AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast primarily about Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and the Canadian Premier League with lots of interviews and fun segments thrown in.

The Carl Robinson era is over at Vancouver Whitecaps. He's certainly left an admirable legacy behind but it's time to get back to basics for the remainder of this season before the club heads into its most important offseason in their time in MLS.

We look back at Robbo's sacking, the timing of it, what it means for the future, and especially how it may play out for the rest of this season. We also sit down for a chat with new, interim head coach, and a man we've known well for a number of years now, Craig Dalrymple.

The dismissal of Robbo aside, there's still five games left to battle in this season, and while the playoffs may feel like a somewhat distant hope right now, they are at least still within touching distance and we chat with Stefan Marinovic about the mood of the group heading into them, facing Ibra and LA this weekend, and more.

One man who we may see down the stretch is the last player Robbo brought into the squad, Marvin Emnes. We chat with the Dutch winger about where his fitness levels are at, when we may see him, and if he sees a future for himself in Vancouver at a Robboless Whitecaps.

We go old school for this impromptu episode, recording it in our car! So the sound quality isn't up to our usual studio standard, but hopefully it won't take away from your enjoyment too much!

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

01.49: Carl Robinson fired
11.00: Craig Dalrymple interview and discussion
18.11: Some of the players and media's reaction to Robbo's firing
26.46: Stefan Marinovic interview and LA galaxy chat
33.16: Marvin Emnes interview and discussion

What a weekend this could have been. Once again Vancouver Whitecaps had other results go in their favour and once again they failed to get the job done themselves. "Same again" said Carl Robinson, "not again" said the supporters.

So our 300th episode isn't quite the celebratory start we'd hoped for as we pick over the bones of the 'Caps defeat to FC Dallas, but the fun soon starts to pick up after that!

We have two interviews to bring you this week. First off all it's a blast from the past as we chat with Whitecaps legend Jay Nolly about his time with the 'Caps and his new career as a commentator for RSL.

Next up is Rahul Kohli from iZombie to talk football, the last season of one of our favourite shows on TV right now, Funhaus, and racial stereotypes in the acting world. It's a great chat and we only wish we had double the time with him to get all our zombie questions out there!

All this, plus we look at the weekend's action the MLS West, find out if Scott Arfield fancies a chocolate digestive, talk take out food with Jake Nerwinski and fish and chips with Kei Kamara, and there's a double dose of Wavelength to celebrate our milestone show featuring our favourites Half Man Half Biscuit and Frank Sidebottom.

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

04.05: Vancouver Whitecaps v FC Dallas match analysis
28.15: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Oscar Pareja
40.50: MLS West Week In Review
52.44: Frankenstein's Monster - let's build the perfect Whitecap
59.55: Fish and Chips with Kei Kamara
62.25: Jay Nolly interview and discussion
72.43: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit - 1966 And All That
80.29: Rahul Kohli interview
93.32: Jake Nerwinski Take Me Out
96.01: Wavelength - Frank Sidebottom - Three Shirts On A Line
101.02: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Scott Arfield
107.40: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world
123.15: Southsiders GA discussion - not fun with flags

Last week's loss to Seattle hit Vancouver Whitecaps' playoff hopes hard, but they're still hovering around the playoff line, albeit underneath it, as second placed FC Dallas come to town on Sunday.

Joe, Nick, and Gideon look ahead to the match in this week's preview podcast. Can they bounce back from last week's loss? Are they meeting Dallas at the right time after their own mini dip in form? And is there really hope of the playoffs or are we simply grasping at a fantasy?

There's a lot on the line, as there will be every week now going forward if the 'Caps can grind out results, and we bring you a new twist on the "Do You Know Who I Am?" game and it's a fun one.

Fire up the bat signal as Vancouver Whitecaps are going to need the help of a superhero or two if they want to get into the MLS playoffs. Or at least that's how it's looking after the 'Caps big 2-1 loss to Cascadian rivals Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

Joe Deasy joins us to look back on the game, all the big talking points to come out of it, and we hear from both head coaches.

We also sit down with Whitecaps midfielder Aly Ghazal to talk about his, and the 'Caps', season so far and his recent recall to the Egyptian national team after a four year absence.

