August 31st, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard sits down with Mark 'Rapids Rabbi' Goodman of the Burgundy Wave. The guys dive into the 2017 Colorado Rapids. We discuss how this season went pear-shaped. We try to diagnose the main issues and look into how they could go about fixing them in the off-season. The guys throw out some ideas for who the new Head Coach is and we discuss our initial takes on 'The Rapids Way' manifesto from the front office.
August 14th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we're changing this up from our normal show. Matt Pollard sits down with Steve Bernasconi of The Soccer Tour for an interview pod special.
Steve has embarked on a season-long soccer roadtrip across North America. He will be attending at least one home game for every MLS team and a bunch of lower division and womens games. We caught up with Steve after 12 days in Colorado, his first soccer stop in the Mountain Time Zone.
We talk about how he came up with the idea for The Soccer Tour and how he planned it out. He explains some roadtrip, Starbucks, and 'Urban Camping' hacks to his journey. We discuss how he goes from stop to stop, how he gets by without 24/7 access to Wifi, and couch crashing with members of the Soccer Community. Steve goes in depth on how he's been embraced by the Soccer Community, how he's experienced the grass roots movement The Soccer Tour has attracted, and what he hopes to get out of it in the end.
The guys talk about the journey so far, his Colorado Experience, and what thinks of the current state of the Colorado Rapids, Denver, and the C38 Supporters Group experience.
We then go into some rapid fire stats questions to get a sense of how big his adventure is. We then have some fun with some 'Mid-Tour Awards.' (As of recording, these awards have not been officially endorsed by The Soccer Tour).
Enjoy the conversation and find out where you can learn more about Steve's journey and how you can get involved.
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!
November 30th, 2016
What's up Taco Tuesday fanatics! Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard, Joe Hojnacki, and Blayne Riffle are talking all things MLS Cup Conference Finals.
First off, Matt and the boys talk about the Seattle Sounders defeating the Colorado Rapids. We talk about what Seattle has going for them going into the final and what the Rapids need to change and keep in 2017.
Then Matt and Joe ask Blayne about the Montreal Impact's second leg match against Toronto FC. We talk about what the two sides did well and what will change in the second leg. They discuss Toronto's three man back line and the Impact's counter attack. The boys end by making predictions for the match.
Lastly, we discuss the New York Cosmos and their financial issues. We talk about what this means and if this is the NASL as we know it. We also discuss how this affects the USL, the American Soccer landscape, and MLS Expansion.
Share this pod with your friends north of the border to get them PUMPED for the match at BMO Field.
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.
Share this episode with your friend from St. Louis or Canada. It'll get them so pumped up.
November 3rd, 2016
This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard sits down with Anthony Merced and Blayne Riffle to talk about everything from the MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals.
In segment one, Matt and Anthony talk all things New York Red Bulls. The two discuss Sunday's result and what the Montreal Impact are doing to stymie New York. Anthony gives his take on Bradley Wright Philips, Sacha Kljestian, and Gonzalo Veron. The two make predictions and talk previously about Toronto FC and New York City FC.
In the second segment, Blayne hops on the pod to talk with Matt about the Western Conference. The two talk about how close the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy series is. Matt gives his take on what both teams need to do to advance. They also discuss what went wrong for FC Dallas and why the Seattle Sounders are playing so well.
In the Round Table, Blayne and Matt go through all the MLS Season Awards and discuss who they think will win (and who should win). Lastly, Matt and Blayne pick the weekend results and who will advance to the Conference Finals.
October 14th, 2016
Greetings fellow hoot owls! This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki have a Last Word SC #AfterDark episode. We talk about CONCACAF, Bob Bradley's new resume booster, and MLS playoff madness.
First off, the lads talk about CONCACAF's plan to get their stuff together. We're talking a potential renaming (does anyone really remember what CONCACAF stands for anyways?), as well as a changing of the World Cup and CCL format. Matt and Joe discuss the pros and cons. They spitball some ideas for how they could change things up. CCL group stage with four teams each? Having the entire tournament in the same calendar year? Plus, who knows how WCQ could change. Especially if FIFA decides to expand the World Cup beyond 32 teams.
Then the guys discuss Bob Bradley getting his Swan on. If you haven't heard, Bradley is the new coach at Swansea City. The guys discuss how huge this is for American Soccer and why they think he will succeed there. Most importantly, just don't get relegated. This is a YUGE change for American Soccer to show England and Europe that their players and coaches are undervalued. Go get 'em Bob.
Lastly, the boys review the USMNT friendlies, midweek MLS matches, and talk about the MLS Cup Playoff Wildcard race.
This episode is crazy, just like MLS and CONCACAF.
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.