The TopDrawerSoccer Show: focus on the future with Top Drawer Soccer

The TopDrawerSoccer Show: focus on the future with Top Drawer Soccer
The Top Drawer Soccer Show

Discussing the 2019 Men’s College Cup w/ Wake Forest Head Coach Bobby Muuss
Dec 12 • 25 min
Taylor gives a brief review of the recent events in the both the women’s and men’s D1 soccer tournaments. We’ll discuss both the women’s and men’s finals in detail on next week’s show. For now/for the bulk of the show, Travis talked to Wake Forest…
NCAA men’s and women’s tournament updates, plus an interview w/ Washington State women’s coach Todd Shulenberger
Dec 5 • 35 min
Taylor and Travis discuss all the action so far in both the men’s and women’s D1 soccer tournaments. On the men’s side, it’s mostly gone as expected, but on the women’s side there’s been a surprise run. 15:52 - Speaking of, in Part 2, Travis talks to…
Women’s and men’s D1 tournament updates, plus a chat about the Jefferson Cup
Nov 27 • 34 min
In Part 1, Taylor and Travis review the big matches that have already happened and preview those soon to come in both the women’s and men’s D1 college soccer brackets. In Part 2, Taylor talks to Steve D’Adamo (Director of Tournaments for the Richmond…
NCAA Men’s DI tournament preview bonanza!
Nov 20 • 44 min
ESPN broadcaster Jonathan Yardley joins the show to break down the men’s Division I tournament field, contenders to watch, MLS prospects to know, and much, much more. Check out Bill Reno’s 2019 Bracket Challenge:
2019 Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament Preview (and a few predictions)
Nov 14 • 44 min
Taylor and (mostly) Travis preview the start of the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer tournament by taking a look at the top 8 teams, as well as a few others who could make deep runs. Teams discussed: 1) Florida State 2) UCLA 3) UVA 4) South…
Wrapping up the USA at the U17 World Cup w/ Adam Belz
Nov 8 • 31 min
Adam Belz of the Scuffed Podcast joins this week’s show to dissect the USA’s performance at the Under-17 World. What is important, what isn’t and what did it say about the issues facing the US Soccer Federation in general.
Breaking down the U.S. U17 MNT at the World Cup
Oct 31 • 39 min
J.R. Eskilson joins the show to review the first two games for the United States at the U17 World Cup. What went right (not much), what went wrong, and how to keep perspective as the U.S. looks to stay alive in Brazil.
An American (almost) in Paris: Phallon Tullis-Joyce of Stade de Reims
Oct 26 • 29 min
Stade de Reims goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce discusses life in France’s Ligue 1 Feminie, where she moved after playing for the University of Miami earlier this year. Find out what it’s like to be a young American (woman) playing abroad, how it’s…
US U17 World Cup roster review and analysis
Oct 18 • 49 min
Taylor and Travis break down the US U17 World Cup roster. Who is in, who is out, and who will need to have a strong tournament to help the US make a deep run. They also preview a few other potential head-turners at the tournament, and answer some…
The rising stars of the NWSL, plus USWNT coaching search w/ Jeff Kassouf
Oct 10 • 40 min
Jeff Kassouf of Equalizer Soccer joins the show to discuss the next stars of the NWSL, the status of the US Women’s national team coaching search, and much more!
