AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

Well Ho Ho Ho again and welcome to the second part of AFTN's 2018 Christmas special.

We hope you've had a great Christmas, with lots of football gifts under the tree. Now you can grab a glass of egg nog, a chocolate digestive, and listen to 90 minutes of festive fun with the AFTN crew and special guests Marc Dos Santos, Kei Kamara, Russell Teibert, and Stefan Marinovic.

There's football chat, games, and we bring you Christmas tunes from The Oh Wells, Sufjan Stevens, Glasvegas, Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert and more. Have a listen!

Well a Ho Ho Ho and welcome to the 2018 Christmas special of the AFTN Soccer Show!

And this show was so long that we've had to split the podcast into two parts. This is part one and we'll have part two for your aural pleasure on Christmas Day itself. What could be better than opening your presents and listening to the AFTN crew, as we bring you some football and Christmas chat, play some excellent Christmas tunes, and play some fun games?!

In this first part we'll find out what Christmas is like in the Marc Dos Santos household, plus Canadian men's national team head coach John Herdman tells us all about his plans for his usual "Geordie Christmas".

Was Christmas better years ago? Was football? We debate all that, and former Whitecap, and current Canadian national team defender, David Edgar picks his favourite Christmas song and explains why that's the case.

Plus we'll being you Christmas tune from AFTN favourites Half Man Half Biscuit, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Madhat McGore, Slaves and more. Have a listen!

Here's some of the main segments from the episode:

12.10: Christmas with the Herdmans
22.21: Was Christmas better in the past? Was football?
40.18: David Edgar picks his Christmas favourite
57.45: A Dos Santos Christmas

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, and Vancouver Whitecaps are fully embracing the gift of giving sending players all over the place in MLS.

We look at the big Whitecaps news of the week as Kei Kamara, Kendall Waston, Erik Hurtado head to pastures new, Andy Rose comes in, and the 'Caps squad has lost 18 of the 31 players that were part of the MLS squad this year, with more likely.

We also cover the big Ottawa Fury non-sanctioning story of the week and hear from OSEG CEO Mark Goudie and have a lengthy chat with Fury GM Julian de Guzman about the shocking developments.

All this plus MLS and Canadian Premier League chat, Wavelength, and more. Have a listen.

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

02.23: Whitecaps news of the week - Kei, Kendall, and Erik are gone but we have brand new Rose in town and the squad is blown up
30.27: Ottawa Fury chat and Mark Goudie audio
34.44: Julian de Guzman interview
50.43: Mass Debaters - the Ottawa Fury situation
79.17: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part Four - Aug to Oct)
97.32: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - What's The Fuss About Ryan Giggs?
101.39: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Dig out the Buckfast, it's Giro Day in Whitecapsland.

Marc Dos Santos said he was planning on being "very active" in the MLS trade window and he was true to his word. We look over the moves made and discuss some that may be still to come, as the new 'Caps coach rebuilds the squad.

Plus we hear a little bit from MLS Commissioner Don Garber's 'State of the League' address. Does he have a pop at the Whitecaps ownership? Judge for yourselves.

We'll also look at what MLS midfielders and forwards are available from other clubs and who the 'Caps may want to take a look at. Plus we look back at the MLS Cup, continue our Whitecaps Year In Review with a look at May, June, and July, look at the draw for the 2019 Women's World Cup, plus lots more.

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

02.34: Whitecaps trade action and new additions
29.20: Whitecaps roster building/MLS midfield and forward options
49.14: Fish and Chips with Erik Hurtado
52.03: MLS Cup Final chat
57.29: Don Garber's State of the League address discussion
80.27: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part Three - May to July)
98.50: Wavelength - Lonely Tourist - The Ballad of Paul Tierney
112.56: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world

Offseason. What offseason? It's a busy time in Whitecapsland and in the world of MLS and Canadian football in general, and we've got it all covered as usual in this week's episode.

As the 'Caps and others in MLS revealed which player options were and weren't picked up, we look at what Vancouver players will likely be here next season and which ones definitely won't. Are those not coming back more telling of the kind of team Marc Dos Santos wants to build rather than those that are? Plus Russell Teibert tells us how excited he is for 2019 under the new 'Caps coach.

We'll also look at what MLS players are available from other clubs and who the 'Caps may want to take a look at. Plus we look back at this week's MLS Conference finals and talk the Canadian national team with John Herdman and Russell Teibert.

All this plus Canadian Premier League chat, and we talk take out food with David Edgar, Fish and Chips with Stefan Marinovic, and The Business are back in this week's Wavelength section.

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

03.15: Whitecaps options revealed
17.04: Russell Teibert audio
20.55: Whitecaps roster building/MLS options
45.04: Fish and Chips with Stefan Marinovic
46.47: MLS Conference Finals chat
55.19: Whitecaps Year In Review (Part Two - March and April)
74.26: Canadian Men's national team chat - with audio from John Herdman and Russell Teibert
89.15: David Edgar Take Me Out
91.27: Canadian Premier League chat
100.34: Wavelength - The Business - Maradona
105.45: BC Soccerweb headlines - a look at some stories from around the football world