AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

Vancouver Whitecaps' 2019 MLS season is nearly over. For many, it's putting us out of our misery, but the hard work begins now in trying to make this team competitive next year.

We lend a helping hand with our annual Keep, Trade, or Release segment. Seems like the ideal time, but how many do we actually really want to keep?!

We also chat with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos about having a losing season for the first time, on whether we'll see mystery man Jasser Khmiri, and he gives us his thoughts on early kick offs.

We also look at the Whitecaps draw with Columbus and hear from a sad Caleb Porter. Plus the week's happenings in the MLS Western Conference, Suede Razors are back in the latest Wavelength, there's BC Soccerweb headlines, and we continue our artists of the month - Biffy Clyro.

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

03.00: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - Columbus analysis, sad Caleb Porter, and MDS talks Khmiri, early kicks off, and having a losing season
28.56: What is, or should be, the Whitecaps DNA?
33.52: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, or Release 2019 - the defence
53.20: Whitecaps Keep, Trade, or Release 2019 - the midfield and attack
78.00: MLS weekly round-up
93.16: Wavelength - Suede Razors - Passion On The Pitch
96.27: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

Vancouver Whitecaps are unbeaten at home when MLS commissioner Don Garber is in town.

Aside from watching the 'Caps beat the Dynamo, Garber took part in a media roundtable here in Vancouver. We bring you that in full and unpark what was discussed in this week's episode.

There's talk about the upcoming players CBA, charters, finances, expansion, the Iron Front supporter protests, the future development of Canadian homegrown players, and more.

From present to the past and we catch up with two former Whitecaps this week, Davide Chiumiento and Johnny Sulentic, to chat about their new business venture and find out where we may just be seeing Davide back on the football pitch in Vancouver again.

We also look at the Whitecaps win over Houston, some of the week's happenings around MLS, talk CPL and the Canadian men's national team, I, Ludicrous are back in the latest Wavelength, there's BC Soccerweb headlines, and we continue our artists of the month - Biffy Clyro.

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

03.55: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - Houston beaten, the approach to the end of the season, and MDS' comments on future squad building
30.18: Don Garber Vancouver media roundtable
59.02: Analysis of Garber's comments
87.06: Canadian football chat - the national team, CPL chat, and Garber talks Canadian player development
117.30: Wavelength - I, Ludicrous - Three English Football Grounds
123.02: Davide Chiumiento and Johnny Sulentic interview
128.30: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

It was forty years ago today,
Tony Waiters brought the boys to play,
They'd been doing it in some style,
They were guaranteed to raise the smile,
So may I introduce to you,
The team you've heard about for years,
Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club Soccer Bowl champs.

This week's AFTN Soccer Show is one of celebration as we mark the 40th anniversary of Vancouver Whitecaps winning the 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl.

In a very special episode we tell the tales and hear the stories of how the 'Caps lifted their first major trophy as we chat with goalkeeper Phil Parkes, defenders Roger Kenyon and local lad Buzz Parsons, midfielder Ray Lewington, forwards King Kevin Hector and Willie Johnston, and the man, the mastermind, that made it all possible, head coach Tony Waiters.

Legends one and all, plus we find out if Carl Valentine fancies a chocolate digestive, and the 1983 Whitecaps squad feature in this week's Wavelength.

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

02.14: Vancouver Whitecaps journey to Soccer Bowl Glory
16.07: Phil Parkes interview and discussion
30.00: Roger Kenyon Interview and discussion
41.16: Buzz Parsons interview and discussion
55.48: Ray Lewington interview and discussion
68.56: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Carl Valentine
72.39: Kevin Hector interview and discussion
89.28: Willie Johnston interview and discussion
97.35: Tony Waiters interview and discussion
117.41: Wavelength - Vancouver Whitecaps 1983 Squad - This Time

Hope fuels football fans. For Vancouver Whitecaps, the slow death march to their postseason hopes finally being extinguished came it's inevitable conclusion on Saturday. For the Canadian national team, hope is still there of beating the US to get to the final four of the Nations League and clinching a place in the Hex for World Cup qualifying.

We look at both teams in this episode, kicking things off with a look at the 'Caps season ending defeat to New York City FC, the earlier loss to Montreal Impact and the travel issues that followed, and we ask "what now?" over these final four games of the year and hear from head coach Marc Dos Santos.

Turning our attention to Canada, we hear from head coach John Herdman and sit down for chats with Whitecaps Russell Teibert and Max Crepeau about the Gold Cup, the Nations League, and World Cup qualifying.

We look at the week's happenings around MLS and chat with NYCFC's birthday boy goalscorer Gary Mackay-Steven. Plus our latest Wavelength, BC Soccerweb headlines, and our new artists of the month are Biffy Clyro.

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

03.10: Vancouver Whitecaps v Montreal and NYCFC match analysis, general 'Caps discussion, and MDS audio
34.13: What now for the Whitecaps?
61.38: Whitecaps Road to the 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl - The epic Cosmos playoff games
74.06: Gary Mackay-Steven interview and MLS Week in Review
94.59: John Herdman interview and Canada World Cup and Nations League discussion
107.08: Russell Teibert interview
113.12: Maxime Crepeau interview
125.15: Wavelength - Attila The Stockbroker - Only Football
133.14: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football