US U17 World Cup roster projections, plus analyzing the latest U23 roster
Oct 4 • 39 min
Taylor and Travis start off by analyzing the 25 names included on Jason Kreis’ 25-player squad for the US U23 national team ahead of its upcoming friendly against El Salvador. Who’s in, who’s out, and who could still surprise in time for the Olympics?…
Jonathan González discusses the Alianza Showcase and the challenges faced by dual nationals
Sep 26 • 32 min
Travis talks to Mexico international (and former US youth international) Jonathan González about how he became a professional player, what his time in Mexico has been like, and what advice he would give youngsters considering a pro career. He also…
UVA women’s head coach Steve Swanson on managing a #1-ranked team
Sep 20 • 31 min
On this week’s show, Virginia women’s head coach (and USWNT assistant) Steven Swanson breaks down his team’s early success in the 2019 DI season, the quality of the ACC, his team’s attacking playing style, and some of the keys to this summer’s World…
Rosters and Results: keeping up with the US U17, U20 and U23 men’s national teams
Sep 13 • 46 min
Taylor and Travis attempt to cure their USMNT Blues by taking a prolonged look at the next generation of talent coming through. The U17 World Cup starts in late October. How is the team preparing and who are we most excited to see in that…
Discussing the best young players in USL League One w/ Ira Jersey
Sep 5 • 50 min
Taylor talks to Ira Jersey of The League One Fun podcast about the best young players currently employed by each and every USL League One side. Ira also provides excellent insight into the teams themselves, their playing styles, and how these…
Discussing the upcoming Development Academy season w/ Mike Woitalla
Aug 29 • 37 min
Travis talks to Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla about the start of the 2019 Development Academy season, as well as the changes that have been implemented for the upcoming campaign. If you’d like to learn more, here are the links to a few of the…
NCAA Preview: the most exciting men and women to watch this college season
Aug 23 • 45 min
Taylor and Travis (mostly Travis) preview the 2019 college seasons (both men and women) by taking a look at some of the performers they think could be primed for big things in 2019. There’s also some time spent on what will happen at UCLA with their…
Young Americans in the Bundesliga, plus analyzing the operational changes at US Soccer
Aug 16 • 40 min
Taylor and Travis are back together (via the internet) to discuss the brights starts for both Gio Reyna at Dortmund and Sergino Dest at Ajax. They then move on to breaking down the appointment of Kate Markgraf as GM of US women’s soccer and the…
Previewing the upcoming seasons for 10 young Americans w/ Adam Belz
Aug 8 • 56 min
Note - Apologies for the lack of introduction for this episode. My (Taylor’s) microphone appears to have ceased functioning, so no fancy greeting up front. Instead, we’re jumping right into Travis talking to Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast about what…
2019 MLS Homegrown Game and assorted listener questions w/ Bobby Warshaw
Aug 2 • 35 min
From a hotel room in Orlando, Taylor talks to Bobby Warshaw about the 2019 MLS Homegrown game, which both attended but Bobby actually covered. After that, they answer assorted Twitter questions and budget plenty of time for random tangents and strange…
Looking ahead to the 2023 World Cup w/ Kim McCauley of SB Nation
Jul 26 • 37 min
Travis talks to SB Nation’s Kim McCauley about the 2023 Women’s World Cup cycle: who from the 2019 might be in that squad, who are some youngsters who could make moves in the next 4 years, and who might take over as head coach? All that and lots of…
11 young Homegrowns who have impressed this season
Jul 19 • 52 min
Taylor and Travis take turns discussing their combined 11 homegrown players that have impressed this season in either MLS or USL (or occasionally both). They are… 1) Brandon Servania 2) Paxton Pomykal 3) Mason Toye 4) Miles Robinson 5) Cole Bassett…
Boys and Girls Development Academy Playoffs and Finals w/ J.R. Eskilson
Jul 12 • 27 min
J.R. ESKILSON HAD MADE AN APPEARANCE! Travis is joined by J.R. Eskilson (of TopDrawerSoccer) to discuss the girls and boys Development Academy playoffs and finals, as well as the overall level of elite soccer in North America.
Changes to the NCAA recruitment rules, should Tab Ramos stay or go as US U20 coach, and more listener questions
Jul 6 • 39 min
After gushing about Gio Reyna’s (now official) move to Borussia Dortmund, Taylor and Travis answer your listener questions, including (but not limited to) what’s become of Xuxuh Hilton, how will new NCAA recruiting rules impact college soccer, and why…
Establishing a base camp in Europe for young American players w/ Jordan Gardner of FC Helsingor
Jun 28 • 26 min
Jordan Gardner, Chairman of the Board and Co-Owner of FC Helsingor, explains the process he and his partners went through to transform a Danish 2nd division team into a club that emphasizes youth development (particularly American youth development)…
Training compensation and solidarity payments updates w/ Miki Turner
Jun 20 • 37 min
Travis talks to attorney Miki Turner about the recent news involving training compensation and solidarity payments. What do those terms mean, how has the legal side of the issue progressed, and what might the future hold? All that and much, much more!…
What comes next for the US U20s?
