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USMNT U-23 vs Mexico, CONCACAF Champions League Final first leg, new USWNT uniform

Posted on April 23rd, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. Comments Off on USMNT U-23 vs Mexico, CONCACAF Champions League Final first leg, new USWNT uniform

0:00 – 3:30 UEFA Champions League

3:30 – 7:40 CONCACAF Champions League Final first leg, Club America vs Montreal Impact

7:40 – 14:45 USMNT U-23s vs Mexico

14:45 – 18:40 New USWNT uniform

18:40 – 36:00 Listener questions: Reserve teams, Nike Academy, Klinsmann’s core, quantifying a good soccer game

36:00 – end TSS scouting network


USMNT U-23s vs Mexico Preview, w/ Liviu Bird

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

Daryl is joined by Sports Illustrated contributor Liviu Bird to preview the U-23’s game against Mexico.


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 Switzerland Review

Posted on April 1st, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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.


USA vs Denmark Review

Posted on March 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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!


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.


USA vs Chile Review, Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview

Posted on January 29th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

Here’s what’s on the new soccer podcast:

(0:00 – 37:15) USMNT vs Chile review, featuring questions from Total Soccer Show listeners and a list of “things we learned” from the game.

(37:15 – end) Chelsea vs Man City preview, featuring some very specific predictions.


USMNT January Camp, Jozy Altidore, Leo Messi, Particle Physics, and Bayern Munich’s Bathrooms

Posted on January 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

(0:00 – 17:30) Daryl and Taylor each pick the three players they’re most excited to see called up for US Men’s National Team January camp.

(17:30 -23:20) Jozy Altidore’s possible return to Major League Soccer.

(23:20 – end) Listener questions, including: What does it mean to play on the break? Is Frank Lampard Schrodinger’s footballer? Would Leo Messi fit in Chelsea’s system? What is Merseyside? Why Kyle Walker? Is Jordan Morris hindering the USMNT?

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USMNT vs Colombia Preview with Matt Kolesky from AO London

Posted on November 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 1 Comment

We InterWiki with Matt Kolesky of the London chapter of the American Outlaws, then preview the USMNT vs Colombia friendly by predicting our starting XIs.


Rubio Rubin Highlights

Posted on September 1st, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Utrecht’s 18-year-old attacker Rubio Rubin has been named to the USMNT roster for the game against the Czech Republic. We found these highlights of Rubin in action for the US U-17 team while doing research to preview the game.


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 Ghana Preview Podcast w/ The Shin Guardian

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

If you only listen to one USMNT vs Ghana preview … you’re doing it wrong. But ours should definitely on your listen of listens, because it features The Shin Guardian highlighting what Ghana will look to exploit about the US, and what the US should look to exploit about Ghana.


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

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

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USA vs Azerbaijan: What We Learned

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

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Emergency Landoncast!

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

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World Cup Group G Preview

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

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Man City Season Review, US Open Cup, USMNT Preliminary Roster

Posted on May 14th, 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 237: Out of our depth

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

We talk American strikers abroad, including Jozy Altidore’s woes at Sunderland, Aron Johannsson at AZ, and Juan Agudelo’s debut at Utrecht. We also talk to MLSsoccer.com‘s Matt Doyle about his story in the new Howler magazine, in which he tracks the way Klinsmann has changed the U.S. Men’s National Team and thinks ahead to how that will manifest at this summer’s World Cup. We close the show with a Gideon Zelalem-themed Wikipedia Game.

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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 235: Deuce vs Jozy, Cameron vs Suarez, Jason Puncheon vs the International Space Station

Posted on January 14th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 3 comments

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We talk Clint Dempsey vs Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron vs Luis Suarez, Michael Bradley to TFC, Jason Puncheon’s PK. Cheick Tiote’s disallowed strike, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Ballon d’Or win, watch some Eusebio footage, debate the leaked USMNT jersey and play the Wikipedia Game. All in less than an hour.

