April 28th, 2017
Greetings plebs of the internet! This week on Last Word SC Radio, we go full retro with some MLS history.
In the first segment, we're joined by Kris Landis of Massive Report. Kris stops in to talk about the history of the Trillium Cup. The guys talk about its tin cup origins and a bet between the mayors of the cities. Kris talks about the evolution of the rivalry and it's kind of crazy origins with the fans. We talk about the significance of 2011 and how the rivalry and competition is coming to a head this season. Lastly, Kris gives a prediction on who'll win the cup in 2017.
Then Joe Hojnacki joins to the pod to talk about the expansion plays for Providence Park. The guys talk about what this means for the Timbers and how it could be a model for other MLS clubs in the future. Then the guys open the can of worms that is the MLS Player's Union releaseing salaries for the leagues. They take a few stabs at high value and dead weight contracts. We finish up predicting the full slate of MLS games.
Share this pod with your Crew and TFC fan friends to get them pumped for next month's Trillium Cup matches!
March 31st, 2017
This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talk about a bunch of news! Let's get to it.
First, Roy Emmanuel stops by to talk to Matt Pollard about Phoenix Rising FC. We talk about Didier Drogba joining the club. Roy gives his take on the direction the club is headed and what it means for the USL to reach provisional Division II status. The guys talk about the pop up stadium that is the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex.
Then Joe Hojnakci and John Bava jump in to talk about Columbus Crew SC. We talk about the block bust trade that sent Kakuta Manneh to Columbus in exchange for Tony Tchani and some cash. John talks about the ground work that made both clubs make this decision. The guys talk about what this means for both clubs and how the new players could fit into their new environments. John wraps things up by talking about the Crew's match against Orlando City and a projected lineup.
In the Round Table, LWSC OG Russ McKenzie jumps in. The guys review the USA-Panama match. We talk coaching moves with Mike Petke joining Real Salt Lake and Oscar Pareja re-upping with FC Dallas. Lastly, the guys poke fun at the media in Chicago and do some Weekend Pick 'Ems.
March 27th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger look back at the United States Men's National Team's 6-0 victory of Honduras in their World Cup Qualifier. The crew breakdown the game. Assess some of the standout performances and look ahead to the game against Panama on Tuesday as well.
After that, the guys examine the small Major League Soccer slate from Saturday. Are the New England Revolution going to start rolling after notching their first win of the season? Can Minnesota United doing anything to stop their glut of allowing goals? How seriously do we need to start taking the Columbus Crew? Plus, did Real Salt Lake make the right decision in firing Jeff Cassar?
Finally, Sean, Erk and Rachael discuss the big signing by the Chicago Fire of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Is he the missing ingredient in the midfield? Or is he going to make things a little too crowded?
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 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.
May 1st, 2016
Matt and Tyler break down MLS Cup 2016 after the Portland Timbers win Cascadia's first MLS Cup over the Columbus Crew 2-1 at Mapfre Stadium.