Episode 366 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Skin Tight featuring Don Garber, John Herdman, Derek Cornelius, and Marcel de Jong)
Another MLS season has come to pass and another Vancouver Whitecaps rival has lifted the MLS Cup. Sigh. One day people, one day…
We were down in Seattle for Sunday’s final as the Sounders took on TFC. We chat about the match and the main talking points coming out of it and how Seattle fared as a host city. Plus we bring you excerpts from Don Garber’s State of the League address and chat about some of the main things covered in it, especially those with a Canadian bent.
Turning our attention to the Canadian national team, we eagerly look forward to the big game with the US in Florida on Friday and hear some thoughts from head coach John Herdman. Plus we chat with ‘Caps centre back Derek Cornelius about the historic 2-0 win over them in Toronto last month, the disrespect shown to the Canadian team after it from US pundits and fans, and about what’s he’s expecting in part two.
We also look at an eventful week in Canadian club soccer as Ottawa Fury cease operations and CPL teams start to release players. We sit down for an in-depth chat with Pacific FC defender Marcel de Jong about the CPL season past, his move from the ‘Caps, injuries, and looking ahead to the future.
Plus does Ben Fisk fancy a chocolate digestive?, Kevin Phoenix features in Wavelength, Goldie Lookin’ Chain continue their residency as our artists of the month for November, and there’s BC Soccerweb headlines.
Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
03.20: MLS Cup chat – Seattle are champs again
33.20: The State of MLS – a discussion and Don Garber audio
62.14: US v Canada chat plus John Herdman audio
76.17: Derek Cornelius interview and defensive discussion
88.00: Pacific FC and CPL news of the week
91.05: Marcel de Jong interview and discussion
102.05: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive – Ben Fisk
103.18: Ottawa Fury cease operations
112.47: Wavelength – Kevin Phoenix – Gio (Kinkladze)
118.03: BC Soccerweb headlines – news stories from around the world of football
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Of note, there seemed to be some disagreement of Ph.onzies player ranking from the game against Dortmund. Whoscored.com had him ranked 2nd. I like their rankings because they use a transparent and relatively rational statistical model to develop their rankings. He was ranked in different places by other sources. These sources, less transparent, may use the old lick their finger and stick it in the air methodology. Maybe they have something more sophisticated supporting their judgement. More transparency would help that. That said, all seemed to agree that Phonzie was impressive beyond his years and their expectations given his “lowly pedigree” (inferred not stated).
Given that, I would like to add to the discussion of where he should play with Canada. He needs to be in an attacking position. He is smart enough and talented enough to play multiple positions. I think having him play forward and then track back to help either Millar or Adekugbe on the left would be invaluable. I don’t see another player on Canada’s side who can play the left attacking spot and provide the energy, quality and hustle required to support the left side defensively.
My two cents…. can’t wait for Friday!
Disclaimer: All opinions by myself are not absolute and are subject to change.
Having watched the Dons state of the union address, it was good to see Michael asking Donny G the question about a Canadian MLS Cup winner and Champions League.
“I wasn’t aware of this, I should have been” ~ * * * Bullshit * * * Bullshit * * * Bullshit * * *
“we’ll sit down with US Soccer and see if there’s anything that can be done, and I don’t know that there will be” ~ How insecure is America anyway?
High praise for Alphonso: https://www.bavarianfootballworks.com/2019/11/10/20957731/bayern-munich-alphonso-davies-world-class-borussia-dortmund-uli-hoeness-franck-ribery-salihamidizc
Murray – definitely excited for Friday. That looks a weak US squad. Very beatable.
RFA – The league really just pay lip service to Canada. It’s all about making the US national team better and in that regard they have done a poor job as it currently stands. I like how they’re trying to take the credit for the Canadian team now being better though. The key guys are mostly non MLS.