ExtraTime Radio: Tim Howard is taking a break from the USMNT, so who steps in for the bearded one?

New Blood In Net

Tim Howard is taking a break from the US national team. One year, to be exact. That opens the door for Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando, according to Jurgen Klinsmann, but Simon Borg thinks others deserve a shot at No. 1 as well. Similarities to Landon? Yes and no. ESPN's Alexi Lalas wasn't surprised and he explains why and what kind of testimonial he'd hold for Donovan as well. Plus, what's up with the Jermaine Jones saga?

Meanwhile, MLS teams are still going about their business, including some head-scratching CONCACAF Champions League games in midweek. The guys love the competition but wonder what it will take for MLS clubs (and fans) to make it a priority. Don't miss the weekend action either. FC Dallas can prove they're for real, D.C. United have the opportunity to complete (for now) the worst-to-first narrative and the stakes are sky high in Cascadia.

In the mailbag, FootGolf, MLS-hating wives and boy bands. What else?

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ExtraTime Radio Book Club:

After a month of consuming the 2014 World Cup, you probably think you know everything there is to know about it. Well, James Montague will make you think again with "Thirty-One Nil," featuring stories you likely never heard about in the lead-up to Brazil. We spoke to Montague about his adventures around the world and if you haven't yet ordered the book, you'll likely be tempted to after listening to our special Book Club edition.

Get started on the book club's next selection: The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally.

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Meet the ETR team

Andrew Wiebe is the host and producer of ExtraTime Radio and 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.

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.

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.