March 27th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger look back at the United States Men's National Team's 6-0 victory of Honduras in their World Cup Qualifier. The crew breakdown the game. Assess some of the standout performances and look ahead to the game against Panama on Tuesday as well.
After that, the guys examine the small Major League Soccer slate from Saturday. Are the New England Revolution going to start rolling after notching their first win of the season? Can Minnesota United doing anything to stop their glut of allowing goals? How seriously do we need to start taking the Columbus Crew? Plus, did Real Salt Lake make the right decision in firing Jeff Cassar?
Finally, Sean, Erk and Rachael discuss the big signing by the Chicago Fire of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Is he the missing ingredient in the midfield? Or is he going to make things a little too crowded?
March 25th, 2017
That's right folks, Last Word Soccer Club Radio is crazy and did an After Dark episode following the United States drubbing of Honduras. Daniel Sperry joins Matt Pollard on location from Avaya Stadium in San Jose, CA.
The guys talk about the fantastic performance the US had and how much it was needed. We recap the Hexagonal standings and how the US changed from a terrible loss in Costa Rica in November to what they were against Honduras.
Dan gives his take on what the Americans did tactically. We also discuss the three headed monster that is Christan Pulisic, Clint Dempsey, and Jozy Atlidore. The guys give some kudos to Michael Bradley for doing his job well. Lastly, we talk injuries and the back line in the context of the Panama game.
Share this pod with your casual soccer fan friend to get them psyched for USA vs. Panama next Tuesday.
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.
Share this pod with your German American friends to get them pumped for Schweisteiger joining the Men in Red!
March 17th, 2017
This week on Last Word SC Radio, we speak with Daniel Sperry about the U.S. Soccer National Training Center and Harrison Hamm about the Houston Dynamo.
In the first segment Matt Pollard is joined by Dan to talk about his tour of the National Training Center in Kansas City. Dan talks about what he learned on the tour about the facility and the plans for it. The guys discuss the new 'super fields' as well as the indoor amenities to the training facility. Dan gives some details on the coaching education plans for the project. This is extremely exciting for Sporting Kansas City and American Soccer.
Then Harrison joins the crew to talk about the Houston Dynamo. The guys discuss the new look attack and Wilmer Cabrera's coaching system. Harrison complements Alex and the rest of the midfield and gives some ideas as to why this isn't the same team as last year. The guys do discuss some concerns about the defense for the Dynamo.
In the Round Table, Matt and Joe Hojnacki discuss the MLS teams participating in CONCACAF Champions League. FC Dallas has a chance but it doesn't look great for the Vancouver Whitecaps. They discuss the Disciplinary Committee and MLS being ant-twitter fun. Lastly, the guys talk U.S. National Team roster and do weekend pick 'ems.
January 27th, 2017
Guys, this off-season's killing us. We've got a jam packed episode of Last Word SC Radio to help get you through it this week. We're joined by our staff writer Blayne Riffle and his colleages at MLS Fantasy Boss. Then Michael Anderer from Blue City Radio stops in to talk about NYCFC's preseason. Then it's a bunch of news in the Round Table.
In segment one, Matt Pollard and Blaye are joined by Reid Connelly and Michael Denton. The guys do a full break down of MLS Fantasy 2017. We talk about how we thought the 2016 season went and preview what we're looking for in 2017. Reid talks about the scheduling and how it won't be as strenuous on fantasy owners. Blayne gives some ideas on player value tracking. Mike talks about his MLS Injury News insider knowledge. The guys also give a few predictions on teams and players to watch for in Fantasy.
In segment two, Mike Anderer from Blue City Radio joins Matt and Joe Hojnacki. They boys talk about NYCFC's off-season. Mike gives some updates off a conference call with Head Coach Patrick Viera this week and talks about a big hole in midfield. The group talks about the club's plethora of goalkeepers. There's some updates on the ever-wandering Mix Diskerud. Mike has a few ideas for the NYCFC young attackers as well.
In the Round Table, Matt and Joe touch on a few MLS news items. Freddy Adu is on trial with the Portland Timbers. FC Dallas might finally have the South American forward they've been looking for. Minnesota United traded for Kevin Molino. Lastly, the guys talk about the USMNT taking on Serbia this weekend. We talk roster, formation, and what to look for from which players.
Send this pod to your friend who's interested in MLS Fantasy but has no idea how to get started. We'll get him MLS Fantas match fit in no time.
MLS Fantasy Boss 1:32 – 25:40
Michael Anderer (Blue City Radio) 26:31 – 41:18
Round Table 41:18 – 68:23
January 6th, 2017
Happy New Year internet! This week on Last Word Soccer Club Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki are doing a full break down of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft!
In segment one, Matt is joined by Benny Lefortune to talk about the draft from a player's prespective. Benny plays college soccer at St. John's University. He talks about how seriously players are taking the combine and what to look for in later rounds now that MLS teams have USL affiliates. Matt and Benny break down the Generation Adidas players and talk about who they think the future stars are.
In the second stanza, Matt is joined by Jeff Reuter of FiftyFive.One to talk about Minnesota United FC's draft prosects. Jeff gives his take on the team's off-season so far and Adrian Heath's style of play. The two go back and forth on Minnesota having the first overall pick and wheter it will be UCLA's Abu Danladi or Duke's Jeremy Ebobisse.
