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What happens to the USMNT if Christian Pulisic gets hurt, where does MLS rank in terms of global soccer leagues, and more listener questions
Sep 20 • 51 min
Daryl and Taylor answer 5 USMNT/MLS-centric listener questions: 1) If MLS were to play a regular season game in England, which two teams should play and where should it take place? 2) What happens to the USMNT if Christian Pulisic gets injured before…
Champions League Wednesday review: Lyon roar against Man City, Ajax clean up, Ronaldo sees red
Sep 19 • 52 min
We review Wednesday’s Champions League action. Today’s show is sponsored by Away Days Football. Get 15% off anything you see at http://awaydaysfootball.com with code TSS
Champions League Tuesday review: Liverpool’s late win, Messi’s hat-trick, McKennie and Pulisic make an impact
Sep 19 • 34 min
Better late than never! We review all the Tuesday Champions League action we could watch. Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic! Go to http://theathletic.com/tssseptember for a 40% discount on a one-year subscription.
Weekend Review: Ronaldo scores, Douglas Costa spits, Zlatan kicks, and Liverpool win
Sep 17 • 70 min
We take a look back at all the post-international break action, including Juventus’ 2-1 win over Sassuolo (and all the drama that ensued), Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Spurs, all the craziness in Toronto-LA Galaxy, and much, much more. Today’s show is…
How does the CONCACAF Nations League work? How do you get in an opponent’s head? (and more listener questions)
Sep 13 • 39 min
We answer six glorious listener questions: 1. What’s the best way to get in an opponents head during a game? 2. Which UEFA Nations League division would the US be in? 3. Why is it better for a goalie to bowl the ball to a teammate than throw or…
UEFA Nations League roundup — thumbs up, thumbs down
Sep 12 • 62 min
We offer a quick-fire thumbs up, thumbs down review of he UEFA Nations League action. Here’s the Vegedream song, Ramenez la Coupe a la Maison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHb5LKnnxLg Today’s show is sponsored by Ministry of Supply. Go to…
USA v Mexico Review: What We Liked
Sep 12 • 56 min
No spoilers: we take an in-depth look at USMNT v Mexico, and discuss the things we liked, the things we didn’t like, and the things we loved (specifically Matt Miazga’s height comparisons). SPONSORS! Download the SeatGeek app and enter code “TSS” to…
USA v Mexico preview, plus: the search for a new USMNT head coach
Sep 10 • 72 min
We open start with a discussion about new GM Earnie Stewart’s search for a new USMNT head coach. At 19:00 we talk about the Mexico team, which players we expect to see against the US, and what we should look out for. And yes, we talk Jonathan…
USA v Brazil In-Depth Review
Sep 8 • 63 min
We do a deep dive (but not like the one Fabinho is alleged to have done) review of the USA’s match against Brazil. What were the Americans trying to do defensively and how dd Brazil nullify their efforts? Who stood out for the USMNT? Can Daryl and…
USA v Brazil: Quick Take/Hot Take Review
Sep 7 • 16 min
No spoilers: We give our instant reaction to the USA’s match against Brazil.
USA v Brazil preview and lineup predictions
Sep 5 • 61 min
We preview the USA’s upcoming game against Brazil by attempting to figure out how Brazil will lineup and how the USA should deal with that incredibly imposing attack.
