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Feb 13, 2020

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch start looking at other teams around the league. First up LAFC, and their trade of Walker Zimmerman to Nashville. Obviously, they had to talk LA Galaxy next. Javier Chichatrito Hernández is the newest Galaxy member. The last team this week is Montreal. With the departure of Ignacio Piatti this could be the last time Montreal is mentioned this year. 

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Feb 13, 2020

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch are back after an offseason break of their own. A new collective bargaining agreement has been agreed to between the players and owners so the 2020 season will happen (6:00). The TT Crew talks about Sporting Kansas City's newest midfielder Gaiby Kinda (33:00). The segment finishes with a look a preseason boxscores.

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Feb 11, 2020

Former Kansas City Wizards defender Nick Garcia joins Andy to shed some light on the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement and the work that goes into one of these deals. From his time as the Wizards' Players Association representative, to the salaries, per diems and relocation expenses that players received in the early 2000s, to his advice for today's players negotiating a new CBA, Nick peels back the curtain on a side of MLS that we know so very little about.

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Feb 7, 2020

Dan Karell (@DanielKarell) is one of Andy's colleagues at NBC Sports' ProSoccerTalk, but more importantly he is someone who has actually seen new Sporting KC midfielder Gadi Kinda play. Dan is full of insight on what kind of player Kinda is, how well he fits Peter Vermes' mold for his ideal midfielder, Kinda's rapid rise over the last 12 months, where he ranks in the pecking order for the Israeli national team, and which other clubs had recently been interested in Kinda.

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Feb 4, 2020

Former Kansas City Wizards defender Nick Garcia joins Andy to shed some light on the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement. From his time as the Wizards' Players Association representative, to the salaries, per diems and relocation expenses that players received in the early 2000s, to his advice for today's players negotiating a new CBA, Nick peels back the curtain on a side of MLS that we know so very little about.

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Jan 31, 2020

This is a mailbag about Sporting KC as they kick off preseason 2020. We asked you to ask us questions. You asked us questions. We answered your questions. It wasn't supposed to be "that long," but it ended up being an hour.

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Jan 30, 2020

It's Day 4 of #CONTENT WEEK, Amadou Dia is the final guest of the week, and his story is an excellent one. He tells Andy all about his journey over the last five years, from getting drafted by Sporting KC, to being blindsided by the trade to Montreal, when he realized he had to grow up and start acting like a professional, dropping down to USL and Didier Drogba himself vouching for Dia to be signed to Phoenix Rising, and his advice to the next player who starts down the same path he was once on.

Friday: Mailbag

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Jan 29, 2020

#CONTENT WEEK, Day 3! Gerso Fernandes talks to Andy about making massive improvements since arriving in Kansas City in 2017, competing for playing time with a deep and talented attacking unit in 2020, the origin of his goal celebration dating back to when he played in Portugal, and a bright idea for his post-playing career.

Thursday: Amadou Dia
Friday: Mailbag

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Jan 28, 2020

It's day 2 of #CONTENT WEEK! Khiry Shelton talks to Andy about his opportunity to play in Germany starting from the moment the 2018 season ended, the tough decision to leave KC, his injury struggles while overseas and why he doesn't feel he got the chance to show the world what he can do, the easy decision to come back to KC, and whether or not he knew Alan Pulido would be signed (and announced) the very next day.

Wednesday: Gerso Fernandes
Thursday: Amadou Dia
Friday: Mailbag

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Jan 27, 2020

#CONTENT WEEK 2020 kicks off with Daniel Salloi talking to Andy about the struggles he endured in 2019, how his teammates kept his spirits high despite going 32 games without a goal, and what it's going to take to get back in the lineup (and score goals again) in 2020.

Tuesday: Khiry Shelton
Wednesday: Gerso Fernandes
Thursday: Amadou Dia
Friday: Mailbag

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Jan 21, 2020

On today's episode, Andy sits down with Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes to talk about the club-record signing of Alan Pulido, SKC's new talent identification process (Talent Identification Directors), the importance of scouting a player's personality, and the challenges of building a team with CBA uncertainty hanging over everyone's head.

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Jan 15, 2020

Alan Pulido was officially introduced as part of Sporting Kansas City. Listen to quotes from the new striker and manager Peter Vermes. Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch give their reaction to Vermes' description of the team's Talent Identification Directors (8:24). It feels like Pulido could come right into a leadership role on the team (21:37). Vermes agrees that Pulido will be a 9.5 (29:25).

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Jan 6, 2020

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch give their MLS player of the decade. Who was the most fun player from the last 10 years? What does expansion have to do with the CBA negotiations?

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Jan 6, 2020

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch name their best Sporting Kansas City players of the decade. There are some other surprising names mentioned. 

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Dec 18, 2019

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch already talked about about what the Alan Pulido signing means for Sporting KC. Now they tap about how they are going to play him. It opens up a whole new world of tactics. 

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Dec 13, 2019

After paying a record transfer fee to Chivas de Guadalajara, Alan Pulido becomes Sporting Kansas City's newest striker. Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch talk about what that means for SKC. What will be harder for Pulido, living up to the transfer fee or fan expectations (19:28)? Is the trophy window open again for Sporting KC (29:46)? How good do SKC need Pulido to be (36:22)? How would the 2019 season have been different (41:57)?

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Nov 21, 2019

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch open the show wondering if MLS even needs an expansion draft. Zlatan is moving on from MLS (9:59). Henry is returning to MLS (14:41). Darwin Quintero has been traded to Houston (30:30). The MLS All-Stars will have a new opponent in 2020 (36:47).

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Nov 21, 2019

Sporting KC lose Jimmy Medranda to Nashville in the MLS expansion draft. Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch talk about what that means along with the trade of Adrian Zendejas. 

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Nov 19, 2019

It's THE MLS expansion draft szn! The 2017 expansion draft could be a good predictor of the 2019 draft (2:04). The rules are arbitrary and hard to remember (7:42). Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch predict who Sporting Kansas City will protect (10:19). The final two spots are the hardest choices (28:13).

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Nov 13, 2019

Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC to win MLS Cup 2019 (1:29). Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch give their options for MLS team of the decade (11:04). Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for. The 2019 Andrew Jacobson Middleman of the Year (14:12).

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Nov 13, 2019

On the free segment of Talkin' Touches, Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch run through the contract options Sporting Kansas City can pick up. The biggest is that of striker Kriztian Nemeth. 

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Nov 7, 2019

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch open the envelope of MLS Cup predictions and see how wrong they were (5:08). THE MLS Cup starts at an inconvenient time (10:15). What will Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC need to do to win (18:32)? Finally, predictions (43:06).

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Oct 31, 2019

Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch open the show talking Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC. Both pulled the up set in their respective semifinals. Toronto beat Atlanta United 2-1 (8:44), and Seattle beat LAFC 3-1 (23:25). 

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Oct 23, 2019

MLS playoffs have finished, and the new format is good. Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch recap the wild weekend and look forward to the second round of games. 

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Oct 23, 2019

Last week, Sam McDowell sat down with Mike Illig. The two discussed some transfers that ended up not happening. Andy Edwards and Charles Gooch break down what Illig reveled and what that means for Sporting KC moving forward.

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