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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 04-14-2014 03:30 AM
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      The quarter final line-up is now complete after the final first round matches in the 2014 BC Provincial Cups were played out on Sunday.

      Defending A Cup Champions Surrey United Firefighters were made to work hard to overcome a dogged Vic West FC side, coming back from being a goal down at the half to eventually secure their quarter final spot with a 2-1 victory.

      The win keeps Surrey's dream alive of a threepeat and if they are to pull it off, they will become the first team to do so since Victoria West achieved the feat themselves with four back to back A Cup triumphs between 1979 and 1982. It was a run that was actually ended by Vancouver Firefighters in 1983.
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      by Published on 04-13-2014 05:35 AM
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      The action continued apace in the 2014 BC Provincial Cups on Saturday with goals galore in the first round matches. AFTN continued our travels around the lower mainland to take in a game in both the A and the B Cups.

      Pitt Meadows was the first stop at noon as the Fraser Valley Soccer League's Westcoast FC Selects played host to Vancouver Island's Cowichen FC, running out comfortable 3-0 winners despite playing most of the second half a man down.

      Westcoast looked in control for most of the match and although they didn't create the majority of the chances, they did what they needed to do, took theirs and looked like they could up a gear at any time. Cowichen only have themselves to blame as they enjoyed the majority of possession as they chased the game and created some great chances which they squandered, failing to push home their man advantage.
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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 04-12-2014 04:00 AM
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      The 2014 BC Provincial A Cup got underway in some style in West Vancouver on Friday evening with a seven goal cracker between Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) rivals West Van and CCBRT United.

      With four goals scored in the last 11 minutes of play, West Van battled back from being two down at half time to run out 4-3 winners in a pulsating cup tie that had a bit of everything. Only a red card and a dog on the pitch was missing.

      Some people have wondered why do we put so much time and energy into covering the Provincials on AFTN. A match like this pretty much explains why. It was entertaining and action packed from start to finish and was a great advert for the local football scene in BC. Plus we love Cup ties!
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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 10:00 PM
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      The 2014 BC Provincial Cup got underway this past weekend with eight preliminary round matches kicking off the newly expanded B Cup.

      With 29 goals, and a few red cards along the way, it was an entertaining start to this year's competition.

      The action kicked off on Friday night when defending Champions, and Richmond League and Cup double winners, Richmond All Blacks took on Burnaby side Mundiavocat.

      The All Blacks were heavy favourites and despite being reduced to ten men for an intentional handball in the 15th minute, went in at the half 5-1 up. It looked all over but, full credit to Mundiavocat who made a real fight of it in the second half and pulled a couple of goals back but couldn't close the deficit.

      AFTN's featured match of the round took place at Point Grey High School and was an all VMSL clash between home side Rino's Fury and Bombastic FC.
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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 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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