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Aug 17, 2017

Two losses for our clubs and some bad injury developments from last weekend can't put a damper on our 2026 World Cup host city news, which headlines Ep. 121.

Michael McColl of AFTN talks with Steven about Vancouver's letdown at New England and how the Whitecaps will cope without Matias Laba. Their home match against high-flying Houston, winless all-time at BC Place, is an interesting proposition. Will the Whitecaps get their big homestand off to the right start?

Matt Hoffman joins the group to break down where the Timbers went wrong after 50 solid minutes in Toronto. Next up is a nationally-televised Friday night match against NY Red Bulls -- Providence Park will be rocking, but Caleb Porter's men will have to get the job done without Jake Gleeson, Liam Ridgewell, and Fanendo Adi. Can Diego Valeri, freshly apart of the elite 50/50 club, put the team on his back and carry the Timbers towards the top of the West? 

Seattle broke their club record for most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal (400 minutes and counting), and our Sounders segment focuses on their recent positive run as a whole. The latest in a string of positive results has placed the Sounders in a tie for the Western Conference lead -- what are the chances they stay there? 

Ep. 121 ends with a look at Forbes' analysis of estimated MLS club values. Hint: We have two in the top six. 

Playlist:

00:00 - 2026 World Cup update

11:15 - Timbers fall in Toronto, big opportunity on Friday

28:40 - VWFC: 5 of 6 matches at home could decide Whitecaps' season ft. Michael McColl 

52:15 - SSFC: A look at the top four in the West

 

 

Aug 9, 2017

Another unbeaten weekend in Cascadia leaves two of our clubs firmly in playoff positions and the third just on the edge looking in. Prost Portland editor Matt Hoffman discusses the reasons why Timbers aren't getting the national respect they deserve yet. That's followed by a preview of their match in Toronto, where a result would certainly send a message to anyone sleeping on Portland.

It's tough to tell whether it's two point dropped or a point gained as Carl Robinson continues to tinker with his ideal front four. Michael McColl of AFTN joins and give his takes on current playoff hopes, consistency, and the coming road match against New England. Who'll make the starting lineup for the Whitecaps, and will they do enough to keep pace with the Earthquakes for the last playoff spot in the West?

The group closes out Ep. 120 by analyzing Sounders' 7-match unbeaten run. Were they firing on all cylinders in Minnesota? Derlis Gonzalez isn't coming to Seattle, but that doesn't mean we don't have interesting questions to ponder as the transfer window closes. Where does Victor Rodriguez fit into this team, given Will Bruin's form? How about Lamar Neagle, for that matter?  

It's another packed episode of Radio Cascadia -- tune in to hear takes on the biggest stories in the region from the likes of Michael McColl, Matt Hoffman, Ari Liljenwall, and Andrew Harvey. 

Speaking of Ari and Andrew, they joined Steven Agen in writing Resurgence: How Sounders FC Roared Back to Win MLS Cup, presale available now here. Former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels, ESPNFC.com & Prost Amerika writer Matt Pentz and Seattle sports journalism legend Art Thiel all feature as well in Prost Publishing's effort to commemorate Sounders' 2016 title-winning season. 

PLAYLIST: 

00:00 - Cascadia goal/player of the week, MLS team of the week 

07:10 - Timbers triumph over LA, VAR debut, and TFC away ft. Matt Hoffman

31:10 - Points dropped or gained? + Playoff hopes and a trip back east ft. Michael McColl 

48:40 - Sounders hunt down Loons, unbeaten in 7 + Neagle/Rodriguez discussion 

Aug 2, 2017

Four points from two matches in Texas leaves us with plenty to celebrate as we speak with Michael McColl of AFTN and Prost Portland editor Matt Hoffman about their cliubs' successes down south. 

Whitecaps' 4-0 result in Frisco draws considerable attention and we rate it among their most memorable matches in MLS so far. Our preview of their match in Colorado focuses on the question of consistency, as another performance like the one against Dallas will surely earn points against the struggling Rapids. 

2-2 was nothing to scoff at for Portland, but between an odd offside decision and a questionable call on a free kick leading to Houston's equalizer it's no wonder fans were left feeling it was two points dropped. Hoffman deliberates on all of the contentious moments before we move on and discuss Timbers' home match with LA this weekend. 

Sounders had their own match against LA a weekend ago, and we elaborate on why it was a match no one could afford to lose. Attention then shifts to an inaugural meeting with Minnesota United, a tie near and dear to Andrew's heart. 

