Rise and Blaze Soccer Show: MLS, USMNT, & USWNT
STL EXPANSION PARTY

STL EXPANSION PARTY

August 21, 2019

Oh man, What a good week to be an MLS fan. First we got a newly crowned Atlanta United hoisting the Campeones Cup over a Liga MX side, and now we have a new addition to our MLS family! All hail St. Louis who will be entering the league in the 2022 season. A city known for its undying support of sports culture and the proud inventors of ice cream cones and Taylor Twellman has it's eyes set on an MLS cup, led by MLS' first female led ownership group. LAFC just broke the top 100 football clubs in the world, suck it Liga MX, how is the view from way down there? Wayne Rooney sounds off on his critical tweet about the leagues current travel situation. Sir David's saga continues in Miami as his proposed building site in Miami is laden with toxic levels of arsenic and lead. Does this help or hinder the Becks getting his team to Miami's heart? Tune in to MLS this week as rivalries all across the league come head to head in what will surely be some magical MLS moments for years to come. If anyone has a better nickname for Portland than Portscum, you let us know. Cheers to all MLS fans!!

MLS Transfer Window Round-Up

MLS Transfer Window Round-Up

August 15, 2019

The boys share too many drinks drowning their sorrows as both the Rapids and the Sounders fail to make heads move during this MLS transfer window. League Bullies, LAFC, Earn an A+ in our book as their front office is determined to crush any MLS opposition in their way. Let's all hope they don't choke in the playoffs this year... The Galaxy also impress this window while also silently flipping the bird to MLS. The Galaxy never fail to pressure the league to change the rules, but this time, the high spending teams of MLS would totally be on board with the much needed change in MLS 3.5. Hell, even Sir David and his prized Inter Miami de Fort Lauderdale impressed us and they haven't even played a single match yet. Our hearts go out to all the victims of domestic terrorism in El Paso and Dayton and Alejandro Bedoya has a message for Congress. Tension between MLS and its supporter's groups is heating up as the league heads into political unstable waters. We also bid farewell to Wayne Rooney, King of getting too drunk at airports, thanks for the memories Wayne! Zlatan talks some smack about the league, and Mackelmore becomes an owner of the Sounders. So its been a typical week of MLS drama and boy we can't wait for the next. 

R&B Special: Rowdy and Proud (with ATL Fan TV)

R&B Special: Rowdy and Proud (with ATL Fan TV)

August 6, 2019

The boys of Rise and Blaze had the pleasure of sitting down with AJ of ATLANTA UNITED FAN TV, one of Atlanta United's worst kept secrets. Atlanta United Fan TV started out as an homage to European Football and is now making headway within Atlanta and the greater MLS community. We ask AJ about the journey of his labor of love Fan Project and just how volatile the rivalry is with THRASH CITY SC truly is (Sorry Orlando fans...). We pour one out for Tata and Miggy and settle the score on the ATL bot wars campaign. AJ breaks down how mentally tough it can be creating quality ATL content during the highs and lows of an ebbing, congested MLS season. The boys look towards the future and discuss potential hot new rivalries between Inter Miami, Nashville, and "Kings of the South" - Atlanta United. Make sure to check out Atlanta United Fan TV for an insider look into MLS' hottest brand during this MLS 3.0 era. 

R&B Special: Hey Now You’re An All Star…

R&B Special: Hey Now You’re An All Star…

August 3, 2019

Rise and Blaze takes a long, hard look at the current state of the MLS All star game. Can it improve, how could it change, and who invited Alexi? Help us wish Bastian Schweinsteiger a happy Birthday! Alles gute Basti! This years ALL star game was full of laughs, love, profanity, and the inevitable Zlatan one liners. Join the Boys on a trip to the Skills Challenge as NANNNI showcased his talents in the dying seconds of the challenge. Youngster Joao Felix of Atletico Madrid would later get revenge during Wave 2 of the MLS all star game in Orlando. The beautiful, purple city of Orlando is home to raucous fans and a deep passionate love for Sir Bradley Guzan. Diego Chara of the Timbers showcased why he is consistently in contention for best defensive midfielder in MLS, shutting down Ateltico's B team multitudes of times. The pivotal on field moments of character came from our smooth talking players who were ceremoniously mic-ed up off and on the pitch. All Hail Wondo, our boy Nicki Rimando, Walker Z, and Bradley Guuuuuuuuzzz. We may have lost the MLS All Star game but that doesn't stop the Rise and Blaze show from having too much of a good time with the ALL star Shenanigans and antics. Reminder to not drink and drive. Check out Rise and Blaze Soccer Show for all your MLS news, action, and bad jokes. 

