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Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert talk all things LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club), Los Angeles' MLS soccer club. Hear original content, player and personnel interviews, team news, game breakdowns, supporters group chats, and so much more about LAFC. This podcast is BLACK and GOLD!

Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert talk all things LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club), Los Angeles' MLS soccer club. Hear original content, player and personnel interviews, team news, game breakdowns, supporters group chats, and so much more about LAFC. This podcast is BLACK and GOLD!
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Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert talk all things LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club), Los Angeles' MLS soccer club. Hear original content, player and personnel interviews, team news, game breakdowns, supporters group chats, and so much more about LAFC. This podcast is BLACK and GOLD!




Episode 26 - Talking Pride with Dexter Quinn of Pride Republic

It's almost Pride Night at Banc of California Stadium, so it's time for Episode 26 of Defenders of the Banc! This one is a special one for us, as we spent time at the Brack Shop Tavern with the founder of Pride Republic, Dexter Quinn. Sit down with us and learn all about the ups, downs, trials, and successes of starting a social group dedicated to representing the LGBTQ+ community of LAFC. Chatting with Dexter was a real treat for Filly and The Scarf. He's an incredible artist, loving...


Episode 25 - A Tale of Two Cities

Welcome to Episode 25 here at Defenders of the Banc! Our boys in Black and Gold travel to Frisco, TX, home of our familiar foe as of late, FC Dallas. On this episode, you'll hear a full breakdown of the 1-1 tie to the team formerly known as the Dallas Burn. Also on Episode 25, Filly and The Scarf run down This Day in LAFC History, we check in on Phillip Ejimadu over at FC Tucson, and we discuss the phenomenal weekend the LAFC Academy teams had against Carson's academy and the equally...


Episode 24 - Oh This Is Ladies Night, Oh What a Night! (Panda and Scarfette feat. Alina Beruff of LAFC Foundation)

Oh yes it’s Ladies Night! The Defenders of the Banc turn the episode over to Panda (@amandabrooke32 ) and Scarfette (@lafcnina) in celebration of Ladies Night. The girls cover highlights of the female focused match centering on the amazing career of Mia Hamm, one of LAFC’s owners, and the recent USWNT game, looking towards the start of the Women’s World Cup. Of course, we discuss game stats and highlights (some record breaking) and bring on the tornado in heels, Alina Beruff, Executive...


Episode 23 - Winning In Columbus Isn't For Everybody... But It Is For Us!

Welcome to Episode 23, fellow Defenders! Happy days are here again! Happy Mother's Day! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Happy Nurses Week! Aaaaaaand... Happy 3-0 victory over Columbus on the road! As LAFC get back to their winning ways, Filly and The Scarf break down the beat down at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus. A dominant performance by the back line complemented the offense getting back on track in the best way, with scoring coming from players NOT named Rossi or Vela... and then also...


Episode 22 - Our Interview with LAFC Goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu!

Episode 22 is already here! Hot on the heels of Episode 21, this episode is a fantastic FIRST for the boys of Defenders of the Banc! Filly and The Scarf sit down at the amazing LAFC Performance Center on the campus of Cal State LA for their first player interview, goalkeeper Phillip Ejimadu! Hear all about Phillip's incredible journey to LAFC from Minnesota by way of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Phillip talks about what it's like learning from Tyler Miller and GK Coach Zak Abdel, playing in front of...


Episode 21 - Cinco de... Cero

Welcome to Episode 21 of Defenders of the Banc with Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert. As we hit our 21st episode, LAFC seems to have hit a little bump in the road with their scoreless home draw against the uninspiring Chicago Fire. The boys dissect the draw, including their thoughts on pushing more defenders forward, Lee Nguyen's crisp passing and its effect on the entire team, the return of Dio, and another clean sheet by Tyler Miller. Of course, no episode is...


Episode 20 - Seattle Grunge

Welcome to Episode 20, our second episode in as many weeks about a game between your Los Angeles Football Club and Seattle. A different week yields a different result, and the boys recap the frustrating 1-1 tie played in Seattle at CenturyLink Field. While the game takes up the bulk of our episode, there's always so much more to every episode of Defenders of the Banc! Our episode kicks off with a fond farewell: After wishing Oscar Schindler and Harper Lee a very happy birthday, Filly and...


Episode 19 - Silencing the Sounders

Welcome to Episode 19, where Filly and The Scarf are back at it after the mid-week debacle in Canada. What a difference a game makes, as the Black and Gold right the ship against the Sounders! In this Episode, the Defenders recap the exciting statement win at The Banc over Seattle. With the 4-1 victory, LAFC stands firmly atop the Western Conference and widens their goal differential even further. Hear all about each of the four goals, another MVP performance by Carlitos, a hat-trick of...


Episode 18 - BS at BC Place

Welcome to Episode 18 of Defenders of the Banc, with your boys Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert. In this episode, we prove that you can't win them all in our recap of LAFC's first loss of the season. It was a tough night north of the border for the Black and Gold, falling 1-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps. Hear all about the unique lineup rolled out by Coach Bob, the LAFC connection manning the bench for Vancouver, and our thoughts on what we could have done differently to...


