Episode 553 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Every Day Is Like A Bygone Age with special guest Ryan Gauld)
We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat.
What a busy week it’s been. The Whitecaps were in action twice, in two different competitions, and we pick over the bones of both matches – against Real Espana in CONCACAF Champions League action and FC Dallas in MLS. There were highs, there were lows, there were continued frustrations, and we still don’t really know how good this Whitecaps team are or aren’t this year.
Our feature interview this episode is with Whitecaps captain and playmaker Ryan Gauld. We chat to Ryan about preseason preparedness, the start to the season for both the team and himself, and the exciting battles ahead in four competitions for the team this year.
All of that and there’s still time for a one hour discussion about the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in Ottawa on Thursday that saw four Canadian women’s national team players give testimony against Canada Soccer and the mess the game is in here. A meeting that was insightful, infuriating, disappointing, and at times farcical with the severe lack of knowledge and proper understanding of the politicians asking the questions.
Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
03.33: Whitecaps’ come alive in CCL action
33.02: Whitecaps back down to earth after Dallas draw
50.00: MLS West round-up and the week ahead
62.20: Ryan Gauld interview and discussion
84.45: Canadian players take battle with Canada Soccer to parliament
145.45: Wavelength – The Skinflicks – Terrace Terror
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Ryan Raposo will get exploited. A 5′-7″ left back is laughable when coupled with a 5′-11″ goalkeeper. Are you serious Vanni?
Ngando looked clumsy on the ball, and in movement, against Real Espana.
Ryan Gauld’s physical abilities along the right touch line in the 68th minute against Real Espana to keep the ball in play was spectacular. With his leg fully extended, almost hyper-extended, he boots the ball on the touch line into the corner. Not giving up on the play, he gets up, chases the ball down, and serves up a beautiful cross into the box. Gressel was battling the defender and the ball went off the side of his head and shoulder, sending the ball high and away. 6 inches away from a goal seen around the world.
Honestly Michael, ignoring that the game originated in the UK, does every fucking announcer need to be British? It’s the same with car racing. Fuck man!
Cheers cryptic one. Say my name.
And yes every announcer must have an accent – or at least for as long as I’m commentating, then I don’t care if they stop that.
Seriously though, I think there is an element of the larger, general sport watching public that feels it’s more authentic that way. I don’t agree and actually enjoy having local announcers from the games I watch in places like Australia and New Zealand.
I think Raposo has the potential to make a good transition to a fullback but I do worry his build will see him bowled over or targeted. I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far, so hopefully this continues.
And obviously Ryan Gauld is just magnificent!