Rank #1: Ronny Joins the Club and Andy Talks TR / Ep 259 / Blue City Radio
NYCFC’s exhaustive search for a head coach following the departure of Domenec Torrent ended with the hiring of Norwegian native, Ronny Deila. Ronny comes to NYCFC with a UEFA Pro license and experience in both Europa and Champions Leagues.
This week Mike, Jon (on his new microphone), J.R. and Mike Allen discuss what they know about the new gaffer and how they think it will impact the roster and the play on the field.
In the second segment, Andy Drelick from Third Rail joins the show to discuss what the Supporters Group has planned for 2020.
The show wraps up with a look at the 2020 schedule for NYCFC.
Jan 07 2020
Rank #2: The Tackle Redux & Stadium News / Ep 254 / Blue City Radio
The moment is forever frozen in time, the look of disbelief on Maxi’s face, Mata raising his arms up awaiting the crucifixion from teammates and fans.
This week Mike, Jon and J.R. take another look at the loss for NYCFC in Queens that ended the 2019 season.
In the second segment Chris Campbell from The Outfield joins the show to discuss his in depth look at NYCFC’s search for a stadium site.
The show wraps up with the post game comments from Keaton Parks, Alex Ring, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Anton Tinnerholm.
Oct 29 2019
Rank #3: The Tackle / Ep 253 / Blue City Radio
The memory of the moment will last forever. It’s the sporting equivalent of a “JFK” moment. You’ll always remember where you were. The tackle.
In this midweek episode Mike opens the phone lines to the NYCFC supporters so they can vent out some of the frustration and sadness from the end of the season.
Thanks to all the listeners and supporters that participated.
Oct 25 2019
Rank #4: 1-0 and 0-1 / Ep 266 / Blue City Radio
Ronny Deila had some tough choices to make in his line ups for the two games this week. He got the result he wanted at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday, but an early Maxime Chanot red card derailed his plans for the MLS Season Opener in Columbus.
This week Mike, Jon and J.R. take a look at Deila’s choices and the way the two games played out.
They also look at the action from MLS Week 1 and NYCFC’s new signing.
Mar 03 2020
Rank #5: Stadium Blues and Stadium News / Ep 263 / Blue City Radio
The chaos began last Wednesday. Yes, just a week ago things were kind of quiet on the NYCFC front. Then the first report surfaced from Costa Rica. Then there was the fan jersey launch event in midtown. Then there was the NY Times article. Then there was the official announcement on the CCL venue… do you need to hear more?
This week Mike, Jon and JR try to cover all of the drama and they try to get all of the perspectives in one guest-packed show. First up, Carol Martinez from Minervas joins the show to explain the sentiment of the upset fanbase.
In the second segment NY Times reporter David Waldstein joins Mike and JR to discuss his article from last Friday and to elaborate on the details he uncovered on NYCFC’s stadium plan.
The show wraps up with Anthony Merced (@nycsportsworld) as he brings us his interview with NYCFC CEO Brad Sims.
Feb 12 2020
Rank #6: Bring On the Champion’s League / Ep 264 / Blue City Radio
The time has arrived. Supporters have begun their journey’s south and the team itself is headed down to Costa Rica ahead of Thursday’s match up.
Mike, Jon and Mike Allen take a listen to two new media interviews, one with Sean Johnson and the second with Head Coach Ronny Deila. In between the two interviews the guys welcome Jose Recamon from Soccer Investments to help give us perspective and insight on AD San Carlos.
Feb 18 2020
Rank #7: Dazed and Confused / Ep 267 / Blue City Radio
It doesn’t take much for NYCFC fans to forget that the club advanced for the first time to the Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals. Quite honestly, it only took just over 90 minutes. NYCFC went up to Toronto and looked a bit lost. The passes weren’t connecting, the runs were out of sequence and then there was the defending. The only true bright spot was the goal tending as Sean Johnson would only get beat by a shot deflected by Ronald Matarrita.
