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AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

English, Sports, 1 season, 621 episodes, 6 days, 20 hours, 51 minutes
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"There's Still Time" - the Away From The Numbers soccer podcast. A regular podcast all about Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the world of football.
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Episode 619 - The AFTN Soccer Show (So Much Football, So Little Time - NEvVAN, Copa America, Ricardo Clark and Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau interviews)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian national team, Euros 2024, and Copa America chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts, and we're joined by AFTN writer Felipe Vallejo to talk about it all. The Whitecaps got back into action after a two week break with a less than inspiring performance in New England, going down to a 3-2 loss. We pick over the bones of that one, discuss the help that the 'Caps badly need, look at some transfer rumours, and look ahead to this weekend's match with Portland as the MLS West table tightens up. Turning our attention to WFC2, we look at their good form of late and bring you two interviews. First up is in-form striker Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau about coming to Vancouver in the MLS draft, his season so far, his hopes for the future, and his somersaulting celebrations. Then we chat with WFC2 head coach Ricardo Clark about his sides good first half of the season, the ethos of the team, and what he's learned in his first 18 months in charge. There's a lot of football on the international stage too and we preview the 2024 Copa America, with Canada set to kick things off against Argentina on Thursday. Can they compete? What would be seen as a good tournament? And we ask Jesse Marsch ow should they approach games against South American opposition. Plus we look at the rest of the groups and chat Euros 2024 after the early action. All of this, plus we take you back to 1974, continue our Album of the Month from Heavenly and bring you another Euro 2024 themed song in Wavelength. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.14: Intro 06.49: Whitecaps poor in New England loss 33.48: The Whitecaps need help as MLS West tightens up 57.35: Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau interview and discussion 70.57: Ricardo Clark interview and WFC2 discussion 84.31: This Week In Whitecapsland and the World Cup 1974 94.40: Euros 2024 chat 104.35: Copa America preview - does Canada have a chance? 141.35: Wavelength - PG Ciarletta - From Glasgow To Berlin
6/18/20242 hours, 28 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 618 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Trophies Not Friendlies featuring Phil Parkinson, Humphrey Ker, and Katie Collar)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Northern Super League, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! The Whitecaps weren't in action on the pitch in MLS but it's been a busy week in Whitecapsland. We chat about the Canadian Championship dates being set, staying 5th in the MLS standings, and the fallout from the Messi debacle continuing as a class action lawsuit is filed against the club and the league. It was also announced that the upper bowl at BC Place is now open for the Wrexham friendly and we chat with the Welsh club's manager Phil Parkinson and Executive Director Humphrey Ker about their North American tour and the season to come. Turning our attention to the women's game we look at the Whitecaps' draw in the inaugural CONCACAF Women's Champions Cup, chat with Whitecaps Girls Elite head coach Katie Collar, and look at what we know about the Northern Super League so far, as the new women's league gets set to kick off next year. All of this plus we look at the Canadian men's national team's friendlies against the Netherlands and France, look ahead to Copa America and the Euros, look back at World Cup 1974, round up the weekend's action in the CPL, and we have our Album of the Month from Heavenly and continue our month of Euro 2024 themed songs in Wavelength. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.25: Intro - TST 7v7, Soccer Aid, L1BC 12.10: Whitecaps News of the Week 32.21: Wrexham's Phil Parkinson and Humphrey Ker chat 51.35: Katie Collar on Whitecaps' Women's Champions Cup draw 61.15: Northern Super League - what we know so far 89.35: Sexy football trophies 95.56: Canadian men's national team's three good halves of football 120.35: This Week In Whitecapsland 1974 128.30: From World Cup 1974 to Euros 2024 140.35: Wavelength - The Tartan Specials - Not Just Here For The Bier 145.26: CPL round-up
6/11/20242 hours, 41 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 617 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Shut Up and Read Your Nick Hornby)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Championship, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! The Whitecaps head into the international break in good spirits after two wins in four days against Western Conference opposition. We delve into both matches and performances, and look at where the 'Caps are right now in terms of tactics, personnel, and positioning, at what is effectively the halfway point of the season. Plus we round-up the weekend's action across MLS. We also look at the draw for the Canadian Championship semi-finals and the nightmare travel it throws up for the 'Caps, plus we round up the weekend's action in the CPL and have a chat with Colorado's CMNT defender Moise Bombito ahead of Canada's two upcoming friendlies and Copa America. All of this plus we have a new Album of the Month from Heavenly and kick off a month of Euro 2024 themed songs in Wavelength. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.15: Intro - Project8, Champions League, Phonzie's future 14.15: A six point week for the Whitecaps 43.48: This Week In Whitecapsland 1974 49.25: How the Whitecaps look at halfway point of season 72.32: MLS round-up 103.28: Canadian Champ semis set 106.35: Vancouver FC and CPL round-up 120.45: League1 BC chat 128.00: Moise Bombito interview and CanMNT chat 140.35: Wavelength - The Caledonian Dream - Shot At Glory
6/3/20242 hours, 35 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 616 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Another Fine Mess, Eh)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Championship, and Canadian Premier League chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! It's not been a great week, with two horrible on-pitch performances and a PR nightmare off it with the no-show of Messi and friends for the match against Miami. We delve into how the whole Messi debacle played out and look at all parties that are being blamed for the non-appearance. How justified is it, where should most of the blame lie, and how have the Whitecaps handled the whole situation? We also look at the actual game itself, where the 'Caps failed to rise to the occasion once again in front of a large crowd and are still struggling to create and score from open play. Plus after scraping through to the Canadian Championship semi-finals against Cavalry, we look at what lies in-store and how Vanni Sartini's postgame comments from both of last week's matches went from one extreme to the other. How much threat is his job under right now? This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.17: Intro 05.10: The Vancouver Messi debacle - who's to blame? 39.15: Messi, the Whitecaps, Plan B's, ticket prices and fan anger 71.15: Understrength Miami pile on Whitecaps' home woes 107.56: This Week in Whitecapsland 1974 115.34: Whitecaps scrape through in Canadian Championship - shameful? 134.50: Vancouver FC go second after derby day win 151.05: Wavelength - Feet-Punk - Diego Maradona
5/27/20242 hours, 43 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 615 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Da Diddley Qua Qua - Whitecaps' week of penalty drama, Can Champ, Messi Mania, Jesse Marsch)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Championship, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! The Whitecaps' two games a week schedule saw them come away with nothing in Colorado, in a game in which they should have gotten something, and then with a point in Seattle, in a game in which they didn't really deserve anything. Football, eh! We pick over the bones of both of those matches, look at what they've taught us about the current state of the 'Caps, round up the latest action across MLS, and look ahead to the circus coming to town this weekend - aka Lionel Messi and his Miami maestros. Before that Miami game there's the small matter of the Canadian Championship and a quarter-final second leg clash with Cavalry FC. We chat about that, hear from Cavs' head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and chat about Vancouver FC first away win of the season in the CPL. Plus there's a new sheriff in town as Canada Soccer appoint Jesse Marsch as the new Canadian men's national team coach. Was it the right appointment, what does it mean to the program, and how about that funding of the position by the three Canadian MLS clubs? We chat about all of that and more. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.12: Intro - the business end of various seasons 16.30: Whitecaps pay penalty in Colorado 28.53: Whitecaps' highway robbery in Seattle! 51.33: The Whitecaps need fixing 63.17: MLS Round-up 82.41: The circus is coming to town - Messi mayhem awaits 92.30: Canadian Championship and US Open Cup chat 102.30: Tommy Wheeldon Jr audio 115.53: This Week in Whitecapsland 1974 122.25: Jesse Marsch named new CanMNT head coach 146.08: Vancouver FC get first away win of season 159.15: Wavelength - Number 8 - Phoenix Rising 165.25: Goodbyes and German nonsense
5/21/20242 hours, 54 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 614 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Cracks In The Ground - LAFC v Whitecaps, Can Champ, Messi mania in Montreal, TFC postgame madness)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Championship, and Canadian Premier League chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! The Whitecaps busy month of May continues apace with two games a week. It was a case of win one, lose one this past week as they got a Canadian Championship win over Cavalry FC, but fell to a comprehensive defeat at LAFC in MLS action. We pick over the bones of both matches, look at what's gone wrong for the 'Caps and what they need to fix it, and round-up all the Canadian Championship and MLS action, including Messi mania in Montreal and incredible postgame scenes in Toronto. Turning our attention to the CPL, we round-up the weekend's action and discuss the league's decision to move a Vancouver FC home game to Kelowna, which is proving to be a massive own goal for the club among their supporters. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.22: Intro - Champions League, Phonzie 15.00: Whitecaps see off Cavalry threat in Can Champ - for now 30.30: Canadian Championship and why the Canadian pyramid is prohibitive to existing clubs 45.51: Out of sorts Whitecaps fall to LAFC 60.55: What's wrong with the 'Caps and how do they fix it? 77.23: MLS West round-up 91.35: Messi mania hits Montreal 105.55: Tempers flare and accusations fly after TFC-NYC 118.50: This Week in Whitecapsland 1974 125.32: CPL round-up 147.20: Vancouver FC home game in Kelowna draws fan ire 168.35: Wavelength - Everclear - Volvo Driving Soccer Mom
5/14/20242 hours, 57 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 613 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Celebrations and Consternations - Whitecaps v Austin, TSS heartbreak, Can Champ, CMNT coaching search, Vancouver and FIFA 2026)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Championship, and Canadian national team chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! Vancouver Whitecaps marked the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their first ever match by almost playing out an exact replica of it this past weekend! In 1974 San Jose came to town, the Whitecaps dominated, the visitors offered little in attack, and it ended as a draw with Vancouver unable to find the winning goal. Sound familiar? It was almost deja vu with Austin on Saturday night, except this time the 'Caps didn't lose in a penalty shootout. We pick over the bones of that game, look back at the one from 1974, and look ahead to this week's Canadian Championship clash against Cavalry. Plus we get the thoughts of both head coaches Vanni Sartini and Tommy Wheeldon Jr ahead of the game. Talking of the Canadian Championship, we talk about TSS Rovers' heartbreak, the success of League1 Quebec side CS Saint Laurent, and discuss how the tournament needs to be opened up to more lower league sides and for it not to have everything skewed against them. Plus we talk about the latest news in the search for a new Canadian men's national team head coach, the increased costs of Vancouver hosting the World Cup here in 2026, and we have a new album of the month, featuring Brooklyn band Habibi. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.15: Intro 06.07: Late heartbreak for TSS at Pacific 18.52: Canadian Championship discussion 41.45: Whitecaps stalemate against Austin 77.00: This Week in Whitecapsland 1974 86.46: Cavalry vs Whitecaps - Round 3 116.05: The search for a new CMNT coach heats up 135.35: Vancouver WC hosting costs spiral 144.50: How long will BC Place have a grass pitch? 149.20: Wavelength - Scotland 1974 World Cup Squad - Back Hame
5/7/20242 hours, 38 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 612 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Chasing The Dragon - Red Bulls v Whitecaps, Wrexham AFC head to Vancouver, Katie Collar interview)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Championship, and League1 BC chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! The Whitecaps continued their road warriors form at the weekend with a hard-fought draw at New York Red Bulls, in a match that saw Brian White set a MLS scoring record for the 'Caps. We chat about the main talking points coming out of that one and round-up the weekend's action in the MLS West. The Whitecaps announced last week that they'll be playing a glamour Hollywood friendly against Wrexham this summer. We chat about the various layers to the match, including it being put on by a third party, the high ticket prices, the exposure the 'Caps will get from it, the backlash from some fans, and CEO Axel Schuster tells us how it all came about and why the Whitecaps are part of it all. Is it worth it? Is football an entertainment product and should be priced accordingly? We chat about all of that and also hear from Vanni Sartini on the game. The 2024 League1 BC season got up and running on Sunday, with the Whitecaps defending both the men's and the women's titles. Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps Girls Elite head coach Katie Collar. We chat with Katie about the successes of the team these past two years, the season ahead, building for the launch of the Project 8 team next year, and the exciting announcement that the Whitecaps will be Canada's representatives in the inaugural CONCACAF Women's Champions Cup. Plus Axel Schuster explains what that will mean for the acceleration of the 'Caps new professional women's team. All of that plus we hear from TSS Rovers head coach Brendan Teeling ahead of his side's Canadian Championship clash with Pacific this week and feature the final song from our Album of the Month from Diesel Park West. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.15: Intro - tabletop games, CPL, Provincial Cup 12.15: Red Bulls v Whitecaps match analysis 35.35: MLS West round-up 56.50: Wrexham AFC travelling roadshow coming to Vancouver 114.22: Katie Collar interview and L1BC chat 151.25: This Week in Whitecapsland 1974 165.00: Brendan Teeling on TSS v Pacific 170.10: Wavelength - Declan Swans - Always Sunny In Wrexham
4/30/20242 hours, 59 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 611 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Running of the Bulls - NYRB v Whitecaps preview, Brian White homecoming, Bovalina signing, CanChamp, Todd May)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Championship, and League1 BC chat. The football keeps coming and so do the podcasts! The Whitecaps head off to New York this weekend to try and maintain their 100% start to the season on the road against the Red Bulls in MLS action. We preview the match, get Vanni Sartini's thoughts on the task ahead, and hear from the man that could have the happiest of homecomings, Whitecaps striker Brian White. The Whitecaps also added a new player this week, Australian right back/wingback Guiseppe Bovalina. We look at what the Aussie offers the 'Caps and Sporting Director Axel Schuster shares his thoughts on the signing and the Whitecaps' scouting strategy. The 'Caps now know their Canadian Championship opponent, as another battle with CPL side Cavalry await them next month. We look at how that came about with Vancouver FC's loss in Calgary, hear the early thoughts from head coaches Vanni Sartini and Toomy Wheeldon Jr about the upcoming match, and Zach has tales from his 28-hour road trip to take in the Cavs-VFC game. The new League1 BC season gets underway this weekend. We preview the first slate of matches and sit down for an in-depth chat with Burnaby FC men's head coach Todd May about his club's inaugural season and his coaching journey so far. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.10: Intro 06.20: Red Bulls v Whitecaps match preview 22.39: Vanni Sartini on the NYRB match 29.30: Brian White's homecoming to remember? 39.30: Whitecaps to face Cavalry in Canadian Championship as VFC lose 48.20: Afshin Ghotbi on Cavalry ball choice 63.51: Tales of a Calgary road trip 71.55: The Gaffers - Vanni Sartini and Tommy Wheeldon Jr 74.30: Guiseppe Bovalina joins Vancouver 90.55: Todd May interview + Burnaby FC and L1BC chat 117.00: Wavelength - J.O.B. Orchestra and Chorus - Go Cosmos Go
4/26/20242 hours, 5 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 610 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Bringing Back Rock and Roll Football - Seattle v Vancouver, CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan, Matteo Campagna, TSS Rovers)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Vancouver FC, Canadian Premier League, and general football chat after what's been a great week for the lower mainland clubs here in BC. The Whitecaps bounced back from their disappointing home loss against LA to come away with a very confident and comfortably derby day victory in Seattle. We break down that match and the highs coming out of it for Vancouver and the lows for Seattle. We also hear some postgame thoughts from both head coaches, Vanni Sartini and Brian Schmetzer, look at the first team debut of Jay Herdman, as we talk to proud papa John Herdman about his son's rise, and round-up the weekend's action in the MLS West. We've two feature interviews for you this week. First up is former Whitecap and new Vancouver FC defender Matteo Campagna, as we chat about his time with the 'Caps in MLS and his new career path and challenge in the CPL. We also sit down with CPL commissioner Mark Noonan to chat about the successes, challenges, and the future of the league with its sixth season now underway. Plus TSS Rovers are back in the Canadian Championship and we get the thoughts of TSS boss Brendan Teeling and Pacific coach James Merriman ahead of their Voyageurs Cup rematch next week. All of that and there's still time for some old man shouting at the clouds chat about the FA Cup and VAR! This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.15: Intro - the content dilemma 09.55: FA Cup dramas, disappointments and the evil that is VAR 22.10: TSS Rovers back in the Canadian Championship 35.00: Whitecaps' derby day delight in Seattle 62.54: The Gaffers - Vanni Sartini and Brian Schmetzer 72.55: More SEAvVAN chat 78.00: MLS West round-up 86.32: Jay Herdman makes his first team debut 94.20: Matteo Campagna interview 116.33: This week in 1974 127.15: Mark Noonan interview 144.10: Wavelength - The Believers - While The Sky Is Blue
4/22/20242 hours, 35 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 609 – The AFTN Soccer Show (I Dreamt I Was Alone In A Crowded Place with special guest Callum Irving)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Vancouver FC, and Canadian Premier League chat. The Whitecaps came crashing back down to earth with a bang and a 3-1 loss to LA Galaxy on Saturday. Deflating and frustrating, we pick over the bones of this one, look at where it all went wrong, and remind ourselves that it's just one game out of 34. Plus we round up the weekend's action around the MLS West, look ahead to the Seattle derby next weekend, and chat about how the new roster rules coming into effect this summer may impact the 'Caps. Turning our attention to the CPL, the new season kicked off this weekend and we look at all the action, focusing on Vancouver FC, who top the table after a big 4-1 win over Valour. Plus we hear some postgame thoughts from both head coaches, Afshin Ghotbi and Phillip Dos Santos, and sit down for a feature interview with VFC captain Callum Irving about the club's offseason rebuild and the exciting season that lies ahead. Plus there's still time to look at the sad demise of Victoria Highlanders. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.14: Intro - what a week 07.10: Whitecaps lose top spot with LA loss 41.15: MLS West round-up 60.16: Vancouver FC top CPL after Week 1 86.00: The Gaffers - PDS and Ghoti's postgame thoughts 100.35: Vancouver FC gameday experience 111.02: This week in 1974 120.00: Callum Irving interview 149.32: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - 50p Head 158.50: The demise of Victoria Highlanders
4/16/20242 hours, 49 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 608 - The AFTN Soccer Show (No More Shuffling In The Shadows - Whitecaps demolish TFC, Vanni Sartini, John Herdman, CPL Season Preview)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. April is our favourite time of the year with MLS well underway, the CPL and League1 BC beginning, and the Provincial Cup in full flow. What a time to be alive! Add to that the Whitecaps being top of MLS and it's a fun-filled show this week. We kick things off with the 'Caps and look at their 4-0 demolition of TFC at the weekend that sent them to the top of the standings. We also hear from both head coaches, Vanni Sartini and John Herdman, chat about where both teams go from hear, and look around the rest of the action in the MLS West. AFTN writer Felipe Vallejo joins us on the show this week to not only talk Whitecaps but also for a comprehensive preview of the 2024 Canadian Premier League season that gets underway this weekend. We look at all eight clubs and have three little words on each of their chances this year. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.27: Intro - our favourite time of the year 06.10: Whitecaps go top after dismantling TFC 35.37: The Gaffers - Vanni Sartini and John Herdman 48.43: Should the 'Caps get more credit? 53.50: MLS West round-up 67.05: CPL Season Preview - Vancouver 86.49: CPL Season Preview - Pacific 97.10: CPL Season Preview - Cavalry 107.15: CPL Season Preview - Valour 116.55: This week in 1974 121.30: CPL Season Preview - York United 131.10: CPL Season Preview - Forge 138.24: CPL Season Preview - Atletico Ottawa 143.25: CPL Season Preview - HFX Wanderers and title predictions 154.25: Wavelength - Apocalypse Babys - Let's Go Mental 158.47: Goodbyes and German football chat
4/9/20242 hours, 48 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 607 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Ringing The Bell of Hope with guests Kamal Miller, Maxime Crepeau, Zach Verhoven and Moses Dyer)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Vancouver FC, and Canadian footballing chat. The Whitecaps moved up to second in the MLS West with a dramatic late derby day victory over Portland Timbers on Saturday. We pick over the bones of that one and the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects coming out of it. We also hear from both head coaches, Vanni Sartini and Phil Neville, while Vanni chats to us about liking watching matches from the stands and why he might continue with that, even though his touchline ban is over. We also chat with two of Portland's Canadian men's national team players, Kamal Miller and Maxime Crepeau about their moves to the Timbers and Canada's qualification for Copa America. Plus we look around the weekend's action in the MLS West and Vanni shares his thoughts on what he's seen from the conference so far. We've two other feature interviews for you this episode with two recent Vancouver FC additions. First of all we sit down with winger Zach Verhoven to chat about his journey from Surrey United to VFC via UBC, TSS, Pacific, and Ottawa, his growth as a player and a person, and his hopes for the CPL season to come. Next up is Kiwi forward Moses Dyer, who comes back to the CPL, looking to stake a claim to a starting spot and continue his strong goalscoring record in the league. We also chat about the challenge Afshin Ghotbi has with keeping his stacked side happy at Vancouver FC, plus we talk Whitecaps 1974 and we have the first tracks from our new Album of the Month. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.14: Intro - Happy Easter! 05.30: Whitecaps go second after derby day win over Timbers 30.12: The Gaffers - Vanni Sartini and Phil Neville 40.40: MLS round-up and Vanni's thoughts on the West 60.00: Will Vanni still spend time in the stands? 64.45: New refereeing CBA agreed and the old refs are back 68.33: Kamal Miller interview 74.45: Maxime Crepeau interview 87.05: Zach Verhoven interview 112.47: This week in 1974 120.30: Keeping everyone happy at Vancouver FC 126.10: Moses Dyer interview 145.40: Wavelength - Slaughter and the Dogs - Manchester Boys 151.45: Goodbyes and German football chat
4/1/20242 hours, 44 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 606 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Listening To The Raindrops - Whitecaps vs RSL, Canada Copa bound, VFC preseason, sh!t kits)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Vancouver FC, and Canadian and international footballing chat. The Whitecaps' unbeaten start to the season came to a shuddering stop on Saturday in a 2-1 loss at home to RSL. We delve into the good, the bad, and the ugly coming out of the match and ponder whether taking just one point from six at home derails the good work from back-to-back road wins. Was this a blip, with some key players missing, or a more concerning need of some important pieces still lacking from the team? What effect will these two poor home performances have on attendances? We chat about all of that and take a look around the rest of the MLS West after a weekend where other results certainly went the Whitecaps' way. It was at least a good weekend for Canada though, with the men's national team qualifying for Copa America with a win over Trinidad and Tobago. We look at the match, the concerns coming out of it, the unsavoury nature of fans' behaviour at the CONCACAF Nations League final between the US and Mexico, and cast our hurting eyes over some dreadful international kits that have come out in the last couple of weeks. We also round-up the latest news surrounding Vancouver FC in the CPL, including their latest signings, preseason friendly, and the appointment of an 18-year-old assistant coach. Plus we talk Whitecaps 1974 and have the final tracks from our Album of the Month and from this year's Football Violence Awareness Month. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.10: Intro - meaning business 11.43: Age isn't just a number in Cameroon! 18.00: Sh!t kits 39.00: Canada book Copa America berth 67.16: Whitecaps lose at home to RSL 104.05: MLS weekly round-up 124.50: This week in 1974 132.13: Vancouver FC news round-up 158.45: Wavelength - Eva Braun - No Violence Football Fans
3/25/20242 hours, 44 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 605 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Sunlight Through Our Window with guests Matias Laborda, Elage Bah, and Afshin Ghotbi)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Vancouver FC chat. The Whitecaps remain unbeaten to start the MLS season after a fantastic display down in Dallas that saw them come away with back-to-back road wins to sit second in the Western Conference. We break down the ins and outs of that match, plus we round up this weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference. We've two feature interviews with you this week. First up is Whitecaps centre-back Mathias Laborda. As he continues to impress this year, we chat with Mati about his first season in Vancouver, finding his feet in the league as the season wrapped up, and his hopes for this year, which could include facing off against former teammate Luis Suarez. Next up we turn our attention to Vancouver FC as we sit down for a chat with a man who's made the move from WFC2 to the CPL, full-back Elage Bah. We talk with Elage about his interesting journey and career so far, how the ups and downs of football shape a player and a person, and look ahead at what's to come. Plus we hear from VFC head coach Afshin Ghotbi about the club's impressive offseason rebuild. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.15: Intro - what a weekend! 12.25: Whitecaps stay unbeaten after destroying Dallas 36.30: Mathias Laborda interview 46.20: MLS weekly round-up 59.30: Elage Bah interview 86.14: This week in 1974 90.50: Afshin Ghotbi on Vancouver FC rebuild 100.21: Wavelength - Maid of Ace - Hooligan Heart
3/17/20241 hour, 47 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 604 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Set Like Jewels In Eternity with guests Stuart Neely and Belal Halbouni)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. Vancouver Whitecaps grabbed their first win of the season at the weekend, an important 2-0 away victory at San Jose. It wasn't pretty at times, but the goals were and there were some great performances out there, especially on the defensive side. What's happening with the 'Caps attack so far though? We delve into that and look at the latest Whitecaps addition Ralph Priso. We've two feature interviews with you this week. First up is another recent Whitecaps addition, Canadian-Syrian centre-back Belal Halbouni. We chat with Belal about his interesting journey to Vancouver, his hopes for this season, and his international future. Next up is an in-depth discussion with new League1 BC General Manager Stuart Neely It's an important third season coming up for the league and they're under new ownership. We chat about the successes so far, the need to grow, development of the game here in Canada, and a lot more. Plus we take you back to 1974, it's Football Violence Awareness Month, and we bring you two tracks from our new album of the month for March. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.13: Intro 09.14: Whitecaps win in San Jose! 30.00: Belal Halbouni interview 53.55: Stuart Neely interview - part one 76.10: This week in 1974 81.00: Stuart Neely interview - part two 98.00: Wavelength - Brigadir - Football Skinheads Anarchy
3/13/20241 hour, 43 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 603 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Is Blue The Colour Of The Season? with Axel Schuster and Scott Arfield)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. Vancouver Whitecaps finally kicked off their 2024 MLS season with a 1-1 home draw with Charlotte FC at BC Place on Saturday. Not the best start, not the worst, but certainly a lot of talking points to come out of the match and for the coming weeks ahead, and we'll delve into a lot of them in this week's episode of the podcast. It's an important season for the 'Caps, with a lot to play for. Do they have the squad for success? Will there be more additions on the way? We hear from Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the squad build this offseason and whether he'll be filling that vacant Designated Player spot. Plus as Russell Teibert retires from playing, we ask what's next for the 16-year Whitecap and hear from Axel about what his new front office role will be. We look around the main action and talking points around the rest of the MLS Western Conference, chat about the farce that MLS have now made the US Open Cup, and get Vanni Sartini's thoughts on the new-look Canadian Championship format. And there's still time to chat about Canada Soccer's new General Secretary, Kevin Blue, and what it means for the sport here. Plus we take you back to 1974, the latest Football Violence Awareness Month kicks off, and we bring you two tracks from our new album of the month for March. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.11: Intro 04.43: The Whitecaps kick off their MLS season with a draw 32.15: Scott Arfield interview 50.45: Axel Schuster talks DPs, transfers, and depth 95.37: Russell Teibert retires - what's next for him? 115.20: MLS West Week in Review 134.25: US Open Cup shambles 139.28: Vanni on the new-look Canadian Championship 143.40: This week in 1974 148.54: Canadian Soccer has a new General Secretary and CEO 160.55: Wavelength - Sir Robert Orange Peel - Casuals
3/3/20242 hours, 53 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 602 - The AFTN Soccer Show (I Lay On My Bed With My Hands On My Head)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. Vancouver Whitecaps will finally kick off their 2024 MLS season next weekend when Charlotte FC come to town. We look at how the 'Caps are looking heading into the new season, how competitive they can be, what's still missing, and how we feel they will fare. We also chat about the now known Canadian Championship draw and what it means for the Whitecaps and the rest. So how will the 'Caps fare in the 2024 MLS West? AFTN writer Felipe Vallejo joins us as we take a deep dive into the comings, goings, needs, and prospects of the other 13 teams in the Western Conference. It's starting to feel that a week doesn't go by without some off the pitch controversy in Canadian soccer and this week was no different as the union representing the Canadian women's national team filed a $40 million lawsuit against current and former board members of Canada Soccer. Local lawyer and referee Darnell Smith joins us once again to try and make some sense of what it all means and chat about the dangers of being a volunteer on such boards if issues like this then arise. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.10: Intro - wind, an apology, Alberth Elis, and RIP Chris Gauthier 10.38: Canadian Championship draw 26.02: How the Whitecaps are looking ahead of their MLS First Kick 43.46: A deep dive into the 2024 MLS Western Conference (Austin to Minnesota) 89.20: A deep dive into the 2024 MLS Western Conference (Portland to St Louis) 119.16: This week in 1974 123.12: CanWNT sue Canada Soccer board members 151.28: Wavelength - The Others - Stan Bowles 156.22: RIP Stan Bowles and Andreas Brehme
2/27/20242 hours, 44 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 601 - The AFTN Soccer Show (It's All About To Kick Off)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. Vancouver Whitecaps' CONCACAF Champions Cup dreams are over for another year after a good performance, but ultimately a defeat against Tigres. We look back at the second leg, the takeaways from both matches heading into the league campaign, and get some postgame thoughts from Vanni Sartini. The 2024 MLS season kicks off this week, sans Whitecaps, and there's a lot to talk about. We look at the brand new kits that will be worn this season, starting with the Whitecaps' navy and gold 50th anniversary kit, and we pick our five best and worst jerseys from the new crop. We also look at the new initiatives that we'll see implemented in the league this season and find out whether goal-line technology is on the league's radar. But who will implement these new initiatives? Well a bunch of replacement officials to begin with it appears as MLS and PRO lock out the current group of referees. What impact will this have in the first round of matches? This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.08: Intro 06.30: Whitecaps' Champions Cup dreams over 23.48: What's happening with this year's Canadian Championship? 39.35: Whitecaps launch 50th anniversary kit 49.25: The rest of MLS 2024 new kits discussion 86.10: This week in 1974 93.25: MLS' new initiatives for the season 105.30: MLS refs locked out 126.50: Wavelength - The Old Firm Casuals - Never Say Die
2/20/20242 hours, 17 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 600 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Here Until The Whistle Blows with guests Vanni Sartini and Gabriel Bitar)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver FC, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian football chat. And not only that, it's our sexcentenary episode! The Whitecaps played their first competitive match of the year midweek, putting in a battling performance and almost getting a win over Mexican giants Tigres in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. We look back at the main talking points coming out of the game, what it might mean for the 'Caps MLS season to come, and hear from Ryan Gauld, Damir Kreilach and Brian White. We've two featured interviews for you this episode and first up is Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini. Fresh off his 100th game in charge of the club, we chat with Vanni about the state of the team three weeks out from the MLS season, how the new additions have fitted in, the existing guys taking the next step, what the team might look like this year, what he's allowed to do in his upcoming suspension, how his therapy is going, and a lot more in a 40-minute interview. Next up is Vancouver FC midfielder Gabriel Bitar. We chat with Gabi about his first season at VFC, his hopes for his second one, his career journey to this point, and his Asian Cup experience with Lebanon. All of this, plus we look at another week in Canadian soccer that just leaves you shaking your head and wondering where the game is going in the country, as the much respected Dino Rossi departs from the CSA board with a scathing attack and the U17 women fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. Plus we look back at this week for the Whitecaps in 1974, and there's a fine splattering of music to boot including our Album of the Month from Marion. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.10: Intro - 600 shows, AFCON, Asian Cup 14.29: Whitecaps v Tigres analysis 33.42: Gauld, Kreilach, and White talk Tigres game 53.12: The State of the Whitecaps with Vanni Sartini 103.03: Gabriel Bitar interview 128.56: Have CSB and Mediapro kissed and made up? 133.40: This week in 1974 145.08: Another bad week for Canadian soccer - where is the game going here? 162.31: Wavelength - Danny Holland - Accrington Stanley?
2/12/20242 hours, 56 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 599 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Let The Fun Begin with David Norman and Vanni Sartini)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver FC, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and FIFA World Cup chat. It's been another crazy week with so much to cover! We start off with the Whitecaps News of the Week as they get set to kick off their 2024 season with a Champions Cup match against Mexican giants Tigres. We look ahead to the game and hear from Vanni Sartini as he chats about the task ahead and what he's seen from the team in preseason so far. Plus we look at the latest additions to the squad, Tristan Blackmon's contract extension, the announced TV schedule on TSN, and a disappointing Leagues Cup draw. Our feature interview this week is with a former Whitecaps player who has returned to play in his hometown with CPL side Vancouver FC - David Norman. We chat with David about his time away, his career year in 2023 that saw him win promotion with Northampton Town and an Irish Cup with St Patrick's Athletic, his decision to return to Vancouver, and more in an entertaining half hour chat. But we've saved the best till last and the biggest news of the week as the schedule for the FIFA 2026 World Cup was announced and Vancouver will be hosting seven matches and two of Canada's group games. We break down the highs and lows of the schedule and chat about the excitement this news will bring to football lovers in the city. All of this, plus Hot Chocolate Boy, a look back at this week for the Whitecaps in 1974, and there's a fine splattering of music to boot including our new Album of the Month. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.09: Intro - CiTR fundrive, this week in football 11.36: Hot Chocolate Boy - 49th Parallel Coffee 16.05: Whitecaps News of the Week - building for the future, TV games, Leagues Cup 39.12: The season begins! Ours and Vanni's thoughts on the 'Caps facing Tigres 62.40: David Norman interview and VFC discusssion 102.05: This week in 1974 107.54: Vancouver hosts 7 matches as FIFA 2026 schedule revealed 132.30: Wavelength - Sidiku Buari - Disco Soccer
2/5/20242 hours, 29 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 598 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Effects Unknown - CSB v Mediapro court battle, Gauld re-signs, Paris Gee, TJ Tahid)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver FC, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and general football chat. It's been a crazy week with so much to cover! We start off with the Whitecaps News of the Week as Ryan Gauld signs a three-year contract extension with the club. We chat about the deal and hear some thoughts on it from Ryan himself and Whitecaps' CEO Axel Schuster. We also look at some transfer rumours swirling around players maybe coming and maybe leaving the 'Caps, look at their latest preseason match, and chat about the leaked 50th anniversary kit. We've two feature interviews with you this episode, both with a Vancouver FC flavour. First up is latest addition, versatile defender Paris Gee. We chat about Paris' career so far, his return to the lower mainland to play, his very personal reasons for needing a return home, and his hopes for the season to come. We also chat with VFC young starlet T.J. Tahid about his first year as a pro, playing at a World Cup with Canada, and his recent training stint over in Holland. And in news that shocked the soccer landscape in Canada, Canadian Soccer Business and Mediapro are heading to court as both sides want out of their 10-year agreement. What does this mean for the Canadian Premier League? What does it mean for broadcasting the game here in Canada? What do the legal filings mean? How long could this drag on for? There are so many questions in a fast moving story and we wanted to try and do it justice, so we have a lengthy chat about it all and are joined by local lawyer and local referee Darnell Smith to try and make sense of it all. All of this, plus Hot Chocolate Boy, a look back at this week for the Whitecaps in 1974, and there's a fine splattering of music to boot. This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Recovery Family Law, family law lawyers in Surrey, working with clients to get excellent results. They support AFTN, go and support them for all your family legal needs. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.10: Intro - what a week!, FA Cup drama 09.34: Hot Chocolate Boy - Caffe Artigiano and Honolulu Cafe 16.30: Ryan Re-signs - with Gauld and Schuster audio 26.46: Whitecaps News of the Week - Bjørn Inge Utvik, a preseason loss, 50th anniversary kit 41.22: Paris Gee interview 76.38: This week for the Whitecaps in 1974 90.35: TJ Tahid interview 114.22: CSB vs Mediapro court battle - with guest Darnell Smith 171.15: Wavelength - Public Toys - Oh Fortuna
1/29/20242 hours, 59 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 597 - The AFTN Soccer Show (He Moves Like a Generator with special guests Fafa Picault and Grady McDonnell)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver FC, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and general football chat. Plus lots of non-football chat, as we're about 25 minutes into this episode before we actually start talking about soccer! So use the timestamps if you don't want to hear our wonderful takes on snow and hot chocolate! We've two feature interviews with you this episode. First up is a fantastic chat with the newest Whitecaps, winger Fafa Picault. We talk with Fafa about why he chose Vancouver as his new team, his career so far and the highs and lows of playing in Europe, coming from a footballing family, switching to play for the Haiti national team and more. Next up, from a veteran to a newbie, as we talk with the youngest player to sign a CPL contract, new Vancouver FC midfielder Grady McDonnell. We chat with Grady about leaving the Whitecaps academy to join VFC, his hopes for this season and the future, his footballing inspirations, the international choice he faces between Canada and Ireland, and more. Plus we look at the latest Whitecaps News of the Week as they win one and lose one against Hungarian opposition in preseason, say an official goodbye to Simon Becher and Caio Alexandre, and bring veteran goalkeeper into their training camp in Spain. And there's still time to look at the international scene as we talk about Mauro Biello continuing to be in charge of Canada ahead of a huge Copa America qualifier, the US debut of Brian White, as we hear from the man himself, and the week's action in the African Cup of Nations and the AFC Asian Cup. All of this, plus Hot Chocolate Boy, a look back at this week for the Whitecaps in 1974, and there's a fine splattering of music to boot. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.29: Intro - let it snow! 11.24: Hot Chocolate Boy - The Pie Hole and Broyé Cafe & Bakery 25.00: Whitecaps News of the Week - 'Caps win one and lose one, Bendik trialing, Becher and Caio depart, ticket sales booming 53.25: Fafa Picault interview 79.35: Grady McDonnell interview and discussion 106.01: This week for the Whitecaps in 1974 120.38: International News of the Week - Canada, USA, AFCON, Asian Cup 134.40: Wavelength - Angelic Upstarts - The Streets of St Pauli
1/22/20242 hours, 24 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 596 - The AFTN Soccer Show (So Many Colourful Rays with special guests Damir Kreilach and Ben Fisk)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver FC, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and general football chat. The busy North American soccer offseason continues apace and the Whitecaps are making moves and getting their preseason underway over in Marbella. We delve into the Whitecaps News of the Week as we talk about the addition of veteran Haitian winger Fafa Picault, camp trialists, and look at the announced kick off times for the 'Caps MLS matches this coming season and some good ticket sales. We have two featured in-depth interviews for you this episode, both with experienced midfielders looking to shine with their new clubs in Vancouver. One new to the city and one making a return. First up is Whitecaps offseason signing Damir Kreilach. We chat with the Croatian about his career so far, making the switch to Vancouver, his hunger after a couple of years derailed by a back injury, his Kreilach's Corner initiative, and more. Next up is a Whitecaps academy alumni, Ben Fisk. We chat with Ben about coming home to play for Vancouver FC in the CPL, his journey between leaving the 'Caps in 2013 to returning to the city over a decade later, his hopes for the season, playing with his childhood friend Callum Irving, and more. All of this, plus we say goodbye to a true footballing legend, 'The Kaiser' Franz Beckenbauer, look back at this week in 1974, and feature a fine splattering of music to boot. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Intro - cold weather, continental cups, sponsor an episode 08.58: Hot Chocolate Boy returns! - Glenburn Soda 14.28: Whitecaps News of the Week - Picault signs, Marbella, kick off times, ticket sales 41.50: Damir Kreilach interview 73.00: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Damir Kreilach 77.05: Ben Fisk interview 121.11: This week in 1974 130.50: RIP Franz Beckenbauer - The Kaiser in Vancouver 149.00: Wavelength - Bownik - Franz Beckenbauer
1/15/20242 hours, 37 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 595 - The AFTN Soccer Show (If Words Could Make Wishes Come True with special guest Axel Schuster)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian soccer chat. We kick off our first show of the new year with our annual offseason interview with Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster. We talk with Axel about the highs and lows of last season, building on those in 2024 and taking the next step, and discuss how the club gets there. We touch on the Andres Cubas transfer rumours, Ryan Gauld extension talks, is a return possible for Richie Laryea, and how did the signing of Damir Kreilach come about, plus much more in a 37 minute chat. It's been a busy MLS offseason so far and we look at some of the bigger and wilder stories affecting the Canadian teams, Canadian players, and the 'Caps Western Conference rivals. Plus we kick off our Whitecaps 50th anniversary celebrations and party like it's 1974, and introduce our new Album of the Month feature. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro - Cup games and AFTN plans for the year 13.25: Party like it's 1974 23.52: It's been a busy MLS offseason so far 53.55: Axel Schuster interview - Part One 78.30: Axel Schuster interview - Part Two 102.27: Unpacking Axel 137.15: Wavelength - Hotel Lux - National Team 144.25: Bring back printed programs!
1/8/20242 hours, 32 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 594 - The AFTN Soccer Show (New Year, New Hope)

We’re back with our final AFTN Soccer Show off 2023 and it's another episode packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian soccer chat. As the new year beckons, we look ahead to what could be an exciting 2024 for the Whitecaps, the CPL, and football in Canada in general. The Whitecaps head into the new year with a new signing, MLS veteran and 'Cap killer Damir Kreilach. We look at what the signing might mean for the team and make some bold Whitecaps predictions for 2024. We also hand out our final end of year AFTN awards. What was the best awayday? The most embarrassing moment? The biggest disgrace of the year? The quote of the year? And who were the heroes and villains for us in 2023? Find out and let us know yours! CPL commissioner Mark Noonan came out guns blazing this week, defending the league and the CSB from unfair criticism. We look at his comments, how the CPL looks to grow, how it could get there, and make some bold predictions in that regard for the new year. Plus we conclude AFTN's 2023 Festive Fifteen with our top three tracks of the year and this week's Wavelength tune is Subbuteo related! Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.46: Intro - Christmas is over and so is 2023 08.16: What a year 2024 promises to be in Canadian football 15.38: Release the Kreilach! Damir is a Whitecap 35.18: Festive Fifteen #3 41.00: Whitecaps Bold Predictions For 2024 54.25: More AFTN End of Year awards - awaydays, quotes, embarrassments, and disgraces 72.50: Festive Fifteen #2 78.02: Even more AFTN End of Year awards - heroes and villains 90.48: What we'd like to change in MLS, CPL, Canadian and world football 121.16: Festive Fifteen #1 127.03: Noonan bullish ahead of big year for CPL 159.00: Wavelength - Sir Robert Orange Peel - Youbutteo
12/31/20232 hours, 47 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 593 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Have Yourself A Messi Little Christmas)

