AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

What an action packed week in Whitecapsland! Okay, it wasn't, but we have to have you believe that we've got lots to talk about in this week's AFTN Soccer Show!

Although strangely we do, as we look at the newest Whitecap, draft pick Brendan McDonough, hear some thoughts from head coach Marc Dos Santos as he continues to try to build his first 'Caps squad, and look at the schedule and new kit leak details that came out last week.

We also look at the MLS draft and discuss the future of it, hear from BC boy Callum Montgomery after being picked 4th overall by FC Dallas, talk about the ridiculous new-look Canadian Championship, and bring you some Canadian PL and Pacific FC news amongst other things.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

10.10: Whitecaps News of the Week - McDonough drafted, MDS talks squad building, player gossip, fixture list, new kit leak
47.10: MLS SuperDraft chat and Callum Montgomery audio
61.23: Canadian Premier League chat
70.23 Wavelength - Frank Sidebottom - Manchester City Medley
78.16: BC Soccerweb headlines - football news from around the world
88.02: The awful new-look Canadian Championship chat

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Jan 7th, 2019 by aftn at 4:03 am

It's been a quite start to the New Year in Whitecapsland, but the rest of MLS has seen a lot of transfer action, as we look at in a slightly shorter show this week.

We look back at some of the MLS stories from the past week, bring you some Whitecaps gossip, look ahead to Friday's draft, and look at what New Year's resolutions the 'Caps should make for the season ahead. Plus we bring you some Pacific FC CPL signing news.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

11.00: MLS News of the Week - RIP Sigi, Brek Shea signed!, Kei Kamara "shocked", appointments and additions galore
26.36: Whitecaps News of the Week - Will we be drafting? Will we be signing? Where is Greg Anderson flying off to?
53.47: Wavelength - Suggs and Chelsea '95 - Blue Day
60.35: BC Soccerweb headlines - football news from around the world
73.19: Pacific FC signing news

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Happy New Year and 'Lang May Yer Lum Reek', as we say in Scotland. We hope you've all had an enjoyable festive period and we want to wish you a happy and healthy 2019. Thanks for all your support of AFTN in 2018. We've a lot of new and exciting things planned for the coming year, so stay tuned!

And what better way to kick of the new year than with the latest episode of the AFTN Soccer Show?!

We sit down for a lengthy chat with former Canadian Women's national team player, and new Vancouver Whitecaps Super REX Elite Girls head coach Rhian Wilkinson to talk about her new role, the recent U17 World Cup in Uruguay, Canada's chances at this summer's Women's World Cup in France, the Ballon d'Or twerking controversy, and more.

Plus we hear from FC Cincinnati head coach Alan Koch after last month's expansion draft, as he prepares for his side's first season in MLS, and we chat with Colorado Rapids Scottish winger Sam Nicholson about life in MLS so far, and what tempted him to leave the Scottish Premier League for the US at such an early stage of his career.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.08: Rhian Wilkinson interview
30.50: Wavelength - The Exiles - The One And Only Peter Beardsley
36.44: Alan Koch audio and FC Cincinnati chat
52.19: Sam Nicholson interview

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Well Ho Ho Ho again and welcome to the second part of AFTN's 2018 Christmas special.

We hope you've had a great Christmas, with lots of football gifts under the tree. Now you can grab a glass of egg nog, a chocolate digestive, and listen to 90 minutes of festive fun with the AFTN crew and special guests Marc Dos Santos, Kei Kamara, Russell Teibert, and Stefan Marinovic.

There's football chat, games, and we bring you Christmas tunes from The Oh Wells, Sufjan Stevens, Glasvegas, Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert and more. Have a listen!

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Well a Ho Ho Ho and welcome to the 2018 Christmas special of the AFTN Soccer Show!

And this show was so long that we've had to split the podcast into two parts. This is part one and we'll have part two for your aural pleasure on Christmas Day itself. What could be better than opening your presents and listening to the AFTN crew, as we bring you some football and Christmas chat, play some excellent Christmas tunes, and play some fun games?!

In this first part we'll find out what Christmas is like in the Marc Dos Santos household, plus Canadian men's national team head coach John Herdman tells us all about his plans for his usual "Geordie Christmas".

Was Christmas better years ago? Was football? We debate all that, and former Whitecap, and current Canadian national team defender, David Edgar picks his favourite Christmas song and explains why that's the case.

Plus we'll being you Christmas tune from AFTN favourites Half Man Half Biscuit, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Madhat McGore, Slaves and more. Have a listen!

