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USA vs Mexico Review: Jordan Morris + Juan Agudelo = Dos a Cero

Posted on April 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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.


USA vs Belgium World Cup Preview Podcast

Posted on June 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

Daryl, Taylor and Albert preview the USMNT’s World Cup Round of 16 game versus Belgium.


USA vs Germany Review: How we survived the Group of Death

Posted on June 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 7 comments

Daryl and Taylor review the USMNT’s loss that felt like a win against Germany, a result which takes the US out of the Group of Death and into the knockout rounds of the World Cup.


Unentschieden! USA vs Germany Preview

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

Daryl and Taylor preview the USMNT’s World Cup Group G finale showdown with Germany by going through Germany’s lineup and seeing what the US can exploit/what the US should be scared of.


USA vs Portugal: So. Very. Nearly.

Posted on June 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 8 comments

Daryl and Taylor review the USA’s 2-2 tie with Portugal, which was mere seconds from being the USA’s 2-1 win over Portugal. We explain why we aren’t blaming Michael Bradley for that final goal, what we think Geoff Cameron was doing on the first goal, and why Jermaine Jones is a patriotic prince.


The Most Epic and In-depth USA vs Portugal World Cup Preview You Will Hear This Week. We Promise.

Posted on June 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl and Taylor go DEEP into Sunday’s USA vs Portugal game, reading every smart take they could find, internalizing that knowledge, adding their own twist, then presenting it to you. What is Portugals’ likely line-up and approach. Where are their strengths and weaknesses. Are we better off if Cristiano Ronaldo starts or doesn’t start in this game. Who replaces Jozy Altidore. Listen to hear the answers to all that and more.


USA 2, Ghana 1: It wasn’t pretty, but it felt SO good!

Posted on June 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Daryl, Taylor and Ryan review the USA’s 2-1 win over Ghana, then round up the rest of the day’s World Cup action.


USA vs Nigeria Review: Ketchup, Ketchup, Shake the Bottle …

Posted on June 9th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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World Cup Group G Preview

Posted on May 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The U.S. Men’s National Team Roster Selection Committee is Now in Session …

Posted on April 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

That’s right. We grabbed Robert’s Rules of Order, sat around a table, plugged in the mics, and passed motions until we had 23 names to represent the USMNT at World Cup 2014. Listen below to find out who made the final cut.

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USA v Mexico Dos a Dos Review – Stay Thirsty My Friends!

Posted on April 3rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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USA vs Mexico Preview (from both sides of the border)

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

We’ve got a great USA vs Mexico preview podcast for you, in the form of two guests.

First up, the excellent Matt Tomaszewicz (better known as The Shin Guardian—damn I wish I had a soccer alter ego) goes in-depth on the US lineup. We set the over/under on when Julian Green will enter the game (listen to find out) and Matt explains why a good performance from Maurice Edu could be key to the USMNT’s success this summer. You can read Matt’s full USA vs Mexico preview over at TSG and follow him on twitter @shinguardian.

Our second guest is Tom Marshall. You wouldn’t guess from Tom’s name that he’s a Mexican soccer expert, but that’s why they’re called guesses. Tom is an Englishman who migrated from Manchester (actually Rochdale) to Mexico and now provides English-language coverage of Mexican soccer for ESPN, … Read More »


Julian Green Chooses America – An Emergency Podcast

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

It’s the news we all secretly hoped for, but didn’t really think was coming: Julian Green has filed his switcheroo paperwork and will play his international football for the United States of America. Daryl was both excited and confused by this news, so called an emergency podcast session to talk it through with Taylor.

Topics discussed include why Green chose the U.S., why we’re all so excited when we’ve never seen the kid play, and whether or not we think Green will be going to the 2014 World Cup.


TSS 239: Brian Sciaretta on Timmy Chandler, plus: Who is The Most Successful American Abroad of All Time?

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

Timmy Chandler almost certainly won’t be going to World Cup now. But how close was he before that injury? Brian Sciaretta of Yanks Abroad joins us to talk about Timmy Chandler’s disastrous weekend, Fabian Johnson’s next move, and how Brian manages to find all these overseas American soccer players.

We also have ourselves a little debate about who the greatest ever American abroad might be.

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TSS 238: Playing the Stock Market, USA vs South Korea Review

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

After the USA’s 2-0 win over South Korea, we take the stock market analogy way too literally by expressing each U.S. player’s chances of making the World Cup in terms of a stock price. Souncloud version of the show below:

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TSS 236: DPs, Yanks Abroad, Rule Changes

Posted on January 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We have a bumper soccer podcast for you this week. Who is the next big Designated Player coming to MLS? We make some suggestions. How did Jozy, Deuce and ArJo do this weekend? We let you know. How can David Moyes fix Manchester United? What laws of the game would you change? And will American Soccer Now‘s John Godfrey be keeping Michael Bradley at the top of his ASN 100 rankings? Listen to find out.

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TSS Debate: What is Geoff Cameron’s Best Position?

Posted on January 19th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Where should Geoff Cameron play for the U.S. national team? Is he best at right-back, center-back or central midfield? After watching Cameron play for Stoke City, Daryl, Ryan and Laura from the Total Soccer Show debate how the U.S. can get the most out of Cameron at the World Cup.

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TSS 232: The Total Soccer Show 2013 Quiz!

Posted on December 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 4 comments

Did you pay close to attention to all things soccer in 2013? Test your knowledge with the Total Soccer Show end-of-year trivia game.

Answer the 15 questions below then listen to the show.

Closest to the correct answer wins, so if your answer is closer than Laura, Josh and Daryl’s guesses then you get a point. Tell us your score in the comments or on Facebook!

(AND NO GOOGLING!)

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#USMNT Anthems for 2014 World Cup

Posted on December 18th, by Josh in Blog. No Comments

We at the Total Soccer Show love a few things including the #USMNT, music, and moving pictures. We particularly like when US Soccer fans put all of these three things together in a video to honor the US Soccer team. This will be a page of all (our favorite) #USMNT videos in the run up to US Soccer’s journey to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. These videos are meant to build the anticipation and excitement for the #USMNT! Go USA!

