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

Total Soccer Show: USMNT, EPL, MLS, Champions League and more ...
American soccer talk, five days a week
What’s the best USMNT starting XI right now, are football groups good for soccer, and more listener questions
Dec 14 • 55 min
Daryl is back (via the interwebs) to answer 5 listener questions… 1) If you arrive early enough to a live game to see the players warm-up, is there any information you can glean from what you see? 2) What is the best spot in a stadium to watch…
How Atlanta United won it all and what the future now holds w/ The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas
Dec 12 • 55 min
With Daryl flying to England, Taylor called up The Athletic’s Felipe Cardenas to discuss Atlanta United’s victorious 2018 MLS campaign. They get into how Atlanta assembled the pieces and how Tata Martino went about effectively combining them into a…
No spoilers! Reviewing Barcelona v Spurs, Liverpool v Napoli, and more Champions League goodness
Dec 11 • 53 min
Safely ensconced back in TSS Tower, Daryl and Taylor are ready to talk Champions League! 0:00 - Barcelona v Tottenham 22:35 - Today’s show is sponsored by Grip6 belts. Go to to see 20% and 33% discounts. 24:49 -…
Josh Sargent scores! Chelsea v Man City review, Copa Libertadores final
Dec 10 • 50 min
We review Josh Sargent’s record-setting Werder Bremen debut, DeAndre Yedlin’s no-good-very-bad day for Newcastle, chelsea’s win over Man City, and River Plate’s Copa Libertadores win. Today’s show is sponsored by Away Days Football, now…
MLS Cup review: Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers
Dec 9 • 34 min
Form Mercedes Benz Stadium, we offer our analysis of Atlanta United versus Portland Timbers, starting with a tactical overview and then breaking down the goals. No spoilers in the show notes, just in case! Today’s show is sponsored by Liverpool Jean….
Is Christian Pulisic really that good, and other listener questions
Dec 7 • 48 min
Prior to departing Richmond for the raining/snowy conditions in Atlanta, we answered 5 listener questions: 1) Christian Pulisic finished 2nd in the Kopa Trophy race, which is awarded to the best U21 player in the world. Is he really that good?…
Wolves v Chelsea, plus: Stu Holden talks MLS Cup and Champions League
Dec 6 • 55 min
00:20 — Wolves v Chelsea 11:10 — Very quick review of Man Utd vs Arsenal 17:45 — US Soccer Foundation vs US Soccer Federation 23:50 — Today’s show is sponsored by RXBAR. Go to and use code “soccer” for 25% off the…
Atlanta v Portland: 2018 MLS Cup Preview with Matt Doyle
Dec 5 • 31 min
Taylor calls up Matt Doyle of to discuss this weekend’s clash between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers in the 2018 MLS Cup. Matt breaks down what both teams are most likely to do, who the key players will be for both sides, and…
The Berhalter era begins! Discussing the USMNT’s new coach with The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio
Dec 4 • 43 min
Taylor calls up The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio to discuss Gregg Berhalter taking over as head coach of the US Men’s National Team. Paul was at the introductory press conference, and gives his thoughts on the media event itself, as well as the search…
Your questions about Gregg Berhalter, new USMNT coach, answered
Dec 3 • 100 min
We discuss the appointment of new US Men’s National Team Head Coach Gregg Berhalter in three different ways: 00:35 — The hiring process, why it took so long and what that says about US Soccer 22:30 — Gregg Berhlater the coach, his style of play,…
Arsenal v Spurs and Liverpool v Everton in-depth reviews
Dec 2 • 54 min
We review the North London derby and the Merseyside derby. If you’re looking for our take on Gregg Berhalter being appointed as the new USMNT coach, we’ll have a new episode out very soon. Arsenal v Spurs review starts at 2:00 Liverpool v Everton…
MLS Playoffs Review: Sporting KC v Portland Timbers and NY Red Bulls v Atlanta United
Nov 30 • 38 min
Daryl and Taylor were up late (and on Daryl’s birthday no less!) to watch and review the MLS Conference Finals second legs. Lots of drama in Kansas City… and less so in New Jersey. 0:00 - Sporting KC v Portland OR “How Gio Savarese yelled his team…
Six US players who need a January move, and where we’d send them
Nov 29 • 59 min
We pick six USMNT players who need to refresh their club situation, and make our case for where we think they should go. We also answer four listener questions: 1. What’s happened to Thomas Mueller? 2. What is CONCACAFING? 3. What is Soccer United…
Champions League Review! Tottenham v Inter and PSG v Liverpool
Nov 28 • 54 min
No spoilers! Daryl and Taylor break down all the Champions League footage they were able to take in during a packed Wednesday afternoon. 1) Tottenham v Inter 2) PSG v Liverpool 3) PSV v Barcelona 4) Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge Today’s show is…
Zack Steffen to Man City, Christian Pulisic to Chelsea, Liverpool or Bayern transfer rumors
Nov 27 • 62 min
We discuss two big transfer rumors involving American players, the big news about the Copa Libertadores Final second leg’s change of location, and take a quick look back at today’s Champions League action. Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek….