Here's some of the main segments from the episode:

12.10: Christmas with the Herdmans
22.21: Was Christmas better in the past? Was football?
40.18: David Edgar picks his Christmas favourite
57.45: A Dos Santos Christmas

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It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and Vancouver Whitecaps are fully embracing the gift of giving sending players all over the place in MLS.

We look at the big Whitecaps news of the week as Kei Kamara, Kendall Waston, Erik Hurtado head to pastures new, Andy Rose comes in, and the 'Caps squad has lost 18 of the 31 players that were part of the MLS squad this year, with more likely.

We also cover the big Ottawa Fury non-sanctioning story of the week and hear from OSEG CEO Mark Goudie and have a lengthy chat with Fury GM Julian de Guzman about the shocking developments.

All this plus MLS and Canadian Premier League chat, Wavelength, and more. Have a listen.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.23: Whitecaps news of the week - Kei, Kendall, and Erik are gone but we have brand new Rose in town and the squad is blown up
30.27: Ottawa Fury chat and Mark Goudie audio
34.44: Julian de Guzman interview
50.43: Mass Debaters - the Ottawa Fury situation
79.17: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part Four - Aug to Oct)
97.32: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - What's The Fuss About Ryan Giggs?
101.39: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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Dig out the Buckfast, it's Giro Day in Whitecapsland.

Marc Dos Santos said he was planning on being "very active" in the MLS trade window and he was true to his word. We look over the moves made and discuss some that may be still to come, as the new 'Caps coach rebuilds the squad.

Plus we hear a little bit from MLS Commissioner Don Garber's 'State of the League' address. Does he have a pop at the Whitecaps ownership? Judge for yourselves.

We'll also look at what MLS midfielders and forwards are available from other clubs and who the 'Caps may want to take a look at. Plus we look back at the MLS Cup, continue our Whitecaps Year In Review with a look at May, June, and July, look at the draw for the 2019 Women's World Cup, plus lots more.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.34: Whitecaps trade action and new additions
29.20: Whitecaps roster building/MLS midfield and forward options
49.14: Fish and Chips with Erik Hurtado
52.03: MLS Cup Final chat
57.29: Don Garber's State of the League address discussion
80.27: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part Three - May to July)
98.50: Wavelength - Lonely Tourist - The Ballad of Paul Tierney
112.56: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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Offseason. What offseason? It's a busy time in Whitecapsland and in the world of MLS and Canadian football in general, and we've got it all covered as usual in this week's episode.

As the 'Caps and others in MLS revealed which player options were and weren't picked up, we look at what Vancouver players will likely be here next season and which ones definitely won't. Are those not coming back more telling of the kind of team Marc Dos Santos wants to build rather than those that are? Plus Russell Teibert tells us how excited he is for 2019 under the new 'Caps coach.

We'll also look at what MLS players are available from other clubs and who the 'Caps may want to take a look at. Plus we look back at this week's MLS Conference finals and talk the Canadian national team with John Herdman and Russell Teibert.

All this plus Canadian Premier League chat, and we talk take out food with David Edgar, Fish and Chips with Stefan Marinovic, and The Business are back in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.15: Whitecaps options revealed
17.04: Russell Teibert audio
20.55: Whitecaps roster building/MLS options
45.04: Fish and Chips with Stefan Marinovic
46.47: MLS Conference Finals chat
55.19: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part Two - March and April)
74.26: Canadian Men's national team chat - with audio from John Herdman and Russell Teibert
89.15: David Edgar Take Me Out
91.27: Canadian Premier League chat
100.34: Wavelength - The Business - Maradona
105.45: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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The end of November. A time of the year in MLS in which the losers cut their loss and the final four standing make a push for glory. Once again Vancouver Whitecaps fall into the former category. One year things may be different. Maybe next year!

But all we're left with this time around it to look back at what could have been, so to do that we kick off our Whitecaps Year In Review with an analysis of what went wrong and what went right during preseason. How much hope did you come away with? Was the squad assembled correctly in terms of both personnel and money management? Who came, who left, and were those decisions correct? All that chat and a lot more.

Plus we sit down with one of this year's new additions to the 'Caps, striker Kei Kamara to chat about his Heart Shaped Hands Foundation, his work in Sierra Leone, and the state of the football over there right now.