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TSS 234: Michael Bradley to MLS, from every angle

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

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Daryl calls up Taylor for a Total Soccer Show emergency broadcast, discussing Michael Bradley’s move to Toronto FC from every conceivable angle and in more than one language.

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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:


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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Listen to the above two-minute excerpt from the Total Soccer Show to hear our take on Fabian Johnson’s best position for the U.S. national team.


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 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 183: Winger Watch

Posted on February 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We run the rule over the US’s options out wide, watching DMB play for Puebla, Shea make his debut for Stoke and Donovan take his first step back toward soccer. We also preview MLS 2013 in our own special way and assess Gus Johnson’s first week on the job.


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 176: Why is Robin van Persie So Good?

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

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What makes Robin van Persie so good? We try to answer that question as we review Manchester United vs. Liverpool. We also talk MLS rivalry week (good or bad idea?), the Porter and Nelsen hires, NWSL allocation, Africa Cup of Nations on ESPN3 and ask: Who would win if the 2002 USMNT played the 2012 version? We also welcome Fox Soccer’s Leander Schaerlaeckens on to the show for a round of the Wikipedia game. Also: Footgolf! What’s not to like?


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.

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TSS 174: USMNT 2012 in Review

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

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We look back on the year 2012 in all things US Men’s National Team. From the highs of the Azteca, Eddie Johnson’s comeback and Michael Bradley’s long-range efforts, to the lows of Jamaica, Brek Shea’s hair and Landon Donovan’s career crisis.

Here are the awards we’ll be giving out on the show:

The Paul Caligiuri Clutch Award (for Most Important Goal for USMNT)
The Golazo Award (Most Beautiful Goal for USMNT)
Ben Franklin Award for Excellence in Ambassadorship
The Elaine Benes award for Best Moves (Best Transfer)
The Jorge Campos Award for Excellence in Fashion
The Hugh Hefner Award for Best American Player
First Lady of Football (Best USWNT Player)
The David Regis Award for Excellence in Disappointing
The Clint Mathis Award for Follicular Frivolity
Best Debutant
The Arnold Schwarzenegger “I’ll Be Back” Award for Best Comeback

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TSS 171: “It’s Pretty Grainy, I’d Suggest Getting Cable…”

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

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On our NASN debut, TSS gives MLS Cup the Game of the Week treatment. We ask how Major League Soccer’s showpiece event measured up as 90 minutes of entertainment and get into why Houston’s possession game didn’t work out. David Beckham’s hug stamina is applauded, Omar Gonzalez’s defensive display makes Daryl weak at the knees and Peyton makes a plausible(ish) defense of Christian Wilhlemsson’s contribution.

We also ponder the future of Landon Donovan (he’ll be back, right?) and touch on the MX Final, featuring Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona, asking: Should more American soccer be watching more Mexican Primera? We close the show with a round of Tiki-Taka Trivia, in which we learn one German, one Russian and one Slovenian soccer phrase.

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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 »


TSS 165: Bring on the Hex!

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

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You want a review of USA vs Guatemala? We got that. You want a look back at Klinsmann’s first round of World Cup qualifying? We got that too. You want a preview of the Hex? Wait a couple of months, we’ll get around to it. But we do get our old co-host Albert on the phone to interrupt his studies and play some Wikipedia Game.

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TSS 164: What We Learned From A&B 1, USA 2

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

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There was wind, there was rain, there was the smallest of possible pitches and the most tightly packed of opposition defenses. But the USMNT went down to Antigua & Barduda, played poorly and won the game in the last minute thanks to Eddie Johnson’s forehead.

The TSS crew jumped up and down a bit after Johnson’s winner then headed for the studio to record what we’d learned from watching the game. Click above to listen.

