AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

Two Cup matches in four days. Three in eight. Usually that would be a yes please from us, but with Vancouver Whitecaps in a bit of a slump after three defeats in their last four matches, we're at what feels like a crucial turning point in the 'Caps season. Will they be able to follow the right path to success or does a trip to a witch in a gingerbread house await?

With Joe away on baby daddy duty (sidenote - the 'Caps haven't won a match since the kid was born. Not saying he's a jinx, but...), Gideon and Nick look ahead to the task awaiting the 'Caps in Seattle on Saturday, following on from Wednesday night's dismal display in Montreal. Can they get back to winning ways and save their season?

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Vancouver Whitecaps' seesaw of a season continued this past weekend as they went down to a 3-1 loss at the hands of D.C. United in the US capital. We analyse the main talking points to come out of the game, hear from 'Caps coach Carl Robinson, and ponder where the team can go from here.

We also look ahead to the midweek Canadian Championship semi-final in Montreal and get some thoughts from Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi on how the club view the Voyageurs Cup. Plus a look at the weekend in the MLS West and we make Mike Petke's postgame rant on Saturday even more epic.

We've got two interviews for you this week. The first is with a Canadian Hall of Famer - a member of Canada's only ever World Cup squad from Mexico 1986, Dale Mitchell. We talk World Cup memories and his hopes for what the Canadian Premier League will do for the latest crop of talent as they build towards 2026, and maybe even 2022.

We also chat with TSS Rovers head coach Colin Elmes about his team's second season in the PDL and what he's learned from it to take into their third one next year.

All this, plus lots of World Cup talk, World Cup Wavelength continues this week with a song from 1998, and some Canadian Premier League chat.

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

04.14: D.C. United v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
22.16: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson
24.22: More DC v 'Caps chat and where does the team go from here?
37.33: Canadian Championship preview and Bobby Lenarduzzi audio
45.18: MLS West week in review and epic Mike Petke audio
55.40: World Cup chat
69.36: World Cup Wavelength - Meat Pie, Sausage Roll
73.36: More World Cup chat
81.18: Dale Mitchell World Cup Memories
91.11: Colin Elmes interview and TSS Rovers chat
100.27: Canadian PL chat
105.42: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Just like a never ending game of snakes and ladders, Vancouver Whitecaps got themselves off a two match slippery slope, finding a rung to take their trajectory upwards again in a match between two teams that feel like they would struggle to find consistency in the dictionary.

Chicago Fire came to town and left on the end of 3-2 victory for Vancouver. We look back at the highs and lows of the match and the players' performances, hear from both head coaches, Chicago's Veljko Paunović and Vancouver's Carl Robinson, and chat about some of the latest Whitecaps news, from the continuing Davies to Europe rumours to the new U23 team the 'Caps are in the process of setting up.

We've got two interviews for you this week. The first is with Chicago's World Cup winner, German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger who talks to us about his move to MLS, Saturday's match and playing on turf, and his thoughts on Alphonso Davies.

Next up is Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic as we take a trip down World Cup memory lane armed with some Panini sticker albums. We find out the first tournament he can remember watching, how this year wasn't the first year he came heartbreakingly close to being at a World Cup, and look back at New Zealand's 1982 and 2010 World Cup squads.

All this, plus lots of World Cup chat and orld Cup Wavelength continues this week with Weezer.

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

04.39: Vancouver Whitecaps v Chicago Fire match analysis
18.07: Coaches audio - Veljko Paunović and Carl Robinson
25.24: More Whitecaps v Fire chat
37.00: Bastian Schweinsteiger interview and discussion
46.26: MLS and Whitecaps news of the week
56.39: World Cup chat
77.27: Stefan Marinovic World Cup Panini Memories
87.00: World Cup 2026 chat
96.50: Wavelength - Weezer - Represent
101.45: BC Soccerweb headlines - inc Can PL chat

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Who's up for some Whitecaps action on the day of two World Cup quarter-finals? Well there's a World Cup winner coming to town as Bastian Schweinsteiger's Chicago Fire head to BC Place.

Gideon and Nick look ahead to the match. Can the Whitecaps bounce back after their disappointing defeat to Colorado? Will Yordy Reyna come straight back into the team? What threat do an inconsistent Chicago pose the 'Caps?

All that and more, plus a some World Cup chat thrown into the mix as well.

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Vancouver Whitecaps must be wishing that the World Cup "break" was still going on. I know we do!

Two defeats in two matches against two lowly teams has derailed all the good work done before the break and put the Whitecaps playoff hopes very much in trouble as they slip further behind in the points per game standings.