What is the UEFA Nations League, and is it actually important? (plus: more listener questions)
Sep 4 • 61 min
We answer seven listener questions: 1. What is the UEFA Nations League, and is it actually important? 2. What is the purpose of UEFA Nations League pro/rel? 3 .Will the UEFA Nations League make it harder for young players to get international debuts?…
USMNT roster reaction, plus: Weekend Review, featuring Leo Messi, Wayne Rooney, Usain Bolt
Sep 3 • 97 min
We review all the weekend’s action that we saw, from Adama Traore’s unstoppable acceleration to Watford’s win over Tottenham, pls Usain Bolt’s soccer debut and some classic Leo Messi magic. Starting at 57:10, we review the USMNT roster for the games…
Building Safe Soccer Pitches Around the World with love.fútbol’s Drew Chafetz
Aug 31 • 35 min
Taylor talks to Drew Chafetz, CEO and Co-Founder of love.fútbol, a non-profit that mobilizes and engages communities around the world to plan, build, manage and maintain safe soccer fields around the world. Thus far, they’ve worked with 29…
Favorite Dempsey moments, USMNT roster preview, Champions League draw reaction
Aug 30 • 78 min
At the top of the show, we pay tribute to the retiring Clint Dempsey by each naming our favorite Deuce moment. Starting at 4:00, we go through all (and we maybe do mean ALL) the possible US roster options for the upcoming games versus Brazil and…
How to market La Liga in the US, NPSL PRO rumors, and more listener questions
Aug 29 • 73 min
We answer five listener questions, including: How would a strong national team (say, France or Brazil) fare in the Premier League? What do we think of NPSL PRO? How would we brand our own MLS teams? How do Chelsea keep their shape? How should La Liga…
Manchester United v Tottenham: Extended Review
Aug 27 • 40 min
Daryl and Taylor are still in studio to discuss Manchester United’s crucial match against Tottenham. Spoilers to follow… … Wow, did that go poorly for Jose Mourinho’s side. How did Spurs turn the tables after looking troubled in the opening…
Weekend review: Wolves hold Man City, Arsenal fire back, Bundesliga returns
Aug 27 • 82 min
We round up all the weekend action.Starting with the Premier League, movie to Brooks, McKennie, Pulisic in the Bundesliga, and then an analysis of Josef Martinez’ cord-breaking goal. Today’s show sponsored by SeatGeek. Download the app and enter promo…
Discussing Manchester City’s season thus far, plus revisiting the Wimbledon-MK Dons saga with Ryan Bailey
Aug 23 • 54 min
Our old Goalmouth friend Ryan Bailey joins Taylor to discuss Manchester City’s season so far, with particular emphasis on their documentary “All or Nothing” (which is available on Amazon Prime). What does the future hold, how can they be stopped, and…
What’s gone wrong at Manchester United? Carl Anka has answers
Aug 22 • 53 min
Taylor called up Carl Anka to discuss the current situation at Manchester United, as well as what the future may hold for the team. Carl also gets into what he thinks has gone wrong with the club, how the ship could be righted, and why Mourinho might…
Would a dog on defense help or hurt a team? Plus: other listener questions
Aug 21 • 76 min
—Which USMNT players missed out on their one and only shot at playing in a World Cup in 2018? —Would a dog on defense (yes, a real canine) help or hurt a team? —Can you explain how the visa system works and why some Americans seem to go to…
Weekend review: Chelsea’s passing, Arsenal’s pressing, and Man Utd’s many problems
Aug 20 • 86 min
Premier League roundup, with just a hint of Major League Soccer. It’s Arsenal v Chelsea from the get-go, Brighton v Man Utd starting at 22:05, Leicester vs Wolves at 36:55, and the rest of the Prem at 47:40. We dip into Josef Martinez’ goal and Tyler…
Talking All Things USWNT with Steph Yang
Aug 17 • 59 min
Taylor calls up Steph Yang (Stars and Stripes FC, The Athletic, Unusual Efforts) to discuss the USA’s recent victory in the 2018 Tournament of Nations. Whose stock is on the rise? How popular is Jill Ellis amongst the team? How do you fit 9 incredible…
Discussing the Transfer Windows of Barcelona and Real Madrid with Graham Hunter
Aug 16 • 37 min
Graham Hunter makes his TSS debut, and we could not be more excited! For more on Graham’s exploits and achievements, make sure to check out his website and/or subscribe to his podcast “The Big Interview.” Graham discussed the transfer…
How would the USMNT fare in the Premier League? (and other listener questions … )
Aug 14 • 48 min
We answer six listener questions, including that one in the episode title. — How would the USMNT fare in the EPL? — How can a foreigner get a ticket to a Spurs match? — What should the USMNT be prioritizing over next couple of years? — Does…
Weekend Review: Liverpool hit the ground running, City cruise past Arsenal, and much, much more
Aug 13 • 84 min
We take a look back at the weekend that was using our patented TSS method: thumbs up/down. Romelu Lukaku would approve. Spoiler alert: it’s about 95% Premier League. So, if you’re looking for news about the Danish second division, we apologize….
Man Utd v Leicester City review — the Premier League is back, baby!