All this plus we talk take out food with Jordon Mutch, bring you some Canadian Women's U17 national team and MLS chat, and lots more.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.40: Player Options Eve
07.04: MLS Conference finals chat
22.03: AFTN awards - Heroes and Villains
33.10: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part One - Preseason)
61.34: Kei Kamara interview on his Heart Shaped Hands charity
72.07: Jordon Mutch - Take Me Out
75.45: Canadian Women's U17 national team chat
80.14: Wavelength - Lars Vaular - Gary Speed
87.10: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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After a busy, and dramatic, couple of weeks, it's been a chance for everyone in Whitecapsland to catch their breath, and take time to reflect on the season past and the season yet to come.

It also finally gives us the chance to kick off our AFTN awards season, and we're joined by Joe Deasy to kick this week's show off with a look at who we feel are Vancouver Whitecaps' Player and Young Player of the Year, and chat what we think are the 'Caps Goal, Game, Save, and Miss of the Year.

After our excellent chat with new 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos last week, we're excited about what lies ahead in Vancouver. He mentioned that he feels having some MLS experience in the squad is crucial, so we don our Armchair GM hat to look around the league and see what goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards that Dos Santos could realistically play for, and who and what we might have to give up in return.

All this plus we sit down for an in-depth chat with Whitecaps defender Brett Levis about his season, his MLS journey so far, and what the future holds in store. Plus Canadian national team chat and Halftime Oranges are back for this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.05: AFTN awards season begins - Whitecaps Player, Young Player, Game, Goal, Save, and Miss of the Year
27.56: Building a (realistic) MLS dream team - Goalkeepers and Defenders
55.13: Building a (realistic MLS dream team - Midfielders and Forwards
85.24: Brett Levis interview and Canadian 'Caps chat
101.55: Canadian national team chat - Men and Women U17
110.37: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Vinnie Jones
113.32: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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The Marc Dos Santos era in Vancouver has begun.

We look back at the week that was in Whitecapsland and some of the main talking points to come out of his introductory press conference. Plus we sit down with the new Whitecaps head coach for an entertaining and enlightening half hour chat about how he sees the 'Caps progressing, how he likes to play, his beliefs, attitudes, and footballing philosophies.

Plus there's MLS, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat, and we look through Pat Nevin's Eyes as The Tractors feature in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

04.51: The Marc Dos Santos era has begun - what've we've learned so far
21.01: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Marc Dos Santos
23.48: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat (Part One)
51.51: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat (Part Two)
76.51: MLS round-up
86.34: Canadian men's national team chat (inc John Herdman audio)
94.45: Wavelength - The Tractors -
98.09: Canadian Premier League and college soccer chat (inc John Herdman audio)
109.38: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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*** Some listeners have had a problem downloading Episode 307 with only the first 27 minutes coming through. We've tried a reload to see if this helps. If you already have episode 307, this is just a repeat ***

Ah, the offseason. A quiet time for reflection and fun and games on the show. Or so we hoped. But nothing could have prepared us for the Vancouver Whitecaps bloodletting that took place at the club's end of season media day last Tuesday.

We look back at all the big talking points from the Whitecaps' very own red wedding. Is there a locker room divide? Is there a culture problem at the club? Who's to blame? Plus we play you the thoughts of veteran Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez on it all.

What's next for the club? There's a new manager coming in but do the changes need to go much deeper? Also what will he make of what happened and what he's coming in to and will he even have much of a squad to inherit?

With a number of player's futures very much up in the air, we look over a few and sit down with goalkeeper Spencer Richey after his return from a season long loan with FC Cincinnati. Will he be heading back there? Plus we talk fan abuse and struggling to settle in with Felipe, look the weekend's action around MLS, and much more.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.27: Vancouver Whitecaps end of season bloodletting
21.43: Efrain Juarez interview and the locker room divide
37.14: Whitecaps front office and ownership chat
53.50: Rebuilding the 'Caps - new identity needed, MDS, head coach search, do we need a technical director?
71.11: Whitecaps player chat - Waston, Kamara, Marinovic
83.12: Spencer Richey interview and chat
92.43: Felipe interview and chat
104.28: MLS round-up
116.51: Wavelength - Linus.maybe - Not Another Football Song
122.13: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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Ah, the offseason. A quiet time for reflection and fun and games on the show. Or so we hoped. But nothing could have prepared us for the Vancouver Whitecaps bloodletting that took place at the club's end of season media day last Tuesday.

We look back at all the big talking points from the Whitecaps' very own red wedding. Is there a locker room divide? Is there a culture problem at the club? Who's to blame? Plus we play you the thoughts of veteran Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez on it all.

