COPA: Why Messi Missed His Penalty

Posted on June 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: Why Messi Missed His Penalty

So…. that happened. 

Spoiler Alert: If you’re only here to find out about Messi’s penalty miss and subsequent retirement announcement, it starts at [21:40].

But before that, we break down all the incidents in a (somewhat) action-packed Copa America Centenario final between Chile and Argentina. Red cards. Yellow cards. Flamboyant falls. Aggressive posturing… and that’s all just from the referee!

We break down the Higuain’s miss, Pizzi’s tactics, and what exactly happened on that Messi dive. Then it’s on to penalties, where it’s praise for Chile and frame-by-frame analysis for Leo Messi. 


EUROS: France go all out, Draxler delivers for Germany , Belgium teach an offside-rule masterclass

Posted on June 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: France go all out, Draxler delivers for Germany , Belgium teach an offside-rule masterclass

We review France’s win over Ireland, Germany’s win over Slovakia, and Belgium’s beating of Hungary.


COPA: USA v Colombia II: Electric Boogaloo

Posted on June 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: USA v Colombia II: Electric Boogaloo

We recap the USA’s 1-0 loss to Colombia in the Copa America Centenario Third Place game, with praise for Jermaine Jones, Clint Dempsey, and a relative return to form. Unfortunately, there’s also criticism (looking in your direction DeAndre Yedlin). Plus, Jurgen the Cheerleader, Ospina the Cruel, and Orozco’s red mist.

We also turn our collective gaze to the future and the USA’s September World Cup qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Who should make the roster? Who shouldn’t? Should Nagbe get more than 12 minutes? 

All that and much, much more!


EUROS: Shaqiri’s scissors, Bale finally finds space, all hail Ricky Q!

Posted on June 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: Shaqiri’s scissors, Bale finally finds space, all hail Ricky Q!

We review Poland’s penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland, Wales’ eventual victory over Northern Ireland, and Portugal’s late late winner against Croatia.


COPA: Previewing USA-Colombia and Argentina-Chile in the Copa America Centenario

Posted on June 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: Previewing USA-Colombia and Argentina-Chile in the Copa America Centenario

Starting at [0:00] – We discuss the Brexit vote and its potential impact on the Premier League.

[7:33] – Due to popular demand, we do a (relative) deep-dive review of the USA’s 4-0 loss to Argentina, and notice a few new points (Wondo the man marker, Bradley’s spacial drift, and screening Romero).

[31:30] – On Saturday, the USA takes on Colombia in the Copa America Centenario 3rd place match, and we attempt to cheer ourselves up by figuring out the things that could potentially make us happy in this game.

40:25 – Today’s show is sponsored by Mack Weldon, makers of smart clothes for smart guys. We figure out what Jurgen Klinsmann needs to do against Colombia to earn the classification of a “smart guy.” You can buy comfy t-shirts, underoos and socks at http://MackWeldon.com, and use the promo code “TSS” to get 20% off.

[44:13] – … Read More »


EUROS: Round of 2016 preview and predictions

Posted on June 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: Round of 2016 preview and predictions

We preview all eight matches from the Euro 2016 Round of 16, offering specific predictions for what will happen in each game.

[02:05] Switzerland v Poland

[06:15] Wales v Northern Ireland

[09:55] Croatia v Portugal

[16:58] France v Ireland

[22:52] Germany v Slovakia

[29:48] Hungary v Belgium

[36:21] Italy v Spain

[42:08] England v Iceland


EUROS+COPA: Ronaldo’s Redemption (?) and Delight for The Boys in Green

Posted on June 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS+COPA: Ronaldo’s Redemption (?) and Delight for The Boys in Green

It’s an action packed (and then partially rain-soaked) episode of The Total Soccer Show.

Starting at [0:00] – It’s our review of the final round of Group F games (Hungary v Portugal and Iceland v Austria). We talk Ronaldo’s mental state, Viking chants, and the cursed versatility of David Alaba.

20:43 – Today’s show was sponsored by http://SeatGeek.com. Download the app and use promo code TSS for a $20 rebate on Copa America semi-final or final tickets. 

