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.
Share this pod with your office friends to get them excited for the first Super Soccer Sunday of the MLS season!
August 26th, 2016
It's our two year anniversary! Our first ever podcast was on August 23, 2014. Somebody get us a toddler safe piece of cake!
On this episode of Last Word SC Radio, Matt sits down with two guests to talk about underdog uprisings in Major League Soccer. In segment one, we have Guillermo Rivera of Fire Confidential on to talk all things Chicago Fire. They talk about the relief of getting a road win and the direction the club is going for the future. Guillermo promptly squashes Matt's hype train of #FireMakeThePlayoffs2016. They do talk about youth development and possible DP signings. Bastian Schweinsteiger as a box-to-box midfielder?
In segment two, Matt brings back an old friend and former co-host, Roger Cleaves. Matt and Rog break down what's been cooking up in Seattle and how Nicholas Lodero has revolutionized the Sounders. They boys talk Cascadia and Ozzie Alonso being a bull in a China Shop. Lastly, Rog gives his take on what the Sounders must do to make the playoffs.
In the Round Table, Matt goes solo to talk about Hope Solo and Richard Chaplow getting suspended for saying bad things.
This episode is jammed packed with good stuff. Enjoy it with some Friday Tacos while you troll your Montreal Impact fan coworker about their loss to Chicago at home.
August 19th, 2016
On this week's episode of Last Word SC, Matt sits down with or colleague and good friend Joe Goldstein. The guys discuss last weekend's New York Red Bulls II match in which Video Assistant Referees (VAR) was used for the first time in USL! Joe gives his take on the technology, how it changed the game, and how it was received. The guys spitball some ideas for how the technology could be altered and implemented league wide from USL to MLS.
In the round table Matt and Joe celebrate MLS Goalkeeper Week by breaking down the current race for Goalkeeper of the Year. Matt even gives his theory about the good vibes voodoo Andre Blake must be getting from Usain Bolt that has him playing on such a high level.
The guys break down the standings and talk about who they think is going to make the playoffs in each conference. To close out the show, we do predictions for the full weekend of MLS games.
Don't share this podcast with your D.C. United friend cause Joe makes fun of them. Or do share this podcast with your D.C. United friend just because Joe makes fun of them.
August 13th, 2016
On this episode of Last Word SC Matt and Joe break down the shock that was the USWNT losing in the opening knock out round of the Olympics. We lament the loss, but try to make sense of why expectations were a wee bit overblown for our American Ladies.
Then the boys talk about U.S. Open Cup drama and Matt admits that the refs were totally biased in last weekend's game between LA and RBNY.
Joe gives us an update on the CCL Group stage and how the Portland Timbers are going to navigate their schedule. The boys also break down Group C (the one with Sporting KC AND Vancouver Whitecaps).
Lastly, Matt and Joe come up with some creative ideas to improve officiating in American Soccer and do predictions for the weekend matches.
Share this show with your Euro Snob friend when he complains about how terrible EPL refs are.
August 5th, 2016
On this week's episode of Last Word SC, Matt Pollard sits down with our very own Philadelphia Union beat writer, Matt McCarthy. The Matts talk all things Alejandro Bedoya: why he came back, why the Union are the perfect fit, and how he's the No. 8 the Union's 4-2-3-1 needs. They also discuss a few of the other trades Philly has made, the youth movement, and Matt M. waxes poetic about Earnie "The Orchestrater" Stewart.
In the second segment Matt is joined by Steve Brisendine of MLSSoccer.com to talk about Sporting KC getting back into their groove. Steve shares some thoughts from Benny Feilhaber about how the club has turned things around and used their depth. We get an update on Matt Besler's recovery and the nonsense that is the Dom Dwyer to Greece rumor. Steve then gives his take on SKC's tough CCL draw and what it will take for them to advance and still make the MLS Cup playoffs.
In the round table, Matt goes solo asking the question "is D.C. United going to be fun now?" Matt also gives a little preview of the Olympics and why he's a little burned out from this Super Summer of Soccer.
This is a jam packed show. Share it with your friend from Philly, then go stuff your face with a Philly Cheese steak. Or some burnt ends from Oklahoma Joe's. Or whatever new fad diet those nonexistent LAFC fans have come up with in the last 5 minutes.
May 7th, 2016
Matt Pollard talks with Evan Bush (Montreal Impact GK) and JJ Devaney (ESPN Radio).
February 19th, 2016
Alec and Matt talk to Steve Brisendine, Sporting Kansas City beat writer at MLSSoccer.com, about offseason moves for the Sporks and Swope Park Rangers' first preseason. They are also joined by Last Word Soccer Club's Jeremy Whiting to talk CONCACAF Champion's League knockout stage and the Chicago Fire's trade of Harry Shipp to the Montreal Impact.
December 3rd, 2015
After a long absence the After the Anthem podcast is back with Mitchell Tierney of Waking the Red and Michael Norton of Last Word On Sports.
Since the guys were last on air both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact were eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoffs, so the guys start by breaking down what is next for both of these clubs.
The discussion also centres around roster moves made by both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC as the offseason gets underway.
Then it is on to the Canadian men's and women's national teams, who both have qualifiers of their own with multiple storylines.
November 4th, 2015
With Mitchell Tierney of Waking the Red hosting, the lads break down everything in the week that was for Canadian Soccer. Michael Norton of Last Word on Sports sits in the cohost chair and makes several unintended puns.
Speaking of break downs, the boys start of their discuss with a look at Toronto FC's early playoff exit. What went wrong? Who is to blame? All will be answered.... sort of. They also talk about the club's outlook going forward and whether or not keeping Tim Bezbatchenko and Greg Vanney is a good move.
Then it's on to the teams still in the playoff: the Montreal Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Both have a good chance of advancing after their opening legs of the Conference Semi-finals and the guys talk about those who previewing leg 2.
Finally, it's all about the Canadian men's national team as they talk Jonathan Osorio missing out on the Canadian national team once again, and the next Canadian world cup qualifier being shown on TSN>