August 25th, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt and Dan sit down to talk about a bunch of topics in MLS. Let's get to it.
We start off talking about MLS Heineken Rivalry Week. The guys talk about how they did a better job with the schedule this week than the one in the earlier part of the season. We then move on to New York City FC and their home game that got moved to freaking Conneticut. The guys talk about how this happened, why it sucks for NYCFC, and the big picture issue of MLS teams not owning/being the primary tenant of their stadium.
The guys then move on to talking about the San Jose Earthquakes and being declared 'toast.' Dan gives his ideas on what's gone wrong in recent weeks and what needs to happen for the club to make the playoffs. Matt shares his opinions on how the Video Assisted Replay (VAR) process could be improved. The guys finish off with some rivlary themed Weekend Pick 'Ems.
August 18th, 2017
What's up Internt? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt, Dan, and Robert are talking a bunch of MLS action and USL news! Let's get to it.
We start off talking about the Western Conference. Pablo Mastroeni is out and Matt has opinions on that. Dan and Robert give their take on the long jam at the top of the conference with Houston Dynamo, Seattle Sounders FC, and Sporting KC. We also talk about some west teams that are toast for 2017.
In segment two, we're talking Eastern Conference. Toronto FC and New York City FC are going strong. While they haven't been great on the road, the Chicago Fire are there too. We try to separate out these teams. We then talk about some Nashville soccer-specific stadium renderings and USL expansion.
In the Round Table, we talk about the StubHub Center being a playable stadium in FIFA 18. Dan gives us the deets an extra sub coming up in MLS Cup Playoff extra time. We finish the pod off with some weekend highlight Pick 'Ems.
August 8th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins go through the MLS Games from the weekend. What's going on with FC Dallas? Have Seattle flipped the switch? Are we surprised by the run from Vancouver? Did they get it right with the first VAR decisions? We discuss all of this and more.
In-between some of those games, we also discuss some transfers like Yoshimar Yotun to Orlando City, Zoltan Steiber emminently going to D.C. United, and a few more.
Finally, the guys discuss the happenings of NWSL for the week. Can we take anything out of the Washington Spirit's 4-1 win over Sky Blue? Alex Morgan scores a goal for Orlando, and the North Carolina Courage are in first place again.
We end the show by talking about the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Final. How great the game was, and what the win means for Netherlands. Plus, the new penalty shootout system was unveiled in the FA Community Shield this weekend. Is it better than the original system?
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 12th, 2017
Patrick Vieira made some interesting decisions in preparing his game plan for Saturday's match versus DC United. Unfortunately, they didn't go as planned and NYCFC fell to DC 2-1. Mike and Jon look at the biggest moments of that game and respond to your questions about the team through five games in 2017.
In the second segment Philadelphia Union analyst and Sirius XM host, Tommy Smyth, joins the show to discuss the upcoming fixture set for Friday at 7pm.
The guys close out the show with final thoughts on DC and a brief conversation about the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.
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 17th, 2017
Happy Week of Valentine’s Day soccer fam? Too much? Yeah, probably. Just two weeks until the start of the season and we’re here to help you get through the end of the off-season. This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki talk news and MLS jerseys!
To open, it’s all Designated Players. Freddy Montero is back in MLS, heading to the Vancouver Whitecaps. The guys talk about the move, what it means for Cascadia, and we review some salty Brad Evans tweets. Our good friend Nic Hendrickson shares his views on Montero joining and how he’ll work with Kekuta Manneh.
The boys then talk about NYCFC’s new No. 10 Maxi Moralez. We talk about his role, NYCFC’s system, and what this means for Tommy MacNamara.
In the second segment, we’re talk about more news! Ali Curtis and the New York Red Bulls have agreed to part ways. We talk about how this could have gone down, why it went down, and if there’s more to this for the Red Bulls. Matt puts on his tinfoil hat and talks about this indicating a bigger issue with ownership. Either way, we’re waiting for the tell-all book. Matt and Joe then talk about D.C. United beautiful new stadium and Clint Dempsey returning to training.
In the Round Table, it’s all MLS Jersey talk. We go through every jersey releases do far. We talk about the design and what we think. Spoiler: Matt’s a little underwhelmed by the LA Galaxy #OutOfTheBlue kit and Joe thinks that the Timbers new kit is SO PORTLAND TIMBERS.
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January 25th, 2017
NYCFC released the roster of players attending pre-season training in Jacksonville, FL. Two players not on the list, Mix Diskerud and Josh Saunders. Both players who are very much foundational pieces of the club's history were unceremoniously not invited to the team's training camp.
Jon and Mike talk about the rest of the roster including NYCFC Academy player James Sands, the first academy player to attend a first team camp.
In the second segment, Chris Magalee from NYCFC Nation joins the show to continue the conversation.
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