Episode 490 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Play The Drum A Little Louder with special guest Nikos Overheul)
The latest AFTN Soccer Show is out for another packed episode of Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and Canadian football chat.
The 2021 MLS season is finally over and there’s a new name on the Cup. We chat about NYCFC’s win over Portland in a MLS Cup that was far from a classic but did have controversy on and off the pitch, late drama, and a penalty shootout. Plus we talk about whether MLS should move back to neutral venues for their cup finals and the growing dominance of multi-club operations around world football.
There was also a lot of other MLS news this week and we chat about some of the stuff coming out of Commissioner Don Garber’s State of the League address including expansion to Las Vegas, how much the league has helped Canada’s national team get to the level they’re at, and a new league has been launched. What will MLS Next Pro look like for the Whitecaps?
Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps Director of Recruitment Nikos Overheul. We chat to Nikos about his role at the club, his background in football, his previous work with Brentford FC and at Stats Bomb, and the growing importance of analytics in modern football.
All of this, plus English punk band The Angelic Upstarts feature in this episode’s special Wavelength and Isle of Wight band Wet Leg continue their residency as our Artists of the Month.
Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
01.30: Intro chat about former Whitecaps head coaches
08.28: NYCFC are MLS champs!
38.57: MLS State of the League – Vegas expansion plans, MLS and Canada’s success, competitiveness with Liga MX
54.31: MLS Next Pro announced
67.38: Will Whitecaps be busy in this week’s drafts?
82.12: Nikos Overheul interview and discussion
115.16: Wavelength – The Angelic Upstarts – Blood On The Terraces
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