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!
February 27th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, we are one week away from the start of the Major League Soccer 2017 season. Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger finish up their Team Previews and give their complete Western and Eastern Conference predictions. Not to mention, their playoff brackets and who wins MLS Cup 2017 as well.
The final seven teams covered in the team previews are:
Atlanta United, Minnesota United, Real Salt Lake, Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City and NYCFC.
Rachael and Erik discuss the impact of the Brek Shea for Giles Barnes trade for both teams, Thoughts on the CONCACAF Champions League 2017 results. The US U-20's World Cup Qualifying gets tough. Plus more.
October 28th, 2016
Hey y'all! Thank God it's Friday! Last Word SC Radio is back and we're doing a full break down of the current state of the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki discuss the Knockout Round matches. We break down why Toronto FC are flying high into Sunday's match and why Philadelphia Union fans shouldn't be too down on themselves. Matt goes off on how the LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids could play to a dead stale mate on Sunday. Joe questions the long term vision for Real Salt Lake now that they're old and getting older.
The guys discuss what went wrong with D.C. United but why the future is bright for Ben Olsen and company. Matt and Joe discuss how Montreal Impact have done a really good job handling #DrogbaGate and why their midfield and back line decisions have worked (despite being really unconventional). The lads then talk about the officiating hodgepodge that was Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting KC.
Matt and Joe then do predictions for leg one of the Conference Semifinals. They give their takes on what Houston Dynamo hiring Wilmer Cabrera meas for the club. Oh, and we rehash the inevitable doom of the NASL.
Send this pod to your friend getting ready for Super Soccer Sunday to get ready. Or troll your NASL fan friends with it. Hate mail can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Come at us, bruh.
October 26th, 2016
Happy Hump Day MLS Fam! Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard has a full MLS Cup Playoff Wild Card preview. It's jam packed with contents in guest.
In segment one, we bring back our good friend from Waking the Red, Mitchell Tierney. They talk all things Toronto FC and Philadelphia Union. Mitch talks about Giovinco coming back and how big Jozy Altidore has been. The two also discuss what Toronto needs to do at the back to shut down Philly and what a job Greg Vanney has done this season.
In segment two, Blayne Riffle joins the desk to talk all things Montreal Impact. The two discuss the Impact attack and how they'll play against stingy D.C. United. Yes, we talk about #DrogbaGate. Matt and Blayne also talk about the problems the Impact have had at the back.
Moving west, Chris Kamrani of the Salt Lake Tribune comes on to talk Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy. Chris gives us an update on Yura Movsisyan. He gives his take on how RSL will try to survive the opening 15 minutes and what the wide players need to do. Matt and Chris also discuss what could happen should this game head to penalties.
In the final segment, Daniel Sperry hops on to talk about Sporting KC. Unlike years past, Sporting might actually be peaking going into the playoffs. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are back and looking like their vintage selves. Dan gives a full break down of the epic Benny Feilhaber and Ozzie Alonso duel we could see. Dan also talks about what KC need to do to defend against Jordan Morris and Nicolas Lodiero.
This episode is full of content with lots of opinions from lots of people. Send it to your season ticket buddies to get them hyped for this week's action. Or troll your friend from Portland cause he's not getting a second star above his crest this year.
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 5th, 2016
Alec and Greg talk D.C. United 1-1 draw at the Chicago Fire and preview the upcoming home match against New York City FC. They also cover transfer rumors, with European clubs starting to put in offers for D.C. United's young center back Steve Birnbaum, a potential USMNT star in-the-making.
April 21st, 2016
Alec and Chris bring you a special edition of #bennyball Radio with #ashtonball. Ben Olsen has been suspended for one game following an attempt to retrieve a loose ball from the field during the run of play in D.C. United's 1-0 loss to Toronto FC on April 16th 2016. The gentlemen break down the loss, as well as the implications of the week's events, leading up to a pivotal Eastern Conference showdown with the New England Revolution.