The Total Soccer Show: USMNT, MLS, EPL, Champions League and more ...

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Who will be the next Arsenal manager? (Plus: Why Arsene Wenger is like the Ottoman Empire)
Apr 23 • 54 min
Top of the show, we talk Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal resignation. Why now and who next? At 20:45, toady’s show is sponsored by Blue Apron. Go to http://blueapron.com/tss to get your first three meals free. Starting at 22:30, we give our thumbs…
World Cup warmup: Portugal preview with Tiago Estêvão (plus: Wolves!)
Apr 20 • 61 min
The World Cup is still two months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the teams involved. So Daryl called up Portuguese analyst and writer Tiago Estêvão to talk about the Portuguese national team. Listen in to hear about…
Futsal vs indoor, tennis players in goal, and the next confederation to win a World Cup
Apr 19 • 63 min
On today’s TSS we answer seven listener questions: 1. What is the difference between futsal and indoor soccer? 2. Which on-UEFA, non-CONMEBOL federation wins a World Cup first? 3. Why does NYCFC’s Maxi Morales dribble laterally? 4. Could tennis player…
How Toronto Got It Wrong Against Chivas, Plus More Overlooked Stories from World Soccer
Apr 18 • 61 min
Daryl and Taylor break down Toronto’s 2-1 home loss to Chivas in the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League: what did TFC do wrong in those opening minutes, how did Chivas deal with Giovinco, and much more. After that, they dive back into stories…
10 Stories We (Might Have) Overlooked from the World of Soccer
Apr 17 • 49 min
We catch up on some of the major stories that we might have overlooked in the past month or so, including Gattuso’s Milan resurgence, the Turkish title race, PSV sealing the deal in the Eredivisie, successes in the Championship, PRO/REL, and much,…
Weekend Review: Manchester City Are Finally Champions, Wolverhampton Are Back in the Premiership, and VAR Disappoints Darlington Nagbe
Apr 16 • 55 min
We gives thumbs up or down to everything we saw this weekend, including Manchester City securing their 5th ever title, Wolverhampton making Daryl breathe a sigh of relief, and the relegation “battle” that’s more like a relegation “foregone…
Champions League semi-final draw reaction (was it fixed?) plus: Premier League says no to VAR
Apr 13 • 34 min
Daryl calls Taylor (who’s between coaching sessions) to talk about the Champions League semi-final draw: Liverpool vs. Roma Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid Was the draw fixed? If so, why? We also discuss the Premier League’s polite “thanks but no” to…
Why Does the Away Goals Rule Exist, Should Celtic Join the Premier League, and Many More Listener Questions
Apr 12 • 53 min
On today’s show, we answer 6 listeners questions: 1) What is the origin of the away goal being weighed more, and why is this still a thing? 2) How much is a manager at fault if a team is creating chances and getting shots on target but not…
Champions League(s) Review: Controversy in Madrid and Manchester, Drama in Rome, and Jubilation in Toronto
Apr 11 • 71 min
On Wednesday’s absolutely jam-packed show… 0:00 - Real Madrid v Juventus: should that penalty (you know the one) have been given and just how good was Ronaldo’s finish? 11:39 - Manchester City v Liverpool: should that Leroy Sane goal have stood, why…
Weekend review: Manchester derby, Harry Kane’s tactile hallucination, Christian Pulisic’s honesty
Apr 9 • 58 min
We gives thumbs up or down to everything we saw this weekend, from the Manchester derby to Christian Pulisic’s accidental goal to the LA Galaxy’s determination to get the ball to Zlatan. Today’s show sponsored by SeatGeek — download the SeatGeek app…
Does Zlatan Fly Coach, What’s Going on with the 2026 World Cup Bid, and Many More Listener Questions
Apr 6 • 44 min
On today’s show, we answer five listener questions: 1) Does Zlatan fly coach, per MLS rules? 2) Why do some commentators call it the “Mexican Wave” and where did that name come from in the first place? 3) What exactly has USSF President Carlos…
CONCACAF Champions League Review, Plus USMNT Could be Heading to the Copa America in 2019
Apr 5 • 48 min
Daryl and Taylor break down the semifinal first legs of the CONCACAF Champions League: how Toronto got it right and the Red Bulls (looking in your direction, Tyler Adams) did the opposite of that. We review all the goals, cards, and controversial…
Liverpool vs Man City review
Apr 4 • 41 min
We have a long and detailed chat about Liverpool vs Man City in the Champions League
Ronaldo’s bike, Marcelo’s magic, and more from Juventus vs Real Madrid
Apr 3 • 39 min
We analyze Juventus vs Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinal first leg. Sign up for Fan Futsal — a better way to play fantasy soccer — at http://fanfutsal.com
Weekend Review: Zlatan’s El Trafico Impact, Spurs Reverse History, Jesse Lingard is the New Thomas Muller
Apr 2 • 75 min
Daryl and Taylor spend a solid 20+ minutes reviewing El Trafico in more detail than just saying, “Zlatan is incredible” over and over again. How did LAFC jump out to that early lead, what did Sigi Schmid do to get the game back under control, and (of…
Zack Goldman talks El Trafico, Zlatan, and connecting with fans in an authentic way
Mar 30 • 53 min
Daryl talks to Zack Goldman, co-founder Common Goal and Where Is Football. Zack is an expert in how teams and brands can connect to fans in an authentic way. He’s also an LA Galaxy fan, so we talk El Trafico, Zlatan in MLS, the England national team,…
USA v Paraguay In-Depth Review and International Window Round-Up with Yahoo’s Henry Bushnell
Mar 28 • 49 min
With Daryl out of the office, Taylor called up Yahoo Sports’ Henry Bushnell to discuss the USA’s 1-0 victory over Paraguay. We take a look at which individuals (including Dave Sarachan) helped/hurt their stock, as well as the inherent attacking…
USA v Paraguay review (plus: England v Italy)
Mar 28 • 64 min
Daryl and Taylor offer a long review of a young USMNT’s 1-0 win over Paraguay. Are we seeing the long-requested “American style of play” finally emerge? And is that what we actually want from the national team? At 49:52, we also talk a little England…
USMNT v Paraguay: Preview and Lineup Predictions, Plus England v Netherlands Review
Mar 26 • 74 min
We take a look at the USA’s Tuesday night friendly against Paraguay by first briefly discussing Paraguay before moving on to our preferred starting elevens for the USMNT. We also get into why this game matters, who might get their first CAP(s), and…
Zlatan to LA Galaxy, plus: international friendlies preview
Mar 22 • 57 min
Daryl and Taylor consider the Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy move from all angles, then pick out several international games worth keeping an eye on over the next few days. Recommended reading: Henry Bushnell’s “12 storylines to follow in 42 March…
When should USMNT players retire? (and other listener questions)
Mar 21 • 45 min
On today’s show, we answer seven listener questions: 1. Why do England national team flags have club names on them? 2. How do national teams know when to retire players? 3. What preceded the Concacaf Champions League? 4. What is a check-to? And who…
USMNT Copa America rumors, England prepares for the World Cup
Mar 20 • 63 min
Three major topics on today’s show: We start with Daryl weighing in on Dave Sarachan’s USMNT roster for next Tuesday’s game vs Paraguay. Lots of new faces to discuss, and some absences to rue. At 20:40 in, we discuss this Globo Esporte story —…
USMNT Roster Analysis with Matthew Tomaszewicz: The Skill of Bobby Wood and Importance of Playing through the Middle
Mar 19 • 43 min
With Daryl out pontificating about the latest England squad, Taylor called up The Shin Guardian himself, Mr. Matt Tomaszewicz, to get his thoughts on the 22 (now 23) players called into the March camp. Lots of new faces (Timothy Weah, Andrija…
Messi Gets by Chelsea (with a little help from his friends)
Mar 15 • 60 min
Daryl and Taylor review Barcelona’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Chelsea in the Champions League knockout round, with specific emphasis on the brilliance of Leo Messi, the intelligence of Luis Suarez, and the conservative approach of Chelsea. After…
Man Utd v Sevilla Champions League review
Mar 13 • 36 min
No spoilers in the episode title! But spoilers below, so scroll at your peril ….. - - - - - - - - - - - We review Man Utd’s 2-1 loss to Sevilla, paying close attention to what went wrong for Jose Mourinho’s team. Today’s show is sponsored by…
Weekend Review: Lukaku Leaps Over Lovren, Red Bulls Play Their Kids, Craziness at West Ham, and Insanity in Greece
Mar 12 • 82 min
We review the weekend’s Premier League action, including Man United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, the scenes at West Ham, Jamie Vardy’s backbreaker for Leicester, and much, much more. We also check in on Americans in Europe, discuss Sergio Ramos’……
Why soccer has transfer fees, why home teams are listed first, plus: how to identify formations and tactics
Mar 9 • 42 min
It’s a listener questions special with a transatlantic theme!
