AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

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Vancouver Whitecaps are on the road again, taking their injury and international call up ravaged squad to an in-form Chicago Fire side. Well in-form in the league, if not the Cup.

After a gruelling 120 plus minute US Open Cup loss to FC Cincinnati, what state with the Fire be in? They're also missing some key players, but then so are the 'Caps. We preview the match with Chicago Fire beat reporter Shane Murray and have a pregame chat with 'Caps coach Carl Robinson. All this plus Thousand Yard Stare are featured in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

04:21: Carl Robinson
09:04: AFTN's Chicago Fire v Vancouver Whitecaps preview
23:53: Chicago Fire beat writer Shane Murray
39:30: Wavelength - Thousand Yard Stare

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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What a weekend! Vancouver Whitecaps were in action at MLS, USL, and USSDA levels, and TSS Rovers had a double header with Victoria Highlanders with the Juan de Fuca Plate. A feast of football as the temperature gauge rose, and we have it all covered in this episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.

Our player interview this episode is with the 'Caps Mr Versatile, Andrew Jacobson, we hear from coaches Carl Robinson and Adrian Heath after Vancouver's 2-2 draw in Minnesota, and Art Brut are featured in this week's Wavelength.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02:44: Minnosota v Vancouver analysis
28:42: Carl Robinson and Adrian Heath audio
35:00: The Whitecaps defence - settled or needing new faces?
40:46: Andrew Jacobson interview
48:50: Hopes, concerns, thoughts on the 'Caps season so far
84:12: Wavelength - Art Brut

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

Have a listen! Our Chicago chat on the radio show will be held back for our midweek pregame podcast.

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It's a busy weekend of football, with Vancouver Whitecaps MLS, USL, and Residency teams all in action in crucial matches.

After a long stint at home, the 'Caps first team are back on their travels, heading to expansion side Minnesota United for the very first time. It's rivalry week, so I guess we can call this one the Røvde Derby, as adding a bit of spice to the tie is United's goalkeeper coach Marius Røvde, who left Vancouver after five and a half years to head to Minny. We chat with Marius [at 05:16] about his time in Vancouver, what prompted the move, Minnesota's start to the season, their danger men, and ask, does he know all of David Ousted's weaknesses?!

The MLS guys may be on the road, but the USL team is at home, taking on OKC Energy on Saturday afternoon. And they'll have a new face in the line-up, New Zealand striker Myer Bevan. We catch up with Myer [25:59] to chat about what brought him to Vancouver, his time in the Nike Academy in England, and his recent experience at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Korea.

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Well that's been a week we're glad is over. A difficult one for Vancouver Whitecaps off the pitch, and a mixed one on it.

We're focussing on the footballing aspects of it all in the latest AFTN Soccer Show, as we look back at the match that was the 1-1 draw between the 'Caps and FC Dallas on Saturday. A good result considering all the line-up issues and uncertainty?

We discuss that, who stood out, who didn't, the goals, the talking points, and more, plus we hear from Brek Shea [at 31:11] about the whirlwind Saturday he had.

We also hear from the Dallas side from defenders Matt Hedges and Atiba Harris [40:40] who talk about the match, and former Whitecap Harris chats a little bit about the new football club he's setting up in his native St Kitts and Nevis.

It's going to be a busy week for the 'Caps at all levels. Minnesota is next up for the MLS team, and we preview what that might look like [49:00], before turning our attention the Residency teams who head to the USSDA playoffs this week. We chat with experienced defender Pa Modou Kah [60:13], who's in charge of the U18 team this week, about his transition to coaching and the playoffs ahead, plus we hear from WFC2 head coach Rich Fagan [67:46], about what help his squad may provide for the team.

Turning our attentions down south, it was quite the week for former WFC2 and SFU Clan head coach Alan Koch, whose FC Cincinnati side beat MLS opposition in the US Open Cup and revealed their new stadium proposals, with an eye firmly on making the jump to Major League Soccer. We chat with Alan [73:49] about all that, his time with the 'Caps and SFU, and lots more.