MLS Playoffs Review: Atlanta v New York Red Bulls and Portland v Sporting KC
Nov 25 • 40 min
No spoilers: With the first legs of the conference finals in the books, Daryl and Taylor… 0:00 - Review Atlanta’s match against the Red Bulls and ponder what went very right for one team and very wrong for another. 23:18 - Today’s episode is brought…
Copa Libertadores Final postponed after Boca Juniors bus attacked by River Plate fans, plus: USMNT U20s win the CONCACAF Championship
Nov 24 • 33 min
We open wth a review of the USA U20s 2-0 win over Mexico in the CONCACAF Championship Final. Who impressed us and why? Starting at 19:25, we review what we know about the postponed Copa Liberatdores final. Today’s show is sponsored by Liverpool Jeans….
If the USMNT were a Thanksgiving dish, what would they be?
Nov 21 • 71 min
We open by offering what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, starting with Daryl’s “two other teams.” Then we get into listener questions. Here they are, with timestamps: 12:30 — If the USMNT were a Thanksgiving dish, what would they be? 20: 50…
Why the past year has been so frustrating for USMNT fans, plus: Italy v USA review
Nov 20 • 63 min
We sort of review the Italy v USA game but we mostly look back on one year of the US under an acting/interim coach and the uncertainty and disappointment created by spending so much time in the wilderness. We also review the US Under 20s win over…
England Finally Conquers Croatia, Plus USA-Italy Preview and US U20 Recap
Nov 19 • 48 min
On today’s episode of The Total Soccer Show… 0:00 - England wins UEFA Nations League Group Group 4 with a come-from-behind victory over Croatia. 19:50 - Today’s show is brought to you by… Greats! They’re Brooklyn’s first sneaker company! To…
MLS vs USMNT — who would win? (plus: more listener questions)
Nov 16 • 57 min
We open with some quick VAR in the Premier League chat and then answer five listener questions: 4:35 — What are refs looking for when they check under players shorts? 8:35 — Would the USMNT’s Champions League players be underserved by an MLS…
England v USMNT and Scotland v USWNT Reviews
Nov 15 • 51 min
No spoilers: Daryl and Taylor review the USMNT’s match away to England and the USWNT’s match away to Scotland. It’s a United Kingdom v Former Colonies spectacular! Sponsors! Today’s show is brought to you by… Simple Contacts! Go to…
England v USMNT preview
Nov 13 • 64 min
We preview the USA’s game against England, which is happening this Thursday, 3pm Eastern, and will be on ESPN2. Today’s show is sponsored by Away Days. Go to and use code “TSS” for 15% off. Today’s show is sponsored by…
Weekend Review: Der Klassiker, Copa Libertadores, Manchester Derby, and MLS Playoffs
Nov 12 • 70 min
On a packed episode of The Total Soccer Show… 0:00 - Borussia Dortmund 3 Bayern Munich 2: Jadon Sancho shines as Christian Pulisic sits. 14:44 - Manchester City comprehensively defeated Manchester United 3-1 on Sunday, and Taylor is convinced it’s…
Seattle v Portland Review, plus USWNT updates and listener questions
Nov 9 • 51 min
On today’s show, we review Portland’s dramatic, shootout victory in the MLS Western Conference semifinals. We also discuss the USWNT’s 1-0 win over Portugal, Louisville’s 1-0 win over Phoenix in the USL Cup, and answer 2 listener questions!…
USMNT player pool, plus: Juventus vs Man Utd review
Nov 8 • 55 min
We open with Gianni Infantino’s strong stance against the European Super League. 4:50 — Juventus vs Man Utd review 21:09 — Today’s show is sponsored by Grip6 — tighten up, Taylor! Go to for big discounts on Grip6 belts,…
USMNT roster reaction — who are the notable inclusions and exclusions?
Nov 6 • 53 min
We take a good long look at the USMNT roster for the games against England (Nov 15) and Italy (Nov 20). Today’s show is sponsored by Simple Contacts! Go to and use code TSS20 for $20 off your contact lenses. We…
FootballLeaks explained: the European Super League, Financial Fair Play, and Gianni Infantino stories
Nov 5 • 63 min
We explain and analyze the three big stories from Der Spiegel’s Football Leaks data. Starting at 00:00 — What is Football Leaks? 10:10 — The European Super League plot 27:21 — Today’s show is sponsored by SeatGeek. Download the app and use code…
MLS Knockout Round Review: Berhalter gets his tactics right, Argentine playmakers shine, and a whole lot more!
