AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast about Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS)
Apr 30th, 2018 by aftn at 9:08 pm

The questions everyone wanted answered after last week's hammering in Kansas City was how would Vancouver Whitecaps' players react and what kind of mood would the fans be in. After a week building up to it, we got some answers at BC Place on Friday night.

The Whitecaps got the job done against Real Salt Lake and came away with all three points, but it wasn't a performance for the ages against a pretty poor looking visiting side. Still, three points are three points and it ended the 'Caps three game losing streak. Steve, Zach, and Chris pick over the bones of it all. Is it a turning point or was it just papering over the cracks?

We also hear from both head coaches, discuss the dissenting voices amongst the media and fanbase leading up to the match, see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, discuss the latest big Canadian Premier League news, and Culture Vulture has a song about Roy of the Rovers in our Wavelength section.
Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.20: Whitecaps v RSL match analysis
30.48: Mike Petke and Carl Robinson audio
36.45: Fines Lines - Dissenting voices against Robbo and the FO in the fanbase and media
51.17: Whitecaps v RSL player analysis
72.46: Latest Canadian Premier League news
79.30: MLS West Week in Review
90.12: Wavelength - Culture Vulture - Roy Of The Rovers Rap
94.57: BC Soccerweb headlines

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Apr 25th, 2018 by aftn at 11:43 pm

Friday's match against Real Salt Lake isn't so much a must win for Vancouver Whitecaps, as a must not lose. A defeat would certainly pile pressure on beleaguered coach Carl Robinson, but it's not likely going to be the tipping point. This is very much an avoid defeat at all costs encounter, as the 'Caps try to put an end to their three game losing streak.

Joe, Gideon, and Nick are back to look ahead to Friday's match at BC Place. Were lessons learned from the 2-1 loss in Utah just three weeks ago? RSL are winless on the road, what kind of team and threat can we expect from them here in Vancouver? With the importance of this match, and with some players missing through suspension and injury for the 'Caps, does Carl Robinson blow up the team and try something different, or does he have to persevere with his regular base and hope they can turn things around?

We look at all that, plus a lot more, and bring you another "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game.

Have a listen!

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Apr 23rd, 2018 by aftn at 2:43 pm

If last week was a bad weekend for Vancouver Whitecaps, this one was far worse. Not only did they lose 6-0 in Kansas City, seven of their Western rivals picked up three points and they fell out of the promotion places when you look at points per game. Clearly not the response sought or expected after the failings in the last two matches.

We pick over carcass of that loss in KC and there's a lot to ponder. Where did it all go wrong and where does the team go from here? Team selection, tactics, poor discipline, horrible defending, and Robbo's postgame comments. We talk about all those things and a lot more.

Plus we have a chat with LAFC assistant coach Marc Dos Santos, see how the weekend played out for the MLS western teams, find out if the Cap killer Johnny Russell fancies a chocolate digestive, play Do You Know Who I Am? and Half Man Half Biscuit are back in our Wavelength section.

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Vancouver Whitecaps are back on the road again, so at least there's perhaps some hope of getting something out of this week's match! After two straight defeats can Carl Robinson find a band of sunshine for his squad in KC?

Joe, Gideon, and Nick are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast. They'll look at the threat posed by Sporting Kansas City, what changes the Whitecaps might be looking to make, and how they see the game playing out. With Kei Kamara out for three weeks, how will Anthony Blondell fare up front? Can this help unleash the Yordy Reyna we knew and loved last season? And just what midfielders will we see this week? We discuss all this and a lot more.

We have a special guest this week as Michael sits down for a chat with Sporting KC forward, and fellow Scot, Johnny Russell (at 09.15 mark) to talk about his move to MLS, settling in at KC, his growth as a player from his early days in Scottish football, this weekend's match, and more.

Plus another "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game.

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Sick of teams from LA yet? I know we are.

LAFC came to BC Place on Friday night and fairly easily picked apart an uninspiring and disappointing Kamaraless Vancouver Whitecaps. We do some picking ourselves, as we pick over the bones of the 2-0 loss, ponder where it all went wrong, how it can be improved, can we cope without Kei, where's the creativity, and where do some players fit into this team.

Plus we sit down for a chat with Russell Teibert and talk with Jordan Harvey about his homecoming.

We'll also look at the weekend's action amongst the MLS Western Conference teams and Flyscreen feature in this week's Wavelength section with a song about Panini stickers and Willie Johnston.

