July 28th, 2017
On this special edition of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins begin by discussing the first Tournament of Nations game for the U.S. Women's National Team, which they lost by a score of 1-0 to Australia.
What went wrong for the USWNT? Did they really just have no energy for much of the game? Have the U.S. lost their edge? How much should we make of a glorified friendly? And is Jill Ellis too stuck in her ways? Did any of the less experienced players stand out? We discuss all of these things and more.
Before ending the show, the guys also get into the LA Galaxy firing Curt Onalfo. Then, subsquently hiring Sigi Schmid as his replacement. Is this the best move for the Galaxy? What does he bring to the table? Can he right the ship?
Not to be out done, LAFC also made a move to bring Bob Bradley back to MLS. How huge is this for LAFC? What does he bring to the team? And what can we expect from any squad building?
July 28th, 2017
On this special episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Rachael McKriger and Erik Watkins discuss the U.S. Men's National Team 2-1 victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup 2017 Final.
How much did the injury to Andre Blake effect Jamaica? Who stood out in the game? Did anyone help or hurt their chances on making the the USMNT squad going forward? How much praise should we give Bruce Arena? And do we feel better about the team heading into more World Cup Qualifying? We answer these questions and more.
The trio also discuss the recent big trade in MLS, which sent Dom Dwyer to Orlando City SC for Allocation money. Could Dwyer and Cyle Larin play together? How does this benefit the team? And what does Sporting KC do now? Plus, is Sydney Leroux going to follow Dwyer and join the Orlando Pride?
July 28th, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we've got a jam-packed episode. Let's get to it!
Matt Pollard is joined by Sean Garmer and Dan Sperry. We start of breaking down the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. We discuss the match and how the United States Men's National Team were able come out on top over Jamaica. The guys take stock on what this means for the Reggae Boyz and which USMNT players moved up or down in the pecking order.
In segment two, we're talking everything MLS in Los Angeles. Matt rants about Curt Onalfo getting fired and Sigi Schmid coming in. Sean and Dan are healthy skeptics on whether he'll turn things around. Matt also shares some quotes from the press conference and is convinced the Galaxy Front Office have no clothes on. We then discuss Bob Bradley signing with Los Angeles FC and what it means for their future roster construction.
In the Round Table we talk transfers. Dan sheds some light on the Dom Dwyer move and what it means for Sporting KC. The guys talk about how Orlando City SC is going to make it work with Cyle Larin staying. Then we transition to talking about Jonathan dos Santos joining his brother with the Galaxy. We finish of the show with some MLS Weekend Pick 'Ems.
July 25th, 2017
What's up Internet? Last Word SC Radio is back with a special Monday Episode. Matt Pollard and Daniel Sperry recap the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals from this past weekend.
We discuss how the United States came together and had a 90 minute performance against Costa Rica on Saturday. Matt and Dan discuss Clint Dempsey being awesome and how the USMNT put all their past issues from this Gold Cup behind them. We then talk about Jamaica's huge upset of Mexico on Sunday at the Rose Bowl. We review the defensive performance and how Andre Blake got it done again against El Tri. That Kemar Lawrence free kick though . . .
The guys then move on to some MLS news. We discuss the transfer rumors around Dom Dwyer and Orlando City SC as well as Jonathan dos Santos and the LA Galaxy. The show finishes off with MLS turning down a $4 billion media offer, a full Gold Cup Final preview, and a week full of Pick 'Ems.
July 21st, 2017
Happy Friday Internet! On this episode of Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Dan Sperry recap the Gold Cup Quarterfinals.
We start off by talking about the action from Wednesday night. The guys discuss how close Costa Rica and Panama were to going to PKs. We go into the deep end on what happend in the USA's 2-0 win over El Salvador. The guys talk about what the Yanks did well and what needs to be improved upon. We also have to talk about the biting and purple nurples that El Salvador did. Yeah . . .
Then the guys talk about how Jamaica was able to get the job done against Canada. After that we talk about Mexico's less than convincing win against Honduras and what the result means for the two countries. The guys finish off talking about the MLS All Star roster and we've got some opinions.
Share this pod with your friends heading to Dallas for the weekend so they're ready for the Gold Cup Semifinals!
July 18th, 2017
What's up Internet? It's Monday night and Last Word SC Radio is back with a special midweek show. We recap Group B and C of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and preview the Quarterfinals.
Matt Pollard and Dan Sperry talk about how the United States Men's National Team and Mexico finished out the Group Stage. We then discuss the changes each team made going into the knock out rounds. Matt and Dan have some mixed feelings about some of Bruce Arena's views.
The guys finish off with a full preview of all four Quarterfinal games and do a combined Pick 'Em for Gold Cup and the returning MLS action. Share this pod with your El Salvadorian friend, because Matt and Dan are on the Zelaya hype train.
July 15th, 2017
What's up Internet? Last Word SC Radio is back! This week, Matt Pollard and Daniel Sperry recap everything going on with the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
We start off with Group A. Matt and Dan break down how Costa Rica and Canada got the job done to advance. We gush over Andrew Davies and talk abou the MLS based Ticos. Matt tries to diagnose what's wrong with Honduras. Then we talk about the Level 100 CONCACAFing that is French Guiana. The guys break down the sanctions, the sequence of events, and what CONCACAF did and didn't do right.
The guys then move on to Group B. We discuss the U.S. Men's National Team woes in the group stage and why it isn't the end of the world. Dan talks about the need for a central attacker. Matt discusses the issue at the back. The guys conclude talking about Panama as a dark horse and about how U.S. Soccer Twitter needs to chill.
We finish the pod off with talking Group C (Jamaica and El Salvador ain't that bad) and give some brief updates on the U.S. Open Cup.
Share this pod with your friends driving to Cleveland for USA vs. Nicaragua and GET PUMPED!
July 7th, 2017
We're back from the dead, Internet! This week on Last Word SC Radio, we are talking everything CONCACAF wtih a 2017 Gold Cup Preview!
Matt Pollard is joined by Sean Garmer! The two discuss the three groups of the Gold Cup. The guys talk about each team and there chances to advance to the Quarterfinals. We even predict our best third teams. We do an (abbreviated) roster review and look at some players to watch for. The guys finish off breaking down the United States Men's National Team roster and what Bruce Arena will be looking to accomplish in this tournament.