We’re back from vacation with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian Premier League chat.
We were originally planning to bring out an episode last Monday, but what a difference a week makes. The Whitecaps were sitting pretty after a win against TFC. If they won their last seven matches, they’d finish first in the West. In the week since, they’ve lost twice as the long road stretch starts to take its toll and have dropped to 7th but with other results going their way they could be 4th by midweek.
It’s crazy in the wild, wild MLS West just now. We look at those three Whitecaps matches against Toronto, Houston and RSL, the addition of Junior Hoilett to the side, the current lie of the land, and some of the big stories coming out of the Eastern Conference.
Turning our attention to the CPL, we look at wild weekend there too as Cavalry FC win the regular season title and book a berth in next year’s CONCACAF Champions Cup, Vancouver FC make it back-to-back wins, the playoff race goes down to the wire, and some teams are in a battle to hit their U21 minutes threshold.
Here’s the rundown for the main segments from the episode:
05.45: The highs and lows of a turbulent 8 days for the Whitecaps
42.17: Hoilett joins but how long will he and Laryea be Whitecaps?
51.40: The wild, wild MLS West battle for the playoffs
67.40: It’s getting Messi in the MLS East
77.36: Bruce Arena departs under a cloud
82.22: Matko Miljevic kicked out of Montreal after amateur match fracas
87.05: Cavalry secure first as CPL playoff battle goes down to wire
97.10: Vancouver FC go back to back!
128.10: Are U21 minutes detrimental to CPL?
142.25: Wavelength – Armchair Loyal – From Mullets To Gullits
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