ExtraTime Radio: Leaders of Men...Who's built the better team at Cup? Peter Vermes or Jason Kreis?

Leaders of Men

If you had to start a Major League Soccer franchise with just one coach, who would you take: Peter Vermes or Jason Kreis? That's one of the questions the guys pose to SI.com writer Brian Straus, who takes a look at some of the biggest storylines heading into the biggest game of the MLS season. Topics include the small-market complex of this year's Cup, the future of Kreis at New York City FC, RSL's legacy if they lose another big game and if Sporting Kansas City have emerged as a dominant all-around franchise in MLS.

The guys are also breaking down their picks for MLS award season, and welcoming ESPN color commentator Taylor Twellman to offer his up thoughts as some of the biggest awards are set to be announced. Did Caleb Porter deserve Coach of the Year? Will Nick Rimando finally get his due as Goalkeeper of the Year? And what does it mean to be the Most Valuable Player anyway?

There's also talk about offseason loan deals for Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez, thoughts on South Korea as a 2014 opponent for the US national team and Simon's take on why it's insincere to ask people at the office about their Thanksgiving holiday.

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Simon Borg is a senior editor and on-air analyst for MLSsoccer.com, and the original creator of the "Kick Off" on MLSsoccer.com. 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.

Nick Firchau is the host and producer 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.

David "The Gasman" 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.

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.