Extratime

Join the #PlayYourKids movement! After a weekend in which Ricardo Pepi showed he might be MLS’s next big export and a 17-year-old biked in his first pro goal, Andrew, Doyle and Calen sit down to break down MLS Week 10. Plus, our early MVP rankings (Chicharito and Gil at the top), Nani and Orlando City’s run of form, why LAFC isn’t clicking and why San Jose is cratering, FC Cincinnati have hope and three-man backlines are de jour.

4:04 – Managing Nani’s minutes is key to Orlando’s success

7:04 – Celebrating SKC and Daniel Salloi

10:32 – Why LAFC still isn’t clicking

23:49 – Elite weekend for #PlayYourKids and Ricardo Pepi

38:58 – Breaking down San Jose’s rough stretch

50:29 – MVP rankings

54:32 - FC Cincinnati wins back-to-back games!?!?!

1:09:34 – Will someone please sign Kei Kamara?

1:13:48 – Why three-man backlines are becoming a trend

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Caden Clark is headed to RB Leipzig. What does it all mean? Plus, reaction from Week 9 and a lookahead to Week 10. Daryl Dike is gonna beast you. That’s just facts. Carlos Vela might be back to MVP level, and that means the world to LAFC. Toronto FC are down in the dumps and Charlie tries to explain why that is and why Raul Ruidiaz chose to Panenka. In the mailbag, which managers are under the most pressure? Most importantly, Robbie Rogers and Collin Martin explain what it’s like to come out as a professional athlete and what we can all do to make soccer safer for LGBTQ+ athletes.

2:38 – Daryl Dike is baaaaaaaack

9:37 – Caden Clark makes unprecedented move to RB Leipzig, what does it mean?

17:46 – MVP-level Carlos Vela is back and LAFC roll

20:03 – Daniel Salloi and Sporting KC are on fire

23:25 – Why is Toronto struggling so badly?

31:18 -– The thought behind the Panenka (according to Charlie Davies)

34:15 – Gass is jacked up for Houston ... despite the blown lead

36:51 – INTERVIEW: Robbie Rogers and Collin Martin explain what it’s like to come out as a professional athlete

1:20:14 – Which managers are under the most pressure?

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MLS is back in full force … with a new league for 2022? Early details there and complete breakdown of Week 8 from Doyle, David and Andrew. First up, welcome to Q2 Stadium, Austin FC! The result wasn’t ideal, but the day was for the city and the supporters. The guys ponder whether the club has what it takes to make the postseason in Year 1 and what makes a leisure suit a leisure suit. As one building opened, another closed in Columbus. The guys eulogize/celebrate Crew Stadium in our Continental Tire Celebrating Soccer Moment of the Weekend. Plus, thoughts on new Fire crest, Matt Turner for MVP, Jakob Glesnes AGAIN, Gianluca Busio to Serie A, concern rankings for non-playoff teams and much more.

4:00 – New MLS league will launch for 2022!

10:07 – Welcome to MLS, Q2 Stadium and Austin! Now, how can you make the playoffs?

21:01 – Our best Crew Stadium memories … Celebrating Soccer driven by Continental Tire

29:36 – Thoughts on new Chicago Fire crest

33:44 – Matt Turner for MVP? Revs outlast NYCFC

41:20 – Shield win for Shield leaders, talking Sounders

45:49 – Jakob Glesnes AGAIN!

50:51 – Is Sporting KC going to sell Gianluca Busio?

55:18 – Rapids climb to third in the West! Cole Bassett for USMNT?

1:01:54 – Non-playoff team levels of concern, ranked!

1:10:56 – Jozy Altidore to the Gold Cup? Why Wiebe wants it to happen

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How did Mark McKenzie bounce back from his Nations League final gaff? Why did he decide to tackle racism head on? How did he break into the Genk team that qualified for Champions League? What’s the best musical chairs tactic? Andrew, David and Charlie bring you a show with three important conversations. First, Austin FC supporter Jorge Chavez ahead of the opening of Q2 Stadium. Then, McKenzie. Finally, Israel Solomon, who designed the commemorative box and jersey numbers you’ll see this weekend in celebrations of Juneteenth.

2:39 – Does Extratime have a coastal bias???

5:16 – Interview: Jorge Chavez, Austin FC Supporter, on Q2 Stadium

17:50 – What to expect from Austin FC’s stadium opener

19:51– Interview: Mark McKenzie

  • How he bounced back in the Nations League final
  • What it was like to experience the USA - MEX rivalry 
  • How he decided to deal with the racial abuse and hate he received 
  • Juneteenth and the need for action, not just words
  • Orange Slices podcast
  • Breaking through in Belgium at Genk

1:11:20 – Are Houston Dynamo LAFC lite?

1:13:42 – Jim Curtin contract extension

1:14:11 – ESPN+ Games of the Week

1:19:17 – Interview: Israel Solomon on his art and celebrating Juneteenth 

1:31:40 – Mailbag

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Mailbag pod! David, Doyle and Calen go through all your tweets, mail and messages, starting with the CanMNT’s business-like win in Haiti. Plus, what do you enjoy more … club soccer or international? Are Austin FC ready for Q2 Stadium? What if Inter Miami traded Rodolfo Pizarro to San Jose for a Matias Almeyda reunion? Could NYCFC finally win a trophy? What’s Christian Pulisic’s best position for the USMNT?

3:55 - Canada looking good in World Cup Qualifying

26:01 - What do you enjoy more: club soccer or international soccer?

31:26 - Austin FC finishes off grueling road trip in great shape

42:06 - Why a Rodolfo Pizarro trade makes sense

46:35 - NYCFC is poised for a breakout when MLS returns from the international break

55:24 - Early picks for Coach of the Year

1:01:24 - What’s Christian Pulisic’s best position for the USMNT?

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 3:28pm EDT

Charlie Davies is back, and he’s jacked up for a “top bins” show! The guys dig into the USMNT’s convincing win against Costa Rica (LFG Daryl Dike and Brenden Aaronson) then talk MLS All-Star Game presented by Target and the Liga MX vs. MLS format. Who should be Liga MX manager? Who should be All-Stars from around MLS? Plus, D.C. United’s Paul Arriola stops by to help you understand how Liga MX stars will think about the game, why he was “cool as a cucumber during that USA-Mexico game, explain where D.C. United is headed and why it didn’t work out at Swansea.

2:00 - Charlie’s thoughts on USA-Mexico

9:06 - It’s MLS vs Liga MX (FINALLY) for the All-Star Game!

17:32 - Who should coach the Liga MX side in the All-Star Game?

19:39 - Which MLS players should be on this year’s All-Star team?

25:11 - Interview: D.C. United and USMNT winger Paul Arriola

53:01 - Biggest winners from USA - Costa Rica

1:09:56 - Which players should be on the Gold Cup roster?

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The USMNT is BACK! After years wandering in the wilderness, there’s fire in our bellies once again after a Nations League triumph that will live on in the history of the incredible USA-Mexico rivalry. Andrew, Doyle, Calen and David try to make sense of it all. What does this win really mean? Why is Gregg Berhalter the big winner from Nations League? Should Ethan Horvath have a shot at starting? Did Christian Pulisic have a Landon Donovan moment? And … now what? Costa Rica looms, but so does the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying.

5:39 - What does this win mean for the USMNT? And El Tri…

18:40 - Our favorite moments from a crazy game

28:44 - Evaluating Christian Pulisic’s performance and THAT photo

33:18 - Why Gregg Berhalter is the biggest Nations League winner

38:23 – Doyle’s tactical breakdown of the game

46:48 - Should there be a competition for the No. 1 goalkeeper spot?

52:33 - Which US center backs do you trust?

1:02:00 - What to do with the No. 9 position

1:05:47 - Where was Yunus Musah?

1:10:10 - Evaluating Gio Reyna’s performance

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Hey, a win is a win, right? NOT ON #USMNT TWITTER. Andrew, Doyle, Calen and David gather after a Nations League semifinal win to sort through the first meaningful game for the US men’s national team in 562 days. That’s a long time, and there were some key data points. What does this mean for Gregg Berhalter’s project? What was good and what … wasn’t? What’s next against Mexico?

1:21 - First thoughts on the US win

12:57 - Evaluating the Brooks - McKenzie partnership

17:44 - What did we see from the US attack?

30:40 - Looking ahead to the Final against Mexico

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Is the loss to Switzerland just a friendly with issues that won’t repeat in the Nations League or Concacaf? Or signs of bigger problems to come? Andrew, David and Calen break it all down – Josh Sargent at the No. 9, DM sans Tyler Adams, centerback pairing etc – then talk Canada ahead of a big World Cup qualifying week in the region. We’ve also got your big-picture takeaways from MLS Week 7, including a developing situation between Jozy Altidore and Toronto FC and sanctions handed down to Inter Miami.

3:59 - Any concern for USMNT after Switzerland loss?

17:46 - Nations League/Honduras preview 

24:23 - Check in on Canada & the rest of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying

29:20 - Gianluca Busio breakout game

36:49 - Nico Lodeiro out, concern for Seattle?

40:39 - What’s next for Jozy Altidore and Toronto FC?

53:21 - Djordje Mihailovic and Montreal keep winning

55:54 - MLS sanctions Inter Miami

1:08:31 - Caden Clark scores (again) Red Bulls get impressive win

1:10:49 - Mailbag

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Clint Dempsey + Charlie Davies = ??? … The guys tackle the big questions first with Mr. National TV himself, then turn to the USMNT’s friendly in Switzerland. Just as importantly, it’s the last full weekend of MLS for awhile. Who are the winners, losers and those stuck in between from the season’s opening burst? Has Austin FC hit an expansion wall? What are the ESPN+ Game of the Week? Why is Charlie FaceTiming us when he’s supposed to be on the show? All the big, important questions answered ahead of Week 7!

2:50 – MLS prediction regrets 

6:51 – USMNT v Switzerland Preview

18:14 – What to expect from Charlie and Clint Dempsey on the same studio show

22:11 – Who are the winners of the season so far in MLS? NYCFC & LA Galaxy

25:04 – LAFC in … purgatory

32:00 – Are the Philadelphia Union as good as they were in 2020? Better? Worse?

37:24 – Has Austin FC hit a wall?

42:40 – ESPN+ Games of the Week

53:45 – Djordje is out for revenge against Chicago

1:01:01 – Fantasy picks: Who is primed for a big weekend?

1:05:58 – Mailbag (a.k.a. We don’t talk about Nashville enough)

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Can the USMNT win a World Cup? Why not? Zack Steffen is not talking about ever … he’s talking soon! The Man City and US No. 1 joins the guys for a very special Club & Country driven by Continental Tire interview ahead of the Champions League final. Plus, Mo Edu helps Andrew and Dave break down Gregg Berhalter’s 23-man Nations League roster and Concacaf expert Jon Arnold previews the rest of the field.

5:38 - Nations League Roster Reaction with Maurice Edu

6:05 - Daryl Dike snubbed! Why and what’s next?

9:52 - Why there are separate Nations League and Gold Cup squads 

19:33 - Who partners John Brooks at center back?

26:16 - D-Mid depth chart

31:08 - What’s success for the USMNT in Nations League? 

33:42 - Interview: Zack Steffen on the Champions League Final and the USMNT’s World Cup Goals

1:02:51 - Interview: Jon Arnold previewing the other teams in the Nations League Finals

1:15:59 – Mailbag … Biggest USMNT snub of all-time?

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OK, the Sounders are top of the heap, but who’s next? Andrew, David and Calen take a hard look at the results, the table and the ceilings of the contenders and try to name MLS’s No. 2 team. Plus, FC Cincinnati and the Fire know something is better than nothing … and they both got something this weekend for the first time this month: three points. The guys also talk Daryl Dike’s future and much more!

