AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast, and what a week it's been.

As the 'Caps got their preseason camp underway, shock news emerged from Whitecapsland that Player of the Year Max Crepeau was being traded to LAFC. We break down the move and what it might mean for Vancouver, look at how $1 million in GAM might get spent, and try and make sense of a stacked forward line and how all the pieces might fall in.

We've got three one-on-one interviews for you from the Whitecaps camp and we kick them off with a chat with trialist Kwame Awuah. The Canadian left back talks about heading to Vancouver looking to get a MLS deal, his three successful years at Forge FC, coming through the Sigma academy, and find out which current Whitecap used to be his roommate.

Turning our attention to the other end of the pitch, we catch up with Theo Bair to chat about his loan spell in Norway, his growth, his ambitions, and battling for minutes back in Vancouver. Plus fellow striker David Egbo chats about his first year as a pro, his loan spell in Phoenix, finally getting into Vancouver, and his hopes for the season to come.

Rounding things off we turn our attention to League1 BC and to TSS Rovers. The Rovers' supporters share ownership scheme went live to the general public this week and we chat with Colin Elmes, Will Cromack and two representatives from the Spirit of the Rovers Trust about all the hows and whys, plus we look at the team's preparations for the first L1BC season.

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

02.08: Max Crepeau in shock trade to LAFC
24.15: Whitecaps preseason camp underway
30.24: Kwame Awuah interview and discussion
51.18: Whitecaps forward line discussion
55.49: Theo Bair interview and discussion
74.05: David Egbo interview and discussion
96.31: TSS supporter ownership campaign opens to public
120.40: TSS Rovers L1BC preparation latest
137.30: Wavelength - Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup Squad and Dana - Yer Man

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast.

The Whitecaps selected five players in this week's MLS SuperDraft. We break down those picks and hear from head coach Vanni Sartini and first rounder Simon Becher, plus Sporting Director Axel Schuster chats to us a little bit about the club's MLS Next Pro plans.

The main focus of this episode, however, is on the state of the women's game here in Canada at both international and domestic level.

We bring you our final year in review wrap up as we look at the gold medal winning Canadian women's national team, hear a little bit from head coach Bev Priestman, and look at the snub to Priestman in FIFA's Best Of awards.

Our feature interview this episode is with Emma Humphries the Whitecaps Director of Women's Football Development. We chat about the club game here in Canada, the lack of current opportunities, her role at the 'Caps, the launch of League 1 BC and more. Plus we have a big discussion about growing the game at club level in the country and what that might look like.

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

01.26: Intro chat
03.47: TVOD - Anne
13.08: Whitecaps pick five in draft with audio from Vanni Sartini and Simon Becher
39.20: Axel talks MLS Next Pro plans
46.10: Canadian women's national team Year in Review
65.40: Priestman snubbed in FIFA Best Of awards
76.15: Emma Humphries interview
111.40: Developing the women's club game in Canada discussion
138.45: Wavelength - Neil Grant - Give It All We've Got

We're back with our first show of 2022 and what better way to kick off the new year than with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show and another of our end of season reviews, this time turning our attention to the stellar year that was had by the Canadian men's national team.

Canada started the year 72nd in the world in the FIFA rankings and they finished it in 40th, their joint highest ever which they also reached in December 1996. The national team played 19 matches last year. All of them competitive games, with not a friendly in site. Crazy really considering how little they've played in some recent years.

There were 14 World Cup qualifiers and 5 Gold Cup matches, producing 13 wins, 4 draws, and just 2 defeats, both of those coming at the hands of traditional CONCACAF powerhouses of the US and Mexico and both of those came at the Gold Cup. Canada scored 55 goals, conceding just 11, with 16 different goalscorers.

2021 was a great year, but hopefully it's just the start of even bigger and better things for Canada. We delve into all of that and a lot more, plus we chat with CPL coaches Bobby Smyrniotis, Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and Jim Brennan to look at how the success of the national team has driven an excitement locally for the CPL teams.

As the old year comes to a close and the new one peaks over the horizon, I think we can all just hope for better times in 2022.

We're here to guide you into the new year with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show and we're back with another end of season review, this time turning our attention to the Canadian Premier League.

BC is home to the new CPL champs Pacific FC and we look back at their season, and those of the other seven sides, in a season that saw a lot of ups and downs, drama, controversies, three managerial casualties, and some great football played.

We chat about the high points for each team and look ahead to what they need to do to improve next season. Plus we look at the CPL coming to the lower mainland and where that fits in with the upcoming launch of League 1 BC.

