AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as we take you inside the bubble at the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

We've been busy boys this past week and we'll bring you chat about and audio from Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, San Jose Earthquakes, Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota United, Orlando City, and Houston Dynamo in a near three hour tournament special.

We'll have some chat with head coaches Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Adrian Heath, Matias Almeyda, Raphael Wicky, Peter Vermes, and Tab Ramos and players Nani, Justin Morrow, Jukka Raitala, and Matt Besler about life in the bubble, the weather, the games so far, and more.

We also have two Whitecaps feature interviews this episode.

Kicking things off is a half hour one on one with 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos who takes us deep into Vancouver's bubble to tell us about his daily routine, the team's preparation for the tournament, his approach to the games, dealing with missing key players, the adversity ahead, and a lot more.

Next up is a great chat with homegrown star Theo Bair. We talk about the opportunity this tournament offers him to shine with the Whitecaps depleted roster, look at what life's been like for him down in Orlando, talk about the Black Lives Matters show of unity, and more.

Plus there's Wavelength and part three of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.21: MLS is Back Chat Part 1 - Nashville out; Chicago change groups; Raphael Wicky; Matt Besler; the weather; TV and advertising
34.27: MLS is Back Chat Part 2 - Whitecaps, TFC and Montreal group chat; Adrian Heath on Minnesota's win; MDS, Thierry Henry, Jukka Raitala, Justin Morrow audio; Greg Vanny on bubble life
72.52: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat
110.41: Theo Bair interview and chat
138.42: MLS is Back Tournament Part 3 - Peter Vermes, Nani on Orlando win, Tab Ramos on the Group of Death
154.43: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and wow, was this one hell of a difficult show to put together due to the constantly changing chaos surrounding the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

We've ended up recording this over Sunday and Monday with several additions added in with all the breaking news that has come out of the Covid Cup today. Some stuff already feels dated, but we've tried to make it as up to date as we can!

We look at FC Dallas pulling out of the tournament after 10 players tested positive, the concerns about others, and what that might mean for the tournament starting on time. We also talk Whitecaps' Fredy Montero and LAFC's Carlos Vela not travelling to Orlando, what life is like at the hotel, some details about the television broadcasts, and look at the challenges facing the players physical and mental health in this bubble.

We also bring you some chat and audio from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos, Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry, and Orlando City player Nani.

Plus Wavelength and part two of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

02.38: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 1 - positive tests and testing times as FC Dallas withdrawn
35.33: Marc Dos Santos audio
43.32: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 2 - the physical and mental strain on players
59.57: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 3 - food, entertainment, and broadcasting the whole shebang
87.55: Thierry Henry audio
101.40: Nani audio
111.25: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 4 - Fredy Montero and Carlos Vela out
117.30: Wavelength - Al Stewart - Football Hero
128.48: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial
140.48: Around the World with Joe Corona

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. The big four-oh-oh baby.

It's never a quiet week in Vancouver Whitecapsland it seems, and this past one was no exception with the shock departure of CEO Mark Pannes. We pick over the bones of it all, discuss the less than adequate press conference to try and explain the decision, look at the supporters' ire, and ponder what the fallout might be from it all.

Getting back to on the pitch matters, our feature interview this week is with 'Caps head coach Marc Dos Santos. We look ahead to the Orlando tournament, how prepared the team is for it, talk about the importance of cup football, and a lot more.

All this plus all your old favourites for our quadricentennial episode as we find out if former Whitecap and current Colorado Springs Switchback head coach Alan Koch fancies a chocolate digestive, what FC Edmonton boss Jeff Paulus' favourite jam is, kick off our new episodic drama serial Wanted For Wembley, and Booze & Glory return to this week's Wavelength.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

04.01: Mark Pannes out as Whitecaps CEO
45.24: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Alan Koch
47.45: Marc Dos Santos interview
94.48: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Not On Our Way To Wembley
99.54: MLS Orlando tournament discussion
116.10: Jeff Paulus' Favourite Jame
117.54: Around the World with Joe Corona
123.17: Wanted For Wembley - part one of our new episodic drama serial

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We're joined by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen this week to chat about the latest happenings in and around MLS.