4:42 - Talking about THAT Romell Quioto miss

8:28 - Who is the second best team in the West?

14:16 - The case for SKC

15:27 - The case for LAFC

19:29 - The case for Portland

25:40 - Why the Revs are the second best team in the league

34:07 - Orlando has the look of an MLS Cup contender

44:59 - Lucas Zelarayan puts the Crew on his back

47:46 - Chicago, Cincinnati get their first wins of the season

54:52 - Respect Rubio Rubin!

1:05:02 - Mailbag

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Signing Brazillian wonderkids is just what MLS teams do now. At least it seems that way after NYCFC made a huge splash by signing 18-year-old Talles Magno. David Gass and Charlie Davies break down what the signing says about MLS’ current place in the global transfer market, and how the exciting young forward will help NYCFC this season. 

Then, Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson stops by to tell us whether it’s trophy or bust for Portland this year, and to let us know if he’s taken anything a little bit personally in the last week.

We finish off the show with a full-scale weekend preview including the marquee Sunday matchup between Seattle and Atlanta, our ESPN+ games of the week, our fantasy picks, and the mailbag. 

Happy listening!

4:37 - NYCFC sign Brazilian wonderkid 

12:39 - Minnesota sign Franco Fragapane

19:15 - Interview: Portland Timbers Midfielder Eryk Williamson 

33:22 - Is it trophy or bust for Portland this year?

39:23 - Chicago Fire FC vs Inter Miami CF Preview

42:01 - The Supporters’ Shield is the Sounders’ to lose

48:09 - Why this weekend is a great test for Austin FC

53:24 - ESPN+ Games of the Week

1:01:50 - Fantasy Picks

1:03:52 - Mailbag

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We're a month into the season and that means it's time for some way-too-early predictions! Which teams off to hot starts are here to stay? Who are you picking for MVP?

The guys also break down FC Cincinnati's wild game to open TQL stadium, debate whether it's time to be a little bit worried about Columbus, and explain why Seattle is the only team currently passing the "eye test."

Enjoy!

3:17 - Atlanta welcomes back a huge crowd

10:53 - Minnesota is on a roll

14:12 - Miami spoils Cincy’s new stadium opener

25:30 - Seattle is on a different level than the rest of the league

37:49 - Contender or Pretender? Which clubs off to hot starts will keep it up?

54:14 - MVP Predictions after a month of soccer

1:13:48 - Mailbag

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Midweek MLS is back, plus there's a busy weekend ahead! Andrew, Charlie and David break down all the results and look ahead to the weekend. Chicharito! Austin FC! FC Cincinnati's new home at TQL Stadium! Better than Bob Bowl (Seattle-LAFC) to finish the weekend!

As part of Soccer For All week, New York Red Bulls captain Sean Davis joins Andrew Wiebe to discuss his background as an Asian American, the way racism has impacted his family and explain why it's so important to amplify and support Asian voices and perspectives in order to #StopAsianHate in the United States.

3:20 - Roldan brothers rescue the Sounders

9:01 - Seattle vs LAFC Preview

17:20 - Did Philly steal 3 points from New England? 

29:22 - Why Toronto FC has the highest ceiling in MLS

33:24 - Columbus rebrand

39:38 - What’s at stake for FC Cincinnati as they open their new stadium?

50:15 - Interview: Sean Davis on #StopAsianHate

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:25pm EDT

Nick Firchau is back in the ETR fold to tell a story about soccer that's much bigger than the game itself. Power soccer changes kids' lives, and this special podcast is part of Soccer For All week at MLS!

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Who is the MLS G.O.A.T.? Chris Wondolowski, of course. MLS’s all-time leading goalscorer does it again, his goals and the Quakes win a no-doubter for the Celebrating Soccer Moment of the Weekend presented by Continental Tire. The guys celebrate Wondo’s greatness, then turn to the rest of Week 4: another big Chicharito performance and Galaxy win in El Trafico, panic time in Minnesota, Josef’s goal and Inter Miami vs. Atlanta, PK insanity in Seattle and Geoff Cameron/FC Cincinnati! Plus, the 22 Under 22 Team of the Week (Red Bulls) and much more!

8:08 – Chris Wondolowski is the G.O.A.T.

23:38 – El Trafico! Chicharito leads Galaxy to huge W

34:10 – It’s time to panic in Minnesota 

43: 16 – Who’s better right now: Atlanta or Miami? 

50:55 – Cascadia Cup: VAR insanity as Sounders win

1:04:39 – Would Geoff Cameron be good for FC Cincinnati? 

1:13:08 – Mailbag!

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

Chicharito on ETR! Ahead of El Trafico, the guys chat with the El Tri legend and ponder Carlos Vela’s status as well as the stakes for this edition of the rivalry. In CCL, free space may be disappointment, but Jim Curtin and the Union are making up for MLS’s quarterfinal woes. Plus, previews for all six national TV games and our ESPN+ Games of the Weekend!

5:17 - CCL recap, Jim Curtin isn’t backing down!

17:14 - El Trafico Preview

21:12 - Interview: Chicharito on El Trafico, his childhood friend Carlos Vela & his mindset toward life

43:05 - FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo FC start the battle for Copa de Tejas

47:55 - Orlando City SC vs NYCFC: Who is the realest?

53:52 - Inter Miami CF vs Atlanta United FC: Rivalry or nah?

1:01:01 - Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC: Can the juggernaut be stopped?

1:06:25 – Sporting KC vs. Austin FC: Matt Besler’s return

1:08:48 - ESPN+ Games of the Week

1:13:13 - Mailbag

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 8:42pm EDT

Soooooo we were wrong about the Sounders? After Week 3, Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen revisit their predictions for a mulligan or two, starting with the MLS Cup and Shield creds of Seattle, who waxed the Galaxy on Sunday. Plus, we take a closer look at what’s going wrong in Minnesota (3 Ls), award David Ochoa and Real Salt Lake the Celebrating Soccer Moment of the Weekend presented by Continental Tire, express concern (and hope!) for Nashville after zero wins in three home games, preview El Trafico/wonder what’s up with Carlos Vela and confirm for all wondering that the Revs are good.

3:17 - Are the Sounders the Best Team in MLS?

12:48 - What’s Gone Wrong in Minnesota?

25:34 - Did We Badly Underestimate Real Salt Lake?

34:38 - Concern for Nashville After 0 Wins in 3 Home Games?

41:17 - El Trafico Preview … What’s up with Carlos Vela?

54:51 - How Good Are the Revs?

1:06:14 - CCL Preview 

1:16:38 - Mailbag

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:24pm EDT

Andrew Wiebe is getting a much deserved rest day so we turn to the strike partnership of David Gass and Charlie Davies to guide us through the show. The guys do their best to break down the midweek CCL madness and figure out which MLS teams have the best shot to advance to the semifinals. Then we get you ready for the big games of the weekend, including an interview with Nashville SC’s Randall Leal ahead of Sunday’s matchup with Inter Miami. After that, we take a skip across the pond to discuss Jesse Marsch being named RB Leipzig manager and the latest developments in the Daryl Dike loan saga.

 

2:58 - CCL Madness! We Break Down the Midweek Action

23:15 - Houston - LAFC Preview

31:18 - Nashville - Miami Preview

39:17 - Interview: Nashville SC Winger Randall Leal

55:18 - Seattle - LA Galaxy Preview 

1:06:19 - ESPN+ Games of the Week

1:09:07 - Daryl Dike Loan Situation Gets a Little Messy

1:17:02 - Jesse Marsch Named RB Leipzig Manager

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:06pm EDT

Club & Country driven by Continental Tire is back! First up, Charlie Davies walks you through his USMNT No. 9 depth chart. Daryl Dike is No. 1 – Chuck D says give him the nod in a must-win game – but who else makes up the top five and where does Jozy stand? Good vibes (finally) at Chelsea for Christian Pulisic, but he hasn’t had the best season for an American in Europe. Total Soccer Show’s Taylor Rockwell stops by to debate the best of the best for Yanks abroad. What about Canada, you say? Toronto FC’s Richie Laryea calls in and David Gass takes a stab at John Herdman’s best XI.

5:34 - USMNT No. 9 Depth Chart

23:51 - What to Make of Christian Pulisic’s Situation at Chelsea

25:31 - Total Soccer Show’s Taylor Rockwell Joins to Talk Americans in Europe

51:58 - Interview: Canada Men’s National Team Defender Richie Laryea

1:08:50 - What is Canada’s Best XI?

1:23:14 - Mailbag

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We’ve already got off-the-rails MLS and it’s only Week 2! Chicharito dominates the headlines for a second straight week after bagging a hat trick against the Red Bulls. A hot start, a superstar striker, Greg Vanney firmly at the helm... are the Galaxy back to being the biggest club in the league? In the Midwest, David Ochoa sows the seeds of a real rivalry with Minnesota after booting the ball into the supporters’ section. The moment, the scuffle, the jab from Adrian Heath, is anyone in the wrong here? Or is it all just fun? We also dive in on Cade Cowell’s breakout performance, Austin FC’s first-ever win, and FC Cincinnati’s blowout loss. Listen and enjoy! 

3:20 - Chicharito and the Galaxy Are On Fire

18:16 - David Ochoa vs. Minnesota - Did Either Side Cross a Line?

33:00 - Austin FC Get Their First-Ever Win

38:17 - Higuain Bros Connect, Help Miami Upset Philly

46:01 - The Cade Cowell Era is Here

1:00:06 - CCL Preview

1:10:34 - Mailbag

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Are you ready for MLS Week 2? Charlie is back to help Andrew and David dig into the three-day soccer weekend, including an interview with Red Bulls manager Gerhard Struber (why MLS, Amaya, Klimala, MLS Cup aspirations). First up, Peter Vermes hits a major MLS milestone as Sporting host Orlando City, sans Pato. Oscar Pareja has a tough decision up top, and Alan Pulido and Johhny Russell would change the level for Sporting. On Saturday, Carlos Vela may or may not be back when LAFC host the Seattle Sounders, what does that mean? After Yeimar sat out the opener – and Brian Schmetzer addressed it – Charlie explains how he approached DNPs and what Schmetz’s quote might have meant. Plus, how FC Dallas is setting up under Luchi, ESPN+ games of the weekend (Philly-Inter Miami) and more in the Mailbag.

4:34 - SKC v ORL Preview

16:56 - LAFC v SEA Preview

35:15 - LA v RBNY Preview

41:13 - Interview: RBNY Head Coach Gerhard Struber

1:03:08 - SJ v DAL Preview

1:07:45 - Our ESPN+ Games of the Week

1:15:22 - Toronto FC Linked to Yeferson Soteldo

1:17:06 Mailbag

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:40pm EDT

How much MLS did you watch this weekend? No matter how much, we’ve got you covered with a full MLS Week 1 breakdown. The narrative winner was clear … Chicharito! The goals, the win, the postgame interview. Brilliant all around! Plus, the Sounders taught us all a lesson about doubting them, LAFC weathered a bizarre, early sub for Carlos Vela to take down Austin FC in their MLS debut, CCL teams looked real tired (and CF Montreal took advantage) and much, much more!

4:54 - Chicharito comeback tour kicks off

12:39 - What to make of Phil Neville’s Miami

17:21 - Sounders aren’t going anywhere

28:51 - Carlos Vela sub controversy, LAFC still win

32:21 - Evaluating Austin FC’s debut

45:38 - Teams that impressed us this weekend (hint: well done, CF Montreal)

58:19 - Caden Clark only scores bangers

1:02:05 - FC Cincinnati actually scored goals!

