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Long-running American soccer show covering the USMNT, Premier League, Champions League, MLS, and more. If you enjoy analysis and silliness in equal measure, we're the podcast for you.

Long-running American soccer show covering the USMNT, Premier League, Champions League, MLS, and more. If you enjoy analysis and silliness in equal measure, we're the podcast for you.


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Long-running American soccer show covering the USMNT, Premier League, Champions League, MLS, and more. If you enjoy analysis and silliness in equal measure, we're the podcast for you.




Allocation Disorder: Should MLS homegrown territories stay or go?

Paul and Sam discuss Mr. Tenorio's latest opus for The Athletic: "Inside MLS’s debate over homegrown territory rules." What are the rules, how did they first come to be, and why might they need revision? Plus, a very thoughtful tribute to Daryl Grove at the start of the episode. Sponsors! SoFi! Download the SoFi daily podcast to get the right information to help you gain financial independence. The Athletic! Go to to get a subscription for $1/month. Credible! Visit...


Pablo Maurer and Sam Stejskal discuss the political contributions of MLS owners, as well as their own frenemy relationship

Taylor is joined by Pablo Maurer and Sam Stejskal of The Athletic to discuss their recent article "Disconnect: as MLS teams back social causes, owners' money often fights them." It's an excellent article that I'd encourage everyone to read, and they go over the basic findings of their research and the more interesting bits and pieces they uncovered. There's also some interesting insight into the process of creating such a highly-detailed, collaborative effort, the reaction to MLS PR when the...


Which Americans in MLS or abroad had the best weekend? Plus, previewing the USL Championship Final w/ Joe Lowery

On this episode of The Total Soccer Show... Joe Lowery is back on the show to help Taylor determine the 10 Americans who had the "best" weekends in soccer. The big names (Dest, Pulisic, Reyna) are all in there, as are some you might not have expected (Johannsson, Soto) and some domestic players who are tearing it up in MLS, including Daryl Dike, Walker Zimmerman (aka Zimm Walkerman), and many more. 1:07:36 - We preview the USL Championship Final between the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Phoenix...


Weekend Review: Real Madrid get it right in El Clasico, Lampard (mostly) does the same against Man United, and Dortmund make a statement against Schalke

Ryan and Taylor take a look back at some of the biggest matches from this past weekend... 0:00 - But first, we talk a bit about Daryl Grove, his passing, the tremendous response, and all the love shown. 7:46 - El Clasico review: has the fixture lost a little bit of its luster, how good was Sergino Dest, and how bad was Barcelona's marking? Plus, who is the greatest current Master of the Dark Arts of Soccer? 35:21 - Borussia Dortmund v Schalke: one team cements their title challenge...


Goodbye, to our friend

Daryl John Grove passed away last night. He was surrounded by friends and with Shannon, his wonderful wife, and Julie, his equally wonderful mother, by his side. I’ll post more information about services and how to pay respects once his family has some time. For now, if you want to keep writing letters, either to him or his family, you can send them to our office address for delivery: 530 East Main Street, Suite 912, Richmond, VA, 23219. Daryl loved this soccer community of ours, and it has...


Bayern do Bayern things against Atletico, Real Madrid forget how to defend for 45 minutes, and Frank Lampard continues to confuse: Champions League recap w/ Sam Tighe

Taylor is joined by Sam Tighe (B/R and the Ranks FC podcast) to review as much of the action as possible from this week's Champions League games. We get into what Hansi Flick has unlocked at Bayern Munich, favorite Americans in Europe, doing keepy-uppies with Marcus Rashford, and the bonkers second half in Inter Milan v Borussia Monchengladbach. Plus, Sam tries desperately to say something nice about Frank Lampard. It's hilarious. Personal note: Sam also said some very thoughtful and kind...


El Clasico preview, plus examining Sevilla's title credentials and revisiting Diego Simeone's coaching philosophy w/ Graham Ruthven

Ahead of this weekend's El Clasico (Barcelona hosting Real Madrid), Taylor talks to Graham Ruthven about the respective states of both clubs, as well as how he thinks the game could play out... and why it might not quite as electrifying as seasons past. Plus, Diego Simeone's coaching philosophy, why we should be watching Cadiz, and Sevilla's title aspirations (and why their lack of depth in one key position might be a problem). Note: If you want to send a letter to Daryl, you can mail it to...


Jeff Rueter on the Supporters Shield controversy, the USL Championship conference finals, and Andrew Carleton's present and future

0:00 - Taylor provides a brief update about Daryl, as well as the show itself 3:40 - The Athletic's Jeff Rueter joins the program after a quick 3 year hiatus. He explains the Supporters Shield controversy, previews the USL Championship Conference Finals, provides more insight into the new MLS Reserve League, and discusses Andrew Carleton's present (and possible future). If you want to send a letter to Daryl, here's the mailing address for our office: 530 East Main Street, Suite 912,...


An update on Daryl

I wanted to update everyone about the latest news regarding Daryl. The situation with Daryl’s liver has been deteriorating over the last couple weeks, which is the primary reason that he’s been in the hospital and not on the show. He had a procedure last week which we had hoped would buy him some time, but we received the news yesterday that there’s nothing more his doctors can do. Daryl was transported home this afternoon to begin hospice care, and a nurse and home health aide will be with...