We’re back with our 2023 Christmas special! Another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian soccer chat, but this time with added festive fun and games! It'll all get a bit messy or maybe it's just a cheese dream. The Whitecaps' 2024 schedule dropped this week and forget Santa Claus, it's Lionel Messi that's coming to town in May. Barring injury, Christmas has come early for 'Caps fans who want to spend their cash gifts on some football fun. We delve into the good and the bad aspects of the schedule, chat about the Messi circus, and look at the two latest Whitecaps additions - draft picks Eliot Goldthorp and Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau. Our feature interview this episode is a player that will be well known to Whitecaps, TFC, Pacific FC, and Vancouver FC fans, Canadian defender Kadin Chung. We chat with Kadin about the highs and lows of his career so far, coming to play for his new hometown team, and look ahead at what's to come. Plus we find out what Christmas is like with the Chung family and with his teammate Callum Irving's family. We also look at the US Soccer Federation standing up to MLS in the US Open Cup row, chat with Canadian Players of the Year Jesse Fleming and Stephen Eustáquio about their busy year and Christmas plans, find out if Canadian women's national team head coach Bev Priestman is able to get a break this Christmas, whether Whitecaps midfielder Ali Ahmed fancies a chocolate digestive, and just what is Tristan Blackmon's favourite jam? Harjeet Johal joins us for the fun and chat and play 20 Questions, plus we continue AFTN's 2023 Festive Fifteen with numbers 6 to 4. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.45: Intro - getting ready for Christmas aka buying too much cheese 11.55: A Callum Irving Family Christmas 14.36: Messi coming to town as MLS schedule drops 36.45: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Ali Ahmed 38.11: 20 Questions - Whitecaps edition 44.26: Festive Fifteen #6 48.29: Whitecaps add two intriguing draft picks 59.35: USSF stand up to MLS in US Open Cup row 74.46: Tristan Blackmon's Favourite Jam 76.45: 20 Questions - CPL edition 86.01: Festive Fifteen #5 90.25: Kadin Chung interview and discussion 121.40: A Kadin Chung Family Christmas 123.45: Festive Fifteen #4 129.00: Jessie Fleming and Stephen Eustáquio on a busy year and Christmas plans 135.55: 20 Questions - Canadian national team edition 144.40: Bev Priestman's Christmas plans 146.00: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit
12/25/20232 hours, 39 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 592 - The AFTN Soccer Show (There’s Quicksand on the Battlefield with guest Renan Garcia)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League chat. There's no such thing as a quiet offseason in North American soccer it feels and this past week has been somewhat of a controversial one. The draw was made for the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup, throwing up tough ties for the three Canadian sides, but now both the Whitecaps and Cavalry FC can't play their home matches at their usual stadiums. We delve into the whys and hows, look ahead to the 'Caps content in the MLS SuperDraft, the new competition guidelines in the league next season, and MLS' controversial decision to withdraw its teams from next year's US Open Cup. Turning our attention to the CPL and Vancouver FC, we look back at the club's first year highs and lows, hand out our first ever AFTN VFC awards, look at the club's two draft picks, and bring you our feature interview with Brazilian midfielder Renan Garcia. Plus we continue AFTN's 2023 Festive Fifteen with numbers 9 to 7. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro - last live game of the year, Wonka sticker shock, and the darts are back 11.30: Whitecaps and Cavalry forced to move their CONCACAF Champions Cup matches to Langford 38.48: Whitecaps academy alumni in MLS SuperDraft 43.07: Festive Fifteen #9 47.36: A bad PR week for MLS as they devalue US Open Cup 74.52: New MLS competition guidelines 83.21: Festive Fifteen #8 88.32: Vancouver FC - a year in review and a look ahead to 2024 111.40: AFTN Vancouver FC End of Season awards 129.40: Festive Fifteen #7 133.32: Renan Garcia interview 152.06: Vancouver FC add two in CPL draft 162.35: Wavelength - The Whitehawk Isolators - Not About The Football
12/19/20232 hours, 55 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 591 - The AFTN Soccer Show (I Can Taste The Mood In My Mouth featuring Vanni Sartini, Don Garber, and Bev Priestman)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian national team, and international football chat. We're joined by special guest Vanni Sartini in this episode for our 11th annual end season chat with the man at the helm of the Whitecaps. We have a frank half hour chat about the 2023 season, look ahead to 2024, talk about his personal growth and what he needs to learn, and chat about his six-match suspension to start the new campaign. It's been another busy week on both the club and international front. The 2023 MLS Cup champions have been crowned. We look back at Columbus Crew's win, what it means to the league, and look at a bad week for LAFC both on and off the pitch. Plus it was the latest MLS State of the League address from Commissioner Don Garber. We hear a bit from the address and chat about selected highlights, the nightmare that is going to be the 2024 schedule, and could we be seeing Messi in Vancouver in 2024 or 2025? It was also the week we said farewell to Christine Sinclair on the international stage. We look back at an emotional night at BC Place, hear from Bev Priestman, look at the nominees for the 2023 Canadian male and female players of the year, and what the Copa America draw hopefully threw up for Canada. Plus we continue AFTN's 2023 Festive Fifteen with numbers 10 to 12. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01:35 Intro - it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas 10.00: Vancouver Whitecaps are 50! 12.20: What a week to be a Columbus fan 30.55: LAFC and supporters punished for flare display 40.32: Festive Fifteen #12 44.00: Vanni Sartini end of year interview 83.40: Festive Fifteen #11 88.25: Don Garber talks MLS scheduling issues 98.10: MLS State of the League - the key talking points 118.40: Is Messi heading to Vancouver? 132.55: Festive Fifteen #10 137.00: A special farewell to the GOAT at BC Place 157.33: Canadian male and female Players of the Year 164.10: It's Messi vs Canada at Copa America - hopefully 169.35: Wavelength - Sir Robert Orange Peel - A Soccer Ball Is Worth More Than 100 Rifles
12/12/20232 hours, 59 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 590 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Building A Different World)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian national team, and international football chat. Vanni Sartini and the Whitecaps learned their disciplinary fates this past week after all the LAFC playoff shenanigans. We delve into what was handed out, what is means to the 'Caps coach and the club going forward, and whether it was fair punishment. Plus we look at Russell Teibert's potential future in Vancouver and the weekend's action in the two MLS Conference finals. On the international stage, the legend that is Christine Sinclair hangs up her international boots, we look at the emotional farewell matches against Australia and ponder who can step up to fill her very big boots as the face of Canadian women's football. We also chat about more ways to try and fix the broken Canadian soccer system, the purchase of League1 BC by League1 Canada, look at the UEFA 2024 draw, and kick off AFTN's 2023 Festive Fifteen with the first three entrants. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.27: Intro - feeling festive, wild weather, FA Cup 08.55: Canada v Australia - goodbye GOAT 27.55: FIFA U17 World Cup wraps up in style 32.15 UEFA 2024 draw throws up an AFTN derby! 41.43: Festive Fifteen #15 45.55: Vanni banned for 6 games as Whitecaps learn their DisCo fate 63.25: Is Teibert's time done with the 'Caps? 78.19: Festive Fifteen #14 82.50: It's Columbus v LAFC for the MLS Cup 114.39: Festive Fifteen #13 119.48: How to fix Canadian Soccer - part 2 143.55: League1 Canada buy League1 BC 151.35: Wavelength - Mad Jocks and Englishmen - Just Like Kenny
12/5/20232 hours, 38 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 589 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Gardyloo)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat. It's not been a great year for the Canadian national teams. There's been some highs, but ultimately a lot of lows on the international stage with the building upon winning an Olympic gold on the women's side and the first World Cup appearance in 32 years on the men's side simply not coming to fruition. We look at the reasons why, the lack of success on the youth side, why the country seems to have fallen behind up and coming nations, and are there any easy solutions to fix the situation? Plus we delve into one of the things that's triggered this whole discussion, Canada's Nations League loss to Jamaica. At least the women's team have two feelgood matches coming up as the legend Christine Sinclair hangs up her boots on the international stage. We hear from head coach Bev Priestman about balancing the emotions of the matches with preparing for a big 2024 and chat to her about development pathways in the women's game in Canada. Our feature interview this episode is with one of the top Canadian prospects who's just had her first call-up to the senior national team - Whitecaps midfielder Jeneva Hernandez-Gray. We chat with Jeneva about her rise, her career so far, and her hopes for the future. And there's still time to hand out the second batch of our 2023 End of Season Awards. We continue with some more Whitecaps ones as we look at the Game of the Year, Goal of the Year, Save of the Year, and the Biggest Disappointment. Plus we cast our eyes over the weekend's controversial MLS playoff conference semi-finals. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.05: Intro - fog, medieval toilet habits, FIFA U17 WC 07.25: Canada v Jamaica - WTF happened? 40.29: Who should be the next CMNT manager? 51.15: Why has Canadian football fallen behind others in the world and how do you fix it? 77.05: CWNT balancing emotion and preparation with Australia games 87.10: Jeneva Hernandez-Gray interview 96.10: Canadian women developmental discussion with Bev Priestman 106.20: AFTN 2023 awards Part 2 - Game, Goal, Save, and Biggest Disappointment of year 129.55: Controversy reign in MLS playoffs 150.25: Wavelength - The Curls - Daphne Van Domselaar
11/28/20232 hours, 35 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 588 - The AFTN Soccer Show (That Was The Whitecaps Year That Was)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps chat and it's our 'Caps end of season review episode. The Whitecaps had an interesting season, fighting on four fronts, winning two cups, making the playoffs, and improving in many aspects. But the old flaws and woes didn't fully go away and the season ended by leaving somewhat of a sour taste in many people's mouths in more ways than one. Felipe Vallejo joins us as we look back at the 'Caps 2023 season - the highs, the lows, what went well, what didn't, and what needs to happen to see the club take that next step We also hear some season takeaways from Head Coach Vanni Sartini, Sporting Director Axel Schuster, captain Ryan Gauld, and leading scorer Brian White, play a little game of Blankety Blank along the way, and bring you the latest news from the club as more roster decisions are made. And there's still time to hand out the first of our 2023 End of Season Awards. We kick things off with the Whitecaps players ones - Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Academy Player of the Year, Female Player of the Year, and the Whitecap to Watch in 2024. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.40: Intro - occupying ourselves in the offseason 10.20: The Whitecaps' 2023 season - what went well and what didn't? 54.55: Season takeaways from Axel, Vanni, Ryan, and Brian 65.30: Whitecaps Blankety Blank 77.55: Whitecaps News of the Week 90.00: AFTN 2023 awards - part one 118.20: Wavelength - The Devoted - I Love George Best
11/22/20232 hours, 8 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 587 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Bobbing Along with Vanni Sartini, Axel Schuster, Sam Adekugbe, Ali Ahmed, and Mauro Biello)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian soccer chat. The Whitecaps end of season moves have started as they announced their roster decisions for moving into 2024. We delve into who's coming back and who's not and ponder whether these were the correct choices. Plus we chat with Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the decisions made and what this means for the team moving forward. The fallout from Vanni Sartini's comments about and reaction to referee Tim Ford continued this past week. Both Vanni and Axel addressed how last Sunday's playoff loss to LAFC played out off the pitch, while we chat about the overblown reaction and what suspension may be coming to the way of the 'Caps head coach. Turning our attention to the international stage, Canada's roster for the Jamaica Nations League quarter-final was announced and it features four Whitecaps. We chat with two of them, Sam Adekugbe and Ali Ahmed, about the games ahead the Whitecaps' season, plus we hear from Canada head coach Mauro Biello about some of his squad decisions and what the future may hold in store. All of this plus we review the football film Next Goal Wins that comes out this week and New Zealand lo-fi punk band Dick Move and Scottish legends The Yummy Fur continue their residencies as our new Artists of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.40: Intro - what a week for BC college soccer, U17 World Cup 15.16: Axel Schuster on the Whitecaps end of season roster decisions 31.55: Whitecaps roster discussion 63.33: The Tim Ford fallout continues - what suspension will Vanni get? 97.47: Mauro Biello announces Canada squad for Jamaica 119.00: Sam Adekugbe interview on Canada and the 'Caps 131.55: Ali Ahmed interview on Canada and the 'Caps 147.20: TVOD - Next Goal Wins (a review) 164.20: Wavelength - Jamine Man - Japanese Football Team
11/13/20232 hours, 53 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 586 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The One With All The Controversy featuring Harjeet Johal, Vanni Sartini, Giorgio Chiellini, and TJ Tahid))

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League chat, and World Cup chat. Vancouver Whitecaps 2023 season came to a controversial end on Sunday in a 1-0 home playoff loss to LAFC. A number of contentious decisions on the pitch and some fireworks off it have certainly seen the game set tongues wagging. We look back at the main talking points, chat about Vanni Sartini getting sent off and then going off at the referee after the game, and hear some postgame thoughts of Vanni, Ryan Gauld, and Brian White. Plus we look at the rest of the MLS playoffs in the MLS Western Conference, hear from Italian legend, LAFC's Giorgio Chiellini. We also look back at a good weekend for sporting crowds in Vancouver. Are bumper attendances back and will this have an impact on Whitecaps kick off times next season? We ask Axel Schuster. And we look ahead to the FIFA U17 World Cup that kicks off this week and chat with Vancouver FC's TJ Tahid as he gets set to represent Canada at the tournament. All of this plus New Zealand lo-fi punk band Dick Move and Scottish legends The Yummy Fur both kick off their residencies as our new Artists of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.34: Intro - Christmas is cancelled, a fun Halloween, cup fever 09.45: Whitecaps' season is over in controversial playoff loss to LAFC 48.03: Vanni, Gauld, and White postgame thoughts 55.00: Vanni Sartini loses it at the ref! 74.41: Quick MLS playoff round-up 80.05: Giorgio Chiellini interview and discussion 90.30: Are bumper Vancouver sports crowds back and will it impact kick off times? 112.25: FIFA give millions to the CPL! 118.07: TJ Tahid audio and FIFA U17 World Cup discussion 131.30: Wavelength - Vic Blackwell - Red Machine
11/7/20232 hours, 21 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 585 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The One With All The Horror with guest Callum Irving)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. The MLS playoffs are underway and the Whitecaps will be very glad it's a best of three series after self-destructing defensively at set pieces to be on the wrong end of a 5-2 defeat at LAFC. We look back at the game, the positives Vancouver can very much take from it, and look ahead at what is to possibly come between the two teams. Our feature interview this episode is with Vancouver FC captain Callum Irving, as we talk about the difficult first season for the club in the CPL, Callum's journey from the Whitecaps academy to where he is today, that MLS draft day, winning his first championship, and more. Keeping the CPL chat going, we look at the League's end of season awards, where Cavalry pretty much swept the board. Should the Whitecaps be swooping in for Daan Klomp? Plus we look back at Saturday's dramatic CPL championship game and chat about the offseason rebuild of Vancouver FC, where some players are on their way out and some exciting trialists were given a look last week in a couple of friendly matches. All of that and Italian gothic post-punk band They Die wrap up their residency as our Artists of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.55: Intro - a Saturday to forget apart from UBC, hairy weiners, RIP Matthew Perry 14.05: Whitecaps ship five in LA but they're only 1-0 down! 60.08: Callum Irving interview and discussion 96.52: Cavalry dominate CPL awards - should the 'Caps swoop in? 110.13: CPL Commissioner talked VAR and expansion 115.17: Forge are CPL champions - again 131.20: Vancouver FC already in 2024 preparation mode 146.12: Wavelength - Neil Grant - We're LA!
10/30/20232 hours, 36 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 584 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Playing With A Passion with special guest Richie Laryea)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chats and interviews and soundbites galore! The Whitecaps learned their playoff path on Saturday after their home draw with LAFC set up another three games series against the defending MLS champs in the first round of the postseason. We look back on that draw, look ahead at the matches to come, and hear the thoughts of both head coaches, Vancouver's Vanni Sartini and LAFC's Steve Cherundolo. We also hear from the villain of the piece, LA goalkeeper Max Crepeau. Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps wingback, and Canadian international, Richie Laryea. We chat with Richie about his career so far, coming to Vancouver, playing at a World Cup, and what the future may hold in store for him. Plus we talk Whitecaps and MLS salaries and where Vancouver sits amongst it all, look at the other playoff match-ups around the league after an exciting Decision Day, and ponder who should play Vanni Sartini and Axel Schuster in any upcoming Whitecaps movie! Turning our attention to the CPL, we chat with Vancouver FC's Rob Friend and Afshin Ghotbi about attendances, marketing, and the challenges of a tough inaugural season. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro - busy weekend, spicy food, Sinc retires 14.03: Whitecaps playoff path set after LAFC Decision Day draw 31.05: Max Crepeau audio and discussion 41.55: Decision Day and MLS playoffs round-up 50.41: A look ahead to Whitecaps-LAFC playoff series 60.27: Vanni Sartini and Steve Cherundolo on playoffs 67.37: Who will play Vanni and Axel in the Whitecaps movie? 75.48: Richie Laryea interview and discussion 107.36: Whitecaps and MLS salary latest - money doesn't equal success 135.15: Rob Friend on VFC's attendance and marketing issues 156.45: Friend and Ghotbi talk VFC's challenging first season 171.09: Wavelength - Resistance 77 - You Reds
10/24/20232 hours, 59 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 583 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Living Day To Day, Each Must Find Their Way)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and international football chat. With the Whitecaps having a bye week for the international break it gives us the chance to delve into a few issues. Their playoff path has become a little clearer after the two matches that were played this past weekend. We look into that and ponder whether the success on the pitch will lead to a boost in attendance off it. The fans tell us why they're coming back and why they're not. Turning our attention to the CPL, we look at the weekend's drama-filled playoff games and take an end of season dive into Vancouver FC's attendance issues this year. Why are fans not coming out in larger numbers? We also delve more into the league's U21 rule and hear the thoughts on it from Halifax head coach Patrice Gheisar, Vancouver head coach Afshin Ghotbi, and Cavalry head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro - Canada get gubbed in Japan 09.06: News of the World - World Cup 2030/2034, Euros 2024/2028, Messi 20.50: Whitecaps playoff path clearer after weekend's matches 34.00: Will Whitecaps on-pitch success see rise in crowds? 72.15: Trying to solve the Vancouver FC's attendance issues 131.15: CPL U21 rules need fixing 151.10: Feisty CPL playoffs produce drama galore 160.50: Wavelength - Saints Alive - Dancing In The Streets Of TNS
10/16/20232 hours, 52 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 582 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Flame Keeps Burning)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and World Cup chat. It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and we've all got a lot to be thankful for as Canadian football fans. The Whitecaps are having quite the season, the CPL is coming to an exciting conclusion, and you've got another fun-filled podcast to talk about it all! We pay thanks for the exciting year and so does Vancouver head coach Vanni Sartini. The 'Caps clinched a MLS playoff place and guaranteed a top seven finish after a four point week. We look back at the game against St Louis and Seattle, the uptick in their away form that got them over the line, the importance of the Ryan/Brian connection and what makes them works so well together, the first year play with the team from goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka. Plus there's audio from Takaoka, along with Vanni Sartini, Ryan Gauld, and Ranko Veselinovic. Turning our attention to the CPL, the playoffs are all set. We look back at the weekend's action and what's to come, chat about what's next for Vancouver FC with head coach Afshin Ghotbi, and talk with Whitecaps loanee Vasco Fry about his time in the league and the future. All of that, plus there's still time to chat about FIFA's controversial plans for the 2030 World Cup, Australian band The Curls feature in this episode's Wavelength, and Italian post punk goths They Die are our new Artists of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.24.: Intro - Vanni gives thanks and so do we 09.15: Whitecaps book playoff place after 4 point week 35.05: Yohei Takaoka's up and down season 43.10: The Brian/Ryan connection doing the business 55.00: Whitecaps away form turnaround discussion 68.11: MLS playoff picture ahead of Decision Day 89.07: CPL playoffs set as VFC inaugural season ends with a loss 104.44: Afshin Ghotbi on what now for Vancouver FC 110.43: Vasco Fry interview 123.13: FIFA's controversial 2030 World Cup plans 134.52: Wavelength - The Curls - Everybody Loves Steph Catley
10/9/20232 hours, 22 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 581 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Dreams Of Yesterday Far Behind with special guest Tommy Wheeldon Jr)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. Vancouver Whitecaps have gone from unbeaten in four to winless in four as the limp their way into MLS playoffs. Felipe Vallejo joins us to chat about the last two 'Caps games, what's not clicking right now and how to solve it, and look around the MLS West and plot the Whitecaps path to the postseason. Surely they can't miss out? Plus we look at the top 25 MLS jersey sales this season and the price gouging of fans by Inter Miami. Turning our attention to the CPL, we sit down with Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr for an in-depth half hour chat about his side winning the regular season title, booking a spot in next year's CONCACAF Champions Cup, and looking ahead to the playoffs to come. Plus we also round up the weekend's action across the league that saw HFX Wanderers book a place in the playoffs, the last BC derby of the season, and Forge's Kyle Bekker and Bobby Smyrniotis go off on CPL refereeing. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.25: Intro 03.04: Whitecaps limping into playoffs 33.57: The Return of Robbo - revisionist history? 39.37: Plotting the Whitecaps postseason path in the wild, wild MLS West 55.24: Tim Parker sells jerseys! 58.50: Miami price gouge longtime fans 68.47: Tommy Wheeldon Jr interview 104.55: CPL round-up 120.40: Forge fume at refs as need for VAR in CPL shown again (with audio) 131.30: Wavelength - David Gordon - The Bees Knees
10/2/20232 hours, 22 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 580 - The AFTN Soccer Show (What A Difference A Week Makes)

We’re back from vacation with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian Premier League chat. We were originally planning to bring out an episode last Monday, but what a difference a week makes. The Whitecaps were sitting pretty after a win against TFC. If they won their last seven matches, they'd finish first in the West. In the week since, they've lost twice as the long road stretch starts to take its toll and have dropped to 7th but with other results going their way they could be 4th by midweek. It's crazy in the wild, wild MLS West just now. We look at those three Whitecaps matches, the current lie of the land, and some of the big stories coming out of the Eastern Conference. Turning our attention to the CPL, we look at wild weekend there too as Cavalry FC win the regular season title and book a berth in next year's CONCACAF Champions Cup, Vancouver FC make it back-to-back wins, the playoff race goes down to the wire, and some teams are in a battle to hit their U21 minutes threshold. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.24: Intro 05.45: The highs and lows of a turbulent 8 days for the Whitecaps 42.17: Hoilett joins but how long will he and Laryea be Whitecaps? 51.40: The wild, wild MLS West battle for the playoffs 67.40: It's getting Messi in the MLS East 77.36: Bruce Arena departs under a cloud 82.22: Matko Miljevic kicked out of Montreal after amateur natch fracas 87.05: Cavalry secure first as CPL playoff battle goes down to wire 97.10: Vancouver FC go back to back! 128.10: Are U21 minutes detrimental to CPL? 142.25: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - From Mullets To Gullits
9/26/20232 hours, 33 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 579 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Knowing Who We Are with special guest Sam Adekugbe)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, Canadian national team, and Canadian Premier League chat. The Whitecaps have a bye week for some much needed rest in the middle of their grueling seven-game road spell. They head into it after being crowned Cascadian Cup champions and bolstering their playoff push with a good road point at NYCFC. We delve into that match, the inadequacy of Yankee Stadium for soccer, and look at the lie of the land for the 'Caps in their battle for a postseason place. We also chat about the initial impact Messi has had on the league both on the pitch and media landscape off it, and ponder whether the growing Saudi league will impact MLS and whether South American teams are wanting a piece of the North American pie. Our feature interview this episode is with returning Whitecaps star Sam Adekugbe. We chat with some about his return to Vancouver, his hopes for the team, his club career in-between the 'Caps, and some Canadian national team highs, from his jump into a snowbank to his first goal for his country and, of course, playing in his first World Cup. We also chat about the departure of John Herdman, what's next for Canada, and the off-field battles with Canada Soccer. Plus we chat about the week in the Canadian Premier League, as Vancouver FC lose again, the battle for the five playoff places heats up, and the plan to bring the CPL to Saskatchewan falters, for now. All of this plus Fontaines D.C. begin their residency as our Artists of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.29: Intro 10.00: The Whitecaps are Kings of Cascadia once again 19.34: Whitecaps playoff push continues after another good road point 48.48: Messi, Miami, MLS, and Media 59.15: Will the Saudi league and South American clubs impact MLS? 80.37: Sam Adekugbe interview 116.57: The Week in the CPL and Vancouver FC chat 138.49: Saskatchewan CPL plans "adjourned" 152.50: Wavelength - Le Man Avec Les Lunettes - Don't Get Fooled By the Football Players Summery Outfit
9/8/20232 hours, 44 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 578 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Blowing Up A Storm)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, Canadian national team, and Canadian Premier League chat. The Whitecaps mammoth seven-game road spell is well underway now with two games down and five to go until they see BC Place again. They kicked things off with a hard fought 3-2 Cascadian derby victory in Portland at the weekend, making things much harder than they should have done in the end. That was followed up by 1-0 win in Chicago, and all of a sudden the 'Caps are challenging at the top of the table. We look back at the main talking points coming out of both matches and the road ahead. It's been an eventful couple of days in Canadian soccer, with national team head coach John Herdman leaving his post to take up the reigns in Toronto. We look at the move to TFC and what it might mean for both Herdman and the future of the national team. Plus we chat Canadian Premier League, that is tight as tight can be going down the stretch, Zach shares his experiences at a LAFC match, and Mog ends his residency as our Artist of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro - 'Hollywood' Zach is back after watching LAFC 15.07: Whitecaps kick off mammoth road spell with two victories 46.28: John Herdman departs Canadian national team for Toronto FC 82.55: The worldwide search for the next CanMNT boss 98.00: Canadian Premier League chat 115.30: Wavelength - The Holy Roman Army - Royston Flies Into The Heart of Darkness
8/31/20232 hours, 4 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 577 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Different Foes, Familiar Foes)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian Premier League, and women's World Cup chat and interviews. And back from down under to chat about it all with us is Harjeet Johal. Har chats about her time at the World Cup in Australia, her thoughts on the tournament, the final, the fans, and the growth of the women's game in the four years since France 2019. Plus we look ahead to Canada's crunch Olympic qualifying playoff with Jamaica next month and the latest in the seemingly never-ending back and forth between the national team players and Canada Soccer. Turning our attention to the club game, we catch up with new Vancouver FC signing, former TSS Rovers standout Ivan Mejia about his journey from Columbia to the pros, and we chat Whitecaps after their disappointing weekend loss to San Jose ahead of a grueling seven game road stretch. All of this plus Mog continues his residency as our Artist of the Month and we have a song about Scottish female footballing legend Rose Reilly from Lynnie Carson in this episode's Wavelength. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.19: Intro - guess who's back from down under?! 08.15: Spain triumph in best Women's World Cup so far 19.35: Wavelength - Lynnie Carson - She Rose 27.35: Canada and women's soccer post World Cup 47.25: Ivan Mejia interview (and CPL round-up) 73.58: Whitecaps lose to San Jose ahead of grueling road spell
8/24/20231 hour, 30 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 576 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Put It All Together It’s The Perfect Ten)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Leagues Cup, Canadian Premier League, and women's World Cup chat and interviews. The Whitecaps have had some much needed time off ahead of a tough MLS season run-in coming up. It's also given them the chance to fully integrate new signings Sam Adekugbe and Richie Laryea into the team. We hear from both of them as they arrive in Vancouver and look at the excitement that Axel Schuster is building with this current 'Caps squad. Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps goalkeeper Isaac Boehmer as we chat about his four years with the first team, his growth and development, the back-up battle he has right now with Thomas Hasal, and more. Plus we talk Leagues Cup drama, Vancouver FC and the CPL, Halifax Wanderers expansion into League1, a Faroes football fairytale, and another very eventful week at the women's World Cup. And there's still time to bring you some great music too, as Glasgow rapper Mog continues his residency as our Artist of the Month and Juice Menace features in this week's Wavelength. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.05: Intro - a Faroes footballing fairytale and a Greek tragedy 13.05: Laryea and Adekugbe introduced and raring to go 37.00: Isaac Boehmer interview and Whitecaps goalkeeper discussion 49.10: Leagues Cup serves up drama galore 61.04: Women's World Cup the gift that keeps giving 74.34: Wavelength - Juice Menace - For Her 85.15: Vancouver FC and CPL round-up 95.45: HFX Wanderers put teams into League1 Atlantic 102.12: Zach delighted by Kane heading to Bayern!
8/14/20231 hour, 52 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 575 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Window Shopping with Axel Schuster, Vanni Sartini, and Ranko Veselinovic)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, Leagues Cup, League1 BC, and women's World Cup chat and interviews. It's been a week to remember in Whitecapsland with two momentous new signings, one re-signing, two championships lifted, and another barnstorming encounter with a Mexican giant. In fact, we'd have called this episode that if we hadn't already done one titled that way back in number 202! The 'Caps bowed out of the Leagues Cup with a penalty shootout loss to Tigres. We look back at the talking points coming out of that match and hear from Vanni Sartini about how much he's loved the competition and how he'd improve it next year. The Whitecaps certainly showed they can compete with the best and with two big new additions to the squad this week, that competitiveness is only going to get better. We delve into the signings of Canadian internationals Richie Laryea and Sam Adekugbe and chat with both Vanni and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the additions, how they came about, and what it means for the team. Aside from the new additions, the 'Caps also locked up one of their defensive stalwarts, Serbian centre-back Ranko Veselinovic, to a new multi-year deal. Our feature interview this episode is with Ranko as we chat about his new deal, his growth as a player since coming to the 'Caps, and life in Vancouver. The 'Caps rounded off a good week by winning both the men's and women's League1 BC championships, we look back at both matches, hear from head coaches Katie Collar and Rich Fagan and chat with the only man to become a two-time L1BC winner, Nik White. All of this and there's still time to talk about Vancouver FC and the CPL, a very eventful week at the women's World Cup, and bring you some great music too, as Glasgow rapper Mog takes up residency as our Artist of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.05: Intro - Vancouver FC need Michael! 13.05: Katie Collar interview and L1BC women's championship 23.00: Rich Fagan interview and L1BC men's championship 28.50: Nik White interview 34.25: Axel and Vanni on the importance of L1BC 47.05: Whitecaps bow out of Leagues Cup to Tigres 83.13: MLS Cup betting odds 91.00: Ranko Veselinovic interview and discussion 108.32: Laryea and Adekugbe are blue and white 124.35: Vanni on the new signings 130.04: Axel on the new signings 150.35: Shocks galore at women's World Cup 164.50: Wavelength - Stan Boardman - Stan's World Cup Song
8/7/20232 hours, 55 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 574 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Moving On Up, Moving On Out)

We’re back with another packed AFTN Soccer Show. Once again there's something for everyone as we chat Vancouver Whitecaps, Leagues Cup, Major League Soccer, Vancouver FC, Canadian Premier League, League1 BC, and the big taking point of the week, Canada's exit at the women's World Cup. We kick things off by looking at the Whitecaps late, late show in LA as they score two goals late on to beat the Galaxy and advance to the knockout round of the Leagues Cup and the tournament so far, as a battle with Mexican giants Tigres awaits this Friday. We also look back at the good weekend for the Whitecaps two League1 BC teams, with both sides making it to next weekend's championship games, and chat with head coaches Katie Collar and Rich Fagan. Turning our attention to the international scene, Canada disappointingly crashed out of the women's World Cup at the group stage. Our woman on the ground Harjeet Johal joins us from down under to analyse the poor performance against Australia, the tournament as a whole, and ask what's next for this Canadian team as the rest of the world catches up quick. Plus we delve into the continued labour dispute between Canada's two senior national teams and Canada Soccer that isn't painting either side in a good light, and chat with former men's international Scott Arfield about his move to MLS and whether a return to the Canadian national team could be on the cards for him now that he's in North America. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro 03.50: Whitecaps advance in Leagues Cup 34.15: Harjeet Johal interview on women's World Cup so far 71.15: Canada exit World Cup at group stage 87.20: The continuing fight between the national teams and CSA 105.55: Scott Arfield comes to MLS - is a return to Canada on the cards? 120.33: Katie Collar interview and League1 BC women's division chat 126.50: Rich Fagan interview and League1 BC men's division chat 131.35: Vancouver FC and CPL discussion 143.20: Wavelength - BENEE feat Mallrat - Do It Again
8/1/20232 hours, 30 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 573 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Dramas and Disappointments)

We’re back with another packed AFTN Soccer Show. When we say it's a bumper episode we mean it, and there's something for everyone as we chat Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Leagues Cup, Vancouver FC, Canadian Premier League, League1 BC, and the women's World Cup. We kick things off with the Whitecaps as we look back at their exciting and ultimately heartbreaking Leagues Cup loss to Mexican side Club Leon in a penalty shootout on Friday night. It was a great game on the pitch and a fantastic atmosphere off it. We also chat with 'Caps coach Vanni Sartini to get his thoughts on both the new tournament and the MLS All-Star game. The other big Whitecaps news this week was the departure of Julian Gressel. We break down the trade to Columbus Crew and chat with Vancouver's Sporting Director and GM Axel Schuster about the transfer and what's next. One man tipped to move into the Gressel-shaped hole in the side is Ali Ahmed and in our feature interview this episode we catch up with Ali to chat about a whirlwind year that's seen him sign a MLS deal, score his first Whitecaps goal, break into the national team, and that scare incident in the Pacific FC game. We also look at the dramatic end of the regular League1 BC season, chat with TSS Rovers women's head coach Chelsey Hannesson after her side book their place in the playoffs, and talk to Victoria Highlanders head coach Steve Simonson after his side topped the regular season standings and booked their place in next year's Canadian Championship. All of that plus Vancouver's FC's latest loss, the new signing mechanism for young players in the CPL, and look at the early games in the 2023 women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the battle ahead for Canada to get out of their group. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro 04.52: Whitecaps' Leagues Cup excitement and heartbreak 31.50: Vanni Sartini on what the Leagues Cup means to him 38.28: MLS All-Star game shellacking does league no favours 48.44: Julian Gressel traded to Columbus 62.30: Axel Schuster on Gressel trade 86.23: Ali Ahmed interview and discussion 108.45: Chelsey Hannesson interview and L1BC women's division chat 119.08: Steve Simonson interview and L1BC men's division chat 132.05: Vancouver FC and CPL discussion 158.14: Disappointing start for Canada at women's World Cup 168.32: Wavelength - Brian Clough and JJ Barrie - You Can't Win Them All
7/24/20232 hours, 59 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 572 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Heroes Fall and Passion Follows with Patrice Gheisar, Rob Friend, and Alejandro Diaz)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Vancouver FC, and Canadian Premier League chat. The Whitecaps won two big MLS matches this past week, seeing off Austin and the LA Galaxy, although they certainly didn't make it easy for themselves. We look back at the two games, the highlights and low points, where it leaves the 'Caps in the standings heading into the Leagues Cup break, and oh, there's some kid called Messi that's joined the league. Turning our attention to the CPL, Vancouver FC lost in Ottawa to stay bottom of the standings but they added two big signings for the second half of the season to help with their playoff push. We hear from one of them, reigning CPL Golden Boot winner Alejandro Diaz, along with club owner Rob Friend. Our feature interview this episode is with HFX Wanderers head coach Patrice Gheisar, as we chat about him taking over in Halifax, transition from League1 and the college game, giving Canadian coaches a chance, and more. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro - camping, fires, Messi, and bells 16.22: Whitecaps up to 5th after wins over Austin and LA 44.40: Vancouver FC bottom in CPL but add two big signings 65.55: Alejandro Diaz audio 73.00: Rob Friend Audio 84.20: Patrice Gheisar interview 119.32: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - The Perpetual Disappointment of the Caretaker Manager
7/18/20232 hours, 11 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 571 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Isn’t It Funny How It Always Happens)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Vancouver FC, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat, and Felipe Vallejo joins us to talk about it all. It was penalty shootout heartbreak for Canada in their Gold Cup quarter-final against the US at the weekend. We look back at the highs and lows of both the match and the tournament and ponder whether Canada has actually taken a step back in terms of their recent growth. Turning our attention to the Whitecaps, it was a disappointing derby day defeat at the hands of Seattle Sounders on Saturday night. We delve into the match, the main talking points coming out of the game, and where it all leaves the 'Caps now with two almost must win home games coming up this week against two in-form teams. Vancouver FC are at the midway point of their inaugural CPL season, sitting bottom of the standings but just three points off the playoff places. We look back at the season so far, what's needed for the second half of their season, and get the thoughts of head coach Afshin Ghotbi. We also look at the rest of the CPL so far this year and hear from Pacific head coach James Merriman and Forge head coach Bobby Smyrniotis about what they've made of their teams. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro 04.20: Canada's Gold Cup shootout heartbreak against the US 39.00: Whitecaps derby day disappointment against Sounders 82.57: Vancouver FC - a midseason review 118.02: James Merriman gets new contract and Pacific FC chat 126.15: Rest of the CPL season so far 138.10: Wavelength - Keshco - Penalty Shot
7/11/20232 hours, 28 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 570 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The thought of you still leaves me crying)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat. It's not been a fun week of football for many Vancouver based fans. The Whitecaps lost, Vancouver FC lost, and Canada struggled at the Gold Cup. We'll delve into all of that and little bit more this episode, as we ponder the highs and lows of being a football supporter. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 09.40: Whitecaps back down to earth with a bump 40.00: Vancouver FC and CPL chat 75.35: Canada struggling in Gold Cup 120.45: Wavelength - Stage Bottles - Kick Out The Parasites
7/5/20232 hours, 10 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 569 - The AFTN Soccer Show (When The Hoodoo Comes... To An End)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian national team, and League1 BC chat, and we're joined this week by Harjeet Johal to do it all. It's been an eventful week for the Whitecaps after being rained out in Colorado before it was raining goals in LA for their first away victory in over a year. We chat about the farcical scenes in Colorado that led to the postponement of Wednesday's match with the Rapids and hear from a philosophical Vanni Sartini about the whole thing. Then we delve into that famous win for the 'Caps at LAFC with a new formation, some players playing in strange positions, and a far more aggressive approach on the road than we've seen in the past. Turning our attention to the international stage, we look at the latest financial woes facing Canada Soccer and chat about Canada at the recent CONCACAF Nations League and the upcoming Gold Cup, and bring you some audio from the recently retired Atiba Hutchinson. All of this plus we round up the action around MLS this past week, including the sacking of TFC coach Bob Bradley, and we talk League1 BC, with interviews with TSS Rovers men's head coach Darren Russcher and Whitecaps Girls Elite head coach Katie Collar. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro 02.49: Weather wins in Colorado 10.38: Whitecaps beat LAFC for first away win of season 32.35: MLS and MLS NEXT Pro round-up 51.28: Darren Russcher interview and L1BC men's division chat 59.52: Katie Collar interview and L1BC women's division chat 73.40: Canada Soccer's financial woes 113.07: CMNT Nations League and Gold Cup chat 138.45: Atiba Hutchinson chat and audio 147.17: Wavelength - Frank Sidebottom - Guess Who's Been On Match of the Day?
6/27/20232 hours, 38 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 568 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Whitecaps Midseason Special with special guest Axel Schuster)

We’re back with another packed show and it's all Vancouver Whitecaps chat this episode. The 'Caps are at the halfway point of the MLS season, sitting two points above the playoff line and playing a more easy on the eye brand of football than last season. They've scored more goals, conceded less, but they need to be more clinical in front of goal and still feel a few pieces away from being real playoff contenders. We're joined by AFTN writer Felipe Vallejo to discuss the 'Caps first half of the season and what could lie in store in the second. Carrying on the discussion, our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster, as we discuss the season so far both on and off the pitch, strengthening the squad in the summer, contracts, scouting new markets, Messi, and more. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.20: Whitecaps midseason review - Part 1 33.41: Whitecaps midseason review - Part 2 66.38: Axel Schuster interview 108.36: Wavelength - Knuckle MC and Nature Reserve - Big Man Up Front
6/20/20231 hour, 53 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 567 - The AFTN Soccer Show (An Ode To Joy)

We’re back with another bumper packed show of Canadian soccer chat. As the feast of footballing action continues across the country, we'll be talking Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, the Canadian Championship, and the Canadian national teams in this episode. Any week that sees you winning some silverware is a good week! The Whitecaps lifted back-to-back Voyageurs Cups with a 2-1 victory over Montreal in the Canadian Championship on Wednesday. We look back at the win, what it means to the club, and where that puts Vanni Sartini in terms of successful 'Caps coaches in both MLS and previously. Plus we hear postgame audio from Vanni Sartini, Ryan Gauld, and Julian Gressel after the win and we also hear from Montreal head coach Hernan Losada. The 'Caps were back in MLS action at the week, playing out a 1-1 draw at home to the Supporters Shield leading FC Cincinnati. We delve into that match, round up the action this weekend in the MLS West, chat about some player news hitting the headlines this week, and the huge news of Lionel Messi finally coming to MLS to play with Miami. All of this plus we look at Canada's upcoming chance to win silverware of their own at this week's CONCACAF Nations League finals, congratulate the women's U20 side for making the World Cup, look at some of the other football played around the world this past week, and there's music from Therapy?, Super Furry Animals, Mog, and Cockney Rejects. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro - another amazing week of football 15.25: Whitecaps win back-to-back Canadian Championships 36.53: Does final win cement Vanni as best manager in Whitecaps MLS era 46.00: Vanni Sartini Voyageurs Cup audio 56.13: Whitecaps trophy winning coaches discussion 62.20: Canadian player rules in the Canadian Championship 70.17: Ryan Gauld Voyageurs Cup audio 75.48: Julian Gressel Voyageurs Cup audio 79.27: Hernan Losada Voyageurs Cup audio 93.35: Whitecaps draw with Supporters Shield leading Cincinnati 105.55: MLS round-up and transfer news of the week 120.45: Messi to Miami 141.07: Canada get set to begin quest for summer of silver 155.30: Wavelength - Cockney Rejects - Farewell Upton Park
6/12/20232 hours, 50 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 566 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Through Gritted Teeth)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian soccer chat. As the feast of footballing action continues across the country, we'll be talking Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, the Canadian Championship, and the Canadian Premier League in this episode. The Whitecaps had two home MLS matches in the space of four days, taking four points but providing two very different talking points coming out of them. We delve into both the history-making win over Houston and the refereeing drama that surrounded the draw with Sporting Kansas City, two games which highlight that there is still a bit of work needing to be done if the 'Caps want to be considered serious postseason contenders. We also look ahead to the Canadian Championship final with Montreal on Wednesday, delve into the latest loss for Vancouver FC in the BC derby with Pacific FC, and chat about some of the other dramatic games around the world this past week as leagues and cups wrap up for the summer break over in Europe. Plus Irish band Therapy? make their debut as our >Artists of the Month. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.35: Intro - playoffs and finals frenzy 15.50: Whitecaps make history with Houston win 32.17: VAR dominates in 'Caps draw with KC 69.15: Whitecaps going for back-to-back Voyageurs Cups 85.28: Vancouver FC lose latest BC derby 108.25: Wavelength - Glasnevin - Albert Kidd
6/4/20232 hours, 6 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 565 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Down in the basement, listening to the rain)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian soccer chat. As the feast of footballing action continues across the country, we'll be talking Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, the Canadian Championship, and the Canadian Premier League in this episode. The Whitecaps busy schedule continues with another pair of games in a four day period. We look back at the highs of their Canadian Championship win over Pacific FC on Wednesday, chat about the scary Ali Ahmed injury, and look ahead to the final against Montreal, where the 'Caps have a great chance to win their first back-to-back Voyageurs Cups. But then we look at the low that was their league loss in St Louis, the terrible mistakes that cost them dear, and delve into Vanni Sartini's postgame refereeing rant, with audio from the man himself. We also round-up the latest action around MLS and the CPL, and talk about the early concerns we have about Vancouver FC's attendance, which already appears to be dwindling every match. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Intro - exciting ends to seasons in Europe 15.42: Whitecaps' Canadian Championship joy and anguish 39.50: Whitecaps masters of own downfall in St Louis 70.37: Vanni rants about refereeing 83.50: MLS round-up 94.05: Vancouver FC crowd concerns 108.13: CPL round-up 117.35: Wavelength - Sir Robert Orange Peel - Old Safe Hands
5/29/20232 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 564 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Feelings That I Can’t Disguise with guest Levonte Johnson)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian soccer chat. As the feast of footballing action continues across the country, we'll be talking Vancouver Whitecpas, Major League Soccer, and the FIFA World Cup in this episode. Vancouver Whitecaps got back to winning ways on Saturday evening with a well deserved derby win over Seattle Sounders at BC Place, after their midweek loss in Dallas. We look back at both of those matches and the main talking points coming out of them around the team and individual players. Plus we delve into the Whitecaps and MLS salaries that were released this week and ponder the good, the bad, and the ugly amongst them. Our feature interview this week is with WFC2 forward Levonte Johnson who is having a great season in MLS Next Pro and has already been called up and scored with the first team in the Canadian championship. Plus we talk the Whitecaps Girls cup success in Zurich, the FIFA U20 World Cup, and the awfulness that is the newly revealed logo for the 2026 World Cup here in North America. All of this plus music from Ash, Grian Chatten, Goldie Lookin' Chain, and P. Way. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 09.30: Whitecaps derby day delight 47.36: Whitecaps player chat 58.12: Levonte Johnson interview 67.40: Whitecaps Girls win FIFA Youth Cup in Zurich 73.05: Whitecaps and MLS salaries analysis 114.20: 2026 World Cup logo revealed and it's awful! 125.13: FIFA U20 World Cup chat 128.05: Wavelength - P. Way - Copa Mundial
5/23/20232 hours, 25 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 563 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Our Appetite Is Limitless with guests Jay Herdman and Will Cromack)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian soccer chat. As the feast of footballing action continues across the country, we'll be talking Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, the Canadian Championship, and the FIFA U20 World Cup in this episode. Vancouver Whitecaps MLS unbeaten run came to an unceremonious end in Portland on Saturday night. We chat about the main talking points coming out of the match, the areas of concern with the team right now, the busy schedule, and round up the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference and the CPL. Plus we look back at the 'Caps Canadian Championship win over York United, along with the other eventful three quarter-finals. We've two interviews for you this episode. Will Cromack joins us for his last chat as TSS Rovers head coach to look back at the team's Canadian Championship adventure, how far the team has come, and how the game at this level needs to develop and grow moving forward. We also chat with WFC2 midfielder Jay Herdman as he heads off to Argentina to play for New Zealand in the FIFA U20 World Cup about the excitement of playing the hosts, how the opportunity came about, what he learned from being in Qatar with his dad, and his future hopes and plans. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro 03.47: Whitecaps fall to Timbers 27.45: MLS round-up 38.30: Canadian Championship chat 86.10: Will Cromack interview and TSS chat 113.45: Canadian Premier League round-up 133.05: Jay Herdman interview and U20 World Cup chat 141.18: Wavelength - Tropical Horses - Sunday Soccer Fuck Your Mother
5/15/20232 hours, 28 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 562 - The AFTN Soccer Show (What A Tale My Thoughts Could Tell with guests Rob Friend and Will Cromack)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian soccer chat. As the feast of footballing action continues across the country, we'll be talking MLS, CPL, and the Canadian Championship in this episode. Vancouver Whitecaps extended their unbeaten MLS run to eight games at the weekend with a crucial win over Minnesota United. We look back at the main talking points coming out of the match, talk attendances again, round-up the weekend's action in the MLS West, and Sporting Director Axel Schuster addresses the Diego Lainez transfer rumours with Har. Turning our attention to the CPL, we look at the historic match in Langley on Sunday as Vancouver FC played their first home game in their new stadium. We delve into the controversial game against Cavalry and give a first hand account of what the initial stadium and supporter experience was like. We also chat with VFC co-owner Rob Friend about the long journey to get this team off the ground, the difficulty in attracting more local players to the side, continuing to build upon a strong start off the pitch, the sustainability of the league, and more. It's also a week of Canadian Championship action. We preview the only two quarter-finals that matter and look ahead to the big one, the BC derby between Pacific FC and TSS Rovers. We hear the thoughts of Pacific head coach James Merriman and we chat with TSS head honcho Will Cromack. Is another cupset on the cards? Plus while we're loving cup football and the lower leagues, we chat about MLS Commissioner Don Garber seemingly dissing those things south of the border. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.29: Intro 06.50: Whitecaps extend unbeaten run to eight with win over Minnesota 25.35: MLS round-up 35.25: Whitecaps crowd woes 38.00: Axel Schuster addresses the Diego Lainez rumours 44.25: Vancouver FC's first home supporter and stadium experience 70.33: Vancouver v Cavalry game analysis 84.37: Rob Friend interview and discussion 111.10: Canadian Championship chat 124.15: Will Cromack interview 131.52: Don Garber disses lower leagues 138.25: Wavelength - Funky Red Pandas - KarlHeinz Rummenigge
5/9/20232 hours, 30 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 561 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Talking Too Long As The Night Came On)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian soccer chat for what was a veritable feast of footballing action across the country, as we talk MLS, CPL, League1 BC, and football books in this episode with lots of great chat, interviews, and audio. The Whitecaps extended their unbeaten league run with a goalless draw against Colorado on Saturday. We pick over the bones of that one and dissect the positives and negatives around the team right now. They've turned it around defensively, but can they get the goals flowing or is further help required? Plus we look at some other talking points around MLS. Our feature interview is with author Farhan Devji whose biography of Canadian superstar Alphonso Davies came out today. We chat to Farhan about Phonzie's rise, his early life in Africa, his time at the Whitecaps, the move to Bayern Munich, and more. Plus we round up the action across the opening weekend in League1 BC, hear from TSS Rovers head coaches Darren Russcher and Chelsey Hannesson, chat CPL, hear from Vancouver FC head coach Afshin Ghotbi after his side's latest point, and look ahead to the club's first ever home game in Langley this Sunday. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 06.45: Whitecaps extend unbeaten MLS run to seven 28.13: MLS chat 36.25: Farhan Devji interview about his Alphonso Davies book 69.30: League1 BC chat 83.45: CPL chat with Afshin Ghotbi 117.15: Vancouver FC's home opener is finally here 124.15: Wavelength - The Choice - Sunday Soccer
5/2/20232 hours, 12 minutes
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Episode 560 - The AFTN Soccer Show (History Makers with guests Dino Rossi, Will Cromack, and Malcolm Johnston)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian soccer chat for what was a veritable feast of footballing action across the country, as we talk MLS, MLS Next Pro, Canadian Championship, CPL, and League1 in this episode with lots of great chat, interviews, and audio. It's been a week for the history books as we delve into TSS Rovers fantastic win over Valour FC in the Canadian Championship and chat with head coach Will Cromack about the game, the next round, and what's next the club, the players, and himself. We also round up the rest of the action from the competition and hear from Pacific FC head coach James Merriman about facing the Rovers next and from Valour's Phil Dos Santos about his team's now infamous loss. Our other feature interview this week is with League1 Canada commissioner Dino Rossi as we chat about the growth of the league across Canada, future expansions, the importance of the level to the game here in Canada, and more. We also look at another historic game, Vancouver FC's first ever goal and win as a club, and hear from head coach Afshin Ghotbi and goalscorers Shaan Hundal and Gael Sandoval, plus Afshin talks about the club's recently announced affiliation with L1BC side Unity FC. All of that plus we round up the Whitecaps news of the week and chat with WFC2 player Malcolm Johnston about his career, coming to Vancouver, and his hopes and aspirations for this season and beyond. Will he follow in his brother's footsteps and head to Europe? Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.42: Intro 03.00: Whitecaps News of the Week - WFC2 win again, Dajome departs, MLS roundup 10.55: Malcolm Johnston interview 22.07: Canadian Championship roundup 41.40: Will Cromack interview and TSS Rovers chat 78.00: Dino Rossi interview and League1 chat 112.25: Vancouver FC get their first ever win 134.30: CPL teams affiliate with League1 clubs 143.28: Wavelength - The Skinflicks - Smash The Referee
4/25/20232 hours, 28 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 559 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This with special guest CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian football chat for what was and is a bumper week of soccer action across the country. We're talking Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian Championship primarily in this episode and we kick things off with a look around the opening weekend's action across the CPL, with a particular focus on the first ever derby between Pacific FC and Vancouver FC. Zach shares his experiences, both good and bad, from the match and it's safe to say a tasty rivalry was born. Our feature interview this episode is with CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan. We look at the direction he hopes to take the league under his helm as we talk expansion, creating a Division 2 set up, the role League1 plays in this growth, getting more eyeballs on the league, creating a women's league, and more. Turning our attention to MLS, we look at Vancouver Whitecaps' goalless draw in Austin, a match that saw them increase their unbeaten run to six games and record three straight clean sheets, and we round-up the action in the MLS West. We finish this episode off with a look ahead to the 2023 Canadian Championship that gets underway this week. We chat with Vancouver FC's Afshin Ghotbi about his side's first foray in the tournament, talk TSS Rovers versus Valour with head coaches Will Cromack and Philip Dos Santos, and Pacific FC's James Merriman and Manny Aparicio talk about the importance of the competition to the club and to them. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.34: Intro - a feast of Canadian football 07.50: A BC derby is born - Pacific v Vancouver 45.20: CPL Season 5 kicks off 59.20: CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan interview 78.35: Unpacking the Commish 100.00: Austin v Whitecaps analysis 111.00: MLS West round-up 128.58: Canadian Championship preview 137.10: Afshin Ghotbi talks Canadian Championship 142.20: Will Cromack and Phil Dos Santos talk TSS v Valour 152.55: James Merriman and Manny Aparicio on Canadian Champiosnhip 159.37: Wavelength - Sportique - Sport For All
4/17/20232 hours, 54 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 558 - The AFTN Soccer Show (CPL Kickoff Special with guests Philip Dos Santos and Callum Irving)