1:06:19 - Houston’s Week 1 form might be sustainable

1:09:09 - Mailbag

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

MLS is back, and Extratime has your ultimate Week 1 preview! Join us to wallow in CCL joy, then settle in for a parade of interviews from all around the MLS world. We’re talking Taylor Twellman, Stu Holden and Ramses Sandoval to preview the weekend’s national TV games. How about Steve Zakuani on the Sounders? You know you’re here for ETR x The Call Up. MLS Assist has all the tactical wrinkles covered. We save the fun for last … The Cooligans make their Extratime debut!

7:38 - Taylor Twellman previews Inter Miami vs. LA Galaxy on ABC

21:13 - Stu Holden on LAFC vs. Austin FC (FOX) + CCL results

30:55 - Ramses Sandoval previews Orlando vs. Atlanta (UniMas, TUDN, Twitter)

40:28 - Steve Zakuani on Seattle vs. Minnesota (FS1)

49:32 - The Call Up Collab! Who are the MLS style Icons?

1:06:01 - MLS Assist on the most interesting tactical trends

1:16:27 - The Cooligans on what gets them jacked for MLS in 2021

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Predictions time! This is the big one, your favorite show of the year and ours as well. Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen take a crack at every possible individual award for the 2021 MLS season, including the ones we made up, as well as MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield. The season starts in five days! It’s time to go on the record. Plus, CCL previews, too.

4:56 - CCL Leg 2 Previews

9:46 - How Many MLS Teams Will Make the CCL Quarterfinals?

13:04 - Traditional Prediction Categories: Defender, Newcomer, Goalkeeper etc

36:37 - Who Will Win the Golden Boot Presented by Audi? 

44:10 - Who Will Win the Landon Donovan MLS MVP?

53:24 - Extratime Award Categories: D-mid, fullback, darkhorse MVP

1:12:19 - Supporters’ Shield Winner & MLS Cup Winner

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Glass half full? Or glass half empty? The Concacaf Champions League will test your emotions, and for now MLS clubs are rightfully thrilled. Two wins, two draws and one game to go … all on the road! Andrew, David and Doyle react to the results then chat with Atlanta United’s George Bello about the margins in Costa Rica, the Heinze effect, Josef and Barco, his international future and dreams of playing in Europe. Plus, headlines from around the league, including Minnesota United’s new No. 9.

1:13 - Check out the Since ‘96 gear at MLSstore.com!

8:06 - What a week for MLS in CCL

16:52 - Atlanta United’s stunning win over Alajuelense

24:24 - INTERVIEW: Atlanta United and USMNT left back George Bello

42:05 - Toronto FC grinds out a draw with Club Leon

51:39 - Did the Union have the most impressive performance of the week?

59:05 - Portland in good shape heading into the second leg of their series

1:03:38 - Minnesota United signs Ramon Abila, are they an MLS Cup Contender?

1:09:02 - Kevin Cabral + LA Galaxy

1:13:50 - Mailbag

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The tournament of your dreams/nightmares back, and so is free space. The guys experiment with a reverse CCL jinx, then try to figure out which MLS team has the best chance of winning the thing (finally). In the process, we finish up our season previews with the Columbus Crew, Portland Timbers and Atlanta United.

2:45 - CCL Preview

8:11 - Why CCL is important for player development

12:48 - Which MLS team has the best shot to win CCL?

18:26 - Columbus Crew SC Season Preview

36:38 - Portland Timbers Season Preview

51:10 - Toronto FC-Club Leon & Union-Saprissa

58:44 - Atlanta United FC Season Preview

1:17:15 - Mailbag

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Alright, alright, alright. It’s time to preview the new boys, Austin FC. Can they become “legendary,” as a certain famous owner fan said recently? Forget MLS Cup, are NYCFC a playoff team? Are the Union equipped to thrive without two Best XI players? Is the chaos going to be the good kind in San Jose? Plus, US Open Cup qualification and favorites to make the field of eight, a buffet of signings and Gio Reyna in the Mailbag.

9:55 - Which MLS teams have the best shot in U.S. Open Cup?

19:00 - Paul Arriola back to D.C. United, how will he fit in this year?

22:44 - Philadelphia Union Season Preview

37:03 - NYCFC Season Preview

49:17 - Austin FC Season Preview

1:00:31 - San Jose Earthquakes Season Preview

1:12:12 - Mailbag

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Big year, new pod! Introducing Extratime: Club & Country driven by Continental Tire, where we’ll exclusively cover the international game in 2021. World Cup qualifying. Nations League. Gold Cup. Copa America. Euros. Every last game, story and headline. On this pod, Andrew, Dave and Doyle react to the USMNT’s two friendly wins, take a closer look at Canada’s World Cup chances, go Concacafin’, debate the USMNT’s Nations’ League Best XI and chat with Herculez Gomez (ESPN, Futbol Americas) and Sebastian Lletget (USMNT goalscorer extraordinaire).

3:10 - 2021 International Soccer Calendar

4:23 - What we’re most excited for in 2021…

6:09 - Recapping the USMNT’s wins vs Jamaica and Northern Ireland

25:14 - Breaking down Canada’s start to World Cup Qualifying

29:30 - Concacafin’ with David Gass! Everything you need to know about the region

37:55 - Interview: Herculez Gomez on Jozy as USMNT No. 9, Chicharito for Mexico and more

58:56 - Picking a USMNT Best XI for the Nations League

1:12:40 - Interview: Sebastian Lletget on Berhalter’s vision, his place in the team & Eurosnobs (?!?)

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Olympic qualifying failure! Again?!? How? Why? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? Andrew, Doyle and David spar over the fact that the US U-23s are, for the third straight time, fell short in a bid to compete for a medal and represent the United States in Tokyo. Thankfully, the USWNT will pick up the slack. Once the yelling is done and emotions settle, it’s time for four more season previews. What will CF Montreal be without Thierry Henry? Can the Revs win MLS Cup? Are FC Dallas for real … or still just a little short? Is another Shield enough for Carlos Vela and LAFC?

3:17 – A personal message #StopAsianHate

8:00 - Olympic Qualifying failure deep dive

34:29 - Montreal Season Preview

46:17 - New England Revolution Season Preview

57:07 - FC Dallas Season Preview

1:07:39 - LAFC Season Preview

1:18:08 - Mailbag

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The 2021 MLS schedule is out! The guys are hyped, but there is also substance. We know the size of the playoff field, and we know most games occur between conference foes. Andrew explains why that’s not a forever thing and why it also means every single game matters more than ever before. Meanwhile, Dave is jacked for Heineken Rivalry Week, and Doyle says making MLS more easily accessible is a huge win for the game and the league.

Then it’s on to season previews! Are Inter Miami title contenders or will David Beckham and Co. have to be patient? Is there another gear to Nashville SC? Do the Whitecaps have enough to get into the playoffs? Are the Rapids ready to take the next step? Finally, we name our top five No. 10s in MLS!

3:03 - The schedule is out! Here’s what we’re excited for/matters

20:06 - Why the Supporters’ Shield shouldn’t have an asterisk

27:09 - Inter Miami Season Preview

39:21 - Nashville SC Season Preview

51:19 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC Season Preview

1:03:44 - Colorado Rapids Season Preview

1:14:57 - Top Five No. 10s in MLS

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Who is the best No. 9 in MLS? Josef? Gyasi? Ruidiaz? Chicharito? Pulido? Other? Calen Carr gives his Top 5 (1:12:17) after the guys dig through Concacaf Olympic qualifying and four more 2021 season previews. First up, Minnesota United, who are a Top 3 team in the West according to Doyle and have Bebelo Reynoso to thank for it. Meanwhile, Wiebe is rooting for the Fire to ditch the Keystone Cops routine, the Red Bulls are going all-in on the press but the year isn’t 2016 or 2018 and Chicharito definitely isn’t the most interesting thing about the Galaxy. That’d be 18-year-old playmaker Efra Alvarez, currently in a tug of war between the US and Mexico.

4:36 – Atlanta United … get their CB!

7:24 – Shoutout to didychrislito, your eMLS Cup Champion

9:02 – USMNT Olympic Qualifying! Does the Mexico game matter?

16:00 – Minnesota United FC Season Preview

32:24 – Chicago Fire FC Season Preview

44:59 – New York Red Bulls Season Preview

56:37 – LA Galaxy Season Preview

1:12:17 – Top Five No. 9s in MLS

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Daryl Dike, two goals and another Barnsley win. You know the drill. The guys can’t help but be a little giddy, especially because Dike was also called in to Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT side. Andrew, David and Doyle react to the 26 names who were called up, rip apart (with the help of the Gio Reyna hive) Andrew’s starting XI against Jamaica and wonder how Berhalter might learn from the two games. Plus, our season previews roll on with deep dives on Real Salt Lake, Seattle Sounders, D.C. United and Toronto FC!

5:09 - Daryl Dike refuses to stop scoring 

16:26 - USMNT roster reactions

29:22 - Real Salt Lake Season Preview

40:55 - Seattle Sounders Season Preview

53:09 - D.C. United Season Preview

1:06:15 - Toronto FC Season Preview 

1:17:51 – Doyle and Gass under fire in the Mailbag

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Calen is back to kick off Extratime’s 2021 MLS season previews! First up, should Orlando City pull the trigger on a $10 million offer for Daryl Dike? Well, that depends. Then it’s on to four team capsules: FC Cincinnati, Orlando City, Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC. Andrew sets the scene with 2021 haikus, and the guys hit all the big topics … biggest signings, star watch, 22 Under 22 to watch, worst-case scenarios and, of course, predictions. This year we’re giving you a full 10 minutes for each club. Finally, The Call Up’s Susannah Collins and Jillian Sakovits also roll through for some laughs, and you know we’re here for that!

2:58 - $10 million??? Should Orlando cash in on Daryl Dike?

13:58 - FC Cincinnati Team Preview

27:13 - Orlando City Team Preview

39:43 - Houston Dynamo Team Preview

49:32 - Sporting KC Team Preview

1:00:06 - Here for This! Extratime x Call Up Collab

1:18:26 - Mailbag

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Which home openers and Week 1 matches have you jacked up? Andrew, David and Doyle give their takes, name the top box-to-box midfielders and goalkeepers in MLS then welcome a big guest. Bruce Arena calls in to give his take on the state of the national team, and go line by line over the Revolution’s 2021 prospects. What should the USMNT expectations for 2022 and 2026 look like? Should the Revs be considered an MLS Cup favorite? You’ll learn something, and walk away with more to think about.

4:35 – Schedule is out! Home openers we can’t wait to watch…

22:01 - Lucho Acosta to FC Cincinnati, is he enough of a difference-maker? 

25:29 – Doyle names his Top 5 box-to-box midfielders in MLS

36:48 - INTERVIEW: Bruce Arena on Revs, Covid and USMNT in 2022 and 2026

1:10:40 – Gass names his Top 5 Goalkeepers in MLS

1:16:34 – MAILBAG! MLS highlights as NFTs…

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Would you get MLS Cup ink? Lucas Zelarayan did, and Andrew, David and Doyle ponder what would get them on the table. Meanwhile, the Crew just keep getting better. The guys give their thoughts on yet another impact signing for Columbus, take a look at the BetMGM MLS Cup odds -- let’s just say we’d rearrange things a little -- and wonder whether Rafael Santos Borre really fits with Toronto FC. Plus, Steve Zakuani joins the show to talk Sounders in 2021 and the name the top five wingers in MLS.

3:03 - Lucas Zelarayan’s new ink

11:08 - Columbus Crew SC make another signing, keep getting better

18:20 - Early picks to win MLS Cup

20:22 - Toronto FC linked with Rafael Santos Borre

27:32 - Steve Zakuani joins the show

33:45 - What’s next for the Sounders in 2021?

