AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

What a dream week it's been for Alphonso Davies. Bayern Munich will be his new home come January and Vancouver Whitecaps fans should be in for a fun ride to end his time here if his performance in Saturday's win over Minnesota is any indication. Two goals and two assists. A true Canadian double double.

To celebrate we're bring you a German themed episode this week (well sort of) as we delve into Davies' transfer to the Bundesliga champions and what that may mean for the future of the Whitecaps. Where will the money be spent? Is the pressure on to find the new talent? How do we best develop future Phonzies?

Turning our attention to matters on the pitch, Davies stole the show on Saturday, but what a great week it was results-wise for the 'Caps with a Canadian Championship win over Montreal and a vital six-pointer triumph against Minnesota. We look back at the win over the Loons, ponder what, if anything, can turn this defence around, and hear from both head coaches, Minnesota's Adrian Heath and Vancouver's Carl Robinson.

All this, plus we sit down for an in-depth chat with Doneil Henry about what brought him back to MLS, why Vancouver, his hopes for the future, and what advice he'd give Phonzie as a Canadian in European football. And there's a double dose of Wavelength featuring The Business and Die Toten Hosen, and more besides.

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

04.45: Alphonso Davies transfer - what does it mean for the Whitecaps' future? - with audio from Bobby Lenarduzzi and Rachel Lewis
37.17: Vancouver Whitecaps v Minnesota United match analysis
50.04: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Adrian Heath
59.04: Wavelength - The Business - England 5 Germany 1
64.20: Whitecaps defensive struggles continue
69.36: Doneil Henry interview and discussion
81.52: Juarez suspension and missing players
89.01: MLS West week in review
105.00: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world
119.50: Wavelength - Die Toten Hosen - Bayern

It's a grueling time for Vancouver Whitecaps. Three matches in eight days, with two of them in the space of four days, all of them crucial for how the season could play out, and it's sweltering hot outside. This will test a lot about the current 'Caps squad.

After a gutless performance in Seattle, and a battling midweek one against Montreal to reach the Canadian Championship final, which Whitecaps team will we see turn up to take on an in-form Minnesota United side this weekend?

Will there be more rotation to rest some guys up, or does Robbo ride a clean sheet and a good performance on Wednesday night with an almost same starting XI? Was that win against Montreal a blip or a turning point? How can the struggling Whitecaps defence cope with the huge danger posed by Minnesota's Darwin Quintero (9 goals and 6 assists), Christian Ramirez (7 goals and 2 assists), and Miguel Ibarra (6 goals and 6 assists)?

Joe returns from baby daddy duties this week to discuss all of that and more with Nick, plus a quick look back over that win over the Impact, the Alphonso Davies transfer, and the guys play a frankly terrifying 'Choose Your Own Adventure' game with a Whitecaps twist.

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In been a busy week in Whitecapsland. Has Alphonso Davies played his last match as a 'Cap? How will the team spend their DAM (Davies Allocation Money)? Will they win another game this season? So much to talk about and we have it all for you in the latest episode of the AFTN Soccer Show.

We look back at the lows and lows from the Whitecaps' 2-0 defeat to the Sounders and hear from Carl Robinson after the Seattle match as he talks about the loss, the continued indiscipline in the team, what needs to change, and more. Plus Felipe has some strong and heartfelt thoughts after the derby day debacle.

Alphonso Davies looks to be heading to pastures new in Germany. We have the latest transfer talk and debate how that money could, and should, be used to improve the team. But will it be? Will the mass clearout that's needed be forthcoming and is Robbo the right man to oversee it or has he lost the locker room?

It's also been a busy week for the Canadian Premier League with the official launch of Victoria's Pacific FC. We talk to one of the co-owners Josh Simpson about the club's plans and his own footballing journey, and catch up with CPL Commissioner David Clanachan about expansion dreams and what's next for the league.

All this, plus does Jake Nerwinski fancy a chocolate digestive, the MLS West week in review, we delve into some of the stories around the footballing world in BC Soccerweb headlines, and a band from my hometown, The Newtown Grunts feature in this week's Wavelength.

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

02.29: Alphonso Davies transfer talk
12.34: Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
17.28: Coaches audio - Brian Schmetzer and Carl Robinson
24.00: More Sounders v 'Caps chat
28.47: Whitecaps woes featuring Felipe and Robbo audio - team mentality, indiscipline, defensive frailty, playoff chances, Robbo's future
46.45: How to spend the Davies money to rebuild the 'Caps
57.10: Wavelength - Newtown Grunts - Everywhere She Goes
60.54: MLS West week in review
67.22: Montreal Canadian Championship preview
77.11: Pacific FC are here
79.53: Josh Simpson interview
88.27: Canadian PL chat and interview with David Clanachan
102.06: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Jake Nerwinski
103.45: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories around the world of football including TFC hooliganism, Mesut Ozil, CPL in Mississauga

Two Cup matches in four days. Three in eight. Usually that would be a yes please from us, but with Vancouver Whitecaps in a bit of a slump after three defeats in their last four matches, we're at what feels like a crucial turning point in the 'Caps season. Will they be able to follow the right path to success or does a trip to a witch in a gingerbread house await?

With Joe away on baby daddy duty (sidenote - the 'Caps haven't won a match since the kid was born. Not saying he's a jinx, but...), Gideon and Nick look ahead to the task awaiting the 'Caps in Seattle on Saturday, following on from Wednesday night's dismal display in Montreal. Can they get back to winning ways and save their season?