If you know of any other #USMNT videos floating around, please send them to us via contact@totalsoccershow.com and we will get them up on this page! The more US Soccer videos the better!


Five reasons for U.S. fans to be optimistic about World Cup Group G

Posted on December 10th, by Daryl in Blog. 4 comments

U.S. fans are terrified of Group G. And sure, between Ghana, Portugal and Germany, there are no easy games. But that doesn’t mean we have to abandon hope all ye who enter the World Cup. Here are five reasons to be optimistic about World Cup Group G. (Because five points would be just lovely, thank you.)

1. We play Ghana first. First games can make or break a World Cup campaign, so the fact that the U.S. plays the weakest of its three opponents first is undeniably a good thing. And can you imagine the surge in optimism and positivity if we finally shake three points out of Ghana?

2. It’s an opportunity to show the world what we can do. Part of the USMNT’s mission is to show the rest of the world that American soccer isn’t all NASL shootouts, astroturf … Read More »


TSS 229: Portugal and Germany and Ghana, Oh My!

Posted on December 10th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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We review MLS Cup 2013, going through Real Salt Lake’s list of “what ifs” (e.g. What if Aurélien Collin had been sent off for all those fouls on Robbie Findley? What if Sebastián Velásquez hadn’t taken his penalty-kick in slow motion?).

We also take a good long look at World Cup Group G. Laura is terrified, Ryan is feeling confident, Daryl tries to decide who’s right. The show closes with the return of the Wikipedia Game, featuring players from Group G.

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TSS 227: USMNT Under the Microscope

Posted on November 21st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Fire up the Bunsen burner and put on your safety goggles as we get all sciency to review the USA vs Austria game, analyzing the results of Klinsmann’s experiments. We also look at the final 32 teams qualified for the World Cup.

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TSS 226: The Podcast That Didn’t Find USA vs Scotland “Boring”

Posted on November 18th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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USMNT vs Scotland: Why it wasn’t as boring as you think, and what Jurgen Klinsmann learned as the US team ramps up toward World Cup 2014. We also talk Mexico vs New Zealand and all the Euro World Cup playoffs too. Plus, of course, we talk EPL Bachelorette.

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TSS 225: Over Hadrian’s Wall

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

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We preview the USA vs Scotland friendly and the New Zealand vs Mexico World Cup playoff. We also review Manchester United vs Arsenal in the EPL and take a good look at Houston Dynamo vs Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake vs Portland Timbers in the MLS playoffs.

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TSS 224: US Men’s National Team All-Time Draft

Posted on November 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 8 comments

To celebrate 100 years of U.S. Soccer, Daryl and Ryan compete to draft the best possible US men’s team of all time. With Josh moderating, Daryl and Ryan take turns selecting players until they have their final XI. Listen to the show and then vote below for whichever team you think is better.

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TSS 222: Talking USMNT Tactics with Liviu Bird

Posted on October 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

With the Hex over and the World Cup on the way, we thought this would be a great time to talk to Liviu Bird about USMNT tactics. Liviu is the tactical expert in residence at AmericanSoccerNow and his tactical breakdowns of U.S. national team games are fast becoming a U.S. fan-favorite.

Daryl called up Liviu to talk about what he’s seen change over Klinsmann’s two and a bit years in charge, why tactics are an important part of understanding soccer, why a 3-5-2 might now work for the U.S. national team, and why formations probably aren’t as important as you think. Liviu also gets specific about what he thinks the U.S. needs to fine-tune ahead of World Cup 2014, and what the long-term impact of Klinsmann’s tenure might be. It’s 40 minutes of tactics-talk, but it’s well worth your time.

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There is No Escape From TSS!

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

The Total Soccer Show will soon be teaming up with everyone’s favorite sexy new website, American Soccer Now, to produce some extra audio content. We’re excited, because ASN does soccer like we do soccer.

This week, as part of that new content partnership, I made a guest appearance as a panelist on ASN’s own podcast, the magnificently titled American Soccer Now in 10 or 15 Minutes, with Jon Arnold and Ryan O’Hanlon. We talk World Cup draw, U.S. Soccer trolling the FMF on social media, and Brad Davis’ chances of making the World Cup roster. Give it a listen below …


Stuart Holden and the Greatest Premier League Goal of All Time

Posted on October 18th, by Daryl in Blog. Comments Off on Stuart Holden and the Greatest Premier League Goal of All Time

We played the Wikipedia Game on Total Soccer Show 221, and Taylor successfully named Johan Elmander based on the clue “he scored the greatest ever Premier League goal, [according to] a poll by The Guardian.”

Elmander scored that goal for Bolton, against Wolves, in November 2010, and it’s posted below. The Swedish striker drags the ball through an untackle-able 360 degree spin about 10 yards from the Wolves goal, losing three defenders and confusing a fourth, before sliding the ball into the far corner beyond Marcus Hahnemann’s reach. Feast your eyes:


Three Reasons U.S. Soccer Fans Should Leave That World Cup Draw Simulator Alone

Posted on October 17th, by Daryl in Blog. 6 comments

Don’t do it guys. I know it’s tempting to simulate a World Cup 2014 draw with that hastily assembled Japanese website. But don’t do it. Here are three reasons why:

1. It will give you nightmares. I just did it and the U.S. got grouped with Russia, England and Uruguay. Josh got Spain, Ghana and the Netherlands. Those combinations will keep you up at night.

2. These aren’t the real 32 World Cup teams. There are still playoffs to play all over Europe, Africa and intercontinentally, and there’s every chance that some of the teams expected to make it, won’t. The real World Cup draw could include Jordan instead of Uruguay, New Zealand instead of Mexico, Iceland instead of Portugal and so on. Much less scary.

