October 24th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking MLS Cup Wildcard games.
In segment one, our good friend Joe Goldstein from Seeing Red stops by to talk New York Red Bulls. We discuss how RBNY finished up the season knowing they'd be the six seed. We discuss tactis and who Joe thinks needs to step up should Bradley Wright-Philips and Sacha Kljestian get cancelled out. The guys discuss how the defense will handle the Golden Boot winning Nemanja Nikolic. Joe ends with some pretty typical 'Oh So Metro' pesimism.
Then we have a San Jose Earthquakes super pod with Joel Soria. Matt and Dan talk about how the Quakes finally qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The guys discuss how the defense has come together and whether they're #TeamBingham or #TeamTarbell. Joel provides insight on San Jose's four headed attack and how they can play against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. We end the show with some epic hot takes.
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 11th, 2017
What's up Internt? This week on Last Word SC Radio Matt, Dan, and Robert do a full recap of the insane MLS Transfer Window week.
We start off by talking about the late blockbuster moves MLS teams made. We talk about Paul Arriola's move to D.C. United and the shenanigans that happend through it. We talk about the Colorado Rapids and Orlando City SC shaking it up in the Dillon Powers trade. We finish off talking about Carlos Vela becoming the first DP in Los Angeles FC history.
In the second segment, we focus on the bigger picture. Seattle Sounders, Orlando, and the San Jose Earthquakes all made several moves during the window. We talk about the moves they made, where they improved, and what it means for their playoff hopes.
In the Round Table, we do a rapid fire round of transfer news reactions. We talk about Sporting KC getting a big win in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. We finish the pod off with some MLS Weekend Pick 'Ems.
August 10th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger analyze the U.S. Open Cup Semi-Final between Sporting KC and the San Jose Earthquakes. Should MLS go the way of Europe and adopt the ABBA Penalties? Are Sporting KC now the team to beat in the Open Cup Final? Or are they lacking a little something?
Then, the crew goes through the transfers that just crossed the deadline. Specifically looking at the three big moves D.C. United made, and why Erik feels they weren't the right ones. Orlando possibly could make another move. Carlos Vela becomes the first signing for LAFC, but Sean wonders why Mexico is upset he didn't sign with a Liga MX club. Plus, even more on what each team did at the deadline.
Finally, the trio end the show by discussing the Orlando Pride's 3-0 win. Alex Morgan scores once again, and should Ashlyn Harris be starting at Goalkeeper when she returns? Rachael doesn't think so.
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!
December 23rd, 2016
Happy Holidays American Soccer Fam! This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard sits down with Joe Goldstein and Daniel Sperry.
In the first block, Matt and Joe sit down and pick Christmas presents for the entire Eastern Conference. We pick things for Atlanta United FC and the existing EC MLS teams. Joe gives a few player ideas for a few teams. Matt picks Ethan Finlay and CJ Sapong to improve. Joe tries to not give New York City FC a baseball stadium filled with coal and gives a few ideas for what the New York Red Bulls need.
In the second segment, Dan and Matt sit down and do the same thing for the Western Conference. We talk about how Minnesota United FC have a lot of leg work to do building their roster. Dan goes on an epic rant about the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting KC. Matt talks about the LA Galaxy needing to fully embrace the youth movement. Spoiler altert, we're sending Seattle Sounders a bionic heart for Clint Dempsey.
Share this episode with a fellow MLS fan to spread some Holiday chear and get the conversation going about your MLS team's New Year's Resolution.
October 21st, 2016
Greetings American Soccer Fans! The end is nigh as Decision Day 2016 is upon us. This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're doing a full break down of MLS Cup playoff race to get you ready for the most insane Soccer Sunday of the year.
In the first segment, we're joined by Raising Bulls host and warden of Red Bull Arena, Jo Goldstein. Joe joins Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki to break down why the New York Red Bulls have been so awesome. Jo talks through how New York can avoid giving up late goals. The lads discuss Bradley Wright Philips and Sacha Kljestian. They even sneak in some talk of Red Bulls II and the USL Final.
