AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast primarily about Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and the Canadian Premier League with lots of interviews and fun segments thrown in.
Jun 27th, 2022 by aftn at 12:50 am

We're back with another episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS chat.

The Whitecaps were in action twice this past week again on league and cup duty. Sunday saw a battling point earned at home to New England Revolution in MLS action, but midweek saw the 'Caps reach their first Canadian Championship final since 2018 with a win over York United.

We pick over the bones of both of those game, the highlights and lowlights, and look ahead to the threat Toronto FC will pose in the final with their big addition of Lorenzo Insigne.

The Whitecaps next opponents LAFC have made a couple of big additions of their own in Giorgio Chiellini and Gareth Bale. What impact will they have on the league and it's perception in some quarters? Plus we round-up how the MLS West is looking.

Plus music from artists of the month Thick and Kunt and the Gang are in this episode's Wavelength.

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

02.47: Whitecaps draw with New England
27.23: Whitecaps reach Canadian Championship final
41.45: TFC and the Insigne effect
55.10: Big names coming to LAFC
71.40: Wavelength - Kunt and the Gang - Christian Atsu and his katsu curry

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and World Cup chat.

What a busy week of football news it's been, with perhaps the most exciting news of all being the official confirmation that Vancouver will be a host city for the 2026 World Cup. We look at what that means for the city, both short and long term, chat about affordability versus future returns, and get the thoughts of Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about what it will mean for the club and the place he now calls home.

It's also been a big week for Major League Soccer, who announced a billion dollar 10 year streaming deal with Apple TV+. How good is the deal for the league? How good is it for a club like the Whitecaps? Will it be a game changer or will it turn off the casual fans? We chat about all of that and more, plus we hear the thought of Axel Schuster.

The Whitecaps were in action twice this past week with road games against Seattle and Dallas and what contrasting performances they were from the ridiculous to the sublime. We pick over the bones of both and look at where Vancouver's three point haul leaves them in the playoff picture.

They've now got a big Canadian Championship semi-final coming up on Wednesday night against CPL side York United. We look ahead to that one and chat with their head coach, former Whitecap Martin Nash. We also look at the good form of WFC2 and chat with their latest two-goal hero Theo Collomb.

Plus music from artists of the month Thick and The Abnormal are in this episode's Wavelength.

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

02.53: The 2022 World Cup is all set
10.50: The World Cup is coming to Vancouver
28.10: Axel Schuster interview - part one
46.06: MLS get slice of Apple pie in new streaming deal
58.40: Axel Schuster interview - part two
75.40: Whitecaps v Seattle and Dallas - a tale of two cities
104.52: Canadian Championship semi-final preview feat Martin Nash
112.36: WFC2 round up
116.20: Theo Collomb interview
120.26: Wavelength - The Abnormal - Football Song

We're back with another episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Canadian national team and Vancouver Whitecaps chat.

The sickness bug has left AFTN Towers and we're back with another show. Good job it's been a quiet week in Canadian soccer to ease us back gently...

It's not been a great couple of weeks for Canada Soccer. Instead of riding the wave, they've managed to fall into it and have been struggling to keep their heads above water. First there was the debacle around the Iran game, then came the weekend's farce of the cancellation of the match with Panama. No-one has come across well from the whole mess.

We delve into all of that, look at what the players are wanting, talk transparency in the stewardship of the game here, and discuss what changes we'd like to see and what we need to see in Canada Soccer.

But while that's all been playing out, on the club side, the Whitecaps have hit some form and are climbing the MLS table. They now sit one point back of the playoff places. We look at how they got there in such difficult circumstances and the standout performers that have come up big in recent weeks.

Plus music from new artists of the month Thick and Armchair Loyal return in this episode's Wavelength.

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

04.00: Canada's Iran and Panama game farces
40.51: How the CSB deal is both good and bad
54.23: Nick Bontis' press conference disaster
64.07: What is public fallout from the mess?
71.15: What needs to change in Canadian soccer?
92.56: Whitecaps in-form and climbing the table
115.25: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Career Ending Injury

May 26th, 2022 by aftn at 3:25 pm

We're back with another episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian Championship, and League1 BC chat.

