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 510 - The AFTN Soccer Show (In A Rut with guests Ali Ahmed, Nick Dasovic, and Vanni Sartini)
Apr 25th, 2022 by aftn at 12:13 pm

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, with lots of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major Soccer League chat.

The Whitecaps are in a rut and they've got to get out of it pronto or risk being cut adrift very early on in the season. Their latest loss in Austin leaves them bottom of the Western Conference and the entire league, eight points back from the playoff line. The season may only be a quarter of the way in, but it's already looking bleak.

Can they turn things around? We delve into where it's going wrong and what needs to change, while looking at what the latest defeat tells us. Plus we chat with Vanni Sartini about team chemistry, getting the best out of certain players, and what the team need to do to stop the rot.

But it's not all doom and gloom in Whitecapsland as there is the shining light that is WFC2. The young 'Caps won again at the weekend and lead their division. We look at how the team is playing and chat with head coach Nick Dasovic about what he's seen from the team so far.

Ali Ahmed was the latest player to get a first team call up, making his MLS debut against Austin then turning out for WFC2 less than 24 hours later. We caught up with Ali after the game to talk about that debut, an emotional couple of days, making the move to Vancouver from Toronto, and his hopes for the future.

All of that, plus we round-up the weekend's action in MLS and how things are shaping up two months into the season across the league.

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

02.18: Whitecaps lose in Austin
36.25: What now for the 'Caps? - with Vanni Sartini
65.41: MLS round-up
103.58: WFC2 win again
106.57: Nick Dasovic interview
120.55: Ali Ahmed interview
132.15: Wavelength - Ican Ican't - 3 Nil-Nils


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