• 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 04-13-2014 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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      by Published on 03-30-2014 01:30 PM
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      The Whitecaps quest to remain unbeaten all season remains intact!

      A 2-1 win over Houston Dynamo sees a perfect first month in charge of the Caps for Carl Robinson.

      We pick over the bones of the games and hear audio from both head coaches, Carl Robinson and Dominic Kinnear, as well as soundbites from both dressing rooms.

      What Caps players excelled? Who still needs to work on their game? And how is Andy O'Brien's, um, middle?

      We also take a look at Houston and how we see them fitting in to the Eastern playoff race.
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      by Published on 03-30-2014 01:50 AM
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      Match report and post game reaction from Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 home win over Houston Dynamo. With the thoughts of Carl Robinson and Andy O'Brien.


      While it was closer on the scoreboard, the Vancouver Whitecaps remained undefeated this season with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo. Kenny Miller scored his third of the season from the spot in the second half after Jordan Harvey opened up his account in the first.

      The winner came just before the hour mark when Miller had to redo a penalty kick to put the Caps up by two goals. It was Darren Mattocks who earned the penalty after his run into the box was stopped by Kofi Sarkodie when he went to the ground and handled the ball.

      The home side would strike first in the 14th minute after an initial set piece failed to generate a scoring chance. Matias Laba sent the ball back to Pedro Morales who one timed a cross into the box where Andy O’Brien directed the ball into the path of Harvey and the defender beat Tally Hall to put the Caps ahead.
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      by Published on 03-28-2014 02:30 AM
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      Houston Dynamo are heading to BC Place on Saturday afternoon in what will be a tough game for Vancouver Whitecaps.

      The AFTN crew look ahead to the battle of the two unbeaten sides. Who will be the key players? What changes with the Whitecaps make? How will the Dynamo cope in their first road game of the season? And what Whitecaps will turn up this week? All this and much more are discussed.

      We're joined by two guests this week. Whitecaps assistant coach Gordon Forrest talks about the challenge that the Dynamo pose and a man who knows Houston very well, Total MLS managing editor and Dynamo beat writer Dustyn Richardson.

      And there's still time for Predictapooch to weigh in with his prediction for the game.
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      by Published on 03-26-2014 03:20 AM
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      Still undefeated but the cracks are starting to show. We pick over the bones of Vancouver Whitecaps' 0-0 draw with New England Revolution at the weekend.

      What has happened to the Caps' midfield creativity? What's up with Nigel Reo-Coker? Did the team miss the absence of Jay DeMerit? And what changes should Carl Robinson make for the next game against Houston?

      There's a lot more talking points too and we take a look back at all of the Week 3 MLS action.

      And there's still time, a lot of time, for this week's big interview as we have a comprehensive chat with CHSSoccer.net's Dan Conover about everything to do with the Charleston Battery's affiliation with the Whitecaps.

      How is the affiliation working out? Which of the eight guys that the Caps have sent down are standing out so far? How important is the appointment of new assistant coach Troy Lesesne? Will we see them in the US Open Cup? And do the Battery hold any MLS aspirations of their own?
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      by Published on 03-25-2014 10:45 PM
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      Once upon a time, there was a team that topped the Western Conference....

      The Whitecaps are no longer top of the league. I hope you all got a screenshot of that wonderful moment after week one, because it might be a while before we see it again. Week one of next season perhaps.

      Carl Robinson had his Fairytale of New York. It was fun at the grand opening ball, whilst it lasted. So were Vancouver's creatively attacking midfield.

      Whatever happened to them? One minute adventurous and cutting quite the dashing figure, then, as if by magic at the stroke of midnight, they turn into pumpkins for the next two games.

      It was ugly, sister. Grim.
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      by Published on 03-23-2014 01:30 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 0-0 draw with New England Revolution? Aaron Campbell makes his selections. Do you agree?

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      by Published on 03-22-2014 03:12 PM
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      Match report and post game reaction from Vancouver Whitecaps' 0-0 draw with New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the thoughts of Carl Robinson, Andy O'Brien, David Ousted and Jay Heaps.

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      If you'd offered Carl Robinson a win, two draws and an unbeaten record in his first three games in charge of the Whitecaps, he'd have gladly bitten your hand off.

      Zombie tendencies apart, Robinson will have mixed emotions after watching his side stumble to a 0-0 draw in New England, where a strong defensive effort against a dangerous looking home side was only peppered by a few flashes of creative genius and real attacking threat.

      No goals scored but no goals conceded maintain Vancouver's unbeaten start to the season and adds more woes to New England, who are still looking for their first goal, never mind first win, of the season.
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      by Published on 03-20-2014 03:20 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps are back on the road and looking to put in a better performance than last week's draw with ten man Chivas USA.

      The AFTN team preview the game out east in Foxborough with the help of Revs reporter and co-founder of New England Soccer Today Sean Donahue (@SeanLDonahue on Twitter).

      Sean looks at the Revs winless start to the new season, what may lie behind it, discusses the latest in the Jose Goncalves contract situation, and a lot more besides.

      Who are the danger men that the Whitecaps need to watch out for? What are the keys to both team's success? Will Carl Robinson make any line up changes? That's all discussed here and Carl Robinson shares some of this thoughts ahead of the game.

      And there's still time for Predictapooch to cast his wily paws over the weekend's action. He's 100% for the season, but after a toy picking calamity, which ball will he select this week?
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