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We discuss soccer in America. From the US Men's National Team to Major League Soccer, to all the EPL action that American soccer fans watch on TV.

We discuss soccer in America. From the US Men's National Team to Major League Soccer, to all the EPL action that American soccer fans watch on TV.
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We discuss soccer in America. From the US Men's National Team to Major League Soccer, to all the EPL action that American soccer fans watch on TV.




Atletico v Juventus and Schalke v Man City reviews

No spoilers! 0:00 - Atletico v Juventus 24:18 - Schalke v Manchester City SPONSORS! SeatGeek! They're designed to make your ticket buying experience easier than ever. Get $10 off your first SeatGeek purchase by entering promo code "TSS" in the settings tab. BR Live! Download the app and get a soccer pass to watch all UEFA Champions League and Europa League games.


Liverpool v Bayern Munich review

No spoilers! We review Liverpool v Bayern Munich and explain why it ... happened the way it did. Today's show is sponsored by BR Live! Download the app and get a soccer pass to watch all UEFA Champions League and Europa League games.


Benny Feilhaber on his move to Colorado and his national team prospects, plus Nicole Hack on the relationship between supporters and club in Chicago

0:00 - Benny Feilhaber joins the program to discuss his move to Colorado, the challenges of adapting to a new system, and his expectations for the USMNT under Gregg Berhalter. 15:57 - Taylor calls Nicole Hack, the chairperson of Section 8 Chicago, to discuss the recent agreement between Section 8 and the Chicago Fire that will see supporters return to the stadium for the start of the season. Today's show is brought to you by... Ruffneck Scarves! Go to and use...


Talking all things Bundesliga (and a little Champions League) w/ Matt Hermann of The Talking Fussball Podcast

Matt Hermann is back on the program (and is also Taylor's Valentine). He discusses the possible title race in the Bundesliga, the conundrum that is RB Leipzig, the importance of sporting directors in terms of club stability, which Bundesliga-based American might get the next big move, and much much more. We discuss a number of different clubs, managers, and players in the Bundesliga, so if you've been looking to catch up on things in Germany, we've got you covered! Today's show is brought...


George Quraishi on the life cycle of a story and why sports might actually matter

Disclaimer: this show was recorded a couple weeks ago... Daryl interviews George Quraishi, managing editor of The Athletic Soccer. They discuss why George left Howler, the life of a story from beginning to end, and why sports may or may not actually matter. Plus, George answers random Twitter questions, which pretty much guarantees entertainment. SPONSORS! Hims! A one-stop-shop for hair loss, skincare, and sexual wellness for men. Go to and get a trial month...


Why are Americans suddenly heading to Scotland? Graham Ruthven explains, and talks La Liga

Graham Ruthven (The Guardian, Eurosport) joins the show to discuss the recent trend of Americans heading to the Scottish Premier League, as well as the tendency of some players to head in the opposite direction. Are the two leagues friends, enemies, or frenemies? Graham explains. Plus, we discuss Zack Steffen's future at Manchester City, and a possible title race in La Liga. How rave Real Madrid pulled their way back and what will Barcelona need to do to hold them off? NEW SPONSOR...


Weekend Review w/ Ryan Bailey! Chelsea look Sarri as City stroll, Liverpool keep hope alive, and Sergio Ramos is the poster boy for Real Madrid

Ryan Bailey joins the show to break down the big games from this past weekend: what did City get so right and Chelsea get so wrong in that 6-0 drubbing, how can Liverpool stay in contention in multiple competitions, is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer using witchcraft, and just how good might Jadon Sancho be? All that and more... plus, Gianfranco Zola anecdotes!!! SPONSORS! Today’s show is sponsored by Away Days Football, now proudly featuring the American Kit Collection. Use code TSS at...


Americans Abroad Weekend Review w/ Joseph Lowery

Joseph Lowery is on the line to discuss more than a few of the many Americans playing abroad. A large section up front is dedicated to the Americans in the Bundesliga, including (but not limited to) Adams, McKennie, Sargent, and Pulisic. Then it's on to the many other Americans in several other leagues... Will CCV ever make it to the Premier League? Should Timothy Weah sign for Celtic? Who's the one name we maybe haven't talked a lot about that should be getting some love? All that and...


Keith Costigan talks Liverpool, the race for the Premier League title, and the return of the Champions League

Keith Costigan of Fox Sports fame joins the show to go deep on Liverpool's season so far, including the things that keep him up at night when worrying about their title challenge AND the things that help sooth those nerves. We also discuss his one-on-one time with Jurgen Klopp, Keith's thoughts on the upcoming Champions League knockout round fixtures, and his time as a scout in the United States (he once spotted a Baby Weston McKennie). SPONSORS! Dollar Shave Club! Go to...


