• Michael McColl

      Editor

      Michael McColl started "Away From The Numbers" as a printed fanzine in 1989 for his Scottish club East Fife. It became a website in 2003 and added a general football blog in 2009. The focus has always been to mix serious articles with off-beat humour pieces. The Canadian arm of AFTN began in 2009 and is primarily focused on Vancouver Whitecaps.


      Currently a weekly columnist for Metro News Vancouver, Michael has also written for many UK publications including When Saturday Comes, Four Four Two and The Independent.


    • Steve Pandher

      Assistant Editor

      Steve has been a soccer fan since the early days of the 86ers at Swangard Stadium. He started The Whitecaps Beat blog on the instistence of his wife, as she was tired of listening to his ramblings about the club. When he plays, his two positions are goalkeeper and striker, mostly because of the lack of running involved. In addition to the Whitecaps, Steve also updates the play of Canadian players abroad with the @TrueNorthSoccer twitter account.

    • Jay Duke

      Writer

      Growing up as a casual soccer fan, Jay became a fervent supporter after a move to Vancouver and a rise in profile of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Since then, his summer road trips revolve around Cascadia Derbies, and friends weddings are only to be attended if they do not conflict with a Whitecaps match.

      Jay attempts to share his thoughts from the emotional view of a supporter rather than by advanced analytics or number crunching.

    • Aaron Campbell

      Writer

      Aaron Campbell is our new face to the soccer blog scene. He started following the Whitecaps seriously when they joined the MLS and has been hooked ever since. Not afraid to speak his mind and prove he is right in his opinions backing them up with the stats of the game.

      Yeah right. The only reason he goes to games is to get away from his small army of kids that he has populated the Fraser Valley with. One day the kids and wife will catch on!!!

      Supporter of Whitecaps FC and FC Barcelona.
      Follow on twitter @AaCamp81

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      by Published on 04-21-2014 05:30 PM
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      Pitch Perfect is our feature where we break down various moves of perfection in Whitecaps matches that lead to Vancouver goals. We haven't done one for a while, although we certainly could have, but we also have the flip side of that feature looking at the Caps' defensive mistakes - Pitch Imperfect...

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      Defensive lapses against the LA Galaxy have cost the Whitecaps dear these past two weeks. Vancouver may have twice fought back valiantly on Saturday against LA, but there will be disappointment in the camp about how they fell behind in the first half and were left playing the chasing game thereafter.

      Here we break down the defensive mistakes that led to Stefan Ishizaki's first half opener for Los Angeles.
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      by Published on 04-21-2014 02:00 PM
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      "Caps Countdown" is our Vancouver Whitecaps player rankings with a twist. The starting eleven is ranked from eleven to one, from worst to first. Who was the 'man of the match' and who, if anyone, had a game to forget in the 2-2 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy? Aaron Campbell makes his selections. Do you agree?

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      by Published on 04-20-2014 05:00 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps' fighting spirit was in abundance as they fought back twice to take a point at home to the LA Galaxy.

      Our LA postgame show looks back at the main talking points of the game. Did the Caps go with the right formation? What about those early substitutions? Should we be buying a book called 'Where's Pedro'? What are the Whitecaps missing going forward? What's going to happen now with the still dropped Nigel Reo-Coker? And of course, we look at the goals. All four of them.

      We also hear from both locker rooms.

      Carl Robinson, Darren Mattocks, Kenny Miller and point securing goalscorer Kekuta Manneh bring you some inside from the Vancouver side, whilst Bruce Arena, Omar Gonzalez, Dan Gargan and a not very happy Robbie Keane give us some LA insight into the result.

      Whilst Rob Friend tells us what it was like to be back playing football again in BC and how close he was to signing for the Whitecaps last summer.
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      by Published on 04-20-2014 04:50 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps and Los Angeles Galaxy battled it out to a 2-2 draw at BC Place on Saturday afternoon.

      AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there capturing the game for us. Here's a selection of his photos from before, during and after the match.
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      by Published on 04-20-2014 01:05 AM
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      Match report and post game reaction from Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-2 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy at BC Place. With quotes from the Caps' Carl Robinson, Darren Mattocks, Kenny Miller and Kekuta Manneh.

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      A late strike by second half sub Kekuta Manneh saved a point for the Whitecaps as they came back to draw Los Angeles Galaxy at two. The opening goal was by Stefan Ishizaki of the Galaxy in the first while second half scores by Darren Mattocks and Robbie Keane completed the scoring.
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      by Published on 04-19-2014 01:00 AM
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      In our "Around The League" series, we chat with some of the more interesting and sometimes lesser known players from the team that Whitecaps meet in MLS action. We've kicked off the new series with Houston Dynamo’s Andrew Driver and Colorado Rapids' goalkeeper Clint Irwin. We continue it this week with Irwin's Rapids' teammate, MLS Rookie of the Year, Dillon Powers.


      Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers had a rookie Major League Soccer season to remember.

      His five goals and six assists played a key part in his team making the playoffs and earned him MLS Rookie of the Year honours in the process.

      It was a great first season in the senior ranks but the year unfortunately ended early for Powers when a concussion forced him to miss the last three regular games of the season and the playoffs.

      Understandably, it was a scary and unsettling time for the rookie.

      "A couple of games before we came up here for the back to back series with Vancouver I got a concussion against Seattle. It left me out with headaches and some nausea and a lot of light sensitivity and noise sensitivity. Really not feeling right for the greater part of three or four months.
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      by Published on 04-18-2014 03:30 AM
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      The LA Galaxy are back in town to take on Vancouver Whitecaps. Will it be back to back LA wins or can the Whitecaps salvage something from this key game?

      We bring you our pregame podcast for the match and what better way to get an insight in the Galaxy than by speaking with their play by play man Joe Tutino and we also hear some thoughts on the game from Whitecaps assistant coach Martyn Pert and captain Jay DeMerit.

      The AFTN crew look ahead to the game and ponder the Vancouver line-up, how to stop Robbie Keane, the merits or pitfalls of back to back games and they take a look at the mysteries of the LA salaries.

      And there's still time for a fun chat with Jordan Harvey about getting his coaching career off to a winning start.
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      by Published on 04-16-2014 01:30 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps travelled to a Galaxy not that far, far away at the weekend, just in LA. Although Los Angeles can feel like you're on a different planet sometimes.

      It's the stories of back to backs in this podcast. The 1-0 loss in LA was the Caps' second straight loss but they have the chance for redemption right away as the Galaxy head north to BC Place this weekend. We pick over the bones of the defeat on Saturday and look ahead to what it might mean for the team this coming weekend.

      There's audio from Tuesday first training session back after the game and we hear some thoughts from head coach Carl Robinson, captain Jay DeMerit and Jordan Harvey.

      We've been wanting to do this since he came to the club, so we finally catch up with Whitecaps' assistant coach Martyn Pert for an interesting chat about his time in Vancouver and MLS so far and about his many travels. We talk about the time he was in charge in Ecuador for a month, middle east football and the Qatar World Cup, those tumultuous times at Cardiff last year, travelling around 16 clubs in Europe in 16 weeks and the comments of Andrea Pirlo on pre-match warm ups.

      And there's still time to look at the MLS standings and take an early look at how things are shaping up.
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      by Published on 04-13-2014 07:00 PM
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      "Caps Countdown" is our Vancouver Whitecaps player rankings with a twist. The starting eleven is ranked from eleven to one, from worst to first. Who was the 'man of the match' and who, if anyone, had a game to forget in the 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy? Aaron Campbell makes his selections. Do you agree?

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      by Published on 04-13-2014 01:50 AM
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      Match report and post game reaction from Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy. With quotes from both locker rooms.