Our main interview segment this week is with MLS commissioner Don Garber. We bring you the full, unedited 18 minute audio from his chat with ourselves and some other Vancouver media on Friday, as we talk about the league's growth, the schedule and playoff structure, DP's not playing on turf, how the CPL might impact the league in Canada, why Vancouver haven't hosted an All-Star game, and lots more.

All this, plus we look at the weekend's action the MLS West and Los Campesinos feature in this week's Wavelength.

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

04.18: Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders match analysis
38.12: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Brian Schmetzer
46.30: Aly Ghazal interview and chat
58.55: Don Garber interview and discussion
91.57: MLS West Week In Review
106.58: Wavelength - Los Campesinos - Plan A
111.10: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Last year's playoff series with Seattle Sounders was a massive letdown for Vancouver Whitecaps supporters. The team's performance over the two legs was simply not good enough, and the lack of attacking desire in the home leg in particular was a major disappointment.

The two teams meet at BC Place this weekend for the first time since that match, and for the second time this season. When the sides clashed in Seattle in July, the 'Caps kickstarted an eight-match unbeaten streak for the Sounders. If they want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they need to end it on Saturday. This time they have to attack and they have to win. It already feels all or nothing.

Joe and Nick look ahead to the match in this week's preview podcast? How will the 'Caps replace the suspended Yordy Reyna? Can they stifle the Sounders midfield? And how are the Whitecaps playoff percentage chances akin to Donald Trump?! All that chat and more!

There's a lot on the line and this week Joe has actually finally found a game that Nick does well at! Can you? Have a listen and find out!

The international break affords Vancouver Whitecaps a bye week, but there's no rest for us as we bring you another packed episode.

The break gives us a chance to look ahead at what the Whitecaps squad could and should look like next season, as the team approaches their most important offseason in the MLS era.

We've got two in-depth interviews with you this week, the first is with Canadian national team captain Scott Arfield, as he chats about international life and his big move to Rangers, plus on the 39th anniversary of the Whitecaps 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl win, we chat with the man who led that team to glory, and guided Canada to the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Tony Waiters.

We also look at the Canadian national team's record-breaking win over the US Virgin Islands and how the program is moving forward under John Herdman, while also hearing from the man himself.

All this, plus we look at the main Whitecaps and Canadian Premier League news stories of the week and Flyscreen are back for this week's Wavelength.

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

03.03: Whitecaps news of the week
21.51: The 2019 Vancouver Whitecaps - what needs to happen
48.20: Canadian men's national team chat
53.37: Scott Arfield intervew
66.04: John Herdman audio and chat
76.29: Tony Waiters interview and Soccer Bowl anniversary chat
94.32: Wavelength - Flyscreen - Charlie George On Super 8
99.33: Canadian Premier League chat
109.55: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Vancouver Whitecaps' playoff dreams are still alive. Likely looking in better shape than many people's underwear in the closing moments of their match with San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, but only just.

Joe Deasy joins us in the studio this week to look over the Quakes match and what it might mean for the rest of the season as we break down every MLS Western team's run-in. Plus all the talking points to come from the game, we hear from both head coaches, and look at the week's other big stories in Whitecapsland.

We've got a slew of interviews for you this week, kicking things off as we chat with San Jose's Chris Wondolowski as he approaches MLS' all time scoring record. Will he do it and will he be back for another season?

We also sit down with the Whitecaps' Felipe to chat about his season, how he's settled in Vancouver, and the more defensive role he's being asked to play, and we talk the Canadian national team with Marcel de Jong.

All this, plus we catch up with former Whitecaps MLS striker Caleb Clarke as he begins life at UBC with a bang, and after a four month absence, Half Man Half Biscuit are back for this week's Wavelength.

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

06.54: Vancouver Whitecaps v San Jose Earthquakes analysis
23.26: Coaches audio - Carl Robinson and Mikael Stahre
28.58: More Quakes v 'Caps chat
38.05: Chris Wondolowski interview and chat
45.06: The MLS West run-in to the playoffs
66.00: David Norman Jr heads to Scotland
69.27: Felipe interview and chat
77.00: Canada v US Virgin Islands look ahead
80.25: Marcel de Jong interview and chat
87.46: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit - Swerving The Checkatrade
93.20: Caleb Clarke interview and chat
101.48: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

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