate to use "scissors in the ear."

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The Montreal Impact are just 90 minutes away from history. But they'll have to ward off mighty Club America with a brand new goalkeeper for the biggest match in club history. Who will it be? MLSsoccer.com's Olivier Tremblay runs through the options. As for Las Aguilas, they might be on their last legs by the time they get to the Big O, argues ESPNFC.com's Mexican soccer expert Tom Marshall.

The New York Red Bulls are making history of their own as they remain undefeated against an LA Galaxy side which has stumbled on a new star: Bradford Jamieson IV. FutbolMLS.com's Diego Pinzon waxes poetic on the latest Galaxy Homegrown signing, while Andrew Wiebe does a mea culpa when it comes to D.C. United. While expansion sides begin to struggle, another two MLS originals show the rest how it's done. 

Alexi Lalas gets listeners talking in the mailbag segment, goal celebrations are always a hot topic and the guys discuss which forward Orlando City should be chasing. Lastly, you come to us for help and we deliver: We close the loop on the USA-Mexico ticket dilemma that one USMNT supporter faced a few weeks back.

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Few saw that one coming: Simon and David get into all of the talking points from the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League between the Montreal Impact and Club America, joined by Andrew Wiebe, who experienced it in-person in Mexico City. Did Club America just have an off night? And are the Impact automatic favorites for the second leg?

Five national TV matches are the highlight of the MLS schedule, including a UDN Friday night doubleheader, a "must-win" at the Citrus Bowl (7ET, Fox Sports 1), a peculiar Cascadia derby that might mean more to the Timbers (9:30ET, Fox Sports 1) and a heavyweight NY Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy clash (5ET, ESPN2) that deserves a dose of LA-NY trash talking courtesy of Galaxy right back Dan Gargan.

Thierry Henry makes an appearance in the mailbag, David gets heated about celebratory yellow cards and the guys try to put their finger on US rising star Jordan Morris: Is he Dominic Oduro or Landon Donovan?

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Will we be looking back on April 22, 2015 as one of the defining moments in MLS history? The Montreal Impact sure hope so as they head to Mexico City for the CONCACAF Champions League final first leg against Mexican champs Club America. Montreal captain Nigel Reo-Coker, who joins the guys from Mexico City, sounds pretty confident -- find out why. Also, Matt Pavlich of Opta Sports tells you all you need to know about the Impact's opponents.

Meanwhile, in MLS play there's another Canadian team making waves as the Vancouver Whitecaps extended their lead atop the league standings. Goalkeeper David Ousted calls in to answer the question on everyone's mind: Are the 'Caps truly MLS Cup contenders? Meanwhile, the Red Bulls continue to make their case in the East, while their intra-city rivals NYCFC miss out on a huge opportunity. Have they become David Villa dependent?

In the mailbag there's more Jordan Morris talk and a Twitter controversy over the weekend has us all wondering: What the hell happened to this country?

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What crisis? The USMNT wiped out all the doomsday talk of late collapses with another dos a cero against Mexico. Simon and David are joined by US World Cup veteran Herculez Gomez to break down the US win and the hoopla surrounding goal-scoring hero and Seattle Sounders academy product Jordan Morris. Meanwhile, Gomez, who plays for LigaMX side Puebla has a championship game coming up next week.

In MLS league play, a busy MLS Week 7 kicks off Thursday and we highlight all the key match-ups, including the team that has the most riding on the weekend. New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe joins the show to talk Revs soccer, the upcoming trip to Philadelphia (5ET, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes) and his USMNT chances. Oh, and Rowe puts the man-bun controversy to bed once and for all.

Plus, there's talk of another World Cup spot for CONCACAF, a new soccer stadium in Minnesota and the US-Canadian MLSer who is approaching a decision: Which way should he go?

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After six weeks, who's good and who's bad in MLS? Who knows, it's springtime and that means we're still figuring it all out! Andrew, David and Simon are back together, and they break down the weekend that was in MLS. First things first, the Rapids scored. And then they scored again. And again. And again. Plus, what's going on in Portland? What's up with the new goalkeeper in Philadelphia? And should Bill Hamid shoulder the blame for D.C. United's Atlantic Cup draw?