Jun 14 • 58 min
With the USA’s elimination from the U20 World Cup, Taylor and Travis discuss what comes next for eleven of the team’s key players. What did we learn about/what should the immediate future hold for… 1) Timothy Weah 2) Sergino Dest 3) Chris Durkin 4)…
U20 World Cup: USA v Ecuador quarterfinal preview, plus Gold Cup roster thoughts
Jun 6 • 47 min
Taylor and Travis briefly discuss the USA’s 1-0 loss to Jamaica (Travis was at Audi Field and has thoughts), as well as some of the names on Gregg Berhalter’s Gold Cup roster. After that, we preview the US U20’s upcoming quarterfinal match against…
US U20s at the World Cup: the good, the bad, and the next round
May 31 • 50 min
Taylor and Travis take a look back at the USA’s (somewhat disappointing) 1-0 win over Qatar in the U20 World Cup. The Baby Yanks could have topped the group and avoided stronger opposition in the knockout round with a better result. T&T try to get…
The 10 most exciting young players at the 2019 Women’s World Cup
May 23 • 56 min
Taylor and Travis start off the episode with a U20 World Cup roster update before moving on to briefly discussing some of the younger names included on Gregg Berhalter’s provisional Gold Cup roster. After that, we take a look at some of the most…
Reviewing the U17 Concacaf Championship AND previewing the U20 World Cup w/ Adam Belz of Scuffed
May 17 • 75 min
Travis talks to Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast about the USA’s disappointing loss in the U17 Concacaf Championships… though they did still qualify for the U17 World Cup. So, it wasn’t THAT disappointing. Adam and Travis focus mostly on the…
US U20 World Cup roster analysis, plus US U17s advance to the quarterfinals
May 10 • 55 min
It’s a show of two halves! In Part I, Taylor and Travis go in-depth on the USA’s roster for the upcoming U20 World Cup. Timothy Weah is in and Julian Araujo is out, but who else is in the squad and who else possibly should have been? Plus, our…
Tracking the stars of tomorrow: Chris Madden previews USL League 2
May 3 • 47 min
Travis talks to Chris Madden, Director of Competition and Development for USL League 2 (formerly the Premier Development League). They go deep on the new league itself, as well as the teams and players that will shape the upcoming season… and…
Predicting the USA’s starting XI for the 2019 Concacaf U17 Championships
Apr 26 • 31 min
Taylor and Travis break down Raphael Wicky’s roster for the upcoming U17 Concacaf Championships and do their best to figure out a possible starting eleven. They also get into some notable absences and potential key performers. After that, they take a…
MLS’s new solidarity payments policy, plus updates from the Generation Adidas Cup
Apr 19 • 35 min
Taylor disrupts Travis’ hard-earned vacation time to discuss the new training compensation and solidarity payments policy unveiled by MLS yesterday. How will it change current operational policy, will non-DA academies see any benefit, and many more…
NWSL rookie preview w/ The Athletic’s Meg Linehan
Apr 12 • 34 min
Taylor talks to Meg Linehan of The Athletic about the 2019 NWSL rookie class, as well as the league as a whole. How chaotic will things be during the World Cup? Who might be up for Rookie of the Year honors? Why don’t Portland and Seattle have more…
Seattle Sounders Academy Director Marc Nicholls on Developing Future Pro Players
Apr 5 • 38 min
Travis talks to Marc Nicholls, the Technical Director of the Seattle Sounders Academy. They discuss the upcoming Generation Adidas Cup, how the Sounders are working to incorporate young players into the professional game, the impact of national team…
Constructing a US U20 roster, plus some players to know in USL League One
Mar 29 • 67 min
Taylor and Travis discuss the U20s recent camp, as well as their on-field results. They then do their best to construct a possible roster, but really end up going into detail on the 26 names that are most likely to be competing for 21 spots. They then…
USMNT U23 roster analysis and Olympic qualifying projection, with Sam Stejskal
Mar 22 • 51 min writer Sam Stejskal joins the show to discuss the new U.S. U23 MNT head coach, the recent roster release and overall all player pool. At the end of the show, Travis and Sam pick a combined potential XI for Olympic qualifying as well….
