AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

The boys are back in town, just as some Vancouver Whitecaps are out of town. It's the Gold Cup break and the 'Caps have three weeks off. We recharged our batteries last weekend but are back to look at how the Whitecaps stand at this halfway(ish) point of the MLS season.

What's been the highlights, the lowlights, and the major positives and concerns up to this point? With the 'Caps missing four key defensive pieces to Gold Cup duty with Canada, how will the team cope in some crucial games coming up at the end of the month? That's just one of the things we ask 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos and Vancouver midfielder Andy Rose as we sit down for a couple of interviews with them.

Plus there's lots of Gold Cup and Women's World Cup chat, and we bring you audio for Canadian men's national team head coach John Herdman and bring you a pair of interviews with two of the 'Caps Canadians, Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert.

We also continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, and our Wavelength section this week pays tribute to Leyton's Orient's boss Justin Edinburgh. who sadly passed away this weekend.

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

01.53: Vancouver Whitecaps half(ish) season review
30.59: Gold Cup chat
39.33: John Herdman audio
48.43: Max Crepeau interview and Canada defensive chat
58.15: Russell Teibert interview
66.20: Women's World Cup chat
80.21: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations continue
88.31: Marc Dos Santos interview
97.22: Andy Rose interview
109.11: Wavelength - Funky Lol Ross - It's Orient's Time
113.18: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

Another busy week for Vancouver Whitecaps is in the history books. Lots of travel, lots of goals, and a four point haul from two matches was the end result and we look back at it all in this week's show.

We delve into the good, the bad, and the ugly from the draw at New York Red Bulls and the home win against FC Dallas. Some good results but there's still a lot of concerns around the team's passing, creativity, and the amount of shots they're giving up, not to mention the mounting injuries as TFC head to town on Friday.

We round-up what's been a busy week around MLS, look at one of the big talking points around the league this season - travel and charter flights - and bring you some thoughts on that from Philadelphia Union's Alejandro Bedoya.

We also chat with Dallas' Nanaimo born draft pick Callum Montgomery about the difficulties of integrating young players into the current 'Caps team, talk CPL and USL League 2, continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, and Ed Banger is in our Wavelength section.

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

02.53: Vancouver Whitecaps v NYRB and Dallas match analysis and a look as some 'Caps concerns
39.28: A quick look ahead to TFC and the upcoming problems caused by the Gold Cup
51.14: MLS Week in Review including charters chat with Alejandro Bedoya
70.25: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations continue
75.19: CPL and USL league 2 round-up
83.32: Callum Montgomery interview
88.42: Wavelength - Ed Banger - Kinell Tommy
94.55: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

From back to back to back to the earth with a bump. That's the difference a week in MLS makes.

Vancouver Whitecaps' busy month continued, with a loss at home to Atlanta United and a hard fought draw in Kansas City. We look back at some of the good, the bad, and the ugly moments from those matches, and look ahead to the midweek trip to face New York Red Bulls before returning home to face Dallas.

We round-up what's been an even busier week around MLS and bring you some audio from the new all-time leading scorer in the league, a very happy and humble Chris Wondolowski.

We also chat with Marc Dos Santos about the difficulties of integrating young players into the current 'Caps team, talk CPL and USL League 2, continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, and I, Ludicrous are back in our Wavelength section.

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

03.46: Vancouver Whitecaps v Atlanta and Kansas City match analysis
30.17: Marc Dos Santos talks integrating young players
35.44: A quick look ahead to NYRB and Dallas games
47.35: MLS Week in Review including audio from record breaker Chris Wondolowski
65.30: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations continue
69.05: CPL and USL league 2 round-up
85.54: Wavelength - I, Ludicrous - The Highland League
92.25: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

Back to back wins certainly puts a spring in our step. As does the veritable feast of football that we had around this world this past week. And we talk about a lot of it in this week's show.

We kick things off with an analysis of Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-0 win over Portland Timbers in MLS action on Friday night. A great defensive display that saw the 'Caps, temporarily at least, move into the playoff places, but most certainly now in the mix. We look at the good, the bad, and the ugly from the match, the supporters walkout, and the concerns the team still give us.

Our feature interview this week is with Whitecaps defender Ali Adnan, as we sit down with the Iraqi international to talk about his footballing life so far, from playing football as a little boy in Iraq to his footballing family, the moves to Turkey and Italy, and now to MLS.

