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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.

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.




Listener Questions w/ TSS Official Referee Consultant Scott Zawadzki

Official Referee Consultant Scott Zawadzki returns to the show to answer your officiating-centric questions, including... Why don’t referees give more cards for “talking back” to the referee? If you could referee a match involving one of the bad boys of soccer (past or present), who would it be? What things about the rules, commonly said by fans or pundits, have little to no basis in the actual rules? How can I get started refereeing and what advice do you have for beginners? All that,...

Duration: 01:06:21

How the CONCACAF Nations League impacts the USMNT, plus: listener questions galore!

We open the show by discussing the news about the CONCACAF Nations League. That's literally the first 18 minutes of the show. Did we go long? Maybe, yes, but we definitely got into some detail. 18:40 — Today's show is sponsored It's free-to-play fantasy fungal where you pick five teams and win points based on how many goals they score and concede. Give it a go this weekend! 21:38 — What's the best technique to block a shot? 24:09 — What would Taylor and Daryl's...

Duration: 01:12:09

Drafting the "Did Not Qualify for the World Cup" XI

1:14 - Revisiting yesterday's conversation about the rumored move by US Soccer to create a pre-World Cup tournament for some of the countries that failed to qualify. 19:23 - Today's show is supported by Health IQ, a life insurance company that celebrates active lifestyles and other health conscious people. Visit to learn more and to get a free quote. 23:02 - Continuing the discussion abut MLS international roster spots and what can be done to get more young...

Duration: 01:00:01

Portugal vs USA review — the kids are alright

We review the USA's 1-1 draw away to Portugal, which featured some encouraging performances from young players and a glimpse at how the US Men's National Team might approach games in the future. We also talk about Bruce Arena's appearance in the Fox Sports studio -- how does one decide what to do with their hands? -- how to get more minutes for young players in MLS and the idea of an NIT-style DNQ soccer tournament in the US in 2018. LINKS! Today's show is sponsored by FUTCHI. Get $20.17...

Duration: 01:11:24

Portugal vs USA preview — play your kids!

Daryl and Taylor pick their favored USMNT starting XI to face Portugal on Tuesday, but not before outlining why this game is a big challenge for the next generation of US players. 31:09 — Today's show is sponsored by Away Days, an independent soccer clothing brand based in Boston. Go to and use code "TSS" for 15% off anything you see, including the intriguing Mystery Kit, which you'll hear about on today's show. 36:59 — World Cup qualifying roundup! We talk...

Duration: 01:08:30

Americans Abroad w/ Brian Sciaretta, Plus Your Listener Questions!

Daryl and Taylor answer your listener questions, including ideal formations, USMNTers in MLS, and possible dual nationals. Then Taylor chats with ASN's Brian Sciaretta about Americans abroad (who's doing well and who could use a move), the U17 National Team standouts and what their respective futures hold, and potential dual nationals around the globe. After that, Daryl and Taylor take a look at the USWNT's 1-1 draw with Canada, and update the TSS Scouting Network. Today's show is...

Duration: 01:28:57

Eric Wynalda Discusses His Campaign for US Soccer President

Eric Wynalda sits down (it was over the phone, but we assume he was sitting down) to discuss his candidacy for the US Soccer Federation Presidency. Topics include... What running for office has meant for his personal/professional life, the problems he's identified in the current American soccer landscape, and how he plans to fix them. And, of course, it wouldn't be an interview with Eric Wynalda without a few bombshells, and I'd say there are definitely more than a couple in this...

Duration: 01:06:10

USMNT roster reaction show — the future is here

Daryl and Taylor react to the naming of the 21-man US roster, which includes Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and 19 other players. Today's show is sponsored by FUTCHI (they're back! sponsor rebound!). FUTCHI are running a deep discount on their rebounder so you can get one for Christmas. Got to and use code "TSS2017" and your'll save $50 in their regular sale, plus an extra $20.17 from us. Enjoy! Today's show is also sponsored by ......

Duration: 00:54:42

The NASL vs US Soccer lawsuit, explained by attorney Miki Taylor

NASL's request for a preliminary injunction was denied this weekend. If that makes no sense to you, you're in the right place. Because in this episode, Daryl talks to Washington attorney (and Seattle Sounders fan) Miki Turner. Miki explains the lawsuit and the recent decision to Daryl in easy-to-understand terms and lays out where this thing could go next. Also discussed the Sounders win over Vancouver, and a possible legal defense for Clint Dempsey's elbow. For further updates as this...

Duration: 00:47:20

Weekend Review: Thumbs Up for Man City, Thumbs Down to Locker Room Fights

On the newest. TSS, we recap some of the weekend's action, including City's victory over Arsenal, Chelsea hard-fought win over Manchester United, and Toronto's (literally) hard fought loss to the Red Bulls. Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. If you download the SeatGeek app and enter the promo code "TSS" and you'll get a $20 rebate on your first ticket purchase.

