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Uncovering the underbelly of American soccer

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Uncovering the underbelly of American soccer






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 and using the promo code "podcast"


Travis Clark on the MLS SuperDraft, Kim McCauley on the NWSL Draft, and Frankie Amaya on being drafted

Recorded live from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago, Daryl and Taylor are joined by Travis Clark to break down the MLS SuperDraft, SB Nation's Kim McCauley to discuss the NWSL Draft, and Frankie Amaya to explain what it's like being drafted #1. Get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer Premier subscription when you use code "podcast" at Keep up to date with the work Kim is doing by following her on Twitter. Her handle is @lgbtqfc


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 Here's the promised highlight reel of VCU attacker and freshly minted Generation Adidas player Siad Haji:...


Discussing the 2019 MLS Combine and Draft w/ Bobby Warshaw

With Taylor and Daryl out of town, Travis called up Bobby Warshaw to discuss the upcoming MLS Combine and MLS Draft. Bobby also gets into his own experiences as a player participating in the Combine and Draft, and a lingering beef with a certain TDSS Host. They also break down what GMs and coaches will be looking for this year, and the changing significance of college soccer from season to season. Get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer Premier subscription by using code "podcast" at...


Grassroots soccer with Chris Kessell

Travis talks grassroots soccer with Chris Kessell, president of both West Side SC and Kanawha Valley Soccer League, and board member of the West Virginia Soccer Association. Topics include how to build futsal courts in West Virginia and beyond, and how we can all work together to grow the game in the United States. Here's Chris' letter explaining the timeline of his run for US Soccer Vice President: Get 20% off a...


Americans in the UEFA Youth League, plus Nike Friendlies and the conclusion of the College Cups

Taylor and Travis won't let the snow keep them down! Instead, they're discussing a variety of topics, including... 2:01 - Americans in the UEFA Youth League, with particular emphasis on Sergino Dest of Ajax and Chris Richards of Bayern Munich. 27:20 - The USA's performance at the 2018 Women's Nike Friendlies 42:15 - The men's and women's College Cup Finals, and a look ahead to the 2019 MLS Draft. LINKS! Get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer Premier subscription by using code "podcast" at...


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.