42:42 - Steve’s Top 5 wingers in MLS

50:30 - Top 5 Centerbacks in MLS

58:02 - Americans tear it up yet again in Europe

1:03:54 - Mailbag

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Who is the best defensive midfielder in MLS? What about fullback? Legend de Foot Patrice Bernier helps Andrew and David settle on top fives for both positions, plus have some laughs during MLS story time. Get the behind-the-scenes take on Montreal’s CCL final run, Didier Drogba’s time in MLS, Thierry Henry’s personality as a head coach and much more from Quebec’s own in Bernier. Plus, Daryl Dike’s continued success, Freddy Montero and the Sounders and Atlanta United miss out on a central defender.

4:07 – What are the odds Daryl Dike comes back to Orlando City

11:37 – Is Freddy Montero a good fit for the Sounders?

13:32 - Lautaro Gianetti transfer to Atlanta is off

15:29 - Carlos Salcedo to Houston has legs

19:46 – Remembering Cameron Porter/CCL final, Didier Drogba and the Montreal glory days w/ Patrice Bernier 

52:47 – Who are the top five D-Mids in MLS for 2021?

1:03:26 – Who are the top five fullbacks in MLS for 2021?

1:10:12 – MAILBAG: MLS Cup duck + Best players to never score an MLS goal

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Which players will “break out” in 2021? David makes his picks (almost at random) and Andrew says the most improved team of 2021 will be Atlanta United. Real Salt Lake assistant GM and long-time right back Tony Beltran stops by to explain how the club is dealing with ownership limbo and tell stories from the MLS Cup and CCL glory days. Plus, Evan Ream gives and update and context on Sacramento’s expansion bid.

3:50 - Predicting Breakout Players of 2021

19:35 - The most improved team in 2021 will be ________

21:57 - Which teams will regress in 2021?

24:39 - Interview: Evan Ream

32:11 - Interview: Tony Beltran

1:01:28 - Real Salt Lake’s 2021 outlook

1:04:37 - Mailbag

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Thierry Henry needed to go home, and now CF Montreal are looking for a new head coach. The guys react to the news of the day, including Gregore to Inter Miami. Remember when the USMNT beat Argentina, Batigol and Simeone at Copa America? By three goals, no less? Cobi Jones joins the guys to remind us all of a legendary moment since forgotten, partake in some classic MLS story time and explain what must change in our game to address racism and inequality. Plus, Gio Savarese talks Timbers, Jeremy Ebobisse and the return of Sebastian Blanco.

1:45 - Thierry Henry steps down as CF Montreal head coach

6:35 - Daryl Dike is tearing it up on loan

11:57 - Inter Miami CF signs Gregore

14:33 - Interview: Cobi Jones on 1995 Copa America, stacked UCLA, Galaxy days

55:09 - USMNT Olympic qualifying roster thoughts

57:18 - Interview: Giovanni Savarese talks Timbers, Ebobisse’s best position

1:12:36 – Mailbag!

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Who are the top five teams in MLS … as of Feb. 22, 2021? Matt Doyle has your answer, while Andrew and David pick apart the list. Plus, reaction to Jordan Morris’ knee injury (and what it means for his World Cup hopes), an interview with noted ETR listener and new CF Montreal forward Bjorn Johnsen and you mail, including Michael Bradley’s USMNT legacy.

2:36 - Jordan Morris injury reaction

9:53 - What do the Sounders do now?

12:01 - Who are the Top 5 teams in MLS right now?

33:51 - Interview: Bjorn Johnsen

1:03:54 - Mailbag

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Thierry Henry to Bournemouth? The guys ponder the latest rumors around CF Montreal’s manager. Could the Championship be in his future? What can Henry show with Montreal if he stays in MLS? Plus, why Wiebe says Chicharito ought to get a pass for a nightmarish 2020, we play free-agent matchmaker, break down potential destinations for Frankie Amaya and imagine better times in the Mailbag.

5:11 – Thierry Henry to Bournemouth? Does it make sense? 

17:17 – One potential coaching replacement if Henry leaves

20:16 – Can CF Montreal build on their 2020 season?

24:20 – Should Chicharito get a pass for nightmarish 2020?

33:31 – Predicting Chicharito’s goal total for 2021…

36:36 – Free Agent matchmaker

47:07 – Breaking down the Frankie Amaya trade rumors

56:38 – Why hasn’t the USL to MLS pathway happened more?

1:00:58 – Mailbag

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Pato? The duck … or the Brazilian striker? Matt Doyle and David Gass break down the news then dig into the biggest transfer needs around MLS. They are joined by “beat writer for the world” Julia Poe of the Orlando Sentinel. She guides the guys through recent events in Orlando, from the Alexandre Pato signing to the purpose of the Daryl Dike loan to Barnsley. Finally, Doyle and Gass debate whether a former MLSer could win the UEFA Champions League this year, and examine the USMNT depth chart. 

1:32 – An ETR shoutout from Montreal’s new signing

4:27 - Which teams have the most work to do this offseason? 

10:44 - Interview: Orlando Sentinel’s Julia Poe on Pato and Dike

26:37 - Will the Pato signing be a success for Orlando City? 

31:46 - Atlanta trades Eric Remedi to San Jose

36:15 – Quick-hit signings and transfer rumors from around MLS

38:09 - Will an MLS product win the UEFA Champions League this season?

45:21 - Deep dive on the current USMNT depth chart

1:00:50 - Mailbag

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Did you know the MLS season starts on April 17? Does Lucho Acosta to FC Cincinnati sound like a good idea? Who is new DP Tomas Pochettino and how does he change Austin FC? The guys tackle those questions, then turn to Felipe Cardenas (The Athletic) for more on the South America-to-MLS pipeline and Gabriel Heinze’s Atlanta United. Plus, CCL draw reaction, thoughts on the new US Open Cup format and a must-listen interview with Tony Sanneh on a career that took him from the Twin Cities to the Champions League.

5:25 - Lucho Acosta to FC Cincinnati?

12:28 - Cristian Pavon back to LA Galaxy?

14:40 - Austin FC signs Tomas Pochettino

19:54 - Nashville SC signs CJ Sapong

22:16 - INTERVIEW: Felipe Cardenas (The Athletic)

44:15 - CCL Bracketology

54:50 - Thoughts on the new U.S. Open Cup format

59:40 - INTERVIEW: Tony Sanneh, Big Cat on his incredible career

1:36:59 – Mailbag: Best taping location of all-time

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Big news day in MLS. The 2021 season is on, and FC Cincinnati are the headline makers. Signing Brenner, Sao Paolo’s 21-year-old goalscorer, would be a signal of intent (and ambition). And what might Jaap Stam’s team look like with Pity Martinez alongside him? TBD. Also in Monday’s show, pluses and minuses of the new Concacaf Champions League format, Nacho Piatti, Atlanta United’s roster and more in the mailbag.  

2:21 - FC Cincinnati reportedly sign Brenner from Sao Paolo

14:29 - Would an MLS return make sense for Pity Martinez?

19:09 - New Concacaf Champions League format

39:44 - Ignacio Piatti back to MLS?

46:25 - Evaluating Atlanta United’s current roster situation

51:24 - Mailbag

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USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter joins the Extratime guys to talk about the strengths of the player pool, growing respect for Americans in Europe, golden generation vs. first wave and misinterpretations of the False 9. Plus, Jon Arnold (The Striker Texas) jumps on to explain what FC Dallas will do with the Bryan Reynolds transfer and whether the Homegrown pipeline is set to keep producing. Stick around for offseason winners, the state of Sporting KC and FC Cincinnati’s roster builds and more!

2:01 - Thoughts on Philly’s new kit

4:00 - Cyle Larin, Jonathan David, Tim Weah … Concacaf abroad

7:07 – INTERVIEW: Gregg Berhalter on the player pool, respect in Europe and a busy 2021

29:15 - State of Sporting KC’s roster build 

34:39 - State of FC Cincinnati’s roster build

41:41 - Biggest offseason winners from Doyle, Wiebe and Gass

52:50 – INTERVIEW: Jon Arnold talks FC Dallas transfers, Homegrowns and MLS in Texas

53:33 - What will FC Dallas do with the Bryan Reynolds money?

1:06:38 - Houston Dynamo + Carlos Salcedo? Where are the Dynamo headed?

1:09:21 – Austin FC tracking well for expansion season

1:12:37 - Quick hits on transfers around MLS

1:17:57 – Jesus Ferreira in the Mailbag 

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Is this a Golden Era for the USMNT … or just the first wave? The guys ponder the big questions as they break down a January camp romp led by Jesus Ferreira, Jonathan Lewis and Paul Arriola. How might Gregg Berhalter’s tactics (and lineup) differ against elite competition? Could Matt Turner really the best shot-stopper in MLS history? Does Barnsley make sense for Daryl Dike? What’s next for Aaron Long? Where could Jozy Altidore go if those transfer rumors were true? Plus, much-needed serotonin in the Mailbag.

2:49 - Jesus Ferreira is BACK … but what about with FC Dallas?

7:18 -  What did Doyle take away from the game

11:28 - Thoughts on Sam Vines’ performance/future

15:14 - How will the USMNT style change against better opposition?

19:30 - Jonathan Lewis wins a spot and balls out 

20:39 - Matt Turner: Best pure shot-stopper in MLS history?

28:09 - Arriola to Swansea? Best position long-term?

33:02 – Is this a Golden Era for USMNT/Americans abroad?

37:50 - Daryl Dike to Barnsley on loan?!

42:46 - Aaron Long: What’s next?

49:21 - Chris Richards loaned from Bayern Munich to Hoffenheim

51:23 - Jozy Altidore to the Olympics! Plus, transfer rumors?

55:54 - Crew sign Perry Kitchen, Timbers defender rumors

57:40 - Mailbag

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Go behind the Jordan Morris-Swansea City deal with Garth Lagerwey, Sounders President of Soccer and MLS old head. Get the details, plus insights/teases from a Seattle perspective and a look at the global market for MLS and the next generation of players. Andrew, David and Doyle also talk through the US national team’s January camp payoff – What does Berhalter want to get out of it? Who will the winners be? – and run down a long list of transfer rumors of varying veracity. Stick around for a mailbag long on laughs and questionable takes.

2:59 – What will the January payoff be for Gregg Berhalter?

8:48 – Player you’re watching against Trinidad & Tobago

13:39 – David Gass: Starting USMNT XI I want to see

17:55 – Paul Arriola to Swansea City? Good for DC?

19:58 – Jordan Morris to Swansea City now official

22:21 – INTERVIEW: Sounders GM & President of Soccer Garth Lagerwey 

49:22 – Transfer rumor of the week … Giovinco to LA Galaxy?!?

55:19 – What’s going on with RBNY?

1:01:07 – Cup Winners Cup for MLS? SuperCup?

1:03:00 – What team’s stock will be way up in 6 months?

1:05:44 – MAILBAG

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Sergio Aguero + LAFC = Big splash. The guys dream big for MLS – Memphis Depay to _____??? – and wonder whether Papu Gomez could fix FC Cincinnati. UPDATE: Fun convo, but Gomez won’t be headed to Ohio after all, signing with Sevilla. Keeping it in Europe, there’s debate over Tyler Adams’ long-term position and club possibilities, Josh Sargent’s potential and debuts for Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie. Plus, MLS young players we’re rooting for in 2021, Aaron Herrera’s reported Serie A interest and our favorite serotonin-inducing soccer moments.

1:41 - What should players get for winning the Supporters’ Shield?

4:14 - Splash signings we want to see this offseason

15:49 - What can Minnesota United be with a few upgrades? 

19:37 - Papu Gomez to FC Cincinnati?

28:50 - Big weekend for Americans Abroad

29:32 - Doyle on Josh Sargent

32:01 - What’s Tyler Adams’ best position long-term?