The details of the Orlando tournament have been revealed. Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders will meet in a Cascadia derby group game, but there's still some health concerns surrounding the whole tournament as case numbers in Florida increase. We chat about all that and more, and hear from Don Garber, Marc Dos Santos, and Axel Schuster.

Also in this week's show, we delve into there being a CONCACAF Champions League spot available to a Canadian team via MLS play, look at what this year's Voyageurs Cup might look like, discuss the emotive subject of national anthems at club matches, and more.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

07.22: From locked out to locked down - MLS Orlando tournament discussion with Steven Agen and audio from Don Garber
34.43: CCL berth available to a Canadian club via MLS play - with audio from Marc Dos Santos
60.18: The MLS tournament draw and the path ahead for Vancouver and Seattle
69.24: MDS on the five sub rule, the Florida weather, and what MLS broadcasts should look like at this time
78.59: More MLS Orlando tournament discussion with Zach
106.36: Wavelength - The Clay Faces - Football on the TV
111.55: National anthems at club football discussion
122.12: Around the World with Joe Corona

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

A lockout has been averted and the MLS tournament in Orlando seems to be all systems go. Could there yet be a spanner thrown in the works? We chat about that, hear from some angry players around the league about the ins and outs of the negotiations, and MLS commissioner Don Garber shares his take on it all.

There's still a lot of unanswered questions that exist around thee tournament in terms of safety, post quarantine measures, and more, and we hear from the Whitecaps' Andy Rose about his personal situation and the tough decision he faces.

Our feature interview this week is with a BC boy riding high out in Montreal, centre back Joel Waterman. We chat with Joel about his career so far, his move to MLS, being thrust in at the deep end right away, and a lot more.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

05.50: MLS lockout averted but players left angry - with audio from Don Garber, Ethan Finlay, Evan Bush, Zac MacMath, and Jake Nerwinski
35.44: Player concerns around safety and family left behind - with audio from Andy Rose and Evan Bush
49.10: Cross border quarantine issues - with audio from Evan Bush and Jake Nerwinski
54.02: Tournament details still not set - with audio from Jake Nerwinski
60.32: The turbulent week in MLS discussed
85.10: Joel Waterman interview
116.29: Wavelength - Haunted House - 442 (Football)
121.54: Canadian Premier League News of the Week

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We thought we'd have a week off from player and management interviews and just focus on the chat this week, as we look at the biggest stories both here in North American soccer and over in the UK.

Jonathan Tannenwald from Philadelphia's Inquirer.com joins us to look at the main talking points from a busy week of news in Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League. While the NWSL has a firm date to return, the MLS is still wrangling with their players. Could there even be a lockout?

Zachary Meisenheimer then joins us to focus on here in Canada as we look at the proposals to get the Canadian Premier League back playing on an island somewhere, the launch of Atletico Ottawa's new strip, and some murmurs coming out that may affect Canada's big to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

All this plus does Jeff Paulus fancy a chocolate digestive and we honour goalkeepers in this week's Wavelength.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

02.37: MLS tournament plans change again
21.39: NWSL return to play all set
40.50: Is there going to be a MLS lockout?
47.20: Canadian Premier League News of the Week
65.30: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Jeff Paulus
68.45: Wavelength - Animal Collective - The Goalkeeper
72.15: Is there a new CONCACAF qualification system for the 2022 World Cup>
86.03: Around The World with Joe Corona - the English Premier League returns soon

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

Our feature interview this week is with a rising young Vancouver Whitecaps talent, Canadian winger Ryan Raposo. We chat with Ryan about his impressive start to his time in MLS, how being away in Germany and college helps in lockdown times like these, getting into the Canadian Olympic mix, and more.

