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Talkin' Touches — Sporting KC & MLS

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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).

Mar 29, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles preview Sporting KC's upcoming game against Toronto FC, which includes discussion about the injured Sebastian Giovinco (5:30), national team players returning from international duty for both teams (14:30), and Sporting's fate as a "home" or "road" team in 2017 (21:30).

Mar 23, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles lament Chicago Fire signing Bastian Schweinsteiger (0:30), discuss Real Salt Lake firing Jeff Cassar (15:00), and break down Portland Timbers 4-2 Houston Dynamo (28:00) and FC Dallas 2-1 New England Revolution (34:00).

Mar 23, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's 2-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes (6:00), Jair Marrufo's vendetta against Dom Dwyer and Sporting KC (15:30), Jimmy Medranda's unsung contributions (26:30), the benefits of Graham Zusi at rightback (34:00), before a quick preview of USMNT vs. Honduras and Panama (39:30).

 

(SORRY FOR THE STRANGE CLICKING SOUND FROM 17:00 ONWARD)

Mar 17, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles fawn over shockingly fun teams early in the 2017 season, Houston Dynamo (1:30) and Chicago Fire (7:00), unveil some very early MLS Live Power Rankings (12:00), and all but bury Minnesota United's inaugural season after 180 minutes (16:30).

Mar 17, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's latest 0-0 draw, against FC Dallas (4:30), their scoring troubles versus defensive solidity (12:30), preview the upcoming game against San Jose Earthquakes (26:30), and discuss Roger Espinoza's perceived ineffectiveness through two games (42:00).

Mar 9, 2017

On today's MLS episode Andy and Charles discuss Atlanta United's MLS debut defeat to New York Red Bulls (0:30), Orlando City SC's stadium opening victory over New York City FC (10:00), and Minnesota United's debut obliteration at the hands of Portland Timbers (21:00).

Mar 9, 2017

On today's episode, Andy and Charles break down Sporting KC's season-opening draw with D.C. United (3:30), which featured promising debut performances from Gerso Fernandes (8:30) and Ilie Sanchez (15:30), as well as Graham Zusi looking like a right back (32:00), before previewing the upcoming game against FC Dallas (44:30).

Mar 2, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles announce the brand new Talkin' Touches website is LIVE (0:00), discuss Sporting KC's final preseason game (7:00) and Dom Dwyer's injured foot and backup options (7:30), before previewing the game against D.C. United with a further discussion of Graham Zusi playing right back (23:30).

Mar 2, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles finish previewing the other 21 teams in MLS — five from the Western Conference that qualified for the 2016 playoffs: Real Salt Lake (0:30), Seattle Sounders (6:00), LA Galaxy (11:00), Colorado Rapids (16:00), and FC Dallas (21:00).

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