Episode 17 - They Were Merely Freshmen (feat. Amanda Miknuk)

It's time for Episode 17 of Defenders of the Banc! Episode 16 has barely cooled, but here we are with our next episode, fresh from Filimonster Studios in beautiful Burbank, California. Filly and the Scarf are (finally!) back together and it's apparently time to haze the new kids! FC Cincinnati makes their maiden pilgrimage to Banc of California Stadium, and it's safe to say it didn't go well for Major League Soccer's shiniest new toy. Hear the boys give a full recap of the 2-0 home win...


Episode 16 - Capital Punishment (The Almost Lost Episode)

Welcome to Episode 16, Capital Punishment! With Filly and The Panda on their whirlwind media tour of New York and Indiana, it was up to The Scarf and Scarfette to hold down the fort. With a little technical difficulty, the next episode is FINALLY here, albeit a few days late. But... this week you'll get not one, not two, but THREE (!) episodes of Defenders of the Banc! Here in Episode 16, we recap the beatdown in DC on the 23rd anniversary of the very first MLS game. It was supposed to be a...


Episode 15 - The Pillage In Smurf Village

Welcome to Episode 15, The Pillage of Smurf Village! Finally, The Scarf... has come back... from Peru! The boys catch up on all things LAFC as well as their usual birthdays and "This Day In LAFC History" segments, and so much more! In Episode 15, Christian and J.R. breakdown the beatdown that was a 5-0 victory over the San Jose Quakes on the road. Re-live every stunning detail, from Tyler Miller's first clean sheet of the season to the MLS Player of the Week performance by our captain,...


Episode 14: Hi Felicia, Avenger of The Banc

Where in the world is JR “The Scarf” Lebert? In this episode we feature two important women in our lives as cohosts, @lafcnina (Scarfette) & @amandabrooke32 the (Panda). We recap the RSL game and that magical goal in stoppage time by @walkerzimmerman. We also talk briefly about the Pandas LA Marathon Run, some important information regarding the LAFC family, and highlight the watch party happening down in OC for the San Jose game. Get ready to hear Filly try to hold his own against the...


Episode 13: Golazo!

Welcome to Episode 13, the post-Scarf's birthday episode! Before The Scarf heads off to Peru for 10 days, the boys wanted to get one more episode up for the fellow Defenders of the Banc. In Episode 13, Filly and The Scarf preview the "Avenge the Banc" game against Real Salt Lake coming up on Saturday, March 23rd, they highlight the five national team call-ups from LAFC's roster, they recap the incredible Scarf-designed scarf launch event held at LAFC HQ on March 20th, and they discuss their...


Episode 12: Deja Vu All Over Again!

Three games into the season, and LAFC is still undefeated! However, leaving Yankee Stadium after our first game against NYCFC on their turf leaves us with that same feeling we had after last year's 2-2 draw. On Episode 12, hear Filly and The Scarf's complete game recap of our second consecutive 2-2 draw with NYCFC. The Defenders also cover a good bit of news regarding our "unofficial official" USL team, Phoenix Rising FC. Five LAFC players currently reside in the Valley of the Sun,...


Episode 11 - TIMBER! Chopping Down Trees!

Game number two equaled win number two as LAFC took it to the Portland Timbers at the Banc for a 4-1 victory! On Episode 11, learn all about the incredible win over Portland from Filly and The Scarf, from the early goal by Mark-Anthony Kaye to the late red that put the Timbers a man down and essentially put the match away. Also on the episode, we wish a happy birthday to Chuck Norris (and his beard), we congratulate Javi Perez on officially joining the ranks of the Black and Gold, we...


Episode 10: It's a Loooooong Flight Back to Kansas City!

The season has started, and what a first game it was! In what will be a whole season of firsts for Filly and The Scarf, it's time for our first post-game wrap-up podcast. From the energy at the Christmas Tree Lane tailgate to the 94th minute, hear the boys recap everything that went into and onto (Beer on Dio, really?) our last minute win against Sporting Kansas City, 2-1. Also on Episode 10, we wish a happy birthday to THREE former or current LAFC players (and Mama Scarf!), we welcome...


Episode 9: Gearing Up for the Start of Season Two!

It's been a few weeks since your boys Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert were able to sit down and record. There is SO MUCH to catch up on! Now that Filly is back from Australia, it's time to delve into everything that happened since. There's never been a better time for Episode 9! In this episode, we discuss the MANY new signings to the Black and Gold roster (Including goalies! Finally!), our final two preseason contests, a rumored member of the Azzurri training with the...


Episode 8: Filly and The Scarf Interview Ken Miknuk, the LAFC Falconer!

Episode 8 of Defenders of the Banc is here, and it's a fun one! Before Filly left for Australia, the boys had a chance to sit down with Ken Miknuk, founder of Winged Solutions and the LAFC Falconer! In this episode, it's all Ken, all the time! Get to know how Ken got into falconry in the first place, how he started with LAFC, how he found his game day partner Jenna, and so much more! Filly and The Scarf had to ask about Olly, the pre-game ritual, those sweet crests that the falcons land on...


Episode 7.5: Happy Valentine's Day from the Defenders of the Banc!

Welcome to a special Valentine’s Day episode from Filly and The Scarf! Whether you’re at work or on the road, listening to a quick, fun episode of Defenders of the Banc has to be the best way to spend your Valentine’s Day, right? In this special episode, the Defenders catch you up on all the news and notes of LAFC, including a bit of BREAKING roster news brought to you by Filly and The Scarf! In Episode 7.5, the boys wish a very happy birthday to Adama Diomande, recap the 2-2 tie against...