Daryl is joined by Sports Illustrated contributor Liviu Bird to preview the U-23’s game against Mexico.
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.
Daryl and Taylor review the USMNT’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland, with particular emphasis on Brek Shea’s beauty, Jozy’s moment of madness, and the late Swiss equalizer. The guys also do their best to figure out the modifications in the USA’s tactical approach and determine if Jurgen Klinsmann does indeed have an overall plan.
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!
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.
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.”
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
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
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.
With Daryl abroad, Taylor called up ESPNFC’s Jeff Carlisle to discuss the current situation with the MLS CBA talks, as well as how far apart the two sides are, where we go from here, and how likely it is that the season kicks off next Friday.