Holding The High Line: Interviewing DSG Park Turf Manager Phil McQuade

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COMMERCE CITY, CO - JUNE 01: Official game balls sit on the end line at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on June 1, 2018 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Podcast (December 6, 2018) – Hello Rapids Fans! This week on Holding The High Line with Rabbi and Red we decide to preview MLS Cup 2018 (for those who care). The guys break down the two teams and take a tactical dive into Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United FC. Then Matt is joined by the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park turf manager Phil McQuade. We discuss how turf management works, what it takes to get DSG Park looking pristine for match day, and share some snow and national team related stories.

Holding The High Line: Interviewing DSG Park Turf Manager Phil McQuade

Hopefully this show helps break up the monotony of the off-season.

MLS Cup Preview: 0:00 – 28:32
Phil McQuade Interview: 28:32 – 01:17:42

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Matt Pollard is the Managing Editor of Last Word on Soccer and an engineer by day. A Colorado Convert, he started covering the Colorado Rapids as a credentialed member of the press in 2016, though he’s watched MLS since ’96. When he’s not watching or writing about soccer, he’s being an outdoorsman (mostly skiing and hiking) in this beautiful state or trying a new beer. For some reason, he thought that starting a podcast with Mark was a good idea and he can’t figure out how to stop this madness. He also hosts Last Word SC Radio.

Mark Goodman, the artist formally known as Rapids Rabbi, moved to Colorado in 2011. Shortly thereafter he went to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, saw Lee Nguyen dribble a ball with the silky smoothness of liquid chocolate cascading into a Bar Mitzvah fountain, and promptly fell head over heels in love with domestic soccer. When not watching MLS or coaching U8 soccer, he’s generally studying either Talmud or medieval biblical exegesis. Which explains why he watches so much MLS, probably. He writes about the Rapids for Around MLS and covers the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL for Last Word on Soccer. He also writes for American Soccer Analysis.

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