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northern colorado hailstorm
Matt Pollard, Editor - Oct 9, 2022

SEVERANCE, Colo. – There’s a lot of ways you could sum up this year for Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC. New. Wandering. Inconsistent. Climactic. I’d personally go with resilient. They’re an expansion team in USL League One. They’ve had three different home stadiums, none of which will be their permanent home. The weren’t settled in terms […]


Northern Colorado Hailstorm Homecoming
Matt Pollard, Editor - Jun 9, 2022

GREELEY, Colo. – After six USL League One matches and nine in total on the road, Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC played their first home match in club history. On Wednesday night, they hosted North Carolina FC at Jackson Stadium in Greeley, CO. Hailstorm Homecoming: Northern Colorado Draw North Carolina Behind Irvin Parra Goal and Rob […]

Hailstorm Rob Cornwall Éamon Zayed
Matt Pollard, Editor - May 5, 2022

EDITORIAL – Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC are four competitive matches into their existence. Two of those games have been cupset wins in the U.S. Open Cup over Colorado Springs Switchbacks and Real Salt Lake. Hailstorm have made the presence known to the USOC nerds of the American soccer community. They’re still a work in progress, […]

NY Red Bulls II forward Anatole Abang playing at Red Bull Arena
Kiril Anastasov - Dec 17, 2021

EDITORIAL – The United States has a new professional soccer league. America, say hello to MLS NEXT Pro, a new addition to the third tier of the American soccer pyramid. 20 reserve teams of MLS clubs and one independent team will take to the pitch as soon as March 2022. Eight more will get in […]

Weidner Field
Matt Pollard, Editor - Aug 28, 2021

EDITORIAL – Four months ago, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC played their first home game at their new downtown soccer-specific stadium, the new Weidner Field. Brendan Burke’s side now find themselves second in the Mountain Division. They’re averaging just over 6,000 in attendance, good for 6th in the USL Championship. The Switchbacks and Weider Field are […]

Matt Pollard, Editor - Jul 15, 2021

WINDSOR, Colo. – Colorado’s newest professional soccer team today will officially announce its full name, crest, and branding. Last Word on Soccer can confirm that Northern Colorado’s full name for their 2022 inaugural season in the USL League One will be Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC. Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC to Launch Name and Crest The […]

Austin Dewing
Matt Pollard, Editor - May 31, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On Friday May 21, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC played their first league match at the brand new Weidner Field. Midfielder Austin Dewing played his final game with the club. A 2018 graduate of the Airforce Academy, he was being reassigned by the U.S. Airforce, leaving for pilot school. Austin Dewing Says […]

Ben Shepherd Colorado Rush
Matt Pollard, Editor - May 29, 2021

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – On Friday night, Colorado Rush won their first home game in USL League Two play, playing in the truncated home venue of Englewood High School. Ben Shepherd led the attack with both goals in a 2-1 win. It wasn’t perfect from Ben, as he admitted postgame, but it was spectacular on more […]

Weidner Field
Matt Pollard, Editor - May 21, 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The wait is finally over! Weidner Field is open for business. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC hosted their first USL Championship home match on Friday night at their new stadium. Colorado Springs Switchback FC Open Weidner Field With Draw The Switchbacks and their supporters felt excitement, and some nerves, when it was […]

Jared Stroud
Mark Turner - May 14, 2021

EDITORIAL – Behind the broad smile and high-energy demeanor, there’s a real grit to Jared Stroud that doesn’t take long to show itself. The 24-year old was acquired by Austin FC as part of the 2020 expansion draft to be a squad player; at least, that’s the media narrative that appeared to accompany his arrival. […]

Colorado Rush
Matt Pollard, Editor - May 5, 2021

LONE TREE, Colo. – In January of 2020, I got a DM on Twitter inviting me to a press conference the first week of February. It was taking place at some bowling alley I’d never heard of called Bowlero in a Denver suburb. Colorado Rush, one of the top youth soccer clubs in the state, […]

