AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast about Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS)
Jan 22nd, 2018 by aftn at 3:37 am

The wait it over, and so are the seemingly never ending drafts. Vancouver Whitecaps preseason is finally underway.

The 'Caps have swapped the rain of Newport for the rain of Vancouver, but there's some sunshine in the forecast. Hoping to bring a ray of sunshine to the squad are a slew of new faces, and we look at some of the most recent arrivals and departures, plus we'll hear a little bit from Carl Robinson and Kei Kamara too, with the latter also talking about one of his favourite things in life - Chipotle! Plus a look at what the upcoming six weeks of preseason training camp might hold in store.

We also look at all the big stories in Major League Soccer this past week, including the SuperDraft and blockbuster trades, and some of the stories making news around the footballing world. All this plus Welsh band Flyscreen feature in this week's Wavelength.

Here's the full episode rundown:

01.47: Whitecaps News of the Week - draft picks, Kamara, Juarez, Nosa, Montero, Jacobson
21.45: Whitecaps Preseason Preview - biggest talking points heading into it and likely starting XI so far
40.47: Wavelength - Manic Street Preachers
48.30: MLS News of the Week - the draft, Larin, Accam, Ola Kamara, Portland, Petrasso, PRO, and SMNH
66.46: Take Me Out - Kei Kamara
69.13: BC Soccerweb headlines

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Well what a jam-packed week of news it's been in North American soccer. So much happened and only two hours to talk about it all!

We look at the latest happenings in the Vancouver Whitecaps camp as we talk formations, transfer talk, and more. Plus we look at the big news around MLS surrounding Cyle Larin, Atlanta United, LAFC, and Friday's upcoming SuperDraft.

We also take a look at John Herdman's appointment as Canadian men's national team head coach, David Clanachan's appointment as the first commissioner of the Canadian Premier League, look at the top five Whitecaps goals in MLS, talk take out food with Robert Earnshaw, and the Manic Street Preachers feature in this week's Wavelength section.

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Jan 8th, 2018 by aftn at 7:03 pm

Happy New Year!

The first AFTN Soccer Show of 2018 is here for your aural pleasure. We look at the latest Vancouver Whitecaps comings, goings, and news, plus look around what's happening elsewhere in Major League Soccer.

Plus we take a look at what the soccer landscape may be like in Canada, North America, and the world in 20 year's time, play some trivia, and Slade feature in this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.28: Whitecaps News of the Week - schedule, Adekugbe, Bustos, potential signings, and more
27.31: How are Whitecaps fans feeling right now?
36.02: MLS News of the Week - clubs adding some key pieces, Kamara and Meram on the chopping block, and more
40.42: Wavelength - Slade
44.15: Questions And Answers - It's trivia time!
71.15: Looking Into The Future Of Football
92.27: BC Soccerweb headlines
99.53: Flash Five - 2014 Whitecaps Goals

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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AFTN's two part Christmas special continues with a more football related theme, but with some special festive sprinklings thrown in for good measure.

It might be the festive season but it's still been a busy time in the world of football and we chat about the week's big Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS stories.

Turning our attention to Christmas, Jordan Harvey, Tim Parker, Erik Hurtado, Gordon Forrest, and Robert Earnshaw tell us what Christmas day is like in their households, and Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some games and tunes!

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.15: Whitecaps news of the week (Henry in, Harvey out, Blondell leaves with a bang, season opener)
14.54: Christmas Dinner with Jordan Harvey
17.03: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part One
25.20: MLS news of the week (Nashville, expansion, new additions and rumoured signings)
32.07: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Glenn Hoddle and Tottenham 1981/82 squad
35.49: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part Two
43.04: Christmas Dinner with Gordon Forrest
47.30: Christmas Countdown
54.14: Christmas Dinner with Tim Parker
56.14: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part Three
63.09: BC Soccerweb headlines
67.43: Christmas Dinner with Erik Hurtado
69.06: Richard Herring's Emergency Christmas Questions - Part Four
73.48: Wavelength - Half Man Half Biscuit
82.36: Christmas Dinner with Robert Earnshaw
84.47: Listeners Christmas football present wishlists
89.05: Xmas Steps - Mogwai

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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AFTN's two part Christmas Eve extravaganza kicks off with a show all about Christmas songs and traditions.

