Listen to the latest Total Soccer Show

Posted on June 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Listen to the latest Total Soccer Show

Looking for the newest episode of the Total Soccer Show podcast? Click the headline and you’ll find our Soundclould playlist.

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Listener Questions: Lefties, Fake Transfer Rumors, Expected Goals

Posted on May 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Listener Questions: Lefties, Fake Transfer Rumors, Expected Goals

We’ve got that Friday feeling!

0:00 – 2:40 — Inside the offices of the Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich managers: http://buzz.marca.com/6-despachos-de-grandes-entrenadores-de-futbol/467

2:40 – 28:14 — Listener questions: Are left-footed players also left-handed? How do you spot garbage transfer rumors? Should Seattle fans worry about their team’s low number of shot attempts?

28:14 – 33:40 — Corrections! In which Total Soccer Show listeners explain the Coriolis effect to Daryl and Taylor.

33:40 – 39:00 — Scouting reports! Updates on Chelsea’s Dom Solanke, Manchester United’s James Wilson and LA Galaxy’s Jose Villarreal (with a shout out to Corner of the Galaxy podcast)

39:00 to end — New scouting assignments, including an Iraqi prodigy, an English-Irish winger, and a German-born Turkish free-kick maestro.


Champions League Semi-Finals Review

Posted on May 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Champions League Semi-Finals Review

0:00-2:40 – Great Ballboys Throughout History

2:40-14:42 – Bayern v Barcelona Review

14:42-30:24 – Real Madrid v Juventus Review

30:24-35:01 – Gedion Zelalem is American for sure!

35:01-36:04 – Physics

36:04-Close – Department of Corrections and Listener Questions


Champions League Semis, USWNT vs Ireland, U-20 World Cup Roster

Posted on May 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Champions League Semis, USWNT vs Ireland, U-20 World Cup Roster

Start – 11:00 USWNT vs Ireland

11:00 – 21:10 Bayern Munich vs Barcelona Champions League semi-final preview, and is Pep Guardiola going to Manchester City?

21:10 – 28:20 – Real Madrid vs Juventus Champions League semi-final preview

28:20 – 29:30 – USMNT players in the Bundesliga

29:30 – 37:00 – Listener questions – Does baseball retire more jerseys than soccer? Why don’t soccer teams set players up for shots like hockey teams?

37:00 – end – Scouting reports, scouting assignmenst, a US U-20 World Cup roster special.


Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Champions League Semi-Final Review

Posted on May 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Champions League Semi-Final Review

We analyze Barcelona’s big Champions League win over Bayern Munich, including Pep’s tactics, the mechanics of the iconic “Leo Messi fells Jerome Boateng” moment and plenty more.


Juventus vs Real Madrid Review

Posted on May 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Juventus vs Real Madrid Review

0:00 – 23:07 : Our review of Juventus 2-Real Madrid 1

23:07 – 41:18 : New TSS Scouting Assignments


Champions League Semi-Final Specific Predictions

Posted on May 4th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Champions League Semi-Final Specific Predictions

Start – 23:19 : Champions League specific predictions

23:20 – Close : Expanding the TSS Scouting Network


CCL Final — How and When Will MLS Win the Champions League?

Posted on May 1st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on CCL Final — How and When Will MLS Win the Champions League?

0:00 – 6:30 – Montreal vs Club America review

6:30 – 17:30 – What can MLS do to try and the CCL?

17:30 – 19:45 – TSS News! New Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule

19:45 – 23:45 – Scouting updates on Martin Odegaard, Enzo Fernandez (aka Zidane), Mayowa Alli

23:45 – 41:25 – New scouting assignments, inlculding Chelsea, Barcelona, Fulham, LA Galaxy, Levski Sofia players

41:25 – end – Listener emails

TSS subscription info/options

TSS t-shirts

Infamous handshake photo.


Arsenal v Chelsea, Everton vs Man Utd, Orlando vs Toronto

Posted on April 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Arsenal v Chelsea, Everton vs Man Utd, Orlando vs Toronto

0:00 – 20:00 – Arsenal vs Chelsea review, with focus on Oscar’s possible concussion

20:00 – 30:30 – Everton vs Manchester United review

30:30 – 46:20 – Orlando vs Toronto review, featuring quick free-kicks and the unstoppable Jozy Altidore

46:20 – 1:01:30 – TSS scouting network

1:01:30 – end Montreal vs Club CCL Final preview

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USMNT U-23 vs Mexico, CONCACAF Champions League Final first leg, new USWNT uniform

Posted on April 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on USMNT U-23 vs Mexico, CONCACAF Champions League Final first leg, new USWNT uniform

0:00 – 3:30 UEFA Champions League

3:30 – 7:40 CONCACAF Champions League Final first leg, Club America vs Montreal Impact

7:40 – 14:45 USMNT U-23s vs Mexico

14:45 – 18:40 New USWNT uniform

18:40 – 36:00 Listener questions: Reserve teams, Nike Academy, Klinsmann’s core, quantifying a good soccer game

36:00 – end TSS scouting network


USMNT U-23s vs Mexico Preview, w/ Liviu Bird

Posted on April 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl is joined by Sports Illustrated contributor Liviu Bird to preview the U-23’s game against Mexico.


USA vs Mexico Review: Jordan Morris + Juan Agudelo = Dos a Cero

Posted on April 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

It’s a 47-minute review of the USMNT’s 2-0 win over Mexico, featuring field conditions, tactical anlaysis, coaching decisions, players who impressed us, The Dark Knight, Nintendo Duck Hunt, and defnitive proof that the United States landed on the moon.


USA vs Denmark Review

Posted on March 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor break down the USA’s disappointing 3-2 loss to Denmark, and try to figure out what Klinsmann’s squad was trying to do and what went wrong.

0:00-42:00 : Denmark 3 – USA 2 recap, featuring your listener questions

42:00-54:36 : Final thank yous to our TSS supporters!


Clásico Review

Posted on March 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

0:00 – 6:33 : Our discussion of Manchester United 2 – Liverpool 1, featuring Stevie G and the Red Mist, Marouane Fellaini’s chest and Juan Mata discovering the wings.

6:33 – 26:35 : El Clasico Review, including specific predictions (they were poor) and comprehensive breakdowns of all three goals.

26:25 – 35:30 : Analyzing the new USMNT roster ahead of the impending friendlies against Denmark and Switzerland.


Clásico Preview with Phil Schoen

Posted on March 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

0:00 – 6:45 Gedion Zelalem’s call up to the Germany U-18 team

6:45 – 43:00 Talking El Clasico and the art of play-by-play announcing with beIN SPORTS’ Phil Schoen.

43:00 – 57:25 Very specific predictions for Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, plus quick chat about Liverpool vs. Manchester United and, for no good reason at all, “The Last Man on Earth.”


Listener Questions: Brace and Hat-Trick, Sports Gambling in the UK, American Outlaws

Posted on March 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

On today’s TSS podcast, Daryl and Taylor sit down to answer as many of your questions as they can in one sitting. Topics include:

2:06 – Origin of the terms “brace” and “hat trick”

4:50 – Sports gambling in the USA versus the UK

10:05 – Noah Davis’ American Outlaws article

21:03 – NYFC, who owns whose contract, and Yankee Stadium

27:15 – Is it acceptable to pick a replacement team in the same country?

31:38 – Why does MLS have conferences?

36:16 – Do short-handed teams actually have an advantage?

40:13 – Alexi Lalas as a color commentator

43:05 – How to watch a game from a tactical standpoint

50:03 – Department of corrections


Very Specific Predictions for MLS 2015, plus USMNT Gold Cup Draw, USWNT Algarve Cup Win

Posted on March 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

0:00 – 41:45 — MLS 2015 predictons. Five predictions each, plus one bonus.

41:45 – 44:08 — USMNT Gold Cup draw

44:08 – 46:45 — USWNT win Algarve Cup

46:45 – end — Future of TSS chat


MLS CBA: 28 and 8—would you have taken it?

Posted on March 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Start to 23:30 — MLS CBA agreement. Winners and losers, and would you have taken the deal if you were a Major League Soccer player?

23:30 to 38:00 — Listeners questions: Are MLS making it up as they go along? Why so many new soccer jerseys? Why do soccer playes wear so much hairgel? Why do away colors keep changing?

38:00 to end — Immigration and TSA stories.


USA vs Chile Review, Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview

Posted on January 29th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

Here’s what’s on the new soccer podcast:

(0:00 – 37:15) USMNT vs Chile review, featuring questions from Total Soccer Show listeners and a list of “things we learned” from the game.

(37:15 – end) Chelsea vs Man City preview, featuring some very specific predictions.


Analyzing Altidore, Man City vs. Arsenal Review, Listener Questions

Posted on January 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Here’s what’s on the new Total Soccer Show podcast:

(0:00–10:30) Is the USMNT’s Jozy Altidore worth $6m per season? And is he done developing?

(10:30–20:30) Man City vs Arsenal review

(20:30–23:30) The brilliant story of Celtic fan Jay Beatty

(23:30–end) Listener questions, including: How does EPL prize money work? Why is it an FA Cup “tie?” Can only FA Cup-winning teams display triangular corner flags? Is Alexis Sanchez better at Barcelona or Arsenal? What’s gone wrong with Everton?

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USMNT January Camp, Jozy Altidore, Leo Messi, Particle Physics, and Bayern Munich’s Bathrooms

Posted on January 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

(0:00 – 17:30) Daryl and Taylor each pick the three players they’re most excited to see called up for US Men’s National Team January camp.

(17:30 -23:20) Jozy Altidore’s possible return to Major League Soccer.

(23:20 – end) Listener questions, including: What does it mean to play on the break? Is Frank Lampard Schrodinger’s footballer? Would Leo Messi fit in Chelsea’s system? What is Merseyside? Why Kyle Walker? Is Jordan Morris hindering the USMNT?

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Liverpool vs Arsenal Review, Brek Shea to Orlando, DeAndre Yedlin to Spurs

Posted on December 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We talk Liverpool vs Arsenal, Per Mertesacker, the pros and cons of zonal marking, jazz trios, Brek Shea, DeAndre Yedlin and DC United’s stadium deal.


TSS Live!

Posted on December 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

On Saturday, Dec. 13, TSS took the stage at Coalition Theater in Richmond, Virginia, for the first ever live recording of the show. The crowd were game, getting involved and answering trivia questions to win prizes, and a good time was had by all.

Listen to the show above, and if you’re jealous of all the people winning TSS t-shirts when they answer correctly, then you can buy one right here.


USMNT vs Colombia Preview with Matt Kolesky from AO London

Posted on November 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

We InterWiki with Matt Kolesky of the London chapter of the American Outlaws, then preview the USMNT vs Colombia friendly by predicting our starting XIs.


DC United vs New York, Le Classique, Why It’s Called Clutch

Posted on November 10th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We review the second leg of the DC vs New York MLS playoff game, swing by Le Classique in France, and investigate the etymology of “coming through in the clutch.”


InterWiki with Adam Hurrey of Football Cliches

Posted on November 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

On the second episode of the newest Total Soccer Show segment, Daryl and Taylor call up Adam Hurrey to discuss his brilliant new book “Football Cliches.” After the interview comes a high-stakes round of the Wikipedia Game, featuring categories from both sides of the pitch.


Manchester Derby and New York vs. DC United Review

Posted on November 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

We review Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Manchester United and debate Louis van Gaal’s obssession with possession, then look at the MLS playoffs—did Thierry Henry just bury DC United’s season with two passes?


Sergio Ramos Will Get to the Ball Before You Do

Posted on September 10th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

We spent a long time talking about Sergio Ramos on the new Total Soccer Show, and how everyone only seems to remember his mistakes. Our basic thesis is that Ramos takes risks and gets to the ball first, but everyone only remembers the rare moments when he misses, because they look like horrible errors. The above video highlights the number of times Ramos gets it right.


This Video is the Reason Daryl Wouldn’t Shut Up About Koke on Today’s Show

Posted on September 10th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

It’s Koke’s individual highlights versus Chelsea from the 2013-4 Champions League semi-final.


USMNT vs Czech Republic Highlights

Posted on September 4th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

The TSS podcast review of the game is on the way, but here are the highlights in case you need to catch up.


Mascot Bart Simpson is Terrifying

Posted on September 2nd, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

As mentioned on the latest pod, cartoon Bart Simpson is funny, mascot Bart Simpson is dead-eyed and scary. Image is from Bart Simpson’s ceremonial signing with Zenit Saint Petersburg.


Matej Vydra Highlights

Posted on September 1st, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

When the US plays the Czech Republic on Wednesday, they’ll very likely be up against Watford (and former West Brom) striker Matej Vydra. These highlights suggest Vydra is a) fast, and b) very fast. Expect Vydra to keep John Brooks on his toes.


Rubio Rubin Highlights

Posted on September 1st, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Utrecht’s 18-year-old attacker Rubio Rubin has been named to the USMNT roster for the game against the Czech Republic. We found these highlights of Rubin in action for the US U-17 team while doing research to preview the game.


2014 NWSL Championship Highlights

Posted on September 1st, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Highlights of FC Kansas City’s 2-1 win over Seattle Reign, as discussed on the upcoming Total Soccer Show podcast.


Premier League Predictions: Man Utd vs. Swansea, Liverpool vs. Southampton

Posted on August 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor make their trademark* Very Specific Predictions for two of this weekend’s Premier League games: Manchester United vs. Swansea and Liverpool vs. Southampton.

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Very Specific Premier League Predictions, Part One

Posted on August 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor preview the Premier League season by making some big calls.

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Community Shield Review, Landon Donovan’s Retirement

Posted on August 10th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor discuss Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield and Landon Donovan’s retirement. Questions answered include: Where was Yaya Toure? What does Alexis Sanchez offer Arsenal? And when did Landon Donovan score his first goal in a top-flight European league?

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The Finger-Wag Heard ‘Round the World

Posted on August 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We review the MLS all-Star Game, with a special focus on Pep Guardiola’s manners, and Daryl and Taylor’s specific predictions.

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MLS All-Star Game Preview

Posted on August 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

The guys review what they learned from the Guinness International Champions Cup final, in which Manchester United defeated Liverpool 3-1. Taylor does his best to discuss both sides evenly, while Daryl does his best to prod his counterpart into going off on a 45-minute ramble.

After that, the guys call up Pete Brownell of Opta to help preview the MLS All-Star Game (statistical analysis ahoy), give their Very Specific Predictions for the match, and even go head-to-head in a battle of Competitive Lineup Guessing. It’s all very exciting. Click play above to listen, or here for he mp3.

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Soccer Primer #4: The Major League Soccer Quiz

Posted on August 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

What’s a Homegrown player? What is Generations Adidas? How does the Allocation Order work? Daryl has all the answers (because he researched them beforehand) as Albert and Taylor compete in the big TSS MLS quiz. We also answer all your MLS Primer questions, including some solid hipster avoidance advice.

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Soccer Primer #3: What do Soccer Numbers Mean?

Posted on July 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

In our penultimate soccer primer show, we answer more questions from listseners, including: what do the numbers mean, do coaches have to announce their formation before the gane, and what’s the deal with scarves? Click play above to find out the answers.

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Soccer Primer #2: What to Watch and How to Watch it

Posted on July 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

In the second of our new Soccer Primer Series, we discuss the different ways to watch the top leagues around the world, as well as strategies for doing so. In addition, we take a look at some of our favorite soccer websites, writers, books, movies, TV shows, and publications to help shed some light on ideal ways to continue to grow your soccer knowledge.

What’s this all about? Well, towards the end of the World Cup, we invited new soccer fans to send us questions with the subject line “Primer”. To date, we’ve received (and are continuing to receive) loads of great questions covering an incredibly wide range of topics. As such, we’ve done our best to divide our answers into different episodes focusing on particular subjects. Primer #1 discussed international vs club soccer, and Primer #3 will discuss all things … Read More »


Soccer Primer #1: International vs. Club Soccer

Posted on July 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

In the first of our new Soccer Primer series, we discuss the differences between club and international football, including a look at the various non-World Cup international tournaments and the player transfer system that exists between clubs. And much much more.

What’s this all about? Well, towards the end of the World Cup, we invited new soccer fans to send us quetions with the subject line: Primer. “We’ll answer anything,” we said. “There are no stupid questions, only our stupid answers,” we said. And the questions arrived. Then arived some more. They’re actually still arriving.

So we’ve broken our Primer shows, in which we answer said questions, into a series. On the second Primer show, out this Monday, we’ll discuss the soccer media, which TV channels are worth your money, and which you should avoid.

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World Cup Final Review

Posted on July 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor reconvene for the final time in this World Cup cycle to break down almost every aspect of Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina. Topics disussed include Taylor’s epic drubbing of Daryl in the very specific predictions competition, Manuel Neuer continuing to be Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller’s failure to have a “Muller Hello” moment, the birth locations of Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle, and the impact this game will have on the life and legacy of Leo Messi. Plus, thank yous to our many new donors and a quick discussion of what’s to come here on the Total Soccer Show!

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A Very Specific World Cup Final Preview

Posted on July 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor (and a surprise third co-host) preview Germany vs Argentina with some very specific predctions.

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Why Brazil Lost 7-1

Posted on July 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor break down Brazil’s defense, just like Germany did.

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USA vs Belgium Review: Why We Lost and What We Do Next

Posted on July 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

In our USA vs Belgium review podcast, Daryl, Taylor and Albert answer questions from Facebook about the USMNT’s World Cup exit. What went wrong, what went right, and what happens next with this team?


USA vs Belgium World Cup Preview Podcast

Posted on June 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

Daryl, Taylor and Albert preview the USMNT’s World Cup Round of 16 game versus Belgium.


USA vs Germany Review: How we survived the Group of Death

Posted on June 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 7 comments

Daryl and Taylor review the USMNT’s loss that felt like a win against Germany, a result which takes the US out of the Group of Death and into the knockout rounds of the World Cup.


Unentschieden! USA vs Germany Preview

Posted on June 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

Daryl and Taylor preview the USMNT’s World Cup Group G finale showdown with Germany by going through Germany’s lineup and seeing what the US can exploit/what the US should be scared of.


Team TSS Slinging Beers at the USA vs Portugal RVA Watch Party

Posted on June 23rd, by Daryl in Blog. 4 comments

Taylor (red shirt) and Daryl (white shirt) worked the beer truck at the USA vs Portugal RVA watch party on Sunday. It as the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the busiest of times. Man in the middle, in the blue shirt, is Grant, aka Lord Grantham, the TSS 11-a-side team midfielder who did a heroic double-shift to help lubricate the public soccer viewing in downtown Richmond.

Final crowd has been estimated at 5,000-ish, which makes the event an official success. Two thumbs up for the Richmond Kickers, SportsBackers, Venture Richmond and, last but certainly not least, the American Outlaws — Richmond Chapter for putting the event together.


USA vs Portugal: So. Very. Nearly.

Posted on June 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 8 comments

Daryl and Taylor review the USA’s 2-2 tie with Portugal, which was mere seconds from being the USA’s 2-1 win over Portugal. We explain why we aren’t blaming Michael Bradley for that final goal, what we think Geoff Cameron was doing on the first goal, and why Jermaine Jones is a patriotic prince.


The Most Epic and In-depth USA vs Portugal World Cup Preview You Will Hear This Week. We Promise.

Posted on June 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor go DEEP into Sunday’s USA vs Portugal game, reading every smart take they could find, internalizing that knowledge, adding their own twist, then presenting it to you. What is Portugals’ likely line-up and approach. Where are their strengths and weaknesses. Are we better off if Cristiano Ronaldo starts or doesn’t start in this game. Who replaces Jozy Altidore. Listen to hear the answers to all that and more.


World Cup (Almost) Daily: Summer of Suarez

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor discuss England’s defeat at the hands of Luis Suarez. What went wrong for England at this World Cup, and what do they do next?


World Cup (Almost) Daily: Adios España

Posted on June 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor review Spain’s exit from World Cup 2014 by deliberately avoiding the question “Is tiki-taka dead?” Because our listeners are better than that.


World Cup (Almost) Daily — The Unbeatable Ochoa

Posted on June 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor review Tuesday’s World Cup aciton, including Guillermo Ochoa’s heroics and Igor Akinfeev’s disaster.


USA 2, Ghana 1: It wasn’t pretty, but it felt SO good!

Posted on June 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl, Taylor and Ryan review the USA’s 2-1 win over Ghana, then round up the rest of the day’s World Cup action.


World Cup (Almost) Daily #3 – Mo’ Predictions, Mo’ Problems

Posted on June 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Strap yourselves in, folks. Daryl and Taylor review seven World Cup games, with special attention paid to James Rodriguez, Leo Messi, Valon Behrami, goal-line technology and England vs Italy. The dynamic(ish) duo also look ahead and make specific predictions for the opening Group G games.