3. Grow some balls! Every time you click “simulate” and hope for an easy group, a little … Read More »


TSS 221: Bursting the Bubble

Posted on October 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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How will the USA keeping Mexico alive in the World Cup affect US-Mexico soccer relations? Which US World Cup roster bubble players helped/hurt themselves against Panama? We also look at Egypt’s defeat to Ghana and England’s win over Poland before closing out with the Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 220: Jamaica Me Crazy!

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

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While the boys are all out of town, Laura’s back in the studio with some TSS newbies. Jonathan, Patrick, and Zach help her review the USMNT World Cup qualifier against Jamaica by serving the team some compliment sandwiches. So open wide for a review of US Soccer, the upcoming Ghana-Egypt World Cup qualifying match, and the triumphant return of the EPL Bachelorette.

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TSS 204: Ecstatic About Edgar

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

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Daryl and Ryan review the USA’s 4-1 win over Cuba, with a long discussion about the pros and cons of Edgar Castillo, an attempt to figure out what’s wrong with Dane Brekken Shea and some well-deserved praise for Kyle Beckerman.

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TSS 203: Seal of Approval

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

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Episode 203 is a podcast special, so we cast of the shackles of public radio broadcasting to review the USA’s 6-1 win over Belize, talk to John Godfrey of AmericanSoccerNow.com, give a good reason not to ever borrow Josh’s laptop and play a competitive round of the Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 200: Altiglorious!

Posted on June 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On our 200th Total Soccer Show podcast, we review the U.S.’s 1-0 win over Honduras by answering listener questions from our Facebook page. Questions like if and where Landon Donovan fits into his ea into this team now, what is Fabian Johnson’s best position and who is the ideal midfield partner for Michael Bradley?

We also look ahead and ponder ask ourselves if the U.S. could play a high-tempo passing game vs. Brazil or Spain without self-immoliating and close with a guess-tastic round of the MLS Salary Game.


Is Fabian Johnson a Left Back or a Left Winger?

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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TSS 199: USA vs Panama Review

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

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We review the USA’s 2-0 win over Panama, with goals from Jozy Altidore and Eddie Johnson. We spotlight the key performances and try to look ahead to World Cup 2014 and ask what the U.S. needs to improve on before arriving in Brazil. Plus, new co-host Ryan makes his Wikipedia Game debut.

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TSS 198: USA vs Jamaica Review

Posted on June 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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Laura, Daryl and guest co-host Ryan Heins review the USA’s dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Jamaica, in which the man, the myth, the instant USMNT legend, Brad Evans scored a 91st minute winner. We go over what we learned in this game (including: Matt Besler is not Franz Beckenbauer) and preview the upcoming game vs Panama.

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TSS Bonus: USA vs Belgium Review

Posted on May 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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One day all podcasts will be people calling their friends during lunch to talk about U.S. Men’s National Team soccer games. And Total Soccer Show is ahead of the curve with this bonus episode, in which Daryl calls Peyton to discuss the semi-drunken email Peyton sent to his co-hosts after the USA vs. Belgium game last night.

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TSS 196: Champions League Final Review

Posted on May 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Bayern’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League Final, asking how Dortmund got it so right to begin with, but then so wrong. We also look back at Michael Bradley and Roma’s 1-0 loss to Lazio in the Coppa Italia Final, preview the Richmond Kickers vs DC United US Open Cup game with former Kickers midfielder Ryan Heins, talk a little Robbie Rogers, a little NYCFC, a little USMNT vs Belgium and finish with a lightning round of the Wikipedia Game in which Peyton bites off more than he can chew.

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TSS 188: Cero a Cero

Posted on March 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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It’s an Azteca-tastic special episode of TSS, in which review the USMNT’s 0-0 draw against Mexico at the Azteca. What did we learn from this game? Listen to find out.

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TSS 187: Let It Snow! (Plus USA vs Mexico Preview)

Posted on March 24th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica — let its snow, let it snow, let it snow! — paying particular attention to the four man Redeem Team of Jozy Altidore, Jermaine Jones, DaMarcus Beasley and Omar Gonzalez.

We also preview USA vs Mexico, picking out the threats (have you SEEN YouTube footage of Javier Aquino???) and pondering whether Klinsmann has the balls to field the same formation that beast Costa Rica, when the US goes to the Azteca.

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TSS 180: You Gotta Have Faith

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

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So, the USA lost to Honduras. And it was not pretty.

But we’ve still got faith in this team. And we’ll prove it to you.


TSS 179: Honduras vs USA Preview

Posted on February 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review USA vs Canada (YOLO!) and preview the big Hex game away to Honduras. Who’s in our USMNT starting XI and which Honduran players should we be scared of?

Also: we put Brek Shea’s move to Stoke in context, talk a little David Beckham to PSG and welcome Trevor Hayward of the North American Soccer Network on to the show to play some Wikipedia Game. Trevor sounded confident on Twitter beforehand. Listen in to see how he fares.

We’ll be releasing a full review of the Honduras game on Thursday, so keep your ears open for that special show.


TSS 178: Best of the Rest of the Hex!

Posted on January 29th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We preview the four teams not named Mexico that the USMNT will face in the final round of World Cup qualifying: Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras. It’s the Best of the Rest of the Hex. We also talk starting XI for Klinsi’s cubs vs Canada and get Taylor on the phone to wax lyrical about Eric Cantona.


TSS 175: Tony Sanneh is the Man

Posted on January 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The USA vs Germany World Cup 2002 quarterfinal is our Game of the Week, and gets a thorough good reviewing. Why? Because it’s a landmark performance in U.S. Soccer history and we wanted to:

a) See what that Bruce Arena 2002 team was doing right, and
b) Compare and contrast with the current team to see if Klinsmann can recreate some of that World Cup quarterfinal magic.

Back in the present, We also talk Kevin-Prince Boateng’s walk-off, play the Wikipedia Game and review the USMNT roster for the January camp.

Seven minute highlights of the USA vs Germany game, with slo-mo replays of the Frings handball incident and footage of Arena talking to the US players at halftime and after the game:

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TSS 175 Preview: USA v. Germany, 2002

Posted on January 3rd, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

To kick off 2013, the TSS crew will jump into the YouTube time machine and review a classic match: USA’s 1-0 defeat to Germany in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinal. How close did we come to making the semis? How has the USMNT’s approach changed in the last 10 years? And who is this young Landon Donovan fellow?

