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Jul 21, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles answer YOUR questions submitted to the Talkin' Touches mailbag — everything from the All-Star Game, MLS expansion, the USMNT, and a very random, rapid-fire round of questions loosely related to MLS.

Jul 21, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against Real Salt Lake (2:30), the defensive decisions/challenges facing them with Ike Opara and Matt Besler unavailable (23:00), and the All-Star Game snubs of Opara and Tim Melia (29:00).

Jul 13, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles have some summer transfer window ideas for a number of teams, including, but not limited to, the following: Atlanta United, Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo and Toronto FC.

Jul 13, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss all the major moments from Sporting KC's wild, wacky 3-0 win over FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals (1:30), the "youth movement" that's created unexpected depth (42:00), and a potential turning point in Benny Feilhaber's season (58:30).

Jul 5, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles debate whether/why Chicago Fire, Toronto FC or FC Dallas are the best team in MLS.

Jul 4, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers (2:00), Dom Dwyer's goal-scoring debut for the USMNT (22:00), and preview the upcoming game against Philadelphia Union (37:00).

Jun 30, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles play a game of "3 Things I Know," which jumps around from New York Red Bulls (1:00), to Chicago Fire (6:30), to Seattle Sounders (12:00), to David Villa (18:30), to Toronto FC (27:00), and finally to the Western Conference (34:00).

Jun 30, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's newest signing, Cristian Lobato (2:00), why this team might just be the best in all of MLS (16:30), the 2-1 victory over LA Galaxy (37:30), and preview the upcoming game against Portland Timbers (49:00).

Jun 11, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact (2:00), embrace debate with a game of "Gerso or Nemeth?" (12:30), discuss the second-half breakdown which ultimately cost them two points (26:00), and finish with a few quick thoughts on depth and the upcoming schedule (36:00).

May 25, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss FC Dallas' first loss of the season (0:30), Orlando City's first loss at their new stadium (8:00), and Chicago Fire's continued dominance (17:00).

May 25, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps (4:00), the number of changes to the lineup and tactical inflexibility (13:30), and preview the upcoming game against Colorado Rapids (24:30).

May 19, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC, AKA "The Blessing Game" (6:00), followed by their 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders, AKA "The Gerso Game" (25:00), before previewing the upcoming game against Vancouver Whitecaps (50:00). Game.

May 10, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Orlando City SC's 4-0 loss to Houston Dynamo (0:30) and what it means for Sunday's game against Sporting Kansas City (8:00), sing C.J. Sapong's praise for his hat trick in Philadelphia Union's 3-0 win over New York Red Bulls (12:30), and forecast LA Galaxy's fortunes with Jermaine Jones out injured (21:30).

May 10, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-0 loss to Minnesota United (3:30), the decision to rest Ike Opara and Graham Zusi (7:00), Peter Vermes' rotation going forward (30:30), Saad Abdul-Salaam's tenuous place in the team (36:00), and give a quick preview of the upcoming game against Orlando City SC (43:00). For more Orlando chatter, check out the first 10 minutes of this week's MLS segment.

May 4, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake (0:30), the 2-0 victory New York Red Bulls (10:30), Peter Vermes' aversion to making lineup changes and subs (14:30), preview the upcoming game against Minnesota United (26:30), and discuss a very strange tactical quirk spotted by Gooch (41:00). 

May 4, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Seattle Sounders' amazing 3-3 comeback against New England Revolution (3:30), New York City FC's impressive (David Villa-less) win over Columbus Crew SC (9:30), and the back-and-forth 2-2 draw between FC Dallas and Portland Timbers (17:30).

Apr 28, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles make an addendum to their MLS Live Power Rankings (0:30), and discuss Toronto FC's 3-1 thrashing of Chicago Fire (6:30), the problem with Philadelphia Union after their 3-3 draw with Montreal Impact (11:30), and Jermaine Jones' role in LA Galaxy 3-0 defeat to Seattle Sounders (18:30).

Apr 28, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 1-0 loss to FC Dallas (3:30), Dom Dwyer's (ill-)fit in SKC's system (7:00), a truly outstanding defensive performance from FCD (21:00), a quick sidebar about MLS dynasties (23:30), and preview the upcoming game against a Real Salt Lake side in serious transition (26:30).

Apr 20, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss Chicago Fire 3-0 New England Revolution (1:00), Orlando City SC 2-1 LA Galaxy (6:30), Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Seattle Sounders (12:00), unveil the latest set of MLS Live Power Rankings (18:00), and give some love to a handful of underrated players around the league (29:00).

Apr 20, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 1-0 victory over Portland Timbers (5:00), another masterful defensive performance (13:30), impending "regression" (19:00), and preview the upcoming game against FC Dallas (34:00).

Apr 14, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss a Game of the Year candidate, Toronto FC 2-2 Atlanta United (0:30), Chicago Fire 1-0 Columbus Crew SC (7:00), and Real Salt Lake's 3-0 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps in a blizzard (14:00).

Apr 14, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids (5:30), the goal-scoring outbreak after four frustrating games (16:00), and preview the upcoming game against Portland Timbers (22:30).

Apr 6, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles praise Bastian Schweinsteiger for his stellar debut (1:00), and discuss Vancouver Whitecaps 4-2 LA Galaxy (9:00), the Kekuta Manneh-Tony Tchani trade (12:30), Jermaine Jones' crazy-man comments (17:00), and Cubo Torres' hat trick in Houston Dynamo 4-1 New York Red Bulls (27:00).

Apr 5, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 0-0 draw with Toronto FC (4:00), the fact that Sebastian Giovinco was largely invisible (10:00), Dom Dwyer's continued struggles and lack of chances (13:00), and preview the upcoming game against Colorado Rapids (22:00).

Mar 29, 2017

On today's USMNT special, Andy and Charles quickly discuss the USMNT's 6-0 thrashing of Honduras which made soccer fun again. Topics include: Christian Pulisic (1:00), Clint Dempsey (10:30), and Michael Bradley (15:30).

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