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OK, armchair GMs: It's time for you to build your MLS team from scratch. Will you go foreign or domestic? Can you have both? Or are you going to have to pick between Designated Players or Homegrown players? Two-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Joe Cannon joins the show to discuss whether the foreign or domestic path is the better future of the league.

And what's going on with goalkeeper-rich Philadelphia? Can you have too many netminders? How will the latest news affect the Union's visit to East-leading Sporting KC? We also preview what's arguably the best feud in MLS: San Jose and Seattle, who collide at the brand-new Levi's Stadium.

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Did somebody say silly season? The rumors are flying fast and furious over big names heading to MLS during the summer transfer window. So let's predict who could be next. The guys come up with some proposed deals to bolster teams at midseason, such as: Kelyn Rowe to LA, Mo Edu to New York, Kenny Cooper to Columbus ... and how about this for a blockbuster? Try Chicharito to MLS on a discounted fee. Could it happen?

Meanwhile, it's producer Dan's last show as an MLSsoccer.com staffer, so naturally we put him in the hot seat and went "To the Matts" on two huge Western Conferences matches coming up in Week 20: Vancouver-Dallas and Seattle-LA. Game on.

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Jermaine Jones is dropping hints he's coming to MLS. So who wants the USMNT stalwart? And where would he fit? The guys have a few ideas of where to put a "nasty" World Cup veteran – including one stop near his summer home.

While we're at it, some more thoughts on Klinsmann's challenge moving ahead. Here's why US Soccer should give him the Arena/Bradley treatment and force him to produce in 2015.

And finally, we're passing the midseason mark in MLS. We hand out our awards at the halfway point, including MVP, Rookie of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and argue we're still on track with a handful of our preseason picks.

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Last week the gang took a look at what went wrong with the USMNT's 2014 World Cup adventure. This week, it's time to think positive. The Matts are together again, and  they "let it go," turning an eye toward 2015's Gold Cup and the very daunting task of replacing some key leaders on the roster.

It's also time for Brazil to have a blood-letting after the most shocking performance in World Cup history, and the suggestion is that they follow the German blueprint. Plus MLS is back in full swing - as is the silly season. Summer shopping lists are at the ready!

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Forget proactive, inventive, creative soccer. What Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT really delivered was a scared, disjointed and overly timid performance that was destined to happen because of poor roster selection and poor tactics. And what makes it worse is that he did so while simply repeating the mistakes Bruce Arena made in 2006 and Bob Bradley made in 2010. When will US Soccer learn?

Plus a preview of the NBCSN July 4th double-header.

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Goals aplenty, upset specials and … CONCACAF’d! Is the 2014 World Cup the craziest in memory? We break it all down, including why Costa Rica have been the surprise of the tournament, whether Mexico’s rise is real or fool’s gold and why Europe may be falling behind on the world stage. And oh yeah, that little US-Germany match for all the marbles – we send it out to New York, where Matt Doyle, Greg Lalas and Jason Saghini preview Thursday’s match. And to top it all off, MLS is back! Here’s a look at two of the biggest games of Week 16.

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U-S-A! U-S-A! There’s tons of soccer yet to play, and hopefully the games will get less ugly, but the USMNT is off to a flying start at the World Cup. Former Chicago and Houston striker Calen Carr stops by to offer his perspective on how the Americans will keep the magic going against Portugal in Manaus – including how they can possibly replace Jozy Altidore. Then we send it to New York, where the Armchair Analyst and Greg Lalas scout Portugal and brainstorm how to slow down Cristiano Ronaldo and a hobbled opponent in the Amazon. 

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The big dance is here and the entire gang has come around to this proclamation: The USMNT will advance out of the Group of Death. What? Was it the dominant stand vs. Nigeria? Jermaine Jones doing his best Ned Grabavoy imitation? (What?!?) Acceptance of the talent on hand? The realization that Jozy Altidore doesn't need to score? (Again, what?!?) Here's why we're bullish on the Yanks' chances in Brazil, and our other surprise predictions for the World Cup.

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It's just over a week until the USMNT kicks off their World Cup run, and do we know what the best lineup is? More to the point, does Jurgen Klinsmann? The guys sit down and air out their worries following last weekend's 2-1 win over Turkey - one in which the back line was decidedly shaky and the midfield decidedly disorganized.

Back in MLS, there's a fond farewell for Sporting KC midfielder Uri Rosell, who parlayed a year-and-a-half of fine play in the City of Fountains into a lucrative move to Sporting CP (Sporting Lisbon to the plebs). Rosell's departure means money in the bank, but he won't be easy to replace for the suddenly struggling MLS Cup champs.

Plus the gang breaks down New England vs. New York, and Matt Doyle gets some unexpected fan mail.

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Can John O’Brien see the future? We sit down with the two-time US World Cup veteran, who had a bizarre dream about the end of the road for Landon Donovan — before the World Cup roster dropped. This is one interview you don’t want to miss.
Plus, is the diamond midfield the right fit for the USMNT? Nick Firchau helps us break down the friendly victory over Azerbaijan and we discuss how successful the formation can be in Brazil, where that leaves Jermaine Jones and how the offense can get firing in three tough World Cup games.
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