AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

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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The new MLS season is almost upon us. Vancouver Whitecaps kick off their 2018 campaign next Sunday, and we have a season preview episode for you this week.

Jonathan Tannenwald from Philly.com joins us to talk about the Eastern Conference and Steven Agen from Radio Cascadia chats with us about the West.

We also bring you all the big Whitecaps and MLS stories of the week, and bring you the latest info we have on the Tim Parker contract negotiations and possible trade.

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

02.23: Whitecaps News of the Week - Tim Parker trade talk, Sean Franklin and Jose Aja sign, and the 'Caps beat LA Galaxy, fan survey
36.33: MLS News of the Week - CCL, Jordan Morris injury, Rapids struggles, and more
40.35: Eastern Conference preview with Jonathan Tannenwald
64.00: Western Conference preview with Steven Agen
88.37: Wavelength - Art Brut - St Pauli
99.28: 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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We're two weeks away from the start of the new MLS season, the excitement is building but is there optimism or concern amongst the Vancouver Whitecaps fanbase? What do you think?!

There's two more preseason matches in the books, we take a look back at what, if anything, we can take from those and we sit down for chats with the 'Caps two defensive rocks - Kendall Waston and Tim Parker.

And there's still time for Kei Kamara to talk about his favourite season, David Norman Jr to tell us if he fancies a chocolate digestive, look at some other football news from around world, and The Pogues and The Dubliners feature in this week's Wavelength section.

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

02.00: Whitecaps News of the Week - Vegas match, campers leave, lower bowl opening
22.30: Kendall Waston interview and discussion
39.43: Whitecaps v LAFC
49.55: Tim Parker interview and discussion
61.19: Kei Kamara's Favourite Season
63.32: Trivia draft picks revealed
74.02: MLS News of the Week - MLS Live, Kaku, TFC, Screaming Eagles
85.19: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - David Norman Jr
88.48: Wavelength - The Pogues and The Dubliners - Jack's Heroes
92.47: 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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Vancouver Whitecaps' week and a bit in the sun is over. They're at least coming back to a bright orb in the sky but the temperatures may feel a tad different. Hope they packed some tops for this week!

Joe Deasy joins us in the studio to look at the first on field action of the preseason and which players stood out, for all the right and wrong reasons.

Our feature interview this episode is with the 'Caps new number one between the sticks, Stefan Marinovic. We talk about making the keeper's jersey his own last year, battling to keep it this season, his World Cup qualifying experience with New Zealand in Peru, and does Colorado's new coach Anthony Hudson know all his weaknesses?!

We also look at all the big talking points from this past week in Whitecapsland and the world of Major League Soccer, and we sit down for a chat with two of the Whitecaps' SuperDraft picks, defenders Justin Fiddes and Lucas Stauffer.

And there's still time for David Norman Jr to talk Take Out Food, play our new trivia game The Only One, look at some other football news from around world, and The Hitchers feature in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments. Advanced notice that there is some swearing featured in this week's show:

01.52: Whitecaps News of the Week - the good and bad from the Hawaii matches
09.59: Stefan Marinovic interview and discussion
24.11: The Only One Trivia Game - Round One
26.47: Whitecaps right back back-up battle
28.30: Justin Fiddes interview and discussion
37.18: More Whitecaps News of the Week - Kei Kamara and the attack, Shea no longer a DP, Jake Nerwinski, Whitecaps season tickets
52.57: The Only One Trivia Game - Round Two
55.45: Lucas Stauffer interview and discussion
76.37: MLS News of the Week - Larin fallout, Kaye to LA, Timbers add another attacker, new jerseys, and more
88.26: Wavelength - The Hitchers - Strachan
95.56: The Only One Trivia Game - Round Three
99.46: Take Me Out - David Norman Jr
101.20: 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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Vancouver Whitecaps may be soaking up the sun in Waikiki for 11 days and three preseason matches, but we don't want to miss out, so we're going to have a bit of a Hawaiian theme throughout this week's show.

We look at all the big talking points from this past week in Whitecapsland and the world of Major League Soccer, and we sit down for a chat with two of the Whitecaps' defensive midfielders, Efrain Juarez and David Norman Jr.

