We savor Landon Donovan’s defence-splitting assist for Everton against Villa, and start wondering if and how David Moyes could manage to make LD’s move to Merseyside a full time thing. We also ponder Edson Buddle’s trial at the Toffees and ponder the uphill battle facing Brad Guzan after Shay Given’s acrobatic return to action.
We also review the Milan Derby, in which Claudio Ranieri’s Inter beat Milan 1-0 with only 33% possession. Classic stuff, especially if you love a good tactical battle. And Peyton loves a good tactical battle. We also praise Javier Zanetti and Maicon and wonder whether we’d even want Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the Total Soccer Show team.
Finally, on Richmond, Virginia’s first, only and therefore best soccer podcast, we play some facial hair-themed Wikipedia Game. Click play above to listen.
Albert and Josh interview Dave Giffard, head coach of VCU Rams Men’s Soccer team, about his impressively ambitious plans for the program. They’re then joined in studio by Daryl to look back on an intriguing opening round of Champions League group stage games and ponder a) how good are Milan? b) how far can Man City go? and c) why do Barcelona have so few defenders?
The trio also look back on LA Galaxy’s controversial defeat to Morelia in the “other” Champions League, reflect on the “Timmy Chandler wants to play for Germany” storm in a Twitter-cup and look ahead to the challenge facing former USMNT coach Bob Bradley in Egypt.
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Mentioned on this show:
Alexandre Pato’s goal for Milan vs. Barcelona:
Alessandro Nesta’s perfect tackle on Leo Messi:
Morelia 2-1 LA Galaxy
It’s a triple-headed game of the week show: FC Twente’s 2-0 win over PSV, Milan’s 3-0 win over Inter, and TSS’s heartbreaking 3-2 defeat in the CVSA.
Disclaimer: The Total Soccer Show is based in Richmond, Virginia. The four co-hosts all live in Richmond, Virginia. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is also based in Richmond, Virginia. So, the obvious game to watch this weekend would be the Final Four match-up of VCU v Butler on Saturday night, with tipoff coming at 6:09pm. However, if you’re looking for some soccer coverage to balance out the weekend, then look no further because there is an absurd amount of good soccer on television this weekend. There are at least 43 games on TV this weekend, including two international tournaments, one international friendly, and matches in 10 different leagues.
Hello again and welcome to the weekend! There are indeed some tasty competitions over the next two days. So much so, in fact, that I’m currently diagramming how best to position my living room so as to allow me to watch three games on Saturday morning. World peace? International politics? No. These are the issues I choose to involve myself with… at least on Friday mornings. Anyway, here’s an abbreviated look at the American TV schedule this weekend.
Game of the week: Inter 0-1 Milan