Thursday, Feb. 12

Klinsmann, the Villan?

Another job opens up in the English Premier League and the oddsmakers are once again hellbent on making Jurgen Klinsmann one of the favorites for the gig. But would it make sense for the US boss when there's so much going on in American soccer? Like another two expansion teams in 2015 -- Orlando City's Amobi Okugo takes you inside one of them.

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New Kids On The Block

It’s expansion fever on the latest edition hosted by Greg Lalas subbing in for Andrew, who caught more than just a fever. The guys glow about NYCFC’s Barcelona-esqe preseason opener and then talk to Orlando City midfielder Amobi Okugo, who takes us into Kaka-mania, the OCSC locker and more. Plus there’s Landon Donovan’s engagement and Toronto FC’s “armband-gate.”

In the second segment it’s all about FIFA and the US national team. There’s another FIFA controversy and this time it involves the breaking news about the 2026 World Cup TV rights and the Under-20 World Cup draw, as the US learned its opponents. Also would Jurgen Klinsmann leave the USA national team for the Aston Villa job?

We finish off with the mailbag and a dramatic turn of events: Simon is back in the listeners’ good graces. And this time it’s Greg’s turn to give supporting advance to conflicted supporters.

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ExtraTime Radio Book Club:

The guys revive the ETR Book Club by reviewing The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally.

Sally joins to talk about the thought process behind the book, the progress in the field since and where advanced statistics in soccer go from here. Meanwhile, Opta analyst Devin Pleuler and the Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle fill in for Simon for a roundtable on the state of stats in soccer.

While you're at it, listen to the episode that got it started. Eight World Cup by George Vecsey. Then follow along with James Montague as he takes you on a awe-inspiring journey to the 2014 World Cup in "Thirty-One Nil." Only this time it's with the minnows that will never actually make it there.

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Andrew Wiebe is the host and producer of ExtraTime Radio and a new media editor for He previously covered Sporting KC, once scored an unintentional goal from midfield and tries to bring an analytical mind to the beautiful game. Weekend center back, history junkie and Jayhawk.

Simon Borg is a senior editor and on-air analyst for, and the original creator of the "Kick Off" on He loves organic strawberry jam and once pushed a big kid into a puddle while playing soccer in Malta. And he would do it again right now.

David Gass is an assistant producer and sound engineer for ExtraTime Radio. Originally from New York City, he attended Northeastern University in Boston and is currently questioning his choice of part-time employment.