AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

It's the end of the season and the end of an, albeit short, era as Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS season came to an end on Sunday and Alphonso Davies said goodbye to the club, the fans, and the city as he gets set to head off to Europe to join Bayern Munich.

We look back at the emotional day that was but also the frustration that was left behind with the final standings that saw the 'Caps finish just two points, and one win, away from a playoff spot. How close were Vancouver in reality and does the squad need a complete rebuild or build around a current core when the new manager comes in? We look at all that and more, and ponder which other players we may have seen for the last time.

We also sit down with Alphonso Davies to talk about his three years with the Whitecaps and relive some memories with him of his time in Vancouver. Plus we chat with Jordon Mutch about the ups and downs of his first season in MLS and hear from young homegrown player Simon Colyn after his MLS debut.

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

03.15: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - the Portland game, frustrations at just missing playoffs, pressure on new coach, what excites fans for next year
54.32: Alphonso Davies interview and discussion
77.50: Which players will be back, including Kendall Waston chat
86.21: Jordon Mutch interview and discussion
95.47: Simon Colyn scrum and young player discussion
102.35: Wavelength - Los Campesinos - Every Defeat A Divorce (Three Lions)
109.40: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Oct 22nd, 2018 by aftn at 12:26 pm

All good things come to an end. And so do bad things thankfully. Whatever Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS season was, their playoff hopes were finally ended this weekend after two varying performances against teams at the top end of the Western Conference.

We look back at the week that was. The collapse and defeat to Sporting KC, the fighting back draw against LAFC, and some of the headscratching decisions that happened over the 180 minutes.

So where did it all go wrong for the Whitecaps this season, and were we really all that far away or is there an ever widening gap between Vancouver and the top teams in the West?

All this plus the MLS, USL, and Canadian national team news of the week, and we go Dutch for this week's Wavelength section.

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

02.13: The Whitecaps Week That Was - KC loss and LAFC draw
28.40: Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 - where did it all go wrong?
56.27: MLS and USL news of the week
74.55: Wavelength - Speedtwins - We Hate Football
78.28: Canadian national teams chat
83.52: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

With Michael sick, that can only mean one thing, yup, the music selection is not as good in this week's show. Or better. You decide!

Steve and Zach look ahead to Vancouver Whitecaps crucial MLS clash with Sporting KC on Wednesday, with lots of chat on the Canadian men's and women's national team, the Canadian Premier League, The Crew being saved, and lots more.

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

03.05: Whitecaps Chat - KC preview, development team
29.20: Canadian Men and Women's national team chat with John Herdman audio
50.35: Canadian Premier League chat
59.30: Columbus Crew Saved!
74.03: Wavelength - Stern des Südens - Bayern Munich anthem
80.11: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Vancouver Whitecaps stayed alive in the playoff race this weekend, coming away from Toronto with what has to be said was an unexpected 2-1 victory and ending TFC's postseason hopes in the process.

We look back at that win, hear from Craig Dalrymple, and see how the run-in and playoff scenario is looking now for the Whitecaps and those above them.

There's also some Canada national team talk, a discussion on what the Whitecaps identity should be under their new coach, and some general Thanksgiving fun.

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

02:21: Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps analysis
11.48: Craig Dalrymple audio -
14.48: More TFC v Whitecaps analysis
29.14: Whitecaps playoff scenarios
37.41: Whitecaps identity and Steve Nash audio
55.20: Erik Hurtado TVOD and television chat!
63.46: Flash Five - TV football dramas
69.45: 30 Seconds To Mars - Starting XIs
80.04: Canada Men and Women's national team chat
92.00: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Marcel de Jong
95.06: Wavelength - Gareth Cooper - Put That Ball
99.18: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

It's been an eventful week for Vancouver Whitecaps, albeit not the kind of headlines the club would be hoping they'd be making at this point of the season.

Carl Robinson's departure was a look to the future for the 'Caps, but if anyone thought it was going to have an immediate impact on the present, Saturday's loss to the LA Galaxy quickly dispelled those thoughts.

We look back on the week that was, talking some more about Robbo's release and who the prime candidates are to take over from him. Marc Dos Santos may be the standout name at the top of many people's lists, but who else is in the frame? And what identity will that see the 'Caps with moving forward?

We also pick over the bones of the loss in LA, hear from both interim head coaches, and bring you Zlatan Ibrahimovic's view on Alphonso Davies heading to Bayern Munich. The playoffs are still a mathematical possibility, but it's one tricky equation to make that happen.

All this, plus we look at what Robbo's departure will mean to some of the current squad, play you Kendall Waston's thoughts on it all, and English punk poet Patrik Fitzgerald features in this week's Wavelength.

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

03.05: Robbo's firing and the state of the Whitecaps FO
40.55: Whitecaps' coaching candidates
58.59: LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps analysis
65.31: Craig Dalrymple audio -
69.27: More Galaxy v Whitecaps analysis
77.08: Whitecaps player chat - present and future
81.06: Kendall Waston scrum post-Robbo firing and discussion
96.12: Zlatan Ibrahimovic talks Alphonso Davies
105.36: Wavelength - Patrik Fitzgerald - No Fun Football
111.32: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world