USA vs Ghana Preview Podcast w/ The Shin Guardian

Posted on June 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

If you only listen to one USMNT vs Ghana preview … you’re doing it wrong. But ours should definitely on your listen of listens, because it features The Shin Guardian highlighting what Ghana will look to exploit about the US, and what the US should look to exploit about Ghana.


World Cup Podcast: Day 2

Posted on June 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor continue to review the World Cup through the medium of very specific predictions, paying extra attention to the Netherlands’ magnificent 5-1 win over Spain.

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World Cup (Almost) Daily #1 – Marcelo’s Face

Posted on June 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

Daryl and Taylor review Marcelo’s facial expressions (and the rest of Brazil vs Croatia in the World Cup opener) and make some Very Specific Predictions for the upcoming games. Also: Qatar 2022, John Oliver’s masterpiece, the pros and cons of quadrennial soccer fans and the magnificence that was The Onion’s World Cup preview series.

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USA vs Nigeria Review: Ketchup, Ketchup, Shake the Bottle …

Posted on June 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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Very Specific Predictions for World Cup 2014

Posted on June 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor man up and make some bold predictions about the World Cup.

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World Cup Group H Preview

Posted on June 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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USA vs Turkey Review: Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Posted on June 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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USA vs Azerbaijan: What We Learned

Posted on May 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Emergency Landoncast!

Posted on May 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On This Day: Jose Mourinho’s First European Tropy

Posted on May 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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World Cup Group G Preview

Posted on May 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On This Day: Zinedine Zidane’s Volley

Posted on May 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Man City Season Review, US Open Cup, USMNT Preliminary Roster

Posted on May 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On This Day: The Anfield Rap Enters the U.K. Chart

Posted on May 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On This Day: Johan Cruyff Retires … with Feyenoord

Posted on May 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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World Cup Group F Preview – Argentina, Iran, Nigeria, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Posted on May 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment


Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool: How?

Posted on May 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

How in the name of Peter Beardsley did Liverpool throw away a three goal lead at Crystal Palace?


Copa America Centenario 2016, Champions League Semis

Posted on May 1st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Big day for TSS! We’ve set up a remote studio so we can record shows from outside of WRIR HQ. In this first bonus show, Taylor and Daryl discuss the Champions League semi-finals and the big Copa America 2016 announcement.


The Slip Heard Around the World

Posted on April 29th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl, Ryan, and Taylor review Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea, with Daryl almost convincing his co-hosts of a Steven Gerrard-Chris Webber analogy.


Emergency Moyescast!

Posted on April 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor answer questions posed by Total Soccer Show listeners on Facebook, going in-depth on David Moyes, Manchester United, and Louis van Gaal.


World Cup Group E Preview Podcast – Switzerland, France, Ecuador, Honduras

Posted on April 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We preview World Cup Group E using the patented, scientific Total Soccer Show method.


Liverpool vs Man City, and Why it Wasn’t All Vincent Kompany’s Fault

Posted on April 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Ryan review Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Manchester City, with Ryan mounting a pretty convincing defense of Vincent Kompany’s performance. We also answer as many questions as possible from the TSS Facebook page.


World Cup Group D Preview Podcast – Italy, Uruguay, England, Costa Rica

Posted on April 10th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We preview World Cup Group D using the now famous, and thoroughly scientific, Total Soccer Show method. How do the nicknames, coaches, defenders, attackers, and national anthems of Italy, England, Uruguay, and Costa Rica compare? Listen below to find out:

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The U.S. Men’s National Team Roster Selection Committee is Now in Session …

Posted on April 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

That’s right. We grabbed Robert’s Rules of Order, sat around a table, plugged in the mics, and passed motions until we had 23 names to represent the USMNT at World Cup 2014. Listen below to find out who made the final cut.

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USA v Mexico Dos a Dos Review – Stay Thirsty My Friends!

Posted on April 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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USA vs Mexico Preview (from both sides of the border)

Posted on April 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We’ve got a great USA vs Mexico preview podcast for you, in the form of two guests.

First up, the excellent Matt Tomaszewicz (better known as The Shin Guardian—damn I wish I had a soccer alter ego) goes in-depth on the US lineup. We set the over/under on when Julian Green will enter the game (listen to find out) and Matt explains why a good performance from Maurice Edu could be key to the USMNT’s success this summer. You can read Matt’s full USA vs Mexico preview over at TSG and follow him on twitter @shinguardian.

Our second guest is Tom Marshall. You wouldn’t guess from Tom’s name that he’s a Mexican soccer expert, but that’s why they’re called guesses. Tom is an Englishman who migrated from Manchester (actually Rochdale) to Mexico and now provides English-language coverage of Mexican soccer for ESPN, … Read More »


World Cup Group C Preview

Posted on March 31st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We preview World Cup Group C using the patented, scientific, and not-at-all nerdy Total Soccer Show method. That means we take Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, and Japan, and compare them across eight categories – from team nickname to best attacker to national anthem – to determine who we think will go through.

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Classic Clasico Review (plus some MLS analysis)

Posted on March 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

The boys look back at one of THE great Clasicos, in which Barcelona and Real Madrid served up an absolute treat with a magical Messi filling, with verbal cherries placed on top by the one and only Ray Hudson. We’re also joined by Ben Bromley from BlackandRedUnited.com to talk early-season MLS and how Messrs. Bradley, Dempsey, Defoe, and Edu have started the season.

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World Cup Group B Preview Podcast

Posted on March 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

World Cup Group B gets the Total Soccer Show treatment, meaning we fill our brains with research about Spain, Netherlands, Chile, and Australia, then fill your ears with informed debate as we compare and contrast those teams across eight different categories. From the best attacker to the best national anthem, this is all the podcast you’ll need to get ready for World Cup Group B.

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Julian Green Chooses America – An Emergency Podcast

Posted on March 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

It’s the news we all secretly hoped for, but didn’t really think was coming: Julian Green has filed his switcheroo paperwork and will play his international football for the United States of America. Daryl was both excited and confused by this news, so called an emergency podcast session to talk it through with Taylor.

Topics discussed include why Green chose the U.S., why we’re all so excited when we’ve never seen the kid play, and whether or not we think Green will be going to the 2014 World Cup.


World Cup Group A Preview Podcast

Posted on March 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

No other radio show or podcast previews the World Cup like the Total Soccer Show previews the World Cup. Possibly because no other radio show or podcast has as much time on their hands as the Total Soccer Show does, and we used that time to research players on YouTube, trace the etymology of team nicknames, and figure out likely starting formations for all 32 teams. The result is, we hope, one of the most entertaining and informative guides that you’ll find to the 2014 World Cup.

In the first of eight World Cup preview episodes, we dive deep into Group A, where we find Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, and Cameroon. Which of those teams has the best coach, best defender, best attacker? Which has the best national anthem, best team nickname. Listen below to find out and become an expert … Read More »


Colorado Rapids MLS 2014 Preview Podcast with Chris White from Burgundy Wave

Posted on March 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Chris White from Burgundy Wave joins Daryl and Ryan to preview the Colorado Rapids’ 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the 15th episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


Vancouver Whitecaps 2014 MLS Preview Podcast with Michael McColl from AFTN

Posted on March 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Michael McColl from AFTN joins Daryl to preview the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the 14th episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


USA vs Ukraine Review with Liviu Bird

Posted on March 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

USA vs Ukraine did not go well. Liviu Bird tells us why.


New York Red Bulls MLS 2014 Preview Podcast with Mark Fishkin from Seeing Red

Posted on March 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Mark Fishkin from Seeing Red joins Ryan and Daryl to preview the New York Red Bull’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the 13th episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


Montreal Impact 2014 MLS Preview Podcast with Sofiane Benzaza from Mount Royal Soccer

Posted on March 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Sofiane Benzaza from Mount Royal Soccer and Soccer Sans Frontieres joins Ryan to preview the Montreal Impact’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the 12th episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


San Jose Earthquakes 2014 MLS Preview Podcast with The Shin Guardian

Posted on March 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Matt Tomaszewicz (aka The Shin Guardian) joins Daryl to preview the San Jose Earthquakes 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the 11th episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


LA Galaxy 2014 MLS Preview Podcast with Corner of the Galaxy

Posted on March 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Josh Guesman from NASN’s Corner of the Galaxy joins Ryan to preview the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the 10th episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


Philadelphia Union 2014 Preview Podcast with Brian Barrish from The Soccer Desk

Posted on February 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Brian Barrish from The Soccer Desk joins Daryl to preview the Philadelphia Unions’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the ninth episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.

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Chicago Fire 2014 Podcast Preview with Guillermo Rivera from Fire Confidential

Posted on February 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Guillermo Rivera from Fire Confidential joins Ryan to preview the Chicago Fire’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the eighth episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


Sporting Kansas City 2014 Preview Podcast with James Starritt from Off the Ball

Posted on February 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

James Starritt from Kick the Ball joins Daryl to preview Sporting Kansas City’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the seventh episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.

James is a British expat like Daryl, so they discuss what drew them to American soccer and why some England fans are “jumping ship” to the USMNT.

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Columbus Crew 2014 Preview Podcast with Patrick Guldan from Massive Report

Posted on February 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Patrick Guldan from the the Massive Report podcast joins Ryan to preview the Columbus Crew’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the sixth episode in our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


Seattle Sounders 2014 Preview Podcast with Jeremiah Oshan of Nos Audietis

Posted on February 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Jeremiah Oshan from the the Nos Audietis podcast joins Daryl to preview the Seattle Sounders’ 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the fifth episode of our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


New England Revolution 2014 Preview Podcast with Jeff Lemieux

Posted on February 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Ryan Heins previews the New England Revolution’s 2014 Major League Soccer season by talking to Jeff Lemieux, staff writer for revolutionsoccer.net and host of Off the Post, the official New England Revolution podcast.

This is the fourth episode of our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


Portland Timbers 2014 Preview Podcast with Bob Kellett from 5MTKO

Posted on February 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Bob Kellett from the 5MTKO podcast joins us to preview the Portland Timbers’ 2014 Major League Soccer season. This is the third episode of our MLS 2014 Preview Podcast Series. We’ll be publishing a new show focusing on a different MLS team every day until kick off.


Houston Dynamo 2014 Preview Podcast with Glenn Davis

Posted on February 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Ryan Heins talks to Glenn Davis of Soccer Matters and Dynamo All Access to preview the Houston Dynamo’s 2014 Major League Soccer season. Glenn not only knows his stuff, he has also been a major part of the Houston soccer community since the 1980s. Click below to hear what he has to say about Will Bruin, Kofi Sarkodie, and how Bobby Boswell’s departure will impact the Dynamo’s defense.

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DC United 2014 MLS Preview Podcast

Posted on February 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We’re previewing all 19 teams in Major League Soccer by interviewing a podcast for every team. First up is DC United. We sat down with Ben Bromley from SBNation’s BlackandRedUnited.com podcast, Filibuster, to talk Eddie Johnson, Perry Kitchen, Chris Pontius, the new-look defense, stadium renderings and our local Richmond Kickers. Listen below:

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TSS 239: Brian Sciaretta on Timmy Chandler, plus: Who is The Most Successful American Abroad of All Time?

Posted on February 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Timmy Chandler almost certainly won’t be going to World Cup now. But how close was he before that injury? Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad joins us to talk about Timmy Chandler’s disastrous weekend, Fabian Johnson’s next move, and how Brian manages to find all these overseas American soccer players.

We also have ourselves a little debate about who the greatest ever American abroad might be.

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TSS 238: Playing the Stock Market, USA vs South Korea Review

Posted on February 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

After the USA’s 2-0 win over South Korea, we take the stock market analogy way too literally by expressing each U.S. player’s chances of making the World Cup in terms of a stock price. Souncloud version of the show below:

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TSS 237: Out of our depth

Posted on January 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We talk American strikers abroad, including Jozy Altidore’s woes at Sunderland, Aron Johannsson at AZ, and Juan Agudelo’s debut at Utrecht. We also talk to MLSsoccer.com‘s Matt Doyle about his story in the new Howler magazine, in which he tracks the way Klinsmann has changed the U.S. Men’s National Team and thinks ahead to how that will manifest at this summer’s World Cup. We close the show with a Gideon Zelalem-themed Wikipedia Game.

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What would you change about soccer?

Posted on January 23rd, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

If you had to change one law of the game, what would it be?


TSS 236: DPs, Yanks Abroad, Rule Changes

Posted on January 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We have a bumper soccer podcast for you this week. Who is the next big Designated Player coming to MLS? We make some suggestions. How did Jozy, Deuce and ArJo do this weekend? We let you know. How can David Moyes fix Manchester United? What laws of the game would you change? And will American Soccer Now‘s John Godfrey be keeping Michael Bradley at the top of his ASN 100 rankings? Listen to find out.

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Vote for Major League Soccer’s next Designated Player

Posted on January 21st, by Daryl in Blog. 4 comments

On Total Soccer Show 236 we suggested four potential Designated Players for Major League Soccer. Big names in the David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Michael Bradley mold. Listen to the excerpt below to hear the case for Dimitar Berbatov to DC United, Javier Hernandez to Chivas USA, Tomas Rosicky to FC Dallas, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to NYCFC, then vote for your favorite future Designated Player in the poll.

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Why Eusebio was the first modern footballer

Posted on January 20th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

The recent passing of Eusebio led many to remind us that the Benfica and Portugal forward was a legend. Being too young to have seen Eusebio in action, we wanted to know more. Listen to this Total Soccer Show clip to hear exactly what type of player Eusebio was and what made him the first modern footballer, despite his adherence to old-school sportsmanship.

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TSS Debate: What is Geoff Cameron’s Best Position?

Posted on January 19th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Where should Geoff Cameron play for the U.S. national team? Is he best at right-back, center-back or central midfield? After watching Cameron play for Stoke City, Daryl, Ryan and Laura from the Total Soccer Show debate how the U.S. can get the most out of Cameron at the World Cup.

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TSS 235: Deuce vs Jozy, Cameron vs Suarez, Jason Puncheon vs the International Space Station

Posted on January 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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We talk Clint Dempsey vs Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron vs Luis Suarez, Michael Bradley to TFC, Jason Puncheon’s PK. Cheick Tiote’s disallowed strike, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or win, watch some Eusebio footage, debate the leaked USMNT jersey and play the Wikipedia Game. All in less than an hour.

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TSS 234: Michael Bradley to MLS, from every angle

Posted on January 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Daryl calls up Taylor for a Total Soccer Show emergency broadcast, discussing Michael Bradley’s move to Toronto FC from every conceivable angle and in more than one language.

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TSS 232: The Total Soccer Show 2013 Quiz!

Posted on December 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 4 comments

Did you pay close to attention to all things soccer in 2013? Test your knowledge with the Total Soccer Show end-of-year trivia game.

Answer the 15 questions below then listen to the show.

Closest to the correct answer wins, so if your answer is closer than Laura, Josh and Daryl’s guesses then you get a point. Tell us your score in the comments or on Facebook!

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Five reasons for U.S. fans to be optimistic about World Cup Group G

Posted on December 10th, by Daryl in Blog. 4 comments

U.S. fans are terrified of Group G. And sure, between Ghana, Portugal and Germany, there are no easy games. But that doesn’t mean we have to abandon hope all ye who enter the World Cup. Here are five reasons to be optimistic about World Cup Group G. (Because five points would be just lovely, thank you.)

1. We play Ghana first. First games can make or break a World Cup campaign, so the fact that the U.S. plays the weakest of its three opponents first is undeniably a good thing. And can you imagine the surge in optimism and positivity if we finally shake three points out of Ghana?

2. It’s an opportunity to show the world what we can do. Part of the USMNT’s mission is to show the rest of the world that American soccer isn’t all NASL shootouts, astroturf … Read More »


TSS 229: Portugal and Germany and Ghana, Oh My!

Posted on December 10th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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We review MLS Cup 2013, going through Real Salt Lake’s list of “what ifs” (e.g. What if Aurélien Collin had been sent off for all those fouls on Robbie Findley? What if Sebastián Velásquez hadn’t taken his penalty-kick in slow motion?).

We also take a good long look at World Cup Group G. Laura is terrified, Ryan is feeling confident, Daryl tries to decide who’s right. The show closes with the return of the Wikipedia Game, featuring players from Group G.

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TSS 228: Beginners Guide to MLS Cup 2013

Posted on December 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Who should neutrals support in MLS Cup 2013? TSS will help you decide as the gang debates the merits of Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake across seven different categories, including: which team has the best coach, best playing style, best USMNT player?

Daryl argues for RSL, Laura represents Sporting KC, and Ryan sits in the hosting chair to arbitrate.

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The Total Soccer Show World Cup Draft

Posted on November 21st, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

Thirty-two teams qualified for the World Cup, but that leaves a lot of talent out of the tournament—David Alaba, Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to name just three. So we’re running a draft to get those guys involved.

A team of TSS listeners, and hopefully a few special guests, will each represent one World Cup team. Their job wil be to identify that team’s biggest hole (eg Germany could use a striker, England could probably use a centerback) and fill it by drafting a player. The lowest ranked team will pick first (hello Cameroon!) all the way up to the first.

If you want to be involved in the draft, please email contact[at]totalsoccershow[dot]com, subject line “draft,” and tell us which team you would like to represent and why. The less obvious the better. If selected, we’ll call you up and ask you … Read More »


TSS 227: USMNT Under the Microscope

Posted on November 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Fire up the Bunsen burner and put on your safety goggles as we get all sciency to review the USA vs Austria game, analyzing the results of Klinsmann’s experiments. We also look at the final 32 teams qualified for the World Cup.

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TSS 226: The Podcast That Didn’t Find USA vs Scotland “Boring”

Posted on November 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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USMNT vs Scotland: Why it wasn’t as boring as you think, and what Jurgen Klinsmann learned as the US team ramps up toward World Cup 2014. We also talk Mexico vs New Zealand and all the Euro World Cup playoffs too. Plus, of course, we talk EPL Bachelorette.

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TSS 225: Over Hadrian’s Wall

Posted on November 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We preview the USA vs Scotland friendly and the New Zealand vs Mexico World Cup playoff. We also review Manchester United vs Arsenal in the EPL and take a good look at Houston Dynamo vs Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers in the MLS playoffs.

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TSS 224: US Men’s National Team All-Time Draft

Posted on November 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 8 comments

To celebrate 100 years of U.S. Soccer, Daryl and Ryan compete to draft the best possible US men’s team of all time. With Josh moderating, Daryl and Ryan take turns selecting players until they have their final XI. Listen to the show and then vote below for whichever team you think is better.

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TSS 222: Talking USMNT Tactics with Liviu Bird

Posted on October 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

With the Hex over and the World Cup on the way, we thought this would be a great time to talk to Liviu Bird about USMNT tactics. Liviu is the tactical expert in residence at AmericanSoccerNow and his tactical breakdowns of U.S. national team games are fast becoming a U.S. fan-favorite.

Daryl called up Liviu to talk about what he’s seen change over Klinsmann’s two and a bit years in charge, why tactics are an important part of understanding soccer, why a 3-5-2 might now work for the U.S. national team, and why formations probably aren’t as important as you think. Liviu also gets specific about what he thinks the U.S. needs to fine-tune ahead of World Cup 2014, and what the long-term impact of Klinsmann’s tenure might be. It’s 40 minutes of tactics-talk, but it’s well worth your time.

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The Reason I Don’t Watch More Women’s Soccer

Posted on October 21st, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

… is that sometimes it makes the men’s game look rubbish!

That’s Ireland national team striker Steph Roche with a juggle and juggle and long-distance-volley for Peamount United against Wexford in the Women’s National League of Ireland this past weekend. Get in.

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There is No Escape From TSS!

Posted on October 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

The Total Soccer Show will soon be teaming up with everyone’s favorite sexy new website, American Soccer Now, to produce some extra audio content. We’re excited, because ASN does soccer like we do soccer.

This week, as part of that new content partnership, I made a guest appearance as a panelist on ASN’s own podcast, the magnificently titled American Soccer Now in 10 or 15 Minutes, with Jon Arnold and Ryan O’Hanlon. We talk World Cup draw, U.S. Soccer trolling the FMF on social media, and Brad Davis’ chances of making the World Cup roster. Give it a listen below …


Stuart Holden and the Greatest Premier League Goal of All Time

Posted on October 18th, by Daryl in Blog. Comments Off on Stuart Holden and the Greatest Premier League Goal of All Time

We played the Wikipedia Game on Total Soccer Show 221, and Taylor successfully named Johan Elmander based on the clue “he scored the greatest ever Premier League goal, [according to] a poll by The Guardian.”

