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.

As the old year comes to a close and the new one peaks over the horizon, I think we can all just hope for better times in 2022.

We're here to guide you into the new year with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show and we're back with another end of season review, this time turning our attention to the Canadian Premier League.

BC is home to the new CPL champs Pacific FC and we look back at their season, and those of the other seven sides, in a season that saw a lot of ups and downs, drama, controversies, three managerial casualties, and some great football played.

We chat about the high points for each team and look ahead to what they need to do to improve next season. Plus we look at the CPL coming to the lower mainland and where that fits in with the upcoming launch of League 1 BC.

Plus we talk take out food with Pacific FC's Ollie Bassett and there's music from Wet Leg, Babyshambles, and Werd (SOS).

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

01.43: Intro chat
04.45: General CPL season overview
21.13: CPL award winners
33.38: Pacific FC's season
45.01: Take Me Out - Ollie Bassett
47.25: Forge FC's season
59.00: Cavalry FC's season
65.31: FC Edmonton's season
71.28: Valour FC's season
75.05: York United's season and Martin Nash appointment
81.26: HFX Wanderers' season
83.08: Atletico Ottawa's season and Mista departs
92.25: There's a new CPL team coming to Vancouver
113.51: League 1 BC chat
124.42: Wavelength - My Brother Woody - Literally

Ho, Ho, Ho everybody and welcome to the 2021 AFTN Christmas party! There's fun, there's games, there's music, there's presents, and there's lots of football chat.

Our feature interview this episode is what is now our ninth annual State of the Whitecaps end of season chat with the current head coach on the podcast, and our first one with Vanni Sartini. In a very honest and raw interview, Vanni talks about the season past, looks ahead to next year, and talks about what he learned about himself as a coach and as a person.

There's some interesting player chat and we talk about formations, the team's identity, getting to the next level, and the pressure that comes with it all.

Getting the festive spirit flowing, we find out what Christmas is like in the Vanni Sartini, Ryan Gauld, Maxime Crepeau, and Brian White households, plus you can play along at home as we play some football themed games.

All of this, plus some Christmas music from Crazy and the Brains, Super Furry Animals, The Monkees, Walk The Earth, Dean Martin and of course, no Christmas episode would be complete without The Pogues.

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

01.32: Intro chat
04.27: Christmas Presents - Part One
11.31: A Maxime Crepeau Christmas
14.03: Walk The Earth - Feliz Navidad
16.34: Whitecaps Six of the Best game
37.24: A Brian White Christmas
38.43: Dean Martin - White Christmas
41.19: Whitecaps 2021 Festive XI
44.25: Crazy and the Brains - Little Saint Nick
47.16: Vanni Sartini State of the Whitecaps interview
79.30: The Monkees - Unwrap You For Christmas
84.52: Christmas Presents - Part Two
91.16: Unpacking Sartini - interview discussion
107.56: A Ryan Gauld Christmas
109.23: The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
115.27: Football Jeopardy
133.08: Super Furry Animals - The Gift That Keeps Giving
141.50: A Vanni Sartini Christmas
148.35: Quizball - East Fife v Bayern Munich
157.12: Christmas Presents - Part Three
163.49: Wavelength - Glenn Hoddle - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
170.49: Glasvegas - Silent Night

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

It's that time of year when we reflect on the last 12 months - the good times, the bad times, the what might have beens. We'll be breaking down the year in Whitecapsland and Canadian soccer over the next few shows and we kick things off this episode with our 2021 Whitecaps Year in Review.

We look back on the offseason squad building, starting the season down in Utah, the return back to Vancouver, and the season run-in and the playoffs. Plus we chat about the key additions of Ryan Gauld and Brian White, the sacking of Marc Dos Santos and the appointment of Vanni Sartini, and look ahead at what could lie in store in 2022.

Our feature interview this episode is with the difference maker that joined the 'Caps in the summer, Scottish DP Ryan Gauld. We chat to Ryan about his move to Vancouver, his first season in MLS, what's to come next year, his hopes of pulling on a Scotland jersey in the near future, and a lot more.

Plus we look at the Whitecaps news of the week as Tristan Blackmon joins the club, the 2022 schedule is released, and we find out if Brian White fancies a chocolate digestive.

All of this, plus Scottish rapper Werd (SOS) features in this episode's special Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg continue their residency as our Artists of the Month.

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

01.35: Intro
03.25: Tristan Blackmon is a Whitecap
09.20: Whitecaps 2022 schedule released
15.45: Whitecaps Year In Review - The Offseason squad building
40.25: Whitecaps Year In Review - The Utah Months
50.05: Whitecaps Year In Review - The addition of Brian White
55.35: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Brian White
57.05: Ryan Gauld interview and discussion
80.45: Whitecaps Year In Review - the season run in, playoffs, and the year to come
97.27: Wavelength - Werd (SOS) - iWatch Adverts On iPhones

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

The 2021 MLS season is finally over and there's a new name on the Cup. We chat about NYCFC's win over Portland in a MLS Cup that was far from a classic but did have controversy on and off the pitch, late drama, and a penalty shootout. Plus we talk about whether MLS should move back to neutral venues for their cup finals and the growing dominance of multi-club operations around world football.

There was also a lot of other MLS news this week and we chat about some of the stuff coming out of Commissioner Don Garber's State of the League address including expansion to Las Vegas, how much the league has helped Canada's national team get to the level they're at, and a new league has been launched. What will MLS Next Pro look like for the Whitecaps?

Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps Director of Recruitment Nikos Overheul. We chat to Nikos about his role at the club, his background in football, his previous work with Brentford FC and at Stats Bomb, and the growing important of analytics in modern football.

All of this, plus English punk band The Angelic Upstarts feature in this episode's special Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg continue their residency as our Artists of the Month.

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

And what a show we have for you this episode as we celebrate Pacific FC winning their first Canadian Premier League championship. We look back at their win over Forge, hear from head coach Pa Modou Kah and goalscoring hero Alessandro Hojabrpour, and look ahead to what may lie in the club's and Kah's future.

Turning our attention to the Whitecaps, we look at the big news in Whitecapsland as Vanni Sartini is confirmed as the club's head coach and their end of season roster decisions are announced. Plus we look at who we would protect in next week's MLS Expansion Draft and discuss this weekend's MLS Conference Finals.

Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. We chat to Max about his year with Vancouver and Canada, talk about the art of saving penalties, and more.

Plus we kick off our 11th annual AFTN End of Season awards as we pick the Whitecaps Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Academy Player of the Year, and one to watch in 2022, plus pick the team's goal, save, and game of the year.

All of this, plus Danish band Dreamjockey feature in this episode's Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg begin their residency as our Artists of the Month.

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

01.43: Intro
05.22: Pacific FC are CPL champs!
34.20: CPL and Players Union to talk CBA
39.43: Vanni Sartini confirmed as Whitecaps coach
50.37: Whitecaps roster decisions made
57.13: Which Whitecaps should be protected in Expansion draft?
66.33: MLS Cup all set for Portland
82.13: Maxime Crepeau interview and discussion
123.12: AFTN 2021 Awards - the first batch
148.20: Wavelength - Dreamjockey - Soccer

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