Podcasts came out of the gate more than a decade ago, giving opinionated hosts a platform to share their views on soccer, and to give listeners perspectives to weigh against their own. (Mainstream American sports radio, by contrast, has been slow to embrace soccer, though some radio stations now have soccer-specific shows or are working soccer content into their mix in some markets.)
Most soccer-centric podcasts share a basic people-talking-about-the-sport format, but offer some variances within that structure. Some employ humor, others bring insight, and others still strive for a mix of both.
With the Christmas and New Year's holiday upon us, here’s a large (but by no means exhaustive) guide to soccer podcasts that are either MLS-focused or significantly MLS-inclusive, refreshed for December 2018. We've also updated it to include MLS-focused YouTube shows and channels.
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OFFICIAL LEAGUE PODCASTS
The in-house MLSsoccer.com podcast is a twice-weekly podcast featuring Andrew Wiebe, Matthew Doyle, David Gass, Bobby Warshaw and a rotating cast of recurring guests, as well as interviews with an A-list assortment of players, coaches, GMs, and journalists.
NATIONAL (AND INTERNATIONAL) PODCASTS ABOUT MLS AND BEYOND
Analysis Evolved Podcast
Anyone who loves the nuts and bolts of hardcore analytics, here are your people. Springing from the data-driven site American Soccer Analysis, your hosts carefully break down tactics and numbers from top to bottom.
Here's a podcast hosted by actual stand-up comedians – as in, ones with legit shows and TV appearances in New York and beyond – so you're guaranteed at last a few chuckles as they discuss MLS and some of the global game. Initially NYCFC-leaning, it now covers the entire league, and includes interviews with the likes of Alexi Lalas, Stu Holden, Julian Gressel and former USMNT coach Dave Sarachan. www.soccercooligans.com/
This pair of French-speaking soccer fans celebrate the American and Canadian versions of the game, with plenty of discussion of MLS en francais on their You Tube-hosted, best-found-on-Twitter podcast. https://twitter.com/culturesoccer
Double Pivot Podcast
Michael Caley, of FiveThirtyEight, who brands himself as “bringing baseball stat nerdiness to football,” and Mike Goodman, who distinguished himself at the late, much-missed Grantland before moving to ESPN FC and now StatsBomb, are teaming together for this tactics talk offering. The podcast focuses on analytics, breaking down what happens in select games (including USMNT and MLS games) in conversational and entertaining fashion. https://twitter.com/DoublePivotPod
The worldwide leader's soccer podcast leans heavily toward the European leagues, but some MLS stories are too large and compelling to go unchecked. espn.go.com/espnradio/podcast/archive?id=10672984
New Jersey-based soccer journalist Daniel Feuerstein, who writes for SB Nation blog Once a Metro, also hosts this two-hour weekly podcast that largely focuses on MLS and beyond (including round-by-round roundups of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup!). blogtalkradio.com/feuersteinsfire
With a trio of hosts, this offering explores everything about MLS, US, and Canadian soccer — in Spanish.
Low Limit Futbol
Podcasting together for three-and-a-half years, this trio of hosts covers MLS alongside the big European leagues and international tournaments. Recent guests include players, broadcasters, and personalities around MLS.
Max & Herc
ESPN broadcaster Max Bretos and former USMNT forward Herculez Gomez bring their perspective to MLS, the national team and other North American soccer-related subjects.
Men in Blazers
These English-born, living-in-America soccer enthusiasts have converted their distinctive and sometimes irreverent podcast into a TV show, focused on NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage, but they still admire and discuss MLS on what they call “the pod.”
Open Wide For Some Soccer
With a name inspired by perhaps the greatest soccer gag on The Simpsons, The Athletic and former MLSsoccer.com writer Pablo Maurer, along with Goal.com editor Seth Vertelney and Washington Post Express' Thomas Floyd talk all things D.C. United, MLS and USMNT.
The Planet Futbol Podcast
Featuring veteran American soccer journalist Grant Wahl, this podcast takes Sports Illustrated soccer coverage and extends it into long-form discussions.
This podcast takes on all three MLS Pacific Northwest teams, but branches out from Cascadia to opine on league-wide happenings.
