Colorado Rapids Podcast: Sam Raben Interview

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Podcast (March 22, 2019) – Hello Rapids Fans! This week on Holding The High Line, we can confirm Sam Raben has a dog! Ok, back to being serious. Rabbi and Red discuss the USMNT and FC Cincinnati getting results since last we podcasted. The guys do Good Thing, Bad Thing, Big Thing on the Sporting KC draw. We break down what’s going on in the Colorado Rapids midfield, Dillon Serna doing his thing, and Kellyn Acosta not so much. Also, we’ve got some insight into how Kansas City might have been more prepared for Sunday than you think.

Colorado Rapids Podcast: Sam Raben Interview

We then turn to Saturday’s match at FC Dallas. The guys take stock on the new look FCD under different leadership. We discuss Acosta and Dominique Badji playing their former clubs. Then we take a look at how injuries and international call ups could affect this game.

The show ends with Mark having a phone interview Rapids Homegrown Sam Raben, in the midst of a loan spell with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC.

USMNT/FC Cincinnati Banter: 0:00 – 7:57
Sporting KC Recap: 7:57 – 34:16
FC Dallas Preview: 34:16 – 47:08
Ask HTHL: 47:08 – 1:06:13
Sam Raben Interview: 1:06:13 – 1:17:46

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Matt Pollard is the Site Manager for 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 soccer or coaching his son’s U-8 team, he’s generally studying either Talmud or medieval biblical exegesis. Which explains why he watches so much MLS, probably. Having relocated to Pittsburgh in 2019, he covers the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USL for Pittsburgh Soccer Now. His popular Back Pass column will feature at the Denver Post this season.


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