We’re back with another packed show of Canadian football chat and this episode is a bumper three hour special dedicated to the Canadian Premier League, which is set to kick off its 5th season. With one team folding and one new team joining the league, we cast our eyes over all eight sides, looking at their offseason moves, and what 2023 may hold in store for them. We particularly delve into newboys Vancouver FC and chat with goalkeeper Callum Irving about the season ahead and coming home to play his football again. We also have an in-depth chat with Valour FC head coach Philip Dos Santos about his time in charge in Winnipeg so far, what he's expecting from his side this year, rebuilding the team with a two year plan, and the difficulties of recruitment. Plus we look ahead to next week's big Canadian Championship clash with TSS Rovers. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.20: Intro and introducing Felipe 03.25: The CPL returns for Year 5 with new playoff format 19.18: Vancouver FC season preview 47.46: Callum Irving interview 56.53: Pacific FC season preview 71.51: Cavalry FC season preview 83.15: Valour FC season preview 95.25: Forge FC season preview 107.40: York United season preview 115.25: Atletico Ottawa season preview 121.55: HFX Wanderers season preview 133.05: Philip Dos Santos interview 168.33: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Fun Facts About Footballers
4/14/20233 hours, 1 minute, 40 seconds
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Episode 557 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Birds Sing, But Crows Cry Out with Ali Ahmed, Antoine Coupland, and Giorgio Chiellini)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. It's been a week of highs and lows for the Whitecaps. The latter came midweek with a heavy 3-0 loss to LAFC in CONCACAF Champions League action, but they got back in the saddle to beat Portland Timbers 1-0 on Saturday night to make it back-to-back home league wins and extend their unbeaten run in MLS to five matches. We pick over the bones of both matches and ponder how the 'Caps should approach Tuesday's CCL second leg. We also chat with LAFC's Giorgio Chiellini about his CCL experience and nearly coming to Vancouver as a player. Can we ever attract players of that quality here? Plus we round up the action in an interesting and controversial weekend of action in the MLS West. We've also got two feature interviews with Whitecaps young guns for you this week as we chat with Ali Ahmed about his transition to the first team, his excellent performance against Montreal, taking the next step, and fasting for Ramadan, plus we catch up with WFC2 standout Antoine Coupland about coming to Vancouver, his career so far, the pressure of breaking through as a 15-year-old and more. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.34: Intro 03.50: Whitecaps crash and burn in Champions League - any hope left? 22.35: Giorgio Chiellini audio 27.35: Can Vancouver ever attract older, experienced players here? 37.43: Whitecaps beat Timbers 63.30: Ali Ahmed interview 73.33: MLS weekly round-up 102.00: Antoine Coupland interview and WFC2 chat 124.35: Wavelength - Ellie Dixon - Jota On The Wings
4/9/20232 hours, 13 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 556 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Heartbeat, Increasing Heartbeat with guest Ricardo Clark)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. What a fantastic weekend of football it has been. We've seen 19 goals in three BC Provincial Cup games, WFC2 won a penalty shootout, and best of all, Vancouver Whitecaps put up a five goal performance as they took apart a dreadful looking CF Montreal side. Saturday's 5-0 win over their Canadian rivals was just what the doctor ordered to kickstart the 'Caps MLS season and has them fired up and full of confidence now for the month ahead. We pick over the bones of the match, hear from head coach Vanni Sartini and look at the fantastic contributions from the young guns Simon Becher and Ali Ahmed. Both Becher and Ahmed stood out for WFC2 last season before making the jump to the first team and will be an inspiration to the guys on that team this year. WFC2 had a new gaffer at the helm this year, with Ricardo Clark taking charge and our feature interview this episode is with Rico as we chat about his transition to head coach, his daily routine, playing styles, hopes for the team this year and lots more. Plus we round up the action around the MLS Western Conference, look ahead to Wednesday's CONCACAF Champions League clash against LAFC, and the legends that are Sparks make their debut as our Artists of the Month for April. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.33: Intro 08.09: Five star Whitecaps destroy Montreal 39.45: Vanni on Montreal win 44.10: LAFC Champions League preview 52.00: MLS weekly round-up 67.02: Ricardo Clark interview 99.35: Wavelength - Grand Pocket Orchestra - Shitkicker
4/3/20231 hour, 48 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 555 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Ten Years Of Tears with guests Axel Schuster and Gloire Amanda)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat, and not only that, it's our three hour 10th anniversary special! Ten years to the day that episode 1 dropped, we're back with number 555. Once again we're covering a lot of bases in the four parts of the show. If you want to skip the somewhat self indulgent look back at the last ten years of the podcast in the first part and just get into the football chat, just skip ahead to the 45.20 mark where we delve into the Whitecaps latest match, a 1-1 draw in Minnesota. We pick over the bones of that one, look at the concerning issues surrounding the 'Caps as they look for their first win of the season, and delve into how crucial April is for Vanni Sartini and the team. Plus we look around the rest of the weekend's action in the MLS West. Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps General Manager and Sporting Director Axel Schuster. In a 35 minute chat, we talk to Axel about the 'Caps' start to the season, is there concern around the team's performance and are changes on the horizon, the departure of Director of Recruitment Nikos Overheul and what that means for the future direction of scouting at the club, and the important of WFC2 to that. We also look at WFC2's season opening win on Sunday and chat with one of the academy alumni that has returned to the Whitecaps fold, striker Gloire Amanda about coming back to Vancouver, his MAC Hermann trophy success at college, and his recent two year stint in the Austrian Bundesliga. All of that plus we talk Vancouver FC's new kits, Canada qualifying for the Gold Cup, find out if Tristan Blackmon fancies a chocolate digestive, see what Julian Gressel's favourite jam is, talk take out food with Vanni Sartini, and music-wise The Skinflicks continue as our Artists of the Month and Goldie Lookin' Chain return to Wavelength. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Intro - 10 years of the podcast 20.30: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Tristan Blackmon 24.25: Christmas/Anniversary gift opening - they are football related! 45.20: Whitecaps snatch point at the death in Minnesota 71.35: MLS round-up 85.10: Take Me Out - Vanni Sartini 90.53: Axel Schuster interview and discussion 130.00: Nikos Overheul leaves the 'Caps 134.55: Julian Gressel's Favourite Jam 139.12: WFC2 win season opener 141.05: Gloire Amanda interview 148.25: MLS Next Pro v CPL discussion 154.10: Vancouver FC kit launch and chat 160.50: Canada qualify for the Gold Cup! 166.30: Wavelength - Goldie Lookin' Chain - Unofficial 2002 World Cup anthem
3/28/20232 hours, 55 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 554 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Shaky Shaky, Sweaty Sweaty)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. We're covering a lot of bases in this show, both on the domestic and international stage. The Whitecaps were in action in both and we look back at their midweek loss in Honduras that saw them advance in the Champions League, their draw at the LA Galaxy that still sees them searching for their first MLS win of the season, we hear from Vanni Sartini on trying to fix the team's defensive frailties, and we look at the injury to new DP striker Sergio Cordova. We also look around the rest of the action last weekend in MLS, including the late drama and controversy in Montreal, plus we talk Canadian national teams, and ponder what the new format for World Cup 2026 might mean for Canada and Vancouver in terms of hosting extra games. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.35: Intro 05.22: Whitecaps move on in Champions League despite dire defending 25.40: Whitecaps still looking for first MLS win after LA draw 44.25: Sergio Cordova injury 48.43: MLS round-up 63.55: Vancouver FC - 4 weeks out from their first game 83.10: New CPL playoff format 93.00: Canadian national team news 101.35: More games for Vancouver at 2026 World Cup under new format? 117.20: Wavelength - Head Up - Stop Football Violence
3/22/20231 hour, 53 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 553 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Every Day Is Like A Bygone Age with special guest Ryan Gauld)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. What a busy week it's been. The Whitecaps were in action twice, in two different competitions, and we pick over the bones of both matches - against Real Espana in CONCACAF Champions League action and FC Dallas in MLS. There were highs, there were lows, there were continued frustrations, and we still don't really know how good this Whitecaps team are or aren't this year. Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps captain and playmaker Ryan Gauld. We chat to Ryan about preseason preparedness, the start to the season for both the team and himself, and the exciting battles ahead in four competitions for the team this year. All of that and there's still time for a one hour discussion about the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in Ottawa on Thursday that saw four Canadian women's national team players give testimony against Canada Soccer and the mess the game is in here. A meeting that was insightful, infuriating, disappointing, and at times farcical with the severe lack of knowledge and proper understanding of the politicians asking the questions. Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.33: Whitecaps' come alive in CCL action 33.02: Whitecaps back down to earth after Dallas draw 50.00: MLS West round-up and the week ahead 62.20: Ryan Gauld interview and discussion 84.45: Canadian players take battle with Canada Soccer to parliament 145.45: Wavelength - The Skinflicks - Terrace Terror
3/13/20232 hours, 32 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 552 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Shaken, But Can They Stir?)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. Another week, another Whitecaps halftime lead given up, another loss. After all the talk about the need to get off to a fast start, it's all gone a bit wrong for the 'Caps to start the new MLS season. There's been two good halves of football and two horrible ones. Which showed the real Whitecaps? Can they turn things around quickly with two big games coming up this week and how much pressure is Vanni under after these two losses? We pick over the bones of all of that, talk to Vanni about the form of Brian White and zonal marking and take a deep dive in the Whitecaps' CONCACAF Champions League opponents Real Espana. Plus we look around the action in week 2 of MLS and Football Violence Awareness Month returns in Wavelength! 01.35: Intro - it's our anniversary month! 03.25: Earthquakes v Whitecaps analysis 36.30: Brian White's form and the striker situation 40.20: Vanni and Michael disagree on zonal marking 45.25: How much pressure is Vanni under after poor start? 56.31: A deep dive into Real Espana and the CCL 78.08: MLS Week 2 round-up 96.50: Wavelength - Violent Affair - Hooligan
3/6/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 551 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Zoned Out)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat and we're joined by Harjeet Johal again this week to talk about it all. It's big breaking news to kick things off as we look at the resignation of Nick Bontis as Canada Soccer President as the pressure mounted from the provincial associations, media, players, and fans. Where does this leave the CSA now and what does the future hold in store? Who will replace him, is it time for a new approach by appointing a former national team player, and can they be a unifying figure? We entered the new MLS season full of confidence, hope, and expectations for the Whitecaps, and it only took 90 minutes of football to have us reconsidering all of that after a 2-1 home loss to RSL in the season opener! It wasn't a great start to the season and we pick over the bones of the match - the good, the bad, and the ugly, the latter of which just sees us screaming "zonal marking, aaarrrggghhhh". Plus we see who knows the most about the first Whitecaps goals of the season over the MLS years so far. All of this and there's still time to look over the rest of the weekend's action around the MLS Western Conference and the Canadian teams out east, look at how the MLS Season Pass experience was on Apple TV, talk some Vancouver FC and TSS Rovers, and The Meffs are in this week's Wavelength. 02.16: Bontis gone from Canada Soccer! 26.03: Whitecaps v RSL analysis 81.43: MLS Week 1 round-up 106.15: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV - first thoughts 121.23: Vancouver FC and TSS Rovers News of the Week 126.30: Wavelength - The Meffs - Football
2/28/20232 hours, 12 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 550 – The AFTN Soccer Show (The Calm Before The Snowstorm)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. It's the second part of our 2023 MLS season preview. We'll take a look around the Western Conference and give some predictions for both the Whitecaps and the rest. Plus we'll look at the official announcement of the the 'Caps' new DP striker Sergio Cordova, hear some thoughts about him from Vanni Sartini and Axel Schuster, and we pay tribute to John Motson in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.25: Intro 03.30: Cordova is finally an official Whitecap 12.50: Whitecaps season predictions 19.45: MLS 2023 season predictions 57.10: Wavelength - John Motson - FIFA 97 track
2/24/20231 hour, 5 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 549 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Trip To A Dream Dragon with Vanni Sartini, Axel Schuster, and Yohei Takaoka))

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. The new MLS season is just days away. Excited yet? Well you should be because this feels like it could be a good year for the Whitecaps. We look at how ready the team feels heading into it's season opener at home to RSL and chat with head coach Vanni Sartini and Sporting Director Axel Schuster to gauge how they're feeling ahead of the new campaign. Their final two preseason signings have finally been announced and we hear from new Japanese goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka about why he's chosen to make the move to MLS, why Vancouver is a great landing spot for him, and how excited he is to get this new chapter of his career underway. We also hear from Axel Schuster about why they were so keen to bring the J1 champion to the Whitecaps. All of this plus we look at the Whitecaps new jersey and the announcement of a new shirt sponsor, take a look at the best and worst of the 2023 jerseys around MLS, and ponder whether the new Apple TV deal is going to be beneficial or detrimental to the Whitecaps in the short term. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro - RIP Christian Atsu, Whitecaps STH package, Hot Chocolate Festival is over 09.57: Vanni Sartini chats as Whitecaps preseason wraps up 22.56: How ready are the Whitecaps for 2023 season ahead? 46.02: Yohei Takaoka talks about coming to the Whitecaps and MLS 54.40: Whitecaps goalkeeping discussion with audio from Axel Schuster 68.38: Axel Schuster looks ahead to the 2023 season 79.40: Is Apple TV deal beneficial or detrimental to the Whitecaps? 95.12: The 'Caps have a new jersey and a new shirt sponsor 108.25: 2023 MLS jerseys discussion 129.20: Wavelength - Jackdaw4 - The Beautiful Game
2/21/20232 hours, 18 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 548 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Spreading The Love)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. We are spreading the love this Valentine's week and we're joined by Harjeet Johal to help us do it. The big talking point in Canadian soccer this past weekend has been the continuing battle between the women's national team and Canada Soccer. The players' fight for equality and better working conditions has turned quite ugly. We delve into the raft of statements that have been coming out from both sides and try and make what we can from what has become a giant mess and an embarrassment for the governing body. On the domestic front, the Whitecaps have three more preseason matches under their belt down in Palm Springs and are still unbeaten. We delve into those and the other Whitecaps news of the week from new signings still not yet announced to the appointment of Ricardo Clark as new WFC2 head coach. Plus we chat to head coach Vanni Sartini about the form of Cristian Dajome and what he would ideally like to see the MLS playoff format be amidst rumours that 62% of teams will make it to the postseason this year. We also hear from Canadian men's national team players Sam Adekugbe and Atiba Hutchison in the horrific aftermath of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, as they try and raise awareness of the relief efforts. You can donate to Sam and Atiba's Red Cross appeal for the victims HERE. Plus there's still time to chat to Vanni Sartini about his Love of Football, find out what the Whitecaps' Ryan Raposo is watching on his TV, look at the Vancouver FC news of the week, talk the Canadian Championship, and take another trip to the 13th Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.06: Intro and a love poem for football 07.55: Sam Adekugbe and Atiba Hutchison on the Turkish/Syrian earthquake disaster appeal 19.45: Hot Chocolate Boy - Butter Baked Goods 25.21: 2023 MLS playoff format rumours 31.40: Vanni Sartini's ideal MLS playoffs 39.40: Whitecaps still unbeaten in Palm Springs! 50.00: TVOD - Ryan Raposo in 2023 53.13: Ricardo Clark appointed WFC2 head coach 59.20: My Love Of Football - Vanni Sartini 67.31: Canadian Championship dates set 77.20: Vancouver FC News of the Week 84.58: The Canadian national teams' players take on Canada Soccer 117.00: Wavelength - Kunt and the Gang - Female Referee
2/14/20232 hours, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 547 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Sitting By The River Drinking Lemon Tea with guests Tosaint Ricketts and Ryan Raposo)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat and this episode is part of the CiTR Radio Fundrive week. After the lack of news last week, there's a lot to chat about in Whitecapsland this time around as the team continue their preseason prep down in Palm Springs, California. They've got two more games under their belts and there's two new players set to join them very soon - striker Sergio Cordova and goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka. We chat about all of that and hear the thoughts of how things are looking as the new season approaches from 'Caps head coach Vanni Sartini. We've two feature interviews for you this episode with two Whitecaps Canadians. We kick things off with a in-depth chat with Ryan Raposo. About to enter his fourth season with the team, Ryan is now one of the veterans on the side, despite his young age. We chat with him about his MLS journey so far, his standout 2022, and what lies in store for him in the season to come. We also chat with Vanni Sartini about what role he sees for the young Canadian in 2023. From a player still in his fledgling career, to one hanging up his boots after a stellar 14 year one for clubs and country - Tosaint Ricketts. We chat to Tos about his decision to retire from playing, the highlights of his career, his front office role with the 'Caps, his recent punditry work at the World Cup and more. Plus there's still time to chat about the new Apple TV MLS season pass that's been launched, take another trip in the 13th Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, and there's music from new Artists of the Month, Television Personalities, Werd (SOS), and Arema Arega. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro and CITR fundrive info 09.07: Christian Atsu and the Turkish/Syrian earthquake disaster 13.05: Hot Chocolate Boy - Honolulu Coffee 18.22: Cordova and Takaoka signings incoming 41.10: Whitecaps unbeaten in Palm Springs! 47.22: Vanni Sartini talks preseason and more 60.25: Vanni on the role of Ryan Raposo in 2023 64.20: Ryan Raposo interview and discussion 92.58: Tosaint Ricketts interview and discussion 128.50: Apple TV's MLS season pass is live 130.45: Wavelength - Arema Arega - Always In The Air (Are You Ready?)
2/7/20232 hours, 20 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 546 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Naked Ambition with guests Colin Elmes and Sian Bagshawe)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian, and North American football chat! It's been pretty quiet on the western front when it comes to the Whitecaps (should we be concerned yet?), but there's been other stuff to talk about to make up for it, a lot of which we'll discuss in this episode. The draw for the 2023 Canadian Championship has been made, we delve into that and look at the paths ahead for the three BC sides, one of those being TSS Rovers. We sit down for a chat with TSS head honcho Colin Elmes about the club's stellar 2022 on and off the pitch, what lies ahead in 2023, and the team's first ever shot at the Voyageurs Cup. We also sit down for an in-depth chat with League1 BC General Manager Sian Bagshawe about the league's successful inaugural season, expansion, the upcoming season, and future plans. Plus there's still time to chat about the new strategic partnership between CONCACAF and CONMABOL, we wrap up our musical tribute to Terry Hall, and take another trip in the 13th Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro 06.33: Hot Chocolate Boy - Doughgirls 10.10: Whitecaps News of the Week, or lack of 22.40: Canadian Championship draw 35.55: Colin Elmes interview and TSS discussion 70.52: There's only one Minister of Defence 74.35: Sian Bagshawe interview and L1BC discussion 108.27: CONCACAF and CONMEBOL sign strategic partnership 117.51: Wavelength - Flacid Palms - Soccer Mum
2/1/20232 hours, 12 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 545 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Reach For The Sky)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat! The Whitecaps preseason is in full flow and the Spanish part of it has now wrapped up with a couple of games under their belt against good quality European opposition. We look at the two matches and performances, talk about the continuing transfer rumours, and chat with head coach Vanni Sartini about the team's time in Spain, the Tai Baribo and Salif Sane transfer rumours, and the 'Caps Leagues Cup draw. We have two feature interviews for you this episode. First up is 2022 draft pick Simon Becher, who recently signed his first MLS deal with the club. We chat about his year with WFC2, his goalscoring MLS debut, signing his first pro deal, and his hopes for the season ahead. We also chat with this year's first round draft pick J.C. Ngando about his journey to Vancouver and hear from the Whitecaps' Julian Gressel about his US national team call-up. All of this plus Fatt Father features in this episode's Wavelength, we continue paying tribute to the legend that was Terry Hall, along with the recently passed Jay Briscoe and Anton Walkes, we find out if Simon Becher fancies a chocolate digestive, and take another trip in the 13th Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.27: Intro and Jay Briscoe/Anton Walkes tributes 09.35: Hot Chocolate Boy 13.38: Whitecaps wrap up Spain trip with two tough tests 30.25: Whitecaps Baribo and Sane transfer rumours 50.48: Julian Gressel on USMNT call-up 69.55: Simon Becher interview and striker discussion 90.51: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Simon Becher 99.22: Jean-Claude Ngando interview and discussion 112.55: Vanni on Whitecaps' Leagues Cup draw 117.43: Wavelength - Fatt Father - Soccer Dad (explicit lyrics)
1/23/20232 hours, 6 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 544 - The AFTN Soccer Show (It Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show as we chat Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver FC, Major League Soccer, and the Canadian Premier League. The Whitecaps are in Spain and getting set for the first of what is now going to be two preseason matches in Espana against European opposition. We look ahead to those games and chat about the new man in camp, Senegal international centre back, Salif Sane. Is there a real chance he could sign or is this just a win-win situation for both club and player? Would he need to be a DP if he did? And what about those injury concerns? We also look at some of the news coming out of Montreal as Kei Kamara looks to move on and they look to move on Kamal Miller. Could either or both end up in Vancouver? One man that was in Vancouver this past week was MLS Commissioner Don Garber. But why?! Turning our attention to the Canadian Premier league, we bring you a quick 2022 season in review, as we sum up each club's year in one to three words, look at the demise of FC Edmonton and ahead to some future expansion plans, including a third team here in BC. This year sees Vancouver FC take to the pitch for their inaugural season. We look at their slow offseason build, chat with head coach Afshin Ghotbi, and hear from their first ever signing, goalkeeper Callum Irving. All of this and Armchair Loyal are back in this episode's Wavelength and we continue paying tribute to the legend that was Terry Hall. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro and Mailbag on rules of the game 15.05: Whitecaps and MLS talking points from the past week 30.22: Why was Don Garber in Vancouver? 44.27: 2022 Canadian Premier League season in review 61.30: The demise of FC Edmonton and future expansion 71.25: Vancouver FC are coming, but are they ready? 84.33: Afshin Ghotbi chat Vancouver FC work in progress 91.47: Callum Irving audio and discussion 110.10: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - The Goalie's Faux Pas
1/17/20231 hour, 57 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 543 - The AFTN Soccer Show (New Car Smell)

The boys are back in town! Vancouver Whitecaps 2023 preseason camp is underway and we've got your covered with all the news, rumours, and chat on this episode of the AFTN Soccer Show. We hear from head coach Vanni Sartini as he talks about the preseason ahead and getting the team ready for the tough season to come, where the 'Caps will be fighting on four fronts. How many more players does he see coming, what will he do with the ones he has, where does new signing Mathias Laborda fit in, can the club avoid the Champions League hangover that many others suffer? We delve into all of that and more, including the search for a new shirt sponsor, plus we bring you two interviews with two of the new Canadian faces in the squad - defender Karifa Yao and forward Levonte Johnson. We chat about their journey to Vancouver, their careers so far, and their hopes for the season to come. Plus we find out the burning question - do either of them fancy a chocolate digestive? Plus we talk about the rise of Wrexham FC and is it a good or a bad thing for lower league football in the UK, chat about some possible rule changes we'd like to see implemented in the game, and pay tribute to another footballing legend gone way too soon, Gianluca Vialli. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro and Gianluca Vialli tribute 17.12: The Rise of Wrexham - good or bad for lower league UK football? 28.05: The Whitecaps preseason has begun 42.50: Vanni Sartini talks preseason and the campaign ahead 54.41: Bell ends 61.17: Unpacking Vanni - 22 man rosters, formations, Laborda 70.07: Karifa Yao interview and discussion 80.26: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Karifa Yao 85.12: 'Caps Chat - the goalkeeping situation, Tai Baribo rumours 96.25: Levonte Johnson interview and discussion 109.26: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Levonte Johnson 113.17: Talking Point -changes to the rules of football 127.58: Wavelength - Chelsea 2000 FA Cup Squad - Blue Day Tomorrow
1/10/20232 hours, 17 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 542 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Out With The Old and In With The New)

Happy New Year everybody! The AFTN Soccer Show is back with our first show of 2023, so there's no better time to kick off our year end reviews and year to come previews, starting with a Vancouver Whitecaps focused show. 2022 was certainly a bit of a mixed bag for the Whitecaps both on and off the pitch. It felt in many ways a season of regression. Can they advance again in 2023 and can they take the great leap forward that they really need to do after 12 fairly mediocre MLS seasons to date? We look at all the highs and all the lows and ponder what may be in store for them this year as they fight for glory in MLS, the Canadian Championship, the CONCACAF Champions League, and the new Leagues Cup. With the team back in training at the end of this week, we take a look at the new season that's coming up fast, delve into the schedule, the transfer rumours, and chat about the players selected in last month's MLS SuperDraft, getting some thoughts from head coach Vanni Sartini and Sporting Director Axel Schuster along the way. Plus we pay tribute to the legend that was Pele, find out if Stephanie Labbe fancies a chocolate digestive, and reveal the top three in AFTN's 2022 Festive Fifteen. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.53: Intro 05.19: Pele tribute 19.05: Whitecaps Year in Review (Part One) - Canadian Championship success and the CCL path ahead 45.20: Whitecaps Year in Review (Part Two) - MLS, WFC2, and L1BC 69.54: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Stephanie Labbe 71.53: Hopes for the 2023 Whitecaps 82.09: Whitecaps 2023 schedule discussion 92.35: Prioritizing the six trophies the Whitecaps will play for 102.20: Whitecaps transfer news and rumours 107.26: Whitecaps draft picks discussion with Vanni and Axel audio 132.08: Wavelength - Luis Alberto del Parana - O Rei Pele
1/3/20232 hours, 21 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 541 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Dig Out The Orange Ball - 2022 Christmas Special)

It's Chriiiiiisssssstmaaaaaassssss! The weather outside may be truly frightful, but fear not because we've got a bumper AFTN Soccer Show Christmas special to keep you entertained. There's fun, there's games, there's music, and there's lots of football and Christmas chat. You can play along with all the games during the show, including our latest Jeopardy rounds, which you can find the questions for HERE. We talk about the proposed expanded club World Cup coming in 2025. Could we see it held in the US and Canada? And with that in mind we have an early look ahead to the 2026 World Cup. Plus we delve into our all-time favourite World Cup mascots and shock results. All of that and we hear what Christmas is like in the Axel Schuster and Stephanie Labbe households, we talk about our favourite Christmas movies, and bring you three more songs from AFTN's 2022 Festive 15. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.36: Intro 07.15: Football Jeopardy 31.55: An Axel Schuster Christmas 44.23: Outburst - Football Edition (part one) 54.05: An extended Club World Cup for 2025 70.47: Christmas Movies Flash Five 91.27: Outburst - Football Edition (part two) 106.22: A Stephanie Labbe Christmas 111.13: An early look ahead to the 2026 World Cup 118.55: World Cup Shock Results Flash Five 135.53: 20 Questions - World Cup players 149.30: World Cup Mascots Flash Five 167.15: Wavelength - The Whitehawk Isolators - Christmas For All
12/25/20222 hours, 58 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 540 - The AFTN Soccer Show (It’s All Gotten A Bit Messi)

We're back with another packed show of Canadian soccer and World Cup chat. The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is over and Argentina have won a third title in what was an absolute classic final against France with Lionel Messi finally becoming a World Cup winner. Will this finally put an end to the boring Messi v Ronaldo debates? How will the tournament be remembered, where will it rank amongst the others, and how was it actually to be at it on the ground? We chat about all of that and a lot more, as Zach gives us some insight as to what it was like to be at the tournament in aspects like ticketing, transportation, the weather, the stadiums, atmosphere, and merchandise as he regales us with tales of Arabian nights. Plus a Flash Five of our favourite World Cup mascots, we round up the Whitecaps, MLS, and CPL News of the Week, and we continue our 2022 Festive Fifteen. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 02.35: Argentina are World Cup champs again 20.09: Does this finally clear up the Messi v Ronaldo nonsense? 26.18: Where does this World Cup rank in the tournament's history? 34.35: Canada's World Cup - an on the ground perspective 64.50: Zach's Qatari tales - getting there, accommodation, conditions, opening ceremony 105.35: Zach's Qatari tales - getting around, ticketing, the stadiums, merch 134.12: How to go viral with a German flag 152.55: MLS and Whitecaps News of the Week 161.47: CPL News of the Week 168.16: Wavelength - USA Soccer Guy - Kick That Soccer Ball
12/19/20222 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 539 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Koné > Kane)

We're back with another packed show of Canadian soccer and World Cup chat. The 2022 World Cup is down to four teams. We look back at an exciting weekend of quarter-final action and the main talking points coming out of the four matches, where win or lose, no-one seemed to like the referees! Plus we look ahead to this week's semi-final action. Turning our attention back to the domestic game, we look at rumours that Vancouver Whitecaps' Derek Cornelius is moving to Malmo in Sweden and chat about a move that has been confirmed, CF Montreal's Ismael Koné to English Championship side Watford, plus we hear from the man himself about his time at the World Cup in Qatar, his time at CF Montreal, the move to the Hornets, and his development with CS Saint-Laurent. Plus Goldie Lookin' Chain make a return to our Wavelength feature and we continue our 2022 Festive Fifteen. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 03.12: Grant Wahl RIP 14.00: World Cup chat - Brazil v Croatia 23.40: World Cup chat - Argentina v Netherlands 35.32: World Cup chat - Morocco v Portugal 44.15: World Cup chat - England v France 62.45: World Cup chat - a look ahead to the semis 77.20: Whitecaps' Cornelius going to Malmo? 79.30: Ismael Koné media call and discussion 95.55: Wavelength - Goldie Lookin' Chain - Football, Football, Football
12/12/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 538 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Shooting For The Stars with special guest Stephanie Labbe)

We're back with another packed show of Canadian soccer and World Cup chat. The World Cup is into the knockout stages and only eight teams remain. We look at the action and talking points since the last show and ponder some more about what's next for Canada, their players, and head coach John Herdman. Back here in Canada the exciting, and long overdue, announcement that a domestic women's league is finally coming to the country in 2025 was made on Monday. We're joined by Harjeet Johal to talk about what we know about it all so far and how we hope things will play out. Right now there's two clubs named as founding members, Vancouver Whitecaps and Calgary Foothills, and we sit down for an in-depth chat with the 'Caps General Manager of Women's Soccer, national team legend Stephanie Labbe to talk about the new league, her role with the club, and her golden career. All of this and there's still time to chat Whitecaps transfer rumours, the continuing exodus in Montreal, and we kick off our 2022 Festive Fifteen. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.28: Intro 03.10: Whitecaps and CF Montreal News of the Week 14.49: Canada three and done in Qatar as thoughts turn to the future 30.00: Chris Jones makes Michael angry 45.15: World Cup 2022 chat 81.10: Stephanie Labbe interview 114.17: A new professional women's league is coming to Canada 147.20: Wavelength - New Order - World In Motion
12/7/20222 hours, 38 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 537 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Group Effed)

We're back with another packed show of Canadian national team and World Cup chat. After the promise and excitement of the Belgium game and the raised expectations that came with that excellent performance, Canada crashed and burned at the World Cup in their second match against Croatia and have been eliminated with one group game remaining. There's a lot to be proud of from a team that wasn't supposed to be in Qatar, rose in the rankings at a phenomenal pace, and ignited a whole new interest in and respect for the Canadian men's national team. They deserved to be there and they showed they belonged, performing tremendously in three of the four halves of football they've played so far. But there's also rightful criticism that can be levelled at the team for their team selection, tactics, and questionable off field decisions. We delve into all of that and a lot more and pose the question, what now for Canada? Not just in their one remaining match in Qatar but as they move forward and build, both on and off the pitch, heading into 2026. Plus we look back at all of the action so far in Qatar as the second round of group games come to a close and chat about some of the main talking points making the headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 04.05: Canada eliminated after Croatia loss 29.43: Supporter and media postgame takes 47.52: What now for Canada now and heading into 2026? 71.35: The 2022 World Cup - Groups A and B recaps 84.35: Wavelength - Kunt and the Gang - Let's Have A Wank For England 89.40: The 2022 World Cup - Groups C, D, and E recaps 102.00: The 2022 World Cup - Groups G and H recaps
11/29/20222 hours, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 536 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A New Generation Calling with special guest Axel Schuster)

We're back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, World Cup, and Canadian soccer chat. The 2022 World Cup is in full flow and after a wait of 13,316 days, Canada were back playing a group game at the finals. We talk about their battling performance against one of the world's best teams, Belgium, the disappointment in not taking all three points, and look at the huge positives they can take into their remaining matches. Plus we look back at all of the action so far in Qatar in Groups A to F and chat about some of the main talking points making the headlines off the pitch. Turning our attention to the club game, we sit down for a 37 minute chat with Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster to chat about the season past, the offseason work in progress, and look at what the team needs to do to be a top four side in the MLS West next year. How did he view this season? Where does he see the club's progression taking them to? What are the pressing positions needing filled to get them there? We talk all of this and much more, including the rebranding of WFC2 and the club's plans for the women's game. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 10.08: Canada's battling loss to Belgium 48.30: The 2022 World Cup so far 92.05: Alex Schuster interview 131.55: Unpacking Axel 155.50: Wavelength - Beekeeper - Howler Group of Death - Black World Cup Winter
11/24/20222 hours, 42 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 535 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Future Is Now)

We're back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, World Cup, and Canadian soccer chat. It's been a busy week in Whitecapsland with new players coming in, some departures like Lucas Cavallini finally confirmed, and the preseason plans officially announced. We're joined by Harjeet Johal to chat about all of that, plus we look at some of the players available from other clubs in the various MLS clubs and ponder who would be a good fit in Vancouver. It was a good season for CF Montreal and we're joined by Eve Powell from The Ball Is Round podcast to chat about it all, look at the offseason roster decisions announced this week, look ahead to 2023, chat about another rebrand at the club, and look at the six players from the club that will be off representing Canada in Qatar. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup now just one day away, we take a look at all the runners and riders in Groups E to H, including Canada in Group F, and making a rash of predictions along the way. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.25: Intro 03.50: Whitecaps roster decisions finalised 22.10: Three new Whitecaps players signed 36.10: Which players would be a good fit in Vancouver? 59.50: Eve Powell talks all things CF Montreal 109.15: World Cup Group E preview 113.40: World Cup Group F preview 125.50: World Cup Group G preview 130.20: World Cup Group H preview 135.20: World Cup predictions 143.40: Wavelength - Tinty and the Bucket Hats - Waka Waka Cymru (Men of Harlech)
11/19/20222 hours, 32 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 534 - The AFTN Soccer Show (World Cup preview)

We're back with another packed show of World Cup and Canadian soccer chat. The 2022 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Qatar next Sunday. There may have been a lot of issues in the run up to this first winter World Cup, but now that it's here, we're very excited and we get in the mood with a special preview episode this week. Canada's squad for the tournament was revealed this past Sunday. We delve into who has made it on the trip to Qatar, who hasn't, and give our thoughts on what formation John Herdman should head into the tournament with and what that starting XI should be. We also take a look at all the runners and riders in Groups A to D, making a rash of predictions along the way. And there's still time for this year's AFTN World Cup draft. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Intro 09.25: Canada's World Cup squad analysis - Goalkeeper and Defenders 39.09: Canada's World Cup squad analysis - Midfielders and Forwards 75.00: World Cup Group A preview 81.51: World Cup Group B preview 89.28: World Cup Group C preview 94.04: World Cup Group D preview 103.10: AFTN's World Cup draft 114.35: Wavelength - Andy Cameron - Ally's Army
11/14/20222 hours, 5 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 533 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Believe Us Now?)