Hamid won't have much time to dwell on it, of course, as he is one of 14 MLSers in USMNT camp for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico. Could William Yarbrough get time in goal after making his debut against Denmark? Perhaps, either way the young dual citizen will be pulled both ways as his country of birth takes on his national team. Yarbrough needs a nickname, help us out ETR faithful!

In the mailbag, where would Jason Kreis and Jurgen Klinsmann fall in their own depth charts? And is this the year of the Canuck?

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The Montreal Impact almost got CONCACAF'd, but they're through to the Champions League final via guile, timely goals and a little luck. Head coach Frank Klopas joins Andrew and David to re-live the semifinal second leg, a game in which shoes were thrown, players had to fight to get off the field and, somehow, no red cards were shown. Plus, hear why Klopas believes the Impact defied the odds to become the second-ever MLS team in this position.

Meanwhile, over in Portland, Nat Borchers possesses the best beard in the Northern Hemisphere. What inspired it? And is it even all that special in a city like Portland? He also gives his take on Tissue Gate between Caleb Porter and Oscar Pareja and admits he has serious beef with Simon Borg. Over what? You'll have to listen to find out.

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A wild and crazy MLS weekend has come to a close and the band is finally back together to make sense of all the action. Young Vancouver star Kekuta Manneh stops by to chat about his national team future, the Whitecaps' success so far, and whether or not he’s the best shot in MLS. But before that, the guys have to delve into Tissue Gate, also known as the Caleb Porter-Oscar Pareja WWE show on Saturday night. Things may get messy Simon brought his box of tissues.

While MLS rolls on, the Montreal Impact are down in Costa Rica preparing for one of the biggest games in MLS history. Impact beat writer Olivier Tremblay calls in to give the guys a taste of the environment right now in Alajuela, and the Impact’s chances to move on to the final against a strong, determined Alajuelense side.

In the mailbag, a few rule and philosophy debates spring up. If a referee happens to see a replay and can correct a call, should he? Should 0-0 draws end in no points for either side? And where would Mike Petke fit best if he returns this season?

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Ike Opara has serious bounce. Dunk off two feet, sky above the pack on a set piece hops. The Sporting KC center back joins Andrew and Simon to talk ankle injuries, the best dead-ball defender in MLS, his alternate future as a basketball star and the NCAA Tournament. Plus, find out why his teammates are bothering him about MLS Fantasy.

Ahead of another big MLS weekend, Andrew wonders why the league seems to be stuck in first gear. Of course, Simon disagrees. Taylor Twellman gives his take in the second segment, and chimes in on a USMNT side that has just two wins in 12 games and can't stop leaking late goals. What games are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below.

In the mailbag, the one and only Victoria Borg joins in to dispel the myth of the scoreboard, the guys debate whether another United belongs in MLS and there's a case of mistaken gender.

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Two words: Holy Shipp. In Chicago, that's the rallying cry of an entire fanbase after Homegrown hero Harry Shipp stole the show against Philadelphia to break a three-game losing streak. But what makes Shipp so special? Let him tell you the story, from Fire fandom to Notre Dame to the first team. Now, what about a US national team look?

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch made some news this week when he chimed in on the USMNT and Jurgen Klinsmann. The guys clarify those comments and dive into Red Bull land, where Marsch and his new-look squad sit atop the Eastern Conference despite playing only three games in four weeks. Did he see this coming? What makes Dax McCarty the ideal captain? And, most importantly to the South Ward, can he replicate Mike Petke's Supporters' Shield and playoff success?

In the mailbag, the guys break down long throws, the top five stadiums in MLS and darby vs. derby pronunciation.

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Minnesota dominates the headlines after Wednesday's MLS expansion announcement, and the guys go straight to the source with Minnesota United FC President Nick Rogers and resident Minnesota superfan/soccer writer Bruce McGuire (DuNord). What's the next stadium step? What about that logo and the loon? Who are their prospective rivals? It's all here.

Of course, there is plenty of US national team and MLS action to discuss as well. Simon claims he wishes he was a Dane (or a Danish?) as the guys search for positives after another late collapse from the Yanks. On the MLS front, it is a packed weekend with a series of high-profile matchups on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

In the mailbag, the guys consider Xavi’s potential fit in the NYCFC midfield, and look at two of the best attacking acquisitions of the offseason.