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TSS 163: From Camp Nou to Kamp Klinsmann

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

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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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TSS 162: Americans in the Champions League

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

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Which of the four USMNT players in the Champions League is most worth watching — Jermaine Jones of Schalke, Michael Parkhurst of FC Nordsjaelland, Sacha Kljestan or Oguchi Onyewu of Injury FC Malaga? We answer that question on this show using our patented scientific method.

We also analyze the goals from Dempsey and Altidore this weekend, which were both magnificent, but for very different reasons.

And we close with a Ryder Cup-themed round of everyone’s favorite soccer trivia showdown, the Wikipedia Game.

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Slalom Soccer with Jozy Altidore

Posted on October 1st, by Daryl in Blog. 1 Comment

What did you do with your weekend? Jozy Altidore did this:

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TSS 161: The English Clasico

Posted on September 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, with a focus on why Brendan Rodgers’ men can’t seem to turn possession into points. We also examine the Jonjo Shelvy red card like it was the Zapruder film, enjoy the retroactive foreshadowing joy that is the Being Liverpool TV show and invent a new calendar system based on Raheem Sterling’s birthday.

We also talk John Terry’s big decision to jump before he was pushed, US Men’s National Teamers Fabian Johnson and Steve Cherundolo facing off down a Bundesliga flank and welcome Ted Meyer from MLS podcast Around the league back into the studio to play some Wikipedia Game.

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Josh Gatt Scouting Report

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

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USMNT fans are pretty excited about Josh Gatt, the 21-year-old Michigan-born winger currently playing his soccer for Molde in Norway. But so far most of us have only seen the briefest of YouTube videos, in which Gatt slaloms through Tippeligaen defenses. If we’re going to talk about Josh Gatt as a possible US Men’s National Team player, we need to know more.

TSS isn’t one of those shows where we pretend to know something we don’t, so we called up listener and friend of the show Marlon Frisby, who’s seen Gatt in action several times recently, to get a better idea of what Josh Gatt is all about.

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Jozy Altidore’s Hat Trick (and Assist!) for AZ

Posted on September 17th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

A timely reminder of why USMNT fans should be patient with the 22-year-old striker…

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Podcast Excerpt: Taylor Twellman is Good at His Job

Posted on September 17th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

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We all thought bringing Taylor Twellman in for John Harkes was a like for like substitution. Just another famous name who’d played the game, but had no feel for in-game insight and analysis or how to communicate it. We wished Ian Darke the best of luck and the longest of fuses.

But then something magical happened. Over the past couple of months Taylor Twellman has become pretty damn good at his job, and the Darke/Twellman play-by-play/color commentary team was in full effect when the USA played Jamaica last week.

Click play above to hear a three minute excerpt from Wednesday’s show, highlighting Twellman’s performance in the commentary booth during the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Jamaica.

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USA 1, Jamaica 0 Review (or: Clint Dempsey’s Eyeballs)

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

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We review the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Jamaica, getting into how and why the USA pressed and possessed so successfully in the first half, but were clinging on for dear life towards the end of the second half.

We also welcome Marlon Frisby on to the show to give us his scouting report on Josh Gatt, and close with some Wikipedia Game.

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Albert’s email after USA 1, Jamaica 0

Posted on September 12th, by Daryl in Blog. 5 comments

Longtime listeners will know that there’s a whole world of emails and text messages that go back and forth between everyone involved with TSS before we record a show. Some of them are just insults about British people, but others are pure gold.

The following email from Albert falls into the latter category. Al’s away at grad school and therefore not in studio as often as he used to be, so we asked him to email us a few thoughts about the USA’s 1-0 win over Jamaica last night, in case there was anything we could use for the show.

And email us he did. In fact, Al’s email was so good, we decided to post it here on the TSS website so everyone could read it. Here’s what our erstwhile co-host had to say about the game when he emailed Josh … Read More »


Should the Wall Jump when Facing a Free Kick?

Posted on September 11th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

In our review of the USA’s 2-1 loss to Jamaica we discussed Jamaica’s equalizer, where Rodolph Austin struck a free kick low, the wall jumped, and the ball deflected of Kyle Beckerman’s foot and past Tim Howard. So we asked the question: Should the wall jump?

