AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

It's been another busy week in Whitecapsland and we bring you all the latest news and chatter as the 'Caps preseason kicked off.

We look at the new additions, where the squad is currently sitting in terms of being close to the finished article, discuss the rest of preseason, the plight of the trialists, and hear from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos and technical director Axel Schuster.

We also sit down for a chat with Canadian international centre back, and current Whitecaps trialist, Amer Didic about his stellar year and time away with the Canadian national team.

We also look at the big stories in the Canadian Premier League and Canadian soccer this week, continue our month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with an Everton song from 2009, and German band Gurr finish their residency as our artists of the month.

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

02.50: Whitecaps news of the week
22.30: Whitecaps preseason chat with audio from MDS
42.03: Whitecaps trialists and development team chat
45.23: Amer Didic interview and chat
59.55: Canadian Premier League and Canadian soccer chat
73.36: Wavelength - Begbie - Blue and White
80.55: BC Soccerweb headlines

Doesn't it just feel like yesterday that the MLS season was coming to an end? Well actually no, it feels an age away, but fret not because the boys are back in town as Vancouver Whitecaps preseason training camp is underway.

And they have some new players too to talk about this week, so we do just that, plus we cast our eyes over some of the trialists in the camp and what they offer the team.

Our feature interview this week is with the 'Caps' new DP striker Lucas Cavallini. We chat about moving away from Canada at 16 to learn his trade in Uruguay and Mexico, coming back home after a decade away, and what he hopes to bring to the Whitecaps and to MLS this season. All great to know, but does he fancy a chocolate digestive?

We also look at the big stories in the Canadian Premier League and Canadian soccer this week including a new team in Ottawa, a new head coach at Pacific FC, and some of the transfer rumours doing the rounds.

We also continue our month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with one from the Liverpool 1988 FA Cup Final Squad and German band Gurr continue their residency as our artists of the month.

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

02.13: The Whitecaps add two players and subtract one
15.05: Lucas Cavallini interview and discussion
33.33: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Lucas Cavallini
46.11: Whitecaps training camp trialists
71.48: Canadian Premier League and Canadian national team chat
89.17: Wavelength - Liverpool 1988 FA Cup Squad - Anfield Rap
95.04: BC Soccerweb headlines

Christmas already feels like an age away, although the snowy weather outside may beg to differ.

The Whitecaps still seem to be thawing our their frosty wallets as new signing have not yet been forthcoming, but there have been some exciting additions for us to chat about this week, both on and off the pitch.

There's a new CEO running the show. We hear a little bit from Mark Pannes and chat about the impact he, and we, hope that he'll have on the 'Caps.

We also sit down for a chat with the Whitecaps' latest Canadian, first round draft pick Ryan Raposo about his footballing journey so far and heading to Vancouver, and look at how worried we should be that there haven't been any other additions yet this year with preseason camp kicking off in a matter of days.

We also speculate as to whether Vancouver is back in the mix to host World Cup matches in 2026, continue our month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with one from former the Tottenham Hotspur 1981 FA Cup Final Squad and German band Gurr continue their residency as our artists of the month.

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

03.04: The Whitecaps have a new CEO - we chat about Mark Pannes
37.45: Is Vancouver back in mix as a World Cup host city?
46.26: Gurr - Roller Skates
49.22: Ryan Raposo interview and discussion
64.23: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Ryan Raposo
72.41: Whitecaps signing news and transfer talk
87.32: Wavelength - Tottenham 1981 FA Cup Squad - Ossie's Dream

The year is over, the decade is done. We're left with memories of the past, some good, many bad, and a hope for what is to come in the years ahead.

Our first show of 2020 picks up where the last one left off, as we finish our 2019 year in review with a look at the big Whitecaps, MLS, CPL, and Canadian soccer stories in the months of July to December.

There's also a look at some of the Whitecaps' highlights and biggest busts from the last decade, but we're not just looking to the past as we look into our crystal balls to make some predictions and cast some wishes for the 2020s.

We also chat with Whitecaps striker Tosaint Ricketts about some of his football firsts, look ahead to some options for the 'Caps in Thursday's MLS draft, and we kick off a month of FA Cup themed tunes in Wavelength with one from former Cardiff City striker Steven Thompson. We also have our first Artists of the Month for the new year, as German band Gurr take up residency.

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

03.38: July in review
18.07: August in review
34.06: September in review
40.23: October in review
49.17: November in review
60.09: December in review
72.59: Whitecaps highlights and biggest busts of the decade
90.28: Tosaint Ricketts' Football Firsts
93.05: Predictions and wishes for the 2020s
116.47: Wavelength - Steven Thompson - Do The Ayatollah
121.27: Whitecaps MLS draft preview

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