AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast about Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS)
Apr 29th, 2014 by aftn at 3:11 am

Vancouver Whitecaps are becoming the comeback kings. For the second week running they came from behind to eek out a crucial point.

We pick over the bones of the 2-2 draw in Real Salt Lake. Who shone? Who didn't? Were Robinson's starting line up and subs the correct ones? And what will it all mean to the shape of the team going forward.

The point keeps Vancouver in 5th spot in the West. We take a look at the happenings for their Western Conference rivals this past weekend.

And there's still time to round up all the weekend's Residency and BC Provincial Cup action.

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Vancouver Whitecaps are heading down to Utah to take on Real Salt Lake and the AFTN crew have all the pregame news and chatter ahead of the Western Conference clash.

Caps' goalkeeping coach Marius Røvde shares his thoughts on the game and what Vancouver need to do to get something from this one. We also chat to him about RSL's difference maker, keeper Nick Rimando.

Joining us on the phone is Tyler Gibbons, the sports producer for Real Sports Live on ABC4Utah, to discuss everything Real Salt Lake ahead of the game.

But it's not just the pregame talk as we delve into some of the bigger stories to come out in Whitecapsland this week involving Kenny Miller and Nigel Reo-Coker.

And there's still time for Predictapooch to cast his magic powers into the weekend's results.

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Vancouver Whitecaps' fighting spirit was in abundance as they fought back twice to take a point at home to the LA Galaxy.

Our LA postgame show looks back at the main talking points of the game. Did the Caps go with the right formation? What about those early substitutions? Should we be buying a book called 'Where's Pedro'? What are the Whitecaps missing going forward? What's going to happen now with the still dropped Nigel Reo-Coker? And of course, we look at the goals. All four of them.

We also hear from both locker rooms.

Carl Robinson, Darren Mattocks, Kenny Miller and point securing goalscorer Kekuta Manneh bring you some inside from the Vancouver side, whilst Bruce Arena, Omar Gonzalez, Dan Gargan and a not very happy Robbie Keane give us some LA insight into the result.

Whilst Rob Friend tells us what it was like to be back playing football again in BC and how close he was to signing for the Whitecaps last summer.

And there's still time to bring you the latest Whitecaps Residency news and details of next weekend's BC Provincial Cup quarter finals.

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The LA Galaxy are back in town to take on Vancouver Whitecaps. Will it be back to back LA wins or can the Whitecaps salvage something from this key game?

We bring you our pregame podcast for the match and what better way to get an insight in the Galaxy than by speaking with their play by play man Joe Tutino and we also hear some thoughts on the game from Whitecaps assistant coach Martyn Pert and captain Jay DeMerit.

The AFTN crew look ahead to the game and ponder the Vancouver line-up, how to stop Robbie Keane, the merits or pitfalls of back to back games and they take a look at the mysteries of the LA salaries.

And there's still time for a fun chat with Jordan Harvey about getting his coaching career off to a winning start.

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Apr 15th, 2014 by aftn at 11:25 pm

Vancouver Whitecaps travelled to a Galaxy not that far, far away at the weekend, just in LA. Although Los Angeles can feel like you're on a different planet sometimes.

It's the stories of back to backs in this podcast. The 1-0 loss in LA was the Caps' second straight loss but they have the chance for redemption right away as the Galaxy head north to BC Place this weekend. We pick over the bones of the defeat on Saturday and look ahead to what it might mean for the team this coming weekend.

There's audio from Tuesday first training session back after the game and we hear some thoughts from head coach Carl Robinson, captain Jay DeMerit and Jordan Harvey.

We've been wanting to do this since he came to the club, so we finally catch up with Whitecaps' assistant coach Martyn Pert for an interesting chat about his time in Vancouver and MLS so far and about his many travels. We talk about the time he was in charge in Ecuador for a month, middle east football and the Qatar World Cup, those tumultuous times at Cardiff last year, travelling around 16 clubs in Europe in 16 weeks and the comments of Andrea Pirlo on pre-match warm ups.

And there's still time to look at the MLS standings and take an early look at how things are shaping up.

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Vancouver Whitecaps have lost their unbeaten start to the season and it mostly self inflicted.

Colorado Rapids came to BC Place and left with a 2-1 victory thanks to a Caps sending off, a Rapids comeback and two wonderstrikes.

We pick over the bones of the game and look at the main turning points, with audio from Caps head coach Carl Robinson, captain Jay DeMerit and Kenny Miller.

It was a deflated Vancouver dressing room but we headed into the Colorado one where it was a much different place to be.

We chat with Colorado head coach Pablo Mastroeni, captain Drew Moor, goalkeeper Clint Irwin, MLS rookie of the year Dillon Powers and two goal hero Jose Mari.

And there's still time to look at what the result means in a Western Conference capacity and Saturday's first Cascadia Cup clash of the season.

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The week always goes quicker when your team has won and you have another match to look forward to.

Vancouver Whitecaps head into April unbeaten and set to face Western Conference opposition in the shape of Colorado Rapids.

The AFTN crew look ahead to the game and ponder which formation and players head coach Carl Robinson will go with this week.

To get a better insight into the visiting Rapids, we chat with MLSSoccer.com writer and MileHighSports.com Editor-in-Chief Chris Bianchi.

How have the team coped with their own turbulent offseason? Will their impressive young guns from last year suffer a sophomore slump? And how strong will the team that heads to Vancouver be this weekend? We discuss all this and much more.

And there's still time for Predictapooch to make his latest prediction. Can he add to his 3 for 4 record?

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Apr 2nd, 2014 by aftn at 2:15 am

The sun was shining so it was outside broadcast time once again as we bring you Episode 53 of "There's Still Time" from UBC's Thunderbird Stadium after Vancouver Whitecaps' 4-2 friendly win over FC Edmonton.

We look over the game, who stood out, who didn't take their opportunity to impress and ponder just how young the average age of the Whitecaps team was in that second half.

Kekuta Manneh was the two goal hero and we speak with him after the game about the season so far, the match itself, the pressure raised by last season's heroics and ask him just how good could this Whitecaps team could be this year.

We also catch up with FC Edmonton Head Coach Colin Miller and chat about the Eddies preseason trip west, the players to watch out for this season, the new NASL playoff format, this year's Voyageurs Cup and more.

Moving away from the pro level to local soccer, we talk to BC Soccer Executive Director Paul Mullen about the upcoming 2014 BC Provincial Cup, whether BC will follow Ontario and look at a provincewide U23 league and their travelling big red jersey.

And there's still time to ask our listeners and twitter followers for a little bit of help in explaining Nigel Reo-Coker's Marcel Marecauesque mime show on Saturday. What could he have been demonstrating to Marco Carducci?!

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