Anyone experiencing Hulk-like rage while watching this game is encouraged to visit TorstenFrings.com and punch your screen as hard as possible.

The show will be available early Sunday afternoon, US Eastern time.
(UPDATE: Here it is!)

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TSS 168: USA vs Russia and Tiki-Taka Trivia!

Posted on November 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s impressive 2-2 draw in Russia. We get into how and why Michael Bradley bossed the game, why Josh Gatt couldn’t quite penetrate the Russian defence and ask: what exactly is wrong with the USMNT defense?

We also debut the Tiki-Taka Trivia Game, in which Josh and Daryl compete to define terms from Laura’s big book of foreign football phrases. This week’s words: parastinchi, doppelpass, faire du chiqué.

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TSS 167: The Issue Here …

Posted on November 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We talk MLS Playoffs, paying particular attention to DC United’s 3-1 loss to Houston. We ask what Houston did right, what went wrong for DC, and could Benjamin Robert Olsen have done anything differently?

We also preview Wednesday’s USA vs Russia game, asking whether US fans should welcome Timmy Chandler back with open arms or just a firm, business acquaintance handshake, and pondering the possibility that Jozy Altidore’s temporary time out will be his making in the long term. Of course, in typical TSS fashion, we pick our starting XI for the game vs Russia. And yes, we have Josh Gatt in the starting lineup.

For podcast listeners only (sorry, radio people, it’s all MP3s these days) we finally get around top discussing NBC snatching the EPL rights from FOX, and the possibility of … Read More »


How the USA Beat Mexico at the Azteca

Posted on August 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

See that? That’s the Estadio Azteca. And it is no longer anything to be afraid of.

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Immediately after the USA’s 1-0 win over Mexico, we headed straight to the studio. This win was 75 years in the making, so we didn’t want to waste another second.

Click play above to hear our analysis of how the USMNT made history, and for a few thoughts on what the win means going forward.

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USA vs Guatemala, England vs France, Alexi Lalas vs Michael Ballack

Posted on June 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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We discuss the USA’s 1-1 draw away to Guatemala. Why so sad people? That’s a good result and–we say–a decent performance. We also get into Euro 2012, reviewing England vs France and Germany vs Netherlands, and point out the massive benefits in teams having something resembling a plan.

Also: a couple of thought experiments. Would the USMNT have qualified for Euro 2012? How would they have done in Group A? How will the Lalas/Ballack rivalry resolve itself?

Last but not least, Daryl springs a surprise quiz on Peyton and Josh: Guess the USMNT player’s middle name.

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USMNT and Euro 2012: A Tale of Two Gomez

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

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We review the USMNT’s 3-1 win over A&B–which was better than most people gave the US credit for. We also get stuck into the opening three days of Euro 2012.


USA 0, Canada 0 Review

Posted on June 4th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review (and maybe rant a little) about the USA’s 0-0 draw with Canada. We also ask: Do we really want the USA to be “nastier,” as Jurgen Klinsmann does?

Also review: England’s 1-0 win over Belgium and the Richmond Kickers 2-1 loss to DC United in the US Open Cup.


USA 1, Brazil 4 Review

Posted on June 1st, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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We review the USA’s 4-1 loss to Brazil. It wasn’t all bad, and we tell you why.


USA 5, Scotland 1 Review

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

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We review the USMNT’s big win over Scotland. You know it was good, but we break down the how and the why. Plus we complain about the jerseys, obviously.

We also review England’s win over Norway in Roy Hodgson’s first game, and debut a brand new game with a self-explanatory title: “The Guess the MLS Player Salary Game.”


USA USA! Victory Over Italy Reviewed, in Detail

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

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Other radio shows and podcasts will review the USA’s 1-0 win over Italy. But we doubt any will do it in as much detail as we do here.

Why? Because we’re soccer nerds who take notes while we watch games, drink too much coffee and Red Bull and then have access to a recording studio.

It’s the perfect storm, leading to conversations about double pivots and defensive-minded wide midfielders.

So click play above to listen to our 30-minute breakdown of USA 1-0 Italy, and if you like what you hear then subscribe to the show via iTunes or RSS.


Olympic Qualification for US Soccer

Posted on December 6th, by Josh in Blog. No Comments

Caleb Porter now knows the group and the path he must guide the USA U-23 team through in order to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London. The USA are in group A along with Canada, Cuba, and El Salvador. Meanwhile Group B consists of Mexico, Honduras, Panama, and Trinidad & Tobago to round out the field of 8 teams.

If you live near Nashville, Tennessee consider yourself lucky as all of the Group A games will be played there.  The Semi’s and final are to be played at LIVESTRONG Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The tournament begins March 22nd and runs until April 2nd. Qualification for the 2012 Olympics will be handed to the two teams who play each other in the final.


USA U-17 Friendlies

Posted on November 23rd, by Josh in Blog. No Comments

The upcoming 3 game series of friendlies for the USA U-17 team will be aired live on FSC.  Every game is 5 pm eastern time.  The dates and teams the USA plays are below.

November 30th v France

December 2nd v Turkey

December 4th v Brazil


MLS Cup Preview with Alexi Lalas

Posted on November 17th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We discuss the USA’s 3-2 win over Slovenia and preview MLS Cup 2011 with former USMNT defender, current ESPN analyst and reported Total Soccer Show listener Alexi Lalas. We also analyze Klinsmann’s tactical change-up, mull over the USA’s World Cup 2014 qualifying group and play a little bonus midweek Wikipedia Game, with the categories being players who have played for MLS Cup finalists LA Galaxy or Houston Dynamo.