Aug 10 • 39 min
No spoilers! At least not until you click play. We review Man Utd v Leicester as the EPL gets rolling once again. Today’s show is sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves. Use discount code “TOTALSOCCERSHOW” for 20% off at http://ruffneckscarves.com
Premier League preview and predictions: Southampton, Tottenham, Watford, West Ham, Wolverhampton
Aug 10 • 94 min
At long last, it has arrived… PART FOUR OF OUR PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW EXTRAVAGANZA IS HERE! …and here are your timestamps: 5:05 — SOUTHAMPTON Spinning, twirling, and whirling their way into the middle of the table, much to Daryl’s delight. 19:05…
Premier League preview and predictions: Leicester, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, Newcastle
Aug 8 • 87 min
Part three of our four-part Premier League preview extravaganza. Here are your timestamps: 5:05 — LEICESTER CITY Puel’s possession plan, featuring a former US president. 19:05 — LIVERPOOL We discuss all the Kloppgrades at Anfield 33:27 — Today’s…
Premier League preview and predictions: Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield
Aug 7 • 93 min
Part two of our four-part Premier League preview series. Today’s teams, with timestamps: 3:10 — CHELSEA A whole new style of pressing and passing means never having to say you’re Sarri … 28:30 — CRYSTAL PALACE Prepare for super Zaha-dom. 41:15…
Premier League preview and predictions: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Cardiff
Aug 6 • 84 min
Welcome to our four-part Premier League preview! get to know every team in some depth before the big kickoff. Or, if you’re selfish, just listen to the part about your team. :) TIMESTAMPS: 6:15 — ARSENAL New coach, new setup, new style, new players!…
MLS All-Star Game, adding a USMNT player to the USWNT, where would you play Usain Bolt?
Aug 2 • 25 min
We review the MLS All-Star Game and answer three listener questions. Today’s show is sponsored by Express VPN. Visit http://expressvpn.com/totalsoccershow for three months free with a one-year package.
Will Christian Pulisic or Weston McKennie be the better player? Plus more listener questions with The Cooligans
Jul 31 • 36 min
Recording live in the basement of our hotel in Atlanta, Daryl and Taylor are joined by The Cooligans (Alexis “Papa John” Guerreros and Christian Polanco) to answer your listener questions! Apologies in advance for the mic noise… we moved around a…
Who should be the next USMNT coach? (w/ The Cooligans!)
Jul 27 • 59 min
Daryl and Taylor are joined Alexis and Christian (aka The Cooligans) to discuss their favored candidates for next USMNT head coach. Also mentioned: our #SaveTheCrew show in Columbus, the dramatic finale of El Trafico, and looking ahead to our Chicago…
Cooligans host-swap listener questions special, w/ Alexis Guerreros
Jul 24 • 47 min
Daryl is joined by temporary Taylor replacement Alexis Guerreros of The Cooligans to answer six listener questions. Today’s show is sponsored by Squarespace. Build your site for free at http://squarespace.com and then, when you launch, use code…
Listener Questions: who will win the 2019 Copa, the 2020 Euros, and the 2022 World Cup, plus many, many more!
Jul 23 • 54 min
We’re back in studio and we’ve got listener questions to answer! 1) If you had to pick right now, who would be your favorites to win the 2019 Copa America, Euro 2020, and 2022 World Cup? 2) Why is Great Britain broken up into England,…
Summer transfer quiz!
Jul 20 • 34 min
Recorded from our hotel room in Kansas City, Taylor quizzes Daryl on all the latest transfer activity. Richmond listeners! Come see us at The Funny Bone on Monday, July 23. Ticket link is here: http://bit.ly/TSSRVA
What’s the legacy of this World Cup? Who had the best goal celebration? Which players played out of position?
