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Talkin' Touches

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Jun 18, 2019

Producer Sean pulled his best SKC backline and forgot to do his job. Listen to the breakdown of Sporting's loss to Minnesota in the US Open Cup. Maybe it's not as bad a week later.

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Jun 6, 2019

It's first of the month and we take stock of the MLS Live Power Rankings. Carlos Vela and Bob Bradley are running away with the MVP and COY respectively, so we give our picks for the second place in each award. Portland reopened their stadium and it looks really good. 

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Jun 6, 2019

Sporting KC got one shot on goal in Houston, but what a shot it was. Andy and Charles break down the lineup changes from SKC's 1-1 draw over the weekend. Croizet showed the good side of the Yohan Croizet experience. Then they look ahead to the match in Toronto. Both teams will be shorthanded. Finally, Mateus Manuel is out, and we speculate why.

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Jun 3, 2019

Ashley Scoby from ProSoccerUSA.com joins Andy to preview the upcoming World Cup. They preview the USWNT. Try and get to the bottom of Jill Ellis' strategy. Can Alex Morgan lead a team to a World Cup trophy? Should Christen Press start? Should Carli Lloyd? Finally, Ashley previews the other top teams in the tournament.

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May 30, 2019

Tate Steinlage was inserted into our starting lineup, and unlike Sporting KC we didn't fade in the second half. The show starts off with a discussion of Zlatan, and quickly moves to how a fatigued SKC couldn't keep building on three solid halves of soccer. Andreu Fontas returned to the lineup in unspectacular fashion. Filipe Gutierrez missed chance after chance, and the Croizet Experience was in full effect. 

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May 27, 2019

The winless streak is over. Johnathon F. Russell put the team on his back and three past the Sounders in SKC's 3-2 win. Gooch is out, so Andy and Producer Sean break down the match. Croizet starts and... is good. Jimmy Medranda returns. Everything came up Milhouse.

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May 22, 2019

It's a feel good episode in the MLS segment this week. First, we look back at the career of DaMarcus Beasley who announced his retirement at the end of the season (:38). Chris Wondolowski finally set the MLS scoring record after his four goal performance (11:12). Last and certainly least Colorado picked up their first win of the season against the LA Galaxy (21:29). 

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May 22, 2019

With Krisztián Németh suspended for the upcoming match versus Seattle, who will start at forward (4:21)? Andy and Charles give their guesses at possibilities. Slowly but surely players are working back from injuries. Will SKC have a full bench (29:21)? 

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May 19, 2019

Sporting KC draws 1-1 with Vancouver, and Andy and Charles breakdown all the storylines from an eventful game. Besler is back from injury and that helps (8:00). Benny had a second good performance since rejoining the team (15:42). Kelyn Rowe had his best game of the year (20:00). The show finishes with a discussion of Yohan Croizet and the red card to Nemeth.

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May 17, 2019

Welcome back to MLS Bruce Arena. New England Revolution signed Arena to be their new head coach and sporting director. Elsewhere in MLS, Atlanta have won five straight on five clean sheets. Frank de Boer is actually good? 

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May 17, 2019

It's an all midfield episode of Talkin' Touches. Andy and Charles breakdown Ilie's return to the starting lineup against DC United (2:53). Benny slipped back into the team like he never left (18:12). In a Talkin' Touches first, the game versus Vancouver is a must win (32:00).

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May 9, 2019

Sporting KC made a move to re-acquire old friend Benny Feilhaber. Andy sat down with Benny after his press conference. Then, he and Gooch break down what the trade means for the team moving forward. 

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May 6, 2019

SKC were soundly beaten by Atlanta United, 3-0. Peter Vermes did make some tactical changes in this match, Andy and Charles kick off the show discussing them (2:47) Sporting seemed slow all night, were they tired or are they just slow (10:20)? 

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May 2, 2019

As we turn the page on April we give the MLS Live Power Rankings. Who is leading the MVP race? Is it even close? The city of Los Angeles has a monopoly on Coach of the Year Candidates. Colorado is the first team to fire their coach. You will never believe who they hired.

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May 2, 2019

Sporting have been bad for nearly a month. Charles has some reasons why (6:00). What is the best way to maximize Filipe Gutierrez (26:42). Finally, we look ahead to the match up with Atlanta United.

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Apr 25, 2019

LAFC are running away with the Supporters' Shield (1:00). Pozuelo is making Toronto forget about Giovinco (11:25). Defenders in MLS are bad, and Andy and Charles get to the bottom of why (21:00).

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Apr 25, 2019

Andy and Charles reluctantly break down Sporting KC's thrashing at the hands of San Jose (4:20). A rash of injuries have left SKC scrambling. Who will be the replacements (26:10)? MLS handed out its suspension to Kaku. We had some thoughts (45:00).

 

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Apr 17, 2019

Unlike Sporting we didn't run out of gas on this marathon show. Andy and Charles start off discussing SKC's draw with New York Red Bull (3:34). What more is there to say about Gianluca Busio (22:53)? You will have to listen to find out. Kaku is a dirtbag (41:44). Finally, we look ahead to the the match versus San Jose (56:00).

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Apr 10, 2019

We played down a man on this episode. Andy and Sean discuss all the lineup changes in the match against FC Cincinnati. Zelalem made his MLS debut. Busio balled out. Barath and Fontas make a good pairing. Zendejas looks to be the clear number two behind Melia. We end the show previewing the CCL match vs Monterey, and talk about what this Champions League run means.

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Apr 5, 2019

Sporting lose 5-0 to Monterey in the first leg of their CONCACAF semifinal, and the less said about it the better. Ashley Scoby fills in for Charles. She and Andy talk through the loss. Andy does have one bit of personal news that should brighten everyone's spirits.

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Apr 4, 2019

On today's episode (recorded March 8), Andy sits down with David Ficklin, Executive Director of the Kansas City 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid, to talk about the ongoing efforts to bring the World Cup to KC, the obstacles facing KC's bid, the perception of KC outside of MLS circles, and whether or not Kansas Citians should want FIFA setting up shop in the wake of their numerous scandals.

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Mar 30, 2019

Sporting KC throttle Montreal 7-1 (2:03). Gerso was the best player on the field for large portions of the match (3:43). BuT WhO wIlL ScOrE GoALz? (12:03). Fontas returned to the starting lineup (18:43). Another chapter of the Roger Espinoza Appreciation Society (27:45). To finish things off Andy and Charles look ahead to the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal against Monterrey.

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Mar 27, 2019

Who would the TT Crew vote MVP and Coach of the Year for the first month? How fun is LAFC's Lattif Blessing? What do managers think of international call-ups? The show finishes with MLS Live Memorial Power Rankings.

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Mar 27, 2019

No Sporting KC match means mailbag time. We asked for questions and you came through. Should Barath start? Back three? What is Zelalem's future? And a bonus question that got some very weird answers. 

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Mar 22, 2019

The full squad is back and talking about SKC advancing to the semifinal of CONCACAF Champions League (3:18), the draw away to Colorado (16:30). Tim Melia did a bad, and Charles and Andy discuss keeping the ball (18:23). After six matches what is the grade on how Vermes rotated the team (26:40). There have been a rash of injuries since the last match (32:39). Barath has solidified himself as the third center back (42:13). 

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