Nov 2 • 80 min
We review all four of the knockout round games from the 2018 MLS playoffs, starting with… 0:00 - NYCFC v Philadelphia Union: Maxi Morales shines as Yangel Herrera locks it down 16:31 - Today’s show is sponsored by… Loop Jewelry! Loop is engagement…
Borussia Dortmund deep dive with Adam Whittaker Snavely
Oct 31 • 75 min
We talk to The Athletic’s Adam Whittaker Snavely about Adam’s accidental career as soccer writer and Borussia Dortmund’s season so far. We talk about the changes Lucien Favre has made, Christian Pulisic’s role, and what the future looks like for the…
Who’s to blame at Real Madrid? U20 World Cup qualifying preview, Copa America 2020 news
Oct 30 • 63 min
We’re reunited in studio! 1:30 — Review of el Clasico 10:15 — Julien Lopetegui has been fired by Real Madrid— who is to blame? 29:50 — Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic. Go to for a 40%…
A big-picture look at young USMNT players in 2018, with Adam Belz of Scuffed
Oct 29 • 72 min
Daryl is joined by Scuffed’s Adam Belz to take a big step back and look at the MLS 2018 regular season to ask which USMNT-eligible players made progress. Daryl and Adam also look at one year of the USMNT playing the kids, to see what we’ve learned…
The TSS “Ask Us Anything” Spectacular
Oct 25 • 84 min
Daryl and Taylor spend 90+ minutes answering 20+ questions about the podcast, themselves, their non-soccer lives, and much, much more. It’s definitely a bit self-indulgent (according to Taylor, who is writing this description), but if you’ve ever…
Which TV character would make the best USMNT manager, ranking the top leagues of the Americas, and more listener questions
Oct 24 • 45 min
Daryl and Taylor answer more listener questions, including: 1) If Osvaldo Alonso had been cleared to play for the USA, how would he have affected the USMNT’s fortunes over the course of his career? 2) What are the best tactics, tips, and…
Why so few Americans at top-end Premier League teams? What happened to Gedion Zelalem? (and other listener questions)
Oct 23 • 47 min
It’s a listener question special!We talk Americans in the Premier League, Gedion Zelalem’s long absence, playing soccer wearing sneakers, the CONCACAF Champions League format, and whether or not future college soccer players will represent the USMNT….
Weekend Review: Chelsea v Man Utd, Barcelona v Sevilla, Inter v Milan
Oct 22 • 69 min
00:00 — Chelsea vs Man Utd 18:40 — For a $5 trial month of HIMS, go to 20:15 — Barcelona vs Sevilla 45:40 — Sign up for the Robinhood investing app at 49:10 — Inter vs Milan
USA’s best #6, MLS and Liga MX combo league, plus: what can USMNT learn from USWNT?
Oct 18 • 65 min
It’s a listener question special! Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic. Go to for 40% off an annual subscription Today’s show is sponsored by Away Days! Go to and use TSS for…
USA v Canada and Spain v England Reviews
Oct 18 • 41 min
We review the USA’s (comprehensive) 2-0 victory over Canada in the final of the 2018 CONCACAF Championship. How good was that goal from Rose Lavelle? What do we do if Julie Ertz gets injured? (short answer: panic). Why did Canada struggle so much when…
USMNT v Peru in-depth review
Oct 17 • 64 min
We watched USA v Peru twice before recording this review of the game, in which we offer insights into what did and did not work, which players impressed or didn’t, and, most importantly, why. No spoilers in the show notes, but all hail Kellyn Acosta….
USA v Peru: Quick-Take, Hot-Take Review
Oct 16 • 12 min
No Spoilers: Daryl and Taylor discuss their instant reactions to the USA’s friendly match against Peru. Lots to discuss and lots to rewatch. We’ll be back with our in-depth review later tonight/early tomorrow AM!
USMNT v Peru preview, USWNT v Jamaica review
Oct 15 • 56 min
We open with a quick look back at the USWNT’s World Cup qualification-worthy victory over Jamaica, then we look at the USMNT’s next opponent, Peru, before discussing possible USMNT lineups and how hard it is to analyze and assess the team in the Dave…
Save the Crew update! Also: Croatia v England and USWNT v Trinidad and Tobago
Oct 12 • 38 min
We start with a review of Croatia v England, move on at 11:00 to talk USWNT World Cup qualifying and the win over T&T, then at 17:55 onward we offer an update on the #SaveTheCrew news that broke while we were recording. Today’s show was sponsored…
USA v Colombia review
Oct 12 • 37 min
Our longer review of the USMNT v Colombia game. Less emotional and more analytical than our quick-take, and with a grasp at a few straws of positivity. But still not thrilled with the defensive setup. Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic! Go to…
USA v Colombia quick-take, hot-take review
Oct 11 • 12 min
Immediate reaction to the USMNT vs Colombia game. Longer review show to follow.