We also look at the latest leaked plans from MLS about their proposed Orlando tournament and ponder whether it's all even worthwhile, plus we whip around Europe to chat about the latest news from the leagues trying to restart in the coming weeks, and update you on our beloved FK Slutsk and Vikingur Gota.

Talking of MLS, there was a managerial appointment this week as Dutch legend Jaap Stam was named FC Cincinnati head coach. We talk about the appointment and bring you some of the most interesting highlights from his introductory press conference that we were on.

And there's still time to bring you some audio with Christine Sinclair about breaking that golascoring record at just the right time, have a discussion on Alphonso Davies and the recent Province article breaking down some of the ins and outs of his transfer to Bayern Munich, and there's our usual musical delights of Wavelength and Three of a Kinf.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.31: More details on MLS' Orlando plans emerge
27.02: Ryan Raposo interview and discussion
50.20: Jaap Stam names FC Cincinnati head coach - discussion and conference call highlights
81.35: Wavelength - Neil Grant - Queen of the South anthem
86.56: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from the European leagues, Slutsk and Vikingur updates, and Korean sex dolls
106.25: Alphonso Davies discussion
126.32: Christine Sinclair talks about the relief at breaking scoring record before football shut down

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

Our feature interview this week is with a much loved former Whitecap, Irish centre back Andy O'Brien, as we look back at his career from his early days with Bradford City to hanging up his boots after his time in Vancouver to his new role as a scout at Liverpool. Andy talks about his love for the 'Caps and his disappointment surrounding the end of his time here. Plus we look at his varied career to date and a lot more.

We also bring you a very interesting conference call with PRO GM Howard Webb about the ins and outs of referees returning to action after the lockdown and get some of his thoughts on VAR.

Plus we hear from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos, 'Caps sporting director Axel Schuster, and KC head coach Peter Vermes on the pros and possible pitfalls for MLS returning for a tournament in Orlando, find out how MDS and Schuster may be scouting the leagues that have returned already, and we look at how clubs like Vancouver and Cincinnati are looking after their players mental health and wellbeing at this difficult time.

We also have the latest news from North America and around the world from football's shutdown as Bundesliga returns to action, bring you our latest FK Slutsk update, and have more chat about our newly discovered love of the Faroe Islands Premier League.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.34: The Bundesliga is back - some thoughts on the first weekend
20.58: Slutsk fail to master BATE
24.58: A love letter to the Faroes
29.59: MDS and Axel Schuster talk scouting the leagues that are back
37.36: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from football's shutdown and the European leagues
46.36: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from MLS and the CPL with audio from MDS, Schuster, and Peter Vermes
68.48: Howard Webb conference call
96.51: Andy O'Brien interview
130.59: How MLS clubs are dealing with players mental health during this time
144.25: Wavelength - Nada - St Pauli

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's a bumper packed episode this time around.

Our feature interview this week is with Alan Koch, as we look back at his career from SFU Clan to Colorado Springs Switchbacks and the stops at Vancouver Whitecaps 2 and FC Cincinnati along the way. We look back at the highs and lows, the project currently ahead of him, and what the future could hold in store.

We also have a chat with the Whitecaps player we haven't been able to see play yet, Serbian centre back Ranko Veselinović. We talk to Ranko about his move to MLS, suddenly finding himself in lockdown, his career so far, and his desire to make his current loan deal a permanent move.

Plus we hear from Whitecaps sporting director Axel Schuster about Yordy Reyna and Jasser Khmiri's lockdown breach and when the 'Caps players may be back on the pitch, and we jump on a call with Sporting KC President and CEO Jake Reid about getting MLS back to playing and what that might look like.

