AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

At half time on Saturday, it felt like a seismic shift in Vancouver Whitecaps' season lay in store. By full time, it may have been a result that does that but in a completely opposite way. Trailing 2-0 to the worst team in all of MLS, the 'Caps dug deep and pulled out a 3-2 come from behind victory in San Jose.

Is this a major mental turning point of their season or just another struggle against a poor team, albeit one that ended with three points for once? We look at that and all the other main talking points from the match and hear from both head coaches.

Our big part three discussion topic this week focuses on the current state of the Whitecaps. We analyse some of 'Caps President Bobby Lenarduzzi's comments on TSN radio this week as we get set for what feels like the biggest offseason in the club's MLS era. We look at what the mandate for a new coach should be, what the Whitecaps' future should look like, how to integrate our youth talent better, and a lot more.

All this, plus we talk ice cream with Kei Kamara, look at the weekend's action around MLS, and Argy Bargy are back in this week's Wavelength.

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

03.17: San Jose Earthquakes v Vancouver Whitecaps analysis
27.55: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Mikael Stahre
35.27: More Quakes v 'Caps chat
49.02: Kei Kamara Ice Cream Man
52.05: The State The Whitecaps Are In - Bobby on TSN radio, poor offseason rebuilding, biggest offseason to come, the need to integrate youth better, what the future has to look like
84.12: MLS West week in review
101.43: Wavelength - Argy Bargy - Hooligan's Heaven [explicit lyrics]
106.27: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

It feels that the plates are moving in Whitecaps land. Tremors are being felt. The big one is coming. Amongst it all, the 'Caps are still fighting for a playoff place.

Next up for Vancouver is a trip to San Jose to face the team with the worst record in all of MLS. It's a place where the Whitecaps have yet to win, but surely they need to take all six points against a poor Earthquakes side to realistically still be in with a shot of making the postseason. Can they though?

Joe and Nick ponder all that and more, delving in to the threats that San Jose do have and what line up Robbo will put out to counter them.

There's a lot on the line and has Joe finally found a game that Nick can do well at inbetween it all? Have a listen and find out!

From the highs of Portland to the lows of Toronto. It had been a busy and mixed few days for Vancouver Whitecaps. A lot of ups and a lot of downs, so it was perhaps only expected that we got both of those in the 'Caps 2-2 draw with New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

Depending on your glass half full/empty attitude to the 'Caps this season, this was either a battling point against one of the best teams in MLS this year, or two crucial points blown by an avoidable late goal. We take a look back at the match and hear from both head coaches.

Coming out of the draw, and with the West looking tight but also close to getting away from the Whitecaps, we look a bit further ahead and look at the future of some players and coaches, and look yet again at the team's current defensive woes.

All this, plus we hear from Tim Parker on his return to B.C. Place, talk about the mess the Vancouver Southsiders find themselves in after their recent statement about Kendall Waston, look at the weekend's action around MLS West, and Section 5 feature in this week's Wavelength.

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

02.11: Vancouver Whitecaps v New York Red Bulls match analysis
26.24: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Chris Armas
33.44: The future of some Whitecaps players and coaches
49.21: The Whitecaps defensive woes (again)
63.13: Tim Parker interview and discussion
73.22: Tim Parker Ice Cream Man
75.34: The Southsiders find themselves in a hole
94.07: Wavelength - Section 5 - Every Saturday
98.25: MLS West week in review
109.30: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Big games require big performances with big moments. If Vancouver Whitecaps' showing in Portland this weekend is an indication, then the team look to have the stomach for the battle ahead. There's a lot to talk about and we have five of AFTN's finest to do just that, all of them from various places around Cascadia.

With Steve home alone in upper Cascadia, and Zach stuck with a broken down car in middle Cascadia, Michael joins on the phone from the lower Cascadia coast to look back at the 'Caps fantastic win against the Timbers. A strong defensive team effort was on show and the guys break it down, with the help of some audio from both head coaches.

Joe and Nick are in the house, their own one, not the studio, to bring their preview expertise to the show and look ahead to what is set to be a dramatic Canadian Championship final second leg in Toronto midweek. The 'Caps head in as the underdogs, but every dog has its day, so can Wednesday be the Whitecaps one?

All this, plus we hear from Stefan Marinovic after the win in Portland, look at what the 'Caps lack of spending in this transfer window may mean, Zach joins Steve to look at the weekend's action around MLS West and Argy Bargy feature in this week's Wavelength.

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

02.25: Portland Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
23.49: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Gio Savarese
28.32: Whitecaps' player performances v Timbers
39.18: Stefan Marinovic interview and discussion
52.48: TFC v Whitecaps Canadian Championship final second leg preview
78.57: Wavelength - Argy Bargy - Saturday's Glory
85.48: MLS West week in review
108.09: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Vancouver Whitecaps' cups runneth over right now. Not only are they right in the middle of a tantalizingly balance Voyageurs Cup final with Toronto FC, but there's the small matter of a Cascadia Cup game down in Portland on Saturday.

Joe and Nick look back at the night that was that Canadian Championship first leg. The highs, the lows, the even lower still. It was an evening of goals, stupid defending, and a referee taking centre stage. Oh Canada indeed.

Then they turn their attention to Saturday's match in Portland. The Timbers are unbeaten in 15, looking to set a club record, and facing a Whitecaps team that are frankly knackered. It's going to be tough but is this the kind of game that Vancouver will shine in and surprise? Or is a derby day calamity awaiting those of us making the long trip down the I-5?

Have a listen!

August certainly feels like it could be a decisive month in terms of determining how successful we'll look back at Vancouver Whitecaps' 2018 season.

It's started well. The 'Caps fielded an understrength side and took a point at New York City. Normally that would be considered a great result, and while good, it only saw them slip further behind in the chase for the playoffs.

We look back at the match, hear from both head coaches, and delve into some individual player performances. We also look ahead to the first leg of the Canadian Championship final against Toronto FC on Wednesday, and hear some of the thoughts of Greg Vanney about how TFC will be approaching it.

All this, plus does Kei Kamara fancy a chocolate digestive, what ice cream excites goalscorer Erik Hurtado, and we look at the weekend's action in the MLS West and The Last Resort feature in this week's Wavelength.

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

07.05: New York City FC v Vancouver Whitecaps match analysis
27.02: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Domènec Torrent
33.23: Whitecaps' player performances v NYC
44.21: Erik Hurtado Ice Cream Man
51.12: MLS West week in review
62.49: The Whitecaps playoffs quest gets even tougher
74.24: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Kei Kamara
76.25: Whitecaps v TFC Canadian Championship preview - featuring Greg Vanney audio
88.25: Wavelength - The Last Resort - Violence On Our Minds
94.00: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

There's no rest for the wicked. Vancouver Whitecaps are in the midst of their toughest spell of the season with games coming thick and fast in both MLS and the Canadian Championship.

The Whitecaps head to New York City on Saturday with the first leg of this year's Voyageurs Cup final coming up next Wednesday at home to Toronto firmly in their minds.

Joe and Nick look ahead to the match with NYC. Can we expect mass rotation from Vancouver? Just what will that look like? And is there any expectation of whatever side the Whitecaps put out being able to get anything from an in-form team with an unbeaten home record?

The guys chat about all this, plus talk salary dumps, Whitecaps season stats, and more.

Have a listen!