October 24th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we finish our preview of the MLS Cup Playoff Knockout Round games. Steve Brisendine of MLSSoccer.com and Ralph Schudel from Massive Report are here to help.
First, Steve joins Matt to talk about Sporting KC. He gives us some updates on Tim Melia and where the legs are for Sporting. We discuss what they're doing well and what the attack needs to do at Houston Dynamo. Then Ralph stops by to talk all things Columbus Crew SC. The guys talk about the Crew's unbeaten streak, Federico Higuian's bounce-back season, and the workman like back four. Ralph gives some perspective on the #SaveTheCrew movement.
If you need to fully prepare for the MLS Thursday knockout round games, this is the episode for you.
September 22nd, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the NASL's anti-trust lawsuit against the USSF and MLS. Let's get to it.
We start with Dan breaking down his experience attending and covering the U.S. Open Cup Final. We talk about the game and what went down tactically. Matt McCarthy laments the Red Bulls mistakes and their <em>Oh So Metro</em> legacy. We also talk about how this was icing on the cake for the Sporting KC core and how they've got a new core growing into the system.
In segment two, the Matts have some hot takes on the NASL's anti-trust lawsuit against the USSF and MLS. We talk about the standards for Division I and II in America. The guys go over the NASL's ignominious history and how we got here. We discuss what could go down and whether or not the NASL has an argument. The guys finish off talking about what this could mean for the pyramid and American Soccer in the long term.
In the Round Table, Matt Pollard, Dan, and Robert talk about a bunch of different news topics. We finish off with some Nationa TV game Pick 'Ems for the weekend.
September 19th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking everything Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final 2017. Here's everything you need to know going into Wednesday night's final.
Matt and Dan sit down to talk about Sporting KC and New York Red Bulls are going to do in the match. We talk about how the Head Coaches approached their weekend matches and why we'll see first choice Staring XIs on Wednesday. We discuss the tactics of the game and why this final will be more about execution than wrinkles or one side trying to out-fox the other. The guys also discuss legacy: one team is looking to add to theirs while the other is looking for a referendum on previous failures.
We finish off making predictions and telling you how you can follow the action all night long.
September 15th, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking about a bunch of different news items. Let's get to it.
Matt and Robert start off talking about Alexi Lalas and his comments where he put the United States Men's National Team on blast. We break down what he got right and how the USMNT players could clap back. We then discuss Bob Bradley calling out the Atlanta United FC hype train as he defends his 1998 Chicago Fire.
In segment two, Dan jumps in to talk about Erik Palmer-Brown's transfer to Manchester City. We discuss how we got to this point, what it means for the player, and why it isn't that bad for Sporting KC or MLS. We then talk about Atlanta being on fire.
In the Round Table, the guys discuss Toronto FC possibly being the best team in league history. We then talk Vancouver Whitecaps and do some Weekend Pick 'Ems.
August 18th, 2017
What's up Internt? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt, Dan, and Robert are talking a bunch of MLS action and USL news! Let's get to it.
We start off talking about the Western Conference. Pablo Mastroeni is out and Matt has opinions on that. Dan and Robert give their take on the long jam at the top of the conference with Houston Dynamo, Seattle Sounders FC, and Sporting KC. We also talk about some west teams that are toast for 2017.
In segment two, we're talking Eastern Conference. Toronto FC and New York City FC are going strong. While they haven't been great on the road, the Chicago Fire are there too. We try to separate out these teams. We then talk about some Nashville soccer-specific stadium renderings and USL expansion.
In the Round Table, we talk about the StubHub Center being a playable stadium in FIFA 18. Dan gives us the deets an extra sub coming up in MLS Cup Playoff extra time. We finish the pod off with some weekend highlight 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.
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.