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      Vancouver Whitecaps had never won against the Galaxy in LA heading in to this one and despite an excellent first half performance where they created the better chances, they head back to Canada still looking for their first victory down there.

      A Robbie Keane strike two minutes into the second half was the official difference between the teams, but LA dominated possession for much of the match as they ran out 1-0 winners.

      The Whitecaps had their chances, and LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo came up big in the first half to keep Vancouver at bay.
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      by Published on 04-11-2014 01:15 AM
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      In our "Around The League" series, we chat with some of the more interesting and sometimes lesser known players from the team that Whitecaps meet in MLS action. We kicked off the new series last week with Houston Dynamo’s Andrew Driver, and continue it this week with the man who proved to be a real thorn in Vancouver's side this past weekend - Colorado Rapids' goalkeeper, Clint Irwin.


      Call me an old football romantic, but I like a story of an unexpected hero. The underdog who comes from nowhere to be the star.

      That tale played out in Colorado last season, with former Canadian Soccer League goalkeeper Clint Irwin starring in the lead role.
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      by Published on 04-07-2014 11:00 AM
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      "Caps Countdown" is our Vancouver Whitecaps player rankings with a twist. The starting eleven is ranked from eleven to one, from worst to first. Who was the 'man of the match' and who, if anyone, had a game to forget in the 2-1 loss to Colorado Rapids? Aaron Campbell makes his selections. Do you agree?

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      by Published on 04-07-2014 04:00 AM
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      We've added a new photographer to the AFTN ranks, Tom Ewasiuk, and he shot his first Vancouver Whitecaps game for us on Saturday. He goes by the name Residual Image on Twitter. Give him a follow.

      Here's are some of his photos from the 2-1 loss to Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
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      by Published on 04-06-2014 04:20 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps have lost their unbeaten start to the season and it mostly self inflicted.

      Colorado Rapids came to BC Place and left with a 2-1 victory thanks to a Caps sending off, a Rapids comeback and two wonderstrikes.

      We pick over the bones of the game and look at the main turning points, with audio from Caps head coach Carl Robinson, captain Jay DeMerit and Kenny Miller.

      It was a deflated Vancouver dressing room but we headed into the Colorado one where it was a much different place to be.

      We chat with Colorado head coach Pablo Mastroeni, captain Drew Moor, goalkeeper Clint Irwin, MLS rookie of the year Dillon Powers and two goal hero Jose Mari.

      And there's still time to look at what the result means in a Western Conference capacity and Saturday's first Cascadia Cup clash of the season.
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      by Published on 04-05-2014 10:55 PM
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      Match report and post game reaction from Colorado Rapids 2-1 over Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. With the thoughts of Vancouver's Carl Robinson, Jay DeMerit and Kenny Miller; and Colorado's Pablo Mastroeni, Drew Moor, Clint Irwin, Dillon Powers and two goal hero Jose Mari.

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      Vancouver Whitecaps' undefeated streak to start the season ended on Saturday afternoon when they dropped a 2-1 result at home to Colorado Rapids.

      The Whitecaps opened the scoring when Darren Mattocks picked up his first of the season midway through the second half, but two goals from Jose Mari, after Vancouver had gone a man down when Matias Laba was sent off for a second bookable offence, gave the visitors the three points.
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      by Published on 04-05-2014 02:35 AM
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      We’ve always felt it’s hard to grow MLS in Canada when so few of the out of market games are shown. A lot of people know something about the teams but often not so much the players and some of their stories. So we thought we’d remedy that a little with our new series "Around The League", where we’ll chat with some of the more interesting and often lesser known players from the team that Whitecaps meet in MLS action. Kicking off the new series, we chat with Houston Dynamo’s Andrew Driver.

      A number of UK players have headed over to Major League Soccer over the years. Some big names (Beckham, Keane, Miller, Defoe), some not so much (our own Matt Watson for example).

      A lot of them have struggled to adapt to the League for whatever reasons and/or struggle to perform. Many head home quicker than they had probably hoped. The Scottish pair of Kris Boyd and Barry Robson instantly spring to mind.

