September 19th, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking everything Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final 2017. Here's everything you need to know going into Wednesday night's final.
Matt and Dan sit down to talk about Sporting KC and New York Red Bulls are going to do in the match. We talk about how the Head Coaches approached their weekend matches and why we'll see first choice Staring XIs on Wednesday. We discuss the tactics of the game and why this final will be more about execution than wrinkles or one side trying to out-fox the other. The guys also discuss legacy: one team is looking to add to theirs while the other is looking for a referendum on previous failures.
We finish off making predictions and telling you how you can follow the action all night long.
September 15th, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we're talking about a bunch of different news items. Let's get to it.
Matt and Robert start off talking about Alexi Lalas and his comments where he put the United States Men's National Team on blast. We break down what he got right and how the USMNT players could clap back. We then discuss Bob Bradley calling out the Atlanta United FC hype train as he defends his 1998 Chicago Fire.
In segment two, Dan jumps in to talk about Erik Palmer-Brown's transfer to Manchester City. We discuss how we got to this point, what it means for the player, and why it isn't that bad for Sporting KC or MLS. We then talk about Atlanta being on fire.
In the Round Table, the guys discuss Toronto FC possibly being the best team in league history. We then talk Vancouver Whitecaps and do some Weekend Pick 'Ems.
September 8th, 2017
What's up Internt? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we've got a bunch of talking points on Soccer in America. Let's get to it.
In the first segment, Matt and Robert sit down and recap the hot mess that was the United States Men's National Team this week. We discuss the loss to Costa Rica and the draw at Honduras. The guys look ahead to the October fixtures and make the argument that everything is going to be ok. Seriously guys, chill. Just win the Panama game.
Then Dan hops on to talk about the 41 cities listed to be part of the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup. The guys talk about the cities/stadiums included. We talk about which Canadian and Mexican venues could make the final cut. We provide some predictions for which American venues could host the final few games.
In the Round Table, Matt McCarthy has some firey opinions on the NASL getting denied Division II status. They guys discuss what this means for the league and the USL's bid as well.
We finish the episode off with some Weekend Pick 'Ems of the nationally televised weekend games.
September 1st, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we are formally introducing our new hosts for the podcast. Long time contributor Daniel Sperry is in and past guests Robert Kerr and Matt McCarthy have joined on as well. Led by Matt Pollard, we discuss the United States Men's National Team, World Cup Qualifying, the National Independent Soccer Association, some MLS teams who are in trouble. Enjoy the show!
August 31st, 2017
What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard sits down with Mark 'Rapids Rabbi' Goodman of the Burgundy Wave. The guys dive into the 2017 Colorado Rapids. We discuss how this season went pear-shaped. We try to diagnose the main issues and look into how they could go about fixing them in the off-season. The guys throw out some ideas for who the new Head Coach is and we discuss our initial takes on 'The Rapids Way' manifesto from the front office.
August 25th, 2017
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt and Dan sit down to talk about a bunch of topics in MLS. Let's get to it.
We start off talking about MLS Heineken Rivalry Week. The guys talk about how they did a better job with the schedule this week than the one in the earlier part of the season. We then move on to New York City FC and their home game that got moved to freaking Conneticut. The guys talk about how this happened, why it sucks for NYCFC, and the big picture issue of MLS teams not owning/being the primary tenant of their stadium.
The guys then move on to talking about the San Jose Earthquakes and being declared 'toast.' Dan gives his ideas on what's gone wrong in recent weeks and what needs to happen for the club to make the playoffs. Matt shares his opinions on how the Video Assisted Replay (VAR) process could be improved. The guys finish off with some rivlary themed Weekend Pick 'Ems.
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.