Plus we talk take out food with Pacific FC's Ollie Bassett and there's music from Wet Leg, Babyshambles, and Werd (SOS).

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

01.43: Intro chat
04.45: General CPL season overview
21.13: CPL award winners
33.38: Pacific FC's season
45.01: Take Me Out - Ollie Bassett
47.25: Forge FC's season
59.00: Cavalry FC's season
65.31: FC Edmonton's season
71.28: Valour FC's season
75.05: York United's season and Martin Nash appointment
81.26: HFX Wanderers' season
83.08: Atletico Ottawa's season and Mista departs
92.25: There's a new CPL team coming to Vancouver
113.51: League 1 BC chat
124.42: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Literally

Ho, Ho, Ho everybody and welcome to the 2021 AFTN Christmas party! There's fun, there's games, there's music, there's presents, and there's lots of football chat.

Our feature interview this episode is what is now our ninth annual State of the Whitecaps end of season chat with the current head coach on the podcast, and our first one with Vanni Sartini. In a very honest and raw interview, Vanni talks about the season past, looks ahead to next year, and talks about what he learned about himself as a coach and as a person.

There's some interesting player chat and we talk about formations, the team's identity, getting to the next level, and the pressure that comes with it all.

Getting the festive spirit flowing, we find out what Christmas is like in the Vanni Sartini, Ryan Gauld, Maxime Crepeau, and Brian White households, plus you can play along at home as we play some football themed games.

All of this, plus some Christmas music from Crazy and the Brains, Super Furry Animals, The Monkees, Walk The Earth, Dean Martin and of course, no Christmas episode would be complete without The Pogues.

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

01.32: Intro chat
04.27: Christmas Presents - Part One
11.31: A Maxime Crepeau Christmas
14.03: Walk The Earth - Feliz Navidad
16.34: Whitecaps Six of the Best game
37.24: A Brian White Christmas
38.43: Dean Martin - White Christmas
41.19: Whitecaps 2021 Festive XI
44.25: Crazy and the Brains - Little Saint Nick
47.16: Vanni Sartini State of the Whitecaps interview
79.30: The Monkees - Unwrap You For Christmas
84.52: Christmas Presents - Part Two
91.16: Unpacking Sartini - interview discussion
107.56: A Ryan Gauld Christmas
109.23: The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
115.27: Football Jeopardy
133.08: Super Furry Animals - The Gift That Keeps Giving
141.50: A Vanni Sartini Christmas
148.35: Quizball - East Fife v Bayern Munich
157.12: Christmas Presents - Part Three
163.49: Wavelength - Glenn Hoddle - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
170.49: Glasvegas - Silent Night

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed episode of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

It's that time of year when we reflect on the last 12 months - the good times, the bad times, the what might have beens. We'll be breaking down the year in Whitecapsland and Canadian soccer over the next few shows and we kick things off this episode with our 2021 Whitecaps Year in Review.

We look back on the offseason squad building, starting the season down in Utah, the return back to Vancouver, and the season run-in and the playoffs. Plus we chat about the key additions of Ryan Gauld and Brian White, the sacking of Marc Dos Santos and the appointment of Vanni Sartini, and look ahead at what could lie in store in 2022.

Our feature interview this episode is with the difference maker that joined the 'Caps in the summer, Scottish DP Ryan Gauld. We chat to Ryan about his move to Vancouver, his first season in MLS, what's to come next year, his hopes of pulling on a Scotland jersey in the near future, and a lot more.

Plus we look at the Whitecaps news of the week as Tristan Blackmon joins the club, the 2022 schedule is released, and we find out if Brian White fancies a chocolate digestive.

All of this, plus Scottish rapper Werd (SOS) features in this episode's special Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg continue their residency as our Artists of the Month.

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

01.35: Intro
03.25: Tristan Blackmon is a Whitecap
09.20: Whitecaps 2022 schedule released
15.45: Whitecaps Year In Review - The Offseason squad building
40.25: Whitecaps Year In Review - The Utah Months
50.05: Whitecaps Year In Review - The addition of Brian White
55.35: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Brian White
57.05: Ryan Gauld interview and discussion
80.45: Whitecaps Year In Review - the season run in, playoffs, and the year to come
97.27: Wavelength - Werd (SOS) - iWatch Adverts On iPhones

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed episode of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

The 2021 MLS season is finally over and there's a new name on the Cup. We chat about NYCFC's win over Portland in a MLS Cup that was far from a classic but did have controversy on and off the pitch, late drama, and a penalty shootout. Plus we talk about whether MLS should move back to neutral venues for their cup finals and the growing dominance of multi-club operations around world football.