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

03.45: Whitecaps v LAFC match analysis
28.40: Bob Bradley and Carl Robinson audio
36.15: Techera's tackle and Felipe's flop
42.15: Trying to solve some Whitecaps woes - home blanks, lack of creativity, fitting players in, rankings, polls, mailbag
80.55: Russell Teibert interview and discussion
86.23: Quick look ahead to Kansas City
89.10: Quickfire MLS West Week in Review and CCL chat
95.58: Jordan Harvey interview and discussion
103.32: BC Soccerweb headlines
114.06: Wavelength - Flyscreen - Your Phil Neal for my WIllie Johnston

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It's Jordan Harvey night at BC Place on Friday! The former Whitecap returns to the place he has tattooed on himself but it will be many happy returns or a homecoming to forget? The Whitecaps are coming home themselves after a mixed couple of games on the road, hoping it won't be a case of Friday night frights under the Friday night lights.

Joe, Gideon, and Nick are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast. They'll look at the threat posed by LAFC, what changes the Whitecaps might be looking to make, and how they see the game playing out. What will have the biggest impact - LA's potent attack or their goal shipping defence? And how might VAR screw the 'Caps over this week?

Plus another "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game.

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Death, taxes, the Whitecaps getting screwed by VAR, and being unable to break down a poor team. That's what feels inevitable in life right now.

The 'Caps headed to RSL and it wasn't so much a case of the result being taken with a pinch of salt, but the Salty ones pinching a result. We pick over the bones of a poor outing in Utah, have a look at what went wrong in the 2-1 loss, and look at the individual performances of some of the 'Caps players and Robbo.

We'll also look at the weekend's action amongst the MLS Western Conference teams, bring you a Flash Five about footballing brothers, talk Fish and Chips with Gordon Forrest, chat Panini stickers, introduce our new Swap Shop segment, and Halftime Oranges feature in this week's Wavelength section.

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

05.11: RSL v Whitecaps Match In Review
28.12: Mike Petke audio and discussion on his thoughts on the 'Caps
34.07: RSL v Whitecaps player and Robbo discussion
46.28: MLS West Week In Review
66.06: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Panini
71.01: Panini Stickers
74.57: Swap Shop
79.16: Flash Five - Footballing Brothers
87.44: Fish and Chips with Gordon Forrest
91.44: BC Soccerweb headlines

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What's the difference between snowmen and snowwomen? Snowballs.
What's the difference between Vancouver Whitecaps April trip to play Real Salt Lake and last years? Snowballs.

What a difference a year makes. When the 'Caps headed to Sandy, Utah around this time last season, the pitch was unplayable, covered in snow, and players were throwing snowballs at each other. This time around it's going to be rainy and in the mid teens temperature wise. The 'Caps will also be hoping for a different result and in the road form that they're in, you have to fancy them to get it.

Joe, Gideon, and Nick are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast. They'll look at the threat posed by Real Salt Lake, what changes the Whitecaps might be looking to make, and how they see the game playing out. Plus another "Do You Know Who I Am?" and our prediction game.

Have a listen!

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If the Crew do end up leaving Columbus this offseason, it's likely Vancouver Whitecaps will be the saddest team to see them go. Saturday's win for the 'Caps made it four straight victory in Columbus. We clearly enjoy being there, even if the Crew owners don't.

We look back at all the main talking points from the Whitecaps come from behind win, hear from head coaches Gregg Berhalter and Carl Robinson, and look at what players excelled and which ones didn't.

We'll also look at the weekend's action the MLS Western Conference, a very good couple of days for the Whitecaps for sure, plus we'll take a look at the first month of the 'Caps affiliation with USL side Fresno FC, chat Canadian Premier League and player development, and we find out if Jordon Mutch fancies a chocolate digestive.

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

02.59: Crew v Whitecaps Match In Review
19.45: Gregg Berhalter and Carl Robinson audio
29.36: Crew v Whitecaps player chat and what should team look like
44.57: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Jordon Mutch
46.45: Save The Crew chat
53.51: MLS West Week In Review
76.33: Wavelength - Billy Bragg - God's Footballer
81.55: Whitecaps and Fresno - a marriage heading for divorce?
93.18: Canadian Soccer Business and the CPL
96.59: BC Soccerweb headlines

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