To get a look at what walls usually do, we tracked down the above video of Juninho Pernambucano, the Brazilian free kick master who was a key member of the Lyon team that dominated French football last decade.

Enjoy the video above. But ask yourself as you watch: Should the wall jump or not?

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Our USMNT XI to Face Jamaica on Tuesday

Posted on September 10th, by Daryl in Blog. No Comments

Wondering how we arrived at this XI? Wondering how Laura’s case for Beckerman failed to get any dreadlocks in the starting lineup? Click the play/download link below to hear a five-minute excerpt from our USA vs Jamaica review podcast, explaining the thinking behind this USMNT starting XI:

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(note: we learned after recording the show that Clarence E. Goodson IV will be suspended. So Clarence is out, Boca is in.)

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In Defense of Kyle Beckerman

Posted on September 9th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

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Laura has “been quiet long enough!” about Kyle Beckerman, the USMNT midfielder who has received a whole heap of criticism following the USA’s 2-1 loss to Jamaica. So in this two and a half minute excerpt from our USMNT vs Jamaica review show, Laura makes the case for Beckerman’s defense by outlining exactly what he brings to the team.

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How and Why the USMNT Lost to Jamaica

Posted on September 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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The USMNT’s lost 2-1 to Jamaica was painful to watch. As a soccer fan in general, but as a USMNT fan especially.

On our latest show, recorded almost immediately after the game, we attempt to review this USMNT defeat properly, explaining HOW and WHY we lost to Jamaica.

Some of it’s obvious: There was no width and no possession. But it’s easy to point that out, harder to explain why. We brewed a big pot of coffee so we were able to answer those questions.

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Recording Soon: USMNT vs Jamaica (Twice!)

Posted on September 7th, by TSS in Blog. No Comments

Laura, Daryl and Josh will be recording a new show tonight, immediately after the USMNT vs Jamaica World Cup qualifier. We’ll break down the magnificent win/frustrating tie/heartbreaking loss [delete as appropriate] and then play some Wikipedia Game.

We’ll also be back in studio next week to record another show after the second USA vs Jamaica game on Tuesday, and the following weekend we will record a special episode for the WRIR fund drive, in which the members of the RVA Supporters of DC United group will compete in a DC United-themed Wikipedia Game extravaganza.

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Podcast Excerpt: Dempseynomics 101

Posted on September 4th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

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This two minute excerpt from our recent USMNT roster podcast attempts to explain how and why Clint Dempsey almost didn’t get his big move to Spurs, and why Robin van Persie cost four times as much as Deuce.

*Daryl erroneously states that Dempsey scored “19 goals” in the Premier League last season. It was actually 17, plus three in the FA Cup, plus three more in the Europa League. The reason for the discrepancy is that Daryl can’t count.

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USMNT Roster vs Jamaica

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

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Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA roster for the World Cup qualifiers versus Jamaica looks like this:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)

On the new show we pick a USMNT starting XI from the above, look back on transfer deadline day and Clint Dempsey’s last minute switch to Spurs and play … 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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Things to Look Forward to

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

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We’re back! We look ahead to the return of European soccer by highlighting our things to look forward to, such as: Michael Bradley at Roma, USMNT in Mexico, the arrival of BeINSports, PSG’s megamoney and Wolves signing players with unpronouncable names.

We close, of course, with the Wikipedia Game. Can Daryl and Taylor put an end to Josh’s reign of terror in the nation’s most competetively contested soccer trivia game?

Looking for a review of the USWNT vs Canada WNT Olympic semi? Check back here Tuesday night!

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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.”


Manchester City: Last Minute Champions of England

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

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We look back at Man City’s dramatic last minute title win, preview Saturday’s Champions League final, consider Timmy Chandler’s decision to withdraw himself from USMNT contention, react to Kenny Dalglish’s sacking and give our thoughts on Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012.


