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.

Media Day, Jeb Brovsky, oh! and Taking Care of DC / Ep 109 / Blue City Radio

Episode 109:

On the Thursday before the NYCFC Home Opening Game at Yankee Stadium, the club assembled a few of their players for the annual Media Day.  Mike and Jon begin the show discussing some of the key points from the day and listen to interviews from some of the guys including newcomers, Alex Ring and Rodney Wallace.

In the second segment Mike and Jon are joined by an old fan favorite, former NYCFC defender, Jeb Brovsky.  Together they discuss Jeb’s time with not only NYCFC but also Montreal Impact, the opponent for this Saturday’s game.

Finally, in the last segment the guys breakdown the NYCFC 4-0 victory over DC United.  They might heap the praise on pretty thick, but then again, it was a dominant performance.

Positive Signs From a Negative Result, Matt Reed, and DC Comes to Town / Ep 108 / Blue City Radio

Episode 108:

When Kaka went down with the hamstring injury, NYCFC became the favorite to win this game and if nothing else, should have walked away with a point.  Enter Joe Bednick.  Sometimes a hot keeper is enough to keep a team in a game and with NYCFC’s defense (and midfield; Andrea – cough, cough) providing Cyle Larin with a great opportunity, the should be’s became should have been’s.

Mike and Jon discuss the first game from 2017.  They also give out the first Bronx Bomber and Bronx Cheer awards of the season.  Then in the second segment welcome Matt Reed from NBC Sports Soccer on the show to get his thoughts on the game and how he thinks the Eastern Conference will flesh out.  All that and some fun MLS Fantasy talk.

NYCFC Roster Depth, Ian Joy, Girls’ Academy and Predictions / Ep 107 / Blue City Radio

Episode 107:

Mike and Jon discuss the final preseason game for the 2017 season.  It was an important game because NYCFC debuted three players for the game.  The guys close out the first segment with their thoughts on where players sit on the Depth Chart; who starts, who’s competing, who’s not even close? It’s all there.

The second segment features one of NYCFC’s newest podcasters, Ian Joy.  Ian gives his impressions on what this team is capable of achieving if the pieces fit together.  He also talks about his new project, Soccer Joy NYCFC.

The show ends with a talk about the news that NYCFC is adding a Girls’ Academy program this year and some 2017 first team predictions.

Finalizing the Roster, San Antonio FC’s Darren Powell and Jon’s Premonition / Ep 106 / Blue City Radio

Episode 106:

NYCFC added five players in the last week.  Jon and Mike discuss the players that the team added and predict their roles in the 2017 roster.  Jon adds that he believes that the team is fully focused on winning MLS Cup this year.

The guys also discuss the two preseason games and specifically the Video Assisted Replay event from Saturday’s game that resulted in David Villa’s red card.

In the second segment Mike and Jon welcome San Antonio FC head coach, Darren Powell, to discuss NYCFC and their USL affiliation.

 

Sands Impresses, Lewis Prepares, NYCFC Draws, and MLS Fantasy Tips / Ep 105 / Blue City Radio

Episode 105:

Mike and Jon waste no time heaping praise on 16 year old James Sands.  While his future with NYCFC for 2017 is unclear, what is certain is that the Academy Player turned potential signing held his own against Ecuadorian powerhouse Emelec.

The guys then break down the keys of last week’s friendly and look at who else showed well and who needs to step up their game.  The conversation on the Emelec game ends with some of the post game interviews, including a special interview with US Ambassador to Ecuador, Tod Chapman.

In the third segment the show switches gears as NYCFC’s first round draft pick Jon Lewis joins Mike for a interview while he prepares with the US U-20 National Team for the World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Costa Rica.

The show closes out with a chat with Mike Denton who gives the guys the expert’s look into MLS Fantasy.  Don’t forget to join the Blue City Radio Fantasy League by using code 9386-1888