Jul 17 • 53 min
We answer nine listener questions about the 2018 World Cup: What will be the long-term legacy of Russia 2018? Should we bring back the golden goal for the next World Cup? What were the tactical trends? What language do refs speak? Is the yellow card…
What were the most memorable World Cup moments? Which player raised his profile? And more listener questions …
Jul 16 • 61 min
We answer nine World Cup-themed listener questions on today’s TSS: Who would have had the best chance against France? Which coach under-performed? (And who over-performed) What will be the most memorable moments from this World Cup? Did the US do…
France v Croatia: 2018 World Cup Final review
Jul 15 • 49 min
No spoilers for those of you who might not yet have seen the result, but this episode is ALLLLLL about the World Cup Final. Enjoy! Today’s show sponsored by… BLUE APRON! Get your first three meals free at http://blueapron.com/tss SQUARESPACE!…
World Cup Final in-depth preview: France v Croatia
Jul 13 • 64 min
We get deliciously deep and detailed in our France v Croatia preview. Tactics, players to watch, how we see this game going, and plenty more besides. Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic. Get 40 percent off an Athletic subscription by going to…
World Cup semi-final: Croatia v England review
Jul 11 • 53 min
No spoilers, as always… and only one game to discuss, so no time stamps either! SPONSORS! Away Days (19:31) is a Boston-based indie soccer clothing brand. Use “TSS” for 15% off anything you find at http://awaydaysfootball.com Today’s…
World Cup semi-final: France v Belgium review, plus: Ronaldo to Juve
Jul 10 • 60 min
We go deeeeeeeeep on the France vs Belgium semifinal, including what happened on that corner-kick and how both coaches got their tactics mostly correct. Daryl does briefly forget Marouane Fellaini’s first name but otherwise this is a solid episode of…
World Cup Semi-Final Previews: France v Belgium and England v Croatia
Jul 9 • 54 min
0:00 - Jesse Marsch is heading to the Bundesliga… as an assistant. Is that a good move or a bad move? We discuss. 11:07 - Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek, the very best way to buy tickets to live events. Get $20 off your first SeatGeek…
World Cup Quarterfinals: England v Sweden, Croatia v Russia review
Jul 7 • 58 min
No timestamps on this one because it’s pretty straightforward — we spend the first half of the show talking about England v Sweden and the second half talking about Croatia v Russia. Don’t be put off by Daryl’s fandom, we do eventually get to…
World Cup Quarterfinals: Uruguay v France and Brazil v Belgium review, plus Sweden v England preview
Jul 6 • 82 min
One half of the 2018 World Cup quarterfinals are in the book, and there’s much to be discussed. 0:00 - France v Uruguay 19:19 - Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic! Get FORTY PERCENT OFF A SUBSCRIPTION by going to…
Ronaldo to Juventus rumor, World Cup quarterfinals, plus: The Cooligans!
Jul 5 • 75 min
Packed show! We open with some Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for 100 million euros rumor (from 0:59), and then we preview Friday’;s quarterfinals: 9:30 — Uruguay vs France preview 20:40 — Brazil vs Belgium preview 31:45 — Talking to The…
Round of 16: Sweden v Switzerland and Colombia v England reviews
Jul 3 • 55 min
Going to try very hard not to spoil things here… to the extent that I’m avoiding exclamation points entirely. Anyway… 1:20 - Sweden v Switzerland. 14:48 - We take a moment to discuss Wayne Rooney’s move to Washington courtesy of our friends over…
Brazil v Mexico and Belgium v Japan reviews, plus Colombia v England preview
Jul 2 • 83 min
After the snooze fests on Sunday, Monday’s games brought ALLLLL the action. Without further spoilers… 0:00 - Brazil v Mexico 34:26 - Belgium v Japan 1:03:10 - Sweden v Switzerland preview 1:11:19 - Colombia v England preview Today’s show is…
Round of 16: Russia v Spain, Croatia v Denmark review
