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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.




What went wrong for Juventus this season and where do they go from here? Christine Cupo has thoughts

Christine Cupo from the Juventibus Twitch stream makes her debut appearance on The Total Soccer Show to discuss the season so far for Juventus. She tackles the burning questions, like... Was there complacency from the start of the season? Should the club have parted ways with Sarri and why had things become so untenable? Who deserves the largest share of the blame for the way things have panned out? Will Weston McKennie continue to be a key player for them next season, regardless of who is...


Allocation Disorder: Felipe Cárdenas on Atlanta United's decline, coaching decisions, and front office power struggles; plus Columbus Crew rebrand talk

On this episode of Allocation Disorder, Paul and Sam are joined by The Athletic's Felipe Cárdenas for a fascinating discussion about Felipe's recent story, titled "The battles for control through Atlanta United’s rapid ascent and sudden backslide". Why has Atlanta United fallen off over the last few seasons? Why didn't they hire Marcelo Bielsa when they had the chance? And what pushed them to hire a European manager as their next coach after Tata Martino? Felipe, Paul, and Sam talk about all...


Paul Tenorio on the Columbus Crew rebrand, the MLS team that did rebranding right, and the most fun teams to watch this season

Paul Tenorio is back on the show (in a non-Allocation Disorder fashion) to discuss the Columbus Crew rebrand and why the folks in charge assume changing a logo means more butts in seats. We take a look at the process that led to the rebrand, why Crew ownership thought it was necessary, and where we go from here. Plus, the team that did rebranding right, the clubs that have the most authentic approach to messaging, and the most exciting teams in the league so far this season! Sponsors! Magic...


Are Bradley and Jozy done with the USMNT, which active Premier League players are future hall-of-famers, why doesn’t CFG move players like Red Bull, and more listener questions

It’s listener question time! Ryan, Taylor, and Joe combine to answer your lovely inquiries, ranging from under-the-radar Americans who we might see at the Gold Cup, to which active Premier League players are future hall-of-famers, to why fans on non-Big Six clubs should be glad that the Super League isn’t happening, to so much more. You can find the full list of questions down below: 1) With Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley not on Gregg Berhalter’s Nations League roster, are their national...


Weekend Review: American Edition w/ Joe Lowery, featuring Christian Pulisic, Sergino Dest, Brenden Aaronson, and many more!

Joe and Taylor discuss Gregg Berhalter's provisional roster for the Concacaf Nations League Finals this summer, and then it's on to discussing some of the most interesting performances by USMNT-eligible players around the world (aka - in North America and Europe). Players discussed: 1) Brenden Aaronson (Red Bull Salzburg) 2) Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) 3) Bryan Reynolds (Roma) 4) Sergino Dest (Barcelona) 5) Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas) 6) Disney Villain AKA Cade Cowell (San Jose) Sponsors!...


Weekend Review! Chelsea win Champions League Final dress rehearsal & La Liga's title race rages on!

Ryan, Taylor and Graham are here to discuss the biggest games of the weekend! And Graham’s OnlyFans account! -Man City vs Chelsea: The Champions League dress rehearsal didn’t go well for Man City, who saw the game turn when Sergio Aguero decided to do his Ademola Lookman penalty tribute. -Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid: A vital game in the Liga title race ended in a stalemate, in which Leo Messi *almost* scored an all-time great goal. -Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig: Dortmund helped Bayern...


Allocation Disorder: Using El Tráfico to explain roster building cycles in MLS, club rebuilds, the challenge of selling players midseason, and more

On this week’s episode of Allocation Disorder, Paul and Sam use this Saturday’s edition of El Tráfico a jumping-off point for a discussion about roster building cycles in MLS (which is something that LAFC is dealing with right now), club rebuilds (which is something that the Galaxy are dealing with right now), the challenges of selling players midseason, and more. Then it’s on to a conversation about the value of MLS experience and some under-the-radar MLS players that have impressed Paul...


Manuel Veth on the managerial merry-go-round in Germany, the best performing Americans in the Bundesliga, and the changes Jesse Marsch could make to Leipzig's playing style

Taylor is joined by Transfermarkt's Manuel Veth to discuss the managerial key party that is the Bundesliga coaching situation. We get into what Germany will look like this summer in Jogi Lowe's final outing (and where he might go from here), how Bayern got their man in Julian Nagelsmann but still have a lot to figure out if they want to make sure he doesn't walk away a la Hansi Flick, and the changes Jesse Marsch will bring to Leipzig's playing style (plus the players that might leave before...


Champions League(s) Review! Tuchel's Chelsea vs. Zidane's Real Madrid, Manchester "Atletico" City vs. PSG, and analysis of Tuesday’s CCL games

Ryan, Graham, and Joe team up to talk Champions Leagues! First, it's some UEFA Champions League chat with discussion of Chelsea vs. Real Madrid and Manchester City vs. PSG. Just how good was Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea team against Madrid? Has Pep been reading a Diego Simeone biography? And what's the deal with an all-English UCL Final? Then, it's on to the Concacaf Champions League, with analysis of the Philadelphia Union vs. Atlanta United and Toronto FC vs. Cruz Azul. From sideline spats, to...


Meg Linehan discusses the best offseason moves in NWSL, the looming Olympic roster decisions facing Vlatko Andonovski, and the challenges of covering women's soccer in our present world

Meg Linehan of The Athletic is back on the show to discuss this weekend's NWSL Challenge Cup Final, as well as her thoughts on some of the best offseason moves in the league. Plus, which teams are looking strong (or as strong as ever) and which teams still have some work to do! There's also Taylor attempting to get Meg to make Olympic roster predictions, with ends on a more useful topic of HOW Vlatko might be approaching assembling his roster. And, up front, Meg gets into the challenges of...


