July 25th, 2017
What's up Internet? Last Word SC Radio is back with a special Monday Episode. Matt Pollard and Daniel Sperry recap the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals from this past weekend.
We discuss how the United States came together and had a 90 minute performance against Costa Rica on Saturday. Matt and Dan discuss Clint Dempsey being awesome and how the USMNT put all their past issues from this Gold Cup behind them. We then talk about Jamaica's huge upset of Mexico on Sunday at the Rose Bowl. We review the defensive performance and how Andre Blake got it done again against El Tri. That Kemar Lawrence free kick though . . .
The guys then move on to some MLS news. We discuss the transfer rumors around Dom Dwyer and Orlando City SC as well as Jonathan dos Santos and the LA Galaxy. The show finishes off with MLS turning down a $4 billion media offer, a full Gold Cup Final preview, and a week full of Pick 'Ems.
July 21st, 2017
Happy Friday Internet! On this episode of Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Dan Sperry recap the Gold Cup Quarterfinals.
We start off by talking about the action from Wednesday night. The guys discuss how close Costa Rica and Panama were to going to PKs. We go into the deep end on what happend in the USA's 2-0 win over El Salvador. The guys talk about what the Yanks did well and what needs to be improved upon. We also have to talk about the biting and purple nurples that El Salvador did. Yeah . . .
Then the guys talk about how Jamaica was able to get the job done against Canada. After that we talk about Mexico's less than convincing win against Honduras and what the result means for the two countries. The guys finish off talking about the MLS All Star roster and we've got some opinions.
Share this pod with your friends heading to Dallas for the weekend so they're ready for the Gold Cup Semifinals!
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.