Rank #1: MLS Cup mega pod w/ Taylor Twellman, Gavin Wilkinson & Bobby Boswell
What's the best way to get ready for the 23rd MLS Cup? ExtraTime Radio, of course. ESPN's Taylor Twellman stops by the Green Room to explain what it's like to lose four finals, what's at stake for both clubs and where the tactical battle will be won and lost.
Plus, Bobby Boswell takes you inside Atlanta United, including an epic Tata Martino story, and Portland Timbers GM & President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson explains how the squad was built and pulls back the curtain on his job.
In the mailbag, Bobby gets flamed by Five Stripes supporters, the '06 Revs go under the microscope and the guys try to figure out whose parade speech would draw headlines.
Rank #2: ExtraTime Radio: Arturo Alvarez & Johan Kappelhof (Chicago Fire)
That tackle. It’s the talk of MLS on Monday, and the guys give their takes on the Nigel de Jong challenge that forced Portland Timbers and US national team star Darlington Nagbe to leave the StubHub Center pitch in a wheelchair. Then they break down the rest of another wild MLS weekend. Philly are for real, but should their game-winner have counted? Why are last year’s powers (Red Bulls, Crew SC, ‘Caps and Sounders) reduced to also-ran status? Is the TomThom hype train finally rolling along? It’s all here.
Then, in the second segment, the Fire’s Arturo Alvarez and Johan Kappelhof sit down in studio to explain why each of them ended up in Chicago, give their thoughts on the De Jong tackle, look forward to a matchup with Didier Drogba and give Andrew a scheduling lesson. Oh, and why were Khiry Shelton and Mikey Lopez suspended by Patrick Vieira? It sounds ridiculous, but is it?
Finally, the mailbag provides the forum for some venting by a Timbers fans, and listeners give their suggestions for most underrated in MLS.
Rank #3: Dennis te Kloese (LAG), Alan Koch (CIN) & Nelson Rodriguez (CHI) from the Combine
A packed show covering MLS Combine, rumors and transfers. Plus interviews with two general managers and one head coach!
15:03 Dennis Te Kloese on the LA Galaxy’s four designated players
19:52 MLS rumors and transfers
37:49 Alan Koch on what makes good expansion teams and FCC’s moves to come
52:08 Nelson Rodriguez on Chicago Fire offseason and moves to come
Rank #4: Bacon & Eggs MLS Cup special as Atlanta United make history
The 23rd MLS season is over, and Atlanta United are the champions. Wiebe, David, Doyle and Bobby gather for the annual post mortem show in a hotel room in downtown Atlanta.
Rank #5: Claudio Reyna on producing the next great American player, replacing David Villa
Matt Doyle is back in the world of the living! After weeks in the sick house, the Armchair Analyst is back to help Andrew, David and Bobby break down the SuperDraft, dig into the biggest news around MLS and wax poetic about Sigi Schmid and the art of player development.
Plus, interviews with NYCFC's Claudio Reyna (David Villa's replacement, state of the club, Dome Torrent and producing great American players) and D.C. United's Dave Kasper (Wayne Rooney, Loudon United and the future of the club).
- 6:15 - Coach of the Year named for Sigi Schmid
- 9:02 - Frankie Amaya goes No. 1 to FC Cincinnati + MatiGol rumors
- 17:42 - Which SuperDraft picks can make an impact in Year 1?
- 20:44 - Gio dos Santos buyout, Turkey comes for Elis, playing matchmaker w/ Joao Plata
- 28:41 - Ozzie Alonso to MNUFC + Benny Feilhaber to Rapids
- 32:05 - INTERVIEW: Claudio Reyna on replacing David Villa at NYCFC, producing the next great American player
- 54:01 - INTERVIEW: D.C. United's Dave Kasper talks Wayne Rooney, Loudon United and the future of the club
- 1:13:47 - Mailbag: What's the future of the SuperDraft?