There was also a lot of other MLS news this week and we chat about some of the stuff coming out of Commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address including expansion to Las Vegas, how much the league has helped Canada's national team get to the level they're at, and a new league has been launched. What will MLS Next Pro look like for the Whitecaps?

Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps Director of Recruitment Nikos Overheul. We chat to Nikos about his role at the club, his background in football, his previous work with Brentford FC and at Stats Bomb, and the growing important of analytics in modern football.

All of this, plus English punk band The Angelic Upstarts feature in this episode's special Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg continue their residency as our Artists of the Month.

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed episode of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

And what a show we have for you this episode as we celebrate Pacific FC winning their first Canadian Premier League championship. We look back at their win over Forge, hear from head coach Pa Modou Kah and goalscoring hero Alessandro Hojabrpour, and look ahead to what may lie in the club's and Kah's future.

Turning our attention to the Whitecaps, we look at the big news in Whitecapsland as Vanni Sartini is confirmed as the club's head coach and their end of season roster decisions are announced. Plus we look at who we would protect in next week's MLS Expansion Draft and discuss this weekend's MLS Conference Finals.

Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. We chat to Max about his year with Vancouver and Canada, talk about the art of saving penalties, and more.

Plus we kick off our 11th annual AFTN End of Season awards as we pick the Whitecaps Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Academy Player of the Year, and one to watch in 2022, plus pick the team's goal, save, and game of the year.

All of this, plus Danish band Dreamjockey feature in this episode's Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg begin their residency as our Artists of the Month.

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

01.43: Intro
05.22: Pacific FC are CPL champs!
34.20: CPL and Players Union to talk CBA
39.43: Vanni Sartini confirmed as Whitecaps coach
50.37: Whitecaps roster decisions made
57.13: Which Whitecaps should be protected in Expansion draft?
66.33: MLS Cup all set for Portland
82.13: Maxime Crepeau interview and discussion
123.12: AFTN 2021 Awards - the first batch
148.20: Wavelength - Dreamjockey - Soccer

Nov 29th, 2021 by aftn at 3:08 am

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

The Whitecaps season may be over and it may have been all quiet on the blue and white front this past week, but there's a lot of big decisions coming up this offseason around the head coaching position, the current squad of players, and bringing in new faces to take the team to the next level.

We give the 'Caps a helping hand, and kick off our offseason shows, with our annual look at who the club need to keep around, who should be traded, transferred or loaned out, and who should be cut free and wished well in their future endeavours.

We break the squad down into defence, midfield, and attack and look at the individual contributions around the team, or lack of. How much offseason activity should 'Caps fans expect in the transfer market?

The MLS playoffs are in full swing and they've been serving up late drama. We look at the latest games and some of the latest talking points coming out of Canada's other MLS sides - Toronto and Montreal.

All of this, plus New Jersey artist Motherway features in this episode's Wavelength and Jersey band Crazy and the Brains wind up their residency as our Artists of the Month.

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

01.42: Intro and football cards
06.51: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - goalkeepers
20.19: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - defenders
46.31: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - midfielders
60.53: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, Release - forwards
78.40: MLS playoffs round-up
95.01: TFC make moves off the pitch
103.40: CF Montreal vs supporters
113.49: Wavelength - Motherway - Soccer

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

It's a playoff edition as we look at the highs and lows for the two BC teams in postseason action this weekend, as the Whitecaps MLS season came to an end in Kansas City, but Pacific FC's continued as they made it to the Canadian Premier league championship game.

We kick things off with some 'Caps chat, who are one and done after going down to a 3-1 defeat at Sporting KC in the MLS playoffs. What went wrong? What was with the line-up? And should we be feeling a bit downbeat about crashing out early, optimistic about what they've achieved and the future, or a combination of all of that?

We look at the main talking points from the game and hear from 'Caps coach Vanni Sartini, plus we round up the rest of the weekend's MLS playoff action.

But it was far better news for Pacific FC as they beat Cavalry FC, in somewhat controversial circumstances, in their semi-final to reach their first ever CPL championship game against Forge FC in two week's time. We chat about both semis, set up the final, and hear from Pacific head coach Pa Modou Kah and Cavalry's Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

All of this, plus New Zealand Sunday league team turned band Cumbia Blazera make their debut in this episode's Wavelength and Jersey band Crazy and the Brains continue their residency as our Artists of the Month.

