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Talkin' Touches

Thoughtful discussion surrounding Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team each and every week.
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Jun 12, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Patrick Vieira's departure from New York City FC (0:30), FC Dallas and their 7-game unbeaten run (8:30), Alphonso Davies' continued rise to stardom for Vancouver Whitecaps (15:30), and the end of Colorado Rapids' 2018 (and 2019?) season(s) (22:30).

Jun 12, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 4-1 win over Minnesota United, the 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake (U.S. Open Cup) and the 0-0 draw with Portland Timbers (2:30), the ongoing injury epidemic leading to the youngsters getting, and taking, their chances (5:00), and a bit of tactical flexibility over three games (39:00)

May 28, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss the wild 3-3 draw between Vancouver Whitecaps and New England Revolution (0:30), Orlando City SC's three-game losing streak (7:00), and Houston Dynamo's 3-1 victory over New York City FC (12:30). Talkin' Touches Hotline: (816) 237-8457.

May 28, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew SC (0:30), where VAR was an abomination yet again (4:00), Yohan Croizet struggled again (24:30), and Felipe Gutierrez was sorely missed (31:00). Talkin' Touches Hotline: (816) 237-8457.

May 25, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Patrick Vieira and Jesse Marsch's potential moves to Europe (0:30), Portland Timbers beating LAFC for a fifth straight win (14:30), and Toronto FC finally getting back on track with a win (21:00). Talkin' Touches Hotline: (816) 237-8457.

May 25, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with Minnesota United (2:30), Khiry Shelton's first goal for SKC (16:00), Graham Zusi, Right Back (27:30), and preview the upcoming game against Columbus Crew SC (35:30). Talkin' Touches Hotline: (816) 237-8457.

May 17, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Gyasi Zardes' improbable Golden Boot campaign and Columbus Crew SC's constant competitiveness under Gregg Berhalter (1:00), Toronto FC's ongoing downward spiral (10:00), and play an incredibly fun game of Guess That Salary™ (18:30).

May 17, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the best and worst of Sporting KC's contracts following Salary Release Day 2018 (2:00), why they're one of the best teams in the league on a tighter budget than most (16:00), and answer a few questions in a mini-mailbag segment (24:00).

May 10, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles list all the reasons D.C. United definitely shouldn't (but also definitely should) sign Wayne Rooney and pay a $17-million transfer fee to do so (1:00), and discuss New York Red Bulls' 4-0 demolition of New York City FC (10:00).

May 10, 2018

On (the second half of) today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 2-0 win over Atlanta United (0:30), making the most of red cards (8:00), "the Tim Melia game" (14:00), Daniel Salloi's second straight game with goal (21:30), and the 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids from over the weekend (26:00).

May 10, 2018

On (the first half of) today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Peter Vermes' new five-year contract, effectively passing on the USMNT job, and why it's an obvious win-win situation for both sides. This was originally supposed to be a five-minute conversation to open the show, but it lasted 27 minutes, so it became a bit of BONUS #content!

May 2, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss New York Red Bulls' 3-2 win over LA Galaxy (1:00), Orlando City's five-game winning streak (7:30), Toronto FC's terrible week (15:00), LAFC's 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders in their home opener (21:00), and Vancouver Whitecaps doing very dumb things (27:00).

May 2, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-0 loss to New England Revolution (1:30), another controversial bout of VAR (3:00), playing the game on someone else's terms (22:00), and life without Felipe Gutierrez for the next 2-3 months (33:00).

Apr 26, 2018

On today's episode, Andy previews Sporting KC's upcoming game against New England Revolution with Jon Huot (@jonisgreat) or Six States One Podcast (@SixStatesOnePod), from first-year head coach Brad Friedel (2:00), to the ongoing Lee Nguyen saga (8:00), Diego Fagundez becoming the new star in Foxborough (14:00), an impressive point away to Columbus Crew SC (16:00), and stopping Johnny Russell (20:00).

Apr 21, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the absurdity of Sporting KC's 6-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps (1:00), Johnny Russell's hat trick (6:00), Roger Espinoza's beast-mode performance (25:00), and another game without a goal from Khiry Shelton (33:00).

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).

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