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Dec 23, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss tons and tons of MLS transfer rumors (some fake, some real), which includes a game of Fake GMs Making Fake Trades — a dozen or so trades that should (but likely won't) be made this offseason.

Dec 8, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles break down the Portland Timbers's MLS Cup 2015 triumph over Columbus Crew SC, and discuss the inaugural class of free agents in MLS — who should Sporting KC be looking at, and who ends up where?

Dec 2, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss a handful of roster moves made by Sporting KC since the end of their 2015 season — who's gone, who's coming back, and who's still up in the air? It's also time to preview MLS Cup 2015 — Columbus Crew SC vs. Portland Timbers — with lots of analysis and keys for the final game of 2015.

Nov 27, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles have plenty of Sporting KC topics to discuss — for instance, some scary rumors that clubs and national teams around the world are sniffing around Peter Vermes; Krisztian Nemeth wants a raise, too. The same goes for the second legs of the MLS Cup Playoffs conference finals.

Nov 19, 2015

Leg 1 of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs conference finals are upon us, and Andy and Charles are back to preview the four teams vying for a place in MLS Cup 2015 — Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas — as well as discuss what is sure to be a crazy-busy offseason of player movement across the league.

Nov 11, 2015

The 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs conference semifinals are in the books, and Andy and Charles are here to discuss the weekend's playoff action, break down the conference finals matchups and give their picks for MLS Cup.

Nov 11, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles recap Sporting KC's 2015 season, have the "was it a success or not a success" discussion, identify areas of weakness that must be addressed during the offseason, and tackle Peter Vermes' toughest dilemma this winter — what to do with Graham Zusi?

Oct 26, 2015

"Decision Day" 2015 is in the books, and Andy and Charles are here to recap all the craziness of Sunday, October 25, from Sporting KC's 2-1 victory the LA Galaxy, to the rest of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs field which is now set, and give their picks to advance all the way to MLS Cup.

Oct 21, 2015

Week 34 of the 2015 MLS season is on the horizon, and Andy and Charles are here to discuss #DecisionDay, the final day of the season. Playoff races in the East and West remain tight with playoff spots and positioning all up for grabs.

Oct 21, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, preview the final week's games against the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy, project the Western Conference playoff places, and wonder whether a knockout round bye is really necessary to win MLS Cup 2015.

Oct 8, 2015

Week 31 of the 2015 MLS season is in the books, and Andy and Charles are here to discuss all the playoff races, which continue to get closer and closer as the season draws to a close.

Oct 7, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's US Open Cup triumph over the Philadelphia Union and the 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers 72 hours later, discuss what a "dynasty" in MLS means, and project their final resting place with three games left in the regular season.

Sep 30, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with the Seattle Sounders, make sense of Peter Vermes' lineup selection, praise a few standout performers from the reserve-heavy team and preview the team's 2015 US Open Cup final matchup with the Philadelphia Union.

Sep 17, 2015

Week 28 of the 2015 MLS season is in the books, and Andy and Charles are here to discuss Kei Kamara's unlikely 20-goal season and his MVP credentials, Toronto FC 1-3 New England Revolution, San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas 2-1 New York City FC.

Sep 16, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 3-1 loss to Orlando City SC, a change in philosophy coming in the offseason and a second straight year of struggles in August and September.

Sep 10, 2015

Week 27 of the 2015 MLS season is in the books, and Andy and Charles are here to break down and handicap the races in the Eastern Conference, Western Conference and Supporters' Shield, as the 2015 season enters its final two months. Official predictions are made.

Sep 10, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers, Tim Melia's stunning seven-save performance, the defensive unit's continued struggles and the midfield's future without Roger Espinoza (perhaps with Graham Zusi in it).

Sep 2, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids, assess what's ailing the team's defense, dissect their midfield struggles and pinpoint a couple positives as 2015's stretch run approaches.

Aug 27, 2015

Week 24 of the 2015 MLS season is in the books, and Andy and Charles breakdown the LA Galaxy's 5-1 thrashing of New York City FC, Real Salt Lake 2-0 Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 FC Dallas and re-open the 2015 MLS MVP race.

Aug 27, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's awful, bad, no good week which featured a 5-0 loss to San Jose Earthquakes and a 3-2 loss to Columbus Crew SC, try to pinpoint what's been ailing Sporting KC the last little bit and explain why they miss Roger Espinoza more than anyone could have thought. 

Aug 19, 2015

Week 24 of the 2015 MLS season is in the books, and Andy and Charles are here to handicap the Supporters' Shield race and discuss all of the weekend's games, from FC Dallas 1-2 LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake 0-1 Portland Timbers and New York City FC 3-1 D.C. United.

Aug 19, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's wild 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps, try to determine where it ranks among MLS craziness, diagnose what's ailing SKC during the first half of recent games, preview upcoming games against the San Jose Earthquakes and Columbus Crew SC, and play the funnest/most obnoxious guessing game in the history of soccer podcasts.

Aug 13, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 3-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in the semifinals of the 2015 US Open Cup, praise Peter Vermes for building a consistent winner and preview the upcoming weekend's game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Aug 5, 2015

Week 22 of the 2015 MLS season is in the books, and Andy and Charles are ready to discuss the craziest weekend in MLS history — D.C. United 6-4 Real Salt Lake, Orlando City SC 5-2 Columbus Crew SC and New York City FC 2-3 Montreal Impact are all discussed at great length.

Aug 5, 2015

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo, the refereeing controversy that occurred in stoppage time of that game, how they would go about fixing the poor standard of refereeing in MLS, and preview the coming weekend's game against Toronto FC.

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