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Vancouver Whitecaps' seesaw of a season continued this past weekend as they went down to a 3-1 loss at the hands of D.C. United in the US capital. We analyse the main talking points to come out of the game, hear from 'Caps coach Carl Robinson, and ponder where the team can go from here.

We also look ahead to the midweek Canadian Championship semi-final in Montreal and get some thoughts from Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi on how the club view the Voyageurs Cup. Plus a look at the weekend in the MLS West and we make Mike Petke's postgame rant on Saturday even more epic.

We've got two interviews for you this week. The first is with a Canadian Hall of Famer - a member of Canada's only ever World Cup squad from Mexico 1986, Dale Mitchell. We talk World Cup memories and his hopes for what the Canadian Premier League will do for the latest crop of talent as they build towards 2026, and maybe even 2022.

We also chat with TSS Rovers head coach Colin Elmes about his team's second season in the PDL and what he's learned from it to take into their third one next year.

All this, plus lots of World Cup talk, World Cup Wavelength continues this week with a song from 1998, and some Canadian Premier League chat.

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

04.14: D.C. United v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
22.16: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson
24.22: More DC v 'Caps chat and where does the team go from here?
37.33: Canadian Championship preview and Bobby Lenarduzzi audio
45.18: MLS West week in review and epic Mike Petke audio
55.40: World Cup chat
69.36: World Cup Wavelength - Meat Pie, Sausage Roll
73.36: More World Cup chat
81.18: Dale Mitchell World Cup Memories
91.11: Colin Elmes interview and TSS Rovers chat
100.27: Canadian PL chat
105.42: BC Soccerweb headlines

Just like a never ending game of snakes and ladders, Vancouver Whitecaps got themselves off a two match slippery slope, finding a rung to take their trajectory upwards again in a match between two teams that feel like they would struggle to find consistency in the dictionary.

Chicago Fire came to town and left on the end of 3-2 victory for Vancouver. We look back at the highs and lows of the match and the players' performances, hear from both head coaches, Chicago's Veljko Paunović and Vancouver's Carl Robinson, and chat about some of the latest Whitecaps news, from the continuing Davies to Europe rumours to the new U23 team the 'Caps are in the process of setting up.

We've got two interviews for you this week. The first is with Chicago's World Cup winner, German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger who talks to us about his move to MLS, Saturday's match and playing on turf, and his thoughts on Alphonso Davies.

Next up is Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic as we take a trip down World Cup memory lane armed with some Panini sticker albums. We find out the first tournament he can remember watching, how this year wasn't the first year he came heartbreakingly close to being at a World Cup, and look back at New Zealand's 1982 and 2010 World Cup squads.

All this, plus lots of World Cup chat and orld Cup Wavelength continues this week with Weezer.

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

04.39: Vancouver Whitecaps v Chicago Fire match analysis
18.07: Coaches audio - Veljko Paunović and Carl Robinson
25.24: More Whitecaps v Fire chat
37.00: Bastian Schweinsteiger interview and discussion
46.26: MLS and Whitecaps news of the week
56.39: World Cup chat
77.27: Stefan Marinovic World Cup Panini Memories
87.00: World Cup 2026 chat
96.50: Wavelength - Weezer - Represent
101.45: BC Soccerweb headlines - inc Can PL chat

Who's up for some Whitecaps action on the day of two World Cup quarter-finals? Well there's a World Cup winner coming to town as Bastian Schweinsteiger's Chicago Fire head to BC Place.

Gideon and Nick look ahead to the match. Can the Whitecaps bounce back after their disappointing defeat to Colorado? Will Yordy Reyna come straight back into the team? What threat do an inconsistent Chicago pose the 'Caps?

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

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Vancouver Whitecaps must be wishing that the World Cup "break" was still going on. I know we do!

Two defeats in two matches against two lowly teams has derailed all the good work done before the break and put the Whitecaps playoff hopes very much in trouble as they slip further behind in the points per game standings.

We look back at Vancouver's Canada Day defeat at home to Colorado Rapids. What went wrong? How much of it was on the 'Caps and how much was down to the play of the visitors? And where does the team go from here? We also hear from both head coaches, Colorado's Anthony Hudson and Vancouver's Carl Robinson, plus we speak with Tim Howard, who had a lot to say about Vancouver fans and MLS security after the game.

We also look back at what came out of the Whitecaps Town Hall meeting midweek and chat about a fantastic week of World Cup action and what lies ahead. Plus our exclusive chat with Kendall Waston upon his return from Russia after an eventful tournament with Costa Rica. Plus we take great joy at wallowing in Zach's German gloom and play one of the worst World Cup songs of all time, and that's saying something!

We also bring you a double dose of Wavelength this week featuring Bell and Sebastian and Halftime Oranges.

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

04.21: Vancouver Whitecaps v Colorado Rapids match analysis
17.10: Coaches audio - Anthony Hudson and Carl Robinson
25.38: More Whitecaps v Rapids
33.06: Tim Howard postgame and security discussion
40.34: Whitecaps Town Hall meeting
61.38: World Cup chat - part one
74.23: Kendall Waston interview and Costa Rica discussion
82.09: World Cup chat - part two
87.12: Wavelength - Belle and Sebastian - I Don't Want To Play Football
89.37: World Cup chat - part three
110.28: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Battiston
114.53: BC Soccerweb headlines