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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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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

Feb 24, 2016

On out 50th episode we get a bit back to basics and keep a trim 1 hour episode.

Our first focus in on the STH event and the news & reaction that came from that.

On the second half, we give our thoughts on NASL hiring a 3rd party company to take care of it's stats and how great it is for fans of the league. We also look at a few preseason results as teams gear up for the season.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Downtown - Sheepdogs

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Feb 17, 2016

On this podcast we start with an impromptu debate/rant about pro/rel in North America and how it's not likely feasible despite what fans are clamouring for.

We then move on to talking about how we won't talk about the CanPL until there's official word after hearing the Footy Soldiers Podcast voice their concerns.

We then get to the meat of this podcast, which includes Colin Miller answering a number of questions at training camp about FCE in 2016. We chime in with our own thoughts on some of his answers as well. Not to mention we get some great 1 on 1 time with Tyson Farago.

We then end this episode by talking about some news around the league that appeals to us, namely kit and equipment reveals.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Woman - Wolfmother

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Feb 9, 2016

We return with a simple podcast with just the two of us ranting and rambling.

We start with reaction from the CanMNT friendly against the US. He shared what we liked and what we didn't.

We then moved onto FCEd's newest signing that was teased to us on Friday. Of course we look at what it means for the roster as a whole and examine a what is now complete backline.

We then move onto a bunch of news and speculation around the league, including seeing former Eddie Lance Parker at the Rayo OKC team meeting photos, as well as a tease as to what their kit manufacturer will be.

We also share reaction and on news of the Canadian Premier League.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Get Loose - The Salads

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Feb 2, 2016

Nathan's back from Cuba and Adam is a year older. We try our best to get back into the swing of things, which includes mocking Nathan for not seeing Dumb and Dumber.

When we get serious into soccer, we talk about FC Edmonton's latest signings and how they'll help the team. We also touch on the name and logo for the San Francisco Deltas as well as weigh in on our thoughts about a potential new ball supplier in Under Armour.

We then have a special treat for you guys. Nik Ledgerwood takes a break from his San Diego camp with the Canadian national team to talk about his career in Germany, coming back to Canada, his role with FCE and so much more.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Dethbridge in Lethbridge - Rural Alberta Advantage

Black History Month - Death From Above 1979

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Jan 25, 2016

Nathan is away and rather than listen to Adam talk to himself, we banked a couple of great interviews for you.

First off, we talk to Paul Scanling of the Gorilla Talk podcast. He shares what its been like to try to keep the Silverbacks alive and how he and other fans are reacting to the news if their 'suspension'. We also get some insight on how Silverbacks fans view the incoming MLS team and who they will cheer for next.

Next we talk to FC Edmonton assistant coach and academy technical director Jeff Paulus. He shares a ton of info and insight, including his thoughts on the preseason Scotland trip, the new signings, academy info and so much more. 

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

The Stanfields - Ship to Shore

Rural Alberta Advantage - The Deadroads

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jan 19, 2016

The NASL schedule has been released and we look at FC Edmonton's portion of it. Of course we share what we love and hate about it, along with any thoughts in between.

We also get in depth about the strong South American influence down in Fort Lauderdale. We speculate what it could mean for them in the league, as well as potentially help the team and leagues brand on a global level.

We also briefly touch on the FC Barcelona academy that will be starting up this year in the Edmonton area and how it may fit into the soccer scene in Alberta.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

The Tom Fun Orchestra - When You Were Mine

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jan 14, 2016

After losing the original episode 44 because of not saving, we're back to try this again. After Monday's dress rehearsal, we manage to put out a pretty smooth podcast.

We talk about the Nik Ledgerwood OFFICIALLY signing with FCE. We speculate on his role with the team and how the starting 11 looks with him in it. We also then point out the remaining areas of concern on the roster.

The Voyageurs Cup schedule has been released for 2016. We look at the slight change to the schedule, and how we think Edmonton might fare. We also talk about the future of the tournament and how it may grow to include semi-pro and amateur teams in the coming years.

Of course, we finish the second half with some NASL news. The big news is Atlanta suspending operations for 2016. We look at how that affects the league and how it's actually stronger now. We also talk about the recent Fury signings as well. We get a bit side tracked on bashing Jonny Steele while we're at it. Thanks for listening!

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Stamp

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Jan 7, 2016

Apologies for being a couple days late but we promise it's worth it.

We first start off with some speculation on Nik Ledgerwood and his potential move to FCE. Of course, we include Adam's twitter exchange with Nik that leads to a beer bet.

The second part of the podcast has Matt Van Oekel join us to talk about his time with Minnesota, coming to FCE and what we can expect from him in 2016.

We end the pod with some news on Canadians in the NASL as well as even more talk on the much speculated Canadian League.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Icky Thumb - The White Stripes

Feeling Good - The Sheepdogs

The Northern - Alexisonfire

Dec 29, 2015

After last weeks shenanigans we get back to a more serious podcast.

Since this will be our last episode of 2015, we use it to recap the year that was and get what we can out of it as far as positives and negatives. We also take a bit of time to look forward to 2016 as well!

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Make Up Your Mind - Volcanoless in Canada

The Norther - Alexisonfire

Dec 22, 2015

In what you could call our 'Holiday Special', we go nuts on Star Wars and talk about the upcoming holidays. We also are joined by Tobi (@FTofD on twitter) and get a little rowdy. Much beer is consumed and Adam breaks a chair. 'Tis the season!

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Downtown - The Sheepdogs

The Northern - Alexisonfire 

Dec 15, 2015

Who would have thought there would be lots to talk about in mid December?

We start with talking about Moses and Laing signing deals in the league and what it can mean for Carolina and Minnesota, respectively. We then move on to talk about Ottawa finally announcing some roster news, Tampa confirming the Heinemann signing and Miami being a serious contending team in 2016.

We then discuss Miami's kit unveiling, and use it as an excuse to talk about kits around the league this past season.

Oh, and if you couldn't tell, we're pretty excited for Star Wars.

Dec 8, 2015

This week we bring you another busy episode. We talk about who is and isn't signing with the Eddies, as well as the regular NASL news and gossip. During this, Adam frequently forgets how to talk.

In the second half of the podcast, we invite Michael from the ESG on to discuss the local supporters group and the new unified direction they want to take. We talk about the search for directors and how it will help grow the group and support for the team as a whole.

Song Credits

Danko Jones - First Date

Finger Eleven - Good Times

Alexisonfire - The Northern

Dec 1, 2015

This week we focus more on local news. After a bit of a discussion on the lack of news on a Canadian league, we talk about where we can go in this country to help develop soccer.

We then focus on FCE's signings this week. We're happy to see Eddie Edward back in the mix, and speculate on what newcomer Jake Keegan can provide. We then focus on what holes are remaining on the roster.

The finish this podcast off, we spend a long time discussing the current state of the ESG and share their news to incorporate and desire to provide a more unified voice for supporter in Edmonton. Naturally we discuss where LCRV fits into the mix.

Song Credits

First Date - Danko Jones

Lovercall - Danko Jones

The Northern - Alexisonfire

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