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Week 3 is in the books and there is only one perfect team left standing. Simon and David chat with FC Dallas goal scorer Ryan Hollingshead about his league-leading side, the reasons for his year-long hiatus from the sport and his battle to get back into the pro soccer ranks. Plus the guys break down the opening of Avaya stadium in San Jose, the Cameron Porter injury, and more.

On top of all the MLS action this weekend, the US Soccer Federation dropped not one, not two, but three national team rosters on us. The guys chat with ASN/NY Times writer Brian Sciaretta, who is en route to Denmark, about the USMNT and the U23/U20 squad selections. They go over the surprises, the snubs, and the controversies -- Julian Green is back.

There is also the small matter of a major MLS announcement in Minnesota to look forward to as well as another Colorado Rapids Designated Player on the horizon. Simon and David dust off their crystal ball for segment three: Will Kevin Doyle be the goal-scoring savior the Rapids have been searching for?

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Week 3 is here (they come thick and fast, right?) and a new soccer-specific stadium is set to open in San Jose. On Sunday, the Earthquakes will welcome Avaya Stadium to the club with a matchup against the Chicago Fire (7 pm ET, Fox Sports 1). Club president Dave Kaval joins the guys to take construction, perks and the future. Oh, and there are plenty of other games to preview as well.

Of course, Montreal made the biggest news of the week, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the CONCACAF Champions League after a massive home result. Can they finish the job in Costa Rica? Simon isn't so sure. We do know that USL kicks off this weekend, though, and president Jake Edwards joins to preview the biggest season in league history.

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Week 2 in MLS had everything: incredible goals, unlikely comebacks, late drama and controversial calls. Down a man, Simon and David attempt to digest all the action. The guys discuss their experiences at the NYCFC opener and the team's ability to capture the imagination of NYC in their first week in town. They also break down the incredible drama that unfolded in Portland and Seattle this weekend, before chatting with PK save hero Chris Seitz of 1st-place FC Dallas.

Even with MLS revving along, there's still a massive CCL semifinal first leg coming up on Wednesday. Montreal Impact beat writer Olivier Tremblay stops by to talk about the buzz and expectations in the city ahead of the match, as well as some necessary tactical changes the Impact could be making.

Lastly, the guys react to the Minnesota expansion developments, and discuss the possibility of the AT&T All-Star Game going to a league-only format.

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Andrew, Simon, and David preview the weekend with the people that matter most: the fans! Third Rail president Chance Michaels calls in from work to serenade Simon with some NYCFC chants and explain what’s on tap for Sunday. The guys also break down the match vs. New England, and give their takes on Portland and Orlando’s center-forward conundrums.

Not to be outdone by their Eastern Conference brethren, a member of Vancouver Whitecaps supporters group “The Southsiders” stops by to preview their matchup. But it’s not just any member, it’s Kristy Olychick, who flipped the bird in Jozy Altidore’s face last weekend, a gesture felt around MLS. The guys finish up by breaking down the rest of the weekend’s games, then debate who got the toughest Gold Cup group.

In the mailbag, the legal battle begins as an ETR fan/attorney chimes in about Simon’s copyright claim to the “ScoreBorg” (not like it’s every going to happen anyway). Finally, the guys consider what kind of ETR memorabilia might take the marketplace by storm.

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There was ecstasy (and some pain) across the US and Canada this weekend. Why? Because MLS is back. So whether you’re feeling up or down about your club's 2015 fate after a jam-packed slate of games, Andrew, Simon, and David are ready to break it all down. The guys start off with the historic expansion derby in front of 62,000 fans in Orlando, and president and part owner Phil Rawlins (interview starts at 8:01 mark) stops by to discuss his emotions from Sunday, and the club's plans for major crowds.

Of course, we have discuss the return of Seattle’s two-headed monster as well as Matt Besler’s best Aurelin Collin impersonation. Plus, questions arise about the career path of budding American star Jose Villarreal, and Simon makes a bold claim about the on-field production of Mix Diskerud’s hair this season. And obviously there's a discussion to be had about Toronto FC following their impressive opening day victory in Vancouver.