We also have the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, but a couple of leagues return, bring you our latest FK Slutsk update, and chat about our newly discovered love of the Faroe Islands Premier League.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.53: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from football's shutdown and the leagues' plans to return
19.50: Slutsk lose top spot after dodgy penalty decisions
25.35: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown
32.55: Jake Reid chats about what a MLS return could look like
42.22: Axel Schuster on when Whitecaps player can return to training
48.39: The CPL could return on an island as they look for government help
54.35: Ranko Veselinović interview
69.10: Alan Koch interview Part 1 - SFU, WFC2, and FC Cincinnati
105.28: Alan Koch interview Part 2 - Colorado Springs, new stadiums, and the future
138.30: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - The Only Halifax Supporter
143.49: Axel Schuster on Whitecaps Reyna and Khmiri breaking lockdown
163.16: Vancouver Whitecaps All-Canadian MLS XI

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

Our feature interview this week is with current Vancouver Whitecaps assistant coach Phillip Dos Santos. PDS tells us why the Whitecaps were a job he couldn't say no to and what it's like working with his brother, chats about his career so far at the likes of Ottawa Fury, San Francisco Deltas, Indy Eleven, and talks about his early days playing in Europe then coaching in Quebec and in the Canadian national team youth set up.

We have the latest news from North America and around the world, although primarily Europe this week, as football's shutdown continues. There's been positive virus tests from players training in Germany, France has ended their season, and it's still hard to fathom exactly what's happening in Scotland and England. Plus we bring you our latest FK Slutsk update.

We also bring you a chat with FC Cincinnati COO Dennis Carroll who talks about the financial impact the shutdown has on a club like his and reveals what talks MLS have had about getting back into action. Plus we look at some fun community fundraising initiatives from USL sides Forward Madison and South Bend Lions.

Vancouver Whitecaps followed up their successful facemask campaign with a new one to raise money for local foodbanks and we hear from Russell Teibert, Tosaint Ricketts and others about how it came about and why the club's community involvement is important to them.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.47: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown
19.00: Slutsk stay on top
26.20: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown
29.49: FC Cincinnati COO Dennis Carroll chat
43.10: Forward Madison and South Bend Lions community fundraising initiatives
49.35: Phillip Dos Santos interview - Part 1
74.00: Phillip Dos Santos interview - Part 2
108.15: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Three Points
112.04: Vancouver Whitecaps foodbank fundraiser with audio from Russell Teibert, Tosaint Ricketts, Carson Ting, and Jon Rees

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, looking at what leagues are calling it a day for this season, which ones are hoping for a return sooner rather than later, and what broadcast innovations MLS might be looking at for when it returns.

Our feature interview this week is with former Whitecap, and current Pacific FC player Marcel De Jong, who joins us to talk about the newly formed Players Union for Canadian players - why it was badly needed, what it might mean for both the players and the league, what they're looking for right now and in the future, and more.

We also look at Vancouver Whitecaps highly successful fundraising facemask initiative to raise money for the threatened Vancouver Aquarium, hearing from Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes and Oceanwise CEO Lasse Gustavsson on how it all came about and why it's needed so much.

Plus Space provide this week's football song in Wavelength, the latest on our beloved table topping FK Slutsk, and Art Brut finish their residency as our artists of the month for April.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.44: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown
26.56: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown
45.35: Slutsk sloppy at the back but stay on top
50.54: Marcel De Jong interview on all things PFACan
80.21: Canadian Players Union discussion
95.37: Wavelength - Space - I Love You More Than Football
104.04: Vancouver Whitecaps and Vancouver Aquarium facemask initiative with audio from Mark Pannes and Lasse Gustavsson

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. Who needs live football to chat about when you can gab as much as us?!

We bring you the latest news from North America as football's shutdown continues. Finances continue to be the big talking point, with both MLS and the CPL looking for their players to take pay cuts with neither league looking likely to be in action any time soon.

Plus we chat about the new CPL players union that was announced this past week, discuss the Seattle Times article around the Sounders decision to play their home opener last month, look at Liga MX's decision to scrap promotion and relegation for five years and what that could mean to football on the continent, and take a look at Wayne Rooney's latest swipe at MLS.

We've got two in-depth interviews for you this episode, the first of which is with the last Whitecaps signing to take place before the shutdown, Portuguese midfielder Janio Bikel. Janio chats about what brought him to MLS, his footballing journey so far from Guinea-Bissau to Bulgaria via Portugal, Spain, and Holland, and tells us what it's like to just arrive in a new city and country only to then be locked down before you can familiarise yourself with it or your new teammates.

