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Talkin' Touches

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Jul 21, 2019

Producer Sean fills in for Charles Gooch and breaks down Sporting KC's 2-0 loss to FC Dallas with Andy Edwards. The game started well with Giddeon Zelalem looking good in the number 6 spot. Busio had a game to forget. He was involved on the calamity of a first goal. Not that is mattered, but Allan Kelly didn't cover himself with glory.

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Jul 18, 2019

San Jose Earthquakes are all of the sudden one of the hottest teams in MLS (1:15). Don't look now, but Bruce Arena has fixed the New England Revolution (10:18). It wouldn't be an MLS segment without a THE MLS segment. The refs in the NYCFC and New York Red Bulls obliged (19:34). 

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Jul 18, 2019

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch break down Sporting Kansas City's 3-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps (2:13). Felipe Gutierrez had his second good game in a row (8:00). Gedion Zelalem also turned in his second straight good performance (20:18). Ilie will miss SKC's next match vs FC Dallas, who fills in for him (27:19). Gerso is good (30:20). SKC are closing in on a summer transfer...at left back (41:31).

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Jul 12, 2019

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch announce their MLS Live Memorial Power Rankings for June (:30). You should be watching LAFC, Portland Timbers, Minnesota United, and D.C. United. Obviously Carlos Vela is running away with the Landon Donovan MVP award, but Nani, Atuesta, and Pozuelo are our runners-up for June. Thank you Atlanta United for providing the off-field drama as manager Frank de Boer is feuding with star acquisition Pity Martinez. Finally we wrap up the 2019 World Cup. 

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Jul 12, 2019

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch begin the show discussing Andy's article for The Athletic on Yohan Croizet (2:44). The they dive into a video from Bill Reno at everybodysoccer.com on what's been wrong with Tim Melia this year (20:08). Finally, Roger Espinoza has fully returned to training (34:35). This is our Thunder Road. 

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Jul 7, 2019

Sporting KC beat Chicago Fire 1-0. Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch lament SKC's poor finishing (6:35). The lone goal came from Yohan Croizet (8:08). Daniel Salloi's poor form continues (14:40). Gedion Zelalem made his second start, and showed well (21:27). Botand Barrath also returned to the lineup (27:35).

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Jul 4, 2019

Unlike Sporting KC Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch play through the final whistle. They breakdown what happened in the 5-1 thrashing from LAFC. Things weren't looking bad for SKC after one half (8:12) Daniel Salloi's struggles continue (19:47). What does Busio have to do to get minutes? Have to talk about the backline after giving up five goals.

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Jun 28, 2019

Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's THRILLING 1-0 win over Columbus (3:06). It wasn't the best performance from SKC (15:52). Then we look ahead to the matchup with RSL (25:35). Who will create the the chances (33:28)?

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Jun 27, 2019

BONUS CONTENT! Ashley Scoby (ProSoccerUSA.com) joins Andy all the way from Paris to talk about the U.S. women's national team's journey (so far) at the 2019 Women's World Cup, VAR controversy, the ways in which we frame discussions about women's sports, and (oh, yeah) preview THE BIG ONE: USA vs. France in Friday's quarterfinal.

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Jun 20, 2019

Contract figures were released by the MLS Players Union last week, and Andy and Gooch break down what it means for Sporting KC. The bright side are the deals for Medranda, Busio, Lindsey and Barath (16:02). How long will the core stay together (49:08)? Are the Fontas and Croizet contracts bad or not (1:00:08)? Don't miss a Charles Gooch rant for the ages sandwiched in the middle (35:33).

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Jun 18, 2019

Producer Sean pulled his best SKC backline and forgot to do his job. Listen to the breakdown of Sporting's loss to Minnesota in the US Open Cup. Maybe it's not as bad a week later.

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Jun 6, 2019

It's first of the month and we take stock of the MLS Live Power Rankings. Carlos Vela and Bob Bradley are running away with the MVP and COY respectively, so we give our picks for the second place in each award. Portland reopened their stadium and it looks really good. 

