On this episode of Soccer 2 the MAX, Sean Garmer, Erik Watkins and Rachael McKriger begin with a look at the weekend’s Major League Soccer action.
Orlando City somehow get a scoreless draw, even with two red cards. Sporting KC, New England and FC Dallas roll to comfortable wins. While Montreal eeks one out against NYRB and more.
Plus, who’s to blame for Real Salt Lake’s major struggles? And does Mike Petke deserve to last the whole season? Is Colorado proving stats are overrated? Two grind it out wins recently, may prove Pablo Mastroeni right.
Then, focus shifts to the U.S. Men’s National Teams, who both had games against Venezuela. The Senior team battled back for a 1-1 draw, but did anyone particularly impress? The U-20’s got outplayed and almost run off the pitch, but actually held on and put up a fight to a 2-1 loss in extra time. How should fans feel about another Quarterfinal exit? Is this progress? Or should they be doing more?
Rachael has plenty to say about a mostly MLS led 40-man roster of U.S. players heading into training camp for Gold Cup 2017.
Finally, Rachael also leads the guys in talking about the National Women’s Soccer League play for Week 8, before they take a break for almost two weeks due to international duties.
Soccer 2 the MAX: USMNT Gold Cup 2017 Roster, U.S. U-20 Team Eliminated, MLS & NWSL Weekend Recap
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About Soccer 2 the MAX
A podcast about the world’s game with a focus on the United States Men’s and Women’s club and international scenes, with some CONCACAF discussion thrown-in as well. Whether it’s breaking down Major League Soccer, NWSL, U.S. Men and Women’s National teams, and even some USL in there too. Starring Rachael McKriger, current soccer writer for multiple outlets, and former writers Erik Watkins and Sean Garmer come together to make the perfect attacking triangle each week. All three also played soccer growing up and into high school as well. So, these are three Footy lovers that have discussions about the happenings on this side of the pond. Make sure to tune-in each Sunday night either Live on Spreaker at 9pm ET or on-demand via I-Tunes, Stitcher, Youtube, W2Mnet.com, Last Word Radio or other podcast outlets.
Being born into a Latino family, Sean grew up around the game of Futbol. No matter what you deem to call it, Mr. Garmer enjoys the sport. Sean played Defender growing up and then transitioned to Goal Keeper in High School. Due to the University of North Texas not having a Men’s Soccer team at the time, his playing career ended in 2005.
However, since then, he’s kept up with Soccer by watching his favorite teams and leagues, while also writing as well. Sean was paid to cover the 2010 World Cup, formerly hosted the Football 2 Futbol Podcast, and also wrote about the beautiful game for several other outlets. He mainly follows Major League Soccer supporting his childhood team in FC Dallas. Sean’s also a Manchester United Supporter after visiting England in 2003 and picking the Red Devils. Now, he prepares for a brand new venture, in podcasting about Football once again, on the Soccer 2 the MAX Podcast.
While he was never really the best on the field, Erik’s always had a deep rooted passion for the beautiful game. From discovering it in Maryland thanks to DC United, to cheering on Manchester United since the days of Ruud van Nistelrooy. Not to mention, considering donning purple hair to cheer Orlando City SC today. From MLS to USL and NASL (Viva Armada!) to even dreaming of training and playing in the MASL, if it’s soccer, he’s usually on it.
Don’t let height fool you. Before becoming a journalist, Rachael McKriger, was a goalkeeper. Yes, all 5-feet-two-inches of her. Now, don’t ask if she was good or not, because that answer is up for debate. Currently, she doesn’t play soccer anymore, unless it’s a pickup game in the park or at her former high school. However, she’s still closely attached to the sport. Rachael covers the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. The MLS and NWSL for Real Sports Entertainment Network and covers the USL’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the Pittsburgh Sporting News. She loves football with an undying passion. Yes, she calls it football, since she hails from Europe (the colder part, aka Moscow). Rachael’s favorite clubs are Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany, the Seattle Sounders in MLS, the Washington Spirit in the NWSL and the U.S. National Teams.