We also chat with Marc Dos Santos about technology in the modern game and MLS managers complaining, to Will Cromack about the new TSS Rovers season, continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, and more!

It's the second Cascadia derby of the season for Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday as the great unwashed hordes from Portland descend on BC Place. Can the 'Caps cut the Timbers down to size or will this be another poor derby outing at home?

Joe, Nick, and Peter are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast as they look ahead to the match. Both teams head into the game on the back of wins, with Portland starting to find their groove with three victories now on the bounce. Can the 'Caps stop their deadly attack and take advantage of their leaky defence? Will MDS go for an unchanged line-up or make some tweaks? And is Fredy Montero now about to go on one of his goalscoring streaks?

All this and more are discussed, so have a listen!

Just as a PSA, the sound for the initial couple of minutes of this episode is a little off with the levels but that's quickly rectified.

Another busy week is in the book and it was a rare winning one for Vancouver Whitecaps. At least on the pitch.

Thankfully the 'Caps didn't have to send out any Mayday cries for help from Colorado, although they were made to work hard in their 2-1 win over the Rapids. We look back at that match, the main talking points coming out of it for the team and individual players, and have a quick look ahead to Portland coming to town on Friday night.

We also catch up with Whitecaps right back Scott Sutter who took in Pacific FC's first ever match last weekend. We get his thoughts on the CPL, his friendships with Pacific head coach Michael Silberbauer and co-owner Josh Simpson, and chat about his own coaching plans and how it's making him look at games a little bit differently.

We also look at the continuing scandals surround the Whitecaps off the pitch, plus we continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, look at the annoyance that was VAR in MLS this week, and Football Violence Awareness Month wraps up with The Men They Couldn't Hang in our latest Wavelength section.

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

02.39: Colorado Rapids v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
27.37: A quick look ahead to Portland's visit
36.00: Scott Sutter interview
41.27: Canadian Premier League chat
57.41: The Whitecaps women's team abuse allegations
82.24: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations continue
86.53: MLS Week in Review - aka the weekend of VAR
105.45: Wavelength - The Men They Couldn't Hang - Rosettes
110.21: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

The basement bowl is coming to a stadium near you. Well near you if you live in say Denver. It's another helping of Friday night lights this week as Vancouver Whitecaps head to the altitude of Colorado to face the Rapids.

Joe, Nick, Gideon,and Peter are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast as they look ahead to the match. Can either team find some form and get out of their slump? Who will pick up the attacking play for the Whitecaps with Yordy Reyna missing for at least a month with a hamstring injury? Will Kei Kamara have a fired up field day against his former team to send a message?

This was recorded before the sacking of Colorado's Anthony Hudson, but all of the above and more are discussed in their look ahead to the match.

The guys also have a look back at their experience in Victoria on Sunday when they attended Pacific FC's inaugural match and tell the story about how they saved Canadian soccer!

And it amongst all the chat, Do You Know Who I Am? returns, with a double helping, and which band would you associate with each of our podcast team? Have a listen and find out!

What a weekend. What a week. It's had us away with the ferries, and that's where this rather different, and shorter than usual, episode of the AFTN Soccer Show has been recorded as we take to the high seas to travel to Victoria.

The Canadian Premier League kicked off its inaugural season this weekend and we headed over to Pacific FC's first ever match, a 1-0 win over HFX Wanderers. We hear from both head coaches and catch up with CPL commissioner David Clanachan to chat about the opening weekend, the growth of the league so far, Pacific's opening game, the One Soccer deal, and a lot more.

Turning our attention to MLS, we also break down another disappointing home draw for Vancouver Whitecaps against Philadelphia Union on Saturday afternoon.

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

02.31: Pacific FC and the CPL kicks off
08.28: Michael Silberbauer postgame audio and more chat
22.18: Stephen Hart postgame audio
27.37: A chat with CPL commissioner David Clanachan
44.47: Vancouver Whitecaps v Philadelphia Union match analysis

Happy Easter everyone. It wasn't quite the eggcellent Easter week that Vancouver Whitecaps yearned for. A win and a defeat is okay on paper, but how did it leave you feeling as it played out in front of your eyes?

