AFTN Soccer Show (Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS)

The AFTN football/soccer podcast about Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer (MLS)

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian Premier League chat.

This is something of a Frankenstein's monster of an episode as we mix in parts of Friday's live TFC postgame You Tube stream with some fresh recordings, add in some CPL coaches audio, and add a sprinkling of Montreal's Thierry Henry to bring it all together. So if you think the sound and tone changes as we go through this one, then you are correct. It's not your ears!

We have an extensive discussion around Vancouver Whitecaps' current woes after two defeats by Toronto, some seriously lacking performances, the need to rebuild yet again, and much more. Plus 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos talks Andy Rose and fans attending matches.

We also hear from 'Caps striker Lucas Cavallini after two difficult outings, and chat about what we do now with Fredy Montero and Yordy Reyna, and replacing Inbeom Hwang.

We're 11 days into the Canadian Premier League's Island Games tournament. We chat about the action so far, talk with Cavalry FC head coach Tommy Wheeldon Jr about his side's strong start, and hear from FC Edmonton's Jeff Paulus and HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart ahead of what could be a decisive meeting of the two teams later this week.

Plus we take a look at Canada's qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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

01.50: TFC v Vancouver postgame chat
25.40: Vancouver Whitecaps chat including audio from Lucas Cavallini, Marc Dos Santos, and Thierry Henry
53.49: How do you solve the Whitecaps' woes?
84.51: CPL Island Games chat - the tournament so far and audio from Tommy Wheeldon Jr, Jeff Paulus, and Stephen Hart
105.06: Canada's qualification path to Qatar 2022
111.22: Wavelength - Jim Noir - Eanie Meany

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The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and we bring you another packed show of Major League Soccer and Canadian Premier League chat.

There's been some big Vancouver Whitecaps news this week, with the return to play plan announced and Inbeom Hwang moving to pastures new in Russia. We sit down for a couple of one-on-one interviews to discuss all that and a lot more with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos and Sporting Director and CEO Axel Schuster as they prepare to face Toronto and Montreal over the coming weeks.

Turning our attention to the CPL, we chat with a couple of head coaches about the teams they've built to tackle The Island Games tournament, HFX Wanderers' Stephen Hart and Valour FC's Rob Gale. What can we expect from their sides in PEI and how tough has it been getting ready to play after 10 months of inaction?

Plus we take a look at the tournament so far, discuss the Cavalry v Forge rivalry with both teams' head coaches and a couple of players, and we chat with Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos</strong? after Pacific FC get their tournament off and running with a 2-2 draw.

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

02.03: Axel Schuster interview Part 1 - returning to play
24.49: Axel Schuster interview Part 2 - transfer talk
47.52: Marc Dos Santos interview
78.05: Stephen Hart interview and HFX Wanderers discussion
93.26: Rob Gale interview and Valour FC discussion
109.01: CPL Island Games chat - the tournament so far, the Cavalry v Forge Rivalry, and Pa Modou Kah and Marco Bustos postgame chat
129.40: Wavelength - 442oons - The Alphonso Davies Song

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is even more packed than usual, as we make up for not bringing you a show last weekend with a near three-hour episode to talk Canadian Premier League and Major League Soccer.

We've ramped up the Canadian flavour this week with a heavy focus on the CPL, as it gets its 2020 season underway on Thursday when The Island Games kick off in PEI.

We look ahead to the tournament, discuss the ins and out of the bubble and broadcasting, hear from CPL Commissioner David Clanachan, talk players' union, and chat about the away jerseys that were recently revealed.

We're putting two of the eight CPL clubs in focus in this episode and we kick things off on the island as we catch up with friend of the show Pa Modou Kah to chat about him taking the reins at Pacific FC, his journey into coaching, what his coaching and playing style will be, how ready his squad is for The Island Games, and his love of working with developing young talent.

Moving east, we stop off in Alberta next to talk FC Edmonton with head coach Jeff Paulus and players Tomi Ameobi, Amer Didic and Connor James.