Rank #6: USMNT Jan camp react, trade winners/losers & Cincy technical director
David, Matt, and Bobby drop into the Green Room for one last time in 2018. The guys cover the first USMNT roster in Gregg Berhalter's tenure, including some surprising names. They also hit MLS trade winners/losers and take a peek into the LA Galaxy coaching search. Then Luke Sassano drops in to talk about the FC Cincinnati roster build, a few of their big-name acquisitions and what the next few weeks hold for the new boys. To close it all out, a giant mailbag of all topics suggested by listeners!
Don't forget to stick with ExtraTime Radio through the holidays. There are three holiday specials coming up, featuring Maurice Edu, Alan Gordon, Kenny Cooper and more special guests.
2:58 USMNT January camp roster
13:59 2019 MLS home openers
15:36 LAG coaching woes
20:29 Trades for NE Revs, SKC, and Colorado
27:26 Luke Sassano Interview
46:17 Mailbag extravaganza
Rank #7: ExtraTime Radio: Greg Vanney (Toronto FC)
It’s Final Push to the Playoffs time, and that means two blocks of games to occupy your Sunday afternoon plus a live show featuring some ExtraTime Radio flavor. The guys, with Doyle back in the mix, start in the Western Conference, where Seattle wasted a golden opportunity midweek, Portland are holding on for dear life, Colorado are chasing an unlikely Supporters’ Shield, Yura and RSL got a deal done and LA might be better off without Steven Gerrard.
In the Eastern Conference, Toronto vs. Montreal headline the slate of games. TFC head coach Greg Vanney joins the guys to discuss the home slide that dropped them out of the Shield race, Jozy Altidore’s hamstring, those Michael Bradley rumors and the 401 Derby. Plus, an MVP discussion, another year of D.C. proving the doubters wrong, whether the East will be red or blue and Philadelphia’s suddenly desperate playoff reality.
The mailbag begins with US national team talk. Should Julian Green be in consideration against Mexico? Is Sacha Kljestan really a starting central midfielder after so long out in the cold? Finally, Doyle’s thoughts on the rumors surrounding CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Rank #8: ExtraTime Radio: MLS Cup + Expansion Draft
Rank #9: Alexi Lalas on World Cup nightmare + Paul Tenorio (FourFourTwo) & Brian Sciaretta (ASN) talk legacy of failure and a missing generation
It hurts. We know. In need of self-therapy after the US national team's World Cup qualifying nightmare, Andrew Wiebe and Matt Doyle let their emotions flow on Thursday, with a little help from their friends.
After the guys break down what went wrong, commiserate over the opportunity lost for anyone who loves soccer in the United States and begin to think about what the future might bring, former USMNT star and Fox Sports pundit Alexi Lalas (19:04), Paul Tenorio (35:38) of FourFourTwo and Brian Sciaretta (45:27) of American Soccer Now chime in with their respective takes. As always, you can call or text the show at 401-206-0MLS.
In this episode...
US crash out of World Cup
- Massive feeling of loss takes hold of US soccer community (3:10)
- Is change inevitable for U.S. Soccer after failure? (6:24)
- Why missing Russia robs next generation of opportunity (10:15)
- Mindset must change from top to bottom in US soccer circles (13:01)
- Soccer is not broken in the US ... do your part to improve it (17:45)
- INTERVIEW: Alexi Lalas (Fox Sports) breaks down what went wrong (19:04)
- INTERVIEW: Paul Tenorio (FourFourTwo) talks legacy of failure (35:38)
- INTERVIEW: Brian Sciaretta (ASN) on missing generation and what's next (45:27)
Countdown to Decision Day
- Should Red Bulls or ATL hold back in possible playoff matchup? (1:03:01)
- Will World Cup failure hang over Toronto FC? (1:04:52)
- What is Kaka's MLS legacy? (1:08:42)
- How will Tim Melia's injury affect Sporting KC's title hopes? (1:13:27)
- Who is the Western Conference's bogey team? (1:17:15)
- What is Clint Dempsey future with the USMNT? (1:23:39)
- Did we over hype USMNT? Does ETR bear some responsibility? (1:24:38)
- How do we build a better and more education soccer community?(1:30:50)
- Does the USMNT need to adopt a single system? (1:32:59)
- Whose US career is over after World Cup flop? (1:35:37)
Rank #10: ETR: Is Jurgen Klinsmann's time up with USMNT?