We have a fascinating chat with Juarez about his career in the game so far, covering his time in Mexico, Scotland, Spain, and at World Cups, plus what's still motivating him and what's brought him to Vancouver and MLS. Norman is another new face on the 'Caps MLS roster, but he's been at the club for so many years, it doesn't feel that way, as tries to make the breakthrough at this next level.

And there's still time for Stefan Marinovic to talk Take Out Food, play some trivia, look at some other football news from around world, play some Morrissey in our Wavelength section, and does David Edgar fancy a chocolate digestive?

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments. Advanced notice that there is some swearing featured in this week's show:

04.45: Whitecaps News of the Week - preseason in Hawaii, Bloom, Franklin, Mollo
13.50: Flash Five - Hawaiian born footballers
17.53: More Whitecaps News of the Week - Jordon Mutch, Earnshaw to Fresno, new away kit
28.31: Efrain Juarez interview and discussion
44.03: Trivia Time - Round One
51.49: Wavelength - Morrissey - Munich Air Disaster 1958
55.10: David Norman Jr interview and discussion
63.12: Trivia Time - Round Two
69.59: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - David Edgar
72.09: MLS News of the Week - Miami 2020, Orlando busy, lots of new additions
84.09: Take Me Out - Stefan Marinovic
86.08: BC Soccerweb headlines
98.05: Trivia Draft Results

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 are back at it. Preseason camp is officially underway and it's been a pretty intense and competitive first week.

We look at the big talking points from week one - who's stood out, who's battling for spots, and who looks like they might not want to unpack their suitcases.

We sit down with 'Caps coach Carl Robinson for our fifth annual offseason in-depth discussion as we look at the year just past, how the new season might play out, the demise of WFC2, the role of John Park, the possibility of new additions, whether the 'Caps can compete in the big spending MLS, and more.

We also chat with a player who finds himself in a unique position after more than 10 years in the pro game, as Canadian international David Edgar battles to earn a contract after missing all of last year through injury. We chat about all that, the appointment of John Herdman as new Canadian men's national team coach, and the exciting launch of the Canadian Premier League.

All this and we look at the big stories in Major League Soccer this week, play another round of trivia, and pay tribute to a Wavelength favourite - the Fall's Mark E Smith, who sadly died last week.

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Jan 22nd, 2018 by aftn at 3:37 am

The wait it over, and so are the seemingly never ending drafts. Vancouver Whitecaps preseason is finally underway.

The 'Caps have swapped the rain of Newport for the rain of Vancouver, but there's some sunshine in the forecast. Hoping to bring a ray of sunshine to the squad are a slew of new faces, and we look at some of the most recent arrivals and departures, plus we'll hear a little bit from Carl Robinson and Kei Kamara too, with the latter also talking about one of his favourite things in life - Chipotle! Plus a look at what the upcoming six weeks of preseason training camp might hold in store.

We also look at all the big stories in Major League Soccer this past week, including the SuperDraft and blockbuster trades, and some of the stories making news around the footballing world. All this plus Welsh band Flyscreen feature in this week's Wavelength.

Here's the full episode rundown:

01.47: Whitecaps News of the Week - draft picks, Kamara, Juarez, Nosa, Montero, Jacobson
21.45: Whitecaps Preseason Preview - biggest talking points heading into it and likely starting XI so far
40.47: Wavelength - Manic Street Preachers
48.30: MLS News of the Week - the draft, Larin, Accam, Ola Kamara, Portland, Petrasso, PRO, and SMNH
66.46: Take Me Out - Kei Kamara
69.13: 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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Well what a jam-packed week of news it's been in North American soccer. So much happened and only two hours to talk about it all!

We look at the latest happenings in the Vancouver Whitecaps camp as we talk formations, transfer talk, and more. Plus we look at the big news around MLS surrounding Cyle Larin, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Friday's upcoming SuperDraft.

We also take a look at John Herdman's appointment as Canadian men's national team head coach, David Clanachan's appointment as the first commissioner of the Canadian Premier League, look at the top five Whitecaps goals in MLS, talk take out food with Robert Earnshaw, and the Manic Street Preachers feature in this week's Wavelength section.

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Jan 8th, 2018 by aftn at 7:03 pm

Happy New Year!