We look back at the 'Caps win over LAFC and the loss in Orlando. Where did it all go right and wrong, and where does the team need to go from here? We chat a little with Marc Dos Santos to get his thoughts on that and how the team is shaping up eight games into his tenure.

We have a couple of feature interviews for you this week, both with a defensive slant, and featuring a current and an ex Whitecap. We sit down with goalkeeper Max Crepeau about his early days playing football as a kid in Quebec and the recent 'Caps matches.

Then we catch up with an old friend, LAFC right back Steven Beitashour to chat about not being valued as a defender in MLS, his career high, his new podcasting venture with Jordan Harvey, and more.

Plus we continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, look at the weeken'ds action in the MLS West, hear some gold from LAFC head coach Bob Bradley on the BC Place turf, and go a little French for this week's Football Violence Awareness Month Wavelength.

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

03.04: Vancouver Whitecaps v LAFC and Orlando analysis
30.53: What's going wrong with the 'Caps with Marc Dos Santos audio
65.06: Max Crepeau interview and defensive discussion
79.25: Steven Beitashour interview
91.29: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations continue
94.50: MLS West Week in Review
110.32: Wavelength - Bolchoi - Hooligan
116.23: The Whitecaps women's team abuse allegations

Apr 15th, 2019 by aftn at 2:06 am

VAR has certainly given us a lot to talk about on the show this year, but at some stage we just want it to stop.

As Vancouver Whitecaps lost more points after a video review, we look back at the draw in Chicago on Friday night and the good, the bad, and the ugly things to come out of the game. We hear from both head coaches and look at what, if anything, the 'Caps can do to quickly turn their fortunes around.

It won't be easy with two tough games coming up this week, with LAFC coming to Vancouver on Wednesday and then a long trip to Orlando on Saturday. We look ahead to both of those matches and review the weekend's action in the MLS West.

Plus we imagine MLS teams as Game of Thrones house, continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, find out if Jon Erice fancies a chocolate digestive, bring back an old segment with new Whitecap Scott Sutter and The Young Boys are here for this week's Football Violence Awareness Month Wavelength.

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

03.02: Chicago Fire v Vancouver Whitecaps
35.42: Coaches audio - Veljko Paunovic and Marc Dos Santos
42.15: What will turn the Whitecaps fortunes around
51.46: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Jon Erice
55.04: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations continue
61.04: LAFC preview
77.30: MLS reimagined as Game of Thrones
84.20: MLS West Week in Review
98.24: What's Your Favourite Jam? - Scott Sutter
101.32: Wavelength - The Young Boys - Football Violence
104.28: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world including the continuing Whitecaps women's team abuse scandal

It was all looking fairly good at half time, penalty horrorshow aside. It was looking like the Lion Ibrahimovic was sleeping tonight, with Doneil Henry as the Lion tamer. Then it all went horribly long, Vancouver Whitecaps looked a disorganised and dysfunctional mess, and another loss was handed out following another blank at home.

We look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly from the loss to LA, hear from both head coaches, chat with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and ponder where the 'Caps go from here.

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS West, talk CPL jerseys and football clichés, continue our 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations, find out if Scott Sutter fancies a chocolate digestive, and The Business are back again in this week's Wavelength.

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

03.21: Vancouver Whitecaps v LA Galaxy analysis
29.45: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Guillermo Barros Schelotto
36.39: More Whitecaps v Sounders chat
44.35: Zlatan Ibrahimovic audio and discussion
58.31: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl celebrations continue
64.13: Football clichés
73.15: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Scott Sutter
78.20: MLS West Week in Review
89.23: Canadian Premier League jersey launch
102.36: Wavelength - The Business - Hardcore Hooligan [Explicit Lyrics]
106.29: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world including the continuing Whitecaps women's team abuse scandal

It's Vancouver Whitecaps first Friday night lights match of the new season this week and the Billy big boys of the MLS, LA Galaxy, are coming to town with their eight DPs.

Joe, Nick, and Gideon are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast as they look ahead to the match. Can the 'Caps build on their first points of the season against yet another Western Conference rival? Can they contain Zlatan and avoid giving away any more penalties to him? And does Portland's goal against LA last weekend give Vancouver quite a bit to work on in terms of getting through the Galaxy defence? All this and a lot more are discussed in a highly entertaining episode this week.