[23:03] – We break down all the action from the final round of Group E (Belgium v Sweden and Ireland v Italy). Roy Keane’s intensity, the importance of Gigi Buffon, and the box-to-box abilities of a certain Belgian midfielder all get a mention.

[36:08] – Lastly, after a prolonged rain delay, the other Copa America Centenario semifinal was decided! Chile relegated Colombia to the third place game … Read More »


COPA: USA v Argentina review—why the US lost so badly

Posted on June 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: USA v Argentina review—why the US lost so badly

We offer our instant-ish review of the USA’s 4-0 defeat to Argentina, outlining how and why the US lost so very badly, and why the narratives that are already forming in the US Soccer media do nothing to help solve the problem.


EUROS: Croatian whispers, Turkish delight, third-place mathematics

Posted on June 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: Croatian whispers, Turkish delight, third-place mathematics

We review Northern Ireland’s 1-0 loss to Germany, which was narrow enough to see them through to the Round of 16, plus Poland’s 1-0 win over Ukraine.

After a short word from our friends at Howler magazine, we review Croatia’s 2-1 win over Spain, and Turkey finally showing up for Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.


EUROS: Wales Cruise, England Snooze, and Groups C and D Loom

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: Wales Cruise, England Snooze, and Groups C and D Loom

That’s right! We’re using Slant Rhymes now. That’s just how we roll. Also…

Starting at [1:14], we review England’s 1-1 draw with Slovakia, and try to figure out how Slovakia stymied pretty much every English attack AND what Roy & Company could have done to get all three points.

[13:20] – We recap Wales’ 3-0 win over Russia, and discuss a failed offside trap, players being unintentionally onside, and some clever work from Aaron Ramsay. 

[21:53] – Previewing Tuesday’s Group C action (Northern Ireland v Germany and Ukraine v Poland) and determining which match is more likely to be the “more watchable.”

[27:22] – Doing the same thing with Group D (Croatia v Spain and Czech Republic v Turkey).

[31:25] – A few final notes regarding both the USA and Argentina ahead of their Copa America Centenario clash. 

You can find our deep dive preview of that match here: http://totalsoccershow.com/podcasts/copaeuros-usa-v-argentina-deep-dive-preview-plus-the-frailty-of-swiss-uniforms/ 

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COPA+EUROS: USA v Argentina Deep-Dive Preview, Plus The Frailty of Swiss Uniforms

Posted on June 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA+EUROS: USA v Argentina Deep-Dive Preview, Plus The Frailty of Swiss Uniforms

[0:00] – We take a look at Argentina’s considerable strengths and modest weaknesses in an effort to find some areas of opportunity for the US national team. We also do our best to settle on an ideal formation and lineup for Jurgen Klinsmann’s men in the (likely) scenario that they will be without Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood, and Alejandro Bedoya for Tuesday’s Copa America Centenario Semi-Final.

36:32 – Today’s show is sponsored by Mack Weldon, makers of smart clothes for smart guys. Buy comfy t-shirts, underoos and socks at http://MackWeldon.com, and use the promo code “TSS” to get 20% off.  

[41:22] – Reviewing Sunday’s Euro 2016 action: France v Switzerland and Romania v Albania, and wondering just how pleased Nike executives must have been to see Puma and Adidas products being torn to shreds on international television.

[44:15] – Previewing Monday’s Euro Group B clashes: England v … Read More »


COPA: How Mexico got it wrong v Chile, why you can’t stop Leo Messi, why you shouldn’t always Panenka

Posted on June 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: How Mexico got it wrong v Chile, why you can’t stop Leo Messi, why you shouldn’t always Panenka

We review Chile’s 7-0 win over Mexico, focusing on Juan Carlos Osorio’s tactical and gameplan decisions.

We also look at Argentina’s 4-1 win over Venezeula, including a masterclass in passing from Leo Messi and a poorly judged Panenka from Venezeula’s Seijas.

