Episode 522 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Wunderbar! with special guests Julian Gressel, Fabian Herbers, Easton Ongaro, Katie Collar, Jesse Symons, and Will Cromack)

Episode 522 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Wunderbar! with special guests Julian Gressel, Fabian Herbers, Easton Ongaro, Katie Collar, Jesse Symons, and Will Cromack)

We’re back with another jam-packed episode of the AFTN Soccer Show for your listening pleasure as we talk Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, and League1 BC.

And we’ve come over a little German for this episode (we apologised to Hans) with a Deutsche theme running throughout with our chats and our musical selections this week.

We kick things off by looking at the Whitecaps battling point earned in Nashville on Saturday night. It was another slow start and strong finish. Will this be enough to get them into the playoffs and how many points are they likely to need to pick up down the stretch?

With new additions seemingly incoming to help the ‘Caps, we chat with their most recent one Julian Gressel. We delve into the German wingback’s career so far, what brought him over to North America, having the rug pulled from under him with the transfer to Vancouver, his podcasting career and charity work, and a lot more.

We also chat with Julian’s podcast partner on Zee Soccer Podcast, Fabian Herbers about getting into podcasting and the recent turnaround in fortunes for Chicago Fire. Plus we find out who is still the most German between Julian and Fabian!

Talking of new Whitecaps additions, we catch up with new WFC2 recruit Easton Ongaro for a chat about his move to Vancouver, plus we round up the two inaugural League1 BC championship games and chat with head coaches Katie Collar of the Whitecaps Girls Elite, Jesse Symons of Varsity FC, and Will Cromack from TSS Rovers.

Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:

01.45: Intro and what does Germany mean to you?
07.55: Whitecaps fight to the end again in Nashville
31.40: Julian Gressel interview and discussion
57.40: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive? – Julian Gressel
62.25: Fabian Herbers interview
70.15: Julian v Fabian – who is Das Deutsche Meister?
83.50: Easton Ongaro interview and WFC chat
91.55: League1 BC champions crowned (with interviews)
120.05: Wavelength – Bownik – Franz Beckenbauer

You can download and/or listen to this, and all previous, episodes of the podcast on the following services:

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Or after all that, you could just listen on the player below!

Authored by: Michael McColl

There is 1 comment for this article
  1. Curiosity at 21:18

    Hi Michael,
    Alessandro Schöpf brought in from Bundesliga! Well hello! Pleasant surprise.
    Say goodbye to Gadoy! He was a good soldier! Good luck brother!
    What the caps need now is a Kenny Miller type of striker. In my mind, he’s been the best #9 we ever had. He was money one on one with any keeper.
    Miller vs Red Bulls and Revolution, Young-Pyo Lee! Ahhhh, memories!
    Let Cavallini’s contract run out and move him on.
    Spend some real cash and go get a young top world class level striker with the soccer sense Miller had. Whomever, and from wherever that may be.

    Sorry for being so talkative, but I’m smoking a cone!

    Here kitty kitty kitty…

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