In segment two, Matt McCarthy hops in to talk about the Philadelphia Union and the Eastern Conference wild card race. Matt laments on what's gone wrong for Philly in recent months and how Alejandro Bedoya can get things turned around. The guys talk about Andre Blake and Keegan Rosenberry potentially winning season awards. And Matt even comes up with saying something more than "Doop" as the last word.
Daniel Sperry hops in for the Round Table as the guys discuss CONCACAF Champions League sadness and Sporting Kansas City. Dan talks about the injuries and bad luck that Sporting KC have had. Joe talks about the impending doom for the Portland Timbers to balance things out. The hosts also get Dan's take on the San Jose Earthquakes and their potential off season shake up. Could #DomBall be on the way out?
Lastly, the guys do a full weekend pick 'em. Spoiler alert, Bruce Arena DGAFs against FC Dallas.
Play this on Sunday morning while you're making the Breakfast of Champions and get to quad-boxing. There's ten MLS games to watch at the same time. You need all the podcast prep and scrambled eggs you can get.
September 2nd, 2016
What's up everybody? On this week's episode of Last Word SC Radio, we talk Montreal Impact and San Jose Earthquakes.
In the first segment, Matt and Joe sit down with Blayne Riffle to review Montreal's insane 401 Derby victory over Toronto FC. They talk about Piatti and Drogba and what's been working with the defense this year. Blayne also gives his take on what's wrong with Harrison Shipp and why Dominique Oduro is the answer for the Impact offense.
In segment two, Dan Burkhead joins the guys to talk about the Goonies and Dom Ball. The group reviews John Doyle's firing and what Dom Kinnear needs to do to help the Quakes make the playoffs. Dan talks about the offensive changes that could be coming and the yeoman's work of the patchy defense.
In the round table, Matt goes on a rant about the recent troubles of the LA Galaxy, including the sudden departure of Nigel de Jong. Joe tries to talk Matt off the ledge, just kidding, he pushes Matt off the ledge cause this is Sparta.
Joe and Matt finish up with a full break down of the USMNT roster and what's in store for the weekend, including the St. Vincent and the Grenadines match.
August 19th, 2016
On this week's episode of Last Word SC, Matt sits down with or colleague and good friend Joe Goldstein. The guys discuss last weekend's New York Red Bulls II match in which Video Assistant Referees (VAR) was used for the first time in USL! Joe gives his take on the technology, how it changed the game, and how it was received. The guys spitball some ideas for how the technology could be altered and implemented league wide from USL to MLS.
In the round table Matt and Joe celebrate MLS Goalkeeper Week by breaking down the current race for Goalkeeper of the Year. Matt even gives his theory about the good vibes voodoo Andre Blake must be getting from Usain Bolt that has him playing on such a high level.
The guys break down the standings and talk about who they think is going to make the playoffs in each conference. To close out the show, we do predictions for the full weekend of MLS games.
Don't share this podcast with your D.C. United friend cause Joe makes fun of them. Or do share this podcast with your D.C. United friend just because Joe makes fun of them.
July 29th, 2016
What's up MLS Fam? Matt is joined by LWSC Quakes Writer Daniel Sperry to break down the MLS All Star game and the entire All Star Week in San Jose. Dan waxes poetic about Avaya Stadium and the growth of the game in San Jose and the Bay Area. The two break down the game and how wide open and fun it was. We were kinda bumbed the All Stars lost.
The lads then talk all things San Jose Earthquakes. Dan gives his take on the Quakes midfield, specifically the Panamaniacs. They talk David Bingham and the defensive issues. Dan and Matt then make some bold playoff predictions for San Jose and do some score predictions for the weekend fixtures.
Still got your adrenaline up from the match? Listen to this to relive the week and the game. Oh, and send it to your coworker from Seattle to help them forget about Sigi leaving.