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Jun 6, 2019

Sporting KC got one shot on goal in Houston, but what a shot it was. Andy and Charles break down the lineup changes from SKC's 1-1 draw over the weekend. Croizet showed the good side of the Yohan Croizet experience. Then they look ahead to the match in Toronto. Both teams will be shorthanded. Finally, Mateus Manuel is out, and we speculate why.

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Jun 3, 2019

Ashley Scoby from ProSoccerUSA.com joins Andy to preview the upcoming World Cup. They preview the USWNT. Try and get to the bottom of Jill Ellis' strategy. Can Alex Morgan lead a team to a World Cup trophy? Should Christen Press start? Should Carli Lloyd? Finally, Ashley previews the other top teams in the tournament.

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May 30, 2019

Tate Steinlage was inserted into our starting lineup, and unlike Sporting KC we didn't fade in the second half. The show starts off with a discussion of Zlatan, and quickly moves to how a fatigued SKC couldn't keep building on three solid halves of soccer. Andreu Fontas returned to the lineup in unspectacular fashion. Filipe Gutierrez missed chance after chance, and the Croizet Experience was in full effect. 

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May 27, 2019

The winless streak is over. Johnathon F. Russell put the team on his back and put three past the Sounders in SKC's 3-2 win. Gooch is out, so Andy and Producer Sean break down the match. Croizet starts and... is good. Jimmy Medranda returns. Everything came up Milhouse.

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May 22, 2019

It's a feel good episode in the MLS segment this week. First, we look back at the career of DaMarcus Beasley who announced his retirement at the end of the season (:38). Chris Wondolowski finally set the MLS scoring record after his four goal performance (11:12). Last and certainly least Colorado picked up their first win of the season against the LA Galaxy (21:29). 

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May 22, 2019

With Krisztián Németh suspended for the upcoming match versus Seattle, who will start at forward (4:21)? Andy and Charles give their guesses at possibilities. Slowly but surely players are working back from injuries. Will SKC have a full bench (29:21)? 

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May 19, 2019

Sporting KC draws 1-1 with Vancouver, and Andy and Charles breakdown all the storylines from an eventful game. Besler is back from injury and that helps (8:00). Benny had a second good performance since rejoining the team (15:42). Kelyn Rowe had his best game of the year (20:00). The show finishes with a discussion of Yohan Croizet and the red card to Nemeth.

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May 17, 2019

Welcome back to MLS Bruce Arena. New England Revolution signed Arena to be their new head coach and sporting director. Elsewhere in MLS, Atlanta have won five straight on five clean sheets. Frank de Boer is actually good? 

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May 17, 2019

It's an all midfield episode of Talkin' Touches. Andy and Charles breakdown Ilie's return to the starting lineup against DC United (2:53). Benny slipped back into the team like he never left (18:12). In a Talkin' Touches first, the game versus Vancouver is a must win (32:00).

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May 9, 2019

Sporting KC made a move to re-acquire old friend Benny Feilhaber. Andy sat down with Benny after his press conference. Then, he and Gooch break down what the trade means for the team moving forward. 

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May 6, 2019

SKC were soundly beaten by Atlanta United, 3-0. Peter Vermes did make some tactical changes in this match, Andy and Charles kick off the show discussing them (2:47) Sporting seemed slow all night, were they tired or are they just slow (10:20)? 

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May 2, 2019

As we turn the page on April we give the MLS Live Power Rankings. Who is leading the MVP race? Is it even close? The city of Los Angeles has a monopoly on Coach of the Year Candidates. Colorado is the first team to fire their coach. You will never believe who they hired.

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May 2, 2019

Sporting have been bad for nearly a month. Charles has some reasons why (6:00). What is the best way to maximize Filipe Gutierrez (26:42). Finally, we look ahead to the match up with Atlanta United.

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