Plus we sit down for an in-depth chat with one of their most exciting recent signings, Keven Aleman, to talk about his career so far, his move to the Eddies, the upcoming matches, his hopes to get back into the Canadian men's national team mix, and just how close did he come to becoming a Vancouver Whitecap?

But there's also lots of MLS chat as we delve into the league's controversial plans to get the rest of the season played and hear from MLS Commissioner Don Garber, as the immediate futures of the three Canadian clubs remain up in the air. Plus we look ahead to Tuesday's MLS is Back final between Orlando and Portland.

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

01.45: CPL and Island Games chat
40.42: David Clanachan audio
45.37: More CPL and Island Games chat
68.32: Pa Modou Kah interview
98.32: FC Edmonton chat with Jeff Paulus, Tomi Ameobi, Amer Didic, and Connor James
110.33: Keven Aleman interview
136.25: MLS is Back final chat with Oscar Pareja audio
140.13: MLS rest of the season play plans announced, with audio from Don Garber
163.25: Wavelength - Emma Townsend - Five-a-Side Football

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as usual as we bring you more chat from the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

Vancouver Whitecaps' Disney dreams are over. Eliminated from the tournament by the lottery of (not very well taken) penalties, the 'Caps went out to Sporting Kansas City and are now on their way back to BC and 14 days quarantine.

We delve into all the ins and outs of the match, the heroes and villains, the highs and the lows. Plus we hear from both head coaches, Vancouver's Marc Dos Santos and KC's Peter Vermes, and discuss how this tournament has left the 'Caps looking against the rest of MLS in a competitive sense.

We also look at the three other Round of 16 matches played this weekend, two of which saw the rest of the Canadian contingent eliminated from the competition. What can they take away from the tournament and what lies in store for them now? We chat about that and hear from Montreal coach Thierry Henry, Impact players Samuel Piette and Jukka Raitala, Toronto coach Greg Vanney and TFC's Michael Bradley, plus Philadelphia Union coach Jim Curtin talks about his side's win over New England.

What lies in store for the Canadian clubs now? We chat about the tentative plans for the next stage of the MLS season and hear from 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos on it.

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

01.36: Vancouver v Sporting KC match analysis
35.53: Coaches audio - Marc Dos Santos and Peter Vermes
46.30: More Vancouver v KC chat
81.48: Wavelength - The Insyderz - Game Day
88.43: The other MLS is Back matches this weekend - with audio from Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Jim Curtin, Michael Bradley, Samuel Piette, and Jukka Raitala
115.15: What now for the three Canadian MLS teams?

Jul 20th, 2020 by aftn at 7:18 pm

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as usual as we bring you more chat from the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

Vancouver Whitecaps' tournament has got off to the worst possible start. Two defeats, key injuries to an already depleted squad, and their hopes hanging by a thread, we're joined by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen to look back at the middling and lows of the 'Caps' 3-0 loss to Seattle Sounders and look ahead to Thursday crunch game with Chicago Fire.

We also look at some of the highlights from the tournament so far, what lies in store this week as the group games round up, and hear from Chicago coach Raphael Wicky, KC coach Peter Vermes, a prickly Sounders boss Brian Schmetzer, and Montreal's Samuel Piette.

We also delve into the world of sports science as we chat with Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster and head coaches Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes, and Brian Schmetzer about how they're using it in Orlando, the importance of it all, and how they've seen it change in the game over the years.

Plus there's Wavelength and the final part of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

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

03.48: Seattle v Vancouver match analysis with Steven Agen
55.39: Vancouver v Chicago preview with audio fron Raphael Wicky
70.12: MLS is Back tournament so far chat
85.40: Will Canadian border restrictions derail MLS season?
99.40: Sports science and the MLS in Orlando - we chat with Axel Schuster, Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Peter Vermes, and Brian Schmetzer
122.10: Wavelength - Paul Wilson - The King of Elland Road
131.24: The week ahead at the MLS is Back tournament - with audio from Brian Schmetzer, Samuel Piette, and Peter Vermes
144.10: Wanted For Wembley - the final part of our episodic drama serial

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it is packed as we take you inside the bubble at the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

We've been busy boys this past week and we'll bring you chat about and audio from Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, San Jose Earthquakes, Chicago Fire, Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota United, Orlando City, and Houston Dynamo in a near three hour tournament special.