We get some current Whitecaps (Russell Teibert, Brett Levis, David Norman Jr, Stewart Kerr, Gordon Forrest) and past favourites (Alan Koch, Gershon Koffie) to pick the songs that they love the most at Christmas and elicit the fondest memories.

There's a wide variety of music from classic to modern, crooner to punk, and a lot more inbetween. We also take a look at your Christmas traditions and get in the mood for Santa's big visit.

Here's the full episode rundown:

03.49: Julian Casablancas - I Wish It Was Christmas Today
08.33: Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (selected by Stewart Kerr)
14.08: Frank Sidebottom - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
17.40: Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time (selected by David Norman Jr)
22.18: Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody
27.59: Goldie Lookin' Chain - Maggot's Christmas Fantasy
32.26: Christmas traditions - part one
37.37: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing - Ebeneezer's Carol
41.23: Christmas traditions - part two
45.17: Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song
49.29: Dean Martin - Winter Wonderland (selected by Russell Teibert)
52.01: Michael Buble - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (selected by Brett Levis)
55.30: Justin Bieber - Mistletoe (selected by Alan Koch)
60.13: Cocteau Twins - Frosty The Snowman
65.17: Arab Strap - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
70.45: Glasvegas - A Snowflake Fell And It Felt Like A Kiss
76.16: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
78.38: The Fall - Hark The Herald Angels (selected by Gershon Koffie)
82.57: Listeners favourite Christmas songs
85.38: Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis (selected by the listeners)
89.28: Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone (selected by Gordon Forrest)

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Dec 18th, 2017 by aftn at 5:13 pm

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, so that means the football news is quietening down a little bit. Still stuff happening though in both Whitecapsland and the world of MLS, and we chat about some of the main talking points in this week's show.

We also continue our Whitecaps Year in Review with a look at the months of July and August. and with the 2018 PDC World Darts Championships getting underway last week, we have a darts theme, as we give some 'Caps players darting nicknames and take you back to the 1980's to play a little bit of Bullseye.

All this, plus Gordon Forrest talks take out food and there's more Football Violence in our Wavelength.

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It's the second part of Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show.

After bringing you all the latest news in part one (Episode 233), we take a look back in this episode, as we continue our Whitecaps Year in Review with a look at the months of May and June, mixed months that saw the 'Caps blow the chance to lift another Voyageurs Cup.

We also kick off our new gameshow "Questions and Answers" with draft picks on the line, and take a look at some football news from MLS and around the world in BC Soccerweb Headlines.

All this, plus Erik Hurtado talks take out food.

Here's the full episode rundown:

01.42: Whitecaps Year In Review - May
21.11: Questions And Answers
39.36: Whitecaps Year In Review - June
46.55: Take Me Out - Erik Hurtado
49.11: BC Soccerweb headlines

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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The 2017 MLS season is now finally officially over, but the offseason has been in very much full swings for several weeks now.

And it's been another busy few days in Whitecapsland. A lot of player movement, potential movement, and news stories to cover from both a Vancouver and MLS standpoint and we'll look at a lot of them in this episode.

In fact there's so much to cover that we're splitting Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show from the radio into two podcasts this week, so that we can bring you a bonus addition of the first chat with new signing Kei Kamara in this episode.

We'll also look at the players protected by the Whitecaps ahead of this week's expansion draft, further signing rumours, the latest with Yordy Reyna, the new TAM allocation in MLS, and The Oppressed feature in this week's Wavelength feature.

That song and other elements of this episode contain strong language so the usual advisory warning is in effect and it's NSFW.

Enjoy!

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Dec 4th, 2017 by aftn at 5:39 pm

It might be the offseason, but what a busy week for Vancouver Whitecaps. There were new additions, players leaving, new deals being discussed, transfer rumours, and more.

We look at some of the big stories in Whitecapsland and in MLS this week and we also continue our Vancouver Whitecaps end of season review with a look at March and April. How did these months shape the 'Caps year to come?

