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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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 »

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:

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.

Watch Copa America Online! (Legally and for Free!)

Posted on June 25th, by Daryl in Blog. 7 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 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 »

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

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.

Americans Abroad: (Mostly) End of Season Awards

Posted on May 31st, by Taylor in Blog. 8 comments

For most European football leagues, the 2010-2011 Season is in the books. For the many Americans playing abroad, that means it’s time to relax, recover from a grueling season, sell some jewelry, spend too much time on Twitter, and, if you’re a select member of the 23-man roster, get ready to play for the USA in the 2011 Gold Cup. For us here at the Total Soccer Show, it’s an opportunity to case one more glance across the pond break down the last 10 months.

Therefore, on this week’s show, we’re going to be bringing a close to the 2010-2011 Installment of Americans Abroad. To do so, we’ve come up with nine categories worthy of scholarly discussion and debate… or semi-intellectual ranting on a 45 … Read More »

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], or use our contact page, leave it in the comments below, or post the answer on Facebook. You have until we record … Read More »

Six Degrees: Jay DeMerit to Roberto Carlos

Posted on May 18th, by Taylor in Blog. No Comments

Congrats to Nick Canzius for winning last week’s “Six Degrees of David Beckham” challenge. He linked Hugo Sanchez to Leo Messi quite easily:

Hugo Sanchez played with Luis Enrique at Real Madrid
Luis Enrique played with Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

If that sounds a bit strange, allow Mr. Canzius to explain: “Hugo Sanchez playing with Luis Enrique at Real is obvious, but Luis Enrique did actually play with Messi in a friendly in the inaugural game at the Estádio do Dragão on November 16, 2003. In that match Messi made his debut with the senior team alongside Luis Enrique.” So one degree of separation between Hugo Sanchez and Leo Messi. Well played to Nick!

On last Thursday’s show, we set out a new challenge: Link Vancouver Whitecaps/US Mens national defender Jay DeMerit to Anzhi Makhachkala/Brazil defender Roberto Carlos.

If you’ve never played before, check … 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.


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 »

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], or send it via the TSS contact form or just leave your answer as a comment on this blog … 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 … 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] 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).

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 »

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]

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
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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]

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 »