March 3rd, 2017
It's here, it's finally here! The 2017 MLS season is upon us fam! Matt Pollard, Joe Hojnacki, and John Bava are here to break it all down.
In the first segment, the guys do a full playoff prediction. We pick who we think is going to make the playoffs and who won't. We talk about why our non-playoff teams will miss out. The guys also give their playoff seeding predicitions. Spoiler alert, FC Dallas and Toronto FC might roll.
In the second segment, the guys talk trophies and individual awards. We talk about the current CONCACAF Champions League taking place. We then pick our Supporter's Shield, U.S. Open Cup, and MLS Cup champions. Then the guys roll through individual awards.
In the Round Table, we make absolute fools of ourselves. We pick serious upsets for the U.S. Open Cup. Matt has Cozmo driving a taco truck around the StubHub Center. Joe has Wayne Rooney coming to MLS in the summer and killing it. And John's got a bold personnel prediction.
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January 11th, 2017
Happy Draft Week y'all! This week on Last Word SC Radio, we've got a full 2017 MLS SuperDraft Preview. Matt Pollard sits down with Jeff Rueter of Fifty Five One, Jason Longshore of Dirty South Soccer, and our very own Benny Lafortune.
First, Matt and Jeff talk about Minnesota United FC's draft prosects. Jeff gives his take on the team's off-season so far and Adrian Heath's style of play. The two go back and forth on Minnesota having the first overall pick and wheter it will be UCLA's Abu Danladi or Duke's Jeremy Ebobisse.
In the second segment, Jason sits down with Matt to talk about the Atlanta United FC side of things. The guys discuss who Atlanta could be taking with the 2nd overall pick or if they could trade it. Jason also gives his take on what the club could do with the 8th pick. The guys also discuss Tata Martino's general style of play and how it could be something fresh for MLS.
Lastly, Benny jumps in to talk about the players side of things. Matt and Benny discuss the game tape vs. combine performance issue. The two discuss their favorite Generatio Adidas players and potential steals for the later rounds. Benny also gives his take on the players who've already been signed with the league.
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January 6th, 2017
Happy New Year internet! This week on Last Word Soccer Club Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki are doing a full break down of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft!
In segment one, Matt is joined by Benny Lefortune to talk about the draft from a player's prespective. Benny plays college soccer at St. John's University. He talks about how seriously players are taking the combine and what to look for in later rounds now that MLS teams have USL affiliates. Matt and Benny break down the Generation Adidas players and talk about who they think the future stars are.
In the second stanza, Matt is joined by Jeff Reuter of FiftyFive.One to talk about Minnesota United FC's draft prosects. Jeff gives his take on the team's off-season so far and Adrian Heath's style of play. The two go back and forth on Minnesota having the first overall pick and wheter it will be UCLA's Abu Danladi or Duke's Jeremy Ebobisse.
In the Round Table, Joe jumps in. The guys talk briefly on Bob Bradley getting sacked and whether it was fair or not. We do an indepth break down of Bruce Arena's USMNT roster for January Camp. The guys finish off with some rants about the SuperDraft.
December 13th, 2016
Happy Monday MLS Fans! Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki are joined by John Bava to discuss MLS Cup and the MLS Expasion Draft.
The guys do a full review of the Seattle Sounders PK MLS Cup win over Toronto FC. We talk about the halves, how Seattle's defense got it done, and that awesome save by Stefan Frei. The lads talk about Sebastian Giovinco coming out of the game, TFC's future, and Greg Vanney. We've also got post-game audio from Brian Schmetzer, Frie, and Vanney.
Then the guys go through the full MLS Expansion Draft protected roster. Joe goes through his Mock Draft article. The guys pick possible players to go from the teams they cover. They also predict players who they'd pick.
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November 18th, 2016
What's up bretheren of the #KlinsmannOut movement? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking all things MLS Cup Conference Finals and a bunch of news in the Round Table.
In segment one, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki sit down with Dave Clark from Sounder At Heart. They talk about the run Seattle has been on and preview the first leg match against the Colorado Rapids. Dave gives his take on the Sounders attack. He gives a thumbs up to Brian Schmetzer becoming Seattle's new head coach. Lastly, he predicts an emphatic 2-0 victory for Seattle in the first leg.
In the second segment, Matt is joined by Charlie Clarke from Waking the Red. Charlie waxes poetic about Toronto FC dismantalling New York City FC. The two talk about the defense and Drew Moor's impact on the club. Charlie gives an interesting spin on TFC's attack and how Greg Vanney has made the 3-5-2 work. Lastly, he predicts a 1-1 draw in the first leg against the Montreal Impact.
In the round table, Matt almost loses his mind of #MLS2STL maybe becoming a thing. The boys break down everything in Saint Louis FC potentially joining MLS. They then talk about the USMNT's disasterous start in the CONCACAF Hexagonal. Joe is fully on team #KlinsmannOut. Matt tries to play Devil's Advocate. The two talk about how the US will probably be ok.
Matt and Joe then talk about old farts leaving their clubs and Atlanta United FC's new kit. Lastly, the guys talk about pet rocks and predict Tuesday's results.
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September 16th, 2016
This week on Last Word Soccer Club Radio, we sit down with our friend Sean Garmer to talk about all things FC Dallas. Matt and Sean talk about FC Dallas winning the 2016 U.S. Open Cup. Sean gives his take on the current state of Dallas. He gives his take on Carlos Ruiz signing with the club and how Walker Zimmerman and Matt Hedges have developed a relationship. The guys also talk about how Dallas will navigate their congested schedule with CONCACAF Champions League group games left.
In the Round Table, Joe jumps in after bowling to talk about the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft rules getting announced. The guys spitball on a few players who might be available and talk about how Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC could strategist what types of players to pick. The lads then answer the question: Who scores first this season, Carlos Ruiz or Landon Donovan. Lastly, the boys do some weekend predictions.
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