AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

What's the best thing for a winless team to have after some time off for the international break? If you said a derby game against an unbeaten side, then you'll be happy for what lies in store for Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday evening. You're also nuts.

But that is indeed what we have this weekend as Seattle Sounders head north to Vancouver to take on a Whitecaps side still looking for their first point in the Marc Dos Santos era.

Joe, Nick, and Peter are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast as they look ahead to the match? Has the time off invigorated the 'Caps? Does MDS go back to a 4-3-3 and who will play in it? Do Vancouver have enough to stop a rampant Jordan Morris and Seattle's deadly attack? All that and a lot more are discussed this week, and find out who gives Joe the clap.

And it amongst all the chat, Do You Know Who I Am? returns, as does the prediction game and more. Have a listen!

Wasn't it nice to have a week off from watching Vancouver Whitecaps get screwed over by "PRO" referee decisions? We've enjoyed it anyway.

The Canadian men's national team were back in town after an absence of two and a half years, seeing off French Guiana in their final CONCACAF Nations League qualifier, securing a place in Nations League Group A and at this year's Gold Cup. We chat about the match and what may lie in store internationally for Canada. Are we all getting too carried away by the exciting young talent assembled?

We also bring you a number of one on one interviews this week with Canadian national team players. Kicking things off is Mark-Anthony Kaye, who talks injury recovery, life with LAFC, and what Marc Dos Santos was like as a coach. Next up is Marcus Godhino who talks about life in Scotland with Hearts, the Edinburgh derby, and what it means to play for Canada right now.

Moving from the young ones to the old guard, we chat with current Whitecap Russell Teibert and Besiktas' Atiba Hutchinson, plus David Edgar talks about moving back to England to play with Hartlepool United, the lure of the CPL, and monkey hangers!

Plus we look at the state of the Whitecaps as they get set to head into their first Cascadian derby of the season, hear from Derek Cornelius after PRO admitted they got his tackle wrong in Houston, look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, and this week's Wavelength is a tribute to Johan Cruyff on the anniversary of his death.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.07: Canadian national team chat
33.27: Mark-Anthony Kaye interview and midfielder discussion
46.17: Marcus Godinho interview and defender discussion
59.42: Russell Teibert interview and discussion
65.43: Atiba Hutchinson interview and discussion
73.23: David Edgar interview and discussion
81.30: Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS chat including Derek Cornelius
98.57: Wavelength - Bambus - Johan Cruyff
103.50: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com

The new MLS season is only three weeks old but we're already entering a bye week. That may or may not be a good thing for Vancouver Whitecaps, who have slumped to their worst ever start to a MLS season. But are the signs of turning it around there? That's one of the many things we look at in this latest AFTN Soccer Show.

We pick over the bones of another defeat, as the 'Caps lose 3-2 in Houston. There's another controversial penalty to discuss, and some less than stellar player, passing, and penetrative performances.

With an international break looming, the action continues in Vancouver as the Canadian men's national team come to town. We look ahead to Sunday's CONCACAF Nations League qualifier with French Guiana, the make up of the squad and how they may be utilised, and we hear from head coach John Herdman about the match, the Gold Cup, and the state of the program right now.

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, chat about the poor MLS crowds we're seeing around the league, and this week's Wavelength is from Halftime Oranges.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.31: Houston Dynamo v Vancouver Whitecaps analysis
33.15: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Wilmer Cabrera
39.25: More Houston v Vancouver chat
62.00: MLS West Week In Review and MLS attendance discussion
87.59: John Herdman conference call and Canadian Men's national team discussion
116.33: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Terrace Girl
119.55: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com

Third time lucky? That's what Marc Dos Santos and Vancouver Whitecaps will be hoping for in Houston on Saturday afternoon, in the last MLS match for the 'Caps before the international break.

Joe, Gideon, and Peter are back with AFTN's latest preview podcast as they look ahead to the 'Caps trip to Texas this weekend. What changes will MDS make to try and get that first point of the season on the board? Is there a more dangerous attacking trio in MLS than Houston's front three, and how do the 'Caps stop them? And will an attacking player ever score again for Vancouver? All that and a lot more are discussed this week, including some VAR talk.

And it amongst all the chat, Do You Know Who I Am? returns, as does the prediction game and more. Have a listen!

How did Corey Baird sleep after earning his phantom penalty call for RSL against Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday? Will his embellishment fine that's surely coming keep him awake? How did you sleep? Like an angry baby like we did?

A lot was lost this weekend. Not just an hour's sleep or three points, but also faith in VAR, or what faith we had left in PRO officials running it.

We look back at a controversial weekend in MLS action as the 'Caps went down to a 1-0 loss to RSL and hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and Salt Lake's Mike Petke. Who stood out for the 'Caps this week? Who didn't? And what changes may be coming for the next match in Houston? All this and a lot more are covered this episode.

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, chat about the Canadian Premier League news of the week, and with Los Campesinos featuring again in this week Wavelength section, how many football references can you spot in this week's song?

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

03.11: Real Salt Lake v Vancouver Whitecaps - THAT penalty decision
16.51: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Mike Petke
23.58: RSL v Vancouver chat
59.17: A quick look ahead to the Whitecaps in Houston
66.40: MLS West Week In Review
87.23: Wavelength - Los Campesinos - Glue Me
95.24: Canadian Premier League News of the Week
106.51: BC Soccerweb Headlines - football news from around the world in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com

Week 2 of the MLS season sees Vancouver Whitecaps heading to Utah to take on a Real Salt Lake side a little bit like themselves, in that you just don’t know what kind of team they are going to be this year.

In our latest preview podcast, our two saints, Nick and Peter look ahead to the match on Saturday. What changes will MDS make after the Minnesota loss? Are our left back issues solved, for now? And just what kind of a threat with RSL pose?

All this and more are covered in this episode, so have a listen!

The new MLS season is underway. Vancouver Whitecaps maybe started it somewhat underwhelmingly with a 3-2 loss at home to Minnesota United, but there's a long road ahead.

We pick over the bones of that opening day defeat and hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and Minnesota's Adrian Heath.

We also delve into some of the aspects of what went good and what went wrong for the Whitecaps and look at some individual player's performances and some needs in the squad. Will there be changes in store for next week's trip to Real Salt Lake?

Plus we look at the weekend's action in the MLS Western Conference, chat about the Canadian Premier League news of the week, have a discussion about abuse in football following Ciara McCormack's unsettling blog post last week, and Helen Love are back in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

02.46: Vancouver Whitecaps v Minnesota United Match in Review
22.25: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Adrian Heath
28.46: More Vancouver v Minnesota chat
35.45: Wavelength - Helen Love - New Squad Attacking Formation
43.15: Whitecaps player analysis and discussion
64.44: MLS West Week In Review
82.56: Canadian Premier League News of the Week
88.32: A discussion on coaching abuse in football