LA head to Vancouver with a young striker called Zlatan Ibrahimović making some headlines around MLS. He's only a second year player but he's shown signs that he has what it takes to make it in the league. The lads discuss the Swede and debate whether he'll turn ip, sorry, up.

And it amongst all the chat, Do You Know Who I Am? returns, as does the prediction game, and see if you can pinpoint the moment in the episode when Gideon's heart is broken. Have a listen!

We have a point! From small acorns do big playoff pushes grow. Hopefully.

Vancouver Whitecaps finished March with a draw against Seattle Sounders. We look back at the match, hear from both head coaches, and look at some of the 'Caps news from both heading into the game and coming out of it. Plus our feature interview this week is a chat with Spanish midfielder, and new 'Caps captain, Jon Erice.

Plus in a packed show we kick off our season long homage to the 'Caps historic 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl win on the anniversary weekend of that year's season opener. We look back at what was happening that weekend, the game against Dallas Tornado, and dig into our vaults to bring you an interview we had with the wonderful Willie Johnston back in 2014.

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS West and it's a special double Frank Sidebottom Wavelength this week to celebrate the release of the documentary film honouring his life, Being Frank.

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

02.08: Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders chat
10.53: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Brian Schmetzer
17.00: More Whitecaps v Sounders chat
29.13: Whitecaps talking points of the week
32.03: Jon Erice interview and discussion
40.25: Wavelength - Frank Sidebottom - Estudiantes (Striped Shirts, Black Panties)
43.25: MDS on 'cheaters'
51.41: 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl win chat
58.51: Willie Johnston interview
78.02: MLS Week in Review
94.55: Wavelength - Frank Sidebottom - 6 Greatest Football Chants
101.41: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com

What's the best thing for a winless team to have after some time off for the international break? If you said a derby game against an unbeaten side, then you'll be happy for what lies in store for Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening. You're also nuts.

But that is indeed what we have this weekend as Seattle Sounders head north to Vancouver to take on a Whitecaps side still looking for their first point in the Marc Dos Santos era.

Joe, Nick, and Peter are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast as they look ahead to the match? Has the time off invigorated the 'Caps? Does MDS go back to a 4-3-3 and who will play in it? Do Vancouver have enough to stop a rampant Jordan Morris and Seattle's deadly attack? All that and a lot more are discussed this week, and find out who gives Joe the clap.

And it amongst all the chat, Do You Know Who I Am? returns, as does the prediction game and more. Have a listen!

Wasn't it nice to have a week off from watching Vancouver Whitecaps get screwed over by "PRO" referee decisions? We've enjoyed it anyway.

The Canadian men's national team were back in town after an absence of two and a half years, seeing off French Guiana in their final CONCACAF Nations League qualifier, securing a place in Nations League Group A and at this year's Gold Cup. We chat about the match and what may lie in store internationally for Canada. Are we all getting too carried away by the exciting young talent assembled?

We also bring you a number of one on one interviews this week with Canadian national team players. Kicking things off is Mark-Anthony Kaye, who talks injury recovery, life with LAFC, and what Marc Dos Santos was like as a coach. Next up is Marcus Godhino who talks about life in Scotland with Hearts, the Edinburgh derby, and what it means to play for Canada right now.

Moving from the young ones to the old guard, we chat with current Whitecap Russell Teibert and Besiktas' Atiba Hutchinson, plus David Edgar talks about moving back to England to play with Hartlepool United, the lure of the CPL, and monkey hangers!

Plus we look at the state of the Whitecaps as they get set to head into their first Cascadian derby of the season, hear from Derek Cornelius after PRO admitted they got his tackle wrong in Houston, look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, and this week's Wavelength is a tribute to Johan Cruyff on the anniversary of his death.

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

03.07: Canadian national team chat
33.27: Mark-Anthony Kaye interview and midfielder discussion
46.17: Marcus Godinho interview and defender discussion
59.42: Russell Teibert interview and discussion
65.43: Atiba Hutchinson interview and discussion
73.23: David Edgar interview and discussion
81.30: Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS chat including Derek Cornelius
98.57: Wavelength - Bambus - Johan Cruyff
103.50: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com

The new MLS season is only three weeks old but we're already entering a bye week. That may or may not be a good thing for Vancouver Whitecaps, who have slumped to their worst ever start to a MLS season. But are the signs of turning it around there? That's one of the many things we look at in this latest AFTN Soccer Show.

