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Soccer 2 the MAX: USWNT Big Win Over Mexico, Zlatan Lights Up MLS, Bio-Banding?

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins, and Rachael McKriger discuss and break down the U.S. Women's National Team 4-1 victory over Mexico. How did the USWNT play with some of its major players out with injury and also on the bench? Should Alyssa Naeher start the next game after her big gaf? How much more awesome can Alex Morgan get? Rachael gets super excited about seeing Ashley Hatch play. Plus what to expect in the second game on Sunday as well. 

After that, the trio tries to figure out what the heck is Bio-Banding. Should this be used more than the chronological order system? Is this really going to work in helping find later maturing players? 

Finally, they talk the Major League Soccer action from last weekend and how Zlatan Ibrahimovic just announced his presence in MLS by just being Zlatan.


Soccer 2 the MAX: 2018 NWSL Season Preview Part 2, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Finally to LA Galaxy

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins, and Rachael McKriger discuss the big news that finally Zlatan Ibrahimovic is signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy. What does this mean for the Major League Soccer, the team, and for Zlatan himself? The crew try to answer all of those pondering questions. 

Then, they breakdown the U.S. Women's National Team selection for the two friendlies in April against Mexico. How big a deal is it that Christen Press is not selected? Is she being punished? Or is this really about her not playing? 

Finally, they finish out their 2018 NWSL Season Preview by discussing the other five squads. Chicago Red Stars, Seattle Reign FC, Orlando Pride, North Carolina Courage, and the 2017 champions, Portland Thorns.


Soccer 2 the MAX: 2018 NWSL Season Preview Part 1, USMNT Squad Against Paraguay, Freddy Adu

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger get everyone ready for the National Women's Soccer League season. 

*We do apologize for a tech issue that plagues the show. Sean has a little static that you can hear after he talks. However, Erik and Rachael sound fine. *

However, first, they go over Major League Soccer Week 3 results. Who's surprising so far in the young season? And who's disappointing this early? 

There's also discussion on Freddy Adu playing soccer again for the Las Vegas Lights FC. The 23 cities named in the united bid for the 2026 World Cup. As well as, the U.S. Men's National Team squad against Paraguay has also been named. Featuring several uncapped players and a mostly young roster. What does the trio think of the roster? 

Finally, Rachael and Sean go through the first four teams in their 2018 NWSL Season Preview. They cover Houston Dash, which features the latest in the Christen Press drama. Washington Spirit, Utah Royals, and Sky Blue FC.


Last Word SC: USMNT March Roster

What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, we break down the USMNT March roster and the international friendly against Paraguay. In the Round Table, we've got some out of the box Rapid Fire topics and several Pick 'Ems. 


Soccer 2 the MAX: Bob Bradley And LAFC, MLS Team Previews Pt. 2, Fredy Montero in Vancouver

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger do another round of MLS Team Previews.

The New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy, Montreal Impact, San Jose Earthquakes, Philadelphia Union and Montreal Impact are covered on this show.

The crew also discusses several news items as well. Rachael gives a Sounders fan perspective of Fredy Montero returning to MLS, but for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Is he finally the answer at forward for the Whitecaps? Erik Watkins has his feelings on the D.C. United stadium groundbreaking being official. Plus, could Bob Bradley be headed back to MLS to coach LAFC? NYCFC's big player haul, John Harkes out at FC Cincinnati and more.

Finally, each member of the team gives their Top 3 2017 MLS Kits.


Soccer 2 the MAX: Chicharito to MLS? She Believes Cup Roster, MLS Season Preview Part 1

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?


Planning The Parade 09/21: Toronto FC draw, Blue Jays Stretch Run, Hockey

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.

Planning The Parade: Leafs Rookies Points, Toronto FC Championship? Blue Jays Pain

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

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Planning The Parade: Blue Jays Round-Up, Toronto FC Low-Point?

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.