The Whitecaps are one game away from the Canadian Championship final and two matches away from the CONCACAF Champions League after a penalty shootout win over Cavalry FC in their quarter-final. We look back at the main talking points from the match, hear the postgame thoughts of 'Caps coach Vanni Sartini, and roundup the rest of the action from this week.

Plus League1 BC has kicked off. We roundup the weekend's action in that and chat with Whitecaps U19 coach Rich Fagan and TSS Rovers coach Will Cromack.

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

02.05: Whitecaps beat Cavalry in Canadian Championship
41.41: Canadian Championship round-up
56.12: Whitecaps back in MLS action
65.40: L1BC round-up
69.05: Rich Fagan talks Whitecaps U19s
74.15: Will Cromack talks TSS Rovers
80.25: Wavelength - The Oppressed - Hooligans

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major Soccer League, and Canadian football chat.

We've a lot of Whitecaps action to catch up on in this episode as we look at the last two MLS matches that produced a lot of late drama. Where does a good four-game homestand now leave the team as they head out for a tricky period on the road? Plus have they finally got their CPL hoodoo off their backs or will it come back against next week against Cavalry?

The inaugural League1 BC season gets underway on Sunday. We give some fun power rankings heading into the first games and we sit down for a chat with the head coaches of TSS Rovers men's and women's sides, Will Cromack and Chelsey Hanneson to look at the season ahead.

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

01.51: Whitecaps CPL hoodoo off their back?
13.28: Whitecaps v San Jose and Dallas
50.50: Will Cromack TSS L1BC interview
73.31: L1BC men's power rankings
79.18: Chelsey Hanneson TSS L1BC interview
102.11: L1BC women's power rankings
105.33: Wavelength - The Membranes - Long Live The Hooligan!

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major Soccer League, and Canadian football chat.

It's been a great weekend for the Whitecaps as both their MLS and MLS Next Pro teams came up with big wins. The 'Caps first team saw off Toronto FC 1-0 in what was a pretty poor match truth be told, but one that generated more than a few talking points and controversial incidents! We delve into all of that and more, in what was a very important win for Vancouver.

We also look ahead to Wednesday's Canadian Championship clash with CPL side Valour FC and hear the thoughts of Vanni Sartini and Tosaint Ricketts ahead of the match, plus we catch up with Phil Dos Santos who is looking to be on the other end of a Vancouver cup shock this time around.

Plus after Seattle Sounders' success in the CONCACAF Champions League, we look at how the Whitecaps have fallen so far behind their Cascadian rivals and we chat about some interesting developments in lower league Canadian soccer.

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

03.44: Whitecaps beat TFC in controversial game
54.11: Valour preview with thoughts from Whitecaps side
66.00: Phil Dos Santos chat
76.01: WFC2 chat
85.06: Why did the Whitecaps fall so far behind the Sounders?
120.30: Canadian lower league round-up
128.24: Wavelength - Dive In The Box - Football Violence

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major Soccer League chat.

It's been a weekend with no MLS action for the Whitecaps. A much needed break for the first team to rest, recharge, re-evaluate, and work on how to start to turn things around, which they badly need to do and quickly. Can Vanni Sartini turn things around? We sit down with the 'Caps coach to talk about just that and the team's current issues.

There is going to be help coming soon with defensive midfielder Andres Cubas' signing becoming official last week. We look at what he will mean to the team and hear from Whitecaps Sporting Director and CEO Axel Schuster about the player and the team's current plight.

But not everything is doom and gloom in Whitecapsland, we still have WFC2 to enjoy and they made it three straight wins on Saturday. There been many standout performers for the team so far this season and we chat with two of them this week, centrebacks brothers Cristian and Matteo Campagna.

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

02.40: Andres Cubas is officially a Whitecap
23.54: Vanni Sartini interview
55.27: WFC2 round-up
59.11: Cristian and Matteo Campagna interview
77.40: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Hooligan

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major Soccer League chat.

The Whitecaps are in a rut and they've got to get out of it pronto or risk being cut adrift very early on in the season. Their latest loss in Austin leaves them bottom of the Western Conference and the entire league, eight points back from the playoff line. The season may only be a quarter of the way in, but it's already looking bleak.