USA v Honduras Preview // Oct 5 2011

Posted on October 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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Instead of discussing what we think Juergen Klinsmann should do with his USMNT lineup against Honduras, we discuss what we think he will do. Which, it turns out, looks like this:

Howard
Dolo Gooch Boca Chandler
Edu Bradley
Beasley Dempsey Shea
Altidore

How good is Albert’s crystal ball? Probably about as good as Josh’s time machine.

Also discussed: Euro 2012 qualifiers and their abundant availability on ESPN3.com (who did not pay us to say that, by the way), our most recent adventure in CVSA Division 6 and a special midweek Wikipedia Game featuring British players only.

Also… you’ll hear an explanation/apology for the absence of the promised podcast this past weekend, plus stick around to the end to hear an excerpt of what that show would have sounded like.


If we had a soccer time machine… // Sep 29 2011

Posted on September 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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If you had a soccer time machine, which team would you go back and see in person? You get one club team and one national team. After that the time machine runs out of time machine juice. Or something. That was the scenario faced by the four Total Soccer Show co-hosts who gathered in studio to debate which teams they would go back and watch.

Here is who each of us picked:

Club Teams

Peyton – Celtic 1966/67 European Cup winning team:

Albert – Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan:

Josh – 1977 Cosmos, featuring Pele:

Daryl – Diego Maradona at Napoli, 1984 to 1991:

Taylor – Manchester United 1968, George Best + Denis Law + Bobby Charlton = European Cup:

National Teams

Peyton – Brazil 1958, with Pele and Garrincha:

Albert – England 1990, especially Paul Gascoigne and that semi-final vs West Germany:

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Giuseppe Rossi: An Italian… -American?

Posted on August 25th, by Taylor in Blog. 4 comments

On this week’s show, a fairly angry voicemail from Shane in Michigan got the co-hosts talking about Giuseppe Rossi, the Italian striker plying his trade in La Liga. At least, that’s how most of Europe knows him. To Americans, he’s better known as the man who turned his back on the USA.

Now, US Soccer is no stranger to polarizing figures. Alexi Lalas, Bob Bradley, Brian Ching, and a whole host of other players, coaches, and media members have found themselves on the wrong end of a hostile message board or two. However, no one on that list has ever produced as much open hostility or rage as Giuseppe Rossi. Nor, I believe, will any person going forward.


USA 1-1 Mexico, Analyzing Klinsmann’s Debut // Aug 11 2011

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

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Say what you like about the Total Soccer Show, but we are not a podcast that is scared of staying up past our bedtime. We were in studio after the Juergen Klinsmann’s debut as US MNT coach on Wednesday night to discuss the USA’s 1-1 draw with Mexico well into the early hours of Thursday.

Klinsmann’s lineup, the intriguing decision to number the shirts 1-11, the horrible first half, the smart substitutions, the excellent last 25 minutes, the penalty that wasn’t given and the red card that didn’t happen. It was all up for debate, including our verdict on Klinsmann as US coach so far (yep, all 13 days of it).

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Community Shield, Richmond Kickers, Jürgen Klinsmann’s First Roster // Aug 7 2011

Posted on August 7th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Easily the most hungover Total Soccer Show ever recorded, for very good reasons which are explained in the podcast. We discuss Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield, the Richmond Kickers 3-0 win over Dayton Dutch Lions in USL PRO and–last but not least–Jürgen Klinsmann’s first US Men’s National Team roster, as we weigh up the 22 names he’s selected to face Mexico this coming Wednesday.

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NY Cosmos Talk with Cobi Jones // Aug 4 2011

Posted on August 5th, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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With Daryl, Albert, and Josh all (once again) off doing exciting things, Taylor called up former US Men’s National Team Midfielder/Current Associate Director of Soccer for the New York Cosmos, Mr. Cobi Jones. They discussed the Cosmos’ upcoming friendly against Manchester United, the club’s future (they’re very much planning on being the 20th MLS franchise), and how Cobi got involved with the club. We also analyzed the Jurgen Klinsmann hiring and discussed Cobi’s time with the national team.

Then, Taylor called up Daryl to get his thoughts on the Klinsmann hiring. If you’re a big fan of Bob Bradley, you’ll definitely want to listen. To utilize an exaggerated historical comparison, Daryl sounds a bit like Marc Antony after Julius Caesar was assassinated. Not sure who Cassius is in this scenario, but Brutus is definitely Sunil Gulati.

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The 2013 Hypothetical Coed World Cup // July 21 2011

Posted on July 21st, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Given the US Women’s National Team’s impressive performance at the recent World Cup, there’s been a surprising amount of legitimate journalism (read: not us) dedicated to debating the concept of women playing in professional leagues likes Major League Soccer. However, it seems silly to discuss things at a club level when one could just as easily bypass that conundrum by looking at things on an international level.

That’s right! On this week’s show, we elected to assemble a hypothetical American squad for a hypothetical coed World Cup. For those of you unfamiliar with the term “coed”, it generally relates to mixed-sex education (hence coeducation) and is defined as the integrated education of male and female persons in the same institution. In the sporting world, however, it’s the term used for a team or league that utilizes a mixed-sex lineup.

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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 »


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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USA 2-4 Mexico: Gold Cup Final Post-Mortem // Jun 26 2011

Posted on June 27th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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Mexico beat USA 4-2 to lift the Gold Cup on Saturday night in Pasadena, a result made all the more disappointing by the US having a two goal lead after 23 minutes. We go through the Gold Cup final with a fine-tooth comb, discussing what Bob Bradley could have done differently and examining who did what for each of the six goals. The name Jonathan Bornstein comes up quite a lot, though not necessarily in a knee-jerk vilification kind of way.

We also discuss the positives from this game–like the re-emergence of Freddy Adu for example–and try to put the result in the larger context of the USA-Mexico rivalry, and what the USA needs to do going forward.

With the Gold Cup Final thoroughly dissected we offer a quick recap of our CVSA summer exploits, and close–as we do every … Read More »


USA 1-0 Panama: Finally, Freddy Adu // Jun 23 2011

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

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The USA beat Panama 1-0 in Houston on Wednesday night with a goal from Clint Dempsey, assisted by two surprising subs. Landon Donovan came off the bench and got the assist, the big surprise being that he was ever on the bench to begin with. But the big story is Freddy Adu. Yes, that Freddy Adu. The one we thought was washed up at 22. To the surprise of everyone expect Bob Bradley, Adu came off the bench and changed the game with one glorious pass.