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

01.40: Intro and football cards
06.40: Whitecaps lose to KC in MLS playoffs
66.29: MLS playoffs round-up
75.00: Pacific FC reach CPL Championship game
102.50: Wavelength - Cumbia Blazera - Game We Should Have Won

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

It's an exciting time in Canadian soccer and we're in a celebratory mood this episode with Canada getting ever closer to reaching the World Cup in Qatar and the Whitecaps getting set for their first MLS playoff campaign since 2017. Happy days and we have it all covered for you in this episode.

We start off on the international stage as Canada made it six points from six in World Cup qualifying in Edmonton and they finish 2021 at the top of the Octo. We look back at the big talking points from the wins over Costa Rica and Mexico and get the inside scoop from our man on the ground at Commonwealth Stadium. Have Canada all but assured a top four finish? Where will the next match against the US be played? We chat about all of this and more.

Moving back to domestic matters, as the Whitecaps get set to head to Kansas City in playoff action, we look at the team's poor postseason record, preview the KC match, and chat one-on-one with 'Caps head coach Vanni Sartini.

And there's still time for our feature interview this episode as we sit down for a chat with the 'Caps leading scorer Brian White about his career so far, coming to Vancouver, and the game against KC.

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

02.00: Intro and football cards
11.05: Canada are top of the Octo
71.16: Whitecaps playoff record and playoff optimism
82.13: Vanni Sartini interview
91.45: Sporting KC v Whitecaps playoff preview
107.00: Brian White interview
134.37: Wavelength - Embrace - World At Your Feet

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

The 2021 MLS regular season is in the history books and after many twists and turns and ups and downs, the Whitecaps are in the postseason for the first time since 2017. We pick over the bones of their playoff clinching 1-1 draw at home to Seattle, look around the rest of the action on Decision Day as the afternoon timeline played out, and set up the playoffs to come.

But while it's great news on the pitch for the 'Caps, the sexual misconduct scandal is still looming large off it. We look at the latest developments as MLS name the investigators appointed, and we chat with Lindsay Ingham, a Californian lawyer who specializes in such investigations, for an insight into how they proceed and more.

Our feature interview this episode is with Colin Elmes and Will Cromack of TSS Rovers as we chat about the club joining League 1 BC, the importance of the league to game's development here, and their plans for fan ownership.

All of this, plus we chat about the plans for the 2022 MLS season, the CPL playoff battle, Crazy and the Brains continue their stint as Artists of the Month, and Tulsa band The Shame feature in this episode's Wavelength.

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

02.45: Whitecaps v Sounders and how MLS Decision Day played out
61.35: Whitecaps sexual misconduct allegations - latest developments and Lindsay Ingham interview
101.09: TSS Rovers interview with Colin Elmes and Will Cromack
148.03: League 1 BC and fan ownership discussion
157.20: Canadian Premier League playoff battle
165.53: Wavelength - The Shame - For Football And The Pints

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

Decision Day beckons and the Whitecaps are heading into it in the playoff places and with their postseason fate very firmly in their own hands. A draw at LAFC on Tuesday night has left them with both hands on the wheel and looking in a fairly good position with one game of the MLS regular season. Can they steer the clear path ahead?

We look back at the highs, lows, and main talking points from the game in LA, talk about the defensive shift put in by the entire team as they were put under siege, and look ahead to Sunday, the clash with Seattle, and the playoff scenarios that could play out. Plus we hear from Vanni Sartini, Maxime Crepeau and Florian Jungwirth.

There's been a lot of developments in the Whitecaps abuse scandal this past week and we bring you up to speed. And there's still time to chat about some of the other big talking points around Canadian soccer this week as the Canadian Premier League playoff race heats up, Pacific FC just fall short in their bid to reach the Canadian Championship final, and Forge FC make history by becoming the first CPL side to reach the CONCACAF Champions League. Plus we chat with Valour's Phillip Dos Santos, Cavalry's Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and Forge's Bobby Smyrniotis.

The music in this week's show comes from our new Artists of the Month, New Jersey band Crazy and the Brains, Scottish rapper Mog, and My Brother Woody return in this episode's Wavelength.

