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.
Share this podcast with your friend who loves jerseys to help get them excited for the start of the season.
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
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.