US U20 roster breakdown, the U17s get a new coach, and the NCAA gets an admissions scandal
Mar 15 • 52 min
It’s a PLAY YOUR KIDS SPECTACULAR on this week’s episode! Taylor and Travis discuss the hiring of Raphael Wicky as the new head coach of the US U17s, break down the latest US U20s roster, and ponder what names might (and might not) be included the…
2019 USL Championship Preview: which teams to watch to see the next generation of talent
Mar 8 • 45 min
Taylor and Travis discuss some of the most exciting teams when it comes to young players and youth development in the upcoming USL Championship season. We aren’t looking at who is going to win the title or make the playoffs, but rather which teams…
10 U21 players we’re excited about in Major League Soccer 2019
Feb 27 • 30 min
Daryl and Taylor list 10 (and then some) players aged under 21 that we’re excited to watch in MLS this season. For 20% off a TDS Premier subscription, go to and use discount code “podcast”
Examining the USSF AGM and its impact on youth soccer w/ Paul Kennedy
Feb 22 • 36 min
Soccer America’s Editor-in-Chief Paul Kennedy joins the show to discuss some of the ins and outs of the U.S. Soccer Federations Annual General Meeting and how it shapes the landscape of youth soccer in the United States. If you want ALL the…
US Women’s National Team roster updates and youth national team analysis w/ Steph Yang
Feb 15 • 42 min
Travis talks to Steph Yang (The Athletic, Stars and Stripes FC, Unusual Efforts) about the US Women’s National Team, including players on the bubble for the World Cup and players that might already be on the outside looking in. They also dive deep on…
Should MLS teams run academies? Charles Boehm has some thoughts
Feb 8 • 57 min
Travis talks to’s Charles Boehm about MLS academies and the relationship between developing players and the league itself. Specifically, a couple MLS teams out there aren’t too inclined to keep running academies, and there are some…
Talking life in USL League One with Eric Quill of North Texas SC
Jan 31 • 25 min
Travis talks to Eric Quill, head coach of North Texas SC, an FC Dallas-operated franchise that is set to take part in the inaugural season of USL League One. They get into why Eric wanted to take on the position, the culture and mentality he hopes to…
Youngsters with the USMNT and homegrowns getting signed!