We look back at Vancouver's Canada Day defeat at home to Colorado Rapids. What went wrong? How much of it was on the 'Caps and how much was down to the play of the visitors? And where does the team go from here? We also hear from both head coaches, Colorado's Anthony Hudson and Vancouver's Carl Robinson, plus we speak with Tim Howard, who had a lot to say about Vancouver fans and MLS security after the game.

We also look back at what came out of the Whitecaps Town Hall meeting midweek and chat about a fantastic week of World Cup action and what lies ahead. Plus our exclusive chat with Kendall Waston upon his return from Russia after an eventful tournament with Costa Rica. Plus we take great joy at wallowing in Zach's German gloom and play one of the worst World Cup songs of all time, and that's saying something!

We also bring you a double dose of Wavelength this week featuring Bell and Sebastian and Halftime Oranges.

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

04.21: Vancouver Whitecaps v Colorado Rapids match analysis
17.10: Coaches audio - Anthony Hudson and Carl Robinson
25.38: More Whitecaps v Rapids
33.06: Tim Howard postgame and security discussion
40.34: Whitecaps Town Hall meeting
61.38: World Cup chat - part one
74.23: Kendall Waston interview and Costa Rica discussion
82.09: World Cup chat - part two
87.12: Wavelength - Belle and Sebastian - I Don't Want To Play Football
89.37: World Cup chat - part three
110.28: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Battiston
114.53: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Let's be honest, is anyone really all that excited about watching MLS matches when the World Cup is on? It was bad enough last week when Vancouver Whitecaps put in one of their worst performances of the season as they lost in Philadelphia. Now they have one of the worst teams in MLS this year coming to BC Place on Canada Day.

Joe and Gideon look ahead to the match, discussing such things as what threat Colorado pose Vancouver, whether the Rapids have turned things around after last week's win, and what changes we might see to put some spark back into the Whitecaps.

All that and more, plus a healthy dose of World Cup chat thrown into the mix as well.

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Variety is the spice of life. Or say they say. Hopefully it is as we have a variety of subjects to cover in the latest episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.

We kick things off in MLS by looking at the disaster that was Vancouver Whitecaps trip to Philadelphia. What went wrong? Were there any positives to take from such a result? Was this just a bad day at the office or something more troubling? All that is covered and more, plus we hear from both head coaches, Philadelphia's Jim Curtin and Vancouver's Carl Robinson

Our feature interview this week is an in-depth chat with one of the owners of the new Victoria Canadian Premier League team, Rob Friend. We chat with Rob about all things CPL in BC, including the latest on what's happening with a team in the Fraser Valley and when we can expect to see a launch for the team in Victoria.

We also bring you some World Cup chat as we look back at what's been an exciting week of shocks and big talking points, and friends of the show, Goldie Lookin' Chain are back in our Wavelength section with the official Wales 2018 World Cup anthem!

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

04.41: Philadelphia Union v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
18.20: Coaches audio - Jim Curtin and Carl Robinson
22.12: More Whitecaps chat
29.12: World Cup chat
55.48: Rob Friend interview and discussion
101.54: Wavelength - Goldie Lookin' Chain - Wales 2018 World Cup Anthem
107.18: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Vancouver Whitecaps are back from their World Cup break (aka a regular bye week). Maybe you're needing your own World Cup break after the feast of football these past eight days. Either way, we're back with our latest preview show setting up the 'Caps trip to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Joe, Nick, and Gideon look ahead to what may lie in store during the match. Will the Whitecaps change a winning formula and line up? What kind of threat do the Union pose? Can Vancouver get their points per game above the playoff line?

All this and more are covered, plus a special World Cup themed Do You Know Who I Am? and our prediction game in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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With the Whitecaps off on a bye week, the AFTN crew are gripped by World Cup fever this week, as we look at the current tournament in Russia and celebrate the future one coming to North America in 2026.

We kick things off with big news of the week for Canadian fans and that is the successful bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to North American shores. Not Vancouver, but we can still rejoice right?

Plus we talk World Cup memories and hopes, and look through some old Panini sticker albums, with Kendall Waston (Costa Rica), Efrain Juarez (Mexico), Aly Ghazal (Egypt), and Anibal Godoy and Harold Cummings (Panama). Plus we can't leave Scotland out, so their 1982 World Cup squad sing their hearts out in this week's Wavelength section.

