AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast primarily about Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and the Canadian Premier League with lots of interviews and fun segments thrown in.

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian national team chat.

We kick things off in Whitecapsland as we look at the big stories of the week from fixtures to friendlies to loan deals and squad depth, plus we have a chat with a couple of the 'Caps' full backs as we talk Iraqi football with Ali Adnan and competition for places with Jake Nerwinski. Plus we talk Texan derbies with Austin FC's Claudio Reyna.

Moving on to the international stage, we look at Canada's two big wins in World Cup qualifiers, the disappointment of the U23 failing to reach the Olympics, and we hear from John Herdman, Mauro Biello, Samuel Piette, David Norman Jr, and Tajon Buchanan as we talk about a whole number of topic coming out of both camps.

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

06.45: Whitecaps gruelling schedule fully revealed - with audio from MDS
17.16: Ali Adnan audio and Whitecaps internationals discussion
30.54: Fans returning to BC Place and other stadiums
37.03: Can MLS rivalry games draw the crowds back featuring audio from Austin FC's Claudio Reyna
45.37: Whitecaps Chatter - friendlies lined up, Khmiri goes on loan, squad depth
53.55: Jake Nerwinski interview
66.29: Wavelength - The Gonads - Tuckers Ruckers Ain't No Suckers
73.45: Canada World Cup qualifying chat - with audio from John Herdman and Samuel Piette
115.00: Canadian U23 chat - with audio from Mauro Biello, David Norman Jr, Tajon Buchanan, and John Herdman

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national team chat.

This episode is firmly focused on the Canadian men's national teams, but with an Whitecaps theme as well. Both Canada's senior and U23 sides are in qualification action this week during a very busy week on the international stage. As the senior team kick off their World Cup qualifiers, the U23s are trying to find themselves on the Road to Tokyo in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifiers, and we've got it all covered.

Canada announced their squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, with some pleasant surprises and disappointing omissions. We hear from head coach John Herdman and the legend that is Atiba Hutchinson about the squad and the qualification road ahead on their Quest for Qatar.

We also sit down for a chat with Vancouver Whitecaps two Canadian international goalkeepers. First up is Maxime Crepeau to talk about recovering from his injury last season, the year ahead for the 'Caps and Canada, and more. Then Thomas Hasal joins us to chat about more of the same.

Turning our attention to the U23s, we look back at their Olympic qualification journey so far and what lies ahead from Honduras, plus we hear from head coach Mauro Biello.

All of this plus we go football time travelling with the man who sits second in the all-time list of Canadian national team goalscorers, Whitecaps forward Tosaint Ricketts, and Football Violence Awareness Month continues in Wavelength.

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

02.03: Canadian World Cup qualifying squad discussion - with audio from Atiba Hutchinson
16.47: John Herdman audio
33.00: Maxime Crepeau interview
58.48: Football Time Travels with Tosaint Ricketts
65.10: Wavelength - Morrissey - We'll Let You Know
71.25: Thomas Hasal interview and goalkeeping depth discussion
82.35: Canadian U23 chat including audio from Mauro Biello

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat.

We've been commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Whitecaps first ever MLS match this week on AFTN and we continue that in the latest episode as we share our memories of that historic day, look at the season that followed, and discuss how the following years played out, especially when you look at the other team that joined the league that day, Portland Timbers.

We've interviews for you with two Whitecaps players who started that inaugural day win over Toronto, the only player still to be with the club from that first season squad, Russell Teibert, and a player who was with the club in their USL days and has just returned to the North American scene to reunite with his former 'Caps coach, Gershon Koffie.

It's been a tough ten years to be a Whitecaps supporter, both on and off the pitch, and we're joined by former Southsiders President John Knox to talk about bringing soccer supporter culture to a wider audience in 2011, the past ten years, and why he isn't a season ticket holder any more. Plus we hear from Portland Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson about his side's growth as a MLS club these past ten years.

