• Michael McColl

      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 04-19-2014 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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