We'll have some chat with head coaches Thierry Henry, Greg Vanney, Adrian Heath, Matias Almeyda, Raphael Wicky, Peter Vermes, and Tab Ramos and players Nani, Justin Morrow, Jukka Raitala, and Matt Besler about life in the bubble, the weather, the games so far, and more.

We also have two Whitecaps feature interviews this episode.

Kicking things off is a half hour one on one with 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos who takes us deep into Vancouver's bubble to tell us about his daily routine, the team's preparation for the tournament, his approach to the games, dealing with missing key players, the adversity ahead, and a lot more.

Next up is a great chat with homegrown star Theo Bair. We talk about the opportunity this tournament offers him to shine with the Whitecaps depleted roster, look at what life's been like for him down in Orlando, talk about the Black Lives Matters show of unity, and more.

Plus there's Wavelength and part three of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

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

01.21: MLS is Back Chat Part 1 - Nashville out; Chicago change groups; Raphael Wicky; Matt Besler; the weather; TV and advertising
34.27: MLS is Back Chat Part 2 - Whitecaps, TFC and Montreal group chat; Adrian Heath on Minnesota's win; MDS, Thierry Henry, Jukka Raitala, Justin Morrow audio; Greg Vanny on bubble life
72.52: Marc Dos Santos interview and chat
110.41: Theo Bair interview and chat
138.42: MLS is Back Tournament Part 3 - Peter Vermes, Nani on Orlando win, Tab Ramos on the Group of Death
154.43: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and wow, was this one hell of a difficult show to put together due to the constantly changing chaos surrounding the MLS is Back tournament in Orlando.

We've ended up recording this over Sunday and Monday with several additions added in with all the breaking news that has come out of the Covid Cup today. Some stuff already feels dated, but we've tried to make it as up to date as we can!

We look at FC Dallas pulling out of the tournament after 10 players tested positive, the concerns about others, and what that might mean for the tournament starting on time. We also talk Whitecaps' Fredy Montero and LAFC's Carlos Vela not travelling to Orlando, what life is like at the hotel, some details about the television broadcasts, and look at the challenges facing the players physical and mental health in this bubble.

We also bring you some chat and audio from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos, Montreal Impact head coach Thierry Henry, and Orlando City player Nani.

Plus Wavelength and part two of our latest episodic football drama 'Wanted For Wembley'.

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

02.38: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 1 - positive tests and testing times as FC Dallas withdrawn
35.33: Marc Dos Santos audio
43.32: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 2 - the physical and mental strain on players
59.57: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 3 - food, entertainment, and broadcasting the whole shebang
87.55: Thierry Henry audio
101.40: Nani audio
111.25: MLS Tournament Turmoil Part 4 - Fredy Montero and Carlos Vela out
117.30: Wavelength - Al Stewart - Football Hero
128.48: Wanted For Wembley - part two of our new episodic drama serial
140.48: Around the World with Joe Corona

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode. The big four-oh-oh baby.

It's never a quiet week in Vancouver Whitecapsland it seems, and this past one was no exception with the shock departure of CEO Mark Pannes. We pick over the bones of it all, discuss the less than adequate press conference to try and explain the decision, look at the supporters' ire, and ponder what the fallout might be from it all.

Getting back to on the pitch matters, our feature interview this week is with 'Caps head coach Marc Dos Santos. We look ahead to the Orlando tournament, how prepared the team is for it, talk about the importance of cup football, and a lot more.

All this plus all your old favourites for our quadricentennial episode as we find out if former Whitecap and current Colorado Springs Switchback head coach Alan Koch fancies a chocolate digestive, what FC Edmonton boss Jeff Paulus' favourite jam is, kick off our new episodic drama serial Wanted For Wembley, and Booze & Glory return to this week's Wavelength.