Elmander scored that goal for Bolton, against Wolves, in November 2010, and it’s posted below. The Swedish striker drags the ball through an untackle-able 360 degree spin about 10 yards from the Wolves goal, losing three defenders and confusing a fourth, before sliding the ball into the far corner beyond Marcus Hahnemann’s reach. Feast your eyes:


Three Reasons U.S. Soccer Fans Should Leave That World Cup Draw Simulator Alone

Posted on October 17th, by Daryl in Blog. 6 comments

Don’t do it guys. I know it’s tempting to simulate a World Cup 2014 draw with that hastily assembled Japanese website. But don’t do it. Here are three reasons why:

1. It will give you nightmares. I just did it and the U.S. got grouped with Russia, England and Uruguay. Josh got Spain, Ghana and the Netherlands. Those combinations will keep you up at night.

2. These aren’t the real 32 World Cup teams. There are still playoffs to play all over Europe, Africa and intercontinentally, and there’s every chance that some of the teams expected to make it, won’t. The real World Cup draw could include Jordan instead of Uruguay, New Zealand instead of Mexico, Iceland instead of Portugal and so on. Much less scary.

3. Grow some balls! Every time you click “simulate” and hope for an easy group, a little … Read More »


TSS 221: Bursting the Bubble

Posted on October 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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How will the USA keeping Mexico alive in the World Cup affect US-Mexico soccer relations? Which US World Cup roster bubble players helped/hurt themselves against Panama? We also look at Egypt’s defeat to Ghana and England’s win over Poland before closing out with the Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 220: Jamaica Me Crazy!

Posted on October 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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While the boys are all out of town, Laura’s back in the studio with some TSS newbies. Jonathan, Patrick, and Zach help her review the USMNT World Cup qualifier against Jamaica by serving the team some compliment sandwiches. So open wide for a review of US Soccer, the upcoming Ghana-Egypt World Cup qualifying match, and the triumphant return of the EPL Bachelorette.

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TSS 219 – USMNT: The Next Generation

Posted on October 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

Daryl, Josh, and Laura talk about the future of American Soccer. We pick the top USMNT prospects who are all 23 or under and have 0 caps for the full national team. Vote below to pick the starting XI. Think we missed someone? Click “Other” in the poll and add your guy as a write-in candidate.

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TSS 218 – TV Characters XI

Posted on September 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Help us pick our TV XI.

Laura, Taylor and Daryl each pick their XI in this week’s podcast:

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Bonus Wiki Game on Soccer Morning #1

Posted on September 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments


TSS 210: Premier League Preview Trivia Extravaganza

Posted on August 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We preview the Premier League season the only way we know how … with a massive trivia contest featuring questions about every single Premier League team.

Where did Arsenal find Gedion Zelalem? How many brothers does Luis Suarez have? What are the bookmakers’ odds on Hull City winning the title? Learn all that and more on this special episode of TSS, then impress your friends with your new knowledge.

We also pick our U.S. starting XI to face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, and introduce a new feature: “The Bachelorette: Laura picks an EPL team to support.”

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TSS 209: Eight Ways to Improve Soccer

Posted on August 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Welcome to the Annual General Meeting of the Committee to Improve Soccer. Tactics blimp? 24-hour October transfer window? Basketball-style penalty kicks? Each TSS co-host pitches an idea, the other three vote yay or nay.

We also discuss Clint Dempsey’s move to Seattle and play a Designated Player-themed round of the Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 208: Nick Rimando is a baller, has a girl, does call her

Posted on July 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s 1-0 win over Panama, praise FOX’s Gus and Eric combo, preview the NPSL Championship game (go RVA!) and play some periodic table-themed Wikipedia Game. Don’t worry, it will all make sense when you listen.

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TSS 207: You wouldn’t like Jurgen when he’s angry …

Posted on July 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The crew heads back to the studio to discuss the USA’s 3-1 win over Honduras in the Gold Cup Semifinals. We breakdown the differences between Eddie Johnson and Chris Wondolowski. Who should start between Corona and Bedoya? Was Klinsmann’s reaction to the fouls on the USMNT warranted? Have a listen and tell us what you think.

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TSS 206: Donovan’s Dandy Day

Posted on July 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The US Soccer team took down El Salvador 5-1 in the Gold Cup quarterfinal on Sunday. Was everything as good as the scoreline suggested or were there some weaknesses shown? We also discuss Donovan’s day as he lead the charge with one goal and three assists. Other topics covered are hair colors/styles, Rimando’s footwork, and J-J-Joe Corona’s role on the USMNT full team.

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TSS 205: USA vs Costa Rica, 23 percent tip

Posted on July 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Laura, Ryan, Taylor and Dary review the USA’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica, TSS-podcast style.

Did Brek Shea get the hairdryer or an arm around the shoulder? Is it fair to have three guys marking Chris Wondolowski? And how much would you tip Landon Donovan? We also play the weirdest round of the Wikipedia Game ever.

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TSS 204: Ecstatic About Edgar

Posted on July 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Daryl and Ryan review the USA’s 4-1 win over Cuba, with a long discussion about the pros and cons of Edgar Castillo, an attempt to figure out what’s wrong with Dane Brekken Shea and some well-deserved praise for Kyle Beckerman.

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TSS 203: Seal of Approval

Posted on July 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Episode 203 is a podcast special, so we cast of the shackles of public radio broadcasting to review the USA’s 6-1 win over Belize, talk to John Godfrey of AmericanSoccerNow.com, give a good reason not to ever borrow Josh’s laptop and play a competitive round of the Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 202: Dreaming of Stuart Holden

Posted on July 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Laura, Taylor and Daryl discuss the USA’s 6-0 win over Guatemala, featuring impressive performances from Stuart Holden and Landon Donovan. On our 202nd soccer podcast(!), we also talk Jozy Altidore to Sunderland, weighing the pros and cons of that move.

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TSS 201: Spain and Superman II

Posted on July 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Daryl, Peyton and Ryan review the Confederations Cup Final: Just how good is this Brazil team, and is this the beginning of the end for Spain? We also take a look at the U.S. Gold Cup roster and try our best to pick a solid starting XI.


TSS 200: Altiglorious!

Posted on June 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On our 200th Total Soccer Show podcast, we review the U.S.’s 1-0 win over Honduras by answering listener questions from our Facebook page. Questions like if and where Landon Donovan fits into his ea into this team now, what is Fabian Johnson’s best position and who is the ideal midfield partner for Michael Bradley?

We also look ahead and ponder ask ourselves if the U.S. could play a high-tempo passing game vs. Brazil or Spain without self-immoliating and close with a guess-tastic round of the MLS Salary Game.


Guess the MLS Player’s Salary

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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In this six-minute excerpt from Total Soccer Show podcast #200, Daryl has the 2013 MLS Player Salary info to hand and challenges Laura, Josh and Ryan to guess how much U.S. national team players like Bead Evans and Eddie Johnson are pulling down.


Is Fabian Johnson a Left Back or a Left Winger?

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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TSS 199: USA vs Panama Review

Posted on June 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s 2-0 win over Panama, with goals from Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson. We spotlight the key performances and try to look ahead to World Cup 2014 and ask what the U.S. needs to improve on before arriving in Brazil. Plus, new co-host Ryan makes his Wikipedia Game debut.

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TSS 198: USA vs Jamaica Review

Posted on June 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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Laura, Daryl and guest co-host Ryan Heins review the USA’s dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Jamaica, in which the man, the myth, the instant USMNT legend, Brad Evans scored a 91st minute winner. We go over what we learned in this game (including: Matt Besler is not Franz Beckenbauer) and preview the upcoming game vs Panama.

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TSS 197: USA vs Germany Review, vs Jamaica Preview

Posted on June 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We try our best not to go overboard after the U.S.’s 4-3 win over Germany, offering one worry for every positive that we saw. We also preview the game vs Jamaica.


TSS Bonus: USA vs Belgium Review

Posted on May 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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One day all podcasts will be people calling their friends during lunch to talk about U.S. Men’s National Team soccer games. And Total Soccer Show is ahead of the curve with this bonus episode, in which Daryl calls Peyton to discuss the semi-drunken email Peyton sent to his co-hosts after the USA vs. Belgium game last night.

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TSS 196: Champions League Final Review

Posted on May 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Bayern’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League Final, asking how Dortmund got it so right to begin with, but then so wrong. We also look back at Michael Bradley and Roma’s 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia Final, preview the Richmond Kickers vs DC United US Open Cup game with former Kickers midfielder Ryan Heins, talk a little Robbie Rogers, a little NYCFC, a little USMNT vs Belgium and finish with a lightning round of the Wikipedia Game in which Peyton bites off more than he can chew.

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TSS 195: Champions League Final Preview

Posted on May 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Peyton, Daryl and Josh preview the 2013 Champions League Final. Listen in to get yourself ready for Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund.


TSS 194: Fergalicious!

Posted on May 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We dedicate an entire show to the career of one Sir Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement this week.


TSS 193: Champions League Semifinals Review

Posted on May 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Bayern Munich’s beating of Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund’s besting of Real Madrid.


TSS 192: Bad Boys XI

Posted on April 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Inspired by Luis Suarez, we pick a team of players infamous for their on-field behavior.


TSS 191: Which of the United States Has Produced the Most Soccer Talent?

Posted on April 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We narrowed it down to three: New Jersey, California and Texas. Then we argued it out until a winner emerged.


TSS 190: The Totally Best Soccer Show

Posted on April 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Things got a little bit “The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones” as Laura and Daryl welcome Jason and Jared from The Best Soccer Show into the world of TSS. We talk a little about the craft of podcasting (craft is totally the right word, by the way) and then play some Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 189: Frankenstein’s Footballer

Posted on April 1st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Imagine a soccer player constructed using all the best parts of the greatest players in history. Whose brain would it have? Whose heart? Whose left foot and whose right foot? We didn’t just imagine it. We actually did it.

And the best part? This unstoppable soccer monster has an American passport. Listen to find out how we made … [cue scary music] … Frankenstein’s Footballer!

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TSS 188: Cero a Cero

Posted on March 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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It’s an Azteca-tastic special episode of TSS, in which review the USMNT’s 0-0 draw against Mexico at the Azteca. What did we learn from this game? Listen to find out.

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TSS 187: Let It Snow! (Plus USA vs Mexico Preview)

Posted on March 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica — let its snow, let it snow, let it snow! — paying particular attention to the four man Redeem Team of Jozy Altidore, Jermaine Jones, DaMarcus Beasley and Omar Gonzalez.

We also preview USA vs Mexico, picking out the threats (have you SEEN YouTube footage of Javier Aquino???) and pondering whether Klinsmann has the balls to field the same formation that beast Costa Rica, when the US goes to the Azteca.

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TSS 186: MLS Rivalry Week

Posted on March 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review MLS Rivalry Week, getting the official league take on how it went from Jeff Agoos, and we take a good long look at Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S. roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

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TSS 185: Tim Howard’s Back

Posted on March 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Nani’s red card, Manchester United and Chelsea’s 2-2 draw in the FA Cup, ask if Brad Guzan is the man for the US’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers and debate whether or not you can call yourself a US Soccer fan or not if you don’t watch Major League Soccer.

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TSS 184: MLS is Bringing Sexy Back

Posted on March 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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MLS is back baby! We review Houston vs DC (yawn) and Portland vs New York (hooray!). We also pick our soccer equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters and play some Major League Soccer-themed Wikipedia Game.


TSS 183: Winger Watch

Posted on February 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We run the rule over the US’s options out wide, watching DMB play for Puebla, Shea make his debut for Stoke and Donovan take his first step back toward soccer. We also preview MLS 2013 in our own special way and assess Gus Johnson’s first week on the job.


TSS 182: Real Madrid, Man Utd, Robbie Rogers

Posted on February 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We discuss the players that impressed in the Real Madrid v Manchester United Champions League game, especially David De Gea and Angel Di Maria. We talk about Robbie Rogers courageous decision, and we close the show with the debut of a new trivia game called “On This Day,” in which Josh tests his co-hosts knowledge of soccer history.


TSS 181: USWNT vs Scotland, CR7 and Richmond Kickers

Posted on February 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USWNT’s win over Scotland—what did we learn from Tom Sermanni’s debut as head coach, and who is this Christen Press lady? We also preview the big Champions League game between Real Madrid and Manchester United—how do you solve a problem like Cristiano Ronaldo? Finally, we get the inside story on the MLS-USL partnership by asking Richmond Kickers head coach Leigh Cowlishaw to explain the new relationship between DC United and the Kickers.


TSS 180: You Gotta Have Faith

Posted on February 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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So, the USA lost to Honduras. And it was not pretty.

But we’ve still got faith in this team. And we’ll prove it to you.


TSS 179: Honduras vs USA Preview

Posted on February 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review USA vs Canada (YOLO!) and preview the big Hex game away to Honduras. Who’s in our USMNT starting XI and which Honduran players should we be scared of?

Also: we put Brek Shea’s move to Stoke in context, talk a little David Beckham to PSG and welcome Trevor Hayward of the North American Soccer Network on to the show to play some Wikipedia Game. Trevor sounded confident on Twitter beforehand. Listen in to see how he fares.

We’ll be releasing a full review of the Honduras game on Thursday, so keep your ears open for that special show.


TSS 178: Best of the Rest of the Hex!

Posted on January 29th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We preview the four teams not named Mexico that the USMNT will face in the final round of World Cup qualifying: Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras. It’s the Best of the Rest of the Hex. We also talk starting XI for Klinsi’s cubs vs Canada and get Taylor on the phone to wax lyrical about Eric Cantona.


Every Keyboard Should Have a Soccer Ten-Key

Posted on January 22nd, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

We recently received this magnificent email, and accompanying image, from listener Mark Vandeventer, and thought it was far too good to keep to ourselves:

Greetings TSS friends.

This is my first email to you — started listening only recently but I have enjoyed your show very much. I am writing to give you my version of the “soccer ten-key” that sprung up during one of the shows.

Here is the manual: (left to right/ top to bottom)


TSS 177: The Best XI of the ’90s

Posted on January 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Picking a best XI from the 1990s — a great, great decade of soccer, for multiple reasons — is no easy task. But we did it.

Certain players were obvious: Peter Schmeichel, Paolo Maldini, the original (and still the best) Ronaldo. But elsewhere? Those are some tough choices. Gabriel Batistuta or Dennis Bergkamp? Romario or Hristo Stoichkov? Gazza or Roy Keane? How do you decide between those players?

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TSS 176: Why is Robin van Persie So Good?

Posted on January 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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What makes Robin van Persie so good? We try to answer that question as we review Manchester United vs. Liverpool. We also talk MLS rivalry week (good or bad idea?), the Porter and Nelsen hires, NWSL allocation, Africa Cup of Nations on ESPN3 and ask: Who would win if the 2002 USMNT played the 2012 version? We also welcome Fox Soccer’s Leander Schaerlaeckens on to the show for a round of the Wikipedia game. Also: Footgolf! What’s not to like?


TSS 175: Tony Sanneh is the Man

Posted on January 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The USA vs Germany World Cup 2002 quarterfinal is our Game of the Week, and gets a thorough good reviewing. Why? Because it’s a landmark performance in U.S. Soccer history and we wanted to:

a) See what that Bruce Arena 2002 team was doing right, and
b) Compare and contrast with the current team to see if Klinsmann can recreate some of that World Cup quarterfinal magic.

Back in the present, We also talk Kevin-Prince Boateng’s walk-off, play the Wikipedia Game and review the USMNT roster for the January camp.

Seven minute highlights of the USA vs Germany game, with slo-mo replays of the Frings handball incident and footage of Arena talking to the US players at halftime and after the game:

If you’ve got 90 minutes to spare and want to see Landon Donovan with a full … Read More »


TSS 175 Preview: USA v. Germany, 2002

Posted on January 3rd, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

To kick off 2013, the TSS crew will jump into the YouTube time machine and review a classic match: USA’s 1-0 defeat to Germany in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal. How close did we come to making the semis? How has the USMNT’s approach changed in the last 10 years? And who is this young Landon Donovan fellow?

Anyone experiencing Hulk-like rage while watching this game is encouraged to visit TorstenFrings.com and punch your screen as hard as possible.

The show will be available early Sunday afternoon, US Eastern time.
(UPDATE: Here it is!)

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TSS 174: USMNT 2012 in Review

Posted on December 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We look back on the year 2012 in all things US Men’s National Team. From the highs of the Azteca, Eddie Johnson’s comeback and Michael Bradley’s long-range efforts, to the lows of Jamaica, Brek Shea’s hair and Landon Donovan’s career crisis.

Here are the awards we’ll be giving out on the show:

The Paul Caligiuri Clutch Award (for Most Important Goal for USMNT)
The Golazo Award (Most Beautiful Goal for USMNT)
Ben Franklin Award for Excellence in Ambassadorship
The Elaine Benes award for Best Moves (Best Transfer)
The Jorge Campos Award for Excellence in Fashion
The Hugh Hefner Award for Best American Player
First Lady of Football (Best USWNT Player)
The David Regis Award for Excellence in Disappointing
The Clint Mathis Award for Follicular Frivolity
Best Debutant
The Arnold Schwarzenegger “I’ll Be Back” Award for Best Comeback

This is the final show of 2012, but we’ll … Read More »


TSS 173: Is Ashley Cole Really the Best Left Back in the World?

Posted on December 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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And who made Warren Barton the President of Soccer anyway?

The Club World Cup final gets reviewed, Peyton explains how to get the most out of Fernando Torres, we ask if Ashley Cole is really the best left back in the world, question Michel Platini’s plans for the Europa League (the plan being: exterminate) and play a seasonally themed round of the Wikipedia Game.

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Don’t miss next week’s show, where we’ll look back on 2012 with a thorough USMNT (and USWNT) year in review.


TSS 172: Stand Still and Take It Like a Man

Posted on December 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The Manchester Derby gets a thorough good reviewing, with a focus on Manchester United’s tactical plan versus Manchester City’s Balotelli-based optimism. We also ask: Did Samir Nasri grow up in a house with bendy walls?

We talk Leo Messi’s record-setting goal haul (drawing an odd comparison with Barry Bonds) and play some Wikipedia Game with Zach Woosley from Radio Cuju.


TSS 171: “It’s Pretty Grainy, I’d Suggest Getting Cable…”

Posted on December 4th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On our NASN debut, TSS gives MLS Cup the Game of the Week treatment. We ask how Major League Soccer’s showpiece event measured up as 90 minutes of entertainment and get into why Houston’s possession game didn’t work out. David Beckham’s hug stamina is applauded, Omar Gonzalez’s defensive display makes Daryl weak at the knees and Peyton makes a plausible(ish) defense of Christian Wilhlemsson’s contribution.

We also ponder the future of Landon Donovan (he’ll be back, right?) and touch on the MX Final, featuring Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona, asking: Should more American soccer be watching more Mexican Primera? We close the show with a round of Tiki-Taka Trivia, in which we learn one German, one Russian and one Slovenian soccer phrase.

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TSS Now on NASN!

Posted on November 30th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

Big show news this week is that TSS is now part of the North American Soccer Network.

If you’re unfamiliar with NASN, then here’s the skinny: It’s a network of quality soccer North American soccer podcasts, examples being their flagship Best Soccer Show, the always fun Radio Cuju, the unusually focused and informative Big Question and many more, including several team-specific shows. And now us.


TSS 170: Beckham’s Hair vs Boswell’s Beard

Posted on November 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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David Beckham’s hair or Bobby Boswell’s beard? Who would win in a fight between Cosmo the extraterrestrial frog and Dynamo Diesel the fox? Would you rather hang out with The Dude or The Ryan Express? This is how we preview MLS Cup on the Total Soccer Show.


TSS 169: Tailgate Credentials

Posted on November 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

[PHOTO BY: Ben Keller/dcunited.com]

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We review the MLS Conference Finals, paying particular attention to DC United’s exit at the hands of Houston Dynamo, but finding plenty of time to explain to Seattle fans why they definitely was a penalty kick. Sorry guys.

We also play a special Thanksgiving-themed round of the Wikipedia Game.

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Share and Tell #2: Broomball, The League, Marcel the Shell

Posted on November 17th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

At the end of every show we do Share & Tell, where we each recommend something non-soccer related. Here are our picks from episode 168:


TSS 168: USA vs Russia and Tiki-Taka Trivia!

Posted on November 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s impressive 2-2 draw in Russia. We get into how and why Michael Bradley bossed the game, why Josh Gatt couldn’t quite penetrate the Russian defence and ask: what exactly is wrong with the USMNT defense?

We also debut the Tiki-Taka Trivia Game, in which Josh and Daryl compete to define terms from Laura’s big book of foreign football phrases. This week’s words: parastinchi, doppelpass, faire du chiqué.