Can they turn things around? We delve into where it's going wrong and what needs to change, while looking at what the latest defeat tells us. Plus we chat with Vanni Sartini about team chemistry, getting the best out of certain players, and what the team need to do to stop the rot.

But it's not all doom and gloom in Whitecapsland as there is the shining light that is WFC2. The young 'Caps won again at the weekend and lead their division. We look at how the team is playing and chat with head coach Nick Dasovic about what he's seen from the team so far.

Ali Ahmed was the latest player to get a first team call up, making his MLS debut against Austin then turning out for WFC2 less than 24 hours later. We caught up with Ali after the game to talk about that debut, an emotional couple of days, making the move to Vancouver from Toronto, and his hopes for the future.

All of that, plus we round-up the weekend's action in MLS and how things are shaping up two months into the season across the league.

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

02.18: Whitecaps lose in Austin
36.25: What now for the 'Caps? - with Vanni Sartini
65.41: MLS round-up
103.58: WFC2 win again
106.57: Nick Dasovic interview
120.55: Ali Ahmed interview
132.15: Wavelength - Ican Ican't - 3 Nil-Nils

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian Premier League, and World Cup chat.

It's been an exciting week for football locally as it became official that the newest Canadian Premier League team will be playing out of Langley in the Fraser Valley. We chat about the news, the stadium, and the next steps, plus we talk with co-owner Rob Friend and the Mayor of Langley Jack Froese about the plans.

In other exciting news, Vancouver is now back in the running to host matches at the 2026 World Cup. We look at that change of heart and what it will mean to the city, the province, and the Canadian bid. Plus we delve into the new streaming service Fifa+ in TVOD.

We also talk Vancouver Whitecaps, as we look back at their latest loss in Montreal. How deep do their current woes go and can they be remedied quickly enough or do they risk being cut adrift early on? And we're joined by the wonderful Eve Powell from The Ball Is Round podcast to talk about the match and all things CF Montreal.

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

03.00: The CPL is coming to the Fraser Valley
46.23: Vancouver back in as World Cup 2026 host city
63.37: TVOD - Fifa+
75.38: Montreal v Vancouver analysis
119.05: Eve Powell interview about all things CF Montreal
156.39: Wavelength - Republic of Ireland 2002 Squad - Here Come The Good Times

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, MLS Next Pro, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat, after a very busy couple of days of football across the country.

We kick off by talking Whitecaps and delve into their first home loss of the MLS season in a 3-2 defeat by Portland Timbers. Poor defending and the inability to convert their numerous chances cost them dear, but what positives can they take away from the match heading into a tough three games on the road and should they look at new tactics, new players, or both?

Turning our attention to MLS Next Pro, we look at how Whitecaps FC 2's home opener went against the Timbers, get some postgame thoughts from head coach Nick Dasovic, and sit down for a chat with attacking midfielder Jay Herdman about signing his first pro deal, his step up from the academy, his first call up into the Canadian U20 set up, and an eventful time for the Herdman household.

Keeping it international, we look at the Canadian women's match against Nigeria at BC Place on Friday, chat with Christine Sinclair about her post playing plans and what the launch of League1BC means to women's soccer in the province, and newly minted Hall of Famers Rhian Wilkinson and Martina Franko talk about the urgent need to get women's club teams and leagues in Canada.

All of this, plus we round up the opening week's action in the Canadian Premier League and look at how the weekend's action went in the MLS West.

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

02.40: Whitecaps v Timbers postgame analysis
49.38: WFC2 home opener and Nick Dasovic interview
58.29: Jay Herdman interview
73.03: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Single Leather Football
77.41: CanWNT chat
85.55: Christine Sinclair audio
92.10: Rhian Wilkinson and Martina Franko on Canadian club football
98.52: CPL opening weekend round-up

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, and it's a special Canadian Premier League themed show ahead of the new season that gets underway on Thursday.

In this episode, we continue our chats with head coaches from around the league and bring you three feature interviews, from three teams with very different expectations this season.

We kick things off with the champs, as we sit down with new Pacific FC head coach James Merriman to chat about defending their title, the comings and goings in an eventful offseason, fighting on three fronts, and more.

