AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast about Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS)
Aug 31st, 2020 by aftn at 7:31 pm

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat.

We kick things off with a look at the Whitecaps and what feels like their never ending woes. We dig into the loss in Montreal, talk about the positive from the game that was Michael Baldisimo, and all the other stuff that was very much on the poor side, including another penalty miss from Lucas Cavallini.

Can they improve with what they have? Will they bring anyone in to try and salvage their season? Is the pressure mounting on MDS? All this and more, plus we hear some frank words from Derek Cornelius and Marc Dos Santos.

We also look at the turbulent week in MLS with matches postponed and an owner steps down as the players take action for change. Plus we hear some insightful words from Canadian international, and LAFC midfielder, Mark Anthony Kaye.

The Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament is excitingly poised as we enter the last week of the phase one games. Seven of the eight teams have realistic chances to progressing and we take a look at the action so far and how each team is looking.

Plus we hear from Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Pacific FC's Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos, York9's Jimmy Brennan, and HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart.

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

01.33: Vancouver Whitecaps chat - the loss in Montreal, Cava, Baldi, Derek Cornelius and MDS audio, can they improve with what they have?
26.17: More on the Whitecaps' woes - can they salvage their season, will they bring anyone in, and is the pressure mounting on MDS?
51.03: MLS chat around this week's protests and walkouts, with audio from Mark Anthony Kaye
74.49: CPL chat - a look at Forge, Cavalry, and Pacific, with audio from Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Pa Modou Kah, and Marco Bustos
102.52: More CPL chat - a look at York9, Valour, Halifax, Ottawa, and Edmonton, with audio from Jimmy Brennan and Stephen Hart
123.58: Wavelength - Mogwai - Half Time

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat.

This is something of a Frankenstein's monster of an episode as we mix in parts of Friday's live TFC postgame You Tube stream with some fresh recordings, add in some CPL coaches audio, and add a sprinkling of Montreal's Thierry Henry to bring it all together. So if you think the sound and tone changes as we go through this one, then you are correct. It's not your ears!

We have an extensive discussion around Vancouver Whitecaps' current woes after two defeats by Toronto, some seriously lacking performances, the need to rebuild yet again, and much more. Plus 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos talks Andy Rose and fans attending matches.

We also hear from 'Caps striker Lucas Cavallini after two difficult outings, and chat about what we do now with Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna, and replacing Inbeom Hwang.

We're 11 days into the Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament. We chat about the action so far, talk with Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr about his side's strong start, and hear from FC Edmonton's Jeff Paulus and HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart ahead of what could be a decisive meeting of the two teams later this week.

Plus we take a look at Canada's qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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

01.50: TFC v Vancouver postgame chat
25.40: Vancouver Whitecaps chat including audio from Lucas Cavallini, Marc Dos Santos, and Thierry Henry
53.49: How do you solve the Whitecaps' woes?
84.51: CPL Island Games chat - the tournament so far and audio from Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Jeff Paulus, and Stephen Hart
105.06: Canada's qualification path to Qatar 2022
111.22: Wavelength - Jim Noir - Eanie Meany

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The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Major League Soccer and Canadian Premier League chat.

There's been some big Vancouver Whitecaps news this week, with the return to play plan announced and Inbeom Hwang moving to pastures new in Russia. We sit down for a couple of one-on-one interviews to discuss all that and a lot more with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and Sporting Director and CEO Axel Schuster as they prepare to face Toronto and Montreal over the coming weeks.

Turning our attention to the CPL, we chat with a couple of head coaches about the teams they've built to tackle The Island Games tournament, HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart and Valour FC's Rob Gale. What can we expect from their sides in PEI and how tough has it been getting ready to play after 10 months of inaction?

Plus we take a look at the tournament so far, discuss the Cavalry v Forge rivalry with both teams' head coaches and a couple of players, and we chat with Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos</strong? after Pacific FC get their tournament off and running with a 2-2 draw.

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

02.03: Axel Schuster interview Part 1 - returning to play
24.49: Axel Schuster interview Part 2 - transfer talk
47.52: Marc Dos Santos interview
78.05: Stephen Hart interview and HFX Wanderers discussion
93.26: Rob Gale interview and Valour FC discussion
109.01: CPL Island Games chat - the tournament so far, the Cavalry v Forge Rivalry, and Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos postgame chat
129.40: Wavelength - 442oons - The Alphonso Davies Song

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is even more packed than usual, as we make up for not bringing you a show last weekend with a near three-hour episode to talk Canadian Premier League and Major League Soccer.

We've ramped up the Canadian flavour this week with a heavy focus on the CPL, as it gets its 2020 season underway on Thursday when The Island Games kick off in PEI.

We look ahead to the tournament, discuss the ins and out of the bubble and broadcasting, hear from CPL Commissioner David Clanachan, talk players' union, and chat about the away jerseys that were recently revealed.

We're putting two of the eight CPL clubs in focus in this episode and we kick things off on the island as we catch up with friend of the show Pa Modou Kah to chat about him taking the reins at Pacific FC, his journey into coaching, what his coaching and playing style will be, how ready his squad is for The Island Games, and his love of working with developing young talent.

Moving east, we stop off in Alberta next to talk FC Edmonton with head coach Jeff Paulus and players Tomi Ameobi, Amer Didic and Connor James.

Plus we sit down for an in-depth chat with one of their most exciting recent signings, Keven Aleman, to talk about his career so far, his move to the Eddies, the upcoming matches, his hopes to get back into the Canadian men's national team mix, and just how close did he come to becoming a Vancouver Whitecap?

But there's also lots of MLS chat as we delve into the league's controversial plans to get the rest of the season played and hear from MLS Commissioner Don Garber, as the immediate futures of the three Canadian clubs remain up in the air. Plus we look ahead to Tuesday's MLS is Back final between Orlando and Portland.

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

01.45: CPL and Island Games chat
40.42: David Clanachan audio
45.37: More CPL and Island Games chat
68.32: Pa Modou Kah interview
98.32: FC Edmonton chat with Jeff Paulus, Tomi Ameobi, Amer Didic, and Connor James
110.33: Keven Aleman interview
136.25: MLS is Back final chat with Oscar Pareja audio
140.13: MLS rest of the season play plans announced, with audio from Don Garber
163.25: Wavelength - Emma Townsend - Five-a-Side Football

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