Mesut Ozil’s pass, Clint Dempsey’s Concacaf Champions League shush, and USWNT’s win
Mar 8 • 48 min
We review Arsenal’s two goals vs Milan, including THAT pass from Mesut Ozil (which is probably not the one you’re thinking of). We also get a good looks at Seattle’s goal vs CDG, Toroto’s two beauties vs Tigre’s, and, starting at 23:05, we ponder the…
Tottenham v Juventus Review: Allegri’s Game-Changing Substitutes
Mar 7 • 46 min
We analyze Juventus’ dramatic 2-1 win over Tottenham, which secured the Italians passage to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. Why was the first half so different than the second (for both teams)? We have some thoughts. We also discuss the New…
Zidane’s smart, simple tactics masterclass, plus: could a U20 team compete in MLS?
Mar 6 • 41 min
We review Real Madrid’s win over PSG in the Champions League, then answer two listener questions: Could a U20 team compete in MLS, and why do MLS teams build soccer-specific stadiums? Here’s the Benzema tweet from Mindfootballness that we reference on…
MLS Under-23 XI Draft
Mar 6 • 17 min
This episode is a sample from our other show, The TopDrawerSoccer Show, in which Daryl and Travis compete to draft the best possible XI of MLS players, using players under 23 and with no international caps. For the full episode, find the…
Weekend review: Arsenal get Dunked on, Tim Weah debuts, MLS returns
Mar 5 • 81 min
We review the Premier League action, including Arsenal’s fourth straight defeat, Man City’s passing extravaganza, Sadio Mane’s double act with Roberto Firmino, a Swansea player who seems to have a thing against worms, and plenty more. Starting at…
MLS Terminology 101: Explaining GAM, TAM, and Everything Else
Mar 1 • 87 min
We break down all of the terminology (esoteric and otherwise) relating to Major League Soccer… and yes, we consider this a public service. Topics discussed include: 1) Single entity and how it kind of impacts every aspect of Major League Soccer. 2) Salary…
2018 MLS Western Conference Preview and Predictions
Feb 28 • 72 min
We get into the details of the MLS Western Conference, offering very specific predictions for each and every team. For listeners who only care about the team they support: 1. We see you 2. We go in alphabetical order, if that helps Today’s show is…
2018 MLS Eastern Conference Preview and Predictions
Feb 27 • 77 min
On Part I of our MLS Preview series, we take a long look at the Eastern Conference by discussing each club and giving at least one (sometimes a couple) specific prediction for the coming season. Today’s show is sponsored by Health IQ. If you love a…
Weekend review: Sneaky Sergio Aguero, how Romelu Lukaku shields defenders, and what the Duisburg keeper was doing
Feb 26 • 79 min
It’s a thumbs up/down spectacular, reviewing the EFL Cup final between Man City and Arsenal, the Premier League showdown between Man Utd and Chelsea, plus loads of Premier League stuff (there’s even a Brighton shoutout!), that weird goal that Duisburg…
MLS 2018 season preview talk with Bobby Warshaw
Feb 23 • 53 min
Daryl talks to Bobby Warshaw about … What it’s like to work at MLSSoccer.com How to handle negative comments on the internet How we could get young Americans more minutes in Major League Soccer The youngsters, the big names, and the most tactically…
CONCACAF Champions League TV Troubles, Carlos Cordeiro’s Campaign Promises, and Alexis Sanchez: Idiom Creator
Feb 22 • 62 min
It’s another Listener Question spectacular! We respond to six different queries… and yes, I didn’t want to use the word “questions” twice in two sentences. Anyway… 1) What is the “dribbling” stat and what are “completed dribbles?” 2) Why isn’t the…
Why is there no USMNT “B” team? Plus: Man Utd vs Sevilla Champions League review
Feb 21 • 64 min
We open the show by reviewing today’s Champions League games: Sevilla vs Man Utd Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma At 23:33, our Squarespace ad read becomes a walk down Jose Mourinho memory lane. Go to http://squarespace.com for a free trial and, when…
Chelsea battle Barcelona, Bayern bash Besiktas, Wigan shock Man City
Feb 20 • 41 min
We review Chelsea vs Barcelona, give a quick nod to Bayern’s destruction of Besiktas, and look back at Wigan’s win over Man City in the FA Cup. Today’s show is sponsored by Health IQ. If you love a healthy lifestyle, go to…
Obligatory “Magic of the Cup” Title! Plus, Ronaldo and Messi Make Plays while Mourinho Can’t Hide His Annoyance
Feb 19 • 62 min
We recap all the weekend’s action using our patented thumbs up/down model. Rochdale’s hard fought draw with Spurs, United’s VAR woes, and West Brom’s vehicular thievery all get airtime when it comes to the FA Cup. There’s also a title race in Italy, the…
Team nicknames, unlikely rivalries, the Premier League’s beginnings, and more
Feb 15 • 54 min
We answer six questions on today’s show: 1. Why was the Premier League started? 2. What is Keaton Parks’ ceiling and best position 3. What are some of the strangest soccer rivalries in the world? 4. Why does the fourth official make players show their…
Real Madrid v PSG shows that substitutes matter, while Liverpool prove that goals do too
Feb 14 • 31 min
Daryl and Taylor break down all the goals in Real Madrid’s Champions League Knockout Round clash with PSG, and take a look at Liverpool’s haul in Portugal. When Danny Ings gets Champions League minutes, you know that something special has happened! Can…
Juventus and Tottenham present: MasterSetPiece Theatre
Feb 13 • 55 min
We analyze all the goals from Juventus vs Tottenham in the Champions League, as well as a quick look at FC Basel vs Man City. We also answer two listener questions: 1. Is a 4-2-3-1 really that different from a 4-4-2? 2. Why don’t more MLS teams spend…
Weekend review: Spurs Kane Arsenal, Kevin De Bruyne is Robocop, Salah and Firmino telepathy
Feb 12 • 52 min
Daryl and Taylor review all the weekend action through the medium of thumbs up/thumbs down. If you’re one of those people that like to jump around (or an Arsenal fan trying not to hear about the North London derby) then here are your timestamps: 1:17…
US Soccer Election Reaction with George Quraishi and Alexi Lalas
Feb 10 • 76 min
The President is gone. All hail the President. With Carlos Cordeiro now the head of the United States Soccer Federation, Daryl and Taylor take a look at all the events of Election Day in Orlando. To do so, we were joined by Howler Magazine’s George…
USSF Election Update with ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle
Feb 9 • 20 min
ESPN’S Jeff Carlisle joins Taylor to discuss all that’s been going on in Orlando in the lead up to tomorrow’s election. What’s happening with the Gang of Six? How much of a lead does Kathy Carter have? Can Carlos Cordeiro hope to steal some votes from the…
US Soccer Presidential Election Preview
Feb 7 • 72 min
Daryl and Taylor attempt to assemble their own Voltrons/Frankenstein’s Monsters from their favorite parts of the 8 Presidential Candidates’ platforms. Pro/Rel, Diversity and Equality, Youth Development, and avoiding FIFA corruption all get mentions. They…
What does “Latino style of play” even mean? When is a USMNT call-up reasonable? UEFA vs US Soccer coaching licenses
Feb 6 • 50 min
Listeners asked so we tried to answer: 1. What do American means when they say the “Latino style of play?” 2. What are the requirements before a talented youngster is called up the US Men’s National Team. 3. What are our most memorable player…