What's next for the club? There's a new manager coming in but do the changes need to go much deeper? Also what will he make of what happened and what he's coming in to and will he even have much of a squad to inherit?

With a number of player's futures very much up in the air, we look over a few and sit down with goalkeeper Spencer Richey after his return from a season long loan with FC Cincinnati. Will he be heading back there? Plus we talk fan abuse and struggling to settle in with Felipe, look the weekend's action around MLS, and much more.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.27: Vancouver Whitecaps end of season bloodletting
21.43: Efrain Juarez interview and the locker room divide
37.14: Whitecaps front office and ownership chat
53.50: Rebuilding the 'Caps - new identity needed, MDS, head coach search, do we need a technical director?
71.11: Whitecaps player chat - Waston, Kamara, Marinovic
83.12: Spencer Richey interview and chat
92.43: Felipe interview and chat
104.28: MLS round-up
116.51: Wavelength - Linus.maybe - Not Another Football Song
122.13: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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It's the end of the season and the end of an, albeit short, era as Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS season came to an end on Sunday and Alphonso Davies said goodbye to the club, the fans, and the city as he gets set to head off to Europe to join Bayern Munich.

We look back at the emotional day that was but also the frustration that was left behind with the final standings that saw the 'Caps finish just two points, and one win, away from a playoff spot. How close were Vancouver in reality and does the squad need a complete rebuild or build around a current core when the new manager comes in? We look at all that and more, and ponder which other players we may have seen for the last time.

We also sit down with Alphonso Davies to talk about his three years with the Whitecaps and relive some memories with him of his time in Vancouver. Plus we chat with Jordon Mutch about the ups and downs of his first season in MLS and hear from young homegrown player Simon Colyn after his MLS debut.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.15: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - the Portland game, frustrations at just missing playoffs, pressure on new coach, what excites fans for next year
54.32: Alphonso Davies interview and discussion
77.50: Which players will be back, including Kendall Waston chat
86.21: Jordon Mutch interview and discussion
95.47: Simon Colyn scrum and young player discussion
102.35: Wavelength - Los Campesinos - Every Defeat A Divorce (Three Lions)
109.40: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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Oct 22nd, 2018 by aftn at 12:26 pm

All good things come to an end. And so do bad things thankfully. Whatever Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS season was, their playoff hopes were finally ended this weekend after two varying performances against teams at the top end of the Western Conference.

We look back at the week that was. The collapse and defeat to Sporting KC, the fighting back draw against LAFC, and some of the headscratching decisions that happened over the 180 minutes.

So where did it all go wrong for the Whitecaps this season, and were we really all that far away or is there an ever widening gap between Vancouver and the top teams in the West?

All this plus the MLS, USL, and Canadian national team news of the week, and we go Dutch for this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.13: The Whitecaps Week That Was - KC loss and LAFC draw
28.40: Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 - where did it all go wrong?
56.27: MLS and USL news of the week
74.55: Wavelength - Speedtwins - We Hate Football
78.28: Canadian national teams chat
83.52: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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With Michael sick, that can only mean one thing, yup, the music selection is not as good in this week's show. Or better. You decide!

Steve and Zach look ahead to Vancouver Whitecaps crucial MLS clash with Sporting KC on Wednesday, with lots of chat on the Canadian men's and women's national team, the Canadian Premier League, The Crew being saved, and lots more.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.05: Whitecaps Chat - KC preview, development team
29.20: Canadian Men and Women's national team chat with John Herdman audio
50.35: Canadian Premier League chat
59.30: Columbus Crew Saved!
74.03: Wavelength - Stern des Südens - Bayern Munich anthem
80.11: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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Vancouver Whitecaps stayed alive in the playoff race this weekend, coming away from Toronto with what has to be said was an unexpected 2-1 victory and ending TFC's postseason hopes in the process.

We look back at that win, hear from Craig Dalrymple, and see how the run-in and playoff scenario is looking now for the Whitecaps and those above them.

There's also some Canada national team talk, a discussion on what the Whitecaps identity should be under their new coach, and some general Thanksgiving fun.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02:21: Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps analysis
11.48: Craig Dalrymple audio -
14.48: More TFC v Whitecaps analysis
29.14: Whitecaps playoff scenarios
37.41: Whitecaps identity and Steve Nash audio
55.20: Erik Hurtado TVOD and television chat!
63.46: Flash Five - TV football dramas
69.45: 30 Seconds To Mars - Starting XIs
80.04: Canada Men and Women's national team chat
92.00: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Marcel de Jong
95.06: Wavelength - Gareth Cooper - Put That Ball
99.18: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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It's been an eventful week for Vancouver Whitecaps, albeit not the kind of headlines the club would be hoping they'd be making at this point of the season.

