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Soccer 2 the MAX: Chicago Red Stars Blank Houston, MLS Stadium Proposals, Don Garber’s New Deal

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins, and Rachael McKriger discuss the latest happening in American Soccer. 

First, they kick things off with the rumors of Don Garber getting a new contract to stay in his position within Major League Soccer. 

Then, they get into the multitude of stadium proposals happening around the league concerning NYCFC, Cincinnati FC, and news in D.C. too. Not to mention, they break down Toronto FC's chances against Chivas in the CONCACAF Champion's League Final second leg. 

They also talk how FIFA plans to solve VAR issues at the World Cup 2018. A Women's International Champions Cup. Plus, discussing the National Women's Soccer League midway through Week 4, as the teams prepare for a weekend full of action. Can the North Carolina Courage keep up the hot streak?


Last Word SC: CCL Shell-shock

What's up Internet? Today on Last Word SC Radio, Dan and the Matts are back to talk about the CONCACAF Champions League Final Leg One. We break down what went wrong for Toronto FC, how it happened, and what needs to change if they are going to win CCL next Wednesday in Mexico. 

Then in the Round Table, the guys have a full slate of Rapid-Fire topics and some updates of FC Cinncinati including a name change of all things. The boys finish off with MLS Pick 'Ems from all three days worth of games this weekend. 


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: USMNT Defeat Paraguay, Christen Press Goes to Sweden

On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins, and Rachael McKriger discuss and breakdown the USMNT 1-0 victory against Paraguay. The trio discuss who stood out from the young crop of players at each position. They also talk who maybe didn't have their best game, why that is, and also bring up the team's play in general. 

After that, they move on to discuss the first week of the National Women's Soccer League season. How did Houston in Vera Pauw's first game as head coach? Can you take much out of a game where Chicago was missing many players and still managed a draw? What about the young Washington Spirit? Was it too much Megan Rapinoe? Plus, the controversy in Orlando, and North Carolina getting some revenge. They also talk Christen Press finally deciding her playing fate for the season as well. 

After that, they move things to Major League Soccer discussing results from the weekend. The MLS Miami stadium problem rises again, and more.


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.


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?


Sweet FA Podcast (09/30/16)

On this week’s show: Rob & Hugo discuss the scandals that have enveloped England managers over the years.


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.