Michael Winograd Discusses His Campaign for US Soccer President
Feb 5 • 29 min
With less than a week remaining until the US Soccer Election, Taylor called up Presidential Candidate Michael Winograd to discuss why he decided to enter the race, his independence as a candidate, and why he feels he is uniquely suited to the task at…
Weekend Review: Harry Kane penalty drama, Mkhitaryan between the lines, Alexis Sanchez makes sure
Feb 4 • 64 min
Thumbs up and down review of all the weekend action, leading with Liverpool vs Spurs and Arsenal v Everton, touching on some other EPL action, then taking a quick trip to German to check in with England and American youngsters in the Bundesliga. Also:…
Kyle Martino Discusses His Campaign for US Soccer President
Feb 2 • 29 min
Kyle Martino took time away from taking care of his child to discuss his campaign for US Soccer’s Presidency. We discuss his relationships with the other candidates, his expectations for Election Day, his plans for promotion/relegation, and much, much…
January Transfer Window Winners and Losers
Feb 1 • 48 min
First up, we quickly discuss Sunil Gulati’s “Fact Check” of the comments and criticisms made by some of the USSF Presidential candidates. Here’s a link to the video of his speech: http://bit.ly/2BMwR2g After that, we review the winners and losers from the…
Geoff Cameron speaks out, Copa America 2020 update, US Soccer presidential politics
Jan 31 • 47 min
We open by discussing Geoff Cameron’s NY Times interview with Marc Stein, which you can read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/31/sports/soccer/geoff-cameron-stoke-city.html?smid=tw-share Then, we answer some listener questions: 6:19 — Will…
Aubameyang triangle, Zlatan to the LA Galaxy, Beckham to Miami, and plenty more
Jan 30 • 67 min
We round up all the transfer news from the past few days, including The Pierre-Emerick Aubameynag, Olivier Giroud, Miche Batshuayi triangle, Mix Diskerud to Umbro, Jack Harrison and Aymeric Laporte to Man City, Rhiyad Mahrez transfer request reminder,…
Coping Strategies for USMNT Fans in 2018
Jan 29 • 57 min
Daryl and Taylor take a look back at the USA’s 0-0 draw with Bosnia: who was making the tactical decisions, why weren’t more youngsters given a chance, and what (if anything) did we learn? We then discuss our expectations for 2018, specifically how we’re…
Zito Madu talks Detroit City FC, Nigerian national team, nutmegs and more
Jan 27 • 41 min
Daryl talks to Zito Madu of SB Nation about Detroit City FC, the Nigerian national team, nutmegs as great philosophical argument, and plenty more. Follow Zito on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/_Zeets Read Zito’s SBNation work here:…
USMNT v Bosnia Preview, Wynalda’s Presidential Platform Unveiled
Jan 25 • 50 min
Eric Wynalda’s Presidential Manifesto (aka “America United 2018”) is out and it… is… detailed. We break down the portions we found most interesting and look forward to future policy papers. If you’d like to check out Wynalda’s plan, you can find it here:…
UEFA Nations League Debate, Alexis Plays Piano, USWNT Wins Big
Jan 24 • 68 min
We discuss Alexis Sanchez’s piano playing abilities, the US Wational Team’s 5-1 thumping of Denmark, and the situation with the Boston Breakers. Then we answer your listener questions, including: 1) Will the UEFA Nations League prevent dual nationals from…
US Soccer Presidential Forum review — pros and cons for every candidate
Jan 23 • 116 min
Really big show today. Two hours big. So hold on to your butts. We open by discussing the revelations regarding Jonathan Gonzalez, which aired on the Max and Herc podcast. We also encourage you to find that show and listen to it for more info. At 11:24,…
Live show with Alexi Lalas and Tab Ramos
Jan 22 • 53 min
On January 18, we collaborated with Howler magazine to host a live show at Jose Pistola’s bar in Philadelphia. George Quraishi of Howler M.C.’d the event and our guests were USMNT legends Alexi Lalas and Tab Ramos. We talked all things US Soccer, from…
Herculez Gomez on minority outreach, plus: United Soccer Coaches Convention roundup
Jan 20 • 41 min
Daryl and Taylor go over the highlights of a whirlwind few days at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philly. Then, starting at 22:45, Taylor interviews Herculez Gomez about US Soccer’s minority outreach. Today’s show is sponsored by Enclosed, the…
Transfer Window Update: Sanchez to United Heats Up, Walcott to Everton Happens, and Larin to Besiktas is Confusing
Jan 17 • 47 min
On the newest TSS, we recap the latest happenings in the January window: Sanchez to United seems likely (and maybe Mkhitaryan to Arsenal too?), Walcott goes blue, Arda heads to Turkey, and Kyle Larin would really like to do the same… if Orlando City would…
Should US fans be more critical of USMNT selection?
Jan 16 • 53 min
On today’s show, we answer five listener questions: —Should US fans be more critical of USMNT selection? —Would soccer benefit from an NFL style coaching staff? —Would an MLS European-style schedule be the end of USMNT January camp? —Would “Pro-Rel Lite”…
Weekend Review: Liverpool Pressure City, Arsenal Continue to Stumble, and Referee Kicks Player
Jan 15 • 67 min
Daryl and Taylor utilize their patented thumbs up/thumbs down method to review the weekend’s action, including Liverpool’s wildly entertaining 4-3 win over Manchester City, Arsenal’s (maybe actually not) shocking loss to Bournemouth, Barcelona remaining…
USA 2020 Olympic XI
Jan 11 • 58 min
We open by recapping and reacting to Mike Woitalla’s Soccer America interview with Brad Rothenberg, founder of the Alianza de Futbol showcase, where Jonathan Gonzalez was discovered by Monterrey. Read the interview here:…
Bundesliga review and preview with Matt Hermann of Talking Fussball
Jan 10 • 54 min
Daryl chats about the Bundesliga with Matt Hermann of the Talking Fussball podcast. The winter break is nearly over so Daryl asks Matt to look back on what’s happened so far, and what the second half of the season holds. We also, of course, discuss…
January camp roster deep-dive with Matt Doyle
Jan 9 • 70 min
Daryl calls up Matt Doyle of MLSSoccer.com to talk about two things. For the first 20 minutes we talk Jonathan Gonzalez, including a couple of really smart ideas from Matt about roles and programs US Soccer and/or American soccer could put in place. At…
How did US Soccer lose Jonathan Gonzalez to Mexico? (an emergency podcast)
Jan 8 • 42 min
Daryl calls Taylor to try and figure out how and why Jonathan Gonzalez chose to play for Mexico instead of the US, what could have been done to hold on to him, and what US Soccer can do better in the future.
FA Cup Review: Lichaj Downs Arsenal, Liverpool Squeeze Past Everton, and Mark Hughes Exits Stoke
Jan 7 • 65 min
On today’s show, Daryl and Taylor recap the weekend’s FA Cup action, including Nottingham’s 4-2 win over Arsenal, Liverpool’s dramatic late victory over Everton, Jesse Lingard continuing to score wonder goals, and Geoff Cameron doing his level best to get…
Listener Qs: Boxing Day Congestion, National Geographic Layouts, Young DPs, and Geographic Diversity in US Soccer
Jan 4 • 55 min
On today’s episode, we answer your listener questions… 1:29 - Why does the Premier League play 3 matches for each team around Christmas/New Year’s when other leagues take a break? 10:13 - If we had 2 pages in National Geographic to present a map or…
The January transfer window is open!
