Last Word SC: 12 MLS Expansion Bids, #NoRepublicNoParty, And Phoenix Rising

From Last Word on Soccer, by Matt Pollard

Podcast (Feburary 3, 2017) – What’s up internet? This week was all crazy with MLS Expansion Bids all over the place. That’s exactly what we’re talking about this we’re talking about on this episode of Last Word SC Radio. Matt Pollard is joined by Daniel Sperry to break everything down. Let’s get to it.

Last Word SC: 12 MLS Expansion Bids, #NoRepublicNoParty, And Phoenix Rising

First Evan Ream joins us to talk about the drama going down in Sacramento. Apparently there was a split between one side of the ownership group and the side directly running Sacramento Republic FC. Evan gives the accounts from both sides and weighs in on whether this is a miscommunication or an open war/negociation through the public. We talk about the fan reactions and #NoRepublicNoParty. Evan gives a few ideas as to how this cound play out. Still, outlook hazy.

In segment two, or very own Roy Emanuel makes his podcasting debut. We talk about the Phoenix Rising rebrand and Arizona as a soccer market. Roy gives his take on the cities chances and the guys go back and forth on a very interesting soccer specific stadium situation.

Then Josh Beeman joins us from Indomitable City Soccer to give another view point on the Sacramento situation. We talk about about the bid and the stadium situation. Josh talks about the moves Republic have made in the off-season and how they’re shaping up for the 2017 USL season. Oh, and he predicts that the Tulsa Roughnecks are going to be worse than FC Montreal, and they don’t even exist anymore.

In the Round Table, Matt and Dan do a full breakdown of all 12 MLS Expansion bids. We talk about who the front runners are and what the stadium situation is. Dan does a full break down of the market size. The two discuss market saturation and potential rivals. Oh, and we briefly talk about the USMNT friendly.

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Matt Pollard is a Department Head and Featured Columnist at Last Word on Soccer and Environmental Engineer. When he’s not saving pipelines and cleaning up messes, he’s getting his butt kicked by Insanity, falling down the Rocky Mountains, or watching sports. His first sports love was the LA Kings, though MLS didn’t exist at the time. Once called the Shakespeare of LWOS, he covers the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, and Saint Louis FC. Like the Galaxy, he too was handcrafted in LA.

Joe Hojnacki is managing editor of Last Word on Soccer. A lifelong resident of the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, he supports Detroit City FC locally, Portland Timbers nationally, and Arsenal globally. He’s also a homebrewer, amateur astronomer, pathetic Detroit Lions fan and baseball nerd. In addition to Last Word SC, he hosts the Crowding the Plate Podcast over at Last Word’s MLB arm, Last Word on Baseball.