In the mailbag, the debate heats up about whether fans can feel good about selecting rival players for their fantasy teams. Do you want to be loyal, or a winner? One listener also wants to know who the “evil empire” of MLS is (vote in the poll to the right), and the guys give their take on which coaches are under the microscope this season.

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The season is here and it’s impossible not to feel the excitement. After an offseason of rumors, drafts and scuttlebutt, it’s game time and Andrew, Simon, and David leave no stone unturned while breaking down EVERY opening weekend matchup. All the top story lines are covered: Kaka vs. Villa, Canada’s East and West Coasts go at it, the LA Galaxy move on without Landon, and so much more. Also, start getting used to the new match schedule because Friday and Sunday nights are locked in for MLS.

In the mailbag, Simon forces the guys to nail down their MLS Cup and MVP picks. There are a few surprises there, and you’re sure to be shocked by what bodily fluid one of our fans thinks Simon is picking for the 2015 Landon Donovan MVP. Go ahead, give us your MLS Cup prediction in the poll!

Don't forget to join the ETR fantasy league (click here to join the league or use code 1183-524), and send your Week 1 comments for discussion on Monday's show.

Email us at ExtraTime@MLSsoccer.com or tweet us at @ExtraTimeRadio.

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One final preseason matchday remains on Saturday and then all eyes turn toward the start of the 2015 regular season on Friday, March 6. And there is already some big news that impacts that first match between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire (10 pm ET, UniMas). David and Simon sink their teeth into that as well as the Montreal Impact's shocking result in the Champions League. Meanwhile, the expansion teams continue to grab headlines and a rivalry ranking survey has supporters talking. What will it take for NYCFC vs. RBNY to be as big as RBNY vs. DC?

On the international front, there's a big meeting coming up involving the officials who establish the rules of the game around the world. One of the proposals they're considering is a fourth sub in extratime. But does the idea even make sense? We spoke to a professor who's an expert on the substitution rule and authored a research paper on the topic: Villanova professor and an analytics consultant for Toronto FC, Bret Myers (READ HIS PAPER HERE).

It's the second straight show with a professor dropping soccer knowledge on the show and our mailbag revisits the Cristiano Ronaldo course being offered at the University of British Columbia. We're still taking suggestions on the ExtraTime Fantasy league prize (join at 1183-524) and a medical professional shares a theory on what may have led to Elvis Presley's passing.


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The MLS preseason has never offered a weekend richer in talking points. We delve into a few of the meatier topics on this episode: Should MLS rivals face off this close to the regular season (Portland vs. Vancouver)? Should teams that play on opening weekend meet two weeks before, even in an exhibition (NYCFC vs. Orlando City)? Should rookies have to put up with innocent rites of initiation (Whitecaps)? And should LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane have to pass the armband on to Steven Gerrard when he joins the team in the summer? 

We move on to the matches that count for real in segment two and the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals which will see two MLS sides in action. Pachuca and Alajuelense expert Eddie Mendez gives you the lowdown on the teams that stand in the way of a potential all-MLS semifinal between Montreal and DC United. Also, is there less buzz around CCL compared to years past? If so, is it justified?  

No mailbag today, but we replace it with a topic of discussion most soccer avids will find fascinating: a college course on the topic of Cristiano Ronaldo. We talk to University of British Columbia Professor Luis Aguiar, who came up with the idea. Turns out there's a lot more to Cristiano if you can get past the hair gel and self-absorbed goal celebrations.

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Who won and who lost the MLS offseason? Did your team’s moves come out on top or has your club just not done enough. One of the top pickups of the offseason isn’t an MLS newbies, it is league veteran Roger Espinoza. He stops by to discuss his return to Kansas City, wedding gifts for Dom Dwyer, and his time in England. 

 In the second segment the guys jump into their time machine as they begin to worry about how the 2022 winter World Cup will affect the MLS season. What would you do to fit the season in? And is a 48-team World Cup in two different countries in the cards?


 In the mailbag we get a chance to hear who goes on your US Soccer “Mount Rushmore” or if there should even be one. Plus the guys dole out advice to their friend on who he should bring with him to the USA-Mexico friendly. And to close out Simon gets your mouth drooling with his favorite Maltese delicacies (hint: Bugs Bunny won’t be a fan.)