Jan 3 • 58 min
Daryl and Taylor talk through the signings, stories and rumors of the January transfer window so far. —- Today’s show is sponsored by Squarespace. Build your website for free at http://squarespace.com and then use code TSS when you launch to get a 10%…
10 Things We Hope Happen in 2018
Jan 2 • 53 min
Daryl and Taylor take turns listing the things they’d like to see happen in 2018, ranging from less partisan bickering in US Soccer (not gonna happen) to Pep Guardiola winning the Premier League (definitely gonna happen). In between, they have high hopes…
Very Specific Predictions for 2018
Dec 29, 2017 • 77 min
Daryl and Taylor make some very specific predictions for the coming year, including World Cup top scorer, who will bid for Christian Pulisic, when and how Man City will win the Premier League, and plenty more. Today’s show is sponsored by Howler magazine!…
Soccer Santa Holiday Special (aka Christmas Pun-tacular)
Dec 20, 2017 • 46 min
Daryl and Taylor take turns giving out theoretical gifts to members of the global soccer community… though individuals associated with the USA’s failure to qualify for the World Cup feature prominently. As do puns. So many puns. As mentioned in the…
Youth soccer principles, Pro/Rel in Australia, US Soccer General Manager, and more
Dec 19, 2017 • 56 min
We answer six listener questions on today’s TSS: Does the US Soccer GM role smell fishy? Is there a pro/rel movement in Australia? Do penalty kicks ruin the top scorer chart? What are three “best practices” for youth soccer clubs? How do you spot a great…
Weekend Review: Man City Keeps the Streak Alive, Pulisic Finally Gets A Goal
Dec 18, 2017 • 69 min
We review as much of the weekend’s action as two sets of eyes can handle, including Manchester City’s continued dominance in the Premier League, Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie have happy weekends, and Mark Hughes rants while Hodgson and Moyes…
Star Wars XI (from Dec. 2015)
Dec 15, 2017 • 49 min
We took the day off to go and see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But back in 2015, we recorded our Star Wars XI, each of us picking a soccer team made up of Star Wars characters. We hope you enjoy. Today’s show is sponsored by FUTCHI! Use the discount code…
Two possible plans for Pro/Rel
Dec 15, 2017 • 76 min
Daryl and Taylor do not have the power to implement promotion and relegation in the United States. But they do have the time and inclination to do some thinking, write down their best ideas, then meet in studio to present their plans to each other. That’s…
Premier League Review: More Controversy for Liverpool, More Goals for Manchester City
Dec 13, 2017 • 60 min
We use our patented thumbs up/thumbs down model to review the midweek Premier League action: Klopp will be angry with another referee, City will be happy to keep their streak alive, and David Moyes will be happy with a point. We also answer more listener…
Champions League Draw Reaction, Plus Nagbe on the Move and Listener Questions
Dec 12, 2017 • 55 min
Daryl and Taylor give their quick reactions to Monday’s Champions League knockout round draw, and then discuss Darlington Nagbe’s possible move from Portland to Atlanta United. After that, we answer your listener questions: should MLS change its schedule?…
Manchester and Merseyside Derbies, Plus 2017 MLS Cup Review
Dec 11, 2017 • 72 min
Daryl and Taylor use their thumbs (both up and down) to review the weekend’s Premier League action, most notably Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Manchester United and Liverpool’s disappointing (depending on your perspective) 1-1 draw with Everton.…
Hope Solo’s candidacy for USSF president, Liga MX Final, Manchester Derby preview
Dec 8, 2017 • 52 min
Daryl opens today’s show with a solo update on Columbus Crew. For more detail, read Kevin McCauley’s write-up here: https://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2017/12/7/16748288/save-the-crew-columbus-ohio-attorney-general-mike-dewine-browns-law 2:00 — Daryl and…
How to watch soccer, the most annoying soccer phrases, and playing 4-2-2-2
Dec 7, 2017 • 67 min
TSS is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclists and soccer players get lower rates on life insurance. Go to http://healthiq.com/tss to support the show and see if you qualify. TSS is also…
Champions League review: Pogba posterizes, Aubameyang interviews, Liverpool practice the three-man weave
Dec 6, 2017 • 45 min
We review the Champions League group stage finale, offering thumbs up and down on the undramatic but nonetheless entertains action. Today’s show is sponsored by FUTCHI — go to https://www.playfutchi.com/products/futchi_rebounder and used “TSS2017” for a…
2017 MLS Cup Final: Toronto v Seattle - Tactical Preview and Specific Predictions
Dec 5, 2017 • 63 min
We start off today’s show by recapping the latest developments in the US Soccer Presidential race: Sunil Gulati won’t be running but Kathy Carter of SUM definitely will be. Who is our newest candidate and what is she all about? Then we turn our attention…
Weekend review: Lingard relentless, De Gea unbeatable, Hazard unstoppable, Coutinho goes low
Dec 4, 2017 • 76 min
Our weekend review of the Premier League starts with Arsenal v Man Utd, explaining how Mourinho’s team made such a fast start to the game and why De Gea was so tough to beat. That’s the first 20 minutes or so, after that we offer a thumb up or down for…
World Cup Draw Reactions and Analysis, Plus MLS Cup Playoffs!
Dec 1, 2017 • 56 min
We take a look at each group now that the 2018 World Cup draw is complete. They are: Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland,…
The USMNT and the two fullbacks who could one day make it better …
Nov 30, 2017 • 61 min
On today’s show, Daryl talks to Adam Belz of Scuffed newsletter about two American fullbacks currently seeing the field in high-profile European leagues: Shaq Moore, who’s playing for Levante in La Liga in Spain and Antonee Robinson, who’s playing for…
The 10 Best Backyard Soccer Games to Play
Nov 29, 2017 • 65 min
0:00 - The Red Bulls didn’t get an actual offer for Tyler Adams, but that won’t stop us from speculating on his actual worth and his possible, future career destinations. 10:26 - Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew are gainfully employed once again… for the…
World Cup 2018 draw preview (and why there will be no group of death)
Nov 28, 2017 • 62 min
On today’s show we preview the FIFA World Cup draw, which happens this Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern, explaining how the pots work and why we’re confident there will be no group of death. We also answer five great listeners questions: 18:10 — Does Klinsmann…
Weekend review: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke special
Nov 27, 2017 • 72 min
We go DEEP on the epic Dortmund vs Schalke game — deeper than a Benjamin Stambouli pass. If you’re looking for a long chat about what happened in that epic game, including our thoughts on the performances of Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic, this is…
Soccer Thanksgiving, Plus Some Champions League Chat
Nov 22, 2017 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Daryl and Taylor take a quick look at some of the action from Wednesday’s Champions League matches. Then we each take turns listing the things we’re thankful for, which range from a particular type of IPA to promising Americans around…
MLS playoffs first leg review, Porter out, MLS expansion, 2020 Olympics
Nov 22, 2017 • 62 min
We review the first legs of Columbus vs Toronto and Houston vs Seattle, discuss Caleb Porter’s surprise Timbers exit and answer listener questions related to MLS expansion, where Man Utd should play Anthony Martial, and why there’s no 2020 Olympics talk.…
Champions League review: Liverpool and Sevilla’s set-piece silliness, Alli’s assist, Foden’s debut and more
Nov 21, 2017 • 61 min
We round up the Tuesday Champions League action — of which there was WAY more than we bargained for. Lots of fun stuff to talk about here. We also answer two listener questions: Should US Soccer help talented young American players get EU passports? If…
Weekend review: Arsenal force Spurs long, Yedlin’s cutback, Paul is Pogback, and De Bruyne makes that noise
Nov 20, 2017 • 75 min
Our weekend review features a Premier League roundup, plus the highlights of Americans abroad. From Arsenal beating Spurs at theor own game to Paul Pogba’s return to action to Weston McKennie and Jonathan Gonzalez impressing in midfields either side of…
Ask The Ref! w/ TSS Official Referee Consultant Scott Zawadzki
Nov 17, 2017 • 66 min
Official Referee Consultant Scott Zawadzki returns to the show to answer your officiating-centric questions, including… Why don’t referees give more cards for “talking back” to the referee? If you could referee a match involving one of the bad boys of…
How the CONCACAF Nations League impacts the USMNT, plus: listener questions galore!