We're back with another packed show of Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian soccer chat. The World Cup in Qatar is just weeks away and as the tournament gets closer, the injury concerns for the Canadian national team continue to grow, with two players confirmed out and a scare with Alphonso Davies' hamstring. We delve into all of that but we cheer up with a world premiere of the new Canadian World Cup - Nobody Believed Us. We chat with the man behind it, friend of the show, Neil Grant and give the song its first spin. Turning to club football, the newest Canadian Premier League side Vancouver FC had its official launch this week. We take a look at what we learned, hear from owner Rob Friend, chat with inaugural head coach Afshin Ghotbi, and talk with CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan about the new club, future expansion, and FC Edmonton's fate. Plus we look back at a dramatic MLS Cup final, look at Don Garber's latest annual MLS State of the League conference, and chat about the rumoured changes to the league's playoff format. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 05.55: Canada World Cup injury concerns grow 32.04: Neil Grant interview - part one 42.30: Wavelength - Neil Grant - Nobody Believed Us (A Canadian World Cup song) 45.53: Neil Grant interview - part two 60.00: Vancouver FC officially launched - with Rob Friend audio 81.43: Vancouver FC head coach Afshin Ghotbi interview and discussion 93.28: CPL Commissioner Mark Noonan interview 106.05: LAFC win MLS Cup 122.08: Don Garber's State of the League address 127.55: New MLS playoff format on the horizon?
11/7/20222 hours, 23 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 532 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Spinning Straw Into Gold with special guest Ryan Gauld)

We're back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian soccer chat. It's our annual awards season at AFTN and we kick off handing out the gongs with our ones for Whitecaps Player of the Year, Young Player, Academy Player, Female Player, Unsung Hero, and the best game, goal, and save of the season past. Will Ryan Gauld win any? No spoilers but we do sit down for an in-depth chat with the Whitecaps Designated Player to look at the season past and the excitingly busy 2023 that lies ahead. How did he feel both he and the team performed? How much did his early season concussions hinder him? Where did it go wrong this year? How much is he looking forward to fighting on four front next season and playing continental competition? Is he getting fed up with people asking him why he's not in the Scotland squad? And could he perhaps line up for Canada one day? We cover all of that and more! The MLS Cup final is now set. We look at this weekend's two Conference finals, as well as the CPL Championship game which saw Forge FC win a third title in four years. Plus we look ahead to the big CPL event in Langley on Wednesday night that will see the new team's official name, identity, and more revealed. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro 06.10: AFTN Whitecaps Player of the Year award 09.30: Ryan Gauld interview 36.20: AFTN Whitecaps awards - part two 68.25: MLS playoff round-up 77.10: CPL final round-up 84.02: CPL in Langley reveal on Wednesday 91.05: Wavelength - A Love Supreme - Niall Quinn's Disco Pants
10/31/20221 hour, 43 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 531 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Hot Chocolate Weather with special guest Vanni Sartini)

We're back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian soccer chat. The Whitecaps offseason is officially underway, with some squad decisions already announced, some still being considered, and the planning for a 2023 season that will be fought on four fronts already in full flow. We look at the news coming out so far, plus sit down for our second annual end of season chat with Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini. How did he view this past season? Did the Canadian Championship win see the team take a step forward or did their MLS standing see them regress? What did he learn about himself as a coach this year? Was he too slow to make the necessary changes, especially defensively? And how much change is needed for next year to compete? We talk about all of that and a lot more in a 40 minute chat. The MLS and CPL seasons are getting close to their end, with the two conference finals set in the former and the championship game set in the latter. We look at the matches that got them to that stage, and we bring you some postgame audio from a seething Tommy Wheeldon Jr as refereeing decisions play a big part in Cavalry's downfall. Plus we chat about Canada's draw for the 2023 Women's World Cup and the latest loggerheads between Canada Soccer and the Canadian men's national team that leaves a dark cloud over the preparation for the upcoming World Cup. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.47: The tragic passing of Masato Kudo 09.28: Good Women's World Cup draw for Canada 12.50: Canada Soccer and CanMNT still at loggerheads 32.16: Vanni Sartini interview 77.55: Unpacking Vanni and Axel's end of season comments 101.23: MLS playoff round-up 125.35: CPL playoff round-up 138.45: Wavelength - Apocalypse Babys - Harry Kane
10/25/20222 hours, 26 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 530 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Big Decisions)

We're back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian soccer chat. The MLS and CPL postseason are in full flow and it's been an exciting weekend of action, which we round up in this episode. Sadly for the Whitecaps the season is over and the big decisions have to be made as who should stay and who should make way. If the team is to take the much needed next step of becoming a side that isn't just trying to scrape into the lower playoff places but to be a top four side in the West, some difficult decisions need to be made to improve the squad significantly. We give our thoughts of who should be in, out, and who's on the bubble. Plus it's been a great year for Quebec soccer. We chat with CS Saint-Laurent U17 head coach Maxwell Arhin about his side's win at the recent U17 Boys nationals in Surrey, the rise of the game in the province, and bringing CF Montreal player Ismael Kone through at youth level. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Intro - the great Panini rip-off 08.25: Whitecaps In/Out/On The Bubble - Goalkeepers 23.07: Whitecaps In/Out/On The Bubble - Defenders 47.00: Whitecaps In/Out/On The Bubble - Midfielders 59.02: Whitecaps In/Out/On The Bubble - Forwards 76.20: MLS playoffs round-up 87.30: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Terry Buchanan Midfield Hardman 94.10: CPL playoffs round-up and awards 111.25: Maxwell Arhin interview
10/17/20222 hours, 5 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 529 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Turn Out The Light)

We're back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. The Whitecaps run to the playoffs are over and just as quickly as the team raised our hopes, disappointment reigns once again as they fall short of the finishing line. We look back at the season ending loss in Minnesota and ponder what's next for the team and what changes need to be made. Will the 'Caps ever truly take that next step and become a real threat in the league? Do they have the players and the front office support to achieve that feat? There's been movement in regard of the latter this past week and it's not been so much out with the old and in with the new, as back with the old guard. But there has at least been on appointment in the new General Manager of Women's Soccer, Stephanie Labbe. Some of it has left a sour taste in the mouths of fans. We look at that and round up the end of regular season action across both MLS and the CPL. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.35: Intros and giving thanks 08.10: The Whitecaps season ends in Minnesota 42.23: Disappointment reigns, so what's next? 74.54: Whitecaps FO comings and returnings 99.50: MLS playoffs all set 113.45: CPL final four set to battle 117.07: Wavelength - Kunt and the Gang - My Cousin Looks Like Pavel Pogrebnyak
10/10/20222 hours, 5 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 528 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Series Of Fortunate Events)

We're back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. What a few weeks it's been in Whitecapsland. What looked like mission impossible to get into the playoffs has seen an amazing run of results, sparked by three straight wins for the 'Caps, to leave Vancouver with a win and they're in scenario on MLS Decision Day. We look at how they got to this point, the form of Ryan Gauld, the late move to four at the back, and cast our eye over the main talking points coming out of the 'Caps latest win against Austin, which boiled over at the end and had us all talking about Lucas Cavallini again. We also look at the MLS West playoff picture after some stunning games this past weekend, look ahead to that big Decision Day clash in Minnesota next Sunday, chat about the latest results and news from the CPL, and dive into a bulging mailbag to answer some listener's questions about the team, the future, and player abuse. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.20: Win and the Whitecaps are in 17.25: Austin powered past 39.22: Listener's mailbag 63.29: The MLS West playoff picture 72.40: Minnesota United preview 85.45: Canadian Premier League chat 96.40: Wavelength - Fanclub - Henrik Larsson
10/4/20221 hour, 46 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 527 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Keeping The Flame Alive)

We're back with a shorter than usual but still packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, and the Canadian men's national team. What a week it was in Whitecapsland as a six point home stand kept Vancouver's season alive and dealt a blow to their Cascadian rivals from Seattle. We delve into the 'Caps' wins against the Sounders and the Galaxy and look at the lie of the land in the MLS West and the tall order Vancouver have ahead of them if they are to get to the playoffs. We also look at the exciting end to the CPL season and have a quick chat about the Canadian national team's upcoming friendlies and continuing World Cup prep. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.00: Where has this Whitecaps team been? 16.20: The 'Caps win over LA 26.30: Seattle soundly beaten 41.30: The lie of the land in MLS West 54.08: CPL chat 66.26: Wavelength - Jason McCue - Soccer 70.20: Canada's World Cup prep continues
9/20/20221 hour, 15 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 526 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Getting Nowhere Fast)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Panini stickers, with our usual splattering of fine tunes thrown in for your aural pleasure. After the Whitecaps' latest loss, the season is all but mathematically over and the regression and recent form has been sad to see. We look back over the 'Caps loss in Colorado and the goals and controversial moment that got them there. So what now for Vancouver? How safe is Vanni Sartini's job? How secure are the players and how many do you even want back? How much of a rebuild is needed and why are the club going through this again? With four games remaining, how should the 'Caps approach these final matches and what will it take to get the fans back in the stands? We chat about all of that and a lot more and talk about the ever rising cost of completing Panini sticker albums and talk about some of our favourites from through the years. And there's even time for some Wrexham chat. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.00: The rising costs of Panini sticker albums 11.27: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Panini Sticker Album Blues (1987) 17.48: More Panini sticker chat 28.27: Whitecaps latest loss in Colorado 60.05: What now for the Whitecaps, this season and next?
9/12/20221 hour, 39 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 525 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Every Point’s A Prisoner)

We've been away a long time (well three weeks) but we're finally back with another jam-packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and the Canadian Premier League, with our usual splattering of fine tunes thrown in for your aural pleasure. Our last show came after the Whitecaps capitulation down in LA. There's been four games since then and we've seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and the very ugly side of the 'Caps in that time as the team went from having their heads above the playoff line for the first time this season, to rapidly sinking below it and in danger of disappearing without a trace. With every point a prisoner, the Whitecaps have left the cell door wide open and some of their performances have been criminal. We look back over the past few weeks, take a look around the current lie of the land in MLS, and what it all means for the 'Caps. Plus we have to talk about the C word - Cava. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Back from Bonnie Scotland 16.15: The last few weeks in Whitecapsland 29.24: Earthquakes leave 'Caps playoff hopes in ruins 59.10: MLS round-up and the lie of the land 76.31 The C Word - Cava 87.55: CPL chat 96.45: Wavelength - Admiral Fallow - Subbuteo
9/5/20221 hour, 48 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 524 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Californication)

We're back with another jam-packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer. Football conjures up so many feelings. From the highest of the highs to the lowest of the lows, fans across the world can feel so many emotions, with different groups experiencing vastly differing emotions from the same game or moment. You can go from loving your team, to hating them in the flash of an eye, or the scoring of a goal. It's why we all love the game so much. Vancouver Whitecaps fans have certainly gone through the emotions during their MLS era so far and in this episode we take a look at an interesting week both on and off the pitch for the club. On it, the team put in a horrendous first half performance at the LA Galaxy, falling to a 5-2 defeat that hits their playoff aspirations hard. We look back at the main talking points coming of the match, the poor defensive play, some head scratching line-up decisions, and where it all leaves the 'Caps with nine games to play. Off the pitch, MLS finally published their report looking into the historic abuse allegations against the Whitecaps going back to their women's team in 2008 and 2011. We look at the report's findings and the fall out from it. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.33: Steve's back! 04.40: Whitecaps capitulate in LA 48.48: The curious case of Cristian Gutierrez 56.50: MLS publishes report into historic Whitecaps abuse allegations 95.00: Wavelength - Keshco - The Ballad of Ali Dia
8/14/20221 hour, 46 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 523 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Pump It Better)

We're back with another jam-packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and football on Canadian TV. The Whitecaps left it late again to get the job done against Houston Dynamo on Friday night, but two late goals gave them a dramatic last ditch victory and with other results going their way this weekend in the West, it's going to be a fascinating run-in to end the regular season. We delve into the main talking points coming out of the match, look at the fantastic MLS debut from Simon Becher and hear from the man himself, look at the importance of WFC2 to the Whitecaps, look at the lie of the land in the Western Conference, and hear the postgame thoughts of the gaffer Vanni Sartini and match winner Lucas Cavallini. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.18: Chat about football on Canadian TV 12.30: Whitecaps late late show beats Houston 44.35: Simon Becher's dream debut 51.00: The importance of WFC2 to the Whitecaps 60.50: The enigma that is Lucas Cavallini 64.57: A look ahead to the Galaxy game 74.00: The lie of the land in the MLS West 83.45: Whitecaps comings and goings 88.55: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Do You Wanna Touch Of The Ball
8/8/20221 hour, 40 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 522 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Wunderbar! with special guests Julian Gressel, Fabian Herbers, Easton Ongaro, Katie Collar, Jesse Symons, and Will Cromack)

We're back with another jam-packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and League1 BC. And we've come over a little German for this episode (we apologised to Hans) with a Deutsche theme running throughout with our chats and our musical selections this week. We kick things off by looking at the Whitecaps battling point earned in Nashville on Saturday night. It was another slow start and strong finish. Will this be enough to get them into the playoffs and how many points are they likely to need to pick up down the stretch? With new additions seemingly incoming to help the 'Caps, we chat with their most recent one Julian Gressel. We delve into the German wingback's career so far, what brought him over to North America, having the rug pulled from under him with the transfer to Vancouver, his podcasting career and charity work, and a lot more. We also chat with Julian's podcast partner on Zee Soccer Podcast, Fabian Herbers about getting into podcasting and the recent turnaround in fortunes for Chicago Fire. Plus we find out who is still the most German between Julian and Fabian! Talking of new Whitecaps additions, we catch up with new WFC2 recruit Easton Ongaro for a chat about his move to Vancouver, plus we round up the two inaugural League1 BC championship games and chat with head coaches Katie Collar of the Whitecaps Girls Elite, Jesse Symons of Varsity FC, and Will Cromack from TSS Rovers. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.45: Intro and what does Germany mean to you? 07.55: Whitecaps fight to the end again in Nashville 31.40: Julian Gressel interview and discussion 57.40: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Julian Gressel 62.25: Fabian Herbers interview 70.15: Julian v Fabian - who is Das Deutsche Meister? 83.50: Easton Ongaro interview and WFC chat 91.55: League1 BC champions crowned (with interviews) 120.05: Wavelength - Bownik - Franz Beckenbauer
8/3/20222 hours, 11 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 521 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Champions of Canada with Ryan Gauld, Tristan Blackmon, Brian White, and Ryan Raposo)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps and their Canadian Championship final win! It's been a long wait of seven years, but the Whitecaps finally lifted only their second ever Voyageurs Cup on Tuesday night with a penalty shootout win over Toronto FC. It was an emotional and electric atmosphere at BC Place and we look back over the game, what the win means for the club, and pushing on now from that success for the rest of the season. Plus we have postgame audio from the very jubilant Ryan Gauld, Tristan Blackmon, Brian White, and Ryan Raposo as they celebrate winning their first silverware with the club. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.00: BC Place's electric cup final atmosphere 16.20: Whitecaps lift the Voyageurs Cup 52.03: Tristan Blackmon and Brian White audio and discussion 59.30: Ryan Gauld audio and discussion 67.32: Ryan Raposo audio and discussion 76.15: Should the final have extra time? 83.20: Whitecaps need to push on now - new faces coming? 93.46: Wavelength - The Skinflicks - Rock and Roll and Football
7/28/20221 hour, 41 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 520 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Undoing All The Good Work with guests Xherdan Shaqiri and Katie Collar)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football. The good work done on the road by Vancouver Whitecaps was undone by a second straight home 3-1 defeat against Chicago Fire on Saturday. It was a disappointing outing but did the 'Caps have an eye too focused on Tuesday Canadian Championship final with Toronto FC? We look at how the match played out and the line-up selected, plus we look ahead to that big game against TFC, the addition of wingback Julian Gressel, and debate whether Vanni Sartini needs to go with a more settled starting XI and what that should like that. We also chat with Chicago's Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, a key player for the visitors on Saturday, about the match, settling in to MLS, and looking ahead to the World Cup in Qatar. We also look at the battle brewing in the Canadian Premier League, talk about Zach's recent visit to FC Edmonton, and ponder whether Pacific's impending CONCACAF League campaign may derail their league hopes. Plus we look at the upcoming inaugural championship games in League1 BC and chat with Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite head coach Katie Collar. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.38: Julian Gressel is a Whitecap but the system stinks 18.09: Whitecaps undo good work on the road with loss to Chicago 46.06: Xherdan Shaqiri interview and discussion 59.28: Canadian Championship final preview 71.43: Should the Whitecaps have a firm starting XI? 88.39: Canadian Premier League chat 104.42: League1 BC chat and Katie Collar audio 112.18: Wavelength - Vanilla Muffins - The Kids Behind The Goal
7/25/20222 hours, 37 seconds
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Episode 519 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Hurt Locker-room )

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, as guest co-host Harjeet Johal joins us again to talk Vancouver Whitecaps, the current CSA shambles, and women's soccer. Vanni Sartini certainly doesn't have his troubles to seek when it comes to injuries. A banged up Whitecaps side battled hard to get a point on the road in Cincinnati midweek after dropping points at home in a veritable six-pointer against Minnesota at the weekend. Another six-pointer looms against Portland this weekend. Will they have enough healthy bodies to get something from the game? What's behind all the injuries? And which players are rising to the challenge to keep the 'Caps in the playoff picture? Away from the pitch, the Canadian Soccer Association lurches from one shambles to another as a TSN article this week painted the organisation and some of their recent dealings in anything but a favourable light. As calls for an independent investigation into the CSA grow, the blazers and the players seem to be fighting it out in a war of statements. We look at what's been said this week and the underlying issues behind it all. Turning our attention to the women's game, we look at Canada's run to the CONCACAF championship final against the US. Who's stood out? What are the concerns? Can they beat the States again? Plus we look at the exciting battle in the women's division of League1 BC as three teams fight for the one remaining berth in the championship game. It's going to go down to the wire and we chat with TSS Rovers' head coach Chelsey Hanneson and the Whitecaps' Katie Collar.
7/15/20221 hour, 42 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 518 - The AFTN Soccer Show (When Love Turns To Hate)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, as guest co-host Harjeet Johal joins us to talk Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and women's soccer. The Whitecaps are the form team in MLS right now and they've just knocked off the league leading LAFC thanks to another late show at BC Place at the weekend. We look back over that 1-0 win, the standout performers, the return of Max Crepeau and Marc Dos Santos, and where that result leaves the 'Caps in the Western Conference standings as they move into the second half of the season. Turning our attention away from MLS and to the women's game, we look at Canada's chances at the CONCACAF championships that have begun in Mexico this week with World Cup and Olympic places on the line. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.57: Whitecaps late late show beats LAFC 31.01: LAFC chatter on MDS, Jordan Harvey, Sicknote 43.58: Max Crepeau audio and discussion 62.46: CONCACAF Women's championship chat 75.10: Wavelength - The Thornlie Boys - The Goalie
7/5/20221 hour, 25 minutes
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Episode 517 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Melting Moments)

We're back with another episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS chat. The Whitecaps were in action twice this past week again on league and cup duty. Sunday saw a battling point earned at home to New England Revolution in MLS action, but midweek saw the 'Caps reach their first Canadian Championship final since 2018 with a win over York United. We pick over the bones of both of those game, the highlights and lowlights, and look ahead to the threat Toronto FC will pose in the final with their big addition of Lorenzo Insigne. The Whitecaps next opponents LAFC have made a couple of big additions of their own in Giorgio Chiellini and Gareth Bale. What impact will they have on the league and it's perception in some quarters? Plus we round-up how the MLS West is looking. Plus music from artists of the month Thick and Kunt and the Gang are in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.47: Whitecaps draw with New England 27.23: Whitecaps reach Canadian Championship final 41.45: TFC and the Insigne effect 55.10: Big names coming to LAFC 71.40: Wavelength - Kunt and the Gang - Christian Atsu and his katsu curry
6/27/20221 hour, 21 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 516 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Time To Take Control with guests Axel Schuster, Martin Nash, and Theo Collomb)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and World Cup chat. What a busy week of football news it's been, with perhaps the most exciting news of all being the official confirmation that Vancouver will be a host city for the 2026 World Cup. We look at what that means for the city, both short and long term, chat about affordability versus future returns, and get the thoughts of Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about what it will mean for the club and the place he now calls home. It's also been a big week for Major League Soccer, who announced a billion dollar 10 year streaming deal with Apple TV+. How good is the deal for the league? How good is it for a club like the Whitecaps? Will it be a game changer or will it turn off the casual fans? We chat about all of that and more, plus we hear the thought of Axel Schuster. The Whitecaps were in action twice this past week with road games against Seattle and Dallas and what contrasting performances they were from the ridiculous to the sublime. We pick over the bones of both and look at where Vancouver's three point haul leaves them in the playoff picture. They've now got a big Canadian Championship semi-final coming up on Wednesday night against CPL side York United. We look ahead to that one and chat with their head coach, former Whitecap Martin Nash. We also look at the good form of WFC2 and chat with their latest two-goal hero Theo Collomb. Plus music from artists of the month Thick and The Abnormal are in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.53: The 2022 World Cup is all set 10.50: The World Cup is coming to Vancouver 28.10: Axel Schuster interview - part one 46.06: MLS get slice of Apple pie in new streaming deal 58.40: Axel Schuster interview - part two 75.40: Whitecaps v Seattle and Dallas - a tale of two cities 104.52: Canadian Championship semi-final preview feat Martin Nash 112.36: WFC2 round up 116.20: Theo Collomb interview 120.26: Wavelength - The Abnormal - Football Song
6/19/20222 hours, 9 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 515 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Sleeping Through The Weekend)

We're back with another episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Canadian national team and Vancouver Whitecaps chat. The sickness bug has left AFTN Towers and we're back with another show. Good job it's been a quiet week in Canadian soccer to ease us back gently... It's not been a great couple of weeks for Canada Soccer. Instead of riding the wave, they've managed to fall into it and have been struggling to keep their heads above water. First there was the debacle around the Iran game, then came the weekend's farce of the cancellation of the match with Panama. No-one has come across well from the whole mess. We delve into all of that, look at what the players are wanting, talk transparency in the stewardship of the game here, and discuss what changes we'd like to see and what we need to see in Canada Soccer. But while that's all been playing out, on the club side, the Whitecaps have hit some form and are climbing the MLS table. They now sit one point back of the playoff places. We look at how they got there in such difficult circumstances and the standout performers that have come up big in recent weeks. Plus music from new artists of the month Thick and Armchair Loyal return in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.00: Canada's Iran and Panama game farces 40.51: How the CSB deal is both good and bad 54.23: Nick Bontis' press conference disaster 64.07: What is public fallout from the mess? 71.15: What needs to change in Canadian soccer? 92.56: Whitecaps in-form and climbing the table 115.25: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Career Ending Injury
6/9/20222 hours, 7 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 514 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Spot On)

We're back with another episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian Championship, and League1 BC chat. The Whitecaps are one game away from the Canadian Championship final and two matches away from the CONCACAF Champions League after a penalty shootout win over Cavalry FC in their quarter-final. We look back at the main talking points from the match, hear the postgame thoughts of 'Caps coach Vanni Sartini, and roundup the rest of the action from this week. Plus League1 BC has kicked off. We roundup the weekend's action in that and chat with Whitecaps U19 coach Rich Fagan and TSS Rovers coach Will Cromack. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.05: Whitecaps beat Cavalry in Canadian Championship 41.41: Canadian Championship round-up 56.12: Whitecaps back in MLS action 65.40: L1BC round-up 69.05: Rich Fagan talks Whitecaps U19s 74.15: Will Cromack talks TSS Rovers 80.25: Wavelength - The Oppressed - Hooligans
5/26/20221 hour, 28 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 513 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Gunslingers with guests Will Cromack and Chelsey Hanneson)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major Soccer League, and Canadian football chat. We've a lot of Whitecaps action to catch up on in this episode as we look at the last two MLS matches that produced a lot of late drama. Where does a good four-game homestand now leave the team as they head out for a tricky period on the road? Plus have they finally got their CPL hoodoo off their backs or will it come back against next week against Cavalry? The inaugural League1 BC season gets underway on Sunday. We give some fun power rankings heading into the first games and we sit down for a chat with the head coaches of TSS Rovers men's and women's sides, Will Cromack and Chelsey Hanneson to look at the season ahead. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.51: Whitecaps CPL hoodoo off their back? 13.28: Whitecaps v San Jose and Dallas 50.50: Will Cromack TSS L1BC interview 73.31: L1BC men's power rankings 79.18: Chelsey Hanneson TSS L1BC interview 102.11: L1BC women's power rankings 105.33: Wavelength - The Membranes - Long Live The Hooligan!
5/19/20221 hour, 53 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 512 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Dandy Highwaymen)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major Soccer League, and Canadian football chat. It's been a great weekend for the Whitecaps as both their MLS and MLS Next Pro teams came up with big wins. The 'Caps first team saw off Toronto FC 1-0 in what was a pretty poor match truth be told, but one that generated more than a few talking points and controversial incidents! We delve into all of that and more, in what was a very important win for Vancouver. We also look ahead to Wednesday's Canadian Championship clash with CPL side Valour FC and hear the thoughts of Vanni Sartini and Tosaint Ricketts ahead of the match, plus we catch up with Phil Dos Santos who is looking to be on the other end of a Vancouver cup shock this time around. Plus after Seattle Sounders' success in the CONCACAF Champions League, we look at how the Whitecaps have fallen so far behind their Cascadian rivals and we chat about some interesting developments in lower league Canadian soccer. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.44: Whitecaps beat TFC in controversial game 54.11: Valour preview with thoughts from Whitecaps side 66.00: Phil Dos Santos chat 76.01: WFC2 chat 85.06: Why did the Whitecaps fall so far behind the Sounders? 120.30: Canadian lower league round-up 128.24: Wavelength - Dive In The Box - Football Violence
5/9/20222 hours, 16 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 511 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Wee Cough with Vanni Sartini, Cristian and Matteo Campagna, and Axel Schuster)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major Soccer League chat. It's been a weekend with no MLS action for the Whitecaps. A much needed break for the first team to rest, recharge, re-evaluate, and work on how to start to turn things around, which they badly need to do and quickly. Can Vanni Sartini turn things around? We sit down with the 'Caps coach to talk about just that and the team's current issues. There is going to be help coming soon with defensive midfielder Andres Cubas' signing becoming official last week. We look at what he will mean to the team and hear from Whitecaps Sporting Director and CEO Axel Schuster about the player and the team's current plight. But not everything is doom and gloom in Whitecapsland, we still have WFC2 to enjoy and they made it three straight wins on Saturday. There been many standout performers for the team so far this season and we chat with two of them this week, centrebacks brothers Cristian and Matteo Campagna. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.40: Andres Cubas is officially a Whitecap 23.54: Vanni Sartini interview 55.27: WFC2 round-up 59.11: Cristian and Matteo Campagna interview 77.40: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Hooligan
5/2/20221 hour, 24 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 510 - The AFTN Soccer Show (In A Rut with guests Ali Ahmed, Nick Dasovic, and Vanni Sartini)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major Soccer League chat. The Whitecaps are in a rut and they've got to get out of it pronto or risk being cut adrift very early on in the season. Their latest loss in Austin leaves them bottom of the Western Conference and the entire league, eight points back from the playoff line. The season may only be a quarter of the way in, but it's already looking bleak. Can they turn things around? We delve into where it's going wrong and what needs to change, while looking at what the latest defeat tells us. Plus we chat with Vanni Sartini about team chemistry, getting the best out of certain players, and what the team need to do to stop the rot. But it's not all doom and gloom in Whitecapsland as there is the shining light that is WFC2. The young 'Caps won again at the weekend and lead their division. We look at how the team is playing and chat with head coach Nick Dasovic about what he's seen from the team so far. Ali Ahmed was the latest player to get a first team call up, making his MLS debut against Austin then turning out for WFC2 less than 24 hours later. We caught up with Ali after the game to talk about that debut, an emotional couple of days, making the move to Vancouver from Toronto, and his hopes for the future. All of that, plus we round-up the weekend's action in MLS and how things are shaping up two months into the season across the league. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.18: Whitecaps lose in Austin 36.25: What now for the 'Caps? - with Vanni Sartini 65.41: MLS round-up 103.58: WFC2 win again 106.57: Nick Dasovic interview 120.55: Ali Ahmed interview 132.15: Wavelength - Ican Ican't - 3 Nil-Nils
4/25/20222 hours, 21 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 509 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Myriad Lights with guests Rob Friend and Eve Powell)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian Premier League, and World Cup chat. It's been an exciting week for football locally as it became official that the newest Canadian Premier League team will be playing out of Langley in the Fraser Valley. We chat about the news, the stadium, and the next steps, plus we talk with co-owner Rob Friend and the Mayor of Langley Jack Froese about the plans. In other exciting news, Vancouver is now back in the running to host matches at the 2026 World Cup. We look at that change of heart and what it will mean to the city, the province, and the Canadian bid. Plus we delve into the new streaming service Fifa+ in TVOD. We also talk Vancouver Whitecaps, as we look back at their latest loss in Montreal. How deep do their current woes go and can they be remedied quickly enough or do they risk being cut adrift early on? And we're joined by the wonderful Eve Powell from The Ball Is Round podcast to talk about the match and all things CF Montreal. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.00: The CPL is coming to the Fraser Valley 46.23: Vancouver back in as World Cup 2026 host city 63.37: TVOD - Fifa+ 75.38: Montreal v Vancouver analysis 119.05: Eve Powell interview about all things CF Montreal 156.39: Wavelength - Republic of Ireland 2002 Squad - Here Come The Good Times
4/18/20222 hours, 45 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 508 - The AFTN Soccer Show (It’s My Ball And I’m Taking It Home with Jay Herdman, Nick Dasovic, and Christine Sinclair)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, MLS Next Pro, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat, after a very busy couple of days of football across the country. We kick off by talking Whitecaps and delve into their first home loss of the MLS season in a 3-2 defeat by Portland Timbers. Poor defending and the inability to convert their numerous chances cost them dear, but what positives can they take away from the match heading into a tough three games on the road and should they look at new tactics, new players, or both? Turning our attention to MLS Next Pro, we look at how Whitecaps FC 2's home opener went against the Timbers, get some postgame thoughts from head coach Nick Dasovic, and sit down for a chat with attacking midfielder Jay Herdman about signing his first pro deal, his step up from the academy, his first call up into the Canadian U20 set up, and an eventful time for the Herdman household. Keeping it international, we look at the Canadian women's match against Nigeria at BC Place on Friday, chat with Christine Sinclair about her post playing plans and what the launch of League1BC means to women's soccer in the province, and newly minted Hall of Famers Rhian Wilkinson and Martina Franko talk about the urgent need to get women's club teams and leagues in Canada. All of this, plus we round up the opening week's action in the Canadian Premier League and look at how the weekend's action went in the MLS West. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.40: Whitecaps v Timbers postgame analysis 49.38: WFC2 home opener and Nick Dasovic interview 58.29: Jay Herdman interview 73.03: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Single Leather Football 77.41: CanWNT chat 85.55: Christine Sinclair audio 92.10: Rhian Wilkinson and Martina Franko on Canadian club football 98.52: CPL opening weekend round-up
4/11/20221 hour, 53 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 507 - The AFTN Soccer Show (CPL Is Back with special guests James Merriman, Alan Koch, and Martin Nash)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, and it's a special Canadian Premier League themed show ahead of the new season that gets underway on Thursday. In this episode, we continue our chats with head coaches from around the league and bring you three feature interviews, from three teams with very different expectations this season. We kick things off with the champs, as we sit down with new Pacific FC head coach James Merriman to chat about defending their title, the comings and goings in an eventful offseason, fighting on three fronts, and more. It's also been an eventful offseason for FC Edmonton, and not one you'd wish on any coach. With the team looking for new owners, the playing and management team decimated, and the league taking over the team and providing loan players, head coach Alan Koch has certainly had his work cut out for him. We chat with him about all the turmoil, building a squad, and what we can expect from the team this year both on and off the pitch. Continuing to move east, we end up at York United to chat with another new head coach, and a man we know very well here in Vancouver, Martin Nash. Nash has moved too York after three years as an assistant at Cavalry. Can he take the team forward after they reached the playoffs for the first time? What will a Martin Nash team look like on the pitch? And how has he found the adjustment to being the main man in the dugout? We talk about all of that and more. Plus a quick discussion about all the teams in our season preview, some AFTN CPL power rankings, and Armchair Loyal are back in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.10: James Merriman interview 36.06: Alan Koch interview 69.33: Martin Nash interview 91.40: Pacific FC discussion 104.36: FC Edmonton discussion 110.00: York United discussion 114.40: CPL season preview and power rankings 125.47: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Young Gifted and Right Back
4/7/20222 hours, 13 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 506 - The AFTN Soccer Show (In A Dream In The Happy House)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat. And what a footballing week it's been at both club and country level. Canada were in their first World Cup draw for 36 years and although they're in a tough group the excitement keeps building for Qatar. We delve into the draw, the opponents, and look at what Canada's tournament prep should ideally look like, and more. Plus we hear from John Herdman, Jonathan Osorio, and Mark-Anthony Kaye, and ask how exactly do we get to the mascots parallel universe? We want to go! And it was a great weekend for Vancouver Whitecaps with both their MLS and MLS Next Pro teams coming away with their first wins of the season. We chat about both of those victories and the talking points coming out of them. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.33: World Cup draw and CanMNT chat 58.30: WFC2 get first MLS Next Pro win 64.55: Whitecaps beat KC - postgame analysis 88.06: Wavelength - Keshco - FIFA Broadside
4/4/20221 hour, 34 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 505 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Coming On The Horizon with guests Nick Dasovic and Pa Modou Kah)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat. It's official! Canada have done it and are heading back to the World Cup for the first time since 1986. It was a historic day in Toronto and our man on the ground Zach shares the experience with us as we chat about qualifying for Qatar, what John Herdman has meant to this team, the rise of Canadian soccer, and a lot more. Plus we hear the thoughts of Atiba Hutchinson on just how good this Golden Generation of young Canadian talent can be. Turning our attention back to the club game, our feature interview this week is with WFC2 head coach Nick Dasovic. We chat about the team being back and what it means for the club, the new MLS Next Pro league, developing young talent, and lots more. We also chat with new North Texas head coach Pa Modou Kah about the new league, leaving CPL champs Pacific FC for a new challenge with a MLS2 team, and how he's grown as a coach during his time on the island. Plus we chat with Vanni Sartini about what the Whitecaps need to work on during this international break and how they can turn their fortunes around, and we look ahead to the 'Caps game with Sporting KC this coming weekend. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Canada are going back to the World Cup 44.43: Nick Dasovic interview 74.38: WFC2 chat and thoughts of Vanni Sartini 82.33: Pa Modou Kah interview and MLS Next Pro chat 103.14: Vanni Sartini interview 108.30: Whitecaps chat and a look ahead to SKC 115.14: Wavelength - Scotland 1986 World Cup Squad - Big Trip To Mexico
3/28/20222 hours, 5 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 504 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Turn The Pages Over with special guest Tommy Wheeldon Jr)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. The new MLS season may only be four games in but they're already going on a break for the international window and the Whitecaps will be delighted by that. The 'Caps latest loss seems them winless in their opening month of matches and missing a number key personnel to injury. We look back at the loss to LAFC, what the 'Caps can take from their first four games of the season, and where they really need to put in the work in the two week until their next match. Our feature interview this episode is the latest in our series building up to the new CPL season as we sit down for an in-depth and entertaining chat with Cavalry FC head coach and GM Tommy Wheeldon Jr. We look back at the Cavs 2021 season and their three years in the league so far, delve into the new additions to the squad and what the team will look like this season, the future for the game in Alberta, and there's still time to talk tea, biscuits, waistcoats, and bunnets amongst many other things. We also round up the weekend's action in MLS for the other two Canadian teams and around the Western Conference, The Delgados continue their residency as our artists of the month, and we have a song for Everton fans in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.40: LAFC v Vancouver postgame analysis 17.33: The Whitecaps building blocks 26.33: MLS Canadian round-up 30.33: MLS West round-up 51.03: Tommy Wheeldon Jr interview and Cavalry FC discussion 97.05: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Tommy Wheeldon Jr 101.18: Wavelength - The Toffee Rappers - Rap of Honour
3/21/20221 hour, 51 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 503 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Looking For That Spark with special guests Tristan Blackmon and Phillip Dos Santos)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. The Whitecaps are still looking for their first win of the season after going down to a disappointing defeat in Houston. We pick over the bones of that one and look ahead to next week's match-up at LAFC. We have two feature interviews for you this episode, the first of which is with the Whitecaps standout defender so far this season, centre-back Tristan Blackmon. We chat with Tristan about his career so far, life in Vancouver, and going back to his old club LAFC next weekend. Our second feature interview is with Valour FC head coach and GM Phillip Dos Santos. We sit down for an in-depth chat about his first six months in the Winnipeg hotseat, the CPL season to come, and heading back to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps in the Voyageurs Cup. We also round up the weekend's action in MLS for the other two Canadian teams and around the Western Conference, and look at this week's Canadian Championship draw. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.12: Houston v Vancouver postgame analysis 44.21: MLS Canadian round-up 52.00: MLS West round-up 67.18: LAFC preview 78.28: Tristan Blackmon interview 107.09: Phillip Dos Santos interview 148.05: Valour FC discussion 154.47: Canadian Championship discussion 166.08: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - A Cliche Of Gaffers
3/13/20222 hours, 52 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 502 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Little Acorns)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. The Whitecaps are still searching for their first win of the new MLS season, but at least they have their first points on the board after a 0-0 draw at home to NYCFC. We pick over the bones of that one, dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly from the players and performance, and look ahead to what already feels like a big game in Houston next Saturday. We also round up the weekend's action in MLS for the other two Canadian teams and around the Western Conference. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.47: Whitecaps v NYCFC postgame analysis 34.44: Whitecaps players - the good, the bad, and the ugly 52.33: Houston v Vancouver preview 66.28: MLS Canadian round-up 84.25: MLS West round-up 110.40: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Stranded On Saturday
3/7/20222 hours
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Episode 501 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Marathon Not A Sprint)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. The 2022 MLS season is underway and for the Whitecaps they'll be hoping it hasn't started the way they mean to go on, after crashing to a four goal defeat in Columbus. We pick over the bones of the game, look at the good, the bad, and the ugly coming out of it, and ponder what Vanni Sartini can learn from the match and what needs to be changed ahead of next week's home opener with NYCFC. We also look at the other main Whitecaps news of the week as WFC2 makes a return for the upcoming inaugural MLS Next Pro season and there's some comings and goings amongst the team's young players before the roster freeze. We also round up the first weekend of action in the MLS Western Conference and look at the latest kit releases across the league. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.50: Crew v Whitecaps postgame analysis 47.38: WFC2 are back! 53.15: Whitecaps comings and goings 67.20: Wavelength - Keshco - Leave Me On The Sub's Bench 75.20: MLS West round-up 104.30: MLS 2022 kit chat
2/28/20222 hours, 9 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 500 - The AFTN Soccer Show (You Play Football With Your Heads with special guests Vanni Sartini and Rob Friend)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure and it's a special bumper one as it's a milestone episode for us as we reach number 500 (cue party poppers). To mark the occasion we've got a couple of special interviews, bring back all of our old favourite fun segments, introduce a new favourite, and, of course, there's lots of football chat as well. The MLS season gets underway next weekend. We sit down with Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini for an in-depth interview about the current state of the team and the season ahead. Are they stronger or weaker than last year? How will the new formation help their attack? Can we take much from the preseason? How does he see the West playing out this year? And a lot more. Plus we also delve into the man off the pitch. How does Vanni unwind? Come for the football chat, stay for the Italian political philosophers talk. Our second feature interview is with Pacific FC CEO and Managing Partner of SixFive Sports and Entertainment Rob Friend. Rob chats with us about Pacific's Canadian Premier League championship win, the offseason of change, and the first three years of the league. Plus after announcing that they will be launching a new team in the lower mainland in 2023, Rob shares how that is going and there's some exciting exclusive news about it all. We also do a quick preview of the MLS Western Conference and look at the latest Whitecaps away kit. All of this plus we chat chocolate digestives with Axel Schuster, find out what is Florian Jungwirth's favourite jam, talk take out food with Ryan Gauld, TV with Jake Nerwinski, we introduce our new segment, as Vanni Sartini talks toast, and Armchair Loyal feature in this week's Wavelength section. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.36: Intro and looking back on 500 episodes 09.55: TVOD - Jake Nerwinski 11.59: Whitecaps preseason wraps up 31.54: Take Me Out - Ryan Gauld 37.34: Vanni Sartini interview Part One - the coach 57.12: Unpacking Vanni 77.10: Vanni Sartini interview Part Two - the man 95.00: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Axel Schuster 98.57: Whitecaps 2022 kit discussion 103.47: Florian Jungwirth's Favourite Jam? 105.40: Western Conference preview 124.48: Vanni Sartini's Toast 129.52: Rob Friend Vancouver CPL interview 160.11: CPL in Vancouver discussion 168.50: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Play Football With Your Heads
2/20/20222 hours, 59 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 499 - The AFTN Soccer Show (For The Love Of The Game)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure. Vancouver Whitecaps preseason is in full flow, with three games under their belts so far. Can much be gleaned from these matches? Probably not, but we delve into them nonetheless! Plus with a few departures at the club this year, we hear from perhaps the main one of them, former goalkeeper Max Crepeau, who talks about his trade to LAFC and what he's expecting from them this season. How big a threat will they and he be to the Whitecaps' playoff hopes? We also look at the two big talking points in the Vancouver footballing landscape this past week as former women's coach Bob Birarda pleads guilty to four sexual offences and the city is back in the running as a potential host of World Cup games in 2026. With it being Valentine's Day, love is in the air at AFTN Towers. Football is a passionate game, it's why we all love it. We chat with Tosaint Ricketts, Florian Jungwirth, Theo Bair and David Egbo about just why they love the game so much. And if music be the food of love, play on, as Brighton band Skurvi feature in this week's Wavelength and we bring you songs from The Jam, The Damned, and Sonic Youth. Plus we delve into the Netflix film Ultras in this week's TVOD section. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.25: TVOD - Ultras 17.33: Bob Birarda pleads guilty 32.21: My Love For Football - Tosaint Ricketts 35.45: Whitecaps preseason games in full flow 57.55: My Love For Football - Florian Jungwirth 62.20: My Love For Football - Theo Bair 65.52: Max Crepeau audio and LAFC chat 75.13: My Love For Football - David Egbo and your hosts 100.03: Is The 2026 World Cup coming to Vancouver? 111.01: Wavelength - Skurvi - Football
2/14/20222 hours, 2 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 498 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Faraway Voices, Faraway Trains)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure and we're covering a lot of bases this week as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, the Canadian national team, the Canadian Premier League, and more. It's been a week of joy for Canadian soccer, with the men's national team all but booking a spot at this year's World Cup in Qatar. We chat about the latest win in El Salvador, the job that John Herdman has done, how the rest of the year should look, and the team's continuing rise in the FIFA rankings. It's also been a busy week in Whitecapsland and we look at all the main stories from Brian White's contract extension, to the signing of midfielder Sebastian Berhalter, to a couple of departures. Plus we look at the announcement of how the MLS Next Pro roster will be made up and we find out if Javain Brown fancies a chocolate digestive. We also take a look at the 2022 CPL schedule and how Pacific FC's offseason has been going, travel around the world to chat about some stories making the news in Australia, Africa, and Scotland, talk about the BBC documentary Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League in this week's TVOD section, and The Jam debut as our Artists of the Month. This episode is part of CiTR Radio's 2022 Fundrive, the radio station's annual fundraising campaign. You can make a donation at citr.ca/donate. Make sure to mention AFTN sent you there! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.57: CiTR fundrive details 04.26: TVOD - Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League 21.10: Canadian national team chat 44.17: Whitecaps News of the Week - Bair sold, White extended, Awuah departs 56.10: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Javain Brown 57.35: More Whitecaps chat - San Diego beckons, Berhalter joins, Caio visa issues 66.24: MLS Next Pro roster rules announced 79.42: Canadian Premier League chat 96.45: News of the World - Robbo sacked down under, African Nations Cup, Raith Rovers debacle 113.20: Wavelength - Grimedeluxe - Football
2/5/20221 hour, 58 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 497 - The AFTN Soccer Show (On The Verge with special guest Tosaint Ricketts)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast, and what a week it's been for Canadian soccer. There's two windows left in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and with four games remaining, Canada are sitting pretty and on the verge of qualification to Qatar 2022 after wins over Honduras and the US. We look back over those important victories, the key moments that earned the six points, and the standout performances. Plus Zach joins us from Hamilton to chat about what it was like to be at the game and the atmosphere in the stadium, and we look over the current Octagon standings and what is left to play out over the next two months. Our feature interview this episode is with a Canadian national team legend and current Whitecap Tosaint Ricketts. Tos talks to us about recently completing his degree, his role in the Whitecaps front office, his desire to continue playing in MLS, the introduction of 'Stand By Me', and more. Plus we chat about Max Crepeau leaving for LAFC and hear for the first time from the player himself and Whitecaps CEO Axel Schuster, talk about Theo Bair leaving for St Johnstone in Scotland, and there's a special Canadian national team themed Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.35: Canada v Honduras and the US 35.05: More Canada and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying chat 65.14: Tosaint Ricketts interview and discussion 88.40: Theo Bair is heading to St Johnstone in Scotland 98.11: Max Crepeau transfer to LAFC confirmed 112.45: Wavelength - Sons Of Andrew - Canada We'll Proudly Play For You
1/31/20221 hour, 59 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 496 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast, and what a week it's been. As the 'Caps got their preseason camp underway, shock news emerged from Whitecapsland that Player of the Year Max Crepeau was being traded to LAFC. We break down the move and what it might mean for Vancouver, look at how $1 million in GAM might get spent, and try and make sense of a stacked forward line and how all the pieces might fall in. We've got three one-on-one interviews for you from the Whitecaps camp and we kick them off with a chat with trialist Kwame Awuah. The Canadian left back talks about heading to Vancouver looking to get a MLS deal, his three successful years at Forge FC, coming through the Sigma academy, and find out which current Whitecap used to be his roommate. Turning our attention to the other end of the pitch, we catch up with Theo Bair to chat about his loan spell in Norway, his growth, his ambitions, and battling for minutes back in Vancouver. Plus fellow striker David Egbo chats about his first year as a pro, his loan spell in Phoenix, finally getting into Vancouver, and his hopes for the season to come. Rounding things off we turn our attention to League1 BC and to TSS Rovers. The Rovers' supporters share ownership scheme went live to the general public this week and we chat with Colin Elmes, Will Cromack and two representatives from the Spirit of the Rovers Trust about all the hows and whys, plus we look at the team's preparations for the first L1BC season. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.08: Max Crepeau in shock trade to LAFC 24.15: Whitecaps preseason camp underway 30.24: Kwame Awuah interview and discussion 51.18: Whitecaps forward line discussion 55.49: Theo Bair interview and discussion 74.05: David Egbo interview and discussion 96.31: TSS supporter ownership campaign opens to public 120.40: TSS Rovers L1BC preparation latest 137.30: Wavelength - Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup Squad and Dana - Yer Man
1/20/20222 hours, 25 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 495 - The AFTN Soccer Show (No Sitting Back with special guest Emma Humphries)

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast. The Whitecaps selected five players in this week's MLS SuperDraft. We break down those picks and hear from head coach Vanni Sartini and first rounder Simon Becher, plus Sporting Director Axel Schuster chats to us a little bit about the club's MLS Next Pro plans. The main focus of this episode, however, is on the state of the women's game here in Canada at both international and domestic level. We bring you our final year in review wrap up as we look at the gold medal winning Canadian women's national team, hear a little bit from head coach Bev Priestman, and look at the snub to Priestman in FIFA's Best Of awards. Our feature interview this episode is with Emma Humphries the Whitecaps Director of Women's Football Development. We chat about the club game here in Canada, the lack of current opportunities, her role at the 'Caps, the launch of League 1 BC and more. Plus we have a big discussion about growing the game at club level in the country and what that might look like. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.26: Intro chat 03.47: TVOD - Anne 13.08: Whitecaps pick five in draft with audio from Vanni Sartini and Simon Becher 39.20: Axel talks MLS Next Pro plans 46.10: Canadian women's national team Year in Review 65.40: Priestman snubbed in FIFA Best Of awards 76.15: Emma Humphries interview 111.40: Developing the women's club game in Canada discussion 138.45: Wavelength - Neil Grant - Give It All We've Got
1/14/20222 hours, 27 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 494 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Canadian Men’s National Team Year In Review)

