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Uncovering the underbelly of American soccer

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Uncovering the underbelly of American soccer






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.

Duration: 00:23:21

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...

Duration: 00:47:26

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:...

Duration: 00:50:26

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...

Duration: 00:54:42

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....

Duration: 00:54:43

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...

Duration: 00:52:15

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...

Duration: 00:59:43

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...

Duration: 00:49:24

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,...

Duration: 00:47:21

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...

Duration: 00:58:24

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...

Duration: 00:54:32

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...

Duration: 00:52:37

10 ideas to improve American youth soccer development

Daryl and Travis have 10 suggestions that could make a positive impact on youth development in American soccer. Some are as big as pro/rel, others are as small as simple online courses. None of these ideas are perfect, but all of these ideas are worth talking about. If you enjoy the show, please share with a friend.

Duration: 00:55:32

USA U17 Catch-Up and Colombia Preview

Taylor Rockwell and Travis Clark review the USA's 3-0 win over India and 1-0 win over Ghana in the U17 World Cup. They also look ahead to the final group stage game against Colombia, and review some of the highs and lows from the rest of the tournament. Use "podcast" for 20% off a Premier subscription at

Duration: 00:40:33

2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup preview

Daryl and Travis preview all three US games at the U17 World Cup, taking a look at Group A opponents India, Ghana, and Colombia. —Players to watch in Group A: INDIA #18 Namit Deshpande, #21 Sunny Dhaliwal, #9 Aniket Jhadav GHANA #11 Mohammed Aminu, #10 Emmanuel Toku, #6 Eric Ayiah COLOMBIA #10 Brayan Gómez, #14 Yadir Meneses, #11 Juan Peñaloza —We also preview six other players to watch, elsewhere in the tournament: FRANCE #9 Amine Gouiri ENGLAND #11 Jadon Sancho GERMANY #9...

Duration: 00:52:05

US U17 World Cup Roster Analysis and Rampant Speculation

Taylor Rockwell and Travis Clark spend a solid 45 minutes discussing the USA's roster for the upcoming U17 World Cup. We break down coach John Hackworth's most likely formation and preferred starting eleven, and spend some time answering your Twitter questions about the team, the players, and the possible outcomes! Use "podcast" for 20% off a Premier subscription at

Duration: 00:44:49

US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives — are you behind the buildout line?

Daryl Grove and Taylor Rockwell discuss US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives, which, as of August 1, 2017, are mandatory for all youth soccer teams. What is US Soccer trying to accomplish with the PDI and how successful do we think it will be? Use "podcast" for 20% off a Premier subscription at

Duration: 00:50:55

Erik Palmer-Brown vs Weston McKennie: The Battle For the Future

Taylor Rockwell and Travis Clark discuss the USA's possible roster for the 2017 U17 World Cup, Erik Palmer-Brown's looming move to Manchester City, and Weston McKennie's seemingly settled career at Schalke. Our Prospect of the Week... is a player that Taylor had never heard of until Travis said her name. It's an ongoing tradition! Three big questions today from The TopDrawerSoccer Show digital mailbag: 1) At our DA club it's readily acknowledged that, "The dream is playing for the USA,...

Duration: 00:44:25

The future USMNT XI

Daryl Grove and Travis Clark each select an XI of future US Men's National Team players. If you're interested in the future of the USMNT, this is the show for you.

Duration: 01:04:55

What IS the US Development Academy and why is it important?

Taylor Rockwell and Travis Clark welcome you to the seventh episode of The TopDrawerSoccer Show, publishing every Wednesday at 6 a.m. Eastern. Up for discussion: Gianluca Busio became the second youngest player in MLS history this week. Is he more likely to be the next big thing or the next Freddy Adu? We also discuss the start of the start of the 11th season of the US Soccer Development Academy (as well as the inaugural campaign for girls clubs). As promised by Travis, here's a link...

Duration: 00:52:03

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