Welp, that was a bad week for the US national team. After a 4-0 loss to Costa Rica in San Jose, it's crisis time in the Hexagonal for one of the favorites. Jurgen Klinsmann is understandably under pressure, and the guys ponder what went wrong (again) and what it means for the future of the program. ESPN's Jeff Carlisle joins to give his two cents on the German's job security as well as rumors that LA Galaxy boss Bruce Arena could be waiting in the wings.
The offseason hot stove is starting to heat up in MLS. First up, rumors (Carlos Tevez? Please tell us it is true) and a first-ever home jersey in Atlanta, then FiftyFiveOne's Wes Burdine calls in from Minnesota to provide perspective on reports that Adrian Heath will be the club's first MLS head coach as well as provide news (or lack thereof) on the player front. Also, Benny Feilhaber's new deal in Kansas City, D.C. splash cash on Luciano Acosta, a former MVP's son signs for FC Dallas and award season rolls on.
In the mailbag, a debate about Designated Players that revolves around Tim Howard's injury, #Bielsa4USMNT, questions about the MLS Cup Playoffs schedule and Soccer Thanksgiving requests.
Rank #11: ET Radio: MLS Cup Playoffs, Conference Semis Leg 1
Leslie Jones was the breakout star of Sunday night’s 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs action, as the SNL star-turned-MLS fan was treated to four sterling home performances by the lower seeds as the Conference Semifinals got things rolling back-to-back-to-back-to-back. Andrew, David and Matt jump in the studio to give you the highs and lows, starting with the Western Conference, where FC Dallas played it safe and paid for it. Seattle Times reporter Matt Pentz joins the guys to dish on the roller coaster ride that is the Sounders, Brian Schmetzer’s future and the club’s MLS Cup ambitions. Then it’s out to LA, where Colorado ought to be feel fine about a 1-0 loss to the Galaxy.
The Eastern Conference was just as tight, with Toronto FC held in check in the late going by New York City FC. Those two goals hurt, though, and now Patrick Vieira and the boys from the Bronx have an uphill battle to climb that could have been avoided had they stuck to their guns from the regular season. Meanwhile, the Impact know who they are, and they aren’t ashamed to bunker and counter, a strategy that gave Montreal a 1-0 lead over the Red Bulls heading back to New York. Former Impact player and RDS commentator Patrick Leduc calls in the dish on the pragmatic Mauro Biello, Drogba-gate and Matteo Mancosu’s emergence.
In the mailbag, a New York metro area conundrum, a new MLS Cup champion, payroll vs. home-field advantage and more Ben ‘The Research’ Baer gloating by Sounders fans.
Rank #12: ExtraTime Radio: Who is biggest MLS offseason signing?
Last week was an ExtraTime Extravaganza – seriously, go back and listen to all five shows if you haven’t already – but that doesn’t mean the guys don’t have something special planned for you on Monday. The Armchair Analyst is back after a month-long absence, and he’s ready to make up for lost time! First, that scoreless draw in San Diego that saw the national team put weeks of training to the test against Serbia. It wasn’t always pretty, especially in the final third, but Doyle says there were some positives and David wonders whether we should just accept that Darlington Nagbe might be better suited to the No. 8. Plus, who won Round 1 of the US playmaker competition between Sacha Kljestan and Benny Feilhaber?
There aren’t any games just yet, but there’s still plenty to talk about in MLS as team-building for 2017 continues. The big news is out in LA, where reports have the Galaxy landing a DP winger that could change the face of the Western Conference. Andrew catches you up on the comings and goings, then the guys dive into the transactions page to try to decide on the single biggest MLS signing of the offseason. Miguel Almiron? Those Fire DPs? The young target forward FC Dallas just beat big-time competition to sign? How about Alberth Rusnak at Real Salt Lake? On the flip side, what about biggest losses? Does Dax McCarty fall in that category? How about Jermaine Jones or Kevin Molino? Someone else’s gain is someone’s loss…
In the mailbag, the guys start the Steve Zakuani for Comeback Player of the Year bandwagon and Doyle gives everyone an update on Freddy Adu’s preseason cameo against the Red Bulls.
