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We discuss soccer in America. From the US Men's National Team to Major League Soccer, to all the EPL action that American soccer fans watch on TV.

We discuss soccer in America. From the US Men's National Team to Major League Soccer, to all the EPL action that American soccer fans watch on TV.
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We discuss soccer in America. From the US Men's National Team to Major League Soccer, to all the EPL action that American soccer fans watch on TV.




Manchester and Merseyside Derbies, Plus 2017 MLS Cup Review

Daryl and Taylor use their thumbs (both up and down) to review the weekend's Premier League action, most notably Manchester City's 2-1 victory over Manchester United and Liverpool's disappointing (depending on your perspective) 1-1 draw with Everton. Plus, wins for Tottenham, losses for Chelsea, and goals for Jermaine Defoe. Plus, there's a new boss for Christian Pulisic and sadness for Jonathan Gonzalez. We also tackle the 2017 MLS Cup, in which Toronto got it right and Seattle got it...

Duration: 01:12:54

Hope Solo's candidacy for USSF president, Liga MX Final, Manchester Derby preview

Daryl opens today's show with a solo update on Columbus Crew. For more detail, read Kevin McCauley's write-up here: 2:00 — Daryl and Taylor talk Hope Solo's candidacy for US Soccer president. 12:20 — Reviewing the first leg of the Liga MX Final between Tigre's and Monterrey, featuring the (fingers crossed) future USMNT midfielder Jonathan Gonzalez. Two great goals — one...

Duration: 00:52:20

How to watch soccer, the most annoying soccer phrases, and playing 4-2-2-2

TSS is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health-conscious people like runners, cyclists and soccer players get lower rates on life insurance. Go to to support the show and see if you qualify. TSS is also sponsored by Storelli Sports. Add the SpeedGrip Insole to your cleats for more traction, which means more speed, power and control. Use code TSS at for 20% off anything. We open today's show talking about a recently...

Duration: 01:07:38

Champions League review: Pogba posterizes, Aubameyang interviews, Liverpool practice the three-man weave

We review the Champions League group stage finale, offering thumbs up and down on the undramatic but nonetheless entertains action. Today's show is sponsored by FUTCHI — go to and used "TSS2017" for a big discount. Order before December 15! Today's show also sponsored by RuffneckScarves. Use code "TOTALSOCCERSHOW" at for a full 20% off anything you find.

Duration: 00:45:14

2017 MLS Cup Final: Toronto v Seattle - Tactical Preview and Specific Predictions

We start off today's show by recapping the latest developments in the US Soccer Presidential race: Sunil Gulati won't be running but Kathy Carter of SUM definitely will be. Who is our newest candidate and what is she all about? Then we turn our attention to Saturday night's MLS Cup Final: Toronto will be out for revenge against Seattle, who took home the honors last year. We take a look at the likely formations and tactical approaches of both teams, and throw out some of our (patent...

Duration: 01:03:34

Weekend review: Lingard relentless, De Gea unbeatable, Hazard unstoppable, Coutinho goes low

Our weekend review of the Premier League starts with Arsenal v Man Utd, explaining how Mourinho's team made such a fast start to the game and why De Gea was so tough to beat. That's the first 20 minutes or so, after that we offer a thumb up or down for every other Premier League game this weekend, before checking in with some USMNTers in the Bundesliga and one incredible goalkeeper in Italy. ---SPONSORS!--- FUTCHI! Get the holiday discount plus an additional $20 and 17 cents off a...

Duration: 01:16:21

World Cup Draw Reactions and Analysis, Plus MLS Cup Playoffs!

We take a look at each group now that the 2018 World Cup draw is complete. They are: Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan We attempt to determine a proper title for...

Duration: 00:56:45

The USMNT and the two fullbacks who could one day make it better ...

On today's show, Daryl talks to Adam Belz of Scuffed newsletter about two American fullbacks currently seeing the field in high-profile European leagues: Shaq Moore, who's playing for Levante in La Liga in Spain and Antonee Robinson, who's playing for Bolton in the EFL Championship, on loan from Everton. Daryl and Adam get detailed on these guys' games, as well as talking DeAndre Yedlin, Jorge Villafana and Eric Lichaj, plus midfielders Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Jonathan...

Duration: 01:01:28

The 10 Best Backyard Soccer Games to Play

0:00 - The Red Bulls didn't get an actual offer for Tyler Adas, but that won't stop us from speculating on his actual worth and his possible, future career destinations. 10:26 - Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew are gainfully employed once again... for the time being. Why don't English clubs pursue young managers from The Continent and what's in store for both West from and Everton? 19:48 - Daryl and Taylor list their favorite backyard/playground/casual soccer games to play. If you're...

Duration: 01:05:40

World Cup 2018 draw preview (and why there will be no group of death)

On today's show we preview the FIFA World Cup draw, which happens this Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern, explaining how the pots work and why we're confident there will be no group of death. We also answer five great listeners questions: 18:10 — Does Klinsmann have anything t d with all the young Americans in Germany? 23:45 — What if pro/rel were attendance based? 34:14 — What's the etiquette for team photos? 36:57 — Which current USMNT player could you see managing the team? 46:55 — How do...

Duration: 01:02:53

Weekend review: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke special

We go DEEP on the epic Dortmund vs Schalke game — deeper than a Benjamin Stambouli pass. If you're looking for a long chat about what happened in that epic game, including our thoughts on the performances of Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic, this is the show for you. If you want to skip ahead to the rest of our weekend roundup, that starts at 38:05. ---TODAY'S SPONSORS--- ENCLOSED delivers designer lingerie to your loved one. Go to and get $20 off your...

Duration: 01:12:34

Soccer Thanksgiving, Plus Some Champions League Chat

On today's episode, Daryl and Taylor take a quick look at some of the action from Wednesday's Champions League matches. Then we each take turns listing the things we're thankful for, which range from a particular type of IPA to promising Americans around the world to our respective club teams. We're also both thankful for net neutrality, and if you are too, you can sign the Reddit petition to show your support:...

Duration: 00:44:51

MLS playoffs first leg review, Porter out, MLS expansion, 2020 Olympics

We review the first legs of Columbus vs Toronto and Houston vs Seattle, discuss Caleb Porter's surprise Timbers exit and answer listener questions related to MLS expansion, where Man Utd should play Anthony Martial, and why there's no 2020 Olympics talk. Today's show is sponsored by FUTCHI. Give yourself or a loved one the gift of a FUTCHI rebounder by clicking this link: and using discount code "TSS2017" for the best possible discount.

Duration: 01:02:09

Champions League review: Liverpool and Sevilla's set-piece silliness, Alli's assist, Foden's debut and more

We round up the Tuesday Champions League action — of which there was WAY more than we bargained for. Lots of fun stuff to talk about here. We also answer two listener questions: Should US Soccer help talented young American players get EU passports? If The Recent Unpleasantness has you down, how do you learn to love soccer again? Today's show is supported by Health IQ, a life insurance company that celebrates active lifestyles and other health conscious people. Visit...

Duration: 01:01:32

Weekend review: Arsenal force Spurs long, Yedlin's cutback, Paul is Pogback, and De Bruyne makes that noise

Our weekend review features a Premier League roundup, plus the highlights of Americans abroad. From Arsenal beating Spurs at theor own game to Paul Pogba's return to action to Weston McKennie and Jonathan Gonzalez impressing in midfields either side of the Atlantic, we round up everything we managed to watch this weekend. --- SPONSORS! -- ENCLOSED delivers designer lingerie to your loved one. Go to and use code "SOCCER" for $20 off your first purchase. GREATS...

Duration: 01:15:12

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...

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...

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

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