      The American dream perhaps not being all they expected it to be cracked up to be.

      You often find the players that stick best are the lower level players that most people in the UK haven't even heard of. FC Dallas' Adam Moffat is a prime example.

      I saw him playing Scottish Third Division football for Elgin City against East Fife. Never thought I'd be watching him in MLS but now he's a five club and seven season veteran in the League.

      Moffat's former teammate at Houston, Andrew Driver, is another and he is settling into his second season in Texas after first coming to Houston on loan from Scottish Premiership side Hearts last year.
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      by Published on 04-04-2014 02:50 AM
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      The week always goes quicker when your team has won and you have another match to look forward to.

      Vancouver Whitecaps head into April unbeaten and set to face Western Conference opposition in the shape of Colorado Rapids.

      The AFTN crew look ahead to the game and ponder which formation and players head coach Carl Robinson will go with this week.

      To get a better insight into the visiting Rapids, we chat with MLSSoccer.com writer and MileHighSports.com Editor-in-Chief Chris Bianchi.

      How have the team coped with their own turbulent offseason? Will their impressive young guns from last year suffer a sophomore slump? And how strong will the team that heads to Vancouver be this weekend? We discuss all this and much more.
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      by Published on 04-03-2014 10:50 PM
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      After putting on a passing clinic at BC Place against Houston, where he showed a breadth and depth of passing abilities that made the entire league take notice, Pedro Morales has been called a "maestro" by many fans and pundits.

      It’s a title that is apt for a player who, much like the conductor of an orchestra, has such an ability to dictate the overall direction of the event. Robinson quite successfully altered his tactics last week to give Morales the space and time on the pitch to impose his authority over the game. As a result, it really did make for the appearance of a man, in Morales, with all the instruments around him, each one springing to life when he lifted a finger (or sometimes a foot) in their direction.

      While Morales may be the man coercing the sound and emotion from the song, there is another man who is equally as important to the ear of the audience.

      While he is a mere colleague, just another member in the symphony, it is the percussionist that keeps the group together. Whether it’s the resounding and rhythmic boom of the bass drum that keeps everyone in step, or the massive crash of a cymbal to focus a single moment, it is he who is critical to the rest of the group to establish harmony.

      For the Whitecaps, that man is Matias Laba.
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      by Published on 04-02-2014 08:00 PM
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      "Caps Countdown" is our Vancouver Whitecaps player rankings with a twist. The starting eleven is ranked from eleven to one, from worst to first. Who was the 'man of the match' and who, if anyone, had a game to forget in the 2-1 win over Houston Dynamo? Aaron Campbell makes his selections. Do you agree?

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      by Published on 04-02-2014 05:15 AM
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      The sun was shining so it was outside broadcast time once again as we bring you Episode 53 of "There's Still Time" from UBC's Thunderbird Stadium after Vancouver Whitecaps' 4-2 friendly win over FC Edmonton.

      We look over the game, who stood out, who didn't take their opportunity to impress and ponder just how young the average age of the Whitecaps team was in that second half.

      Kekuta Manneh was the two goal hero and we speak with him after the game about the season so far, the match itself, the pressure raised by last season's heroics and ask him just how good could this Whitecaps team could be this year.

      We also catch up with FC Edmonton Head Coach Colin Miller and chat about the Eddies preseason trip west, the players to watch out for this season, the new NASL playoff format, this year's Voyageurs Cup and more.

      Moving away from the pro level to local soccer, we talk to BC Soccer Executive Director Paul Mullen about the upcoming 2014 BC Provincial Cup, whether BC will follow Ontario and look at a provincewide U23 league and their travelling big red jersey.

      And there's still time to ask our listeners and twitter followers for a little bit of help in explaining Nigel Reo-Coker's Marcel Marecauesque mime show on Saturday. What could he have been demonstrating to Marco Carducci?!
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