Here's the full episode rundown:

01.59: Whitecaps News of the Week - options exercised, Blondell and Norman additions
26.44: MLS News of the Week - MLS Cup, any available players of interest, expansion latest
43.38: Wavelength - When Saturday Comes
47.49: AFTN's Whitecaps Year In Review - March
63.03: AFTN's Whitecaps Year In Review - April (continued)
69.20: Flash Five - Best Whitecaps Goals In 2015
74.35: AFTN's Whitecaps Year In Review - April (continued)
79.20: Take Me Out - Stewart Kerr
82.02: BC Soccerweb headlines

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Nov 27th, 2017 by aftn at 5:54 pm

NSFW. Not suitable for work. Not suitable for Whitecaps. It's exercise your option week on the players, so take your pick. Either way, this week's episode contains adult language and content. There's swearing. Gasp! If you're really sensitive, you've been warned!

As the offseason continues to drag on far too slowly, we're joined by AFTN writers Joe Deasy and Anna Namshirin to look at the week's happenings in Whitecapsland, plus a look at the demise of FC Edmonton and some MLS talking points.

We also kick off our Vancouver Whitecaps end of season review with a look at January and February. How did the preseason shape the 'Caps year that lay in store?

All this plus we play some more 'Caps Countdown and Goldie Lookin Chain return in our Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

06.03: Whitecaps News of the Week
16.53: MLS News of the Week
20.47: Caps Countdown - Part One
26.34: The demise of FC Edmonton
36.47: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Erik Hurtado
38.40: Caps Countdown - Part Two
44.30: AFTN's End of Season Awards
80.14: Wavelength - The Sultans of Ping FC
85.35: BC Soccerweb headlines

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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The offseason is in full swing, at least it is if you're a Vancouver Whitecaps supporter. Some other teams are still playing football. Ridiculous.

We're joined this week by AFTN writers Joe Deasy and Jay Duke to look over the week's news in Whitecapsland and MLS, have a roundtable discussion as we try and fix some of the 'Caps woes, and dish out some of AFTN's end of season awards.

Plus The Sultans of Ping FC are back in this week's 'Wavelength' section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.00: Whitecaps News of the Week
19.18: MLS News of the Week
25.26: Whitecaps woes and how to fix them - a roundtable discussion
48.47: AFTN's End of Season Awards
87.42: Wavelength - The Sultans of Ping FC
90.08: BC Soccerweb headlines

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 2017 MLS season is over. The end of year media day has been held and the 'Caps players are now heading home to spend the winter with their families and grab some rest and relaxation.

Except nothing ever really ends, as the work for 2018 now begins in earnest.

We hear from 'Caps coach Carl Robinson and President Bobby Lenarduzzi about Vancouver's season past and what happens next, plus we look at a number of talking points to come out of their end of season press conferences.

Plus we hear from a mix of players. One who will definitely be here next season, Tim Parker, one who definitely won't, David Ousted, and two whose futures are still unknown, Fredy Montero and Brek Shea.

Here's the full episode rundown:

03.32: Carl Robinson end of season audio
07.03: Regrets on the season
09.45: Judging season on how it ended compared to body of work
13.43: Turnover of players. Massive changes ahead?
15.53: Fredy Montero's future - chat and audio
28.01: Bobbo Lenarduzzi end of season audio
31.49: How long will fans put up with low expectations and poor playoff results?
40.16: New additions - can we expect a quiet offseason and more midseason acquisitions?
42.29: Pushing Bobbo's buttons
48.37: What will we see from 'Caps Front Office in next few weeks
53.34: David Ousted audio and chat
67.08: Brek Shea audio and chat
74.18: Tim Parker audio and chat
85.11: Flash Five - Whitecaps goals of the season
90.09: Take Me Out - David Ousted
94.33: BC Soccerweb headlines
108.35: Wavelength - Thee George Squares

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Nov 6th, 2017 by aftn at 6:25 pm

Vancouver Whitecaps' season is over. Fizzling out with a whimper, and not a bang in sight. One shot on target over two matches against Seattle Sounders is inexcusable, but that's what we got. Now, the post mortem.

Just what went wrong? Why were they so impotent? And what now for the Whitecaps? We look at all that and a lot more, pondering the way forward for Vancouver, Fredy Montero's future, and which players should be kept around for next season.

