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36 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Yael Averbuch West on the importance of individual work in player development
0:00 - Taylor and Travis give an update on the show and discuss some of the things they've been watching and reading while live soccer has been off the airwaves. 12:59 - Yael Averbuch West discusses Techne Futbol and the importance of individual work in player development.
49 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Who is the next big USMNT dual national, will Canada eventually take over Concacaf, and more listener questions
Taylor and Travis do their best to answer your listener question! Who is the next dual-national that could help the national team that wasn't involved in our youth national teams? Here's a link to the Kim McCauley article I mentioned: https://www.sbnation.com/2020/3/19/21183601/building-a-better-usmnt-together-football-manager-fm20 Why don't we see more college coaches making the jump like they do in football or basketball? What are the best non MLS-affiliated USDA programs? Who's the best classic target forward coming through the ranks that's not already a pro? If Liga MX and MLS combine at some point down the line, what will that look like and is it a good thing for American players? Has there been any hint that NWSL clubs are going to launch concerted academy initiatives? What do you think of the sleeping giant that is the Canadian men’s national team? If Don Garber tasked you with selecting the locations for the next MLS expansion teams, where do you put them and why? Why does the Olympics only allow for the U23 men to play but there is no age restriction for the women’s team? Do you think this is open to changing? Are there athletic scholarships for NAIA?
40 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
US men's Olympic qualifying roster, plus the U20 women are Concacaf champions!
Taylor and Travis break down the 23-man squad Jason Kreis has assembled for Olympic qualifying. Who are the notable omissions and what do they say about the state of the program? Who will be knocking in the goals? Who should start in midfield? Will there be a goalkeeper? All that and much more!
66 minutes | Mar 5, 2020
The most exciting youngsters in the USL Championship
Who are the young players to watch in the 2020 USL Championship? The Athletic's Jeff Rueter joins the podcast this week to break down the league's relationship with player development, names to know for this season, and much more.
55 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
10 young domestic players to watch in MLS this season
Joe Lowery joins this week's podcast to chat about some of the up-and-coming young U.S. players to watch ahead of the start of the 2020 Major League Soccer season.
34 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Previewing the US U20 women's national team ahead of the 2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship
Taylor and Travis take a long look at the US U20 women's national team ahead of the start of the 2020 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship. They break down the roster, discuss some potential key performers, ponder coach Laura Harvey's possible tactics, and much much more. They also get into how this might be Sophia Smith's tournament and what that might mean for her career going forward.
55 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
Updates on eleven potential USMNTers abroad
Taylor and Travis take a look at eleven youngsters currently playing (or, in some cases, not playing) in Europe and try to figure out 1) where they stand with the USMNT right now and 2) what they need to do to increase their chances of getting called into the March camp. Players discussed: 1) Gio Reyna (Dortmund) 2) Richie Ledezma (PSV) 3) Chris Gloster (PSV) 4) Alex Mendez (Ajax) 5) Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona) 6) Ulysses Llanes (Wolfsburg) 7) Chris Richards (Bayern Munich) 8) Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa) 9) Timothy Weah (Lille) 10) Christian Cappis (Hobro) 11) Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro) Honorable Mention: Josh Sargent
34 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Performance analytics and player development in college soccer w/ Carl Carpenter
UVA Men's Soccer Performance Analyst Carl Carpenter joins the show to discuss how Video Analysis and Performance Analytics are used to find an extra edge on the field in college soccer. They also go deep on the prevalence of performance analytics in college soccer, how in-game data evaluation can turn a game on its head, how modern technology is changing opposition scouting, and much more.
49 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
Updates on the US U20 men's and women's national teams
Taylor and Travis go deep on the US men's and women's U20 national teams. Up first, they take a look at the women's team and discuss the hiring of Laura Harvey, roster updates in advance of U20 World Cup qualifying, and who might be the key performers for the squad as they attempt to make it to the World Cup. After that, it's on to the men's team. They've been training with the senior national team and had friendlies against Mexico. What do we make of Anthony Hudson's tenure thus far, and how might the squad evolve in advance of U20 World Cup qualifying this summer? All that, plus some senior men's national team chat as well! Which young players are we most excited to (hopefully) see get some minutes on Saturday.
30 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
Is a major change on the horizon for men's DI college soccer?
