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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.


Jon Hamm Is… Sergio!

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

Around the [6:40] mark of the new show, Taylor took a moment to overly explain a reference to “Sergio!”, the saxophone-sporting, suspender-wearing dynamo played by Jon Hamm. Here he is in all his glory!


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.


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.


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?


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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#USMNT Anthems for 2014 World Cup

Posted on December 18th, by Josh in Blog. No Comments

We at the Total Soccer Show love a few things including the #USMNT, music, and moving pictures. We particularly like when US Soccer fans put all of these three things together in a video to honor the US Soccer team. This will be a page of all (our favorite) #USMNT videos in the run up to US Soccer’s journey to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. These videos are meant to build the anticipation and excitement for the #USMNT! Go USA!

If you know of any other #USMNT videos floating around, please send them to us via contact@totalsoccershow.com and we will get them up on this page! The more US Soccer videos the better!


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 »


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 »


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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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 »


Guess the MLS Player’s Salary

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

listen to ‘The "Guess the MLS Player's Salary" Game’ on Audioboo

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

listen to ‘Is Fabian Johnson a Left Back or a Left Winger?’ on Audioboo

Listen to the above two-minute excerpt from the Total Soccer Show to hear our take on Fabian Johnson’s best position for the U.S. national team.


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 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 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.


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: