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Soccer 2 the MAX: USMNT Lose to Ireland, USWNT Squad Named, MLS Gets New Team

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger look at the latest happening state side. 

First, they begin by discussing the United States Men's National Team's 2-1 loss to Ireland. Where there any good takeaways from the game? Was it a case of rust for Bill Hamid? Or something more? Did the squad have too many changes? Or just a case of a bad day for the team? Is Ireland just that much better? 

The trio also talk about the latest concerning the 2026 World Cup bid. The results are in from the FIFA surveys and the United bid has a nice lead. But will that actually go into account when the voting finally takes place? They also discuss where the United bid and Morocco bid waver, and more. 

Rachael also breaks down the United States Women's National Team call-ups for the games against China. All positions are taken into account. Who's Rachael excited about seeing? And who doesn't make the grade? 

Plus, Cincy joins Major League Soccer. The latest in both MLS and NWSL, and quite a few other things too.

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Soccer 2 the MAX: USMNT Beats Bolivia, Kristie Mewis Out for the Season, New USMNT GM?

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger discuss the 3-0 victory for the United States Men's National Team over Bolivia. Who stood out from the young group? Why wasn't Christian Pulisic on his game? And should be very excited by Tim Weah and Josh Sargent? 

After that, the crew discusses the possible naming of the first USMNT general manager in form player, Earnie Stewart. Just what does this job entail? And can we really glean anything out of this? Not to mention, the latest results in Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, and Rachael has a rant about the United States Women's National Team goalkeeping situation.

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Soccer 2 the MAX: USMNT Squad Named, FIFA Goes Tournament Crazy

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins, and Rachael McKriger talk about a lot of things in a relatively short amount of time, as they try to catch up on what's been happening in the Soccer world. 

Firstly, they discuss the U.S. Men's National Team squad named for the three Pre-World Cup friendlies against Bolivia, Ireland, and France. How does the trio feel about the squad? Do they like the players named? How big a deal is it that Christian Pulisic is returning? They discuss this and more. 

After that, they run a pretty large gambit of topics. Sean and Rachael catch-up on the National Women's Soccer League and Major League Soccer. While also talking the latest on the 2026 World Cup bid. The USMNT and Mexico not participating in the 2019 Copa America.

Plus, why is FIFA so tournament crazy? What does the trio think of the proposed 24 team Club World Cup and a World Nations League? All this and more on the latest Soccer 2 the MAX.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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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.
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