We then sit down with Whitecaps striker Fredy Montero for a career retrospective and a look at some of his Football Firsts, chatting with him about his time in Colombia, Seattle, Portugal, China, and here in Vancouver. We talk about his incredible knack for scoring on his debuts, that scary Sporting Lisbon training facility incident, and what he still hopes to achieve in his career.

Plus Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos tells us about what football documentaries he's enjoying watching right now, and we bring you our latest update on table topping FK Slutsk.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.21: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown in MLS
20.03: CPL wage deferral and the launch of a players union
32.15: Janio Bikel interview
54.22: Wavelength - Frank Hamilton - Football
59.20: Fredy Montero interview - Part One
74.06: Fredy Montero interview - Part Two
92.15: FK Slutsk are top of the league
97.15: Marc Dos Santos TVOD
102.11: BC Soccerweb headlines - Liga MX scraps pro/rel, why did the Sounders play their home opener, and Wayne Rooney slams MLS' transfer system

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, discuss football finances, and discuss just what it will take to make people feel safe to return to sports stadiums.

Our feature interview this week is with former Whitecap, and current Cavalry FC goalkeeper Marco Carducci, as we look back at his first season in the CPL, what lies ahead, and his new online training business he's set up with two of his current teammates.

There's also the final part of our episodic drama serial, we find out which Whitecaps players Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert would and wouldn't want to be quarantined with, Art Brut continue their residency as our artists of the month for April, and Pete Townsend provides this week's football song in Wavelength. Plus the latest on our beloved FK Slutsk.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.02: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown
26.26: The North American impact from football's shutdown
37.45: When would you feel safe about returning to sports stadiums?
49.23: Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert on quarantine teammates
54.30: Wavelength - Pete Townsend - Football Fugue
59.38: Marco Carducci interview - Part One
80.49: Marco Carducci interview - Part Two
99.00: Slutsk come from behind
100.19: It's Tough For The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Four of our new episodic drama serial
109.24: BC Soccerweb headlines - Blondell bombshell, billions wiped off transfer value, and FIFA corruption charges

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's global shutdown continues, plus we hear some thoughts from Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster about it all and what may lie ahead.

We also sit down for a fascinating and frank chat with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos about his coaching influences, what's made him the coach he is today, his USL/NASL Coach of the Decade plaudit from The Athletic, the strain being a coach can put on your personal life, and what advice he has for young coaches just starting out.

And we bring you another of our in-depth Football Firsts career retrospectives as we delve into Whitecaps midfielder Andy Rose's journey so far.

There's also the penultimate part of our new episodic drama serial, we debate which Whitecaps players would be on our two Mount Rushmores, Art Brut begin their residency as our artists of the month for April, and The Adicts provide this week's football song in Wavelength. Plus we finally got to watch our beloved Slutsk in action.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.53: Axel Schuster on the latest from the Whitecaps and MLS on the current crisis and what may lie ahead
07.36: The North American impact from football's shutdown
26.23: Whitecaps MLS Mount Rushmores debate - the contributors and the cult heroes
33.53: The latest on football's shutdown around the world
49.13: It's Tough For The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Four of our new episodic drama serial
61.22: Marc Dos Santos talks coaching styles, influences, and more
87.14: Andy Rose's Football Firsts - part one of a career retrospective
110.06: Slutsk on top
116.29: Wavelength - The Adicts - Football Fairy Story
118.38: Andy Rose's Football Firsts - part two of a career retrospective

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and not only is it as packed as usual, it's also one of our longest ever episodes. We'll leave that up to you to decide if that's a good thing or not!

Global football has ground to a halt, but not in Belarus! We look at the latest coming from some of the leagues and governing bodies around the world as to what directions they're looking at taking when games can return and we pick our new favourite team to follow, FK Slutsk of the Belarusian Premier League.