We're back with our first show of 2022 and what better way to kick off the new year than with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show and another of our end of season reviews, this time turning our attention to the stellar year that was had by the Canadian men's national team. Canada started the year 72nd in the world in the FIFA rankings and they finished it in 40th, their joint highest ever which they also reached in December 1996. The national team played 19 matches last year. All of them competitive games, with not a friendly in site. Crazy really considering how little they've played in some recent years. There were 14 World Cup qualifiers and 5 Gold Cup matches, producing 13 wins, 4 draws, and just 2 defeats, both of those coming at the hands of traditional CONCACAF powerhouses of the US and Mexico and both of those came at the Gold Cup. Canada scored 55 goals, conceding just 11, with 16 different goalscorers. 2021 was a great year, but hopefully it's just the start of even bigger and better things for Canada. We delve into all of that and a lot more, plus we chat with CPL coaches Bobby Smyrniotis, Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and Jim Brennan to look at how the success of the national team has driven an excitement locally for the CPL teams.
1/7/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 493 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Canadian Premier League Year In Review)

As the old year comes to a close and the new one peaks over the horizon, I think we can all just hope for better times in 2022. We're here to guide you into the new year with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show and we're back with another end of season review, this time turning our attention to the Canadian Premier League. BC is home to the new CPL champs Pacific FC and we look back at their season, and those of the other seven sides, in a season that saw a lot of ups and downs, drama, controversies, three managerial casualties, and some great football played. We chat about the high points for each team and look ahead to what they need to do to improve next season. Plus we look at the CPL coming to the lower mainland and where that fits in with the upcoming launch of League 1 BC. Plus we talk take out food with Pacific FC's Ollie Bassett and there's music from Wet Leg, Babyshambles, and Werd (SOS). Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.43: Intro chat 04.45: General CPL season overview 21.13: CPL award winners 33.38: Pacific FC's season 45.01: Take Me Out - Ollie Bassett 47.25: Forge FC's season 59.00: Cavalry FC's season 65.31: FC Edmonton's season 71.28: Valour FC's season 75.05: York United's season and Martin Nash appointment 81.26: HFX Wanderers' season 83.08: Atletico Ottawa's season and Mista departs 92.25: There's a new CPL team coming to Vancouver 113.51: League 1 BC chat 124.42: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Literally
12/31/20212 hours, 13 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 492 - The AFTN Soccer Show (2021 Christmas Special with Vanni Sartini, Ryan Gauld, Max Crepeau, and Brian White)

Ho, Ho, Ho everybody and welcome to the 2021 AFTN Christmas party! There's fun, there's games, there's music, there's presents, and there's lots of football chat. Our feature interview this episode is what is now our ninth annual State of the Whitecaps end of season chat with the current head coach on the podcast, and our first one with Vanni Sartini. In a very honest and raw interview, Vanni talks about the season past, looks ahead to next year, and talks about what he learned about himself as a coach and as a person. There's some interesting player chat and we talk about formations, the team's identity, getting to the next level, and the pressure that comes with it all. Getting the festive spirit flowing, we find out what Christmas is like in the Vanni Sartini, Ryan Gauld, Maxime Crepeau, and Brian White households, plus you can play along at home as we play some football themed games. All of this, plus some Christmas music from Crazy and the Brains, Super Furry Animals, The Monkees, Walk The Earth, Dean Martin and of course, no Christmas episode would be complete without The Pogues. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Intro chat 04.27: Christmas Presents - Part One 11.31: A Maxime Crepeau Christmas 14.03: Walk The Earth - Feliz Navidad 16.34: Whitecaps Six of the Best game 37.24: A Brian White Christmas 38.43: Dean Martin - White Christmas 41.19: Whitecaps 2021 Festive XI 44.25: Crazy and the Brains - Little Saint Nick 47.16: Vanni Sartini State of the Whitecaps interview 79.30: The Monkees - Unwrap You For Christmas 84.52: Christmas Presents - Part Two 91.16: Unpacking Sartini - interview discussion 107.56: A Ryan Gauld Christmas 109.23: The Pogues - Fairytale of New York 115.27: Football Jeopardy 133.08: Super Furry Animals - The Gift That Keeps Giving 141.50: A Vanni Sartini Christmas 148.35: Quizball - East Fife v Bayern Munich 157.12: Christmas Presents - Part Three 163.49: Wavelength - Glenn Hoddle - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 170.49: Glasvegas - Silent Night
12/24/20212 hours, 53 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 491 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Whitecaps Year In Review with special guest Ryan Gauld)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed episode of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. It's that time of year when we reflect on the last 12 months - the good times, the bad times, the what might have beens. We'll be breaking down the year in Whitecapsland and Canadian soccer over the next few shows and we kick things off this episode with our 2021 Whitecaps Year in Review. We look back on the offseason squad building, starting the season down in Utah, the return back to Vancouver, and the season run-in and the playoffs. Plus we chat about the key additions of Ryan Gauld and Brian White, the sacking of Marc Dos Santos and the appointment of Vanni Sartini, and look ahead at what could lie in store in 2022. Our feature interview this episode is with the difference maker that joined the 'Caps in the summer, Scottish DP Ryan Gauld. We chat to Ryan about his move to Vancouver, his first season in MLS, what's to come next year, his hopes of pulling on a Scotland jersey in the near future, and a lot more. Plus we look at the Whitecaps news of the week as Tristan Blackmon joins the club, the 2022 schedule is released, and we find out if Brian White fancies a chocolate digestive. All of this, plus Scottish rapper Werd (SOS) features in this episode's special Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg continue their residency as our Artists of the Month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.35: Intro 03.25: Tristan Blackmon is a Whitecap 09.20: Whitecaps 2022 schedule released 15.45: Whitecaps Year In Review - The Offseason squad building 40.25: Whitecaps Year In Review - The Utah Months 50.05: Whitecaps Year In Review - The addition of Brian White 55.35: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Brian White 57.05: Ryan Gauld interview and discussion 80.45: Whitecaps Year In Review - the season run in, playoffs, and the year to come 97.27: Wavelength - Werd (SOS) - iWatch Adverts On iPhones
12/19/20211 hour, 46 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 490 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Play The Drum A Little Louder with special guest Nikos Overheul)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed episode of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The 2021 MLS season is finally over and there's a new name on the Cup. We chat about NYCFC's win over Portland in a MLS Cup that was far from a classic but did have controversy on and off the pitch, late drama, and a penalty shootout. Plus we talk about whether MLS should move back to neutral venues for their cup finals and the growing dominance of multi-club operations around world football. There was also a lot of other MLS news this week and we chat about some of the stuff coming out of Commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address including expansion to Las Vegas, how much the league has helped Canada's national team get to the level they're at, and a new league has been launched. What will MLS Next Pro look like for the Whitecaps? Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps Director of Recruitment Nikos Overheul. We chat to Nikos about his role at the club, his background in football, his previous work with Brentford FC and at Stats Bomb, and the growing important of analytics in modern football. All of this, plus English punk band The Angelic Upstarts feature in this episode's special Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg continue their residency as our Artists of the Month.
12/13/20212 hours, 4 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 489 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Purple Reign with special guest Maxime Crepeau)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed episode of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. And what a show we have for you this episode as we celebrate Pacific FC winning their first Canadian Premier League championship. We look back at their win over Forge, hear from head coach Pa Modou Kah and goalscoring hero Alessandro Hojabrpour, and look ahead to what may lie in the club's and Kah's future. Turning our attention to the Whitecaps, we look at the big news in Whitecapsland as Vanni Sartini is confirmed as the club's head coach and their end of season roster decisions are announced. Plus we look at who we would protect in next week's MLS Expansion Draft and discuss this weekend's MLS Conference Finals. Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. We chat to Max about his year with Vancouver and Canada, talk about the art of saving penalties, and more. Plus we kick off our 11th annual AFTN End of Season awards as we pick the Whitecaps Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Academy Player of the Year, and one to watch in 2022, plus pick the team's goal, save, and game of the year. All of this, plus Danish band Dreamjockey feature in this episode's Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg begin their residency as our Artists of the Month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.43: Intro 05.22: Pacific FC are CPL champs! 34.20: CPL and Players Union to talk CBA 39.43: Vanni Sartini confirmed as Whitecaps coach 50.37: Whitecaps roster decisions made 57.13: Which Whitecaps should be protected in Expansion draft? 66.33: MLS Cup all set for Portland 82.13: Maxime Crepeau interview and discussion 123.12: AFTN 2021 Awards - the first batch 148.20: Wavelength - Dreamjockey - Soccer
12/6/20212 hours, 39 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 488 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Hustle and Bustle)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The Whitecaps season may be over and it may have been all quiet on the blue and white front this past week, but there's a lot of big decisions coming up this offseason around the head coaching position, the current squad of players, and bringing in new faces to take the team to the next level. We give the 'Caps a helping hand, and kick off our offseason shows, with our annual look at who the club need to keep around, who should be traded, transferred or loaned out, and who should be cut free and wished well in their future endeavours. We break the squad down into defence, midfield, and attack and look at the individual contributions around the team, or lack of. How much offseason activity should 'Caps fans expect in the transfer market? The MLS playoffs are in full swing and they've been serving up late drama. We look at the latest games and some of the latest talking points coming out of Canada's other MLS sides - Toronto and Montreal. All of this, plus New Jersey artist Motherway features in this episode's Wavelength and Jersey band Crazy and the Brains wind up their residency as our Artists of the Month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.42: Intro and football cards 06.51: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - goalkeepers 20.19: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - defenders 46.31: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - midfielders 60.53: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - forwards 78.40: MLS playoffs round-up 95.01: TFC make moves off the pitch 103.40: CF Montreal vs supporters 113.49: Wavelength - Motherway - Soccer
11/29/20212 hours, 1 minute, 55 seconds
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Episode 487 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Dreams Can Be So Cruel Sometimes)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. It's a playoff edition as we look at the highs and lows for the two BC teams in postseason action this weekend, as the Whitecaps MLS season came to an end in Kansas City, but Pacific FC's continued as they made it to the Canadian Premier league championship game. We kick things off with some 'Caps chat, who are one and done after going down to a 3-1 defeat at Sporting KC in the MLS playoffs. What went wrong? What was with the line-up? And should we be feeling a bit downbeat about crashing out early, optimistic about what they've achieved and the future, or a combination of all of that? We look at the main talking points from the game and hear from 'Caps coach Vanni Sartini, plus we round up the rest of the weekend's MLS playoff action. But it was far better news for Pacific FC as they beat Cavalry FC, in somewhat controversial circumstances, in their semi-final to reach their first ever CPL championship game against Forge FC in two week's time. We chat about both semis, set up the final, and hear from Pacific head coach Pa Modou Kah and Cavalry's Tommy Wheeldon Jr. All of this, plus New Zealand Sunday league team turned band Cumbia Blazera make their debut in this episode's Wavelength and Jersey band Crazy and the Brains continue their residency as our Artists of the Month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.40: Intro and football cards 06.40: Whitecaps lose to KC in MLS playoffs 66.29: MLS playoffs round-up 75.00: Pacific FC reach CPL Championship game 102.50: Wavelength - Cumbia Blazera - Game We Should Have Won
11/22/20211 hour, 55 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 486 - The AFTN Soccer Show (World At Their Feet)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. It's an exciting time in Canadian soccer and we're in a celebratory mood this episode with Canada getting ever closer to reaching the World Cup in Qatar and the Whitecaps getting set for their first MLS playoff campaign since 2017. Happy days and we have it all covered for you in this episode. We start off on the international stage as Canada made it six points from six in World Cup qualifying in Edmonton and they finish 2021 at the top of the Octo. We look back at the big talking points from the wins over Costa Rica and Mexico and get the inside scoop from our man on the ground at Commonwealth Stadium. Have Canada all but assured a top four finish? Where will the next match against the US be played? We chat about all of this and more. Moving back to domestic matters, as the Whitecaps get set to head to Kansas City in playoff action, we look at the team's poor postseason record, preview the KC match, and chat one-on-one with 'Caps head coach Vanni Sartini. And there's still time for our feature interview this episode as we sit down for a chat with the 'Caps leading scorer Brian White about his career so far, coming to Vancouver, and the game against KC. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.00: Intro and football cards 11.05: Canada are top of the Octo 71.16: Whitecaps playoff record and playoff optimism 82.13: Vanni Sartini interview 91.45: Sporting KC v Whitecaps playoff preview 107.00: Brian White interview 134.37: Wavelength - Embrace - World At Your Feet
11/18/20212 hours, 24 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 485 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Moving On To Something Better)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The 2021 MLS regular season is in the history books and after many twists and turns and ups and downs, the Whitecaps are in the postseason for the first time since 2017. We pick over the bones of their playoff clinching 1-1 draw at home to Seattle, look around the rest of the action on Decision Day as the afternoon timeline played out, and set up the playoffs to come. But while it's great news on the pitch for the 'Caps, the sexual misconduct scandal is still looming large off it. We look at the latest developments as MLS name the investigators appointed, and we chat with Lindsay Ingham, a Californian lawyer who specializes in such investigations, for an insight into how they proceed and more. Our feature interview this episode is with Colin Elmes and Will Cromack of TSS Rovers as we chat about the club joining League 1 BC, the importance of the league to game's development here, and their plans for fan ownership. All of this, plus we chat about the plans for the 2022 MLS season, the CPL playoff battle, Crazy and the Brains continue their stint as Artists of the Month, and Tulsa band The Shame feature in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.45: Whitecaps v Sounders and how MLS Decision Day played out 61.35: Whitecaps sexual misconduct allegations - latest developments and Lindsay Ingham interview 101.09: TSS Rovers interview with Colin Elmes and Will Cromack 148.03: League 1 BC and fan ownership discussion 157.20: Canadian Premier League playoff battle 165.53: Wavelength - The Shame - For Football And The Pints
11/8/20212 hours, 54 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 484 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Listening To The Music With No Fear)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. Decision Day beckons and the Whitecaps are heading into it in the playoff places and with their postseason fate very firmly in their own hands. A draw at LAFC on Tuesday night has left them with both hands on the wheel and looking in a fairly good position with one game of the MLS regular season. Can they steer the clear path ahead? We look back at the highs, lows, and main talking points from the game in LA, talk about the defensive shift put in by the entire team as they were put under siege, and look ahead to Sunday, the clash with Seattle, and the playoff scenarios that could play out. Plus we hear from Vanni Sartini, Maxime Crepeau and Florian Jungwirth. There's been a lot of developments in the Whitecaps abuse scandal this past week and we bring you up to speed. And there's still time to chat about some of the other big talking points around Canadian soccer this week as the Canadian Premier League playoff race heats up, Pacific FC just fall short in their bid to reach the Canadian Championship final, and Forge FC make history by becoming the first CPL side to reach the CONCACAF Champions League. Plus we chat with Valour's Phillip Dos Santos, Cavalry's Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and Forge's Bobby Smyrniotis. The music in this week's show comes from our new Artists of the Month, New Jersey band Crazy and the Brains, Scottish rapper Mog, and My Brother Woody return in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.23: Intros and football cards 06.14:Whitecaps abuse scandal - the fallout continues 30.20: MLS West round-up 34.01: LAFC v Whitecaps postgame analysis 63.12: Decision Day scenarios and Seattle preview 81.00: Canadian football round-up - CPL, Canadian Championship, CONCACAF League 106.34: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Early Reducer
11/4/20211 hour, 57 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 483 - The AFTN Soccer Show (On The Sideline Screaming Away)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The wild, wild West is going down to the wire and the Whitecaps are right in the mix for a first postseason berth since 2017. Wednesday's night's win over Minnesota was huge for the 'Caps playoff hopes and with two games left to play, a point may prove to be all they need. We pick over the bones of that win and look at some of the standout performances, plus we round up the midweek MLS action and look ahead to the season run-in for all of those teams battling for a playoff spot. But it's not all been happy news in Whitecapsland as the women's team abuse scandal that rocked the club resurfaced this week with allegations against another coach. With this following on from disturbing abuse allegations coming out of the NWSL over the past few months, we chat about the issue of player safety in the women's game and what lessons will be learned for future generations from these cases. And there's still time to chat about some of the other big talking points around Canadian soccer this week and bring you two more tunes from our Artists of the Month, Australian band The Chats, one of them in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.24: MLS West midweek round-up 09.26: Whitecaps v Minnesota postgame analysis 36.56: MLS season run-in chat and LAFC preview 54.11: Wavelength - The Chats - 4573 57.50: Abuse allegations in women's soccer 87.48: Canadian soccer news round-up
10/29/20211 hour, 42 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 482 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Feeling Good?)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. It's been a busy week for Vancouver Whitecaps with three games in seven days and seven points taken from them. It's left the team above the playoff line with three games to go. Can they hang on? Can they even secure a home playoff game? And what does all of that mean for interim head coach Vanni Sartini? It's going to be a nervy end to the season. We chat about all of that and more as we look back at the Whitecaps dramatic come from behind win in Portland and the hangover draw in San Jose. What does that do to the team's mentality and how the rest of the West will view them? Was dropping points in San Jose just them running out of juice? We look at the latest playoff picture in the MLS West and preview the crucial midweek match against Minnesota. And there's still time to chat about the Canadian women's celebration tour, play a Wavelength song all about Qatar 2022, and bring you two more tunes from our Artists of the Month, Australian band The Chats. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.25: Intro and football cards 07.50: That Timbers win and what it does for the Whitecaps 33.02: Earthquakes v Whitecaps postgame analysis 57.43: MLS West weekend round-up 80.35: Minnesota preview 100.52: Wavelength - Rasmus Wold - Never Mind The Slavery 104.40: World Cup 2022 chat 110.20: CanWNT Celebration tour
10/24/20212 hours
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Episode 481 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Rising Temperatures)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. We cover a lot of bases again this week as we talk football at club and country level around the country. The temperature gauge was certainly rising in the MLS Western Conference as the action heated up with six games remaining. The Whitecaps finished the weekend in the same situation they started it, one point and one place back off the playoff line. They kept there with a fantastically hard fought home win over Sporting Kansas City. We pick over the bones of that game, look at the weekend's action in the West, and preview the 'Caps next two matches. Can they keep things going? Plus we look at Canada's World Cup qualifier against Panama and cast our eyes over the latest results and standings in the Canadian Premier League. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.36: Intro and football cards 08.09: MLS West weekend round-up 18.49: Whitecaps v Sporting KC postgame analysis 41.46: Portland and San Jose preview 57.40: Canada CONCACAF World Cup qualifying chat 87.50: Canadian Premier League chat 97.00: Wavelength - Ultraska - Against Modern Football
10/18/20211 hour, 46 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 480 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Fallen Leaves)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. We cover a lot of bases this week as we talk football at club and country level around the country and the region. Kicking things off in Major League Soccer, we delve into the latest Cascadia Cup clash that saw the Whitecaps fall to a 4-1 defeat in Seattle. After a horrible start, they gave a decent account of themselves at times during the match, but defensive lapses loomed large and cost them dearly. We look at all the highs and lows coming out of the match, where that leave's the 'Caps in the MLS West playoff race, and look at the season run-in for all the team in and around them. Moving on to the international stage and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, we look back at Canada's two draws with Mexico and Jamaica, the chances taken and the missed opportunities, and after a dramatic round of games, where that leaves all the teams five matches in ahead of a big Canada v Panama game on Wednesday evening. And we round things off this episode with a discussion about the new League 1 BC that was officially announced this week. We chat about the details that have been revealed thus far and discuss whether BC is ready for such a league, the importance of getting the excitement in the local communities in growing the game here, what this can mean in the grand scheme of player development, and a lot more. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.41: Intro and football cards 11.46: Sounders v Whitecaps postgame analysis 29.41: MLS West playoff race - the lie of the land and the road ahead 46.00: Canada CONCACAF World Cup qualifying chat 82.07: League 1 BC launch discussion 104.45: Wavelength - Loyalty - Give Football Back To The Working Class
10/11/20211 hour, 53 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 479 - The AFTN Soccer Show (White-hot)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The Whitecaps made it one loss in their last 15 matches with a crucial 3-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes at the weekend, moving to within a point of the MLS playoff places thanks to a Brian White hat-trick. We pick over the bones of that one, hear from head coach Vanni Sartini, and see where the win leaves the 'Caps in the playoff picture. We also delve in the Whitecaps attacking and defensive options for the rest of this season and next, and debate whether now is the time for a settled starting line-up when possible or is the tinkering a way to keep things fresh and the opposition on their toes? Turning our attention to the international stage, we look ahead to Canada's three World Cup qualifiers and chat with 'Caps keeper Maxime Crepeau about them. Plus what is Vanni Sartini's favourite jam? Does Florian Jungwirth fancy a chocolate digestive? Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.35: Intro and football cards 06.35: Whitecaps v Earthquakes postgame analysis 28.05: Vanni Sartini discussion 43.00: Vanni Sartini's Favourite Jam 44.50: MLS round-up and Seattle preview 64.16: Whitecaps defensive chat 78.03: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Florian Jungwirth 80.16: Whitecaps striker chat - Cava v White, who's here next year? 102.42: Canada World Cup qualifying chat 112.03: Maxime Crepeau on WCQs 117.57: Wavelength - Superyob - Sweet FA
10/4/20212 hours, 7 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 478 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Making Moves with Axel Schuster, Pa-Modou Kah, and Bobby Smyrniotis)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. And what a busy week it's been. The Whitecaps got back to winning ways with a narrow victory at home to FC Dallas on Saturday. We look at the highlights and lowlights coming out of that one, where that leaves the team after the weekend's results, and look ahead to the Houston game midweek. And Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster joins us to chat about the new Leagues Cup format, the search for a new head coach, and the development of the 'Caps' U19s. We also hear from MLS Commissioner Don Garber about the revamped Leagues Cup, Pacific FC's Pa-Modou Kah and Forge FC's Bobby Smyrniotis talk about One Soccer's new deal with Telus, automatic qualification to the CONCACAF Champions League from 2024 for two CPL teams, and growing the league. Plus we look at Rob Gale's departure at Valour and hear from his replacement, former Whitecaps assistant coach Phillip Dos Santos, Pa-Modou Kah talks Canadian Championship semi-finals, Werd (SOS) ends his residency as our Artist of the Month for September, and Nottingham punk band Resistance 77 are in Wavelength as Football Violence Awareness Month wraps up. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.37: Intro and football cards 06.32: Whitecaps v Dallas postgame analysis 30.51: Axel Schuster on coaching search and U19s 44.50: MLS round-up and Houston preview 57.11: Leagues Cup revamp with audio from Garber and Schuster 77.00: Pa Modou Kah on CCL and League Cups revamp and growing CPL 92.43: Bobby Smyrniotis on CCL and League Cups revamp and growing CPL 100.25: Rob Gale out at Valour, Phillip Dos Santos takes over 119.05: Pa-Modou Kah on Canadian Championship semi-finals 125.10: Wavelength - Resistance '77 - Saturday On The Terraces
9/27/20212 hours, 13 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 477 - The AFTN Soccer Show (On The Rocks with special guest Florian Jungwirth)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian football chat. As those around them pick up the wins, the room for error is getting ever smaller for the 'Caps and while an away draw in Colorado is normally a good result, we're getting to the have to start getting three points stage of the season. We pick over the bones of that game, talk Whitecaps defence, and look at where the draw leaves the 'Caps in the grand scheme of things in the Western Conference, plus as another MLS manager falls, we look at how urgent filling the Vancouver vacancy could become. Our feature interview this episode is with one of the newest Whitecaps, German centreback Florian Jungwirth. We chat with Flo about his early days in football in Germany, his initial slow loving of the game, making the move to MLS, settling in to Vancouver, and about his work with his rescue dogs charity in Spain. Plus Werd (SOS) continues as our Artist of the Month for September and London punk band Infa Riot are in Wavelength as Football Violence Awareness Month continues! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.35: Rapids v Whitecaps postgame analysis 40.40: Artist of the Month - Werd (SOS) ft Kirsty Innes - One The Rocks 45.28: Florian Jungwirth interview 69.15: Whitecaps defensive discussion 79.42: Wavelength - Infa Riot - Bootboys 85.48: Goodbyes and football strips chat
9/20/20211 hour, 31 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 476 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Lost in the Forest of Fruition)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian football chat. It's been another busy few days at club and country level and we have you covered again in this episode. The Whitecaps saw their 10 game unbeaten league run ended in a 1-0 Cascadia derby loss to Portland Timbers on Friday night. We look at the highs and lows from the game, some of the bizarre personnel decisions on the night, the continued flat first half performances, and where that loss leaves the 'Caps now after the weekend's other results in the Western Conference. Turning our attention to the international stage, we delve into the aftermath of Canada's 3-0 win over El Salvador in World Cup qualifying and look at the lay of the land in the CONCACAF octagon. Plus we hear some postgame audio from head coach John Herdman and players Atiba Hutchinson and Milan Borjan. Plus Werd (SOS) continues as our Artist of the Month for September and London punk/Oi! band The Ejected are in Wavelength as a NSFW Football Violence Awareness Month continues! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.56: Intro and football cards 06.25: Whitecaps v Timbers postgame analysis 43.45: Artist of the Month - Werd (SOS) x Deeko - Just Us 49.05: CONCACAF World Cup qualifying chat 91.30: Wavelength - The Ejected - Football Song
9/12/20211 hour, 38 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 475 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Flame Still Burning with special guest Vanni Sartini)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian football chat. It's been another busy few days at club and country level and we have you covered with it in this episode. We kick things off with a look at the Whitecaps' latest win, a 2-1 come from behind victory at home to Austin FC. Is this the mark of a playoff side or has it been two wins against poor opposition? What's behind another slow start and what can we take from a scintillating second half? We chat about all of this, plus we hear from the gaffer and look at the playoff picture in the MLS West. Our feature interview for this episode is with the 'Caps interim head coach Vanni Sartini. We chat with Vanni about growing up playing and as a football fan in Italy, his coaching background, his move to the US and coming on the Whitecaps' radar, his coaching philosophies, and more. Plus we find out the most important thing, does he fancy a chocolate digestive? Turning our attention to the international stage, we delve into the aftermath of Canada's 1-1 draw with the US, look at what that means in terms of the other CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, and chat about the farcical scenes in CONMEBOL between Brazil and Argentina. Plus Werd (SOS) continues as our new Artist of the Month for September and Spanish band Non Servium are in Wavelength as Football Violence Awareness Month continues! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro and football cards 07.08: Whitecaps v Austin postgame analysis 47.56: Vanni Sartini interview and discussion 86.06: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Vanni Sartini 91.25: USA v Canada postgame analysis 120.13: Wavelength - Non Servium - Hooligans
9/6/20212 hours, 7 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 474 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Wake Up Calls with special guest Axel Schuster)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian football chat. It's all about club and country this episode as we look at both the recent turmoil in Whitecapsland and the way ahead and at Canada kicking off the next part in their Quest for Qatar. We sit down for a chat with Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster to talk about the firing of head coach Marc Dos Santos, the search for his replacement, and the future direction of the club. Was the dismissal of MDS on the cards for a while? What has the first week of the new coaching search been like and just what are they looking for? Will they splash the cash for right man? Could we see a free agent or a third DP added before the roster freeze? We chat about all of that and more. Turning our attention to the international stage, we delve into Canada's less than stellar start to the Octagon after they dropped two points to Honduras on Thursday night and what that might mean for the rest of their World Cup qualifying campaign. What went wrong? Did everyone get caught up in the hype and forget how dangerous Honduras can be? Is this merely a blip and can the young Canucks bounce back against the US on Sunday? All this and more, plus we hear the postgame thoughts of head coach John Herdman. Plus Werd (SOS) features as our new Artist of the Month for September and Vanilla Muffins are back in Wavelength as Football Violence Awareness Month returns! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.35: Axel Schuster interview 31.42: Unpacking Axel 54.32: Artist of the Month - Werd (SOS) - Echo 58.11: Canada v Honduras World Cup qualifying chat 86.08: Wavelength - Vanilla Muffins - Modern Football Sucks (Death of a Hooligan)
9/3/20211 hour, 34 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 473 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Turbulent Times)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. It's been a turbulent few days in Whitecapsland. Thursday night's Canadian Championship loss to Pacific FC was the catalyst that sparked the firing of head coach on Friday, and ended with an important MLS win against RSL on Sunday. We delve into all of those things in this episode as we look back at the shambolic derby loss to Pacific and ponder what went wrong, chat about the subsequent firing of Marc Dos Santos as Whitecaps head coach and whether the timing was right, and cast a critical eye over the MDS era in Vancouver. We also look at who else should shoulder some blame for the Whitecaps' current state, talk about what might be next for the Dos Santos brothers, and look at some candidates to take over the helm in Vancouver. Plus we chat about the new man in the hotseat in the interim, Vanni Sartini, and look at how his first match in charge produced a 4-1 victory over RSL. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro 03.48: Pacific FC knock off 'Caps in Canadian Championship 17.24: The firing of Marc Dos Santos 34.26: The MDS era - how will it be remembered? 60.21: Vanni Sartini takes over 73.20: Whitecaps v RSL postgame analysis 94.39: What's next for the Dos Santos brothers 102.10: The next Whitecaps coach - who will it be and what will he bring? 118.42: Wavelength - Puffin Ethics - Wish 'n' Chips
8/30/20212 hours, 8 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 472 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Honey I'm Home)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The boys are back in town and they couldn't have had a happier homecoming. The Whitecaps played their first home match in Vancouver in front of fans in 539 days and came away with a huge 2-1 win over LAFC. We pick over the bones of that win, look at the fighting spirit of the squad, and hear the postgame thoughts of Marc Dos Santos, Ryan Gauld, and Ryan Raposo. The win sees the 'Caps move to within three points of the playoff places. We round up the weekend action in the MLS Western Conference and get MDS' thoughts on the tightness of it all. Plus we look ahead to Thursday's Battle of BC against Pacific FC, talk cup football with Ryan Gauld, round up this season's Canadian Championship action so far, and look back at Forge FC's big CONCACAF League win. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.42: Intro and football cards 06.35: Whitecaps v LAFC postgame analysis and audio 60.29: MLS West round-up 73.13: MLS West standings discussion with MDS 79.43: MLS All-Star chat 89.50: The Battle of BC looms 105.54: Canadian Championship round-up 107.27: Forge advance in CONCACAF League 112.38: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Back Where We Belong
8/23/20212 hours, 1 minute, 25 seconds
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Episode 471 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Everything's Going To Be Alright Alright Alright)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps chat. The Whitecaps extended their unbeaten run to seven matches on Wednesday night, this time coming away with a win after five straight draws. We pick over the bones of the 2-1 win in Austin, look at difference maker that was Ryan Gauld, and hear some postgame thoughts from the man himself, along with Jake Nerwinski and both head coaches. How does this set the 'Caps up for their four game home stand in Vancouver? Is the postseason a reality or still a pipe dream? And what should the team look like for the exciting first match back on home turf against LAFC on Saturday? We look at all of that and more, plus we pay tribute to German legend Gerd Muller, and Halftime Oranges return for this episode's Wavelength.
8/19/20211 hour, 19 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 470 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Burning Bright with special guest Adam Day)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian football chat. The Whitecaps extended their unbeaten run to six matches on Friday night. It may have been another draw, but every point counts, especially on the road, and it's a case of slowly, slowly catchy monkey as they climb the Western Conference standings. We pick over the bones of Vancouver's scoreless draw in San Jose, chat about a solid defensive effort, the offensive spark we saw later in the game, and talk injury concerns. Plus we hear some postgame thoughts from head coach Marc Dos Santos and we look ahead to what really feels like a must win game against Austin FC on Wednesday. Our feature interview this episode is with Canadian women's national team assistant coach Adam Day. Adam joins us for an in-depth look behind the scenes at the women's historic gold medal winning performance at the Tokyo Olympics. We find out about life in the village bubble, talk through the games and the gold, and chat about what's next for the team and the women's domestic game here in Canada. Plus we look ahead to upcoming FVSL season where Adam will coach FC Tigers. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.06: Intro and football cards 08.26: Earthquakes v Whitecaps postgame analysis with thoughts from MDS 42.52: Austin preview 54.20: Adam Day interview and CanWNT chat 104.16: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Bouncebackability
8/14/20211 hour, 52 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 469 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Turning Up The Heat with guests Florian Jungwirth, Ryan Gauld, and Javain Brown)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. It's been another week of non stop football action and talking points for us to delve into and we kick things off by looking at a busy week in the transfer market for the Whitecaps, with three new additions and two guys going out on loan. We look at all of that, hear some thoughts from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos, and chat to the latest addition, German defender Florian Jungwirth. The Whitecaps were in action on Sunday night, coming up with their seventh draw of the season down in LA. We pick over the bones of that Galaxy game, the highs and lows, and hear the post games thoughts of MDS and MLS debutant Ryan Gauld. Our feature interview this week is with the Whitecaps Jamaican defender Javain Brown as we chat about his move to the college in the US, coming to Vancouver, and the start of his pro career in MLS so far. Plus we round up the weekend's action around MLS West, look back at the Olympic gold medal winning performance from Canada's women's team, and chat about the future of women's soccer here in Canada. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.45: Intro and football cards 06.43: Busy week for the Whitecaps in the transfer market 18.26: Florian Jungwirth chat 48.43: Galaxy v Whitecaps postgame analysis with thoughts from MDS and Ryan Gauld 91.22: Javain Brown interview 101.43: MLS midweek round-up and San Jose Galaxy preview 120.41: The future of women's football in Canada 155.50: Wavelength - Squeeze - Beautiful Game
8/9/20212 hours, 43 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 468 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Tartan Special with special guests Ryan Gauld, Maxime Crepeau, and Marc Dos Santos)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS chat. The Whitecaps finally have their number 10. Scottish playmaker Ryan Gauld was unveiled at training this week and there's a spring in our tartan steps here at the AFTN Soccer Show. We look at the impact Ryan might have on the team, but temper those expectations that he's going to come in become a messiah right away. Although Vancouver do need some help as they sink to the foot of the Western Conference standings after the midweek action. We sit down for a chat with Ryan to talk about his career so far and his move to Vancouver, in one of three exclusive one on ones this episode. We also get the thoughts of 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos on Ryan and what's next for the team. Plus we chat with 'Caps keeper Maxime Crepeau after his return to the team from Gold Cup action with Canada. We talk about that heartbreaking semi final loss to Mexico, try and find out what kicked off at the end, look at the successful tournament for Canada and the hope for the future for World Cup qualifying, and talk about finally being back in Vancouver and getting the 'Caps firing again. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.00: Ryan Gauld unveiled! - with audio from Axel Schuster, Marc Dos Santos, and Ryan Gauld 31.49: Ryan Gauld interview 53.03: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Ryan Gauld 57.32: Maxime Crepeau interview 71.45: Tosaint Rickett's Favourite Jam 73.05: MLS midweek round-up and :LA Galaxy preview 82.35: Wavelength - Ricky Ross - Proud To Be An Arab
8/5/20211 hour, 30 minutes
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Episode 467 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Going For Gauld)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat. What a week of football. What a week of emotions. There's been highs, there's been heartbreak, there's been feelings of immense pride and gut punches. Would we have it any other way? Well we try and cover it all in this episode. Kicking things off with the Whitecaps, we pick over the bones of their 2-2 draw with Minnesota United in their final 'home' match in Utah and hear from head coaches Marc Dos Santos and Adrian Heath and the man that gave away the crucial penalty at the end, Minnesota's Ethan Finlay. It wasn't a great overall performance, but the Whitecaps showed fight to leave with a point. They need a lot more though, can Ryan Gauld provide that for them now that he's officially signed? And what other help do they need? Turning our attention to the international stage, we look at the joy of Canada's women's team getting to the gold medal match at the Olympics and the heartbreak of the Canadian men's team losing their Gold Cup semi-final to a last minute winner, plus we hear from John Herdman, Maxime Crepeau and Jonathan Osorio. And there's still time for a round-up of all the big talking points in Major League Soccer and the Canadian Premier League, and we hear from Pa Modou Kah, Marco Bustos and Tommy Wheeldon Jr. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.40: Intro and football cards 07.50: Whitecaps v Minnesota postgame analysis and coaches audio 44.10: Ryan Gauld is finally a Whitecap 54.57: MLS news of the week and match round-up 79.32: Canada's women are going for gold 83.15: Canada's men suffer Gold Cup heartbreak 108.45: Canadian Premier League chat 118.55: Wavelength - Primal Scream, Irvine Welsh, and On U Sound - The Big Man and the Scream Team meet the Barmy Army uptown
8/2/20212 hours, 7 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 466 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Home Is Wherever I'm With You)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat. What a fantastic feast of football, and indeed sport, was served up this weekend. And most of it gives us a lot of positives to chat about this week. We start off in MLS with the Whitecaps. They may have given up a two goal lead, but there were a lot of positives to be taken and foundations laid from their draw at LAFC. We look back at the highs, the lows, and the main talking points coming out of the match, hear from head coaches Marc Dos Santos and Bob Bradley, and round up the weekend's action in MLS. The Whitecaps have now headed back to Vancouver for the first time since March, and while they won't be playing home games here until August 21st, they can at least train and be in their own surroundings. We look at their return, the boost it's given the team, and hear the thoughts of MDS, Russell Teibert, and Brian White on finally getting back to Canada. Moving onto the international stage, the 2021 Gold Cup is at the semi-final stage and Canada are there to battle it out for a place in the final after their win over Costa Rica. We look back at that excellent quarter-final performance, hear from head coach John Herdman, and he and Max Crepeau share some thoughts about a wide open tournament. Heading back home to the Canadian Premier League, we look at where things stand for each team after the kickoff tournament event in Winnipeg wrapped up and bring you audio from each side featuring Valour FC's Rob Gale and Jonathan Sirois, Pacific FC's James Merriman, Cavalry FC's Tommy Wheeldon Jr, FC Edmonton's Alan Koch, Forge FC's Bobby Smyrniotis, York United's Jim Brennan, HFX Wanderers Mesut Mert and Alessandro Riggi, and Atletico Ottawa's Malcolm Shaw. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro and football card 06.53: LAFC v Whitecaps postgame analysis and coaches audio 42.53: The Whitecaps are back home with thoughts from MDS, Russell Teibert, and Brian White 53.15: MLS round-up 67.35: Canada beat Costa Rica and Gold Cup round-up 98.45: Canadian women's national team at Tokyo Olympics 108.41: Canadian Premier League Western team chat 135.44: Canadian Premier League Eastern team and general chat 161.05: Wavelength - Dive In The Box - Defend The River End
7/26/20212 hours, 46 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 465 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Homeward Bound with special guests Ollie Bassett and Matteo Polisi)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian Premier League chat. The Whitecaps looked to build on their weekend win with a game against Houston Dynamo on Tuesday night. It was a bit of a snoozefest, but we look back at the 0-0 draw, hear from coaches Marc Dos Santos and Tab Ramos, look ahead to the next game against LAFC, and chat about the big Whitecaps news this week - they're finally heading back to Vancouver (with thoughts from MDS and James Merriman). We also look at the exciting BC derby with Pacific FC that was announced for next month's Canadian Championship, talk about Pacific's start to the CPL season with assistant coach James Merriman, and bring you two feature interviews with Pacific players - midfielder Ollie Bassett and forward Matteo Polisi. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.43: Whitecaps v Dynamo match analysis and coaches audio 31.35: The Whitecaps are finally coming home to Vancouver! 36.08: MLS round-up and LAFC preview 47.47: Pacific v Whitecaps set for Canadian Championship 65.35: Ollie Bassett interview 96.35: Pacific FC discussion with James Merriman 103.48: Matteo Polisi interview 126.55: Wavelength - Courting - Football
7/22/20212 hours, 11 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 464 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Not Beans Again)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and international football chat. It felt like it may never happen again, but we've finally got another Whitecaps win to talk about! We pick over the bones of Vancouver's 2-1 come from behind win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night. A game that ended an eight match winless run. We chat about all the highs and the lows, look ahead to the Houston game on Tuesday, talk incoming additions, and hear from head coach Marc Dos Santos. Looking around the rest of MLS, we talk about Toronto and Montreal returning back home to play games in Canada and what Vancouver can learn from them, we round up all the weekend's action in the Western and Eastern Conferences, the sacking of Gabriel Heinze in Atlanta, and we hear from Atlanta United's Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra about the decision. Moving onto the international stage, we turn our attention the Gold Cup. Canada have made the quarter-finals despite losing a closely fought affair with the US. Wee look back at that game and the road ahead, and hear the thoughts of both head coaches, Canada's John Herdman and America's Gregg Berhalter on the growing rivalry between the two sides. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.27: Intro and football cards 07.17: Whitecaps beat LA - with audio from MDS 37.00: More Whitecaps chat including Houston preview 58.20: MLS Week in Review - TFC and Montreal return home. Gabriel Heinze sacked in Atlanta, Western Conference round-up 94.30: Canada v USA Gold Cup chat and rivalry discussion 114.05: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Don't Read The Chatboxes Beside Football Streams
7/19/20212 hours, 56 seconds
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Episode 463 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Bella Bella)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and international football chat. What a few weeks of fantastic football we've had to watch, and there's another few weeks ahead. The Whitecaps also played another game, and we'll be looking at all of that action across the globe this episode. The 'Caps extended their winless run to eight with a midweek loss too RSL. We look back at that, try and work out where it's all going wrong, and question whether the imminent new additions will turn the season around or is MDS in for a further tough time of it when the team get back to Vancouver. Despite MLS playing lots of matches, international competitions have been in full flow and we talk Canada in the Gold Cup, Messi finally winning a Copa America, and the highs of Italy's win at Euro 2020 and the lows of the abuse England's penalty takers have received. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.37: Intro and football cards 09.27: Whitecaps News of the Week - another loss, where is it all going wrong, MDS' future, Cornelius loaned out, transfer rumours 51.07: Canada and Gold Cup chat 64.21: Copa America chat 73.12: Euro 2020 chat 92.41: Wavelength - The Chromosones - Goalkeeper
7/12/20211 hour, 39 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 462 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Lapses and Collapses - Dallas v Whitecaps, Ali Adnan leaves, Chris Armas sacking, MLS and CPL round-ups)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian Premier League chat. It was more stoppage time heartbreak for the Whitecaps on Sunday night, giving up a late equaliser to draw 2-2 in Dallas. We pick over the bones of the game, ponder the 'Caps stoppage time woes, worry about what this latest late lapse will do the team, and look ahead at what's to come. Plus we hear some thoughts from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and centre back Andy Rose. The other big Whitecaps news this weekend was the club parting ways with Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan. We look at a move that was probably the best option for both sides, but still a disappointing one, and hear from the 'Caps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the whole ridiculous situation. The big MLS story this weekend was the sacking of Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas after his side's 7-1 shellacking by DC United. We look at that decision, hear from TFC's Bill Manning and Ali Curtis, and round up all the top weekend action across MLS. The Canadian Premier League is in full flow. We look at the action so far and hear from FC Edmonton head coach Alan Koch, Valour FC's Rob Gale, and Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.45: Intro and football cards 07.15: Dallas v Vancouver postgame analysis 69.29: Ali Adnan moves on 103.49: Chris Armas sacked in Toronto 128.09: MLS Week in Review 137.26: The CPL story so far 164.30: Wavelength - AZ and Palize - Top Striker
7/5/20212 hours, 52 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 461 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Scorchio! - Whitecaps draw, Ryan Gauld rumours, CPL kicks off, Alan Koch interview)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian Premier League chat. British Columbia is under a heat dome, but thankfully the Whitecaps lifted some of the dark clouds over the team this weekend with a battling draw in Seattle to end a five game losing streak. It wasn't enough to stop them sinking to bottom in the West but it's given some hope. We pick over the bones of that game and the midweek loss to LA Galaxy, hear from head coach Marc Dos Santos and DP striker Lucas Cavallini, and look ahead at how the 'Caps can build on a positive performance. They still need a number 10 badly. Is Scottish player Ryan Gauld the man? We chat about the transfer rumour we broke and hear MDS' thoughts on the player. The Canadian Premier League kicked off this weekend and our feature interview this episode is with new FC Edmonton head coach Alan Koch as we talk about building the Eddies roster and what to expect from the side this season. Plus we hear from CPL commissioner David Clanachan, Pacific FC head coach Pa Modou Kah, and HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.45: Intro and football cards 05.32: The aftermath of the Whitecaps loss to LA 16.20: Whitecaps v Sounders - postgame analysis with audio from MDS and Cavalliini 65.31: Ryan Gauld - what would the Whitecaps get? Featuring some thoughts from MDS 81.59: CPL kicks off featuring audio from Pa Modou Kah and Stephen Hart 102.44: Alan Koch interview and FC Edmonton chat 135.07: David Clanachan audio and more CPL chat
6/28/20212 hours, 31 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 460 - The AFTN Soccer Show (There's Danger On The Way)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and international football chat. It's just non-stop football, football, football right now, or at least it is here at AFTN Towers. Hopefully you've got room for some more soccer chat because we have a lot to cover in this episode, both domestically and internationally. The Whitecaps and MLS were back in action after a lengthy break, and while the 'Caps will be left wishing they were still on one, there was a lot of goals and a lot of talking points across the weekend. We pick over the bones of the Whitecaps' loss at RSL and ponder, yet again, where they go now and whether they risk being cut adrift from the rest of the pack by the time they even get to return to Vancouver. We also hear from both head coaches and look at the action across the league this weekend. Turning our attention to the international stage we look at the Canadian men's national team reaching the last round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, the road ahead to reach Qatar, and chat about where we feel the seven home matches should be played. Plus we look back at a fantastic start to the Euros. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.48: Intro and football cards 08.10: RSL v Vancouver postgame analysis with audio from Marc Dos Santos and Freddy Juarez 58.37: MLS Week in Review 86.24: Euro 2020 chat 119.05: Wavelength - Rudebeard - Toepokes and Tragedies 123.26: Canadian national team chat
6/21/20212 hours, 38 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 459 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Battle Of Utah - RSL v Vancouver Preview Show)

