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Talkin' Touches

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Apr 25, 2019

LAFC are running away with the Supporters' Shield (1:00). Pozuelo is making Toronto forget about Giovinco (11:25). Defenders in MLS are bad, and Andy and Charles get to the bottom of why (21:00).

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Apr 25, 2019

Andy and Charles reluctantly break down Sporting KC's thrashing at the hands of San Jose (4:20). A rash of injuries have left SKC scrambling. Who will be the replacements (26:10)? MLS handed out its suspension to Kaku. We had some thoughts (45:00).

 

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Apr 17, 2019

Unlike Sporting we didn't run out of gas on this marathon show. Andy and Charles start off discussing SKC's draw with New York Red Bull (3:34). What more is there to say about Gianluca Busio (22:53)? You will have to listen to find out. Kaku is a dirtbag (41:44). Finally, we look ahead to the the match versus San Jose (56:00).

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Apr 10, 2019

We played down a man on this episode. Andy and Sean discuss all the lineup changes in the match against FC Cincinnati. Zelalem made his MLS debut. Busio balled out. Barath and Fontas make a good pairing. Zendejas looks to be the clear number two behind Melia. We end the show previewing the CCL match vs Monterey, and talk about what this Champions League run means.

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Apr 5, 2019

Sporting lose 5-0 to Monterey in the first leg of their CONCACAF semifinal, and the less said about it the better. Ashley Scoby fills in for Charles. She and Andy talk through the loss. Andy does have one bit of personal news that should brighten everyone's spirits.

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Apr 4, 2019

On today's episode (recorded March 8), Andy sits down with David Ficklin, Executive Director of the Kansas City 2026 FIFA World Cup Bid, to talk about the ongoing efforts to bring the World Cup to KC, the obstacles facing KC's bid, the perception of KC outside of MLS circles, and whether or not Kansas Citians should want FIFA setting up shop in the wake of their numerous scandals.

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Mar 30, 2019

Sporting KC throttle Montreal 7-1 (2:03). Gerso was the best player on the field for large portions of the match (3:43). BuT WhO wIlL ScOrE GoALz? (12:03). Fontas returned to the starting lineup (18:43). Another chapter of the Roger Espinoza Appreciation Society (27:45). To finish things off Andy and Charles look ahead to the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal against Monterrey.

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Mar 27, 2019

Who would the TT Crew vote MVP and Coach of the Year for the first month? How fun is LAFC's Lattif Blessing? What do managers think of international call-ups? The show finishes with MLS Live Memorial Power Rankings.

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Mar 27, 2019

No Sporting KC match means mailbag time. We asked for questions and you came through. Should Barath start? Back three? What is Zelalem's future? And a bonus question that got some very weird answers. 

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Mar 22, 2019

The full squad is back and talking about SKC advancing to the semifinal of CONCACAF Champions League (3:18), the draw away to Colorado (16:30). Tim Melia did a bad, and Charles and Andy discuss keeping the ball (18:23). After six matches what is the grade on how Vermes rotated the team (26:40). There have been a rash of injuries since the last match (32:39). Barath has solidified himself as the third center back (42:13). 

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Mar 12, 2019

After a decade with Sporting KC, David Ficklin is leading the charge to bring the World Cup to Kansas City in 2026.

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Mar 10, 2019

Sporting KC save the season and beat Philadelphia 2-0 in their MLS home opener. Tim Melia played great and saved a penalty (9:18). Botand Barath has cemented himself as a quality center back (14:16). Busio made a surprise start for the suspended Roger and reviews were mixed (20:11). Gerso struggled to really make an impact again (25:19). Ilie was subbed for the first time in his SKC career (30:15). Johnny Russell continues to frustrate defenses and drew another red card (35:18).

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Mar 9, 2019

Producer Sean talks with Gerso, Ilie, Nemeth, and Besler at Sporting's media day Friday, March 8. Listen to what the guys had to say about Toluca, Independiente, scoring goals, SKC's "system" and the start of the season. Also hear a press conference with Peter Vermes.

