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Well a Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you're having a wonderful festive period, with lots of fun and family traditions. Let us bring you ours, with the 2016 Christmas Special of the AFTN soccer podcast.

We chat with Carl Robinson, David Edgar, and Fraser Aird about Boxing Day and New Years Day football action. What it's like to play in and go to those matches, do they miss it, and what are some of their favourite Christmas footballing memories and players and as fans.

Robbo is currently in the UK to spend the holidays with his family, but he'll be taking in a couple of games and scouting a few players along the way. There's been a number of UK players head to MLS over the last few years, some more successful than others, but there's not been that many managers. We chat with Robbo about why that might be.

We also catch up with four members of the Canadian Women's national team - Karina Leblanc, Diana Matheson, Christine Sinclair, and Rhian Wilkinson - and chat about just what it was they strived for in their teenage years and what they strive for now in their lives after launching their new business venture iS4.

Plus there's lots of festive music along the way and we finally bring you a special announcement about the future of the podcast.

There's a lot of festive fun to be had, so have a listen.

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2016 has been a pretty shitty year all round. From a Vancouver Whitecaps perspective, it hasn't been on of their best, but that's all in the past now and we just need to look forward to the better times ahead.

But not without our fourth annual State of the Whitecaps end of season chat with 'Caps coach Carl Robinson (at 37:16 mark).

In our latest one on one with Robbo we look at just what went wrong this season past, what's he's learned, what needs to be done to make this team better, and a look at the players moving on and those possibly coming in. We chat referees, Fabian Espindola, Seattle's MLS Cup success, those rumours linking him with the Swansea City job, and a lot more.

Round about our chat with Carl, AFTN writer Jay Duke and Curva Collective's Zachary Adam Meisenheimer join Michael and Steve to look at some of the main talking points so far this offseason in Whitecapsland and discuss what Robbo had to say.

There's a lot of talk to be had, so have a listen.

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Remember us? We thought we'd come out of winter hibernation to bring you a couple of end of year podcasts to round off what's been a pretty miserable 2016 with a bang.

It's been a fairly quiet offseason in Whitecapsland but with things starting to happen this week, it seemed only right to come back with a round-up of all the latest news and rumours and to bring you some unheard interviews we did towards the end of the season with Vancouver Whitecaps players and management.

It's been a week to officially confirm departures and which options have and haven't been picked up for the season ahead and we look at two of the more newsworthy ones - captain Pedro Morales and goalkeeper Marco Carducci - and look at what holes the 'Caps need to fill and whether a MLS Cup between two fierce rivals will force the front office to act.

On the interview side, we hear from 'Caps coach Carl Robinson about his search for difference makers, his offseason plans, squad harmony, Alphonso Davies, and more, while Costa Rican veteran Christian Bolanos looks back at his first season in MLS with the Whitecaps and talks about his dream of making it to a third World Cup with the Ticos.

We also hear from two Canadians, one who may be the new club captain, David Edgar, and one who has returned to his former club at the end of his loan deal, Fraser Aird, and a player hoping to earn his first MLS contract in 2017, WFC2 goalkeeper Spencer Richey.

There's a lot of talk to be had, so have a listen.

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