The latest AFTN Vancouver Whitecaps preview show is out. The Whitecaps have called Sandy, Utah their home away from home so far this season. On Friday night, they'll be the away team at that home to take on Real Salt Lake as MLS gets back at it after a lengthy international break. It's been nearly four week since the 'Caps kicked a ball in action. Head coach Marc Dos Santos has worked on some stuff at training during that time. Will we see the fruits of that labour on Friday? Joe and Gideon return to preview the match and ponder the threat RSL pose and whether all that time in Utah makes this a more level playing field for the 'Caps, who are desperately needing to get back to winning ways after three straight road losses. What kind of Whitecaps side will we see?
6/17/202129 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 458 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Feast Of Football with special guest Axel Schuster)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and general football chat. While the world may be watching international teams fight for glory across many continents, we're staying closer to home for the bulk of this episode as we bring you an in-depth one-on-one with Vancouver Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster and unpack some of the stuff he had to say. The MLS season is a fifth of the way in the books right now and the Whitecaps are out of the playoff places, but still very much in touch. Can they sustain that with the squad they have? Does Axel feel he's provided MDS will the necessary tools to be a playoff team? Will there be new additions coming? With the 'Caps desperately needing some help in the midfield, will it finally be coming in the summer transfer window? Well, yes, but it may not be what everyone is expecting or hoping for? We talk about all of that and more, plus Michael and Zach chat Euro 2020, World Cup qualifiers, and Copa America, after the veritable feast of football that's been served up this weekend. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Feast of Football - Euro 2020, World Cup qualifying, and Copa America chat 25.25: Axel Schuster interview 76.40: Unpacking Axel 114.38: Whitecaps back at it on Friday night - featuring audio from MDS on fans attending 128.50: Wavelength - The Cundeez - Kilts On, Taps Aff
6/14/20212 hours, 17 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 457 - The AFTN Soccer Show (All The World Is A Stage - Euro 2020 preview and Canada's World Cup qualifiers)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show and this time it's full of chat of an international flavour. We're talking World Cup qualifiers and the Euros this episode and we kick things off with a look at Canada's win over Suriname and their upcoming two-legged tie with Haiti, as a place in the CONCACAF octagon beckons in the Quest for Qatar. We hear the thoughts of Canada's head coach John Herdman and he opens up to us about the pressure and mental health strains the pandemic and the weight of expectations have brought on him. Plus we chat to Vancouver Whitecap's Canadian keeper Max Crepeau about having to watch these games away from the squad due to the birth of his first child. The bulk of this episode though is dedicated to Euro 2020. We preview the tournament, make our picks for who will do well, who will disappoint, and who might surprise, and the all-important AFTN pool picks are sorted out. Plus we bring you another Scotland song for the tournament, this time by Pete Smith. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.05: Canada World Cup qualifying chat with audio from John Herdman and Max Crepeau 37.02: Euro 2020 Preview 92.48: Wavelength - Pete Smith - Allez 97.38: Euro 2020 pool picks
6/11/20211 hour, 48 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 456 - The AFTN Soccer Show (International Rescue - Whitecaps make moves, Canada eye the octagon, the art of the football song with Neil Grant)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian national team, and general football chat. Most of the world's attention is on the international game this week between World Cup qualifiers and the Euros finally getting underway, and we're no different as we look at Canada's big win over Aruba and the qualifying path that awaits them this month. But we also turn our attention to the domestic scene, as the Whitecaps make a new addition in striker Brian White, loan out forward David Egbo, and still haven't acquired a number 10 to create the chances for the strikers to finish. With hopes of heading back to Canada soon, how tough a job is it going to be to market the team after 18 months without fans and mixed results on the pitch? Do enough people still care? We also delve into the newly announced June start to the Canadian Premier League, discuss the art of writing football songs with singer/songwriter Neil Grant, get in the Euros spirit with his latest song, and Moscow Death Brigade kick off being our Artists of the Month.
6/6/20211 hour, 57 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 455 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Dog Eat Dog with Marc Dos Santos and John Herdman)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian national team chat. It's a busy busy time in North American football. The MLS season is well underway and we're heading into a very intense period on the international stage, and we've got it all covered for you in this episode. Our feature interview is with Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos as we look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 'Caps season so far and what may lie in store for the season to come. When are reinforcements coming? Will we ever see Ali Adnan in a Whitecaps jersey on the pitch again? Will MAC Hermann Trophy winner Gloire Amanda come back into the 'Caps fold? And does MDS feel on the hot seat? We chat about all of that and more. The Whitecaps are in the midst of a 27 day break as international action takes centre stage. Canada are getting set for what will hopefully be four World Cup qualifiers in June. We look at the games ahead and the squad announced to get them into the Octagon, plus we hear some thoughts from head coach John Herdman. All of that, plus we round up the best of the action across MLS this past weekend. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: Intro and football cards 07.37: Marc Dos Santos interview 34.46: Unpacking MDS 76.11: MLS weekend round-up 114.51: Canadian national team chat with audio from John Herdman 144.58: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Blues For John Gidman
5/31/20212 hours, 32 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 454 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Breaking Point with special guest Matthew Baldisimo)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS. It may feel that the MLS season has only just started but perhaps aptly ahead of the upcoming Friends reunion, the Whitecaps are on a break. A lengthy 27 day one between matches. They head into it on a three game losing streak, but at least this gives them time to regroup, work on some key areas, and hopefully make some additions to the squad. We delve into that latest loss against Houston and try and work out where it all went wrong again, plus we hear from both head coaches, Marc Dos Santos and Tab Ramos. So what should the priorities be to work on over the coming weeks? We take a look into the major areas that need work. Let us know what you feel they should be working on most. Plus we round up the best of the action across MLS this past weekend, bring you some football stories from around the world that caught our eyes this week, and our feature interview is with Pacific FC midfielder Matthew Baldisimo as we chat about his first two seasons in the CPL, what lies ahead for the team, and about his call up to the Philippines national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.32: Intro and football cards 06.43: Houston v Vancouver postgame analysis and coaches audio 48.23: How should the Whitecaps use their break? 74.47: MLS weekend round-up 115.35: Around The World - some stories that have caught our eye 125.52: Matthew Baldisimo interview and discussion 145.30: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Kevin Kilbane
5/24/20212 hours, 33 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 453 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Houston v Vancouver Preview)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. It feels like the new MLS season has only just started, but the Whitecaps are about to go on a 27 day break between matches after this weekend's game in Houston against the Dynamo. And they'll want to round off phase 1 of the campaign with a bang. Can they though? It's been a mixed bag for both teams so far this season, so much so that trying to decide which ones will turn up for the match is not an easy task. Gideon Hill and Peter Hicken return to try and make sense of the weekend's encounter, look at the strength and weaknesses of both sides, and who and will be the keys to the game and coming away with all three points.
5/20/202132 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 452 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Overwhelmed and Underwhelming)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS. What a difference a week makes. We were all feeling quite optimistic about the Whitecaps last weekend, but two straight defeats has quickly taken the wind out of our sails a little bit, but is it really all doom and gloom? We look back at the 'Caps defeat in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon, and try and work out not so much what went wrong, as that was painfully obvious, but how on earth they can go about fixing it. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and KC's Paddington Bear-esque Peter Vermes, and look ahead to Vancouver next match against Houston. Plus we round up the best of the action across MLS this past weekend and bring you some football stories from around the world that caught our eyes this week. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.40: Intro and football cards 08.08: Sporting KC v Vancouver postgame analysis and coaches audio 61.16: MLS weekend round-up 89.30: Houston v Vancouver preview 101.45: Around The World - some stories that have caught our eye 124.35: Wavelength - Beerzone - Gazza Gazza
5/17/20212 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 451 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Try Another Flavour - Minnesota v Vancouver postgame, KC preview, MLS salaries)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS. The games are coming thick and fast for the Whitecaps right now and they headed out for the first of three away games on Wednesday night, going down to a 1-0 loss at Minnesota United. . Michael, Steve, and Zach are back for a midweek show to pick over the bones of that match. Where did it all go wrong for Vancouver after such a strong start? Was it the lack of rotation or poor substitutions? How long is the open play goal monkey going to remain on their back? And can they bounce back quickly? We look at all of that and a lot more, hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and Minnesota's Adrian Heath, and we look ahead to the Whitecaps next match against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. Plus we delve into the midweek MLS action and look at the good, the bad, and the ugly in the latest salary releases for both the Whitecaps and across the league. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.55: Minnesota v Vancouver postgame analysis 38.07: MLS midweek round-up 50.38: Sporting KC preview 66.57: Whitecaps and MLS 2021 salaries
5/14/20211 hour, 56 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode 450 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Making An Impact)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The Whitecaps got back to winning ways against their Canadian foes from out east/down south, coming away with a 2-0 win against Montreal on Saturday afternoon. We're joined by Paul Vance from The Ball Is Round podcast to pick over the bones of the game, the highs and the lows for both teams, and we hear the thoughts of head coaches Marc Dos Santos and Wilfried Nancy. We also delve into some of the main questions surrounding the Whitecaps right now - when will they score from open play, why do they start so flat in the first half, how dangerous can Dajome be this year? And we look ahead to the busy week of matches in store, starting with Minnesota, and ponder how much squad rotation we might see. We also look at the difference playing in front of fans might have on the team and hear the thoughts on that from Marc Dos Santos and Max Crepeau, plus we look around the action in MLS this past weekend, and our Wavelength selection this week is a song all about former England international Alan Shearer building a time machine and travelling to famous events in history to take notes. How could you not listen?! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.25: Intro and football cards 05.48: Vancouver v Montreal postgame analysis with Paul Vance 44.52: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Wilfried Nancy 51.36: Whitecaps chat - the quest for an open play goal, flat first half starts, Dajome delight 71.10: Minnesota, KC next - how much rotation will we see and will fans in attendance add a different dynamic? 92.23: Whitecaps TV broadcast chat 105.57: MLS Week in Review 140.14: Wavelength - Quiet Marauders - Time Waits For No Man (Except...)
5/10/20212 hours, 33 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 449 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver v Montreal Preview Show with special guest Kam Habibullah)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. Another week, another derby for Vancouver Whitecaps. This time it's their second Canadian one of the season, with CF Montreal heading to Sandy, Utah. What threat do the Eastern Conference side pose? Was last week's loss to Colorado a blip or typical of what we can expect from the 'Caps this year? When will Vancouver score a goal from open play? Can they break down a stingy Montreal defence? So many questions! Joe and Gideon delve into all of that and a lot more, and we get the thoughts of 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos and Montreal's Wilfried Nancy heading into the game. Last game saw the debut of the Whitecaps latest homegrown signing, midfielder Kamron Habibullah. We sit down with Kam to discuss signing his first pro deal, making his debut, his journey so far, and the path ahead. Plus there's this week's Over/Under and Joe continues to MLSplain the league's finer points to his wife Caroline. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.32: Thoughts on the 'Caps season so far 06.41: MLSplaining - El Traffico 12.27: CF Montreal - an overview 21.35: Over/Under 24.54: Kam Habibullah interview 41.25: How the Whitecaps will approach Montreal game 53.35: Coaches audio - Wilfried Nancy and Marc Dos Santos 65.50: Final Predictions
5/6/20211 hour, 8 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 448 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Push Forward, Rewind Back - Vancouver v Colorado, MLS round-up, concussion subs and refereeing chat with Howard Webb and Ismael Elfath)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and football chat. The 'Caps unbeaten start to the season ended in Sandy, Utah on Sunday night with a 1-0 loss to their altitude buddies from Colorado. We pick over the bones of the match, look at all the lows, and hear the postgame thoughts from both head coaches, Marc Dos Santos and Robin Fraser. We also look at all of the action around the MLS Western Conference this weekend and look ahead to next Saturday's Canadian derby with Montreal. We turn our attention to refereeing for the rest of the show as we talk about the success of VAR in MLS and the introduction of concussion protocol substitutions as a trial this season. And can you scout referees the way you do opposing teams and players? We delve into all of that, plus we hear thoughts from PRO Referees GM Howard Webb, current MLS ref Ismael Elfath, Vice President of MLS Competitions Jeff Agoos, and MLS managers Marc Dos Santos and Jim Curtin. All of this plus we open some more 2011 MLS Upper Deck cards and there's music from show faves Werd (SOS) and DLB, Adam and the Ants begin their residency as our Artists of the Month, and Yukari Fresh features in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.21: Intro and football cards 08.34: Vancouver v Colorado postgame analysis 37.27 Coach audio - Marc Dos Santos and Robin Fraser 42.51: More Whitecaps chat 56.52: MLS weekly round-up 91.43: Howard Webb and Ismael Elfath talk VAR in MLS 112.18: Scouting MLS refs with audio from MDS and Jim Curtin 124.00: Concussion substitutions discussions featuring Howard Webb, Ismael Elfath, and Jeff Agoos 140.32: MDS talks concussion protocols and concussion subs 144.04: Wavelength - Yukari Fresh - Paul Scholes
5/3/20212 hours, 30 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 447 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Whitecaps v Rapids Preview Show)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The Whitecaps try to remain unbeaten this weekend against their altitude buddies from Colorado, but amazingly it's not part of the Rocky Mountain Cup. Can we expect any changes to the Whitecaps starting line-up? How big a threat are the Rapids after their poor outing at home to Austin last weekend? Is Kellyn Acosta going to be the key in this one for the success of both sides? We delve into all of that and a lot more, and get the thoughts of 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos heading into the game. Plus there's this week's Over/Under and Joe continues to MLSplain the league's finer points to his wife Caroline.
4/30/202144 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 446 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Derby Daze)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and football chat. The Whitecaps remain unbeaten in MLS after the week 2 action. Another derby game produced a draw this time against Toronto FC, but it was a point gained that felt like two lost in the end as the team suffered some self inflicted defensive lapses. We pick over the bones of the game, hear from head coach Marc Dos Santos and goalscorer Andy Rose, look ahead to the next match with Colorado, and ponder where the 'Caps go from here in terms of team selection. Plus we round-up the week's action in the MLS West, hear from jubilant Austin FC head coach Josh Wollf after their first ever MLS win, talk Superleague and whether the MLS model has turned heads in Europe, get the thoughts of MDS on the whole thing, and Halftime Oranges return in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.50: Intro and football cards 09.20: TFC v Whitecaps postgame analysis 32.57: Marc Dos Santos postgame audio 43.13: More Whitecaps chat - Colorado game and number 10 rumours 65.30: Andy Rose postgame audio 75.55: MLS Week In Review 98.35: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Any Team Will Do 104.48: The Superleague Shambles - including the thoughts of MDS
4/25/20212 hours, 20 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 445 - The AFTN Soccer Show (TFC v Vancouver Preview Show featuring Bruno Gaspar, Caio Alexandre, and Kristin Knowles)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. Joe Deasy is back with another preview podcast and he's joined this week by Gideon Hill to look ahead to the Whitecaps' Canadian derby against Toronto FC in Orlando on Saturday. What can we take from the 'Caps win over Portland last weekend and TFC's loss to Montreal? Will it be the same again for the 'Caps in terms of their line-up? How much of a factor with the Florida afternoon heat and humidity be? The guys delve into all of that and a lot more. To get more of an insight into the Whitecaps opponents on Saturday, Kristin Knowles from the excellent Vocal Minority podcast joins us to chat all things TFC from their offseason changes to their CCL run to their prospects in MLS this year. There's also audio from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos looking ahead to this weekend's match, and we chat with the two most recent arrivals into the 'Caps camp, Portuguese right back Bruno Gaspar and Brazilian midfielder Caio Alexandre to find out what made them make the move to MLS and what fans can expect to see from them this season. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.31: In The Cold Light Of Day - Vancouver v Portland 08.44: Bruno Gaspar and Caio Alexandre audio 19.09: What can we expect from TFC on Saturday? 26.01: Kristin Knowles of The Vocal Minority podcast talks all things TFC 75.32: Beauty and the Beast 80.15: TFC v Whitecaps match preview 86.36: Marc Dos Santos looks ahead to TFC 92.30: Over/Under and Final Predictions
4/23/20211 hour, 37 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 444 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Back In The Saddle - Vancouver beat Portland, Dr Ben Sporer, Lucas Cavallini, the week in MLS, and European Superleague)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and football chat. The new MLS season is underway and the Whitecaps are off to a winning start. We look back at the highs, the lows, and the main talking points coming out of Vancouver's 1-0 win over Portland, and we hear some postgame thoughts from Marc Dos Santos, Lucas Cavallini, Maxime Crepeau, and Jake Nerwinski. Plus we round up the MLS action from the weekend, hear from Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff after his side's first match in the league, and get the thoughts of Montreal's Wilfried Nancy, Mason Toye, and Djordje Mihailovic after their big Canadian derby win over Toronto. And talking of TFC, we look ahead to the Whitecaps meeting with them next weekend. Our feature interview this week is with the Whitecaps Director of Performance Strategy, Research, and Innovation, Dr Ben Sporer as we talk all things Whitecaps performance, health, and fitness related. How do the team need to adjust for living and playing in the altitude of Utah? How has Covid shaped how the 'Caps approach things? How do you deal with players quarantining to get them up to speed as quickly as possible? We talk about all of that and more in a fascinating discussion. Plus we chat with 'Caps DP striker Lucas Cavallini about the season ahead and his good form, talk European Superleague plans, and Toronto based band Kiwi Jr features in this episode's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.33: Vancouver v Portland postgame analysis - with audio from MDS, Cavallini, Crepeau, and Nerwinski 46.08: Montreal and TFC chat - with audio from Nancy, Toye, and Mihailovic : The Week In MLS - with audio from Austin FC's Josh Wolff 74.21: Dr Ben Sporer interview and health and fitness chat 98.39: Lucas Cavallini chat 103.40: European Superleague chat 116.30: Wavelength - Kiwi Jr - Football Money
4/20/20212 hours, 3 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 443 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Whitecaps v Timbers Preview Show)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The 2021 MLS season got underway tonight but there's still two more sleeps until the Whitecaps are into their first competitive action of the new campaign. To help tide you over Joe Deasy and Peter Hicken are back with the first preview pod of the season. What shape are the Whitecaps in heading into the match? How do the guys rate the preseason prep? Are they close to stopping Portland and just how good will the Timbers be this season? We delve into all of that and a lot more, plus there's the first airing of our new game, Over/Under, and Joe's wife Caroline joins him for the new feature Beauty and the Beast, which tries to introduce MLS to a newbie!
4/17/202138 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 442 - The AFTN Soccer Show (MLS Western and Eastern Conference Previews)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. The 2021 MLS season gets underway on Friday night with a pair of matches, Saturday sees the Canadian derby between Toronto and Montreal played in Florida, and Sunday see's Vancouver host the first Cascadian derby of the season against Portland in Utah. It's going to be that kind of year. There will be a lot of unpredictableness along the way in typical MLS fashion, but this is shaping up to be an entertaining season and already feels like a wide open one in the quest to raise the MLS Cup. We have you covered all the way from start to finish here at AFTN and to get you even more in the mood our latest daily episode this week previews the action ahead this season in both the Western and the Eastern Conferences. Are there any favourites? Which teams have made the best offseason acquisitions and which sides have been surprisingly quiet? Can the Galaxy turn things around under Greg Vanney and how will TFC fare without him? Will the Sounders make it to yet another MLS Cup? Who will be the surprise packages in both conferences? We delve into all of that and a lot more, with audio from some of the players and coaches from around the league. In the West, on the coaching side we hear from LAFC's Bob Bradley, LA Galaxy's Greg Vanney, Sporting KC's Peter Vermes, and Seattle's Brian Schmetzer, while on the playing side we have audio from Chicharito, Johnny Russell, and Mark Anthony Kaye. In the East, we hear from Philadelphia's Jim Curtin, TFC's Chris Armas, and Montreal's Wilfried Nancy on the coaching side and from Atlanta United defender Brooks Lennon. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.22: Intro and football cards chat 09.50: MLS Western Conference preview and audio 67.16: MLS Eastern Conference preview and audio
4/16/20211 hour, 36 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 441 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Whitecaps Season Preview and Bold Predictions)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. We continue our build up to the start of the 2021 MLS season with an episode previewing what we can expect from the Whitecaps this season and we make some bold predictions. Will the 'Caps be a playoff team? Will the defence and the attack improve enough to get them there? Who will be the breakout star? Do we finally have one, maybe two, double digit scorers on the team? We delve into all of that and a lot, lot more. Plus Marc Dos Santos talks about the latest injuries going into Sunday's game against Portland and we feature PG Ciarletta in our latest Have You Heard? section.
4/15/202159 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 440 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Nap Time with Marc Dos Santos, Evan Newton, and Gio Savarese)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. As we bring this show out there's five more sleeps till the Whitecaps kick off their 2021 MLS campaign, and three till the season itself starts on Friday night. There's a busy week in store and especially here at AFTN Towers as we look to bring you as many daily podcasts in the build up to First Kick as we can! There'll be season previews for the Whitecaps and both conferences, bold predictions, a Timbers match preview, and some interviews and other audio from around the league thrown in as well. But we kick things off this episode by looking at Vancouver and Portland's final preparations for Sunday's season opener. As the Whitecaps readied themselves with two preseason friendlies, the Timbers were going nap in CONCACAF Champions League action and look well ahead of the 'Caps going into Sunday's match. But football is a funny old game. We look at all that and ask Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and Timbers boss Gio Savarese for some thoughts on where their teams are right now. All of that plus we find out if Whitecaps goalkeeper Evan Newton fancies a chocolate digestive, as he gives us an insight in his diet! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.24: Intro and football cards chat 11.14: Whitecaps News of the Week 23.23: MDS talks preseason games and readiness 27.25: Breaking down the Chicago and Indy Eleven friendlies 45.45: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Evan Newton 52.56: Portland prepare for the season opener in style - with audio from Gio Savarese
4/14/202159 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 439 - The AFTN Soccer Show (False Nines and Numbers Tens with special guests Marc Dos Santos, Marcel De Jong, and Eve Powell)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. We're just over a week away from the start of the new MLS season, which feels like a good time for our regular pre-First Kick chat with 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos. We talk in detail to MDS about the season ahead and what we can expect from the team, life in Utah, the search for a number ten, the young players dilemma, and much more. Turning our attention to the other Canadian MLS teams, we chat with Eve Powell about all things CF Montreal after an offseason that's seen a rebrand, a new coach, and an influx of players. Can they be competitive in the East this season? Our third feature interview in the episode is with a former Whitecap and Canadian international who has just hung up his boots, Marcel De Jong. We chat with the CANPFA President about his career, his retiral, his new soccer academy, and the fight to get the Canadian players union by the CPL and Canada Soccer. Plus we hear from Montreal players Samuel Piette and James Pantemis ahead of the new season, and talk TFC in the Champions League with some audio from Chris Armas. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.16: Intro and football cards chat 13.42: MDS interview - part one 33.31: MDS interview - part two 64.00: Wavelength - AJ Tracey - False 9 72.26: CCL chat with audio from TFC's Chris Armas 78.45: CF Montreal chat with audio from Samuel Piette and James Pantemis 90.18: Eve Powell interview about all things CF Montreal 126.50: Marcel De Jong interview 152.44: Canadian players union chat
4/10/20212 hours, 45 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode 438 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Comet Glacier Cats)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat. We kick things off in Whitecapsland as we look at the big stories of the week as the team heads off to their new temporary home of Utah. Deiber Ceicedo has arrived into training camp, but it's been down to the bare bones as the international players have to wait to meet up with the team in the States. We look at all of that, hear the thoughts of head coach Marc Dos Santos, and we take goalkeeper Max Crepeau on some football time travelling adventures. After all the Whitecaps chat is done and dusted, we turn our attention to football on our TV screens here in Canada, and in particular the debate about national team games only being available on a streaming service. We look at the current television landscape in terms of soccer coverage in this country and debate whether it's growing or hindering the growth of the game. Plus we celebrate Macedonia's shock win over Germany in this episode's Wavelength and Blast Off Country Style kick off their residency on the podcast for the month of April. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 07.20: Whitecaps News of the Week - with audio from MDS 28.15: Football Time Travels with Max Crepeau 31.03: More Whitecaps chat 43.52: Football on our television screens in Canada - a debate 75.35: Wavelength - The Macedonians - Oh You Gianni Alioski
4/4/20211 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 437 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Breaking Records and Hearts - Ali Adnan, Jake Nerwinski, Canada's World Cup and Olympic qualifiers)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian national team chat. We kick things off in Whitecapsland as we look at the big stories of the week from fixtures to friendlies to loan deals and squad depth, plus we have a chat with a couple of the 'Caps' full backs as we talk Iraqi football with Ali Adnan and competition for places with Jake Nerwinski. Plus we talk Texan derbies with Austin FC's Claudio Reyna. Moving on to the international stage, we look at Canada's two big wins in World Cup qualifiers, the disappointment of the U23 failing to reach the Olympics, and we hear from John Herdman, Mauro Biello, Samuel Piette, David Norman Jr, and Tajon Buchanan as we talk about a whole number of topic coming out of both camps. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 06.45: Whitecaps gruelling schedule fully revealed - with audio from MDS 17.16: Ali Adnan audio and Whitecaps internationals discussion 30.54: Fans returning to BC Place and other stadiums 37.03: Can MLS rivalry games draw the crowds back featuring audio from Austin FC's Claudio Reyna 45.37: Whitecaps Chatter - friendlies lined up, Khmiri goes on loan, squad depth 53.55: Jake Nerwinski interview 66.29: Wavelength - The Gonads - Tuckers Ruckers Ain't No Suckers 73.45: Canada World Cup qualifying chat - with audio from John Herdman and Samuel Piette 115.00: Canadian U23 chat - with audio from Mauro Biello, David Norman Jr, Tajon Buchanan, and John Herdman
3/30/20212 hours, 24 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 436 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Allez Les Rouges with Maxime Crepeau, Thomas Hasal, Tosaint Ricketts, John Herdman, and Atiba Hutchinson)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national team chat. This episode is firmly focused on the Canadian men's national teams, but with an Whitecaps theme as well. Both Canada's senior and U23 sides are in qualification action this week during a very busy week on the international stage. As the senior team kick off their World Cup qualifiers, the U23s are trying to find themselves on the Road to Tokyo in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers, and we've got it all covered. Canada announced their squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, with some pleasant surprises and disappointing omissions. We hear from head coach John Herdman and the legend that is Atiba Hutchinson about the squad and the qualification road ahead on their Quest for Qatar. We also sit down for a chat with Vancouver Whitecaps two Canadian international goalkeepers. First up is Maxime Crepeau to talk about recovering from his injury last season, the year ahead for the 'Caps and Canada, and more. Then Thomas Hasal joins us to chat about more of the same. Turning our attention to the U23s, we look back at their Olympic qualification journey so far and what lies ahead from Honduras, plus we hear from head coach Mauro Biello. All of this plus we go football time travelling with the man who sits second in the all-time list of Canadian national team goalscorers, Whitecaps forward Tosaint Ricketts, and Football Violence Awareness Month continues in Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.03: Canadian World Cup qualifying squad discussion - with audio from Atiba Hutchinson 16.47: John Herdman audio 33.00: Maxime Crepeau interview 58.48: Football Time Travels with Tosaint Ricketts 65.10: Wavelength - Morrissey - We'll Let You Know 71.25: Thomas Hasal interview and goalkeeping depth discussion 82.35: Canadian U23 chat including audio from Mauro Biello
3/25/20211 hour, 32 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 435 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Hanging Ten with Gershon Koffie, Russell Teibert, Gavin Wilkinson, and John Knox)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat. We've been commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Whitecaps first ever MLS match this week on AFTN and we continue that in the latest episode as we share our memories of that historic day, look at the season that followed, and discuss how the following years played out, especially when you look at the other team that joined the league that day, Portland Timbers. We've interviews for you with two Whitecaps players who started that inaugural day win over Toronto, the only player still to be with the club from that first season squad, Russell Teibert, and a player who was with the club in their USL days and has just returned to the North American scene to reunite with his former 'Caps coach, Gershon Koffie. It's been a tough ten years to be a Whitecaps supporter, both on and off the pitch, and we're joined by former Southsiders President John Knox to talk about bringing soccer supporter culture to a wider audience in 2011, the past ten years, and why he isn't a season ticket holder any more. Plus we hear from Portland Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson about his side's growth as a MLS club these past ten years. But it's not just reminiscing of what was and what could have been in Whitecapsland, we also take a look at Canada's winning start in the Olympic qualifiers, hear from U23 head coach Mauro Biello after the win over El Salvador, and it's Football Violence Awarenness Month in Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.30: Whitecaps inaugural match memories 16.43: Russell Teibert interview and discussion 37.37: John Knox interview on 10 years of Whitecaps MLS supporter culture 71.37: Gershon Koffie interview 128.46: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Gershon Koffie 135.14: Vancouver v Portland - 10 years in MLS comparison 150.47: Gavin Wilkinson audio and diiscussion 159.51: Canada U23 Olympic qualifying chat - with audio from Mauro Biello 172.47: Wavelength - The 4 Skins - One Law For Them
3/21/20212 hours, 58 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 434 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Level Plain Fields with special guests David Clanachan, Ricardo Clark, and Al Simpson)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. And by packed, we mean packed, as we had over six hours of material for this episode, but settled for 180 minutes of football fun. So you can listen while watching two full matches! We look at the big Whitecaps news of the week with two new signings, a new coaching addition, and some actual games scheduled. Plus we hear from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos and CEO/Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the signings of Bruno Gaspar and Caio Alexandre, the need for more international roster spots, and the first two announced fixtures of the new season. In the first of three feature interviews this episode, we sit down with new Whitecaps assistant coach Ricardo Clark to chat about his career, his legendary status in Houston and the touch decision to leave, and what he's looking to bring to Vancouver. There's a new Canadian Premier League team coming to Saskatoon. We chat with new owner Al Simpson from LSSE about his plans for the team, the stadium, and the city, and we have an exclusive in-depth chat with CPL Commissioner David Clanachan about expansion, league finances, the new season, the players' union, and more. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.06: Whitecaps News of the Week - Gaspar and Alexandre, schedule, and international spots with audio from Marc Dos Santos and Axel Schuster 38.06: Ricardo Clark interview and discussion 83.39: Al Simpson of LSSE interview 105.06: Saskatchewan football discussion 125.20: CPL Commissioner David Clanachan interview 156.36: Canadian Premier League chat
3/14/20213 hours
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Episode 433 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Back To The Grindstone - Tosaint Ricketts interview, Caio Alexandre rumours, Theo Bair chat, Football Time Travels)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. The Whitecaps' preseason has begun and the new season is now just six weeks away. How prepared can the 'Caps be when a large part of their squad will be missing for spells due to international duty and visa issues? We ask head coach Marc Dos Santos, plus we delve into the rumours about a possible Brazilian variant coming to the Vancouver midfielder, as Caio Alexandre looks set to join the club. After talking defence last week, we focus on the Whitecaps attack this episode as we sit down for a chat with veteran striker Tosaint Ricketts to talk about the season ahead, his lingering national team ambitions, and working to get his business degree, interning at the 'Caps, and his hopes for the future. We also hear from Theo Bair and look at how the Whitecaps striking options might play out. We also talk World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, look at Forge FC owner calling out the CSA over the Canadian Championship final mess, and chat about the retiral of Marcel de Jong and Ben Fisk becoming a free agent. Plus we continue our travels back in the TARDIS as Whitecaps goalkeeper Evan Newton revisits some football history, Football Violence Awareness Month is back in Wavelength, and we feature a couple of Russian bands in this week's musical selections - DLB (длб) and Ploho. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.25: A quick reflection on a weird year 08.40: Whitecaps preseason gets underway, but how ready will the team be at First Kick? With audio from Marc Dos Santos 26.16: Caio Alexandre rumours - is a Brazilian variant coming to the Vancouver midfield? 40.25: Fredy Montero heads back to Seattle 46.16: What weird things has a year of Covid shutdowns got you into? 56.35: Tosaint Ricketts interview and discussion 89.44: Football Time Travels featuring Evan Newton 105.12: Wavelength - Argy Bargy - Drink, Drugs, and Football Thugs 111.56: Theo Bair audio and discussion 122.05: Canadian football chat - World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, Bob Young calls out CSA, De Jong retires, Fisk leaves Ottawa
3/8/20212 hours, 27 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 432 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Rock The Gaspar with special guest Evan Newton)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. The new MLS season is seven weeks away and the news around the league is really starting to ramp up. There's new signings, new kits, new managerial vacancies, and doubts surrounding new teams. We chat about all of that and more this episode. In Whitecapsland a new defensive signing is set to be announced this week, with Angolan-Portuguese right back Bruno Gaspar joining on loan from CP Sporting. What will this mean for the porous Vancouver backline, which is now one of the most expensive in MLS history. Our feature interview this week is with one of those defensive pieces, goalkeeper Evan Newton. We have a lengthy chat with Evan about his move to Vancouver and his career so far. What advice did his mentor Jon Busch give him? Why did it take so long for the USL standout to get back to MLS? How did he unintentionally derail NYCFC's Champions League preparations? All this and more are discussed in a very enjoyable chat. We also delve into Thierry Henry's departure in Montreal and hear from VP and CEO Kevin Gilmore and Sporting Director Olivier Renard about his decision and where that leaves the club. But Montreal haven't been the only MLS side thrown into chaos this week as we look at the current mess in Sacramento, who have just lost their majority owner two years before they are set to join the league. Plus we continue our travels back in the TARDIS with Whitecaps midfielder Andy Rose to talk about revisiting some football history, find out Jake Nerwinski's favourite jam, and a goalkeeping legend features in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.30: Whitecaps news recap Flash Five 09.27: Bruno Gaspar set to bolster Whitecaps defence 23.19: Jake Nerwinski's Favourite Jam 24.38: MLS 2021 kit releases 30.04: Evan Newton interview 74.51: Sacramento's MLS expansion thrown into chaos 86.32: Football Time Travels featuring Andy Rose 104.12: Wavelength - Petr Cech and Rogers Taylor - That's Football 109.49: Thierry Henry leaves CF Montreal high and dry - featuring audio from Kevin Gilmore and Olivier Renard
2/28/20212 hours, 21 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 431 - The AFTN Soccer Show (All Quiet On The Whitecaps Front - MLS U22 initiative, Erik Hurtado, Bjørn Johnsen, Football Time Travels, CPL player salaries)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. It's been pretty quiet in Whitecapsland, so that surely means a shorter show. We thought that too, but turns out we ended up with a two and a half hourer instead as we turned our attentions to other matters. AFTN writer Jake McGrail joins us to look at the main Whitecaps talking points of the week and share his thoughts on last season, the offseason, and the season to come. Plus we look at MLS' new U22 player initiative and the convoluted rules that seem to surround it. But while it's been quiet in Vancouver, the same can't be said in Montreal and we take a bit of time to delve into all the happenings out east from the continuing rebrand to new signings to possibly losing their head coach just before the season begins. Will Thierry Henry be heading to Bournemouth to become manager there? Where does that leave Montreal this close to the start of the season and just who has been behind the club's numerous signings this offseason? We also hear from two of them, striker Bjørn Johnsen and a player very well known to Whitecaps fans, Erik Hurtado about signing for Montreal and more. All of this plus we travel back in the TARDIS with Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster to talk about revisiting some football history in our new feature and we talk CPL salaries and how the exemplify the need for the players' union to be recognised. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.55: Whitecaps News of the Week 27.52: MLS' new U22 initiative 40.02: Montreal Impact chat 51.46: Erik Hurtado audio and discussion 66.30: Bjørn Johnsen audio and discussion 81.34: Is Thierry Henry heading to Bournemouth and where does that leave Montreal? 94.47: Football Time Travels featuring Axel Schuster 120.43: Wavelength - Vaudeville Smash ft Les Murray - Zinedine Zidane 129.39: CPL player salaries exemplify the need for recognising their union
2/21/20212 hours, 31 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 430 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Everything's Changed Since Yesterday - Axel Schuster interview, Don Garber on season ahead, Champions League draw, TSN 1040 demise)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and North American football chat. It's Valentine's Day and we love you all. So much so that we're dropping a bumper three hour episode early for you this week as there's lots to talk about. The new MLS season is all systems go after a deal between the league and the players has been agreed and a lockout has been avoided. We hear from MLS Commissioner Don Garber about the deal and the season ahead. But what does it mean for the Whitecaps? Where will they play? How disadvantaged will they be by players being away on international duty in the weeks before the season begins? We sit down for an in-depth chat with Vancouver CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster to chat about all of that, the plans to keep families together this season, the new head of recruitment, the search for a number 10, and more. We also look at the demise of Vancouver sports talk radio station TSN 1040, Alphonso Davies winning a World Cup medal, and we delve into the draw for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League, chatting with Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin, and Portland Timbers' Gio Savarese along the way about the draw and what the competition means to them. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.29: Don Garber on new CBA and the MLS season ahead 25.42: Unpacking Don Garber 47.30: Axel Schuster interview 106.22: CONCACAF Champions League draw - featuring audio from Gio Savarese, Jim Curtin, Carlos Bocanegra, and Caleb Porter 130.41: Phonzie wins FIFA Club World Cup 155.07: TSN 1040's demise and the future of sports radio in Vancouver 172.38: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - The Girl From 4b
2/14/20212 hours, 59 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 429 - The AFTN Soccer Show (3 O'Clock On A Saturday - MLS CBA discussions, CCL revamp, Raymond Weir interview, Whitecaps and CPL chat)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. At the time of recording this episode, it looks like a MLS lockout has been avoided. We talk about what info is flying around regarding the deal between the league and the players, and debate whether the players have given up too much that they'll come to regret in the long run. We also delve into the Whitecaps and CPL news of the week and look at the exciting revamp of the CONCACAF Champions League. Our feature interview this episode is tied in with our latest Wavelength selection. Glasgow band The Eisenhowers released their third album last month and the last track on it, and the first single taken from it, is a football based song called "3 O'Clock On A Saturday". Dubbed "a love letter to Scottish football" it's an evocative song, made all the more meaningful by having our ability to attend football matches taken away from us just now. We chat with singer songwriter Raymond Weir about the song, how football runs deep in us all, and give it a play for you all to enjoy. Plus we find out if former Whitecap Andy O'Brien fancies a chocolate digestive and what is FC Edmonton head coach Alan Koch's favourite jam. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.12: Has a MLS lockout been avoided? 20.10: Whitecaps News of the Week 31.56: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Andy O'Brien 33.22: CONCACAF Champions League revamp 46.56: Wavelength - The Eisenhowers - 3 O'Clock On A Saturday 53.30: Raymond Weir Interview 84.16: CPL transfer chat 92.56: Alan Koch's Favourite Jam 94.05: CPL prize back competition
2/8/20211 hour, 46 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 428 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Football Cards Instead Of Cash - MLS lockout looms, Whitecaps add some players, Andy Rose interview, Tommy Gardner and Jackson Farmer on the CPL draft)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. Is a MLS lockout looming? We chat about that as things aren't looking good between the owners and the players, and while we may now have a start date for the new season to get underway, getting to that point still feels filled with a lot of uncertainties and a long way away. As it all plays out, the Whitecaps have been busy making some signings to their squad. We look at the additions of winger Deibar Caicedo and goalkeeper Evan Newton, and chat to 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the former. Plus we look at the return of Andy Rose and talk with the man himself about coming back to the team and his additional role as U19 assistant coach. It's also been a busy week in the CPL with their 2021 U Sports draft. We look at some of the picks and chat with FC Edmonton's two selections, Whitecaps academy alumni Tommy Gardner and Jackson Farmer. Plus we hear a little bit from their head coach Alan Koch and we have a special CPL giveaway for one lucky listener. This episode falls within CiTR Radio's annual Fundrive fundraising campaign. If you would like to help support the station with a donation, you can do so HERE and mention you were referred by AFTN. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.54: Is a MLS lockout looming? 24.19: Whitecaps add Caicedo and Newton - with audio from MDS and Axel Schuster 52.56: Andy Rose Interview 84.02: CPL Draft chat and prize giveaway 97.15: Tommy Gardner and Jackson Farmer interview 109.40: Wavelength - Tactics - Football Cards
2/1/20211 hour, 57 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 427 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Don't Eat The Yellow Snow - Whitecaps draft picks, MDS and Axel on season ahead, Cavallini and Osorio talk Canada)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. The 2021 MLS SuperDraft has come and gone and the Whitecaps have four new players. Well two are likely heading back to college, but we do hear from the other two, Nigerian striker David Egbo and Jamaican defender Javain Brown. We look at what the 'Caps have added, hear from head coach Marc Dos Santos and Sporting Director Axel Schuster, and also chat with them about the season ahead for the Whitecaps, possible signings, and more. Turning our attention to the international scene, Vancouver's Lucas Cavallini and Toronto's Jonathan Osorio talk Canada, and we look at the impact a busy international calendar will have on a Canadian-heavy Whitecaps squad this season. And back to a busy week around MLS we look at Kekuta Manneh heading back to Austin, Phil Neville's appointment in Miami, and we get some clarification on the Montreal snowflake debate. Plus we bring you our 2021 predictions for the Whitecaps, MLS, and the Canadian Premier League. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 06.25: Whitecaps pick four in MLS draft with audio from David Egbo and Javain Brown 37.02: MDS and Axel on the Whitecaps season ahead 65.40: Lucas Cavallini talks Canada 90.26: Jonathan Osorio talks Canada 110.55: MLS v MLSPA - the battle continues 115.35: Whitecaps, MLS, and CPL 2021 Predictions 131.00: MLS chat - Kekuta heads back to Austin, Montreal snowflakes, Phil Neville goes to Miami 141.06: Wavelength - Tenpole Tudor - Football Rockabilly
1/25/20212 hours, 29 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 426 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Battle Lines - MLS v Players battle looms, Bob Foose, Montreal rebrand, TFC have a new coach)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat. 2021 hasn't started great and people are already trying to cancel their first month's trial. But it has been a very busy start to the year in North American soccer circles. In Major League Soccer, the players and the league look set to be on a collision course that could delay the start of the season or even lead to a lock out after the league enforce force majeure and want to rip up the collective bargaining agreement in place. MLS Commissioner Don Garber made comments to the media on Tuesday that raised the players' ire and MLSPA Executive Director Bob Foose responded with a media call of his own the following day. We bring you the most important highlights from that call and discuss what's played out this past week. We also look at the big talking points coming out of the three Canadian clubs this week as Montreal rebrand, Toronto appoint a new head coach, and Vancouver are excited that someone is good at video games. We also hear audio from the CF Montreal and Chris Armas introductory press conferences. Plus we chat about the Canadian men's national team camp in Florida, the upcoming U23 Olympic qualifiers, Rhian Wilkinson stepping down from the women's program, and Westhills Stadium getting a new name. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.03: Don Garber raises players' ire once again 11.39: MLSPA Executive Director Bob Foose 43.45: Are the players and the league on a collision course? 64.44: Montreal Impact rebrand 94.36: Toronto FC appoint Chris Armas as head coach 125.55: Canadian football round up - Florida camp, Olympic Qualifiers, Rhian Wilkinson steps down, Westhills Stadium is no more 136.05: Wavelength - Neil Grant - There's Nae Team Like Scotland
1/18/20212 hours, 24 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 425 - The AFTN Soccer Show (2020 WTF? - A Canadian Football Year In Review)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. 2020 is over. We made it! And as is our tradition, we kick off our first show of the new year with a look back at the year that has just past and a look ahead at what we may have in store over the next 12 months. We kick things off with a look at the Whitecaps' season, try and look at some highs after another disappointing year on the pitch, look at the players that came in and what we might see from them next season, delve into the off the pitch issues that surrounded the club, and ponder what may lie in store for 2021 in terms of performance, recruitment, and whether there will be much of a season at all after MLS invoked a force majeure clause as a final kick in the stanes to all the players. We also take a general look at the sporting landscape in Canada and after a slew of awards ponder whether the game has grown more into the mainstream this past year. Plus we look back at what was an enjoyable, but far too short, Canadian Premier League season. But where does the league go next? Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 08.04: Whitecaps year in review and a look ahead to 2021 46.08: The MLS season and what lies in store after force majeure invoked 58.56: Canadian Premier League year in review 85.00: Canadian soccer's rise in the general sporting landscape 97.40: Wavelength - Clement Bushay Set - Football Reggae
1/3/20211 hour, 43 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 424 - The AFTN Soccer Show (2020 Christmas Special featuring David Barnett, Marc Dos Santos, and Angus McNab)