It's also been an eventful offseason for FC Edmonton, and not one you'd wish on any coach. With the team looking for new owners, the playing and management team decimated, and the league taking over the team and providing loan players, head coach Alan Koch has certainly had his work cut out for him. We chat with him about all the turmoil, building a squad, and what we can expect from the team this year both on and off the pitch.

Continuing to move east, we end up at York United to chat with another new head coach, and a man we know very well here in Vancouver, Martin Nash. Nash has moved too York after three years as an assistant at Cavalry. Can he take the team forward after they reached the playoffs for the first time? What will a Martin Nash team look like on the pitch? And how has he found the adjustment to being the main man in the dugout? We talk about all of that and more.

Plus a quick discussion about all the teams in our season preview, some AFTN CPL power rankings, and Armchair Loyal are back in this episode's Wavelength.

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

02.10: James Merriman interview
36.06: Alan Koch interview
69.33: Martin Nash interview
91.40: Pacific FC discussion
104.36: FC Edmonton discussion
110.00: York United discussion
114.40: CPL season preview and power rankings
125.47: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Young Gifted and Right Back

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat.

And what a footballing week it's been at both club and country level.

Canada were in their first World Cup draw for 36 years and although they're in a tough group the excitement keeps building for Qatar. We delve into the draw, the opponents, and look at what Canada's tournament prep should ideally look like, and more.

Plus we hear from John Herdman, Jonathan Osorio, and Mark-Anthony Kaye, and ask how exactly do we get to the mascots parallel universe? We want to go!

And it was a great weekend for Vancouver Whitecaps with both their MLS and MLS Next Pro teams coming away with their first wins of the season. We chat about both of those victories and the talking points coming out of them.

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

01.33: World Cup draw and CanMNT chat
58.30: WFC2 get first MLS Next Pro win
64.55: Whitecaps beat KC - postgame analysis
88.06: Wavelength - Keshco - FIFA Broadside

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat.

It's official! Canada have done it and are heading back to the World Cup for the first time since 1986. It was a historic day in Toronto and our man on the ground Zach shares the experience with us as we chat about qualifying for Qatar, what John Herdman has meant to this team, the rise of Canadian soccer, and a lot more. Plus we hear the thoughts of Atiba Hutchinson on just how good this Golden Generation of young Canadian talent can be.

Turning our attention back to the club game, our feature interview this week is with WFC2 head coach Nick Dasovic. We chat about the team being back and what it means for the club, the new MLS Next Pro league, developing young talent, and lots more.

We also chat with new North Texas head coach Pa Modou Kah about the new league, leaving CPL champs Pacific FC for a new challenge with a MLS2 team, and how he's grown as a coach during his time on the island. Plus we chat with Vanni Sartini about what the Whitecaps need to work on during this international break and how they can turn their fortunes around, and we look ahead to the 'Caps game with Sporting KC this coming weekend.

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

01.32: Canada are going back to the World Cup
44.43: Nick Dasovic interview
74.38: WFC2 chat and thoughts of Vanni Sartini
82.33: Pa Modou Kah interview and MLS Next Pro chat
103.14: Vanni Sartini interview
108.30: Whitecaps chat and a look ahead to SKC
115.14: Wavelength - Scotland 1986 World Cup Squad - Big Trip To Mexico

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat.

The new MLS season may only be four games in but they're already going on a break for the international window and the Whitecaps will be delighted by that. The 'Caps latest loss seems them winless in their opening month of matches and missing a number key personnel to injury.

We look back at the loss to LAFC, what the 'Caps can take from their first four games of the season, and where they really need to put in the work in the two week until their next match.

Our feature interview this episode is the latest in our series building up to the new CPL season as we sit down for an in-depth and entertaining chat with Cavalry FC head coach and GM Tommy Wheeldon Jr. We look back at the Cavs 2021 season and their three years in the league so far, delve into the new additions to the squad and what the team will look like this season, the future for the game in Alberta, and there's still time to talk tea, biscuits, waistcoats, and bunnets amongst many other things.

We also round up the weekend's action in MLS for the other two Canadian teams and around the Western Conference, The Delgados continue their residency as our artists of the month, and we have a song for Everton fans in this week's Wavelength.