The first AFTN Soccer Show of 2018 is here for your aural pleasure. We look at the latest Vancouver Whitecaps comings, goings, and news, plus look around what's happening elsewhere in Major League Soccer.

Plus we take a look at what the soccer landscape may be like in Canada, North America, and the world in 20 year's time, play some trivia, and Slade feature in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.28: Whitecaps News of the Week - schedule, Adekugbe, Bustos, potential signings, and more
27.31: How are Whitecaps fans feeling right now?
36.02: MLS News of the Week - clubs adding some key pieces, Kamara and Meram on the chopping block, and more
40.42: Wavelength - Slade
44.15: Questions And Answers - It's trivia time!
71.15: Looking Into The Future Of Football
92.27: BC Soccerweb headlines
99.53: Flash Five - 2014 Whitecaps Goals

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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AFTN's two part Christmas special continues with a more football related theme, but with some special festive sprinklings thrown in for good measure.

It might be the festive season but it's still been a busy time in the world of football and we chat about the week's big Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS stories.

Turning our attention to Christmas, Jordan Harvey, Tim Parker, Erik Hurtado, Gordon Forrest, and Robert Earnshaw tell us what Christmas day is like in their households, and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some games and tunes!

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.15: Whitecaps news of the week (Henry in, Harvey out, Blondell leaves with a bang, season opener)
14.54: Christmas Dinner with Jordan Harvey
17.03: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part One
25.20: MLS news of the week (Nashville, expansion, new additions and rumoured signings)
32.07: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Glenn Hoddle and Tottenham 1981/82 squad
35.49: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part Two
43.04: Christmas Dinner with Gordon Forrest
47.30: Christmas Countdown
54.14: Christmas Dinner with Tim Parker
56.14: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part Three
63.09: BC Soccerweb headlines
67.43: Christmas Dinner with Erik Hurtado
69.06: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part Four
73.48: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit
82.36: Christmas Dinner with Robert Earnshaw
84.47: Listeners Christmas football present wishlists
89.05: Xmas Steps - Mogwai

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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AFTN's two part Christmas Eve extravaganza kicks off with a show all about Christmas songs and traditions.

We get some current Whitecaps (Russell Teibert, Brett Levis, David Norman Jr, Stewart Kerr, Gordon Forrest) and past favourites (Alan Koch, Gershon Koffie) to pick the songs that they love the most at Christmas and elicit the fondest memories.

There's a wide variety of music from classic to modern, crooner to punk, and a lot more inbetween. We also take a look at your Christmas traditions and get in the mood for Santa's big visit.

Here's the full episode rundown:

03.49: Julian Casablancas - I Wish It Was Christmas Today
08.33: Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (selected by Stewart Kerr)
14.08: Frank Sidebottom - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
17.40: Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time (selected by David Norman Jr)
22.18: Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody
27.59: Goldie Lookin' Chain - Maggot's Christmas Fantasy
32.26: Christmas traditions - part one
37.37: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing - Ebeneezer's Carol
41.23: Christmas traditions - part two
45.17: Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
49.29: Dean Martin - Winter Wonderland (selected by Russell Teibert)
52.01: Michael Buble - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (selected by Brett Levis)
55.30: Justin Bieber - Mistletoe (selected by Alan Koch)
60.13: Cocteau Twins - Frosty The Snowman
65.17: Arab Strap - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
70.45: Glasvegas - A Snowflake Fell And It Felt Like A Kiss
76.16: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
78.38: The Fall - Hark The Herald Angels (selected by Gershon Koffie)
82.57: Listeners favourite Christmas songs
85.38: Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis (selected by the listeners)
89.28: Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone (selected by Gordon Forrest)

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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Dec 18th, 2017 by aftn at 5:13 pm

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, so that means the football news is quietening down a little bit. Still stuff happening though in both Whitecapsland and the world of MLS, and we chat about some of the main talking points in this week's show.

We also continue our Whitecaps Year in Review with a look at the months of July and August. and with the 2018 PDC World Darts Championships getting underway last week, we have a darts theme, as we give some 'Caps players darting nicknames and take you back to the 1980's to play a little bit of Bullseye.