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.

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Italy versus USA Preview & Wenger’s Revenge

Posted on February 27th, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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Albert, Daryl, Josh, and Peyton took to the studio to discuss and breakdown the North London Derby (Arsenal v. Tottenham). Did the “crisis” continue at Arsenal? Was this a good audition for the England job by Harry Redknapp? And just how good is Robin Van Persie? I’ll spare you the suspense: He is very good.

Also on the show: Klinnsman released his roster for the USMNT’s friendly against Italy so we try and pick a starting XI, Stuart Pearce did the same for England’s match against Holland, AC Milan battled Juventus at the top of Serie A, and Liverpool try and grab the first half of a Cup Double.


The Champs (League) are Back

Posted on February 16th, by Albert 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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Rules Explained…

Posted on February 2nd, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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Every time people watch, play in, or coach a soccer game someone has a problem with a refereeing decision. On today’s show we welcome back referee Scott Zawadzki to help shed some light on the rules of the beautiful game. Is a two footed tackle a red? Do refs have a certain style? Would El Clasico be different with Scott in middle?

Also on the show: Josh interviews Ashwin Chaudhary and Jon Korn the creators of the documentary, “Laduma: One Goal,” which chronicles the fan experience following the USMNT at World Cup 2010, some bad news for WPS, and another TSS announcement.


USA v Panama Review

Posted on January 26th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We review the USA’s 1-0 win over Panama and the conclusion of Camp Cupcake. Has anyone impressed enough to improve their USMNT standing? How and why was Jermaine Jones captain? And who’s this spritely young Nick Rimando fella?

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USA v. Venezuela Review

Posted on January 22nd, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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With press pass in hand, Josh was in Arizona to catch the USMNT play Venezuela and interview some players and attend coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s press conference following the game. Hear their thoughts and our reactions as Daryl, Peyton and Albert review the USA vs Venezuela game.

Also on the show: Clint Dempsey sets another record in England, and listener Jonathon Tolbert drops by for some Wikipedia Game.

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Camp Cupcake Starting XI

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

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We offer up our USA vs Venezuela preview by selecting our USMNT Camp Cupcake starting XI for this Saturday’s game in Arizona. Want to know who the XI are? We’re not going to tell you here on this page; you’ll have to click play and listen to find out.

Also on today’s show: USMNT abroad trivia with Taylor, Eric Wynalda’s infamous speech and Robbie Findley’s impossible miss.

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Landon in London

Posted on January 12th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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How did Landon Donovan fare for Everton against Spurs? Listen to our Donovan-centric review of the game to find out.

Also on this show: We preview the Milan Derby with some Over/Under and play a Serie A-themed round of the Wikipedia Game.

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Viva la Revolución Americana en Tijuana!

Posted on January 10th, by Grayson in Blog. 5 comments

This weekend was the ‘apertura’ of the Mexican Clausura. As if that were not exciting enough, the first game of the season saw no less than three US internationals grace the pitch at the same time for Club Tijuana. The wee Edgar Castillo started the match for the Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente of Tijuana while Joe Benny Corona and Greg Garza came on as second-half substitutes. The “Lean like a Xolos” visited the more established Morelia and earned a 1-1 draw. The home side dominated the run of play but only mustered three more shots than the Xolos. There were many more interesting story lines in this game other than a recently promoted club earning an away point at a perennial contender.

First, Club Tijuana is one of the most ambitious clubs in Mexico despite being the newest member of the top … Read More »


Klinsmann Outlines His Plans for the US Men’s National Team

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

Fascinating video from Arizona, where Jurgen Klinsmann sits his current roster of players down on the floor and outlines his US Men’s National Team plans for the next two and half years. Nothing new here in terms of JK’s ideology, but it’s fascinating to hear Klinsmann express his ideas directly to players rather than via a media interview.