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

02.46: The World Cup is coming to North America in 2026!
24.43: Group A chat
35.08: Aly Ghazal talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
40.40: Group B chat
45.51: Group C chat
51.34: Group D chat
57.54: Group E chat
60.57: Kendall Waston talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
71.24: Wavelength - Scotland 1982 World Cup Squad - We Have A Dream
77.20: Group F chat
83.50: Efrain Juarez talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
98.36: Panama's Anibal Godoy and Harold Cummings interviews and Group G chat
105.58: Final World Cup thoughts from the first four days - best goals and games so far
108.14: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Vancouver Whitecaps head into their bye week (call it what it is) unbeaten in six and starting to find some attacking form. The defence is still looking a bit dodgy and they still struggle at times when they have a man advantage, but there's a lot more optimistic feel around the place than it was perhaps a month ago.

We look back at the 'Caps five star win over Orlando on Saturday - the highs, the lows, and how some of the players are shaping up at this near midway point of the season. We also hear postgame comments from both coaches, Orlando's Jason Kreis and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

We have three interviews for you this week. First up, the 'Caps Kiwi keeper Stefan Marinovic talks about his injury, rehab, and when he expects to be back in the starting line-up. Then we catch up with Vancouver's latest homegrown signing, Simon Colyn, as we talk about his first professional contract, the Canadian championship, and more.

We also have more Canadian Premier League chat for you this week as we look at the addition of teams in Winnipeg and Edmonton, and we chat with former Whitecap Marco Carducci about his hopes for the league and playing for his hometown club in Calgary.

All this plus a review of what happened in the MLS Western conference this week, Wavelength, BC Soccerweb headlines, and more.

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

04.41: Vancouver v Orlando match analysis
23.50: Jason Kreis and Carl Robinson audio
32.33: Whitecaps player chat
47.29: Stefan Marinovic interview
54.06: MLS West Week in Review
63.32: Simon Colyn interview and Canadian Championship and Residency chat
79.51: Canadian Premier League news of the week
88.32: Marco Carducci interview
97.19: Wavelength - Wembley '73 - Brazil v Slough Town '66
102.21: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show on CiTR radio was so packed, we've had to release it over two parts. This second episode of the three hour show focuses on the Canadian Premier League and the PDL.

We kick things off with some PDL chat, looking at TSS Rovers great start to the season that's seen them go unbeaten in their last five matches to sit joint top of the standings. We chat with coach Will Cromack after a six point weekend that saw them lift their first piece of silverware.

After that we turn our attention to the Canadian Premier League. It's been a good and a bad week for fans hoping to see teams here in BC. Victoria look set to be in for 2019, but that's the expense of the Fraser Valley bid. We look at what we know about both potential teams journey so far and what lies ahead for both clubs and also the Victoria Highlanders.

But one team that definitely will be there for the start of the CPL in 2019 is Calgary's Cavalry FC. We chat about the ins and outs of the team, and hopes for the league, with current Foothills FC head coach, and soon to be Cavalry FC head coach and GM, Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

All that plus Black Grape feature in this week's Wavelength section, and BC Soccerweb headlines looks at some stories from around the world of football.

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

02.20: Will Cromack interview and TSS Rovers chat
12.16: Canadian Premier League in BC discussion
31.35: Tommy Wheeldon Jr interview and Cavalry FC chat
55.08: Wavelength - Black Grape - England's Irie
61.34: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show on CiTR radio was so packed, we're having to release it over two parts! Part one of the three hour show is today and focuses on MLS - present and future.

We look back at Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Friday night, analysing the performance, which players stood out, and some of the other talking points coming out of the game. We also hear from both head coaches, the Rapids' Anthony Hudson and the Whitecaps' Carl Robinson.

We take a look at how the action played out in the MLS Western Conference this week, and how it affected the Whitecaps, plus chat about the big league news of the week - the addition of FC Cincinnati in 2019.

We round off the show with an in-depth chat with Cincy head coach, and friend of the show, Alan Koch about the expansion, his busy to do list, how he'll go about balancing building his squad with trying to win a USL championship for the rest of the year, and lots more.

Part two of Sunday's show will be out as a podcast on Wednesday morning where we'll talk Canadian Premier League in BC and Alberta, the PDL, bring you interviews with Will Cromack and Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and more. Check back in two days for that.

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

03.40: Vancouver v New England match analysis
16.29: Anthony Hudson and Carl Robinson audio
21.30: Whitecaps chat - changing narratives, defensive play, midfield game management, player analysis
44.20: MLS West Week in Review and NBC's manager rankings
54.26: Alan Koch interview and FC Cincinnati chat

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Vancouver Whitecaps are only two more draws away from equaling the MLS record of six straight games sharing the points. Three more and they set a new record. Come on boys, you can do it. Let's go out there and make some history!

There's every chance they'll inch closer to it on Friday when they travel to the Rocky Mountain state, not for chocolate covered cravings but to take on Colorado Rapids in MLS action.

