AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

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

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as usual as we bring you more chat from the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

Vancouver Whitecaps' Disney dreams are over. Eliminated from the tournament by the lottery of (not very well taken) penalties, the 'Caps went out to Sporting Kansas City and are now on their way back to BC and 14 days quarantine.

We delve into all the ins and outs of the match, the heroes and villains, the highs and the lows. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and KC's Peter Vermes, and discuss how this tournament has left the 'Caps looking against the rest of MLS in a competitive sense.

We also look at the three other Round of 16 matches played this weekend, two of which saw the rest of the Canadian contingent eliminated from the competition. What can they take away from the tournament and what lies in store for them now? We chat about that and hear from Montreal coach Thierry Henry, Impact players Samuel Piette and Jukka Raitala, Toronto coach Greg Vanney and TFC's Michael Bradley, plus Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin talks about his side's win over New England.

What lies in store for the Canadian clubs now? We chat about the tentative plans for the next stage of the MLS season and hear from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos on it.

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

01.36: Vancouver v Sporting KC match analysis
35.53: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Peter Vermes
46.30: More Vancouver v KC chat
81.48: Wavelength - The Insyderz - Game Day
88.43: The other MLS is Back matches this weekend - with audio from Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Jim Curtin, Michael Bradley, Samuel Piette, and Jukka Raitala
115.15: What now for the three Canadian MLS teams?

Jul 20th, 2020 by aftn at 7:18 pm

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as usual as we bring you more chat from the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

Vancouver Whitecaps' tournament has got off to the worst possible start. Two defeats, key injuries to an already depleted squad, and their hopes hanging by a thread, we're joined by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen to look back at the middling and lows of the 'Caps' 3-0 loss to Seattle Sounders and look ahead to Thursday crunch game with Chicago Fire.

We also look at some of the highlights from the tournament so far, what lies in store this week as the group games round up, and hear from Chicago coach Raphael Wicky, KC coach Peter Vermes, a prickly Sounders boss Brian Schmetzer, and Montreal's Samuel Piette.

We also delve into the world of sports science as we chat with Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster and head coaches Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes, and Brian Schmetzer about how they're using it in Orlando, the importance of it all, and how they've seen it change in the game over the years.

Plus there's Wavelength and the final part of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

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

03.48: Seattle v Vancouver match analysis with Steven Agen
55.39: Vancouver v Chicago preview with audio fron Raphael Wicky
70.12: MLS is Back tournament so far chat
85.40: Will Canadian border restrictions derail MLS season?
99.40: Sports science and the MLS in Orlando - we chat with Axel Schuster, Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes, and Brian Schmetzer
122.10: Wavelength - Paul Wilson - The King of Elland Road
131.24: The week ahead at the MLS is Back tournament - with audio from Brian Schmetzer, Samuel Piette, and Peter Vermes
144.10: Wanted For Wembley - the final part of our episodic drama serial

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as we take you inside the bubble at the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

We've been busy boys this past week and we'll bring you chat about and audio from Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, San Jose Earthquakes, Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota United, Orlando City, and Houston Dynamo in a near three hour tournament special.

We'll have some chat with head coaches Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Adrian Heath, Matias Almeyda, Raphael Wicky, Peter Vermes, and Tab Ramos and players Nani, Justin Morrow, Jukka Raitala, and Matt Besler about life in the bubble, the weather, the games so far, and more.

We also have two Whitecaps feature interviews this episode.

Kicking things off is a half hour one on one with 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos who takes us deep into Vancouver's bubble to tell us about his daily routine, the team's preparation for the tournament, his approach to the games, dealing with missing key players, the adversity ahead, and a lot more.

Next up is a great chat with homegrown star Theo Bair. We talk about the opportunity this tournament offers him to shine with the Whitecaps depleted roster, look at what life's been like for him down in Orlando, talk about the Black Lives Matters show of unity, and more.

Plus there's Wavelength and part three of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

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

01.21: MLS is Back Chat Part 1 - Nashville out; Chicago change groups; Raphael Wicky; Matt Besler; the weather; TV and advertising
34.27: MLS is Back Chat Part 2 - Whitecaps, TFC and Montreal group chat; Adrian Heath on Minnesota's win; MDS, Thierry Henry, Jukka Raitala, Justin Morrow audio; Greg Vanny on bubble life
72.52: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat
110.41: Theo Bair interview and chat
138.42: MLS is Back Tournament Part 3 - Peter Vermes, Nani on Orlando win, Tab Ramos on the Group of Death
154.43: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and wow, was this one hell of a difficult show to put together due to the constantly changing chaos surrounding the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

We've ended up recording this over Sunday and Monday with several additions added in with all the breaking news that has come out of the Covid Cup today. Some stuff already feels dated, but we've tried to make it as up to date as we can!

We look at FC Dallas pulling out of the tournament after 10 players tested positive, the concerns about others, and what that might mean for the tournament starting on time. We also talk Whitecaps' Fredy Montero and LAFC's Carlos Vela not travelling to Orlando, what life is like at the hotel, some details about the television broadcasts, and look at the challenges facing the players physical and mental health in this bubble.

We also bring you some chat and audio from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos, Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry, and Orlando City player Nani.

Plus Wavelength and part two of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

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

02.38: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 1 - positive tests and testing times as FC Dallas withdrawn
35.33: Marc Dos Santos audio
43.32: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 2 - the physical and mental strain on players
59.57: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 3 - food, entertainment, and broadcasting the whole shebang
87.55: Thierry Henry audio
101.40: Nani audio
111.25: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 4 - Fredy Montero and Carlos Vela out
117.30: Wavelength - Al Stewart - Football Hero
128.48: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial
140.48: Around the World with Joe Corona

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