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Loyal Company of the River Valley Podcast

A podcast dedicated to FC Edmonton. Also covering NASL and other Canadian soccer happenings. Much of what is said on this show is made under the influence of scotch, rum, beer and cigars.
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Aug 24, 2016

Oh its been a week! On Ep 75 we review everything thats happened in the NASL, as well as look at FCEd and a VERY brief look into what it might take for FCEd to make it to the post season. Some shade thrown at the Ottawa Fury, and we start questioning if there's cracks in Indy 11. 
BONUS: Intro salvaged from Monday's recording, talking about what it means to be a FCEd supporter. 

Aug 16, 2016

Adam is back and rested up for Episode 74! We start off by reviewing the last few weeks, focusing mostly on the games that had big implications for the top of the table. We talk a bit about the games that were this week in the NASL, looking at who's hot and who had their parade rained out (its funny, because there were so many delays this week...). 

Then we go on a bit of a rant and look at why FCEd players seemingly are ignored for player of the week awards, and if its a good thing for FCEd's positive results right now.

Finally we wrap up with a preview for the upcoming games this week!

Aug 9, 2016

With Adam away, Nathan turns to a new friend of Edmonton supporters culture, Rob from the Timbers Army. We talk about his insight into the move from D2 to D1, and how the MLS has changed over the years, missing div 2 soccer, and what can be done to help increase support in all levels. Also, we dive into FCEd's season so far from an outsiders perspective, and the quality that FCEd is putting on the field week in and week out. 

Aug 5, 2016

Since we skipped out last week, its only fair that we put up two pods this week! Nathan seems to be ok with the computer nonsense, so you even get some music in this one. We focus on the past week for FCEd, quickly touch on some of the new signings, and discuss the latest drama in the FCEd world (teaser: it has to do with an ex player being arrested). 

Aug 3, 2016

This week we start out with a special preview of the Canadian Women's National Team as they get ready to start their run in the Olympics. Our guides on this journey of discovery are the awesome hosts of the For Kicks Podcast. Nathan takes over technical duties as Adam's laptop died, so there is a noticeable lack of intro/break/outro music in this episode. Nathan promises to learn how to work the computer in time for the next episode. 

Jul 20, 2016

This week we go sans guest, but that doesn't hold us back in what we can talk about! We recap the game against Ottawa and look ahead to Indy, and mostly analyzing the back line of Edmonton's that looks like the end of a scotch tape roll.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Deadheads - Rural Alberta Advantage

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Jul 12, 2016

This week we are joined by a special guest once again! Tyson Farago comes on the podcast and chats about his career before FCE, being a part of the CanMNT program as well as his last job before being a professional soccer player. 

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Rural Alberta Advantage - Tornado 87

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jul 5, 2016

This week we go a little light on league content, but we are joined by FC Edmonton general manager Jay Ball. Jay joins us and talks about everything off the pitch with the team, including new deals for retailer of team mercy across the city, social media, and new (and even weird) ways the team is working to get more buts in the seats!

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Ten Second Epic - Old Habits Die Hard

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jun 29, 2016

In this episode, we go team by team and examine where there are heading into the Fall Season. We also take a closer look at Edmonton's latest moves and how that affects them heading forward.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Hawksley Workman - When You Gonna Flower

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jun 23, 2016

John Smits joins us from Wilmington, North Carolina and talks about his season so far in the USL and how it compares to the NASL. We also take care of some NASL news, speculate on FCE's next moves and talk more about Jay Ball's plan.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Billy Talent - Try Honesty

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jun 14, 2016

We review the past week and spring season as a whole! That includes who impressed us and who disappointed and compare it to where we thought it would play out.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Rebellion (Lies) - Arcade Fire

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Jun 7, 2016

I guess you can say this weeks theme is missed opportunities. Not just on the FC Edmonton front but for other teams across the league.

Of course we also talk V Cup, US Open Cup, some player movement news and rumours. 

Excuse us as we try to play catch up after a week off.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings

Alexisonfire - The Northern

May 23, 2016

Another busy week to recap!

We begin with FC Edmonton's spirited win in Ottawa despite falling a little short in their comeback in the Voyageurs Cup preliminary round. We'll call it a moral victory as it helped carry the momentum from some terrific league play.

Next we recap the nutty week that was in the NASL, and how Saturdays results allowed Edmonton to take first place, albeit temporarily.

We also touch on a few smaller issues, like how Matt VanOekel has become the winningest FCE keeper, Ledgerwood's injury and where is Mallan Roberts?

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month

Alexisonfire - The Northern

May 17, 2016

This week we recap the extreme lows (Voyageurs Cup loss) to extreme highs (beating the damned Cosmos).

We also look forward to what the loss to Ottawa means and how it can actually help FCE in their quest for the spring season title.