We chat with Vancouver Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes to discuss how the Whitecaps and MLS have been handling the latest crisis, we check in with Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini to see how his family are dealing with everything right now and talk about the season so far, and we get on a conference call with former fan favourite Kendall Waston to see how life is treating him down in Cincinnati.

This break could actually prove to be very beneficial to the Whitecaps as it lets them get all their players fit, healthy, and up to speed. 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos joins us to chat about that, the season so far, whether the current situation affects any summer transfer plans, and he gives us an insight into what his new daily routine looks like.

We also sit down with FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus for a detailed and in-depth chat about the first Canadian Premier League season, the growth of the game in Canada, how the Eddies have built their squad this year, and much more.

There's also part three of our new episodic drama serial, we ponder which Whitecaps player you'd like to be quarantined with, Peat & Diesel finish up their residency as our artists of the month for March, and nothing stops Football Violence Awareness Month, well apart from the end of the month!

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.47: The latest on football's shutdown around the world, but not in Belarus!
26.12: Mark Pannes on how the Whitecaps and MLS have been handling the current crisis
51.47: Which Whitecaps player would you like to be quarantined with?
58.21: Lucas Cavallini interview
74.07: Kendall Waston chat - with added Greg Garza!
89.38: Wavelength - The Warriors - Warriors (Come Out To Play)
97.24: Marc Dos Santos interview
122.20: Jeff Paulus interview and CPL discussion - Part One
149.54: It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Three of our new episodic drama serial
155.48: Jeff Paulus interview and CPL discussion - Part Two

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and while there may be no new football to watch and talk about, that doesn't stop us bringing you another packed episode!

We look at the latest from around the leagues as football's worldwide shutdown continues and extends, and Joe Deasy joins us to ponder what MLS and the European leagues could look like when they do finally return.

We're also joined by Atletico Ottawa's Ben Fisk to discuss his self isolation as the team returns from preseason training in Spain, talk about his move east to the new CPL club, and his strong relationship with the fans both there and in Victoria.

We also bring you a chat with Whitecaps centre back Jasser Khmiri that we had in the offseason and with more people now playing Football Manager, we chat to an aficionado of the game, Rituro, to look at the appeal of the game and to get some important tips for newbies.

Plus does David Milinkovic Fancy a Chocolate Digestive?, part two of our new episodic drama serial "It's hard to be the son of a soccer star", Peat & Diesel continue their residency as our artists of the month for March, and nothing stops Football Violence Awareness Month!

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.12: The latest on football's shutdown and how MLS could look when it comes back
27.42: Ben Fisk interview
45.10: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - David Milinkovic
49.56: It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star - part two of our new episodic drama serial
55.55: Jasser Khmiri interview
64.06: Wavelength - Cock Sparrer - Trouble On The Terraces
71.28: Football Manager talk and tips with Rituro

We're living in strange times. Worrying times. And let's be honest, somewhat scary times because no-one really knows what direction this whole coronavirus pandemic is going to take next. If the last week has shown us anything, it's that the situation can change dramatically by the hour, never mind by the day or week.

What we need right now is some kind of normality, and that's why we're not going anywhere at the AFTN Soccer Show and will still be bringing you weekly episodes of the show in these trouble times, to at least give you a modicum of entertainment and your football fix.

The episodes will be a little bit different in nature of course, starting with this one. There's no games to talk about for starters, but we'll look over the Whitecaps news from this past week, including a big Connect 4 win over Colorado and the club's reaction to the coronavirus crisis.

Jonathan Tannnenwald of the Philly Inquirer joins us on the phone to talk about the football shutdown across the world, the reaction to the crisis in North America, and to chat about what has been a terrible week publicity-wise for US Soccer.

