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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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Sep 13, 2017

This weeks podcast is brought to you by the Edmonton Community Foundation! The Edmonton Community Foundation works as a bridge between donors and charities to help create a contribute to the strong vibrant community here in Edmonton. They also produce The Well Endowed podcast and this month they feature queer history tour of Edmonton guided by Darrin Hagin. We both found the podcast very interesting, and you can listen for yourself here

After this past Sunday's match, we return to being an FC Edmonton supporter therapy session. We break down the frustrating loss and make a few suggestions on how the starting eleven should line up this coming week against, well, the Indy Eleven.

We then proceed to talk about NASL losing it's division sanctioning and the fall out this past week in statements from teams and reaction from the fans.

It also appears that the Delta's front office attempted to do damage control by creating another blog that ended up again just asking fans to do the teams marketing. We explain how wrong this is and how it surely will set up failure for this team.

Our podcast ends on talking about the Benfica vs Rangers friendly match in Hamilton this October and how this can affect CPL hype in the city. This conversation evolved into a discussion about CPL attendance and what's reasonable to expect.

Sep 5, 2017

This weeks podcast is brought to you by Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB! You can find us and other great local podcasts on their website! This episode is also brought to you by ATB. ATB is big on listening and you can learn more about them being more than a bank at atb.com/listen.

On this episode, we cover the breaking news of NASL losing it's division 2 sanctioning by the USSF. We try to paint a broad picture about what it means for clubs looking to move to MLS (Indy, North Carolina) and the stronger clubs wanting to compete with MLS (Miami). Of course, we finish our thoughts off on this topic by considering what this means for FC Edmonton.

We then look at this past weeks matches, including FCE's rare result in North Carolina. Of course we analyze the table to death and look ahead to this Sunday's match against that same NCFC side (which has never won at Clarke yet)

The podcast ends with our thoughts on the latest signings from the academy, and how they fit into the teams future, as early as next season even.

Aug 30, 2017

This weeks podcast is brought to you by Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB! You can find us and other great local podcasts on their website! This episode is also brought to you by ATB. ATB is big on listening and you can learn more about them being more than a bank at atb.com/listen.

The Eddies win in San Francisco and we obviously react to it. We talk about the travelling support (which mostly happen to be former guests), how lady luck helped, and of course Tomi's Play of the Week calibre goal!

We then moved on to talk about an interview that Red Nation Online posted about former Eddie Adam Straith, which included how he viewed his time in Edmonton, why he moved back to Germany and his views on the coming Canadian Premier League.

We also looked at FCE bringing in former Canadian U-17 couch Sean Fleming to the coaching ranks. He'll be heading up the U-16 level and we discuss how that's a positive thing for FCE's academy moving forward.

Aug 23, 2017

This weeks podcast is brought to you by Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB! You can find us and other great local podcasts on their website! This episode is also brought to you by ATB. ATB is big on listening and you can learn more about them being more than a bank at atb.com/listen.

We return to our regular format this week and talk at length about FC Edmonton at length. We look back to the last 2 matches and go over the many things FCE is doing right, and the two major things they can't do: score goals and keep a clean sheet. We also look at results around the league, including Jacksonville's decision to go with actual attendance rather than distributed tickets. There's also a new FCE jersey to discuss, sort of. We look at the FC Edmonton sponsored jersey for the Tour of Alberta. And for fun we talk about how we see FC Edmonton becoming a bigger player in the Canadian Premier League from our perspective.

Aug 17, 2017

This weeks podcast is brought to you by Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB! You can find us and other great local podcasts on their website! This episode is also brought to you by ATB. ATB is big on listening and you can learn more about them being more than a bank at atb.com/listen

FC Edmonton GM Jay Ball joins us this week. This conversation (at a pub) was fun as Jay shares his experience in helping turn the awareness and attendance up at FC Edmonton matches. He goes into what he learned last season, how they're succeeding this season and what they can do to improve still. Jay also shares some thoughts on th supporters, the teams philanthropic endeavours, and even a little Canadian Premier League chat (sharing his own personal opinions, of course).

Aug 9, 2017

This weeks podcast is brought to you by Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB! You can find us and other great local podcasts on their website! This episode is also brought to you by ATB. ATB is big on listening and you can learn more about them being more than a bank at atb.com/listen

 

In this weeks podcast, we talk about FCE's win in Indy and how that can help change the perspective of this team's playoff chances with the table being wiped clean for the Fall season. We also get into some other aspects of the match, like Watson's return, Corea's brace and the great showings from Fisk and Fordyce.

We also talk about more players returning from injury, Miami falling out of the US Open Cup, San Francisco getting an attendance boost and more!

Aug 2, 2017

This week we are very proud to announce that we have joined the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB! We go through what that means for the show and what you can expect as a listener! You can also find out more about ATB being more than a bank at atb.com/listen

When we get back to our regularly scheduled programming, we discuss this past weekends match against Indy. We included an in depth look at each players performance as well.

We then address the protest in the stands from ESG. We got statements from the team, the group and paid members who were left out of the loop.

In the second half of the podcast, we talk about the open letter from the San Francisco Delta's owner Brian Helmick. We talk at length about how we believe this is being blown out of proportion and some parts we just don't understand coming from an owener.

We then look ahead to next week and take some likely laughable guesses at the scores.

Jul 26, 2017

This week we return with a roster update (so far anyway) of who's in for the fall season. 2 of the 3 are familiar names for FCE fans. We also try to break down what they can add to help FCE have a more positive fall season.

