Episode 556 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Heartbeat, Increasing Heartbeat with guest Ricardo Clark)
We’re back with another packed show of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat.
What a fantastic weekend of football it has been. We’ve seen 19 goals in three BC Provincial Cup games, WFC2 won a penalty shootout, and best of all, Vancouver Whitecaps put up a five goal performance as they took apart a dreadful looking CF Montreal side.
Saturday’s 5-0 win over their Canadian rivals was just what the doctor ordered to kickstart the ‘Caps MLS season and has them fired up and full of confidence now for the month ahead. We pick over the bones of the match, hear from head coach Vanni Sartini and look at the fantastic contributions from the young guns Simon Becher and Ali Ahmed.
Both Becher and Ahmed stood out for WFC2 last season before making the jump to the first team and will be an inspiration to the guys on that team this year. WFC2 had a new gaffer at the helm this year, with Ricardo Clark taking charge and our feature interview this episode is with Rico as we chat about his transition to head coach, his daily routine, playing styles, hopes for the team this year and lots more.
Plus we round up the action around the MLS Western Conference, look ahead to Wednesday’s CONCACAF Champions League clash against LAFC, and the legends that are Sparks make their debut as our Artists of the Month for April.
Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
08.09: Five star Whitecaps destroy Montreal
39.45: Vanni on Montreal win
44.10: LAFC Champions League preview
52.00: MLS weekly round-up
67.02: Ricardo Clark interview
99.35: Wavelength – Grand Pocket Orchestra – Shitkicker
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