Last Word SC: Matt Jordan and Kharlton Belmar

(PODCAST) – Tonight, Last Word Soccer Club Radio celebrates it’s first anniversary in style!

First, Matt and Russ have a chat with Matt Jordan, VP and General Manager of the Houston Dynamo. Jordan talks about Cubo’s impact at the club, as well as Targeted Allocation Money, analytics, player development in Houston, and more!

Then, Portland Timbers 2 FC striker Kharlton Belmar stops by to talk about the differences between his college experience and his new venture in USL, the current state of affairs at PT2, and he dishes about where to find some great ice cream in Portland!

Then, Ty joins in the third segment and the gang tackles the question – who would be a better right back for Jurgen Klinsmann, an avacado or a space elephant? Not only that, the guys get real about the NASL’s dvi 2 status and the impending anti-trust suit against USSF. Is it viable? Or is it just sour grapes.

All this and more on this week’s Last Word Soccer Club Radio!

Roger Cleaves is a Business Major at Sacramento State and a six year Navy Vet, but more importantly an avid soccer fan and coach. Growing up in Northern California he began playing and watching soccer at a young age. While visiting family in Washington State he attended a Seattle Sounders game and fell in love with the team. Always learning about the intricacies of the sport, he considers himself a student of the game and looks to share his knowledge to the masses every Thursday night.

Matt Pollard is a Chemical Engineering Grad Student and Staff Writer for the MLS department at Last Word on Sports. When he’s not playing with fire, he’s going for a run, trying a microbrewery, or watching sports. His first sports love was the LA Kings, though MLS didn’t exist at the time. Once called the Shakespeare of the department, he describes himself as a typical tuba playing Ginger Ninja, Environmental Crusader, Sports Hipster, and Miami Hurricane. Like the Galaxy, he too was handcrafted in LA

Alec Rivera is a Major League Soccer Editor at Last Word on Sports; a longtime fan of both the sport and the league, he has been delighted to cover D.C. United as a writer for the past several months. He grew up playing soccer from the age of three and, for the longest time, refused to even acknowledge any other sport except in passing. Nowadays, he is not so discriminatory to the lesser sports. Except hockey. Because ice makes him cold. #VamosUnited #GoNats #GoRavens #GoWizards #DCrising

Russ “Big Mick” McKenzie is the head of the MLS department at Last Word on Sports, and has spent a tremendous amount of time on the radio in the past, with WSIA 88.9 NY, WZBT 91.1 PA, and has own independent podcast, The Psychedelic Toaster Show. There are 5 things he loves – his wife, his dog, technology, beer, and good sport. He spends most of his free time thinking about tactical changes on his beloved New York Red Bulls. He also enjoys herding cats and arguing with trees.


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