Last Word SC Radio: MLS Cup Preview With Mitch Tierney, Ari Liljenwall, and John Bava

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TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 08: Stefan Frei (24) of Seattle Sounders eyes the ball during the Seattle Sounders MLS Cup training session on December 8, 2016, at Kia Training Ground in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photograph by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Podcast (December 8, 2016) – What’s up MLS fan? This week on Last Word SC Radio, we’re joined by Mitchell Tierney from Waking the Red, Ari Liljenwall from, and John Bava from Last Word on Soccer to break down everything with MLS Cup 2016.

Last Word SC Radio: MLS Cup Preview With Mitch Tierney, Ari Liljenwall, and John Bava

In segment one, we’re joined by Mitch to talk all things Toronto FC. He discusses the meteoric rise to the front of everyone’s minds in Ontario. We discuss Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco. Mitch gives his take on how TFC could come out a bit more caution to off set what Nicholas Lodiero and Jordan Morris will do. He tried to play weather man, then gives a 2-1 victory prediction for the Reds.

Next we’re joined by Ari from He talks about the roller coaster path the Seattle Sounders FC took getting to MLS Cup. We talk about Seattle’s health and how they’ve prepared for the field and temperature conditions on Saturday. Ari talks about Roman Torres and Chad Marshall and what they’ll need to do on set pieces. He talks about Ozzie Alonso meaning everything for the Sounders defense. He also talks about the Lodiero-Morris connection and whether Seattle are a one-dimensional offensively.

In the round table, John jumps on with Matt Pollard and Joe Hojnacki to discuss everything MLS Cup. John is on location. We preview the game tactically and give predictions. The boys finish off the show doing a brief and incomplete preview of the MLS Expansion Draft.

Share this pod with your Toronto/Seattle friends and get JACKED for Saturday night cause it’s going to LIT.

Follow our wonderful hosts (read: motley crew) on Twitter: @LWOSMattPollard and @SportsDeskJoe.

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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