Jul 1 • 50 min
We review all the Ramos and Pique action, plus the madness unleashed by Denmark’s long throws. Timestamps: 00:00 — Russia v Spain review 19:30 — Croatia v Denmark review 36:30 — Previews of Brazil v Mexico and Belgium v Japan Today’s show is…
Round of 16: France v Argentina, Uruguay v Portugal review
Jun 30 • 67 min
Full reviews (and then some) of both of today’s Runs of 16 games. Here are your timestamps: 00:00 — France vs Argentina 31:45 — Portugal v Uruguay 53:45 — Previewing Spain v Russia, Croatia v Denmark Today’s show is sponsored by LIVERPOOL JEANS…
World Cup 2018 Group G and H finales review, plus France v Argentina and Uruguay v Portugal previews
Jun 28 • 76 min
The group stage is now officially in the books! But before we get to the knockout round, we’ve got some reviewing to do: 0:00 - Senegal v Colombia 16:16 - Japan v Poland 23:18 - Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic! Get FORTY PERCENT OFF A…
World Cup 2018 Group E and F finales review
Jun 27 • 65 min
We review all the action from the final day of groups E and F. Timestamps below. 00:00 — Mexico v Sweden 20:30 — Germany v Korea 36:45 — Brazil v Serbia 48:55 — Switzerland v Costa Rica (briefly) 55:10 — previews of Japan v Poland,…
World Cup 2018 Group C and Group D finales review
Jun 26 • 73 min
So…. that all happened. Some boring results and some wildly dramatic finishes. In the end, there’s lots to be discussed! 0:00 - Denmark v France 9:06 - Australia v Peru 16:26 - Today’s show is sponsored by LIVERPOOL JEANS, who offer premium…
World Cup 2018 Group A and Group B finales review
Jun 25 • 77 min
Here are your timestamps: 0:30 — An apology to everyone on the West Coast 1:05 — Russia v Uruguay 16:35 — Egypt v Saudi Arabia 27:38 — Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek, the very best way to buy tickets to live events. Get $20 off…
England v Panama, Japan v Senegal and Poland v Colombia review
Jun 24 • 79 min
Round 2 of the group stage is officially in the books, and we’ve got lots to talk about! Here are your spoiler-free timestamps: 0:00 - Surprise! There’s more news about Argentina! 2:17 - England v Panama 23:18 - NEW SPONSOR ALERT! Welcome to the Total…
Germany v Sweden, Mexico v Korea, Belgium v Tunisia review
Jun 23 • 88 min
We start with a quick quiz about World Cup commercials, then we get into reviewing all of Saturday’s action. Here are your spoiler-free timestamps: 1:55 — Belgium v Tunisia 17:30 — Mexico v Korea 39:45 — Germany v Sweden 1:00:05 — Previews of…
Brazil v Costa Rica, Nigeria v Iceland, and Serbia v Switzerland review
Jun 22 • 75 min
It’s Day 9 at the World Cup! Timestamps and no spoilers: 0:00 - Updates on Argentina and what happens next for them. 6:35 - Brazil v Costa Rica 22:13 - Nigeria v Iceland 35:50 - Today’s show sponsored by RUFFNECK SCARVES! They’ve got all your…
Argentina v Croatia, Australia v Denmark, France v Peru review
Jun 21 • 70 min
All today’s games reviewed! Timestamps: 00:00 — Australia v Denmark 15:05 — France v Peru 28:20 — Today’s show sponsored by The Athletic! Get FORTY PERCENT OFF A SUBSCRIPTION by going to http://www.theathletic.com/tssworldcup 31:36 — Argentina…
Portugal v Morocco, Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Iran v Spain, plus Argentina v Croatia Preview
Jun 20 • 63 min
Timestamps and no spoilers: 0:00 - Portugal v Morocco 15:59 - Uruguay v Saudi Arabia 25:32 - Today’s show is sponsored by Squarespace! Build your website for free at http://squarespace.com and then use code “TSS” to save 10% when you launch….
Japan v Colombia, Poland v Senegal, Russia v Egypt review
Jun 19 • 70 min
0:00 — Japan v Colombia 17:55 — Poland v Senegal 37:00 — Russia v Egypt 51:15 — Previews of Portugal v Morocco, Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, Iran v Spain 1:03:40 — Updates from the Total Soccer Show Scouting Network (join at…
England v Tunisia, Belgium v Panama, Sweden v South Korea, plus will Mohamed Salah play against Russia?
