Tag Archives: MLS

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.