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

02.40: LAFC v Vancouver postgame analysis
17.33: The Whitecaps building blocks
26.33: MLS Canadian round-up
30.33: MLS West round-up
51.03: Tommy Wheeldon Jr interview and Cavalry FC discussion
97.05: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Tommy Wheeldon Jr
101.18: Wavelength - The Toffee Rappers - Rap of Honour

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat.

The Whitecaps are still looking for their first win of the season after going down to a disappointing defeat in Houston. We pick over the bones of that one and look ahead to next week's match-up at LAFC.

We have two feature interviews for you this episode, the first of which is with the Whitecaps standout defender so far this season, centre-back Tristan Blackmon. We chat with Tristan about his career so far, life in Vancouver, and going back to his old club LAFC next weekend.

Our second feature interview is with Valour FC head coach and GM Phillip Dos Santos. We sit down for an in-depth chat about his first six months in the Winnipeg hotseat, the CPL season to come, and heading back to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps in the Voyageurs Cup.

We also round up the weekend's action in MLS for the other two Canadian teams and around the Western Conference, and look at this week's Canadian Championship draw.

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

03.12: Houston v Vancouver postgame analysis
44.21: MLS Canadian round-up
52.00: MLS West round-up
67.18: LAFC preview
78.28: Tristan Blackmon interview
107.09: Phillip Dos Santos interview
148.05: Valour FC discussion
154.47: Canadian Championship discussion
166.08: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - A Cliche Of Gaffers

Mar 7th, 2022 by aftn at 2:32 am

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat.

The Whitecaps are still searching for their first win of the new MLS season, but at least they have their first points on the board after a 0-0 draw at home to NYCFC. We pick over the bones of that one, dissect the good, the bad, and the ugly from the players and performance, and look ahead to what already feels like a big game in Houston next Saturday.

We also round up the weekend's action in MLS for the other two Canadian teams and around the Western Conference.

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

02.47: Whitecaps v NYCFC postgame analysis
34.44: Whitecaps players - the good, the bad, and the ugly
52.33: Houston v Vancouver preview
66.28: MLS Canadian round-up
84.25: MLS West round-up
110.40: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Stranded On Saturday

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with more Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat.

The 2022 MLS season is underway and for the Whitecaps they'll be hoping it hasn't started the way they mean to go on, after crashing to a four goal defeat in Columbus. We pick over the bones of the game, look at the good, the bad, and the ugly coming out of it, and ponder what Vanni Sartini can learn from the match and what needs to be changed ahead of next week's home opener with NYCFC.

We also look at the other main Whitecaps news of the week as WFC2 makes a return for the upcoming inaugural MLS Next Pro season and there's some comings and goings amongst the team's young players before the roster freeze.

We also round up the first weekend of action in the MLS Western Conference and look at the latest kit releases across the league.

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

02.50: Crew v Whitecaps postgame analysis
47.38: WFC2 are back!
53.15: Whitecaps comings and goings
67.20: Wavelength - Keshco - Leave Me On The Sub's Bench
75.20: MLS West round-up
104.30: MLS 2022 kit chat

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure and it's a special bumper one as it's a milestone episode for us as we reach number 500 (cue party poppers).

To mark the occasion we've got a couple of special interviews, bring back all of our old favourite fun segments, introduce a new favourite, and, of course, there's lots of football chat as well.

The MLS season gets underway next weekend. We sit down with Whitecaps head coach Vanni Sartini for an in-depth interview about the current state of the team and the season ahead. Are they stronger or weaker than last year? How will the new formation help their attack? Can we take much from the preseason? How does he see the West playing out this year? And a lot more. Plus we also delve into the man off the pitch. How does Vanni unwind? Come for the football chat, stay for the Italian political philosophers talk.

Our second feature interview is with Pacific FC CEO and Managing Partner of SixFive Sports and Entertainment Rob Friend. Rob chats with us about Pacific's Canadian Premier League championship win, the offseason of change, and the first three years of the league. Plus after announcing that they will be launching a new team in the lower mainland in 2023, Rob shares how that is going and there's some exciting exclusive news about it all.

We also do a quick preview of the MLS Western Conference and look at the latest Whitecaps away kit.

