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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.




USMNT roster, England World Cup squad, FA Cup Final and ATL vs NYRB review

At the top of the show, we are analyzing the USMNT roster to play Bolivia. So. many. youngsters. 20:00 — Considering the MLS Youth Transfer Fund (segment sponsored by The Athletic) 26:00 — Looking at England's World Cup squad — Daryl loves it 36:00 — FA Cup final review — Mourinho plays it safe 49:20 — Atlanta United vs New York Red Bulls review News roundup 1:10:00 Scouting network Today's show sponsored by The Athletic. Get a full 40% off a subscription when you go to...


World Cup 2018 Group A Preview and Predictions: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay

In an extra-long episode of The Total Soccer Show, Daryl and Taylor wade into the 2018 World Cup by previewing Group A, which features Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. 2:18 - Russia: The Hosts With Not the Most 28:39 - NEW SPONSOR ALERT! Today's episode of The Total Soccer Show is brought to you by... The Athletic! They're a subscription-based publisher of smarter sports coverage for die-hard fans. No ads. No pop-ups. No auto-play videos. Just good writing done well. You can get...


Best and worst World Cup songs, soccer formation imagery, history of the substitution rules

More listener questions! Timestamps below: 1:00 — Are World Cup songs good? Or mostly annoying? 9:55 — Can you come up with better imagery for soccer formations? 16:30 — Has anyone received a red card for fouling a teammate? 21:35 — Why are European salaries described in terms of weekly income? 23:35 — Why does soccer only allow three subs? Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. Download the SeatGeek app, enter promo code "TSS" and you'll get a full $20 off your first ticket.


Soccer gambling, different pressing systems, biggest injury impacts, plus: World Cup roster updates

It's a listener question special! But we open by talking about the red card Irish U17 keeper Jimmy Corcoran received in the U17 Euro quarterfinals. Start at 6:20, we discuss the latest World Cup roster news, including Fagner, Paulo Guerrero, Munir, and Joe Hart. Then it's on to listener questions! 14:20 — What is the soccer gambling culture in the UK? And are we about to see the same thing in the US? 23:07 — What are the differences and nuances between pressing systems (e.g.,...


Weekend review: England strikers fill their boots before World Cup

Daryl and Taylor round up all the weekend action they saw, including the Premier League, Bundesliga and some Major League Soccer. Today's show is sponsored by: SIMPLE CONTACTS — renew your prescription via the SC app and save $30 on your lenses. Go to or use code "TSS" at checkout for $30 off. RXBAR — limited time offer! Get 25% off your first order AND get six free samples of new flavors by going to AND use discount code "SOCCER" at...


Simon Parkin on the rise of Russia’s neo-Nazi football hooligans

Taylor speaks with journalist Simon Parkin about his recent Guardian article that focused on hooliganism in Russia, its connection with right wing extremism, and what it could mean for the 2018 World Cup and beyond. You can find the article by clicking this link: Or check out his website:


FIFA's money, simplifying handball, Audi Player Index explained, and more!

You've got questions? We've got answers! 1. How can we minimize the debate about handball? (Starting at 3:50) 2. What do British people mean when they say a club is "big?" (11:45) 3. What would happen if if every foul resulted in a penalty kick? (23:00) 4. How can I learn to play defensive midfielder? (27:57) 5. How does the Audi Player Index work? (41:20) 6. What does FIFA do with all its money? (48:45) Got a question for a future show? Ask it here:...


The (Possible) Breakout Stars and Teams of the 2018 World Cup, Plus More Listener Questions

Daryl and Taylor discuss Southampton's victory over Swansea, West Brom's relegation, and Wayne Rooney's rumored move to DC United. They then do their best to answer 5 listener questions: 1) What changes take place within a club when they are relegated from the Premier League to the Championship? 2) Is the relationship Canada has with the US soccer pyramid a net-positive or a net-negative for soccer development in the United States? What about for Canada? 3) Why does Joseph Martinez...


Talking black soccer culture with Aaron Dolores of Black Arrow FC

Daryl talks to Aaron Dolores of lifestyle brand Black Arrow FC about the intersection of soccer and black culture. Topics raised include defining black soccer culture, Arsenal's popularity with black soccer fans around the world, America's best city for black soccer culture, and plenty more.