Low Key shout out to Chris Mueller of Orlando City for his wonder Volley....

Sir Dabs-a-Lot

Sir Dabs-a-Lot

August 1, 2019

MLS all stars is coming and we will have a special out soon about MLS All Star Shenanigans. In this episode of Rise and Blaze Soccer Show: Landon learns how to dab like a proper lad, Jake rattles off his top 5 SCARIEST teams in MLS right now, We toast Jill Ellis for giving us so many stars with the USWNT. Ajax have landed an american youngster and the Becks is finally making moves transfer wise with Inter Miami. Orlando City while hosting MLS All Stars get to celebrate another Designated Player signing heading their way!  The boys discuss which coach is in the hot seat as well as what products Big Bad Bruce uses to sculpt his immaculate hair style. LAFC and ATL possibly gave us a sneak peak of this years MLS cup and a DIEGO CHARA-LESS Portland side managed to wipe the floor with a floundering LA Galaxy who were star struck on a cool night in Providence Park. Thanks for checking out the Rise and Blaze soccer show for all your MLS and USA soccer news, action, and bad jokes. We've got some exciting things coming through our south american pipe line that we can't wait to show everyone!

FERRARIS AND FIATS

FERRARIS AND FIATS

July 24, 2019

Oh boy... You can't make this stuff up. News Just In: Zlatan does Zlatan things again. Suprised? I know you are. "I'm a Ferrari among Fiats" was taken to a whole new level by our Swedish Lion this week as he bossed it on the pitch, silenced his doubters, and managed to break El Munir's Face. Oh and he also scored an amazing hat-trick. There is a serious discussion being had within the greater MLS community about whether or not El Traffico is becoming MLS' greatest rivalry match up. Portland v Seattle may be the jealous significant other of MLS right now but the Cascadia match up did not disappoint either. Emotions were raw and heated as Portland newcomer Fernandez swiped left on the Sounders profile. Frank De Boer sends his secret weapon on the pitch with a Jackie Treehorn-esque message for a confused Darlington Nagbe. Pity may be finding his stride and some confidence within MLS, finally warranting that far fetched ATL price tag. The boys discuss what 'Captain Americas' expectations are while playing for the blues in Chelsea. Could Paul Arriola, USA's hottest winger right now, cut it abroad in a different league? Is Josh Wolff the right signing for Austin FC as they enter the league in 2021? Mark is back in action and breaks down his MLS top 5. Sorry Rapids fans you didn't make it this week. The boys break down the new competition, the sterling Leagues Cup between MLS and Liga MX, and whether or not MLS teams have a fighting chance in hell. Stay tuned to Rise and Blaze for some hot new specials releasing in the coming weeks!

51 Ways to Cozmo’s Heart

51 Ways to Cozmo’s Heart

July 18, 2019

Join us and 1.4 million people who are about to discover an apocalyptic truth that is hidden underground in a vault in Area 51. Cozmo's extra terrestrial brothers and sisters no doubt are being held against their will, forced to forever give up the beautiful game, and it's up to the boys at Rise and Blaze to set them free. Football is for all, regardless of what species you hail from. The boys explain the inception of the wooden spoon award and who are likely front runners to claim such a prestigious award. Brek Shea has to finally take a shower now that his season is over thanks to a BIZARRO fumble with Rual Ruidiaz. Get well soon Brek, we are all counting on you. To replace their void, ATL look to Mo Adams of the Chicago Fire. Aaron Long and Lucho Acosta may be following the footsteps of MLS legend, Almiron, as they pray for a move abroad. Under the guise of Big Bad Bruce Arena, the Revs land a hot new DP from Liga MX. The boys break down some of the hottest MLS action from Ruidiaz' GOLASO to Drunk Refs in the New York Derby, to the "Human Wall" aka Vito's Heroics in Minnesota. The US Open Cup is winding down as we only have 4 teams left! Sorry New Mexico United! You had a good run while it lasted and plenty of free beer, so I guess it's still a win-win. Transfer Deadline and Expansion news will be coming up so don't forget to Rise and Blaze with us as all the Juicy Info becomes available. 

