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The TopDrawerSoccer Show: focus on the future with Top Drawer Soccer

Uncovering the underbelly of American soccer

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Should MLS teams run academies? Charles Boehm has some thoughts

Travis talks to MLSsoccer.com's Charles Boehm about MLS academies and the relationship between developing players and the league itself. Specifically, a couple MLS teams out there aren't too inclined to keep running academies, and there are some pretty fascinating reasons why. Travis and Charles also close out the show by discussing youngsters on the US men's national team and MLS players to watch this season. If you want ALL the TopDrawerSoccer content, get 20% off a premium subscription by going to http://topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and using the promo code "podcast"

57mins

8 Feb 2019

Rank #1

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Updates on eleven potential USMNTers abroad

Taylor and Travis take a look at eleven youngsters currently playing (or, in some cases, not playing) in Europe and try to figure out 1) where they stand with the USMNT right now and 2) what they need to do to increase their chances of getting called into the March camp. Players discussed: 1) Gio Reyna (Dortmund) 2) Richie Ledezma (PSV) 3) Chris Gloster (PSV) 4) Alex Mendez (Ajax) 5) Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona) 6) Ulysses Llanes (Wolfsburg) 7) Chris Richards (Bayern Munich) 8) Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa) 9) Timothy Weah (Lille) 10) Christian Cappis (Hobro) 11) Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro) Honorable Mention: Josh Sargent

54mins

14 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Recapping the men's and women's D1 College Cup Finals

Taylor and Travis discuss the DA showcase in Floria before turning their focus to the men's and women's college tournaments. On the women's side, they get into the penalty shootout that saw Stanford emerge victorious once again. On the men's, Georgetown took home the title for the first time in school history. How did they build that program and what comes next? All that and much more!  Reminder! Our listeners can get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer premier subscription. Go to topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and use the promo code “podcast” and get 20% off.

39mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Youngsters with the USMNT and homegrowns getting signed!

Taylor and Travis discuss the youngsters they're most excited to see (potentially/hopefully) get minutes with the US men's national team in their upcoming friendlies. They also talk about some of the biggest homegrown signings this MLS offseason, as well as the new changes to the USSF's scouting programs. If you want ALL the TopDrawerSoccer content, get 20% off a premium subscription by going to http://topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and using the promo code "podcast"

45mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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Breaking down the U.S. U17 MNT at the World Cup

J.R. Eskilson joins the show to review the first two games for the United States at the U17 World Cup. What went right (not much), what went wrong, and how to keep perspective as the U.S. looks to stay alive in Brazil.

39mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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US U20 World Cup roster analysis, plus US U17s advance to the quarterfinals

It's a show of two halves! In Part I, Taylor and Travis go in-depth on the USA's roster for the upcoming U20 World Cup. Timothy Weah is in and Julian Araujo is out, but who else is in the squad and who else possibly should have been? Plus, our predicted Starting XI and lingering concerns/reasons for optimism heading into the tournament. In Part the Second, we review the USA's progress through the 2019 Concacaf U17 Championships. 20 goals for and 3 against after 4 games is no small feat, but what will the US need to do to ensure positive results against more challenging opposition? We have thoughts! Today's show is sponsored by... Open Goaaal USA! Use the Top Drawer Soccer Spring Sale discount code TDS40 to get $40 OFF + Free Shipping while supplies last at opengoaaalusa.com. Techne Futbol! It's the soccer training app for individual players, teams and clubs. Players can train on their own, when and where they want, while coaches track their progress. Download the Techne Futbol app for a free trial or go to technefutbol.com 

55mins

10 May 2019

Rank #6

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11 Questions about the US Soccer Development Academy

Daryl and Travis answer 11 questions about the DA. Got questions (on any topic) for future TopDrawerSoccer Shows? Ask them here --> http://bit.ly/2AmdSPl

1hr

31 Aug 2018

Rank #7

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13 ideas to improve the MLS Superdraft and college soccer