Weekend review: El Clasico escalation, Premier League relegation fight begins, plus: how Red Bulls crushed NYCFC

Topics on our weekend review show include: 0:55 — The USMNT not competing at Copa America 2019 5:30 — EL Clásico review! 24:15 — Today's show is sponsored by Hims: a new wellness brand for men. For a trial month costing just $5, go to 26:15 — Premier League roundup, focusing on the relegation battle. 49:15 — NYRB's brutal crushing (or should that be pressing?) of NYCFC. 1:04:45 Scouting reports! Support TSS at


Roma v Liverpool (Quick) Recap, Plus Optimal Substitutions, Undervalued Positions, and Other Listener Questions

Daryl and Taylor briefly discuss Liverpool's aggregate victory over Roma in the Champions League semifinals (although we end up mentioning the game a couple more times in the body of the show). We then answer your Listener Questions, including... 1) Will Mo Salah fast during Ramadan and, if so, could it effect his fitness in the Champions League Final? 2) Are fullbacks the most undervalued position in football? 3) Is there an "optimal" time to make substitutions? 4) How do European...


World Cup warm-up: England preview with Rory Smith

Daryl talks to Rory Smith of The New York Times to get an early preview of England ahead of the World Cup. Read Rory's NYT work here:


Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Champions League review — pressing triggers and sorry celebrations

Daryl and Taylor review the second leg of the Real vs Bayern Champions League semifinal. No spoilers here because we don't want any complaints ... but let's just say James Rodriguez gave us plenty ti talk about. Want to support TSS? Go


Grant Wahl talks Pulisic, Alonso, Kompany and more "Masters of Modern Soccer"

Daryl talks to Grant Wahl about his new new book "Masters of Modern Soccer," in which five high-level soccer players, plus coaches Roberto Martinez and Juan Carlos Osorio and sporting director Michael Zorc, explain how they do what they do.


Weekend Review: Commisso's Godfather Offer to US Soccer, Plus Wenger Says Goodbye to Old Trafford and Barcelona Win La Liga in Style

Daryl and Taylor review all the weekend's action (from both on and off the field) in global soccer, including Arsene Wenger's farewell tour, Liverpool's managerial drama, Barcelona's La Liga title, feuds at Schalke, and much, much more. Today's show sponsored by SeatGeek — download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code TSS for $20 off your first purchase.


The Cooligans talk comedy, NYCFC, American soccer culture, and the end of apologizing for MLS

Daryl talks to comedians and all-around good guys Alexis Guerreros and Christian Polanco of The Cooligans podcast. Topics covered include: Why would two stand-up comedians start a soccer podcast, can you write good jokes about soccer, and what defines American soccer culture anyway? You can subscribe to The Cooligans wherever you get your podcasts, and follow them on Twitter @SoccerCooligans


Toronto Come Close in the CCL Final, Plus How to Fix Arsenal, Overrated Stats, and More Listener Questions

Daryl and Taylor review Toronto's 2-1 win (but overall loss) in the Concacaf Champions League Final. How did Greg Vanney get it right, how good was that Giovinco finish, and how bad were some of those penalties? All that and much, much more. After that, we answer your listener questions: 1) Why are free kicks and corners called set pieces? 2) How would Daryl and Taylor fix Arsenal? 3) What statistics do you think are over/underrated, and what are some you wish existed? 4) Does West...


Bayern Munich v Real Madrid review — Marcelo's moment of magic

We talk US Men's National Team news, after US Soccer announced they are working on September friendlies vs. Brazil and Mexico and Dave Sarachan hints that he wants this job full time. We also talk Real Madrid's 2-1 away win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal first leg. Today's show is sponsored by Yoga Edge, a an Amazon Video with 20-minute workouts designed for athletes. Go to


Salah the Star as Liverpool Get It Right (and then briefly wrong) Against Roma

Daryl and Taylor break down all that was in Liverpool's 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. How did Liverpool so easily tear apart their Italian counterparts, how important was that Anfield crowd, and how did Roma pull back two goals? All that and much, much more! Today's show sponsored by SeatGeek — download the SeatGeek app and enter promo code TSS for $20 off your first purchase.


Who will be the next Arsenal manager? (Plus: Why Arsene Wenger is like the Ottoman Empire)

Top of the show, we talk Arsene Wenger's Arsenal resignation. Why now and who next? At 20:45, toady's show is sponsored by Blue Apron. Go to to get your first three meals free. Starting at 22:30, we give our thumbs up/thumbs down weekend review, including: Man Utd's 2-1 win over Spurs in the FA Cup semifinal, the glue on the shoes of Olivier Giroud, some transcendent transatlantic wing play in Dortmund, a dramatic header in Serie A, and Tim Howard's handball in MLS.


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