Plus there's still time to look over the other MLS semi-finals and Chumbawamba make their Wavelength debut.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.56: Seattle v Vancouver post mortem
29.34: The season's over, what now?
45.40: Fredy Montero's future
51.20: What do Whitecaps need to reach next level?
56.27: Whitecaps players In/Out/On The Bubble
87.45: The other MLS semi-finals
100.40: BC Soccerweb headlines
112.28: Wavelength - Chumbawamba

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Maybe it's fitting that for our Halloween show Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders served up a horrific game of football at BC Place on Sunday night.

We pick over the dead carcass of that match, talk about the very brief highlights and standout players, and hear from both head coaches, Carl Robinson and Brian Schmetzer.

With that first leg thankfully laid to rest, we look ahead to part two on Thursday. How will both teams set up? Can it get any worse than Sunday? And do the 'Caps have a realistic chance of doing the business once again on the road when no-one expects it?

And to lighten the mood, Pa Modou Kah recites Vincent Price's part from Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Jake Nerwinksi talks favourite Halloween costumes, and James make a very welcome return to our Wavelength feature.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.30: Vancouver v Seattle review and analysis
17.08: Carl Robinson and Mr Garrison postgame audio
26.20: Pa Modou Kah's Thriller
32.17: Vancouver v Seattle player and referee performances
53.02: Seattle v Vancouver - second leg preview and playoff format
68.10: Hey Halloween with Jake Nerwinski
76.46: The other MLS Playoff matches
85.20: BC Soccerweb headlines
93.59: Wavelength - James

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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History was made, but that's just what it is now. History. Time to go make some more.

Vancouver Whitecaps won their first ever MLS playoff game on Wednesday night. We look back at the momentous night and the 5-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes, with the help of audio from 'Caps coach Carl Robinson and two goal super sub Nicolas Mezquida.

Seattle are next up and will be a far more formidable force for sure. We preview the two-legged affair and hear from the Seattle camp, from head coach Brian Schmetzer and goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

And we round off this midweek episode as we sit down with Whitecaps rookie right back Jake Nerwinski, to chat about his first season as a pro, the playoffs, and his US national team aspirations.

Here's the full episode rundown:

01.25: Vancouver v San Jose review and analysis
15.16: Carl Robinson and Chris Leitch postgame audio
19.55: Vancouver v San Jose players and tactics
24.09: Nicolas Mezquida audio
29.22: Vancouver v Seattle preview
34.32: Brian Schmetzter audio
38.57: Stefan Frei audio
42.00: Vancouver v Seattle preview - part two
46.49: Jake Nerwinski interview

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Vancouver Whitecaps have limped into the playoffs. For the second straight week they had a chance to finish first in the West and for the second straight week, they blew it.

Joe Deasy and Gideon Hill join Steve in the studio to look over all the ins and outs of the 'Caps loss in Portland. What went wrong, what was with the line up, and did anyone stand out, in a good way? Plus we hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Carl Robinson and Portland's Caleb Porter

We also have exclusive interviews with Whitecaps Jordan Harvey and Nosa Igiebor about the match, Nosa's debut, and the MLS playoff path ahead, plus Portland's game winner Darren Mattocks chats about sticking it to his old club.

Now that that regular season is done and dusted, we look ahead to the MLS playoffs, previewing Wednesday's knockout game against San Jose and giving our bracket predictions. And there's still time to chat with 'Caps goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr about the Marinovic/Ousted conundrum, and see Goldie Lookin' Chain return again in this week's Wavelength.

Here's the full episode rundown:

00.44: Portland v Vancouver review and analysis
17.15: Carl Robinson and Caleb Porter postgame audio and chat
28.10: Darren Mattocks interview 32.36: Portland v Vancouver player performances
36.39: Nosa Igiebor interview and chat
43.38: Stewart Kerr interview and 'Caps goalkeeping discussion
54.35: San Jose playoff preview
68.22: Jordan Harvey interview
72.15: The week in MLS and playoff bracket
85.59: BC Soccerweb headlines inc Columbus Crew moving
105.33: Wavelength - Goldie Lookin' Chain (NSFW - Explicit Lyrics)

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Well, Vancouver Whitecaps blew it. Their first Western Conference regular season title was there for the taking, but they couldn't get the job done against San Jose Earthquakes at home. We're joined by AFTN writer Joe Deasy to look back at the match, what went wrong, and are there any positives to take from it?

We'll also hear the thoughts of Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson and the Quakes' Chris Leitch after the game.

