May 16th, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we've got a jam packed early week show to get you ready for mid-week MLS games!
First, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki jump into the weekend results. We talk about the four ridiculous National TV games including the incredible win the Chicago Fire got in front of a sell out crowd. We talk about the LA Galaxy winning in the Easter Time Zone for the first time since man invented the wheel. We finish off waxing poetic about how good FC Dallas and NYCFC was.
In segment two, we review the news from Sacramento. We talk about how this ownership move affects the Sacramento MLS Expansion bid and Sacramento Rebulic FC in the long run. We talk about a few other expansion updates and predic which cities we think will join MLS. Then we transition to a Quarter Season review, with some MLS awards.
In the Round Table, Joe and Matt talk about how all the bad teams in MLS managed to win this weekend. We go through a full slate of Weekend Pick 'Ems (midweek games included). We finish off by saying goodbye to our co-host, Joe Hojnacki, who will be moving on from Last Word on Soccer this week.
May 5th, 2017
Hey, internet! This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki are running through a bunch of topics in American Soccer.
First the guys recap the MLS Game of the Year candidates from this past weekend. We talk Portland Timbers and FC Dallas playing to a 2-2 draw. Then we talk the epic comeback by the Seattle Sounders to draw the New England Revolution.
In the Round Table, we throw out a few ideas for what US Soccer could do with the apparent $100 million surplace they've got. We finish off with a full weekend Pick 'Em.
April 7th, 2017
Happy April listeners! This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard does a solo hodgepodge episode. Let's get to it.
First Matt reviews the week of CONCACAF Champions Leauge action. Matt recaps FC Dallas's loss at Pachuca and what went wrong in the final 15 minutes for them. He gives his take on how Vancouver Whitecaps never really had a chance in CCL. Matt also gives some ideas for how MLS can continue to inch closer to beating Liga MX teams and finally winning CCL.
Then Matt talked about the rumored combined World Cup bid between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. He does a full recap of the blockbust trade between the Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United FC. We finish off by talking about Bastian Schweinsteiger's first game and doing a full Weekend Pick 'Em.
March 6th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, finally some Major League Soccer that matters to talk about. Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger discuss the big storylines of MLS Week 1, while also recapping the games as well.
How big is the Kaka injury? Could FC Dallas be the best team in MLS? Is the Minnesota United blowout a sign of things to come? Plus Rachael talks the return of Clint Dempsey too. The trio also talk about the latest on Mix Diskerud and if he should try to sign with another MLS team this season.
Also on this show, Rachael gives her thoughts on the US Women's National Team after the first two games of She Believes Cup. Who's stood out? What about their performance? She gets into those topics.
Then, we look at the CONCACAF Champions League Semi-Final match-ups. We give way too early predictions for the two legs. Who advances to the final? And we examine another big failure when it counts for the New York Redbulls too.
Finally, Sean and Erik discuss the impact of Soccer on television going forward, after Turner Sports won the rights to the UEFA Champions League starting in Fall 2018.
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.
February 24th, 2017
One. More. Week. Fam. This week on Last Word Soccer Club Radio, we're talking all things CONCACAF Champions League.
In the first segment, Matt Pollard is joined by Michael Walker to talk about FC Dallas stomping Arabe Unido. We talk about how Dallas got off to such a great start in the first leg and preview their season sans Mauro Diaz. Mike also covers FC Cinncinati, so we talk John Harkes getting dismissed from the club. Mike talks about what went down and the lads both do some speculation.
Then Joe Goldstein stops by to talk about the 1-1 draw between the New York Red Bulls and the Vancounver Whitecaps. Joe gives his take on how the first game of the 4-2-2-2 went for the Bulls as well as who stood out. The two talk about how this season is going to be different for New York and what they expect in leg two.
In the Round Table, Blayne Riffle stops by to talk about MLS Fantasy. Blayne and Matt talk about the rule changes and what they're excited about for the season. Then the guys put on their MLS Fashion hats and talk about some new jerseys. Lastly, the guys talk about VAR and a sad end to Sutton United's FA Cup run.
November 11th, 2016
What's up America? Enough election talk, time to talk about the start of the CONCACAF Hexagonal. This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki are joined by John Bava.
In segment one, the boys sit down and talk about the Eastern Conference Playoff results. We discuss what the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC are doing so well. We break down what went wrong for the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC. The guys discuss what both New York teams need to change in the off season. Spoiler alert: The Red Bulls are in good shape the NYCFC needs some roster massages (defense especially).
In segment two, the guys do the same thing for the Western Conference. We talk about the Seattle Sounders rolling over FC Dallas and why Dallas is going to be just fine. We discuss (breifly) the not exciting LA Galaxy series with the Colorado Rapids. The guys spit ball ideas on what could change for LA in the off season. Matt's got a bunch of ideas (hint: Bastian Schweinsteiger), but there's a lot of uncertainty in Carson, CA right now.
In the Round Table, Matt and Joe question John on what the off season looks like for Columbus Crew. Then the guys dive fully into USA vs. Mexico. We discuss the current state of the U.S. Men's National Team roster and their players. They guys discuss formation and style of play. Lastly, we do predictions.
Share this episode with your friend who just joined AO. The quest for Russia 2018 continues tomorrow. #1N1T
September 16th, 2016
This week on Last Word Soccer Club Radio, we sit down with our friend Sean Garmer to talk about all things FC Dallas. Matt and Sean talk about FC Dallas winning the 2016 U.S. Open Cup. Sean gives his take on the current state of Dallas. He gives his take on Carlos Ruiz signing with the club and how Walker Zimmerman and Matt Hedges have developed a relationship. The guys also talk about how Dallas will navigate their congested schedule with CONCACAF Champions League group games left.
In the Round Table, Joe jumps in after bowling to talk about the 2016 MLS Expansion Draft rules getting announced. The guys spitball on a few players who might be available and talk about how Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC could strategist what types of players to pick. The lads then answer the question: Who scores first this season, Carlos Ruiz or Landon Donovan. Lastly, the boys do some weekend predictions.
Send this episode to your friends in A-Town and the Twin Cities so they can get all the info they need on the Expansion Draft. Or troll your Revs fan friend. Whichever works for you.
September 9th, 2016
Put your pumpkin spice latte down fam, LANDON DONOVAN HAS RETURNED TO MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER!!!
This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki break down the return of the #LegenD. Matt is all juiced up cause the Galaxy might have hope. Plus that transfer of Nigel de Jong kind of makes sense. Joe talks Matt back with some reason. Donovan hasn't played in two years after all.
The guys review the midweek MLS games. They talk about how Orlando City SC could be making a run to the playoffs, cause Jason Kreis is a good coach. They lament on the Montreal Impact's slide and how they haven't figured out how to use their pieces around Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti.
Matt and Joe talk about FC Dallas putting space between them and everyone else. We discuss their chances of winning a double and treble.
In the Round Table, we discuss Eric Wynalda's and Alejandro Bedoya's little twitter feud. We also discuss the NWSL getting some publicity with Megan Rapinoe getting into the National Anthem Protest discuss. We also talk about Sacha Kljestian and Christian Pulisic being great against teams Matt can't find on a map.
This show is JAM PACKED with everything you need to know on the American Soccer landscape. Listen to it on your way home from the Manchester Derby this weekend or while you dig your Landon Donovan kit out of the closet.