Jan 25 • 45 min
Taylor and Travis discuss the youngsters they’re most excited to see (potentially/hopefully) get minutes with the US men’s national team in their upcoming friendlies. They also talk about some of the biggest homegrown signings this MLS offseason, as…
13 ideas to improve the MLS Superdraft and college soccer
Jan 18 • 61 min
Daryl and Travis run through listener-suggested innovations to improve the way college soccer and the MLS Superdraft is handled. From total free agency to Draft Allocation Money, from USL officially involved in the draft to an Open Cup for college…
Travis Clark on the MLS SuperDraft, Kim McCauley on the NWSL Draft, and Frankie Amaya on being drafted
Jan 11 • 47 min
Recorded live from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago, Daryl and Taylor are joined by Travis Clark to break down the MLS SuperDraft, SB Nation’s Kim McCauley to discuss the NWSL Draft, and Frankie Amaya to explain what it’s like being…
Your big American soccer 2019 preview — what to watch for and why
Jan 4 • 45 min
Daryl and Travis give you 10 things to keep an eye on in American soccer this year, from the U20 World Cup to which MLS team might really hashtag play the kids to which college players will go high in the MLS and NWSL drafts. Get 20% off a…
Discussing the 2019 MLS Combine and Draft w/ Bobby Warshaw
Dec 28, 2018 • 38 min
With Taylor and Daryl out of town, Travis called up Bobby Warshaw to discuss the upcoming MLS Combine and MLS Draft. Bobby also gets into his own experiences as a player participating in the Combine and Draft, and a lingering beef with a certain TDSS…
Grassroots soccer with Chris Kessell
Dec 21, 2018 • 30 min
Travis talks grassroots soccer with Chris Kessell, president of both West Side SC and Kanawha Valley Soccer League, and board member of the West Virginia Soccer Association. Topics include how to build futsal courts in West Virginia and beyond, and…
Americans in the UEFA Youth League, plus Nike Friendlies and the conclusion of the College Cups
Dec 13, 2018 • 55 min
Taylor and Travis won’t let the snow keep them down! Instead, they’re discussing a variety of topics, including… 2:01 - Americans in the UEFA Youth League, with particular emphasis on Sergino Dest of Ajax and Chris Richards of Bayern Munich. 27:20 -…
Which USMNT youth players fit the Berhalter system? Nike U17 International Friendlies review, Indiana Head Coach Todd Yeagley
Dec 5, 2018 • 61 min
Daryl and Travis discuss new USMNT coach Greg Berhalter and highlights up-and-coming players that will thrive under Triple G’s style of play. At 27:18, they discuss the Nike U17 International Friendlies — how did the team look, what did we learn,…
What’s next for the stars of the victorious US U20s?
Nov 29, 2018 • 44 min
Taylor and Travis quickly discuss the USA’s poor performance at the 2018 U17 Women’s World Cup. They then move on to discussing what the near future holds for 6 of the key players from the US U20s, fresh off their title-winning campaign at the 2018…
Did MLS teams give enough minutes to young players in 2018? (with Sam Stejskal)
Nov 21, 2018 • 69 min
Travis talks to national writer Sam Stejskal about Major League Soccer’s approach to #PlayYourKids. Did enough players get enough minutes? Which players impressed? And what could MLS do differently? This is a deep-dove conversation…
The NCAA men’s tournament kicks into high gear, plus U17 WNT review and U20 MNT preview
Nov 16, 2018 • 43 min
Taylor and Travis take a look back at the USA’s (unconvincing) 3-0 win over Cameroon in the U17 Women’s World Cup, and ponder where the team goes from here. They then move on to discuss the NCAA Men’s Division I college tournament, which kicks into…
USMNT U20 World Cup qualifying — what do we think of it so far?
Nov 8, 2018 • 36 min
Daryl and Travis review the USMNT U20’s first four games in the CONCACAF Championship, and Travis highlights three players to watch in the women’s college soccer tournament. Use code “podcast” to get 20% off a Premier subscription at…
Discussing the US U20 Men’s National Team with Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast
Oct 29, 2018 • 49 min
Travis is joined by Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast to break down Tab Ramos’ roster for the upcoming Concacaf U20 Championships. Who made the cut, who didn’t, and what can we expect from the USA in their U20 World Cup qualifying campaign. All that…
How futsal helps young players improve, with Don Hughes of Richmond United Development Academy
Oct 25, 2018 • 41 min
Daryl talks to Don Hughes, U15 and U16 boys coach with Richmond United Development Academy, where he also runs the futsal program. Coach Hughes talks Daryl through how he coaches futsal, what fustal can teach young players, and how players can apply…
Discussing the State of the USL and 2018’s Breakout Players w/ Phil Grooms
Oct 19, 2018 • 47 min
Travis is joined by Phil Grooms from The USL Show to discuss the close of the regular season, the trends in the league, and some specific players who are starting to generate headlines. They also get into the status of the league and what it might…
10 reasons to be optimistic about the future of the USMNT
Oct 12, 2018 • 46 min
One year and a couple of days since the USMNT’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Travis and Daryl dig deep and find 10 reasons to be optimistic. Today’s show is sponsored by Open Goaaal! Go to and use…
Homegrown Players: Who Are They, Who’s Doing Well, and Who Could Use More Minutes?
