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Talkin' Touches

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Apr 16, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Minnesota United and their new star Darwin Quintero (1:00), Portland Timbers doing "less with more" (5:00), New York Red Bulls bouncing back from CCL heartbreak in a big way (8:00), and New York City FC's 4-point week against RSL and Atlanta United (13:30).

Apr 15, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders (2:00), an out-of-sync performance (4:30), defensive issues rearing its ugly head once again (9:00), Yohan Croizet's unproductive afternoon (15:00), and Khiry Shelton's delicate balancing act between goalscorer and team player (24:00). 

Apr 13, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against Seattle Sounders (1:00) and how the Yohan Croizet-Roger Espinoza midfield partnership fared against LA Galaxy and could do again against Seattle (3:00), before welcoming on Matt Pentz (@mattpentz) of The Athletic to break down all things Sounders (16:00).

Apr 11, 2018

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC Johnny Russell to talk about Sunday's 2-0 win over LA Galaxy (1:30), his decision to come to MLS and Kansas City (5:00), leaving his comfort zone as a player and person (8:00), his first impressions of MLS (10:00), and being a "big character" in the locker room (18:30).

Apr 10, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles are excited for the return of the Atlanta United buzzsaw (1:00), annoyed by MLS refs' use of VAR and how to fix it (9:00), and a bit confused about what's going on with Chicago Fire (28:30). 

Apr 10, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC’s 2-0 win over LA Galaxy (3:00), Tim Melia’s franchise-record 10 saves (9:00), the changing of expectations after a hot start (17:00), and Khiry Shelton’s borderline dominant performance at center forward (29:30).

Apr 4, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles share a few final thoughts on Sporting KC's 1-0 win over D.C. United (3:00), another stellar performance by Ilie Sanchez (7:30) and Khiry Shelton and center-forward expectations (17:00), before lavishing more praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his storybook MLS debut (24:00), and finish with the first edition of 2018 MLS Live (Memorial) Power Rankings (34:30).

Apr 1, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) discuss Sporting KC's 1-0 win over D.C. United (1:30), the first clean sheet of the season (4:00), Khiry Shelton's improved play (9:00), Yohan Croizet playing in the midfield (14:00), and Jimmy Medranda's new role as the starting left back… at home (20:00).

Mar 30, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against D.C. United and what to do with Yohan Croizet (3:00), before welcoming on Adam Taylor (@the_amt) of the Filibuster podcast to break down all things United (16:00). 

Mar 28, 2018

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin to discuss the ups and downs of the first month of the season (2:30), Felipe Gutierrez's hot start to his SKC career (8:30), developing young players and Daniel Salloi's rapid rise (11:00), the complexities of MLS's roster rules and regulations (21:00), and Matt Besler closing in on breaking two of his franchise records (26:30).

Mar 27, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles try to figure out what makes the New York Red Bulls so good (1:00), and the constant frustrations felt when watching the Portland Timbers (10:00) and FC Dallas (16:00).

Mar 27, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids (2:00), the ongoing defensive struggles (4:00), another comeback on the road (16:00), and another standout performance from Felipe Gutierrez (31:30).

Mar 23, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles get a little excited about Zlatan Ibrahimovic FINALLY coming to MLS (0:30), preach a bit of patience for Orlando City SC (10:00), and try to decide whether the Seattle Sounders should be worried (16:00).

Mar 23, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against the Colorado Rapids (2:30) and finish the show with a mailbag of random questions from listeners (8:30).

Mar 20, 2018

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC midfielder Ilie Sanchez to talk about Saturday's 3-2 win over San Jose Earthquakes (2:00), his role as a leader on the current team (5:30), "La Pausa" (8:30), his footballing education at Barcelona (12:00) and his new life in Kansas City (21:00). 

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Mar 18, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 3-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, from Felipe Gutierrez (2:30), to Daniel Salloi (10:00), the lack of production at center forward (16:00), and revisiting keys to the game from Thursday's preview (23:30).

Mar 15, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against the San Jose Earthquakes (1:00) and discuss what they need to do to get "back to themselves" (7:30), before welcoming on Robert Jonas (@robertjonas) of Center Line Soccer and ProSoccerUSA.com to break down all things 'Quakes (15:30).

Mar 15, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles rant a bit about the use (or lack thereof) of VAR this weekend (0:30), heap some praise on four teams: expansion LAFC (4:30), Atlanta United (12:30) and New York City FC and New York Red Bulls (19:00).

Mar 15, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 2-0 loss to New York City FC and the 4-3 win over Chicago Fire (2:00), before taking stock of the Good, Bad, Great and Terrible from the first two games of the season (11:30).

Mar 13, 2018

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC forward Daniel Salloi to talk about Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Chicago Fire (1:30), THAT backheel (4:00), his move to America as a foreign exchange student (7:30), his relationship with his father, a former player himself (14:00), scoring the game-winning goal in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup (17:00), being yelled at by Peter Vermes in Hungarian (18:00), and playing against a number of his childhood heroes in MLS (21:00).

Mar 2, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's season-opening matchup with New York City FC (5:00), before welcoming on Mike Anderer of Blue City Radio to talk about NYCFC's side of things (19:30), and finish with a few bold predictions for the 2018 season (43:30).

Feb 28, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles finish previewing the Western Conference with Three (More) Big Questions: Houston Dynamo (1:00), FC Dallas (8:00), and Real Salt Lake (14:00).

Feb 27, 2018

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC defender Ike Opara to talk about his busy, award-filled offseason (3:00), what's next for the reigning Defender of the Year (11:00), the pressure to be perfect as a defense (13:00), and a Best-Of his tweets (26:00); followed by assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin to discuss hist 19 years with the organization in KC (32:00), the just-completed preseason (36:00), the depth of the roster as it currently stands (41:30), and how to get young players the minutes they need (43:00).

Feb 26, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles preview the Western Conference with Three (More) Big Questions: Seattle Sounders (1:00), Portland Timbers (8:30), and Los Angeles FC/LA Galaxy (17:00).

Feb 26, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss lineup choices in the final preseason game (1:30) and midfield/attacking depth that (hopefully) breeds flexibility for the upcoming season (8:00), before forecasting the best-case/worst-case scenarios involving the attack (22:00), youth being served (29:30), a lack of defensive depth (35:30), and the potential to have an MLS-best midfield (41:30).

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