45:14 - MLS Young Player who you’re rooting for in 2021?

53:23 - Real Salt Lake’s Aaron Herrera reportedly has Serie A interest

57:59 - Vancouver Whitecaps reportedly in for Porto No. 10

1:05:00 – Mailbag: Serotonin-inducing soccer moments

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Juventus or Roma? Tom Bogert (MLSsoccer.com) has the latest on the FC Dallas Homegrown’s transfer saga. We also introduce the MLS world to Hernan Losada, who is trading the Belgian League for MLS and D.C. United. Plus, the SuperDraft goes rogue! Errrrr …. That or the Mock Drafts were just way off. Andrew, Doyle and Dave dig through the first round: winners, best picks, strange moments. Is it smart that the Union traded all of their picks? As always, your mail!

3:05 - 2021 MLS SuperDraft recap

6:27 - Top 3 pick thoughts + Austin FC, Danny Pereira

15:03 - Best pick of the first round? Houston’s big day

20:52 - Philadelphia Union trades away all draft picks, good move?

25;12 - Tom Bogert on Bryan Reynolds to Juve? Roma? And much more

26:09 – Why the Rapids were delighted to grab Philip Mayaka

27:14 - Is Bryan Reynolds going to Roma or Juventus?

33:51 - Latest on Paul Arriola to Swansea

36:54 - Jesus Murillo to LAFC on a permanent deal

39:15 - Papu Gomez to FC Cincinnati? BS meter

41:19 - Bobby Wood to RSL? Good move/bad news?

47:27 - Andres Guardado to Charlotte? 

47:59 - Interview: New D.C. United manager Hernan Losada

1:01:46 - Mailbag

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The SuperDraft is here! How deep is the pool? Where are the strengths? Who are the GA signees? Doyle and Charlie’s 2021 Mock Draft starts things off, then the guys tackle the weekend’s big headlines. Phil Neville (and Chris Henderson) to Inter Miami? Hernan Losada swapping Belgium for D.C. United? Jordan Morris headed to Swansea City on loan?!? Time to dig in.

3:06 - Charlie Davies’ breakdown of college soccer in 2020

10:57 - Where is the strength of this year’s SuperDraft class? 

12:32 - Matt Doyle breaks down the Generation adidas class

16:10 - Matt Doyle/Charlie Davies Mock SuperDraft

41:55 - Miami hires Phil Neville and Chris Henderson

47:42 - D.C. United hire Hernan Losada

54:09 - Jordan Morris reportedly going on loan to Swansea

1:03:07 - News and notes from around the league

1:04:50 - RBNY listening to offers for Tim Parker 

1:07:31 - Lukas Podolski to FC Cincinnati? 

1:09:55 - Mailbag

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It’s a new era in Toronto, and we’re talking to the man in charge. Chris Armas lays out his vision for the Reds and reflects on the perceptions – misguided or not – in New York, plus Andrew, Doyle and David react to the hire. The guys debate the best MLS SuperDraft pick of all-time and dig through past transformational draft classes. Stick around for the nitty-gritty on the CF Montreal (formerly the Impact) rebrand, this week’s MLS trades and the Mailbag.

2:45 – Kelyn Rowe signs with Seattle (you’re welcome, Anders)

5:50 – Reactions to Chris Armas’ appointment as Toronto FC head coach

15:20 – INTERVIEW: Armas lays out his vision for the Reds, reflects on Red Bulls days

38:46 – Who is the best MLS SuperDraft pick of all-time?

1:05:30 – INTERVIEW: Montreal president on rebrand, Thierry Henry

1:25:12 – Our thoughts on the Montreal rebrand

1:27:00 – Michael Barrios traded to the Colorado Rapids

1:31:22 – Jorge Villafana traded to LA Galaxy

1:32:20 – Mailbag

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Mailbag pod! Andrew, David and Doyle dig into a bevy of listener questions and chat with MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert to get the lay of the land as the January transfer window heats up. From the Corey Baird trade to MLS broadcasts on Nickelodeon to Jozy Altidore’s role with the US men’s national team in 2021 and so much more, your questions answered!

2:11 - Start the Matthew Hoppe hype train!

9:03 - SuperDraft Preview

12:35 - Corey Baird traded to LAFC, good move for both sides?

17:40 - Tom Bogert joins the show

26:00 - Are Portland legit CCL contenders?

33:28 - Updates on Reggie Cannon and Mark McKenzie

43:19 - Soooooo what’s up with that D.C. United coaching search?

51:35 - Are Columbus Crew SC the deepest championship team ever?

56:52 - How good have Austin FC’s MLS signings been so far?

1:01:37 - Would DeAndre Yedlin be a fit in Atlanta? 

1:03:26 - Moises Caicedo to Atlanta United????

1:05:46 - Will Jozy get one more shot with the National Team?

1:08:41 - Should Sporting KC move on from Peter Vermes?

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The offseason player/coach carousel is spinning out of control! In the least surprising news of the week, the Galaxy got their man in Greg Vanney, who stops by to chat with Andrew and Dave about his vision for the club. Plus, Mark McKenzie is headed to Belgium for big money. What does it mean for the Union? The champions get even deeper as Kevin Molino signs with Columbus! Austin FC dip into the free agent market, DeAndre Yedlin might come home and Diego Alonso’s instincts were right, as it turned out. Doyle also gives his take on Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT roster and the guys devote serious time to the mailbag.

3:40 – Homegrown #PlayYourKids Draft!

7:43 – Mark McKenzie gets his big-money transfer

16:42 – Kevin Molino to Columbus?! HOT BOI

24:25 – Matt Besler/Diego Fagundez headed to Austin FC

31:42 – DeAndre Yedlin returning to MLS? To which team?

37:41 – Diego Alonso was right! David Beckham’s Inter Miami in flux

43:27 – INTERVIEW: Greg Vanney on Galaxy job, Chicharito

1:06:05 – How do the Galaxy rebuild, starting with this window?

1:11:38 – Doyle’s take on the USMNT January camp roster

1:15:34 – Mailbag! Zonal marking and W-L-D pedantic

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It’s New Year’s Resolution time in MLS, and Extratime is back to take a close look at all 27 (?!?!) clubs. From Austin FC to the defending MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew, Andrew, David and Doyle give their suggest resolution and update you with all the news you missed during the holidays! Plus, Doyle’s tips for sticking to your goals in 2021.

11:18 Austin FC, FC Cincinnati, Houston Dynamo

 

19:18 D.C. United, Atlanta United, Chicago Fire

 

26:47 Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy, Inter Miami

 

33:32 Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes

 

40:45 New England Revolution, Nashville SC, New York Red Bulls

 

48:24 LAFC (plus CCL free space), FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids

 

59:56 Minnesota United, Portland Timbers, NYCFC

 

1:07:57 Orlando City, Sporting KC, Philadelphia Union

 

1:18:17 Seattle Sounders, Columbus Crew

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It's finally time to put a bow on 2020! While Andrew Wiebe trudges through the snow to his new digs in Kansas City, Calen and Doyle join David to break down all the big news. First, the guys hit CCL and explain why LAFC COULD win it this year. Then they talk the big moves in Austin from the Alex Ring trade to expansion draft and potential DPs with Sporting Director Claudio Reyna. Finally, the crew previews free agency, re-entry draft, and transfer rumors coming up plus the big trades made in Montreal.

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Andrew, David, Doyle and Charlie sift through all the storylines from MLS Cup XXV, then preview Austin FC's Expansion Draft options and this week's Concacaf Champions League matches!

1:52 – Columbus Crew win 25th MLS Cup! Save/Crown the Crew!

 

5:27 How Columbus got the job done without two of their best players

 

13:23 Why the final was a Caleb Porter masterclass

 

27:50 19-year-old Aiden Morris steps up in a big way

 

34:02 What went wrong for the Sounders and Brian Schmetzer

 

47:34 Analyzing Austin FC’s flurry of trades and Expansion Draft targets

 

1:03:32 CCL preview … and Atlanta got a 2021 spot?

 

1:07:08 Who has the best chance to advance in CCL?

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It all comes down to this, a season defined by a pandemic ends with the two best teams (our words … and Caleb Porter’s) playing for the 25th MLS Cup championship in the league’s history. Andrew, David and Charlie chat with Porter, Brian Schmetzer, Jonathan Mensah and Cristian Roldan and preview the match. All the hype, the best storylines, all the soccer wrinkles, player spotlights and, finally, predictions. Also, please note this was recorded before Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos were ruled out. Sigh, 2020.

1:38 MLS Cup is finally here!

 

6:27 Fitting for Crew and Sounders to meet in Columbus

 

12:57 INTERVIEW: Caleb Porter on Zelarayan, Schmetzer

 

24:57 Are the Sounders already a dynasty? Would they be with another Cup?

 

37:14 From Saved to Cup, Crew’s present and future

 

42:29 INTERVIEW: Brian Schmetzer on another MLS Cup, Caleb Porter

 

51:20 Breaking down the game, lineup decisions and trends

 

59:43 INTERVIEW: Jonathan Mensah on a uniquely difficult year

 

1:08:15 Player Spotlights: Nouhou, Artur/Nagbe (sigh) and Roldan

 

1:13:24 INTERVIEW: Cristian Roldan, Seattle’s own (kinda)

 

1:18:45 MLS Cup predictions

 

1:22:32 Rapid fire MLS news: McDonough, Besler etc

 

1:35:47 USMNT takes

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D-Y-N-A-S-T-Y. Minnesota United huffed and puffed, but the Sounders blew the house down and booked a place in MLS Cup to make it four finals in five years and seal their place in league history. Their opponent? The Columbus Crew, in a match that pits arguably the best two teams in the league. First, Andrew, David, Doyle and Charlie explain how the Loons blew their 2-0 lead, the ways in which Brian Schmetzer pulled the right strings and why Seattle is a model club. Plus, reaction to Alejandro Pozuelo’s Landon Donovan MLS MVP season, Gabriel Heinze to Atlanta United, Patrick Vieira’s case to be the manager of Toronto FC and Mauro Manotas’ reported sale to Liga MX.

1:09 Instant reaction to #SEAvMIN and the Sounders comeback

 

5:26 Charlie responds after listeners point out Reynoso take

 

12:29 What could Minnesota and Adrian Heath have done differently?

 

14:13 Quick lookahead to MLS Cup

 

20:44 Are the Sounders officially a dynasty?

 

29:23 Raul Ruidiaz: MLS Cup Playoffs assassin

 

32:18 Minnesota United season in review: Can they get even better? How?

 

37:01 Will Kevin Molino return to the Loons?

 

42:14 Reaction to Alejandro Pozuelo winning MVP

 

47:32 Mauro Manotas sold, so what’s next for the Dynamo?

 

50:45 Is Gabriel Heinze the right man for Atlanta United? Or should they hire Vieira?

 

57:23 Where will Greg Vanney manage next? What if it isn’t LA…

 

59:51 USMNT v El Salvador preview

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And then there were four. The Audi MLS Cup Playoffs are just three games away from crowning a 25th MLS Cup champion. Who will it be? Minnesota United rolled Sporting KC behind Kevin ‘Hot Boy’ Molino and Bebelo Reynoso. The Seattle Sounders march to the Cup feels inevitable, and FC Dallas couldn’t stand in their way. Meanwhile, the Revs might be the hottest team in the competition, and the Columbus Crew have home-field advantage should they win. The guys celebrate the Loons dynamic duo, pinpoint what’s missing in Kansas City, explain how Seattle can be beaten, take a close look at the midfield battle between the Crew and Revs then hit all the headlines around the league. Who should sign Patrick Vieira? Why does Greg Vanney make sense for the Galaxy? Does Chris Armas make sense for D.C. United? Who should sign Dom Dwyer?

