League One Fun - Episode 42: We're Almost There

After this week the playoffs are only 4 weeks away and the race for the final two spots still lies in the balance. Although Lansing has some weird math thing going on, Ira's pretty sure they can secure a spot with a win this weekend. Richmond still has an outside shot after a win and loss the last week. Ronaldo Damus is, let's face it, the golden boot winner after another hat-trick and another goal against OCB.

Oh, and where's Jason (@homesweetsoccer)? Ira (@irajersey) comes to his defense when Westen (@CapCombustion) and Elliot (@Rivercity93) question his loyalty and wonder where the money is coming from for these excursions.

Loads of news, loads of listener questions (thanks for those, they were great this week), and of course reviews and previews of matches. A must listen as we also find out that the guys want to keep their marriages and you find out about Ira's wardrobe circa 1977 when he met Pele (no, we didn't talk about meeting Pele).

This jam packed episode is only as long as one match... perfect time to listen this week is 4pm EDT Friday, Sept. 13 2019 when something that doesn't matter is going on.

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Episode 59: Short week and a short episode with trivia and a mailbag!

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Mobgods and Podgods

On the back of a comprehensive win over Charlotte, the guys are joined by Aron, the president of Ralph's Mob, to talk about the group's charitable actions around Go Gold Month and other avenues, and talk about ways to improve the Open Cup

In this episode:

  • Mobcast
  • Rowdies 3-1 Charlotte
  • Eastern Conference Update
  • Open Cup Ideas

A Light Preview: Match #28 vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Tonight, Las Vegas Lights FC will host the hottest team in North American soccer.

After a big loss to El Paso over the weekend, Las Vegas Lights FC will have the toughest task in North American soccer tonight: trying to defeat Phoenix Rising FC. We preview the matchup between the 14th and 1st place sides in the USL Championship Western Conference.

Looking at the Lights (8-11-8)

Saturday's loss to El Paso puts Lights FC closer to the edge of the playoff picture out West. They now sit five points below the final playoff position. Obviously, that is not an insurmountable deficit, but it would require that the Lights string together some positive results. Eric Wynalda's side has not won more than two matches consecutively this year and their longest unbeaten streak was three matches, twice. Also working against their playoff push is the club's upcoming schedule. They host the best team in the league tonight, then the second-best team on Saturday, then the fourth-best team. After two matches vs. clubs below the line, they close the season with two matches vs. current playoff sides. It will be a tough road for Lights FC.

On the pitch, the club is as healthy as its been all year. Bryan De La Fuente, Jose Villarreal, and Mobi Fehr are all off the injury list now. The only player that will definitely not be in action is Junior Sandoval, who is suspended for a red card vs. El Paso.

It will be interesting to see how Coach Wynalda approaches this match. They are playing at home, where they are typically aggressive. But, they are playing the most explosive side in the league that can score in an instant. Will the Lights put their foot on the gas and try to outgun the biggest gun in the USL Championship or will they bunker down and try to play for a draw at Cashman Field? Last year, with Phoenix enjoying a more reasonably successful season, Lights FC defeated Phoenix in Las Vegas, also on a Wednesday night late in the season, 5-2. Let's see if Sin City's squad has another trick up their sleeve.

Who you should know: Phoenix Rising FC (20-2-5)

Solomon Asante: This is not a new revelation, but he is the best player in the league and currently leads said league in goals and assists. He is a record-breaking, speedy, skilled dynamo and the Lights will need to focus quite a bit of their attention on stopping him.

Zac Lubin: Not only are Rising FC an offensive juggernaut, but they also have the most clean sheets in the USLC. Lubin, their starting goalkeeper, has a league-high 13 clean sheets himself and is in the top ten in saves.

Junior Flemmings: The Jamaican has 11 goals and seven assists and he combines well with Asante and striker Adam Jahn (14 goals).

