What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Dan and Rachael get together to discuss the USMNT October roster for the next round of World Cup Qualifiers.
The duo start out by discussing recent MLS news. They discuss the full roster including some key inclusions and exclusions. Apparently everything's cool with Weston McKennie now? We finish out the show with MLS Buy, Sell, Hold and Weekend Pick 'Ems.
Is it possible that Cristiano Ronaldo could be the next Manchester United manager when his playing career finally ends? Or is this just speculation of the highest order since once again Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under fire for recent results?
Major changes are happening all over the landscape when it comes to CONCACAF competitions as the CONCACAF Champions League changes again and now the League Cup expands to include every single MLS and Liga MX team. Plus, there's also a 2nd division Women's League in the works too.
All this plus Luchi Gonzalez fired at FC Dallas in our headlines, Supporters Club, and our biggest winners and losers as well.
What's up Internet? Matt, Dan, and Rachael are back this week for another episode of Last Word on Soccer. We discuss the dismissal of Luchi Gonzalez and try to make sense of the Concacaf bomb that is the new Leagues Cup format. The trio analyzes the USL Super League and its impact on the USWNT and NWSL.
The full squad is here for a big show heading into a very interesting International break. But first, there's a discussion on the madness that was Transfer Deadline day. Although the major one many were hoping for did not come to fruition as Kylian Mbappe stays at PSG.
However, there are still several surprises to get into, including Cristiano Ronaldo coming back to Manchester United, Antoine Griezmann heading back to Atletico Madrid, and more.
There are also some interesting tidbits on the newly minted CONCACAF W Championship and CONCACAF W Gold Cup as well.
Plus of course, What We Watched, The Supporters Club, Headlines, and more.
We will be back twice before the next regular show. Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins will have a review and reactions to the first USMNT World Cup Qualifying game against El Salvador on early Friday morning. Plus, the full crew again including Rachael McKriger on Sunday night for the second USMNT WCQ game against Canada too.
Rachael's article for The Equalizer: https://equalizersoccer.com/2021/08/26/explaining-the-new-concacaf-tournaments-qualification-format-for-world-cup-olympics/
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Concacaf Word Cup Qualification is here! Matt is joined by Dan, Rachael, and Harvey to all things Concacaf Octagonal September fixtures.
We start with a Round Table of MLS talk, discussing the last two weekends of news and results. Dan drops some perspective on a few big firings and coaching moves. Harvey has a major prediction regarding the Supporters' Shield. Rachael and Matt have some takes on where a teams might finish this season.
Then we get into the Concacaf Octagonal September window. We discuss expectations for the U.S. Men's National team, the roster, what to expect in the first two fixtures, and why there's no point in planning/pontificating on the third match at Honduras. Harvey's got the down low on La Selecta. Rachael discusses the rest of the teams involved.
We end the show with USMNT Pick 'Ems.
When the concept came about to do a show centered around the UEFA Champions League Draw who knew a bunch of other news would come out the same day.
So basically there's the second episode in one week for everyone. First up, Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins discuss the 2021 UEFA Champions League Draw. So many storylines to choose from with Manchester City versus PSG, Liverpool versus AC Milan, Real Madrid versus Inter Milan, Manchester United versus Villarreal. But beyond just matchups, who could surprise? Is there a team to look forward to? And of course what headlines will be pulled from this as well.
Also, the United States Men's National Team has named their 26 player squad. Are there any glaring omissions? How do we feel about the squad in general? Sean also has some thoughts on Ricardo Pepi deciding to pick the USA over Mexico. Plus, a little more on the now, fully European Covid-19 Red List with Serie A and LaLiga joining the English Premier League in not allowing players to travel for National Team duty.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe are talking up all of the retail space for what's left in the transfer window after Harry Kane decided to stay at Tottenham. Are we going to see both of the players in new team kits before the close of the window on September 1? How does Cristiano potentially fit into a Manchester City side? Interesting thoughts ahead.
Also, Erik's thoughts on the MLS All-Star game on What We Watched, and Predictions for who gets out of each UEFA Champions League group at the end of the show as well.
Several non Soccer playing-related stories dominate the discussion on this week's Soccer 2 the MAX, as the two-man crew of Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins tackle quite a few big topics.
The big drama in Nice with their game against Marseille and why the wrong decision was made by Ligue 1 officials. Why more should be done to protect players and why manager Jorge Sampaoli deserves some blame too.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp both are not big fans of the new English Premier League rules about letting "the game flow" leading to some questionable decisions in games. Is the league better for these changes following more of the precedent set by EURO 2020, or are the managers right in this instance?
Along with that, the Premier League announced they've come to a decision to not allow its players to travel to countries that are on the UK government's red list which highly affects countries in South America, Asia, and Africa who won't have some of their best players for three World Cup Qualifying games. Who's right? FIFA or the ECA?
Finally, some actual on-the-pitch stuff with the MLS All-Star game happening. Who wins? And what about all the players that aren't going to be there for both sides? Does this severely lessen the viability of this encounter? Should MLS versus Liga MX be the way forward for this event?
Plus, why are the United States not good at Beach Soccer What We Watched This Week and the Supporters Club too.
Soccer 2 the MAX is back! And all three of your hosts are here, as Sean Garmer once again rejoins Erik Watkins and Rachael Kriger in talking about the beautiful game they love so much.
This time there's a much different format to what's been in the past on the show. Each episode features standard segments like Headlines, What We Watched, and the Supporters Club. However, each host also brings their own topic as well which is sure to drive some banter and conversation.
Sean wonders if the possible UEFA salary cap is actually going to work or if the big clubs will just overpay to get whoever they want. Should there be a hard cap instead? Rachael discusses why the National Women's Soccer League needs a team in Canada. While Erik is still happy about Brentford's big win.
Plus, thoughts on a possible move for Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, the mess with FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi, if Harry Kane goes to Manchester City, thoughts on fans being back in the stands, and more.
(1:30): Our Headlines: NWSL Needs VAR, Kylian Mbappe going to Real Madrid? Could Cristiano Ronaldo come to PSG? And discussing fans being back as the European league seasons begin.
(23:20): What We Watched This Week: Manchester United Vs. Leeds United, Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers, and some Leagues Cup action.
(38:30): NWSL Need a team in Canada
(47:15): UEFA Proposing a Salary Cap with a Luxury Tax
(56:00) Brentford's Premier League Debut Win
(59:30:) The Supporters Club: How We Feel About the Teams we Support this week
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Harvey Cruz makes his podcast debut. He joins Matt, Rachael, and Dan to get caught up on all the August MLS action.
We do Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light on MLS teams, players, and people of the last two weeks. In the Round Table, we talk international club competitions with Concacaf Champions League and Leagues Cup letdowns.
The quartet ends the show with MLS Rivalry Weekend Pick 'Ems.
What's up Internet? This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt, Dan, and Rachael get together for our final U.S. Soccer Round Table for awhile. We break down the USMNT Gold Cup Champions and how they made it happen. We try to make sense of how and why the USWNT lost to Canada and ultimately did not win the Gold Medal.
As always, we finish with Weekend Pick 'Ems and Last Words.