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

04.01: Mark Pannes out as Whitecaps CEO
45.24: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? - Alan Koch
47.45: Marc Dos Santos interview
94.48: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Not On Our Way To Wembley
99.54: MLS Orlando tournament discussion
116.10: Jeff Paulus' Favourite Jame
117.54: Around the World with Joe Corona
123.17: Wanted For Wembley - part one of our new episodic drama serial

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We're joined by Radio Cascadia's Steven Agen this week to chat about the latest happenings in and around MLS.

The details of the Orlando tournament have been revealed. Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders will meet in a Cascadia derby group game, but there's still some health concerns surrounding the whole tournament as case numbers in Florida increase. We chat about all that and more, and hear from Don Garber, Marc Dos Santos, and Axel Schuster.

Also in this week's show, we delve into there being a CONCACAF Champions League spot available to a Canadian team via MLS play, look at what this year's Voyageurs Cup might look like, discuss the emotive subject of national anthems at club matches, and more.

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

07.22: From locked out to locked down - MLS Orlando tournament discussion with Steven Agen and audio from Don Garber
34.43: CCL berth available to a Canadian club via MLS play - with audio from Marc Dos Santos
60.18: The MLS tournament draw and the path ahead for Vancouver and Seattle
69.24: MDS on the five sub rule, the Florida weather, and what MLS broadcasts should look like at this time
78.59: More MLS Orlando tournament discussion with Zach
106.36: Wavelength - The Clay Faces - Football on the TV
111.55: National anthems at club football discussion
122.12: Around the World with Joe Corona

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

A lockout has been averted and the MLS tournament in Orlando seems to be all systems go. Could there yet be a spanner thrown in the works? We chat about that, hear from some angry players around the league about the ins and outs of the negotiations, and MLS commissioner Don Garber shares his take on it all.

There's still a lot of unanswered questions that exist around thee tournament in terms of safety, post quarantine measures, and more, and we hear from the Whitecaps' Andy Rose about his personal situation and the tough decision he faces.

Our feature interview this week is with a BC boy riding high out in Montreal, centre back Joel Waterman. We chat with Joel about his career so far, his move to MLS, being thrust in at the deep end right away, and a lot more.

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

05.50: MLS lockout averted but players left angry - with audio from Don Garber, Ethan Finlay, Evan Bush, Zac MacMath, and Jake Nerwinski
35.44: Player concerns around safety and family left behind - with audio from Andy Rose and Evan Bush
49.10: Cross border quarantine issues - with audio from Evan Bush and Jake Nerwinski
54.02: Tournament details still not set - with audio from Jake Nerwinski
60.32: The turbulent week in MLS discussed
85.10: Joel Waterman interview
116.29: Wavelength - Haunted House - 442 (Football)
121.54: Canadian Premier League News of the Week

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We thought we'd have a week off from player and management interviews and just focus on the chat this week, as we look at the biggest stories both here in North American soccer and over in the UK.

Jonathan Tannenwald from Philadelphia's Inquirer.com joins us to look at the main talking points from a busy week of news in Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League. While the NWSL has a firm date to return, the MLS is still wrangling with their players. Could there even be a lockout?

Zachary Meisenheimer then joins us to focus on here in Canada as we look at the proposals to get the Canadian Premier League back playing on an island somewhere, the launch of Atletico Ottawa's new strip, and some murmurs coming out that may affect Canada's big to make the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

All this plus does Jeff Paulus fancy a chocolate digestive and we honour goalkeepers in this week's Wavelength.

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

02.37: MLS tournament plans change again
21.39: NWSL return to play all set
40.50: Is there going to be a MLS lockout?
47.20: Canadian Premier League News of the Week
65.30: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive - Jeff Paulus
68.45: Wavelength - Animal Collective - The Goalkeeper
72.15: Is there a new CONCACAF qualification system for the 2022 World Cup>
86.03: Around The World with Joe Corona - the English Premier League returns soon

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

Our feature interview this week is with a rising young Vancouver Whitecaps talent, Canadian winger Ryan Raposo. We chat with Ryan about his impressive start to his time in MLS, how being away in Germany and college helps in lockdown times like these, getting into the Canadian Olympic mix, and more.

