MICHAEL MCCOLL

Managing Editor

Michael has lived and breathed football for as long as he can remember, and has written about the game since setting up AFTN as a critically acclaimed fanzine in Scotland in 1989. He is the Managing Editor of this site and host of The AFTN Soccer Show (AKA "There's Still Time") which can be heard on Sundays at 11pm on Vancouver's CiTR radio and is also available as a podcast.

Michael is the current colour commentator for Vancouver Whitecaps 2 in the USL, TSS Rovers in the PDL, and UBC Thunderbirds in U Sports. The current Vancouver Whitecaps beat reporter for MLSsoccer.com, and Western Conference reporter for USLsoccer.com, Michael has also written in the UK and Canada for When Saturday Comes, Goal.com, Four Four Two, The Independent and Metronews Vancouver amongst others. He has also been a contributor and guest on football shows on the BBC, Sky Sports, Radio Scotland, CBC, TSN Radio and many more.

He has been accredited media for club games in MLS, CONCACAF Champions League, USL, and PDL, along with the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers, 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, 2016 Copa America, and many international games. He is always available for freelance work.

An avid supporter of East Fife, AFC Wimbledon, and West Ham United, Michael has a love for old footballing memorabilia, especially programmes, cards, and comics. He's also a keen groundhopper. Check out his footballing travels via the link on the site!

You can follow Michael on Twitter at @AFTNCanada.

STEVE PANDHER

Assistant Editor and Podcast Producer and Co-Host

Steve started watching football during Canada’s run to the 1986 World Cup and soon after started attending Vancouver 86ers matches at Swangard Stadium. After starting his own blog, Whitecaps Beat, Steve moved over to AFTN in 2011 and started contributing to Prost Amerika. He covers the Whitecaps from the Residency to MLS and is the co-host of the “There’s Still Time”, the AFTN Soccer Podcast.

Steve can be found on Twitter at @WhitecapsBeat.

ZACHARY MEISENHEIMER

Podcaster and Writer

Zach is a regular co-host for the AFTN Soccer Show, which can be heard on CiTR Radio at 11pm on Sundays and as a podcast thereafter.

A writer and occasional photographer for AFTN, Zach is also heavily involved in the movement Curva Collective, and can be regularly found behind a megaphone all over Cascadia, giving support to Vancouver Whitecaps and the Canadian national team.

A lifelong soccer fan, Zach has travelled the world for his passion, following Vancouver Whitecaps, Bayern Munich, and Canada. A highlight of his travels was attending the 2006 World Cup in Germany and he has also seen Bayern in UEFA Champions League action.

You can follow Zach on Twitter at @ZacharyAM.

TOM EWASIUK

Photographer

Tom has been a Whitecaps fan since the 1970's and an avid photographer since the 1980's. Michael "discovered" Tom at a Whitecaps U18 match in March of 2014 and immediately signed him up to join the AFTN team on the promise of food and drink. Since joining AFTN, Tom has proved to have an eye for capturing not only the football action but also the supporter experience at BC Place. The AFTN "Story in Pictures" has become a favourite amongst AFTN regulars. Tom is still awaiting that food and drink.

You can view more of Tom's work at www.residualimagephotography.com.

You can follow Tom on Twitter at @ResidualImage.

CHRIS CORRIGAN

Columnist

Chris Corrigan is a Southsider and has been standing full time in the supporter’s section since 2011. He previously wrote FanPosts on supporter culture at 86 Forever under the title "The View from 253." At age 10 he was goaded into supporting Spurs when he lived in Hertfordshire in the late 1970s, but since 2009 his love for the Whitecaps has dwarfed even that immutable childhood decision. His seats, high in 253 are among The Pigeon Casuals, an informal group of Southsiders devoted to welcoming and involving newcomers to supporter culture.

He is an incurable devotee of local participatory supporter culture and in addition to volunteering at his local club, Bowen Island FC, he has established diplomatic relations with supporters of Grimsby Town FC and especially the writers at Cod Almighty.

You can follow Chris on Twitter at @salishsea86.

JOE DEASY

Senior Writer and Podcaster

Joe became a Whitecaps fan after moving to Canada in 2010, and started The View From 202 website in January 2014 with his good friends Nicolaas and Dan, before joining the AFTN team for the start of the 2016 season.

Aside from supporting the 'Caps, The View From 202 unanimously support West Bromwich Albion (it's a long story), although Joe has not so secretly supported Manchester United since he was young due to his boyhood hero and compatriot, Roy Keane.

While it does not reflect in his Sunday-league performances, Joe enjoys the tactical side of the game, and tries to reflect it in his writing. Joe has a weakness for football podcasts and the concept of a False Nine.

Joe can be found on Twitter at @JoeDeasyVAN.

JAY DUKE

Senior Writer

Jay was only a casual observer of football until a move away from rural BC and to Vancouver coincided with a rise in the profile of the Whitecaps as they joined Major League Soccer in 2011. Since then, he's been a regular at MLS games, away trips, reserve matches, and Residency games.

Having previously written on SB Nation, Michael poached Jay to write for AFTN at the start of 2013, providing his opinion pieces on all things Whitecaps and MLS. He's also a regular contributor to AFTN's "There's Still Time" podcast.

Jay can be found on Twitter at @Jay_Duke.

GARY GRIFFITHS

Writer

Born and raised in deepest, darkest Northamptonshire, England, Gary moved to Nova Scotia in 2016 and has been following the development of the Canadian Premier League and HFX Wanderers FC ever since. He is a glass-half-empty Arsenal fan with a hopelessly felt devotion to Arsene Wenger that will probably never leave him, despite thousands spent on therapy.