4:19 SKCvMIN: How did the Loons roll? Hot Boy, that’s how!

 

11:46 Is Emanuel Reynoso one of the best players in MLS?

 

32:07 SEAvMIN: How can Minnesota end the Sounders’ run?

 

37:21 CLBvNE: Why the game will be won in midfield

 

49:35 Patrick Vieira back to MLS? Who should sign him?

 

56:13 Where will Greg Vanney be coaching next? Why should it be LA?

 

57:18 Does Chris Armas make sense for D.C. United?

 

1:03:25 Thoughts on USMNT roster!

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Mad Max Fury Road … in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. Hope you were buckled up because Orlando City and Revs had the MLS world on the edge of its seat. In the end, the inevitable: Bruce Arena’s squad is marching on via their DPs, Matt Turner and Tajon Buchanan. Meanwhile, Orlando, Oscar Pareja and Nani are left to wonder … what if? Nashville might wonder the same, but their expansion season is a clear success despite succumbing to the Crew in extra time. The guys argue (OK, yell) about what comes next in the Music City and look ahead to the Western Conference semifinals this week.

2:09 – First impressions of the Eastern Conference Finals

8:03 – Columbus-Nashville game breakdown

10:48 – Gyasi Zardes delivers in extra time

15:13 – Why did Nashville SC fall short?

17:09 – Looking ahead to Crew-New England

21:00 – What’s the next step for Nashville SC? (Lots of arguing/yelling)

32:11 – Orlando City-New England game breakdown

33:01 – Did Orlando’s lack of discipline cost them?

40:26 – How good can Tajon Buchanan be?

45:52 – INTERVIEW: Matt Polster

53:26 – How did Bruce Arena and the Revs become a contender so quickly?

1:03:26 – How can Orlando build on historic season?

1:05:42 – Looking ahead to Seattle-Dallas

1:06:04 – Ricardo Pepi or Franco Jara?

1:07:57 – How should FC Dallas set up to pull off the upset?

1:12:52 – Is it a failure if Sounders don’t make (or win) MLS Cup?

1:15:31 – Looking ahead to Sporting KC-Minnesota

1:16:25 – Will Adrian Heath run it back or start Kei Kamara?

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And then there were eight! The Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs delivered again on Tuesday night, as both of the Eastern Conference top seeds (Union, Toronto FC) saw their seasons end early and the Sounder cruised past, for the second year running, LAFC. The guys burn the midnight oil (in other words, Brown Liquor Special!) to break it all down, preview the Conference Semifinals and chat with Matt Turner (NE) and Dax McCarty (NSH).

4:33 Seattle Sounders handle LAFC with ease, now MLS Cup favorites

 

25:51 How should Luchi, FC Dallas approach Sounders?

 

29:26 Supporters’ Shield winners OUT! How Revs ended Union’s season

 

44:08 INTERVIEW: Matt Turner on New England win, Carles Gil, goalkeeping in the playoffs

 

56:44 How did Nashville upset Toronto FC? Are they the real deal?

 

1:04:11 INTERVIEW: Dax McCarty is back again to explain how Nashville built into the year

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EMBRACE THE INSANITY! We’re talking Rodrigo Schlegel and the shootout that wouldn’t end, Tim Melia stonewalling everyone, Wondo being Wondo, Gustavo Bou golazo winners, Hot Boy and Ricardo Pepi. The 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs have delivered through seven games, and Andrew, David, Charlie and Doyle gather in the middle of the night to round up all the action. We’ve got interview’s with Pepi and Melia, plus previews of Tuesday’s action!

0:40 – Ricardo Pepi calls in minutes after FC Dallas’ big win

5:03 – Most memorable moment of the 2020 playoffs so far?

11:25 – How did FC Dallas get past the Timbers?

21:09 – Wondo, Melia and insanity as Sporting KC outlast San Jose

32:06 – INTERVIEW: Tim Melia reveals his PK secrets

42:11 – Minnesota keep it “boring” as Hot Boy shines in first playoff win

48:49 – INTERVIEW: Dayne St. Clair

53:38 – Was it just a year too early for the Rapids?

55:46 – Orlando vs. NYCFC: Wrap your head around history/the spectacle

59:30 – Crew vs. Red Bulls: Did Gerhard Struber tinker too much?

1:02:32 – PHIvNE: Why Carles Gil could change the Revs’ luck against the Union

1:05:25 – TORvNSH: Charlie Davies’ monologue on narratives around Nashville

1:10:11 – SEAvLAFC: Doyle on how LAFC can get the job done

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Only 24 hours left until Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs soccer. Andrew, David and Charlie start the show with big news: one of them is the owner of the professional soccer team … guess who! Then it’s on to the Eastern Conference bracket, where Nashville SC is the subject of “lazy narratives” and Inter Miami have nothing to lose and everything to gain from a postseason run. Plus, Orlando City’s Daryl Dike joins the show to talk about his path to MLS, his favorite strikers of all-time and a looming international decision between the US and Nigeria. Plus, reactions to the Houston Dynamo’s new crest, Austin FC’s first jersey and Ken Griffey Jr., the Seattle Sounders owner.

1:00 Charlie Davies, USL owner!

 

5:02 Continental Awards recap

 

11:29 Houston Dynamo rebrand and first-ever Austin FC jersey

 

15:56 Ken Griffey Jr. joins Mariners ownership group

 

20:27 D.C. United coaching search … Who are the candidates?

 

22:20 New England vs. Montreal: Who has the edge?

 

29:23 – Nashville vs. Miami: Lazy narratives and redemption opportunities

39:43 INTERVIEW: Orlando City’s Daryl Dike on rookie season, international choice

1:01:04 Orlando vs. NYCFC: Best game of Round One? Best game of Round One!

1:05:57 Crew vs. Red Bulls: Are Columbus MLS Cup favorites now? Can New York pull off an upset?

1:16:55 Pandemic disrupts LAFC’s upset bid against Seattle Sounders

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There’s a chill in the air, and that means the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs are upon us. Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen dive into the Western Conference bracket. Can anybody really make it to MLS Cup or is there a clear hierarchy? How will international absences affect Round One? Are the Sounders still the favorites? To help answer those questions, Steve Zakuani calls in to explain why Seattle-LAFC is liable to be a banger, what’s up with Brian Schmetzer’s contract talks and sort out who can actually make it to MLS Cup to face the … Union! Also in this show, MLS awards under the microscope and the best matches of the play-in and opening round.

5:28 – Which playoff games are the guys circling on the calendar?

13:38 – Sporting KC … favorites or nah?

18:58 – Did voters get it right with Comeback Player of the Year?

25:55 – Lucas Zelarayan or Robert Beric for Newcomer of the Year?

30:52 – Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and AT&T Young Player of the Year

36:03 – INTERVIEW: Steve Zakuani talks Sounders, Western Conference

54:57 – SKCvSJ: How can Quakes pull the upset in Kansas City?

1:00:56 – PORvDAL: Can Dallas jump up and shock the Timbers?

1:06:50 – MINvCOL: Upset special again for the Loons?

1:11:45 – Luka Modric to the Galaxy?

1:14:41 – Mailbag!

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After 285 days, the US national team is back … for a scoreless draw! Despite the lack of goals, there were plenty of positive signs from the young squad for Andrew, Charlie and David to discuss: Weston McKennie is a boss, Tyler Adams is the No. 6, Sergino Dest has sauce, Yunus Musah might/could/maybe commit his future to the squad and Gio Reyna is full of talent even if the final ball didn’t come off. The guys go through their winners then welcome Fox Sports’ Stu Holden to the show for his USMNT and Audi MLS Cup Playoffs takeaways. Plus, Peter Vermes stops by to talk Sporting Kansas City, soccer during Covid and Alan Pulido’s injury.

2:10 USMNT are back! First impressions

 

4:54 Tyler Adams/Weston McKennie boss the midfield

 

7:47 Yunus Musah … How does he fit? What did we see from the 17-year-old?

 

19:36 INTERVIEW: Stu Holden jumps on to give his thoughts on Wales

 

22:11 Holden on Musah … What is his future? Is it with the US?

 

36:39 Holden on MLS Cup Playoffs, including Cup prediction

43:07 INTERVIEW: Peter Vermes on Sporting KC, soccer during Covid

1:09:29 Mailbag!

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What do Captain America and the Philadelphia Union have in common? Both have the Shield. Extratime brings you the story of the cosplay costume turned “Supporters’ Shield.” We talk to Jeremy Sullivan, who loaned his shield to the club at the last minute to get the full story, then bring on Union manager Jim Curtin for the story behind Philly’s rise, the way the club came together in a difficult year, why he’d love to coach in Europe and an audacious prediction about the USMNT at the 2026 World Cup. Plus, all the crazy moments from Decision Day presented by AT&T, our MLS award winners and mail from around the league!

1:17 Doop, Doop, Doop! Union win the Supporters’ Shield

 

9:50 INTERVIEW: Jeremy from Medford! How Captain America gave Philly their first trophy

 

15:53 INTERVIEW: Jim Curtin on the Union’s rise, 2020 and USMNT

 

52:15 Playoff field at a glance and best Decision Day moments

 

59:50 MLS award winners for 2020: MVP? Coach? Comeback?

 

1:08:51 USMNT preview

 

1:10:25 Mailbag from around the league

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Decision Day presented by AT&T will decide the playoff field, but the guys have their Home Depot Best XIs already in hand. Andrew, Charlie and David go line by line and reveal the team that paces the league. Who had outside backs and who went all central defense? Who is the No. 9 … or is there one? Should Cristian Pavon be in the team or might the Galaxy’s struggles keep him out? In the Western Conference, the Rapids and the Earthquakes locked in their places in the field, but Chris Wondolowski’s future remains murky. Plus, Jack Price calls in to talk Colorado present and past, Covid, Cole Bassett, Joe Willis joins to lay out Nashville’s tactical identity and talk goalkeeping and the Union’s chances at the Supporters’ Shield come down to 90 minutes.

4:07 The guys share their 2020 MLS Best XIs

 

18:21 Is this Chris Wondolowski’s last season?

 

23:13 INTERVIEW: Jack Price on Rapids present and past, Covid, Cole Bassett

 

37:31 Will Philadelphia get the job done and lift the Supporters’ Shield?

 

43:35 INTERVIEW: Jordan Angeli talks Crew, Fire, best in the West

 

1:00:38 Did Nani deserve a red card?

 

1:02:55 Who will take the final playoff places in the Eastern Conference?

 

1:05:55 INTERVIEW: Joe Willis on Nashville’s playing style, Walker Zimmerman, goalkeeping peers

 

1:22:23 USMNT roster reaction and Sporting KC real talk in the Mailbag 

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The weather is cooling quickly, and the soccer is starting to give off playoff vibes. The Union had a shot at the first silverware in club history … and fell short in Columbus. The Crew’s stars are back, and they’re feeling it. Meanwhile, pressure is on Philly (and Joe Bendik) to hold Toronto at bay on Decision Day presented by AT&T. Five teams are still battling for two remaining playoff spots in the East, it four teams for two spots in the West. The guys name who they want in for soccer/entertainment reasons, dissect the end of the Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s time in LA and discuss what Miguel Herrera would bring to club, ponder the Rapids’ chances at making a run and pump up the NYCFC midfield. Plus, Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year and Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year candidates and the 2020 Continental Awards categories!

4:31 – Philly fall short in Shield bid as Crew make a statement

17:49 – Who is the Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year?

20:02 – What’s going on with Concacaf Champions League?

21:51 – Who do you want to make the playoffs in the East? Fire and _____

33:40 – Which teams deserve to be in the postseason out West?