Nov 16, 2017 • 72 min
We open the show by discussing the news about the CONCACAF Nations League. That’s literally the first 18 minutes of the show. Did we go long? Maybe, yes, but we definitely got into some detail. 18:40 — Today’s show is sponsored http://www.fanfutsal.com.…
Drafting the “Did Not Qualify for the World Cup” XI
Nov 15, 2017 • 60 min
1:14 - Revisiting yesterday’s conversation about the rumored move by US Soccer to create a pre-World Cup tournament for some of the countries that failed to qualify. 19:23 - Today’s show is supported by Health IQ, a life insurance company that celebrates…
Portugal vs USA review — the kids are alright
Nov 14, 2017 • 71 min
We review the USA’s 1-1 draw away to Portugal, which featured some encouraging performances from young players and a glimpse at how the US Men’s National Team might approach games in the future. We also talk about Bruce Arena’s appearance in the Fox…
Portugal vs USA preview — play your kids!
Nov 12, 2017 • 68 min
Daryl and Taylor pick their favored USMNT starting XI to face Portugal on Tuesday, but not before outlining why this game is a big challenge for the next generation of US players. 31:09 — Today’s show is sponsored by Away Days, an independent soccer…
Americans Abroad w/ Brian Sciaretta, Plus Your Listener Questions!
Nov 10, 2017 • 88 min
Daryl and Taylor answer your listener questions, including ideal formations, USMNTers in MLS, and possible dual nationals. Then Taylor chats with ASN’s Brian Sciaretta about Americans abroad (who’s doing well and who could use a move), the U17 National…
Eric Wynalda Discusses His Campaign for US Soccer President
Nov 9, 2017 • 66 min
Eric Wynalda sits down (it was over the phone, but we assume he was sitting down) to discuss his candidacy for the US Soccer Federation Presidency. Topics include… What running for office has meant for his personal/professional life, the problems he’s…
USMNT roster reaction show — the future is here
Nov 7, 2017 • 54 min
Daryl and Taylor react to the naming of the 21-man US roster, which includes Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and 19 other players. Today’s show is sponsored by FUTCHI (they’re back! sponsor rebound!). FUTCHI are running a deep discount on their rebounder so…
The NASL vs US Soccer lawsuit, explained by attorney Miki Turner
Nov 7, 2017 • 47 min
NASL’s request for a preliminary injunction was denied this weekend. If that makes no sense to you, you’re in the right place. Because in this episode, Daryl talks to Washington attorney (and Seattle Sounders fan) Miki Turner. Miki explains the lawsuit…
Weekend Review: Thumbs Up for Man City, Thumbs Down to Locker Room Fights
Nov 6, 2017 • 52 min
On the newest. TSS, we recap some of the weekend’s action, including City’s victory over Arsenal, Chelsea hard-fought win over Manchester United, and Toronto’s (literally) hard fought loss to the Red Bulls. Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek. If you…
The plan to Save the Crew, with Morgan Hughes
Nov 3, 2017 • 35 min
Daryl talks to Morgan Hughes of the Save the Crew movement. Get involved: http://SaveTheCrew.com
Champions League review: Spurs keep it high and tight, plus: Big win for the Crew
Nov 2, 2017 • 64 min
We review all the Champions League action we could watch, plus Columbus Crew’s home win over NYCFC. Today’s show is sponsored by AX Soccer Tours, the pro soccer tryout to get signed in Europe. Go to http://axsoccertours.com and use code “totalsoccershow”…
Listener Questions and Red Bulls v Toronto Review
Oct 31, 2017 • 62 min
0:00 - Recapping Toronto’s 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Final. 23:57 - Today’s show is sponsored by Blue Apron. Go to http://blueapron.com/TSS to get $30 off your first order, plus free shipping. 27:07 -…
Weekend review: Antonio fails the marshmallow test, England win World Cup, USMNT roster rumors
Oct 30, 2017 • 77 min
We review the weekend’s Premier League action, nod to England’s U17 team, address some USMNT roster rumors and plenty more. Today’s show is sponsored by RX Bar. For 25% off, go to http://rxbar.com/soccer and enter promo code “soccer” Today’s show is…
How MLS helps and hurts the USMNT, with Jeff Rueter
Oct 27, 2017 • 76 min
Daryl talks to Jeff Rueter, a freelance soccer writer whose byline appears in The Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPN FC, Howler magazine and more. We talk MLS playoffs, including the Atlanta vs Columbus and Houston Sporting KC games, we talk Major League…
Whitecaps and Red Bulls Get the Job Done, Plus Your Listener Questions
Oct 26, 2017 • 59 min
0:00 - We review NYRB’s 4-0 victory over Chicago, and attempt to figure out what went wrong for the Fire and how the Red Bulls got it so right. 16:13 - We do the same thing, only this time for San Jose and Vancouver, respectively. NEW SPONSOR! Today’s…
10 ways to fix US Soccer
Oct 25, 2017 • 49 min
If Daryl and Taylor were elected co-presidents of the United States Soccer Federation, there are 10 things we would do. Listen to this episode to hear what they are. Today’s show is sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves. Get 20% off any scarf on the Ruffneck…
Dave Sarachan will coach the USMNT vs Portugal, plus: listener questions
Oct 24, 2017 • 66 min
Daryl and Taylor discuss the news that USMNT assistant coachDave Sarachan will temporarily take the reigns when the US plays Portugal in November. 22:00 — Today’s show is sponsored buy SeatGeek. Download the app, click the “settings” tab and enter promo…
Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Weekend Review: Premier League, MLS, US U17s
Oct 23, 2017 • 72 min
Daryl and Taylor review as much of the weekend’s action as possible, including the Premier League, US U17s, MLS, US Soccer Elections, the USWNT, and (briefly) the Turkish Super Lig. Today’s show is sponsored by Storelli, makers of the SpeedGrip insoles.…
Who elects the US Soccer president, and how? (with George Quraishi of Howler magazine)
Oct 20, 2017 • 51 min
Daryl talks to George Quraishi of Howler magazine about the USMNT’s style of play, the Columbus Crew situation, and how the president of US Soccer is elected. You can subscribe to Howler magazine via http://fifa.wtf/gethowler and, if I heard George…
Champions League Thumbs Up/Down Review
Oct 18, 2017 • 48 min
0:00 - Daryl and Taylor update the situation with the Columbus Crew, and discuss ways in which concerned minds can get involved. Here’s a link to the Reddit page Daryl mentioned on the show:…
USA Advances in U17 World Cup, Allardyce Hearts USMNT, Columbus on the Move?
Oct 17, 2017 • 58 min
On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show… Daryl and Taylor discuss the news that, come 2019, the Columbus Crew might be known as Austin FC… if Anthony Precourt gets his way. 11:55 — We also recap the USA’s 5-0 thumping of Paraguay in the U17 World…
Weekend review: Man City unstoppable, Mourinho miserly, Jermaine Jones naming names
Oct 16, 2017 • 70 min
BIG SHOW! We start with a thumbs up/thumbs down review of the Premier League, focusing on Man City v Stoke, Liverpool v Man Utd and the legend of Troy Deeney. 20:36 — Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek. Download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code…
US Soccer news: Bruce Arena resigns, Sunil Gulati stays on
Oct 13, 2017 • 29 min
Daryl calls Taylor to discuss the morning’s US Soccer press conference, which gave some (but not nearly enough) indication of what US Soccer plans to do next.
USMNT: The Next Generation
Oct 12, 2017 • 70 min
New USMNT co-head coaches Daryl Grove and Taylor Rockwell pick their forward-looking, experimental XI. If you want to hear about what’s next in the pipeline for the US national team, this is the show for you. Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek.…
What next for American soccer?
Oct 12, 2017 • 88 min
Big show. We start wth a look back at the World Cup qualifying campaign and what we think went wrong. We then look forward to what happens next with US Soccer. Here are the timestamps: 22:29 — Will Sunil Gulati resign? Who are potential replacements? When…
The Best Soccer Show — The Return
Oct 11, 2017 • 100 min
Jason Davis and Jared DuBois got the band back together and recorded an episode of The Best Soccer Show.