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The season is rapidly approaching, but first come the preseason tournaments. Andrew is headed to Charleston. Where is the best February vacation for MLS fans? And what should folks be looking for at home? Expect an improvement in Colorado. That's based on the guys' conversation with Rapids Sporting Director Padraig Smith, who is at the forefront of the performance analytics movement.

In the second segment, the USMNT and USSF get the spotlight. First, after the Hall of Fame inductions, who would go on your American soccer Mount Rushmore. Then, are you seriously still talking about fitness? Yep, as Jurgen Klinsmann "clarified" things on Monday. Finally, Julian Green finds himself in a tough situation. That can't be good.

We finish off with the mailbag, in which Simon goes off the rails, David gets a shot at running things and Andrew doles out advice to yet more fans with identity issues.

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It’s expansion fever on the latest edition hosted by Greg Lalas subbing in for Andrew, who caught more than just a fever. The guys glow about NYCFC’s Barcelona-esqe preseason opener and then talk to Orlando City midfielder Amobi Okugo, who takes us into Kaka-mania, the OCSC locker and more. Plus there’s Landon Donovan’s engagement and Toronto FC’s “armband-gate.”


In the second segment it’s all about FIFA and the US national team. There’s another FIFA controversy and this time it involves the breaking news about the 2026 World Cup TV rights and the Under-20 World Cup draw, as the US learned its opponents. Also would Jurgen Klinsmann leave the USA national team for the Aston Villa job?


We finish off with the mailbag and a dramatic turn of events: Simon is back in the listeners’ good graces. And this time it’s Greg’s turn to give supporting advance to conflicted supporters.


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Category:general -- posted at: 4:14pm EDT

January camp is over, but that doesn't mean we're done talking about it. This time, though, the discussion centers around a 2-0 victory against Panama that saw Gyasi Zardes prove he belongs, Clint Dempsey do his thing and Michael Bradley notch an olimpico. What you really want to know is what Simon thinks of Miguel Ibarra's performance, and ETR's resident hot-take expert doesn't disappoint.

In the second segment, the spotlight turns to MLS, where injuries and signings stole the headlines on Monday. Why is Jermaine Jones having surgery? What's wrong with Eddie Johnson? Who is this centerback the Union just signed? Finally, San Jose boss Dominic Kinnear joins the guys to talk homecomings, DPs and Jurgen Klinsmann.

In the mailbag, listeners wonder if Simon soiled himself making noises on the last show, and the conversation, predictably, turns to jam's place in history.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm EDT

With MLS still getting into the swing of things, Jurgen Klinsmann and the US national team are stealing all the headlines as the Americans winless streak starts to get attention. Klinsmann says fitness is to blame for a 3-2 loss against Chile, but what about the game before that? The guys dig and talk it through. Could the USMNT boss' job be in trouble if the slide continues? Opinions are split.

In the second segment, it's all MLS all the time. In Toronto, Giovinco arrived at the airport to a massive welcome party? When has that happened before? And, more importantly, will he finish the 2015 season as the league's biggest star? Or will Kaka take that title? Or David Villa? Or Steven Gerrard? Maybe Frank Lampard? You get the picture. Plus, which MLS rumors are bogus and which have a grain of truth?

In the mailbag, the guys decide a US Open Cup bracket has to go on the to-do list, wonder about the Rapids' new signings and ponder Julian Green's future career in MLS.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

The big news in MLS on Monday revolved around Designated Players, those coming and going. Tim Cahill is gone after agreeing to terminate his contract with the Red Bulls. What will his MLS legacy be? Giovinco, meanwhile, is coming, leaving Juventus early to get his Toronto FC career started ASAP. Farther north, Impact boss Frank Klopas is looking for a striker of his own. Will it be a DP? Can he lead Montreal to a Liga MX upset in CCL?

In the second segment, Columbus Crew SC winger Justin Meram joins the guys to tell stories from the Asian Cup. Iraq and Meram made it to the semifinals before bowing out, but they got the rockstar treatment all tournament from more than a million Iraqi fans in Australia. What's next for Meram at the international level? What did he take away from the whirlwind experience?

