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Clásico Review

Posted on March 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

[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.

Clásico Preview with Phil Schoen

Posted on March 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

[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.”

Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Seattle vs Los Angeles, and Man Utd vs Chelsea

Posted on October 28th, by TSS in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We talk El Clasico, Supporters’ Shield, and Louis van Gaal versus Jose Mourinho.

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.

Copa America Centenario 2016, Champions League Semis

Posted on May 1st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Big day for TSS! We’ve set up a remote studio so we can record shows from outside of WRIR HQ. In this first bonus show, Taylor and Daryl discuss the Champions League semi-finals and the big Copa America 2016 announcement.

Classic Clasico Review (plus some MLS analysis)

Posted on March 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

The boys look back at one of THE great Clasicos, in which Barcelona and Real Madrid served up an absolute treat with a magical Messi filling, with verbal cherries placed on top by the one and only Ray Hudson. We’re also joined by Ben Bromley from to talk early-season MLS and how Messrs. Bradley, Dempsey, Defoe, and Edu have started the season.

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TSS 193: Champions League Semifinals Review

Posted on May 2nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments


We review Bayern Munich’s beating of Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund’s besting of Real Madrid.

TSS 182: Real Madrid, Man Utd, Robbie Rogers

Posted on February 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments


We discuss the players that impressed in the Real Madrid v Manchester United Champions League game, especially David De Gea and Angel Di Maria. We talk about Robbie Rogers courageous decision, and we close the show with the debut of a new trivia game called “On This Day,” in which Josh tests his co-hosts knowledge of soccer history.

TSS 163: From Camp Nou to Kamp Klinsmann

Posted on October 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments


On the latest and greatest Total Soccer Show, we discuss:

Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid — was it really all about Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi?
The University of Richmond torpedoing their own soccer program — we talk to interim Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s USMNT roster for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers — where’s Jozy, and what’s our starting XI?

We also play some booze-themed Wikipedia Game, meaning players whose names are also alcoholic beverages. What’s not to like?

Check back (late) Friday night for our review of USA vs Antigua & Barbuda …

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Champions League Semi Final Second Leg Reviews

Posted on April 25th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment


We review Chelsea’s incredible 2-2 win Barcelona. This is what the Champions League is supposed to look like. Drama, a red card, Bosingwa at center back, Drogba shooting from the halfway line, Messi losing his temper, this game had it all. It even had a goal from Senor Fernando Torres. We praise Ramires, heckle John Terry and ask … where do Leo Messi and Barcelona go from here?

We also review Bayern Munich’s penalty kick victory over Real Madrid, a game which–any other week–would be the game that has everyone talking.

Real Beat Barca: El Clasico Review

Posted on April 23rd, by TSS in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments


The second El Clasico of the season Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1. We break down the game for you from Real’s tactics to Barcelona’s defensive woes, Iker Casillas looking like the greatest keeper in the world and Cristiano Ronaldo’s questionable celebration of his matchwinner.

Also on the show: we review D.C.’s 4-1 win over New York, the Richmond Kickers slow start continues, crazy things are happening in Italy and, as always, we end with the Wikipedia Game.

Bayern Best Real, Chelsea Throttle Barcelona

Posted on April 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments


We review both Champions League semifinal first leg games: Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid and Chelsea’s surprise 1-0 win over Barcelona, explaining how the two victorious teams achieved those results and asking if they can repeat the trick in the respective second legs.

Essentially Bayern bested Real in midfield, though Fabio Coentrão wasn’t necessarily as bad as reports would have you believe, while Chelsea finally solved the “how the hell do you beat Barcelona?” math problem with an ultra-defensive five-men-in-a-straight-line midfield that left no gaps for Barcelona to wigggle through and a heroic lone striker performance from Didier Drogba.

The German Clasico & The Madrid Derby

Posted on April 12th, by TSS in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments


Minus Daryl, the TSS crew headed to the studio to breakdown two games from Europe with huge league title implications. In Germany, Borussia Dortmund hosted Bayern Munich in a top of the table clash that could all but settle the Bundesliga. How bad was Arjen Robben’s evening? Why would Dortmund fans throw bananas at Manuel Neuer? And can Dortmund challenge in Europe next season?

While in Madrid, Atletico welcomed Real to the Vicente Calderon in a game the visitors needed to win in order to maintain their dwindling lead atop La Liga. Are Real collapsing? How good is Ronaldo? Did Falcao lose a ball in the air?

Champions League Final Four Preview

Posted on April 5th, by TSS in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments


Anyone can preview the Champions League—Leo Messi this, Cristiano Ronaldo that—and anyone can predict a winner. But only one radio show/podcast can do it with the patented*, trademarked*, copyrighted* and all-around super-awesome scientific method. And that’s the Total Soccer Show.

We see how Barcelona, Bayern, Chelsea and Real Madrid match up when judged by the following criteria:

Most Important Player
Jersey & Sponsor
City Landmark
Best Ever Player

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The Champs (League) are Back

Posted on February 16th, by TSS in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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With Daryl out of gone to sort out his beloved Wolves, Albert, Josh, and Peyton took to the studio to discuss the return of Champions League. What’s our favorite non-Liverpool related Champions League moment? Who are we backing to win the whole thing? And are we hypocrites?

Also on the show: Donovan says goodbye to Everton, New USMNT jerseys, Africa has crowned a new champion, Rangers are in administration (don’t worry, we explain), and Wikipedia game domination.

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El Clasico Review: Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona

Posted on December 11th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the first El Clasico of the season, Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Barcelona at the Bernabeu.

