November 29th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we're breaking down the MLS Cup Conference Finals Leg Two games.
First, we sit down with Ralph Schudel of Massive Report to talk about Columbus Crew SC and the Eastern Conference Finals. Then we talk with Alicia Tolar of Dynamo Theory about the Houston Dynamo and the Western Conference Finals. Dan and Robert join Matt in the Round Table for rapid fire topics and our Conference Finals predictions.
November 23rd, 2017
What's up Internet? To give you something to listen to for your Thanksgiving travels/cooling time, we're talking all things MLS Cup Conference Finals.
November 18th, 2017
What's up internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt and Dan sit down to do a full preview of the MLS Cup Conference Finals. We also talk a bunch of off-season news from MLS, U.S. Soccer, the USL and the NASL.
October 28th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking all things MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals.
The whole gang is on the podcast for this one. We start with full recaps and reactions to the Knockout round games that happened midweek. Then we break down the Eastern Conference and Western Conference match ups for the next round. The guys give takes from the perspectives of both teams as well as predict what could be the x-factor for the series.
Then in the Round Table, we do rapid fire topics and make predictions for who will be in the Conference Finals!
October 24th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we finish our preview of the MLS Cup Playoff Knockout Round games. Steve Brisendine of MLSSoccer.com and Ralph Schudel from Massive Report are here to help.
First, Steve joins Matt to talk about Sporting KC. He gives us some updates on Tim Melia and where the legs are for Sporting. We discuss what they're doing well and what the attack needs to do at Houston Dynamo. Then Ralph stops by to talk all things Columbus Crew SC. The guys talk about the Crew's unbeaten streak, Federico Higuian's bounce-back season, and the workman like back four. Ralph gives some perspective on the #SaveTheCrew movement.
If you need to fully prepare for the MLS Thursday knockout round games, this is the episode for you.
October 20th, 2017
What's up Internet? It's the last week of the 2017 MLS regular season, and we've got all the details you need on Decision Day 2017.
First Matt and Dan break down the Western Conference. We talk seending and analyze who's got the best shot at claiming that last playoff spot (spoiler alert: Dan has a Quakes rant). Then we bring in the full cast along with John Bava for the Round Table. We have an indepth dicussion of #SaveTheCrew as Anthony Precourt looks to move Columbus Crew SC to Austin, TX. Then we talk Eastern Conference, and make a bunch of predictions, Decision Day and postseason awards.
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!