Simon Allen Soccer Radio
Simon has been at soccer podcasting since 2005, and his latest project covers the globe but makes MLS (and personalities affiliated with the league) part of the mix. simonallensoccer.com/SimonAllenSoccer/Listen/Listen.html
Helmed by veteran soccer reporter Steve Davis and Tyler Kern, this offering from ESPN Radio’s Dallas affiliate takes a wide-angle view of MLS. Given its location, though, don’t be surprised by some extra love shown to FC Dallas.
The Soccer Thread
Four friends from Portland, LA, Chicago, and Philly – all of whom support those cities' MLS teams, respectively – came together to start podcasting under this name during this past Copa America. They cover MLS, as well as soccer all over the world.
Alexi Lalas' State of the Union
USMNT legend and current FOX analyst Alexi Lalas offers hot topics and hot takes, complemented by conversations with interesting (and even sometimes controversial!) guests.
Total Soccer Show
Launched by Richmonders Taylor Rockwell and Daryl Grove back in 2009 for their local public radio station, the show has become one of the longest-running and most-admired American soccer shows. Their start-of-season "Very Specific Predictions" covered both the Western Conference and Eastern Conference in amusing and admirable fashion.
Totally Football Show American Edition
The successful Totally Football Show empire has branched out beyond Britain and Europe, with Cobi Jones and Lauren Sesselmann among the hosts of the American show, which launched in the fall of 2018.
This term refers to the disconnect between French-speaking and English-speaking Canadians. It's applied here to Canadian soccer podcasters Kev Laramee (of Montreal) and Duane Rollins (of Toronto), who sound plenty together. stitcher.com/podcast/the-two-solitudes-mls-podcast
It’s technically part of the Portland Timbers Football Collective network of creators. But this show is equal opportunity in its love for North American soccer – besides analysis of and talk about MLS, they also discuss other domestic leagues.
MLS-CENTRIC YOUTUBE CHANNELS AND SHOWS
The hilarious USMNT and MLS veteran and former KICK TV personality, who some know as “Conradinho,” creates vlogs on his YouTube channel often delving into MLS matters. youtube.com/user/TheJimmyConrad
COPA 90 US
This expansive YouTube channel covers the entire world of the global game, with a heavy dose of MLS. Of course, too, it features former MLSer Heath Pearce as a main on-camera personality. youtube.com/user/KICK
MLS' official YouTube channel
Besides highlights and features, this is where you'll also find episodes of shows with regular installments.
The MLS Show
Hosted by Barry Cass and Peter McPartland, this show makes for one of the very earliest YouTube channels devoted solely to MLS – and it comes from across the pond, with a UK perspective. youtube.com/channel/UC8C93vVZxymyQqfL7BOjqrw
These podcasters have also created a YouTube channel which mixes soccer coverage with sandwich reviews, and occasionally takes them on location to spots like FIFA 18 tournaments at MLS Cup. youtube.com/channel/UC9vSK3zfF1NsQpsqyYV2Kug
MLS Fantasy Insider
Part of the unique experience of playing MLS Fantasy is that it can be pretty difficult to make your picks for the week. This show helpfully tries to make sense of it all for you.
RotoWire Fantasy Soccer Podcast
Brought to you by a site chock-full of details for almost all fantasy sports, this podcast focuses heavily on fantasy Premier League and MLS, but touches on other global leagues and tournaments, too.
Atlanta United FC
5 Stripe Final
The second show from Dirty South Soccer, Joe Patrick and J. Sam Jones recap games in the immediate aftermath, as well as occasional bonus shows.
The self-proclaimed podcast "for fans by fans" offers weekly coverage of the Five Stripes.
For the Culture
A newer entry in the ATLUTD podcast scene, the hosts promise to off a supporter perspective "for the culture." If you know, you know.
Home before Dark
The guys balance a loose atmosphere with a fan's perspective on Atlanta United. They talk their team, pop culture, have a vibrant community of listeners, and much more.
Mouths of the South
The team at SB Nation’s Dirty South Soccer has been active since well before the team took the field, and they're still going strong. They also have a live call-in feature during their recording of the podcast, allowing fans to be part of an episode. dirtysouthsoccer.com/atlanta-united-fc-podcast
This Spanish-language podcast brings a deportes spin on the ATL podcast world, with the guys offering perspectives on the club that you don't always get in English.
