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Ruthlessness On Display and Sebastian Salazar / Ep 128 / Blue City Radio

Episode 128:

Last year one of the common criticisms Patrick Vieira had of NYCFC was their need to be more ruthless in the eighteen yard box, both on attack and defense.  On Saturday, a ten man NYCFC team demonstrated that ruthlessness and defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1, closing the gap between the second and third place squads.

Mike and Jon discuss the key points  of the game and how NYCFC ended up playing 78 plus minutes down a man.

In the second segment Sebastian Salazar from ESPN FC joins the show to discuss Gold Cup, USMNT, ElTri and of course NYCFC.

Dropping a Duece, Fire On the Horizon / Ep 127 / Blue City Radio

Episode 127:

NYCFC once again conceded early, once again equalized and gained a lead, but what is becoming far too often a talking point, Patrick Vieira made odd choices with his substitutions and NYCFC dropped the points.

In this week’s episode Mike and Jon break down the game and sprinkle in some post-game comments.

The second segment welcomes back Fire Confidential’s Guillermo Rivera as he joins the show to give his insight into the Chicago Fire and their historic turn-around.

Vieira’s Achilles Heal / Ep 126 / Blue City Radio

Episode 126:

For the second time in 2017, injury forced Patrick Vieira to make an early substitution and for the second time, NYCFC failed to capture the victory.

Mike and Jon discuss the key takeaways from the loss away to Vancouver.  Then Chris Magalee from The NYCFC Nation joins the show to give his thoughts on the game and discuss NYCFC at the midseason point.

Impressing Pirlo, Welcoming James and Chatting With Martin / Ep 125 / Blue City Radio

Episode 125:

The show begins with a short story about Pratum Coller, the vineyard owned by Andrea Pirlo’s family. Then Mike and Jon discuss the signing of James Sands and what it means for NYCFC in 2017 and beyond.

The conversation continues as the guys go back to discuss the home game versus Minnesota United.

Finally, Martin Bihl joins the show and there ends to complete sense of structure.  Somehow the trio cover a variety of topics and even some of them are soccer related.

#NYisBlue / Ep 124 / Blue City Radio

Episode 124:

The key to this weekend was not that NYCFC beat the Red Bulls in Harrison on Saturday.  The key was that Patrick Vieira is getting better as a coach.  That was the unknown that still needs to be proven.  Vieira made a big step in that direction.

Jon and Mike break down the game. In the second segment, Joe Tolleson from YES Network and Sirius XM joins the show to give his thoughts on NYCFC at the midseason point.

The show closes with a look at your comments and questions.

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.