Axel Sjoberg Struggles, USOC Loss: Colorado Rapids Podcast

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COMMERCE CITY, CO - MARCH 02: Axel Sjoberg #44 of the Colorado Rapids heads the ball during the first half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on March 2, 2019 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Podcast (June 19, 2019) – Hello Colorado Rapids Fans! This week on Holding The High Line, the Rapids are out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Womp womp. We start off talking about the United States Men’s and Women’s National Teams in their respective tournaments. The guys then do Good Thing, Bad Thing, Big Thing for the USOC game against New Mexico United. Red breaks down Axel Sjoberg, his form, and what the rest of his season (and beyond) look like. Rabbi has some thoughts on Colorado’s history in the Open Cup and how this result was similar or different.

Colorado Rapids Podcast: Axel Sjoberg Struggles, USOC Loss

Then we turn to Saturday’s league match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The lads talk about the current state of the Caps, injuries, and international absences. And whether we see Axel Sjoberg start again soon. We finish off talking about the timeline of the head coaching search, and an Ask HTHL on the club’s approach to the USOC.

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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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