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New York Red Bulls Round Table Season Preview 2017

February 28th, 2017

New York Red Bulls Round Table Season Preview 2017

The Last Word On NYRB team sat down to discuss the 2017 MLS season ahead for the original New York team. Heading into '17, the Red Bulls were in a familiar state of change. That left plenty of questions about the team and roster heading into the opening game against Atlanta United (Sunday, 7:30pm, FS1).

Joining the Last Word On NYRB team is Seeing Red Daily host, Mark Fishkin. Mark started Seeing Red Daily this year as a means to deliver high quality Red Bulls content on a daily basis. If you have not already become a patron, you really should.

On the docket for this round table:

  • Is Sean Davis ready to step into Dax McCarty's shoes?
  • Is the 4-2-2-2 (4-4-2 bucket) the answer?
  • Can Gonzalo Veron stay healthy and make an impact?
  • Is the depth of the team a concern and what position is most vulnerable?
  • Who on the roster is most critical to the team's success?
  • Will CONCACAF Champions League schedule congestion cause early season woes?
  • Are there any warning signs that fans should look out for?
  • Will Louis Robles maintain his streak?
  • What will Bradley Wright-Phillips season tally look like?
  • Who will lead the team in goals? Assists?
  • Where will the Red Bulls finish the season?

Soccer 2 the MAX: MLS Season Predictions 2017, Brek Shea Trade

February 27th, 2017

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, we are one week away from the start of the Major League Soccer 2017 season. Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger finish up their Team Previews and give their complete Western and Eastern Conference predictions. Not to mention, their playoff brackets and who wins MLS Cup 2017 as well.

The final seven teams covered in the team previews are:

Atlanta United, Minnesota United, Real Salt Lake, Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City and NYCFC.

Rachael and Erik discuss the impact of the Brek Shea for Giles Barnes trade for both teams, Thoughts on the CONCACAF Champions League 2017 results. The US U-20's World Cup Qualifying gets tough. Plus more.


Last Word SC: CCL Fever, John Harkes, MLS Fantasy, And VAR

February 24th, 2017

One. More. Week. Fam. This week on Last Word Soccer Club Radio, we're talking all things CONCACAF Champions League. 

In the first segment, Matt Pollard is joined by Michael Walker to talk about FC Dallas stomping Arabe Unido. We talk about how Dallas got off to such a great start in the first leg and preview their season sans Mauro Diaz. Mike also covers FC Cinncinati, so we talk John Harkes getting dismissed from the club. Mike talks about what went down and the lads both do some speculation. 

Then Joe Goldstein stops by to talk about the 1-1 draw between the New York Red Bulls and the Vancounver Whitecaps. Joe gives his take on how the first game of the 4-2-2-2 went for the Bulls as well as who stood out. The two talk about how this season is going to be different for New York and what they expect in leg two. 

In the Round Table, Blayne Riffle stops by to talk about MLS Fantasy. Blayne and Matt talk about the rule changes and what they're excited about for the season. Then the guys put on their MLS Fashion hats and talk about some new jerseys. Lastly, the guys talk about VAR and a sad end to Sutton United's FA Cup run.


Raising Bulls 22 February 2017 - Austin Fido/Media Day

February 22nd, 2017

This week, the guys talk about actual games! Preseason is in full gear, and RBII are reaping the rewards of the senior team's participation in CCL. Then Austin Fido joins us for a discussion about covering the team. Next, the players from the USL Champions who have graduated to the senior team, share their thoughts heading into the season from media day. We finish up discussing the important pieces leaving RBII and some of the players coming in to ease the burden.

Raising Bulls is a podcast dedicated to the New York Red Bulls of the USL. Each week, Joe Goldstein, Bill Twomey and Anthony Merced will be recapping the week that was. They will also be previewing each of the team’s upcoming matches and occasionally  joined by guests from all levels of the NYRBII organization. If you care about the future of the New York Red Bulls, you’re listening to Raising Bulls.


Last Word SC: 2017 MLS Jersey Month, Off-Season Moves, And RBNY Tinfoil Speculation

February 17th, 2017

Happy Week of Valentine’s Day soccer fam? Too much? Yeah, probably. Just two weeks until the start of the season and we’re here to help you get through the end of the off-season. This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki talk news and MLS jerseys!

To open, it’s all Designated Players. Freddy Montero is back in MLS, heading to the Vancouver Whitecaps. The guys talk about the move, what it means for Cascadia, and we review some salty Brad Evans tweets. Our good friend Nic Hendrickson shares his views on Montero joining and how he’ll work with Kekuta Manneh.

