Episode 545 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Reach For The Sky with Vanni Sartini, Julian Gressel, Simon Becher, and J.C. Ngando)

Episode 545 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Reach For The Sky with Vanni Sartini, Julian Gressel, Simon Becher, and J.C. Ngando)

We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps and Major League Soccer chat!

The Whitecaps preseason is in full flow and the Spanish part of it has now wrapped up with a couple of games under their belt against good quality European opposition. We look at the two matches and performances, talk about the continuing transfer rumours, and chat with head coach Vanni Sartini about the team’s time in Spain, the Tai Baribo and Salif Sane transfer rumours, and the ‘Caps Leagues Cup draw.

We have two feature interviews for you this episode. First up is 2022 draft pick Simon Becher, who recently signed his first MLS deal with the club. We chat about his year with WFC2, his goalscoring MLS debut, signing his first pro deal, and his hopes for the season ahead. We also chat with this year’s first round draft pick J.C. Ngando about his journey to Vancouver and hear from the Whitecaps’ Julian Gressel about his US national team call-up.

All of this plus Fatt Father features in this episode’s Wavelength, we continue paying tribute to the legend that was Terry Hall, along with the recently passed Jay Briscoe and Anton Walkes, we find out if Simon Becher fancies a chocolate digestive, and take another trip in the 13th Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

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

01.27: Intro and Jay Briscoe/Anton Walkes tributes
09.35: Hot Chocolate Boy
13.38: Whitecaps wrap up Spain trip with two tough tests
30.25: Whitecaps Baribo and Sane transfer rumours
50.48: Julian Gressel on USMNT call-up
69.55: Simon Becher interview and striker discussion
90.51: Anyone Fancy A Chocolate Digestive – Simon Becher
99.22: Jean-Claude Ngando interview and discussion
112.55: Vanni on Whitecaps’ Leagues Cup draw
117.43: Wavelength – Fatt Father – Soccer Dad (explicit lyrics)

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Authored by: Michael McColl

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