AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

The end of November. A time of the year in MLS in which the losers cut their loss and the final four standing make a push for glory. Once again Vancouver Whitecaps fall into the former category. One year things may be different. Maybe next year!

But all we're left with this time around it to look back at what could have been, so to do that we kick off our Whitecaps Year In Review with an analysis of what went wrong and what went right during preseason. How much hope did you come away with? Was the squad assembled correctly in terms of both personnel and money management? Who came, who left, and were those decisions correct? All that chat and a lot more.

Plus we sit down with one of this year's new additions to the 'Caps, striker Kei Kamara to chat about his Heart Shaped Hands Foundation, his work in Sierra Leone, and the state of the football over there right now.

All this plus we talk take out food with Jordon Mutch, bring you some Canadian Women's U17 national team and MLS chat, and lots more.

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

03.40: Player Options Eve
07.04: MLS Conference finals chat
22.03: AFTN awards - Heroes and Villains
33.10: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part One - Preseason)
61.34: Kei Kamara interview on his Heart Shaped Hands charity
72.07: Jordon Mutch - Take Me Out
75.45: Canadian Women's U17 national team chat
80.14: Wavelength - Lars Vaular - Gary Speed
87.10: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

After a busy, and dramatic, couple of weeks, it's been a chance for everyone in Whitecapsland to catch their breath, and take time to reflect on the season past and the season yet to come.

It also finally gives us the chance to kick off our AFTN awards season, and we're joined by Joe Deasy to kick this week's show off with a look at who we feel are Vancouver Whitecaps' Player and Young Player of the Year, and chat what we think are the 'Caps Goal, Game, Save, and Miss of the Year.

After our excellent chat with new 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos last week, we're excited about what lies ahead in Vancouver. He mentioned that he feels having some MLS experience in the squad is crucial, so we don our Armchair GM hat to look around the league and see what goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards that Dos Santos could realistically play for, and who and what we might have to give up in return.

All this plus we sit down for an in-depth chat with Whitecaps defender Brett Levis about his season, his MLS journey so far, and what the future holds in store. Plus Canadian national team chat and Halftime Oranges are back for this week's Wavelength section.

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

03.05: AFTN awards season begins - Whitecaps Player, Young Player, Game, Goal, Save, and Miss of the Year
27.56: Building a (realistic) MLS dream team - Goalkeepers and Defenders
55.13: Building a (realistic MLS dream team - Midfielders and Forwards
85.24: Brett Levis interview and Canadian 'Caps chat
101.55: Canadian national team chat - Men and Women U17
110.37: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Vinnie Jones
113.32: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

The Marc Dos Santos era in Vancouver has begun.

We look back at the week that was in Whitecapsland and some of the main talking points to come out of his introductory press conference. Plus we sit down with the new Whitecaps head coach for an entertaining and enlightening half hour chat about how he sees the 'Caps progressing, how he likes to play, his beliefs, attitudes, and footballing philosophies.

Plus there's MLS, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat, and we look through Pat Nevin's Eyes as The Tractors feature in this week's Wavelength section.

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

04.51: The Marc Dos Santos era has begun - what've we've learned so far
21.01: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Marc Dos Santos
23.48: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat (Part One)
51.51: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat (Part Two)
76.51: MLS round-up
86.34: Canadian men's national team chat (inc John Herdman audio)
94.45: Wavelength - The Tractors -
98.09: Canadian Premier League and college soccer chat (inc John Herdman audio)
109.38: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

*** Some listeners have had a problem downloading Episode 307 with only the first 27 minutes coming through. We've tried a reload to see if this helps. If you already have episode 307, this is just a repeat ***

Ah, the offseason. A quiet time for reflection and fun and games on the show. Or so we hoped. But nothing could have prepared us for the Vancouver Whitecaps bloodletting that took place at the club's end of season media day last Tuesday.

We look back at all the big talking points from the Whitecaps' very own red wedding. Is there a locker room divide? Is there a culture problem at the club? Who's to blame? Plus we play you the thoughts of veteran Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez on it all.

What's next for the club? There's a new manager coming in but do the changes need to go much deeper? Also what will he make of what happened and what he's coming in to and will he even have much of a squad to inherit?

With a number of player's futures very much up in the air, we look over a few and sit down with goalkeeper Spencer Richey after his return from a season long loan with FC Cincinnati. Will he be heading back there? Plus we talk fan abuse and struggling to settle in with Felipe, look the weekend's action around MLS, and much more.

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

03.27: Vancouver Whitecaps end of season bloodletting
21.43: Efrain Juarez interview and the locker room divide
37.14: Whitecaps front office and ownership chat
53.50: Rebuilding the 'Caps - new identity needed, MDS, head coach search, do we need a technical director?
71.11: Whitecaps player chat - Waston, Kamara, Marinovic
83.12: Spencer Richey interview and chat
92.43: Felipe interview and chat
104.28: MLS round-up
116.51: Wavelength - Linus.maybe - Not Another Football Song
122.13: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Ah, the offseason. A quiet time for reflection and fun and games on the show. Or so we hoped. But nothing could have prepared us for the Vancouver Whitecaps bloodletting that took place at the club's end of season media day last Tuesday.

We look back at all the big talking points from the Whitecaps' very own red wedding. Is there a locker room divide? Is there a culture problem at the club? Who's to blame? Plus we play you the thoughts of veteran Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez on it all.

What's next for the club? There's a new manager coming in but do the changes need to go much deeper? Also what will he make of what happened and what he's coming in to and will he even have much of a squad to inherit?

With a number of player's futures very much up in the air, we look over a few and sit down with goalkeeper Spencer Richey after his return from a season long loan with FC Cincinnati. Will he be heading back there? Plus we talk fan abuse and struggling to settle in with Felipe, look the weekend's action around MLS, and much more.

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

03.27: Vancouver Whitecaps end of season bloodletting
21.43: Efrain Juarez interview and the locker room divide
37.14: Whitecaps front office and ownership chat
53.50: Rebuilding the 'Caps - new identity needed, MDS, head coach search, do we need a technical director?
71.11: Whitecaps player chat - Waston, Kamara, Marinovic
83.12: Spencer Richey interview and chat
92.43: Felipe interview and chat
104.28: MLS round-up
116.51: Wavelength - Linus.maybe - Not Another Football Song
122.13: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world