All of this plus we chat chocolate digestives with Axel Schuster, find out what is Florian Jungwirth's favourite jam, talk take out food with Ryan Gauld, TV with Jake Nerwinski, we introduce our new segment, as Vanni Sartini talks toast, and Armchair Loyal feature in this week's Wavelength section.

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

01.36: Intro and looking back on 500 episodes
09.55: TVOD - Jake Nerwinski
11.59: Whitecaps preseason wraps up
31.54: Take Me Out - Ryan Gauld
37.34: Vanni Sartini interview Part One - the coach
57.12: Unpacking Vanni
77.10: Vanni Sartini interview Part Two - the man
95.00: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Axel Schuster
98.57: Whitecaps 2022 kit discussion
103.47: Florian Jungwirth's Favourite Jam?
105.40: Western Conference preview
124.48: Vanni Sartini's Toast
129.52: Rob Friend Vancouver CPL interview
160.11: CPL in Vancouver discussion
168.50: Wavelength - Armchair Loyal - Play Football With Your Heads

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure.

Vancouver Whitecaps preseason is in full flow, with three games under their belts so far. Can much be gleaned from these matches? Probably not, but we delve into them nonetheless! Plus with a few departures at the club this year, we hear from perhaps the main one of them, former goalkeeper Max Crepeau, who talks about his trade to LAFC and what he's expecting from them this season. How big a threat will they and he be to the Whitecaps' playoff hopes?

We also look at the two big talking points in the Vancouver footballing landscape this past week as former women's coach Bob Birarda pleads guilty to four sexual offences and the city is back in the running as a potential host of World Cup games in 2026.

With it being Valentine's Day, love is in the air at AFTN Towers. Football is a passionate game, it's why we all love it. We chat with Tosaint Ricketts, Florian Jungwirth, Theo Bair and David Egbo about just why they love the game so much.

And if music be the food of love, play on, as Brighton band Skurvi feature in this week's Wavelength and we bring you songs from The Jam, The Damned, and Sonic Youth. Plus we delve into the Netflix film Ultras in this week's TVOD section.

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

02.25: TVOD - Ultras
17.33: Bob Birarda pleads guilty
32.21: My Love For Football - Tosaint Ricketts
35.45: Whitecaps preseason games in full flow
57.55: My Love For Football - Florian Jungwirth
62.20: My Love For Football - Theo Bair
65.52: Max Crepeau audio and LAFC chat
75.13: My Love For Football - David Egbo and your hosts
100.03: Is The 2026 World Cup coming to Vancouver?
111.01: Wavelength - Skurvi - Football

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure and we're covering a lot of bases this week as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, the Canadian national team, the Canadian Premier League, and more.

It's been a week of joy for Canadian soccer, with the men's national team all but booking a spot at this year's World Cup in Qatar. We chat about the latest win in El Salvador, the job that John Herdman has done, how the rest of the year should look, and the team's continuing rise in the FIFA rankings.

It's also been a busy week in Whitecapsland and we look at all the main stories from Brian White's contract extension, to the signing of midfielder Sebastian Berhalter, to a couple of departures. Plus we look at the announcement of how the MLS Next Pro roster will be made up and we find out if Javain Brown fancies a chocolate digestive.

We also take a look at the 2022 CPL schedule and how Pacific FC's offseason has been going, travel around the world to chat about some stories making the news in Australia, Africa, and Scotland, talk about the BBC documentary Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League in this week's TVOD section, and The Jam debut as our Artists of the Month.

This episode is part of CiTR Radio's 2022 Fundrive, the radio station's annual fundraising campaign. You can make a donation at citr.ca/donate. Make sure to mention AFTN sent you there!

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

01.57: CiTR fundrive details
04.26: TVOD - Fever Pitch: The Rise of the Premier League
21.10: Canadian national team chat
44.17: Whitecaps News of the Week - Bair sold, White extended, Awuah departs
56.10: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Javain Brown
57.35: More Whitecaps chat - San Diego beckons, Berhalter joins, Caio visa issues
66.24: MLS Next Pro roster rules announced
79.42: Canadian Premier League chat
96.45: News of the World - Robbo sacked down under, African Nations Cup, Raith Rovers debacle
113.20: Wavelength - Grimedeluxe - Football

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