AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

Let's just forget last week's game against LA Galaxy. We'll put it down to the Vancouver Whitecaps disease of struggling against weakened teams. They always seems to do better against the better ones, so at least that gives some home ahead of a trip to the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew.

Joe Deasy, Gideon Hill, and Nicolaas Rupprecht preview the match, looking at what we can expect from a fired up Crew side. What will the Whitecaps look like? Can they break down a team that doesn't have 10 men behind the ball? Will there actually be some decent delivery this week? All this and a lot more are discussed in this week's preview episode.

We're also joined by Whitecaps midfielder Jordon Mutch to talk about settling in to Vancouver, what he's made of MLS so far, and what he expects this weekend.

All this, plus "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game. Have a listen!

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It's good to have constants in your life, right? When a weakened team comes to B.C. Place, Vancouver Whitecaps fail to rise to the occasion seems to be one of those, and it was the same again on Saturday night when a highly depleted LA Galaxy side came and left with a point in a 0-0 draw.

We pick over the bones of that game and individual performances, and hear from Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid and 'Caps coach Carl Robinson. Plus we look back at the Whitecaps report card on the squad four games in.

Turning our attention to the 'Caps defence, we discuss the overturning of Kendall Waston's red card, sit down for a chat with Uruguayan centre back Jose Aja about his move to Vancouver and how he's settling in, and we find out if Aaron Maund fancies a chocolate digestive.

All this plus we chat with Canada national team and LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye, look at the week's action in MLS West, discuss MLS derbies, look at some of the stories making the news around the world, and Half Man Half Biscuit are back in this week's Wavelength section.

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

02.25: Whitecaps v Galaxy Match In Review
17.51: Sigi Schmid and Carl Robinson audio
24.10: Whitecaps v Galaxy chat on players
42.07: Whitecaps Report Card so far
54.10: Kendall Waston red card rescinded
56.05: Jose Aja interview and discussion
66.51: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Aaron Maund
69.02: MLS West Week In Review
74.24: MLS derbies chat featuring Sigi Schmid
82.36: Mark-Anthony Kaye interview and discussion
92.14: Canada v New Zealand chat
95.31: BC Soccerweb headlines
110.35: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit - Bob Wilson, Anchorman

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Vancouver Whitecaps' record against LA Galaxy hasn't been too shabby these past couple of seasons. Gone is the MLS Cup Galaxy team to be feared, and it feels like last season, their worst in their history, was a rebuilding one that went horribly wrong from the outset.

Is Sigi Schmid going to turn them around this season? They've a win and a loss under their belts so far and head to BC Place on Saturday night to take on a Whitecaps side looking to secure their best ever start to a MLS season.

Joe Deasy, Gideon Hill, and Nicolaas Rupprecht preview the match, looking at what we can expect from the Galaxy, what will the Whitecaps look like, can they bounce back from the loss in Atlanta pretty quickly, and a lot more.

We're also joined by Corner of the Galaxy co-host and producer Josh Guesman to talk about all things LA Galaxy from last season's disappointments, to this season's expectations, and what it's like to have a real LA rival in the city as the teams get set to meet next week (at 14.56 mark).

All this, plus "Do You Know Who I Am?", our prediction game, and a look over the results of the latest anonymous ESPN poll of MLS players.

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Mar 19th, 2018 by aftn at 10:03 am

It's not been a great week to be a football fan in Vancouver. First it was announced that the city won't be hosting any matches if the bid for the 2026 World Cup is successful, then the Whitecaps were Elfathed in Houston, going down a man and to a 4-1 defeat.

We're joined in the studio by Joe Deasy and Gideon Hill to chat about both of those topics, but there's some good news too as we reveal the first 18 names on the 2018 TSS Rovers PDL roster with head coaches Colin Elmes and Will Cromack.

All this and a lot more in a two hour plus episode. Have a listen!

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

03.44: Atlanta v Vancouver match in review
20.19: Tata Martino and Carl Robinson audio
28.09: Which Whitecaps stood out?
47.36: MLS West Week in Review
56.52: TSS Rovers roster announcement with Colin Elmes and Will Cromack
85.55: Vancouver pull out of being a World Cup 2026 host
105.58: Wavelength - Flyscreen - Stamford Bridge
109.05: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Vancouver Whitecaps' perfect season is still on! Two games. Two wins. Can it get any better?! They're going to have a tough time maintaining that 100% start this week though, with big spending Atlanta United their next foes.