We then move on to talk about Soccer Day in Saskatchewan. We know, this is an Alberta based podcast but we felt it had plenty of connections to Edmonton and news about growth of pro soccer in the Prairies. We run down what's been shared from the town hall meet up that was arranged, and how the crowd could help determine the success of a potential pro team in the 306.

We then do a brief prediction of what we are expecting from FCE for the start of their fall season when they host the Indy Eleven this coming Sunday.

Jul 19, 2017

This week we sit down and grade the individual parts of the team as well as the sum of all parts. We start with the coaching, move on to keepers, then the backline, mids, forwards and the front office. Please note these grades for the players and coaching is purely based on what we saw on the pitch on game days, and the front office was rated on their ability to market the team and draw the crowds. 

Also, we were unable to take comment on the Fordyce signing as it happened after recording this episode. We will have a hot take on this next week!

Don't agree with our grades? Let us know where you think we went wrong on Twitter or Facebook (@LoyalCompanyRV)

Jul 12, 2017

What a difference a win makes. In this episode, we applaud the efforts of Miller and staff for getting a massive win with a short bench and the unfortunate injury to Nathan Ingham.

We then comment on the newly departed Dean Shiels and talk about why he was just never the 'difference maker' we were told he'd be. We also look to how the team could use his international spot (and salary) to find a replacement.

And we finish it off by previewing the final week of the NASL spring season.

Jul 5, 2017

We took this week to talk at length about #MillerOut, what he's doing wrong, what can be done right, and is this season a write off?

We also address the rumours of Fordyce coming back after being released by FC Cincinnati. Is he the answer to what FC Edmonton needs? With his permanent Canadian residency, he could be considered a domestic.

We then chat about Albert Watson becoming a permanent resident how that could affect the teams moves heading into the split season break.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jun 28, 2017

Jeff Paulus joins us again to give us an in depth update about the academy and answers a ton of questions we have regarding it. We also chatted about Canadian soccer, CPL and FCE.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Jun 14, 2017

This week we spend the bulk of our episode reviewing the ups and downs of the matches against Puerto Rico (huge low), New York (huge high) and Miami (meh). We also spend a fair amount of time discussing FC Edmonton's positive attendance figures and how long they need to do this before they get some support from the city in a larger stadium.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Alexisonfire - The Northern

 

May 31, 2017

This week we break the format a bit and intro with a discussion had recorded at the last FCE match. For Kicks Podcast joins us to discuss FCE's 'Girls in Soccer' initiative and how important the women's game is in this country.

We also talked at length about the attendance and atmosphere at that match and how it could be a real turning point for how the team is perceived in this city. Of course we talk about the win, and how important it can be to set the tone of the upcoming busy week for the team.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

May 24, 2017

We return this week with a normal episode and we analyze the issues with FCE coming off a couple losses and what the team needs to do to get out of this rut.

We then talk about other news around the league, including the Cosmos meaningless friendly and Indy Eleven's woes.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

May 20, 2017

This week we sound down for an long conversation with FCE Forward Jake Keegan. We talk about his career before FCE and what his last 18 months here have been like. We also ask him some general questions about the city and league.

Song Credits 

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

May 10, 2017

This week there is no shortage of topics. First we recap last weeks loss to Ottawa, including the roster selections and what it means for the second leg of this Voyageurs Cup match up. We then skim across league results, including FCE's tie against Indy for their first clean sheet of the year. Of course previews are sprinkled in there. There's also reaction to the Cosmos friendlies announced today, and how they affect FCE. And with the CPL announcement this weekend, we have to comment on it. Obviously we're happy but understand expectations need to be kept in check.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

May 3, 2017

This week we recap NASL action, including the mess that was FCE's game. We then move on to a V-Cup matchup preview against the Ottawa Fury. And we end asking is Edmonton a great sports city with the unreal support the Oilers are getting?

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Apr 26, 2017

After a brief hiatus we attempt to get back into the groove with a free flowing pod about the last few weeks game. We try to analyze what worked, but more easily we determine what wasn't working. We also start looking ahead to next weeks Voyageurs Cup match against the Fury, Indy's new look, and we offer our insight into whether Pluto is a planet or not.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Apr 7, 2017

We figured we should do something big for 100, so went on location to the FCE Fan Shop to do a special fan round table with Tobi and Will. We talked about what got us to 100, our excitement about the home opener and just have a great fan conversation regarding FCE.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Mar 31, 2017

This week we start off by talking about the Canadian Premier League and it's relation (or lack there of) to Edmonton.

Next we talk about results around the league and how the other teams looked.

We then finished off with a bit of a preview for the upcoming FCEd season opener in Jacksonville and how we're looking forward to this team in 2017.

Song Credits:

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Mar 21, 2017

This week we have fortunately solved our audio issues and the timing couldn't be more perfect. Dave from the ESG joins us to talk about the groups plans for 2017. We also talk about the new team store and kits!

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Mar 14, 2017

This week we talk about FC Edmonton's preseason result against Wigan's reserves, and talk to death about the potential kit reveal.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Mar 8, 2017

This week there hasn't been a lot of news, so we do a lot of speculating on the starting eleven looks like. We also talk about other goings on across the league, namely kit news.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Mar 2, 2017

We're back! After a week off we return to a more formal 'studio' type recording. We discuss roster moves, including clips from new 'keeper Chris Konopka. We also talk about the most recent supporters summit and the future of this podcast!

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

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