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

02.23: Intros and football cards
06.14:Whitecaps abuse scandal - the fallout continues
30.20: MLS West round-up
34.01: LAFC v Whitecaps postgame analysis
63.12: Decision Day scenarios and Seattle preview
81.00: Canadian football round-up - CPL, Canadian Championship, CONCACAF League
106.34: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Early Reducer

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

The wild, wild West is going down to the wire and the Whitecaps are right in the mix for a first postseason berth since 2017. Wednesday's night's win over Minnesota was huge for the 'Caps playoff hopes and with two games left to play, a point may prove to be all they need.

We pick over the bones of that win and look at some of the standout performances, plus we round up the midweek MLS action and look ahead to the season run-in for all of those teams battling for a playoff spot.

But it's not all been happy news in Whitecapsland as the women's team abuse scandal that rocked the club resurfaced this week with allegations against another coach. With this following on from disturbing abuse allegations coming out of the NWSL over the past few months, we chat about the issue of player safety in the women's game and what lessons will be learned for future generations from these cases.

And there's still time to chat about some of the other big talking points around Canadian soccer this week and bring you two more tunes from our Artists of the Month, Australian band The Chats, one of them in this week's Wavelength.

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

02.24: MLS West midweek round-up
09.26: Whitecaps v Minnesota postgame analysis
36.56: MLS season run-in chat and LAFC preview
54.11: Wavelength - The Chats - 4573
57.50: Abuse allegations in women's soccer
87.48: Canadian soccer news round-up

Oct 24th, 2021 by aftn at 3:19 am

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

It's been a busy week for Vancouver Whitecaps with three games in seven days and seven points taken from them. It's left the team above the playoff line with three games to go. Can they hang on? Can they even secure a home playoff game? And what does all of that mean for interim head coach Vanni Sartini? It's going to be a nervy end to the season.

We chat about all of that and more as we look back at the Whitecaps dramatic come from behind win in Portland and the hangover draw in San Jose. What does that do to the team's mentality and how the rest of the West will view them? Was dropping points in San Jose just them running out of juice? We look at the latest playoff picture in the MLS West and preview the crucial midweek match against Minnesota.

And there's still time to chat about the Canadian women's celebration tour, play a Wavelength song all about Qatar 2022, and bring you two more tunes from our Artists of the Month, Australian band The Chats.

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

02.25: Intro and football cards
07.50: That Timbers win and what it does for the Whitecaps
33.02: Earthquakes v Whitecaps postgame analysis
57.43: MLS West weekend round-up
80.35: Minnesota preview
100.52: Wavelength - Rasmus Wold - Never Mind The Slavery
104.40: World Cup 2022 chat
110.20: CanWNT Celebration tour

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

We cover a lot of bases again this week as we talk football at club and country level around the country.

The temperature gauge was certainly rising in the MLS Western Conference as the action heated up with six games remaining. The Whitecaps finished the weekend in the same situation they started it, one point and one place back off the playoff line. They kept there with a fantastically hard fought home win over Sporting Kansas City.

We pick over the bones of that game, look at the weekend's action in the West, and preview the 'Caps next two matches. Can they keep things going?

Plus we look at Canada's World Cup qualifier against Panama and cast our eyes over the latest results and standings in the Canadian Premier League.

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

01.36: Intro and football cards
08.09: MLS West weekend round-up
18.49: Whitecaps v Sporting KC postgame analysis
41.46: Portland and San Jose preview
57.40: Canada CONCACAF World Cup qualifying chat
87.50: Canadian Premier League chat
97.00: Wavelength - Ultraska - Against Modern Football

Oct 11th, 2021 by aftn at 2:21 am

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

We cover a lot of bases this week as we talk football at club and country level around the country and the region.

Kicking things off in Major League Soccer, we delve into the latest Cascadia Cup clash that saw the Whitecaps fall to a 4-1 defeat in Seattle. After a horrible start, they gave a decent account of themselves at times during the match, but defensive lapses loomed large and cost them dearly. We look at all the highs and lows coming out of the match, where that leave's the 'Caps in the MLS West playoff race, and look at the season run-in for all the team in and around them.

Moving on to the international stage and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, we look back at Canada's two draws with Mexico and Jamaica, the chances taken and the missed opportunities, and after a dramatic round of games, where that leaves all the teams five matches in ahead of a big Canada v Panama game on Wednesday evening.

And we round things off this episode with a discussion about the new League 1 BC that was officially announced this week. We chat about the details that have been revealed thus far and discuss whether BC is ready for such a league, the importance of getting the excitement in the local communities in growing the game here, what this can mean in the grand scheme of player development, and a lot more.

