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.
Episode 391 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Out Of The Basement with guests Fredy Montero, Janio Bikel, and Marc Dos Santos)
Apr 20th, 2020 by aftn at 12:02 pm

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. Who needs live football to chat about when you can gab as much as us?!

We bring you the latest news from North America as football's shutdown continues. Finances continue to be the big talking point, with both MLS and the CPL looking for their players to take pay cuts with neither league looking likely to be in action any time soon.

Plus we chat about the new CPL players union that was announced this past week, discuss the Seattle Times article around the Sounders decision to play their home opener last month, look at Liga MX's decision to scrap promotion and relegation for five years and what that could mean to football on the continent, and take a look at Wayne Rooney's latest swipe at MLS.

We've got two in-depth interviews for you this episode, the first of which is with the last Whitecaps signing to take place before the shutdown, Portuguese midfielder Janio Bikel. Janio chats about what brought him to MLS, his footballing journey so far from Guinea-Bissau to Bulgaria via Portugal, Spain, and Holland, and tells us what it's like to just arrive in a new city and country only to then be locked down before you can familiarise yourself with it or your new teammates.

We then sit down with Whitecaps striker Fredy Montero for a career retrospective and a look at some of his Football Firsts, chatting with him about his time in Colombia, Seattle, Portugal, China, and here in Vancouver. We talk about his incredible knack for scoring on his debuts, that scary Sporting Lisbon training facility incident, and what he still hopes to achieve in his career.

Plus Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos tells us about what football documentaries he's enjoying watching right now, and we bring you our latest update on table topping FK Slutsk.

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

03.21: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown in MLS
20.03: CPL wage deferral and the launch of a players union
32.15: Janio Bikel interview
54.22: Wavelength - Frank Hamilton - Football
59.20: Fredy Montero interview - Part One
74.06: Fredy Montero interview - Part Two
92.15: FK Slutsk are top of the league
97.15: Marc Dos Santos TVOD
102.11: BC Soccerweb headlines - Liga MX scraps pro/rel, why did the Sounders play their home opener, and Wayne Rooney slams MLS' transfer system

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