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Last Word SC Radio: Breaking down the US Open Cup Semifinals

On the latest Last Word SC Radio Podcast, Rachael Kriger and Harvey Cruz break down the recent U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
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What’s up, Internet? On the latest episode of Last Word SC Radio, Rachael Kriger and Harvey Cruz take you through the Wednesday night US Open Cup matches.

Harvey licks the wounds of the New York Red Bulls, who got thrashed by Orlando City SC 5-1, while Rachael recaps the thrilling penalty shootout between Sacramento Republic FC of the USL Championship and Sporting Kansas City. For the first time 2008, a USL side is taking on an MLS side in the US Open Cup Final. And remember, a spot in the Concacaf Champions League is up for grabs.

Also, the duo discusses the loan of Jozy Altidore to Liga MX side Puebla, after some failed playing time with the New England Revolution. Harvey then talks about the recent debuts of two big internationals for Toronto FC, while the two then end the roundtable with the news that Eli Manning and Sue Bird are making a $40 million investment in NJ/NY Gotham FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.

For last words, Rachael and Harvey talk about Europe, including a pitch to check out Sunday’s UEFA Women’s EURO Final between England and Germany.

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. Hailing from Moscow, Russia, she resides in Ocala, Florida, where she is a youth minister. 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.

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.


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