Total Soccer Show gathered in the studio almost immediately after the final whistle to review the game, so in the first 30 minutes of the podcast we talk Dempsey, Donovan, Adu, and plenty of other USMNT-related things.

For the second half of the show, we induct our third American soccer icon into the 361 Hall … Read More »


USA 2-0 Jamaica: More Like It! // June 19 2011

Posted on June 20th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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There was passing! There was moving! Jermaine Jones scored his first goal for the USMNT! Clint Dempsey found the back of the net! It was all good (I’m even filing that 4th minute chance Luton Shelton had under good luck).

Daryl and Josh were in studio to analyze the USA’s 2-0 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup quarterfinal, while Taylor was at RFK Stadium getting post match audio from Bob Bradley, Tim Howard and others. After dissecting the quarterfinal, we preview the USA vs Panama semifinal, including the big question: If we play 4-2-3-1 vs Panama, would you prefer to see Jozy Altidore or Juan Agudelo up top?

We also use the magic telephony to call Taylor in DC and play our first ever over the phone Wikipedia Game.

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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:

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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

Panama 2 – USA 1: Match Analysis with ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle

Posted on June 14th, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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This past Saturday, a scrappy, well-organized Panama team handed the United States their first ever loss in the Group Stage of the Gold Cup. With Daryl and Albert out of town and Josh still in a catatonic state following the first half collapse by Bob Bradley’s side, Taylor called up Jeff Carlisle of ESPN to get his thoughts on the tactics, lineup, roster selection, and overall game of the US National Team.

They also discussed what a poor tournament could do for Bob Bradley’s position as head coach (short answer: not a lot) and broke down the Major League Soccer season so far. (If listening isn’t your thing, you can also go here to get Jeff’s post-match player ratings for the USA). After that, it’s a prerecorded episode of the Wikipedia Game, hosted by Daryl and won by…

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USA 2-Canada 0: Match Analysis and Eric Wynalda // June 9 2011

Posted on June 10th, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The United States opened their 2011 Gold Cup with a 2-0 victory over northern neighbors Canada, with goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey ensuring that the Americans took all three points from the match. We broke down the importance of Tim Howard for the USA, discussed our ideal centerback pairing, debated who performs the best when partnering Michael Bradley in the midfield, and pondered whether the performance from Jozy Altidore was a sign of things to come.

We also got former US National Team striker/current Fox Soccer host Eric Wynalda on the phone to give us his thoughts on the game, and to help us debut a new feature: The Three-Six-One Hall of Fame.

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USA 0-4 Spain: Warm-Up or Beatdown? // June 5 2011

Posted on June 6th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Our game of the week was USA’s 4-0 defeat to Spain at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Obviously not a good result, but we examine the game from a few different angles and try to work out what the US learned going into the 2011 Gold Cup.

I was representing Total Soccer Show at the game in Foxborough, and managed to get the post-match thoughts of Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey, as well as audio from Bob Bradley’s post-match press conference.

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Match highlights:

Closer look at Negredo’s goal. The commentator blames Tim Ream, but if you pause the video at the 27 second mark you’ll see it’s as much Eric Lichaj’s fault as it is Ream’s:


Americans Abroad Awards, FIFA Election Reaction // June 2 2011

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

We review the performances of American players playing abroad in the 2010/11 season, mostly in Europe by giving out the (entirely theoretical) Total Soccer Show Americans Abroad Awards.


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 Review and Champions League Final Preview // May 26 2011

Posted on May 27th, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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On Sunday’s podcast, we attempted to help out US Men’s National Team Coach Bob Bradley by picking his Gold Cup squad for him. Evidently, our selections were none too impressive as his 23-man final roster (released Monday afternoon) featured eight differences from the TSS squad. For those keeping score at home, that’s a 35% difference in the teams selected, meaning we failed in Bob Bradley’s eyes. Sigh…

Evidently, he wasn’t too upset with the TSS, as we were on the line for the teleconference following his roster reveal (a few choice clips found their way into the show). We then assembled in studio to discuss the importance of the 2011 Gold Cup, the surprise inclusions and exclusions in the 23 man squad, and what a successful tournament might mean for a few of the USA’s struggling talents (Michael Bradley and … 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 »


Relegation Recap, Barrett Beats Chivas, Our Gold Cup Roster // May 22 2011

Posted on May 22nd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

We review a dramatic final day in the Premier League, where five teams battled to avoid relegation and we swiveled our heads to watch as many TVs as possible. It was everything the final day of a soccer season should be, at least at the bottom end of the table.


Alexi Lalas Interview // May 19 2011

Posted on May 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

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So… on this past weekend’s show we reviewed the Seattle vs Portland game, and were less than complimentary about ESPN studio analyst Alexi Lalas’ improv skills. Turns out we should be a little more careful who we talk about on our little podcast, because Lalas was listening and was in touch via Twitter to let us know.

Luckily for us, Alexi Lalas has a thick skin and a good sense of humor. So rather than asking how many Total Soccer Show hosts had played against Brazil in the World Cup (as he has), Lalas instead agreed to be a guest on the show and talk about his broadcasting career, his role in American soccer culture, his time with Padova in Italy, the 2011 MLS season, and the possibility of promotion/relegation here in America. Lalas was a gracious guest and an … Read More »


Jay DeMerit Story Interview // May 12 2011

Posted on May 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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If you’re a real American soccer fan then you know the basics of the Jay DeMerit story: Didn’t get drafted after college but went to England to try and make it. Struggled for a while, including playing pub league and non-league, before finally impressing in a pre-season friendly against Watford, who game DeMerit a trial followed by a contract, followed by the captaincy.