Today’s show was sponsored by http://SeatGeek.com. Download the app and use promo code TSS for a $20 rebate on Copa America semi-final or final tickets. 


EUROS: Belgium Smashes Ireland and Cristiano Ronaldo Has A Very Bad Day

Posted on June 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: Belgium Smashes Ireland and Cristiano Ronaldo Has A Very Bad Day

We review all of Saturday’s Euro 2016 action:

[0:00] – Belgium v Ireland OR “That Day We All Remembered that Eden Hazard is Fast”

[8:44] – Iceland v Hungary: The Sons and The Sweatpants battle to a 1-1 draw.

[15:16] – Portugal v Austria: Analyzing what exactly led to Ronaldo’s horrible, no-good, very bad day.

[27:29] – Previewing Sunday’s Group A match-ups: France v Switzerland and Romania v Albania.


EUROS+COPA: Chiellini crushes Zlatan, why Croatian fans caused trouble, how Turkey Topal-ed themselves

Posted on June 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS+COPA: Chiellini crushes Zlatan, why Croatian fans caused trouble, how Turkey Topal-ed themselves

We review all the action from Euro 2016, plus the Copa America quarterfinal between Colombia and Peru

[01:30] Italy vs Sweden

How Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli dealth with Zlatan

[07:30] Croatia vs Czech Republic

How Modric, Perisic and Rakitic out played the Czech Republic, then Croatian fans helped with a Czech comeback.

[24:15] Spain v Turkey

Why not all central midfielders can play centerback, and all the backstory to Turkish fans booing Arda Turan 

Video of Topal’s defending: https://streamable.com/jsn6

[32:50] Quick previews of Belgium v Ireland, Iceland v Hungary, Portugal v Austria

COPA AMERICA!

[39:45] Update on the USMNT’s yellow and red card problems 

[41:10] Colombia v Peru review

[47:45] Copa quarterfinal previews: Argentina v Messi, Mexico v Chile


COPA: USA v Ecuador Review – Victory Despite Cards

Posted on June 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: USA v Ecuador Review – Victory Despite Cards

We break down the USA’s historic/hard fought/somewhat controversial 2-1 victory over Ecuador in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals, and pay particular attention to the Jermaine Jones red card, the observable patterns of play, and stability (in multiple ways) of John Brooks.

As promised, here’s the link to Taylor’s article that breaks down the Jones red card frame-by-frame: https://www.pastemagazine.com/soccer

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COPA: USA v Ecuador review — instant take

Posted on June 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: USA v Ecuador review — instant take

Immediately after the final whistle of the USMNT’s 2-1 win over Ecuador in the Copa America quarterfinal, we hit record to capture our immediate reactions to the game.

If you enjoyed this, check back tomorrow for a longer, more detailed breakdown.


EUROS: How Hodgson’s Subs Won England the Game, Plus Northern Ireland Pelt Ukraine

Posted on June 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: How Hodgson’s Subs Won England the Game, Plus Northern Ireland Pelt Ukraine

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show, we go deep into England’s 2-1 victory over Wales. Hodgson nails his substitutions, Bale nails his freekick, and Sturridge hammers home the winner.

Plus, we break down Northern Ireland’s historic 2-0 victory over Ukraine, and try to figure out just what happened in Germany’s 0-0 draw with Poland (we promise, there WERE some exciting things).


EUROS: Hamsik’s magic, Griezmann’s glory, plus: England v Wales preview

Posted on June 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: Hamsik’s magic, Griezmann’s glory, plus: England v Wales preview

We review all the action from the sixth day of Euro 2016

[00:39] Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Russia, with some actual magic from Marek Hamsik. (Ot at least some solid misdirection.)

[09:42] Switzerland’s 1-1 with Romania—why did Mehmedi have so much time and space for that volley? We have the answer.

[17:30] Howler Radio have a new series and we want you to know about it.

[19:10] France’s 2-0 win over Albania. What took you so long, France? Turns out, it was Albania’s simple but effective defensive scheme.

28:50 Today’s sponsor is SeatGeek, download the app at http://SeatGeek.com and enter “TSS” in the settings tab for a $20 rebate.

