AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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Feb 26th, 2015 by aftn at 11:10 pm

It's always oh so simple for the Whitecaps these days in Portland. Back to back preseason tournaments in the bag and still a game to spare.

We chat with 'Caps coach Carl Robinson and two goal striker Darren Mattocks after Wednesday's 3-2 win over Norwegian side Stabaek, as we look forward to Saturday's final game against Chicago Fire and at the suggestions that Vancouver are a dirty team.

We also hear from Fire head coach Frank Yallop in an exclusive chat about Chicago's preseason and Saturday's match-up.

And there's still time to chat with Robinson and 'Caps captain Pedro Morales about why South American players seem to be such a good fit for the Whitecaps and MLS.

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It feels like we've been talking about it for ages, but it's only been since last summer that the seeds for Vancouver Whitecaps' USL team were sewn. Those seeds have now sprouted and the team is coming together, with open tryouts this weekend and their preseason training camp kicking off on Monday.

The 'Caps have announced the first three signings to the USL squad - all Residency graduates and all in this special WFC2 episode of "There's Still Time", the AFTN podcast.

We have exclusive one to one chats with defender Jackson Farmer and midfielder Mitch Piraux about the signing of their first professional contracts, what the USL team means to their development and being involved in last year's Voyageurs Cup squad. Farmer also tells us about making the transition from centre defender to right back and his recent trip to the World Cup qualifiers with the Canadian U20 team.

And there's still time for our thoughts on the team and some training scrum audio from the other USL signing Jordan Haynes and head coach Alan Koch.

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Vancouver Whitecaps are still camping hard in the hope that the 2015 MLS season will actually get underway on time.

It's a buoyant 'Caps camp, but then again, when is it not? Coming off a 6-0 friendly win on Sunday helps of course. We look back at the UVIC Vikes match-up and ask if there was really much than you can take from such a hammering?

One of the standout players on Sunday though was young Canadian internationalist Marco Bustos. We speak one-on-one with Bustos about his first camp as a MLS pro, how he's progressing and his hopes for the season.

A player who is hoping to build upon a great MLS season last year is Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted. The great Dane led the league with 13 clean sheets. Can we expect more of the same or even better? And how will the chemistry be with a new central defensive pairing in front of him? Ousted chats about all this and more.

From those with contracts, to one hoping to earn one. We ran our written interview with Welsh striker Robert Earnshaw last week, but if you missed it or if you want more, here's our full exclusive chat with the goalscorer that may be the answer to the Whitecaps search for a veteran forward.

And there's still time to feature a quick roundtable chat around the Collective Bargaining Agreement that could mean a MLS players' strike. Will it come to this? We hope not, but the players have our full support.

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Feb 7th, 2015 by aftn at 3:59 pm

Episode 93 of "There's Still Time", the AFTN podcast, is our first roundtable of the year.

When the cat’s away, the mice will play. Your regular host Michael has gone all Braveheart and is staging a one-man invasion of England. In his absence, Zachary Meisenheimer and Steven Lamothe join your other regular co-host Steve Pandher to look at what was a fairly busy offseason.

The trio look at the main signings of the winter and what, if anything, can be drawn from the first preseason game of the year – a 2-0 win over New England.

There’s WFC2 USL PRO chat and interviews with young ‘Caps striker Caleb Clarke and new Whitecaps FC 2 head coach Alan Koch.

And there’s still time to pick over the bones of the flop that was the Canadian U20’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

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