Last Word SC Radio: U.S. Open Cup chaos and MLS table chatter

Sacramento Republic U.S. Open Cup MLS Podcast

What’s up, Internet? On the latest episode of Last Word SC Radio, Rachael Kriger is joined by Harvey Cruz and Jamie Rooke to talk all things soccer. The trio discusses the recent U.S. Open Cup matches, including a chaotic New York Red Bulls victory and a cup-set for Sacramento Republic over MLS side LA Galaxy.

Then, they take a look at hot and cold MLS teams. Rachael talks about Real Salt Lake, while the guys give kudos to the teams they cover: Red Bulls and the Revolution.

Finally, for last words, the trio talks about the recent FIFA World Cup rule to allow 26 players on each roster, bumping it up from 23. They discuss what this means for the U.S. men’s national team and Jamie discusses his native country’s team, England.

About the Hosts

Matt Pollard is the Managing Editor of Last Word on Soccer and an engineer. When he’s not watching soccer or at work, the Colorado transplant enjoys skiing and hiking all over the state. The LA Kings will always be his first sports love, though MLS didn’t exist at the time. Once called the Shakespeare of LWOS, he covers the LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids. Like the Galaxy, he too was handcrafted in LA.

Rachael Kriger is a Senior Editor at Last Word on Soccer. She is the lead writer for the Seattle Sounders, U.S. Women’s National Team and NWSL. Born in Moscow, Russia, Rachael is a big fan of her home country’s national teams and cried when Russia beat Spain in the World Cup Round of 16. However, Rachael has to admit that basketball was her first love and still keeps in contact with that sport through coaching, and is entering her ninth year at Our Lady of Fatima in Pittsburgh.

Daniel Sperry is an Editor at Last Word on Soccer. He covers mainly Sporting KC and U.S. Soccer for LWOS and discusses San Francisco Giants baseball elsewhere. He was born and raised in Northern California, hence his love for Bay Area teams. He currently resides in the KC Suburbs with his incredible wife and energetic puppy. Outside of sports and writing, he loves a good stout and nature, whether that is hiking, camping, canoeing, birding, or some activity with all four.

Harvey Cruz is a staff writer at Last Word. He covers the New York Red Bulls. Born in New Jersey, where all the fun weather is at. Taylor ham or pork roll, he doesn’t care because it’s Bacon-Egg & Cheese for life. Your playoff heartbreaks don’t compare. But it’s okay, because you’ll likely never meet another Harvey in your life. Unique.