Jun 18 • 72 min
Timestamps and no spoilers: 0:00 - News, plus more info on Mexico’s win over Germany 3:25 - Sweden v South Korea 13:50 - Belgium v Panama 24:54 - Today’s show sponsored by Blue Apron — get your first three meals free via…
Germany v Mexico, Brazil v Switzerland, Serbia v Costa Rica review, plus: England v Tunisia preview
Jun 17 • 72 min
Timestamps and no spoilers: 0:00 — Revisiting Josh Risdon’s tackle on Antoine Griezmann 7:00 — Serbia v Costa Rica 15:28 — Germany v Mexico 32:10 —Brazil v Switzerland —Day five previews 48:40 — Sweden v South Korea 54:35 — Belgium v…
France v Australia, Argentina v Iceland, Peru v Denmark and Nigeria v Croatia Review, Plus Day 4 Preview
Jun 16 • 63 min
Timestamps, and no spoilers: 0:00 - France v Australia 10:45 - Argentina v Iceland 24:29 - Want to know what happened on that David de Dea Howler? The Athletic has you covered! Get 40% off a subscription to The Athletic via…
Egypt v Uruguay, Morocco v Iran, Portugal v Spain review, plus: day three preview
Jun 15 • 74 min
Timestamps, and no spoilers: 0:00 — Egypt v Uruguay 13:40 — Morocco v Iran 30:45 — Portugal v Spain 53:05 — quickfire previews of Saturday’s games: France v Australia Argentina v Iceland Peru v Denmark Croatia v Nigeria WE’RE GOING ON TOUR!…
Russia v Saudi Arabia review, plus Portugal v Spain preview (and the rest of day 2)
Jun 14 • 46 min
0:00 - Russia v Saudi Arabia review (recorded with Vladimir Putin sitting creepily to our right). 18:34 - SPONSOR! Away Days (19:31) is a Boston-based indie soccer clothing brand. Use “TSS” for 15% off anything you find at…
World Cup 2026 hosts, Lopetegui fired, Russia vs Saudi Arabia preview
Jun 13 • 53 min
It’s World Cup Eve! Today’s rundown: From the top — pre-World Cup excitement 1:45 — The 2026 World Cup will be hosted by the USA, Mexico and Canada 9:35 — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has been fired, 48 hours before Spain’s first game. 22:20 —…
World Cup 2018 Group H preview and predictions: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
Jun 13 • 89 min
Here are your timestamps: 1:45 — POLAND aka The Interceptors, or 2006 Ivory Coast Players spotlighted: Grzegorz Krychowiak, Karol Linetty, Robert Lewandowski, Piotr Zieliński, Arkadiusz Milik, Kamil Glik, Michał…
World Cup 2018 Group G preview and predictions: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Jun 12 • 117 min
Group G ahoy! Here are your timestamps and player names: 1:19 — BELGIUM aka The Switcheroos, or The Dark Horses Players spotlighted: Yannick Carrasco, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Drees Mertens, Kevin DeBruyne, Michy Batshuayi, Mousa Dembele,…
USMNT v France Review, Plus Earnie Stewart Is on the Job
Jun 11 • 61 min
Daryl and Taylor take a slightly belated look at the US Mational Team’s surprise 1-1 draw with France. How good was Zack Steffen? Does Weston McKennie’s motor have an off switch? How many of these players should have been on the field against…
World Cup 2018 Group F preview and predictions: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea
Jun 8 • 101 min
Willkommen to Group F! 01:13 — GERMANY Players discussed: Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Timo Werner, Thomas Müller Today’s show is sponsored by Squarespace. Build your…
World Cup 2018 Group E Preview and Predictions: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Jun 7 • 88 min
It’s an absolute unit of a show! :56 - Brazil aka O Hexa OR The Team of Terrifying Triangles Players discussed: Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, Willian, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Casimero, Paulinho, Marcelo, Thiago Silva 25:09 - Today’s…
World Cup warmup: Mexico preview with Cesar Hernandez
Jun 7 • 47 min
Daryl has a detailed discussion about El Tri with Cesar Hernandez of the Mexican Soccer Show, ESPN, The Athletic and more.
World Cup 2018 Group D preview and predictions: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Jun 5 • 90 min
We preview Group D! See below for timestamps and correct spellings of some of the players we talk about. 1:30 — ARGENTINA The moving parts, the high-stakes gambler Players discussed: Leo Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero, Nicolás…
The Wikipedia Game: Players at the 2018 World Cup (w/ Laura Coutts)
Jun 4 • 30 min
The return of the mack… and also The Wikipedia Game! Laura Coutts is back in studio to quiz Daryl and Taylor on their knowledge of players heading to Russia for the World Cup this summer.