USA v Colombia and England v Croatia Previews and Lineup Predictions
Oct 10 • 54 min
0:00 - Previewing England’s UEFA Nations League matchup with Croatia. How will Southgate handle the issues that caused problems in the World Cup semifinal? 14:05 - Today’s show is sponsored by… GREATS! Brooklyn’s first sneaker company! We try…
Isolated USMNT strikers, improving the US Open Cup, evaluating center backs, and more …
Oct 9 • 64 min
It’s a listener question special! First, please register to vote via either or Questions: 1. Why do problems like isolated strikers persist across multiple USMNT coaches? 2. Should the USMNT play more away…
Weekend Review: Deep Dives on Five Games!
Oct 8 • 78 min
We take a look at five games from the weekend, and then a few more quick hits at the end. 0:00 - USWNT v Panama: Long balls at the start 9:02 - Liverpool v City: Good Game or Boring Game? We have the answer! 23:51 - Today’s show is sponsored…
USWNT v Mexico review, plus: listener questions about nutmegs, match minutes and fears
Oct 4 • 41 min
We review the USWNT v Mexico Concacaf Championship/World Cup qualifier, then answer three listener questions. Today’s show is sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves! Use code “TOTALSOCCERSHOW” at for 20% off. Today’s show is…
Champions League review: Spurs v Barcelona, CSKA v Real Madrid, Lokomotiv v Schalke
Oct 3 • 41 min
We review three Champions League games, focusing hard on Spurs v Barcelona, especially the superb defensive contributions of Luis Suarez and the unfair perfection of Leo Messi’s passing. We also talk Real’s surprise loss in Moscow and, don’t know if…
USWNT World Cup qualifying preview with John D. Halloran
Oct 2 • 33 min
Daryl talks to John D. Halloran about the USWNT as the team prepares for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which doubles as qualifying for World Cup 2019. John offers his insights in the USWNT’s formation, likely lineups, strengths, weaknesses, and…
USMNT Roster Reaction and Review
Oct 1 • 47 min
Daryl and Taylor break down the latest USMNT roster for the upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Peru. Who were we excited to see? Who were we surprised to see? Who were we… erm… not surprised or excited to see? All that and much, much more!…
Weekend review: Chelsea v Liverpool, Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund, NYRB v Atlanta United
Oct 1 • 60 min
We review all the weekend action that we saw. You’ll see three game is the title, but we also talk Wolves v Southampton (with a lot of Wolves) and West Ham vs Man Utd (with a lot of Mourinho) and DC United vs Montreal (with a lot of DC). Today’s show…
Tim Howard talks goalkeeping, the USMNT, and being on camera
Sep 27 • 30 min
Daryl interviews Tim Howard, who recently joined Turner Sports as a football analyst for TNT/BR Live’s Champions League coverage. Today’s show is sponsored by The Athletic. Go to for 40% off a one-year…
USMNT listener questions Part II… plus, Pogba and Mourinho have words
Sep 26 • 66 min
In the first part of today’s show, we discuss the latest Pogba-Mourinho drama (STAY OFF THAT INSTAGRAM, YOU KIDS!) and analyze the USL’s new structure for next season. After that, we move on to part two of our USMNT listener question…
Who should be the next USMNT captain, what tactics should the new US manager employ, and other listener questions
Sep 25 • 71 min
On Part 1 of our USMNT-centric listener question spectacular, Daryl and Taylor do their best to answer nine questions: 1) Is the USA’s fullback problem is solved? If so, where is the next position deficiency? 2) Who would you prefer to wear…
Weekend review: Wolves bite Man Utd, NWSL Championship, Pulisic scores, and more
Sep 24 • 59 min
We review all the weekend action, starting with the TSS derby and then the rest of the Premier League. Starting at 29:!5, we review the NWSL Championship game between Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage. At 40:40 we check in on Weston McKennie…
Best national teams outside UEFA and CONMEBOL, tips on starting a podcast, and more listener questions
Sep 21 • 51 min
1) If FIFA allowed it, could two non-UEFA/non-CONMEBOL teams pair up to compete with or even surpass the likes of Brazil, Spain, France etc? 2) Do you have any tips on starting a new podcast? Any pitfalls to avoid? 3) Do the smaller national teams…
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 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 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: 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
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 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 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:
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 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 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 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 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:
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 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
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 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 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…