On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger begin their look at the 2017 MLS Season by going through eight teams and talking about their offseason, strengths, weaknesses, and season outlook.
On this show, FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, Columbus Crew, Orlando City, New York Redbulls, Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC are covered.
Also on this episode...
Rachael gives her thoughts on the She Believes Cup Roster. The exclusion of Megan Rapinoe. Plus, Hope Solo's latest comments.
Finally, the guys give their thoughts on Chicarito possibly coming to MLS in 2018. LAFC have apparently thrown a $15 Million bid out for the player. Also, thoughts on Howard Webb being brought in to help the adjustment to the Virtual Assist Referee or VAR. They discuss if this is good or bad for the sport. Will it really help with some controversial decisions? Or could it create more issues?
This week's Planning The Parade saw the guys talk about the Toronto FC came back against the New York Red Bulls and stole a crucial point to stay atop the Eastern Conference. Who's the newest toast of Toronto?
The crew's favourite guest, Dan Riccio from Sportsnet's The Fan, host of TFC Pitchside. After covering all things Toronto FC, Dan and Artem chatted Blue Jays to get informed. Will the Blue Jays win the AL East? Do they even have a chance? What about small ball/long ball?
Finally, the topic shifted to the World Cup of Hockey. Auston Matthews looks quite decent out there, but there's another Leaf who could make a huge impact for the Blue & White this year. Who's that? Which Leaf is ready to take the next step to become a key contributor?
The crew also debuted a new segment where they rated and predicted hypotheticals. Sounds very radio-esque. They thought they could try and be original, I suppose.
All that and more, on Planning The Parade, the Toronto sports podcast.
Artem and Arslan re-entered the room to discuss many things. Starting with the World Cup, Team North America garnered a lot of attention. Auston Matthews is the toast of Toronto at this time, and some of projected point totals for him and the Leafs' top two other prospects, William Nylander and Mitch Marner.
The guys discussed what would be acceptable and exciting point totals for the rookies when this season is over. Would 49 points over 82 games for Matthews please Leafs fans? Would 45 points for Nylander please Leafs fans? How about Mitch Marner?
What are best case scenarios for all these rookies?
Which rookie do the guys love that will crack the Leafs defensive pairings?
Things are a lot more positive at BMO Field these days. And Heck no, we don't mean the Argos. Tehyre still irrelevant. We're talking about Eastern Conference leaders, Toronto FC. They defeated Chicago Fire last weekend and took over first place in the East. Who looked amazing for the Reds? What was the game like and what do we expect for their next game vs the Red Bulls of New York? Dan Riccio from Sportsnet's the Fan 590 joined the boys to explain more.
Toronto are very much a championship calibre team, find out why in this week's Planning the Parade.
Finally, Artem put his expert hat on to discuss the Blue Jays and their woeful play as of late. After dropping two of three against the Boston Red Sox, things have been iffy as the Blue Jays have won one of two versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
All this and more, only on Planning the Parade
Toronto FC is on absolute fire at the moment. After winning results in their recent home stretch, TFC snagged another result against Real Salt Lake last night. With Will Johnson, Michael Bradley, Clint Irwin, and Benoit Cheyrou still out with injury, a make ship midfield of kids has been doing a fantastic job for the Reds.
Things get even better as Jozy Altidore is back from injury and combining well with Sebastian Giovinco. Are TFC MLS championship contenders? Legitimate contenders? Find out what the guys and special guest James Grossi from mlssoccer.com thinks. Which youngster impressed the guys the most?
Moving on from there, the guys welcomed Dan Riccio from The Fan 590 on Sportsnet radio. The MLB insider talked Aaron Sanchez, the trade deadline moves and assessed everything the Blue Jays are doing.
In the middle of that, the guys decided how to improve the 'fringe sport' of Soccer-Baseball. They put on their creative hats to figure out the best ways to make Soccer-Baseball a legitimate sport. One rule might have been to increase the intensity by executing the losing team's captain. Who knows what Mitchell gets up to on his free time?
For all that and more, tune into Planning the Parade!
With sports season thinning out, Mitchell has spent most of his time playing Pokemon Go even though he still doesn't really understand how it works. Arslan, on the other hand, still has a Blackberry for some reason and can't play the game as a result.
The boys then begrudgingly move on to sports, talking about Toronto FC's recent nightmare performance in San Jose. They try to understand what happened, and what impact it will have on the season going forward.
They then bring on Sportsnet The Fan 590, and host of TFC Pitchside, Dan Riccio to talk about all things Toronto FC. The guys talk about whether Alex Bono should remain as the club's starting goalkeeper, questions about Greg Vanney as head coach, what's wrong with Sebastian Giovinco and transfer talk. Arslan is also "tarps off" for this segment, something he makes clear.
Conversation then moves on to the Toronto Blue Jays, and the situations with both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista ahead of the trade deadline. Bautista is set to return, and Riccio discusses where he thinks Joey Bats fits back into the lineup. They also get into talk about the Justin Smoak signing, and what this means long term for the Blue Jays.