Quick Take/Hot Take: USA Fails to Qualify for the World Cup
Oct 10, 2017 • 27 min
We give our instant/stunned reaction to the USA’s shock defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in the final game of World Cup qualification. We do our best to figure out what happened, why it happened, and where we go from here… and try not to be quite as…
USA v Trinidad & Tobago World Cup qualifying preview with Will Parchman
Oct 10, 2017 • 70 min
Daryl is joined by Will Parchman to preview the USMNT’s trip to Trinidad and Tobago. The game is Tuesday night, 8pm Eastern, and Will says we should go for it — all in, strongest possible team. At 23:30 we review the US U17s performance so far at the U17…
USMNT v Panama Review: How Pulisic Punished Panama
Oct 7, 2017 • 79 min
We review the USA’s comprehensive 4-0 victory over Panama. What were Panama trying to do in the opening minutes? How good were Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood? And how (quietly) critical Bradley was to the overall victory? We also look ahead to the final…
USA v Panama quick-take, hot-take with Bobby Warshaw
Oct 6, 2017 • 38 min
Bobby Warshaw joins Daryl to offer an immediate review of the USMNT’s crucial win over Panama in World Cup qualifying.
USMNT v Panama Deep-Dive Preview: How to Break Down A Compact Defense
Oct 5, 2017 • 72 min
On today’s show, we discuss the Panama national team: who will manager Hernan Dario Gomez start and who will he sit? How defensive will they be? What attacking threats do they have at their disposal? Will Jaime Penedo ever not be their goalkeeper? We then…
USA v Panama in-depth preview with Neil Blackmon (plus some NASL chat)
Oct 4, 2017 • 65 min
Daryl talks to YanksAreComing.com’s Neil Blackmon about the USMNT’s upcoming qualifier against Panama. We kick off with a little NASL v US Soccer lawsuit chat, leaning on Neil’s legal background. The USA v Panama preview starts 16:40 in. We go pretty deep…
USMNT Roster Chat with Alexi Lalas… and A Special Guest!
Oct 3, 2017 • 34 min
Taylor called up Alexi Lalas to discuss the USA’s roster for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, as well as his expectations for those games and the future beyond. About midway through the call, we’re joined by a special guest, who doesn’t waste any time…
USMNT roster reaction
Oct 2, 2017 • 60 min
We offer our initial reaction to the USMNT roster, suggesting what we might have done differently, but also offering up what we think Bruce Arena is doing. We also check in on some of the key names who were (and in Fabian Johnson’s case, were not) called…
Noah Davis on Sunil Gulati, advice for freelancers, USA v Panama
Sep 29, 2017 • 49 min
Daryl talks to freelance writer Noah Davis, whom you may know from AmericanSoccerNow.com or from one of his many freelance articles. Noah recently wrote a longform profile of US Soccer President Sunil Gulati and so Daryl peppers Noah with questions about…
Champions League review: Neymar, Mbappe, Ancelotti and more
Sep 28, 2017 • 52 min
So much Champions League to talk about! There’s PSG’s win over Bayern, in which Mbappe shone, Neymar was unselfish, and Ancelotti was getting sacked in the morning. Chelsea’s last minute composure paid off, Barcelona continued their own-goal streak, and…
Listener questions: Quick free kicks, Barcelona’s coach, Altidore’s starting spot
Sep 27, 2017 • 44 min
Hello! On today’s show, we discuss Bruce Arena’s comments about “no new faces” for the final World Cup qualifiers, Weston McKennie’s new contract at Schalke, and those odd Christian Politic transfer rumors. Then, listener questions: 1. Why are teams…
Champions League review: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid
Sep 26, 2017 • 28 min
We review Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid in the Champions League. For TSS tees, visit http://totalsoccershow.com/merch
(Belated) Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Weekend Review
Sep 25, 2017 • 64 min
We recap the weekend’s action from around the globe, with special emphasis on the Premier League and Major League Soccer. France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Turkey all get more than a passing mention as well. Today’s show is sponsored by Greats,…
Talking Indy XI, NASL antitrust lawsuit, Man Utd with Nipun Chopra
Sep 22, 2017 • 47 min
Daryl talks to Nipun Chopra, a man in the know when it comes to NASL. Listen to this episode to hear why NASL filed an antitrust lawsuit against US Soccer, what the potential results may be, and what it means for the team Nipun supports — Indy XI. Also:…
US Open Cup Review and Young Americans in the Bundesliga
Sep 21, 2017 • 53 min
We break down Sporting KC’s 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls in the US Open Cup Final, and ponder age-old questions like what was New York doing? Why did Sal Zizzo momentarily decide marking was unimportant? How did Sporting KC make the win look so…
10 biggest feuds in football history
Sep 20, 2017 • 49 min
Inspired by Neymar and Canavi’s set-price spats, we list the biggest feuds in football history. Wondering who’s involved? You’ll have to listen to find out … Today’s show is sponsored by Howler magazine! Go to http://fifa.wtf/gethowler and use discount…
Soccer Terminology 401
Sep 19, 2017 • 59 min
We define all the terms that you, our dearest listeners, wanted explained… or, at least, seven of them. 1) Olimpico 2) Elastico 3) Empty Bucket 4) Howler 5) Pundit 6) Golazo 7) Decent (in the most British of senses) Today’s show was sponsored by Howler…
Weekend review: Manchester magnificence, Yedlin’s return, Dybala’s left foot, and more thumbs up/down
Sep 18, 2017 • 77 min
We review as much of the weekend action as we could watch, leading with big wins for Man Utd and Man City, and the return of DeAndre Yedlin for Newcastle. Also discussed: Some left-footed magic from Paulo Dybala, the beginnings of a Neymar v Cavani feud…
Michael L. Goodman talks USMNT tactical options, EPL trends, Expected Goals
Sep 15, 2017 • 45 min
Daryl called up Mike Goodman, formerly of ESPN and Grantland, currently of FiveThirtyEight and the Double Pivot Podcast, to talks tactics and analytics. Mike is really good at talking analysis and stats in an easy-to-understand and entertaining way, so we…
Listener Questions: Dream USMNT Managers, Possible American Wingbacks, and the Impact of Catalan Independence on La Liga
Sep 14, 2017 • 48 min
We answer your listener questions, to the best of our ability. 1) If you could pick anyone to manage the USMNT, who would it be and why? 2) Why doesn’t the UK have a national team? 3) If Catalonia achieves independence from Spain, what will be the impact…
Champions League Matchday One review: thumbs up/down
Sep 13, 2017 • 48 min
We review first matchday of 2017–18 UEFA Champions League action, giving thumbs up or thumbs down to everything we saw this Tuesday and Wednesday. Today’s show is sponsored by Greats, Brooklyn’s first sneaker company. Go to https://www.greats.com/ and use…
Weekend Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Review
Sep 11, 2017 • 82 min
We review the weekend’s action from around the globe by giving thumbs up/thumbs down to the many, many incidents in England, Germany, France, and the United States. Did Mane deserve that red card? How good is Kevin de Bruyne? Was Harry Kane lucky on that…
Wes Burdine from FiftyFiveOne talks American soccer pyramid, Minnesota United, NASL, pro/rel, Oasis
Sep 8, 2017 • 43 min
Daryl talks to Wes Burdine of FiftyFive.One about the USMNT’s recent struggles, Minnesota United’s first season in MLS (what went wrong, what went right, and what fans hope to see next), and the recent news that US Soccer may not sanction the NASL as a…
USMNT XI of the future (TDS sampler)
Sep 8, 2017 • 6 min
Who is the future in each position of the USMNT? ON this excerpt from The TopDrawerSoccer Show, Daryl and Travic Clark discuss the next US center-forward sensation. To hear our picks in every position, please subscribe to The TopDrawerSoccer Show. Search…
Isco, Dele Alli, Peru and plenty more World Cup qualifying thumbs up/down
Sep 7, 2017 • 66 min
We review the whole world! Sort of. We give thumbs up/thumbs down to everything we saw from the recent round of World Cup qualifying. Listen in and get caught up. Today’s show is sponsored by Blue Apron! Go to http://blueapron.com/tss to get your first…
USMNT v Honduras: Grass + Heat = Excuses
Sep 6, 2017 • 57 min
After venting their fury in the Quick Take/Hot Take episode, Daryl and Taylor are back to give their (slightly more measured) thoughts on the USA’s confusing 1-1 draw with Honduras. Why couldn’t Bruce Arena’s men get any attack going? What did Honduras do…
Honduras vs USMNT quick-take/hot-take review
Sep 5, 2017 • 26 min
Recorded immediately after the final whistle, this is our instant reaction to Honduras vs USA. Long-take review to follow later tonight.