Daryl and Travis run through listener-suggested innovations to improve the way college soccer and the MLS Superdraft is handled. From total free agency to Draft Allocation Money, from USL officially involved in the draft to an Open Cup for college soccer, we discuss every idea and feel out the pros and cons. If you want ALL the TopDrawerSoccer content, get 20% off a premium subscription by going to http://topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and using the promo code "podcast"

1hr 1min

18 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Your big American soccer 2019 preview — what to watch for and why

Daryl and Travis give you 10 things to keep an eye on in American soccer this year, from the U20 World Cup to which MLS team might really hashtag play the kids to which college players will go high in the MLS and NWSL drafts.  Get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer Premier subscription when you use code "podcast" at http://topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe Here's the promised highlight reel of VCU attacker and freshly minted Generation Adidas player Siad Haji: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdTK1JZngoI

45mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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US U20s at the World Cup: the good, the bad, and the next round

Taylor and Travis take a look back at the USA's (somewhat disappointing) 1-0 win over Qatar in the U20 World Cup. The Baby Yanks could have topped the group and avoided stronger opposition in the knockout round with a better result. T&T try to get to the bottom of what went wrong and what could have gone better. After that, they pick a possible lineup for the next round by discussing who has stood out (good or bad) for the US in the competition so far.  Today's show is sponsored by... Open Goaaal USA! Use the Top Drawer Soccer Spring Sale discount code TDS40 to get $40 OFF + Free Shipping while supplies last at opengoaaalusa.com. Techne Futbol! It's the soccer training app for individual players, teams and clubs. Players can train on their own, when and where they want, while coaches track their progress. Download the Techne Futbol app for a free trial or go to technefutbol.com 

50mins

31 May 2019

Rank #10

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An American (almost) in Paris: Phallon Tullis-Joyce of Stade de Reims

Stade de Reims goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce discusses life in France's Ligue 1 Feminie, where she moved after playing for the University of Miami earlier this year. Find out what it's like to be a young American (woman) playing abroad, how it's helped her grow as a player and person and some insights on developing as a goalkeeper.

29mins

26 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Young Yanks Abroad

Daryl and Travis answer seven questions about young American playing abroad: 1. Which uncapped European-based prospect is most likely to become a USMNT regular? 2. Disregarding Pulisic, what American seems to have the tools to succeed in the Premier league and what attribute is most important? 3. Who are some young American players playing in Europe that no one is talking about? 4. How do most US youngsters find their way to Europe? Are there a lot of European scouts at DA showcases & tournaments like the Dallas Cup? Or is it something else? 5. Is it better to get playing time for a low-level club, or to train with the best of the best? Basically, in terms of club status, is it better to be Jonathan Amon, or Tim Weah? 6. Which young American are you most worried will choose another country over the US, a la Jonathan Gonzalez? 7. What would be considered a successful year at Werder Bremen for Josh Sargent? What about for Sebastian Soto at Hannover? ———Today's show is sponsored by OPEN GOAAAL! Go to https://opengoaaalusa.com/ and use code TOPDRAWER15 for a 15% discount.——— Konrad de la Fuente UEAFA Youth League highlights: http://bit.ly/2PRL45x Sebastian Soto goals: http://bit.ly/2NFjI5K Got a question for the TDS Digital Mailbag? Drop it here: http://bit.ly/2AmdSPl

1hr 10mins

28 Sep 2018

Rank #12

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USMNT U23 roster analysis and Olympic qualifying projection, with Sam Stejskal

MLSsoccer.com writer Sam Stejskal joins the show to discuss the new U.S. U23 MNT head coach, the recent roster release and overall all player pool. At the end of the show, Travis and Sam pick a combined potential XI for Olympic qualifying as well. Today's show is sponsored by http://www.opengoaaalusa.com It's a soccer goal + rebounder + backstop ALL IN ONE! Get $40 off plus free shipping, while supplies last, when you use code TDS40

51mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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Reviewing the U17 Concacaf Championship AND previewing the U20 World Cup w/ Adam Belz of Scuffed

