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Talkin' Touches — Sporting KC & MLS

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Oct 16, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's frustrating, all-too-familiar 0-0 draw with the Houston Dynamo (1:30), a team suddenly in the midst of a four-game winless skid (33:00), and their likely fate as knockout-round fodder… again (37:00), and preview the Decision Day matchup against Real Salt Lake (40:00).

Oct 11, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles handpick the best- and worst-case playoff opponents for Sporting KC (1:00), debate which of SKC, Portland and Seattle most need the 2-seed in the West (15:30), ponder the possibility of someone in the East beating Toronto FC (21:00), and put into perspective the East's superiority over the West (28:30).

Oct 11, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the USMNT being eliminated from 2018 World Cup contention (1:00), Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with Minnesota United (14:00), SKC's struggles to pick up wins on the road (22:30), and preview the upcoming home-and-away against the Houston Dynamo (37:30).

Oct 4, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps (2:00), Diego Rubio's night full of struggles (5:00), the apparent lack of a Plan B (16:00), Benny Feilhaber's call-up to the USMNT (44:30), and preview the upcoming game against Minnesota United (48:00).

Sep 27, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles create some awesome (Gooch) and terrible (Andy) MLS bands thanks to a listener-submitted question (0:30), explain how/why #ACTUALLY Real Salt Lake are quite good now (5:30), and discuss an interesting (and fun!) tactical commonality shared by many of the league's in-form teams (20:30).

Sep 27, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy (2:00), before delivering the officially unofficial pre-MLS Cup Playoffs scouting report on Sporting KC — both the positive (20:00), and the potentially negative (36:30).

Sep 21, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles talk about the fact that SPORTING KC JUST WON THE U.S. OPEN CUP and Peter Vermes is MLS royalty (1:30), the beauty that has become the Kansas City soccer community (3:30), the league's best defense (22:00), and the way the attack has rounded itself in Dom Dwyer's absence (45:00).

Sep 19, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and a very special guest host, Talkin' Touches alumnus and MLSsoccer.com senior editor Andrew Wiebe, preview the 2017 U.S. Open Cup final, between Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls. What more needs to be said?

Sep 11, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles try to talk themselves into anyone from the Western Conference — RSL, San Jose and Houston (2:00), Dallas (11:30), Portland, Seattle and Vancouver (19:00) — being able to challenge Toronto FC in MLS Cup.

Sep 11, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Erik Palmer-Brown's free transfer to Manchester City (5:30), Sporting KC's loss to New York City FC and draw with Columbus Crew SC (28:30), and opine about the likelihood of a deep playoff run (47:30).

Sep 6, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's pair of upcoming games this week: New York City FC (5:30) and Columbus Crew SC (26:00).

Aug 30, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss whether or not it's time to panic if you're a fan of FC Dallas (1:00), Chicago Fire (8:30), LA Galaxy (15:00) and humankind in general (22:00).

Aug 30, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's signing of 15-year-old Gianluca Busio (16:00), the lack of major signings at the transfer deadline (26:30), and this season's breakout attacking stars, Diego Rubio and Daniel Salloi (37:30).

Aug 7, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Philadelphia Union 3-1 FC Dallas (8:30), Chicago Fire 4-1 New England Revolution (15:30), New York City FC 3-2 New York Red Bulls (21:30).

Aug 7, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with Atlanta United (2:30), the continued evolution of the offense post-Dom Dwyer (25:00), and preview the U.S. Open Cup semifinal against the San Jose Earthquakes (37:30).

Aug 4, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles present their alternative All-Star teams for the East and West (0:30), and discuss a quartet of 4-0 blowouts: FC Dallas 0-4 Vancouver Whitecaps (13:30), Toronto FC 4-0 New York City FC (20:30), New York Red Bulls 4-0 Montreal Impact (29:00), and Minnesota United 4-0 D.C. United (33:30).

Aug 4, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 3-2 win over Chicago Fire (2:00), life after Dom Dwyer (10:00), the return of Ike Opara (34:00), and preview the upcoming game against Atlanta United (42:30).

Jul 28, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles tackle the topic of the Great Los Angeles Arms Race between LA Galaxy (0:30) and LAFC (15:00), and look at the Dom Dwyer trade from the other side, Orlando City's perspective (23:00).

Jul 28, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles tackle the question of "Where does Sporting KC go from here?" following the Dom Dwyer trade (1:00), discuss the 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake (26:30), and preview the upcoming game against Chicago Fire (44:00).

Jul 26, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles convene for a special, emergency edition of the pod after Dom Dwyer was traded to Orlando City SC for an MLS-record sum of allocation money. From "Why would they do that?" to "So, what do they do with all that money now?" we've got you covered.

Jul 21, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles answer YOUR questions submitted to the Talkin' Touches mailbag — everything from the All-Star Game, MLS expansion, the USMNT, and a very random, rapid-fire round of questions loosely related to MLS.

Jul 21, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against Real Salt Lake (2:30), the defensive decisions/challenges facing them with Ike Opara and Matt Besler unavailable (23:00), and the All-Star Game snubs of Opara and Tim Melia (29:00).

Jul 13, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles have some summer transfer window ideas for a number of teams, including, but not limited to, the following: Atlanta United, Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC.

Jul 13, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss all the major moments from Sporting KC's wild, wacky 3-0 win over FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals (1:30), the "youth movement" that's created unexpected depth (42:00), and a potential turning point in Benny Feilhaber's season (58:30).

Jul 5, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles debate whether/why Chicago Fire, Toronto FC or FC Dallas are the best team in MLS.

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