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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 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...


Episode 7: Gary Gold Chats with Filly and The Scarf!

Episode 7 is here, and it's another special one! Some might even say it's "Golden!" In this jam packed 70-minute episode, we bring you all the news, notes and updates about LAFC you've come to expect, and... Filly and The Scarf sit down with the icon, the legend, the one and only Gary Gold! In Episode 7, Filly and The Scarf break down the preseason loss at the hands of the Columbus Crew, the ramifications of Diego Rossi's green card status, the "transition" from SeatGeek to Ticketmaster,...


Episode 6: El Catrin Muerto joins Filly and The Scarf! Our First Interview!

It's time for Episode 6, and this one is a special double-length episode. Yes, we know 90 minutes is a lot, but this time, Filly and The Scarf brought a friend! Edgar "El Catrin Muerto" Contreras joins the boys for their first interview in Defenders of the Banc history. A member of the 3252, Cuervos SG, and a true LAFC super-fan, Filly and The Scarf chat with Edgar about the story behind El Catrin Muerto, his experiences in the 3252 and on game day, and much, much more! Also part of Episode...


Episode 5: On the Way to The Banc to See Vissel Kobe?

Filly and The Scarf are back for Episode 5! This 40-minute episode is the perfect length to listen to while you are on your way to Banc of California Stadium to catch Vissel Kobe take on your boys in the Black and Gold! In Episode 5, the Defenders cover a wide range of topics, leading with Rodolfo "Fito" Zelaya signing with LAFC! Hear all about the star from El Salvador. LAFC's season opening (but closed) scrimmage against Toronto FC and Laurent Ciman. The boys give a mini breakdown of the...


Episode 4: The Preseason Has Started!

Happy 2019 from Filly and The Scarf! It's our first episode of the new year, and boy are we excited to be back talking all things Black and Gold! In this episode of Defenders of the Banc, the boys cover a wide range of topics. Back in Black and Gold: Jordan Harvey, Walker Zimmerman, Dejan Jakovic, and Danilo Silva all re-sign just in time for 2019! Vissel Kobe is coming: On January 31, the newest Japanese super team, featuring David Villa, Andres Iniesta, and Lukas Podolski come to the Banc...


Episode 3: Happy Holidays from Filly and The Scarf!

In the last episode of 2018, Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert wrap up the year with more fun, LAFC-fueled banter, including: The U.S. Men's National Team calling in three (!) LAFC teammates to the squad, including the first call-up for GK Tyler Miller. LAFC rumors, news, and notes about current (Eduard Atuesta), former (Laurent Ciman), and possible future (Ryan Laursen) players. MLS news including a brand new playoff format and new stadiums in Austin and Minnesota....


Episode 2: LAFC's Offseason Begins!

It’s time for Episode 2 of Defenders of the Banc! In the 40-minute second episode, Christian “Filly” Filimon and “The Scarf” J.R. Lebert start the holiday season off right by getting you caught up on all the latest LAFC news and notes, including recapping the 2018 MLS Audi Cup Final between Portland and Atlanta, the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft and its effect on LAFC’s roster, trades and acquisitions by LAFC in the early offseason, rumored reports of a Barcelona/LAFC partnership, LAFC...


Episode 1: Welcome to Defenders of the Banc!

It's finally here! The first episode of the much anticipated Defenders of the Banc podcast. In our debut episode, you'll meet Christian "Filly" Filimon and "The Scarf" J.R. Lebert, two LAFC super-fans excited to talk about all things related to the Los Angeles Football Club. Though this debut episode is a little less than an hour, expect future episodes to be between 40-60 minutes, perfect for the drive to and from work, home, or the next LAFC match! In this episode, we discuss LAFC's...