Weekend Review! Protests in Manchester, the Spanish title race & glory for Inter Milan!

Ryan, Taylor and Graham discuss the weekend’s biggest games—including the one that didn’t actually take place! Manchester Utd vs. Liverpool: the biggest fixture in English soccer was postponed following protests from Red Devils fans aimed at their absentee owners. What exactly happened at Old Trafford, and what will follow? La Liga title race: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid all noticed wins this weekend, keeping the race for Spanish silverware incredibly tight as we head down the...


What will Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich team look like, is Jesse Marsch ready for Leipzig, should Dike be on Gregg Berhalter's World Cup Qualifying roster, and more listener questions

Taylor, Adam Snavely, and Joe team up to answer your listener questions and talk CCL! We start out with CCL and try to get to the bottom of what on earth happened last night between the Columbus Crew and Monterrey and the Portland Timbers and Club América. Then, it’s on to the questions! 1) What can we expect from Bayern Munich under Julian Nagelsmann? And is Jesse Marsch ready for Leipzig? 2) Would Daryl Dike be on our respective personal World Cup Qualifying rosters? 3) Who are some...


Champions Leagues Review: PSG v Manchester City, Real Madrid v Chelsea, and look at Tuesday's CCL games

Joe, Ryan and Taylor have assembled to indirectly discuss the filmography of Christopher Nolan... but also to break down this week's Champions Leagues games! 1) PSG v Manchester City: why was one half so good for PSG and the other was, erm, the opposite? 2) Real Madrid v Chelsea: what was Tuchel's tactical approach and how did Real Madrid calm things down after a rough opening segment? 3) Atlanta v Philadelphia: how do you earn a resounding victory over a team that seems to define the term...


Allocation Disorder: Discussing MLS’s Designated Player/Young Money tradeoff, Chicharito’s hot start, Atlanta and Philly's clash in CCL, and much more from around MLS

On this episode of Allocation Disorder, Paul and Sam discuss some of MLS’s competitive balance issues, spending disparity, and a handful of roster rules. Then it’s on to a conversation about the Galaxy and Chicharito’s hot start, Atlanta United vs. the Philadelphia Union in CCL, and much, much, much more from around the world of MLS. Sponsors! Heineken! With a busy summer of soccer on the way, stay refreshed with the crisp taste of Heineken! Magic Spoon! Go to to save five...


Americans abroad & domestic review! Cade Cowell’s masterclass for the Quakes, Aaronson auditions for Leipzig, the Musah Maneuver returns, and more; plus, previewing City vs. PSG

Taylor and Joe chat about how a number of young American players, based both domestically and abroad, fared this past weekend. Just how good was Cade Cowell against FC Dallas on Saturday? What's up with Reggie Cannon at Boavista? How is Yunus Musah doing with Valencia? We talk about all of those things (and discuss many more Americans) before turning our attention to Wednesday's Champions League semifinal clash between Manchester City and PSG. Sponsors! Heineken! With a busy summer of soccer...


Weekend Review! Man City's latest silverware, Chelsea's lack of flair and Chicharito's three-goal affair!

Ryan, Taylor and Graham convene for a look back at the weekend that was! - West Ham vs Chelsea: The Blues dealt a crucial blow to David Moyes in the battle for fourth place with their ‘professional’ (read: ‘slightly boring’) style! - Leeds vs Man Utd: It was honors even at Elland Road, where Marcelo Bielsa appears to have adapted his style to face the big boys. - Manchester City vs Tottenham: The Spurs trophy cabinet will continue to collect dust as Man City pull off the biggest 1-0...


Allocation Disorder: Examining the Super League’s (theoretical) model in light of MLS’s structure, what the ESL drama means for MLS, takeaways from Week 1, and much more

On this episode of Allocation Disorder, Paul and Sam sift through this week's Super League drama, but from an American soccer & Major League Soccer perspective. How similar is MLS's structure to the Super League's proposed structure? And what does all of this Super League talk mean for MLS? Then, after the Super League discussion, it's on to takeaways from MLS's opening weekend! Sponsors! SoFi! For facts, analysis, and updates related to markets and financial awareness, listen to the SoFi...


Your questions answered! The season's most impactful signing, USWNT at the Olympics & reliving Rob Green's 2010 World Cup!

Ryan, Taylor and Graham are here to answer listener questions—but not before sounding off on the latest updates of the demise of the European Super League! Topics include: the most impactful signing of the season, the use of VAR in the Premier League and players whose career was ruined by a huge mistake! Sponsors! SoFi! For facts, analysis, and updates related to markets and financial awareness, listen to the SoFi Daily podcast every weekday! Magic Spoon! Go to to save...


The rise and abrupt fall of the European Super League w/ Adam Snavely (plus, a new Champions League format and the USA's Olympic group draw)

With the European Super League now appearing to be dead in the water, Adam Snavely joins Taylor to discuss where things stand and how we got to this point. Plus, we try to get to the bottom of some big questions, like why did the owners ever think this would ever go well, what will happen next, how severe will any potential punishments be, what might this mean for MLS, the possibility that this was all a ploy, and much much more. Plus, we break down the new Champions League format that was...


A motivated Chicharito means a happy Galaxy, a positive start for Montreal against Toronto in Florida, and Minnesota's fitness regimen requires revision: Jeff Reuter on MLS Week 1

Jeff Rueter of The Athletic is back on the program to discuss some of the biggest moments from the opening weekend of the MLS season. We get into detail on: Inter Miami v LA Galaxy Seattle v Minnesota Montreal v Toronto Chicago v New England LAFC v Austin Plus, the best-run teams in the USL Championship and USL League One, why Week 10 is the most important week for analysis purposes, and why the league needs heroes and villains to be at its best. Sponsors! SoFi! For facts, analysis, and...