Episode 603 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Is Blue The Colour Of The Season? with Axel Schuster and Scott Arfield)

Episode 603 – The AFTN Soccer Show (Is Blue The Colour Of The Season? with Axel Schuster and Scott Arfield)

We’re back with another AFTN Soccer Show packed full of Vancouver Whitecaps, Major League Soccer, and Canadian football chat.

Vancouver Whitecaps finally kicked off their 2024 MLS season with a 1-1 home draw with Charlotte FC at BC Place on Saturday. Not the best start, not the worst, but certainly a lot of talking points to come out of the match and for the coming weeks ahead, and we’ll delve into a lot of them in this week’s episode of the podcast.

It’s an important season for the ‘Caps, with a lot to play for. Do they have the squad for success? Will there be more additions on the way? We hear from Whitecaps CEO and Sporting Director Axel Schuster about the squad build this offseason and whether he’ll be filling that vacant Designated Player spot. Plus as Russell Teibert retires from playing, we ask what’s next for the 16-year Whitecap and hear from Axel about what his new front office role will be.

We look around the main action and talking points around the rest of the MLS Western Conference, chat about the farce that MLS have now made the US Open Cup, and get Vanni Sartini’s thoughts on the new-look Canadian Championship format.

And there’s still time to chat about Canada Soccer’s new General Secretary, Kevin Blue, and what it means for the sport here. Plus we take you back to 1974, the latest Football Violence Awareness Month kicks off, and we bring you two tracks from our new album of the month for March.

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

02.11: Intro
04.43: The Whitecaps kick off their MLS season with a draw
32.15: Scott Arfield interview
50.45: Axel Schuster talks DPs, transfers, and depth
95.37: Russell Teibert retires – what’s next for him?
115.20: MLS West Week in Review
134.25: US Open Cup shambles
139.28: Vanni on the new-look Canadian Championship
143.40: This week in 1974
148.54: Canadian Soccer has a new General Secretary and CEO
160.55: Wavelength – Sir Robert Orange Peel – Casuals

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Authored by: Michael McColl

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