Responding to Critics / Ep 123 / Blue City Radio

Episode 123:

MLS held it’s annual Rivalry Week Media event in New York City yesterday and they invited some friends from across the river to join the party.  Obviously the focus of the event was Saturday’s Hudson River Derby but with the recent US Open Cup match and both teams playing league games over the weekend, there was a lot to cover.

Jon Sauerschell was not available for the full episode, but he does make two cameo appearances so Mike welcomed Trey Fillmore of Blue Balls Podcast to the show.  The two discuss NYCFC’s most recent games and the upcoming match all while overlooking the concourse of the Grand Hyatt as NBA hopefuls arrive for this week’s NBA Draft.  It was all quite surreal.

USMNT WCQ, US Open Cup and MLS Cup Champions / EP 122 / Blue City Radio

Episode 122:

This is in relative terms a quick episode of Blue City Radio.  Mike and Jon discuss the two most recent games for the US Men’s National Team.  Then they look ahead at NYCFC playing two matches again, the US Open Cup game Wednesday against Red Bull and the Saturday game at reigning MLS Cup Champions, the Seattle Sounders.

One Plus Three Equals Four, Mike Allen and Another Reason to Despise Red Bulls / Ep 121 / Blue City Radio

Episode 121:

Another hectic week for NYCFC ends with the team dropping points in the midweek fixture but bouncing back at the end to gain three, both games against Division opponents.

Mike and Jon look into what worked, what didn’t and why NYCFC welcomes another International break to rest tired legs.

In the middle segment Mike Allen from Prost Amerika and Blue York One joins the show to share his thoughts on NYCFC.

 

Eight Minutes of Agony, Herculez Gomez, and Six For the Taking / Ep 120 / Blue City Radio

Episode 120:

The guys do the best they can to spend as little time as possible talking about Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Atlanta United.

ESPN’s Herculez Gomez joins the show in the second segment to talk NYCFC and a little USMNT.

Then the guys look ahead to another busy week for NYCFC

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.