Carlitos and Zoltan’s Big Slime

Carlitos and Zoltan’s Big Slime

July 12, 2019

Now that the World Cup and the Gold Cup are done and dusted, we can head back to the promised land. GO USA! Zlatan Irbahimovank along with rival LA player Carlos Vela have both been nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for Favorite Soccer Player! Ever wanted to see these boys slimmed and dripping with green, gooey goodness? Yes, well lets just say R&B just got tickets to the show so we can see the glory live. BREAKING---- MLS TRANSFER WINDOW IS NOW OPEN---- That means spicy made up spanish media rumors about players getting loaned out, heart breaks, and new homes for many players coming to our league. Columbus crew and TFC are the first teams to make big moves but fret not, there are weeks to get your deals done, and we expect FCC to buy a 12 foot tall wall and place it on the pitch in place of their back line. Rise and Blaze will cover all signings and departures happening in the coming weeks so don't worry. Rum Rum Rum, I love rum on the rocks aka " the shipwreck" as Captain Morgan now sponsors the league. Great another excuse to have more pina coladas... Budweiser pledges to never stop watching the women's game after the culmination of the WWC. Atlanta United and Red Bulls continue to prove they might be conjuring up one of the best rivalries in MLS. Our first HERO OF THE WEEK for MLS is now live thanks to an anonymous sounds fan who is painting Portland Rave Green. US Open Cup action and upsets galore may be heading to the Open Cup. 

R&B Special: Four Stars On A Shirt

R&B Special: Four Stars On A Shirt

July 10, 2019

The campaign is over! Sound the drums and play the trumpets! Our ladies return home from across from the pond with a shiny, new trophy in hand. They've battled past some of the toughest opposition in the women's game and every one of those ladies should be proud of such a dominant performance. Cheers to you all on earning the USWNT's FOURTH STAR! Join the boys of Rise and Blaze as we take a look at some of the tactical decisions that decided the outcome of the world cup final and what comes next four our fearless ladies. Whats that? Two finals in one day for USA fans... I don't know if I can not handle the stress. The USA men take on Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in what has to be Gregg Berhalter's biggest test yet as our new manager. He faces off against former Atlanta United Coach, Tata Martino, who now leads the charge for El Tri. The "bloodiest rivalry" in CONCACAF reputation holds true once again as fouls, antics, shoving, shouting, and tomfoolery were afoot aplenty during the final. We discuss the tactical decisions and key moments of the game that left most USMNT fans scratching their heads. 

The Quarter Final, Final

The Quarter Final, Final

July 1, 2019

The clash of two lady titans of the footballing world has come and gone leaving many breathless. The USWNT rises to the occasion once again thanks to a heroic performance by own Megan Rapinoe. Bless you Ms Rapinoe. Join the boys of Rise and Blaze as they break down the hottest moments during the match with the cup hosts. The Gold cup is raging on as we speak, go support your USA Men's team as they endure on the quest for world cup qualification. Who should be the starting Center Back pairing? Who is the better striker between Jozy or Zardes? We dive into these questions as well as figuring out when we will have to dye our hair pink once our ladies bring back a fourth star. MLS all star roster has landed at our desk and the league has to be criticized for allowing Artificial Intelligence to pick our squad. This is how it happens, first bots and computers take over your voting algorithms, then sky-net assumes global domination over man kind. Think before you vote people. The R&B Boys bet Zlatan doesn't even show up the game and Carols Vela scores four past Atletico Madrid. Inter Miami is making moves sending out feelers before the transfer window opens up for one of our newest MLS teams. Will Sir David break open that Inter Miami check book and land us a global big name signing like David Silva? We sure hope so. #Cupset is on the rise as New Mexico United (USL side) has now eliminated Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas from the US Open cup. Our money is on them to win the cup over Atlanta. Any team that hosts away game day packages for passionate traveling fans gets our vote.