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.

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast, and what a week it's been for Canadian soccer.

There's two windows left in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and with four games remaining, Canada are sitting pretty and on the verge of qualification to Qatar 2022 after wins over Honduras and the US. We look back over those important victories, the key moments that earned the six points, and the standout performances.

Plus Zach joins us from Hamilton to chat about what it was like to be at the game and the atmosphere in the stadium, and we look over the current Octagon standings and what is left to play out over the next two months.

Our feature interview this episode is with a Canadian national team legend and current Whitecap Tosaint Ricketts. Tos talks to us about recently completing his degree, his role in the Whitecaps front office, his desire to continue playing in MLS, the introduction of 'Stand By Me', and more.

Plus we chat about Max Crepeau leaving for LAFC and hear for the first time from the player himself and Whitecaps CEO Axel Schuster, talk about Theo Bair leaving for St Johnstone in Scotland, and there's a special Canadian national team themed Wavelength.

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

02.35: Canada v Honduras and the US
35.05: More Canada and CONCACAF World Cup qualifying chat
65.14: Tosaint Ricketts interview and discussion
88.40: Theo Bair is heading to St Johnstone in Scotland
98.11: Max Crepeau transfer to LAFC confirmed
112.45: Wavelength - Sons Of Andrew - Canada We'll Proudly Play For You

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast, and what a week it's been.

As the 'Caps got their preseason camp underway, shock news emerged from Whitecapsland that Player of the Year Max Crepeau was being traded to LAFC. We break down the move and what it might mean for Vancouver, look at how $1 million in GAM might get spent, and try and make sense of a stacked forward line and how all the pieces might fall in.

We've got three one-on-one interviews for you from the Whitecaps camp and we kick them off with a chat with trialist Kwame Awuah. The Canadian left back talks about heading to Vancouver looking to get a MLS deal, his three successful years at Forge FC, coming through the Sigma academy, and find out which current Whitecap used to be his roommate.

Turning our attention to the other end of the pitch, we catch up with Theo Bair to chat about his loan spell in Norway, his growth, his ambitions, and battling for minutes back in Vancouver. Plus fellow striker David Egbo chats about his first year as a pro, his loan spell in Phoenix, finally getting into Vancouver, and his hopes for the season to come.

Rounding things off we turn our attention to League1 BC and to TSS Rovers. The Rovers' supporters share ownership scheme went live to the general public this week and we chat with Colin Elmes, Will Cromack and two representatives from the Spirit of the Rovers Trust about all the hows and whys, plus we look at the team's preparations for the first L1BC season.

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

02.08: Max Crepeau in shock trade to LAFC
24.15: Whitecaps preseason camp underway
30.24: Kwame Awuah interview and discussion
51.18: Whitecaps forward line discussion
55.49: Theo Bair interview and discussion
74.05: David Egbo interview and discussion
96.31: TSS supporter ownership campaign opens to public
120.40: TSS Rovers L1BC preparation latest
137.30: Wavelength - Northern Ireland 1982 World Cup Squad and Dana - Yer Man

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show, your Vancouver Whitecaps and North American football podcast.

The Whitecaps selected five players in this week's MLS SuperDraft. We break down those picks and hear from head coach Vanni Sartini and first rounder Simon Becher, plus Sporting Director Axel Schuster chats to us a little bit about the club's MLS Next Pro plans.

The main focus of this episode, however, is on the state of the women's game here in Canada at both international and domestic level.

We bring you our final year in review wrap up as we look at the gold medal winning Canadian women's national team, hear a little bit from head coach Bev Priestman, and look at the snub to Priestman in FIFA's Best Of awards.

Our feature interview this episode is with Emma Humphries the Whitecaps Director of Women's Football Development. We chat about the club game here in Canada, the lack of current opportunities, her role at the 'Caps, the launch of League 1 BC and more. Plus we have a big discussion about growing the game at club level in the country and what that might look like.

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

01.26: Intro chat
03.47: TVOD - Anne
13.08: Whitecaps pick five in draft with audio from Vanni Sartini and Simon Becher
39.20: Axel talks MLS Next Pro plans
46.10: Canadian women's national team Year in Review
65.40: Priestman snubbed in FIFA Best Of awards
76.15: Emma Humphries interview
111.40: Developing the women's club game in Canada discussion
138.45: Wavelength - Neil Grant - Give It All We've Got

We're back with our first show of 2022 and what better way to kick off the new year than with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show and another of our end of season reviews, this time turning our attention to the stellar year that was had by the Canadian men's national team.

Canada started the year 72nd in the world in the FIFA rankings and they finished it in 40th, their joint highest ever which they also reached in December 1996. The national team played 19 matches last year. All of them competitive games, with not a friendly in site. Crazy really considering how little they've played in some recent years.

There were 14 World Cup qualifiers and 5 Gold Cup matches, producing 13 wins, 4 draws, and just 2 defeats, both of those coming at the hands of traditional CONCACAF powerhouses of the US and Mexico and both of those came at the Gold Cup. Canada scored 55 goals, conceding just 11, with 16 different goalscorers.

2021 was a great year, but hopefully it's just the start of even bigger and better things for Canada. We delve into all of that and a lot more, plus we chat with CPL coaches Bobby Smyrniotis, Tommy Wheeldon Jr, and Jim Brennan to look at how the success of the national team has driven an excitement locally for the CPL teams.

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