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Talkin' Touches — Sporting KC & MLS

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Nov 20, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss the ongoing relocation saga in Columbus (0:30), the league's mishandling of that and the expansion process (17:00), preview the East (32:00) and West finals (42:30), and discuss Caleb Porter leaving Portland (55:00).

Nov 20, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the upcoming expansion draft and the decisions with which Sporting KC will be faced (4:30), and the offseason search for a new striker, as promised by Peter Vermes (34:30).

Nov 9, 2017

On today's VERY SPECIAL-EDITION episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC captain (and author) Matt Besler to talk about his brand new book, "No Other Home" (3:30), his best and worst experiences at the 2014 World Cup (12:30), his decision to sign a new contract in KC rather than moving to Europe (19:00) the very serious and very scary concussion he suffered in 2016 (31:00), a challenging year with the USMNT and a familiar end with Sporting KC (40:00), and the boys settle a bit of beef that one of them didn't even know they were having (1:05:00).

Nov 2, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss one listener's Middleman XI (2:00), do MLS a solid and try to fix their terrible playoff structure (9:00), discuss Anthony "Broke Boy" Precourt's intentions to relocate Crew SC from Columbus (19:30), and remind themselves the Western Conference is really bad… and boring (38:30).

Nov 2, 2017

Another season ends a month too soon… On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's season-ending 1-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo (3:00), their place in the "MLS hierarchy" throughout this decade (19:00), and balancing expectations with reality (46:00).

Oct 25, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles reveal their picks (1:30) for 2017 MVP, Newcomer of the Year, Defender of the Year, Goalkeeper of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Best XI, before giving their ironclad predictions for the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs (52:00).

Oct 25, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 2-1 defeat to Real Salt Lake (5:00), the similarities/differences between this year's "collapse" and those of years past (22:30), the team's crippling failure to create scoring chances (28:00), and preview the knockout round game against the Houston Dynamo (42:00). 

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).

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