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Uncovering the underbelly of American soccer






Which USMNT youth players fit the Berhalter system? Nike U17 International Friendlies review, Indiana Head Coach Todd Yeagley

Daryl and Travis discuss new USMNT coach Greg Berhalter and highlights up-and-coming players that will thrive under Triple G's style of play. At 27:18, they discuss the Nike U17 International Friendlies — how did the team look, what did we learn, and which players caught the eye? At 49:01, Travis interviews Indiana Men's Soccer Head Coach Todd Yeagley about the upcoming College Cup in California. LINKS! Get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer Premier subscription by using code "podcast" at...


What's next for the stars of the victorious US U20s?

Taylor and Travis quickly discuss the USA's poor performance at the 2018 U17 Women's World Cup. They then move on to discussing what the near future holds for 6 of the key players from the US U20s, fresh off their title-winning campaign at the 2018 Concacaf U20 Championship. To close out the show, Travis talks to Dave Nolan, head coach of the Georgetown women's soccer team. Use code "podcast" to get 20% off a Premier subscription at


Did MLS teams give enough minutes to young players in 2018? (with Sam Stejskal)

Travis talks to national writer Sam Stejskal about Major League Soccer's approach to #PlayYourKids. Did enough players get enough minutes? Which players impressed? And what could MLS do differently? This is a deep-dove conversation and we hope you enjoy.


The NCAA men's tournament kicks into high gear, plus U17 WNT review and U20 MNT preview

Taylor and Travis take a look back at the USA's (unconvincing) 3-0 win over Cameroon in the U17 Women's World Cup, and ponder where the team goes from here. They then move on to discuss the NCAA Men's Division I college tournament, which kicks into high gear this weekend. What are the big match-ups, who are the favorites and who might be the Cinderellas, and what players should we be keeping an eye on? All that and much, much more. The gents then close out the show by previewing the US U20...


USMNT U20 World Cup qualifying — what do we think of it so far?

Daryl and Travis review the USMNT U20's first four games in the CONCACAF Championship, and Travis highlights three players to watch in the women's college soccer tournament. Use code "podcast" to get 20% off a Premier subscription at


Discussing the US U20 Men's National Team with Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast

Travis is joined by Adam Belz of The Scuffed Podcast to break down Tab Ramos' roster for the upcoming Concacaf U20 Championships. Who made the cut, who didn't, and what can we expect from the USA in their U20 World Cup qualifying campaign. All that and much more! Reminder! Our listeners can get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer premier subscription. Go to and use the promo code “podcast” and get 20% off.


How futsal helps young players improve, with Don Hughes of Richmond United Development Academy

Daryl talks to Don Hughes, U15 and U16 boys coach with Richmond United Development Academy, where he also runs the futsal program. Coach Hughes talks Daryl through how he coaches futsal, what fustal can teach young players, and how players can apply those new skills to 11-a-side soccer. Do you know what a pivot and a fixo are? You will by the end of this episode. If you enjoy, please share. Today's show is sponsored by Open Goaaal USA! Go to and use code...


Discussing the State of the USL and 2018's Breakout Players w/ Phil Grooms

Travis is joined by Phil Grooms from The USL Show to discuss the close of the regular season, the trends in the league, and some specific players who are starting to generate headlines. They also get into the status of the league and what it might look like in the near future. Today's show is sponsored by Open Goaaal! Go to and use code TOPDRAWER15 for a 15% discount.


10 reasons to be optimistic about the future of the USMNT

One year and a couple of days since the USMNT's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Travis and Daryl dig deep and find 10 reasons to be optimistic. Today's show is sponsored by Open Goaaal! Go to and use code TOPDRAWER15 for a 15% discount.


Homegrown Players: Who Are They, Who's Doing Well, and Who Could Use More Minutes?

Taylor and Travis discuss 10 homegrown players and what their stories can tell us about the strengths and weaknesses of the Homegrown Player rule. What can we learn from what these players doing and, more importantly, what lessons can MLS teams gain from their successes and/or (relative) failures? We also answer three listener questions pertaining to Homegrown Players, and Travis closes us out with his patented catchphrase! Today's show is sponsored by OPEN GOAAAL! Go to...


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 &...


U20 Invitational results, plus a look back at the NCAA season so far

Taylor and Travis discuss the US u20 national team's performance in the 2018 u20 Invitational in which they lost to... erm... the US u19s. What significance (if any) does the result have and what's next for the team as they prepare for World Cup qualifying? We then review NCAA season so far by discuss the various men's and women's teams that have surprised (or lived up to expectations, in Stanford's case). It's perhaps worth noting that within hours of recording this episode, both the...


Eight questions about US Soccer Youth National Teams

Daryl and Travis answer eight questions about the US Soccer YNT setup. Who should replace John Hackworth as U17 MNT coach, who even makes the hires, what would we do if made Youth Technical Director? And plenty more. Want access to all the premium content at Get 20% off a Premier subscription by using the code "podcast" at Want to drop a question in TDS Digital Mailbag? Do it here! -->


US U20 Roster Predictions for the 2018 Concacaf Championship

Taylor and Travis construct a provisional roster for the USA for the Concacaf U20 Championship this November. Will MLS release potential playoff youngsters? Will European clubs let their academy products run loose? Will Taylor and Travis ever come to terms with the future of James Sands.


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 -->


2018 College Soccer Preview Extravaganza!

Taylor and Travis discuss the preseason favorites for both the NCAA women's and men's college soccer seasons. They get into who they are, what they do, and why they're good, plus some individual player spotlights. After that, they do their best to empty out the mailbag by answering many, many questions about college soccer, including why don't more college coaches get professional gigs and what's the preferred system of play for most college programs. If you've got more questions about...


Soto and Reyna to the Bundesliga, USWNT home early from U20 Women's World Cup

Daryl and Travis get into Sebastian Soto and Gio Reyna's respective moves to Hannover and Borussia Dortmund, wondering what makes a Bundesliga U19 team more appealing than an MLS Homegrown contract and asking when, if ever, will American youth teams see some training compensation and solidarity payment dollars. In part two, starting at 23:30, Daryl and Travis ask what went wrong for the USWNT U20 team, which is out of the U20 Women's World Cup after the group stage. Got questions about...


Young Americans Abroad: Previewing the Seasons of Tim Weah, Keaton Parks, Ben Lederman and many more

Taylor and Travis discuss the upcoming seasons of several promising young Americans, as well as what a "good result" might look like. Those youngsters would be... 1) Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal B) 2) Timothy Weah (PSG) 3) George Acosta (Boca Juniors II) 4) Keaton Parks (Benfica... hopefully) 5) Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro IK) 6) Emerson Hyndman (except we don't actually talk about him) 7) Marlon Fossey and Luca de la Torre (Fulham) 8) Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda) 9) Joshua Pynadath and...


MLS Homegrown Game review with Bobby Warshaw

Daryl and Taylor join Bobby Warshaw to review the 2018 MLS Homegrown Game. Who impressed and what does the future hold for some of these talented youngsters?


Discussing Christian Pulisic and Coaching in America with Jacob Klinger

Travis is joined by Jacob Klinger to discuss Christian Pulisic's development and what his future might hold. Plus, they get into the coaching in the United States and how the right coach might be able to harness the talent of America's playing pool. Here are a few of the articles mentioned in their conversation: Perspectives on coaching in U.S. Soccer: Christian Pulisic's potential as a Number 10: Lucien Favre's relationship with Pulisic: ...