AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

2019. What a year. If you were a Vancouver Whitecaps fan it started with some hope and ended with some hope, but the bits inbetween were certainly bleak at times.

But elsewhere in Canadian soccer it was a year of excitement as the Canadian Premier League launched and the national team made some history before ultimately just falling short of taking a giant leap forward.

We'll look back at the year over the next two podcasts. All the highs, all the lows, all the forgettable moments, and the stuff that will last a long time in everyone's memories. And we kick things off this episode with a look at the months of January to June.

We also have a fun Wavelength from 70's comedian George Roper and The New Royal Family complete their month's residency with a song you should know well.

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

03.05: Preseason
20.43: March
29.44: Wavelength - George Roper - The Referee
31.48: April
44.34: May
57.12: The New Royal Family - Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive?
60.24: June

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Merry to all of our listeners and readers. And what better way to kick off your Christmas morning (or end your festivities) than with part two of the AFTN Soccer Show 2019 Christmas special?!

This podcast brings you the second half of Sunday's radio show as we chat about all things Christmas with the Whitecaps' Canadian centre back Derek Cornelius and recently departed right back Scott Sutter.

Plus there's lots more fun, games, and Christmas music to be played, including the return of Los Campesinos to Wavelength, and some football news from around the world in BC Soccerweb headlines.

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

02.29: Lights - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
05.50: Do You Know Who I Am? - Part Two
11.28: Derek Cornelius on Christmas
13.35: The Oh Wells - Don't Kill Me, Santa
17.45: Quiz Time - Part Four
20.24: Madhat McGore - Festive Freestyle
24.10: Scott Sutter on Christmas
33.18: Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
39.15: Biffy Clyro - Merry Christmas Everybody
42.48: Quiz Time - Part Five
45.47: 13 Tombs - The Snowman
49.14: Christmas Countdown - Part One
56.25: Goldie Lookin' Chain - A John Lewis Christmas
60.38: The New Royal Family - Thank Christ It's Christmas (A New Hope)
63.51: Star Wars chat
68.08: Divine Brown - On Your List
72.05: Christmas Countdown - Part Two
75.02: Wavelength - Los Campesinos - A Doe To A Deer
79.47: BC Soccerweb headlines
85.20: Gurr featuring Eddie Argos - Christmas Holiday

It's Chriiiiiiiiiissssssstmaaaaaaasssssss. All hail Noddy Holder, as we bring you our 2019 AFTN Soccer Show Christmas Special.

The show was so long we've had to split it into two parts for you, as we thought no-one will likely want to listen to four hours of this all in one podcast! So we're bringing you part one today and part two on Christmas day itself.

It's our usual festive mix of football chat, fun, games, gifts, and lots and lots of some of our favourites Christmas song, with many of them this year coming from our selected Artists of the Month.

We'll be looking at the week's big news in Whitecapsland and across MLS and Canadian soccer interspersed with it all, including Lucas Cavallini's arrival, the fixtures for the season coming out, and the publication of the report into the women's abuse scandal. Plus Andy Rose shares some Christmas memories with us from both on and off the pitch.

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

07.35: Madness - Inanity Over Christmas
11.00: Whitecaps News of the Week - Cavallini and abuse report
31.49: Half Man Half Biscuit - It's Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas
36.11: Sultans of Ping - Xmas Bubblegum Machine
40.41: Football gifts
48.09: Frank Sidebottom - Christmas Medley
51.45: Andy Rose on Christmas
57.08: The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
64.23: Whitecaps 2020 fixtures released
71.16: Quiz Time
73.44: Chantal Kreviazuk - Christmas Is A Way Of Life My Dear
77.16: MLS expansion talk
85.15: The Revillos - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
90.07: Quiz Time
93.04: Emma Lee - It Won't Be Christmas Till You're Here
97.09: MLS and Canadian soccer news of the week
102.25: Do You Know Who I Am?
107.27: Slaves - Last Christmas
111.51: Quiz Time

If Vancouver Whitecaps are going to go to war in Major League Soccer next season, they've now got themselves a tank to help them in their battles.

Lucas Cavallini has officially arrived in Vancouver. We look at what it means to the 'Caps and hear from the man himself after his introductory presser, along with some thoughts from Sporting Director Axel Schuster.

From a Whitecap of the future to ones of the past, as we conclude our selection of the Whitecaps of the Decade with a look at the attackers. Which three players will make it in?

We also look at some of the big talking points in MLS, the CPL, and North American soccer this past week. Plus Halftime Oranges are back in this week's Wavelength, The New Royal Family continue their residency as our artists of the month for December, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines.

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

06.40: That Was The Week That Was in North American soccer
41.35: Cavallini cometh with audio from the man himself
57.55: Axel Schuster talks about the Cavallini signing
69.46: Canadian soccer news of the week and chat
94.50: Whitecaps of the Decade - the attack
120.32: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - Zig Zag To The Onion Bag
124.08: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

It's another packed offseason show as we bring you lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS chat.

We look at the big talking points from the past week in Whitecapsland as the rumours about Lucas Cavallini coming to Vancouver have not only grown arms and legs, but a body too. Will he come? Is it a good move? And how will he fit into the team and MLS?

We also look at Marc Dos Santos getting fined for criticising the league and sit down for a lengthy 45 minute chat with the Whitecaps' new Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the direction and plan for the club heading into the 2020's.

We also continue our section to pick our Whitecaps of the current decade, the 2010's, looking at the midfield this week and struggling to nail down our final four. Let us know if you agree.

Plus there's a song about interim Everton manager Duncan Ferguson in this week's Wavelength, The New Royal Family continue their residency as our artists of the month for December, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines.

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

05.37: Whitecaps news and rumours of the week
33.40: Axel Schuster interview and discussion - Part 1
62.22: Axel Schuster interview and discussion - Part 2
103.51: Whitecaps of the Decade - the midfield
117.23: Wavelength - Duncan's Army - Duncan, Duncan Ferguson
123.11: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football

That was the week that was, it's over, let it go. So went the opening lyrics to the 1960s satirical BBC show That Was The Week That Was, or TW3 as it was more succinctly known.

And it's been a quiet week in the North American footballing landscape. That gives us the chance to trial a new format I've been keen to try, combining two shows I love - TW3 and AIOTM on AFTN. What could go wrong?!

We'll be breaking down the week's Whitecaps, MLS, and CPL news as the days played out, and throw in a few fun bits as well. Let us know if you like it.

But we also continue our new section to pick our Whitecaps of the decade, looking at the defence and picking our starting right back, left back, and two centre backs. Let us know if you agree.

Plus The Cockney Rejects are back in Wavelength, The New Royal Family begin their residency as our artists of the month for December, and there's BC Soccerweb headlines.

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

06.46: Monday - waivers, midfielders, and Jon Erice
13.53: Tuesday - CPL awards, Champions League face offs, and top clubs in the world
33.32: Wednesday - free agents, returning Whitecaps you'd welcome back, and Canada Soccer awards
55.24: Thursday - giving thanks and Canada's Hex dreams
65.40: Friday and the weekend - FA Cup and cup football in Canada, football streaming services, and future fixtures
92.55: Whitecaps of the Decade - the back four
121.15: Wavelength - The Cockney Rejects - Chapecocense
126.35: BC Soccerweb headlines - news stories from around the world of football