This week Mike, Jon, J.R. and Mike Allen breakdown the Toronto game. Then they share and discuss some of the audio from NYCFC’s media day event.
The guys wrap up the episode talking about the biggest game in club history, the home leg of the quarterfinals in Red Bull Arena.
Mar 10 2020
Rank #8: Costa Rica Here We Come / Ep 257 / Blue City Radio
This week the guys from Blue City Radio do their best impression of another NYCFC podcast, Soccer In the City.
Sadly, I think that opening sentence will cost us more listeners than it gains, but it’s how I felt recording the episode. This week Mike and J.R. are joined by Dudes In Blue and NYCFC Nation contributor, Anthony Merced, as the guys discuss Concacaf Champions League. They discuss the pros and cons of the competition as well as check in on the draw as it takes place during their recording.
Dec 10 2019
Rank #9: Thank You Dome, Seattle Are Champions, CBA On the Horizon / Ep 255 / Blue City Radio
That’s quite possibly our longest title ever, but necessary. So much important news to cover in this week’s show.
Mike, Jon and J.R. start with the impact that Dome Torrent’s departure will have on NYCFC. They also reflect on his tenure and what he brought to the club. Then they look at the game from the weekend, the MLS Cup Final.
In the middle segment, NYCFC Tactics from the Outfield NYCFC joins the show to give us his thoughts and opinions on rumored new head coach, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst. Lastly, the guys take a look at the 2019 roster and try and predict which players will be back in 2020.
Nov 12 2019
Rank #10: Debutants In the Spotlight / Ep 265 / Blue City Radio
NYCFC played their first international competitive match and passed the test with flying colors. It was by no means the perfect game, but luckily for Ronny Deila’s team their performance was strong enough on the attacking side to leave some room for error.
This week Mike, Jon and J.R. take a look at what worked for the team and what tweaks Deila might make for the home leg on Wednesday.
In the second segment the guys welcome Danny Urquia from Los Fuisiosos who was down in Costa Rica for the game. He shares his stories and perspective on the event.
Feb 25 2020
Rank #11: Blue Christmas 2019 / Ep 258 / Blue City Radio
It’s a Festivus miracle. Last week Mike was joined by Trey Fillmore of Blue Balls, Anthony Merced from Dudes in Blue, Keira Smith from MLS Female, Nick Chavez from NYCFC Nation and John Mueller aka Dummy Run from The Outfield.org and an audience of guests to air their grievances and look ahead to 2020.
Some fun, lots of laughs and interesting conversation about NYCFC, MLS and soccer in the US.
Dec 24 2019
Rank #12: The Kids Are Alright / Ep 260 / Blue City Radio
NYCFC kicked off the 2020 pre-season in a completely different fashion than the previous seasons. This year the team headed down to Orlando, FL to compete in the Florida Cup playing their first competitive match less than five days after arriving in camp.
This week Mike, J.R. and Mike Allen touch briefly on the two highly competitive games the team played, but more importantly, they share the post game audio from NYCFC first team new-comers, Gedion Zelalem and Tayvon Gray.
In the second segment the guys share interviews with new head coach Ronny Deila and David Lee.
Jan 21 2020
Rank #13: Reyna On My Parade / Ep 256 / Blue City Radio
First Dome Torrent left NYCFC and more recently, the club’s first ever employee, Sporting Director Claudio Reyna decided he was going to take a chance at building another expansion side as Reyna joins Austin FC.
This week Mike, Jon and J.R. look at the recent roster news, discuss Reyna’s impact on the club and what they expect from successor David Lee. Lastly they give their thoughts, late as they may be on Queensboro FC.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #14: Ready For the Reds / Ep 252 / Blue City Radio
This week Mike, Jon and J.R. look at the exciting results from the first week of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. In the second segment, Benedict Rhodes from Waking the Red joins the guys to help given a northern perspective on TFC and their approach to Wednesday’s Eastern Conference Semi-Final. Make sure you listen to the “Dome Out” montage that J.R. created from clips from earlier in 2019 at the end of the show.