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

01.41: Intro and football cards
11.46: Sounders v Whitecaps postgame analysis
29.41: MLS West playoff race - the lie of the land and the road ahead
46.00: Canada CONCACAF World Cup qualifying chat
82.07: League 1 BC launch discussion
104.45: Wavelength - Loyalty - Give Football Back To The Working Class

Oct 4th, 2021 by aftn at 3:14 am

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

The Whitecaps made it one loss in their last 15 matches with a crucial 3-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes at the weekend, moving to within a point of the MLS playoff places thanks to a Brian White hat-trick. We pick over the bones of that one, hear from head coach Vanni Sartini, and see where the win leaves the 'Caps in the playoff picture.

We also delve in the Whitecaps attacking and defensive options for the rest of this season and next, and debate whether now is the time for a settled starting line-up when possible or is the tinkering a way to keep things fresh and the opposition on their toes?

Turning our attention to the international stage, we look ahead to Canada's three World Cup qualifiers and chat with 'Caps keeper Maxime Crepeau about them.

Plus what is Vanni Sartini's favourite jam? Does Florian Jungwirth fancy a chocolate digestive?

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

01.35: Intro and football cards
06.35: Whitecaps v Earthquakes postgame analysis
28.05: Vanni Sartini discussion
43.00: Vanni Sartini's Favourite Jam
44.50: MLS round-up and Seattle preview
64.16: Whitecaps defensive chat
78.03: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Florian Jungwirth
80.16: Whitecaps striker chat - Cava v White, who's here next year?
102.42: Canada World Cup qualifying chat
112.03: Maxime Crepeau on WCQs
117.57: Wavelength - Superyob - Sweet FA

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.

And what a busy week it's been.

The Whitecaps got back to winning ways with a narrow victory at home to FC Dallas on Saturday. We look at the highlights and lowlights coming out of that one, where that leaves the team after the weekend's results, and look ahead to the Houston game midweek.

And Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster joins us to chat about the new Leagues Cup format, the search for a new head coach, and the development of the 'Caps' U19s.

We also hear from MLS Commissioner Don Garber about the revamped Leagues Cup, Pacific FC's Pa-Modou Kah and Forge FC's Bobby Smyrniotis talk about One Soccer's new deal with Telus, automatic qualification to the CONCACAF Champions League from 2024 for two CPL teams, and growing the league.

Plus we look at Rob Gale's departure at Valour and hear from his replacement, former Whitecaps assistant coach Phillip Dos Santos, Pa-Modou Kah talks Canadian Championship semi-finals, Werd (SOS) ends his residency as our Artist of the Month for September, and Nottingham punk band Resistance 77 are in Wavelength as Football Violence Awareness Month wraps up.

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

01.37: Intro and football cards
06.32: Whitecaps v Dallas postgame analysis
30.51: Axel Schuster on coaching search and U19s
44.50: MLS round-up and Houston preview
57.11: Leagues Cup revamp with audio from Garber and Schuster
77.00: Pa Modou Kah on CCL and League Cups revamp and growing CPL
92.43: Bobby Smyrniotis on CCL and League Cups revamp and growing CPL
100.25: Rob Gale out at Valour, Phillip Dos Santos takes over
119.05: Pa-Modou Kah on Canadian Championship semi-finals
125.10: Wavelength - Resistance '77 - Saturday On The Terraces

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian football chat.

As those around them pick up the wins, the room for error is getting ever smaller for the 'Caps and while an away draw in Colorado is normally a good result, we're getting to the have to start getting three points stage of the season.

We pick over the bones of that game, talk Whitecaps defence, and look at where the draw leaves the 'Caps in the grand scheme of things in the Western Conference, plus as another MLS manager falls, we look at how urgent filling the Vancouver vacancy could become.

Our feature interview this episode is with one of the newest Whitecaps, German centreback Florian Jungwirth. We chat with Flo about his early days in football in Germany, his initial slow loving of the game, making the move to MLS, settling in to Vancouver, and about his work with his rescue dogs charity in Spain.

Plus Werd (SOS) continues as our Artist of the Month for September and London punk band Infa Riot are in Wavelength as Football Violence Awareness Month continues!

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

02.35: Rapids v Whitecaps postgame analysis
40.40: Artist of the Month - Werd (SOS) ft Kirsty Innes - One The Rocks
45.28: Florian Jungwirth interview
69.15: Whitecaps defensive discussion
79.42: Wavelength - Infa Riot - Bootboys
85.48: Goodbyes and football strips chat

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