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.
March 18th, 2016
Alec and Matt talk about the major storylines from the young MLS season. They analyze the Darren Mattocks trade and talk about why it isn't time for any team to celebrate or panic. Also, those new U.S. National Team kits are meh.