Honduras v USMNT World Cup qualifier preview, with Bobby Warshaw
Sep 4, 2017 • 84 min
Today’s show is long. Pushing 90 minutes long. But it’s filled with great, detailed conversations about the US Men’s National Team, the defeat to Costa Rica, and Tuesday’s big qualifier away to Honduras. The discussion with Bobby starts at 2:45 minutes…
USMNT v Costa Rica: What Went Wrong?
Sep 2, 2017 • 65 min
The short answer? A lot. The longer answer? Well, we’ve got over an hour of analysis for your listening pleasure… and we promise it isn’t just ranting for 60+ minutes. Today’s show was sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves. Browse Ruffneck’s official US Soccer…
USMNT v Costa Rica: WCQ Quick Take/Hot Take Review
Sep 1, 2017 • 21 min
We give our immediate reactions to the USA’s 2-0 loss to Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying. Much longer review will be out later tonight/early Saturday morning… not sure if it will feature more or less rage than this one. We shall see
Transfer deadline day special: thumbs up/thumbs down
Sep 1, 2017 • 58 min
We give thumbs up or thumbs down on every deadline day move that caught our attention. Buy a Total Soccer Show t-shirt before September 6, here: https://www.totalsoccershow.com/merch/
USMNT v Costa Rica Preview: What We Want vs What We’re Gonna Get
Aug 30, 2017 • 69 min
With Taylor back in studio, we discuss Bruce Arena’s latest roster, as well as what we expect from Costa Ria in terms of lineup, formation and tactical approach. After that, we each give our lineup we’d most like to see and then round it all out by…
USMNT roster reaction with Rob Usry (plus: Atlanta United chat)
Aug 29, 2017 • 33 min
Daryl talks to Rob Usry, of StarsAndStripesFC.com and DirtySouthSoccer.com, about the 26 players Bruce Arena has called up for the Costa Rica and Honduras World Cup qualifiers. Rob has a great take on what he thinks Arena will do, and also some possible…
Weekend Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Review: Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, and MLS!
Aug 28, 2017 • 65 min
We review the weekend’s action from around the globe by giving thumbs up/thumbs down to the many, many incidents in England, Germany, Spain, and the United States. Controversial red cards, spectacular goals, trolling Twitter announcements, and a whole lot…
Champions League draw reaction, plus: Zlatan re-signs, Rooney retires, Nagbe trends
Aug 24, 2017 • 59 min
We talk, in order: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Man Utd Wayne Rooney’s international retirement Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona Champions League draw! USMNT roster defensive worries USMNT all-time draft reactions Darlington Nagbe’s goal TSS Scouting Network…
Discussing the Situation at Barcelona with The Football Ramble’s Luke Moore
Aug 24, 2017 • 31 min
Taylor called up friend of the show Luke Moore to discuss The Football Ramble, his new podcast “On the Continent,” the positives and negatives of professional podcasting, and the situation at Barcelona. Good times abound!
All-Time USMNT XI — The Draft
Aug 22, 2017 • 70 min
Daryl and Taylor draft against each other to select (and discuss) their all-time US Men’s National Team XI. This goes long, but it goes into detail on each player. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did recording. Today’s show was sponsored by…
Weekend Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Review: Premier League, Bundesliga, and Many More!
Aug 20, 2017 • 65 min
We review the weekend’s action from around the globe by giving thumbs up/thumbs down to the many, many incidents in England, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States. So, that’s the Premier League, the Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, MLS, AND scouting…
Transfer updates, PEDs, best youth academies
Aug 18, 2017 • 85 min
BUMPER episode of Total Soccer Show today. We open with some transfer updates — Coutinho, Sanchez, Gylfi and vin Dijk, then discuss the Premier League proposal to close the window before the season begins. We salute FC Cincinnati’s Open Cup run with a…
Bundesliga Preview and Predictions with Talking Fussball’s Matt Hermann
Aug 16, 2017 • 84 min
0:00 - Previewing each and every team in the Bundesliga, and handing out some specific predictions for each club. Here are the clubs in the specific order that Daryl says the Bundesliga endorses: 1. FC Köln 1. FSV Mainz 05 Bayer 04 Leverkusen Borussia…
Shop talk with Jason Davis
Aug 15, 2017 • 42 min
Daryl calls Jason Davis to talk American soccer fandom, American soccer media, American soccer broadcasting and plenty more. Wondering how and why Jason became a Spurs fan? The answer is in this episode. REMINDER: The 50 percent off t-shirt deal at…
Premier League week one review: thumbs up/thumbs down
Aug 13, 2017 • 65 min
We review the first week of Premier League action in the style of Romelu Lukaku, offering either a thumbs up or thumbs down to players and teams. We also make a second run at our American soccer Mount Rushmore, and answer listener questions about US…
Premier League Draft, Plus Updates on Dembele and Coutinho
Aug 11, 2017 • 50 min
0:00 - Updates on the situations with Ousman Dembele at Borussia Dortmund and Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool. Will they stay or go to Barcelona? Why would you unfollow a club on Twitter? Do Barcelona need to sign someone at all? All that and more! 9:14 -…
Bobby Warshaw on the reality of life as a pro soccer player
Aug 10, 2017 • 65 min
Daryl talks to former MLS player Bobby Warshaw about Bobby’s new autobiography, “When the Dream Became Reality.” Bobby discusses the highs and lows of life as a professional soccer player, what goes on behind the scenes, and why he chose to abandon life…
Premier League preview and predictions, part 2: featuring Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham
Aug 8, 2017 • 74 min
We continue to preview the Premier League season by making some Very Specific Predictions for each team. On Part Two: Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle, Southampton, Stoke City, Swansea City, Tottenham, Watford, West Brom, and West Ham.…
Premier League preview and predictions, part 1: featuring Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool
Aug 7, 2017 • 81 min
We preview the Premier League season by making some Very Specific Predictions for each team. On today’s show: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester, Liverpool Today’s show was sponsored by…
Discussing the Pending Pro/Rel Arbitration with Kingston Stockade Owner Dennis Crowley
Aug 4, 2017 • 32 min
As we discussed on yesterday’s show, Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC have filed a request for arbitration to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, asking FIFA to apply its statutes to US Soccer and force a switch to a pro/rel system. We called up Dennis…
Neymar to PSG and the future of transfer fees, plus: Pro/rel goes to court
Aug 3, 2017 • 55 min
Long episode title, I know! But that’s because there’s a lot happening. We start with Neymar’s move to PSG for 222 million euros. How and why did it happen? What does it all mean? And will soccer ever be the same again? We also talk about how the Neymar…
The end of parity in MLS? Preparing for the playoff push with Matt Doyle
Aug 2, 2017 • 28 min
Daryl calls up Matt Doyle to discuss the biggest stories in MLS as we prepare for what Daryl thought was the second half of the season, but turns out to be the final third. Matt explains why he thinks we’re looking at the end of parity in MLS, why Toronto…
How Bruce Arena changed the USMNT, plus: Everton FC season preview with The Shin Guardian
Aug 1, 2017 • 39 min
Daryl called up Matt Tomaszewicz (aka: @shinguardian) to talk about the changes Bruce Arena has made to the USMNT — specifically: what identifies this team as an Arena team? We also talk Everton, with Matt explaining how and why he became a fan of The…
Our USMNT roster if the World Cup started tomorrow
Jul 31, 2017 • 66 min
Daryl and Taylor negotiate to choose the 23 players they would take to the World Cup if the tournament tournament started tomorrow. It takes 41 minutes, but we get there. Chances are, you won’t like our final decisions. At 41:00 — today’s show is…
10 most interesting transfer stories of the summer (part 2)
Jul 28, 2017 • 74 min
We review 10 more of the summer’s most interesting transfer stories, so far. Since last we talked transfers, money has been spent… and that’s more than a small understatement. Neymar to PSG, Mbappe to Real Madrid, plus Lukaku to United and Lacazette to…
USMNT v Jamaica Gold Cup Final review
Jul 27, 2017 • 57 min
This game made us scream “Jordan Morris!!!” twice. Once in frustration and once in elation. Listen in for some deep analysis of all three goals, a celebration of the player we think excelled, and some handwringing about what concerned us. Today’s show was…
USA v Jamaica Gold Cup Final quick-take, hot-take review
Jul 27, 2017 • 15 min
Quick review of USA v Jamaica. Full review to follow in a couple of hours …
USA v Jamaica: Gold Cup Final Preview
Jul 24, 2017 • 48 min
0:00 - MLS rejects that lucrative offer (and also promotion/relegation). Daryl and Taylor break down the proposed deal, the inherent flaws, and what might happen going forward. 9:15 - Semi-reviewing Jamaica’s win over Mexico, and analyzing their strengths…
How the USMNT got it right in the Gold Cup semi-final
Jul 23, 2017 • 40 min
We rewatched USA v Costa Rica so we could offer a longer review of what happened.