We also preview the upcoming matches against Ottawa and Carolina.

Enjoy this episode free of technical issues!

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Deadroads - Rural Alberta Advantage

The Northern - Alexisonfire

May 11, 2016

We begin the this episode by recapping the week that was, and looking ahead to upcoming week. 

We are then joined by John from First Team Podcast to preview the upcoming match against the New York Cosmos.

NOTE: We didn't get to previewing the midweek V Cup match against the Ottawa Fury due to technical issues.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Hawksley Workman - When You Gonna Flower

Alexisonfire - The Northern

May 6, 2016

Back for a second episode this week!

We start by recapping FCE's midweek win against Jacksonville Armada, including the short bench, the Raudales injury and the perfect road match.

We are then joined by James from the Bloody Shambles soccer show & blog. He helps us preview Indy, potential Chicago rivalry and 'Soccer Risk'.

We would also like to encourage our listeners to donate to the Canadian Red Cross to help the relief efforts of the tragic events currently going on in Fort McMurray. The city has been devastated by wildfires and the people living there will need all the help that they can get! The link is here.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Month of May - Arcade Fire

The Northern - Alexisonfire

May 3, 2016

Short podcast for this episode as it's just Adam. But he talks with Logan from Armada Breakfast Club to help preview the upcoming midweek match and other news and info regarding the Armada.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Against Me - White Crosses

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Apr 29, 2016

We're much later and less impressive than what we were hoping for this week but we still wanted to give you guys a podcast this week.

Technical issues limited our ability to record earlier in the week and record the conversation with FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball but Nathan shared as much as he could recall in that conversation and how we can expect an increase in off field awareness for the team.

We also recap the week that was, and preview the week that will be.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Americanarama - Hollerado

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Apr 20, 2016

This week we try to use the podcast as another group therapy session.

We start by recapping results across the league, including Edmonton's poor showing against the Rowdies.

We then move onto breaking down what's wrong with Edmonton, including coaching, player personnel decisions and formation.

We then conclude with a rapid preview for week 4.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Billy Talent - Standing in the Rain

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Apr 13, 2016

This week we recap the second week of NASL action. We promise a little less heat map talk.

Then we move on to talk about Edmonton's loss at home. We include who looked good and who didn't We also talk a little bit about the changes at Clarke field and look ahead to week 3!

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

The Tragically Hip - Fifty Mission Cap

Alexisonfire - The Northen

Apr 5, 2016

This week we are back to recapping the week that was in NASL matches. And naturally it we go long. Thanks in part to the new stats covered in the Match Centre. We love it (especially those heat maps) and are borderline overwhelmed by it all.

We also try to give some thought on the new kits released this past weak and skim over the announced TV deals.

Of course we go in depth about the FCE match and who impressed us.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

The Sheepdogs - Feeling Good

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Mar 29, 2016

This week we bring another interview to you with Porter of the Scissortail Podcast! He explains the Rayo vs Energy off field rivalry, starting the podcast and being a fan of Rayo. He also tries to help handicap the upcoming match between Rayo OKC and FC Edmonton.

Next we focus on kits of course & talk a bit about the rumoured BeIn sports TV deal. Nathan also offers his thoughts on what he's seen from Sundays inter-squad match and preview all the games for week 1 of the NASL Spring Season.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Deadroads - Rural Alberta Advantage

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Mar 23, 2016

This week we focus mostly on a big 2016 preview of FC Edmonton.

First though, we talk a bit about the commissioners conference call earlier in the day where he talked about league expansion & CanPL. Then our favourite, KIT TALK!

We then move onto previewing FCE for the upcoming season. We focus on all the positions and who we expect to be starting where. Also take a deeper look into the over competition on spots across the roster.

In the second half, we are joined by Steve Sandor (the11.ca & Plastic Pitch magazine) to get a little deeper into previewing FCE and how they might be underrated across the league. He also gets into talking about the upcoming Canadian WCQ this weekend against Mexico.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

I Don't Know - The Sheepdogs

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Mar 16, 2016

This week we focus on FC Edmonton's trip to Scotland.We analyze the teams first 2 matches the best we can and look forward to the next couple of matches. 

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

When You Were Mine - Tom Fun Orchestra

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Mar 8, 2016

Ok, we're back!

After a week off we return to our regularly scheduled programming. And by that we mean scotch fuelled ramblings about soccer. This week we look in depth to where FCEd is looking compared to the rest of the league and how Midfield Press' ranking of 11th is unfair. We also break down the Saskatoon trip as best we can.

We also get into some NASL news, like the official unveiling of the Under Armour Desafio match ball for the league, the Cosmos inking a deal with UA, Rayo OKC signing Samaras and Ottawa signing De Jong.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Deadroads - Rural Alberta Advantage

The Northern - Alexionfire

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