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TSS 167: The Issue Here …

Posted on November 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

[image by Sarah Lerner, borrowed from MLSsoccer.com]

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We talk MLS Playoffs, paying particular attention to DC United’s 3-1 loss to Houston. We ask what Houston did right, what went wrong for DC, and could Benjamin Robert Olsen have done anything differently?

We also preview Wednesday’s USA vs Russia game, asking whether US fans should welcome Timmy Chandler back with open arms or just a firm, business acquaintance handshake, and pondering the possibility that Jozy Altidore’s temporary time out will be his making in the long term. Of course, in typical TSS fashion, we pick our starting XI for the game vs Russia. And yes, we have Josh Gatt in the starting lineup.

For podcast listeners only (sorry, radio people, it’s all MP3s these days) we finally get around top discussing NBC snatching the EPL rights from FOX, and the possibility of … Read More »


New Show Recording Tonight — Now With Push-Ups!

Posted on November 12th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Quick TSS update:

We took a surprise vacation last week because we didn’t have enough people to record the show. Josh was living it up at a wedding in New Orleans and Laura was celebrating her birthday (happy birthday Laura!). So last week’s show would have been Daryl talking to himself for 27 minutes, and no one wants that. No one.

The good news is that Peyton returned from basic training this week, 40 pounds lighter and 100 percent musclier, and so Team TSS is fully staffed once again. Now with added push-up power.

The new show records tonight; we’ll be reviewing the MLS playoffs and taking a good long look at the Timmy Chandler-tastic USMNT roster for Wednesday’s game against Russia. Check iTunes, our RSS feed or this website late Monday night or early Tuesday morning for the new show.


TSS 166: The Debate—Does MLS Need Playoffs?

Posted on October 31st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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It’s Josh versus Daryl, two master debaters, fighting it out in a Presidential-style argument-tastic extravaganza to decide whether MLS should stick with playoffs or just have a regular season champion.

Have an opinion about the playoffs debate? Share it via email or on this Facebook post.

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TSS 165: Bring on the Hex!

Posted on October 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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You want a review of USA vs Guatemala? We got that. You want a look back at Klinsmann’s first round of World Cup qualifying? We got that too. You want a preview of the Hex? Wait a couple of months, we’ll get around to it. But we do get our old co-host Albert on the phone to interrupt his studies and play some Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 164: What We Learned From A&B 1, USA 2

Posted on October 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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There was wind, there was rain, there was the smallest of possible pitches and the most tightly packed of opposition defenses. But the USMNT went down to Antigua & Barduda, played poorly and won the game in the last minute thanks to Eddie Johnson’s forehead.

The TSS crew jumped up and down a bit after Johnson’s winner then headed for the studio to record what we’d learned from watching the game. Click above to listen.

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TSS 163: From Camp Nou to Kamp Klinsmann

Posted on October 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On the latest and greatest Total Soccer Show, we discuss:

Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid — was it really all about Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi?
The University of Richmond torpedoing their own soccer program — we talk to interim Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT roster for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers — where’s Jozy, and what’s our starting XI?

We also play some booze-themed Wikipedia Game, meaning players whose names are also alcoholic beverages. What’s not to like?

Check back (late) Friday night for our review of USA vs Antigua & Barbuda …

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TSS 162: Americans in the Champions League

Posted on October 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Which of the four USMNT players in the Champions League is most worth watching — Jermaine Jones of Schalke, Michael Parkhurst of FC Nordsjaelland, Sacha Kljestan or Oguchi Onyewu of Injury FC Malaga? We answer that question on this show using our patented scientific method.

We also analyze the goals from Dempsey and Altidore this weekend, which were both magnificent, but for very different reasons.

And we close with a Ryder Cup-themed round of everyone’s favorite soccer trivia showdown, the Wikipedia Game.

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Slalom Soccer with Jozy Altidore

Posted on October 1st, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

What did you do with your weekend? Jozy Altidore did this:

That and more on the next thrilling installment of … The Total Soccer Show:

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TSS 161: The English Clasico

Posted on September 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, with a focus on why Brendan Rodgers’ men can’t seem to turn possession into points. We also examine the Jonjo Shelvy red card like it was the Zapruder film, enjoy the retroactive foreshadowing joy that is the Being Liverpool TV show and invent a new calendar system based on Raheem Sterling’s birthday.

We also talk John Terry’s big decision to jump before he was pushed, US Men’s National Teamers Fabian Johnson and Steve Cherundolo facing off down a Bundesliga flank and welcome Ted Meyer from MLS podcast Around the league back into the studio to play some Wikipedia Game.

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Josh Gatt Scouting Report

Posted on September 19th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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USMNT fans are pretty excited about Josh Gatt, the 21-year-old Michigan-born winger currently playing his soccer for Molde in Norway. But so far most of us have only seen the briefest of YouTube videos, in which Gatt slaloms through Tippeligaen defenses. If we’re going to talk about Josh Gatt as a possible US Men’s National Team player, we need to know more.

TSS isn’t one of those shows where we pretend to know something we don’t, so we called up listener and friend of the show Marlon Frisby, who’s seen Gatt in action several times recently, to get a better idea of what Josh Gatt is all about.

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DC United Wikipedia Game Special

Posted on September 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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It’s fund drive week at WRIR, the radio station where we record the show. To mark the occasion we welcomed four Richmond-based DC United fans into the studio to play a special DC United-themed round of the Wikipedia Game.

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Jozy Altidore’s Hat Trick (and Assist!) for AZ

Posted on September 17th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

A timely reminder of why USMNT fans should be patient with the 22-year-old striker…

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Podcast Excerpt: Taylor Twellman is Good at His Job

Posted on September 17th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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We all thought bringing Taylor Twellman in for John Harkes was a like for like substitution. Just another famous name who’d played the game, but had no feel for in-game insight and analysis or how to communicate it. We wished Ian Darke the best of luck and the longest of fuses.

But then something magical happened. Over the past couple of months Taylor Twellman has become pretty damn good at his job, and the Darke/Twellman play-by-play/color commentary team was in full effect when the USA played Jamaica last week.

Click play above to hear a three minute excerpt from Wednesday’s show, highlighting Twellman’s performance in the commentary booth during the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Jamaica.

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USA 1, Jamaica 0 Review (or: Clint Dempsey’s Eyeballs)

Posted on September 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Jamaica, getting into how and why the USA pressed and possessed so successfully in the first half, but were clinging on for dear life towards the end of the second half.

We also welcome Marlon Frisby on to the show to give us his scouting report on Josh Gatt, and close with some Wikipedia Game.

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Albert’s email after USA 1, Jamaica 0

Posted on September 12th, by Daryl in Blog. 5 comments

Longtime listeners will know that there’s a whole world of emails and text messages that go back and forth between everyone involved with TSS before we record a show. Some of them are just insults about British people, but others are pure gold.

The following email from Albert falls into the latter category. Al’s away at grad school and therefore not in studio as often as he used to be, so we asked him to email us a few thoughts about the USA’s 1-0 win over Jamaica last night, in case there was anything we could use for the show.

And email us he did. In fact, Al’s email was so good, we decided to post it here on the TSS website so everyone could read it. Here’s what our erstwhile co-host had to say about the game when he emailed Josh … Read More »


Should the Wall Jump when Facing a Free Kick?

Posted on September 11th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

In our review of the USA’s 2-1 loss to Jamaica we discussed Jamaica’s equalizer, where Rodolph Austin struck a free kick low, the wall jumped, and the ball deflected of Kyle Beckerman’s foot and past Tim Howard. So we asked the question: Should the wall jump?

To get a look at what walls usually do, we tracked down the above video of Juninho Pernambucano, the Brazilian free kick master who was a key member of the Lyon team that dominated French football last decade.

Enjoy the video above. But ask yourself as you watch: Should the wall jump or not?

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Our USMNT XI to Face Jamaica on Tuesday

Posted on September 10th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Wondering how we arrived at this XI? Wondering how Laura’s case for Beckerman failed to get any dreadlocks in the starting lineup? Click the play/download link below to hear a five-minute excerpt from our USA vs Jamaica review podcast, explaining the thinking behind this USMNT starting XI:

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(note: we learned after recording the show that Clarence E. Goodson IV will be suspended. So Clarence is out, Boca is in.)

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In Defense of Kyle Beckerman

Posted on September 9th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

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Laura has “been quiet long enough!” about Kyle Beckerman, the USMNT midfielder who has received a whole heap of criticism following the USA’s 2-1 loss to Jamaica. So in this two and a half minute excerpt from our USMNT vs Jamaica review show, Laura makes the case for Beckerman’s defense by outlining exactly what he brings to the team.

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How and Why the USMNT Lost to Jamaica

Posted on September 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The USMNT’s lost 2-1 to Jamaica was painful to watch. As a soccer fan in general, but as a USMNT fan especially.

On our latest show, recorded almost immediately after the game, we attempt to review this USMNT defeat properly, explaining HOW and WHY we lost to Jamaica.

Some of it’s obvious: There was no width and no possession. But it’s easy to point that out, harder to explain why. We brewed a big pot of coffee so we were able to answer those questions.

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Podcast Excerpt: Dempseynomics 101

Posted on September 4th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

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This two minute excerpt from our recent USMNT roster podcast attempts to explain how and why Clint Dempsey almost didn’t get his big move to Spurs, and why Robin van Persie cost four times as much as Deuce.

*Daryl erroneously states that Dempsey scored “19 goals” in the Premier League last season. It was actually 17, plus three in the FA Cup, plus three more in the Europa League. The reason for the discrepancy is that Daryl can’t count.

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USMNT Roster vs Jamaica

Posted on September 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA roster for the World Cup qualifiers versus Jamaica looks like this:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)

On the new show we pick a USMNT starting XI from the above, look back on transfer deadline day and Clint Dempsey’s last minute switch to Spurs and play … Read More »


“Skin Him!” — Liverpool vs Man City Review

Posted on August 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Liverpool vs. Man City — very much a mixed day for pán Martin Skrtel (who, it turns out, DOES have a vowel in his name.) Plenty to talk about in this game though, including the emergence of excellently-named 17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling, who looks just a few protein shakes away from being a top quality player.

We also touch on Geoff Cameron’s Stoke debut, Michael Bradley’s assist for Roma and the big hole in Wayne Rooney’s thigh. We also welcome Ted Meyer from Around the League into the studio to play some Wikipedia Game with us.

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Free Beer!

Posted on August 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Taylor and Daryl review the return of the Premier League, focusing on the defeats for Manchester United and Liverpool. They pinpoint Luis Suarez’ problem and debate the wisdom of Clint Dempsey’s recent decisions. Then Josh interviews Dan Wiersema. founder of The Free Beer Movement–growing soccer in America, one beer at a time.

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How the USA Beat Mexico at the Azteca

Posted on August 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

See that? That’s the Estadio Azteca. And it is no longer anything to be afraid of.

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Immediately after the USA’s 1-0 win over Mexico, we headed straight to the studio. This win was 75 years in the making, so we didn’t want to waste another second.

Click play above to hear our analysis of how the USMNT made history, and for a few thoughts on what the win means going forward.

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USWNT Olympic Soccer Special

Posted on August 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Daryl and Josh are joined by Laura to review the USWNT’s epic 4-3 win over Canada, preview the Gold Medal Match vs Japan and play some women’s soccer-themed Wikipedia Game.

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Things to Look Forward to

Posted on August 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We’re back! We look ahead to the return of European soccer by highlighting our things to look forward to, such as: Michael Bradley at Roma, USMNT in Mexico, the arrival of BeINSports, PSG’s megamoney and Wolves signing players with unpronouncable names.

We close, of course, with the Wikipedia Game. Can Daryl and Taylor put an end to Josh’s reign of terror in the nation’s most competetively contested soccer trivia game?

Looking for a review of the USWNT vs Canada WNT Olympic semi? Check back here Tuesday night!

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Wikipedia Game Summer Special #2

Posted on July 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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After his odds-defying back-to-back victories, Josh is hosting the second of our Wikipedia Game summer specials. Categories are “He’s Just A Little Guy” (soccer players under 5’7″) and “Teams Who Have Beaten Spain Since 2006.” We also play the Guess the MLS Salary Game. Warning: contains four swears!!!

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Wikipedia Game Summer Special #1

Posted on July 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We’re on vacation! But before we left the studio, we recorded two Wikipedia Game specials.

In the first, Taylor hosts as Daryl, Josh and Peyton compete to prove they know the most. Categories include: naming teams from major tournaments, players who were free agents this summer and managers who Taylor “could think of this morning.”

Look for the second Wikipedia Game special on July 23.

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Interview With Tom Dunmore, of XI Quarterly Magazine

Posted on July 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The Euros are over, so we turn our attention back to American soccer. One thing we’re very excited about—because we are nerds—is the imminent launch of XI Quarterly, a new soccer magazine promising in-depth stories about the history and culture of North American soccer.

Daryl interviews Tom Dunmore, one of XI Quarterly’s founders and a fellow Englishman. Daryl and Tom discuss how and why the magazine got started, and—because the first issue is focused on immigrants—the role immigrants have played (and continue to play) in American soccer, what American soccer culture looks like to English eyes and how the NASL changed Johan Cruyff.

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Euro 2012 Final Review

Posted on July 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Spain’s 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final, look back on the tournament by picking the best player in each position, try to assess Andres Iniesta’s trophy cabinet plans and, finally, consider this Spain team’s place in the history of soccer.

We also play some European Championship winners-themed Wikipedia Game.

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Euro 2012 Quarterfinals Review

Posted on June 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 4 comments

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We look back at all four Euro 2012 quarterfinals, starting with England’s penalty shootout loss to Italy, but also taking a good long look at Germany’s demolition of Greece, Spain passing France (and ESPN viewers) to death and Cristiano Ronaldo putting on a show as his Portugal team (because he owns it) beat the Czech Republic.


England vs Ukraine Review, Plus: Euro 2012 Spelling Bee!

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Daryl and Taylor review England’s win over Ukraine, including the performances of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and John Terry and the arguments for and against using reanimated Detroit police offers as android law enforcement goal-line machines.

They also look back on the Euro 2012 group stage and pick their most impressive and most disappointing players and team, before closing the show with a little Euro 2012-themed spelling bee.

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England vs Sweden Review

Posted on June 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review England’s dramatic win over Sweden, ask if and where Wayne Rooney fits into the team versus Ukraine, do an autopsy on the Euro 2012 Group of Death and close with some Wikipedia Game.


USA vs Guatemala, England vs France, Alexi Lalas vs Michael Ballack

Posted on June 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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We discuss the USA’s 1-1 draw away to Guatemala. Why so sad people? That’s a good result and–we say–a decent performance. We also get into Euro 2012, reviewing England vs France and Germany vs Netherlands, and point out the massive benefits in teams having something resembling a plan.

Also: a couple of thought experiments. Would the USMNT have qualified for Euro 2012? How would they have done in Group A? How will the Lalas/Ballack rivalry resolve itself?

Last but not least, Daryl springs a surprise quiz on Peyton and Josh: Guess the USMNT player’s middle name.

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USMNT and Euro 2012: A Tale of Two Gomez

Posted on June 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USMNT’s 3-1 win over A&B–which was better than most people gave the US credit for. We also get stuck into the opening three days of Euro 2012.


Euro 2012 Wikipedia Game Special!

Posted on June 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We’ve already done our group by group Euro 2012 preview podcasts. So with one day to go until the big kickoff, there is only question remaining: Which Total Soccer Show co-hosts knows the most about Euro 2012? And if you’ve listened before then you know how we decide such matters on the Total Soccer Show—with a Wikipedia Game Special!

So listen in as we battle for the crown of Euro 2012 Knowledge King.


USA 0, Canada 0 Review

Posted on June 4th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review (and maybe rant a little) about the USA’s 0-0 draw with Canada. We also ask: Do we really want the USA to be “nastier,” as Jurgen Klinsmann does?

Also review: England’s 1-0 win over Belgium and the Richmond Kickers 2-1 loss to DC United in the US Open Cup.


USA 1, Brazil 4 Review

Posted on June 1st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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We review the USA’s 4-1 loss to Brazil. It wasn’t all bad, and we tell you why.


Euro 2012 Group D Preview Podcast

Posted on May 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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No one previews Euro 2012 like the Total Soccer Show. The four of us take a team each and then argue it out until we’ve decided who will top the group. Today it’s Group D, so Daryl represents England and tries to convince everyone that Andy Carroll is the Three Lions most important player. Josh takes France and makes the case for Laurent Blanc as the best coach in the group. Peyton gives us the backstory on Ukraine‘s jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, while Albert decides not to pin Sweden‘s hopes on The Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Listen to the show, you won’t regret it.

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How the Total Soccer Show Solved England’s Tactical Problems

Posted on May 28th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

We don’t just do soccer podcasts. We also do consulting work for international teams in need of sophisticated tactical solutions.

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USA 5, Scotland 1 Review

Posted on May 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USMNT’s big win over Scotland. You know it was good, but we break down the how and the why. Plus we complain about the jerseys, obviously.

We also review England’s win over Norway in Roy Hodgson’s first game, and debut a brand new game with a self-explanatory title: “The Guess the MLS Player Salary Game.”


Euro 2012 Group C Preview Podcast

Posted on May 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We’ve already previewed Euro 2012 Group A and Euro 2012 Group B, so you know the deal by now: Four co-hosts take one team each, then we make the case for our team across seven different categories to win the points. Whichever team has the most points after seven categories wins the group.

For Euro 2012 Group C, Albert took Italy, Peyton proudly made the case for Ireland, Josh represented Croatia and Daryl (me!) talked up Spain. Which team do you think came out on top? Listen in to find out.

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Champions League Final Review Podcast

Posted on May 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Chelsea’s Champions League win over Bayern Munich and ask the big questions. Questions like: How did Chelsea solve the David Luiz Walkabout problem? How good is that Frank Lampard fellow, and: What in blazes was that thing shaved into the back of Salomon Kalou’s head?

If you’re looking for an in-depth podcast review of the Champions League Final review then this is for you.


Manchester City: Last Minute Champions of England

Posted on May 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We look back at Man City’s dramatic last minute title win, preview Saturday’s Champions League final, consider Timmy Chandler’s decision to withdraw himself from USMNT contention, react to Kenny Dalglish’s sacking and give our thoughts on Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012.


Euro 2012 Group B Preview Podcast

Posted on May 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We’ve already previewed Euro 2012 Group A using the incredibly scientific Total Soccer Show method. Now it’s time for Group B. Who do we think will finish top: Denmark, Germany, Netherlands or Portugal?

Here’s how we decided: Each of the four Total Soccer Show co-hosts represents one of the teams. We then each make the case for our team across seven different categories, some more football-related than others. Those categories are: Most Important Player, Team Nickname, Coach, Best Export, Goalkeeper, Backstory and Best Ever Player. Whichever team wins the most points is our pick to win the group.

This is how all previews should be: It’s (we hope) informative, we don’t resort to using cliches like “well-organized” and each of us would happily stab his fellow co-hosts in the eye to win a point. Click play and let the Euro … Read More »


Euro 2012 Group A Preview Podcast

Posted on May 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We do things differently on the Total Soccer Show. So ignore all the other Euro 2012 Group A previews out there, the ones that are bullshitting their way through with references to teams being “well-organized” or “hoping to go one better” than last time out, and settle in for 30 minutes of science.

We preview Euro 2012 Group A using the patented Total Soccer Show scientific method, which means each of your four co-hosts represents a team and argues the case for that team across seven different categories. Whichever team wins the most categories wins the group. Get it? Listen in to find out whether Greece, Russia, Czech Republic or Poland comes out on top.

NEXT: Euro 2012 Group B Preview Podcast
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Champions League Semi Final Second Leg Reviews

Posted on April 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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We review Chelsea’s incredible 2-2 win Barcelona. This is what the Champions League is supposed to look like. Drama, a red card, Bosingwa at center back, Drogba shooting from the halfway line, Messi losing his temper, this game had it all. It even had a goal from Senor Fernando Torres. We praise Ramires, heckle John Terry and ask … where do Leo Messi and Barcelona go from here?

We also review Bayern Munich’s penalty kick victory over Real Madrid, a game which–any other week–would be the game that has everyone talking.


Bayern Best Real, Chelsea Throttle Barcelona

Posted on April 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review both Champions League semifinal first leg games: Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid and Chelsea’s surprise 1-0 win over Barcelona, explaining how the two victorious teams achieved those results and asking if they can repeat the trick in the respective second legs.

Essentially Bayern bested Real in midfield, though Fabio Coentrão wasn’t necessarily as bad as reports would have you believe, while Chelsea finally solved the “how the hell do you beat Barcelona?” math problem with an ultra-defensive five-men-in-a-straight-line midfield that left no gaps for Barcelona to wigggle through and a heroic lone striker performance from Didier Drogba.