In the mailbag, a listener revisits the Ronaldinho conundrum as the magic one wears out his welcome at Queretaro and Simon gets called a hypocrite. You'll have to listen to find out how he reacted.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

Look, a real life guest! Real Salt Lake technical director Craig Waibel stops by the studio in the second segment to talk about his transition from rugged defender to front-office executive.
First, though, the guys dissect the blockbuster trade between Montreal and New York with former part-time ETR host (and current full-time New York Red Bulls head coach) Jesse Marsch. They also break down the other moves in MLS circles and wonder whether Juan Agudelo makes the New England Revolution preseason MLS Cup favorites.


In the second segment, the guys react to the USA-Chile match. Does the 3-5-2 experiment have a future? They also touch on Bobby Wood’s future and Jozy Altidore's MLS potential. Then Craig Waibel braves a face-to-face with Andrew, Simon and David to discuss his new role, RSL’s roster, Real Monarchs and the nobility of going with a shaved-head look.


In the mailbag, Gassman makes an appeal for help recording the number of soccer matches he watches in a year, Simon demands David stop making demands and a listener shares important baked-bean safety procedures.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm EDT

The MLS offseason isn't going to slow down for a little snow at the league office, and the guys talk Tim Cahill, Laurent Ciman's last moments with Standard Liege, Toronto FC and Simon Borg survival techniques before the Chicago Fire's newest DP, Shaun Maloney, joins following his first-ever training session with the club.

In the second segment, it's all United States all the time. First, the U-20s bucked a terrible start at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships to qualify for the World Cup. Who might have a senior team career in front of them? And speaking of the senior team, who should start against Chile? Will Jurgen Klinsmann play a 3-5-2?

In the mailbag, a Minnesota for MLS supporter chimes in, club loyalties are debated and Simon's role model is honored ... without Borg in attendance.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT

First things first, the guys mourn the departure of former host and friend Nick Firchau. Then Alexi Lalas joins the crew to talk US U-20s, whose World Cup quest is still alive, and gamesmanship in soccer in the wake of the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots. Is there a soccer equivalent?

In the second segment, Portland owner Merritt Paulson joins to offer his thoughts on the direction of the league, big-money DPs and USL PRO's impact on Portland soccer. Find out why he says marketing has nothing to do with the Timbers' transfer business.

In the mailbag, the Canada question is resolved and listeners wonder whether having Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore in Toronto might create Reds fans south of the border.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:07pm EDT

Tuesday ETRs only come around once in awhile, and this one is special for all the right reasons. First, Kurt Larson of the Toronto Sun joins to talk Toronto FC, who signed Jozy Altidore and Giovinco since the last time the guys gathered around the microphone. That's ... bloody big news, but not a bloody big deal this time around. But is it a good thing for MLS? Will Toronto FC actually make the playoffs?

Altidore is on his way to Southern California, where the US national team is gathered for January camp. It's a welcome break from club life for Bobby Wood. Hear the 1860 Munich man describe how he got frozen out of the club. Could MLS be an option? Sure, says Wood. He just wants to enjoy the game again.

In the mailbag, the guys find out what "Blond Door" is and run through reaction from Red Bulls fans who attended the infamous town hall.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

It was a day of new beginnings in Philadelphia on Thursday as the MLS SuperDraft made its yearly splash. Andrew, Simon and David were on the ground to give you the complete wrap from the draft, with exclusive audio from proceedings that saw Canuck U-20 Cyle Larin taken first overall, Cristian Roldan fall down the board and Marcelo Sarvas traded.

Of course, in Toronto, big news was going down with Jozy Altidore and Jermain Defoe. It wasn't pegged as a bloody big deal, rather a shrewd move to replace one unhappy striker with a younger, North American one. But should US fans be unhappy the Yanks biggest stars are landing in the #WeTheNorth? The guys talk that and Sasha Kljestan, who appears headed for LA.

In the mailbag, it's clear USL PRO played a large role in Thursday's SuperDraft proceedings. What's next? Also, the guys give Mix Diskerud advice on where to live and admire Pablo Mastroeni's incredible mustache.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT