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The show for American soccer fans. We talk USMNT, World Cup, EPL, MLS and more. We're the show for intelligent American soccer fans who love tactics as much as trivia.
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The show for American soccer fans. We talk USMNT, World Cup, EPL, MLS and more. We're the show for intelligent American soccer fans who love tactics as much as trivia.




Kyle Martino talks Goalpher, Street Soccer, US Soccer; Ian Barker talks rondos

Two great interviews from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Chicago. First, Kyle Martino talks about losing his US Soccer presidency bid and the part of his campaign he decided to go ahead with anyway. Second, we go deep in the weeds on rondos with Ian Barker, the director of coaching education at United Soccer Coaches Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. Download the app and enter promo code TSS for $10 off your first ticket purchase. NEW SPONSOR ALERT! Today's show is sponsored...


The 10 most interesting moves of the January transfer window (thus far)

Daryl and Taylor discuss the most interesting moves that have already taken place in the current transfer window. Editor's note: we're deliberately using the word "interesting" because there are widely varying reasons how/why we came up with our final list. They also discuss some moves that seem likely to happen, and some that they think probably SHOULD happen. SPONSORS! Today's show is sponsored by... Liverpool Jeans! Get 20% off at and use code TSS for 20%...


Premier League mid-term grades: Man United, Newcastle, Southampton, Tottenham, Watford, West Ham, Wolverhampton

On the newest (and most in-studio) episode of The Total Soccer Show... 0:00 - David Wagner departs Huddersfield. What happened and what happens next? 4:03 - Manchester United 15:47 - Newcastle 31:18 - NEW SPONSOR ALERT! Today's show is brought to you by... TWILLORY! Twillory makes easy, affordable, and perfectly-fit shirts, guaranteed! Total Soccer Show listeners can get $25 off their first shirt order by going to and entering promo code “TSS” at checkout 34:24 -...


The mental side of soccer, with sports psychologist Dan Abrahams

Daryl and Taylor talk to Dan Abrahams, a sports psychologist who works with AFC Bournemouth in England as well as various individual players. To learn more about Dan, visit Today's show is sponsored by Grip6 belts! To see how hey work, go to To get your 20-33% discount, please visit


Total Soccer Show x Cooligans: Crossover Questions Part 1

Daryl and Taylor from TSS wrap up the United Soccer Coaches convention by sitting down with Christian Polanco and Alexis Guerreros of The Cooligans. Together we answer a few listener questions. This is part one of the episode. Part two is out now, published in The Cooligans feed, so go subscribe to The Cooligans and listen to part two. Today's show is sponsored by Hims. Go to and get a trial month for $5.


Jason Davis talks Twitter, soccer, and dystopian futures

Taylor talks to SiriusXM's Jason Davis about ... everything. Birdbox, zombies, work-life balance, Twitter, MLS, radio, podcasting and plenty more. 18:12 — Today's show is sponsored by Dollar Shave Club. Go to and get a starter set for $5.


Why don't more soccer fans care about stats, what's the deal with loans, and more listener questions!

Recorded live from our hotel room in Chicago, we answer some excellent listener questions... 0:38 - What's the best approach to kickoffs? Go long, play it back, shoot, or something else entirely? 8:54 - How do loan deals and other roster moves with affiliates work in MLS compared to say minor league baseball and MLB? 16:18 - New sponsor alert!!! It's... DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB! Dollar Shave Club has everything you need to get ready, from your head to your toes. Your hair, your skin, your face....


Premier League mid-term grades: Everton, Fulham, Huddersfield, Leicester, Liverpool, Man City

It's part two of our Premier League mid-term reports. Here are your timestamps: 1:30 — Everton 13:08 — Fulham 27:45 — Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek! Download the app and use code TSS for $10 off your first SeatGeek ticket purchase. 30:30 — Huddersfield 43:20 — Leicester City 52:38 — Today's show is sponsored by Robinhood. Go to to get started with a free stock. 55:10 — Liverpool 1:07:05 — Man City 1:14:22 — TSS Scouting Network!


Premier League mid-term grades: Arsenal, Bournemouth, Brighton, Burnley, Cardiff, Chelsea, Crystal Palace

It's mid-term report time! We grade seven Premier League teams on their first half of the season. We also talk a little Tim Weah. Timestamps below: 0:20 — Tim Weah has been loaned from PSG to Celtic Premier League grades: 3:55 — Arsenal 16:18 — Bournemouth 24:50 — Today's show is sponsored by Robinhood. Go to to get started with a free stock. 27:05 — Brighton and Hove Albion 34:10 — Burnley 44:10 — Cardiff City 50:30 — Today's show is sponsored by Simple...


How will Brexit affect the Premier League? (and five more listener questions)

It's a listener question special! Here are the timestamps for what we're answering today: 2:08 — What effect will Brexit have on the Premier League and English soccer? 12:22 — Why do English teams play all those games over the festive period? 18:08 — Today's show is sponsored by Hello Fresh! Go to and use code tss80 for an $80 discount. 21:25 — Given a time machine, which five-year period in soccer history would you go back and watch? 30:14 — Does the salary...


Manchester City v Liverpool review, plus Pulisic to Chelsea updates

It's a NO SPOILERS show description! 0:00 - We break down all the key events in Manchester City's showdown with league leaders Liverpool. If your team won, you should listen to celebrate. If you're a neutral, we get into the nitty-gritty of the tactical battle and focus on a few specific incidents that changed the match. And, if your team lost, you should STILL listen because 1) there are lots of reasons for optimism and 2) there was a lot of good stuff in this one (both the game and our...


Analyzing Christian Pulisic's Chelsea move, plus 10 possible January transfers

0:00 - Christian Pulisic's $73 million move to Chelsea is complete. We break down the transfer itself, where Pulisic fits at Chelsea, and if we think it's a smart move for the young American. 21:20 - Quick chat about Emerson Hyndman's return to Bournemouth following the completion of his loan spell at Hibs. 25:09 - NEW SPONSOR ALERT! Today's episode is brought to you by... HelloFresh! They're the meal kit delivery service that shops, plans, and delivers step-by-step recipes and...


New Year's Soccer Resolutions for 2019 (plus: Pulisic and Weah rumors, Crew Saved, Brek Shea to Atlanta)

We start by catching up on some American soccer news: 1:45 — Christian Pulisic to Chelsea rumor 8:33 — Tim Weah to Celtic rumor 12:55 — Columbus Crew has been saved! 16:45 — Break Shea to Atlanta United 23:15 — Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. Download the app and use code TSS for $10 off your first ticket. 26:06 — New Year's Resolutions for soccer people 50:05 — Today's show is sponsored by Liverpool Jeans. Get 20% off at and use code TSS for 20%...


Weekend review: Salah front and center, Pogba on rhythm guitar

We review three games from the weekend's Premier League action: 2:00 — Wolves v Liverpool 15:11 — Cardiff v Man Utd 26:09 — Man City vs Crystal Palace 40:05 — Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. Download the app and enter promo code "TSS" for $10 off your first ticket purchase. 44:07 — Josh Sargent's performance and goal for Werder Bremen 49:55 — John Brook's assist and performance for Wolfsburg 51:27 — Fran de Boer is Atlanta United's new coach


Aaron Dolores of Black Arrow FC discusses the changing perception of soccer in America

Taylor calls up Aaron Dolores of lifestyle brand Black Arrow FC to talk about the intersection of soccer and black culture. Specifically, they discuss Black Arrow's latest endeavors, the increase of racism in England, the changing perception of soccer amongst the African-American community in the United States, and lack of black coaches in the top tiers of American soccer. Find out more about Black Arrow FC by heading here, or check out what the Oakland Roots have in store by clicking...


Bobby Warshaw discusses Gregg Berhalter's USMNT roster for the January camp

Taylor calls up Bobby Warshaw (of ExtraTime Radio fame) to get his thoughts on Gregg Berhalter's 27-player roster for the upcoming USMNT January camp. Who might stand out? Who has Bobby saying "meh?" And what does the squad tell us about Berhalter's approach? We also dive into Bobby's preferred Starting USMNT XI for a theoretical, must-win game away to Trinidad, and take a quick look at a few of the mLS managerial vacancies. Lots discussed in 40+ minutes of soccer-y goodness! Click THIS...


Discussing coaching in America, Liverpool v Man United, and Gregg Berhalter w/ Ian Barker of United Soccer Coaches

Taylor calls up Ian Barker, the director of coaching education at United Soccer Coaches, to get his thoughts on the growth of coaching in American soccer. They also discuss how to get more people from more areas involved in more aspects of soccer, before moving on to discuss Liverpool v Manchester United and the appointment of Gregg Berhalter as head coach of the US Men's National Team. Disclaimer: this episode was recorded Monday afternoon, so our discussion about Manchester United's...


Mourinho out at Manchester United! Discussing what went wrong and what comes next w/ Carl Anka

It's a (borderline) emergency podcast! With Daryl still out wandering around England, Taylor called up The Athletic's Carl Anka to discuss the surprisingly surprising news that Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have parted ways. They get into what went wrong for Mourinho (short answer: a lot), what happens now, and what needs to happen long term. You don't have to be a fan of Manchester United to listen to this episode... but it also doesn't hurt if you are! Today's show is brought you...


Wolves keep winning, Arsenal pressed into defeat by Saints, and UEFA Champions League draw reaction

Taylor calls up Daryl, currently somewhere in England, to discuss some moments from this weekend's action. Disclaimer: we don't really get into Liverpool's emphatic win over Manchester United, as our guest on Tuesday dives a little deeper into the proceedings at Anfield. Instead... 0:00 - Wolverhampton continuing to win: what they got right against Bournemouth and what Daryl's wife Shannon got wrong when it came to cheering. 11:31 - Today's show is brought to you by SeatGeek! 13:05 -...


What's the best USMNT starting XI right now, are football groups good for soccer, and more listener questions

Daryl is back (via the interwebs) to answer 5 listener questions... 1) If you arrive early enough to a live game to see the players warm-up, is there any information you can glean from what you see? 2) What is the best spot in a stadium to watch a soccer game? 3) Are football groups good or bad? Do they help develop soccer around the world or do they give their ownership groups an unfair advantage? 4) If we were hired to manage the USMNT in one do-or-die (literally) game, who would be in...