Rank #13: ET Radio: Death of Dos a Cero
After 12 hours on the road and some fitful sleep, Andrew and David are back in the broom closet to break down the death of Dos a Cero with Matt. Though the atmosphere was spectacular and the fans respectful and passionate, the tactics from Jurgen Klinsmann left something to be desired.
First the what, how and why behind the 3-4-3 that saw the Americans go down early, then the changes that helped the hosts fight back valiantly before the villain of all CONCACAF villain (Rafa, baby) got the goal the gave El Tri three valuable points in Columbus. Of course, there’s no rest for the weary. A trip to Costa Rica, where the US have never won, is next and the guys are split on how they think the result will pan out.
If you thought things would be quiet in MLS during the international break, think again. There’s big news from Frank Lampard, some hints but no confirmation from Steven Gerrard and an untimely injury for Tim Howard that will change the trajectory of the USMNT and Rapids’ MLS Cup bid. In the mailbag, a big congrats to FC Dallas’ Matt Hedges for his Defender of the Year nod.
Rank #14: How many starters did Berhalter unearth in Jan camp? Plus, NYCFC make DP splash
Preseason rolls on, with all the predictably bizarre headlines and overreactions. Andrew, Bobby and Dave sit down in the Green Room to break down a pair of Designated Player forwards signed by NYCFC and Real Salt Lake. Will Alexandru Mitrita be worth the reported $9 million price tag? Who is Sam Johnson, the Liberian forward headed to Utah from Norway's Valerenga?
Then, after Gregg Berhalter's first US national team camp closes with another win, the guys identity the winners, the potential starters and parse the details to figure out what was noise and what was important. Plus, Tyler Adams has hearts aflutter in Germany, and Alphonso Davies got the call for Bayern Munich.
Also in this episode: Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas on style, identity and how they mesh in New York, Anthony Hudson explains the Rapids rebuild, North American soccer bucket list in the mailbag.
- 5:21 - NYCFC pay big money for Alexandru Mitrita
- 13:00 - Who is RSL DP signing Sam Johnson?
- 24:54 - Red Bulls' Chris Armas on style vs. identity
- 39:22 - USMNT January camp winners + possible starters
- 1:09:58 - Rapids' Anthony Hudson on the rebuild
- 1:27:30 - North American soccer bucket lists
Rank #15: ExtraTime Radio: MLS is back after massive US win
Now that the international break is over, there's a full slate of fascinating MLS games to preview. Do the Revs or Red Bulls have more riding on Friday’s match on UniMas? What’s led to Philly's early success? What are the guys most looking forward to in the SKC-RSL rivalry matchup? And THE MLS original matchup goes down on Saturday night as D.C. United travels to San Jose nearly 20 years to the day of the league’s inaugural match.
In the mailbag, Tommy Mac might be Ireland’s next soccer legend, and the guys search under the cushions for some fresh American fullback prospects.
Rank #16: ExtraTime Radio: Sigi Schmid Previews MLS Cup
MLS Cup is just days away, and the guys are on the ground in Toronto to soak in the championship atmosphere. To help set the stage, former Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid brings his inside knowledge to the table for a championship preview you won’t want to miss. First up, which club and which city has more on the line with a first-ever MLS Cup at stake? What’s MLS Cup week like for coaches, players and fans? What did Greg Vanney and Brian Schmetzer do to get their squad rolling?
In the second segment, the guys dive into a tactical breakdown that’ll get you up to speed on what’ll go down between the lines at BMO Field. How should the Sounders deploy Nicolas Lodeiro? How can Toronto FC get the best from Sebastian Giovinco, who didn’t look like himself against Montreal? Who will come out on top between Jozy Altidore, Chad Marshall and Roman Torres in what promises to be a battle of the titans? What does Michael Bradley need to do to keep the Reds rolling?
Predictions come first up in the mailbag, with the crew split as Schmid goes with his heart. Then there’s the requisite Landon Donovan MVP discussion and a call for more young American playmakers as the guys wrap it up and prepare for Saturday.