Oct 5, 2018 • 54 min
Taylor and Travis discuss 10 homegrown players and what their stories can tell us about the strengths and weaknesses of the Homegrown Player rule. What can we learn from what these players doing and, more importantly, what lessons can MLS teams gain…
Young Yanks Abroad
Sep 28, 2018 • 70 min
Daryl and Travis answer seven questions about young American playing abroad: 1. Which uncapped European-based prospect is most likely to become a USMNT regular? 2. Disregarding Pulisic, what American seems to have the tools to succeed in the…
U20 Invitational results, plus a look back at the NCAA season so far
Sep 20, 2018 • 39 min
Taylor and Travis discuss the US u20 national team’s performance in the 2018 u20 Invitational in which they lost to… erm… the US u19s. What significance (if any) does the result have and what’s next for the team as they prepare for World Cup…
Eight questions about US Soccer Youth National Teams
Sep 14, 2018 • 54 min
Daryl and Travis answer eight questions about the US Soccer YNT setup. Who should replace John Hackworth as U17 MNT coach, who even makes the hires, what would we do if made Youth Technical Director? And plenty more. Want access to all the premium…
US U20 Roster Predictions for the 2018 Concacaf Championship
Sep 6, 2018 • 52 min
Taylor and Travis construct a provisional roster for the USA for the Concacaf U20 Championship this November. Will MLS release potential playoff youngsters? Will European clubs let their academy products run loose? Will Taylor and Travis ever…
11 Questions about the US Soccer Development Academy
Aug 31, 2018 • 60 min
Daryl and Travis answer 11 questions about the DA. Got questions (on any topic) for future TopDrawerSoccer Shows? Ask them here —>
2018 College Soccer Preview Extravaganza!
Aug 23, 2018 • 56 min
Taylor and Travis discuss the preseason favorites for both the NCAA women’s and men’s college soccer seasons. They get into who they are, what they do, and why they’re good, plus some individual player spotlights. After that, they do their best to…
Soto and Reyna to the Bundesliga, USWNT home early from U20 Women’s World Cup
Aug 17, 2018 • 46 min
Daryl and Travis get into Sebastian Soto and Gio Reyna’s respective moves to Hannover and Borussia Dortmund, wondering what makes a Bundesliga U19 team more appealing than an MLS Homegrown contract and asking when, if ever, will American youth teams…
Young Americans Abroad: Previewing the Seasons of Tim Weah, Keaton Parks, Ben Lederman and many more
Aug 8, 2018 • 58 min
Taylor and Travis discuss the upcoming seasons of several promising young Americans, as well as what a “good result” might look like. Those youngsters would be… 1) Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal B) 2) Timothy Weah (PSG) 3) George Acosta (Boca Juniors…
MLS Homegrown Game review with Bobby Warshaw
Aug 2, 2018 • 31 min
Daryl and Taylor join Bobby Warshaw to review the 2018 MLS Homegrown Game. Who impressed and what does the future hold for some of these talented youngsters?
Discussing Christian Pulisic and Coaching in America with Jacob Klinger
Jul 27, 2018 • 44 min
Travis is joined by Jacob Klinger to discuss Christian Pulisic’s development and what his future might hold. Plus, they get into the coaching in the United States and how the right coach might be able to harness the talent of America’s playing pool….
Jose Carrera-Garcia discusses his path from college to Mexican pro soccer
Jul 19, 2018 • 38 min
Travis talks to Jose Carrera-Garcia, who went from California to a pro contract with Celaya in Mexico’s second division. Get 20% off a Premier subscription by using discount code “podcast” at…
The Development Academy Finals with Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast
Jul 13, 2018 • 35 min
With Daryl and Taylor still sequestered in their office re-watching France-Belgium for the third time, Travis called up Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast. They break down the Development Academy Finals, as well as the teams and players that stood out….