38:06 – GBS era over in LA, so what’s next for the Galaxy? Miguel Herrera?

50:27 – Why nobody wants to play NYCFC in the playoffs

52:32 – 2020 Continental Awards categories revealed…

58:30 – Who has inside track on Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year?

1:11:06 – MAILBAG: Sporting KC takes and more

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These are unprecedented times, and MLS is taking unprecedented measures to ensure all teams are measured on the same standard. That means points per game will decide playoff seeding and playoff spots. That’s good news for some, and not so good for others. Andrew, David and Charlie weigh in, celebrate another win for the Union, who are on track for their first-ever trophy now that the Supporters’ Shield is back on, then chat with veteran shirt tucker Ray Gaddis, covering the how and why of on-field presentability, the importance of voting and everything in between. Also in this show, the guys argue about MVP candidates (and Defender of the Year), declare Josef Martinez clear troll winner and give Henry Kessler his due not that there’s no Rookie of the Year award.

4:44 Standings, Shield to be decided on points per game

 

14:47 Do the Union have a legitimate MVP candidate?

 

16:41 Who should be Defender of the Year? Mensah vs. Zimmerman

 

23:15 INTERVIEW: Ray Gaddis’ All-Tuck 5-a-side, Union evolution, voting rights

 

1:02:28 Should a fullback be in the running for Defender of the Year?

 

1:05:27 What’s the ceiling for the Revolution?

 

1:16:39 MLS Predict 6 pres. By BetMGM

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On this episode of The Movement, host and former MLS player Calen Carr examines the issue of voting rights in America, and travels to Pennsylvania to see how the Black Players for Change and the Philadelphia Union opened their stadium as a three-day voter service center, despite opposition. Carr speaks with players and figures across the leagues and reflects on his own political experiences as a player, all with the goal of determining one single but complicated idea: the value of a vote.

Listen and subscribe to The Movement HERE! Extratime driven by Continental will be back on Thursday to chat with Ray Gaddis of the Philadelphia Union and round up Wednesday's action.

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Doop! The Union project is fully mature, and they took years of frustrations out on Toronto FC. Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen give Jim Curtin and Philadelphia their due and wonder whether a double is in the cards. A double is possible because the Supporters’ Shield is back, as the decision not to award the trophy in 2020 was reversed by the Supporters’ Shield Foundation. Doyle is, of course, a Shield truther, and he says this proves the trophy means more than it ever has before. Calen, meanwhile, is back on the Carlos Vela hype train, even if LAFC’s star still looks a half step slow. Alicia Rodriguez (SBNation) also drops by to drop some Chicharito and Guillermo Barros Schelotto takes and explain what’s going on in San Jose and Sacramento.

8:00 Huge win for the Union! What’s it mean, and now what?

 

25:07 LAFC gets Carlos Vela back and they’re back in the MLS Cup convo

 

37:02 INTERVIEW: Alicia Rodriguez on LAFC, Chicharito, Guillermo Barros Schelotto

 

58:16 Playoff races heat up! So who are we watching down the stretch?

 

1:03:04 Nagbe? Zelarayan? Maxi? Vela? What’s the biggest return from injury?

 

1:07:54 22U22 and Aron Johannsson in the mailbag!

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The best young players in MLS? Yeah, we’ve got the list. Only we’ve got some tweaks to make and snubs to spotlight as Andrew, David and Charlie debate MLS’s 22 Under 22 presented by Body Armor. Brenden Aaronson or Brian Rodriguez for No. 1? Who has a better career Ayo Akinola or Daryl Dike? Is Paxton Pomykal overrated? Which player would you bet on to have a solid career? Who are the biggest snubs? Also in this show … Drake Hills (Tennessean) joins the guys to talk Nashville SC and candy corn, and the Rapids return to MLS play.

5:17 – Americans in the Champions League + USMNT Nov. friendly takes

9:05 – Breaking down 22 Under 22 presented by Body Armor

17:58 – Brenden Aaronson or Brian Rodriguez for No. 1?

25:00 – Davies: I’d take Akinola over Dike for their careers

32:42 – What’s Cole Bassett’s ceiling? USMNT? Europe?

47:49 – INTERVIEW: Drake Hills (Tennessean) talks Nashville SC

1:08:05 – El Trafico preview and Chicharito’s awful season, plus Rapids return

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Life is fleeting, so live it and live it with people you love. Andrew, David and Calen send their love to Daryl Grove, Taylor Rockwell and the Total Soccer Show then turn to the Supporters’ Shield. Why is it going away? What does it mean to players and fans alike? In some other big news, Brenden Aaronson is officially headed to Red Bull Salzburg. The guys discuss the here and now as well as the long-term trickle down, and Andrew chats with Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch about what the Union homegrown brings to the Austrian champions, the perception of American players in Europe and a tough Champions League draw that will test players and manager alike.

3:45 We’re thinking of you Daryl Grove

 

9:45 What’s going on with the Supporters’ Shield?

 

19:36 What does Brenden Aaronson’s transfer to Red Bull Salzburg mean now and long term?

 

27:43 INTERVIEW: Jesse Marsch calls in from Salzburg to talk Aaronson, the American player and Champions League

 

1:04:13 Orlando finally make the playoffs? ORLANDO FINALLY MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!

 

1:07:40 Gass: Eastern Conference >>> Western Conference

 

1:08:55 Some awesome Continental Tire awards in the mailbag

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Mark McKenzie dreams of the Champions League, World Cups and playing against the game’s best players. He’s got what it takes to get there, and Andrew and Charlie chat with the Philadelphia Union man about his present and future, a mentally challenging 2019, what voting and the upcoming election means to him and Brendan Aaronson’s rumored move to Red Bull Salzburg. Oh, and Caden Clark bagged another banger! How should the Red Bulls usher the 17-year-old along? Plus, with more games postponed because of COVID-19, how might that affect playoff qualification? Andrew explains how he’d keep things fair, using points per game and minimum games played, then Charlie goes in on the Galaxy after yet another poor performance.

3:04 Is PPG a fair way to determine playoff teams? Andrew’s solution…

 

8:12 Caden Clark’s star is rising. How should the Red Bulls bring him along?

 

14:20 INTERVIEW: Mark McKenzie on Union, European dreams, USMNT, voting

 

51:42 Calling all Continental Awards nominees and awards!

 

57:43 Quick hits from midweek action! SKC penalty shout, Hany Muhktar is Messi-ish

 

1:02:39 Charlie goes in on the Galaxy after yet another embarrassing loss

 

1:11:16 What happened to the Crew? What’s next for NYCFC

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Caden Clark. Remember the name. The 17-year-old signed with the New York Red Bulls in the morning and scored his first goal that night, a game-winning volley. David gives you the USL scouting report, where Clark was a standout in his first pro season, and Doyle explains why he may be next player headed to RB Leipzig. Plus, the DaMarcus Beasley Young Player of the Year award is born, Mike Lahoud helps the guys understand what went wrong in Cincinnati and the most memorable cult-hero strikers in MLS history get their due thanks to Erik Hurtado.

5:13 Caden Clark is the Red Bulls’ next big thing

 

10:50 How can MLS super charge youth development?

 

18:36 Introducing the DaMarcus Beasley Young Player of the Year award

 

31:13 Toronto FC first to clinch a playoff spot

 

33:09 INTERVIEW: Mike Lahoud on what’s gone wrong for Cincinnati

 

58:02 Watch out! The Timbers are rolling without Blanco

 

1:01:46 MLS cult-hero strikers … All the names/memories

 

1:09:20 MAILBAG: What did Ben Olsen mean to D.C. United and MLS?

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Bang! First goal for Gonzalo Higuain, three points for Inter Miami. Andrew, David and Charlie try to predict what’s to come for the former Juve man, then name their biggest signings of 2020 (so far). Plus, the guys examine Jordan Morris’ case for MLS MVP, ask what exactly NYCFC are going for after Alexandru Mitrita is loaned to Saudi Arabia, give Jeremy Ebobisse some USMNT love, name the worst team in MLS and hand out some midweek shout outs to Ayo Akinola, Winston Reid and the Union. Stick around for an interview with Kelvin Jones (Crew academy director) and Continental Award submissions in the mailbag.

4:57 Gonzalo Higuain gets his first, many more to come

 

8:46 Best signings of the offseason (so far)

 

18:08 Is Jordan Morris the real MLS MVP?

 

24:31 Soooooo what are NYCFC doing?

 

34:10 Should managers get 2020 mulligans?

 

38:01 Who is the worst team in MLS?

 

40:04 Charlie Davies is a big fan of Ayo Akinola

  

49:46 INTERVIEW: Kelvin Jones (Crew academy director) on developing players, coaches

 

1:05:12 MAILBAG: Continental Awards, D-Mid snubs and Reyna trolls

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Americans (and MLS academy products) thriving in Europe’s biggest league and biggest teams? It feels a little bit like a dream come to life. Andrew, Doyle and David talk Gio Reyna (three assists), Chris Richards (first Bayern start) and Sergino Dest (Barca debut), then turn their eye toward MLS. First up, Toronto FC, Jozy Altidore’s injury and Alejandro Pozuelo, the best player in the league. Plus, Gass-stradamus calls Mason Toye’s trade to Montreal, the Alan Pulido-effect on Sporting KC and Pablo Maurer (The Athletic) explains what’s gone wrong at D.C. United.

3:12 – Banner weekend for Americans abroad

14:30 – Jozy Altidore … super sub?

22:04 – Are Union at same level as other elite teams?

26:19 – How good is Orlando City …really?

31:03 – Dave celebrates the Mason Toye-Montreal trade

33:09 – Alan Pulido is back!

36:42 – What international call-ups are going to impact the playoff race?

41:23 – INTERVIEW: Pablo Maurer (The Athletic) on D.C. United’s down year

58:58 – 22 Under 22 Five a Side

1:06:46 – Osvaldo Alonso D-Mid of the Year frontrunners

1:12:01 – Canada Best XI

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Coming off the news of Sergino Dest’s historic transfer to Barcelona, David Gass and Charlie Davies get on the line with USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter to break down all the big questions: How does he see the depth chart at center forward? Where does Gio Reyna fit into the USMNT set up? What is the club future for Jordan Morris? And what does it mean to have so many young Americans playing at big clubs? Then the guys have some fun putting together a dream MLS under 22 five-a-side team (make sure to vote on who did better!). We round out the show with the best building-block players for starting an MLS team, what trades should happen in MLS right now, and listener questions. 

6:02 - Sergino Dest officially signs for Barcelona!

10:11 - Gregg Berhalter Interview

28:12 - How Berhalter sees the USMNT forward position

34:26 - Should Jordan Morris go to Europe?

40:19 - Where does Gio Reyna fit with the national team?

45:06 - Pick your dream five-a-side team from the MLS 22 under 22 list

1:01:42 - Previewing Toronto - Philadelphia

1:12:27 - Mailbag 

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

3:16 - Union spoil Gonzalo Higuain's debut

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

23:59 - Is Alejandro Pozuelo the clear MVP?

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

29:40 - Tom Bogert interview

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

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

57:28 - Chris Odoi-Atsem interview

1:07:28 - Mailbag

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

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

18:27 – Predicting Toronto FC-Columbus Crew

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

57:33 Is Chris Mueller an MVP candidate?

