February 28th, 2018
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins, and Rachael McKriger have plenty to discuss on the eve of American soccer getting back into full swing.
They begin by giving some relaxed thoughts on the USSF Presidential Election. After that, they transition into talking about the NASL canceling their season. Does this mean the league's entire viability is in jeopardy? Was this really about the lawsuit? Or did NASL dig their own grave with this?
The trio also talks about the season-ending ACL injury to Jordan Morris. Rachael talks about how big of a loss it is for the Seattle Sounders, as they are about to embark on yet another MLS season. Then, they cover MLS Live merging into ESPN Plus and changes coming to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup too.
Finally, they discuss the NWSL Season schedule and preview the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. Why does Rachael feel the U.S. Women's National Team may not come away winners this year either? And are there some problems with the roster? Lastly, they get into the discussion on the latest concerning the 2026 World Cup bid. Could North America really lose out to Morocco?
November 18th, 2017
What's up internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt and Dan sit down to do a full preview of the MLS Cup Conference Finals. We also talk a bunch of off-season news from MLS, U.S. Soccer, the USL and the NASL.
September 22nd, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the NASL's anti-trust lawsuit against the USSF and MLS. Let's get to it.
We start with Dan breaking down his experience attending and covering the U.S. Open Cup Final. We talk about the game and what went down tactically. Matt McCarthy laments the Red Bulls mistakes and their <em>Oh So Metro</em> legacy. We also talk about how this was icing on the cake for the Sporting KC core and how they've got a new core growing into the system.
In segment two, the Matts have some hot takes on the NASL's anti-trust lawsuit against the USSF and MLS. We talk about the standards for Division I and II in America. The guys go over the NASL's ignominious history and how we got here. We discuss what could go down and whether or not the NASL has an argument. The guys finish off talking about what this could mean for the pyramid and American Soccer in the long term.
In the Round Table, Matt Pollard, Dan, and Robert talk about a bunch of different news topics. We finish off with some Nationa TV game Pick 'Ems for the weekend.
September 8th, 2017
What's up Internt? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we've got a bunch of talking points on Soccer in America. Let's get to it.
In the first segment, Matt and Robert sit down and recap the hot mess that was the United States Men's National Team this week. We discuss the loss to Costa Rica and the draw at Honduras. The guys look ahead to the October fixtures and make the argument that everything is going to be ok. Seriously guys, chill. Just win the Panama game.
Then Dan hops on to talk about the 41 cities listed to be part of the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The guys talk about the cities/stadiums included. We talk about which Canadian and Mexican venues could make the final cut. We provide some predictions for which American venues could host the final few games.
In the Round Table, Matt McCarthy has some firey opinions on the NASL getting denied Division II status. They guys discuss what this means for the league and the USL's bid as well.
We finish the episode off with some Weekend Pick 'Ems of the nationally televised weekend games.
January 20th, 2017
Happy Inauguration Week (kind of?) fam. This week on Last Word SC, Matt Pollard is joined by Joe Hojnacki and Joe Goldstein.
In the first segment, Matt and Joe Goldstein discuss all things New York Red Bulls. Matt and Joe discuss the trade of Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire. They talk about the timing of the move, who could step in for him, and what RBNY could do with the money.
Then Joe Hojnacki joins the desk and we talk about all things MLS SuperDraft. They guys review the highlights of the draft and talk about what the teams they cover did in the draft.
In the Round Table, we talk about the Chargers moving to LA and playing at the StubHub Center. The guys try and play the positive side of the story. Matt rants about how the Chargers didn't have any other options playing in LA. The guys do the schedule math to show the Galaxy and Chargers can be roommates without football lines on the Galaxy's pitch.
Then the guys talk about the USL AND the NASL getting Provisional Division II status and how it isn't really resolving any issues. Lastly, the guys go back and forth on FIFA going to a 48 team World Cup and how it affects CONCACAF.
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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.
Share this with your Canadian friends so they can get PUMPED UP!
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.
Share this pod with your friends north of the border to get them PUMPED for the match at BMO Field.
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.
September 28th, 2016
Raising Bulls 20th episode is jam packed with soccer news and reviews. First the guys discuss a momentum carrying win over the Charleston Battery. Then they preview the first round of the playoffs against Orlando City B. Next up is a full Eastern preview and breakdown. See who we predict will win it all. For the 20th episode, Joe quizzes Anthony and Bill on Red Bull II trivia for a bucket of popcorn. They've got end of season awards to hand out, USL rules to discuss, and a pondering about NASL. Lastly, Anthony pays up on the bet.
Raising Bulls is a podcast dedicated to the New York Red Bulls of the USL. Each week, Joe Goldstein, Bill Twomey and Anthony Merced will be recapping the week that was. They will also be previewing each of the team’s upcoming matches. They will also be joined by guests each week from all levels of the NYRBII organization. If you care about the future of the New York Red Bulls, you’re listening to Raising Bulls.
September 23rd, 2016
Greetings Plebs of American Soccer! This week on Last Word SC, we speak with Michael Anderer of Blue City Radio and talk about the NASL basically peacing out.
In segment one, Matt Pollard is joined by Mike from Blue City Radio to talk about all things New York City FC. They review the weekend match against FC Dallas and Mike provides some good news on Frank Lampard's injury. He waxes poetic about Tommy MacNamara and takes a look at NYCFC's remaining schedule. The boys discuss David Villa's MVP hopes and what the defense needs to do to put City in a good position for the playoffs.
In the Round Table, Joe Hojnacki is back from bowling. The two discuss Christian Pulisic joining the MLS Allocation List and how it probably doesn't matter. We'd still like to see some more details from MLS on this. Matt even brings back and explains the #SpaceElephants inside joke.
Then the guys react to Landon Donovan scoring his first goal since returning to MLS. Matt basically goes insane then the two come back to reality and discuss what his role with the Galaxy will be going forward.
The two then talk about the NASL bad news from this week. They break down how the NASL got themselves into this mess and why the situation is just as bad as the optics show. Joe provides a few ideas for how they can pick themselves up. Still, we'll need to wait and see how they rebuild and change their business model. Plus, U.S. Soccer will probably have something to say about this. #DivisionTwoStatus?
Lastly, the lads do some weekend predictions. Spoiler Alert: We're not excited about Columbus Crew SC hosting New England Revolution.
Share this episode with your friend who supports a USL team as he dances on the NASL's grave stone. Womp womp.