Hearing what Klinsmann has to say fills me with a weird mix of optimism and concern. At first it sounds good: yeah, let’s be a more proactive team! Work hard! Seize the day! Then he reminds the players that the current Barcelona team took 20 years to build. Which implies Project Klinsmann will only be 17 years and two months away from completion by the time World Cup 2014 rolls around.

JK does at least acknowledge that running while attached to weights and then … Read More »


Most Impressive / Disappointing Americans Abroad

Posted on January 5th, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We name our most impressive and most disappointing American soccer players currently picking up a paycheck overseas, based on their performance so far this season. Listen above for the full discussion, or be a lazy bones and read our picks below:

Most Impressive Goalkeeper: Brad Friedel (still representing America, in his own way)
Most Disappointing Goalkeeper: David Yelldell (the American Jerzy Dudek)

Most Impressive Defender: Oguchi Onyewu (he’s back!)
Most Disappointing Defender: Steve Cherundolo (captaining the Hannover bench?)

Most Impressive Midfielder: Michael Bradley (Serie A starter)
Most Disappointing Midfielder: Stuart Holden (endless injuries)

Most Impressive Attacker: Clint Dempsey (scored too many EPL goals for Albert to count)
Most Disappointing Attacker: Eddie Johnson (“did not meet our physical expectations”)

Some obvious names maybe, but plenty of USMNT fringe players are also discussed (think Zak Whitbread, Josh Gatt etcetera) and Daryl makes a compelling (if ultimately unsuccessful) case for … Read More »


Lamar Hunt Profile

Posted on November 30th, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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In this week’s show Albert, Daryl, and Josh profile the TSS’s most recent inductee into the 3-6-1 Hall of Fame, NASL and MLS team owner and American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt. We also discuss John Harkes’ dismissal from ESPN, problems for the WPS, and the USMNT’s latest jerseys. Later, Taylor phones in from Turkey to introduce a new segment, “Over/Under,” where his completely made up prop bets help us preview the upcoming weekend’s fixtures.

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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 2014 World Cup Qualifying

Posted on November 16th, by Josh in Blog. 1 Comment

The groups are set and the dates are announced! The USA Men’s National Team will begin qualifying June 8th with a home game against Antigua & Barbuda. The other two members of the group are Jamaica and Guatemala.

USA 2014 World Cup Qualification Schedule:
(Home team listed first)

June 8th: USA v Antigua & Barbuda
June 12: Guatemala v USA
September 7th: Jamaica v USA
September 11th: USA v Jamaica

The final two game dates are yet to be set. Check back for updates. While this group looks to be very winnable, but which team or teams do you think might prove to be a bit tougher than expected for the USA?


USA v. France Review

Posted on November 14th, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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With Peyton along for the ride, Josh, Daryl, and Albert breakdown the Total Soccer Show Game of the Week, USA v. France. We talk positives, negatives, and wonder why certain players can’t seem to buy a call-up under Klinsmann? Then Daryl chats with Taylor about Turkey’s recent EURO 2012 playoff clash with Croatia. Closer to home the guys talk CVSA and the Total Soccer Show team’s most recent victory. Finally a little Wikipedia Game hosted by Peyton.


D.C. United Stadium Saga, USA v. France Preview

Posted on November 10th, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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D.C. United have long been in search of a soccer specific stadium and we were joined by Richard Hayes of the Richmond & Central Virginia Supporters of D.C United to discuss the process and its’ pitfalls.

We also preview the USMNT’s upcoming friendly away to France, and ask is the honeymoon period over for Klinsman? Finally, Taylor in Turkey, gives us his thoughts on the upcoming Euro 2012 playoffs.


USA Olympic XI, Tab Ramos Profile // Oct 26 2011

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

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Caleb Porter was recently named USMNT U-23 coach, which means he’ll be in charge of the USA’s Olympic 2012 effort. In this show we explain how Olympic soccer works, and we help Caleb Porter settle in by picking his Olympic XI for him.