Topics raised include, Barcelona’s fluidity, Messi’s magic, Ronaldo’s insecurite and the unique joy that is listening to Ray Hudson commentate on a soccer match.

Also: Peyton hosts an epic Wikipedia Game between Albert and Daryl that goes the full 7 rounds. Soccer-tastic.


The TSS Over/Under Week Two Predictions and Polls

Posted on December 8th, by Taylor in Blog. 1 Comment

So, Week One is in the books and Josh Stankus, Corinthians, and proper pronunciation emerged victorious. However, we here at the TSS aren’t ones to rest on our laurels, so on to Week Two. This week, all the wagers pertain to our Game of the Week: Real Madrid v Barcelona. So, here are the lines for this week, along with the predictions of the respective co-host. Furthermore, by popular request, we’ve also included polls for you out there on the interwebs to have your say as well.

1 – Over/under on number of yellow cards in El Clasico? +/- 5.5
A: Under
J: Over
D: Under

1 – Over/under on number of yellow cards in El Clasico? +/- 5.5

2 – Over/under on number of red cards in El Clasico? +/- .5
J: Over
D: Under
A: Over

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All-Time El Clasico XI

Posted on December 8th, by TSS in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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With the first El Clasico of the La Liga season fast approaching Albert, Daryl, and Josh selected the TSS El Clasico XI. Only former Barcelona and Real Madrid players could make the cut, sorry Messi, Ronaldo, Xavi et al. better luck next time. To round out the show Taylor gives us a new “Over/Under” and we wrap up the end of the Champions League group stage.

VCU Rams, a Tale of Two Champions Leagues, Timmy Chandler and the USMNT // Sep 15 2011

Posted on September 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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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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Valencia 1-0 Atletico Madrid // Sep 11 2011

Posted on September 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Spanish football isn’t all about Barcelona and Real Madrid. OK, it mostly is. But there are other teams too, storied, talented teams like Valencia and Atletico de Madrid. So TSS sat down to watch and then review Valencia v. Atletico Madrid, which finished 1-0 to the home team thanks to a Roberto Soldado header.

Sticking with a theme, we also interviewed Elliott Turner about his new ebook An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish. Elliott talks Spanish soccer phrases, the parallel English and Spanish-speaking American soccer cultures and the recent Spanish language influence on the US Men’s National Team. If you like the sound of the ebook, you can download it here:
If you heard Sunday’s show and liked the sound of Elliot Turner’s “An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish” e-book, follow these download links:

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Barcelona Beat Real Madrid 3-2, WPS Playoffs // Aug 18 2011

Posted on August 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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It’s Daryl, Josh and Peyton in studio to discuss Barcelona’s 3-2 win over Real Madrid in the Supercopa, as well as the first round of the WPS playoffs (which we promised Megan Rapinoe we would watch). We also weigh in on Alejandro Bedoya’s earlier than expected move to Rangers and the odd but interesting fact that Carlos Bocanegra will be joining him at Ibrox.

We (finally) answer Grayson Smith’s email about US soccer’s over-familiarity with England, the need for more ball-playing midfielders and the idea of an American playing style.

We also get a voicemail all the way from Turkey (oh yeah, we have voicemail now – call 804-767-2361 to leave us a message and we’ll air it on the show!) and Peyton closes out the show in style by hosting the Wikipedia … Read More »

Liverpool 1-1 Sunderland Review, Fabregas to Barça, Keane and Adu to MLS // Aug 14 2011

Posted on August 15th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Taylor is off to Turkey, Albert is still somewhere in Maine, and Josh does not know how to operate a calendar. So Daryl is joined in studio by Peyton, who makes makes his debut as co-host to discuss Liverpool’s disappointing draw with Sunderland–and what we think went wrong for Liverpool in the second half.

Also on the agenda: Manchester United’s defensive problems (or potential defensive problems), Wolves Champions League aspirations (table don’t lie), the madness that is Joey Barton, potential strikes in Italy and Spain, Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona, Robbie Keane to LA Galaxy and Freddy Adu to Chivas USA. Did we say Chivas USA? We meant Philadelphia Union. Last on the show but first in our hearts, we recap Americans in Europe and who did … 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 »

Champions League: Round One // Apr 29 2011

Posted on April 29th, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Amidst the scandalous world of birth certificates and royal weddings, Round One of the Champions League Semi-Finals took place this week. And, not to be outdone, the two matches definitely featured their own moments of drama.

On Tuesday, Manchester United defeated Schalke 04 2-0 after an inspired performance by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer kept Schalke (the home side) in the game far longer than they probably should have been. Then came Wednesday and the not-insignificant match-up of Real Madrid v Barcelona (Round 3 of 4). The semi-final featured drama on and off the pitch, Jose Mourinho behind bars (sort of), and Messi continuing to be a Jedi.

The usual foursome gathered in studio to break down all the action, read some stellar emails, and play … Read More »

How to Start a Soccer Team // April 21, 2011

Posted on April 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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There’s a lot of work goes into starting a soccer team. The Total Soccer Show 11-a-side team is now six games into its inaugural season, so we thought it was the perfect time to give ourselves a mid-season review in terms of how successful or otherwise we’ve been in assembling the team, getting organized and getting results. So we grade ourselves in various categories, and also share what we’ve learned and provide a guide to starting a soccer team.

Later in the show we review TSS’s 2-1 win over Sounders, look back at Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey Final, and respond to a brilliant Correspondence of the Week from Dan Degnan asking where exactly is the best place to put your penalty kick.

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