[30:50] We preview England v Wales (and Taylor quizzes Daryl about United Kingdom geopolitical stuff), Northern Ireland v Ukraine, and Poland v Germany

[47:30] An accidental bonus preview of the USMNT v Ecuador.

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EUROS+COPA: Iceland Bully Portugal, Mighty Magyars Blitz Austria, and Messi Makes Eye Contact

Posted on June 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS+COPA: Iceland Bully Portugal, Mighty Magyars Blitz Austria, and Messi Makes Eye Contact

We review Iceland’s rough-and-tumble 1-1 draw with Portugal, as well as Hungary’s surprise 2-0 victory over (consensus tournament dark horse) Austria. Daryl also takes time to explain 1) the meaning of that phrase and 2) why it is wildly inaccurate in the modern era.

Plus, we talk Chile’s 4-2 win over Panama and Argentina’s 3-0 drubbing of Bolivia. The possession stats alone are worth listening in to hear.

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COPA: USA v Ecuador quarterfinal preview

Posted on June 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: USA v Ecuador quarterfinal preview

We preview the USMNT’s Copa America quarterfinal against Ecuador, highlighting what to watch for, picking our starting XI and preferred approach, and answering listener questions.

We also review Mexico’s 1-1 tie with Venezuela, breaking down how Tecatito scored his wondergoal.

This episode was sponsored by the beautifully attired people at Mack Weldon.

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EUROS: Italy Out-Tactic Belgium, Plus Hoolahan vs Zlatan and Spain Victorious

Posted on June 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS: Italy Out-Tactic Belgium, Plus Hoolahan vs Zlatan and Spain Victorious

We review Italy’s comprehensive victory over Belgium, Ireland’s compelling 1-1 draw with Sweden, and Spain’s last gasp win over the Czech Republic.

We also do a quick preview of Tuesday’s action (Austria v Hungary and Portugal v Iceland), and take a moment to do some beautiful (and almost certainly incorrect) singing.

 

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EUROS+COPA: Modric’s volley, Schweini’s settler, Peru push Brazil out of Copa America

Posted on June 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on EUROS+COPA: Modric’s volley, Schweini’s settler, Peru push Brazil out of Copa America

We review Croatia’s impressive win over Turkey, Poland’s professional win over Northern Ireland, and Germany’s very Germany win over Ukraine.

We also take a good long look at Raul Ruidiaz’ goal for Peru, which knocked Brazil out of Copa America very very early and was 1000% a handball.

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Euros: How Russia’s Zone Trumped England’s Press, Plus Welsh Topspin and Albanian Amplitude

Posted on June 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on Euros: How Russia’s Zone Trumped England’s Press, Plus Welsh Topspin and Albanian Amplitude

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show, we review (in minute detail) England’s 1-1 draw with Russia, and try to figure out exactly how an aging Russian back line hampered England’s youthful attack.

Plus, we break down Wales’ 2-1 victory over Slovakia (Gareth Bale is very good and Miroslav Stoch is the opposite of that) and Albania’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland.


COPA: USA v Paraguay review: USMNT on steroids (also: Messi magic)

Posted on June 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: USA v Paraguay review: USMNT on steroids (also: Messi magic)

We review the USA’s 1-0 win over Paraguay, looking at the most aggressive performance   we’ve seen in a while, and a towering performance from John Brooks. We also explain why the US’s goal was pure Gyasi Zardes.

We also explain how Colombia gave up top spot to the US, and look ahead to the Group B finale with Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Haiti.

There’s disagreement in studio over Chile’s winning penalty kick versus Bolivia. It’s basically Captain America 3: Civil War, only with no special powers or suits.

Last, and by no means least, we talk about Leo Messi’s quickfire hat-trick, which made him joint top scorer at Copa America after just 30 minutes on the field.

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COPA: USA v Paraguay review (instant take)

Posted on June 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on COPA: USA v Paraguay review (instant take)

Well, that was scary. We offer our instant reactions to the USA’s 1-0 win over Paraguay in Copa America Centenario.