In the second half of the show we profile the new permanent USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos by looking back at his playing career in the USA, Mexico and Spain. As Albert says, he’s “more than just a guy who got elbowed in the face.”

Leonardo vs. Tab Ramos

A couple of Josh Gatt goals:


Major League Soccer with Opta Analyst Pete Brownell

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

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We get Opta analyst Pete Brownell on the phone to talk Major League Soccer. Topics discussed and questions raised include:

You’re in Vegas, gun to your head, who do you back to win the playoffs?
Can Osvaldo Alonso play for the US? (turns out: no)
How did recently departed Richmond Kicker assistant coach Jesse Myers help Albert’s career (and stop Daryl’s in its tracks)?
Which other MLS players can we see getting a big beautiful Kasey Keller-style goodbye?
Will Major League Soccer ever become a top three American sport?
Should we be worried about the USMNT slipping down the FIFA rankings?

Listen to the show to find out the answers to those questions, and then check out this video of Kasey Keller v. Brazil in the 1998 Gold Cup. Denied, Romario. Denied.


Kasey Keller v. Brazil 1998 Gold Cup

Posted on October 19th, by Albert in Blog. No Comments

Kasey Keller did some things, it was great.


Jozy Altidore AZ vs. Ajax Audio Match Report

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

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Above is an excerpt from this weekend’s Total Soccer Show; a five minute audio match report discussing Jozy Altidore’s performance for AZ in the 2-2 draw away to Ajax, as seen on ESPN3. As USMNT fans we’ve been looking forward to seeing the big man in action for his new Dutch team and see how he fits into table-topping AZ’s system. Altidore had a couple of moments and was involved in AZ’s second goal. Click play above to listen.

Highlights of the game below, with Altidore’s two major involvements at the 1:20 and 9:20 marks:


USA v. Ecuador with Eric Wynalda

Posted on October 13th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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By his own admission, US Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda is not a patient man. So perhaps we should have known better than to ask him to find the positives in the USMNT’s 1-0 defeat at home to Ecuador. And while the brilliantly opinionated former USMNT striker clearly has time for coach Jürgen Klinsmann, he’s not a fan of the idea that the USMNT is a long term “project”, which means one win and three defeats in Klinsmann’s first five games is not good enough.

Wynalda also shares some other home truths about the preparedness of MLS players for international football—Tim Ream in particular—and suggests that this USA job may be much tougher than Klinsmann first thought. Click to listen.


Photo of Klinsmann’s USMNT Tactics on a Flip Chart

Posted on October 13th, by Daryl in Blog. 2 comments

From an excellent TheAtlantic.com story by Alex Hoyt, in which Klinsmann explains his tactical approach in his own words. Worth a read.


USA v. Ecuador Player Ratings

Posted on October 11th, by Daryl in Blog. 6 comments

…but without numbers. Because the only numbers I trust are Pete’s Opta numbers.

Tim Howard – The usual. Shouty and superhuman… yet still somehow beaten.

Steve Cherundolo – Got burned for pace a couple of times and didn’t offer as much attacking threat as usual.

Oguchi Onyewu – Is the man. Strong, decisive, positionally sound and all of a suddengreat with the ball at his feet. Plus he weaponized the USMNT attack when we were chasing the game.

Carlos Bocanegra – Distribution was better than against Honduras but overshadowed by Gooch. Tim Ream reminded us why Boca is still valuable though.

Timmy Chandler – Contained first Antonio Valencia and then Christian Suarez, and still found time to swing in some Ashley Young-esque right footed crosses from left flank. Sorry Eric Lichaj.

Kyle Beckerman – Held that DM position like a champ but too many missed tackles, … Read More »


USA v. Honduras, Observations v. Opta Stats

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

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We review the USA’s 1-0 over Honduras—Jurgen Klinsmann’s first as USMNT head coach, but we do it a little differently than usual.