Carl Robinson's departure was a look to the future for the 'Caps, but if anyone thought it was going to have an immediate impact on the present, Saturday's loss to the LA Galaxy quickly dispelled those thoughts.

We look back on the week that was, talking some more about Robbo's release and who the prime candidates are to take over from him. Marc Dos Santos may be the standout name at the top of many people's lists, but who else is in the frame? And what identity will that see the 'Caps with moving forward?

We also pick over the bones of the loss in LA, hear from both interim head coaches, and bring you Zlatan Ibrahimovic's view on Alphonso Davies heading to Bayern Munich. The playoffs are still a mathematical possibility, but it's one tricky equation to make that happen.

All this, plus we look at what Robbo's departure will mean to some of the current squad, play you Kendall Waston's thoughts on it all, and English punk poet Patrik Fitzgerald features in this week's Wavelength.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.05: Robbo's firing and the state of the Whitecaps FO
40.55: Whitecaps' coaching candidates
58.59: LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps analysis
65.31: Craig Dalrymple audio -
69.27: More Galaxy v Whitecaps analysis
77.08: Whitecaps player chat - present and future
81.06: Kendall Waston scrum post-Robbo firing and discussion
96.12: Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks Alphonso Davies
105.36: Wavelength - Patrik Fitzgerald - No Fun Football
111.32: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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The Carl Robinson era is over at Vancouver Whitecaps. He's certainly left an admirable legacy behind but it's time to get back to basics for the remainder of this season before the club heads into its most important offseason in their time in MLS.

We look back at Robbo's sacking, the timing of it, what it means for the future, and especially how it may play out for the rest of this season. We also sit down for a chat with new, interim head coach, and a man we've known well for a number of years now, Craig Dalrymple.

The dismissal of Robbo aside, there's still five games left to battle in this season, and while the playoffs may feel like a somewhat distant hope right now, they are at least still within touching distance and we chat with Stefan Marinovic about the mood of the group heading into them, facing Ibra and LA this weekend, and more.

One man who we may see down the stretch is the last player Robbo brought into the squad, Marvin Emnes. We chat with the Dutch winger about where his fitness levels are at, when we may see him, and if he sees a future for himself in Vancouver at a Robboless Whitecaps.

We go old school for this impromptu episode, recording it in our car! So the sound quality isn't up to our usual studio standard, but hopefully it won't take away from your enjoyment too much!

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

01.49: Carl Robinson fired
11.00: Craig Dalrymple interview and discussion
18.11: Some of the players and media's reaction to Robbo's firing
26.46: Stefan Marinovic interview and LA galaxy chat
33.16: Marvin Emnes interview and discussion

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What a weekend this could have been. Once again Vancouver Whitecaps had other results go in their favour and once again they failed to get the job done themselves. "Same again" said Carl Robinson, "not again" said the supporters.

So our 300th episode isn't quite the celebratory start we'd hoped for as we pick over the bones of the 'Caps defeat to FC Dallas, but the fun soon starts to pick up after that!

We have two interviews to bring you this week. First off all it's a blast from the past as we chat with Whitecaps legend Jay Nolly about his time with the 'Caps and his new career as a commentator for RSL.

Next up is Rahul Kohli from iZombie to talk football, the last season of one of our favourite shows on TV right now, Funhaus, and racial stereotypes in the acting world. It's a great chat and we only wish we had double the time with him to get all our zombie questions out there!

All this, plus we look at the weekend's action the MLS West, find out if Scott Arfield fancies a chocolate digestive, talk take out food with Jake Nerwinski and fish and chips with Kei Kamara, and there's a double dose of Wavelength to celebrate our milestone show featuring our favourites Half Man Half Biscuit and Frank Sidebottom.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

04.05: Vancouver Whitecaps v FC Dallas match analysis
28.15: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Oscar Pareja
40.50: MLS West Week In Review
52.44: Frankenstein's Monster - let's build the perfect Whitecap
59.55: Fish and Chips with Kei Kamara
62.25: Jay Nolly interview and discussion
72.43: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit - 1966 And All That
80.29: Rahul Kohli interview
93.32: Jake Nerwinski Take Me Out
96.01: Wavelength - Frank Sidebottom - Three Shirts On A Line
101.02: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Scott Arfield
107.40: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world
123.15: Southsiders GA discussion - not fun with flags

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