ExtraTime Radio: Get to know LA's Gyasi Zardes; SI's Brian Straus hands Landon a ticket to Brazil

Made in LA

It was a no-brainer that his goal would be a candidate for AT&T Goal of the Week. But if you're watching the stunning strike against Vancouver by LA Homegrown phenom Gyasi Zardes and wondering "where did this guy come from?" well, we have you covered. We "grilled" the rising star on everything from his mohawk to his dancing (he calls himself an expert). Learn all about Zardes’s interests, the poster on his wall and his flirtation with Europe.

And as the USMNT gear up for the Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday after their 5-1 dismantling of El Salvador. Simon Borg, Greg Lalas, and utility man David “No Nickname yet” Gass wonder what the USMNT's Achilles heel could possibly be. Sports Illustrated writer Brian Straus makes the case that there is only one possible scenario that the USA do not come away with the 2013 Gold Cup. And he's convinced Landon Donovan is a starter for the USMNT in Brazil 2014. Where? Greg thinks it should be right back.

Lastly in the mailbag, fans are still up in arms over multiple team allegiances, while someone actually made a mosquito explode. Which leads to the obvious question: How did Simon possibly get kicked out of a school science fair?

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Meet the ET team

Jason Saghini is a longtime MLS on-air personality and director of video for MLSsoccer.com. He previously worked in remote production on ESPN2's MLS and US national team broadcasts. His life's dream is to see Motley Crue play halftime of an MLS Cup.

Simon Borg is a senior editor and on-air analyst for MLSsoccer.com, and a regular creator of the "Kick Off" every weekday on MLSsoccer.com. He splits his time between his family and reading obscure Ukrainian and Italian soccer reports at 4 am, and consequently has not slept for more than five consecutive hours since 2006.

Nick Firchau is the host of ExtraTime Radio and a senior editor at MLSsoccer.com. He previously covered the Chicago Fire for the Chicago Sun-Times. He often wonders why more professional athletes don't demand an "orange slices at halftime" clause in their contracts.

Greg Lalas is the editor in chief of MLSsoccer.com and a co-founder of the Kicking & Screening Soccer Film Festival. He played for the Tampa Bay Mutiny (RIP) and the New England Revolution. Well, "played" is maybe being a little kind. But he did train a lot.

ET producer Dan Haiek works as a video editor for MLSsoccer.com. When he's not filming and editing interviews and behind-the-scenes looks at MLS, he likes to curl up with a Nicholas Sparks novel and a glass of chardonnay.

Andrew Wiebe is a new media editor for MLSsoccer.com. 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.