Soccer Down Here
Five days a week, a group of pros that includes Atlanta soccer historian and game analyst Jason Longshore come together for a two-hour show, talking Atlanta United and other soccer stories of note, near and far.
Twitter memester Jay Riddle and Kelly Frances balance chat of the Five Stripes with campaigns such as the one that made a Jefferson Starship song the theme of the 2018 campaign.
The Anthem Podcast
There's already an active supporters' group in Austin anticipating the arrival of its new MLS team, and they've created an official podcast, covering their preparations for first kick in a fun, conversational format that — in consummate Austin fashion — keeps it weird.
Official Team Podcast: Chicago Fire Weekly
This production from ESPN Chicago features Fire legend Frank Klopas and soccer writer Paul Tenorio joining the station’s Fred Huebner, featuring broadcasters, former players, and regular appearances from the Fire front office.
Fire Confidential Live
Go in-depth with all the latest media roundtables, trades, and happenings at the club. soundcloud.com/firepodfc
Fire on Ice Soccer
Determined to inject some levity into an increasingly frustrated fan base, former SB Nation writers Jeff Engelhardt and Ryan Voyles started Fire on Ice this year to deliver "chill takes" on the team in this weekly podcast.
Fuego de mi Vida
Gregg Mixdorf hosts this Spanish-titled (but English-language) podcast featuring a diverse panel of Fire fans.
Official Team Podcast: Rapids Podcast
The club’s official weekly podcast features Conor McGahey and Richard Fleming interviewing players; a recent episode also featured MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Holding the High Line
Matt Pollard and Mark Goodman weigh in on all matters Rapids from a variety of perspectives.
The Voice of Centennial 38
This podcast features a packed house from the Rapids' faithful C38 supporters group, with the passion you'd expect from the full-90s fan and the laid-back attitude you'd expect from Coloradoans. centennial38sg.blogspot.com/p/podcasts.html#Podcast
Columbus Crew SC
Official Team Podcast: Inside the Crew SC
This podcast is an outgrowth of the SB Nation site run by dedicated Crew fan-journalists, and includes post-match shows recorded in the Nordecke.
Like Massive Report, Filibuster is a product of an SB Nation site – namely, the D.C. United-focused Black and Red United, with episode titles like “More Cats Than Umlauts” and “Band of Chest Tassels.”
With D.C. United moving into Audi Field, you knew there would be demand for the well-worn charms of the team's former home, RFK Stadium. Ted and Jon mix fan analysis, interviews and more on the capital club.
Cincinnati Soccer Talk
In anticipation of FC Cincinnati's 2019 entry into MLS, this collective of fussball fans feature regular guests, with FCC head coach Alan Koch a frequent guest, and soccer media personalities like MLSSoccer.com's very own Sam Stejskal and Bobby Warshaw dropping in.
The 19th Minute
Billing itself as a podcast “for the fans, by the fans,” this podcast launched last year to cover FCD, involving a group in a living room that records on Sunday evenings.
Dallas Diablos Radio
Here’s a podcast for FC Dallas superfans, by FC Dallas superfans. In 2016, they’re all about discussing whether or not FCD will make a run for MLS Cup.
Though they’re Dallas-based, this show excels at discussing FC Dallas while giving the team context by exploring the world of national and international soccer at large.
Glenn Davis Soccer
The Houston soccer broadcaster (and former player), in addition to appearing on numerous league-wide broadcasts and podcasts to give Dynamo insights, has his weekly ESPN 97.5 FM radio show in podcast form. audioboom.com/channel/glenn-davis-soccer
Jen Cooper, who also hosts the MiXXed Zone podcast for Howler (which exclusively discusses women’s soccer), does this radio-show-made-podcast covering both the Dynamo and the Dash.
Started in August 2016, this fan-centric program features a call-in line for Dynamo followers, as well as interviews with players. As a fun tech innovation, this starts as a Facebook Live broadcast, whose audio then turns into a podcast. It's facebook.com/thepeel2005 for the former, and soundcloud.com/thepeel2005 for the latter. Also find them on youtube.com/channel/UCoiOuTZ7ca4OcObtEXuDbYA
Inter Miami FC
Magic City Soccer Podcast
This podcast professes to be the source for all things soccer in Miami-Dade County, including updates on Inter Miami CF's moves toward a 2020 MLS launch.
