Tag Archives: MLS

The Captain Returns / Ep 167 / Blue City Radio

Episode 167:

Add Mercedes Benz Arena to your list of “Must Visit Soccer Venues in the US”.  It’s as simple as that.  From the facility, to the affordable concessions, to the constant sell-outs there is so much to love about MBS. Luckily for NYCFC, the venue did not intimidate and the visitors left with a solid 2-2 draw retaining their undefeated record.

Mike, J.R. and Mike Allen break down the game and discuss all the key plays.  We also have quotes from Sean Johnson, Jo Inge Berget, David Villa and Alex Ring.

Ish’s Two Earn One, Mr Weis Guy Drops By / Ep 163 / Blue City Radio

Episode 163:

NYCFC gutted through and got a point in Foxborough last week.  It wasn’t the best game by the club, but it was an early moment that could define the season.

Mike and J.R. welcome Jeff Weisinger from ABC and The Athletic to discuss NYCFC’s toughest battle this far in the 2018 campaign.

Winning Without El Capitan, Kiera Smith on NYCFC and Mata Suffers a Setback / Ep 161 / Blue City Radio

Epsiode 161:

Some fans were already on their way to the stadium when the news broke that David Villa and Anton Tinnerholm were late scratches to NYCFC line-up.  Neither player were seen at training earlier in the week, but the hopes were that they would be fit by game time.  In previous years this news would rattle the NYCFC faithful, but with the creative play of new DP Jesus Medina and the promise of seeing a longer run out by Ismael Tajouri-Shradi there was still hope in their hearts.

Mike and J.R. welcome Kiera Smith from MLS Female to  the show as the trio breakdown  the key plays of Saturday’s matchup.

100 Caps For Villa and a Grand Welcome for Tinnerholm / Ep 159 / Blue City Radio

Episode 159:

Yankee Stadium welcomed the NYCFC crowd for the first time in 2018.  Almost 26,000 were treated to solid display of Patrick Vieira’s vision of NYCFC’s style.  While the game wasn’t perfect and the Galaxy were able to create some chances, NYCFC dictated the tempo of the game up until the final 15 minutes.

Mike, Jon and J.R. discuss the key plays to the game.  J.R. draws a line in the sand over the play of Rodney Wallace and for once Mike defends Wallace and his contributions to the club.  In the end NYCFC was good enough to hold on to the narrow 2-1 margin for the Home Opening victory.

 

Medina Betters Melia and NYCFC Betters KC / Ep 157 / Blue City Radio

Episode 157:

The new MLS Season is here.  Mike, Jon and J.R. get right into breaking down the 2-0 victory in Kansas City.  The guys discuss the lineup decisions by Vieira, the impact of VAR on the game and punishing counter attack that almost lead to three goals for the Blues.

Look forward to our preview show later this week as we prepare for the Home Opener versus the LA Galaxy this Sunday.

 

 

Final Preseason Tune-Up And a Few Predictions From Chris Magalee of NYCFC Nation / Ep 155 / Blue City Radio

Episode 155:

NYCFC closed out the preseason with a 2-2 draw versus Montreal.  While David Villa continued to impress and wow fans with his skill, the rest of NYCFC did little to put their stamp on the game.  Montreal scored two goals, both off poor decisions by NYCFC players.

Mike, Jon and J.R. talk about the news of the week including the signing of Ebenezer Ofori and then invite NYCFC Nation contributor, Chris Magalee (@_ChrisFC) to the show to break down the Montreal game but also the preseason in general and make some bold predictions.

 

One Preseason Game Down, One More (Publically Available) Preseason Game to Go with Martin Bihl / Ep 154 / Blue City Radio

Episode 154:

After a fourteen year career in MLS, Chris Wingert announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday.  Mike, Jon and J.R. begin the show discussing Chris’s career and where he fits in legacy of NYCFC.

For the second segment and the rest of the show Martin Bihl from Last Word On Soccer joins the show to discuss the friendly from Saturday versus Atletico San Luis and the preseason to date.  We also start to layout who we feel are Vieira’s starting XI.

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Aging Gracefully and a Chat with Matt Doyle / Ep 135 / Blue City Radio

Episode 135:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Andrea Pirlo shined in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory for NYCFC over Sporting Kansas City, but it would only take one play on Saturday to erase that memory and remind MLS and world soccer pundits alike that Pirlo is Pirlo.

Mike and Jon recap the pair of games from this week. In the second segment The Armchair Analyst, Matt Doyle, joins the show to give his thoughts on NYCFC and VAR.

Stoppage Time Thriller and Susannah Collins / Ep 132 / Blue City Radio

Episode 132:

A crazy game in the Bronx on Sunday as NYCFC used just about every minute of the 5 added in stoppage time to pull out a victory against the struggling New England Revolution.

A game that was forgettable through the first half became one of lore as David Villa and Jonathon Lewis delivered the equalizer and game winner in a final 45 full of drama.

Mike and Jon look at the game and try to understand where NYCFC was struggling to create.

In the second segment Susannah Collins, host of This Week in MLS and By The Way (BTW), joins the guys to discuss NYCFC, MLS, TFC and her beloved Liverpool.

 

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.