The Rapids are bad this year. If the Whitecaps can't beat them, do they deserve to even make it to the playoffs? Joe, Nick, and Gideon ponder that question, plus look at the dangers Colorado pose to the Vancouver defence, and the dangers Tim Howard poses to his own one.

Who will win the golden ticket in this week's Whitecaps rotation lottery? Has Kei Kamara put his misses behind him or will we see him drop to the bench this week? And who steps up to fill Kendall Waston's huge shoes in the centre of the 'Caps defence?

All this plus Do You Know Who I Am? and our prediction game in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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Another week, another draw, another week, another match of individual errors, another week, another game of frustration. Welcome to Vancouver Whitecaps World 2018. Strap yourselves in, it's a bumpy ride.

The 'Caps made it four draws in a row on Saturday at home to New England. Now they just need two more in the next two games to set a league record. Go team! We look back at the points dropped to the Revolution, where it all went wrong, where it all went right, and where do we go from here. Plus we hear from both head coaches, New England's Brad Friedel and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

AFTN writer Chris Corrigan joins us in the studio this week to talk about all that and a lot more. We also take a look at the latest news surrounding the Canadian Premier League and the latest rumours about teams here in BC. Plus how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, TSS Rovers talk, and Pete Green makes his debut in our Wavelength section with a Grimsby Town related tune.

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

03.42: Vancouver v New England match analysis
30.10: Brad Friedel and Carl Robinson audio
36.57: Whitecaps chat - player analysis, defensive errors, how do we replace Waston?
52.53: MLS West Week in Review and NBC's manager rankings
79.25: Canadian Premier League news of the week - HFX Wanderers announced, but what's happening in BC?
88.37: TSS Rovers PDL chat
100.15: Wavelength - Pete Green - The Ballad Of Phil Jevons
106.01: BC Soccerweb headlines

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With his teacup spinning days sadly in the past, Gideon returns to the fold this week to rejoin up with Joe and Nick to look ahead to Vancouver Whitecaps' Saturday afternoon encounter with New England Revolution.

They don't want to change the world, they're just looking at New England, but they have been buoyed by the 'Caps late dramatic draw in Dallas. Will it be four draws on the bounce or can the Whitecaps finally snap out of their disappointing home form and get back to winning ways?

Who poses the danger for New England? Will Teal Bunbury's resurgence continue in the country he turned his back on? And how will the 'Caps line up for this one, another 4-4-2? These are just a few of the many questions they ponder.

All this plus Do You Know Who I Am? and our prediction game in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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It's a long weekend, so we have an extra long episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for you as we took over the airwaves at CiTR radio for two and a half hours on Sunday night.

Vancouver Whitecaps showed a never say die spirit in Dallas on Saturday afternoon (or should that be Dai with a Welshman in charge?), fighting back from 2-0 down to score a couple of very late goals to earn the unlikeliest of points. We look back over the dramatic afternoon and chat about the main talking points coming out of it. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Dallas' Oscar Pareja and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

We've got two feature interviews for you this episode. First up is Whitecaps' Canadian defender Marcel de Jong, as he joins us to chat about the stability of signing a new contract extension. Then former Whitecap Kekuta Manneh joins us to chat about his move to Mexico, Columbus Crew falling short in their quest for last year's MLS Cup, and what it means to his hometown of Austin to possibly be getting a new MLS team.

We also take a look at the latest news surrounding the Canadian Premier League, in what's been a big week for them. Plus how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, Whitecaps midfielder Jordon Mutch talks television, and The Others make their debut in our Wavelength section.

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

02.49: Dallas v Vancouver match analysis
17.33: Oscar Pareja and Carl Robinson audio
26.15: Whitecaps chat - player analysis, talking points surrounding the team, news of the week
48.17: Marcel De Jong interview and discussion
56.38: Canadian Premier League news of the week - Cavalry FC, Victoria rumours, what's happening in Port City, league details revealed
84.44: Wavelength - The Others - Stan Bowles
89.37: MLS West Week in Review
103.10: Kekuta Manneh interview and discussion
113.58: TSS Rovers and Canadian development chat
120.10: TV OD - Jordon Mutch
125.37: BC Soccerweb headlines

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With Gideon still absent after an unfortunate incident with Daisy Duck, Joe and Nick man the barricades in a way that the Whitecaps defence can only look on at with jealousy.

It's the guys first Review/Preview show of the season and for once they don't just get to look ahead all joyfully at the weekend's action to come. Now they have to suffer the pain of the Sunday crew and pick over a disappointing display by the 'Caps.