Andy Carroll and the Magic of the Cup!

Posted on April 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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It’s true! The magic of the FA Cup heals all wounds. Even the wounds inflicted on Andy Carroll’s reputation in recent months. Big Andy scored the winner in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, so in our review of the game we celebrate Carroll’s return to form (right?) and his partnership with Luis Suarez. We also ask the tough questions about Steven Gerrard (should he just keep pretending it’s 2005, or should he try and change his game?) and try to piece together what happened to cause Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher to hesitate.

We also get into Wolves’ woes (which are many), Altidore’s goals (which are many) and the Wikipedia Game–which is competitive as always.

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Wolves Mauled, USA U-23 Olympic Qualifying Previewed

Posted on March 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Man Utd’s semi-ironic mauling of Wolves, discuss the reaction to Fabrice Muamba’s collapse at White Hart Lane, weigh up the Champions League and Europa League draws, Dave Richards sobriety or otherwise and welcome TopDrawerSoccer.com‘s Travis Clark into the studio to discuss the US U-23 team as they prepare for this week’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.


Argentina vs England 1986, Classic Match Review

Posted on March 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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We debuted a new feature on the Total Soccer Show this week: The Classic Match Review. And after long debate (we have unlimited text messages) we settled on Argentina vs England from the 1986 World Cup. The game featured Diego Maradona at the peak of his powers, scoring his two most famous goals: The “Hand of God” goal and, just a few minutes later, the “Goal of the Century” where he dribbles through half the England team to make it 2-0.

But there was more to this game than just El Diego, so we offer a full match review in podcast form. Click play above to listen. And drink Labatt’s.

If you want to watch the full game, you can download from 4dfoot.com


MLS FirstKick Review and All Hail Leo Messi

Posted on March 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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MLS is back, so we breakdown both D.C. United v. Sporting K.C. and F.C. Dallas v. N.Y. Red Bull. Which team will start the new season the brightest? Are D.C. ready to make a playoff push? How deep will Thierry Henry drop in pursuit of the ball?

Also on the show: Bayern Munich thrash Hoffenheim, Leo Messi does something remarkable even by his standards, and of course the Wikipedia game.


Reasons to Watch MLS in 2012, Plus: Luke Moore’s England XI

Posted on March 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On the latest Total Soccer Show:

We give EuroSnobs our list of reasons to watch MLS in 2012
We play an MLS-themed spelling bee…
We interview Luke Moore from The Football Ramble about the state of the England national team

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USA USA! Victory Over Italy Reviewed, in Detail

Posted on March 1st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Other radio shows and podcasts will review the USA’s 1-0 win over Italy. But we doubt any will do it in as much detail as we do here.

Why? Because we’re soccer nerds who take notes while we watch games, drink too much coffee and Red Bull and then have access to a recording studio.

It’s the perfect storm, leading to conversations about double pivots and defensive-minded wide midfielders.

So click play above to listen to our 30-minute breakdown of USA 1-0 Italy, and if you like what you hear then subscribe to the show via iTunes or RSS.


What Happened in Egypt?

Posted on February 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Taylor interviews veteran journalist James Dorsey, asking him to put the recent tragic events in Egypt in context for us. Listen in to learn where and how Egyptian soccer intersects with Egyptian politics.

Taylor and Daryl also discuss Bob Bradley’s position as Egyptian national team coach and John Terry being stripped of the England captaincy.

Read more from James Dorsey at The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.


USA v Panama Review

Posted on January 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s 1-0 win over Panama and the conclusion of Camp Cupcake. Has anyone impressed enough to improve their USMNT standing? How and why was Jermaine Jones captain? And who’s this spritely young Nick Rimando fella?

We also get Taylor on the phone for an Africa Cup of Nations-heavy spelling bee. Click to listen!

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Camp Cupcake Starting XI

Posted on January 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We offer up our USA vs Venezuela preview by selecting our USMNT Camp Cupcake starting XI for this Saturday’s game in Arizona. Want to know who the XI are? We’re not going to tell you here on this page; you’ll have to click play and listen to find out.

Also on today’s show: USMNT abroad trivia with Taylor, Eric Wynalda’s infamous speech and Robbie Findley’s impossible miss.

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Podcast della Derby della Madonnina

Posted on January 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We savor Landon Donovan’s defence-splitting assist for Everton against Villa, and start wondering if and how David Moyes could manage to make LD’s move to Merseyside a full time thing. We also ponder Edson Buddle’s trial at the Toffees and ponder the uphill battle facing Brad Guzan after Shay Given’s acrobatic return to action.

We also review the Milan Derby, in which Claudio Ranieri’s Inter beat Milan 1-0 with only 33% possession. Classic stuff, especially if you love a good tactical battle. And Peyton loves a good tactical battle. We also praise Javier Zanetti and Maicon and wonder whether we’d even want Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the Total Soccer Show team.

Finally, on Richmond, Virginia’s first, only and therefore best soccer podcast, we play some facial hair-themed Wikipedia Game. Click play above to listen.


Landon in London

Posted on January 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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How did Landon Donovan fare for Everton against Spurs? Listen to our Donovan-centric review of the game to find out.

Also on this show: We preview the Milan Derby with some Over/Under and play a Serie A-themed round of the Wikipedia Game.

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Klinsmann Outlines His Plans for the US Men’s National Team

Posted on January 9th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Fascinating video from Arizona, where Jurgen Klinsmann sits his current roster of players down on the floor and outlines his US Men’s National Team plans for the next two and half years. Nothing new here in terms of JK’s ideology, but it’s fascinating to hear Klinsmann express his ideas directly to players rather than via a media interview.

Hearing what Klinsmann has to say fills me with a weird mix of optimism and concern. At first it sounds good: yeah, let’s be a more proactive team! Work hard! Seize the day! Then he reminds the players that the current Barcelona team took 20 years to build. Which implies Project Klinsmann will only be 17 years and two months away from completion by the time World Cup 2014 rolls around.

JK does at least acknowledge that running while attached to weights and then … Read More »


United Beat City in the Manchester Derby

Posted on January 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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We review the FA Cup 3rd Round Manchester Derby, in which United beat City 3-2 at Etihad Stadium.
Discussed:
Wayne Rooney playing in the hole
The relative skills of Danny Wellbeck
Should Vincent Kompany have been sent off?
Should Joe Hart have been rested?
The slow decline of Rio Ferdinand
Paul Scholes return–was it real or did we dream it?

Also on the show: We review Clint Dempsey’s hattrick for Fulham, Landon Donovan’s assist for Everton and review Oguchi Onyewu’s performance for Sporting versus Porto in the Portuguese Liga. We close with a round of the Wikipedia Game, the category being FA Cup winners 1984 to present.


Why Sacha Kljestan Should Probably Start for the US Men’s National Team

Posted on January 5th, by Daryl in Blog. 3 comments

You want the USMNT to play a high tempo passing game Jurgen Klinsmann? Sacha Kljestan’s got you covered, complete with EuroDanceTrack:

He’s basically the American Sergio Busquets, keeping the ball moving for Anderlecht. Plus, Sacha can play through balls like the one at the 1:50 mark of this video:


Total Soccer Show Holiday Spectacular!

Posted on December 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Total Soccer Show Holiday Spectacular. We pick out Christmas gifts for soccer players and coaches—including a new TiVo for Jurgen Klinsmann—and look back at 2011, picking out our highlights. We also make some soccer-themed New Year’s resolutions (less back-heels and more Bundesliga!) before playing a very special Christmas-themed Wikipedia Game. Don’t miss.

Also on this show: we weigh the pros and cons of Landon Donovan’s move to Everton, explain why Omar Gonzalez is—in Peyton’s words—”like the fat chick in the bar at the end of the night” and announce the two winners of our Rise & Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story DVDs.

This is the final Total Soccer Show of 2011, but we’ll be back with a new show on January 5, 2012, with more news on the big Total Soccer Show announcement mentioned in this … Read More »


El Clasico Review: Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona

Posted on December 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the first El Clasico of the season, Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Barcelona at the Bernabeu.

Topics raised include, Barcelona’s fluidity, Messi’s magic, Ronaldo’s insecurite and the unique joy that is listening to Ray Hudson commentate on a soccer match.

Also: Peyton hosts an epic Wikipedia Game between Albert and Daryl that goes the full 7 rounds. Soccer-tastic.

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Watching Williams and Johnson at Hoffenheim

Posted on December 4th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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With our Game of the Week, we review Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 win over Hoffenheim, with USMNTers Danny Williams and Fabian Johnson both playing for the latter. Maybe not the world’s greatest game, but was very informative to see Williams and Johnson playing some club soccer, and we offer a review of their performances, plus our thoughts on Leverkusen’s innovative left foot/right foot corner routine.

We also discuss the Euro 2012 draw, answer voicemails about–in the wake of John Harkes being let go by ESPN–the relative merits of American and European announcers, plus DPs and salary caps in Major League Soccer and we finish the show–as is tradition–with the Wikipedia Game, this time featuring German players who have played in English football.

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Tab Ramos Profile: The Assist Heard ‘Round the World

Posted on November 26th, by Daryl in Blog. 3 comments

The 11-year-old Tab Ramos was not impressed when his parents moved him from Uruguay to northern New Jersey, but he went on to be one of the most important players in US Soccer history. Click below to hear our profile of Tab Ramos’ soccer career.

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Bob Bradley Profile: A Serious Man

Posted on November 26th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Bob Bradley is one of the most successful USA head coaches of all time, achieving two things no US coach had ever done before: reaching the final of a FIFA tournament and finishing first in a World Cup group. Listen below to hear the untold story of Bob Bradley, from his college days as both a player and a very young coach, through to his Major League Soccer and international days, and even looking ahead to how he might improve the reputation of American soccer coaches overseas in the future.

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MLS Cup Preview with Alexi Lalas

Posted on November 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We discuss the USA’s 3-2 win over Slovenia and preview MLS Cup 2011 with former USMNT defender, current ESPN analyst and reported Total Soccer Show listener Alexi Lalas. We also analyze Klinsmann’s tactical change-up, mull over the USA’s World Cup 2014 qualifying group and play a little bonus midweek Wikipedia Game, with the categories being players who have played for MLS Cup finalists LA Galaxy or Houston Dynamo.


USA Olympic XI, Tab Ramos Profile // Oct 26 2011

Posted on October 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Caleb Porter was recently named USMNT U-23 coach, which means he’ll be in charge of the USA’s Olympic 2012 effort. In this show we explain how Olympic soccer works, and we help Caleb Porter settle in by picking his Olympic XI for him.

In the second half of the show we profile the new permanent USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos by looking back at his playing career in the USA, Mexico and Spain. As Albert says, he’s “more than just a guy who got elbowed in the face.”

Leonardo vs. Tab Ramos

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Major League Soccer with Opta Analyst Pete Brownell

Posted on October 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We get Opta analyst Pete Brownell on the phone to talk Major League Soccer. Topics discussed and questions raised include:

You’re in Vegas, gun to your head, who do you back to win the playoffs?
Can Osvaldo Alonso play for the US? (turns out: no)
How did recently departed Richmond Kicker assistant coach Jesse Myers help Albert’s career (and stop Daryl’s in its tracks)?
Which other MLS players can we see getting a big beautiful Kasey Keller-style goodbye?
Will Major League Soccer ever become a top three American sport?
Should we be worried about the USMNT slipping down the FIFA rankings?

Listen to the show to find out the answers to those questions, and then check out this video of Kasey Keller v. Brazil in the 1998 Gold Cup. Denied, Romario. Denied.


TSS 2-2 Capital City FC: How Not to Take Throw-Ins

Posted on October 18th, by Daryl in Team. No Comments

The Total Soccer Show XI went toe to toe with the team that was top of CVSA Division 6 and very nearly came away with a win. We went behind, we went ahead, we conceded an equalizer in the last 30 seconds. But it’s a point won, not two points dropped. Why? Because we said so, that’s why. Here are the awards:

Man of the Match: On the podcast we said no one, because the whole team played well. But it really should be Grant, who stepped up and volunteered to fill the Josh-shaped hole in goal. Conceding the last minute equalizer was a team thing involving a lot of bad luck, and Grant delivered a confident and reassuring performance. The only bad news is that Grant was so good that we’ll be calling on him again next time Josh disappears … Read More »


TSS 1-1 BNH United: Disallowed

Posted on October 18th, by Daryl in Team. No Comments

Man of the Match: The BNH goalkeeper, who protested and protested until he convinced the ref that Shawn’s last minute winner was offside.

Girliest squeal: Laura, who was very surprised to give away a throw-in.

Best Coach: Peyton, who gave detailed Mourinho-esque instructions to almost every player before kickoff.

Worst excuse for missing game: Albert. Wherever he was, he wasn’t up front for us scoring goals, which is where we want him.

Best excuse for missing game: Kim, who was busy getting married to the President of the CVSA. Congratulations Kim! (and we all applaud your commitment to making sure this team has friends in high places.)

Most dramatic shot: Thad’s long distance trickler, which was on-target but not quite fast enough to cross the line.

Audio match report begins 33 minutes and 45 seconds into Total Soccer Show 112:

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Jozy Altidore AZ vs. Ajax Audio Match Report

Posted on October 17th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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Above is an excerpt from this weekend’s Total Soccer Show; a five minute audio match report discussing Jozy Altidore’s performance for AZ in the 2-2 draw away to Ajax, as seen on ESPN3. As USMNT fans we’ve been looking forward to seeing the big man in action for his new Dutch team and see how he fits into table-topping AZ’s system. Altidore had a couple of moments and was involved in AZ’s second goal. Click play above to listen.

Highlights of the game below, with Altidore’s two major involvements at the 1:20 and 9:20 marks:


Liverpool v Man Utd Review

Posted on October 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We also check in with Jozy Altidore in the Netherlands, giving a review of the USMNT striker’s performance in his team AZ’s 2-2 draw away to Ajax.

And we close, of course, with some Wikipedia Game, featuring Eastern European players who have won La Liga and managers who’ve had more than 10 jobs.


USA v. Ecuador with Eric Wynalda

Posted on October 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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By his own admission, US Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda is not a patient man. So perhaps we should have known better than to ask him to find the positives in the USMNT’s 1-0 defeat at home to Ecuador. And while the brilliantly opinionated former USMNT striker clearly has time for coach Jürgen Klinsmann, he’s not a fan of the idea that the USMNT is a long term “project”, which means one win and three defeats in Klinsmann’s first five games is not good enough.

Wynalda also shares some other home truths about the preparedness of MLS players for international football—Tim Ream in particular—and suggests that this USA job may be much tougher than Klinsmann first thought. Click to listen.


Photo of Klinsmann’s USMNT Tactics on a Flip Chart

Posted on October 13th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

From an excellent TheAtlantic.com story by Alex Hoyt, in which Klinsmann explains his tactical approach in his own words. Worth a read.


USA v. Ecuador Player Ratings

Posted on October 11th, by Daryl in Blog. 6 comments

…but without numbers. Because the only numbers I trust are Pete’s Opta numbers.

Tim Howard – The usual. Shouty and superhuman… yet still somehow beaten.

Steve Cherundolo – Got burned for pace a couple of times and didn’t offer as much attacking threat as usual.

Oguchi Onyewu – Is the man. Strong, decisive, positionally sound and all of a suddengreat with the ball at his feet. Plus he weaponized the USMNT attack when we were chasing the game.

Carlos Bocanegra – Distribution was better than against Honduras but overshadowed by Gooch. Tim Ream reminded us why Boca is still valuable though.

Timmy Chandler – Contained first Antonio Valencia and then Christian Suarez, and still found time to swing in some Ashley Young-esque right footed crosses from left flank. Sorry Eric Lichaj.

Kyle Beckerman – Held that DM position like a champ but too many missed tackles, … Read More »


USA v. Honduras, Observations v. Opta Stats

Posted on October 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s 1-0 over Honduras—Jurgen Klinsmann’s first as USMNT head coach, but we do it a little differently than usual.

First we give our reactions to the game as we saw it, but then we interview Opta Analyst Pete Brownell and ask how our observations stack up against Pete’s Opta stats and heat maps. Do our eyes tally with the numbers? Click above to listen and find out.


How to Defend Against Mesut Özil

Posted on October 6th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

With sass, and lots of it. Well played John Paintsil.


One Day All Soccer Highlight Videos Will Be This Good

Posted on October 6th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

NYRB 2-0 LA Galaxy, Mathday 360.


USA v Honduras Preview // Oct 5 2011

Posted on October 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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Instead of discussing what we think Juergen Klinsmann should do with his USMNT lineup against Honduras, we discuss what we think he will do. Which, it turns out, looks like this:

Howard
Dolo Gooch Boca Chandler
Edu Bradley
Beasley Dempsey Shea
Altidore

How good is Albert’s crystal ball? Probably about as good as Josh’s time machine.

Also discussed: Euro 2012 qualifiers and their abundant availability on ESPN3.com (who did not pay us to say that, by the way), our most recent adventure in CVSA Division 6 and a special midweek Wikipedia Game featuring British players only.

Also… you’ll hear an explanation/apology for the absence of the promised podcast this past weekend, plus stick around to the end to hear an excerpt of what that show would have sounded like.


Hope Solo, Naked

Posted on October 5th, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

Sometimes blog headlines write themselves. Hope Solo getting full-on clothlessly naked for the front cover of ESPN’s Body Issue magazine is one of those times.

via The Offside


Time Lapse Soccer Photograpy: Melbourne Victory v. Celtic

Posted on October 4th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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Clint Dempsey and Fulham Gave QPR a Beat Down

Posted on October 4th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Good to see that Jozy Altidore isn’t the only American abroad running up big scores.


Why You Should Watch More Bundesliga

Posted on October 4th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

That, plus Jürgen Klinsmann is currently finding a new German-American player every week.


If we had a soccer time machine… // Sep 29 2011

Posted on September 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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If you had a soccer time machine, which team would you go back and see in person? You get one club team and one national team. After that the time machine runs out of time machine juice. Or something. That was the scenario faced by the four Total Soccer Show co-hosts who gathered in studio to debate which teams they would go back and watch.

Here is who each of us picked:

Club Teams

Peyton – Celtic 1966/67 European Cup winning team:

Albert – Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan:

Josh – 1977 Cosmos, featuring Pele:

Daryl – Diego Maradona at Napoli, 1984 to 1991:

Taylor – Manchester United 1968, George Best + Denis Law + Bobby Charlton = European Cup:

National Teams

Peyton – Brazil 1958, with Pele and Garrincha:

Albert – England 1990, especially Paul Gascoigne and that semi-final vs West Germany:

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Luis Suarez, Omar Bravo and Michael Bradley // Sep 25 2011

Posted on September 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Albert, Daryl and Peyton discuss the Liverpool v. Wolves English Premier League soccer match and the Sporting KC vs Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer game, as well as Michael Bradley’s first two starts for Chievo and a quick round of the Wikipedia Game featuring Scandinavian soccer players and a debate about what constitutes Scandinavia.


WRIR Fund Drive Wikipedia Game Special // Sep 22 2011

Posted on September 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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There would be no Total Soccer Show without WRIR. The station continues to air our show every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and allows us to use their studio even though Josh sometimes misses the trash can when attempting to sink his empty Gatorade bottle from distance like a very poor man’s Joey Rodriguez.

WRIR is public radio, which means that twice a year they do a fund drive to make sure the station has enough money to pay bills like electricity, internet and Taylor’s six figure salary. This week is fund drive week, so for our fund drive show we played three rounds of the Wikipedia Game. Albert, Josh, Peyton and myself were in studio, and we were later joined on the phone by Travis Clark from MLSSoccer.com and listener and contributor Grayson Smith. Good times. Unless you’re Albert.

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TSS 1-1 Advanced FC: A Point From Portugal

Posted on September 20th, by Daryl in Team. 1 Comment

Last week the Total Soccer Show team won 6-1 against a short-handed team. This week we were the short-handed team, but managed to avoid defeat, tying 1-1 with Advanced FC.

Despite a 22-strong roster, we started the game with just 12 players and were down to 10 at half-time when Adam left to go to work (because string instruments don’t just repair themselves) and Casey’s purple hamstring disease worsened. In hindsight, we should have asked Adam to use his luthier skills on Casey’s leg.

We were also losing 1-0 at half-time, so the 10-player Total Soccer Show went out to chase the lead in a 3-4-2 formation (Peyton’s opinion: “That’s a terrible idea”).

Respect to Andrew and Zach for some heroic defending in that back three (especially as I kept abandoning them to run forward), to Eric and Noel for doing some … Read More »


Manchester United 3-1 Chelsea // Sep 19 2011

Posted on September 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We have Albert, Daryl and Josh in studio and Taylor on the phone (and seven hours ahead in Turkey) to discuss Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Chelsea. The first thing up for discussion was this game being re-aired on the FOX mothership channel, the first time the English Premier League has appeared there. We also get into the performance of key players like Nani, Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Fernando Torres, Alex Ferguson’s attacking approach and how Andres Villas-Boas fared in his first encounter with the wily old Scot.