The boys then talk about NYCFC’s new No. 10 Maxi Moralez. We talk about his role, NYCFC’s system, and what this means for Tommy MacNamara.

In the second segment, we’re talk about more news! Ali Curtis and the New York Red Bulls have agreed to part ways. We talk about how this could have gone down, why it went down, and if there’s more to this for the Red Bulls. Matt puts on his tinfoil hat and talks about this indicating a bigger issue with ownership. Either way, we’re waiting for the tell-all book. Matt and Joe then talk about D.C. United beautiful new stadium and Clint Dempsey returning to training.

In the Round Table, it’s all MLS Jersey talk. We go through every jersey releases do far. We talk about the design and what we think. Spoiler: Matt’s a little underwhelmed by the LA Galaxy #OutOfTheBlue kit and Joe thinks that the Timbers new kit is SO PORTLAND TIMBERS.

Share this podcast with your friend who loves jerseys to help get them excited for the start of the season.


Sands Impresses, Lewis Prepares, NYCFC Draws and MLS Fantasy Tips / Ep 105 / Blue City Radio

February 15th, 2017

Mike and Jon waste no time heaping praise on 16 year old James Sands.  While his future with NYCFC for 2017 is unclear, what is certain is that the Academy Player turned potential signing held his own against Ecuadorian powerhouse Emelec.

The guys then break down the keys of last week's friendly and look at who else showed well and who needs to step up their game.  The conversation on the Emelec game ends with some of the post game interviews, including a special interview with US Ambassador to Ecuador, Tod Chapman.

In the third segment the show switches gears as NYCFC's first round draft pick Jon Lewis joins Mike for a interview while he prepares with the US U-20 National Team for the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica.

The show closes out with a chat with Mike Denton who gives the guys the expert's look into MLS Fantasy.  Don't forget to join the Blue City Radio Fantasy League by using code 9386-1888


Bye Frank, Hello Sean and Ugo, Bienvenidos a Ecuador / Ep 104 / Blue City Radio

February 8th, 2017

Episode 104:

If you thought our 100th episode was crazy, wait until you listen to this.  Mike is on location in Ecuador, Jon is in a mood over not being able to enjoy Twitter and Super Frank announced his retirement. 

Mike interviews two of NYCFC's newest players, Sean Johnson and Ugo (Don't call him Sean) Okoli following the team's open session in Stadio Capwell in Ecuador.

The guys get back together to discuss the USAvJAM and other news in NYCFC as well as a discussion on stadium news. 


Last Word SC: 12 MLS Expansion Bids, #NoRepublicNoParty, And Phoenix Rising

February 3rd, 2017

What's up internet? This week was all crazy with MLS Expansion Bids all over the place. That's exactly what we're talking about this we're talking about on this episode of Last Word SC Radio. Matt Pollard is joined by Daniel Sperry to break everything down. Let's get to it.

First Evan Ream joins us to talk about the drama going down in Sacramento. Apparently there was a split between one side of the ownership group and the side directly running Sacramento Republic FC. Evan gives the accounts from both sides and weighs in on whether this is a miscommunication or an open war/negociation through the public. We talk about the fan reactions and #NoRepublicNoParty. Evan gives a few ideas as to how this cound play out. Still, outlook hazy. 

In segment two, or very own Roy Emanuel makes his podcasting debut. We talk about the Phoenix Rising rebrand and Arizona as a soccer market. Roy gives his take on the cities chances and the guys go back and forth on a very interesting soccer specific stadium situation. 

Then Josh Beeman joins us from Indomitable City Soccer to give another view point on the Sacramento situation. We talk about about the bid and the stadium situation. Josh talks about the moves Republic have made in the off-season and how they're shaping up for the 2017 USL season. Oh, and he predicts that the Tulsa Roughnecks are going to be worse than FC Montreal, and they don't even exist anymore. 

In the Round Table, Matt and Dan do a full breakdown of all 12 MLS Expansion bids. We talk about who the front runners are and what the stadium situation is. Dan does a full break down of the market size. The two discuss market saturation and potential rivals. Oh, and we briefly talk about the USMNT friendly.

Share this pod with a friend who lives in one of the 12 potential expansion cities to get them hyped for MLS 2020!


NYCFC Pre-season and a Chat With Chris Wingert / Ep 103 / Blue City Radio

February 1st, 2017

Episode 103:

Mike and Jon dive into the NYCFC pre-season roster and discuss moves made, rumored, dismissed and more rumors.  Then the guys welcome former NYCFC defender, Chris Wingert to the show to get a first-hand account of what it's like during pre-season.

The guys wrap the show with a discussion on USAvSER and find out which NYCFC player the fans think might have peaked in 2016.