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

21:55 GUEST HOST: Steve Zakuani

 

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

 

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

 

38:37 Zakuani names his three best teams in MLS

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:31 – Wild win for Montreal opens CanChamp door

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

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

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

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

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

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

1:15:20 – The Movement podcast screener

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

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

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

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

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

36:16 – Most disappointing team in MLS?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

37:02 What Sebastian Blanco injury means for the Timbers

 

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

 

49:02 Rest of the MLS Weekend…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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An American at Juventus. Four words we’ve never uttered before. The guys discuss Weston McKennie’s big move to Serie A and his chances for success, then shift to the biggest story in MLS. That’d be the breaking news at Real Salt Lake and the development that owner Dell Loy Hansen will sell the team. Utah soccer insider Brian Dunseth joins the show to walk you through all the details: past, present and future. Plus, Daryl Dike looks like the No. 9 Orlando City needed, teenagers get the job done over the weekend and LAFC starts to spring real leaks.

3:49 – Weston McKennie moves to Juventus

13:40 – INTERVIEW: Brian Dunseth on Real Salt Lake & Dell Loy Hansen

39:33 – Daryl Dike’s coming out party with Orlando City

48:03 – Teenagers star around MLS: Busio! Aaronson! Bassett!

58:38 – What’s wrong with LAFC?

1:10:19 – Atlanta United vs. Inter Miami lookahead

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Boycott. That’s the word of the moment in the sports world and the United States. The Bucks and NBA started a chain reaction of peaceful protests across courts, fields and stadiums in American sports. MLS players stood up for what they believe in, too, boycotting five of six games on Wednesday night. Andrew, David and Charlie welcome six players – Kei Kamara, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Ryan Hollingshead, Earl Edwards Jr., Jalil Anibaba and Stefan Frei – to tell the story of a historic night from the men who took action then discuss what it means and what’s still to come.

5:20 INTERVIEW: Kei Kamara, Colorado Rapids

 

20:37 INTERVIEW: Mark-Anthony Kaye, LAFC

 

32:10 INTERVIEW: Ryan Hollingshead, FC Dallas

 

49:47 INTERVIEW: Earl Edwards Jr., D.C. United

 

1:06:23 INTERVIEW: Jalil Anibaba, Nashville SC

 

1:23:43 INTERVIEW: Stefan Frei, Seattle Sounders

 

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Carlos Vela’s return was the story, but it was the Galaxy that landed all the El Trafico blows. Are Los Angeles’ original powers back? Are LAFC in trouble? Or was it just a mirage? The guys also chat with The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas about Frank de Boer’s Atlanta United exit, Pity Martinez’s suddenly blistering form (coincidence?) and which South American manager might take the reins of the Five Stripes. Plus, gloating over Alphonso Davies’ inclusion on MLS Mount Rushmore, Inter Miami’s first-ever win, Sounders payback on the Timbers and constructive criticism for Calen in the Mailbag.

0:53 Mount Rushmore, baby! Alphonso Davies wins the Champions League

 

13:25 Galaxy did what?! What El Trafico win means for LA (and loss for LAFC)

 

30:42 INTERVIEW: The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas on ATLUTD culture & coaching search

 

50:06 – Pity Martinez is feeling good again, and maybe it’s because a certain Dutchman is gone

 

52:27 Inter Miami get their first win thanks to Julian Carranza, Rodolfo Pizarro

 

57:54 Are Toronto FC the best team in the East … or are they just playing Vancouver?

 

1:06:45 Sounders hit back at Timbers after MLS is Back disappointment

  

1:10:33 Mailbag! FC Dallas’ attack, Calen critique & context-less emails

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Minnesota or Columbus? Where should the USMNT host Mexico in the Octagon? And will Canada join the Americans there? Andrew, David and Charlie dive into Concacaf’s World Cup qualifying draw and schedule with history to be made. The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio also joins the guys to talk transfer season, why MLS could have opportunities to buy but trouble selling, Inter Miami’s third DP spot and Reggie Cannon’s immediate future. Finally, Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese on the club’s recent struggles, state of his project, helping Chicharito settle and what MLS can do to compete with the rest of the world.

2:49 – What do Canada and the USMNT face in World Cup qualifying?

15:32 – Minnesota or Columbus? Where should US host El Tri?

17:57 – The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio talks MLS transfers, Miami DP spot, Reggie Cannon

41:40 – Galaxy GM Dennis te Kloese on LA struggles, Chicharito and how MLS can compete w/ the world

1:08:15 – Rivalry games galore in packed weekend of MLS!

1:17:25 – Mailbag: Gass pitches new MLS travel/food show

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Alphonso Davies is a gift to us all, and he may have helped usher in the biggest transfer in the history of the game should Leo Messi depart Barcelona after an 8-2 shellacking by Bayern laid the truth bare at Barcelona. So … Messi to MLS, anyone? Is the time right? (Always.) And where would he fit best? (TBD). Plus, the guys dig into Davies’ meteoric rise and future, for club and country, and go 2v2 with the US and Canada’s biggest and brightest prospects. Who would you take to have the better careers? Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams or Davies and Jonathan David?

Also in this pod … Another big result for Nashville and a summer transfer for Reggie Cannon? Should Jozy and Ayo partner? What are the New York clubs doing exactly ahead of the Hudson River Derby? What now for Revs without Carles Gil? And, in the mailbag, best food in MLS.

2:49 – Two road games, two big results for Nashville SC

10:25 – Is Reggie Cannon on his way out of Dallas? Where should he go?

21:01 – Alphonso Davies has no ceiling! Celebrating another high point

36:43 – DEBATE: Pulisic/Adams vs. Davies/David … Who you got? USA or Canada duo?

40:16 – Why Canada and Lille’s Jonathan David is the next big Concacaf star

52:21 – Should Leo Messi come to MLS this summer? Why not?

57:49 – Big questions from midweek matches: Jozy + Ayo? State of NY Derby?

1:13:45 – Mailbag! Which city has the best food in MLS?

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Campeones, campeones … Ole, ole, ole!!! The Portland Timbers are MLS is Back champions, and Andrew, David, Doyle and Calen dig through how they did it and what it means. Plus, what now for Orlando City? Nani said it himself: Expectations have changed. Can Oscar Pareja keep the level high? The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman also joins the pod to explain how he fell in love with the league on accident! Also in this show: reactions to St. Louis City SC’s name, crest and colors, Nashville’s first MLS win and support for Reggie Cannon, Mario Gotze and Blaise Matuidi transfer news and your mail in the mailbag.

2:59 First reactions to St. Louis City SC name, crest and colors

 

9:28 MLS is Back final: All the storylines, tactics and takeaways

 

18:18 What should MLS is Back cup mean to the Timbers?

 

27:45 Nani says Orlando is different now, so what should we expect?

 

34:52 INTERVIEW: The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman on how/why he fell in love w/ MLS is Back

 

46:30 Presenting the MLS is Back Conti Awards: David Accam MVP et al

 

58:02 Historic first win for Nashville as Reggie Cannon’s words make headlines

 

1:10:25 TRANSFERS: Mario Gotze to Cincinnati? Blaise Matuidi on TAM to Inter Miami!

 

1:18:57 Mailbag! Where would goalkeepers go in an MLS Fantasy draft?

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The #MLSisBack final is here, so who are you rooting for? Orlando City’s fairytale run or Seba Blanco and the Timbers? Andrew, David, Doyle and Charlie debate whether this counts as a “big trophy” and dig through all the tactical storylines, then do their best to handicap the adidas Player of the Tournament race between Nani and Blanco. Plus, reaction to MLS’s return to play Phase 1, an interview with Nashville SC’s Walker Zimmerman – talking Covid, his new contract and Christian Pulisic’s Fortnite skills – and deciding whether Blaise Matuidi to Inter Miami is a good idea.

4:07 – ORL or POR: Who should neutrals root for in #MLSisBack final? Who needs it more?

12:52 – Does the #MLSisBack Cup count as a “big” trophy?

18:10 – #MLSisBack Final tactical preview: To press or not to press? Neutralizing Chara?

27:53 – Nani or Blanco for adidas Player of the Tournament?

38:08 – MLS will return to play in markets … All the details!

47:30 – Which game on the schedule has the most juice?

49:33 – INTERVIEW: Walker Zimmerman on Covid, Nashville, new contract, USMNT Fortnite

1:09:16 – Is Blaise Matuidi the right signing for Inter Miami?

1:14:43 – Mailbag!

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Calen, Charlie, Doyle, and Gass get together late night following Orlando’s win over Minnesota in the MLS is Back Tournament Semifinals. How Orlando has changed the perception of the club. Why Minnesota should either play Mason Toye or move him. Debate if Ozzie Alonso and Diego Chara are the best defensive midfielders in MLS history. Then they breakdown the final preview and hit a heavy mailbag.

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After an amazing weekend of quarterfinal action Charlie, Doyle and David are excited to break it all down. A star performance from the bench by Diego Valeri to lead the Timbers to the semifinal. Alejandro Bedoya checks in to talk about the ceiling for “Bundesliga” Brenden Aaronson, the improvements at all levels inside the Philadelphia Union, and one year on from the massacre in El Paso what has he done to slow gun violence in America. Finally, the guys break down what has made Orlando and Minnesota so successful heading into their semifinal match, and Charlie rolls out his dream Miami signings.

 

2:51   -   POR-NYCFC Analysis

10:31  -   PHI-SKC Analysis

17:12   -   Bedoya Interview

22:29   -   Bedoya on Aaronson’s Ceiling

44:09  -   MIN-SJ

52:38   -   LAFC Struggles

1:04:39   -   ORL-MIN preview

1:11:20   -   Mailbag

 

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Calen, Charlie, and Gass dig into the all the big questions surrounding the quarterfinal matches. How has LAFC kept rolling without Vela? Can San Jose break open Minnesota’s backline? Who between NYCFC and Portland has the best attacking pieces? These and much, much more. Also Chase Gasper joins from inside the bubble to show love to the haters, learning Spanish on the soccer field, the feeling of that first national team call up, and previews the match vs San Jose. The gang also discusses should Mark McKenzie move to Celtic, Luis Suarez join Inter Miami, and all your mailbag hot takes!

 

5:22   -  Mark  McKenzie to Celtic

12:55   -   LAFC v ORL preview

22:57   -   Chase Gasper interview

48:32   -   NYCFC v POR preview

57:17   -   Luis Suarez to MLS

1:04:43  -  Mailbag

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Welcome to the Thomas Hasal show - strap in and get ready! Riding off the high of Sunday night the guys react to the new darling of MLS and talk about what Vancouver can take back from the bubble. Then the guys break down SKC and Philadelphia’s chances going forward. What Oscar Pareja has brought to Orlando (and what all clubs could do better) and NYCFC’s improving form. Big guest Jonathan Mensah checks in to talk about the winning style of the Columbus Crew, his role as a leader in the team, and the future of African players in MLS. And finally what went wrong in Atlanta, and where does Atlanta turn now?

 

3:36   -   Thomas Hasal da god

16:21   -   PHI-NE

25:52   -   ORL-MTL

34:49   -   NYC-TOR

42:04   -   Jonathan Mensah interview

54:07   -   POR-FCC preview

1:02:21   -   ATL Coaching decision

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9:00am soccer has come to a close with our final day of group stage action in the books. Calen, Charlie, and David talk about their biggest surprises of the group stage - both good and bad. On the good side, FC Cincinnati center back Kendall Waston comes on full of smiles to talk about how FCC turned things around, Frankie’s fades, and being the Latin representative on the Black Players for Change board. Afterwards the group breaks down the Knockout Stage presented by Audi matchups. Plus, Charlie takes you behind the curtain of what it is like being a forward playing with Jozy Altidore. And finally, Charlotte FC becomes official what are the expectations for this club building towards 2022 and more.

 

3:29  -   Surprise of the group stage?

17:01  -   Kendall Waston interview

19:43  -   Kendall on being a CB playing for Jaap Stam

31:19  -   Orlando vs Montreal predictions

37:02  -   Philadelphia vs New England preview

46:14  -   Toronto FC and Jozy tall

1:10:21  -  What will Charlotte FC look like

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