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Talkin' Touches

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Nov 16, 2018

We save the playoff preview for next week, and focus on MLS awards. Who is the 2018 MLS MVP and Player of the Year? Should those be the same player (1:30)? The Andrew Jacobson Middleman of the Year™ (8:15). Finally, the TT Crew gives their MLS first and second Best XI (17:08)

 

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Nov 16, 2018

The international break means we put the playoff preview back a week. Andy and Charles fill the time with a Sporting Mailbag. Which team would SKC most want to face in MLS Cup (3:24)? How bad should USSF feel if Peter Vermes wins another cup, but doesn't even get an interview of USMNT coach (11:35)? Which previous Sporting player would you like to have on this year's team (19:44)?

 

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Nov 14, 2018

Sporting KC defender Graham Zusi talks about surviving the final 15 minutes against Real Salt Lake and the team's "attention to detail" that didn't exist in previous years.

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Nov 14, 2018

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin to talk about having home-field advantage in the West (3:00), their conference semifinals opponent Real Salt Lake (9:30), the current MLS Cup Playoffs format (16:00), grinding out the win over LAFC (22:00), and what goes into a week of prep for a playoff game (26:30).

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Nov 12, 2018

Sporting KC advance to the Western Conference Finals after a thrilling 4-2 win over Real Salt Lake. Andy and Charles breakdown the win. They discuss how SKC were unable to close out a match where they were in control (6:08). Rubio returned to the starting XI at the expense of Shelton (18:20). 

 

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Nov 5, 2018

The first legs of the conference semifinals are finished. Andy and Charles break down all of the action from Sunday. They kick things off with Portland's 2-1 win over Seattle (2:17), then Columbus' 1-0 win versus New York Red Bulls, and finally Atlanta beating NYCFC 1-0 (20:35).

 

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Nov 5, 2018

Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake drew 1-1 in the opening leg of the conference semifinals. Which team was happier with the draw (3:07)? Croizet filled in for Sinovic at left back (8:27). Shelton started, but Rubio scored (15:12). Roger was largely invisible, but does that mean he played poorly (23:52)? 

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Nov 2, 2018

Kerry Zavagnin talks about having home-field advantage in the playoffs, and some of the special nights and moments at Children's Mercy Park.

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Nov 1, 2018

MLS Part 2: Electric Boogaloo - We break down the Thursday knockout round matches. First up is DC United vs Columbus Crew (33:15) We finish up discussing LAFC vs Real Salt Lake (44:43)

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Oct 31, 2018

The playoffs are here. Andy and Charles break down each of the four knockout round matches. But first they discuss the craziness that was the final media availability in Vancouver. Then on Wednesday night NYCFC vs Philadelphia (10:57), followed by FC Dallas vs Portland (23:00). 

Oct 29, 2018

Andy and Charles breakdown Sporting's 2-1 win over LAFC. They explain Seth Sinovic's red card (3:50), talk about Roger's dominant performance (6:00), dive into the the midfield battle (13:50), look ahead to potential playoff opponents (21:30), and speculate on possible replacements for Seth (28:30).

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Oct 26, 2018

***EARLY RELEASE TO THE MASSES, AS THE PLAYOFF HYPE WITHIN IS PALPABLE***

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC defender and captain Matt Besler to talk about the Kansas City Chiefs (duh - 2:30), SKC being a "complete team" (6:30), locker-room culture (14:00), testing themselves before the playoffs start (19:30), and signing a contract extension through 2020 (26:30).

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Oct 24, 2018

Sporting KC defender Matt Besler explains why he "loves this team," as in the 2018 edition of SKC, and why it feels different than years past.

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Oct 23, 2018

Building off last week's MLS section, Andy and Charles break down the Eastern Conference playoff teams. Which of the top two teams is most likely to slip up before the conference finals? Which ones could be the best matchups for Sporting? Will DC be in MLS Cup? 

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Oct 23, 2018

Andy and Charles kick things off recapping Sporting KC's 3-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday (4:19). Peter showed he is a Talkin' Touches listener when he started the show's preferred attacking lineup (19:09). We look forward to the Decision Day matchup against LAFC (37:00). The show finishes up with some Tim Melia appreciation (43:40).

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Oct 19, 2018

It is a Western Conference playoff preview on this week's MLS segment. Who do Sporting most want to face? Who do they not want to face? Why are the best teams the best match ups? 

Oct 19, 2018

Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 4-1 victory over (3:39). Gianluca Busio became the second youngest goalscorer in MLS history. The hosts fawn over SKC's budding star (33:00).

Oct 7, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles lament another home draw for Sporting KC, this time with LA Galaxy (2:00), wonder how one team could be so unlucky in a game (10:00), and try to make sense of Jair Marrufo's puzzling calls throughout the game (26:00). 

Oct 4, 2018

In your second (third if your a real one) SKC segment of the week Andy and Charles discuss the LA Galaxy (Zlatan) and the things they are looking forward to seeing (Zlatan) and this Ibrahimović fellow (3:28). Then a long look at the Sporting attack and who should/will be playing this weekend (9:50).

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Oct 4, 2018

MLS segment up first this week. Chicago did SKC a huge favor by beating LAFC (3:50). New York Red Bull beat Atlanta United in a potential eastern conference preview (11:19). DC United scored five goals in the most DC United way ever against Montreal (19:20).

 

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Oct 3, 2018

Kerry Zavagnin talks about the changing of seasons and the changing of vibes around the team, as fall — and with it, the playoffs — approach.

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Oct 1, 2018

We are live after Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake Saturday Sept. 30. Obviously there were some big referee decisions so Andy and Charles started discussing the crucial calls. Kriztin Nemeth was largely ineffective again. The crew contrasts his performance with the energy Rubio brought when he came on. 

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Sep 28, 2018

The MLS segment starts off the overdue departure of Carl Robinson (0:00) The MLS is being very THE MLS in its decision to eliminate a DP spot (15:03). 

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Sep 28, 2018

Charles has returned from his international call up. Andy and he start the showing looking back on Sporting's 2-0 loss to Philadelphia Union (2:13). Then they preview what has turned out to be a crucial match against Real Salt Lake on Sunday (26:00).

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Sep 20, 2018

LA Galaxy and Toronto FC played the most unbelievable not surprising game ever (1:15). D.C. United were unable to beat Bradly Wright-Phillips (10:33). Is it a three team race for the Supporters' Shield 15:00)?

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