Last Word SC: MLS Cup Playoffs With Anthony Merced (Empire of Soccer)

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(November 2, 2016) – This week on Last Word SC Radio, Matt Pollard sits down with Anthony Merced of Empire of Soccer and Blayne Riffle to talk about everything from the MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals.

Last Word SC: MLS Cup Playoffs With Anthony Merced (Empire of Soccer)

In segment one, Matt and Anthony talk all things New York Red Bulls. The two discuss Sunday’s result and what the Montreal Impact are doing to stymie New York. Anthony gives his take on Bradley Wright Philips, Sacha Kljestan, and Gonzalo Veron. The two make predictions and talk previously about Toronto FC and New York City FC.

In the second segment, Blayne hops on the pod to talk with Matt about the Western Conference. The two talk about how close the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy series is. Matt gives his take on what both teams need to do to advance. They also discuss what went wrong for FC Dallas and why the Seattle Sounders are playing so well.

In the Round Table, Blayne and Matt go through all the MLS Season Awards and discuss who they think will win (and who should win). Lastly, Matt and Blayne pick the weekend results and who will advance to the Conference Finals.

You can listen to Last Word SC Radio LIVE every Thursday night at 9 PM EST at lastwordonsports.com/lwsc.

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Matt Pollard is a Featured Columnist at Last Word on Soccer and Environmental Engineer. When he’s not saving pipelines and cleaning up messes, he’s getting his butt kicked by Insanity, falling down the Rocky Mountains, or watching sports. His first sports love was the LA Kings, though MLS didn’t exist at the time. Once called the Shakespeare of LWOS, he covers the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, and Saint Louis FC. Like the Galaxy, he too was handcrafted in LA.

Joe Hojnacki is managing editor of Last Word on Soccer. A lifelong resident of the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, he supports Detroit City FC locally, Portland Timbers nationally, and Arsenal globally. He’s also a homebrewer, amateur astronomer, pathetic Detroit Lions fan and baseball nerd. In addition to Last Word SC, he hosts the Crowding the Plate Podcast over at Last Word’s MLB arm, Last Word on Baseball.

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