Rank #17: ExtraTime Radio: Alexi Lalas (Fox)
He’s baaaaaccccckkkkk! The LA Galaxy needed a little boost ahead of the MLS Cup Playoffs, so why not add the guy they named the MVP trophy after? Yes, Landon Donovan, the most decorated player in MLS history is coming back. At the start of the show, the news was officially unofficial. It was under those conditions that Alexi Lalas called in to talk Landon, what he’ll bring to the Galaxy and why other teams should be nervous, plus more on his own return from retirement and US Soccer’s next big thing, Christian Pulisic.
MLS doesn’t stop for LD, though, and MLS Cup won’t necessarily go through LA. All 20 teams are still alive and still striving get above the red line or lock in seeding. RSL and Orlando helped their respective causes with midweek wins. Who will get a boost in the standings heading into a loaded weekend? With an Atlantic Cup matchup on the docket and a few matches that could prove decisive in the battle to get over the red line out West, you’ll want to consider that special offer on MLS LIVE.
In the mailbag, the Donovan news goes from unofficial to official via a Galaxy video and personal Facebook post. One listener wonders how and why LA are able to make such “sneaky” moves season after season.
Rank #18: Campeones Cup from Toronto + Zlatan's 500th, Stahre out in SJ, & playoff scramble
Toronto is the story right now starting with their wild 5-3 match vs the LA Galaxy to Zlatan's wondergoal 500th and then a Campeones cup preview from Toronto with Andrew and Bobby. Plus David and Doyle breakdown Montreal's huge win, the playoff scramble in the east and the middle of the west. Sam Stejskal joins to talk about the future set up of LAG, and what is going on with TFC.
3:00 Worries for Union?
7:35 Montreal turning a corner
10:50 Atlantic Cup shootout
13:58 Zlatan wonder strike and face off vs Michael Bradley
18:43 RSL leaves points on the board
20:38 SKC & FCD fight for the top of the West
24:22 Timbers woes
27:00 SEA continue their historic run
30:03 Sam Stejkal on LAG coaching & GM search
35:05 Sam on Bill Manning's view of what went wrong in 2018, and the fix for 2019
40:20 Mikael Stahre's departure from San Jose
46:27 Campeones Cup preview from Toronto
52:38 Interview with Greg Vanney
Rank #19: ET Radio: Talking Youth Development with Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) & Jon Parry (SKC)
We know it's hard to wait for the 2017 MLS season. That's why we put together a 10-show run to take you throw March 3, including another ExtraTime Extravaganza leading up to Opening Weekend. Might as well just subscribe on iTunes now.
First up, a show devoted to Homegrowns and the academy system, the conveyor belt of talent that clubs (and the US and Canadian national teams) hope will sustain them long term.
Matt Doyle gives his thoughts on the 2017 Homegrown class, then Sporting KC academy director Jon Parry joins Andrew and David to explain why producing talent from within is so important. And while the "why" is crucial to the process, it's all about the "how" when it comes to producing future pros, and Parry goes deep to help listeners understand what SKC are doing to seed their first team with local (and recruited) talent.
FC Dallas and USMNT midfielder Kellyn Acosta is a Homegrown success story, and he calls in from preseason camp in Argentina to tell his own story -- from the U13s to the first team. When and why did he join the academy? How did FC Dallas help him make the jump from grassroots to the pros? What's next for one of the most talented young players in the league? MLSsoccer.com and iTunes listeners get the full story!
In the mailbag, the guys decide the fandom of an unborn child and discuss (then cross an entry off of) a rather creative MLS bucket list.
Rank #20: The Bob Bradley 1v1 that will blow your mind + SuperDraft Top 5
The guys roll through their Top 5 ahead of Friday's MLS SuperDraft (streamed live at 11 am ET on MLSsoccer.com), but the main event is an 50-plus minute expansive interview with Bob Bradley on a range of soccer topics, including the state of MLS, issues with the national team, his soccer philosophy, Vela/Rossi at LAFC, and so much more.