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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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Recording Soon: USMNT vs Jamaica (Twice!)

Posted on September 7th, by TSS in Blog. No Comments

Laura, Daryl and Josh will be recording a new show tonight, immediately after the USMNT vs Jamaica World Cup qualifier. We’ll break down the magnificent win/frustrating tie/heartbreaking loss [delete as appropriate] and then play some Wikipedia Game.

We’ll also be back in studio next week to record another show after the second USA vs Jamaica game on Tuesday, and the following weekend we will record a special episode for the WRIR fund drive, in which the members of the RVA Supporters of DC United group will compete in a DC United-themed Wikipedia Game extravaganza.

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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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How the Total Soccer Show Solved England’s Tactical Problems

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

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Describe Mario Balotelli in Two Words…

Posted on April 9th, by Albert in Blog. 4 comments

With the title race in the Barclays Premier League (thank you Fox Soccer) quickly coming to a head, we sit down to discuss the TSS game of the week, Arsenal v. Manchester City. Is Mancini too honest with the media? Could Arsenal ruin the blue half of Manchester’s season? Would Josh sell Balotelli?

Also on the show: United dive to the top, even throwback uniforms couldn’t save the Richmond Kickers in their season opener, Klinsmann opens up (in his own way) to the US media, and as always some Wikipedia Game.

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Olympic Failure

Posted on March 28th, by Albert in Blog. No Comments

On this episode of the TSS we talk US U-23’s. Specifically, their game against El Salvador and their failure to qualify for this year’s Olympics. How bad is this for US Soccer? Who is to blame? What were, if any, the bright spots? And after what feels like an eternity, Freddy Adu’s youth career officially comes to an end.

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Tony Meola 3-6-1 and Manchester City v. Chelsea

Posted on March 22nd, by Albert in Blog, Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

The gang heads to the studio to inducts its newest member into the 3-6-1 Total Soccer Show Hall of Fame. Josh has a big smile on his face as we induct Tony Meola as our first goal keeper in the the group of Americans who have profoundly influenced soccer. Next we take a quick trip across the pond to explore some soccer of the English variety. We breakdown the big English Premier League match-up between Manchester City and Chelsea. We also discuss what Carlos Tevez’s roll should or should not have been.
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“Victory” featuring the 1990 USMNT