Episode 112 – The AFTN Podcast – “There’s Still Time” (One F In Referee)

Episode 112 – The AFTN Podcast – “There’s Still Time” (One F In Referee)

What can you say after Vancouver Whitecaps and the referee’s performance in Colorado on Saturday night? A lot as it turns out.

We look back on the game, and some of its more controversial moments, with AFTN writer Jay Duke.

Just what did the referee see at Pedro Morales’ free kick? Just what was going on with the officiating on Saturday? And why is he still allowed to referee in MLS in the first place?

But it’s not all about the ref. Too many Whitecaps players are not performing. Do the tactics need to change? What about the formation? And why is there no variety apart from playing fast guys who can’t break down defences? Can they back on track against RSL?

One player who might be back in the MLS line-up soon is centre back Diego Rodriguez and we talk to him about his return to playing for WFC2, his injury, his initial thoughts on MLS and his hopes for the rest of the season amid a fierce battle amongst the centrehalfs.

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Authored by: Michael McColl

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Michael McColl Author at 13:10

    Music featured in this episode is:

    “The Referee” by George Roper
    “I Don’t Know What I Did That For” by Splodgenessabounds
    “Away From The Numbers” by The Oh Wells

    You can find them all to buy on iTunes (apart from our own theme song unfortunately) and on You Tube.

  2. Bill at 05:19

    I thought that I would write a comment that was more than 140 characters.

    As much as I would like to see Robbo jig (spl?) the formation to encourage more movement, I am more concerned with the personal that we have to put in any formation. Carl could put the same eleven in a 3-5-2, 4-4-2, or 4-3-3, and it would still have the same players that we have had since the beginning of the season. Some of those “same players” are starting-quality MLS players.

    Others are not.

    The Others (Teibert, Manneh, et. al) can put in quality performances on their day. But those days appear maybe three or four times a season. I still think that Robbo’s has a few more players to turn over in his roster. Hopefully, he can trade or transfer some of the players that have hit their ceiling and give those minutes to some of the WCII guys who show some promise. What do you think?

  3. Michael McColl Author at 20:34

    Very good points Bill.

    There’s a number of players I don’t see as regular MLS starters (Manneh, Koffie, Mezquida, Hurtado). Are the game changers when they come on? Manneh can be, the others not so much.

    There needs to be movement this summer as the depth isn’t as good as we first thought and those early wins had papered over the cracks. My sense though is that Robbo isn’t going to do that.

    There needs to be some changes for what lies ahead in August. I don’t feel the squad is good/strong enough right now to compete in all three competitions.

    But there needs to be a change in formation/tactics too as Caps are way too easy to read right now and shut down.

    The talent and quality is there but none of them seem to perform together at the same time.

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