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 14th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we're changing this up from our normal show. Matt Pollard sits down with Steve Bernasconi of The Soccer Tour for an interview pod special.
Steve has embarked on a season-long soccer roadtrip across North America. He will be attending at least one home game for every MLS team and a bunch of lower division and womens games. We caught up with Steve after 12 days in Colorado, his first soccer stop in the Mountain Time Zone.
We talk about how he came up with the idea for The Soccer Tour and how he planned it out. He explains some roadtrip, Starbucks, and 'Urban Camping' hacks to his journey. We discuss how he goes from stop to stop, how he gets by without 24/7 access to Wifi, and couch crashing with members of the Soccer Community. Steve goes in depth on how he's been embraced by the Soccer Community, how he's experienced the grass roots movement The Soccer Tour has attracted, and what he hopes to get out of it in the end.
The guys talk about the journey so far, his Colorado Experience, and what thinks of the current state of the Colorado Rapids, Denver, and the C38 Supporters Group experience.
We then go into some rapid fire stats questions to get a sense of how big his adventure is. We then have some fun with some 'Mid-Tour Awards.' (As of recording, these awards have not been officially endorsed by The Soccer Tour).
Enjoy the conversation and find out where you can learn more about Steve's journey and how you can get involved.
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.
August 8th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins go through the MLS Games from the weekend. What's going on with FC Dallas? Have Seattle flipped the switch? Are we surprised by the run from Vancouver? Did they get it right with the first VAR decisions? We discuss all of this and more.
In-between some of those games, we also discuss some transfers like Yoshimar Yotun to Orlando City, Zoltan Steiber emminently going to D.C. United, and a few more.
Finally, the guys discuss the happenings of NWSL for the week. Can we take anything out of the Washington Spirit's 4-1 win over Sky Blue? Alex Morgan scores a goal for Orlando, and the North Carolina Courage are in first place again.
We end the show by talking about the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Final. How great the game was, and what the win means for Netherlands. Plus, the new penalty shootout system was unveiled in the FA Community Shield this weekend. Is it better than the original system?
August 8th, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger discuss the final Tournament of Nations game for the U.S. Women's National Team. A 3-0 win over Japan, which wasn't as easy as it looked. Who stood out? Did anyone's stock rise or fall going forward for the national team? Why does Rachael still have a bone to pick with Jill Ellis?
After that, Rachael heads out, and the boys stick around to discuss the MLS All-Star game. What did we think of the festivities, the game, and is it a big deal that MLS took Real Madrid to penalties?
Finally, the guys discuss some MLS transfer news, and have a conversation on Promotion and Relegation in U.S. Soccer.
August 3rd, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Dan Sperry talk MLS All Star Game and a bunch of other stuff. Let's get to it!
We start be recaping the 2017 MLS All Star Game. The guys talk about the week as a whole and the festivities around it. We discuss the game and how it was kind of a hot mess. Then we talk about VAR (Video Assisted Refereeing) and why it's a great move for the league. We then recap the U.S. Open Cup action from this week. Dan also implores ESPN to broadcast both semifinal matches.
The guys then discuss the new deal between MLS and Adidas and why it's a good move for both parties. (We're also super excited to see what the new kits will be coming out since Adidas is way better than Nike on that). We finish the episode off with ideas for every MLS team in the remaining transfer window and season and we do some weekend Pick 'Ems.
Share this pod with your friend in Chicago to help them digest and cool down from the 2017 MLS All Star week that was.
August 1st, 2017
On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger are a bit more jovial than usual. Especially, since the U.S. Women's National team came back from 3-1 down and in nine minutes recovered to beat Brazil 4-3.
However, it wasn't all roses for USWNT. Rachael explains and has a few choice words for Jill Ellis' tactics before that fated nine minute stretch. Who stood out? Who needs to be starting? We discuss that and more.
After that, Rachael bids us adieu, as Erik and Sean talk MLS Week 21. How was Dom Dwyer's debut for Orlando City? Should Kaka still play 90 minutes? Do we make anything of the domination by Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps? There's also transfer news, and Curt Onalfo puts out a statement too.
Finally, the guys examine the presentation given on VAR by Howard Webb. Are the guys excited about VAR coming into the league? And is everything understandable, compared to how it was done in the Confederations Cup? Trust us, it is.
July 28th, 2017
On this special edition of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins begin by discussing the first Tournament of Nations game for the U.S. Women's National Team, which they lost by a score of 1-0 to Australia.
What went wrong for the USWNT? Did they really just have no energy for much of the game? Have the U.S. lost their edge? How much should we make of a glorified friendly? And is Jill Ellis too stuck in her ways? Did any of the less experienced players stand out? We discuss all of these things and more.
Before ending the show, the guys also get into the LA Galaxy firing Curt Onalfo. Then, subsquently hiring Sigi Schmid as his replacement. Is this the best move for the Galaxy? What does he bring to the table? Can he right the ship?
Not to be out done, LAFC also made a move to bring Bob Bradley back to MLS. How huge is this for LAFC? What does he bring to the team? And what can we expect from any squad building?
July 28th, 2017
On this special episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Rachael McKriger and Erik Watkins discuss the U.S. Men's National Team 2-1 victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup 2017 Final.
How much did the injury to Andre Blake effect Jamaica? Who stood out in the game? Did anyone help or hurt their chances on making the the USMNT squad going forward? How much praise should we give Bruce Arena? And do we feel better about the team heading into more World Cup Qualifying? We answer these questions and more.
The trio also discuss the recent big trade in MLS, which sent Dom Dwyer to Orlando City SC for Allocation money. Could Dwyer and Cyle Larin play together? How does this benefit the team? And what does Sporting KC do now? Plus, is Sydney Leroux going to follow Dwyer and join the Orlando Pride?