AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

Let's be honest, is anyone really all that excited about watching MLS matches when the World Cup is on? It was bad enough last week when Vancouver Whitecaps put in one of their worst performances of the season as they lost in Philadelphia. Now they have one of the worst teams in MLS this year coming to BC Place on Canada Day.

Joe and Gideon look ahead to the match, discussing such things as what threat Colorado pose Vancouver, whether the Rapids have turned things around after last week's win, and what changes we might see to put some spark back into the Whitecaps.

All that and more, plus a healthy dose of World Cup chat thrown into the mix as well.

Have a listen!

Variety is the spice of life. Or say they say. Hopefully it is as we have a variety of subjects to cover in the latest episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.

We kick things off in MLS by looking at the disaster that was Vancouver Whitecaps trip to Philadelphia. What went wrong? Were there any positives to take from such a result? Was this just a bad day at the office or something more troubling? All that is covered and more, plus we hear from both head coaches, Philadelphia's Jim Curtin and Vancouver's Carl Robinson

Our feature interview this week is an in-depth chat with one of the owners of the new Victoria Canadian Premier League team, Rob Friend. We chat with Rob about all things CPL in BC, including the latest on what's happening with a team in the Fraser Valley and when we can expect to see a launch for the team in Victoria.

We also bring you some World Cup chat as we look back at what's been an exciting week of shocks and big talking points, and friends of the show, Goldie Lookin' Chain are back in our Wavelength section with the official Wales 2018 World Cup anthem!

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

04.41: Philadelphia Union v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
18.20: Coaches audio - Jim Curtin and Carl Robinson
22.12: More Whitecaps chat
29.12: World Cup chat
55.48: Rob Friend interview and discussion
101.54: Wavelength - Goldie Lookin' Chain - Wales 2018 World Cup Anthem
107.18: BC Soccerweb headlines

Vancouver Whitecaps are back from their World Cup break (aka a regular bye week). Maybe you're needing your own World Cup break after the feast of football these past eight days. Either way, we're back with our latest preview show setting up the 'Caps trip to Philadelphia on Saturday.

Joe, Nick, and Gideon look ahead to what may lie in store during the match. Will the Whitecaps change a winning formula and line up? What kind of threat do the Union pose? Can Vancouver get their points per game above the playoff line?

All this and more are covered, plus a special World Cup themed Do You Know Who I Am? and our prediction game in our latest episode. Have a listen!

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With the Whitecaps off on a bye week, the AFTN crew are gripped by World Cup fever this week, as we look at the current tournament in Russia and celebrate the future one coming to North America in 2026.

We kick things off with big news of the week for Canadian fans and that is the successful bid to bring the 2026 World Cup to North American shores. Not Vancouver, but we can still rejoice right?

Plus we talk World Cup memories and hopes, and look through some old Panini sticker albums, with Kendall Waston (Costa Rica), Efrain Juarez (Mexico), Aly Ghazal (Egypt), and Anibal Godoy and Harold Cummings (Panama). Plus we can't leave Scotland out, so their 1982 World Cup squad sing their hearts out in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.46: The World Cup is coming to North America in 2026!
24.43: Group A chat
35.08: Aly Ghazal talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
40.40: Group B chat
45.51: Group C chat
51.34: Group D chat
57.54: Group E chat
60.57: Kendall Waston talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
71.24: Wavelength - Scotland 1982 World Cup Squad - We Have A Dream
77.20: Group F chat
83.50: Efrain Juarez talks World Cup memories, hopes, and Panini sticker albums
98.36: Panama's Anibal Godoy and Harold Cummings interviews and Group G chat
105.58: Final World Cup thoughts from the first four days - best goals and games so far
108.14: BC Soccerweb headlines

Vancouver Whitecaps head into their bye week (call it what it is) unbeaten in six and starting to find some attacking form. The defence is still looking a bit dodgy and they still struggle at times when they have a man advantage, but there's a lot more optimistic feel around the place than it was perhaps a month ago.