VFL Wolfsburg Michael Edwards Switchbacks
Matt Pollard, Editor - Mar 31, 2021

EDITORIAL – Of all the domestic signings of this MLS offseason, Michael Edwards might have the most interesting journey to signings an MLS Homegrown contract. Originally from Northern Virginia, he left the D.C. United Academy as a teenager to join the VfL Wolfsburg academy. He signed for the Colorado Rapids on March 4 and this […]

phoenix rising loans
Matt Pollard, Editor - Mar 29, 2021

EDITORIAL – Last week, the Colorado Rapids announced right back Jeremy Kelly and Andre Rawls would be going on loan for the season to USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. Either player can be recalled from this loan at anytime by Colorado. These are the first of several USL loans for the Rapids. Let’s take […]

Phoenix Rising Loans
Matt Pollard, Editor - Mar 25, 2021

PODCAST – Hello Colorado Rapids Fans! This is Holding The High Line, the #1 Rapids podcast to follow in 2021 according to Feedspot. This week, we remember the 10 lives lost at the Kings Soopers mass shooting in Boulder. The guys talk league and team news including the full 2021 MLS schedule dropping. Then we […]

Danny Hoesen
Mark Turner - Mar 15, 2021

AUSTIN, TX – Austin FC’s inaugural MLS season is, to all intents and purposes, underway. With several warm-up games confirmed, players completing their first week of team training, and the initial few MLS fixtures released, it was left to Head Coach Josh Wolff and striker Danny Hoesen to round out an eventful week by delivering […]

MLS Reserve League
Matt Pollard, Editor - Jan 19, 2021

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids will not be fielding a team in the MLS Reserve League in 2021, should it begin play, Executive Vice President and General Manager Padraig Smith told Last Word on Soccer today. Colorado Rapids Will Not Field MLS Reserve League Team in 2021 MLS announced the return of the […]



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Rob Jalón - Jan 19, 2021

Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Galaxy made their 2023 home preseason debut on Saturday night with a 2-1 loss to New York City FC. Douglas Costa had a chance to tie the score with a stoppage-time penalty after a brilliant run by Efrain Alvarez but had his tame effort saved. And so, the 2023 […]

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Felipe Vallejo - Jan 19, 2021

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Rob Jalón - Jan 19, 2021

LA Galaxy vs. NYCFC will be an early season measuring stick again for the Galaxy amid a mountain of uncertainty. The 2021 MLS Cup champions travel to Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday, February 4 in Los Angeles’s first pre-season match in the 2023 campaign open to Galaxy supporters. Will they show up? LA Galaxy […]

Canmnt’s Karl Ouimette at BMO Field on July 15, 2015
Evan Curnew - Jan 19, 2021

As announced by Atletico Ottawa, the club has signed defender Karl Ouimette to a contract that runs until 2024. Ottawa joins six other CPL clubs to have announced a new player. Reigning CPL champions Forge FC have yet to announce a new player. Ouimette, now 30, has earned 18 senior appearances with Canada but has […]

u.s. soccer exodus
Matt Pollard, Editor - Jan 19, 2021

PODCAST – What’s up Internet? On this episode of Last Word Soccer Club Radio, Matt, Rachael, and Ed get together to talk all things U.S. Soccer exodus. We discuss Earnie Stewart and Brian McBride leaving their roles and what comes next as we still don’t have a head coach and Gregg Berhalter is still under […]

Los Angeles Galaxy Forward Raheem Edwards Is Being Defended by Toronto FC’s Chris Mavinga on August 31, 2022
Rob Jalón - Jan 19, 2021

Depending on what type of Los Angeles Galaxy fan you are, you’re either angry or desperate at the impending start to the season. Perhaps both?! What’s certain is that Galaxy’s off-season instability won’t delay the start of the 2023 campaign in 24 days. The new MLS television deal with Apple TV will debut with the […]

Atletico Ottawa vs York United as CPL Enters a New Era as Defending Regular Season Champions
Evan Curnew - Jan 19, 2021

The Canadian Premier League has announced a full schedule release for the 2023 season which is the league’s 5th season anniversary. In addition to a full schedule release, the league has also confirmed multiple changes to the regular season. It will be CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan’s first full season in charge after he took over mid-way […]

CanMNT Head Coach John Herdman Looks On At Al Thumama Stadium
Uttiyo Sarkar - Jan 19, 2021

The Canada men’s soccer team head coach, John Herdman, has confirmed that he will stay on as the team’s head coach after guiding them through the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The English coach aspires to take the Canadian side to the 2026 World Cup and has even rejected offers from other national sides to stay […]