Corner of the Galaxy
Running since 2009, this podcast (with 300 episodes and running) also includes a robust website that is a must for Galaxy fans.
LA is Our House
Here’s a newer and much-needed entry to the world of Galaxy-focused podcasts, which also covers MLS as a whole as well as the USMNT.
The more-or-less official podcast of the LA Riot Squad, it's no surprise that this one bills itself as by supporters, for supporters.
Heart of LAFC
Here's an early and strong contender among the growing field of LAFC supporter podcasts, hosted by Jerry Jimenez, as they gear up for the team's launch.
Active since early 2015, this podcast has featured the likes of LAFC president Tom Penn and soccer writer (and MLSsoccer.com contributor) Alicia Rodriguez weighing in on the City of Angels’ newest team as it gears up for the inaugural ’18 season.
This crew brings you the latest about LAFC in Spanish.
Minnesota soccer experts Jeff Rueter and Wes Burdine keep up with the Loons with this weekly podcast. fiftyfive.one/tag/podcast/
Loons Out of Water
Two United Fans
Since 2014, they've chronicled both MNUFC and the North American soccer scene at large, mixed with some comedy, too (check their YouTube channel for that).
This weekly show, hosted by Jeremy Filosa and Arcadio Marcuzzi, covers l'Impact top to bottom, from rumors to analysis, to news and interviews. This one is en francais.
Kan Football Club
This one's en francais. Hosts cover the world of the Impact, but also of how MLSers are fairing in international events such as AFCON. soundcloud.com/kanfootballclub
Loin de s'en foot
Hosted by Olivier Brett and Patrick Leduc, this one comes courtesy of broadcast partners RDS. (It's also in French.)
Off the Woodworkx
Kev Laramee’s podcast on Impact soccer is a little harder to find then it has been in past years; while iTunes and Stitcher leave off at the end of the ’15 season, 2016’s coverage is continuing on via the Sports Podcasting Network.
New England Revolution
Official Team Podcast: The Far Post Podcast
This official production from the Revs front office features lead host Jeff Lemieux and a sizable team of co-hosts, and has a decided sports talk radio vibe about it.
Sean Donahue and Greg Johnstone bring a broader knowledge of covering MLS and the Revolution to this Revs-centric podcast.
Six States One Podcast
The guys play up the Revolution's multi-state fanbase in New England, welcome knowledgable guests, and embody the deep passion of fans.
Podcasts on the New York City-area soccer scene overall
Derby Day FC
Tim McDonough and Tariq Hamami podcast about New York soccer with a positive outlook despite one recent podcast being titled, “This Season is Written by Kafka.” Fun fact: McDonough won a contest last year to be an NYCFC sideline reporter for a day. derbydayfc.com/episode-guide
Soccer in the City
Hosts Tom Kolker, Glenn Crooks, and Roberto Abramowitz go in-depth on MLS in NYC on this CBS local production.
New York Red Bulls
Three Red Bulls fans find a niche in an active podcast scene with shows that take deep dives into topics that strike the hosts' fancy.
Full of Bulls
Three podcast veterans unite to cover their favorite MLS team, for a show with a distinct sports talk radio feel.
A group of vocal fans bring their unique brand of analysis and commentary to the Red Bulls community on a weekly basis. Be sure to check out their YouTube page where they have interviewed Bobby Warshaw and Herculez Gomez after matches. They are bound to interview Andrew Wiebe and Matt Doyle in the near future. https://anchor.fm/metrofantv/ MetroFanTV.com
Off the Perch
Two RBNY supporters tell tales from the stands and oh yeah, talk over team news and match results.
Red Bull Rant
The podcast crew dates back to 2012. Still going strong, they take listener calls and so much more. https://twitter.com/RedBullRant
Longtime Red Bulls fan Mark Fishkin (a supporter since 1996) and reporter Joe Goldstein host the oldest RBNY podcast, which has been providing Red Bulls coverage since 2010. seeingredny.com
That's So Metro
It was only a matter of time until a Red Bulls podcast featured the historical unofficial motto of the club. While the club has been winning Supporters' Shields in recent years, fan-journalists from the area launched this show in 2018.
