The Total Soccer Show is a popular radio show and podcast recorded at WRIR studios in Richmond, Virginia.
We are the American soccer talk show we wanted to listen to but couldn’t find on iTunes.
We’re popular because we offer American soccer talk that is more than empty cliches. We ask why and we ask how. The US Men’s National Team played well. Why? What did they do? How did they do it? That’s what you get when you listen to our show.
You also get a group of co-hosts that know each other well enough to call bullshit. If one of us tries to bluff his or her way through with an opinion they can’t back up, their co-hosts take him or her down. Just like you would if one of your friends was talking crap and trying to get away with it.
We release a new show every Monday morning, opening with our Game of the Week review, in which we analyze one game in serious detail. It could be from the English Premier League, from Major League Soccer or could feature an American playing overseas. If the USMNT played, then that’s our game. We close each show with a round of the Wikipedia Game, where we compete to name players based on clues from their Wikipedia Page.
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Who We Are
TSS started in August 2009 after Taylor and his new British buddy Daryl pitched the show to Richmond radio statiom WRIR. Albert and Josh joined in 2010 and Peyton in 2011. Regular contributors in 2012 include Laura and Paul. Silly photos and bios below …
Taylor is at home dribbling into defenders, dribbling into midfielders, or dribbling out of bounds. The Richmond, Virginia native is also prone to engaging in a battle of wits with Daryl Grove, to whom he generally loses. In his free time, Taylor enjoys whiskey, Manchester United, and monitoring the life progress of Albert Ottati. Taylor now lives in Istanbul, but makes semi-regular appearances on the show via the magic of Skype.
Elegant. Technical. Goalscorer. Not one of those words has ever been used to describe Daryl. He’s your standard-issue head-it-and-kick-it away English centre-half, with occasional delusions of midfield grandeur. Once claimed he could beat John Terry in a race. Will slide tackle for food.
Someone who collapses in the box in an ill-advised attempt to earn a penalty kick.
Josh is also the TSS newshound, sniffing the internet for the latest USMNT-related stories.
The creator and sole contributor to the “Albert Ottati Rant Box”, Albert is a devoted Alabama/UNC/Liverpool/Redskins fan, and was on hand the one time Maxi Rodriguez ever did anything worthwhile.
Ottati is very much a heartless “winning is everything” type, and often states, without irony, that he found the 2009 Champions League Inter vs Barcelona defend-fest “thrilling.”
An out-and-out goal poacher, Peyton says he has never been offside (an impressive feat for a striker) and enjoys taunting ARs who cannot stay with the last man. Became the show’s go-to tactical expert in 2011 after swallowing a copy of Jonathan Wilson’s “Inverting the Pyramid” and having ZonalMarking.net
piped directly into his cerebral cortex.
As the show’s lone female voice, Laura has taken up the duties of organizing carpools, distributing orange slices at half time, and wiping up Taylor’s tears when things don’t go his way. The show’s biggest USWNT fan, and founding member of the TSS Abby Wambach Fan Club.