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.

Happy International Podcast Day everybody!

A special day, so we're bringing you a special podcast. One which we've been wanting to do for a while. It's our podcast within a podcast, as we bring you Episode 129 of "There's Still Time", which is also Episode 1 of "Wavelength".

To us, football and music go hand in hand. Away From The Numbers is named after a 1977 song by The Jam after all. So we're wanting to bring you a series of special podcasts bringing you some of our favourite (sometimes for all the wrong reasons) football related songs.

To kick things off, we bring you ten songs. Ten, well, we can't even say classics, so let's just with tunes. Yup, ten tunes covering Vancouver Whitecaps, East Fife, West Ham United, Cardiff City, Accrington Stanley, Altrincham and Columbus Crew.

Have a listen and don't forget to let us know some of your favourites!

Back to back home losses for Vancouver Whitecaps now as the MLS season gets down to the wire.

It was a tale of two penalties at BC Place on Saturday night, both horrible awards, and some woeful finishing from the 'Caps as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to New York City FC.

We pick over the bones of the defeat with the help of Harjeet Johal.

What was with the officiating? What was with the finishing? What's with the inability to get some breathing space at the top of the table? Did any Whitecaps players stand out or did they all just freeze in front of their big name opponents? We look at these talking points and more.

We also hear from the victorious NYC locker room and get the thoughts of head coach Jason Kreis, goalscorer Frank Lampard and US international Mix Diskerud.

We'll also chat about fawning over the names in town, the decision to keep the capacity at 21,000 and disrespecting the Supporters' Shield.

And there's still time to bring back an old segment to lighten the mood, as we look at some of the more offbeat stories in the world of soccer this past week.

Have a listen!

It's all over for Vancouver Whitecaps 2's inaugural season.

Michael and Steve are joined by Curva Collective's Zachary Meisenheimer and AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk to look at WFC2's first season in USL.

Can it be deemed a success?

Well the club finished second bottom in the table but got some vital development minutes not just for their talent coming through, but the fringe guys from the MLS team. What were the highs? The lows? Who made the grade and could move on up and who disappointed? And what about the venue itself up at UBC and the crowds they attracted?

We look at all this and more.

Have a listen!

Sep 21st, 2015 by aftn at 12:45 am

The weekend started off so brightly for us here at AFTN Towers. Both East Fife and Wimbledon got big victories in their respective leagues, but then the Whitecaps took to the pitch.

It was a double losing weekend for the 'Caps, with Seattle claiming this year's Cascadia Cup with a 3-0 victory on Saturday and then Austin Aztex coming back from two goals down to beat WFC2 3-2 in USL action on Sunday.

That's what you call a bad weekend. We've been playing the Art Brut song of the same name on repeat as a result.

Michael and Steve are joined by AFTN writer Jay Duke to look back at the Seattle loss. What went wrong? Were there any positives to take from it? And what does it mean, if anything, for the rest of the season.

We also look ahead to the next clash between the two sides, Wednesday's winner takes all CONCACAF Champions League group game.

The USL season wrapped up on Sunday and we chat with WFC2 head coach Alan Koch about the successes of the team's inaugural season and what lies in store for the team and the players moving forward.

And there's still time to catch up with Austin Aztex head coach Paul Dalglish about his return to Texas, the club moving up from PDL to USL and the impact on the Whitecaps of former Aztec, Kekuta Manneh.

Have a listen!

Sep 14th, 2015 by aftn at 11:06 pm

We were going to call this episode "Wind Assisted". Recording in a field in Cloverdale at a Residency match on a windy morning is never the best idea. As you'll hear here! So apologies in advance for the crappy sound quality at times in this one.

It was an other bye weekend for the Whitecaps. The second straight in MLS. What a weird schedule.

Still lots to talk about as we look back at Vancouver Whitecaps win over Colorado Rapids and ahead to the two big games coming up this week - Wednesday's Champions League clash with CD Olimpia and Saturday's game with so much on the line against Seattle.

How will Robbo manage this balancing act? Will the previously suspended Waston and Laba see some game time in the CCL? Can the 'Caps take control in both league and cup play?

We also look at the weekend's action in MLS. A great weekend for the 'Caps that saw them stay top of the Supporters' Shield standings without even playing. Can they keep it up?

And there's still time to muse over the future of 'Caps coach Carl Robinson.

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There is no resting for Vancouver Whitecaps. No resting on their laurels and no resting on the training pitch with a bye week ahead this long weekend.

The defeat in Houston was a disappointing end to what was a successful month of August. Four wins, nine points in MLS, a first ever Canadian Championship and looking to be in a good position in Champions League qualifying. All in all, not bad going!

But the 'Caps were back on the training pitch Thursday eager to get back into action and in this special interview episode you'll hear from Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson, defender Jordan Harvey and midfielder Mauro Rosales as we talk the loss to the Dynamo, the month of September, squad depth, squad rotation and much more!

Have a listen!

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