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Uncovering the underbelly of American soccer






Best Youngsters in the USL — a TopDrawerSoccer Draft

Daryl and Travis compete to draft a team of youngsters who will be competing in the USL in 2018. Today's show is sponsored by Hudl. Hudl is excited to announce the 2018 Innovator of the Year contest to reward hard-working innovators in club soccer. The grand prize is worth $50,000, so nominate yourself or someone you know at Here are the final XIs, as selected on today's show: Travis USL XI F: Alan Winn (Nashville SC), Daniel Steedman (Charlotte), Ben Mines...


Play Your Kids: An MLS Week 1 Review

Taylor and Travis discuss the young players (foreign and domestic) in Major League Soccer that impressed in the first week of the 2018 season, as well as which players struggled to find form. We also briefly take a look at the youth impact in the Concacaf Champions League, with particular emphasis on the Seattle Sounders. After that, it's time for some Women's National Team updates! We review all the news relating to the U18s, U20s, and U23s, with specific emphasis on the program-wide shift...


22 MLS youngsters to watch this season

Daryl and Travis draft against each other, each assembling a starting XI of U23 MLS players to watch this season. Some well-known players in here (Andrew Carleton, Chris Durkin, Tommy Thompson) and some names you'll be less familiar with, at least for now (here's looking at you, Sam Vines). The result is a good, long, detailed conversation about the skillsets of and outlook for 22 different young players in Major League Soccer. Read Travis' article, Ranking the top 50 prospects in MLS:...


2018 MLS Preview: What Opportunities Await Young Americans in the New Season?

Taylor and Travis begin their preparations for the 2018 MLS season by taking a look at some of the top young talents around the league, and what their short-term futures hold. Who will crack the first team, who will get familiar with the bench, and who will most likely be playing in the USL? We've got the answers! So, if you're inclined to hear lots of talk about names like Andrew Carleton, Chris Durkin and Reggie Cannon, then this show is for you! We also briefly take a look at the results...


Carlos Cordeiro's youth soccer checklist, plus: USMNT U18s to watch

Daryl and Travis put together a checklist of things new US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro can/could/should do to improve youth soccer in the United States. We also discuss the U18 MNT's two wins over Costa Rica, highlighting the players who impressed. We close with three listener questions: 1. Has the buildout line been an effective player development initiative? 2. Should youth coaches teach players a few dirty tricks (e.g., pulling jerseys)? 3. Do you believe that MLS and a second...


USSF Presidential Chat, Plus US Soccer Shakes Up the Spring Season

Taylor and Travis discuss the new and improved Spring College Program! 6 schools. 7 weeks. International rules. How did this competition come to be and what might it mean for the future of college soccer? After that, we take a final look at the USSF Presidential Election before voting starts on Saturday morning. Which candidates might be best for youth soccer or, maybe more appropriately, which candidate is about to learn that attempting to fix youth soccer in this country might be more...


USWNT U20 problems, Development Academies in the USL, benefits of futsal

Daryl and Travis discuss the USWNT U20's performance at the CONCACAF Championship, where the team qualified for the U20 World Cup but played some pretty uninspiring soccer. Should we be worried? Questions answered on today's show: 1. Why so much focus on U17s and U20s 2. Is it trues that some MLS Development Academies are pay to play? And do any USL teams have Development Academies? 3. How does futsal work from a player developments standpoint? Want to ask us a question for next week's...


The Pros and Cons of the Development Academy

In the wake of the Presidential Forum at the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention, Taylor and Travis take a look at the (apparent) whipping boy of all 8 candidates: The Development Academy. What brought about its creation, how has it succeeded, and why is it now such a point of controversy? All that and more. Plus, we get excited about Tierna Davidson's debut for the US Women's National Team, as well as the US U20's performance at the CONCACAF Championships. We also ponder Michael...


2018 MLS Superdraft and NWSL College Draft reaction

It's the first ever in-person TopDrawerSoccer Show! Daryl and Travis huddled in the only quiet spot they could find, just outside the ballroom in Philadelphia, to review and react to the MLS SuperDraft and the NWSL College Draft.


What Can US Soccer Do to Prevent Losing the Next Jonathan Gonzalez?

Taylor and Travis discuss the big news of the week: Jonathan Gonzalez will represent Mexico rather than the USA. What happened to bring about this change, what is the US Soccer Federation currently doing to foster interest in the national team among the country's Latino community, and what can it do in the future to ensure the USMNT doesn't lose another jewel to El Tri? After that, they discuss the U17 and U20 Women's National Teams, and the issues facing those squads. Plus, 5 of the 6...