We also offer a quick roundup of Americans abroad, the USWNT’s tie with Canada and close the show by playing some Wikipedia Game.

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VCU Rams, a Tale of Two Champions Leagues, Timmy Chandler and the USMNT // Sep 15 2011

Posted on September 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Albert and Josh interview Dave Giffard, head coach of VCU Rams Men’s Soccer team, about his impressively ambitious plans for the program. They’re then joined in studio by Daryl to look back on an intriguing opening round of Champions League group stage games and ponder a) how good are Milan? b) how far can Man City go? and c) why do Barcelona have so few defenders?

The trio also look back on LA Galaxy’s controversial defeat to Morelia in the “other” Champions League, reflect on the “Timmy Chandler wants to play for Germany” storm in a Twitter-cup and look ahead to the challenge facing former USMNT coach Bob Bradley in Egypt.

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Alexandre Pato’s goal for Milan vs. Barcelona:

Alessandro Nesta’s perfect tackle on Leo Messi:

Morelia 2-1 LA Galaxy


TSS 6-1 C3 Juniors: Top of the League

Posted on September 12th, by Daryl in Blog, Team. 2 comments

The Total Soccer Show 11-a-side team returned to action on Sunday with the start of the CVSA Fall 2011 season. Having finished second in Division 7 during Spring 2011 we made the jump to Division 6. We lost some familiar faces (no Taylor—loaned to Turkey, no Patrick and no Tim) but gained some new ones (Rui, Eric, Thomas, Noel, Grant) and started life in Division 6 with a 6-1 win. Goals came from Eric, Albert, Thad, Peyton and—early front runner for the non-existent TSS Golden Boot—Shawn, who got two.

To what do we owe this big win? Mostly the fact that we had 17 players ready to go at 9 a.m. and the opposition had seven. They eventually got up to nine, but it was never an even game. We could have boasted 18 players (double their numbers) if only Thomas … Read More »


Valencia 1-0 Atletico Madrid // Sep 11 2011

Posted on September 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

 

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Spanish football isn’t all about Barcelona and Real Madrid. OK, it mostly is. But there are other teams too, storied, talented teams like Valencia and Atletico de Madrid. So TSS sat down to watch and then review Valencia v. Atletico Madrid, which finished 1-0 to the home team thanks to a Roberto Soldado header.

Sticking with a theme, we also interviewed Elliott Turner about his new ebook An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish. Elliott talks Spanish soccer phrases, the parallel English and Spanish-speaking American soccer cultures and the recent Spanish language influence on the US Men’s National Team. If you like the sound of the ebook, you can download it here:
If you heard Sunday’s show and liked the sound of Elliot Turner’s “An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish” e-book, follow these download links:

Amazon Kindle
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“But at Least Brek Shea Was Pretty Good” Belgium 1-0 USA // Sep 8 2011

Posted on September 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We’re trying very very hard to stay positive on the Total Soccer Show. But the USA has now lost to Costa Rica and Belgium in the space of five days. This is not the brave new world we expected Jürgen Klinsmann to lead us to, and I think I can see US Soccer President Sunil Gulati starting to sweat. But relax yourself Sunil and be patient USNNT fans; it’s early days. That’s the mantra we’re sticking with. For now anyway.

In this show we break down Belgium 1-0 USA, praising the bright spot that was Brek Shea’s performance out on the left, asking if Timmy Chandler has a future at left back, whether or not Jose Torres is good enough to build a team around and how happy are we really with the 4-3-3ish shape Klinsmann is sticking with?

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USA 0-1 Costa Rica Review // Sep 3 2011

Posted on September 4th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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So… in Juergen Klinsmann’s second game in charge, USA lost 1-0 to Costa Rica in California. Albert, Daryl, Peyton and–from Turkey via phone–Taylor review the game in terms of both individual performances and the bigger picture of what it means going forward. We also play a haphazard four contestant Wikipedia Game with Marlon Frisby, categories being players who moved in the transfer window and German managers in charge of foreign national teams.

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Man Utd 8-2 Arsenal // Aug 28 2011

Posted on August 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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Albert, Daryl, Josh survived Hurricane Irene and are in studio to discuss the incredible result that was Manchester United eight, Arsenal two, with a phone assist from Taylor in Turkey. We also answer emails relating to our recent Giuseppe Rossi convesation (Shane from Michigan, you’ve really started something!) and a voicemail regarding the USA’s playing style. And, of course, there’s Wikipedia Game.


US Open Cup Semis, Jozy Altdore’s Brace, Giuseppe Rossi’s Loyalties // Aug 25 2011

Posted on August 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We packed a lot into this show. So much, in fact, that bullet points are required:

Albert’s return
Interview with Richmond Kickers Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw ahead of the team’s US Open Cup semifinal game (next Tuesday Richmonders)
Voicemail from Luke Lohr of MLSReserves.com about the CONCACAF Champions League from
Jozy Altidore’s brace for AZ
Robbie Keane’s goal on his LA debut
Grayson Snith’s email about Landon Donovan’s best position (and what Grayson should do with his name when he gets married!)
Shane from Michigan’s voicemail about LeBron James, Roger Clemens, Benedict Arnold and Giuseppe Rossi
Interview with former future exiled co-host Taylor, discussing Fenerbahçe being kicked out of the Champions League

Also: Read Taylor’s blog post to find out why he’s mad at Giuseppe Rossi.

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Mentioned on This Show:

AZ 4-0 NEC, two goals from Jozy Altidore:

Robbie Keane’s all-too-easy goal for LA Galaxy vs. San Jose:

Marco Pappa:


Barcelona Beat Real Madrid 3-2, WPS Playoffs // Aug 18 2011

Posted on August 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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It’s Daryl, Josh and Peyton in studio to discuss Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Madrid in the Supercopa, as well as the first round of the WPS playoffs (which we promised Megan Rapinoe we would watch). We also weigh in on Alejandro Bedoya’s earlier than expected move to Rangers and the odd but interesting fact that Carlos Bocanegra will be joining him at Ibrox.

We (finally) answer Grayson Smith’s email about US soccer’s over-familiarity with England, the need for more ball-playing midfielders and the idea of an American playing style.

We also get a voicemail all the way from Turkey (oh yeah, we have voicemail now – call 804-767-2361 to leave us a message and we’ll air it on the show!) and Peyton closes out the show in style by hosting the Wikipedia Game.

No extra time podcast this weekend, but on … Read More »


Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland Review, Fabregas to Barça, Keane and Adu to MLS // Aug 14 2011

Posted on August 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Taylor is off to Turkey, Albert is still somewhere in Maine, and Josh does not know how to operate a calendar. So Daryl is joined in studio by Peyton, who makes makes his debut as co-host to discuss Liverpool’s disappointing draw with Sunderland–and what we think went wrong for Liverpool in the second half.

Also on the agenda: Manchester United’s defensive problems (or potential defensive problems), Wolves Champions League aspirations (table don’t lie), the madness that is Joey Barton, potential strikes in Italy and Spain, Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona, Robbie Keane to LA Galaxy and Freddy Adu to Chivas USA. Did we say Chivas USA? We meant Philadelphia Union. Last on the show but first in our hearts, we recap Americans in Europe and who did what this weekend.

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USA 1-1 Mexico, Analyzing Klinsmann’s Debut // Aug 11 2011

Posted on August 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Say what you like about the Total Soccer Show, but we are not a podcast that is scared of staying up past our bedtime. We were in studio after the Juergen Klinsmann’s debut as US MNT coach on Wednesday night to discuss the USA’s 1-1 draw with Mexico well into the early hours of Thursday.

Klinsmann’s lineup, the intriguing decision to number the shirts 1-11, the horrible first half, the smart substitutions, the excellent last 25 minutes, the penalty that wasn’t given and the red card that didn’t happen. It was all up for debate, including our verdict on Klinsmann as US coach so far (yep, all 13 days of it).

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Mia Hamm Profile: The Greatest International Goalscorer of All Time

Posted on August 8th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

In our fifth visit to the ThreeSixOne Hall of Fame we discuss the mind-bogglingly impressive career of USWNT legend Mia Hamm, whose international record of 158 goals in 275 appearances is the greatest of all time, man or woman. We talk you through Hamm’s college years, her Olympic and World Cup exploits, and her surprisingly thin professional club career. We discuss the type of player Hamm was, but also the own-worst-critic mentality that made her such a competitor.

Video of Mia Hamm in action:

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Community Shield, Richmond Kickers, Jürgen Klinsmann’s First Roster // Aug 7 2011

Posted on August 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Easily the most hungover Total Soccer Show ever recorded, for very good reasons which are explained in the podcast. We discuss Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield, the Richmond Kickers 3-0 win over Dayton Dutch Lions in USL PRO and–last but not least–Jürgen Klinsmann’s first US Men’s National Team roster, as we weigh up the 22 names he’s selected to face Mexico this coming Wednesday.

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Copa America Final Review, Megan Rapinoe Interview // July 24 2011

Posted on July 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We discuss Uruguay’s 3-0 win over Paraguay in the Copa America Final. Congratulations to Uruguay on their 15th title; are la celeste now as good as, or even better than, Argentina and Brazil? Also, how great would a combined Gold Cup/Copa America tournament be? We sit back and imagine.

Then we’re joined on the phone by the US WNT’s Megan Rapinoe to talk about becoming very famous very fast, Jon Stewart’s soccer skills, that cross to Abby Wambach versus Brazil, whether it’s “man on” or “woman on”, The Megan Rapinoe Song, playing left back in our hypothetical coed national team and the future Women’s Professional Soccer. Megan was a great guest and we were honored to have her on the show.

Finally, we have listener Jeremy Hilleary on the phone to play the Wikipedia Game, with the categories being Hermann Trophy … Read More »


Women’s World Cup Final Review // Jul 17 2011

Posted on July 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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After watching the USA lose the World Cup Final to Japan on penalty kicks we headed straight to the studio (OK, we went to Five Guys and got burgers, but then we went to the studio) to discuss what we’d just seen. As well as reacting to the game itself, we talk in bigger terms about what this result means for women’s soccer, for soccer in America and for Abby Wambach. Specifically: Will Wambach be back for 2015?

We also discuss our local Richmond Kickers 1-0 over Antigua Barracudas in the USL PRO American Division, and play the Wikipedia Game with special guest Gabe Peniloza, founder of the United Football Academy in Los Angeles. You can also get in touch with UFA on Twitter @utdfootacademy.


Brian McBride Profile: Unbeatable, Unbreakable

Posted on July 16th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

For our fourth visit to the TheeSixOne Hall of Fame, we profile the career of Brian McBride, probably the greatest centre forward the USA has ever produced, and certainly the toughest.

We discuss McBride’s international career with the USA, including those landmark goals against Portugal and Mexico at the 2002 World Cup and the iconic image of McBride playing with a bloodied face — courtesy of Daniele DeRossi — at the 2006 World Cup.

We also talk about McBride’s incredible club career in MLS and with Fulham in England, his initial struggle to get a move across the Atlantic and the happy ending that was Fulham’s Great Escape of 2008 and McBride’s service being recognized with a bar at Craven Cottage named in his honour.

As well as Brian McBride the footballer, we also discuss Brian McBride the man, because no profile would … Read More »


USA 3-1 France, 100th Show Wikipedia Game Spectacular // Jul 14 2011

Posted on July 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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That’s right, it’s our 100th show. And to celebrate we played five rounds of the Wikipedia Game with five special guests. Those guests in order of appearance: former US MNT defender Alexi Lalas, out-on-loan co-host Albert Ottati, Team TSS midfielder Laura Coutts, long-time listener and top Taylor-baiter Marlon Frisby, and The Football Ramble co-host Luke Moore. Big thanks to all of them for playing. Except Albert.

If you’d like to be involved in future call-in Wikipedia Games then get in touch and tell us why.

But before all the Wikipedia-ing, there were two matches to be discussed. So we opened the show with the USA’s 3-1 win over France in the Women’s World Cup semi-final. Get in there. And closer to home our very own Richmond Kickers of the USL PRO league beat both Sporting Kansas City of MLS and a … Read More »


Total Soccer Show Live on Sports Radio 910, Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m.

Posted on July 10th, by Daryl in Blog. 4 comments

The Total Soccer Show will be doing a special live show on Sports Radio AM 910 this Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m.

On that show we’ll be discussing the USA’s magnificent win over Brazil in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinal on Sunday, new DC United player Dwayne DeRosario’s revenge against New York on Saturday, the Richmond Kickers big Open Cup game against Sporting Kansas City this week and a local success story with a Richmond player being selected to represent the USA at the Homeless World Cup.

Tune in at 9 p.m. eastern on AM 910 in Richmond, or if you live outside the RIC then listen to the live stream using the player below:


US WNT 1-2 Sweden, Dream Moves for US MNT Players in Europe // July 7 2011

Posted on July 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The US WNT finished second in World Cup Group C after losing 2-1 to Sweden and will face Brazil in the quarterfinal on Sunday. Fact. We look back on the loss, try to find a few positives and ask what the US WNT needs to do in the next game.

We then get all hypothetical and suggest some dream transfers for US MNT players in Europe. Should Clint Dempsey stay with Fulham or move on? Where should he go? Ditto for guys like Freddy Adu and Michael Bradley.

We finish the show with our fourth inductee into the 361 Hall of Fame. You’ll have to listen to find out who it is, but let’s just say that he’s the toughest soccer player American soccer has ever produced and he’d probably beat you to a ball in the air.

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US WNT 2-0 Korea DPR, Copa America Preview // June 30 2011

Posted on June 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Taylor had a worktastrophe and Albert is still in Maine, leaving just Josh and Daryl in studio to discuss the USA’s 2-0 win over North Korea in their first Women’s World Cup 2011 game. Goals from Lauren Cheney and Rachel Buehler did the trick and Megan Rapinoe was unlucky to have one disallowed.

Also discussed: The Richmond Kickers beat Columbus Crew 2-1 in Columbus to book a spot in the US Open Cup quarterfinals, where Leigh Cowlishaw’s team will face Sporting Kansas City.

Taylor joins in via telephone to discuss the headscratching but exciting Dwayne DeRosario/Dax McCarty swapsy deal between New York Red Bulls and DC United. Say what you like about MLS, but you can’t call it dull.

Also, Americans abroad are on the move, with Oguchi Onyewu signing for Sporting in Portugal and Jozy Altidore looking thisclose to signing for … Read More »


Henry Kissinger: Soccer Fan

Posted on June 27th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Henry Kissinger is a soccer fan. But not just any old soccer fan. The former US Secretary of State is the only person in American history to actively use his political power to advance the cause of soccer in America. So whatever else he did while in office [cough, Cambodia] he’s more than deserving of his place in the 361 Hall of Fame for services to soccer. Listen below to find out what Henry Kissinger has done for soccer over the years:

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Total Soccer Show Buys Some Ad Space

Posted on June 27th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Sort of.

Longtime TSS listener and onetime team TSS defender/midfielder Jim displayed this TSS poster on his back during the Gold Cup Final at Gus’ on Saturday.

Jim’s very reasonable asking price was one shot of bourbon, in exchange for which we got plenty of pre-match backtime and up to the 23rd minute of the Gold Cup Final itself, with the poster being accidentally removed during the celebrations following Landon Donovan’s goal.


USA 2-4 Mexico: Gold Cup Final Post-Mortem // Jun 26 2011

Posted on June 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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Mexico beat USA 4-2 to lift the Gold Cup on Saturday night in Pasadena, a result made all the more disappointing by the US having a two goal lead after 23 minutes. We go through the Gold Cup final with a fine-tooth comb, discussing what Bob Bradley could have done differently and examining who did what for each of the six goals. The name Jonathan Bornstein comes up quite a lot, though not necessarily in a knee-jerk vilification kind of way.

We also discuss the positives from this game–like the re-emergence of Freddy Adu for example–and try to put the result in the larger context of the USA-Mexico rivalry, and what the USA needs to do going forward.

With the Gold Cup Final thoroughly dissected we offer a quick recap of our CVSA summer exploits, and close–as we do every … Read More »


Watch Copa America Online! (Legally and for Free!)

Posted on June 25th, by Daryl in Blog. 6 comments

If you’re looking to watch the 2011 Copa America online then I have some very good news for you. You’ll be able to watch Copa America 2011 online for free and 100% legally. No shady internet streams, no choppy P2P networks, no downloading strange Chinese software to watch soccer games. Why? Two words: You and Tube.

YouTube has penned a deal with Copa America organizer CONMEBOL to stream all 26 Copa America matches online via the dedicated YouTube channel YouTube.com/CopaAmerica. Games will be broadcast live with English language commentary, and replays and highlights will be available on demand.

Apologies if I sound a little over-excited, but I think this is exactly what soccer (in the US especially) has been waiting for. The Copa America isn’t being screened by Fox Soccer or GolTV or ESPN in the United States, only on Spanish-language networks … Read More »


USA 1-0 Panama: Finally, Freddy Adu // Jun 23 2011

Posted on June 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The USA beat Panama 1-0 in Houston on Wednesday night with a goal from Clint Dempsey, assisted by two surprising subs. Landon Donovan came off the bench and got the assist, the big surprise being that he was ever on the bench to begin with. But the big story is Freddy Adu. Yes, that Freddy Adu. The one we thought was washed up at 22. To the surprise of everyone expect Bob Bradley, Adu came off the bench and changed the game with one glorious pass.

Total Soccer Show gathered in the studio almost immediately after the final whistle to review the game, so in the first 30 minutes of the podcast we talk Dempsey, Donovan, Adu, and plenty of other USMNT-related things.

For the second half of the show, we induct our third American soccer icon into the 361 Hall … Read More »


USA 2-0 Jamaica: More Like It! // June 19 2011

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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There was passing! There was moving! Jermaine Jones scored his first goal for the USMNT! Clint Dempsey found the back of the net! It was all good (I’m even filing that 4th minute chance Luton Shelton had under good luck).

Daryl and Josh were in studio to analyze the USA’s 2-0 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup quarterfinal, while Taylor was at RFK Stadium getting post match audio from Bob Bradley, Tim Howard and others. After dissecting the quarterfinal, we preview the USA vs Panama semifinal, including the big question: If we play 4-2-3-1 vs Panama, would you prefer to see Jozy Altidore or Juan Agudelo up top?

We also use the magic telephony to call Taylor in DC and play our first ever over the phone Wikipedia Game.

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Paul Caligiuri Profile: The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Posted on June 19th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

On November 19, 1989, Paul Caligiuri scored for the United States against Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain. The goal was enough to send the USA to the 1990 World Cup, the team’s first appearance in the big show since 1950. As part of our 361 Hall of Fame series, we profile the career of Paul Caligiuri.

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As we discussed, Paul Caligiuri’s strike against Trinidad & Tobago in the final game of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup may be the most important goal in US Soccer history. It’s also one of the prettiest… unless you’re a fan of the Soca Warriors… in which case it’s probably best to skip the following video. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World:

The goods news? Caligiuri’s goal helped the United States qualify … Read More »


Eddie Pope Profile: His Holiness

Posted on June 19th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

The Total Soccer Show’s profile of former US men’s national team defender Eddie Pope. Part of the 361 Hall of Fame series profiling important figures in US Soccer history.

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Three World Cups. Three MLS Championships. Five Gold Cups. 82 appearances for the United States. A placekicker for the University of North Carolina. What more could you ask for? Ladies and gentlemen, His Holiness Eddie Pope:

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Why is it Called the 3-6-1 Hall of Fame?

Posted on June 19th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

USA 0-4 Spain: Warm-Up or Beatdown? // June 5 2011

Posted on June 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Our game of the week was USA’s 4-0 defeat to Spain at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Obviously not a good result, but we examine the game from a few different angles and try to work out what the US learned going into the 2011 Gold Cup.

I was representing Total Soccer Show at the game in Foxborough, and managed to get the post-match thoughts of Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey, as well as audio from Bob Bradley’s post-match press conference.

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Match highlights:

Closer look at Negredo’s goal. The commentator blames Tim Ream, but if you pause the video at the 27 second mark you’ll see it’s as much Eric Lichaj’s fault as it is Ream’s:


Americans Abroad Awards, FIFA Election Reaction // June 2 2011

Posted on June 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We review the performances of American players playing abroad in the 2010/11 season, mostly in Europe by giving out the (entirely theoretical) Total Soccer Show Americans Abroad Awards.


2011 Gold Cup TV Schedule

Posted on June 1st, by Daryl in Blog. 12 comments

The CONCACAF Gold Cup TV schedule in the USA is spread across three networks: Fox Soccer Channel, Univision and Telefutura.