We look back at the 'Caps five star win over Orlando on Saturday - the highs, the lows, and how some of the players are shaping up at this near midway point of the season. We also hear postgame comments from both coaches, Orlando's Jason Kreis and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

We have three interviews for you this week. First up, the 'Caps Kiwi keeper Stefan Marinovic talks about his injury, rehab, and when he expects to be back in the starting line-up. Then we catch up with Vancouver's latest homegrown signing, Simon Colyn, as we talk about his first professional contract, the Canadian championship, and more.

We also have more Canadian Premier League chat for you this week as we look at the addition of teams in Winnipeg and Edmonton, and we chat with former Whitecap Marco Carducci about his hopes for the league and playing for his hometown club in Calgary.

All this plus a review of what happened in the MLS Western conference this week, Wavelength, BC Soccerweb headlines, and more.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

04.41: Vancouver v Orlando match analysis
23.50: Jason Kreis and Carl Robinson audio
32.33: Whitecaps player chat
47.29: Stefan Marinovic interview
54.06: MLS West Week in Review
63.32: Simon Colyn interview and Canadian Championship and Residency chat
79.51: Canadian Premier League news of the week
88.32: Marco Carducci interview
97.19: Wavelength - Wembley '73 - Brazil v Slough Town '66
102.21: BC Soccerweb headlines

Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show on CiTR radio was so packed, we've had to release it over two parts. This second episode of the three hour show focuses on the Canadian Premier League and the PDL.

We kick things off with some PDL chat, looking at TSS Rovers great start to the season that's seen them go unbeaten in their last five matches to sit joint top of the standings. We chat with coach Will Cromack after a six point weekend that saw them lift their first piece of silverware.

After that we turn our attention to the Canadian Premier League. It's been a good and a bad week for fans hoping to see teams here in BC. Victoria look set to be in for 2019, but that's the expense of the Fraser Valley bid. We look at what we know about both potential teams journey so far and what lies ahead for both clubs and also the Victoria Highlanders.

But one team that definitely will be there for the start of the CPL in 2019 is Calgary's Cavalry FC. We chat about the ins and outs of the team, and hopes for the league, with current Foothills FC head coach, and soon to be Cavalry FC head coach and GM, Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

All that plus Black Grape feature in this week's Wavelength section, and BC Soccerweb headlines looks at some stories from around the world of football.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

02.20: Will Cromack interview and TSS Rovers chat
12.16: Canadian Premier League in BC discussion
31.35: Tommy Wheeldon Jr interview and Cavalry FC chat
55.08: Wavelength - Black Grape - England's Irie
61.34: BC Soccerweb headlines

Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show on CiTR radio was so packed, we're having to release it over two parts! Part one of the three hour show is today and focuses on MLS - present and future.

We look back at Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Friday night, analysing the performance, which players stood out, and some of the other talking points coming out of the game. We also hear from both head coaches, the Rapids' Anthony Hudson and the Whitecaps' Carl Robinson.

We take a look at how the action played out in the MLS Western Conference this week, and how it affected the Whitecaps, plus chat about the big league news of the week - the addition of FC Cincinnati in 2019.

We round off the show with an in-depth chat with Cincy head coach, and friend of the show, Alan Koch about the expansion, his busy to do list, how he'll go about balancing building his squad with trying to win a USL championship for the rest of the year, and lots more.

Part two of Sunday's show will be out as a podcast on Wednesday morning where we'll talk Canadian Premier League in BC and Alberta, the PDL, bring you interviews with Will Cromack and Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and more. Check back in two days for that.

Here's the full episode rundown of the main segments from the show:

03.40: Vancouver v New England match analysis
16.29: Anthony Hudson and Carl Robinson audio
21.30: Whitecaps chat - changing narratives, defensive play, midfield game management, player analysis
44.20: MLS West Week in Review and NBC's manager rankings
54.26: Alan Koch interview and FC Cincinnati chat