We also look at the latest leaked plans from MLS about their proposed Orlando tournament and ponder whether it's all even worthwhile, plus we whip around Europe to chat about the latest news from the leagues trying to restart in the coming weeks, and update you on our beloved FK Slutsk and Vikingur Gota.

Talking of MLS, there was a managerial appointment this week as Dutch legend Jaap Stam was named FC Cincinnati head coach. We talk about the appointment and bring you some of the most interesting highlights from his introductory press conference that we were on.

And there's still time to bring you some audio with Christine Sinclair about breaking that golascoring record at just the right time, have a discussion on Alphonso Davies and the recent Province article breaking down some of the ins and outs of his transfer to Bayern Munich, and there's our usual musical delights of Wavelength and Three of a Kinf.

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

03.31: More details on MLS' Orlando plans emerge
27.02: Ryan Raposo interview and discussion
50.20: Jaap Stam names FC Cincinnati head coach - discussion and conference call highlights
81.35: Wavelength - Neil Grant - Queen of the South anthem
86.56: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from the European leagues, Slutsk and Vikingur updates, and Korean sex dolls
106.25: Alphonso Davies discussion
126.32: Christine Sinclair talks about the relief at breaking scoring record before football shut down

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

Our feature interview this week is with a much loved former Whitecap, Irish centre back Andy O'Brien, as we look back at his career from his early days with Bradford City to hanging up his boots after his time in Vancouver to his new role as a scout at Liverpool. Andy talks about his love for the 'Caps and his disappointment surrounding the end of his time here. Plus we look at his varied career to date and a lot more.

We also bring you a very interesting conference call with PRO GM Howard Webb about the ins and outs of referees returning to action after the lockdown and get some of his thoughts on VAR.

Plus we hear from Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos, 'Caps sporting director Axel Schuster, and KC head coach Peter Vermes on the pros and possible pitfalls for MLS returning for a tournament in Orlando, find out how MDS and Schuster may be scouting the leagues that have returned already, and we look at how clubs like Vancouver and Cincinnati are looking after their players mental health and wellbeing at this difficult time.

We also have the latest news from North America and around the world from football's shutdown as Bundesliga returns to action, bring you our latest FK Slutsk update, and have more chat about our newly discovered love of the Faroe Islands Premier League.

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

01.34: The Bundesliga is back - some thoughts on the first weekend
20.58: Slutsk fail to master BATE
24.58: A love letter to the Faroes
29.59: MDS and Axel Schuster talk scouting the leagues that are back
37.36: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from football's shutdown and the European leagues
46.36: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from MLS and the CPL with audio from MDS, Schuster, and Peter Vermes
68.48: Howard Webb conference call
96.51: Andy O'Brien interview
130.59: How MLS clubs are dealing with players mental health during this time
144.25: Wavelength - Nada - St Pauli

The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's a bumper packed episode this time around.

Our feature interview this week is with Alan Koch, as we look back at his career from SFU Clan to Colorado Springs Switchbacks and the stops at Vancouver Whitecaps 2 and FC Cincinnati along the way. We look back at the highs and lows, the project currently ahead of him, and what the future could hold in store.

We also have a chat with the Whitecaps player we haven't been able to see play yet, Serbian centre back Ranko Veselinović. We talk to Ranko about his move to MLS, suddenly finding himself in lockdown, his career so far, and his desire to make his current loan deal a permanent move.

Plus we hear from Whitecaps sporting director Axel Schuster about Yordy Reyna and Jasser Khmiri's lockdown breach and when the 'Caps players may be back on the pitch, and we jump on a call with Sporting KC President and CEO Jake Reid about getting MLS back to playing and what that might look like.

We also have the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, but a couple of leagues return, bring you our latest FK Slutsk update, and chat about our newly discovered love of the Faroe Islands Premier League.