Ireland v USMNT Review
Jun 2 • 28 min
NO MUSIC FOR THIS ONE! Daryl and Taylor review the USA’s thrilling (not really) 2-1 loss to Ireland and ponder a World Cup that will be called from at least a few monitors.
World Cup 2018 Group C preview and predictions: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
May 31 • 95 min
Run a bubble bath! It’s the promised long and luxurious World Cup Group C preview Timestamps below: 1:00 — FRANCE The Rubik’s cube Players highlighted: Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Samuel Umtitti,…
Zinedine Zidane quits while he’s ahead at Real Madrid, plus: USMNT roster changes
May 31 • 42 min
We weigh up Zinedine Zidane’s shock decision to resign as Real Madrid coach this morning, followed by a long discussion about the changes to the USMNT roster as Dave Sarachan’s team prepares to play Ireland on Saturday. Today’s show sponsored by…
USMNT v Bolivia review
May 29 • 24 min
Live from the floor of their AirBnb in Philadelphia, Daryl and Taylor discuss the USA’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Monday night. Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Timothy Weah all get their first goals for the senior national team, but there’s much,…
Real Madrid v Liverpool: Champions League Final Review
May 26 • 54 min
Daryl and Taylor recap all of the many, many moments from Real Madrid’s historic 3-1 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League Final. We take a look at how exactly Salah’s injury changed the game (as well as his World Cup prognosis), why Benzema…
Champions League Final preview: Real Madrid vs Liverpool (plus: UWCL, Unai Emery)
May 24 • 77 min
Lots of good stuff on today’s show. Here are your timestamps: From the very start, we discuss the incredible events of extra time in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final. 4:45 — Unai Emery is the new head coach of Arsenal. But what’s the…
World Cup 2018 Group B preview and predictions: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
May 23 • 100 min
Settle in for a detailed preview of World Cup Group B, discussing every team’s style of play, key players, strengths, weaknesses and alternative nicknames. 2:05 — PORTUGAL The flipped house, the Portuguese old men o’ war, the reverse vampires Key…
USMNT roster, England World Cup squad, FA Cup Final and ATL vs NYRB review
May 21 • 82 min
At the top of the show, we are analyzing the USMNT roster to play Bolivia. So. many. youngsters. 20:00 — Considering the MLS Youth Transfer Fund (segment sponsored by The Athletic) 26:00 — Looking at England’s World Cup squad — Daryl loves it…
World Cup 2018 Group A Preview and Predictions: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay
May 17 • 100 min
In an extra-long episode of The Total Soccer Show, Daryl and Taylor wade into the 2018 World Cup by previewing Group A, which features Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. 2:18 - Russia: The Hosts With Not the Most 28:39 - NEW SPONSOR ALERT!…
Best and worst World Cup songs, soccer formation imagery, history of the substitution rules
May 16 • 45 min
More listener questions! Timestamps below: 1:00 — Are World Cup songs good? Or mostly annoying? 9:55 — Can you come up with better imagery for soccer formations? 16:30 — Has anyone received a red card for fouling a teammate? 21:35 — Why are…
Soccer gambling, different pressing systems, biggest injury impacts, plus: World Cup roster updates
May 15 • 57 min
It’s a listener question special! But we open by talking about the red card Irish U17 keeper Jimmy Corcoran received in the U17 Euro quarterfinals. Start at 6:20, we discuss the latest World Cup roster news, including Fagner, Paulo Guerrero, Munir,…
Weekend review: England strikers fill their boots before World Cup
May 14 • 52 min
Daryl and Taylor round up all the weekend action they saw, including the Premier League, Bundesliga and some Major League Soccer. Today’s show is sponsored by: SIMPLE CONTACTS — renew your prescription via the SC app and save $30 on your lenses. Go…
Simon Parkin on the rise of Russia’s neo-Nazi football hooligans
May 11 • 37 min
Taylor speaks with journalist Simon Parkin about his recent Guardian article that focused on hooliganism in Russia, its connection with right wing extremism, and what it could mean for the 2018 World Cup and beyond. You can find the article…
FIFA’s money, simplifying handball, Audi Player Index explained, and more!