USA v Costa Rica quick-take, hot-take review
Jul 23, 2017 • 18 min
Our quick review of the USA vs Costa Rica Gold Cup semi-final. Full review out later tonight …
Bite Club! USMNT v El Salvador review and Costa Rica preview
Jul 21, 2017 • 67 min
We start the show by discussing Taylor’s eye-patch, but quickly move on to review Wednesday’s USA v El Salvador Gold Cup quarterfinal, and our theory of why entry Romero bit Jozy Altidore. 36:00 — Today’s show is sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves, so we ask…
Talking All Things USMNT with Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas
Jul 20, 2017 • 43 min
With Daryl on the road back to Richmond, Taylor called up FOX’s Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas (mid carpool time) to get their thoughts on the USA’s performance at the Gold Cup thus far. We also chatted about how much of their carpool convo goes makes it into…
USMNT Roster Changes and El Salvador Gold Cup Preview
Jul 18, 2017 • 60 min
0:00 - We have a new show! It’s a joint ventures with the gents over at TopDrawerSoccer and it’s called… The TopDrawerSoccer Show. Help us make it a success by searching for “TopDrawerSoccer” in your podcast player and hitting subscribe. The first episode…
Coming soon: The TopDrawerSoccer Show (so subscribe today!)
Jul 18, 2017 • 5 min
This is the preview episode for our new venture, The TopDrawerSoccer Show. Help us make it a success by searching for “TopDrawerSoccer” in your podcast player and hitting subscribe. First episode publishes Wednesday, July 19th.
USMNT v Nicaragua: Quick-take, hot-take, rough and tumble
Jul 15, 2017 • 28 min
We talked at length, so this is going to be our ONLY take on USA vs Nicaragua. Links to things mentioned: Bobby Warshaw on central midfielders, for Howler magazine: http://www.whatahowler.com/missing-pieces-u-s-s-gold-cup-formula/ iTunes link to The…
Improving the Pasta Sauce: What the USMNT Should Have Done Against Martinique
Jul 13, 2017 • 48 min
0:00 - After a somewhat frustrated quick take/hot take show last night, cooler heads have prevailed. We review the USA’s 3-2 win over Martinique, and attempt to determine what went wrong (and occasionally right) for the USA, how they could have done…
USMNT vs. Martinique quick-take, hot-take review
Jul 12, 2017 • 21 min
Daryl and Taylor give their immediate reactions to the USA vs Martinique Gold Cup game. Expect the full review tomorrow. Also: new show alert! We’re collaborating with Will Parchman et al on The TopDrawerSoccer Show. Find it in iTunes now!
Game of Thrones XI
Jul 11, 2017 • 61 min
When you play The Game of Thrones, you win or you die… or you talk about it in a soccer context for roughly 60 minutes. Daryl and Taylor takes turns designing their best starting XIs composed entirely of characters from the HBO series. We promise it’s…
Getting to know Martinique, with Caribbean Football Weekly’s Nathan Carr
Jul 10, 2017 • 34 min
The USMNT plays Martinique on Wednesday, and we don’t know anything about them. Enter Caribbean football expert Nathan Carr. (Nathan disputes the label expert, these are my show notes and I can write what I want and I think he’s an expert, so there.) We…
Buttmegged! Why the USMNT underperformed against Panama in the Gold Cup
Jul 8, 2017 • 58 min
I know what you’re thinking: “An hour on USMNT v Panama? I’m not so sure.” But we think this episode is worth your time. We’ve taken a good long look at what happened in this game, analyzing what went wrong, what Panama did to neutralize the US, and what…
USA v Panama Quick-Take, Hot-Take Review
Jul 8, 2017 • 16 min
Our initial reaction to USA v Panama in the Gold Cup. Full review to follow …
USA v Panama: Gold Cup Preview
Jul 7, 2017 • 54 min
0:00 - The USMNT dropped 12 spots in the latest FIFA rankings: should we be worried? No. No we shouldn’t. 4:29 - Discussing the USA’s opponent in their first game of the Gold Cup: Panama. 16:57 - Today’s show is sponsored by Wohven, delivering t-shirts…
Herculez Gomez talks broadcasting, USMNT, Gold Cup, Liga MX and Mexico
Jul 6, 2017 • 35 min
Daryl had a fun and informative conversation with former USMNT striker Herculez Gomez. Topics include: the learning curve and the move into broadcasting with ESPN and the Max and Herc show, what it’s like to be on a Gold Cup roster, why he’s excited to…
USA v Ghana Review and Confederations Cup Final Analysis
Jul 2, 2017 • 77 min
0:00 - We review the USA’s pretty comfortable 2-1 victory over Ghana. Just how good was that McCarty-Acosta midfield? Is Dom Dwyer the greatest British import since The Beatles? What does Brad Guzan need to do to make us all love him? 41:58 - Today’s show…
USA v Ghana Gold Cup warmup preview, plus: Confederations Cup final preview
Jun 30, 2017 • 53 min
We do our very best to preview the pre-GoldCup USMNT friendly. How might the US line up? Today’s show is sponsored by Wohven, delivering t-shirts with clean and simple graphic designs for just $15 per month. Go to http://wohven.com and use discount code…
What Went Wrong for Mexico Against Germany in the Confederations Cup
Jun 29, 2017 • 39 min
Daryl and Taylor break down Germany’s 4-1 win over Mexico in their Confederations Cup semifinal clash. What could Juan Carlos Osorio have done differently? How did Germany get things so right? Should we just hand Joachim Loew’s men the World Cup trophy…
Bravo, Claudio! How Chile’s keeper saved three Portuguese penalty kicks in the Confederations Cup semifinal
Jun 28, 2017 • 37 min
We review Chile’s penalty shootout win over Portugal, which featured three consecutive Claudio Bravo penalty saves. We offer a theory on how he did it. Starting at 20:15 we preview the other Confederations Cup semi-final, Germany v Mexico. Like TSS? Get…
Confederations Cup Knockout Round Preview, Garcia Report, Euro U21 England Sadness
Jun 27, 2017 • 53 min
1:44 - Portugal v Chile Confederations Cup Knockout Round Preview and Specific Predictions. 23:10 - NEW SPONSOR ALERT! Today’s show is brought to you by Wohven, a t-shirt subscription service that allows you to get premium quality tees for significantly…
USMNT Gold Cup roster analysis, Portland vs Seattle review
Jun 26, 2017 • 64 min
Got questions about the USMNT Gold Cup roster? We’ve more than likely got answers, because we spend a good 40 minutes breaking down Bruce Arena’s selection. At 41:00, we let you know about today’s sponsor, Ruffneck Scarves, and also veer off into a…