His blog, From Aways, looks to capture the fledgling steps of HFX Wanderers FC as they negotiate the inaugural season of professional football in Canada. From spending Friday evenings watching second-tier Trinidadian football to taking the long route home from work to stare longingly at the green surface of the Wanderers Grounds, he is committed to discussing and analyzing all Wanderers-related happenings.

Come April’s opening day, you'll find him among friends in Block 105. Until then, he can be found on Twitter at @FromAwaysHFX.

GIDEON HILL

An avid soccer fan who grew up watching the Whitecaps at Swangard back in their USL days. Part of AFTN’s weekly preview podcast. Play by Play announcer of the TSS FC Rovers and UBC’s Men’s and Women’s soccer teams. Youngest and only person on AFTN that can not grow a beard. Lives in Surrey but loves making the trek to BC Place for Whitecaps matchdays! You can easily find him in the crowd at a Whitecaps game because he is predominantly the loudest person in his section.

You can find him on Twitter @_GideonHill.

JAKE MCGRAIL

Writer

*** profile coming soon ***

ANNA NAMSHIRIN

Writer

Anna first fell for the Whitecaps in 2011 after a stunning 4-2 win over Chicago Fire which saw goals netted by Gershon Koffie, *redacted*, and Eric Hassli, twice!

Sunshine, cold brews, mountain views, and approval to yell at strangers ensured she would be in this for the long haul. She continues to support the team from deep in the Southside at BC Place.

With her penchant for puns and desire to look for the bright side of things, she will bring a lighter look at what's happening in Whitecapsland. When she isn't going cross-eyed trying to decipher MLS roster rules she's checking out local breweries, gardening or playing rec soccer, volleyball and flag football.

You can follow Anna on Twitter at @annanamshirin.

NICOLAAS RUPPRECHT

Writer and Podcaster

Nicolaas has enjoyed the Whitecaps for a while now, even before collaborating with Joe and Dan on The View from 202. His enjoyment for the 'Caps dates from the start of Vancouver's entry into Major League Soccer in 2011.

Apart from supporting the Whitecaps, Nick enjoys playing rec league soccer (among other games). He also enjoys watching soccer, through the lens of Werder Bremen and Crystal Palace. He also loves reading about football and trying to implement zany tactics in Football Manager. Through some hours of Football Manager he has come to appreciate the positioning and physicality of an attacking wingback.

You can follow Nicolaas on Twitter @spaceagerobot56.

SCOTT STRASSER

Writer

Scott is a Calgary-based sports writer who joined the AFTN team in early 2019. He’s written and worked for various newspapers and websites since 2013, when he first caught the journalism bug while writing for the University of Calgary’s campus newspaper.

Since those early days, Scott has spent an embarrassing amount of time behind a keyboard, covering local news and sports in the communities he’s lived in. He is currently the sports reporter for two weekly newspapers in the Calgary area, and previously worked for a year at a semi-weekly newspaper in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island.

He has always loved soccer and grew up playing the game competitively in Calgary. The highlight of his playing days was a Tier 1 Provincial championship with his U18 team in 2012. In his Grade 12 year, he was recruited by the University of Calgary Dinos varsity team, where he spent his first year of university as a redshirt, before “retiring” in 2013 to focus on journalism and other pursuits.

An avid soccer fan for most of his life, Scott most closely follows the Bundesliga, but he has always been interested in the development of the professional game in Canada. He has covered soccer at the U SPORTS level, and also reported on his local VISL Division 1 team when he was living on Vancouver Island.

His work for AFTN will include all things soccer-related in Calgary, including coverage of Cavalry FC’s inaugural campaign in the CPL and Foothills FC’s attempts to defend their PDL title in 2019.

You can follow Scott on Twitter @ScottStrasser19

ERIC THOMPSON

Writer

*** profile coming soon ***

GARETH WOLFF

Writer

Gareth Wolff spent his formative years in Costa Rica, with his soccer education predominantly taking place in the stands of the Estadio Saprissa. As a result, he has an appreciation for a Latin American playing style and his favourite Whitecaps players are former Saprissa players Kendall Waston and Christian Bolaños.

Gareth's first Whitecaps game was against Montreal Impact at Swangard (a 2-0 win for the Caps!) in the 2008 USL playoffs. The Whitecaps won the championship that year having gained a new supporter. As well as regular attendance at BC Place, Gareth continues to cheer on Saprissa from afar, and also likes it when Arsenal win games.

Gareth was bitten by the sportswriting bug at an early age, compiling match reports for his school newspaper. He most recently covered the 'Caps for MLS Multiplex, before being recruited to AFTN.

You can follow Gareth on Twitter at @gwolff_sports.

DRAYTON VAN AS

Designer

Drayton is a lifelong Whitecaps fan, and that is not an understatement. His first sporting memory takes place at Swangard Stadium where the Whitecaps needed a massive 2nd leg against San Diego in the 2001 USL A-League Quarter Finals. The 'Caps came back from a 2-0 first leg loss with a four goal home performance to win 4-3 on aggregate. Ever since that point he's been hooked with all things Vancouver soccer.

Fun fact about Drayton, his Grandfather has been a Whitecap season ticket holder for 42 years. Yup, day 1 of the club.

Drayton designed the current AFTN logo and banners when the site decided on a re-brand in January 2017, and will provide design work for us on an as needed basis.

Drayton can be found on Twitter at @draytonvanas.

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