Travis talks to Maryland men's head coach Sasho Cirovski about the proposed 21st Century Model that will be up for vote this April by the NCAA. The men's Division I season would be dramatically changed for the better should it pass, and Travis and Sasho get into the nitty-gritty of what could happen.
33 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
Recapping the 2020 NWSL Draft
Taylor and Travis review the 2020 NWSL Draft on location in Baltimore. Who did the best, who made the big moves, and what will the future hold for many of the draftees? Plus, which college programs will have to do some rebuilding to challenge for the title next season.
45 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
2020 MLS SuperDraft review and NWSL Draft preview
Taylor and Travis discuss the strangeness of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft as well as, as Travis put it, "the players and teams that did things." After that, we take a look at the upcoming NWSL draft. What moves have already taken place amongst the various teams and which players are most likely to go in the first round? We've got some ideas! Sophia Smith, Ashley Sanchez, and many more get some mentions For 20% off a TDS Premier subscription, go to http://topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and use discount code "podcast"
35 minutes | Jan 3, 2020
2020 MLS SuperDraft preview, plus a little USMNT roster chat
Taylor and Travis take a look at the upcoming MLS SuperDraft. How different will it be this season, who are the key players who could be involved, and what might the top teams in the draft be looking for? After that, we briefly discuss the most notable/exciting youth inclusions in the latest USMNT roster. Uly Llanez y'all!!!!
39 minutes | Dec 21, 2019
Recapping the men's and women's D1 College Cup Finals
Taylor and Travis discuss the DA showcase in Floria before turning their focus to the men's and women's college tournaments. On the women's side, they get into the penalty shootout that saw Stanford emerge victorious once again. On the men's, Georgetown took home the title for the first time in school history. How did they build that program and what comes next? All that and much more! Reminder! Our listeners can get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer premier subscription. Go to topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and use the promo code “podcast” and get 20% off.
25 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
Discussing the 2019 Men's College Cup w/ Wake Forest Head Coach Bobby Muuss
Taylor gives a brief review of the recent events in the both the women's and men's D1 soccer tournaments. We'll discuss both the women's and men's finals in detail on next week's show. For now/for the bulk of the show, Travis talked to Wake Forest men's head coach Bobby Muusss about his team's tournament so far, as well as what the semifinal against UVA may hold.
36 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
NCAA men's and women's tournament updates, plus an interview w/ Washington State women's coach Todd Shulenberger
Taylor and Travis discuss all the action so far in both the men's and women's D1 soccer tournaments. On the men's side, it's mostly gone as expected, but on the women's side there's been a surprise run. 15:52 - Speaking of, in Part 2, Travis talks to Washington State women's head coach Todd Shulenberger about his team's run to the College Cup.
35 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
Women's and men's D1 tournament updates, plus a chat about the Jefferson Cup
In Part 1, Taylor and Travis review the big matches that have already happened and preview those soon to come in both the women's and men's D1 college soccer brackets. In Part 2, Taylor talks to Steve D'Adamo (Director of Tournaments for the Richmond Strikers) and Jay Howell (Executive Director, Richmond Strikers) about this spring's Jefferson Cup. As promised, here's a link to the site where teams can find out more about the event and apply to participate: http://jeffersoncup.strikerstournaments.com/application-information
44 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
NCAA Men's DI tournament preview bonanza!
ESPN broadcaster Jonathan Yardley joins the show to break down the men's Division I tournament field, contenders to watch, MLS prospects to know, and much, much more. Check out Bill Reno's 2019 Bracket Challenge: http://bit.ly/2D2PiTg
45 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
2019 Division I Women's Soccer Tournament Preview (and a few predictions)
Taylor and (mostly) Travis preview the start of the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer tournament by taking a look at the top 8 teams, as well as a few others who could make deep runs. Teams discussed: 1) Florida State 2) UCLA 3) UVA 4) South Carolina 5) Stanford 6) BYU 7) UNC 8) USC They also discuss some individual players that are most likely to get NWSL Draft consideration later this yea/early 2020. Reminder! Our listeners can get 20% off a TopDrawerSoccer premier subscription. Go to topdrawersoccer.com/subscribe and use the promo code “podcast” and get 20% off.
32 minutes | Nov 8, 2019
Wrapping up the USA at the U17 World Cup w/ Adam Belz
Adam Belz of the Scuffed Podcast joins this week's show to dissect the USA's performance at the Under-17 World. What is important, what isn't and what did it say about the issues facing the US Soccer Federation in general.
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