They get a do over though next weekend in Portland. We preview that match and how the 'Caps might set out their stall. We also look at the lie of the land in MLS and the various playoff possibilities and implications for Vancouver now. Plus we look at a crazy week of World Cup qualifiers and some Whitecaps connections to it all.

And there's still time to chat with WFC2 head coach Rich Fagan about a tough USL season, talk take out food with Tim Parker and Sultans of Ping FC feature again in this week's Wavelength.

Here's the full episode rundown:

03.51: Vancouver v San Jose review and analysis
21.30: Carl Robinson and Chris Leitch postgame audio
27.00: More Vancouver v San Jose chat and tweets
34.02: MLS lie of the land
44.42: Portland preview
52.53: What a week of World Cup qualifiers for Whitecaps
69.52:Tim Parker - Take Me Out
72.01: BC Soccerweb headlines
82.16: WFC2 chat and Rich Fagan interview
94.53: Wavelength - Sultans of Ping F.C.

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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The ups and downs of Vancouver Whitecaps' season have been on full display over the past two games. In true Forrest Gump style, you simply do not know what you're going to get from them, apart from perhaps not that much satisfaction in their performance.

We look back at the 'Caps capitulation against New York Red Bulls, and hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Carl Robinson and New York's Jesse Marsch. What was behind the Whitecaps formation and performance? Did anyone stand out? Can we read much into how things played out?

We also look ahead to next weekend's match up with San Jose, how the MLS West might play out, and talk World Cup qualifiers and Kendall Waston's big night.

And there's still time to chat with Robert Earnshaw about his favourite season and talk take out food with Jordan Harvey.

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What a week in Whitecapsland!

It started with a horror show Cascadia derby defeat in Seattle, was followed by a smash and grab victory in Kansas City, and ended with Vancouver Whitecaps clinching a playoff spot and needing just three more points from their remaining games to grab a first round bye.

We look back at both matches, standout players, the Whitecaps tactics and hear from Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson and his Sporting KC counterpart Peter Vermes.

We also turn our attention to the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with some international Whitecaps, as we talk Costa Rica with Kendall Waston, and New Zealand with Stefan Marinovic and Deklan Wynne.

And there's still time to look at the death throes of WFC2, talk fish and chips with Robert Earnshaw, chat with Jordan Harvey about his favourite season, and have The Fall return for this week's Wavelength section.

Here's the full episode rundown:

02.29: Sporting KC v Vancouver review and analysis
15.10: Carl Robinson and Peter Vermes postgame audio
21.07: Sporting KC v Vancouver standout players
25.17: Seattle v Vancouver - a quick post mortem
30.30: Analysing the Whitecaps tactics
44.20: Robert Earnshaw on Fish and Chips
46.38: World Cup Whitecaps
52.01: Kendall Waston interview and Costa Rica chat
56.31: Stefan Marinovic and Deklan Wynne interviews, and New Zealand chat
70.57: Jordan Harvey's favourite season
75.26: BC Soccer Web headlines
86.52: Wavelength - The Fall
91.46: The future death of WFC2

The AFTN Soccer Show is brought to you in partnership with BCsoccerweb.com, your one stop site for all your BC, Canadian, and North American soccer news and links.

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Vancouver Whitecaps are still top of the West, with five games remaining. With four of those matches on the road, the 'Caps will need to be at their best to stay there and it gets off to a tricky start with a trip to Seattle on Wednesday evening.

We preview that match with Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen. Can the 'Caps extend their unbeaten run to eight? Are the Sounders slumping? How will Fredy Montero be received? All this and a lot more Cascadia Cup chat.

We also hear from Fredy Montero himself about heading back to his old haunts, plus Carl Robinson, David Ousted, and Jordan Harvey chat to us about how the 'Caps need to approach this season run-in against their closest challengers.

We also look back at Saturday's win over Colorado Rapids and hear from both head coaches, and chat with Kendall Waston about his season so far.

Due to some technical issues stationwide at CiTR radio, the podcast of Sunday's AFTN Soccer Show will not be available for a couple of days. As such we've used some of the audio from Sunday's show with newly recorded links inbetween them. We'll be bringing out a specially edited version of Sunday's show now later in the week (as Episode 222) and add in some post Seattle stuff, so watch you podcast feeds for that.

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