The future of scouting in North America, with Matt Martin of The Soccer Syndicate
Jul 6, 2018 • 40 min
Travis Clark talks to Matt Martin of The Soccer Syndicate, the first independent, professional soccer scouting company in North America. Get 20% off a Premier subscription by using discount code “podcast” at…
Discussing the US U17 Women’s National Team with Head Coach Mark Carr on
Jun 28, 2018 • 14 min
Travis talks to Mark Carr, head coach of the US U17 Women’s National Team. They discuss the unexpected challenges of having to change countries in the middle of a qualifying tournament, the decision making process behind assembling a roster, how…
Kitsap Pumas head coach Liviu Bird talks coaching, recruiting, development and more
Jun 20, 2018 • 37 min
Liviu Bird talks to Travis Clark about being the 28-year-old head coach of NPSL team Kitsap Pumas. This episode features lots of great insights into how coaching really works. If you enjoy, please share with a friend. Listen to our new sister…
Alternate routes to the pro game w/ the voices of Prep4Pro
Jun 13, 2018 • 29 min
Taylor talks to John Roach, the CEO of Prep4Pro, a program that features top training and continual evaluation from FIFA Pro-licensed coaches. The organization puts on residential camps aimed at developing and preparing players for turning pro. Also…
Talking youthful USMNT with Henry Bushnell of FC Yahoo
Jun 7, 2018 • 39 min
Travis Clark and Henry Bushnell discuss the current youthful US Men’s National Team setup, focusing on players like Weston McKennie and Keaton Parks, and pondering Earnie Stewart’s appointment as USMNT General Manager. Want access to all the premium…
10 Most Exciting Youngsters at the 2018 World Cup
Jun 1, 2018 • 55 min
Taylor and Travis take turns picking their most exciting/interesting young players who will be participating in the 2018 World Cup. I won’t spoil the list here, because there are some good ones, but our guiding principles were 1) each player had to…
Earnie Stewart, USMNT General Manager? Plus: thinking ahead to Olympic 2020 qualifying
May 24, 2018 • 48 min
Daryl and Travis discuss the rumored appointment of Earnie Stewart to the new US Men’s National Team General Manager position. What does Stewart’s time at Philadelphia Union tell us about him? We also talk the new, youthful USMNT roster, with a focus…
Young Americans Abroad Season Recap: Pulisic, McKennie and Many More
May 17, 2018 • 63 min
Taylor and Travis review the seasons that were for 10 young Americans currently playing in Europe: 1) Haji Wright 2) Cameron Carter-Vickers 3) Matt Miazga 4) Christian Pulisic 5) Weston McKennie 6) Tim Weah 7) Antonee Robinson 8) Shaq Moore 9) Keaton…
How the USL helps youth national team players progress
May 9, 2018 • 48 min
Daryl talks to Adam Belz of Scuffed, newsletter, podcast and Twitter feed focused on the progress of future USMNT players. Adam has been watching Andrew Carleton, Gianluca Busio, Richie Ledezma, Ulysses Llanez, George Bello play in the USL this…
The PDL and why you should be excited about it
May 2, 2018 • 33 min
Travis talks to Chris Madden, the Director of Competition & Development for the Premier Development League about the creation of individual PDL teams, the role the league plays in developing players in order to further their careers, the…
How bio-banding can help American soccer, with USSF High Performance Director James Bunce
Apr 25, 2018 • 42 min
Daryl talks to James Bunce, US Soccer’s High Performance Director, to get an explanation of bio-banding and other innovative youth soccer initiatives. Today’s show is sponsored by Hudl and the 2018 Innovator of the Year contest. The grand prize is…
Youth National Team Spectacular! Plus, the Battle Between the DA and the ECNL Intensifies
Apr 19, 2018 • 39 min
After taking a look at the ongoing battle between the Development Academy and the ECNL, Taylor and Travis discuss the U17 Women’s and Men’s National Teams and the U16 Boys’ and Girls’ National Teams. They also take a shot at answering your listener…
Homegrown Player rule — all your questions answered
Apr 12, 2018 • 64 min
Daryl Grove and Travis Clark answer 14 different questions about Major League Soccer’s Homegrown Player rule. Sponsored by Hudl, who are excited to announce the 2018 Innovator of the Year contest to reward hard-working innovators in club soccer. The…
GA Cup Review: What Can MLS Academy Teams Learn from their Foreign Counterparts
Apr 5, 2018 • 47 min
Taylor and Travis review both the 2018 Generation Adidas Cup and the 2018 Dallas Cup, and go deep on who did what, which players stood out, and what domestic sides need to do to better compete with teams from South America and Europe. If you’ve…
All roads lead to the USMNT — a discussion of different development pathways
Mar 28, 2018 • 53 min
Daryl and Travis review the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Paraguay by looking at the different development paths of the young players who wore the US jersey.
