Guess We Got History Now / Ep 119 / Blue City Radio

Episode 119:

It was a roller coaster of a week for NYCFC and it’s fans.  Following a hard fought draw in Dallas, the team flew directly to Sandy, UT and prepared for a midweek match up with RSL.  Joined by the few team members that did not make the trip to Texas, the team started off the RSL game by capitalizing on a defensive error.  Sadly, NYCFC was unable to hold the scoreline conceding twice.  I guess luckily for most fans, they didn’t have to suffer through a poor performance because YES Network delayed the broadcast until after midnight rather than moving the game to a subsidiary channel.  Has no one at YES watch an Olympic event on CNBC? It’s a common practice nowadays.

On Friday Andrea Pirlo celebrated his 38th birthday, a milestone for sure, but it would appear that he celebrated on his own at home in Manhattan after returning to NY following a knee injury.

Then came the glorious game on Sunday.  NYCFC went into Orlando Stadium, a place where in it’s young history the home team had only dropped two points out of it’s first six games, and handed the Lions their first loss.

Mike and Jon break down the key points from both games.  They discuss Patrick Vieira’s comments from the past three games and look into the contrast or evolution of the still relatively inexperienced head coach.

In the second segment, the color analyst for Fox Sports and one of the most polarizing pundits in soccer today, Alexi Lalas, joins the show to shed more light and depth on his thoughts on NYCFC, Villa, Pirlo and or course the rest of the beautiful Pigeons.

The guys wrap up the show with some final thoughts on the week and look ahead at the tough task of taking on Atlanta United in front of another sellout crowd this Sunday.

Tough Earned Point, Mark Followill and a Two-fer week Special / Ep 118 / Blue City Radio

Episode 118:

With a full two-game week ahead for NYCFC, Mike and Jon jump right into the previews of both road games versus Real Salt Lake on Wednesday and Orlando City on Sunday.  No predictions, just a look at what to expect against both teams and how Patrick Vieira might manage his roster rotation.

In the second segment, play-by-play announcer for FC Dallas and the voice on the TV for FS1 on Sunday’s game, Mark Followill, joins the show.  The guys dig deep into Mark’s journey to where he is today, breakdown some keys from the Dallas draw and tackle the myths of Broadcaster jinxes.

In the final segment the guys give their final thoughts on NYCFC’s performance, look ahead to the U20 World Cup beginning on Saturday in South Korea and more.

It’s a long show, get ready.

“The Best High Press Team Ever” Falls to NYCFC, Plus a Chat with Brian Dunseth / Ep 117 / Blue City Radio

Episode 117:

Some were expecting a dynamic match on a damp Sunday in the Bronx, but NYCFC played what David Villa called the best game the team has played so far.  In the end, the home team walked away with three points against Atlanta United.

Mike and Jon discuss the game and where the team’s bright spots are through eight games.

In the second segment Sirius XM’s, Brian Dunseth joins the guys to give his thoughts on the new-look NYCFC.

NYCFC 2.0 Handles the Crew and Eric Quintana Explains ATL / Ep 116 / Blue City Radio

Episode 116:

Without Andrea Pirlo or David Villa, NYCFC head to Mapfre Stadium, a place they’ve never won and get a gritty 3-2 victory.  Newcomers Ben Sweat and Manchester City Loanee, Yangel Herrera both factored heavily into the outcome teaming up for the equalizer in the second half.  Herrera also getting an assist on NYCFC’s goal ahead goal.

After breaking down the game and discussing what this outcome means for the future of NYCFC, Mike and Jon invite Eric Quintana (@EricGQuintana) from Mouths of the South Podcast to join the show and breakdown the Atlanta United ahead of their first trip to New York.

Larin Slays NYCFC… Again, David Gass Talks NYCFC Academy / Ep 115 / Blue City Radio

Episode 115:

Mike and Jon break down the 2-1 NYCFC loss to Orlando at the hands of Joe Bendik, the head of Cyle Larin and the whistle of Sorin Stoica.

In the second segment, David Gass from Extra Time Radio joins the show while seemingly riding an MTA bus, to discuss what he saw from the NYCFC Academy at the Generation Adidas Cup.

Finally, the guys look ahead to this weekend’s matchup versus Columbus and take a check on the fans’ expectations through 7 games.

Silencing the Union, Julie Stewart-Binks, The Lions Return / Ep 114 / Blue City Radio

Episode 114:

I don’t believe what I just saw was a common refrain after Villa’s wonder-strike in the waning minutes of Friday’s game.  Mike and Jon discuss the NYCFC 2-0 victory over the Union.

In the second segment, ESPN sideline reporter Julie Stewarts-Binks joins the show to discuss not only that moment, but her experiences on the sideline with Patrick Vieira and NYCFC.

The guys close out the show looking ahead to Sunday’s match up versus Orlando.

Au Revoir DC, Cheers Tommy Smyth / Ep 113 / Blue City Radio

Episode 113:

Patrick Vieira made some interesting decisions in preparing his game plan for Saturday’s match versus DC United.  Unfortunately, they didn’t go as planned and NYCFC fell to DC 2-1.  Mike and Jon look at the biggest moments of that game and respond to your questions about the team through five games in 2017.

In the second segment Philadelphia Union analyst and Sirius XM host, Tommy Smyth, joins the show to discuss the upcoming fixture set for Friday at 7pm.

The guys close out the show with final thoughts on DC and a brief conversation about the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup.

Ugly Wins the Day, Sam Stejskal and Closing the Door On RFK / Ep 112 / Blue City Radio

Episode 112:

It started ugly and despite NYCFC fighting back from an early defensive gaff, the 2-1 victory never really got prettier.  In the end, the points are all that matter.  Mike and Jon discuss the game and attempt to find the bright spots in a poor performance.

In the second segment, Sam Stejskal from MLSSoccer.com joins the show to give his insight into the big stories in MLS so far in 2017 and talk about the NYCFC players that are catching his attention.

The show wraps up with a look ahead at the final match up between NYCFC and DC United this season.

International Breaks for Everyone / Ep 111 / Blue City Radio

Episode 111:

With NYCFC and most of the MLS on international break, Jon decided it was time for his first break of the season.  Jon being the dynamic co-host he is, Mike had to bring in two guys to fill his spot.

First Jeff Weisinger from SBI drops in to give us his first hand account of USAvHON.

Then Martin Bihl, the Joan Rivers of Blue City Radio, takes over to discuss NYCFC’s first three games.

Then Mike and Jeff discuss the upcoming match versus San Jose.

Valuable Misses, Charlie Boehm and USMNT WC Qualifiers / Ep 110 / Blue City Radio

Episode 110:

NYCFC had four key misses in their home game versus Montreal on Saturday. Those missed chances cost the club 2 points as Montreal drew NYCFC 1-1.  Mike and Jon discuss the game and some of the post game comments from some of the key players.

In the second segment the guys are joined by Charlie Boehm from Four Four Two and SoccerWire.com.  They talk about what it takes to succeed in Yankee Stadium and touch on the USMNT.