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!
September 2nd, 2016
What's up everybody? On this week's episode of Last Word SC Radio, we talk Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes.
In the first segment, Matt and Joe sit down with Blayne Riffle to review Montreal's insane 401 Derby victory over Toronto FC. They talk about Piatti and Drogba and what's been working with the defense this year. Blayne also gives his take on what's wrong with Harrison Shipp and why Dominique Oduro is the answer for the Impact offense.
In segment two, Dan Burkhead joins the guys to talk about the Goonies and Dom Ball. The group reviews John Doyle's firing and what Dom Kinnear needs to do to help the Quakes make the playoffs. Dan talks about the offensive changes that could be coming and the yeoman's work of the patchy defense.
In the round table, Matt goes on a rant about the recent troubles of the LA Galaxy, including the sudden departure of Nigel de Jong. Joe tries to talk Matt off the ledge, just kidding, he pushes Matt off the ledge cause this is Sparta.
Joe and Matt finish up with a full break down of the USMNT roster and what's in store for the weekend, including the St. Vincent and the Grenadines match.
August 29th, 2016
What's up peeps! You're probably wondering what we're doing publishing a podcasts on a Monday instead of a Thursday.
We had some craziness this past off season. A few episodes were recorded, but we never got around to editing and publishing them. We finally got our act together (sort of) and we've decided to put these episodes together as a series of 'Lost Episodes.'
On this Last Word SC Lost Episode, we talk to Austin Berry and Earnie Stewart! Berry had just finished up a season in the South Korean second division with FC Anyang. We talk about his experience oversees and his excitement for being back home with USL expansion side, FC Cincinnati.
In the second segment, we talk with new Philadelphia Union Technical Director Earnie Stewart. Stewart reflects on his time in the front office in the Eredivisie. He talks about the decision to come back to MLS and what his preliminary plans are with the Union.
The content is a bit late, but it's still quality. Send it to your friend who supports the Union or FC Cincy, and let them get through Monday with some nostalgia.
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.
July 29th, 2016
What's up MLS Fam? Matt is joined by LWSC Quakes Writer Daniel Sperry to break down the MLS All Star game and the entire All Star Week in San Jose. Dan waxes poetic about Avaya Stadium and the growth of the game in San Jose and the Bay Area. The two break down the game and how wide open and fun it was. We were kinda bumbed the All Stars lost.
The lads then talk all things San Jose Earthquakes. Dan gives his take on the Quakes midfield, specifically the Panamaniacs. They talk David Bingham and the defensive issues. Dan and Matt then make some bold playoff predictions for San Jose and do some score predictions for the weekend fixtures.
Still got your adrenaline up from the match? Listen to this to relive the week and the game. Oh, and send it to your coworker from Seattle to help them forget about Sigi leaving.
July 22nd, 2016
Last Word SC is baaaaaaaaack! Matt and Ty sit down for a jam packed show to make up for them being busy with stupid non-soccer related stuff (seriously guys, get your priorities in order).
They talk about Seattle's tailspin, what went wrong, and what that means for Sigi Schmid's future with the club. The lads then discuss Jason Kreis taking over as Orlando City's head coach and how he'll mold them. Ty then goes off on how the young Americans Abroad are back and ready to make some noise once the European leagues kick off.
Finally, Matt and Ty do a full breakdown of the clash between Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas and make weekend predictions.
Tired of all the hoopla about the RNC this week and upcoming DNC? Take a break and listen to two crazy dudes who actually know what they're talking about (kinda sorta, really, but not really).
June 3rd, 2016
Joe Hojnacki and Alec Rivera talk with Chad Hollingsworth of The USL Show and Scratching the Pitch about FC Cincinnati, John Harkes, the USL's growing rivalry with the NASL, and the US Open Cup. They also discuss MLS action and the U.S. Men's National Team as they head into their opening game of the Copa America Centenario.