The Deets

Tonight, kick-off 7:30 PM Pacific Time, at Cashman Field

Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Episode 33: Everything SUCKS in Texas

The Crew is joined by Matt Myers of RVAisRED to maul over our 4-0 loss to North Texas SC. We discuss which players impressed and who might of disappointed us, How is the playoff race looking for us, How USL League 1 will look in 2 years and much more.

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All Toros, No Bull: RGVFC can't convert, lose a tough one at home

RGVFC get blanked in a tough home defeat to Tulsa Roughnecks FC.

With the playoffs already a long shot for RGVFC, they needed a win vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC at home on Saturday. Unfortunately, they were not able to find the net and suffered a 1-0 defeat at H-E-B Park, almost certainly ending their postseason hopes. Marlon provided the lone score for Roughnecks FC.


RGVFC Toros (7-13-7)

Against Tulsa, the Toros were really good and aggressive in the attack, especially in the first half, until it came to finding the back of the net. The combination of Nico Lemoine, Kevin Rodriguez, and Chuy Enriquez did well to press the action and get into dangerous areas in the box, but the shots just simply were not finding the net. They tallied 11 shots in the first half.

In the middle of that attack, I think Carlos Small needed to, using a boxing term, really sit down on his shots. He finished with five shots, but a few of them could've found the back of the net if he really struck a grade-A ball.

The first-half injury to Robert Coronado was tough for the Toros. It took off an attacking option on the wing and a quality defender. I think the "Roberts", Coronado and Castellanos, are both high-level prospects and it's great to see them getting consistent match time lately. Hopefully, the injury to Coronado is a minor one and he doesn't miss much time.

Unfortunately, the Toros will likely miss the playoffs for a third straight season. They still have one of the most talented, young rosters in the Western Conference, but they were not able to win enough matches and take advantage of their chances this season.

Top Toros

Jesus "Chuy" Enriquez: With the Toros playing with high energy in the attack, Chuy was the engine for RGVFC, making runs from the midfield to the penalty area. Statistically, he had four shots, three chances created, and went 33/37 on his passes.

Nico Lemoine: In a rare start for the 19-year-old, he was all-action for the Toros' attack. He registered four shots on the night.

Isidro Martinez: Chelo was pulling the strings in the midfield, as usual, creating two chances, connecting on three crosses, and completed 61 passes (88.4% accuracy).

This Week's Quote-A-Bulls: Deshane Beckford & Robert Castellanos

Beckford on how the club can score goals vs. Republic FC after the shutout against Tulsa:

"We just need to take our chances in the early part of the game."

Castellanos on what it takes to get a clean sheet on the road:

"We just have to stay more focused and organized knowing that we are coming to someone's home. Minimize the chances they get towards goal and put ours away so we have the home team chasing the game."

Sacramento Republic FC (11-11-4)

After a 3-0 drubbing over Tacoma this past weekend, Sacramento will face Austin Bold FC on the road tonight. Republic FC currently occupy 6th on the Western Conference table, but they are only three points ahead of 13th.

It's a usual suspect that leads Sacramento in goals and assists. Hometown hero Cameron Iwasa has 13 goals and five assists on the season. This summer, they added Thomas Enevoldsen from Indy Eleven and he provides another proven goalscorer at this level. Defender Mitchell Taintor leads the club in clearances, aerial duels won, and passes.

The Particulars

Sunday, 4 PM Central Time, at Papa Murphy's Park

RGVFC at Sacramento Republic FC

An Eloise Ending

A dramatic shot of Eloise.

Ep. 63: A Flock of Flamingos

In this episode, Ray, Dylan, and Alan learn what a group of Flamingos is
called (it’s a pat). They look back at a big win over Portland Timbers 2.
They also welcome Phil from Seriously Loco Soccer Pod to help preview this
weekend’s match against El Paso Locomotive FC. As always, there’s a bunch
of other randomness, including pink shirts, F bombs from Cameron, and much
more. Enjoy!