The Total Soccer Show: USMNT, Copa America, Euro 2

The Total Soccer Show: USMNT, Copa America, Euro 2

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American soccer podcast—publishes Monday, Wednesday, Friday


Why Premier League Teams Struggle in the Champions League and How Certain Clubs Got Their Colors  

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - Spending the minimum amount of time possible discussing the Pulisic-to-Barcelona rumors.

2:24 - Why do English clubs struggle in the Champions League while Barcelona and the like cruise every year?

14:22 - How did different clubs (Newcastle, Real Madrid, Bayern, and many more) decide on their team colors?

25:29 - What to do when a 4-2-3-1 gets too defensive and which is the ideal formation when it comes to high school soccer.

36:04 - What to Watch This Weekend

41:47 - Updating the TSS Scouting Network

Messi hat-trick as Barcelona blast Man City in the Champions League  

We review Barcelona's 4-0 win over Manchester City, featuring a hat-trick from leo Messi and a howler from Claudio Bravo.

Today's episode was sponsored by FUTCHI_Rebounders. Buy yours at and use code "totalsoccer" for 15% off the usual price.

We also have some magnificent updates from the TSS Scouting Network on this show, including Liverpool's answer to Marcus Rashford.

Why Nagbe Isn't Playing for the USMNT, Pulisic in the Champions League, and Lloris Saves Spurs  

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - Discussing Grant Wahl's story that Darlington Nagbe might not be called up by Jurgen Kinsmann for the foreseeable future.

14:32 - Christian Pulisic starts and looks solid for Dortmund in the Champions League, but is this a surprise anymore?

24:57 - Breaking down THAT Hugo Lloris save against Leverkusen, which broke German (and Chicharito's) hearts. Here's a link to the inside-the-goal camera that best captures the majesty of the Frenchman's save:

How Mourinho's Man Utd frustrated Klopp's Liverpool (and some viewers)  

We review Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Man Utd, detailing how Jose Mourinho shut down Jurgen Klopp's team.

We also look ahead to the Champions League and give you a TSS Scouting Network update.

Arsenal Trump Bob Bradley, Dortmund's Teens Do Things, and MLS Playoffs Looming  

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - Daryl gets afraid of Note Stealers

2:42 - Recapping Swansea's 3-2 defeat to Arsenal. What did Bob Bradley get right, what did he get wrong, and how can he fill that Ashley Williams-shaped hole in defense?

As discussed on the show, here is the link to that Ted Knutson article about what's wrong with modern soccer media:

29:51 - Reviewing Dortmund's 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin, featuring a Battle of the Americans (Christian Pulisic vs John Brooks) and The Incredible Mulk (Emre Mor +Hulk)

35:19 - Talking points from this weekend's MLS action, including a Drogba no-show.

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47:28 - Updating the TSS scouting network, featuring a Matt Miazga sighting!

Bob Bradley's EPL debut, Liverpool v Man Utd very specific predictions, Julian Green to start for Bayern?  

We preview Bob Bradley's Premier League debut, assessing his options as he prepares to send Swansea out to face Arsenal at the Emirates.

At 13:30, we announce the winner of our FUTCHI Rebounder giveaway. If you didn't win the free FUTCHI, you can still get one for 15% off at if use the coupon code "totalsoccer"

Starting at 16:30, we preview the big Liverpool vs Man Utd game by making very specific predictions. That game is 3pm Eastern on Monday.

At 29:30, we look into what else is happening this weekend, including the possibility of Julian Green getting his Bundesliga debut.

At 36:50, we close with a single report from the TSS Scouting Network, delivered in limerick form.

Wayne Rooney for the USMNT, Americans in the Bundesliga, Hypothetical Changes to Soccer  

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - What would happen if Wayne Rooney were American? How would he be treated and where would he play?

10:19 - Is Klinsmann responsible for the number of Americans in the Bundesliga?

21:01 - Was there ever a time when a coach needed to be a citizen of a country in order to be its manager? Should that be the case?

27:45 - Cherry-picking the best ideas from a recent ESPN article in which some of today's best soccer minds pitched theoretical changes to the modern game. If you're interested in reading more, here's the link to the article:

46:38 - Updating the TSS Scouting Network

USA v New Zealand review, Hart heroics as England draw with Slovenia  

We review the USMNT's 1-1 draw with New Zealand, which was attended by fewer than 10,000 people. We ask: why? We also try to figure out what was learned from this game.

We also discuss England's 0-0 draw with Slovenia, achieved mostly via Joe Hart's endless saves.

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England Drop Wayne Rooney, USA v New Zealand Preview  

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - We react (Taylor calmly, Daryl with infinite displeasure) to the news that Gareth Southgate will be starting Wayne Rooney on the bench for England's upcoming match against Slovenia.

4:46 - Previewing the USMNT's impending friendly against New Zealand, and picking our preferred starting eleven for Klinsmann's squad.

24:18 - Updating the TSS Scouting Network

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Rooney debate, NWSL Championship, USMNT roster changes  

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We start at 2:16 with a debate about the England national team and Wayne Rooney. Daryl is STILL on board with the man once known as Roonaldo, while Taylor is less impressed.

At 23:00 we talk NWSL Championship, in which Western New York Flash beat Washington Spirit on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw. We break down each goal and talk about how WNYF got it done.

At 40:05, we discuss the 9 outs and 7 ins on the US national team roster. If you're looking for a more extensive preview of the US v New Zealand, check back tomorrow.

At 45:55, we have four updates form TSS Scouting Network, including: the U17 Women's World Cup, a 17-year-old starting goalkeeper in France's Ligue 1, a young American inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo at Liverpool, and Barcelona's bid for a Danish centerback.

