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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.

    Weekend Review: Man Utd come back, Real Madrid and Dortmund fall flat

    Weekend Review: Man Utd come back, Real Madrid and Dortmund fall flat

    Ryan Bailey and Graham Ruvthen put the world to rights b y breaking down the biggest games of the weekend:
    4:00 - Chelsea vs. Tottenham: How was Harry Kane kept quiet, and which manager is happier with a Stamford Bridge stalemate?
    20:32 - Southampton vs. Manchester United: Ole’s hands slipped off the whee; but Edinson Cavani was there to place them back! 
    36:50 - Real Madrid vs. Alaves: Zinedine Zidane had a few key players missing as the Spanish giants dropped points. Again.
    46:47 - Borussia Dortmund vs. Köln: Lucien Favre’s job prospects took a hammering as Cologne left a bad smell at the Westfalenstadion. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Allocation Disorder: recapping Orlando City-NYCFC, Sporting KC vs San Jose and Portland v Dallas, plus what happens next season for Miami, NYCFC, and more

    Allocation Disorder: recapping Orlando City-NYCFC, Sporting KC vs San Jose and Portland v Dallas, plus what happens next season for Miami, NYCFC, and more

    Paul and Sam are recording Tuesday for a Thursday release, so they're breaking down the Tuesday night names.
    0:00 - Recapping the weekend's playoff games, and the intense entertainment therein, featuring a whole lot of Orlando City-NYCFC. What happened behind the scenes of one of the wildest games in MLS history? Why did Oscar Pareja go running into the dressing room? How many times did we think the game was over? What will happen next for Orlando with two starters suspended for the next round?
    21:15 - The Wondo Love Machine rolls on, even if San Jose does not: Sporting KC vs San Jose review, plus a strange analogy involving bad breath from Sam. Also, where do San Jose go from here and will Wondo be back?
    33:02 - Fast forwarding past Minnesota United to talk Portland v Dallas. How Portland's major problem this season was on display against Dallas, plus another incredibly dramatic penalty shootout and the glory of centerback penalties.
    38:52 - Taking a look back at the teams who are out of the playoffs and where they go from here next season, featuring Miami, NYCFC, NY Red Bulls, and more!
    49:48 - Things Paul and Sam are thankful for, including Orlando City, the USMNT, and MLS in general.
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    • 57 min
    A TSS Soccer Thanksgiving Extravaganza! The USMNT's skillers, a superfriendship in Germany, and many other things we're thankful for

    A TSS Soccer Thanksgiving Extravaganza! The USMNT's skillers, a superfriendship in Germany, and many other things we're thankful for

    It's a TSS Thanksgiving extravaganza! Joe Lowery is joined by Adam Snavely to talk about all of the soccer things that they're thankful for. From a promising addition to the USWNT player pool, to the goal of the decade(?), to a heartfelt thank you to the American soccer community, Joe and Adam run through their respective Lists of Thankfulness™.
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    • 58 min
    Serie A catch-up w/ Matteo Bonetti: Weston McKennie’s Juventus future, Inter Milan’s struggles, and why Sassuolo are the new Atalanta!

    Serie A catch-up w/ Matteo Bonetti: Weston McKennie’s Juventus future, Inter Milan’s struggles, and why Sassuolo are the new Atalanta!

    ESPN commentator and pundit Matteo Bonetti joins Ryan Bailey to answer listener questions and shoot the breeze about all things Serie A. You’ll find out how Milan are topping the table (spoiler: it's not all about Zlatan), what Weston McKennie will offer Juventus going forward, and which Italian team the skinny-jeans-and-oat-milk-latte crowd will be following now that Atalanta have gone mainstream.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    How to play with a false 9, a guide to the “Manchester City zone”, advantages of a a box midfield, and many more tactical listener questions

    How to play with a false 9, a guide to the “Manchester City zone”, advantages of a a box midfield, and many more tactical listener questions

    Joe Lowery is joined by Jordan Angeli to answer all of your tactical listener questions!
    3:52 - What is a false nine, how was it popularized, and how do you play with one?
    10:51 - What makes it a double pivot? 
    18:59 - What happens when you play with four central midfielders? Plus, examples of teams that do just that!
    24:27 - What is an overload? And what does it have to do with Nani?
    28:36 - What’s a defensive rotation? 
    35:24 - What are pressing cues?
    41:00 - What is tactical periodization? Or is it tactical prioritization…
    47: 10 - What is the Manchester City zone (aka Kevin De Bruyne’s happy place)? 
    54:05 - What’s the difference between a wingback and an attacking fullback?
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    • 57 min
    Weekend Review: The Mourinho Masterclass, ‘no players, no problem’ for Liverpool and Zlatan roars in Naples

    Weekend Review: The Mourinho Masterclass, ‘no players, no problem’ for Liverpool and Zlatan roars in Naples

    On today's Weekend Review edition of The Total Soccer Show, Ryan Bailey and Graham Ruvthen break down 4 big games from this past weekend:
    0:00 - Tottenham vs. Manchester City: What is Mourinho doing right—and what is Pep doing wrong? 
    28:20 - Liverpool vs. Leicester: Despite having three quarters of the defense, the captain and the top goalscorer out of action, Liverpool dominated Leicester. Rumors of their impending demise have been greatly exaggerated. 
    49:53 - Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona: Mid-table La Liga chancers Barcelona suffer their first league defeat to title challengers Atleti in a decade. It’s getting *Messi* in Catalunya. 
    1:02:32 - Napoli vs. Milan: Zlatan is still running the show for league leaders Milan, but they’re far from a one-man team.
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    • 1 hr 19 min

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