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!
July 18th, 2017
What's up Internet? It's Monday night and Last Word SC Radio is back with a special midweek show. We recap Group B and C of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup and preview the Quarterfinals.
Matt Pollard and Dan Sperry talk about how the United States Men's National Team and Mexico finished out the Group Stage. We then discuss the changes each team made going into the knock out rounds. Matt and Dan have some mixed feelings about some of Bruce Arena's views.
The guys finish off with a full preview of all four Quarterfinal games and do a combined Pick 'Em for Gold Cup and the returning MLS action. Share this pod with your El Salvadorian friend, because Matt and Dan are on the Zelaya hype train.
July 15th, 2017
What's up Internet? Last Word SC Radio is back! This week, Matt Pollard and Daniel Sperry recap everything going on with the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
We start off with Group A. Matt and Dan break down how Costa Rica and Canada got the job done to advance. We gush over Andrew Davies and talk abou the MLS based Ticos. Matt tries to diagnose what's wrong with Honduras. Then we talk about the Level 100 CONCACAFing that is French Guiana. The guys break down the sanctions, the sequence of events, and what CONCACAF did and didn't do right.
The guys then move on to Group B. We discuss the U.S. Men's National Team woes in the group stage and why it isn't the end of the world. Dan talks about the need for a central attacker. Matt discusses the issue at the back. The guys conclude talking about Panama as a dark horse and about how U.S. Soccer Twitter needs to chill.
We finish the pod off with talking Group C (Jamaica and El Salvador ain't that bad) and give some brief updates on the U.S. Open Cup.
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July 7th, 2017
We're back from the dead, Internet! This week on Last Word SC Radio, we are talking everything CONCACAF wtih a 2017 Gold Cup Preview!
Matt Pollard is joined by Sean Garmer! The two discuss the three groups of the Gold Cup. The guys talk about each team and there chances to advance to the Quarterfinals. We even predict our best third teams. We do an (abbreviated) roster review and look at some players to watch for. The guys finish off breaking down the United States Men's National Team roster and what Bruce Arena will be looking to accomplish in this tournament.
June 9th, 2017
They did it Twitter fam! Christian Pulisic did it! All praise our new supreme overlord! This time on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard is on location to recap the USA vs Trinidad match with Dan Sperry.
We jump right in to talk about the match and the tactical battles that we saw. The guys discuss Clint Dempsey's less than impressive performance. We gush about Christian Pulisic and the play from the wingers. Dan talks about some of the smart substitutions by Bruce Arena and Matt provides some insight with post game quotes from the players and coach.
The guys then do a full round table of the night's results in the CONCACAF Hexagonal. Spoiler alter: it was good for the United States. Costa Rica and Panama played to a 0-0 draw. Mexico got a big 3-0 win at home against Honduras. We talk about what the standings look like for the U.S. and the outlook going forward.
We finish with a full preview of Sunday's YUGE match between Mexico and Los Estados Unidos.
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