Duration: 00:52:54

The plan to Save the Crew, with Morgan Hughes

Daryl talks to Morgan Hughes of the Save the Crew movement. Get involved:

Duration: 00:35:55

Champions League review: Spurs keep it high and tight, plus: Big win for the Crew

We review all the Champions League action we could watch, plus Columbus Crew's home win over NYCFC. Today's show is sponsored by AX Soccer Tours, the pro soccer tryout to get signed in Europe. Go to and use code "totalsoccershow" for $100 off your tryout — limited time for 2017 Winter Tryouts. Today's show also sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves! Go to and use code "TOTALSOCCERSHOW" for 20% off. Video of Antonee Robinson's assist:...

Duration: 01:04:17

Listener Questions and Red Bulls v Toronto Review

0:00 - Recapping Toronto's 2-1 victory over the Red Bulls in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Final. 23:57 - Today's show is sponsored by Blue Apron. Go to to get $30 off your first order, plus free shipping. 27:07 - Answering your listener questions, including... Why a USMNT-less World Cup will still be exciting, what your boots say about you (according to Taylor), and more! 55:28 - Updating the TSS Scouting Network

Duration: 01:02:28

Weekend review: Antonio fails the marshmallow test, England win World Cup, USMNT roster rumors

We review the weekend's Premier League action, nod to England's U17 team, address some USMNT roster rumors and plenty more. Today's show is sponsored by RX Bar. For 25% off, go to and enter promo code "soccer" Today's show is sponsored by SeatGeek. If you download the SeatGeek app and enter the promo code "TSS" and you'll get a $20 rebate on your first ticket purchase. Here's the link to @grayhairgaming's Football Manager simulation of Team Daryl vs Team Taylor:...

Duration: 01:17:08

How MLS helps and hurts the USMNT, with Jeff Rueter

Daryl talks to Jeff Rueter, a freelance soccer writer whose byline appears in The Guardian, FourFourTwo, ESPN FC, Howler magazine and more. We talk MLS playoffs, including the Atlanta vs Columbus and Houston Sporting KC games, we talk Major League Soccer's relationship with the US Men's National Team, we talk a little Minnesota United, and we talk about the future of MLS expansion, with particular reference to an infamous tweet from Jeff regarding Nashville. Follow Jeff on Twitter, where...

Duration: 01:16:52

Whitecaps and Red Bulls Get the Job Done, Plus Your Listener Questions

0:00 - We review NYRB's 4-0 victory over Chicago, and attempt to figure out what went wrong for the Fire and how the Red Bulls got it so right. 16:13 - We do the same thing, only this time for San Jose and Vancouver, respectively. NEW SPONSOR! Today's show is brought to you by the USMNT Center app. It keeps track of all the USMNT-eligible players so you don't have to, and keeps you up to date on all that's being written and said about the USMNT. Click this link to check out the app....

Duration: 00:59:16

10 ways to fix US Soccer

If Daryl and Taylor were elected co-presidents of the United States Soccer Federation, there are 10 things we would do. Listen to this episode to hear what they are. Today's show is sponsored by Ruffneck Scarves. Get 20% off any scarf on the Ruffneck website. BRIBE US! BUY THE TSS "HELL AND WELCOME" SCARF -->

Duration: 00:49:34

Dave Sarachan will coach the USMNT vs Portugal, plus: listener questions

Daryl and Taylor discuss the news that USMNT assistant coachDave Sarachan will temporarily take the reigns when the US plays Portugal in November. 22:00 — Today's show is sponsored buy SeatGeek. Download the app, click the "settings" tab and enter promo code "TSS" to get a $20 off your first purchase. (True story: you get a $20 rebate even if tickets costs less than $20) Then: Listener questions! 25:15 — Should the US players apologize to fans for not making the World Cup? 29:40 —...

Duration: 01:05:42

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Weekend Review: Premier League, MLS, US U17s

Daryl and Taylor review as much of the weekend's action as possible, including the Premier League, US U17s, MLS, US Soccer Elections, the USWNT, and (briefly) the Turkish Super Lig. Today's show is sponsored by Storelli, makers of the SpeedGrip insoles. Their advanced traction means more speed, power, and control for you, the athlete. Listeners can get a 10-day trial of the product, and get 20% off any order by using the promo code "TSS" at checkout. Just head over to...

Duration: 01:12:51

Who elects the US Soccer president, and how? (with George Quraishi of Howler magazine)

Daryl talks to George Quraishi of Howler magazine about the USMNT's style of play, the Columbus Crew situation, and how the president of US Soccer is elected. You can subscribe to Howler magazine via and, if I heard George correctly, you can use discount code "TSS2" to get 20% off for the next week or so.

Duration: 00:51:18

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