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 520 - The AFTN Soccer Show (Undoing All The Good Work with guests Xherdan Shaqiri and Katie Collar)
Jul 25th, 2022 by aftn at 2:24 am

We're back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football.

The good work done on the road by Vancouver Whitecaps was undone by a second straight home 3-1 defeat against Chicago Fire on Saturday. It was a disappointing outing but did the 'Caps have an eye too focused on Tuesday Canadian Championship final with Toronto FC?

We look at how the match played out and the line-up selected, plus we look ahead to that big game against TFC, the addition of wingback Julian Gressel, and debate whether Vanni Sartini needs to go with a more settled starting XI and what that should like that.

We also chat with Chicago's Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, a key player for the visitors on Saturday, about the match, settling in to MLS, and looking ahead to the World Cup in Qatar.

We also look at the battle brewing in the Canadian Premier League, talk about Zach's recent visit to FC Edmonton, and ponder whether Pacific's impending CONCACAF League campaign may derail their league hopes. Plus we look at the upcoming inaugural championship games in League1 BC and chat with Vancouver Whitecaps Girls Elite head coach Katie Collar.

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

03.38: Julian Gressel is a Whitecap but the system stinks
18.09: Whitecaps undo good work on the road with loss to Chicago
46.06: Xherdan Shaqiri interview and discussion
59.28: Canadian Championship final preview
71.43: Should the Whitecaps have a firm starting XI?
88.39: Canadian Premier League chat
104.42: League1 BC chat and Katie Collar audio
112.18: Wavelength - Vanilla Muffins - The Kids Behind The Goal

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