Oct 22 2019
Rank #15: Bound For Glory / Ep 249 / Blue City Radio
NYCFC stumbled in New England on Sunday, but that’s nothing new. NYCFC has only one win and one draw in their five previous trips to Gilette Stadium. The 2-0 loss to the would keep NYCFC from earning the first place spot in the eastern conference, but only for a short time as Columbus Crew would pitch in and defeat Philadelphia securing the number one spot and home field for New York up through the MLS Cup Final.
That drama all unfolded in real time as the players watched huddled in the Gilette locker room. This week Mike, Jon and J.R. look at the two games from this week. They look at the implications of NYCFC holding the number one seed and they also share post game interviews from Ronald Matarrita, Sean Johnson, Tony Rocha, Sebastian Ibeagha and Heber.
Oct 01 2019
Rank #16: From Opaque To Cloudy / Ep 262 / Blue City Radio
NYCFC’s leadership took the first steps towards a new direction last week. Club CEO, Brad Sims, and COO, Matt Goodman, both took time to answer questions from fans. It is the possible beginning to a newly transparent team structure.
This week Mike, Jon, JR and Mike Allen discuss what this new approach will mean for fans as they patiently wait for the start of the 2020 season. The guys also take a long distance look at the newest signing for the team, Icelandic defender, Gudmundur Thorarinsson.
Feb 04 2020
Rank #17: Surprises Ahead / Ep 261 / Blue City Radio
Last week NYCFC hosted members of The Third Rail to an exclusive event with team CEO Brad Sims, COO Matt Goodman and Head Coach Ronny Deila. In this epsiode Mike, Jon and J.R. discuss some of the notes that were shared from attendees at the event.
In the second segment the guys make their best guesses on the tactical changes that are coming for NYCFC and what players might struggle to see the field given the new formation.
Jan 28 2020
Rank #18: 2019 Regular Season Summary / Ep 251 / Blue City Radio
As the 2019 MLS Regular Season comes to a close Mike, Jon and J.R. discuss some of the best players for NYCFC and get some fan feedback mixed into the conversation.
Mike also headed out to NYCFC training and recorded the media interviews with Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Domenec Torrent.
Oct 16 2019
Rank #19: Tigres Shocker at RBA and Checking In With Sebastian Velasquez / Ep 268 / Blue City Radio
Following the loss to Columbus in week one of the MLS Season NYCFC head coach, Ronny Deila, commented on how he hoped he could have gotten back on the field in three days to get the bad feeling out of his head. Sadly after conceding a goal in the last minute of play last week in Harrison, NJ, Deila and the boys in blue will have to wait much longer to get a chance to change the narrative of the club in 2020. The entire globe is gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic and the sports world has ground to a halt.
This week Mike, J.R. and Mike Allen look at the Tigres game and speculate on what decisions really dictated the outcome of the game.
In the second segment former NYCFC midfielder, Sebastian Velasquez, joins the show to discuss where he’s playing now and he shares some great stories about the first season with NYCFC.
Mar 17 2020
Rank #20: The Armchair Analyst and a Juggling Act Versus Philly / Ep 250 / Blue City Radio
NYCFC’s season finale didn’t go as planned in Chester, PA. The plan was to finish the season strong and healthy. While the Boys In Blue earned the three points defeating the Union 2-1, they suffered injuries to Heber and Ismael Tajouri-Shradi along the way. Luckily, Dome and the training staff have 17 days to get the team fully fit before their first post season game on October 23.
This week Mike, Jon and J.R. look at the Philly game and some of the key moments. In the second segment, Matt Doyle from MLS Soccer joins the show to share his insights into the strengths and weaknesses of the leaders in the east and doubles down on his theory that NYCFC’s biggest threat to MLS Cup could be Toronto.
Oct 09 2019