March 31st, 2017
This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talk about a bunch of news! Let's get to it.
First, Roy Emmanuel stops by to talk to Matt Pollard about Phoenix Rising FC. We talk about Didier Drogba joining the club. Roy gives his take on the direction the club is headed and what it means for the USL to reach provisional Division II status. The guys talk about the pop up stadium that is the Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex.
Then Joe Hojnakci and John Bava jump in to talk about Columbus Crew SC. We talk about the block bust trade that sent Kakuta Manneh to Columbus in exchange for Tony Tchani and some cash. John talks about the ground work that made both clubs make this decision. The guys talk about what this means for both clubs and how the new players could fit into their new environments. John wraps things up by talking about the Crew's match against Orlando City and a projected lineup.
In the Round Table, LWSC OG Russ McKenzie jumps in. The guys review the USA-Panama match. We talk coaching moves with Mike Petke joining Real Salt Lake and Oscar Pareja re-upping with FC Dallas. Lastly, the guys poke fun at the media in Chicago and do some Weekend Pick 'Ems.
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 24th, 2017
Happy International Break fam! This week on Last Word SC Radio, Robert Kerr stops by to talk about the Chicago Fire. Then Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki talk about USA vs. Honduras.
Robert sits down with Matt to talk about the Bastian Schweinsteiger signing. The two discuss what this means for the club and how this changes the expectation. Robert gives his take on how the midfield will shape up with the German International along with Juninho and Dax McCarty. The boys discuss the back line and how far the Fire are in their rebuild.
Joe jumps in in the Roud Table to talk about Real Salt Lake sacking Jeff Cassar. The guys talk about the decision and what this means for the club going forward. Then they guys preview the USA vs. Honduras match in San Jose, CA. The guys talk roster, tactics, and how the game will shape up. Lastly, we do weekend pick 'ems for a very brief weekend of MLS play.
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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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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.