View From 202
This trio of hosts analyzes the world of the Red Bulls from Brooklyn, recapping the latest and greatest with the team. But they also pride themselves on bringing new fans into the fold, interviewing them about their experience with the team, Red Bull Arena, and the league overall.
Hopefully, you’ll know by the title that the tone here isn’t super-serious. This weekly show offers “rapturous pod talk on all things NYCFC.” itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blue-balls-nycfc/id959810180?mt=2
Dudes in Blue
One of the newer NYCFC podcasts on the scene, this weekly show comes from the perspective of season-ticket holders, and loves to hear from NYCFC fans around the globe.
Blue City Radio
Launched just before the team’s inaugural season, the podcast is emerging as one of the best sources of info for NYCFC fans, incorporating interviews from journalists and broadcasters into the format.
The simply named podcast boasts on its Twitter account that it delivers “original NYCFC content, news, interviews and corny jokes to 60+ countries.”
Orlando City SC
Official Team Podcast: SoccerCast
The team’s official podcast invites you to bring experienced broadcasters Daniel Dennis and Tom Vann with you “in the car, in the gym, or at work.”
City Soccer Talk
City Soccer Talk has its origins in the independent Orlando City blog of the same name, but has relaunched as a standalone podcast. The show covers everything Orlando City soccer, on and off the field, in a fast-paced, weekly format.
The Fourth Official
This Lions-centric podcast features “weird soccer news from around the world” and game predictions as regular features. the4thofficialpodcast.podbean.com
Hailing from SB Nation’s The Mane Land, this punnily-named podcast looks at both the Lions and OCSC's new NWSL club, the Pride, with questions from listeners figuring into the mix of topics.
The Purple Mane
A team of three Florida natives, soccer fans, and (as the podcast makes clear) friends team up for what it proclaims as “a podcast for any and every Orlando City fan.”
Official Team Podcast: The 90th Minute
Presented on Philly’s CBS sports radio affiliate, this official production is hosted by TV vet and current Union exec Carl Cherkin.
Philly Soccer Show
A radio show made available in podcast form, KYW’s Greg Orlandini and Philly Soccer Page writer Eli Pearlman-Storch involve the radio station’s TV partner, present and former players, and other Philly sports personalities to talk soccer.
It's Always Soccer in Philadelphia
Kevin Kinkead and MLSsoccer.com contributor Dave Zeitlin have been on the Philadelphia Union beat since the team's 2010 inaugural season. This is their aural outlet for all things Union and Major League Soccer. https://soundcloud.com/user-202926440
Official Team Podcast: Talk Timbers
This weekly show, from 750 AM the Game, is accessible as a podcast directly from the Timbers’ website, featuring insights from players, coaches, and journalists.
5 Minutes to Kickoff
Styled after a good chat at a bar with a friend, the hosts invite you to “pull up a bar stool, grab a pint,” and talk soccer, culture, and drink.
Jacks and Roses
A cross-Atlantic effort, this features two hosts – one based in Swansea, and one in Portland. As such, it discusses equally the happenings at both Swansea City and the Timbers.
This is a podcast “about the Timbers (mostly)” – and no, they’re not afraid to diverge occasionally into other Portland-relevant topics, like the Trail Blazers.
The Portland Timbros
Though their intro has a comedian mocking their soccer podcast as “something for no one,” the four-person podcast team does a great job of capturing the ethos of the Timbers Army, and sounding like one of the more fun podcast squads to hang out with.
Rose City Soccer Show
This is another collection of fans and journalists with considerable acumen, producing a solid podcast weekly (or every two weeks, depending on the Timbers’ game schedule).
Soccer Made in Portland
The Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg and Stumptown Footy’s Chris Rifer – two of the most knowledgeable soccer journalists in Portland – team up for this regular podcast hosted on the Oregonian’s Oregon Live site.
Part of the PTFC collective, this podcast covers everything about the club – from P2 to Thorns to the Timbers – from a supporter culture perspective.
Timbers Field Report
Another production from the American Soccer Analysis camp, this one is Timbers-specific with a regular focus on fandom and away-day travel.