We pick over the bones of another defeat, as the 'Caps lose 3-2 in Houston. There's another controversial penalty to discuss, and some less than stellar player, passing, and penetrative performances.

With an international break looming, the action continues in Vancouver as the Canadian men's national team come to town. We look ahead to Sunday's CONCACAF Nations League qualifier with French Guiana, the make up of the squad and how they may be utilised, and we hear from head coach John Herdman about the match, the Gold Cup, and the state of the program right now.

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, chat about the poor MLS crowds we're seeing around the league, and this week's Wavelength is from Halftime Oranges.

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

03.31: Houston Dynamo v Vancouver Whitecaps analysis
33.15: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Wilmer Cabrera
39.25: More Houston v Vancouver chat
62.00: MLS West Week In Review and MLS attendance discussion
87.59: John Herdman conference call and Canadian Men's national team discussion
116.33: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Terrace Girl
119.55: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com

Third time lucky? That's what Marc Dos Santos and Vancouver Whitecaps will be hoping for in Houston on Saturday afternoon, in the last MLS match for the 'Caps before the international break.

Joe, Gideon, and Peter are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast as they look ahead to the 'Caps trip to Texas this weekend. What changes will MDS make to try and get that first point of the season on the board? Is there a more dangerous attacking trio in MLS than Houston's front three, and how do the 'Caps stop them? And will an attacking player ever score again for Vancouver? All that and a lot more are discussed this week, including some VAR talk.

And it amongst all the chat, Do You Know Who I Am? returns, as does the prediction game and more. Have a listen!

How did Corey Baird sleep after earning his phantom penalty call for RSL against Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday? Will his embellishment fine that's surely coming keep him awake? How did you sleep? Like an angry baby like we did?

A lot was lost this weekend. Not just an hour's sleep or three points, but also faith in VAR, or what faith we had left in PRO officials running it.

We look back at a controversial weekend in MLS action as the 'Caps went down to a 1-0 loss to RSL and hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and Salt Lake's Mike Petke. Who stood out for the 'Caps this week? Who didn't? And what changes may be coming for the next match in Houston? All this and a lot more are covered this episode.

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, chat about the Canadian Premier League news of the week, and with Los Campesinos featuring again in this week Wavelength section, how many football references can you spot in this week's song?

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

03.11: Real Salt Lake v Vancouver Whitecaps - THAT penalty decision
16.51: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Mike Petke
23.58: RSL v Vancouver chat
59.17: A quick look ahead to the Whitecaps in Houston
66.40: MLS West Week In Review
87.23: Wavelength - Los Campesinos - Glue Me
95.24: Canadian Premier League News of the Week
106.51: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com

Week 2 of the MLS season sees Vancouver Whitecaps heading to Utah to take on a Real Salt Lake side a little bit like themselves, in that you just don’t know what kind of team they are going to be this year.

In our latest preview podcast, our two saints, Nick and Peter look ahead to the match on Saturday. What changes will MDS make after the Minnesota loss? Are our left back issues solved, for now? And just what kind of a threat with RSL pose?

All this and more are covered in this episode, so have a listen!

The new MLS season is underway. Vancouver Whitecaps maybe started it somewhat underwhelmingly with a 3-2 loss at home to Minnesota United, but there's a long road ahead.

We pick over the bones of that opening day defeat and hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and Minnesota's Adrian Heath.

We also delve into some of the aspects of what went good and what went wrong for the Whitecaps and look at some individual player's performances and some needs in the squad. Will there be changes in store for next week's trip to Real Salt Lake?

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, chat about the Canadian Premier League news of the week, have a discussion about abuse in football following Ciara McCormack's unsettling blog post last week, and Helen Love are back in this week's Wavelength section.

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

02.46: Vancouver Whitecaps v Minnesota United Match in Review
22.25: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Adrian Heath
28.46: More Vancouver v Minnesota chat
35.45: Wavelength - Helen Love - New Squad Attacking Formation
43.15: Whitecaps player analysis and discussion
64.44: MLS West Week In Review
82.56: Canadian Premier League News of the Week
88.32: A discussion on coaching abuse in football