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Mar 7, 2019

Week 1 of MLS is in the books and the takes are flying. There was an orange ball sighting in Colorado. Michael Bradley Revenge Tour 2019 began with two goals. Jordan Morris is back on the scoresheet for Seattle. A pair of youngsters showed out in the LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire match. Andy and Charles may have overlooked the most crucial signing for Minnesota United. D.C. United played Atlanta in a match featuring the best team in the league. 

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Mar 7, 2019

Sporting KC drop the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Independiente of Panama 2-1. What does a 2-1 result mean in a two-leg tie? Peter Vermes made eight changes to the starting XI. Were they the correct changes? Andy and Charles might put some people at ease with their breakdown of the match.

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Mar 4, 2019

Sporting KC drop their 2019 MLS opener, 2-1 to LAFC. Peter Vermes put out the same team that played in Toluca three days prior, and Andy and Charles have some thoughts about that decision (2:37). Adding injury to insult, Andreu Fontas left the match with an apparent hamstring injury (22:21). The bright spot was Krisztian Nemeth scoring his third goal in three games (30:01).

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Mar 2, 2019

The 2019 MLS kicks off this weekend. LA Galaxy finally have a compliant roster...maybe. Nick Rimando announces that 2019 will be his final year in MLS. After the news, Andy and Charles breakdown some of the new faces in new places. Then 2019 predictions. 

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Mar 2, 2019

The 2019 MLS regular season is upon us, but first Andy and Charles recap Sporting's romp of Toluca in CONCACAF Champions League (3:45). Then they look ahead to the MLS opener versus LAFC (25:24). Then we try to get ahead of the narrative and make some 2019 predictions (32:47).

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Feb 27, 2019

On today's episode, Andy, Charles and @producersean sit down with Sporting KC creative director (A.K.A. kit designer) Chad Reynolds to talk about SKC's brand new primary kit for the 2019 season, and so much more about the entire process of designing and creating a team's kits year after year, how long it takes from concept to launch date, likes and dislikes of kits gone by, and how the team's visual identity is built around what the players wear on the field. We REALLY nerded out on this one, so beware.

 
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Feb 22, 2019

Andy and Charles break down Sporting's 3-0 beat down of Toluca FC in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League tie. Turns out Toluca weren't as good as we expected. Several SKC players looked in midseason form. Nemeth got off to a good start. Gerso played well in a surprise start. 

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Feb 14, 2019

Sporting KC kit designer Chad Reynolds talks about the 24-month process of designing SKC's kits, and the challenge of predicting two years ahead where fashion is heading.

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Jan 30, 2019

Andy like USMNT again, but Gooch remains unconvinced. Miguel Almiron has been sold for an MLS record fee. Giovinco could be on his way out as well. Not to be outdone, Kaku is wants to leave and is tweeting through it. 

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Jan 30, 2019

Ike Opara has been traded to Minnesota United, and Andy and Charles breakdown the trade from all sides (7:35). What was Peter Vermes' thought process in dealing the former defender of the year (27:57)? What will Sporting do moving forward (42:02)?

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Jan 18, 2019

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC new boys Kelyn Rowe (3:30) and Rodney Wallace (12:00) to talk about their first impressions of their new city and team. Rowe talks about being Mr. Versatility, the trade that brought him to KC this winter, and why he makes it a point to be so involved in the community. Wallace walks us through his free-agency process and how/why he picked KC, playing left back (again), and being teammates with Graham Zusi a decade ago in college.

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Jan 16, 2019

Andy and Charles do a quick whip around of the latest MLS news. The duo is high on the LA Galaxy hiring Guillermo Barros Schelotto as their new head coach. Conversely, they struggle to see how FC Cincinnati will find success in their inaugural MLS campaign. 

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