Episode 519 – The AFTN Soccer Show (The Hurt Locker-room )
We’re back with another packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure, as guest co-host Harjeet Johal joins us again to talk Vancouver Whitecaps, the current CSA shambles, and women’s soccer.
Vanni Sartini certainly doesn’t have his troubles to seek when it comes to injuries. A banged up Whitecaps side battled hard to get a point on the road in Cincinnati midweek after dropping points at home in a veritable six-pointer against Minnesota at the weekend. Another six-pointer looms against Portland this weekend. Will they have enough healthy bodies to get something from the game? What’s behind all the injuries? And which players are rising to the challenge to keep the ‘Caps in the playoff picture?
Away from the pitch, the Canadian Soccer Association lurches from one shambles to another as a TSN article this week painted the organisation and some of their recent dealings in anything but a favourable light. As calls for an independent investigation into the CSA grow, the blazers and the players seem to be fighting it out in a war of statements. We look at what’s been said this week and the underlying issues behind it all.
Turning our attention to the women’s game, we look at Canada’s run to the CONCACAF championship final against the US. Who’s stood out? What are the concerns? Can they beat the States again?
Plus we look at the exciting battle in the women’s division of League1 BC as three teams fight for the one remaining berth in the championship game. It’s going to go down to the wire and we chat with TSS Rovers’ head coach Chelsey Hannesson and the Whitecaps’ Katie Collar.
Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
03.01: Whitecaps battling hard amid injury crisis
36.52: The continuing CSA shambles and the need for an investigation
76.57: CONCACAF Women’s championship
87.10: League1 BC women’s division going down to the wire
95.16: Wavelength – Loose Articles – Kick Like A Girl
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