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Dec 22, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the departure of Jacob Peterson (2:00), Sporting KC's lack of signings thus far in the offseason (19:00), and the team's new TV deal with Fox Sports KC (54:30), before a quick roundup of high-profile signings and trades elsewhere in MLS (1:09:00).

Dec 15, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss "Seattle Sounders, 2016 MLS Cup champions" (1:00), Sporting KC's ongoing roster moves (32:30), as well as the trades, drafts and signings happening elsewhere in MLS (59:00).

Dec 7, 2016

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles preview the big one — MLS Cup 2016 — from all angles. It's Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders for all the marbles.

Dec 7, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles tackle the three biggest questions of Sporting KC's offseason: the future of Graham Zusi (3:00), the future of Matt Besler (30:00), and an alarmingly thin midfield desperate for reinforcements (46:30). (NOTE: Zusi and Besler's contracts run through 2018, not 2017 as stated throughout this podcast. We'll teach Andy how to read one day.)

Dec 1, 2016

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss the 2016 MLS Cup finalists, Toronto FC (1:00) and Seattle Sounders (26:00), before launching into a discussion about Peter Vermes' contract extension with Sporting KC (52:00), and his prospects as future head coach of the USMNT (1:16:00).

Nov 24, 2016

In today's very special edition (again) of the pod, Andy and Charles discuss Jurgen Klinsmann being fired by the USMNT (1:00) and Bruce Arena's appointment as his replacement (36:00), before breaking down Montreal Impact 3-2 Toronto FC (53:30) and Seattle Sounders 2-1 Colorado Rapids (1:09:00) in the first legs of the conference finals.

Nov 17, 2016

In today's very special edition of the pod, Andy and Charles discuss the USMNT's disastrous World Cup qualifiers against Mexico (1:30) and Costa Rica (20:00), before getting to the good news of the day: Benny Feilhaber (40:30) and Ike Opara (51:30) re-signing with Sporting KC.

Nov 9, 2016

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss the four conference finalists in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs: Toronto FC (0:30), Montreal Impact (6:30), Seattle Sounders (14:00), and Colorado Rapids (20:30).

Nov 9, 2016

In today's very special edition of the pod, Andy and Charles are all amped up for USA vs. Mexico to kick off the Hex. Discussions include Tim Howard starting in goal (1:30), who starts at center back next to John Brooks (10:30), who starts in midfield (20:30), and Jozy Altidore's unbelievable form (31:00).

Nov 4, 2016

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss the conference semifinals first legs between Seattle Sounders 3-0 FC Dallas (0:30), LA Galaxy 1-0 Colorado Rapids (11:30), Toronto FC 2-0 New York City FC (19:00), and Montreal Impact 1-0 New York Red Bulls (26:00).

Nov 4, 2016

Sporting KC's season is over, which means it's officially the offseason. In today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup Playoffs, which includes the four contentious refereeing decisions (1:00), the brilliance of Benny Feilhaber the best performance of the season (31:00), the best performance of the season (39:00). 

Oct 25, 2016

On today's MLS episode Andy and Charles put a tidy little bow on the 2016 regular season (0:30), before diving into the three non-Sporting KC knockout-round games: Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union (4:00), D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact (9:00), and LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake (14:00).

Oct 25, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes on Decision Day, from the defense second straight clean sheet (3:00), to Roger Espinoza's versatility on the wing (9:30), before previewing the MLS Cup Playoffs knockout-round clash with the Seattle Sounders (16:00).

Oct 12, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles preview the penultimate weekend of the 2016 MLS season, with the first half of the show all about Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake (2:00), followed by a quick-fire speed round — 5 minutes each — on Portland-Colorado (36:30), Dallas vs. Seattle (42:00), Montreal-Toronto (47:30), and finally D.C. United vs. New York City (53:00).

Oct 6, 2016

On today's MLS episode Andy and Charles discuss Toronto FC 1-2 D.C. United (0:30), New York Red Bulls 2-1 Philadelphia Union (10:00), the Golden Boot Race between Bradley Wright-Phillips and David Villa (19:00) FC Dallas 1-0 LA Galaxy (25:00), and Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 Seattle Sounders (35:00).

Oct 6, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's season-defining 3-1 loss to the New England Revolution, which featured another wild and wacky lineup from Peter Vermes (5:30), and hash out Sporting's precarious place in the playoff race (38:00).

Sep 28, 2016

On today's MLS episode Andy and Charles discuss the Seattle Sounders (0:30) and Portland Timbers (19:00), who are battling for the 6th and final playoff place in the West, before having a top-to-bottom discussion about the race in the East (33:30).

Sep 28, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes (4:30), which included a somewhat surprising starting XI (7:30), followed by a preview of the upcoming game against the New England Revolution (47:30).

Sep 22, 2016

On today's MLS episode Andy and Charles discuss FC Dallas's bid for the first-ever MLS treble (0:30), Toronto FC 3-3 New York Red Bulls in the battle for the East (14:30), Montreal Impact 1-3 New England Revolution (28:30), and Portland Timbers 2-1 Philadelphia Union (43:30). 

Sep 22, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-2 draw with Landon Donovan (6:00) and the LA Galaxy (16:00), before a discussion about this team's greatest strength/identity (or lack thereof - 33:30) and the fall of Benny Feilhaber (42:00), and finish with a quick preview of the upcoming game against the San Jose Earthquakes (49:30).

Sep 7, 2016

IT'S A COMBINED POD THIS WEEK! In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the transfer bid made for Benny Feilhaber (25:30), and preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against the Houston Dynamo (35:30), before moving on to a joint-preview of FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids (40:30), and some talk about the red-hot New York Red Bulls (56:30).

Aug 31, 2016

On today's MLS episode Andy and Charles discuss the Portland Timbers' 4-2 destruction of the Seattle Sounders (1:30), Real Salt Lake's 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids (12:00), and the week's big injury news regarding Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey and Sebastian Giovinco (21:30).

Aug 31, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, which includes Jimmy Medranda and Roger Espinoza's red cards (3:00); a handful of positives for SKC (24:30); and an explanation of what "high-pressing" really means for SKC (37:00).

Aug 24, 2016

IT'S A COMBINED POD THIS WEEK! In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the resurgent Seattle Sounders (4:30), the surging Toronto FC (21:00), and play a game of "Which Cup contender is in the most trouble?" (32:00) Then breaking down Sporting KC's 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps (40:30), followed by a preview of the upcoming game against the Philadelphia Union (1:02:00).

Aug 19, 2016

On today's MLS episode Andy and Charles discuss the three most impressive playoff-bound and/or -chasing teams from the past weekend — Philadelphia Union (1:00), New York Red Bulls (15:00), and Seattle Sounders (23:00).

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