Ho, ho, ho everybody. It's Chriiiiiiiiiiiiistmaaaaaaaaaas. And that can only mean one thing. It's time for the 2020 AFTN Soccer Show Christmas special - our self indulgent episode where we talk football, talk nonsense, play some of our favourite tunes, and bring you some bizarre interviews. Oh wait, sorry, that's every episode. But at least this episode has sleigh bells! On the footballing side, we look at the Whitecaps News of the Week, which included a trade, transfer rumours, and call ups up to the next Canadian men's national team camp. Plus we unpack our chat with head coach Marc Dos Santos from last week some more, find out his favourite jam, and what books he's a fan of. We also chat about another MLS team falling just short in the CONCACAF Champions League, talk MLS wacky trades, look at two Canadian clubs getting a new identity in 2021, and hear from York United's Angus McNab. Away from the football, there's splatterings of some excellent Christmas songs and our feature interview is with the lead singer from the band The New Royal Family, David Barnett, the man behind the cult AFTN section and song that is "Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive", as we talk biscuits, football, Adam and the Ants, Suede, and general nonsense. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to all of our listeners. We hope you have a wonderful festive period: 04.25: Peat and Diesel - Fairytale of Stornoway 10.03: Whitecaps News of the Week 21.38: Marc Dos Santos' favourite jam 22.55: Canadian camp call ups 30.14: Keith TOTP - I Believe In Father Christmas 34.40: Marc Dos Santos on football books 44.25: Re-entry draft peak MLSness 47.03: MLS still waiting for first CONCACAF Champions League winner 51.04: Gurr featuring Eddie Argos - Christmas One and Only 54.45: New Royal Family's David Barnett interview - part one 84.11: Frank Sidebottom - Christmas Medley 87.15: New Royal Family's David Barnett interview - part two 114.55: New Royal Family - Thank Christ It's Christmas 119.23: York 9 and Montreal Impact rebranding featuring audio from Angus McNab 138.34: Goldie Lookin' Chain - Covid Christmas
12/24/20202 hours, 27 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 423 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The 2020 State Of The Whitecaps with Marc Dos Santos)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. It's the time of year where football in North America winds down and the focus is on both reflection of the year past and looking ahead at the year to come. In the current Covid world, the latter is harder to do than it's ever been before, but we look at the current state of play with three MLS clubs in this episode. Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos joins us for our annual State of the Whitecaps chat. We look back at the difficult year that was and ahead to what the club are doing to improve for 2021. What kinds of DPs will be coming in and from where? Will we finally get a true number 10 difference maker in Vancouver or will it be a hybrid multi-position player? Will those defensive holes be plugged? And are the club prepared to do a blockbuster GAM deal to land some MLS experience? We talk with Marc about all of that a lot more too in a 45 minute chat. We also look at the season past and future plans of another Canadian side, Montreal Impact, as their season finally came to an end this past week, and hear from head coach Thierry Henry about his first year in charge, Sporting Director Olivier Renard, and Canadian midfielder Samuel Piette. Plus we look at a busy week for expansion side Austin FC and hear from head coach Josh Wolff and Sporting Director Claudio Reyna, and we cover the exciting action as the CONCACAF Champions League wraps up. Can LAFC make history for a MLS side? We hear from head coach Bob Bradley, along with NYCFC's Ronny Delia as he looks ahead to next season. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.30: The State of the Whitecaps with Marc Dos Santos 56.30: Unpacking MDS 65.33: Wavelength - Parlour Flames - Pop Music Football and Girls 73.13: Austin FC's busy week, with audio from Claudio Reyna and Josh Wolff 95.41: CONCACAF Champions League wraps up as history awaits LAFC - with Bob Bradley and Ronny Delia audio 109.05: Montreal Impact end of season review with audio from Thierry Henry, Olivier Renard, and Samuel Piette
12/21/20202 hours, 11 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 422 - The AFTN Soccer Show (So Solid Crew - A 2020 MLS Cup watchalong)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Major League Soccer chat as we bring you something a little different this episode. Saturday night saw the 2020 MLS Cup takes place in Columbus, as the Crew saw off the challenge of Seattle Sounders. AFTN did our first live watchalong on YouTube and we bring you that now in podcast form for your aural pleasure. But don't worry, this episode isn't just us talking about the match. In fact, far from it! We do chat about the main action as it takes place but this episode sees Michael McColl, Steve Pandher, Zachary Adam Meisenheimer, Navid Mashinchi, and Will Silver delve into a number of topics and issues affecting Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer as a whole. Just how far behind the top of the league are the Whitecaps? Why can't they recruit and perform better than Columbus? Can they turn things around or will they simply get left behind? And where would the Whitecaps actually have a player ranked in the all time list of MLS players? Plus we talk MLS expansion in Austin and Sacramento, hear from Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff and Sporting Director Claudio Reyna about building their squad and Tuesday's expansion draft, the rumours of MLS and Liga MX merging, how far MLS has come in its 25 years, the top 25 players of all time, Commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address, what lies in store for next season, and much much more, including hearing a little bit from both head coaches after the MLS Cup itself. There's no timestamps or breakdown for this episode as the chat was fluid and we want you to enjoy it all as it played out.
12/13/20202 hours, 42 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 421 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Fall Like A Domino - The MLS Cup is set, Alphonso Davies, awards season in full flow, Forge try to make history, David Edgar retires, Paul Varian book)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Major League Soccer and Canadian soccer chat. We kick things off with a look at the two MLS Conference finals and set up Saturday's MLS Cup. Plus with it being awards season we talk about the trophies handed out by MLS, the CPL, and Canada Soccer and hear from Alphonso Davies, Stephen Hart, Kyle Bekker, Triston Henry, and Mo Farsi.. We also look at Forge FC's quest for success in the CONCACAF League, hear from head coach Bobby Smyrniotis, talk about David Edgar's retirement, and hear from the man himself. Plus we also chat with Paul Varian about his new book "Don't Blame The Soccer Parents" and The Vandals feature in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.50: The MLS Cup final is all set 34.55: CPL awards with audio from Stephen Hart, Kyle Bekker, Triston Henry, and Mo Farsi 64.56: Canada Soccer awards handed out featuring a chat with Alphonso Davies 88.36: Paul Varian interview about his new book "Don't Blame The Soccer Parents" 112.50: Wavelength - The Vandals - Soccer Mom 119.15: Forge FC still searching for CONCACAF glory 136.58: David Edgar retires featuring a chat with the man himself
12/8/20202 hours, 40 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 420 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Sense Of Direction with Axel Schuster and Olivier Renard)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. The league season may be over for the three Canadian MLS sides but the busy work is really just now getting underway and we chat about what's been an eventful week in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, hearing from two Sporting Directors along the way. First up is our Whitecaps chat as we look at the roster moves announced this week, then sit down for a one-on-one chat with Sporting Director and CEO Axel Schuster as we look back on his first year in the job, what lies ahead, building a winning team for next season, and a lot more. Turning our attention east next, we look at the roster moves announced by both Toronto and Montreal, Greg Vanney stepping down as TFC head coach, the rebranding of the Impact, and we hear from Montreal Sporting Director Olivier Renard about his plans for the strengthening the team next season amongst all the uncertainty. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.25: Whitecaps end of season roster moves 11.54: Axel Schuster one-on-one interview 63.06: Toronto FC players and manager moves 67.35: Montreal Impact end of season roster moves 71.43: Olivier Renard audio
12/3/20201 hour, 20 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 419 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Reality Slap Right In Your Face)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. Although this week it is in fact mostly MLS talk as the playoffs got underway this past weekend. Full of excitement, drama, controversy, and actual WTF moments, once again it all felt like a league far removed from where the Whitecaps are right now. A reality slap right in your face. Blam! Blam! (that will make more sense when you listen to the show!) We look at the six playoff games played so far and some of the questions coming out of them like why don't teams invest in their defences more, how much advantage will teams allowing fans in have, and does the success of Nashville emphasise the need for Vancouver to add some MLS veterans? The games signalled the end of the road for one of the two Canadian teams to make the MLS postseason - Montreal Impact - and we hear from Thierry Henry and Luis Binks about the end to their league season and the wait now for Champions League games next month. And of course we look at the craziness that was that Orlando City v NYCFC penalty shoot out, and hear the postgame thoughts of Oscar Pareja and Nani. Plus we look at the MLS awards, the layoffs at MLSsoccer.com, and talk MLS jersey sales. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.37: MLS Western Conference playoff chat 39.16: MLS Eastern Conference playoff chat 51.40: Montreal Impact chat featuring Thierry Henry and Luis Binks 67.24: The epic that was Orlando City v NYCFC 98.46: Wavelength - Red Flag '77 - Football Crazy 102.30: MLS awards and a fun quiz 115.27: MLS layoffs and the state of football media in North America
11/24/20202 hours, 6 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 418 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Teletext Has A Place In My Heart)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. The Whitecaps end of season post mortem continued this week as the club held their end of season availability this week with some player, head coach Marc Dos Santos, and Sporting Director/CEO Axel Schuster. We bring you some of the most pertinent sound bites from Schuster and unpack what he said. What came across was something of a lack of ambition from the club and perhaps some naivety thrown in as well in a number of areas. Or was it just the stark reality of where the 'Caps sit in MLS right now? There's a big difference between just making the playoffs and being competitive once you get there. Could this current squad really make the playoffs next year without any additions? Which areas are pegged for upgrading this offseason? Will it be enough? We look at all of these topics and a lot more. We also hand out some more end of season awards, look ahead to the MLS playoffs that get underway this week, pay tribute to Tony Waiters, and a former NASL legend, Giorgio Chinaglia features in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 05.42: Tony Waiters Tribute 11.44: Axel Schuster end of season sound bites 27.47: Unpacking Axel - where's the ambition? 55.56: Unpacking Axel - making the Whitecaps great again 76.59: More AFTN End of Season Awards 96.30: Wavelength - Giorgio Chinaglia - (I'm) Football Crazy 101.47: MLS playoffs preview
11/16/20201 hour, 49 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 417 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Concrete And Leather - Vancouver Whitecaps End of Season Special)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. The Whitecaps 2020 MLS season came to an end this weekend. The team missed the playoffs for the third straight year, but in a testing season of adversity, the team showed some improvement, recording more wins than 2019. We look back at how it all finished up, what what went wrong this season, and what needs to be done to make the team better, and get some thoughts from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos. We also look at which Whitecaps we feel should stay, which ones need to be loaned out, and who the team should cut free before next season. Plus we hand out the first of our end of season awards. We also see how things finished around MLS and hear from Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.07: Whitecaps v LA Galaxy - quick game in review 12.29: How MLS ended up - with audio from Thierry Henry 29.47: Whitecaps season discussion with audio from MDS 65.48: Whitecaps End of Season Awards 93.28: Whitecaps In, Out, or On The Bubble - goalkeepers and defenders 117.50: Whitecaps In, Out, or On The Bubble - midfielders and forwards 137.02: Wavelength - Bring Me The Horizon - Football Season Is Over
11/9/20202 hours, 22 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 416 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Seizing The Day, Or Not - Portland v Vancouver, MLS playoffs, CPL Bundesliga interest?)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. Vancouver's playoff hopes hang by a thread after their losses to Seattle and Portland this week and the new Points Per Game rule to decide the MLS playoff positions this season. There's still a glimmer of hope but a lot depends on whether LAFC and San Jose play midweek. We chat about the 1-0 loss to Portland, the farcical and unbalanced MLS playoff rules, and hear from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and defender Jake Nerwinski. Plus we also discuss the rumours of Bundesliga interest in having a CPL team in the lower mainland, and since it's Halloween, it's time to dig out Pa Modou Kah's Thriller! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.31: Timbers v Whitecaps postgame review including the thoughts of Marc Dos Santos 34.44: MLS playoff farce - with audio from Marc Dos Santos and Jake Nerwinski 72.07: CPL in the lower mainland discussion 84.54: Wavelength - Murray Torkildsen - Stop Talking Football
11/2/20201 hour, 33 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 415 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Devil's Horsemen - Whitecaps win one, lose one)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we're joined this week by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen and football journalist Harjeet Johal for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. The 'Caps won one and lost one in the space of 72 hours. We look at the win over San Jose and the loss to Seattle, where that leaves them in the playoff chase, delve into some individual performances, plus we hear the postgame thoughts of Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and those of playoff clinching Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer The MLS season run-in is still tight in the Western Conference as the Whitecaps become Vancouver's Devil's Horsemen, rampaging through foreign lands in the search for glory. We look at all the permutations affecting the 'Caps and hear from Dos Santos, Lucas Cavallini, and Andy Rose about wanting to make this season mean something, the strains of being away from home, and the unknowns around playoff positioning. And we have a special musical treat for you this week as we bring you four songs from Max Splodge's Ghengis Khan and Mongolian themed album Holidays In Mongolia. What other football podcast brings you such things?! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.58:Whitecaps v Earthquakes chat 10.11:Whitecaps v Sounders postgame review 39.22: Marc Dos Santos and Brian Schmetzer postgame thoughts 50.43: More Whitecaps chat and mailbag 72.20: Wavelength - Matt Fishel - Football Song 79.15: Making this season count for something with audio from Marc Dos Santos, Lucas Cavallini, and Andy Rose 92.13: The MLS standings and the Whitecaps season run-in
10/29/20202 hours, 11 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 414 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Freakshow - Galaxy v Whitecaps, the MLS run-in, Supporters Shield controversy)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we've another packed, but slightly shorter, show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat for you again this week. The Whitecaps headed out of Portland for the final time this regular season, going down to a 1-0 loss at LA Galaxy. We pick over the bones of the defeat, look at where it all went wrong, and hear the thoughts of 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos. The MLS season run-in looks set to go down to the wire and the Whitecaps are still in the mix. We look at the current standings, the path ahead, and chat about this weekend's controversy surrounding the non-awarding of the Supporters Shield this season. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.10: LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps postgame review 22.09: Marc Dos Santos postgame thoughts 29.40: More Whitecaps chat 45.49: Have You Heard? - Paris Street Rebels - Freakshow 51.04: The MLS standings and season run-in 61.00: MLS Supporters Shield controversy 66.24: Wavelength - Dive In The Box - Away Match Rules
10/20/20201 hour, 10 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 413 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Battle Axes - Whitecaps v RSL, Axel Schuster roundtable, the future of the 'Caps)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we're joined by Harjeet Johal as we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat. We look back at a week of Whitecaps action that saw a horrible defeat in San Jose followed up with a battling come from behind victory against RSL. We look at the highs, the lows, and the main talking points from both matches. Plus what lies in stores now for the 'Caps with six games to go? We also bring you, and unpack, some audio from a media roundtable Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster held a couple of weeks covering a multitude of topics including the club's identity, adding new players, the impact Covid could have on their 2021 recruitment, what the 'Caps can do to win fans back, and a lot more. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.22: Vancouver v San Jose and RSL postgame review 30.46: More Whitecaps chat - giving thanks, player performances, the season run-in 59.33: Wavelength - Suede Razors - Passion On The Pitch 66.52: Axel Schuster audio - part one 86.25: Axel Schuster audio - part two 114.15: Unpacking Axel
10/12/20202 hours, 13 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode 412 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Comatose In Seattle - Sounders v Whitecaps and Vancouver's woes, 2021 Gold Cup, John Herdman)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we're joined by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen as we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and 2021 Gold Cup. It's not been a happy time of it in Whitecapsland since the last show. Three straight defeats, 10 goals conceded, just one goal scored, injuries racking up, playing out of the US indefinitely. Can't this season just end already? Well apparently not and amazingly although the 'Caps are joint bottom, they're also still just three points off the playoff places. We chat about all of that, look back at the latest loss in Seattle, ponder what's next, and hear from head coaches Marc Dos Santos and Brian Schmetzer as we take a deep dive once again into the Whitecaps' woes and MDS' record. We also look at the latest around MLS, discuss the homophobic slur at the San Diego-Phoenix Rising USL match, turn our attention to the 2021 Gold Cup, and hear from Canadian national team coach John Herdman and the US' Gregg Berhalter. Plus Football Violence Awareness month wraps up in Wavelength, we showcase local talent in our new Have You Heard? section, and it's time for a new artist of the month at AFTN Towers. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.44: Seattle v Vancouver postgame review and general 'Caps chat 61.09: Coaches Audio - Marc Dos Santos and Brian Schmetzer 71.22: Another dive into the Whitecaps' woes 106.14: MLS and USL chat 134.22: 2021 Gold Cup draw audio from John Herdman and Gregg Berhalter 155.22: Wavelength - Gobsmakt - Yobsmakt 159.29: 2021 Gold Cup draw chat 167.53: Have You Heard? - PG Ciarletta
10/6/20202 hours, 59 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 411 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Back To Back - Whitecaps win two, a booming bromance, Commissioner Clanachan, and the CPL Island Games)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. It's all about going Back to Back this episode, as Vancouver Whitecaps win two in a row in MLS action and Forge FC win their second straight Canadian Premier League championship. We'll be look at all of that and a lot more. The 'Caps beat both Montreal and RSL in the space of four days to move into the playoff places in the Western Conference, we look at the highs, the lows, and the biggest talking points to come out of both matches and hear from Marc Dos Santos about the RSL win, the danger of fatigue, and just how do you fit in the 'Caps exciting attacking threat while making sure they still can defend? Plus have the 'Caps found the key to scoring with the booming bromance of Lucas Cavallini and Fredy Montero off the pitch, now seeing the results on it? And what does it look like for the 'Caps after their 'home' game in Portland against the Timbers? The Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament is over and Forge FC have kept their crown. We look back at the big talking points for the league now that the league is over and hear from CPL Commissioner David Clanachan. What's next for the league, what's next for those that have excelled, could we see more tournaments like this soon, and does winning coach Bobby Smyrniotis deserve a shot at something bigger? Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.26: Vancouver Whitecaps victorious twice! - we look back at the wins against Montreal and RSL 38.33: Marc Dos Santos and Freddy Juarez postgame audio 44.58: More Whitecaps chat - Fredy/Cava partnership, the attacking/defending line-up balance, what the future looks like, and more 98.33: Wavelength - The Foamers - Football 102.37: CPL Commissioner David Clanachan conference call - selected highlights 122.35: CPL Island Games chat with audio from Bobby Smyrniotis and David Edgar
9/22/20202 hours, 32 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 410 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Smoke and Mirrors - Vancouver v Montreal postgame, Axel Schuster roundtable, and CPL Island Games)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. As smoky skies engulfed BC, Vancouver Whitecaps were back in MLS action to take on Canadian rivals Montreal Impact in what proved to be a fiery encounter. We look at the highs and the lows and analyze the main talking points coming out of the 'Caps 4-2 loss including Lucas Cavallini's sending off and the defensive disaster that is the 'Caps in this one. What changes should we see on Wednesday? Plus we hear the postgame thoughts of 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos, and the Impact's Thierry Henry. Whitecaps Sporting Director and CEO Axel Schuster held a media roundtable on Thursday. We bring you select highlights, unpack some of what he said, look at the recently announced organizational changes in the front office, and chat about what's next for the 'Caps in terms of matches coming up. The Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament is close to wrapping up with just four matches remaining and three teams battling for championship glory. We look at what was an eventful week of Final Four action, and bring you some thoughts from Pacific FC's Pa Modou Kah and Marcel de Jong, Cavalry FC's Tommy Wheeldon Jr, HFX Forge FC's Bobby Smyrniotis, and HFX Wanderers Stephen Hart as a dramatic showdown looms. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.26: Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal Impact postgame show - the goals, the highs and lows, Cavallini's sending off 49.21: Thierry Henry and Marc Dos Santos postgame audio 56.34: More Whitecaps chat - what changes need to be made and the listeners' mailbag 77.14: Axel Schuster media roundtable selected highlights 102.36: Unpacking Axel and the Whitecaps' woes 124.24: Whitecaps next round of matches 132.01: Wavelength - Tippa Irie - Football Hooligan 139.22: CPL Island Games chat with audio from Pa Modou Kah, Marcel de Jong, Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Bobby Smyrniotis, and Stephen Hart
9/15/20202 hours, 49 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode 409 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Old Haunts, New Passions - Vancouver v Toronto postgame and CPL Island Games)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. The 'Caps were back in MLS action, back at home at BC Place, and back to winning ways! We bring you our Vancouver v Toronto postgame show (which you can also watch on You Tube), as we look at the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, and the main talking points coming out of the 'Caps 3-2 win. Plus we hear the postgame thoughts of 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos, and goalscorers Lucas Cavallini and Jake Nerwinski, and ponder what's next?. The first phase of the Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament wrapped up. Four teams move on, four teams head home. We bring you all the latest news and hear from Pacific FC's Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos, Cavalry FC's Tommy Wheeldon Jr and Nik Ledgerwood, Valour FC's Rob Gale, and FC Edmonton's Jeff Paulus after a dramatic weekend of action. We also chat with all four remaining head coaches to get their thoughts on what they expect from the next phase of the tournament, plus we talk CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers delay and the 2021 Gold Cup, and Football Violence Awareness Month is back! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.20: Vancouver Whitecaps v TFC postgame show - the highs and lows, the good and the bad, and audio from MDS, Cavallini, and Nerwinski 67.13: Wavelength - Bolchoi - Hooligan 73.50: CPL Island Games chat with audio from Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Nik Ledgerwood, and Rob Gale 101.05: More CPL chat with audio from Pa Modou Kah, Marco Bustos, Jeff Paulus, Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Bobby Smyrniotis, and Stephen Hart 121.53: CONCACAF World Cup qualifier and Gold Cup chat
9/8/20202 hours, 6 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode 408 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Turbulent Times)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. We kick things off with a look at the Whitecaps and what feels like their never ending woes. We dig into the loss in Montreal, talk about the positive from the game that was Michael Baldisimo, and all the other stuff that was very much on the poor side, including another penalty miss from Lucas Cavallini. Can they improve with what they have? Will they bring anyone in to try and salvage their season? Is the pressure mounting on MDS? All this and more, plus we hear some frank words from Derek Cornelius and Marc Dos Santos. We also look at the turbulent week in MLS with matches postponed and an owner steps down as the players take action for change. Plus we hear some insightful words from Canadian international, and LAFC midfielder, Mark Anthony Kaye. The Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament is excitingly poised as we enter the last week of the phase one games. Seven of the eight teams have realistic chances to progressing and we take a look at the action so far and how each team is looking. Plus we hear from Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Pacific FC's Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos, York9's Jimmy Brennan, and HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.33: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - the loss in Montreal, Cava, Baldi, Derek Cornelius and MDS audio, can they improve with what they have? 26.17: More on the Whitecaps' woes - can they salvage their season, will they bring anyone in, and is the pressure mounting on MDS? 51.03: MLS chat around this week's protests and walkouts, with audio from Mark Anthony Kaye 74.49: CPL chat - a look at Forge, Cavalry, and Pacific, with audio from Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Pa Modou Kah, and Marco Bustos 102.52: More CPL chat - a look at York9, Valour, Halifax, Ottawa, and Edmonton, with audio from Jimmy Brennan and Stephen Hart 123.58: Wavelength - Mogwai - Half Time
9/1/20202 hours, 12 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 407 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Sum Of Its Parts)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat. This is something of a Frankenstein's monster of an episode as we mix in parts of Friday's live TFC postgame You Tube stream with some fresh recordings, add in some CPL coaches audio, and add a sprinkling of Montreal's Thierry Henry to bring it all together. So if you think the sound and tone changes as we go through this one, then you are correct. It's not your ears! We have an extensive discussion around Vancouver Whitecaps' current woes after two defeats by Toronto, some seriously lacking performances, the need to rebuild yet again, and much more. Plus 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos talks Andy Rose and fans attending matches. We also hear from 'Caps striker Lucas Cavallini after two difficult outings, and chat about what we do now with Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna, and replacing Inbeom Hwang. We're 11 days into the Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament. We chat about the action so far, talk with Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr about his side's strong start, and hear from FC Edmonton's Jeff Paulus and HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart ahead of what could be a decisive meeting of the two teams later this week. Plus we take a look at Canada's qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.50: TFC v Vancouver postgame chat 25.40: Vancouver Whitecaps chat including audio from Lucas Cavallini, Marc Dos Santos, and Thierry Henry 53.49: How do you solve the Whitecaps' woes? 84.51: CPL Island Games chat - the tournament so far and audio from Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Jeff Paulus, and Stephen Hart 105.06: Canada's qualification path to Qatar 2022 111.22: Wavelength - Jim Noir - Eanie Meany You can download and/or listen to this, and all previous, episodes of the podcast on the following services:
8/25/20201 hour, 58 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 406 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Returning To Play with guests Marc Dos Santos, Axel Schuster, Stephen Hart, and Rob Gale)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Major League Soccer and Canadian Premier League chat. There's been some big Vancouver Whitecaps news this week, with the return to play plan announced and Inbeom Hwang moving to pastures new in Russia. We sit down for a couple of one-on-one interviews to discuss all that and a lot more with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and Sporting Director and CEO Axel Schuster as they prepare to face Toronto and Montreal over the coming weeks. Turning our attention to the CPL, we chat with a couple of head coaches about the teams they've built to tackle The Island Games tournament, HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart and Valour FC's Rob Gale. What can we expect from their sides in PEI and how tough has it been getting ready to play after 10 months of inaction? Plus we take a look at the tournament so far, discuss the Cavalry v Forge rivalry with both teams' head coaches and a couple of players, and we chat with Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos
8/17/20202 hours, 14 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode 405 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Life of PEI with Pa Modou Kah, Jeff Paulus, Keven Aleman, David Clanachan, Don Garber, and more!)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is even more packed than usual, as we make up for not bringing you a show last weekend with a near three-hour episode to talk Canadian Premier League and Major League Soccer. We've ramped up the Canadian flavour this week with a heavy focus on the CPL, as it gets its 2020 season underway on Thursday when The Island Games kick off in PEI. We look ahead to the tournament, discuss the ins and out of the bubble and broadcasting, hear from CPL Commissioner David Clanachan, talk players' union, and chat about the away jerseys that were recently revealed. We're putting two of the eight CPL clubs in focus in this episode and we kick things off on the island as we catch up with friend of the show Pa Modou Kah to chat about him taking the reins at Pacific FC, his journey into coaching, what his coaching and playing style will be, how ready his squad is for The Island Games, and his love of working with developing young talent. Moving east, we stop off in Alberta next to talk FC Edmonton with head coach Jeff Paulus and players Tomi Ameobi, Amer Didic and Connor James. Plus we sit down for an in-depth chat with one of their most exciting recent signings, Keven Aleman, to talk about his career so far, his move to the Eddies, the upcoming matches, his hopes to get back into the Canadian men's national team mix, and just how close did he come to becoming a Vancouver Whitecap? But there's also lots of MLS chat as we delve into the league's controversial plans to get the rest of the season played and hear from MLS Commissioner Don Garber, as the immediate futures of the three Canadian clubs remain up in the air. Plus we look ahead to Tuesday's MLS is Back final between Orlando and Portland. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.45: CPL and Island Games chat 40.42: David Clanachan audio 45.37: More CPL and Island Games chat 68.32: Pa Modou Kah interview 98.32: FC Edmonton chat with Jeff Paulus, Tomi Ameobi, Amer Didic, and Connor James 110.33: Keven Aleman interview 136.25: MLS is Back final chat with Oscar Pareja audio 140.13: MLS rest of the season play plans announced, with audio from Don Garber 163.25: Wavelength - Emma Townsend - Five-a-Side Football
8/10/20202 hours, 50 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 404 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Future Plans and Memories)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as usual as we bring you more chat from the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando. Vancouver Whitecaps' Disney dreams are over. Eliminated from the tournament by the lottery of (not very well taken) penalties, the 'Caps went out to Sporting Kansas City and are now on their way back to BC and 14 days quarantine. We delve into all the ins and outs of the match, the heroes and villains, the highs and the lows. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and KC's Peter Vermes, and discuss how this tournament has left the 'Caps looking against the rest of MLS in a competitive sense. We also look at the three other Round of 16 matches played this weekend, two of which saw the rest of the Canadian contingent eliminated from the competition. What can they take away from the tournament and what lies in store for them now? We chat about that and hear from Montreal coach Thierry Henry, Impact players Samuel Piette and Jukka Raitala, Toronto coach Greg Vanney and TFC's Michael Bradley, plus Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin talks about his side's win over New England. What lies in store for the Canadian clubs now? We chat about the tentative plans for the next stage of the MLS season and hear from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos on it. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.36: Vancouver v Sporting KC match analysis 35.53: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Peter Vermes 46.30: More Vancouver v KC chat 81.48: Wavelength - The Insyderz - Game Day 88.43: The other MLS is Back matches this weekend - with audio from Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Jim Curtin, Michael Bradley, Samuel Piette, and Jukka Raitala 115.15: What now for the three Canadian MLS teams?
7/28/20202 hours, 17 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 403 - AFTN Soccer Show (A Sound Thrashing)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as usual as we bring you more chat from the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando. Vancouver Whitecaps' tournament has got off to the worst possible start. Two defeats, key injuries to an already depleted squad, and their hopes hanging by a thread, we're joined by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen to look back at the middling and lows of the 'Caps' 3-0 loss to Seattle Sounders and look ahead to Thursday crunch game with Chicago Fire. We also look at some of the highlights from the tournament so far, what lies in store this week as the group games round up, and hear from Chicago coach Raphael Wicky, KC coach Peter Vermes, a prickly Sounders boss Brian Schmetzer, and Montreal's Samuel Piette. We also delve into the world of sports science as we chat with Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster and head coaches Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes, and Brian Schmetzer about how they're using it in Orlando, the importance of it all, and how they've seen it change in the game over the years. Plus there's Wavelength and the final part of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.48: Seattle v Vancouver match analysis with Steven Agen 55.39: Vancouver v Chicago preview with audio fron Raphael Wicky 70.12: MLS is Back tournament so far chat 85.40: Will Canadian border restrictions derail MLS season? 99.40: Sports science and the MLS in Orlando - we chat with Axel Schuster, Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes, and Brian Schmetzer 122.10: Wavelength - Paul Wilson - The King of Elland Road 131.24: The week ahead at the MLS is Back tournament - with audio from Brian Schmetzer, Samuel Piette, and Peter Vermes 144.10: Wanted For Wembley - the final part of our episodic drama serial
7/21/20202 hours, 36 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 402 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Bubble Football with special guests Marc Dos Santos and Theo Bair)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as we take you inside the bubble at the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando. We've been busy boys this past week and we'll bring you chat about and audio from Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, San Jose Earthquakes, Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota United, Orlando City, and Houston Dynamo in a near three hour tournament special. We'll have some chat with head coaches Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Adrian Heath, Matias Almeyda, Raphael Wicky, Peter Vermes, and Tab Ramos and players Nani, Justin Morrow, Jukka Raitala, and Matt Besler about life in the bubble, the weather, the games so far, and more. We also have two Whitecaps feature interviews this episode. Kicking things off is a half hour one on one with 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos who takes us deep into Vancouver's bubble to tell us about his daily routine, the team's preparation for the tournament, his approach to the games, dealing with missing key players, the adversity ahead, and a lot more. Next up is a great chat with homegrown star Theo Bair. We talk about the opportunity this tournament offers him to shine with the Whitecaps depleted roster, look at what life's been like for him down in Orlando, talk about the Black Lives Matters show of unity, and more. Plus there's Wavelength and part three of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.21: MLS is Back Chat Part 1 - Nashville out; Chicago change groups; Raphael Wicky; Matt Besler; the weather; TV and advertising 34.27: MLS is Back Chat Part 2 - Whitecaps, TFC and Montreal group chat; Adrian Heath on Minnesota's win; MDS, Thierry Henry, Jukka Raitala, Justin Morrow audio; Greg Vanny on bubble life 72.52: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat 110.41: Theo Bair interview and chat 138.42: MLS is Back Tournament Part 3 - Peter Vermes, Nani on Orlando win, Tab Ramos on the Group of Death 154.43: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial
7/13/20202 hours, 47 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 401 - The AFTN Soccer Show (MLS Tournament Turmoil featuring Marc Dos Santos, Thierry Henry, and Nani)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and wow, was this one hell of a difficult show to put together due to the constantly changing chaos surrounding the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando. We've ended up recording this over Sunday and Monday with several additions added in with all the breaking news that has come out of the Covid Cup today. Some stuff already feels dated, but we've tried to make it as up to date as we can! We look at FC Dallas pulling out of the tournament after 10 players tested positive, the concerns about others, and what that might mean for the tournament starting on time. We also talk Whitecaps' Fredy Montero and LAFC's Carlos Vela not travelling to Orlando, what life is like at the hotel, some details about the television broadcasts, and look at the challenges facing the players physical and mental health in this bubble. We also bring you some chat and audio from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos, Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry, and Orlando City player Nani. Plus Wavelength and part two of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.38: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 1 - positive tests and testing times as FC Dallas withdrawn 35.33: Marc Dos Santos audio 43.32: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 2 - the physical and mental strain on players 59.57: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 3 - food, entertainment, and broadcasting the whole shebang 87.55: Thierry Henry audio 101.40: Nani audio 111.25: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 4 - Fredy Montero and Carlos Vela out 117.30: Wavelength - Al Stewart - Football Hero 128.48: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial 140.48: Around the World with Joe Corona
7/7/20202 hours, 33 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 400 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Dressed For Success with guest Marc Dos Santos)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. The big four-oh-oh baby. It's never a quiet week in Vancouver Whitecapsland it seems, and this past one was no exception with the shock departure of CEO Mark Pannes. We pick over the bones of it all, discuss the less than adequate press conference to try and explain the decision, look at the supporters' ire, and ponder what the fallout might be from it all. Getting back to on the pitch matters, our feature interview this week is with 'Caps head coach Marc Dos Santos. We look ahead to the Orlando tournament, how prepared the team is for it, talk about the importance of cup football, and a lot more. All this plus all your old favourites for our quadricentennial episode as we find out if former Whitecap and current Colorado Springs Switchback head coach Alan Koch fancies a chocolate digestive, what FC Edmonton boss Jeff Paulus' favourite jam is, kick off our new episodic drama serial Wanted For Wembley, and Booze & Glory return to this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.01: Mark Pannes out as Whitecaps CEO 45.24: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Alan Koch 47.45: Marc Dos Santos interview 94.48: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Not On Our Way To Wembley 99.54: MLS Orlando tournament discussion 116.10: Jeff Paulus' Favourite Jame 117.54: Around the World with Joe Corona 123.17: Wanted For Wembley - part one of our new episodic drama serial
6/22/20202 hours, 16 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 399 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Over The Turnstiles with guest Steven Agen)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. We're joined by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen this week to chat about the latest happenings in and around MLS. The details of the Orlando tournament have been revealed. Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders will meet in a Cascadia derby group game, but there's still some health concerns surrounding the whole tournament as case numbers in Florida increase. We chat about all that and more, and hear from Don Garber, Marc Dos Santos, and Axel Schuster. Also in this week's show, we delve into there being a CONCACAF Champions League spot available to a Canadian team via MLS play, look at what this year's Voyageurs Cup might look like, discuss the emotive subject of national anthems at club matches, and more. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 07.22: From locked out to locked down - MLS Orlando tournament discussion with Steven Agen and audio from Don Garber 34.43: CCL berth available to a Canadian club via MLS play - with audio from Marc Dos Santos 60.18: The MLS tournament draw and the path ahead for Vancouver and Seattle 69.24: MDS on the five sub rule, the Florida weather, and what MLS broadcasts should look like at this time 78.59: More MLS Orlando tournament discussion with Zach 106.36: Wavelength - The Clay Faces - Football on the TV 111.55: National anthems at club football discussion 122.12: Around the World with Joe Corona
6/15/20202 hours, 15 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 398 - The AFTN Soccer Show (True Colours with guest Joel Waterman)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. A lockout has been averted and the MLS tournament in Orlando seems to be all systems go. Could there yet be a spanner thrown in the works? We chat about that, hear from some angry players around the league about the ins and outs of the negotiations, and MLS commissioner Don Garber shares his take on it all. There's still a lot of unanswered questions that exist around thee tournament in terms of safety, post quarantine measures, and more, and we hear from the Whitecaps' Andy Rose about his personal situation and the tough decision he faces. Our feature interview this week is with a BC boy riding high out in Montreal, centre back Joel Waterman. We chat with Joel about his career so far, his move to MLS, being thrust in at the deep end right away, and a lot more. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 05.50: MLS lockout averted but players left angry - with audio from Don Garber, Ethan Finlay, Evan Bush, Zac MacMath, and Jake Nerwinski 35.44: Player concerns around safety and family left behind - with audio from Andy Rose and Evan Bush 49.10: Cross border quarantine issues - with audio from Evan Bush and Jake Nerwinski 54.02: Tournament details still not set - with audio from Jake Nerwinski 60.32: The turbulent week in MLS discussed 85.10: Joel Waterman interview 116.29: Wavelength - Haunted House - 442 (Football) 121.54: Canadian Premier League News of the Week
6/8/20202 hours, 18 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 397 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Clouds Of My Dilemma with guest Jonathan Tannenwald)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. We thought we'd have a week off from player and management interviews and just focus on the chat this week, as we look at the biggest stories both here in North American soccer and over in the UK. Jonathan Tannenwald from Philadelphia's Inquirer.com joins us to look at the main talking points from a busy week of news in Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League. While the NWSL has a firm date to return, the MLS is still wrangling with their players. Could there even be a lockout? Zachary Meisenheimer then joins us to focus on here in Canada as we look at the proposals to get the Canadian Premier League back playing on an island somewhere, the launch of Atletico Ottawa's new strip, and some murmurs coming out that may affect Canada's big to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. All this plus does Jeff Paulus fancy a chocolate digestive and we honour goalkeepers in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.37: MLS tournament plans change again 21.39: NWSL return to play all set 40.50: Is there going to be a MLS lockout? 47.20: Canadian Premier League News of the Week 65.30: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Jeff Paulus 68.45: Wavelength - Animal Collective - The Goalkeeper 72.15: Is there a new CONCACAF qualification system for the 2022 World Cup> 86.03: Around The World with Joe Corona - the English Premier League returns soon
6/1/20201 hour, 39 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 396 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Slow Life featuring Ryan Raposo, Jaap Stam, and Christine Sinclair)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. Our feature interview this week is with a rising young Vancouver Whitecaps talent, Canadian winger Ryan Raposo. We chat with Ryan about his impressive start to his time in MLS, how being away in Germany and college helps in lockdown times like these, getting into the Canadian Olympic mix, and more. We also look at the latest leaked plans from MLS about their proposed Orlando tournament and ponder whether it's all even worthwhile, plus we whip around Europe to chat about the latest news from the leagues trying to restart in the coming weeks, and update you on our beloved FK Slutsk and Vikingur Gota. Talking of MLS, there was a managerial appointment this week as Dutch legend Jaap Stam was named FC Cincinnati head coach. We talk about the appointment and bring you some of the most interesting highlights from his introductory press conference that we were on. And there's still time to bring you some audio with Christine Sinclair about breaking that golascoring record at just the right time, have a discussion on Alphonso Davies and the recent Province article breaking down some of the ins and outs of his transfer to Bayern Munich, and there's our usual musical delights of Wavelength and Three of a Kinf. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.31: More details on MLS' Orlando plans emerge 27.02: Ryan Raposo interview and discussion 50.20: Jaap Stam names FC Cincinnati head coach - discussion and conference call highlights 81.35: Wavelength - Neil Grant - Queen of the South anthem 86.56: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from the European leagues, Slutsk and Vikingur updates, and Korean sex dolls 106.25: Alphonso Davies discussion 126.32: Christine Sinclair talks about the relief at breaking scoring record before football shut down
5/26/20202 hours, 18 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 395 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Clarity Just Confuses Me with Andy O'Brien, Howard Webb. Marc Dos Santos, and more)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. Our feature interview this week is with a much loved former Whitecap, Irish centre back Andy O'Brien, as we look back at his career from his early days with Bradford City to hanging up his boots after his time in Vancouver to his new role as a scout at Liverpool. Andy talks about his love for the 'Caps and his disappointment surrounding the end of his time here. Plus we look at his varied career to date and a lot more. We also bring you a very interesting conference call with PRO GM Howard Webb about the ins and outs of referees returning to action after the lockdown and get some of his thoughts on VAR. Plus we hear from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos, 'Caps sporting director Axel Schuster, and KC head coach Peter Vermes on the pros and possible pitfalls for MLS returning for a tournament in Orlando, find out how MDS and Schuster may be scouting the leagues that have returned already, and we look at how clubs like Vancouver and Cincinnati are looking after their players mental health and wellbeing at this difficult time. We also have the latest news from North America and around the world from football's shutdown as Bundesliga returns to action, bring you our latest FK Slutsk update, and have more chat about our newly discovered love of the Faroe Islands Premier League. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.34: The Bundesliga is back - some thoughts on the first weekend 20.58: Slutsk fail to master BATE 24.58: A love letter to the Faroes 29.59: MDS and Axel Schuster talk scouting the leagues that are back 37.36: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from football's shutdown and the European leagues 46.36: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from MLS and the CPL with audio from MDS, Schuster, and Peter Vermes 68.48: Howard Webb conference call 96.51: Andy O'Brien interview 130.59: How MLS clubs are dealing with players mental health during this time 144.25: Wavelength - Nada - St Pauli
5/18/20202 hours, 30 minutes, 24 seconds
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Episode 394 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Something For The Weekend with guests Alan Koch, Ranko Veselinović, Axel Schuster, and Jake Reid)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's a bumper packed episode this time around. Our feature interview this week is with Alan Koch, as we look back at his career from SFU Clan to Colorado Springs Switchbacks and the stops at Vancouver Whitecaps 2 and FC Cincinnati along the way. We look back at the highs and lows, the project currently ahead of him, and what the future could hold in store. We also have a chat with the Whitecaps player we haven't been able to see play yet, Serbian centre back Ranko Veselinović. We talk to Ranko about his move to MLS, suddenly finding himself in lockdown, his career so far, and his desire to make his current loan deal a permanent move. Plus we hear from Whitecaps sporting director Axel Schuster about Yordy Reyna and Jasser Khmiri's lockdown breach and when the 'Caps players may be back on the pitch, and we jump on a call with Sporting KC President and CEO Jake Reid about getting MLS back to playing and what that might look like. We also have the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, but a couple of leagues return, bring you our latest FK Slutsk update, and chat about our newly discovered love of the Faroe Islands Premier League. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.53: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from football's shutdown and the leagues' plans to return 19.50: Slutsk lose top spot after dodgy penalty decisions 25.35: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown 32.55: Jake Reid chats about what a MLS return could look like 42.22: Axel Schuster on when Whitecaps player can return to training 48.39: The CPL could return on an island as they look for government help 54.35: Ranko Veselinović interview 69.10: Alan Koch interview Part 1 - SFU, WFC2, and FC Cincinnati 105.28: Alan Koch interview Part 2 - Colorado Springs, new stadiums, and the future 138.30: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - The Only Halifax Supporter 143.49: Axel Schuster on Whitecaps Reyna and Khmiri breaking lockdown 163.16: Vancouver Whitecaps All-Canadian MLS XI
5/11/20202 hours, 50 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 393 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Show Me Magic with guest Phillip Dos Santos)

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. Our feature interview this week is with current Vancouver Whitecaps assistant coach Phillip Dos Santos. PDS tells us why the Whitecaps were a job he couldn't say no to and what it's like working with his brother, chats about his career so far at the likes of Ottawa Fury, San Francisco Deltas, Indy Eleven, and talks about his early days playing in Europe then coaching in Quebec and in the Canadian national team youth set up. We have the latest news from North America and around the world, although primarily Europe this week, as football's shutdown continues. There's been positive virus tests from players training in Germany, France has ended their season, and it's still hard to fathom exactly what's happening in Scotland and England. Plus we bring you our latest FK Slutsk update. We also bring you a chat with FC Cincinnati COO Dennis Carroll who talks about the financial impact the shutdown has on a club like his and reveals what talks MLS have had about getting back into action. Plus we look at some fun community fundraising initiatives from USL sides Forward Madison and South Bend Lions. Vancouver Whitecaps followed up their successful facemask campaign with a new one to raise money for local foodbanks and we hear from Russell Teibert, Tosaint Ricketts and others about how it came about and why the club's community involvement is important to them. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.47: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown 19.00: Slutsk stay on top 26.20: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown 29.49: FC Cincinnati COO Dennis Carroll chat 43.10: Forward Madison and South Bend Lions community fundraising initiatives 49.35: Phillip Dos Santos interview - Part 1 74.00: Phillip Dos Santos interview - Part 2 108.15: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Three Points 112.04: Vancouver Whitecaps foodbank fundraiser with audio from Russell Teibert, Tosaint Ricketts, Carson Ting, and Jon Rees
5/4/20202 hours, 3 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 392 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Happy Together with guest Marcel De Jong)

