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Talkin' Touches — Sporting KC & MLS

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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).

Mar 2, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles continue previewing the other 21 teams in MLS — six from the Eastern Conference that qualified for the 2016 playoffs: Philadelphia Union (0:30), Montreal Impact (6:00), D.C. United (11:00), Toronto FC (16:00), New York City FC (21:00), and New York Red Bulls (26:00).

Feb 23, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles give so many thanks to the people who flooded the GoFundMe campaign (1:00), before dissecting the preseason performances of Graham Zusi (13:30) and Jimmy Medranda (29:30) in their new positions during games against the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution.

Feb 17, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles continue previewing the other 21 teams in MLS — beginning with the five from the Western Conference that failed to qualify for the 2016 playoffs: expansion side Minnesota United (1:00), Houston Dynamo (6:00), San Jose Earthquakes (11:00), Vancouver Whitecaps (16:00), and Portland Timbers (21:00).

 

GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/talkin-touches-podcast-website

Feb 17, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles announce the Talkin' Touches GoFundMe page (link below), before unleashing thoughts on Sporting KC's first "real" preseason "game" (3:30), why Ilie Sanchez is the key to 2017 (14:00), Benny Feilhaber's newfound freedom (23:30), and a quick recap of last week's Fan Forum (35:00).

 

GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/talkin-touches-podcast-website

Feb 8, 2017

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles begin previewing the other 21 teams in MLS — beginning with the five from the Eastern Conference that failed to qualify for the 2016 playoffs: expansion side Atlanta United (1:00), Chicago Fire (6:00), Columbus Crew SC (11:30), Orlando City SC (16:30), and New England Revolution (22:00).

Feb 8, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles provide a (super happy!) update about the future of Talkin' Touches (6:00), discuss the first two preseason "games" and praises for Latif Blessing and Ilie Sanchez (10:30), and Benny Feilhaber's starring role for the USMNT (31:00), which, duh.

Jan 25, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the future of the Talkin' Touches podcast (1:00), before a few quick-hitting thoughts as Sporting KC begin preseason 2017 (33:30).

Jan 18, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss MLS's decision to announce financial figures in trades (2:00), Sporting KC's signing of Ilie Sanchez (33:00), and Dom Dwyer's USMNT prospects as he nears U.S. citizenship (50:30).

Jan 13, 2017

In today's episode, Andy and Charles get all caught up on six of Sporting KC's winter signings (2:00), USMNT call-ups for Feilhaber and Zusi (47:00), and a significant change on the coaching staff (55:30).

Dec 22, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss the departure of Jacob Peterson (2:00), Sporting KC's lack of signings thus far in the offseason (19:00), and the team's new TV deal with Fox Sports KC (54:30), before a quick roundup of high-profile signings and trades elsewhere in MLS (1:09:00).

Dec 15, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles discuss "Seattle Sounders, 2016 MLS Cup champions" (1:00), Sporting KC's ongoing roster moves (32:30), as well as the trades, drafts and signings happening elsewhere in MLS (59:00).

Dec 7, 2016

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles preview the big one — MLS Cup 2016 — from all angles. It's Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders for all the marbles.

Dec 7, 2016

In today's episode, Andy and Charles tackle the three biggest questions of Sporting KC's offseason: the future of Graham Zusi (3:00), the future of Matt Besler (30:00), and an alarmingly thin midfield desperate for reinforcements (46:30). (NOTE: Zusi and Besler's contracts run through 2018, not 2017 as stated throughout this podcast. We'll teach Andy how to read one day.)

Dec 1, 2016

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss the 2016 MLS Cup finalists, Toronto FC (1:00) and Seattle Sounders (26:00), before launching into a discussion about Peter Vermes' contract extension with Sporting KC (52:00), and his prospects as future head coach of the USMNT (1:16:00).

Nov 24, 2016

In today's very special edition (again) of the pod, Andy and Charles discuss Jurgen Klinsmann being fired by the USMNT (1:00) and Bruce Arena's appointment as his replacement (36:00), before breaking down Montreal Impact 3-2 Toronto FC (53:30) and Seattle Sounders 2-1 Colorado Rapids (1:09:00) in the first legs of the conference finals.

Nov 17, 2016

In today's very special edition of the pod, Andy and Charles discuss the USMNT's disastrous World Cup qualifiers against Mexico (1:30) and Costa Rica (20:00), before getting to the good news of the day: Benny Feilhaber (40:30) and Ike Opara (51:30) re-signing with Sporting KC.

Nov 9, 2016

On today's MLS episode, Andy and Charles discuss the four conference finalists in the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs: Toronto FC (0:30), Montreal Impact (6:30), Seattle Sounders (14:00), and Colorado Rapids (20:30).

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