Youth National Teams Summit, crowd-sourced youth soccer scouting, and more

Daryl and Travis discuss the first ever US Soccer Youth National Teams Summit, where 153 players from across U16-U20 national teams have been called in. What's it all about? We also answer three listener questions: 1. Could US Soccer implement crowd-sourced scouting? 2. What happened to Maki Tall? 3. How does my kid get a Development Academy evaluation? LINKS! How US Soccer scouts overseas youth prospects:...


2017 Year-End Review: Our Favorite Developments in Youth Soccer

Taylor and Travis take turns recapping their favorite youth soccer stories from 2017, including the development of development academies, MLS clubs emphasizing youth, youngsters abroad getting more recognition, and US youth national teams impressing on the world's stage. They also answer four listener questions: 1) Is there a significant presence from European scouts at youth events in the US to find top players? 2) How do scholarships work in college soccer? 3) What do kids who want to...


US Soccer presidential candidates and their youth soccer development ideas

Daryl and Travis open the show by discussing Stanford's College championship — what is Jeremy Gunn doing right and which Stanford players could we see go pro in the near future? Link to Sam Werner's goal: Link to Sam Werner story: 12:57 — We talk USWNT U20s, who went 1-1-1 at the Nike International Friendlies....


Nike Friendlies Recap and D1 Women’s Soccer Championship Review

Taylor and Travis review the US U17 national team's performance at the Nike International Friendlies. The games... did not go as well as one might have hoped. So, we try to figure out what went wrong and what's to come. 10:59 - After that, it's on to our review of Stanford's dramatic 3-2 victory over UCLA in the D1 Women's Soccer Championship. Are we witnessing the birth of a dynasty? The short answer is yes. 22:00 - Travis talks to Akron Zips men's soccer head coach Jared Embick about the...


Three lesser-traveled paths to the pros, plus: College Cup w/ UCLA's Amanda Cromwell

Daryl and Travis discuss three lesser-traveled American soccer paths to the pros, focusing specifically on a trio 18-year-olds: Jonathan Amon, playing for FC Nordsjælland in Denmark Juan Pablo Torres, playing for Lokeren in Belgium Jonathan Gonzalez, playing for Monterrey in Mexico Amon is already scoring in Denmark, here's a link to his recent goal: Starting at 28:52, Travis interviews UCLA Women's Soccer Head Coach Amanda...


The Next Next Generation is Here, Plus NCAA Tournament Updates

Taylor and Travis take a look at the latest US U17 roster, and ponder what the future holds... as well as what the upcoming Nike Friendlies are going to look like. In Part Two, we recap the goings on in both the women's and men's NCAA tournaments: upsets abound, Virginia teams aren't doing well, and Travis remains good at making predictions. In Part Three, we answer listener questions from the digital mailbag, including: does ODP still have some use, are USL teams a good way for American...


USMNT teenagers perform vs Portugal, plus: NCAA Men's College Soccer Tournament preview

Daryl and Travis look back at the youthful lineup the USMNT fielded against Portugal. Does it fill Travis with optimism? And what other youngsters could feature for the USMNT in the near future. In part two, we preview the NCAA Men's College Soccer Tournament by each picking three players to watch. In part three, we answer listener questions from the digital mailbag, including: does FC Dallas get credit for developing Weston McKennie, is the Bundesliga deliberately playing young Americans,...


Previewing the NCAA Women's College Soccer Tournament

Taylor and Travis take a look at the new US Men's National Team roster and ponder some of the selections (as well as some of the exclusions). Then they tackle the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament by taking a look at 6 teams they think are poised to do big things. In Part III (the first part went long, so Taylor decided it was Parts I and II) Travis reveals the new "Prospect of the Week." Plus, The Double Ts answer 3 listener questions: 1) What's the deal with Kyle Scott at...


What can the US development system learn from England's World Cup success?

Daryl and Travis discuss England's U17 World Cup win, and the pros and cons of the youth soccer development system that made it possible. What can the US system adopt from what England is doing, what is the US system already doing that is similar, and what could it do better? In part two (start 35:35) Travis profiles the TDS Prospect of the Week and then answers three listener questions: 1. Should FC Dallas fire Oscar Pareja? 2. Could Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie, and Jonathan Gonzalez...


Are MLS Teams Playing Their Kids?

Taylor and Travis take a look back at the USA's run in the U17 World Cup, and ponder a future with actual centerbacks involved. Plus, with the close of the regular season, we take a look at the minutes given to Homegrown Players this season. Which teams are doing the best/worst? You'll have to listen to find out... but the short answer is "it's complicated." We also get back into the habit of assigning the Prospect of the Week AND answering your listener questions! If you enjoy this...


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