Siad Haji of the San Jose Earthquakes discusses life as an MLS rookie

Taylor talks to new San Jose Earthquakes attacker Siad Haji, who was taken with the #2 overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. Siad discusses his early life as a new arrival in the United States, the difficulties of Division I soccer, what it's like to play for US youth national teams, and the trials and tribulations of life as an MLS rookie... and he even lets us know the song he had to sing as his initiation! SPONSORS! Today's show is sponsored by Hello Fresh! Go to...


Premier League Panic Rankings w/ Adam Snavely

If you're looking for a Daryl Grove update, there's a very brief one at the start of this episode (it's as good of news as can be expected). After that, Taylor calls up Adam Snavely, the author of the always hilarious (and consistently informative) Premier League Panic Rankings, which you can find over on The Athletic. They discuss how the idea first came to be, how Adam comes up with material, and the players and clubs that tend to give him the most ammunition. But we also get into a wide...


Discussing A (Possible) New Era in MLS w/ Sam Stejskal

Taylor calls up Sam Stejskal (national writer for to get his thoughts on driving to Boston, the Super Bowl, and the Polar Vortex. Oh, and we also discuss the (possible) beginning of a new era in MLS, with clubs selling players for big money... and then utilizing that money to actually sign players. What a world! We also review some of the best/most interesting moves in the offseason thus far, as well as some that didn't come to fruition (Kellyn Acosta, Lucho Acosta, and...


USMNT January camp winners and ... not-winners

We look back at the first USMNT January camp of the Gregg Berhalter era and give our list of winners and ... losers is the wrong word, so ... not winners. Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. Get $10 off your first SeatGeek purchase by entering promo code "TSS" in the settings tab. Today's show is sponsored by Robinhood. Start building your portfolio and get a free stock when you go to


USMNT v Costa Rica review

Daryl and Taylor review the USMNT's friendly vs Costa Rica. No spoilers here, just in case! Today's show is sponsored by Talisman caps! Go to and use code TOTALSOCCER20 for a 20% discount.


Transfer Deadline Day review and USMNT analysis w/ ESPN'S Sebastian Salazar

ESPN's Sebastian Salazar joins the show to discuss the (semi-disappointing) Transfer Deadline Day that was, with specific emphasis on Luciano Acosta, Miguel Almiron, and Sebastian Giovinco. We then get into his work as a sideline reporter, including which interviewees are particularly challenging and what his approach is when translating on the fly. Lastly, there's a solid chunk of USMNT conversation, which is a fitting word to use given that locker room communication seems to be a major...


Talking all things Serie A w/ David Amoyal of The Calcioland Podcast

David Amoyal (The Athletic, ESPN, The CalcioLand Podcast) joins the show to break down the Serie A season thus far. We discuss the transfers, drama, and key players for Inter Milan, AC Milan, Roma, Napoli, and Juventus, as well as some of the less heralded clubs like Torino, Sampdoria, Lazio, and Atalanta. It's a jam-packed 60+ minutes of insane knowledge from David and lots of questions from Taylor. SPONSORSHIP! 23:25 - Today's show is sponsored by Hims. Go to...


USA v Costa Rica preview, plus your USMNT-centric questions get answered!

Daryl Grove is back in studio! It's an emotional first 7 minutes or so of the show, and I mean that seriously, so prepare accordingly. After that, we look back at the USA's 3-0 win over Panama, before looking forward to their opponents on Saturday: Costa Rica We answer all the USMNT-related questions that our brains could handle, including theoretical starting elevens, Gold Cup expectations, tactical innovations, and a whole lot more! SPONSORS! Grip6 belts! To see how hey work, go to...


Discussing Higuain's move to Chelsea, the madness at Monaco, and much more w/ Luke Moore of The Football Ramble

With Daryl en route back to Richmond, Taylor called up one of Mr. Grove's compatriots to talk a little soccer/football. Luke Moore (of The Football Ramble and On the Continent) is on the line to discuss Higuain and Pulisic to Chelsea, the best and worst run Premier League clubs, the ideal manager for a Sunday league team, the most interesting narratives in European soccer/football this season, and much much more. It's an episode that really tries to make Lord Ramble proud. Today's show is...


All hail Nick Lima! Deep-dive review of USMNT v Panama w/ Joe Lowery

After Daryl and George came together to record a quick take/calm take review of the USA's 3-0 win over Panama, Taylor called up The Athletic's Joe Lowery to discuss Gregg Berhalter's USMNT coaching debut. We get into the team's tactical approach, who looked good, who needs to put in some more work, and what is the future for Michael Bradley. If you want to read more from Joe (which you should), check him out on Twitter. He's @joeInCleats Today's show is brought to you by Twillory. They...


USMNT v Panama quick-take, hot-take review, with The Athletic's George Quraishi

Daryl sits down with George Quraishi, managing editor of The Athletic Soccer (and some say Magic City's #1 customer) to review the first game of the Gregg Berhalter era. What did we like? Which players impressed? Will this win help start filling stadiums? Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. For $10 off your first SeatGeek purchase, enter promo code TSS in the settings of the SeatGeek app.