Episode 184 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Laba Land with guests Sam Adekugbe and Erik Hurtado)

Episode 184 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Laba Land with guests Sam Adekugbe and Erik Hurtado)

Has the doom and gloom been lifted in Whitecapsland? Well, just as one swallow doesn’t make a summer, one victory doesn’t mean Vancouver Whitecaps have turned their season around. But it’s a promising sign.

We look back on the ‘Caps 4-2 win over LA Galaxy. The highs, the lows, and all the main talking points, blown calls, and questions the match posed. Have the ‘Caps finally found their clinical finisher in Fredy Montero? Did the Kekuta Manneh trade finally give the rest of the squad the wake up call they needed? What does the addition of Tony Tchani mean to this team? And who was that in Mati Laba’s shirt and what have you done with the real Mati?

We’ll hear from the LA losers too, from grumpy head coach Curt Onalfo, Jermaine Jones, and Ashley Cole, as LA were (mostly) brutally honest about their shortcomings (47:59).

One player who never made it past half time was Erik Hurtado. We chat with the striker about his season so far and what it meant to him personally to lose his best friend in the team in Manneh (28:41).

Our main player interview this week is with Residency alumni Sam Adekugbe, back in Vancouver rehabbing the injury he picked up while on loan with Brighton and Hove Albion. We chat with Sam about his time with English Championship side so far, his current injury, his frustrations, and what the future may hold in store for him. Will it be in Canada or England? (57:34)

And there’s still time for I, Ludicrous to feature again in this week’s Wavelength section and to look ahead to the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final at home to Tigres on Wednesday.

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