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

01.53: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest from football's shutdown and the leagues' plans to return
19.50: Slutsk lose top spot after dodgy penalty decisions
25.35: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown
32.55: Jake Reid chats about what a MLS return could look like
42.22: Axel Schuster on when Whitecaps player can return to training
48.39: The CPL could return on an island as they look for government help
54.35: Ranko Veselinović interview
69.10: Alan Koch interview Part 1 - SFU, WFC2, and FC Cincinnati
105.28: Alan Koch interview Part 2 - Colorado Springs, new stadiums, and the future
138.30: Wavelength - Halftime Oranges - The Only Halifax Supporter
143.49: Axel Schuster on Whitecaps Reyna and Khmiri breaking lockdown
163.16: Vancouver Whitecaps All-Canadian MLS XI

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

Our feature interview this week is with current Vancouver Whitecaps assistant coach Phillip Dos Santos. PDS tells us why the Whitecaps were a job he couldn't say no to and what it's like working with his brother, chats about his career so far at the likes of Ottawa Fury, San Francisco Deltas, Indy Eleven, and talks about his early days playing in Europe then coaching in Quebec and in the Canadian national team youth set up.

We have the latest news from North America and around the world, although primarily Europe this week, as football's shutdown continues. There's been positive virus tests from players training in Germany, France has ended their season, and it's still hard to fathom exactly what's happening in Scotland and England. Plus we bring you our latest FK Slutsk update.

We also bring you a chat with FC Cincinnati COO Dennis Carroll who talks about the financial impact the shutdown has on a club like his and reveals what talks MLS have had about getting back into action. Plus we look at some fun community fundraising initiatives from USL sides Forward Madison and South Bend Lions.

Vancouver Whitecaps followed up their successful facemask campaign with a new one to raise money for local foodbanks and we hear from Russell Teibert, Tosaint Ricketts and others about how it came about and why the club's community involvement is important to them.

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

01.47: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown
19.00: Slutsk stay on top
26.20: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown
29.49: FC Cincinnati COO Dennis Carroll chat
43.10: Forward Madison and South Bend Lions community fundraising initiatives
49.35: Phillip Dos Santos interview - Part 1
74.00: Phillip Dos Santos interview - Part 2
108.15: Wavelength - Booze and Glory - Three Points
112.04: Vancouver Whitecaps foodbank fundraiser with audio from Russell Teibert, Tosaint Ricketts, Carson Ting, and Jon Rees

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, looking at what leagues are calling it a day for this season, which ones are hoping for a return sooner rather than later, and what broadcast innovations MLS might be looking at for when it returns.

Our feature interview this week is with former Whitecap, and current Pacific FC player Marcel De Jong, who joins us to talk about the newly formed Players Union for Canadian players - why it was badly needed, what it might mean for both the players and the league, what they're looking for right now and in the future, and more.

We also look at Vancouver Whitecaps highly successful fundraising facemask initiative to raise money for the threatened Vancouver Aquarium, hearing from Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes and Oceanwise CEO Lasse Gustavsson on how it all came about and why it's needed so much.

Plus Space provide this week's football song in Wavelength, the latest on our beloved table topping FK Slutsk, and Art Brut finish their residency as our artists of the month for April.

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

01.44: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown
26.56: Staying Home with Joe Corona - the latest from North America during football's shutdown
45.35: Slutsk sloppy at the back but stay on top
50.54: Marcel De Jong interview on all things PFACan
80.21: Canadian Players Union discussion
95.37: Wavelength - Space - I Love You More Than Football
104.04: Vancouver Whitecaps and Vancouver Aquarium facemask initiative with audio from Mark Pannes and Lasse Gustavsson

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

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's shutdown continues, discuss football finances, and discuss just what it will take to make people feel safe to return to sports stadiums.

Our feature interview this week is with former Whitecap, and current Cavalry FC goalkeeper Marco Carducci, as we look back at his first season in the CPL, what lies ahead, and his new online training business he's set up with two of his current teammates.

There's also the final part of our episodic drama serial, we find out which Whitecaps players Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert would and wouldn't want to be quarantined with, Art Brut continue their residency as our artists of the month for April, and Pete Townsend provides this week's football song in Wavelength. Plus the latest on our beloved FK Slutsk.