Travis talks to Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast about the USA's disappointing loss in the U17 Concacaf Championships... though they did still qualify for the U17 World Cup. So, it wasn't THAT disappointing. Adam and Travis focus mostly on the tournament as a whole, and what they think of the U17 team in its present incarnation. After that, the guys take a look at the US team as it prepares for the U20 World Cup, and discuss their opponents in the group stage.  Today's show is sponsored by... Open Goaaal USA! Use the Top Drawer Soccer Spring Sale discount code TDS40 to get $40 OFF + Free Shipping while supplies last at opengoaaalusa.com. Techne Futbol! It's the soccer training app for individual players, teams and clubs. Players can train on their own, when and where they want, while coaches track their progress. Download the Techne Futbol app for a free trial or go to technefutbol.com 

1hr 15mins

17 May 2019

Rank #14

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Wrapping up the USA at the U17 World Cup w/ Adam Belz

Adam Belz of the Scuffed Podcast joins this week's show to dissect the USA's performance at the Under-17 World. What is important, what isn't and what did it say about the issues facing the US Soccer Federation in general.

31mins

8 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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11 young Homegrowns who have impressed this season

Taylor and Travis take turns discussing their combined 11 homegrown players that have impressed this season in either MLS or USL (or occasionally both). They are... 1) Brandon Servania 2) Paxton Pomykal 3) Mason Toye 4) Miles Robinson 5) Cole Bassett 6) Gianluca Busio 7) Moses Nyeman 8) Alphonso Ocampo-Chavez 9) Issa Rayyan 10) Ricardo Pepi 11) David Rodriguez

52mins

19 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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What comes next for the US U20s?

With the USA's elimination from the U20 World Cup, Taylor and Travis discuss what comes next for eleven of the team's key players. What did we learn about/what should the immediate future hold for... 1) Timothy Weah 2) Sergino Dest 3) Chris Durkin 4) Chris Richards 5) Sebastian Soto 6) Chris Gloster 7) Alex Mendez 8) Ulysses Lllanez 9) Konrad de la Fuente 10) Richie Ledezma 11) Paxton Pomykal Do they need a move? More minutes? A strong preseason? All the above? We go deep!

58mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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US U20 roster breakdown, the U17s get a new coach, and the NCAA gets an admissions scandal

It's a PLAY YOUR KIDS SPECTACULAR on this week's episode! Taylor and Travis discuss the hiring of Raphael Wicky as the new head coach of the US U17s, break down the latest US U20s roster, and ponder what names might (and might not) be included the upcoming U23 squad. They also get into soccer's role in the 2019 college admissions scandal. For 20% off a TDS Premier subscription, go to http://topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and use discount code "podcast"

52mins

15 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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US U17 World Cup roster review and analysis

Taylor and Travis break down the US U17 World Cup roster. Who is in, who is out, and who will need to have a strong tournament to help the US make a deep run. They also preview a few other potential head-turners at the tournament, and answer some U17-themed listener questions.  Some of the players Travis previewed are: 1) Adil Aouchiche (France) 2) Sebastian Esposito (Italy) 3) Efrain Alvarez (...Mexico) 4) Pablo Moreno (Spain) 5) Matias Palacios (Argentina) 6) Steve Mvoue (Cameroon) 7) Johan Mina (Ecuador) 8) Talles Magno (Brazil)

49mins

18 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Young Americans in the Bundesliga, plus analyzing the operational changes at US Soccer

Taylor and Travis are back together (via the internet) to discuss the brights starts for both Gio Reyna at Dortmund and Sergino Dest at Ajax.  They then move on to breaking down the appointment of Kate Markgraf as GM of US women's soccer and the promotion of Earnie Stewart to Sporting Director. What will the new positions require, who might take over the vacant men's GM job, and what are the major challenges to come. Lastly, T&T answer listener questions, including which young Americans could make their Bundesliga debuts/get the most minutes this season and do American fans care more than other fans about youth national team players? Plus, they give some advice to any youth soccer coaches who might be listening!

40mins

16 Aug 2019

Rank #20