And there's still time to chat about IFAB's new proposed rule changes to the game [92:46] and Half Man Half Biscuit feature again in this week's Wavelength section. [109:01]

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Vancouver Whitecaps finally have a place to call home.

The National Soccer Development Centre up at UBC is finally finished. It's felt like a long time coming but the end result has been worth with the wait, with the 'Caps now having a state of the art training facility.

We chat with Whitecaps President Bobby Lenarduzzi about what the facility means to the club and whether it's likely to attract players and touring teams to Vancouver.

We also sit down with Whitecaps Vice-President of Soccer Operations, Greg Anderson about the new training centre, having all the teams under the one roof, future plans, and more.

On the pitch, the 'Caps are back in action against FC Dallas this weekend. We look ahead to the match, and hear from head coach Oscar Pareja and defender Ryan Hollingshead.

It's also been a busy week for the Canadian Men's National team, with a 2-1 win over Curaçao, we chat about the match, the performance of Whitecaps players, and the future.

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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It's a milestone episode for the AFTN Soccer Show, and we're dedicating our 200th episode to a milestone in Canadian soccer - the new Canadian Premier League.

We'll chat about league logistics including locations, stadiums, the timing of the season, the player pool, and will we see a team here in the lower mainland and elsewhere in BC?

We kick things off with an extensive chat with the Director of Business for the CPL, Paul Beirne, split into two parts [Part One at 03:52 / Part Two at 24:49], and we also hear the thoughts of long time league advocate Daniel Squizzato [53.00].

The league may still be at least a year away from starting but the supporters are already getting organised and fully behind it. With two cities already confirmed as having teams, Winnipeg and Hamilton, we chat to James Hutton [82:50] from the latter's supporters group, the Barton St Battalion. And we also talk to James Covey [100:56] from a supporters group hoping their city, Halifax, gets a club.

All this, and a lot, lot more.

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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It's international week all over the football world and we're no different on the AFTN Soccer Show, as we bring you a special internationally themed episode.

There's a few 'Caps away representing their country on international duty this week, with perhaps the most important games coming up for the Whitecaps two Costa Ricans, Kendall Waston and Christian Bolanos.

We speak to both of them ahead of a busy week that could see the Ticos qualify for another World Cup. Waston tells us [at 05:11 mark] what qualification for Russia would mean for him personally, the task ahead, and just how good this current crop of Costa Ricans are, while Bolanos [09:54] looks ahead to whether or not he'll head to the Gold Cup with the team in July.

Moving on to Canada, we hear from an injured Whitecap who sadly can't be at the Gold Cup with Canada this summer, David Edgar, [13:37] who chats with us about his injury, when we might see him back on the pitch, life as a colour commentator, the Gold Cup, and the Canadian Premier League.

From a Canadian national team veteran to the team's newest recruit, Alphonso Davies, [23:14] as he chats with Harjeet Johal about what playing for Canada means to him, his meteoric rise, what his family have meant to his career, and more.

And we wrap the show up with a Canadian Hall of Famer, the newest recruit in fact, Paul Stalteri, [30:21] who chats about his career, the future of the game here, and a lot more.

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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It's certainly been an interesting eight days in Whitecapsland, covering a gamut of emotions.

We kick things off with a look back at the 'Caps win over Atlanta, thanks to a two goal Man of the Match performance from Kendall Waston. We chat about how the match played out, who shone, and is this 4-1-4-1 formation now set in stone due to the success it's been having.

We also pay a visit to the Atlanta locker room and hear the postgame thoughts [at 23:27] from Greg Garza, Michael Parkhurst, and Tyrone Mears, the latter of who also chats about his family being caught up in the Manchester bombing.

Sadly it's not all been good news for the 'Caps after crashing out of this year's Canadian Championship at the first hurdle. We look back at the loss in Montreal [37:31], wonder how seriously the club took it this year, and what it means in terms of money and playing time in the future.

Our player interview this week is with the Whitecaps new Australian winger Bernie Ibini [73:27], and there's still time to look at which Whitecaps may head out on loan, this week's Twitter faux pas by the 'Caps, WFC2, and a lot more, including Vanilla Muffins featuring in this week's Wavelength section [84:43].

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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