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

03.02: Around The World with Joe Corona - the latest on football's shutdown
26.26: The North American impact from football's shutdown
37.45: When would you feel safe about returning to sports stadiums?
49.23: Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert on quarantine teammates
54.30: Wavelength - Pete Townsend - Football Fugue
59.38: Marco Carducci interview - Part One
80.49: Marco Carducci interview - Part Two
99.00: Slutsk come from behind
100.19: It's Tough For The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Four of our new episodic drama serial
109.24: BC Soccerweb headlines - Blondell bombshell, billions wiped off transfer value, and FIFA corruption charges

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and it's another packed episode.

We bring you the latest news from North America and around the world as football's global shutdown continues, plus we hear some thoughts from Vancouver Whitecaps Sporting Director Axel Schuster about it all and what may lie ahead.

We also sit down for a fascinating and frank chat with Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos about his coaching influences, what's made him the coach he is today, his USL/NASL Coach of the Decade plaudit from The Athletic, the strain being a coach can put on your personal life, and what advice he has for young coaches just starting out.

And we bring you another of our in-depth Football Firsts career retrospectives as we delve into Whitecaps midfielder Andy Rose's journey so far.

There's also the penultimate part of our new episodic drama serial, we debate which Whitecaps players would be on our two Mount Rushmores, Art Brut begin their residency as our artists of the month for April, and The Adicts provide this week's football song in Wavelength. Plus we finally got to watch our beloved Slutsk in action.

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

01.53: Axel Schuster on the latest from the Whitecaps and MLS on the current crisis and what may lie ahead
07.36: The North American impact from football's shutdown
26.23: Whitecaps MLS Mount Rushmores debate - the contributors and the cult heroes
33.53: The latest on football's shutdown around the world
49.13: It's Tough For The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Four of our new episodic drama serial
61.22: Marc Dos Santos talks coaching styles, influences, and more
87.14: Andy Rose's Football Firsts - part one of a career retrospective
110.06: Slutsk on top
116.29: Wavelength - The Adicts - Football Fairy Story
118.38: Andy Rose's Football Firsts - part two of a career retrospective

No football. No problem. The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out and not only is it as packed as usual, it's also one of our longest ever episodes. We'll leave that up to you to decide if that's a good thing or not!

Global football has ground to a halt, but not in Belarus! We look at the latest coming from some of the leagues and governing bodies around the world as to what directions they're looking at taking when games can return and we pick our new favourite team to follow, FK Slutsk of the Belarusian Premier League.

We chat with Vancouver Whitecaps CEO Mark Pannes to discuss how the Whitecaps and MLS have been handling the latest crisis, we check in with Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini to see how his family are dealing with everything right now and talk about the season so far, and we get on a conference call with former fan favourite Kendall Waston to see how life is treating him down in Cincinnati.

This break could actually prove to be very beneficial to the Whitecaps as it lets them get all their players fit, healthy, and up to speed. 'Caps coach Marc Dos Santos joins us to chat about that, the season so far, whether the current situation affects any summer transfer plans, and he gives us an insight into what his new daily routine looks like.

We also sit down with FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus for a detailed and in-depth chat about the first Canadian Premier League season, the growth of the game in Canada, how the Eddies have built their squad this year, and much more.

There's also part three of our new episodic drama serial, we ponder which Whitecaps player you'd like to be quarantined with, Peat & Diesel finish up their residency as our artists of the month for March, and nothing stops Football Violence Awareness Month, well apart from the end of the month!

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

01.47: The latest on football's shutdown around the world, but not in Belarus!
26.12: Mark Pannes on how the Whitecaps and MLS have been handling the current crisis
51.47: Which Whitecaps player would you like to be quarantined with?
58.21: Lucas Cavallini interview
74.07: Kendall Waston chat - with added Greg Garza!
89.38: Wavelength - The Warriors - Warriors (Come Out To Play)
97.24: Marc Dos Santos interview
122.20: Jeff Paulus interview and CPL discussion - Part One
149.54: It's Hard To Be The Son Of A Soccer Star - Part Three of our new episodic drama serial
155.48: Jeff Paulus interview and CPL discussion - Part Two

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