Episode 435 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Hanging Ten with Gershon Koffie, Russell Teibert, Gavin Wilkinson, and John Knox)
The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian national team chat.
We’ve been commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Whitecaps first ever MLS match this week on AFTN and we continue that in the latest episode as we share our memories of that historic day, look at the season that followed, and discuss how the following years played out, especially when you look at the other team that joined the league that day, Portland Timbers.
We’ve interviews for you with two Whitecaps players who started that inaugural day win over Toronto, the only player still to be with the club from that first season squad, Russell Teibert, and a player who was with the club in their USL days and has just returned to the North American scene to reunite with his former ‘Caps coach, Gershon Koffie.
It’s been a tough ten years to be a Whitecaps supporter, both on and off the pitch, and we’re joined by former Southsiders President John Knox to talk about bringing soccer supporter culture to a wider audience in 2011, the past ten years, and why he isn’t a season ticket holder any more. Plus we hear from Portland Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson about his side’s growth as a MLS club these past ten years.
But it’s not just reminiscing of what was and what could have been in Whitecapsland, we also take a look at Canada’s winning start in the Olympic qualifiers, hear from U23 head coach Mauro Biello after the win over El Salvador, and it’s Football Violence Awarenness Month in Wavelength.
Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
01.30: Whitecaps inaugural match memories
16.43: Russell Teibert interview and discussion
37.37: John Knox interview on 10 years of Whitecaps MLS supporter culture
71.37: Gershon Koffie interview
128.46: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive – Gershon Koffie
135.14: Vancouver v Portland – 10 years in MLS comparison
150.47: Gavin Wilkinson audio and diiscussion
159.51: Canada U23 Olympic qualifying chat – with audio from Mauro Biello
172.47: Wavelength – The 4 Skins – One Law For Them
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