Vancouver's 2-2 draw with San Jose Earthquakes is in the spotlight. What went wrong this time, as another two points were dropped at home? More chances wasted, more sloppy defending, more disgruntlement amongst the fanbase. It's not the happiest time in Whitecapsland and the guys try to address as much of that as they can. Plus we hear postgame comments from both head coaches, San Jose's Mikael Stahre and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

Can the 'Caps turn things around in a timely manner? Well we won't have to wait too long to find out, with the team heading into the intense afternoon Texan heat to face an in-form, and frankly terrifying prospect, at FC Dallas. Is this a throwaway game? Should the 'Caps just go for a near full rotation and go young? We've seen understrength teams battle for unexpected points this year, or does that only happen against the 'Caps.

If we're quaking in our boots at the prospect of this one, after recent results, is there actually any team in MLS right now that we can look forward to facing? All this and more awaits your earholes in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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What a busy weekend it's been. Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday, the Provincial cup finals on Saturday and Sunday, TSS Rovers kick off their PDL season on Monday, then it's more 'Caps and more Rovers. But fret not, we have it all covered for you in our latest episode.

We kick things off with a look back at the Whitecaps 2-2 draw with Houston Dynamo on Friday night. Late drama and a lot of frustration at the missed chances once again on display. We pick over the bones of the game and the players performances and hear from both head coaches, Houston's Wilmer Cabrera and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

Next up is San Jose on Wednesday. The Earthquakes got out of their three game losing streak, and seven game winless streak, at the weekend. Can they make it back to back road wins? We look ahead to the match up, who the key players might be, and what we should expect from the 'Caps, who have three games in nine days.

It's also the season opener for TSS Rovers today. We chat with head coach Colin Elmes about the season ahead and lessons learned from last year, and to one of their newest additions, player/coach, and former TFC man, Nick Soolsma, fresh from winning a Provincial title with BCT Rovers Tigers United.

Plus we take a look at the latest Whitecaps salaries that have come out, see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, discuss the latest big Canadian Premier League news and other headlines, and Goldie Lookin' Chain return for our Wavelength section.

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

03.10: Vancouver v Houston match analysis
24.10: Wilmer Cabrera and Carl Robinson audio
31.54: Whitecaps player analysis and rankings
55.55: Whitecaps salary discussion
68.40: MLS West Week in Review
78.51: Wavelength - Goldie Lookin' Chain - Tony Pulis
81.46: Vancouver v San Jose Earthquakes preview
98.12: Colin Elmes interview and TSS Rovers chat
107.39: Nick Soolsma interview
110.51: BC Soccerweb headlines - featuring Can PL, World Cup, MLS, and other news

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Finally, we have back to back home games! But be careful what you wish for because that means watching Vancouver Whitecaps live twice in the space of six days. Are you ready for that?

We'll try and help you get ready for the first match on Friday, as we take a look at all things Houston Dynamo in AFTN's latest preview podcast.

They're a team that don't travel well, but are coming off a late 3-2 win over LA Galaxy. Are they hitting form at just the worst time for the 'Caps? Can a shaky Vancouver defence handle the likes of Elis and Quioto? What changes will Carl Robinson make this week? And will anyone be on the end of all those crosses this game?

Gideon is away dressing up as a Disney Princess for this episode, raising the average age of the team to not quite DC United levels, but getting up there. So that leaves Joe and Nick to chat about all of the above and much more, including World Cup jerseys, answering a barrage of listeners questions, and playing our prediction game.

Have a listen!

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May 7th, 2018 by aftn at 8:37 pm

Remember when Vancouver Whitecaps were being lauded for their excellent road record? That seems so long ago now. Saturday's 1-0 loss in Minnesota was the third straight away defeat for the 'Caps. This one against an already undermanned team that played 40 minutes of the second half with ten men. Definitely a Cinco de Mayo to forget.

We look back at the high and lows from the match, talk line-ups and formations, bring you our latest player rankings, and hear from both head coaches, Minnesota's Adrian Heath and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

Where now for the Whitecaps? Did the RSL win last week just paper over the cracks or should we just be content that the team is currently sitting in third spot?

We also see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, discuss the latest big Canadian Premier League news and other headlines, play another round of Do You Know Who I Am? and Half Man Half Biscuit return for our Wavelength section.

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

02.14: Minnesota v Vancouver match analysis
23.47: Adrian Heath and Carl Robinson audio
33.28: Was the RSL win last week just papering over cracks?
38.45: Whitecaps player analysis
49.01: Do You Know Who I Am?
53.07: MLS West Week in Review
67.12: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit - Mathematically Safe
72.44: BC Soccerweb headlines - featuring Can PL, World Cup, PDL, and other news

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