AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast about Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS)

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

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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

Feb 10th, 2020 by aftn at 4:02 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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