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 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.
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December 2nd, 2016
Oh Canada! It's another episode of Last Word SC Radio. Today we're recapping that crazy Eastern Conference second leg between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact.
Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki sit down to talk about Toronto's epic victory over Montreal that takes them to their first MLS Cup Final. Matt argues that this was the greatest two leg MLS playoff series in history. The two talk about the poor defensive efforts by both sides. Joe discusses what Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow did well and poor. Matt talks about Jozy Altidore going full beast mode.
The two discuss how impactful the substitute players were for both sides and the almost mythical goal Benoit Cheyrou scored. We wrap up MLS Cup Playoff talk by picking out what Montreal needs to do to improve this off-season with their old midfield and Didier Drogba leaving.
Joe wraps everything up with some NASL talk. Apparently some other martkets are looking to jump in to try and save the league for 2017. There's still a group that's fully on team #NASLexit though.
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November 30th, 2016
What's up Taco Tuesday fanatics! Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard, Joe Hojnacki, and Blayne Riffle are talking all things MLS Cup Conference Finals.
First off, Matt and the boys talk about the Seattle Sounders defeating the Colorado Rapids. We talk about what Seattle has going for them going into the final and what the Rapids need to change and keep in 2017.
Then Matt and Joe ask Blayne about the Montreal Impact's second leg match against Toronto FC. We talk about what the two sides did well and what will change in the second leg. They discuss Toronto's three man back line and the Impact's counter attack. The boys end by making predictions for the match.
Lastly, we discuss the New York Cosmos and their financial issues. We talk about what this means and if this is the NASL as we know it. We also discuss how this affects the USL, the American Soccer landscape, and MLS Expansion.
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November 18th, 2016
What's up bretheren of the #KlinsmannOut movement? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking all things MLS Cup Conference Finals and a bunch of news in the Round Table.
In segment one, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki sit down with Dave Clark from Sounder At Heart. They talk about the run Seattle has been on and preview the first leg match against the Colorado Rapids. Dave gives his take on the Sounders attack. He gives a thumbs up to Brian Schmetzer becoming Seattle's new head coach. Lastly, he predicts an emphatic 2-0 victory for Seattle in the first leg.
In the second segment, Matt is joined by Charlie Clarke from Waking the Red. Charlie waxes poetic about Toronto FC dismantalling New York City FC. The two talk about the defense and Drew Moor's impact on the club. Charlie gives an interesting spin on TFC's attack and how Greg Vanney has made the 3-5-2 work. Lastly, he predicts a 1-1 draw in the first leg against the Montreal Impact.
In the round table, Matt almost loses his mind of #MLS2STL maybe becoming a thing. The boys break down everything in Saint Louis FC potentially joining MLS. They then talk about the USMNT's disasterous start in the CONCACAF Hexagonal. Joe is fully on team #KlinsmannOut. Matt tries to play Devil's Advocate. The two talk about how the US will probably be ok.
Matt and Joe then talk about old farts leaving their clubs and Atlanta United FC's new kit. Lastly, the guys talk about pet rocks and predict Tuesday's results.
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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.
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November 3rd, 2016
This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard sits down with Anthony Merced and Blayne Riffle to talk about everything from the MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals.
In segment one, Matt and Anthony talk all things New York Red Bulls. The two discuss Sunday's result and what the Montreal Impact are doing to stymie New York. Anthony gives his take on Bradley Wright Philips, Sacha Kljestian, and Gonzalo Veron. The two make predictions and talk previously about Toronto FC and New York City FC.
In the second segment, Blayne hops on the pod to talk with Matt about the Western Conference. The two talk about how close the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy series is. Matt gives his take on what both teams need to do to advance. They also discuss what went wrong for FC Dallas and why the Seattle Sounders are playing so well.
In the Round Table, Blayne and Matt go through all the MLS Season Awards and discuss who they think will win (and who should win). Lastly, Matt and Blayne pick the weekend results and who will advance to the Conference Finals.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.