In the Round Table, Joe jumps in. The guys talk briefly on Bob Bradley getting sacked and whether it was fair or not. We do an indepth break down of Bruce Arena's USMNT roster for January Camp. The guys finish off with some rants about the SuperDraft.
November 22nd, 2016
Ding dong, the Witch is dead! Hey fam, this is Last Word SC Radio coming at you with a mid-week pod special. Today, Matt Pollard, Joe Hojnacki, and Dan Sperry break down the firing of Jurgen Klinsmann.
We talk about what did Klinsmann in and what went into the decision. The guys discuss what this means for Sunil Gulati's future and legacy with the U.S. Soccer Federation. We discuss what's gone wrong for the U.S. Men's National Team under Klinsmann and what needs to change for the program to progress.
The guys do a Roses and Thorns on the Klinsmann Era. Good news, there is hope for the future, #StanfordMessi and #TenaciousP and all.
The lads then go into the inevitable appointment of Bruce Arena. We discuss what the play for January Camp 2017 will be and what the team might look like for the rest of the Hexagonal.
Lastly, the boys talk about what the LA Galaxy should do with Arena leaving (hint: Sigi Schmidt). We also make predictions for leg one of the playoff games. Oh, and Dan totally tolls Matt over what's happening to the Galaxy.
Share this pod with your American Outlaw buddy to make them feel better. Or with your San Jose Earthquakes Ultra buddy to make them feel better about the Galaxy potentially going down.
November 11th, 2016
What's up America? Enough election talk, time to talk about the start of the CONCACAF Hexagonal. This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki are joined by John Bava.
In segment one, the boys sit down and talk about the Eastern Conference Playoff results. We discuss what the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC are doing so well. We break down what went wrong for the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC. The guys discuss what both New York teams need to change in the off season. Spoiler alert: The Red Bulls are in good shape the NYCFC needs some roster massages (defense especially).
In segment two, the guys do the same thing for the Western Conference. We talk about the Seattle Sounders rolling over FC Dallas and why Dallas is going to be just fine. We discuss (breifly) the not exciting LA Galaxy series with the Colorado Rapids. The guys spit ball ideas on what could change for LA in the off season. Matt's got a bunch of ideas (hint: Bastian Schweinsteiger), but there's a lot of uncertainty in Carson, CA right now.
In the Round Table, Matt and Joe question John on what the off season looks like for Columbus Crew. Then the guys dive fully into USA vs. Mexico. We discuss the current state of the U.S. Men's National Team roster and their players. They guys discuss formation and style of play. Lastly, we do predictions.
Share this episode with your friend who just joined AO. The quest for Russia 2018 continues tomorrow. #1N1T
October 14th, 2016
Greetings fellow hoot owls! This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki have a Last Word SC #AfterDark episode. We talk about CONCACAF, Bob Bradley's new resume booster, and MLS playoff madness.
First off, the lads talk about CONCACAF's plan to get their stuff together. We're talking a potential renaming (does anyone really remember what CONCACAF stands for anyways?), as well as a changing of the World Cup and CCL format. Matt and Joe discuss the pros and cons. They spitball some ideas for how they could change things up. CCL group stage with four teams each? Having the entire tournament in the same calendar year? Plus, who knows how WCQ could change. Especially if FIFA decides to expand the World Cup beyond 32 teams.
Then the guys discuss Bob Bradley getting his Swan on. If you haven't heard, Bradley is the new coach at Swansea City. The guys discuss how huge this is for American Soccer and why they think he will succeed there. Most importantly, just don't get relegated. This is a YUGE change for American Soccer to show England and Europe that their players and coaches are undervalued. Go get 'em Bob.
Lastly, the boys review the USMNT friendlies, midweek MLS matches, and talk about the MLS Cup Playoff Wildcard race.
This episode is crazy, just like MLS and CONCACAF.
September 9th, 2016
Put your pumpkin spice latte down fam, LANDON DONOVAN HAS RETURNED TO MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER!!!
This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki break down the return of the #LegenD. Matt is all juiced up cause the Galaxy might have hope. Plus that transfer of Nigel de Jong kind of makes sense. Joe talks Matt back with some reason. Donovan hasn't played in two years after all.
The guys review the midweek MLS games. They talk about how Orlando City SC could be making a run to the playoffs, cause Jason Kreis is a good coach. They lament on the Montreal Impact's slide and how they haven't figured out how to use their pieces around Didier Drogba and Ignacio Piatti.
Matt and Joe talk about FC Dallas putting space between them and everyone else. We discuss their chances of winning a double and treble.
In the Round Table, we discuss Eric Wynalda's and Alejandro Bedoya's little twitter feud. We also discuss the NWSL getting some publicity with Megan Rapinoe getting into the National Anthem Protest discuss. We also talk about Sacha Kljestian and Christian Pulisic being great against teams Matt can't find on a map.
This show is JAM PACKED with everything you need to know on the American Soccer landscape. Listen to it on your way home from the Manchester Derby this weekend or while you dig your Landon Donovan kit out of the closet.