Champions League Final Review, FIFA Corruption Questions // May 29 2011

Posted on May 31st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Manchester United at Wembley, asking: did Alex Ferguson get his tactics right? And if he did, then what can the rest of the world do to stop Barcelona? And if nothing, then how long will this Barcelona team continue to dominate? Scary stuff.

We also discuss the recent news from FIFA, where executive committee members Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack “wanna buy some World Cup tickest?” Warner have been suspended pending allegations of corruption.

Last but not least, we close with a little Wikipedia game, featuring Gold Cup winners and Gold Cup runners-up.

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Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United in the Champions League Final, of course:


USA Gold Cup Roster 2011

Posted on May 23rd, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

Bob Bradley announced his 23 man USA Gold Cup roster on Monday afternoon. But Total Soccer Show beat him to it by announcing our 23 the night before, on Sunday’s podcast.

Here’s Bob Bradley’s 23:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Jonathan Bornstein (UANL Tigres), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Eric Lichaj (Leeds), Oguchi Onyewu (FC Twente), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Freddy Adu (Rizespor), Michael Bradley (Aston Villa), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution), Jermaine Jones (Blackburn Rovers), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
UPDATE: Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro) has been called into training camp after Benny Feilhaber picked up an injury. If Feilhaber is unable to play, Bedoya will replace him … Read More »


Six Degrees: Alexi Lalas to Ruud Gullit

Posted on May 23rd, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

For this week’s Six Degrees we’re asking you to connect Alexi Lalas to Ruud Gullit. We know they worked together at LA Galaxy, but that doesn’t count. You have to find the connection through players they’ve played alongside. So Lalas played with X at New England Revolution, X played with Y at Swindon Town, Y played with Ruud Gullit at Milan. (To be clear, X and Y are players I just made up.)

Whoever can connect Lalas to Gullit in as few degrees of separation as possible wins. Where two answers have the same degrees of separation, we use total mileage between all the clubs involved as the tie-breaker. And no, national teams don’t count.

Email your answer to soccer[at]wrir.org, or use our contact page, leave it in the comments below, or post the answer on Facebook. You have until we record … Read More »


Relegation Recap, Barrett Beats Chivas, Our Gold Cup Roster // May 22 2011

Posted on May 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We review a dramatic final day in the Premier League, where five teams battled to avoid relegation and we swiveled our heads to watch as many TVs as possible. It was everything the final day of a soccer season should be, at least at the bottom end of the table.


Alexi Lalas Interview // May 19 2011

Posted on May 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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So… on this past weekend’s show we reviewed the Seattle vs Portland game, and were less than complimentary about ESPN studio analyst Alexi Lalas’ improv skills. Turns out we should be a little more careful who we talk about on our little podcast, because Lalas was listening and was in touch via Twitter to let us know.

Luckily for us, Alexi Lalas has a thick skin and a good sense of humor. So rather than asking how many Total Soccer Show hosts had played against Brazil in the World Cup (as he has), Lalas instead agreed to be a guest on the show and talk about his broadcasting career, his role in American soccer culture, his time with Padova in Italy, the 2011 MLS season, and the possibility of promotion/relegation here in America. Lalas was a gracious guest and an … Read More »


TSS 3-3 PRU: Somehow Not Canceled

Posted on May 16th, by Daryl in Team. 3 comments

The situation was this: We were in second, Partizan Richmond United were in first. It was our last game of the season, they had one more to go after this. So we needed to win to go top, and then hope that Partizan somehow lost their last game.

We went 1-0 down, then 3-1 up through goals from Albert, Peyton Thad and myself, but then conceded two unlucky goals to finish 3-3. So the title challenge is over, but we played probably our best football of the season against the best opposition we’ve faced.

Awards:

Biggest Surprise: That this game was even on. It did some serious thunderstorming in Richmond on Saturday, and then rained most of the night with more storms scheduled for Sunday. In CVSA-world this usually means you have to find something else to do with your Sunday, but somehow … Read More »


Pacific Northwest Rivalry Arrives in MLS, Ajax Win 30th Title // May 15 2011

Posted on May 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Sunday’s show was a two-headed game of the week. First we discuss Seattle 1-1 Portland, and the much-hyped Pacific Northwest rivalry’s arrival in Major League Soccer. Look out Yankees vs Red Sox? We discuss the merits of Seattle goalscorer Alvaro Fernandez, and ask whether Portland’s goal was a great ball in from Jack Jewsbury, or some uncharacteristically poor goalkeeping from Kasey Keller.

Second game was the big Eredivisie title decider, where Ajax needed to beat Twent to win their first Dutch league title in seven years, and Oguchi Onyewu’s FC Twente needed only a draw to win their second in a row. Despite Theo Janssen’s best efforts, Ajax did the business and won 3-1, with two goals from the impressive Siem De Jong.

We also talk Team TSS, as we arrived at the studio almost directly from our final game of … Read More »


Jay DeMerit Story Interview // May 12 2011

Posted on May 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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If you’re a real American soccer fan then you know the basics of the Jay DeMerit story: Didn’t get drafted after college but went to England to try and make it. Struggled for a while, including playing pub league and non-league, before finally impressing in a pre-season friendly against Watford, who game DeMerit a trial followed by a contract, followed by the captaincy.

DeMerit would go on to score in the Championship play-off final at Millenum Stadium and get Watford promoted the Premier League, and to play every minute for the USA at World Cup 2010. Someone should make a movie about this guy.

Actually, someone did. Nick Lewis and Ranko Tutulugdzija, both friends of DeMerit and an attorney and acupuncturist by trade, put up their own money to tell DeMerit’s story in the documentary Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit … Read More »


Six Degrees: Hugo Sanchez to Leo Messi

Posted on May 9th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Two Thursdays ago, we set the new Six Degrees of David Beckham challenge: Link Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez to Barcelona legend-in-waiting Leo Messi.

We had planned to announce the winner on last Thursday’s show, but got sidetracked by the WRIR fund drive (which went well, by the way, with the station raising nearly $30,000, so big thanks to anyone who donated). So this game of Six Degrees is open until this Wednesday night, when we record the show for this Thursday.

If you’ve never played before, check out past games to get the idea. But essentially you are linking one player to another through players they’ve played alongside, aiming for the fewest degrees of separation possible.

You can email your answer to soccer[at]wrir.org, or send it via the TSS contact form or just leave your answer as a comment on this blog … Read More »


Wikipedia Game Special // May 5th, 2011

Posted on May 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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At the end of every weekend podcast, we play a little trivia/quiz type deal that we call the Wikipedia Game. It’s an adaptation of Name That Tune/The Leonard Maltin Game [delete according to how old you are] in which we attempt to name soccer players based on clues from their Wikipedia page. For more detail, read our full Wikipedia Game rules page.

WRIR asked us to do something special for Spring Fund Drive week, so we decided to play the Wikipedia Game on the radio for the very first time. Taylor hosted, and the categories he chose included: Players with Famous or Attractive Wives/Girlfriends, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, Goalkeepers, and Players Who’ve Made Albert Shake his Head in Frustration and Bewilderment.

Listen in to see how it’s played, to see which of the three competitors wins and to see how many of … Read More »


TSS 3-0 Defenestators: Boom!

Posted on May 3rd, by Daryl in Team. 2 comments

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TSS claimed our fourth win in a row on Sunday, beating Defenestrators 3-0 on Bryan Park E. Goals came from Chi-Nam (poached), Peyton (headed) and Albert (accidentally Roberto Carlossed). It wasn’t the prettiest game of football, mostly because Bryan Park E is very short and the kicks of both goalkeepers were very long. Everyone who played midfield got neck-ache, but three points is three points and a win is a win. And corner kicks are not indirect.

Team Awards:

MVP: Had to be Vas. First, because he showed up, and if he had not done so then someone else would have had to go in goal. Second for a very clean sheet (not a mark on it), third for one outstanding full-stretch, tip-round-the-post save on what would have been a goal after I lost the ball, and finally for … Read More »


Santos Beat São Paulo // May 1, 2011

Posted on May 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Santos Beat São Paulo // May 1, 2011

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Our game of the week took us all the way to Brazil. Via television of course. We watched São Paulo vs. Santos in the semi-final of the Paulistão. No idea what the Paulistão is? Listen to the podcast and find out. Santos won the game with goals from Elano and Ganso, and some fine moments from spiky-haired teenage sensation Neymar. Video of him below.

We also touch on Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Spurs, featuring Harry Redknapp being the world’s biggest killjoy and that Frank Lampard goal that wasn’t over the line. We make our plea for not goal-line technology, but Heurelho Gomes technology. Also Arsenal beat Manchester United, but Taylor did his best not to talk about it.

Last and least (in terms of the worldwide football pyramid) we review TSS’s 3-0 win over Defenestrators in CVSA … Read More »


Six Degrees: Rob Ukrop to Gary Lineker

Posted on April 26th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Congrats to TR for winning last week’s Six Degrees of David Beckham. A lot of people connected Leonardo to Rafa Marquez in just one degree of separation, but TR did it in the shortest distance traveled. Here’s how he did it:

Rafa Marquez played with Oliver Bierhoff at Monaco
Oliver Bierhoff played with Leonardo at Milan

Nick also got this answer, but TR got it to us first. This week’s is–we think–a little harder:

The challenge this time is to connect Richmond goalscoring legend Rob Ukrop to England striker Gary Lineker. Do it in as few degrees as possible. Email your answer to soccer[at]wrir.org or via our contact page or leave it in the comments below.

The winner will receive both our undying respect and a TSS poster, and will be announced on Thursday’s show (which we record Wednesday night, US eastern time).


How to Start a Soccer Team // April 21, 2011

Posted on April 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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There’s a lot of work goes into starting a soccer team. The Total Soccer Show 11-a-side team is now six games into its inaugural season, so we thought it was the perfect time to give ourselves a mid-season review in terms of how successful or otherwise we’ve been in assembling the team, getting organized and getting results. So we grade ourselves in various categories, and also share what we’ve learned and provide a guide to starting a soccer team.

Later in the show we review TSS’s 2-1 win over Sounders, look back at Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey Final, and respond to a brilliant Correspondence of the Week from Dan Degnan asking where exactly is the best place to put your penalty kick.

Listen to all of that by clicking play above, and … Read More »


TSS 2-1 Sounders: Wednesday Night Lights

Posted on April 23rd, by Daryl in Team. No Comments

Team TSS claimed a come from behind 2-1 win at Dorey Park this past Wednesday.


TSS 3-1 Capital Ale FC II: Saved By The Post

Posted on April 18th, by Daryl in Team. No Comments

Total Soccer Show claimed its second win in as many games on Sunday, beating Capital Ale FC II by three goals to one. Goals came courtesy of Peyton Siddall (second goal in two games), Albert Ottati (top scorer with five goals) and Evan Cotter (who easily had the best minutes vs. production vs. blood alcohol ratio on the team).

Awards are below, followed by a clip from this weekend’s podcast:

MVP: The Post. With just a few minutes left, and TSS winning by only one goal, Capital Ale ran through on goal, got a shot away, and… hit the post. Thank you post. If you hadn’t stood strong and taken the impact, we would have dropped two points. Human MVP goes to Zach, not only because he suggested the post for MVP, but also because he cleared the ball after it bounced … Read More »


City Win Manchester Semi, Clasico Pt. 1 Ends Even // Apr 17 2011

Posted on April 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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Total Soccer Show striker and Manchester City fan Thad is in studio to discuss City’s 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester United, which a few of us gathered to watch at Gus’ Bar & Grill.

We also talk about the first of the four Clasicos, in which a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave Real Madrid a 1-1 draw with Barcelona, and analyze the Total Soccer Show team’s second win in a row. We close the show with a hastily researched Manchester City-themed Wikipedia Game.

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Six Degrees: Leonardo to Rafa Marquez

Posted on April 15th, by Daryl in Blog. 3 comments

Congrats to Phil Dawson for winning last week’s Six Degrees. He linked Ben Olsen to Hakan Şükür as follows:
Ben Olsen played with Gareth Williams at Nottingham Forest
Gareth Williams played with Keith Gillespie at Leicester City
Keith Gillespie played with Hakan Şükür at Blackburn Rovers.

So two degrees of separation (Williams and Gillespie).

For this week’s Six Degrees we’re asking you to connect two players who’ve been sent off playing against the USA in World Cups. So can you connect Leonardo to Rafa Marquez in as few degrees as possible, through players they’ve played alongside? Club teams only, and tie-breaker (if two people connect in same degrees of separation) is total miles traveled along the way.

You can leave your answer in the comments below, on our Facebook page or send it via email to soccer[at]wrir.org


Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Ask a Referee // April 14 2011

Posted on April 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 9 comments

Everything you’ve ever wanted to ask a referee, but were too afraid to ask…


TSS 7-0 CAPS FC: A Vitamin-Fueled Victory

Posted on April 12th, by Daryl in Team. No Comments

You read that right. Total Soccer Show won 7-0 on Sunday, marking the first time Team TSS has handed another team its own ass. Before we get too carried away, CAPS FC started the game with only 8 men, with two late arrivers giving them a total of 10 about 30 minutes into the game.

Still, we did what we were supposed to do, passed the ball around like a proper team and put the ball in the net seven times. Goalscorers were: Albert Ottati x3, Evan Cotter, Thad Williamson (long-ranger), Peyton Siddall (perfect header) and Josh Stankus (penalty, so almost as good as a proper goal).

Team Awards:

MVP: Goes to our string-pulling centre midfielder Kim Schone for the second week in a row. But a rule I’ve just invented is that you can’t win three MVPs while your TSS roster … Read More »


TSS Sample: Best Dressed Soccer Coach

Posted on April 7th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

On Total Soccer Show #86 we discussed our most memorable football manager moments. The above five minute clip is taken from the podcast only (too good for radio) discussion about the best dressed coaches in world football. And yes, that is Ricardo La Volpe’s chest hair saying ¡Hola! to you in the photo.

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Six Degrees: Ben Olsen to Hakan Şükür

Posted on April 7th, by Daryl in Blog. 3 comments

For this week’s Six Degrees we’re asking you to connect Ben Olsen and Hakan Şükür through players they’ve played alongside. Club teams only.

You can leave your answer in the comments below, on our Facebook page or send it via email to soccer[at]wrir.org


Twente and Milan Win, Team TSS Lose // Apr 3 2011

Posted on April 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

It’s a triple-headed game of the week show: FC Twente’s 2-0 win over PSV, Milan’s 3-0 win over Inter, and TSS’s heartbreaking 3-2 defeat in the CVSA.


TSS 2-3 EEI Elite

Posted on April 4th, by Daryl in Team. 1 Comment

Some understandably unhappy faces after the final whistle of this one. Team TSS had fought back from 2-0 down at halftime to 2-2 with two minutes to go, only to lose 3-2 right at the final whistle. On top of that we’d seen Shawn filled with morphine and driven away in an ambulance, his wrong-way-round elbow in a splint.

But there were at least three major positives:

1. We equalized
Even though we threw it away in the final minute, we showed a lot of fight and intelligence in how we went about coming back from two goals down. Taylor and Albert got the goals.

2. We figured out a way to play
As Kim pointed out at half-time, we’re too good to be kicking the ball long, no matter how tall Albert, Peyton and Thad are. We played the ball (mostly) to feet for … Read More »


USA 1-1 Argentina Review and Post-Match Interviews // Mar 27 2011

Posted on March 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

The USA emerged from the New Meadowlands Stadium with a creditable 1-1 draw against Argentina. Albert and Daryl discuss the game, the formations, how the US dealt with Leo Messi, the impact of Juan Agudelo’s half-time introduction, and much much more.

Even better, Taylor was at the game with press pass and microphone and got some excellent post-match audio from several players and from Head Coach Bob Bradley. Click play and you’ll hear both Bradley and Landon Donovan explain why the US defended so deep in the first half, Carlos Bocanegra on what it’s like to defend against Leo Messi, Maurice Edu on his preferred midfield position, Jozy Altidore on playing up front on his lonesome, Tim Howard on Juan Agudelo, and of course Juan Agudelo himself on scoring the second half equalizer.

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USA vs Argentina Preview, Ochocinco in MLS // Mar 24 2011

Posted on March 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We preview this weekend’s USA vs Argentina friendly, picking our way through Bob Bradley’s squad and asking questions like “Why is Marcus Hahnemann there?” and “Does Jozy Altidore still have it?” There’s optimism too, especially around the young ‘uns like Juan Agudelo and Tim Ream and the intriguing influx of German-American players like Timothy Chandler and David Yelldell. We also try and get in Bob’s head and guess his starting XI.

We also answer a question from the Twittersphere relating to Chad Ochocinco’s Sporting KC tryout: Which other NFL players would you like to see in MLS?, and also debut a new listener-suggested quiz: Six Degrees of David Beckham

Click play above or the MP3 below to listen. USA vs Argentina is a 7pm eastern kickoff this Saturday, on ESPN2 and Univision. Taylor will be at the game with press pass … Read More »


DC United 3-1 Columbus Crew, Charlie Davies Interview, Madrid Derby // Mar 20 2011

Posted on March 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 6 comments

Taylor was at RFK Stadium Saturday night, microphone in hand, for DC United’s season opening 3-1 win over Columbus Crew. The big story was Charlie Davies, who marked his DC debut, and his triumphant return to professional soccer with not one, but two goals. Taylor was in the locker room afterward to get interviews and audio clips with not only Davies, but also captain Dax McCarty, topless model/goalscorer Josh Wolff and—in the press conference after the game—Head Coach Ben Olsen.


MLS 2011 Eastern Conference Preview // Mar 17 2011

Posted on March 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Everything you need to know about the MLS Eastern Conference before the big kickoff this weekend.


Man Utd 2-0 Arsenal // Mar 13 2011

Posted on March 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Man Utd’s 2-0 win over Arsenal, and Team TSS’s first taste of defeat.


TSS 0-1 Energy Armor of VA, Match Report and Awards

Posted on March 13th, by Daryl in Team. 2 comments

We got up early (even earlier if you include the hour lost to Daylight Saving Time) and got ourselves to Chester for a 9 a.m. game at Lowe’s Soccer Complex. Where we lost 1-0 to Energy Armor of VA.

We played 4-3-3, had a fair bit of the ball, and even had a few decent chances. But somehow didn’t manage a single shot on target.

Energy Armor’s goal came early in the second half, and had a little bit of the Ronaldinho-vs-England-in-2002-World-Cups about it. There was some debate over whether Ronaldinho’s goal was intentional or not, but that’s because he didn’t shout “My bad!” after striking the ball, as the Energy Armor goalscorer did today. So yeah, we were a little unlucky.

We pushed and pushed, but couldn’t find an equalizer. TSS co-host Josh Stankus even tried a dramatic arms-in-the-air dive in the … Read More »


MLS 2011 Western Preview, Gold Cup, Champions League // Mar 10 2011

Posted on March 10th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

We put our heads together and preview the MLS 2011 Western Conference. Not team by team, it’s a more casual “players to watch” stylee. We talk Darlington Nagbe, David Beckham, and the Swiss Ronaldinho (see videos below for more). Infomative but not exhausting. Eastern Conference preview (now with 100% extra Houston Dynamo) coming next week.


The Gold Cup Should Be a Copa America Qualifying Tournament

Posted on March 9th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup groups were announced this week, and US fans did a collective internet shrug. Not just because the draw wasn’t really a draw (the powers that be just assigned teams to groups at will) but because drawing Canada, Panama and Guadelope highlighted how weak the competition is in CONCACAF, and reminded everyone that the first five games of the the Gold Cup are just a warm up before playing Mexico in the final.

Obviously US fans would prefer that their team played its continental tournaments further south, in the much more glamorous and much more storied Copa America, where we’d face Brazil and Argentina instead of Cuba and Grenada. European and South American nations reap the obvious financial and experiential benefits of of filling the four year gaps between World Cups with a competitive regional tournament, and … Read More »


Juventus 0-1 Milan, TSS 3-1 Chester Crew // Mar 6 2011

Posted on March 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Taylor and Albert talk Juve 0-1 Milan, Daryl, Josh and special guest Peyton talk Team TSS.


TSS 3-1 Chester Crew, Match Report & Awards

Posted on March 6th, by Daryl in Team. 6 comments

The Total Soccer Show team‘s first game is in the books. And it’s a win, 3-1 over CVSA Division 7 opponents Chester Crew.


Total Soccer Show Team Jerseys Have Arrived!

Posted on March 4th, by Daryl in Team. 7 comments

The Total Soccer Show team jerseys were collected this morning and will be ready for Sunday’s game. Big thanks to Patrick and his company PMK Construction for sponsoring the jerseys and to Gi Gi at River City Logo for taking care of us.


