AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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We're back! Our podlet idea seems to have already gone out the window as this episode comes in at 45 minutes long.

It's our second podcast from Wales following Vancouver Whitecaps on their preseason tour.

We have a lengthy chat with one of the few veterans on the team, left back Jordan Harvey and a couple of strikers looking to make a name for themselves this season, Kyle Greig and Erik Hurtado.

Plus we chat with one of the newest, yet oldest, Whitecaps, newly signed WFC2 midfielder David Norman Jr.

There's a welcome in the hillside for you, so have a listen.

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Croeso i Gymru. Or Welcome to Wales if you want that in English.

The AFTN travelling roadshow has hit Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan as we follow Vancouver Whitecaps preseason preparations in Wales.

With the first game of the trip in the history books, an unfortunate 1-0 loss to Cardiff City U23s, we bring you the first of our (mini) podcasts of the preseason.

We chat with 'Caps coach Carl Robinson about the match and some of the talking points from the preseason so far, and we catch up with two players that returned to the pitch after long term injuries, winger Kekuta Manneh and defender Christian Dean.

There's a welcome in the hillside for you, so have a listen.

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What number of offseason draft was this? We've lost count. But Friday was the big one, MLS SuperDraft. You know it's special because it has Super in the title!

Not that explosive and Vancouver Whitecaps had fewer selections it felt than in seasons past, but they came away with a couple of solid, promising defenders.

We speak with 'Caps coach Carl Robinson (at 02:58 mark) after all the draft hoopla was over for the afternoon about Vancouver's selections, his search for a new striker and attacking midfielder, and a number of other offseason talking points in Capsland.

We also chat with both of the Whitecaps draft picks, UCONN Huskies right back Jakob Nerwinski (18:32) and St Francis RedFlash centre back Francis De Vries (32:58) about their journey to the pro ranks and a lot more besides.

We discuss all these things and a lot more. There's a lot of drafting and Whitecaps chat to be had, so have a listen.

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Ring out the old, bring in the new. Is there anyone who isn't glad to see the back of 2016? Happy and healthy New Year salutations to you all from all of us here at AFTN.

We bring in 2017 with our first podcast of the year, a round table discussion on the year that's been and the season to come.

Michael and Steve are joined by AFTN writer Jay Duke and Curva Collective's Zachary Meisenheimer to look back at Vancouver Whitecaps 2016 season. Not the happiest year to review we know but we look at what went wrong, some of the big talking points, and what can be learned and needs to be done to make the Whitecaps challengers this season.

Did the Whitecaps fail to recover from their bad start? Why did the impact signings not happen and what went wrong with the key players from the year before? Did the Voyageurs Cup loss affect the team? What will Seattle's win mean for Vancouver, if anything? Is MLS success just now all down to money? And if the 'Caps get off to a bad start, how safe is Carl Robinson's job?

We discuss all these things and a lot more. There's a lot of New Year chat to be had, so have a listen.

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