Real Salt Lake
This weekly ESPN sports radio show, covering the RSL world, is also available in handy podcast form. espn700sports.com/podcasts
Salt City FC
The newest entry into the world of Real Salt Lake broadcasting, this radio show features hosts Jake Hatch and Sean Walker breaking down the latest team developments as well as welcoming special gusts. Like On Frame, it's available in podcast form, too. 1280thezone.com/category/soccer/mls/realsaltlake/
San Jose Earthquakes
The Soccer Hour
Ted Ramey, the "Voice of the Earthquakes," provides insights on the Bay Area's MLS team through this weekly one-hour show, originating on KNBR-AM. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/knbr-680/the-soccer-hour
Goonie Time Radio
This entrant into the Quakes podcasting pantheon started life last year with a first episode titled, “A Very Bad First Attempt at Podcasting,” followed by a second episode titled, “A Better Attempt at Podcasting.” Recent years' entries have branched out into interviews. soundcloud.com/quakes-fan
Quakes After 90
This trio of fans podcast about the Quakes, recently getting into sync weekly after some drop-off in the latter part of 2015; they also connect with fellow fans via Reddit. itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/quakes-after-90/id869667836?mt=2
Seattle Sounders FC
Formerly called The Alan Gordon Radio Hour, three devoted Seattle fans take to this biweekly pod to discuss the Sounders, the whole of MLS, and “the American soccer hellscape.” itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/soccer-specific-podcast/id1066924906?mt=2
Sounders Pow Wow
Three self-identified Sounders FC season ticket holders have been talking about and recording their opinions on the Rave Green since 2009, honestly and sometimes irreverently.
One of the longest-running Sounders podcasts, the SonarFeed team has recently made the conversion to videocasting, with no shortage of topics or ability to expound on them.
Flounders B Team
This fun podcast comes from Tacoma, an hour to Seattle's south, and home of a boisterous South Sound group of supporters. The podcast, in addition to covering the Sounders, also delves into the Sounders FC 2 USL franchise — who, by virtue of their move to Tacoma, are actually now geographically closer to this pod crew than the MLS squad. www.floundersbteam.com/
Sporting Kansas City
No Other Pod
Daniel Kooser and Jimmy Mack bring a fan perspective to Sporting KC podcasts.
Active since 2015, this podcast alternates between breaking down SKC matches and reviewing action throughout MLS.
This podcast from the Kansas City Star, though it covers all Kansas City sports, devotes a good deal of its stream to Sporting.
Official Team Podcast: Come On You Reds
Hosts interview players and journalists, when not keeping discussions running with co-hosts, for the club’s official podcast.
East Side Stand Up
Here are all things TFC, with some larger MLS talk – from the perspective of comedian and magician (!) hosts based in the U.K.
This weekly show from Sportsnet 590 The FAN takes a TFC-centric look at MLS, featuring interviews with players, journalists, and in one recent episode, GM Bill Manning. itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tfc-pitchside/id597920406?mt=2
Offering “football, facts, and frivolity,” this pod often goes for irreverent angles, like imagining how TFC would have been different in the Victorian era.
Official Team Podcast: Sideline Stories
This official team podcast, hosted by Perry Solkowski, aims to go in-depth with players, mostly about topics off the field. The debut episode, for example, featured David Ousted discussing his "biggest regret."
Away from the Numbers
This podcast – headed up by MLSsoccer.com contributor Michael McColl – started life as a Scottish fanzine in 1989, found its way to Canada, and converted into digital form. Along the way, its founders decided to do a Whitecaps-themed podcast, which includes one of the Radio Cascadia crew.
From the Backline
Two Vancity Buzz digital journalists engineer this weekly podcast which features interviews as well as previews and recaps of Whitecaps FC matches.
Off the Pitch
A weekly radio offering on Vancouver’s TSN radio, host Mike Martignano discusses all things Whitecaps, along with “some thoughts on fried chicken and movies like Rocky IV.” itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/off-pitch-province-podcasts/id1132374320?mt=2
The Whitecaps Weekly
Part of Province Sports Radio, the show’s hosts promise Whitecaps “news and views from the sideline to the dressing room.”
Soccer Talk with Tyler Green and Simon Fudge
This one goes in-depth on Whitecaps, but also takes a larger-view look at MLS and even occasionally EPL.