July 28th, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we've got a jam-packed episode. Let's get to it!
Matt Pollard is joined by Sean Garmer and Dan Sperry. We start of breaking down the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. We discuss the match and how the United States Men's National Team were able come out on top over Jamaica. The guys take stock on what this means for the Reggae Boyz and which USMNT players moved up or down in the pecking order.
In segment two, we're talking everything MLS in Los Angeles. Matt rants about Curt Onalfo getting fired and Sigi Schmid coming in. Sean and Dan are healthy skeptics on whether he'll turn things around. Matt also shares some quotes from the press conference and is convinced the Galaxy Front Office have no clothes on. We then discuss Bob Bradley signing with Los Angeles FC and what it means for their future roster construction.
In the Round Table we talk transfers. Dan sheds some light on the Dom Dwyer move and what it means for Sporting KC. The guys talk about how Orlando City SC is going to make it work with Cyle Larin staying. Then we transition to talking about Jonathan dos Santos joining his brother with the Galaxy. We finish of the show with some MLS Weekend Pick 'Ems.
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!
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.
Share this pod with your friends driving to Cleveland for USA vs. Nicaragua and GET PUMPED!
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.
May 24th, 2017
It was a roller coaster of a week for NYCFC and it's fans. Following a hard fought draw in Dallas, the team flew directly to Sandy, UT and prepared for a midweek match up with RSL. Joined by the few team members that did not make the trip to Texas, the team started off the RSL game by capitalizing on a defensive error. Sadly, NYCFC was unable to hold the scoreline conceding twice. I guess luckily for most fans, they didn't have to suffer through a poor performance because YES Network delayed the broadcast until after midnight rather than moving the game to a subsidiary channel. Has no one at YES watch an Olympic event on CNBC? It's a common practice nowadays.
On Friday Andrea Pirlo celebrated his 38th birthday, a milestone for sure, but it would appear that he celebrated on his own at home in Manhattan after returning to NY following a knee injury.
Then came the glorious game on Sunday. NYCFC went into Orlando Stadium, a place where in it's young history the home team had only dropped two points out of it's first six games, and handed the Lions their first loss.
Mike and Jon break down the key points from both games. They discuss Patrick Vieira's comments from the past three games and look into the contrast or evolution of the still relatively inexperienced head coach.
In the second segment, the color analyst for Fox Sports and one of the most polarizing pundits in soccer today, Alexi Lalas, joins the show to shed more light and depth on his thoughts on NYCFC, Villa, Pirlo and or course the rest of the beautiful Pigeons.
The guys wrap up the show with some final thoughts on the week and look ahead at the tough task of taking on Atlanta United in front of another sellout crowd this Sunday.
May 17th, 2017
With a full two-game week ahead for NYCFC, Mike and Jon jump right into the previews of both road games versus Real Salt Lake on Wednesday and Orlando City on Sunday. No predictions, just a look at what to expect against both teams and how Patrick Vieira might manage his roster rotation.
In the second segment, play-by-play announcer for FC Dallas and the voice on the TV for FS1 on Sunday's game, Mark Followill, joins the show. The guys dig deep into Mark's journey to where he is today, breakdown some keys from the Dallas draw and tackle the myths of Broadcaster jinxes.
In the final segment the guys give their final thoughts on NYCFC's performance, look ahead to the U20 World Cup beginning on Saturday in South Korea and more.
It's a long show, get ready.
May 17th, 2017
- Recaps for the losses to Charlotte Independence and LA Galaxy II
- Interview with Andrew Tinari
- Preview of the Ottawa Fury FC match this Saturday
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