May 10 • 74 min
You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! 1. How can we minimize the debate about handball? (Starting at 3:50) 2. What do British people mean when they say a club is “big?” (11:45) 3. What would happen if if every foul resulted in a penalty kick?…
The (Possible) Breakout Stars and Teams of the 2018 World Cup, Plus More Listener Questions
May 9 • 68 min
Daryl and Taylor discuss Southampton’s victory over Swansea, West Brom’s relegation, and Wayne Rooney’s rumored move to DC United. They then do their best to answer 5 listener questions: 1) What changes take place within a club when they are…
Talking black soccer culture with Aaron Dolores of Black Arrow FC
May 8 • 41 min
Daryl talks to Aaron Dolores of lifestyle brand Black Arrow FC about the intersection of soccer and black culture. Topics raised include defining black soccer culture, Arsenal’s popularity with black soccer fans around the world, America’s best city…
Weekend review: El Clasico escalation, Premier League relegation fight begins, plus: how Red Bulls crushed NYCFC
May 6 • 77 min
Topics on our weekend review show include: 0:55 — The USMNT not competing at Copa America 2019 5:30 — EL Clásico review! 24:15 — Today’s show is sponsored by Hims: a new wellness brand for men. For a trial month costing just $5, go to…
Roma v Liverpool (Quick) Recap, Plus Optimal Substitutions, Undervalued Positions, and Other Listener Questions
May 3 • 57 min
Daryl and Taylor briefly discuss Liverpool’s aggregate victory over Roma in the Champions League semifinals (although we end up mentioning the game a couple more times in the body of the show). We then answer your Listener Questions, including……
World Cup warm-up: England preview with Rory Smith
May 2 • 28 min
Daryl talks to Rory Smith of The New York Times to get an early preview of England ahead of the World Cup. Read Rory’s NYT work here: https://www.nytimes.com/column/on-soccer
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Champions League review — pressing triggers and sorry celebrations
May 1 • 47 min
Daryl and Taylor review the second leg of the Real vs Bayern Champions League semifinal. No spoilers here because we don’t want any complaints … but let’s just say James Rodriguez gave us plenty ti talk about. Want to support TSS? Go…
Grant Wahl talks Pulisic, Alonso, Kompany and more “Masters of Modern Soccer”
May 1 • 32 min
Daryl talks to Grant Wahl about his new new book “Masters of Modern Soccer,” in which five high-level soccer players, plus coaches Roberto Martinez and Juan Carlos Osorio and sporting director Michael Zorc, explain how they do what they do.
Weekend Review: Commisso’s Godfather Offer to US Soccer, Plus Wenger Says Goodbye to Old Trafford and Barcelona Win La Liga in Style
Apr 30 • 43 min
Daryl and Taylor review all the weekend’s action (from both on and off the field) in global soccer, including Arsene Wenger’s farewell tour, Liverpool’s managerial drama, Barcelona’s La Liga title, feuds at Schalke, and much, much more. Today’s show…
The Cooligans talk comedy, NYCFC, American soccer culture, and the end of apologizing for MLS
Apr 27 • 50 min
Daryl talks to comedians and all-around good guys Alexis Guerreros and Christian Polanco of The Cooligans podcast. Topics covered include: Why would two stand-up comedians start a soccer podcast, can you write good jokes about soccer, and what defines…
Toronto Come Close in the CCL Final, Plus How to Fix Arsenal, Overrated Stats, and More Listener Questions
Apr 26 • 73 min
Daryl and Taylor review Toronto’s 2-1 win (but overall loss) in the Concacaf Champions League Final. How did Greg Vanney get it right, how good was that Giovinco finish, and how bad were some of those penalties? All that and much, much more. After…
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid review — Marcelo’s moment of magic
Apr 25 • 44 min
We talk US Men’s National Team news, after US Soccer announced they are working on September friendlies vs. Brazil and Mexico and Dave Sarachan hints that he wants this job full time. We also talk Real Madrid’s 2-1 away win over Bayern Munich in the…
Salah the Star as Liverpool Get It Right (and then briefly wrong) Against Roma
Apr 24 • 50 min
Daryl and Taylor break down all that was in Liverpool’s 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. How did Liverpool so easily tear apart their Italian counterparts, how important was that Anfield crowd, and how did Roma…
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.…