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.
April 17th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger discuss what the 2026 joint FIFA World Cup bid means, did Mexico and Canada get ripped off by the United States? Or is 60-10-10 actually fair? What do we think of the proposals of using more stadiums than before in the U.S. as well.
The trio also go through Week 7 in Major League Soccer. Talking the highs of David Villa‘s 50 yard strike to aid NYCFC in a win, to FC Dallas giving up a win in the closing seconds. Not to mention, everything else in-between as well.
Rachael and Sean also discuss Week 1 of the National Women’s Soccer League season. How did the first national airing on Lifetime TV go for the Portland Thorns and Orlando Pride? What about this Go90 deal for streaming rights? And who looked good after the first weekend.
Finally, they also get into the USL announcing their own television network. Will regionalized local television really help the league grow?
April 14th, 2017
What's up internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki have a full Round Table on a bunch of topics. Let's get to it.
First Nic Hendrickson joins the desk to talk about the combined World Cup bid between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The guys talk about the proposed structure. Nic gives his take on what it means for Canada and which venues could host in Canada. We discuss Mexico only getting 10 games and whether they have a right to more than just a quarter final match. The guys finish off talking scheduling, travel, and predicting where the final could be held.
In the next segment, Matt and Joe talk about MLS TV Ratings and Attendance. The guys talk about the numbers being a bit down and why they are. We discuss the World Cup and Copa America effect, and a crowded spring sports schedule.
In the Round Table, the guys try to fix the winless Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact. We finish with a full Weekend Pick 'Em.
March 29th, 2017
On this first mid-week Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins discuss the USA vs. Panama game right after it ended.
The guys breakdown the game. Who stood out? How great is Christian Pulisic? Are they happy with the draw? What about the overall play on the pitch? They discuss it all.
Shortly after the game, Real Salt Lake announced that they expect to name their coach on Wednesday. Reports are already out stating that it's going to be former New York Redbulls manager, Mike Petke. Sean and Erik give their opinions on the decision.
Finally, they give thoughts and predictions on the rest of the MLS Week 4 slate happening on the weekend.
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 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 28th, 2017
New York Red Bulls Round Table Season Preview 2017
The Last Word On NYRB team sat down to discuss the 2017 MLS season ahead for the original New York team. Heading into '17, the Red Bulls were in a familiar state of change. That left plenty of questions about the team and roster heading into the opening game against Atlanta United (Sunday, 7:30pm, FS1).
Joining the Last Word On NYRB team is Seeing Red Daily host, Mark Fishkin. Mark started Seeing Red Daily this year as a means to deliver high quality Red Bulls content on a daily basis. If you have not already become a patron, you really should.
On the docket for this round table:
- Is Sean Davis ready to step into Dax McCarty's shoes?
- Is the 4-2-2-2 (4-4-2 bucket) the answer?
- Can Gonzalo Veron stay healthy and make an impact?
- Is the depth of the team a concern and what position is most vulnerable?
- Who on the roster is most critical to the team's success?
- Will CONCACAF Champions League schedule congestion cause early season woes?
- Are there any warning signs that fans should look out for?
- Will Louis Robles maintain his streak?
- What will Bradley Wright-Phillips season tally look like?
- Who will lead the team in goals? Assists?
- Where will the Red Bulls finish the 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.