All this, plus Gordon Forrest talks take out food and there's more Football Violence in our Wavelength.

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It's the second part of Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show.

After bringing you all the latest news in part one (Episode 233), we take a look back in this episode, as we continue our Whitecaps Year in Review with a look at the months of May and June, mixed months that saw the 'Caps blow the chance to lift another Voyageurs Cup.

We also kick off our new gameshow "Questions and Answers" with draft picks on the line, and take a look at some football news from MLS and around the world in BC Soccerweb Headlines.

All this, plus Erik Hurtado talks take out food.

Here's the full episode rundown:

01.42: Whitecaps Year In Review - May
21.11: Questions And Answers
39.36: Whitecaps Year In Review - June
46.55: Take Me Out - Erik Hurtado
49.11: 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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The 2017 MLS season is now finally officially over, but the offseason has been in very much full swings for several weeks now.

And it's been another busy few days in Whitecapsland. A lot of player movement, potential movement, and news stories to cover from both a Vancouver and MLS standpoint and we'll look at a lot of them in this episode.

In fact there's so much to cover that we're splitting Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show from the radio into two podcasts this week, so that we can bring you a bonus addition of the first chat with new signing Kei Kamara in this episode.

We'll also look at the players protected by the Whitecaps ahead of this week's expansion draft, further signing rumours, the latest with Yordy Reyna, the new TAM allocation in MLS, and The Oppressed feature in this week's Wavelength feature.

That song and other elements of this episode contain strong language so the usual advisory warning is in effect and it's NSFW.

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Dec 4th, 2017 by aftn at 5:39 pm

It might be the offseason, but what a busy week for Vancouver Whitecaps. There were new additions, players leaving, new deals being discussed, transfer rumours, and more.

We look at some of the big stories in Whitecapsland and in MLS this week and we also continue our Vancouver Whitecaps end of season review with a look at March and April. How did these months shape the 'Caps year to come?

Here's the full episode rundown:

01.59: Whitecaps News of the Week - options exercised, Blondell and Norman additions
26.44: MLS News of the Week - MLS Cup, any available players of interest, expansion latest
43.38: Wavelength - When Saturday Comes
47.49: AFTN's Whitecaps Year In Review - March
63.03: AFTN's Whitecaps Year In Review - April (continued)
69.20: Flash Five - Best Whitecaps Goals In 2015
74.35: AFTN's Whitecaps Year In Review - April (continued)
79.20: Take Me Out - Stewart Kerr
82.02: 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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Nov 27th, 2017 by aftn at 5:54 pm

NSFW. Not suitable for work. Not suitable for Whitecaps. It's exercise your option week on the players, so take your pick. Either way, this week's episode contains adult language and content. There's swearing. Gasp! If you're really sensitive, you've been warned!

As the offseason continues to drag on far too slowly, we're joined by AFTN writers Joe Deasy and Anna Namshirin to look at the week's happenings in Whitecapsland, plus a look at the demise of FC Edmonton and some MLS talking points.

We also kick off our Vancouver Whitecaps end of season review with a look at January and February. How did the preseason shape the 'Caps year that lay in store?

All this plus we play some more 'Caps Countdown and Goldie Lookin Chain return in our Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

06.03: Whitecaps News of the Week
16.53: MLS News of the Week
20.47: Caps Countdown - Part One
26.34: The demise of FC Edmonton
36.47: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Erik Hurtado
38.40: Caps Countdown - Part Two
44.30: AFTN's End of Season Awards
80.14: Wavelength - The Sultans of Ping FC
85.35: 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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The offseason is in full swing, at least it is if you're a Vancouver Whitecaps supporter. Some other teams are still playing football. Ridiculous.

We're joined this week by AFTN writers Joe Deasy and Jay Duke to look over the week's news in Whitecapsland and MLS, have a roundtable discussion as we try and fix some of the 'Caps woes, and dish out some of AFTN's end of season awards.

Plus The Sultans of Ping FC are back in this week's 'Wavelength' section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.00: Whitecaps News of the Week
19.18: MLS News of the Week
25.26: Whitecaps woes and how to fix them - a roundtable discussion
48.47: AFTN's End of Season Awards
87.42: Wavelength - The Sultans of Ping FC
90.08: 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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