DeMerit would go on to score in the Championship play-off final at Millenum Stadium and get Watford promoted the Premier League, and to play every minute for the USA at World Cup 2010. Someone should make a movie about this guy.

Actually, someone did. Nick Lewis and Ranko Tutulugdzija, both friends of DeMerit and an attorney and acupuncturist by trade, put up their own money to tell DeMerit’s story in the documentary Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit … Read More »


Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Ask a Referee // April 14 2011

Posted on April 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 9 comments

Everything you’ve ever wanted to ask a referee, but were too afraid to ask…


Paraguay 1 – USA 0 Match Review and MLS Fantasy // Mar 31 2011

Posted on March 31st, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

On this week’s show, Daryl, Josh, and Taylor met in studio to discuss the United States Men’s National Team’s (USMNT) 1-0 loss to a tough Paraguayan National Team. In front of over 29,000 fans at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee a simultaneously young and experienced US side played well and fought hard, but walked off the pitch with a loss following an 18th minute goal by Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo. Topics discussed include the formation employed by Bob Bradley, the USMNT attacking duo (Jozy Altidore and Juan Agudelo), and Clint Dempsey setting a new record for “US player getting hacked to the ground”.

We also rant about the “Moment of Silence” Incident at the USA-Argentina game, review the past week’s MLS fantasy action, discuss our Correspondence of the Week (Ochocinco figures for the second straight week), reveal our Game of the … Read More »


USA 1-1 Argentina Review and Post-Match Interviews // Mar 27 2011

Posted on March 28th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

The USA emerged from the New Meadowlands Stadium with a creditable 1-1 draw against Argentina. Albert and Daryl discuss the game, the formations, how the US dealt with Leo Messi, the impact of Juan Agudelo’s half-time introduction, and much much more.

Even better, Taylor was at the game with press pass and microphone and got some excellent post-match audio from several players and from Head Coach Bob Bradley. Click play and you’ll hear both Bradley and Landon Donovan explain why the US defended so deep in the first half, Carlos Bocanegra on what it’s like to defend against Leo Messi, Maurice Edu on his preferred midfield position, Jozy Altidore on playing up front on his lonesome, Tim Howard on Juan Agudelo, and of course Juan Agudelo himself on scoring the second half equalizer.

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The Gold Cup Should Be a Copa America Qualifying Tournament

Posted on March 9th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup groups were announced this week, and US fans did a collective internet shrug. Not just because the draw wasn’t really a draw (the powers that be just assigned teams to groups at will) but because drawing Canada, Panama and Guadelope highlighted how weak the competition is in CONCACAF, and reminded everyone that the first five games of the the Gold Cup are just a warm up before playing Mexico in the final.

Obviously US fans would prefer that their team played its continental tournaments further south, in the much more glamorous and much more storied Copa America, where we’d face Brazil and Argentina instead of Cuba and Grenada. European and South American nations reap the obvious financial and experiential benefits of of filling the four year gaps between World Cups with a competitive regional tournament, and … Read More »


America’s Best – From the Past to the Future

Posted on March 1st, by Josh in Blog. No Comments

Firstly, I want to congratulate John Esser on getting the first ever America’s Best trivia question correct.  The answer was Eddie Pope, and in his rookie year with DC United he traveled up and down I95 between DC and UNC to pursue his degree at the prestigious university.  Quite a busy year for the young man, and maybe this was an example of the determination that made him arguably the best American defender ever.


American of the Week

Posted on February 23rd, by Josh in Blog. 1 Comment

This is the “highly anticipated” debut post of America’s Best, and it won’t be the only debut discussed Mr. Freddy Adu, but more on that later.  The purpose of this weekly post is to highlight the American soccer player (personality) who had the best week, and will typically come out on each Tuesday.  The best week is a loose definition.  It might be the player with the best performance on the field, but it could also be related to any off-field occurrences that I deem good enough.

 With the boring details and setup out of the way let’s get down to the fun.  Which American soccer personality had the best week this week?  As discussed on this weekend’s podcast, Maurice Edu probably won’t be winning the first ever America’s Best of the Week Award.  However, Edu’s weak week was more the … Read More »


Podcast Excerpt: Mark Cuban’s Team America 2.0

Posted on February 10th, by Daryl in Blog. 7 comments

We received an excellent email from Total Soccer Show listener Chris this week, raising the hypothetical possibility of a billionaire-bankrolled Team America competing in a European league. Rather than explaining the concept myself, I’m just going to quote from Chris’s excellent email:


CVSA Chat and Team America Redux // Feb 10 2011

Posted on February 10th, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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In case you hadn’t heard (we’ve only mentioned it roughly 4,000 times over the past two months), the Total Soccer Show Team is taking their talents to the big time… field.. in Richmond. That’s right, we’re starting an eleven-aside squad composed entirely of listeners and co-hosts. Exciting times, to be sure.

So, as a means to figure out what we should be expecting, we brought in Jesse Smith, President of and Player in the Central Virginia Soccer Association (CVSA). We also discussed the growth of amateur soccer in the United States, the development of the league, and just how big of a headache comes from managing close to 100 teams and roughly 2,000 active members.

After Jesse left us to ponder our fate in the 7th Division, we moved on to a new feature on the show: “The Correspondence of the … Read More »


Why Andy Najar Should Probably Play for Honduras

Posted on February 8th, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

DC United’s Andy Najar caused a mini-Twitterquake yesterday, when he bilingually asked the world whether he should play his international football for the USA or Honduras. He got a lot of responses (and a lot of new Twitter followers) but didn’t make any big announcements.

The 17-year-old winger was born in Honduras to Honduran parents, but moved to the US (Northern Virginia to be specific) with his family at age 13. Four years later he was MLS 2010 Rookie of the Year and the only bright spot in DC’s otherwise dreadful season. And very much in demand. The USA wants him. Honduras definitely wants him. So he has a big decision to make.