The Toronto Raptors are next on the clock, and they recently had a strong showing in NBA Summer League before a controversial call knocked them out. Mitch and Arslan talk about players who impressed, and who may be in line to get more time from the Raptors this season.
Finally, they wrap up with some hockey talk. They discuss the recent trade between the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers, and what it means for both teams. Then it is a fantasy conversation about whether Nylander of Marner will turn out to be the better NHLer, yup we are at that point of the NHL season.
The end of Euro 2016 may have the guys going through a bit of sports withdrawal, but there is still plenty to talk about on this week’s episode of Planning the Parade. The show almost didn’t happen because co-host Mitchell Tierney was still emotionally recovering from having his apartment power go out for five minutes. The guys discuss what it would be like if power went out in downtown Toronto for a significant period of time. Then, surprisingly, things turn to sports, with returning Blue Jays guest Neil Shyminsky on to talk about the halfway point of the season. Well, at least that was the idea anyway, the guys end up talking a lot about Sudbury for some reason. However, the do find time in between conversations about building houses on bedrock to break down the first half of the Jays season. They also talk about Aaron Sanchez, what to expect from the Jays at the Trade Deadline, and the return of Chris Colabello. The Blue Jays aren’t the only team in the swing of things, however. Toronto FC are trying hard to stay afloat with a number of key injuries, and the guys take a look at the season so far. They also break down the Damien Perquis move, and Jozy Altidore’s return to the lineup. Perquis wasn’t the only Toronto athlete leaving town, however, the guys look back at the move that sent Jonathan Bernier to the Anahiem Ducks, and what this means for the Leafs. They explore possible replacements. Finally, it’s a quick chat about the state of the Raptors after they make their first free agent signing, Jared Sullinger formerly of the Boston Celtics.
Arslan & Mitchell were back after a week hiatus to talk about the NHL Draft and all the trades that happened on this week's Planning The Parade. They also welcomed Pension Plan Puppets' Scott Wheeler, who gave them his opinion on all the players the Leafs drafted, and his opinion on the Freddie Andersen deal. Last Word On Sports' draft guru, Ben Kerr, also joined the boys to talk about the draft and the trend of picking over agers this year. The Leafs drafted FIVE over agers this year; it is very rare that a team even drafts one over agers in the draft. Why did the Leafs take this route?
Ben and Scott both threw their opinions in on where Stamkos will sign. Is Steven Stamkos actually Toronto bound? Who is the favourite? Which is the best team for Stamkos to sign for? Where should he sign? Mitchell & Arslan offer polarizing views.
Finally, Arslan & Mitchell moved on to talk about Toronto FC's recent loss last weekend. While this was a heartbreaking result, Toronto FC might have a mercurial talent on their hands. Find out who could be a top Canadian striker for the Reds for years to come. The Reds also travel to Vancouver to play the final of the Voyageurs Cup. Finally, this weekend. Seattle Sounders make a visit to BMO field to take on Toronto FC.
Get the low-down on the opposition and what kind of result Toronto could expect.
Planning the Parade, all things Toronto. check it out.
This week’s “Planning the Parade” saw
Mitchell Tierney and Arslan Siddiqui talk about Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup
win. The Penguins have alarming topics to address this off-season. With
starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury in the backseat in the Penguins goaltending
picture, and Matt Murray the cup-winning goalie, the boys discuss whether to
trade the life-long Penguins goaltender.
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos recently
brought up the idea of trading elite center Evgeni Malkin to evolve the
Penguins and move them forward. Is strengthening on defense and deflecting the
cap crunch important for the Penguins? Or should they hang on to the core and
hope to win a cup again?
The Leafs gave up on Phil Kessel last
year, which was the unanimously correct decision. But Arslan chose to ask the
question, “Did Toronto really need to Trade Phil Kessel?” Why couldn’t he be a
support piece in Toronto? He didn’t HAVE to be the core piece in Toronto, did
he? How about James Van Riemsdyk? Various reports show the New York Islanders
making their first round pick available, with JVR a target. Leafs fans, do you
want him to be traded?
The boys welcomed special guest Neil
Shyminsky, college professior at Cambrian College and big-time Baseball fan, to
talk Toronto Blue Jays. Aaron Sanchez is poised to join the bullpen, the Jays
are very much on fire, but Arslan brings out the ‘Debbie downer’ in him to talk
about a problem in this organization. Do the Blue Jays really have winning
aspirations? Comparing every move to the Sox, Yankees etc, the Jays simply
haven’t showed as much aspirations as the rest of the MLB.
Toronto FC take on the LA Galaxy this
weekend, a team they haven’t beat in five meetings. They’re winless in four
games. With Bradley and Altidore out, facing a tough LA Galaxy team, Toronto
are very much in tough. Can the Reds grab a point?
Also, find out more about Spider
mating season and Steph Curry’s mouthguard.