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?
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!