First we give our reactions to the game as we saw it, but then we interview Opta Analyst Pete Brownell and ask how our observations stack up against Pete’s Opta stats and heat maps. Do our eyes tally with the numbers? Click above to listen and find out.


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.


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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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


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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“But at Least Brek Shea Was Pretty Good” Belgium 1-0 USA // Sep 8 2011

Posted on September 8th, by Daryl in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We’re trying very very hard to stay positive on the Total Soccer Show. But the USA has now lost to Costa Rica and Belgium in the space of five days. This is not the brave new world we expected Jürgen Klinsmann to lead us to, and I think I can see US Soccer President Sunil Gulati starting to sweat. But relax yourself Sunil and be patient USNNT fans; it’s early days. That’s the mantra we’re sticking with. For now anyway.

In this show we break down Belgium 1-0 USA, praising the bright spot that was Brek Shea’s performance out on the left, asking if Timmy Chandler has a future at left back, whether or not Jose Torres is good enough to build a team around and how happy are we really with the 4-3-3ish shape Klinsmann is sticking with?

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USA 0-1 Costa Rica Review // Sep 3 2011

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

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So… in Juergen Klinsmann’s second game in charge, USA lost 1-0 to Costa Rica in California. Albert, Daryl, Peyton and–from Turkey via phone–Taylor review the game in terms of both individual performances and the bigger picture of what it means going forward. We also play a haphazard four contestant Wikipedia Game with Marlon Frisby, categories being players who moved in the transfer window and German managers in charge of foreign national teams.

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USA v. Costa Rica Preview // Aug 31 2011

Posted on September 1st, by Albert in Soccer Podcasts. No Comments

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We discuss the USMNT’s upcoming friendly against Costa Rica, but not before we run down the Richmond Kickers US Open Cup semi-final against the Chicago Fire. Somehow transfer deadline day makes an appearance with a slightly American twist and an interview with European soccer journalist Andy Brassell by our very own Taylor. After fitting in a little Stoke City, yes that Stoke City, we induct a new member into the 3-6-1 HOF, a slight preview he may have been ranted about a time or two.


US Open Cup Semis, Jozy Altdore’s Brace, Giuseppe Rossi’s Loyalties // Aug 25 2011

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

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We packed a lot into this show. So much, in fact, that bullet points are required:

Albert’s return
Interview with Richmond Kickers Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw ahead of the team’s US Open Cup semifinal game (next Tuesday Richmonders)
Voicemail from Luke Lohr of MLSReserves.com about the CONCACAF Champions League from
Jozy Altidore’s brace for AZ
Robbie Keane’s goal on his LA debut
Grayson Snith’s email about Landon Donovan’s best position (and what Grayson should do with his name when he gets married!)
Shane from Michigan’s voicemail about LeBron James, Roger Clemens, Benedict Arnold and Giuseppe Rossi
Interview with former future exiled co-host Taylor, discussing Fenerbahçe being kicked out of the Champions League

Also: Read Taylor’s blog post to find out why he’s mad at Giuseppe Rossi.

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Mentioned on This Show:

AZ 4-0 NEC, two goals from Jozy Altidore:

Robbie Keane’s all-too-easy goal for LA Galaxy vs. San Jose:

Marco Pappa:


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.


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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US Men’s National Team Talk with Sporting News’ Brian Straus // July 31 2011

Posted on August 1st, by Taylor in Soccer Podcasts. 2 comments

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With Daryl, Josh, and Albert all on vacation, Taylor called up Brian Straus of Sporting News to get his thoughts on the firing of Bob Bradley and hiring of Jurgen Klinnsman. What does the future hold for Bradley? What players might benefit from Klinsmann taking over? What players might lose out? And, most notably, what does the hiring says about US Soccer as a whole? All that and more in 54 minutes of podcasting goodness.

You can find more from Brian by following him on Twitter @BrianStraus or by checking out the absurd amount of soccer content he’s putting out over at Sporting News.


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 »


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 »


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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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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