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OTPP: NHL Off-Season Frenzy

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Powerplay with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

This week the boys get into the NHL Off-season frenzy. We have seen big name stars on the move, both in trades and as free agents. Dave and Ben examine each move.

This Week's Show

NHL general managers did not wait for July 1st to get their off-season shopping started. The big moves started on June 29th as there were two big trades and a massive free-agent signing. The Edmonton Oilers traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larson. This was quickly followed by the Montreal Canadiens trading P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning locked up Steven Stamkos to an eight-year deal. What do the boys think of the moves?

On July 1st, teams spent money like it was going out of style. Andrew Ladd, Dan Hamhuis, Kyle OkposoEric Staal, Milan Lucic, Frans Nielsen, Loui Eriksson, David Backes, and Troy Brouwer were just some of the names finding new homes. Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens shocked many by bringing Alexander Radulov back from the KHL. Who got good value and who overspent in the frenzy? The boys let give you their take.

Some other big names such as Kris Russell, Justin Schultz, Alex Tanguay, Jiri Hudler, and Vadim Shipachyov remain on the market. Where do the boys think they will go, and who is the best remaining free agent?

All this and more as we go On The Powerplay.

OTPP: NHL Off-Season Frenzy

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Last Word SC: Matt Jordan, GM Houston Dynamo; Kharlton Belmar, Portland Timbers 2 FC

Tonight, Last Word Soccer Club Radio celebrates it's first anniversary in style!

First, Matt and Russ have a chat with Matt Jordan, VP and General Manager of the Houston Dynamo. Jordan talks about Cubo's impact at the club, as well as Targeted Allocation Money, analytics, player development in Houston, and more!
Then, Portland Timbers 2 FC striker Kharlton Belmar stops by to talk about the differences between his college experience and his new venture in USL, the current state of affairs at PT2, and he dishes about where to find some great ice cream in Portland!
Then, Ty joins in the third segment and the gang tackles the question - who would be a better right back for Jurgen Klinsmann, an avacado or a space elephant? Not only that, the guys get real about the NASL's dvi 2 status and the impending anti-trust suit against USSF. Is it viable? Or is it just sour grapes.
All this and more on this week's Last Word Soccer Club Radio!

Saint Louis FC Post Game Quotes 06/29/15

Hear from Head Coach Dale Schilly and Jacob Bushue after Saint Louis FC's 4-1 loss to New York Red Bulls II.


Last Word SC Soccer Podcast: FC Dallas’ Ryan Hollingshead and US Soccer’s Jeff Crandall

Last Word SC Radio returns! Matt and Russ welcome Jeff Crandall of to talk about the upcoming US Open Cup Round of 16.  Jeff weighs in about the Red Bulls v Cosmos, along with Chicago v Charlotte.  He makes some bold predictions, talks about ideas to make the 3rd oldest tournament in the world more popular with the media. 

Then, Matt has a chat with FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollinghead about the transition from college to pro, building a church with his brother, and learning latin dance moves.  Matt admits that every LWSC writer and host is afraid of one Fabian Espindola.

Finally Matt and Russ take your questions via twitter about the Gold Cup roster, MLS, US Women's National Team and then the boys break down rivalry week!

Saint Louis FC Post Game Quotes 06/13/15

Hear from Head Coach Dale Schilly after Saint Louis FC's 1-1 draw against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Also hear comments from Alec Kann and Sam Fink.


Last Word SC Soccer Podcast: Heather Cooke, USMNT Post Game, and the Fall of Sepp Blatter

Last Word SC Radio returns to the live internet airwaves this wek, coming in like a tornado after the USMNT comes back to win against the Netherlands 4-3.  What does that mean for the upcoming Gold Cup? What does it mean for Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler?

Then, Philippines National Team's Heather Cooke stops by to talk financial backing in women's professional sports, equality issues and stereotypes in soccer, and the 2015 Women's World Cup!
Then the guys talk about the fall of one Sepp Blatter, give their own preview of the Women's World Cup, MLS play, and much much more!

Last Word SC Soccer Podcast: SA Scorpians’ Matt Barbour, U.S. Open Cup 3rd Round, and FIFAgate

(PODCAST) - This week, the boys of Last Word SC take on the huge schedule of 15 US Open Cup matches, what USL's sweep of NASL clubs in the tournament means for the game in the U.S., how Fox's coverage of the  F.A. Cup can help grow the profile of the third oldest soccer tournament in the world! Then they turn their watchful eye back to MLS, previewing the coming weekend.

In the second segment, Matt Pollard has a chat with San Antonio Scorpions' director of communications and digital media Matt Barbour!

Then Russ, Matt, and Alec get real about the ramifications of the FIFA arrests will potentially have on the domestic game, CONCACAF, and they take a long hard look at what the allegations against Aaron Davidson and Traffic Sports could have on the NASL.  Finally,  the boys take a look at the impact this kind of media coverage could have on the casual fans in North America.

All this and more on Last Word SC Radio!

Roger Cleaves is a Business Major at Sacramento State and a six year Navy Vet, but more importantly an avid soccer fan and coach.  Growing up in Northern California he began playing and watching soccer at a young age.  While visiting family in Washington State he attended a Seattle Sounders game and fell in love with the team.  Always learning about the intricacies of the sport, he considers himself a student of the game and looks to share his knowledge to the masses every Thursday night.

Matt Pollard is a Chemical Engineering Grad Student and Staff Writer for the MLS department at Last Word on Sports. When he’s not playing with fire, he’s going for a run, trying a microbrewery, or watching sports. His first sports love was the LA Kings, though MLS didn’t exist at the time. Once called the Shakespeare of the department, he describes himself as a typical tuba playing Ginger Ninja, Environmental Crusader, Sports Hipster, and Miami Hurricane. Like the Galaxy, he too was handcrafted in LA

Alec Rivera is a Major League Soccer Editor at Last Word on Sports; a longtime fan of both the sport and the league, he has been delighted to cover D.C. United as a writer for the past several months. He grew up playing soccer from the age of three and, for the longest time, refused to even acknowledge any other sport except in passing. Nowadays, he is not so discriminatory to the lesser sports. Except hockey. Because ice makes him cold. #VamosUnited #GoNats #GoRavens #GoWizards #DCrising

Russ “Big Mick” McKenzie is the head of the MLS department at Last Word on Sports, and has spent a tremendous amount of time on the radio in the past, with WSIA 88.9 NY, WZBT 91.1 PA, and has own independent podcast, The Psychedelic Toaster Show. There are 5 things he loves – his wife, his dog, technology, beer, and good sport. He spends most of his free time thinking about tactical changes on his beloved New York Red Bulls. He also enjoys herding cats and arguing with trees.


Saint Louis FC Post Game Quotes 05/27/15

Head Coach Dale Schilly as well as James Musa and Mark Pais discuss Saint Louis FC's win against Minnesota United FC. Off of a 3-1 PK decision, Saint Louis won 1-1 in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.


Saint Louis FC Post Game Quotes 05/24/15

Quotes from Head Coach Dale Schilly as well as players Mike Ambersley and James Musa after a wild 3-3 draw with Louisville City FC.