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, looking at what leagues are calling it a day for this season, which ones are hoping for a return sooner rather than later, and what broadcast innovations MLS might be looking at for when it returns. Our feature interview this week is with former Whitecap, and current Pacific FC player Marcel De Jong, who joins us to talk about the newly formed Players Union for Canadian players - why it was badly needed, what it might mean for both the players and the league, what they're looking for right now and in the future, and more. We also look at Vancouver Whitecaps highly successful fundraising facemask initiative to raise money for the threatened Vancouver Aquarium, hearing from Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes and Oceanwise CEO Lasse Gustavsson on how it all came about and why it's needed so much. Plus Space provide this week's football song in Wavelength, the latest on our beloved table topping FK Slutsk, and Art Brut finish their residency as our artists of the month for April. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.44: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown 26.56: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown 45.35: Slutsk sloppy at the back but stay on top 50.54: Marcel De Jong interview on all things PFACan 80.21: Canadian Players Union discussion 95.37: Wavelength - Space - I Love You More Than Football 104.04: Vancouver Whitecaps and Vancouver Aquarium facemask initiative with audio from Mark Pannes and Lasse Gustavsson
4/27/20202 hours, 11 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 391 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Out Of The Basement with guests Fredy Montero, Janio Bikel, and Marc Dos Santos)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. Who needs live football to chat about when you can gab as much as us?! We bring you the latest news from North America as football's shutdown continues. Finances continue to be the big talking point, with both MLS and the CPL looking for their players to take pay cuts with neither league looking likely to be in action any time soon. Plus we chat about the new CPL players union that was announced this past week, discuss the Seattle Times article around the Sounders decision to play their home opener last month, look at Liga MX's decision to scrap promotion and relegation for five years and what that could mean to football on the continent, and take a look at Wayne Rooney's latest swipe at MLS. We've got two in-depth interviews for you this episode, the first of which is with the last Whitecaps signing to take place before the shutdown, Portuguese midfielder Janio Bikel. Janio chats about what brought him to MLS, his footballing journey so far from Guinea-Bissau to Bulgaria via Portugal, Spain, and Holland, and tells us what it's like to just arrive in a new city and country only to then be locked down before you can familiarise yourself with it or your new teammates. We then sit down with Whitecaps striker Fredy Montero for a career retrospective and a look at some of his Football Firsts, chatting with him about his time in Colombia, Seattle, Portugal, China, and here in Vancouver. We talk about his incredible knack for scoring on his debuts, that scary Sporting Lisbon training facility incident, and what he still hopes to achieve in his career. Plus Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos tells us about what football documentaries he's enjoying watching right now, and we bring you our latest update on table topping FK Slutsk. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.21: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown in MLS 20.03: CPL wage deferral and the launch of a players union 32.15: Janio Bikel interview 54.22: Wavelength - Frank Hamilton - Football 59.20: Fredy Montero interview - Part One 74.06: Fredy Montero interview - Part Two 92.15: FK Slutsk are top of the league 97.15: Marc Dos Santos TVOD 102.11: BC Soccerweb headlines - Liga MX scraps pro/rel, why did the Sounders play their home opener, and Wayne Rooney slams MLS' transfer system
4/20/20202 hours, 6 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 390 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Popular Culture No Longer Applies To Me with guest Marco Carducci)

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, discuss football finances, and discuss just what it will take to make people feel safe to return to sports stadiums. Our feature interview this week is with former Whitecap, and current Cavalry FC goalkeeper Marco Carducci, as we look back at his first season in the CPL, what lies ahead, and his new online training business he's set up with two of his current teammates. There's also the final part of our episodic drama serial, we find out which Whitecaps players Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert would and wouldn't want to be quarantined with, Art Brut continue their residency as our artists of the month for April, and Pete Townsend provides this week's football song in Wavelength. Plus the latest on our beloved FK Slutsk. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.02: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown 26.26: The North American impact from football's shutdown 37.45: When would you feel safe about returning to sports stadiums? 49.23: Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert on quarantine teammates 54.30: Wavelength - Pete Townsend - Football Fugue 59.38: Marco Carducci interview - Part One 80.49: Marco Carducci interview - Part Two 99.00: Slutsk come from behind 100.19: It's Tough For The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Four of our new episodic drama serial 109.24: BC Soccerweb headlines - Blondell bombshell, billions wiped off transfer value, and FIFA corruption charges
4/13/20202 hours, 6 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 389 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Football Fairy Stories with guests Marc Dos Santos, Andy Rose, and Axel Schuster)

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's global shutdown continues, plus we hear some thoughts from Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster about it all and what may lie ahead. We also sit down for a fascinating and frank chat with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos about his coaching influences, what's made him the coach he is today, his USL/NASL Coach of the Decade plaudit from The Athletic, the strain being a coach can put on your personal life, and what advice he has for young coaches just starting out. And we bring you another of our in-depth Football Firsts career retrospectives as we delve into Whitecaps midfielder Andy Rose's journey so far. There's also the penultimate part of our new episodic drama serial, we debate which Whitecaps players would be on our two Mount Rushmores, Art Brut begin their residency as our artists of the month for April, and The Adicts provide this week's football song in Wavelength. Plus we finally got to watch our beloved Slutsk in action. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.53: Axel Schuster on the latest from the Whitecaps and MLS on the current crisis and what may lie ahead 07.36: The North American impact from football's shutdown 26.23: Whitecaps MLS Mount Rushmores debate - the contributors and the cult heroes 33.53: The latest on football's shutdown around the world 49.13: It's Tough For The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Four of our new episodic drama serial 61.22: Marc Dos Santos talks coaching styles, influences, and more 87.14: Andy Rose's Football Firsts - part one of a career retrospective 110.06: Slutsk on top 116.29: Wavelength - The Adicts - Football Fairy Story 118.38: Andy Rose's Football Firsts - part two of a career retrospective
4/6/20202 hours, 21 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 388 - The AFTN Soccer Show (We Are All Slutsk with guests Marc Dos Santos, Mark Pannes, Lucas Cavallini, Kendall Waston, and Jeff Paulus)

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and not only is it as packed as usual, it's also one of our longest ever episodes. We'll leave that up to you to decide if that's a good thing or not! Global football has ground to a halt, but not in Belarus! We look at the latest coming from some of the leagues and governing bodies around the world as to what directions they're looking at taking when games can return and we pick our new favourite team to follow, FK Slutsk of the Belarusian Premier League. We chat with Vancouver Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes to discuss how the Whitecaps and MLS have been handling the latest crisis, we check in with Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini to see how his family are dealing with everything right now and talk about the season so far, and we get on a conference call with former fan favourite Kendall Waston to see how life is treating him down in Cincinnati. This break could actually prove to be very beneficial to the Whitecaps as it lets them get all their players fit, healthy, and up to speed. 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos joins us to chat about that, the season so far, whether the current situation affects any summer transfer plans, and he gives us an insight into what his new daily routine looks like. We also sit down with FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus for a detailed and in-depth chat about the first Canadian Premier League season, the growth of the game in Canada, how the Eddies have built their squad this year, and much more. There's also part three of our new episodic drama serial, we ponder which Whitecaps player you'd like to be quarantined with, Peat & Diesel finish up their residency as our artists of the month for March, and nothing stops Football Violence Awareness Month, well apart from the end of the month! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 01.47: The latest on football's shutdown around the world, but not in Belarus! 26.12: Mark Pannes on how the Whitecaps and MLS have been handling the current crisis 51.47: Which Whitecaps player would you like to be quarantined with? 58.21: Lucas Cavallini interview 74.07: Kendall Waston chat - with added Greg Garza! 89.38: Wavelength - The Warriors - Warriors (Come Out To Play) 97.24: Marc Dos Santos interview 122.20: Jeff Paulus interview and CPL discussion - Part One 149.54: It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Three of our new episodic drama serial 155.48: Jeff Paulus interview and CPL discussion - Part Two
3/30/20202 hours, 58 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 387 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Celtic Connections - Ben Fisk, Jasser Khmiri, Football Manager tips with Rituro, and what might football look like when it returns)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and while there may be no new football to watch and talk about, that doesn't stop us bringing you another packed episode! We look at the latest from around the leagues as football's worldwide shutdown continues and extends, and Joe Deasy joins us to ponder what MLS and the European leagues could look like when they do finally return. We're also joined by Atletico Ottawa's Ben Fisk to discuss his self isolation as the team returns from preseason training in Spain, talk about his move east to the new CPL club, and his strong relationship with the fans both there and in Victoria. We also bring you a chat with Whitecaps centre back Jasser Khmiri that we had in the offseason and with more people now playing Football Manager, we chat to an aficionado of the game, Rituro, to look at the appeal of the game and to get some important tips for newbies. Plus does David Milinkovic Fancy a Chocolate Digestive?, part two of our new episodic drama serial "It's hard to be the son of a soccer star", Peat & Diesel continue their residency as our artists of the month for March, and nothing stops Football Violence Awareness Month! Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.12: The latest on football's shutdown and how MLS could look when it comes back 27.42: Ben Fisk interview 45.10: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - David Milinkovic 49.56: It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star - part two of our new episodic drama serial 55.55: Jasser Khmiri interview 64.06: Wavelength - Cock Sparrer - Trouble On The Terraces 71.28: Football Manager talk and tips with Rituro
3/23/20201 hour, 40 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 386 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Living In A World Of Isolation with guest Jonathan Tannenwald)

We're living in strange times. Worrying times. And let's be honest, somewhat scary times because no-one really knows what direction this whole coronavirus pandemic is going to take next. If the last week has shown us anything, it's that the situation can change dramatically by the hour, never mind by the day or week. What we need right now is some kind of normality, and that's why we're not going anywhere at the AFTN Soccer Show and will still be bringing you weekly episodes of the show in these trouble times, to at least give you a modicum of entertainment and your football fix. The episodes will be a little bit different in nature of course, starting with this one. There's no games to talk about for starters, but we'll look over the Whitecaps news from this past week, including a big Connect 4 win over Colorado and the club's reaction to the coronavirus crisis. Jonathan Tannnenwald of the Philly Inquirer joins us on the phone to talk about the football shutdown across the world, the reaction to the crisis in North America, and to chat about what has been a terrible week publicity-wise for US Soccer. With no immediate end to the coronavirus crisis in sight, could the MLS season already be over? Hopefully not, but just in case we bring you a tongue in cheek Whitecaps end of season review. Plus part one of our new football drama serial "It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star", Football Violence Awareness Month continues in Wavelength, and Scottish band Peat & Diesel continue their residency as March's artists of the month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.57: Football has been shut down 21.49: Whitecaps and MLS coronavirus response and a Connect 4 victory 54.39: More on the coronavirus' impact on football with Jonathan Tannenwald 79.52: US Soccer's very bad week - with Jonathan Tannenwald 100.05: Wavelength - The Last Resort - Resort Bootboys 110.13: It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star - episodic drama serial 121.54: Whitecaps 2020 End of Season review! 135.48: MLS Hunger Games
3/16/20202 hours, 22 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 385 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Let's Have A Horo Gheallaidh with guests Mark Pannes and Jake Nerwinski)

Vancouver Whitecaps got their first win of the new MLS in LA on Saturday night and we're going to celebrate the unexpected three points in fine fashion in this episode of the show. We look back at the highs and lows, and the hits and the misses, from the game and hear from both head coaches. Who played themselves into further starts? Whose performances have been somewhat lacking? And does MDS now have a (nice) selection problem ahead as a result? We also have two interviews this week, first of all sitting down with Whitecaps' right back Jake Nerwinski, then we chat with Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes about how he is settling in to the job and his relationship with the fans, both online and in person, and plans for the future. Plus we look into how the coronavirus is affecting football worldwide and what it might mean for MLS and the CPL, our MLS Week in Review looks at another interest week in the Western Conference, Football Violence Awareness Month continues in Wavelength, and Scottish band Peat & Diesel continue their residency as March's artists of the month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.30: LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps match in review, including head coaches audio 36.41: Jake Nerwinski interview and right back discussion 55.20: Coronavirus in football discussion 65.30: Vancouver's fanbase including the thoughts of MDS 69.12: Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes interview 88.29: MLS Week in Review 109.40: Wavelength - The 4 Skins - Saturday 114.07: BC Soccerweb headlines
3/9/20202 hours, 2 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 384 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Pruning The Peacock - LA Galaxy v Whitecaps preview show)

The 2020 MLS season didn't get underway anyone at Vancouver Whitecaps would have hoped for. A disappointing 3-1 home loss to Sporting Kansas City saw a poor performance and a lot of the spark and optimism from the preseason disappeared quicker than snow aff a dyke for many in the fanbase. Can they bounce back this week in LA against an offensively stacked Galaxy side? Joe, Peter, and Nick return for AFTN's latest preview podcast to chat about just that as they look ahead to the LA game, ponder the lessons learned from last week's loss, and try and work out just what team the 'Caps could put out there that would negate what, on paper at least, should be one of the most deadly attacks in MLS. We also empty the mailbag, as the guys will look for as many answers as they can. Have a listen!
3/5/202053 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 383 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Giving It Laldie with guests Mark Pannes, David Milinkovic, and Johnny Russell)

The 2020 MLS season certainly didn't start the way Vancouver Whitecaps wanted. A 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City, an insipid performance, and a lot of work still to be done. If you're thinking wait a minute, this isn't 2019, let's hope you're right. We pick over the bones of that opening day loss and try and see what few positives you can take from it. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and KC's Peter Vermes. We also bring you three interviews this episode. We hear from Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes on the subject of ticket sales and chat about some of the off-pitch changes this season. We also chat with Whitecaps winger David Milinkovic about his move to MLS, his desire to re-start his career, and his time at Heart and Hull. Our MLS Week in Review also looks at the MLS teams in CCL action this past week and catch up with Sporting Kansas City's Scottish forward Johnny Russell to look ahead to the season and find out what his favourite jam is. All this plus Canadian Premier League chat, as we look at the new home kits that were revealed and transfer talk, Football Violence Awareness Month returns in Wavelength, and Scottish band Peat & Diesel continue their residency as March's artists of the month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 05.25: Vancouver Whitecaps v Sporting KC match in review 22.42: The Gaffers - Marc Dos Santos and Peter Vermes 27.16: The Whitecaps have a lot of work to do 36.26: David Milinkovic interview and winger discussion 54.31: Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes chat and ticket discussion 73.27: MLS in CCL round-up 76.31: Johnny Russell interview and KC discussion 86.21: MLS Week in Review 102.31: Wavelength - Blitz - Someone's Gonna Die 106.50: Canadian Premier League chat 121.00: Johnny Russell's Favourite Jam 123.45: BC Soccerweb headlines
3/2/20202 hours, 23 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode 382 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Back At It - Whitecaps v SKC preview show)

Two more sleeps till Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer return for the 2020 season. Excited yet? Joe, Gideon, and Peter are and the lads are back for the first preview show of the decade! How are the Whitecaps looking heading into the new campaign? Are they playoff contenders or is it going to be another long season? The guys delve into the offseason rebuild and the tactical style Marc Dos Santos wants his team to play. Can they deliver it this season? Last year, the 'Caps and Sporting KC were the two worst teams in the west in the standings. Both have added some key pieces, but which one will get the new season off to a flying start and what kind of threat are Kansas City bringing to BC Place on Saturday night? So many questions, including a lively mailbag, and the guys will look for as many answers as they can. Have a listen!
2/27/202057 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 381 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Ways Of The West with guest Marc Dos Santos)

We're a week away from everybody's favourite time in the football calendar - AFTN's football violence awareness month in Wavelength. But before that, the MLS season kicks off. Vancouver Whitecaps have wrapped up their preseason. We look at what we've learned, what's still concerning, and discuss how the team is looking heading into the regular season. We also get 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos on the phone for a chat about all of that and a lot more. We make some bold Whitecaps and MLS predictions and have some Canadian Premier League chat, plus we finish up our month of songs about goalkeepers in this week's Wavelength with one about German legend Oliver Kahn, and we kick off an extended new artists of the month section, with Scottish band Peat & Diesel. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 05.00: Whitecaps preseason wraps up - what did we learn and how are they looking? 34.28: Marc Dos Santos interview and discussion 66.08: Whitecaps and MLS bold predictions 85.05: Canadian Premier League and national team chat 100.23: Wavelength - Die Prinzen - Olli Khan 106.18: BC Soccerweb headlines
2/24/20201 hour, 59 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 380 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Happy Families - Whitecaps v Timbers, Western Conference preview, Canada comes to Victoria, CPL chat)

Vancouver Whitecaps were back in preseason action and we're back with another show talking about it and a lot more besides. We pick over the bones of the 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers on Sunday night. Who stood out? Where were the concerns? How ready is this team for MLS action? Plus we analyse where the team stands right now and what still needs to be addressed and fixed. We also preview this year's MLS Western Conference, look at the Canadian national team heading to Victoria, chat Atletico Ottawa and we continue our songs about goalkeepers in this week's Wavelength. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.05: Whitecaps v Timbers and how they're shaping up 32.32: MLS 2020 Western Conference preview 55.36: The Canadian men's national team are coming to Victoria 66.27: Atletico Ottawa and Canadian Premier League chat 81.30: Wavelength - Barcelona - Kasey Keller 88.29: BC Soccerweb headlines
2/17/20201 hour, 46 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 379 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Driving The Fun)

This week's episode of the AFTN Soccer Show falls in the CiTR Radio 'Fundrive' period, as the radio station tries to raise some money for equipment and other ventures. As such there a little bit of a different vibe, but there's also a lot of football chat as well. The big MLS news this past week was that a new CBA has been agreed with the players and there won't be a strike. We delve into some of the big talking points coming out of it including charters, free agency, DPs, revenue, and lots more. As Vancouver Whitecaps' second phase of the preseason comes to an end down in San Diego, we look at what can be gleaned from the three matches, some of the individual performances, the new additions, and the new strip. We also chat about Christine Sinclair breaking the world goalscoring record, the Canadian women's national team qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, and the latest Canadian Premier League news, including the new eighth team in Ottawa. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.37: The new MLS CBA 26.15: The Whitecaps preseason phase 2 52.51: Wavelength - The Lillies - And David Seaman Will Be Very Disappointed With That 59.35: Christine Sinclair and Canadian women's national team chat 69.13: Canadian Premier League and other soccer news
2/11/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 378 - The AFTN Soccer Show (A Glove Story with guests Max Crepeau and Thomas Hasal) [NSFW]

We've got something a little bit different for you in the latest AFTN Soccer Show. For one thing, it's short! But it's also not a news-laden episode, instead we're bringing you a goalkeeper's special. The goalkeeper is the loneliest position on the pitch. It's a team game, yet you're your own man in many ways. A potential hero and villain, sometimes in the same match. What makes you want to be one? Do you have to have a special mentality to deal with the huge ups and downs? And is it true that all goalkeepers are a bit crazy? We chat with Vancouver Whitecaps' Max Crepeau and Thomas Hasal to ask just that and a lot more. It's a glove story. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.06: Max Crepeau interview and discussion 22.37: Wavelength - Michael Marra - Hamish (The Goalie) 28.23: Thomas Hasal interview and discussion
2/5/202039 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 377 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Clear Dream with guest Amer Didic)

It's been another busy week in Whitecapsland and we bring you all the latest news and chatter as the 'Caps preseason kicked off. We look at the new additions, where the squad is currently sitting in terms of being close to the finished article, discuss the rest of preseason, the plight of the trialists, and hear from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos and technical director Axel Schuster. We also sit down for a chat with Canadian international centre back, and current Whitecaps trialist, Amer Didic about his stellar year and time away with the Canadian national team. We also look at the big stories in the Canadian Premier League and Canadian soccer this week, continue our month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with an Everton song from 2009, and German band Gurr finish their residency as our artists of the month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.50: Whitecaps news of the week 22.30: Whitecaps preseason chat with audio from MDS 42.03: Whitecaps trialists and development team chat 45.23: Amer Didic interview and chat 59.55: Canadian Premier League and Canadian soccer chat 73.36: Wavelength - Begbie - Blue and White 80.55: BC Soccerweb headlines
1/27/20201 hour, 30 minutes, 9 seconds
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Episode 376 - The AFTN Soccer Show (They're Back Again with special guest Lucas Cavallini)

Doesn't it just feel like yesterday that the MLS season was coming to an end? Well actually no, it feels an age away, but fret not because the boys are back in town as Vancouver Whitecaps preseason training camp is underway. And they have some new players too to talk about this week, so we do just that, plus we cast our eyes over some of the trialists in the camp and what they offer the team. Our feature interview this week is with the 'Caps' new DP striker Lucas Cavallini. We chat about moving away from Canada at 16 to learn his trade in Uruguay and Mexico, coming back home after a decade away, and what he hopes to bring to the Whitecaps and to MLS this season. All great to know, but does he fancy a chocolate digestive? We also look at the big stories in the Canadian Premier League and Canadian soccer this week including a new team in Ottawa, a new head coach at Pacific FC, and some of the transfer rumours doing the rounds. We also continue our month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with one from the Liverpool 1988 FA Cup Final Squad and German band Gurr continue their residency as our artists of the month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.13: The Whitecaps add two players and subtract one 15.05: Lucas Cavallini interview and discussion 33.33: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Lucas Cavallini 46.11: Whitecaps training camp trialists 71.48: Canadian Premier League and Canadian national team chat 89.17: Wavelength - Liverpool 1988 FA Cup Squad - Anfield Rap 95.04: BC Soccerweb headlines
1/20/20201 hour, 45 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 375 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Snow Days with special guest Ryan Raposo)

Christmas already feels like an age away, although the snowy weather outside may beg to differ. The Whitecaps still seem to be thawing our their frosty wallets as new signing have not yet been forthcoming, but there have been some exciting additions for us to chat about this week, both on and off the pitch. There's a new CEO running the show. We hear a little bit from Mark Pannes and chat about the impact he, and we, hope that he'll have on the 'Caps. We also sit down for a chat with the Whitecaps' latest Canadian, first round draft pick Ryan Raposo about his footballing journey so far and heading to Vancouver, and look at how worried we should be that there haven't been any other additions yet this year with preseason camp kicking off in a matter of days. We also speculate as to whether Vancouver is back in the mix to host World Cup matches in 2026, continue our month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with one from former the Tottenham Hotspur 1981 FA Cup Final Squad and German band Gurr continue their residency as our artists of the month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.04: The Whitecaps have a new CEO - we chat about Mark Pannes 37.45: Is Vancouver back in mix as a World Cup host city? 46.26: Gurr - Roller Skates 49.22: Ryan Raposo interview and discussion 64.23: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Ryan Raposo 72.41: Whitecaps signing news and transfer talk 87.32: Wavelength - Tottenham 1981 FA Cup Squad - Ossie's Dream
1/13/20201 hour, 35 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 374 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The Roaring Twenties - End of Year Review Part 2, Predictions and Wishes, and Tosaint Ricketts' Football Firsts)

The year is over, the decade is done. We're left with memories of the past, some good, many bad, and a hope for what is to come in the years ahead. Our first show of 2020 picks up where the last one left off, as we finish our 2019 year in review with a look at the big Whitecaps, MLS, CPL, and Canadian soccer stories in the months of July to December. There's also a look at some of the Whitecaps' highlights and biggest busts from the last decade, but we're not just looking to the past as we look into our crystal balls to make some predictions and cast some wishes for the 2020s. We also chat with Whitecaps striker Tosaint Ricketts about some of his football firsts, look ahead to some options for the 'Caps in Thursday's MLS draft, and we kick off a month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with one from former Cardiff City striker Steven Thompson. We also have our first Artists of the Month for the new year, as German band Gurr take up residency. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.38: July in review 18.07: August in review 34.06: September in review 40.23: October in review 49.17: November in review 60.09: December in review 72.59: Whitecaps highlights and biggest busts of the decade 90.28: Tosaint Ricketts' Football Firsts 93.05: Predictions and wishes for the 2020s 116.47: Wavelength - Steven Thompson - Do The Ayatollah 121.27: Whitecaps MLS draft preview
1/6/20202 hours, 10 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 373 - The AFTN Soccer Show (2019 The Year In Review - Part One)

2019. What a year. If you were a Vancouver Whitecaps fan it started with some hope and ended with some hope, but the bits inbetween were certainly bleak at times. But elsewhere in Canadian soccer it was a year of excitement as the Canadian Premier League launched and the national team made some history before ultimately just falling short of taking a giant leap forward. We'll look back at the year over the next two podcasts. All the highs, all the lows, all the forgettable moments, and the stuff that will last a long time in everyone's memories. And we kick things off this episode with a look at the months of January to June. We also have a fun Wavelength from 70's comedian George Roper and The New Royal Family complete their month's residency with a song you should know well. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.05: Preseason 20.43: March 29.44: Wavelength - George Roper - The Referee 31.48: April 44.34: May 57.12: The New Royal Family - Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? 60.24: June
12/30/20191 hour, 8 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 372b - The AFTN Soccer Show (2019 Christmas Special - Part Two featuring Derek Cornelius and Scott Sutter)

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Merry to all of our listeners and readers. And what better way to kick off your Christmas morning (or end your festivities) than with part two of the AFTN Soccer Show 2019 Christmas special?! This podcast brings you the second half of Sunday's radio show as we chat about all things Christmas with the Whitecaps' Canadian centre back Derek Cornelius and recently departed right back Scott Sutter. Plus there's lots more fun, games, and Christmas music to be played, including the return of Los Campesinos to Wavelength, and some football news from around the world in BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.29: Lights - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 05.50: Do You Know Who I Am? - Part Two 11.28: Derek Cornelius on Christmas 13.35: The Oh Wells - Don't Kill Me, Santa 17.45: Quiz Time - Part Four 20.24: Madhat McGore - Festive Freestyle 24.10: Scott Sutter on Christmas 33.18: Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas 39.15: Biffy Clyro - Merry Christmas Everybody 42.48: Quiz Time - Part Five 45.47: 13 Tombs - The Snowman 49.14: Christmas Countdown - Part One 56.25: Goldie Lookin' Chain - A John Lewis Christmas 60.38: The New Royal Family - Thank Christ It's Christmas (A New Hope) 63.51: Star Wars chat 68.08: Divine Brown - On Your List 72.05: Christmas Countdown - Part Two 75.02: Wavelength - Los Campesinos - A Doe To A Deer 79.47: BC Soccerweb headlines 85.20: Gurr featuring Eddie Argos - Christmas Holiday
12/25/20191 hour, 33 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 372a - The AFTN Soccer Show (2019 Christmas Special - Part One featuring Andy Rose)

It's Chriiiiiiiiiissssssstmaaaaaaasssssss. All hail Noddy Holder, as we bring you our 2019 AFTN Soccer Show Christmas Special. The show was so long we've had to split it into two parts for you, as we thought no-one will likely want to listen to four hours of this all in one podcast! So we're bringing you part one today and part two on Christmas day itself. It's our usual festive mix of football chat, fun, games, gifts, and lots and lots of some of our favourites Christmas song, with many of them this year coming from our selected Artists of the Month. We'll be looking at the week's big news in Whitecapsland and across MLS and Canadian soccer interspersed with it all, including Lucas Cavallini's arrival, the fixtures for the season coming out, and the publication of the report into the women's abuse scandal. Plus Andy Rose shares some Christmas memories with us from both on and off the pitch. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 07.35: Madness - Inanity Over Christmas 11.00: Whitecaps News of the Week - Cavallini and abuse report 31.49: Half Man Half Biscuit - It's Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas 36.11: Sultans of Ping - Xmas Bubblegum Machine 40.41: Football gifts 48.09: Frank Sidebottom - Christmas Medley 51.45: Andy Rose on Christmas 57.08: The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York 64.23: Whitecaps 2020 fixtures released 71.16: Quiz Time 73.44: Chantal Kreviazuk - Christmas Is A Way Of Life My Dear 77.16: MLS expansion talk 85.15: The Revillos - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 90.07: Quiz Time 93.04: Emma Lee - It Won't Be Christmas Till You're Here 97.09: MLS and Canadian soccer news of the week 102.25: Do You Know Who I Am? 107.27: Slaves - Last Christmas 111.51: Quiz Time
12/23/20191 hour, 56 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 371 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Think Tank with Lucas Cavallini and Axel Schuster)

If Vancouver Whitecaps are going to go to war in Major League Soccer next season, they've now got themselves a tank to help them in their battles. Lucas Cavallini has officially arrived in Vancouver. We look at what it means to the 'Caps and hear from the man himself after his introductory presser, along with some thoughts from Sporting Director Axel Schuster. From a Whitecap of the future to ones of the past, as we conclude our selection of the Whitecaps of the Decade with a look at the attackers. Which three players will make it in? We also look at some of the big talking points in MLS, the CPL, and North American soccer this past week. Plus Halftime Oranges are back in this week's Wavelength, The New Royal Family continue their residency as our artists of the month for December, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 06.40: That Was The Week That Was in North American soccer 41.35: Cavallini cometh with audio from the man himself 57.55: Axel Schuster talks about the Cavallini signing 69.46: Canadian soccer news of the week and chat 94.50: Whitecaps of the Decade - the attack 120.32: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Zig Zag To The Onion Bag 124.08: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
12/17/20192 hours, 13 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 370 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Don't Mention The VAR with special guest Axel Schuster)

It's another packed offseason show as we bring you lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS chat. We look at the big talking points from the past week in Whitecapsland as the rumours about Lucas Cavallini coming to Vancouver have not only grown arms and legs, but a body too. Will he come? Is it a good move? And how will he fit into the team and MLS? We also look at Marc Dos Santos getting fined for criticising the league and sit down for a lengthy 45 minute chat with the Whitecaps' new Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the direction and plan for the club heading into the 2020's. We also continue our section to pick our Whitecaps of the current decade, the 2010's, looking at the midfield this week and struggling to nail down our final four. Let us know if you agree. Plus there's a song about interim Everton manager Duncan Ferguson in this week's Wavelength, The New Royal Family continue their residency as our artists of the month for December, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 05.37: Whitecaps news and rumours of the week 33.40: Axel Schuster interview and discussion - Part 1 62.22: Axel Schuster interview and discussion - Part 2 103.51: Whitecaps of the Decade - the midfield 117.23: Wavelength - Duncan's Army - Duncan, Duncan Ferguson 123.11: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
12/9/20192 hours, 12 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 369 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Rules Are Made To Be Broken)

That was the week that was, it's over, let it go. So went the opening lyrics to the 1960s satirical BBC show That Was The Week That Was, or TW3 as it was more succinctly known. And it's been a quiet week in the North American footballing landscape. That gives us the chance to trial a new format I've been keen to try, combining two shows I love - TW3 and AIOTM on AFTN. What could go wrong?! We'll be breaking down the week's Whitecaps, MLS, and CPL news as the days played out, and throw in a few fun bits as well. Let us know if you like it. But we also continue our new section to pick our Whitecaps of the decade, looking at the defence and picking our starting right back, left back, and two centre backs. Let us know if you agree. Plus The Cockney Rejects are back in Wavelength, The New Royal Family begin their residency as our artists of the month for December, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 06.46: Monday - waivers, midfielders, and Jon Erice 13.53: Tuesday - CPL awards, Champions League face offs, and top clubs in the world 33.32: Wednesday - free agents, returning Whitecaps you'd welcome back, and Canada Soccer awards 55.24: Thursday - giving thanks and Canada's Hex dreams 65.40: Friday and the weekend - FA Cup and cup football in Canada, football streaming services, and future fixtures 92.55: Whitecaps of the Decade - the back four 121.15: Wavelength - The Cockney Rejects - Chapecocense 126.35: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
12/2/20192 hours, 15 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode 368 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Giant Steps featuring David Norman Jr, Bob Young, and Whitecaps of the Decade)

The year is fast coming to a close and so is the decade. So far it's all players on their way out at the Whitecaps, but could that change in the coming week as the MLS end of season draft mechanisms get into full swing? We take a look at some of the players available and the Whitecaps news of the week, plus we hear from former 'Cap David Norman Jr about his departure from Vancouver and the new challenge awaiting him in Miami. But it's also the time of year for reflection and we kick off a new section to pick our Whitecaps of the decade, starting with selecting the manager and goalkeeper for the team. There's also some Canadian Premier League chat as we look at the award nominees for this week's trophy presentations and hear from Forge FC owner Bob Young. Plus does Derek Cornelius fancy a chocolate digestive? And there's a song about George Best in this week's Wavelength, Goldie Lookin' Chain finish up their residency as our artists of the month for November, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.15: Whitecaps departures 08.16: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Derek Cornelius 09.18: More Whitecaps chat 27.53: MLS end of year drafts discussion 38.04: David Norman Jr interview and discussion 47.51: Whitecaps of the Decade - Part 1 Manager and Goalkeeper 77.44: Bob Young audio and Forge FC and CPL awards chat 103.12: Wavelength - Don Fardon - Belfast Boy 108.19: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
11/25/20192 hours, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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Episode 367 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Cobblers featuring Axel Schuster, John Herdman, Rob Gale, and Fredy Montero) [NSFW]

Vancouver Whitecaps finally have their new sporting director and we've come all over a little German for this week's show. We look at the hiring of Axel Schuster and what it might mean for the club, as well as hearing from the man himself. Plus all the other big Whitecaps and MLS stories and rumours from the past seven days. Sadly that's where the good news stops as we have to look at Canada's disappointing defeat by the US on Friday night and hear some postgame thoughts from head coach John Herdman. Turning our attention to the Canadian Premier League, we sit down for an in-depth chat with Valour FC head coach Rob Gale about the club's first ever season and the challenges he faced, plus all the latest CPL news of the week. Plus does Fredy Montero fancy a chocolate digestive as we talk to him about his new coffee shop? There's a song about Thierry Henry in this week's Wavelength, Goldie Lookin' Chain continue their residency as our artists of the month for November, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.30: The Whitecaps have a new sporting director 31.56: Whitecaps and MLS news of the week 48.06: Wavelength - Away Boyz - Thierry Henry (P.I.M.P.) 52.26: More MLS news of the week 61.13: US v Canada chat plus John Herdman audio 84.36: Canadian Premier League news of the week 86.35: Rob Gale interview and Valour FC discussion 110.32: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Fredy Montero 116.22: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
11/18/20192 hours, 7 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 366 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Skin Tight featuring Don Garber, John Herdman, Derek Cornelius, and Marcel de Jong)

Another MLS season has come to pass and another Vancouver Whitecaps rival has lifted the MLS Cup. Sigh. One day people, one day... We were down in Seattle for Sunday's final as the Sounders took on TFC. We chat about the match and the main talking points coming out of it and how Seattle fared as a host city. Plus we bring you excerpts from Don Garber's State of the League address and chat about some of the main things covered in it, especially those with a Canadian bent. Turning our attention to the Canadian national team, we eagerly look forward to the big game with the US in Florida on Friday and hear some thoughts from head coach John Herdman. Plus we chat with 'Caps centre back Derek Cornelius about the historic 2-0 win over them in Toronto last month, the disrespect shown to the Canadian team after it from US pundits and fans, and about what's he's expecting in part two. We also look at an eventful week in Canadian club soccer as Ottawa Fury cease operations and CPL teams start to release players. We sit down for an in-depth chat with Pacific FC defender Marcel de Jong about the CPL season past, his move from the 'Caps, injuries, and looking ahead to the future. Plus does Ben Fisk fancy a chocolate digestive?, Kevin Phoenix features in Wavelength, Goldie Lookin' Chain continue their residency as our artists of the month for November, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.20: MLS Cup chat - Seattle are champs again 33.20: The State of MLS - a discussion and Don Garber audio 62.14: US v Canada chat plus John Herdman audio 76.17: Derek Cornelius interview and defensive discussion 88.00: Pacific FC and CPL news of the week 91.05: Marcel de Jong interview and discussion 102.05: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Ben Fisk 103.18: Ottawa Fury cease operations 112.47: Wavelength - Kevin Phoenix - Gio (Kinkladze) 118.03: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
11/11/20192 hours, 10 minutes, 2 seconds
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Episode 365 - The AFTN Soccer Show (The State of the Whitecaps 2019 with special guest Marc Dos Santos)

It's a time for trophy presentations and champions to be crowned, but for Vancouver Whitecaps, it's a time to get themselves better. It's another important offseason for the 'Caps, one in which they need to make significant improvements to try and become a playoff team again. The spotlight and the pressure is on head coach Marc Dos Santos as he scours the globe looking for the players to make all that happen. He joins AFTN this week for an in-depth 45 minute chat about Whitecaps past, present, and future. Where did it all go wrong this year? How much has he questioned himself? What state is the club currently in? How does he go ahead rebuilding the squad and where may we see the new additions coming from and fitting in? All this and a lot, lot more are covered. Plus we look back at the crowning of the first ever CPL champions and look ahead to next weekend's horrorshow that is another MLS Cup final with a Whitecaps rival in it. Also the Rainbow Choir feature in Wavelength, Goldie Lookin' Chain kick off their residency as our artists of the month for November, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.02: Forge FC are CPL champions 20.08: It's a Seattle v Toronto MLS Cup horrorshow 32.43: Marc Dos Santos interview Part 1 and discussion 57.11: Marc Dos Santos interview Part 2 and discussion 85.17: Marc Dos Santos interview Part 3 and discussion 112.42: Wavelength - Rainbow Choir - Super Marco Van Basten 118.03: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
11/4/20192 hours, 8 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 364 - The AFTN Soccer Show (For All The Marbles featuring Marc Dos Santos, Jake Nerwinski, Marco Carducci, and Scott Strasser)

There is no rest at AFTN Towers as the podcasts keep coming thick and fast. Vancouver Whitecaps have wrapped up their offseason training camp and we hear the thoughts about it and the seasons past and yet to come from head coach Marc Dos Santos and right back Jake Nerwinski. The 'Caps may be in their offseason but there's still a lot of news elsewhere in North American football and the big one on Saturday is the Canadian Premier League final, second leg. We're joined by AFTN's Cavalry FC writer Scott Strasser to look back at last weekend's first leg and ahead to next week's second. Plus Cavalry goalkeeper Marco Carducci. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 02.06: Vancouver Whitecaps chat and Marc Dos Santos audio 06.46: Jake Nerwinski audio 18.39: Scott Strasser interview and CPL championship game chat 38.10: Marco Carducci interview 43.53: MDS on the CPL
11/1/201951 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 363 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Ghost Moog with special guest Fredy Montero)

Things are getting spooky at AFTN Towers as we're back with a (somewhat) Halloween themed episode and lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and CPL chat. We start things of in the Canadian Premier League as we look back at the historic and controversial first leg of the first eve championship game and hear the post game thoughts of Cavalry FC's Tommy Wheeldon Jr and Forge's Bobby Smyrniotis. The Whitecaps are next up as we take a look at the striker situation at the club, ponder where it all went wrong, and what may lie in store. Plus we sit down for an in-depth chat with Fredy Montero about the season just past and how he may or may not fit in to MDS' plans moving forward. Staying in MLS, we talk playoffs, looking back at some action packed semi-finals in the Western and Eastern Conferences and look ahead to this week's finals. Plus there's some wonderful LA derby postgame chat from Zlatan Ibrahimovic being the Zlatan we know and love! All this plus we ponder a Vancouver Whitecaps Halloween XI, Halftime Oranges are back in Wavelength, 13 Tombs finish their residency as our artists of the month for October, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.25 CPL Championship chat with audio from Tommy Wheeldon Jr and Bobby Smyrniotis (at 23.11) 41.42: Vancouver Whitecaps striker chat 48.30: Fredy Montero interview 68.35: Vancouver Whitecaps Halloween XI 75.15: MLS Eastern Conference playoff chat 95.15: MLS Western Conference playoff chat with Zlatan audio 116.01: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - A Million Ways 120.41: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
10/28/20192 hours, 17 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 362 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Guilty Pleasures featuring Rob Friend, John Herdman, and Jonathan Tannenwald)

What a week of football this has been and we bring you as much chat about it as we can cram into two and a half hours! We start things off by looking back at Canada's historic Nations League victory against the US on Tuesday, as we hear from a cock-a-hoop Canadian head coach John Herdman and chat about how the loss went down among a number of the US media. Turning our attention to MLS, we look back at the initial roster moves made by Vancouver Whitecaps this past week and what that may mean for the future look of the squad, and we delve into a truly fantastic weekend of MLS playoff action with Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald. It's been a busy week in the CPL as well. As the first ever regular season wraps up, we hear from caretaker Pacific FC head coach James Merriman about the end to their season and sit down for a chat with Pacific co-owner Rob Friend about the club's decision to sack head coach Michael Silberbauer and what the ideal future looks like for the club. All this plus Scott Sutter talks TV, Vanilla Muffins are back in Wavelength, 13 Tombs continue as our artists of the month for October, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.00 Canada v US chat - featuring audio from John Herdman 37.41: Whitecaps make some roster moves 51.10: Scott Sutter TVOD 61.22: MLS playoff chat with guest Jonathan Tannenwald 100.35: Canadian Premier League chat 111.18: Rob Friend interview and Pacific FC chat 130.32: Wavelength - Vanilla Muffins - Scoring Goals 134.50: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
10/21/20192 hours, 24 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 361 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Eating Goals with Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman)

Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone! You might not feel that there's been a lot to be thankful for this season if you're a Whitecaps fan, but at least it's all over now, so there's that. The Whitecaps offseason is officially underway, and while understandably it's not been action packed, head coach Marc Dos Santos made a lot of interesting comments this week about the way forward. We look at those and the other Whitecaps news, gossip, and general chatter of the week. Plus we start to delve into which MLS players we should maybe make a play for and who may be surplus to requirements where they currently are. We also look ahead to the MLS playoffs that get underway on Saturday and chat with Real Salt Lake veterans Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman. Plus we set up Canada's huge game with the US on Tuesday in the Nations League. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.47: Whitecaps Chat of the Week as MDS indicates what may lie in store 35.13: MLS players that might interest the 'Caps - part one Sporting KC 48.41: MLS Eastern Conference playoff chat 59.32: MLS Western Conference playoff chat 63.50: Nick Rimando interview and discussion 72.38: Kyle Beckerman interview and more playoff chat 82.47: Canada v US chat 99.33: Wavelength - Collapsed Lung - Eat My Goal 103.20: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
10/14/20191 hour, 57 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 360 - The AFTN Soccer Show (It Must Have Been Good But I Can't Remember with Marc Dos Santos, Derek Cornelius, and Freddy Juarez)

As the Whitecaps' 2019 MLS season comes to a disappointing close, we look towards the future with Marc Dos Santos. What will the offseason look like? When will we see the additions start to come in? And how many will come from overseas and how many from within MLS? We hand out the first of our end of season Whitecaps awards, plus we look ahead to the MLS playoffs and chat with RSL head coach Freddy Juarez after his side's strong season sees them in as third seeds. Canada face a huge game with the US next week in the Nations League. We look ahead to that and chat with the 'Caps Canadian centreback Derek Cornelius, plus there's a special Wavelength and 13 Tombs are our Artists of the Month. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 04.42: MDS talks building the Whitecaps' future 32.38: AFTN's End of Season Whitecaps awards 67.43: MLS playoffs set, plus Freddy Juarez interview 92.41: Canadian national team chat plus Derek Cornelius interview 103.43: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football 114.07: Wavelength - Glasvegas - Flowers and Football Tops
10/7/20192 hours, 2 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 359 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Passion On The Pitch) [NSFW]

Vancouver Whitecaps' 2019 MLS season is nearly over. For many, it's putting us out of our misery, but the hard work begins now in trying to make this team competitive next year. We lend a helping hand with our annual Keep, Trade, or Release segment. Seems like the ideal time, but how many do we actually really want to keep?! We also chat with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos about having a losing season for the first time, on whether we'll see mystery man Jasser Khmiri, and he gives us his thoughts on early kick offs. We also look at the Whitecaps draw with Columbus and hear from a sad Caleb Porter. Plus the week's happenings in the MLS Western Conference, Suede Razors are back in the latest Wavelength, there's BC Soccerweb headlines, and we continue our artists of the month - Biffy Clyro. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.00: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - Columbus analysis, sad Caleb Porter, and MDS talks Khmiri, early kicks off, and having a losing season 28.56: What is, or should be, the Whitecaps DNA? 33.52: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, or Release 2019 - the defence 53.20: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, or Release 2019 - the midfield and attack 78.00: MLS weekly round-up 93.16: Wavelength - Suede Razors - Passion On The Pitch 96.27: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football
9/23/20191 hour, 49 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode 358 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Freshly Squeezed featuring Don Garber and Davide Chiumiento)

Vancouver Whitecaps are unbeaten at home when MLS commissioner Don Garber is in town. Aside from watching the 'Caps beat the Dynamo, Garber took part in a media roundtable here in Vancouver. We bring you that in full and unpark what was discussed in this week's episode. There's talk about the upcoming players CBA, charters, finances, expansion, the Iron Front supporter protests, the future development of Canadian homegrown players, and more. From present to the past and we catch up with two former Whitecaps this week, Davide Chiumiento and Johnny Sulentic, to chat about their new business venture and find out where we may just be seeing Davide back on the football pitch in Vancouver again. We also look at the Whitecaps win over Houston, some of the week's happenings around MLS, talk CPL and the Canadian men's national team, I, Ludicrous are back in the latest Wavelength, there's BC Soccerweb headlines, and we continue our artists of the month - Biffy Clyro. Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode: 03.55: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - Houston beaten, the ap