Joe Deasy, Gideon Hill, and Nicolaas Rupprecht preview the 'Caps match in Atlanta this weekend. There likely will be changes to the starting XI, some enforced, some not. Who goes in? How should the 'Caps line up to counter Atlanta's three at the back and five in midfield? And should the home side be feared for their attacking strength or are they ripe for the picking at the back with the Whitecaps style of play?

We look at all this and more in today's show, as we find out who Joe thinks looks sexy in a Whitecaps shirt and which player caused Gideon to lose sleep as he lay thinking about him in bed. Plus "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game are back, and we even talk a bit of Football Manager.

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Two games. Two wins. It's been a great start for Vancouver Whitecaps this new MLS season.

The latest victory came in Houston on Saturday night. The Whitecaps recorded their first ever win at the Dynamo and we look back at the highs and lows from a night that saw a typical Vancouver road performance and three more points.

Who stood out? Whose place is up for grabs? What can we expect heading in Atlanta next week? We look at all these things and more, plus we hear from both head coaches, Houston's Wilmer Cabrera and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

Plus we look back at the week's MLS action affecting the Western Conference teams, delve into some BCsoccerweb headlines, and the Cockney Rejects return to feature in our Wavelength section as we look at the troubles and protests at West Ham and discuss whether there's an appetite for that kind of fan pressure in North America.

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Vancouver Whitecaps got off to a winning start on Sunday in their quest for the 2018 MLS Cup. Can they keep it up on Saturday against the weekend's big winners Houston?

Joe Deasy, Gideon Hill, and Nicolaas Rupprecht preview the 'Caps match at the Dynamo this weekend. Will there be changes to the starting XI, what kind of threat do Houston pose, and how does Robbo fit in all his new pieces? We look at all this and more.

Plus we sit down for a chat with the man looking to make a spot in the centre of the 'Caps defence his own, Aaron Maund.

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Vancouver Whitecaps were Back In Black and Back to Business on Sunday, getting their 2018 MLS season off to a winning start against Montreal Impact.

We look back at the 2-1 win, chat about all the team and individual highs and lows, and hear from both head coaches, Montreal's Rémi Garde and Vancouver's Carl Robinson. Plus we also look at all the weekend's MLS matches.

The star of the show was Alphonso Davies, and we sat down with the young Whitecaps winger for an in-depth chat about the season ahead, his growth these last two seasons, his relationship with Kei Kamara, getting his Canadian citizenship and playing at the Gold Cup, and more.

And there's still time to look at all the comings and goings in Whitecapsland this week, chat with one of the new arrivals, Felipe Martins, hear Carl Robinson's thoughts on a stacked Whitecaps midfield, and feature Barmy Army in this week's Wavelength section.

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

02.41: Whitecaps News of the Week - Jordon Mutch and Felipe Martin arrive, Tim Parker departs, stacked midfield, weakened defence?
09.25: Robbo on fitting in midfield pieces
13.47: Felipe interview and discussion
23.11: Make up of Whitecaps roster
29.07: Vancouver v Montreal match review
40.07: Rémi Garde and Carl Robinson postgame audio
45.58: Vancouver v Montreal individual performances
54.10: MLS Weekend Review
67.22: Alphonso Davies interview and discussion
84.44: Wavelength - Barmy Army - Sharp As A Needle
90.52: BC Soccerweb headlines

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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Welcome to the first of a new regular preview podcast we'll be recording for your aural delight this season, as we look forward to First Kick on Sunday as Vancouver Whitecaps host Montreal Impact at B.C. Place.

Now one of the reasons we have such a big team here at AFTN is that we like to have a variety of voices and opinions covering the 'Caps and MLS. It keeps the site fresh and vibrant, and we decided to add a second weekly podcast to the mix hosted by three of our team - Joe Deasy, Gideon Hill, and Nicolaas Rupprecht.

Look at it as the NWO Hollywood and Wolfpack from the old World Championship Wrestling days, or the Bullet Club currently in Ring of Honor and New Japan. Anyway, I digress.

It's their show, with their ideas and segments, and will act as a great companion pod for our Sunday show on CiTR Radio.

This first episode takes a look back at what we can possibly learn from the 'Caps preseason, what the team may look like on Sunday, and casts it's eye over Montreal. What they will bring and should they be feared? There's fun, there's games, and a special guest too as Michael sits down for a chat with the newest Whitecap, midfielder Jordon Mutch.

There's a little bit of a tinny sound to this episode due to the need to have to clean out some background hum, but hopefully it doesn't spoil your enjoyment too much. Have a listen!

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

02.20: Whitecaps preseason review
17.10: Do You Know Who I Am?
19.49: Jordon Mutch interview
30.21: Vancouver v Montreal preview

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