With no immediate end to the coronavirus crisis in sight, could the MLS season already be over? Hopefully not, but just in case we bring you a tongue in cheek Whitecaps end of season review. Plus part one of our new football drama serial "It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star", Football Violence Awareness Month continues in Wavelength, and Scottish band Peat & Diesel continue their residency as March's artists of the month.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.57: Football has been shut down
21.49: Whitecaps and MLS coronavirus response and a Connect 4 victory
54.39: More on the coronavirus' impact on football with Jonathan Tannenwald
79.52: US Soccer's very bad week - with Jonathan Tannenwald
100.05: Wavelength - The Last Resort - Resort Bootboys
110.13: It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star - episodic drama serial
121.54: Whitecaps 2020 End of Season review!
135.48: MLS Hunger Games

Vancouver Whitecaps got their first win of the new MLS in LA on Saturday night and we're going to celebrate the unexpected three points in fine fashion in this episode of the show.

We look back at the highs and lows, and the hits and the misses, from the game and hear from both head coaches. Who played themselves into further starts? Whose performances have been somewhat lacking? And does MDS now have a (nice) selection problem ahead as a result?

We also have two interviews this week, first of all sitting down with Whitecaps' right back Jake Nerwinski, then we chat with Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes about how he is settling in to the job and his relationship with the fans, both online and in person, and plans for the future.

Plus we look into how the coronavirus is affecting football worldwide and what it might mean for MLS and the CPL, our MLS Week in Review looks at another interest week in the Western Conference, Football Violence Awareness Month continues in Wavelength, and Scottish band Peat & Diesel continue their residency as March's artists of the month.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

04.30: LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps match in review, including head coaches audio
36.41: Jake Nerwinski interview and right back discussion
55.20: Coronavirus in football discussion
65.30: Vancouver's fanbase including the thoughts of MDS
69.12: Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes interview
88.29: MLS Week in Review
109.40: Wavelength - The 4 Skins - Saturday
114.07: BC Soccerweb headlines

The 2020 MLS season didn't get underway anyone at Vancouver Whitecaps would have hoped for. A disappointing 3-1 home loss to Sporting Kansas City saw a poor performance and a lot of the spark and optimism from the preseason disappeared quicker than snow aff a dyke for many in the fanbase.

Can they bounce back this week in LA against an offensively stacked Galaxy side?

Joe, Peter, and Nick return for AFTN's latest preview podcast to chat about just that as they look ahead to the LA game, ponder the lessons learned from last week's loss, and try and work out just what team the 'Caps could put out there that would negate what, on paper at least, should be one of the most deadly attacks in MLS.

We also empty the mailbag, as the guys will look for as many answers as they can. Have a listen!

The 2020 MLS season certainly didn't start the way Vancouver Whitecaps wanted. A 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City, an insipid performance, and a lot of work still to be done. If you're thinking wait a minute, this isn't 2019, let's hope you're right.

We pick over the bones of that opening day loss and try and see what few positives you can take from it. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and KC's Peter Vermes.

We also bring you three interviews this episode. We hear from Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes on the subject of ticket sales and chat about some of the off-pitch changes this season. We also chat with Whitecaps winger David Milinkovic about his move to MLS, his desire to re-start his career, and his time at Heart and Hull.

Our MLS Week in Review also looks at the MLS teams in CCL action this past week and catch up with Sporting Kansas City's Scottish forward Johnny Russell to look ahead to the season and find out what his favourite jam is.

All this plus Canadian Premier League chat, as we look at the new home kits that were revealed and transfer talk, Football Violence Awareness Month returns in Wavelength, and Scottish band Peat & Diesel continue their residency as March's artists of the month.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

05.25: Vancouver Whitecaps v Sporting KC match in review
22.42: The Gaffers - Marc Dos Santos and Peter Vermes
27.16: The Whitecaps have a lot of work to do
36.26: David Milinkovic interview and winger discussion
54.31: Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes chat and ticket discussion
73.27: MLS in CCL round-up
76.31: Johnny Russell interview and KC discussion
86.21: MLS Week in Review
102.31: Wavelength - Blitz - Someone's Gonna Die
106.50: Canadian Premier League chat
121.00: Johnny Russell's Favourite Jam
123.45: BC Soccerweb headlines