USA v Cuba Review: We Watched It So You Don't Have to  

On the newest Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - Reviewing USA v Cuba, with particular attention paid to the field, Klinsmann's swearing, and Wondo's revenge.

27:06 - Mentioning England v Malta and discussing Bob Bradley's introductory press conference at Swansea City.

30:30 - Updating the TSS Scouting Network!

USMNT v Cuba preview, new USWNT roster  

Starting at 1:55, we preview the USMNT's game vs Cuba (Friday, 4pm, ESPN) by picking out 10 things we want to see in that game.

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At 29:31 we take a look at Jill Ellis' new USWNT roster (fresh faces!) and at 33:25 we get some US U20 updates from the Total Soccer Show Scouting Network.


FC London United, The Demise of the 4-4-2, and What Soccer Can Learn from the NFL  

On the newest episode of The Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - MLS and EA Sports combined for some real life FIFA 17 skills competitions.

1:45 - Why isn't there a club called London FC? Or London City? Or FC United of London?

6:07 - What happened to the 4-4-2 and why is the 4-2-3-1 so dominant nowadays?

If you want more on this subject, here's the link to the Jonathan Wilson article that Daryl mentioned during the show:

17:16 - Is there anything soccer teams (and Pep Guardiola in particular) can learn from the NFL?

28:45 - Updating the TSS Scouting Network

Oh, and here's the link to Jonathan Wilson 4-4-2 v 4-2-3-1 article, as promised:


MLS: Brad Evans' red card, Afful's knuckler, Tata Martino's chances, plus: NWSL semis review  

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We talk MLS for the first 28 minutes of today's show, including Brad Evans' red card, Alphonso Davies the phenom, Harrison Afful's incredible goal, Tata Martino's Atlanta United appointment, and the reasons behind the disappointing seasons of the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew.

Starting at 28:16 we talk NWSL semi-finals, looking Wester New York Flash's surprise 4-3 win over the Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit's 2-1 win over Chicago Red Stars.

At 45:15, we close with the TSS Scouting Network, with reports on promising young USMNT and USWNT players.

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48-team World Cup, Bob Bradley to Swansea, Spurs v Man City, USMNT roster  

So much news!

We start out discussing Gianni Infantino's proposal for a 48-team World Cup—how would it work and how would it change the tournament?

At 9:15, we discuss the appointment of former USMNT (and elsewhere) coach Bob Bradley as Swansea City manager. That's right, an American head coach in the Premier League. And his first game is away to Arsenal ...

22:22 Our review Tottenham's 2-0 win over Man City, brought to you by Mack Weldon (use discount code "TSS" for 20% off at detailing how Pochettino bested Guardiola. We also briefly touch on Barcelona's surprise defeat to Celta Vigo.

At 38:15, we dive into Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, a game in which Christian Pulisic started for BVB but was subbed out at halftime for Emre Mor. We explain how and why and what it might mean.

Oh, and here's a link to that Spielverlagerlung article:

At 45:20 we discuss the new USMNT roster, which features Lyden Gooch and Julian Green, as well as Gareth Southgate's first England roster and the rumors linking Arsene Wenger with the England job.

At 58:54 we get into the Total Soccer Show Scouting Network, which is heavy with promising young Americans.


Choosing your team, England's next manager, Sam Allardyce's future, listener questions  

The first half of today's show is listener questions, including our MLS 24 under 24 XIs, what sort of coach do England need next, is Sam Allardyce finished forever, and why do we support who we support?

At 38:10 — today's show is sponsored by FUTCHI. Here's Daryl v. Taylor in a game of "headers only" FUTCHI:

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Starting 41:08 — What are you watching this weekend? Our guide to weekend soccer.

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At 52:00 — TSS Scouting Network update, including Cameron Carter-Vickers' new contract at Spurs.

Bonus: Here's that Galatasaray video Taylor was talking about:


Celtic and Manchester City Goalfest, Atletico Battles Bayern, and Fabian Johnson Not at Fault  

On the newest episode of the Total Soccer Show...

0:00 - Time is running out to get your FUTCHI rebounder at an amazing price! To get $70 off a FUTCHI you can go to and use coupon code "totalsoccerbonus"

0:43 - Jamie Vardy's affinity for port.

1:45 - Champions League review, featuring Celtic v Manchester City, Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich, and Borussia Monchengladbach v Barcelona.

38:39 - Portland (and Darlington Nagbe) battles to a late win in the CONCACAF Champions League.

42:02 - Shout outs, congrats, and announcements!

44:52 - Updating the TSS Scouting Network.

And don't forget, if TSS' daily coverage isn't filling that soccer void, then say hello to The Goalmouth! It's a new podcast collaboration between Howler, Dirty Tackle, and TSS.

The Goalmouth will launch Monday, October 3rd, so please subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or similar to make sure you catch the first episode.

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Welcome to The Goalmouth ...  

Details of a new podcast collaboration between Howler, Dirty Tackle, and TSS.

The Goalmouth will launch Monday, October 3rd, so please subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud or similar to make sure you catch the first epsiode.

The Goalmouth is also a daily email so you can read more about the stories we cover. Sign up for the email here:




Emergency Pod: The Big Sam Allardyce Scandal  

Daryl and Taylor are on the line to discuss the ins and outs of the Sam Allardryce scandal. What are bungs? How does Third Party Ownership factor in? How many "The Wire" references can we shoehorn in? All that and more as we break down a (potentially) big scandal/headache for the English FA.

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