2018 NWSL #PlayYourKids Preview, Plus Youngsters in the USMNT March Camp
Mar 22, 2018 • 50 min
Taylor and Travis talk about A LOT of soccer on today’s program, including… 1) Timothy Weah and Andrija Novakovich could be poised to get their senior debuts with the US Men’s National Team. 2) The US U20s (featuring Josh Sargent, Andrew Carleton,…
Best Youngsters in the USL — a TopDrawerSoccer Draft
Mar 15, 2018 • 67 min
Daryl and Travis compete to draft a team of youngsters who will be competing in the USL in 2018. Today’s show is sponsored by Hudl. Hudl is excited to announce the 2018 Innovator of the Year contest to reward hard-working innovators in club soccer….
Play Your Kids: An MLS Week 1 Review
Mar 8, 2018 • 52 min
Taylor and Travis discuss the young players (foreign and domestic) in Major League Soccer that impressed in the first week of the 2018 season, as well as which players struggled to find form. We also briefly take a look at the youth impact in the…
MLS Under-23 XI Draft
Mar 1, 2018 • 62 min
Daryl and Travis draft against each other, each assembling a starting XI of U23 MLS players to watch this season. Some well-known players in here (Andrew Carleton, Chris Durkin, Tommy Thompson) and some names you’ll be less familiar with, at least for…
2018 MLS Preview: What Opportunities Await Young Americans in the New Season?
Feb 21, 2018 • 51 min
Taylor and Travis begin their preparations for the 2018 MLS season by taking a look at some of the top young talents around the league, and what their short-term futures hold. Who will crack the first team, who will get familiar with the bench, and who…
Carlos Cordeiro’s youth soccer checklist, plus: USMNT U18s to watch
Feb 14, 2018 • 56 min
Daryl and Travis put together a checklist of things new US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro can/could/should do to improve youth soccer in the United States. We also discuss the U18 MNT’s two wins over Costa Rica, highlighting the players who…
USSF Presidential Chat, Plus US Soccer Shakes Up the Spring Season
Feb 9, 2018 • 39 min
Taylor and Travis discuss the new and improved Spring College Program! 6 schools. 7 weeks. International rules. How did this competition come to be and what might it mean for the future of college soccer? After that, we take a final look at the USSF…
USWNT U20 problems, Development Academies in the USL, benefits of futsal
Jan 31, 2018 • 42 min
Daryl and Travis discuss the USWNT U20’s performance at the CONCACAF Championship, where the team qualified for the U20 World Cup but played some pretty uninspiring soccer. Should we be worried? Questions answered on today’s show: 1. Why so much focus…
The Pros and Cons of the Development Academy
Jan 25, 2018 • 49 min
In the wake of the Presidential Forum at the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention, Taylor and Travis take a look at the (apparent) whipping boy of all 8 candidates: The Development Academy. What brought about its creation, how has it succeeded, and why…
2018 MLS Superdraft and NWSL College Draft reaction
Jan 19, 2018 • 23 min
It’s the first ever in-person TopDrawerSoccer Show! Daryl and Travis huddled in the only quiet spot they could find, just outside the ballroom in Philadelphia, to review and react to the MLS SuperDraft and the NWSL College Draft.