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Talkin' Touches — Sporting KC & MLS

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Feb 22, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles continue previewing the Eastern Conference with Three (More) Big Questions: New York City FC (1:00), D.C. United (9:30), and New England Revolution (19:00).

Feb 17, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles give the latest, VERY IMPORTANT Striker Search 2018 update (2:00), discuss a few observations from a preseason draw with the New York Red Bulls (20:00), and try to make sense of the Brad Evans signing (42:00).

Feb 17, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles begin previewing the Eastern Conference with Three Big Questions about: Atlanta United (1:00), Orlando City SC (15:30), and the Philadelphia Union (27:30).

Feb 8, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles break down the trade to end all MLS trades: General Allocation Money for Targeted Allocation Money (0:30), a Jermaine Jones-inspired game of "Crazy Or Crooked" (9:00), and vent a few thoughts of the upcoming U.S. Soccer presidential election (19:00).

Feb 8, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles appraise Sporting KC's new secondary kit (1:30), discuss the latest in Striker Search 2018™ (11:00) and swear up and down that SKC's brand new signing, Felipe Gutierrez, is going to be tear it up in MLS (26:30).

Feb 1, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles run through a hectic list of recent events: expansion in Miami (0:30), Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA (9:30), Uri Rosell is back in MLS (15:30), Justin Meram traded to Orlando City SC (19:00), Cyle Larin's strange transfer saga ends (25:00) and Man City stealing Jack Harrison from New York City FC (33:00).

Feb 1, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's latest signings, winger Johnny Russell (1:30) and midfielder Felipe Gutierrez (26:00), and the ongoing striker search of 2018 (42:00).

Jan 25, 2018

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles break down two more blockbuster trades that perhaps Sporting KC should have been trying to make — Ola Kamara going from Columbus Crew SC to LA Galaxy (0:30), and David Accam going from Chicago Fire to Philadelphia Union (15:00).

Jan 25, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's ongoing (still) striker search (4:00), how the team has evolved over the year (30:30), how they'll continue to do so in 2018 (38:30), and the signing of a brand new player, 22-year-old center back Emiliano Amor (50:00).

Jan 18, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC signing Ike Opara and Tim Melia to new contracts (4:00), the ongoing and yet-fruitless striker search (12:30), whether or not they should trade for Justin Meram and Ola Kamara (24:00), and some unexpected rumors about Uri Rosell coming back to MLS and whether or not he'd be an upgrade over Ilie Sanchez (40:30).

Jan 5, 2018

On today's episode, Andy and Charles quickly discuss Sporting KC trading Benny Feilhaber to LAFC — from the personal sting of seeing a favorite get traded (5:00), to even more allocation money in the bank (15:00), to the impact it'll have on the roster in 2018 and beyond (27:00).

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Dec 21, 2017

On today's show, the final one of 2017(!!!), Andy and Charles discuss Sporting KC's first major signing of the offseason, Yohan Croizet (13:00), the Saad Abdul-Salaam-for-Khiry Shelton trade (35:30) and the latest MLS expansion team being awarded to Nashville (46:00).

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Dec 13, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy, Charles and Mike (@Zavagtastic) discuss Toronto FC's MLS Cup victory over the Seattle Sounders (1:00), Michael Bradley's revenge (5:30), and some gigantic trades going down this offseason ALREADY as a result of all the new TAM (15:00).

https://www.talkintouches.soccer/blog/2017/12/12/a-simpler-guide-to-mls-roster-rules

Dec 13, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles are joined by (unofficial) Sporting KC salary cap-ologist Mike McGrew (@Zavagtastic) to discuss the loss to Latif Blessing in the LAFC expansion draft (5:00), the likelihood that he's brought back to KC via trade (16:00), the $2.8 million of new Targeted Allocation Money coming to MLS (24:00), how SKC will/should use it this offseason (37:00), and the first signing-to-be of the winter, Yohan Croizet (1:02:30).

https://www.talkintouches.soccer/blog/2017/12/12/a-simpler-guide-to-mls-roster-rules

Dec 4, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles are actually a little bit excited(?!?!) for MLS Cup 2017, between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, which they preview (0:30) and predict (16:30).

Dec 3, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles quickly discuss Sporting KC's moves on Contract Deadline Day (5:00) and the big-time decisions facing them a year from now (11:00), before answering questions from listeners: free agent/re-entry draft targets (29:00), the need for signings at center back and left back (41:00), Roger Espinoza's importance to the team (52:00) the need for a marquee signing at forward (1:02:30), and the lack of players thus far produced by Swope Park Rangers (1:06:30).

Nov 28, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the surprising rumor linking Sporting KC striker Diego Rubio with a possible move to Liga MX (3:00), the dark cloud which continues to hang over MLS (24:00), Columbus Crew SC 0-0 Toronto FC in the East (42:00), and Houston Dynamo 0-2 Seattle Sounders in the West (48:30).

 
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).

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