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, Canadian Premier League, and Canadian national team chat.

What a fantastic feast of football, and indeed sport, was served up this weekend. And most of it gives us a lot of positives to chat about this week.

We start off in MLS with the Whitecaps. They may have given up a two goal lead, but there were a lot of positives to be taken and foundations laid from their draw at LAFC. We look back at the highs, the lows, and the main talking points coming out of the match, hear from head coaches Marc Dos Santos and Bob Bradley, and round up the weekend's action in MLS.

The Whitecaps have now headed back to Vancouver for the first time since March, and while they won't be playing home games here until August 21st, they can at least train and be in their own surroundings. We look at their return, the boost it's given the team, and hear the thoughts of MDS, Russell Teibert, and Brian White on finally getting back to Canada.

Moving onto the international stage, the 2021 Gold Cup is at the semi-final stage and Canada are there to battle it out for a place in the final after their win over Costa Rica. We look back at that excellent quarter-final performance, hear from head coach John Herdman, and he and Max Crepeau share some thoughts about a wide open tournament.

Heading back home to the Canadian Premier League, we look at where things stand for each team after the kickoff tournament event in Winnipeg wrapped up and bring you audio from each side featuring Valour FC's Rob Gale and Jonathan Sirois, Pacific FC's James Merriman, Cavalry FC's Tommy Wheeldon Jr, FC Edmonton's Alan Koch, Forge FC's Bobby Smyrniotis, York United's Jim Brennan, HFX Wanderers Mesut Mert and Alessandro Riggi, and Atletico Ottawa's Malcolm Shaw.

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

01.31: Intro and football card
06.53: LAFC v Whitecaps postgame analysis and coaches audio
42.53: The Whitecaps are back home with thoughts from MDS, Russell Teibert, and Brian White
53.15: MLS round-up
67.35: Canada beat Costa Rica and Gold Cup round-up
98.45: Canadian women's national team at Tokyo Olympics
108.41: Canadian Premier League Western team chat
135.44: Canadian Premier League Eastern team and general chat
161.05: Wavelength - Dive In The Box - Defend The River End

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

The Whitecaps looked to build on their weekend win with a game against Houston Dynamo on Tuesday night. It was a bit of a snoozefest, but we look back at the 0-0 draw, hear from coaches Marc Dos Santos and Tab Ramos, look ahead to the next game against LAFC, and chat about the big Whitecaps news this week - they're finally heading back to Vancouver (with thoughts from MDS and James Merriman).

We also look at the exciting BC derby with Pacific FC that was announced for next month's Canadian Championship, talk about Pacific's start to the CPL season with assistant coach James Merriman, and bring you two feature interviews with Pacific players - midfielder Ollie Bassett and forward Matteo Polisi.

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

04.43: Whitecaps v Dynamo match analysis and coaches audio
31.35: The Whitecaps are finally coming home to Vancouver!
36.08: MLS round-up and LAFC preview
47.47: Pacific v Whitecaps set for Canadian Championship
65.35: Ollie Bassett interview
96.35: Pacific FC discussion with James Merriman
103.48: Matteo Polisi interview
126.55: Wavelength - Courting - Football

Jul 19th, 2021 by aftn at 1:58 am

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and international football chat.

It felt like it may never happen again, but we've finally got another Whitecaps win to talk about! We pick over the bones of Vancouver's 2-1 come from behind win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night. A game that ended an eight match winless run. We chat about all the highs and the lows, look ahead to the Houston game on Tuesday, talk incoming additions, and hear from head coach Marc Dos Santos.

Looking around the rest of MLS, we talk about Toronto and Montreal returning back home to play games in Canada and what Vancouver can learn from them, we round up all the weekend's action in the Western and Eastern Conferences, the sacking of Gabriel Heinze in Atlanta, and we hear from Atlanta United's Darren Eales and Carlos Bocanegra about the decision.

Moving onto the international stage, we turn our attention the Gold Cup. Canada have made the quarter-finals despite losing a closely fought affair with the US. Wee look back at that game and the road ahead, and hear the thoughts of both head coaches, Canada's John Herdman and America's Gregg Berhalter on the growing rivalry between the two sides.

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

02.27: Intro and football cards
07.17: Whitecaps beat LA - with audio from MDS
37.00: More Whitecaps chat including Houston preview
58.20: MLS Week in Review - TFC and Montreal return home. Gabriel Heinze sacked in Atlanta, Western Conference round-up
94.30: Canada v USA Gold Cup chat and rivalry discussion
114.05: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Don't Read The Chatboxes Beside Football Streams

Jul 12th, 2021 by aftn at 12:26 pm

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and international football chat.

What a few weeks of fantastic football we've had to watch, and there's another few weeks ahead. The Whitecaps also played another game, and we'll be looking at all of that action across the globe this episode.

The 'Caps extended their winless run to eight with a midweek loss too RSL. We look back at that, try and work out where it's all going wrong, and question whether the imminent new additions will turn the season around or is MDS in for a further tough time of it when the team get back to Vancouver.

Despite MLS playing lots of matches, international competitions have been in full flow and we talk Canada in the Gold Cup, Messi finally winning a Copa America, and the highs of Italy's win at Euro 2020 and the lows of the abuse England's penalty takers have received.

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

02.37: Intro and football cards
09.27: Whitecaps News of the Week - another loss, where is it all going wrong, MDS' future, Cornelius loaned out, transfer rumours
51.07: Canada and Gold Cup chat
64.21: Copa America chat
73.12: Euro 2020 chat
92.41: Wavelength - The Chromosones - Goalkeeper

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

It was more stoppage time heartbreak for the Whitecaps on Sunday night, giving up a late equaliser to draw 2-2 in Dallas. We pick over the bones of the game, ponder the 'Caps stoppage time woes, worry about what this latest late lapse will do the team, and look ahead at what's to come. Plus we hear some thoughts from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and centre back Andy Rose.

The other big Whitecaps news this weekend was the club parting ways with Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan. We look at a move that was probably the best option for both sides, but still a disappointing one, and hear from the 'Caps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the whole ridiculous situation.

The big MLS story this weekend was the sacking of Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas after his side's 7-1 shellacking by DC United. We look at that decision, hear from TFC's Bill Manning and Ali Curtis, and round up all the top weekend action across MLS.

The Canadian Premier League is in full flow. We look at the action so far and hear from FC Edmonton head coach Alan Koch, Valour FC's Rob Gale, and Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr.

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

01.45: Intro and football cards
07.15: Dallas v Vancouver postgame analysis
69.29: Ali Adnan moves on
103.49: Chris Armas sacked in Toronto
128.09: MLS Week in Review
137.26: The CPL story so far
164.30: Wavelength - AZ and Palize - Top Striker

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