But it's not just reminiscing of what was and what could have been in Whitecapsland, we also take a look at Canada's winning start in the Olympic qualifiers, hear from U23 head coach Mauro Biello after the win over El Salvador, and it's Football Violence Awarenness Month in Wavelength.

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

01.30: Whitecaps inaugural match memories
16.43: Russell Teibert interview and discussion
37.37: John Knox interview on 10 years of Whitecaps MLS supporter culture
71.37: Gershon Koffie interview
128.46: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Gershon Koffie
135.14: Vancouver v Portland - 10 years in MLS comparison
150.47: Gavin Wilkinson audio and diiscussion
159.51: Canada U23 Olympic qualifying chat - with audio from Mauro Biello
172.47: Wavelength - The 4 Skins - One Law For Them

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

And by packed, we mean packed, as we had over six hours of material for this episode, but settled for 180 minutes of football fun. So you can listen while watching two full matches!

We look at the big Whitecaps news of the week with two new signings, a new coaching addition, and some actual games scheduled. Plus we hear from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos and CEO/Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the signings of Bruno Gaspar and Caio Alexandre, the need for more international roster spots, and the first two announced fixtures of the new season.

In the first of three feature interviews this episode, we sit down with new Whitecaps assistant coach Ricardo Clark to chat about his career, his legendary status in Houston and the touch decision to leave, and what he's looking to bring to Vancouver.

There's a new Canadian Premier League team coming to Saskatoon. We chat with new owner Al Simpson from LSSE about his plans for the team, the stadium, and the city, and we have an exclusive in-depth chat with CPL Commissioner David Clanachan about expansion, league finances, the new season, the players' union, and more.

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

03.06: Whitecaps News of the Week - Gaspar and Alexandre, schedule, and international spots with audio from Marc Dos Santos and Axel Schuster
38.06: Ricardo Clark interview and discussion
83.39: Al Simpson of LSSE interview
105.06: Saskatchewan football discussion
125.20: CPL Commissioner David Clanachan interview
156.36: Canadian Premier League chat

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat.

The Whitecaps' preseason has begun and the new season is now just six weeks away. How prepared can the 'Caps be when a large part of their squad will be missing for spells due to international duty and visa issues? We ask head coach Marc Dos Santos, plus we delve into the rumours about a possible Brazilian variant coming to the Vancouver midfielder, as Caio Alexandre looks set to join the club.

After talking defence last week, we focus on the Whitecaps attack this episode as we sit down for a chat with veteran striker Tosaint Ricketts to talk about the season ahead, his lingering national team ambitions, and working to get his business degree, interning at the 'Caps, and his hopes for the future. We also hear from Theo Bair and look at how the Whitecaps striking options might play out.

We also talk World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, look at Forge FC owner calling out the CSA over the Canadian Championship final mess, and chat about the retiral of Marcel de Jong and Ben Fisk becoming a free agent.

Plus we continue our travels back in the TARDIS as Whitecaps goalkeeper Evan Newton revisits some football history, Football Violence Awareness Month is back in Wavelength, and we feature a couple of Russian bands in this week's musical selections - DLB (длб) and Ploho.

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

02.25: A quick reflection on a weird year
08.40: Whitecaps preseason gets underway, but how ready will the team be at First Kick? With audio from Marc Dos Santos
26.16: Caio Alexandre rumours - is a Brazilian variant coming to the Vancouver midfield?
40.25: Fredy Montero heads back to Seattle
46.16: What weird things has a year of Covid shutdowns got you into?
56.35: Tosaint Ricketts interview and discussion
89.44: Football Time Travels featuring Evan Newton
105.12: Wavelength - Argy Bargy - Drink, Drugs, and Football Thugs
111.56: Theo Bair audio and discussion
122.05: Canadian football chat - World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, Bob Young calls out CSA, De Jong retires, Fisk leaves Ottawa

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