Allocation Disorder: Breaking down Brenden Aaronson's move to RB Salzburg, plus the business of buying and selling teams and the best moves of MLS this season

0:00 - Brenden Aaronson's move to RB Salzburg is wrapped up... or will be when he moves in January. But the deal is done! Is Salzburg an ideal landing spot for him at this point in his career? What will the move mean for Aaronson's national team career? Who's the next MLS player that could make the move to Europe? Paul and Sam have answers! 10:14 - "The worst kept secret in the sports business circuit" Getting into the finer points of Orlando City's sale to an unknown buyer. 26:16 - The best...


Has the future of the USMNT ever looked as bright as it does right now? Plus, progeny overtaking legendary parents, the next jobs for Simeone and Zidane, and more listener questions w/ Ryan Bailey

On today's episode, Ryan and Taylor get into "Project Big Picture" and the fallout over Manchester United, Liverpool, and the EFL Chairman doing some backroom planning. What was the idea, why was/is it necessary, and where do we go from here? After that, it's on to your listener questions... 1) If Diego Simeone were to leave Atletico Madrid, what club or national team would he have the best chance of success with, given their current squad? 2) Of the players whose parents were huge stars or...


Aaron Dolores of Black Arrow FC on being the opposite of a soccer hipster, the growth of black soccer culture in America, and the work that went into the Black Players for Change demonstration at MLS is Back

To start off today's show, there's a brief update about Daryl Grove's health status. After that, Taylor talks to Aaron Dolores of Black Arrow FC about a lot of different topics. How to watch soccer when you aren't as interested in tactics, how the intersection of soccer and black culture continues to expand in the United States, why Paul Pogba is soccer's Allen Iverson, and much much more. Sponsors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Conmebol World Cup Qualifying round-up w/ Felipe Cardenas: Neymar scores, Falcao refuses to age, and Messi smiles!

The Athletic's Felipe Cardenas returns to the show to discuss the first two rounds of South American World Cup qualification. We talk about Brazil's strong start, Argentina's resilience, a coaching merry-go-round at Paraguay, and some tactics as well. Plus, the best pundits in South American, Ecuador's new Antonio Valencia, Neymar breaking records, and the teams most likely to be negatively impacted by having to play behind closed doors. Sponsors! Indochino! Get $30 off any purchase of $399...


International break weekend review w/ Ryan Bailey: are the Euros going to be ugly, does Aston Villa deserve credit for Brazil and Scotland looking good, and much more!

Ryan and Taylor take a look back at all the International action from this past weekend, including England being the current Germany, current Germany being the old England, and Brazil continuing to be Brazil. Plus, Norway gives us reason for optimism at the Euros, Spain wear down the Swiss, and much much more from around the globe! Sponsors! Indochino! Get $30 off any purchase of $399 or more by using the code "Athletic" at Artifact! Check out to let...


Allocation Disorder: Listener Questions spectacular! Plus, DC United parts ways with Ben Olsen; what happens next?

0:00 - Ben Olsen is out at DC United, which is truly the end of an era. How did we get here and how does the club move on from here? The guys discuss front office issues and possible coaching replacements. 15:26 - Allocation Disorder Mailbag time! What will NYCFC do with their open DP spot, how can the Chicago Fire become legitimately good, why is there so little transfer activity between MLS and USL, and much much more! Plus, YOUNG MONEY/CASH MONEY! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


What's gone wrong at Manchester United and how to (maybe) fix it w/ Carl Anka

With Manchester United having about as poor a start to the season as possible, Taylor (a United fan) talks with The Athletic's Carl Anka about a whooooole lot of Manchester United. The board level mindset that is holding the club back, which players are most in need of a reset, what the club can learn from Southampton, Carl's approach to fixing the club, and much much more! Sponsors! PolicyGenius! Head to to get started and save 50% or more by comparing quotes Manscaped!...


Adam Snavely on the most interesting moves of the recent transfer window, plus which current players could become the next great managers

With the transfer window now more or less closed (mostly pretty much closed), Taylor is joined by Adam Snavely to discuss the most interesting moves that happened (or in some cases, didn't happen) in the most recent transfer window. Here are just a few of the many, many transfers we got into: Sam Mewis to Manchester City, James Rodriguez to Everton, Gunnersaurus to Forward Madison, Thiago to Liverpool, and Edouard Mendy to Chelsea. Plus, current players that could make excellent managers,...


USMNT player pool updates featuring Pulisic, Adams, Reyna and many more w/ Brian Sciaretta

Brian Sciaretta of American Soccer Now returns to the show to discuss roughly 20 players in the USMNT player pool. Which MLS players have improved their stock the most in the last 4 months, why we should be weary of positional experimentation when it comes to Tyler Adams, the best interview in American soccer, the resurgence of Aron Johannsson, and much much more! Here's a rough list of the players we discussed: Brenden Aaronson Jordan Morris Jozy Altidore Ayo Akinola Aron Johannsson Josh...


Weekend Review: how Spurs embarrassed Manchester United, what Aston Villa did to cause Liverpool so many problems, and why Napoli v Juventus didn’t end up happening

On this episode of The Total Soccer Show, Ryan and Taylor go long discussing one of the wildest weekends we've had in a while. Manchester United and Liverpool combine to concede 13, Americans look strong in both the Bundesliga and La Liga, Coronavirus confusion in Serie A, and much much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Allocation Disorder: a USMNT-centric look at the Champions League draw, plus roster projections for World Cup qualifying

Paul and Sam discuss the Champions League draw and the various Americans impacted, and then move on to analyzing Paul's piece for The Athletic in which he broke down what the rosters might look like when the USA is competing on three different fronts. Who's in, who's out, and why Darlington Nagbe remains critical! Here's a link to Paul's roster projections at The Athletic Sponsors! This episode is brought to you by... Magic Spoon! Go to to check out all their options and...