Jason Davis at Match Fit USA has already written about Najar’s tweet, observing (correctly I think) that Najar didn’t really seem to be taking the whole thing all that … Read More »


USA-Egypt, Americans Abroad, and the Transfer Window // Feb 4 2011

Posted on February 4th, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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So apparently some stuff happened in the transfer market this week, most notably the addition of Adam Hammill to the Wolves lineup. Oh, English clubs also spent around £250 million on a couple other transfers. But before we tackled that topic, we focused on the good old US of A!

Last week, the US Soccer Federation announced that the upcoming friendly with Egypt (scheduled for February 9 in Cairo) had been canceled due to, “the current conditions in the country.” We discuss the decision and break down what it means for the upcoming friendlies.

Then, with the transfer market closed,  we review a few of the moves made by Americans during the window. Michael Bradley to Villa, Jozy Altidore to Bursaspor, Charlies Davies to DC United (maybe), and Freddy Adu into continued obscurity.

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Asian Cup Final, Michael Bradley to Villa // Jan 30 2011

Posted on January 30th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Our game of the week was the Asian Cup Final, in which Japan beat Australia 1-0. We review that game, and draw some interesting (we think) parallels between Australia, Japan and the USA. Speaking of which we also discuss Michael Bradley’s likely loan move to Aston Villa, and Fernando Torres seemingly imminent relocation from Liverpool to Chelsea.

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Highlights of the Asian Cup Final between Australia and Japan. Tadanari Lee’s game (and trophy) winning goal:

USA 2-0 Mexico in the 2009 qualifier, with the two goals from Michael Bradley that we mentioned. Bradley scores his first goal (close range volley) 50 seconds into the video, and his second (long range, bottom corner) around the 3:30 mark:

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US Women Worried?

Posted on January 27th, by Josh in Blog. No Comments

In our January 23rd podcast we ran through what the US men were doing abroad. Here is a brief synopsis of our women preparing for the 2011 Women’s World Cup…
In the run up to the 2011 Women’s World Cup a weird thing happened. The US lost to Mexico in qualifying, and had to qualify via a home and home series against Italy. We proceeded to defeat Italy 2-0 on aggregate and qualify for the Women’s World Cup.  Some of the concern died down, but did this rare struggle in qualifying signify a more vulnerable American team than we and the world as a whole are used to seeing?
Then The Four Nations Tournament came down the pike this past week culminating on the 25th of January.  Sweden (#4), Canada (#9), and hosts China (#13) were all looking to take their shot at arguably the most successful national team in women’s soccer. … Read More »


USA 1-1 Chile Review // Jan 23 2011

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

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USA drew 1-1 with Chile on Saturday night, in a game that ESPN didn’t deem important enough to show on television. We took it a lot more seriously, and so spent close to an hour talking about who impressed us and who blew their shot at national team glory. Click play above to hear us sing the praises of Tim Ream, Dax McCarty, Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury, and be more than a little disappointed with Marvell Wynne and Chris Wondolowski.

We also talk about the goals from Clint Dempsey, Jonathan Spector and Edson Buddle in Europe, Jermaine Jones debut for Blackburn Rovers, and close with a tightly contested Wikipedia Game.

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USA vs Chile Preview // Jan 20 2011

Posted on January 19th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 5 comments

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We preview the upcoming USA vs. Chile friendly, highlighting the players we’re most excited about. So that’s lots of talk about Tim Ream, Mikkel Diskerud, Dax McCarty and Juan Agudelo. And a little bit of Nick Rimando. We also discuss the odd but exciting Eric Cantona news from the New York Cosmos and close, as usual, with the Wikipedia Game.

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Things Mentioned On This Week’s Show:

Art meets football meets public relations as New York Cosmos new Director of Soccer is revealed to be none other than Eric Cantona himself:

Juan Agudelo‘s goal for USA vs South Africa last November, with Robinho-esque assist from Mikkel Diskerud:

Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbery working together for the Generation Adidas team vs Real Madrid Reserves:

Some very quick Tim Ream highlights:


Why USA vs Chile Won’t Be on ESPN, and Why That’s OK

Posted on January 18th, by Daryl in Blog. 15 comments

First the bad news: Saturday’s USA vs. Chile game will not be on ESPN. Or ESPN2. Or even The Ocho.

ESPN have their reasons. The simplest reason is that the game happens Saturday night (10pm Eastern), the same time as Michigan State vs Purude on ESPN and the Australian Open on ESPN2. A USA team of no-name players vs. a similarly starless Chile just can’t compete. And I believe The Ocho shows only dodgeball tournaments.

The slightly more complex reason, at least according to the very trustworthy Steven Goff at the Washington Post is that ESPN’s contract with Soccer United Marketing only allows them to televise a set number of games per year.

With bigger games to come in 2011, like the glamorous friendly vs. Argentina in March (starring Leo Messi as Leo Messi) ESPN decided to pass on USA vs. Chile altogether. … Read More »


Asian Cup, USA Camp, Beckham Decamp // Jan 6 2011

Posted on January 5th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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In episode 73 we do a quick preview of Asian Cup 2011 (starts on Friday people) before discussing the USA training camp happening in California right now. Then, for podcast listeners only, we talk David Beckham’s proposed loan move to Spurs and close – as usual – with the Wikipedia Game.

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Things mentioned in this episode:

Japan’s 21-year-old attacking midfelder Shinji Kagawa, currently top of the Bundesliga with Borrusia Dortmund. Dribbly.

South Korea’s 18-year-old forward/winger Son Heung-Min (who we all agreed was the Korean Leo Messi) became the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliha histroy when he did this against FC Köln in October.

Ali Karimi, Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hosein Ka’abi and Vahid Hashemian were all forcibly retired from the Iranian national team after wearing green wristbands in support of the election protests.

Australia’s goalscoring midfielder Tim Cahill doing his … Read More »


The Michael Bradley Show // Dec 19 2010

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

Game of the week: Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 Hamburg


Yanks Abroad Mid-Term Report // Dec 16 2010

Posted on December 16th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

Checking in with US players in Europe


South Africa 0-1 USA // Nov 18 2010

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

South Africa 0-1 USA, thanks to Juan Agudelo