Total Soccer Show Team Schedule

Posted on March 2nd, by Daryl in Team. No Comments

The Total Soccer Show spring 2011 season in CVSA Division 7 looks like this:

Sunday, March 6, 11:00 AM vs. Chester Crew @ Ukrop Park#2
W 3-1 | Goals: Vas, Taylor, Taylor | Assists: Daryl, Vas

Sunday, March 13, 9:00 AM vs. Energy Armor of Va FC @ Lowe’s Soccer Complex#2

… more to follow …

We’ll add results as they come. Check the CVSA schedule page for changes.


British English vs. American English Football/Soccer Terminology

Posted on February 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 5 comments

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My three American co-hosts have taken issue with certain words used by myself in recent podcasts. So we decided to dedicate a whole show to the differences between British English and American English terminology, specifically relating to […pauses to choose between football and soccer…] erm, the beautiful game.

So we went through a list of common football/soccer terms and did two things: #1 Tried to work out how and why two nations sharing the same language arrived at different words, and #2 Tried to decide which phrase, the American or the British phrase, made the most sense. Worth noting, we did our best to debate #2 without diving along patriotic lines.

Click play the the top of this post to listen. Below is the list of phrases discussed. American English on the left (because that’s the home team?) and … Read More »


Podcast Excerpt: Ronaldo’s Greatest Goals

Posted on February 21st, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

In Total Soccer Show 79 we honoured the retirement of Ronaldo by each picking our favourite Ronaldo goal of all time. That 10 minute clip is excerpted here. Click play above to listen, and click play below to watch.

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Josh’s Favorite Ronaldo Goal – Brazil v Turkey in World Cup 2002, featuring a triangle haircuit, a lovely toe poke, and a Turkish goalkeeper (Rüştü Reçber) painted up for war.

Daryl’s Favorite Ronaldo Goal – Inter v Lazio in the 1998 UEFA Cup Final, featuring the birth of the “elastico”, a glorious little hippy-hippy-shake, and some dodgy defending from a certain Mr. Nesta.

Taylor’s Favorite Ronaldo Goal – Barcelona v Valencia in 1996, featuring a wall of Valencia defenders, an advancing blur that vaguely resembles Ronaldo, and a delicate finish into … Read More »


Celtic 3-0 Rangers, The Old Firm Derby // Feb 20 2011

Posted on February 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

If you want to see the big games then sometimes you have to get up early. The famous Old Firm Derby between Celtic and Rangers was a Sunday, 7:30 am pay per view event at Gus’ Bar & Grill, in the very pleasant company of the Central Virginia & Richmond Cetic Supporters.

Said group was happy as Celtic won 3-0, and we had plenty to talk about in the studio afterwards. We also very briefly discuss WBA 1-1 Wolves, plus what (if anything) MLS could learn from the NBA Dunk Competition and the NHL All-Star Game. Click play above to listen.

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Things Mentioned on This Week’s Show

The Central Virginia & Richmond Cetic Supporters. If you want to watch Celtic games in Richmond, then these are your people.

Gus’ Bar & Grill. … Read More »


Podcast Excerpt: Richmond Kickers Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw

Posted on February 20th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

In Total Soccer Show #79 we interviewed Leigh Cowlishaw, head coach and director of soccer at the Richmond Kickers.

Leigh discussed the players Kickers fans can expect to see in the 2011 season, and also went into some detail about the new USL PRO league and what it will mean for both the Kickers as an organization and for minor league soccer in America.

As a bit of bonus content, we also have a five minute interview with Leigh that didn’t air on the radio, discussing how he became a Liverpool fan and what he thinks of the recent changes at Anfield. Click play above to listen.

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Manchester Derby, Bradley & Altidore Debuts // Feb 13 2011

Posted on February 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We review the Manchester derby, with particular emphasis on Wayne Rooney’s goal, Roberto Mancini’s tactics and the seemingly eternal question: Why can’t Nani get no respect?

We also discuss Michael Bradley’s hectic Aston Villa debut, Jozy Altidore’s roulette-tastic start at Bursaspor (video below) Mark Cuban’s response to last week’s Team America idea and of course we close with the Wikipedia Game.

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Things Mentioned on This Show:

Wayne Rooney‘s goal:

Jozy Altidore‘s Bursaspor debut:

Manchester City’s Shaun Goater vs Manchester United:

Rivaldo on his bike …

… and going for an Oscar nomination in 2002:


Wayne Rooney’s Goal – Was it Really That Good?

Posted on February 14th, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

Wayne Rooney won the Manchester derby on Saturday with the above goal. But was it really the best goal Alex Ferguson has ever seen at Old Trafford? There was a difference of opinion in the Total Soccer Show studio. Click play below to listen to this five minute excerpt from Sunday’s show:

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Podcast Excerpt: Mark Cuban’s Team America 2.0

Posted on February 10th, by Daryl in Blog. 7 comments

We received an excellent email from Total Soccer Show listener Chris this week, raising the hypothetical possibility of a billionaire-bankrolled Team America competing in a European league. Rather than explaining the concept myself, I’m just going to quote from Chris’s excellent email:


Why Andy Najar Should Probably Play for Honduras

Posted on February 8th, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

DC United’s Andy Najar caused a mini-Twitterquake yesterday, when he bilingually asked the world whether he should play his international football for the USA or Honduras. He got a lot of responses (and a lot of new Twitter followers) but didn’t make any big announcements.

The 17-year-old winger was born in Honduras to Honduran parents, but moved to the US (Northern Virginia to be specific) with his family at age 13. Four years later he was MLS 2010 Rookie of the Year and the only bright spot in DC’s otherwise dreadful season. And very much in demand. The USA wants him. Honduras definitely wants him. So he has a big decision to make.

Jason Davis at Match Fit USA has already written about Najar’s tweet, observing (correctly I think) that Najar didn’t really seem to be taking the whole thing all that … Read More »


Maurice Edu Definitely Shouldn’t Be Playing Centre Back

Posted on January 30th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Remember how Bob Bradley experimented with playing Maurice Edu in defence last year? We got the feeling Edu wasn’t 100% keen on the idea and would much prefer to stay in central midfield. And we agree. Clearly the big man does his best work in the middle of the park, knocking other midfielders off the ball.

But turns out Edu can shoot as well. The goal above is from this weekend’s Scottish League Cup semi-final between Rangers and Motherwell, where Edu struck from what must be about 30 yards out. Top corner.

Think that was a fluke? Here’s what Edu did two weeks ago versus Hamilton:


Asian Cup Final, Michael Bradley to Villa // Jan 30 2011

Posted on January 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Our game of the week was the Asian Cup Final, in which Japan beat Australia 1-0. We review that game, and draw some interesting (we think) parallels between Australia, Japan and the USA. Speaking of which we also discuss Michael Bradley’s likely loan move to Aston Villa, and Fernando Torres seemingly imminent relocation from Liverpool to Chelsea.

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Things Mentioned in This Show:

Highlights of the Asian Cup Final between Australia and Japan. Tadanari Lee’s game (and trophy) winning goal:

USA 2-0 Mexico in the 2009 qualifier, with the two goals from Michael Bradley that we mentioned. Bradley scores his first goal (close range volley) 50 seconds into the video, and his second (long range, bottom corner) around the 3:30 mark:

The Holte End stand at Villa Park, which Michael Bradley could soon be playing in front … Read More »


Best, Worst and Weirdest Transfers of All Time // Jan 27 2011

Posted on January 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We nominate our best, worst and weirdest transfers of all time, including Steve Bull to Wolves, Eric Cantona to Manchester United and David Beckham to LA Galaxy. Or in Josh’s words: “You don’t hear about pig-heads often in soccer.”

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Things Mentioned in This Show:

NOMINATIONS FOR BEST TRANSFER:
Ian Wright to Crystal Palace (Josh)
Eric Cantona to Manchester United (Taylor)
Steve Bull & Andy Thompson to Wolves (Daryl)
Diego Maradona to Napoli (Albert)

NOMINATIONS FOR WORST TRANSFER:
Michael Owen to Real Madrid (Albert)
Ali Dia to Southampton (Taylor)
Jonathan Woodgate to Real Madrid (Daryl)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Barcelona (Josh)

NOMINATIONS FOR WEIRDEST TRANSFER:
Luis Figo to Real Madrid (Josh)
Meat (Taylor)
David Beckham to LA Galaxy (Daryl)
Carlos Tevez & Javier Mascherano to West Ham (Albert)

VIDEO:

Sky Sports feature on the Steve Bull and Andy Thompson transfer from West Brom to Wolves. Bonus points to anyone who can … Read More »


Richard Keys, Andy Gray, and Why American Announcers Aren’t as Bad as You Thought

Posted on January 24th, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

Since moving to America in 2005, I’ve heard a lot about how terrible US soccer announcers/presenters are and how wonderful things must be in England. How presenters over here could learn a thing or two from over there. This weekend’s Sky Sports misogyny scandal suggests otherwise.

For those who haven’t been paying attention: Sky Sports in-studio anchor/pundit combo of Richard Keys and Andy Gray didn’t realize they were being recorded while watching Wolves 0-3 Liverpool this past Saturday afternoon, and were caught making several sexist remarks about female assistant referee Sian Massey. Most notably they believed that her lack of penis rendered her unable to understand the offside rule. Listen above. Then punch an inanimate object in frustration (I went with desk).

This isn’t the first scandal involving British presenters being unaware that the red light was on. There was the infamous … Read More »


USA 1-1 Chile Review // Jan 23 2011

Posted on January 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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USA drew 1-1 with Chile on Saturday night, in a game that ESPN didn’t deem important enough to show on television. We took it a lot more seriously, and so spent close to an hour talking about who impressed us and who blew their shot at national team glory. Click play above to hear us sing the praises of Tim Ream, Dax McCarty, Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury, and be more than a little disappointed with Marvell Wynne and Chris Wondolowski.

We also talk about the goals from Clint Dempsey, Jonathan Spector and Edson Buddle in Europe, Jermaine Jones debut for Blackburn Rovers, and close with a tightly contested Wikipedia Game.

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Taylor promised to include it in the show, but we then chickened out over copyright concerns. But have a listen to the … Read More »


USA vs Chile Preview // Jan 20 2011

Posted on January 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 5 comments

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We preview the upcoming USA vs. Chile friendly, highlighting the players we’re most excited about. So that’s lots of talk about Tim Ream, Mikkel Diskerud, Dax McCarty and Juan Agudelo. And a little bit of Nick Rimando. We also discuss the odd but exciting Eric Cantona news from the New York Cosmos and close, as usual, with the Wikipedia Game.

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Things Mentioned On This Week’s Show:

Art meets football meets public relations as New York Cosmos new Director of Soccer is revealed to be none other than Eric Cantona himself:

Juan Agudelo‘s goal for USA vs South Africa last November, with Robinho-esque assist from Mikkel Diskerud:

Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbery working together for the Generation Adidas team vs Real Madrid Reserves:

Some very quick Tim Ream highlights:


Why USA vs Chile Won’t Be on ESPN, and Why That’s OK

Posted on January 18th, by Daryl in Blog. 15 comments

First the bad news: Saturday’s USA vs. Chile game will not be on ESPN. Or ESPN2. Or even The Ocho.

ESPN have their reasons. The simplest reason is that the game happens Saturday night (10pm Eastern), the same time as Michigan State vs Purude on ESPN and the Australian Open on ESPN2. A USA team of no-name players vs. a similarly starless Chile just can’t compete. And I believe The Ocho shows only dodgeball tournaments.

The slightly more complex reason, at least according to the very trustworthy Steven Goff at the Washington Post is that ESPN’s contract with Soccer United Marketing only allows them to televise a set number of games per year.

With bigger games to come in 2011, like the glamorous friendly vs. Argentina in March (starring Leo Messi as Leo Messi) ESPN decided to pass on USA vs. Chile altogether. … Read More »


“For More Coverage Type ‘MLS’ into Google and I’m Sure You’ll Find Something”

Posted on January 16th, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

Did anyone see SportsDome on Comedy Central last week? It was… disappointing. The much anticipated (by me anyway) satirical sports show from The Onion turned out to be too many shallow jokes spread way too thin. Miami Heat’s Big Three want to change the rules of basketball, etc. You could almost see the bottom of the barrel.

However, SportsDome was very much on target with its Major League Soccer bit. Mostly because fake anchors Mark Shepard and Alex Reiser avoided the easy Jim Rome cliché of mocking soccer directly (something The Onion usually has no problem doing) and instead got good mileage out of the co-hosts differing levels of enthusiasm. Shepard (right) wanting to “do more soccer” and offer his opinion on Kenny Cooper, but Reiser (left) happy to plough through four years worth of MLS while getting all the names … Read More »


Man City 4-3 Wolves // Jan 15 2011

Posted on January 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Our game of the week was Manchester City vs Wolves, which finished 4-3 to the better financed team. Wolves worked hard, but Carlos Tevez was the difference. We also talk MLS 2011 Superdraft and close the show with the Wikipedia Game.

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Things Mentioned On This Week’s Show:

Carlos Tevez‘ first goal:


US Players in the Transfer Window // Jan 13 2011

Posted on January 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 4 comments

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The January transfer window is open. Brrr. Feel that breeze. We discuss US players on the move, including Oguchi Onyewu’s reunion with Michel Preud’homme at FC Twente and Edson Buddle’s surprise move to Ingolwhatsit in Germany.

We close with an epic edition of the Wikipedia Game. This week: Josh hosts, Taylor plays.

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Things Mentioned On This Week’s Show:

Edson Buddle‘s goals from the 2010 season:

One of the Top 50 Most Expensive Players of All Time, apparently:


The Wikipedia Game

Posted on January 11th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

At the end of every show we play the Wikipedia Game. It’s a soccer trivia game based loosely on Name That Tune and not so loosely on the Leonard Maltin Game from the Doug Loves Movies podcast. Here’s how it works:

Essentially it’s three contestants (usually Albert, Josh and myself) competing to “name that player”. After a contestant selects a category, the host (usually Taylor) selects a footballer and gives us a few clues from the player’s Wikipedia page and the number of clubs that player played for in his career. We then take it in turns to bid on how many of those clubs we would need to hear to name that player.

Here’s an easy one as an example: If the category was MLS Designated Players, and the clues were “This player is famous for his free-kicks, his multiple hairstyles … Read More »


Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool // Jan 9 2011

Posted on January 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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Roy Hodgson out, Kenny Dalglish in. But Liverpool still lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and didn’t look particularly clever while doing so. Man Utd fan Taylor resists (well, mostly resists) the urge to taunt Liverpool fans Josh and Albert, while Daryl enjoys the banter.

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Things Mentioned in This Week’s Show:

Daniel Agger’s foul on Dimitar Berbatov, before there’s even a minute on the clock. And Giggs scoring the subsequent penalty. Careful when you click play, video is unnecessarily loud:

Steven Gerrard’s red card for that two-footed tackle on Michael Carrick. Again, unnecessarily loud:

YoungThomas Ince sends a Bournemouth defender to the floor, using only the power of stepovers. Ince is a Liverpool player, on loan at Notts County where his dad Paul is manager:

(Quick correction from podcast: Ince is a former England U-17 … Read More »


Asian Cup, USA Camp, Beckham Decamp // Jan 6 2011

Posted on January 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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In episode 73 we do a quick preview of Asian Cup 2011 (starts on Friday people) before discussing the USA training camp happening in California right now. Then, for podcast listeners only, we talk David Beckham’s proposed loan move to Spurs and close – as usual – with the Wikipedia Game.

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Things mentioned in this episode:

Japan’s 21-year-old attacking midfelder Shinji Kagawa, currently top of the Bundesliga with Borrusia Dortmund. Dribbly.

South Korea’s 18-year-old forward/winger Son Heung-Min (who we all agreed was the Korean Leo Messi) became the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliha histroy when he did this against FC Köln in October.

Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hosein Ka’abi and Vahid Hashemian were all forcibly retired from the Iranian national team after wearing green wristbands in support of the election protests.

Australia’s goalscoring midfielder Tim Cahill doing his … Read More »


Manchester United vs Liverpool

Posted on January 5th, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

Every weekend (well, almost every weekend) we do our Game of the Week podcast. What that means is: The four of us sit down together, watch a game and then record a podcast immediately afterwards.

The long-term plan is to ask listeners to help us decide which game gets the treatment each weekend. But this weekend, there’s no contest. It’s Manchester United (as supported by Taylor) vs. Liverpool (as supported by Josh, Albert) in the FA Cup 3rd Round. I voted for Doncaster Rovers vs Wolves, but for some reason no one seemed keen.

So we’ll be watching Sunday morning, recording Sunday afrernoon, then releasing the podcast Sunday evening. Subscribe via iTunes to get it, or find it on the Total Soccer Show home page.


2010 Review: Part Two // Dec 30 2010

Posted on December 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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In the final Total Football Soccer Show of 2010, we conclude our review of the year by naming our:

US Player of the Year
Off-Field Moment of the Year
Most Notable Retirement or Death
Defensive Play of the Year
Goal of the Year

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Related: 2010 Review: Part One


2010 Review: Part One // Dec 23 2010

Posted on December 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Just two shows left in 2010, and we’re using them both to review the year. In part one, we each name our:

Player of the year
Breakout player of the year
Best & worst signing of the year
Team of the year

… and many more. Xavi’s name may come up once or twice. Part two will be out the same time next Thursday.

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The Michael Bradley Show // Dec 19 2010

Posted on December 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Game of the week: Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 Hamburg


Yanks Abroad Mid-Term Report // Dec 16 2010

Posted on December 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Checking in with US players in Europe


NCAA College Cup, Spurs 1-1 Chelsea // Dec 12 2010

Posted on December 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Game of the Week: NCAA College Cup
Listen to TSS Extra Time Dec 12



NCAA College Cup Preview // Dec 9 2010

Posted on December 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

NCAA College Cup Final Four preview


Bundesliga Review, World Cup Hosts // Dec 5 2010

Posted on December 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Game of the week: Schalke 2-0 Bayern



Women’s World Cup 2011 Trivia // Dec 2 2010

Posted on December 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Which TSS co-host knows the most about girls?



Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid // Nov 29 2010

Posted on November 29th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Listen to four shell-shocked men attempt to describe what they just witnessed…


MLS Cup Review // Nov 25 2010

Posted on November 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle discusses Colorado’s 2-1 win over Dallas…


South Africa 0-1 USA // Nov 18 2010

Posted on November 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

South Africa 0-1 USA, thanks to Juan Agudelo


Milan Derby // Nov 14 2010

Posted on November 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Game of the week: Inter 0-1 Milan


Football’s Greatest Comebacks // Nov 11 2010

Posted on November 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

We pay tribute to Conan O’Brien’s return to television by discussing the greatest footballing comebacks of all time.


Lazio 0-2 Roma, Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea, Man Utd 2-1 Wolves // Nov 7 2010

Posted on November 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We have three games of the week: Lazio 2-0 Roma in the Rome derby (eagle not included), Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea, Man Utd 2-1 Wolves.


Fund Drive Football Trivia // Nov 4 2010

Posted on November 4th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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It’s Fall Fund Drive week at WRIR 97.3, so we’ve put together a special show themed around the fund drive phone number: 622-9747. We’ve broken that number down into individual digits and then competed over who has the best bit of numerical trivia. Loser takes a lap of the studio. Listen, enjoy, and then please donate to the station via WRIR.org.

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The All-Politician XI // Oct 28 2010

Posted on October 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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With mid-term elections just days away in the US, we put our heads together and select a Politicians XI soccer team. That’s a full 11-a-side football team made up of American politicans past and present. Dowload, listen, disagree.

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MLS Playoff Preview with Jeff Carlisle // Oct 26 2010

Posted on October 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Taylor phoned up “show regular” Jeff Carlisle to do a full-on podcast preview of the 2010 MLS Playoffs. Jeff gave his round by round predictions, thoughts on the overall playoff structure, and said goodbye to the 2010 regular season. He refused to explain why he won’t play FIFA ’11, but did take the time to touch on the US Men’s National Team, the influence of Jermaine Jones, and the potential for locker room bitterness. Download and enjoy!

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Adam Cristman Interview // Oct 25 2010

Posted on October 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Taylor chats with Mills Godwin and University of Virginia product, D.C. United’s Adam Cristman about his time in MLS.

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MLS Playoff Trivia // Oct 21 2010

Posted on October 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The usual foursome assemble in studio to discuss the end of the MLS regular season and, more specifically, the start of the 2010 Playoffs. However, not content to do a simple/logical breakdown of each team, they resort to a trivia competition as a means of discussing the eight teams that have qualified for the tournament.

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Posted on July 6th, by Daryl in Listen to Podcasts:. No Comments

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