Undefeated weeks are happy weeks on Radio Cascadia, enjoy this one with us! 

Andrew, Ari and Steven all feautured in Prost Publishing's latest book, Resgurgence: How Sounders FC Roared Back to Win MLS Cup. The book chronicles Seattle's title-winning season, and also includes contributions from former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels, Rapids play by play commentator and BBC veteran Richard Fleming, ESPNFC.com and Prost Amerika writer Matt Pentz, legendary Seattle journalist Art Thiel, and a foreword written by Mr. Sounder himself, Zach Scott. Special pre-sale price available through August 25th here.

Jul 28, 2017

The group recaps a big six point week for Seattle after reliving some Gold Cup highlights. Ari shares his experience writing for Resurgence: How Sounders FC Roared Back to Win MLS Cup, pre-sale link here.  

Michael McColl of AFTN joins to try and make sense of Vancouver's weekend disappointment. How did the high-flying Whitecaps fall so flat against 15-man Portland? Our preview of their next match, an away game at FC Dallas, contributes to the title of this episode, with two of our clubs playing in Texas this weekend. 

Portland MLSsoccer.com beat writer and Prost editor Matt Hoffman chats with us about the other side of the derby. We praise Ebobisse's big performance and rate it amongst historical performances from other young Cascadians in derby matches. Our Texas Week coverage concludes with the group desperately begging Matt to assure everyone that Cascadia's futility in Houston will finally come to an end on Saturday. 

 

Jul 19, 2017

League play returns following the hiatus for Gold Cup Group Stage play. We preview our clubs' midweek slate, which seems a positive chance for points for all despite call ups affecting each of the three. Attention then turns to this weekend's derby as the Timbers travel to Vancouver. Michael McColl joins to talk Whitecaps as well in an action-packed Ep. 117. 

Jun 28, 2017
Check out this behemoth of an episode, touching on every subject in Cascadian soccer you could possibly think of! Derby review, midweek drama, and Open Cup debate and more headline Ep. 116. 
 
PLAYLIST:
 
0:00 - Introduction
6:15 - Gold Cup Roster Update
11:30 - Cascadia Derby Review
47:00 - Open Cup preview + debate on importance
1:02:30 - Larrys Mabiala joins Timbers
1:08:30 - Portland @ SKC preview
1:16:40 - Vancouver @ Minnesota United review
1:26:30 - Whitecaps @ Chicago preview
Jun 23, 2017

Ari, Andrew and Steven preview the fourth Cascadia derby of the 2017 MLS season. Michael McColl of AFTN joins to discuss Whitecaps' match in Minnesota this weekend. 

Jun 7, 2017

With a quiet week coming for our Cascadian clubs, we examine the big picture in Vancouver and predict the USMNT match against Trinidad and Tobago. 

May 23, 2017

Michael McColl of AFTN joins Ari, Jackson and Steven to discuss Vancouver's 2017 Canadian Championship prospects and an important league game against DC over the weekend. 

The group ponders whether Sounders' victory over RSL marked a step forward, or more of the same.

Prost Portland Editor Matt Hoffman calls in to shed light on Portland's 4-1 loss in Montreal, and then helps us take a look at the first Seattle-Portland derby of the year. 

A derby, a domestic cup, top notch analysis and some pizza. It's all in Ep. 113, tune in and get ready for a big week of action in Cascadia. 

PLAYLIST: 

4:10 - Michael McColl of AFTN on VWFC 2-0 SKC, TSS Rovers, Canadian Championship & DC United preview

35:00 - Sounders review v RSL: How much progress was that?

47:00 - Matt Hoffman on Timbers' tough trip to Montreal

57:00 - Derby Preview: Portland Timbers @ Seattle Sounders

May 17, 2017

The gang sits down to discuss the roughest week of 2017 to date for our clubs, with two losses on the road and a measly home draw with an expansion club for us to chew over. We ponder where the Timbers fit in the front four in the West, take our first look at Bernie Ibini, and start to wonder if any heat will develop for Brian Schmetzer in an action-packed Ep. 111. Our clubs didn't come through for us this week, but we came through for you! 

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - Bright Spot: Timbers review v Atltanta United, preview @ Montreal

27:15 - Sounders Keep Struggling: review @ Chicago, preview v SKC

57:00 - Whitecaps Robbed in Houston: review @ Dynamo, preview v SKC

May 10, 2017

In this week's edition of RC, Jackson Felts, Steven Agen and Ari Liljenwall celebrate Baconator Fries and Vancouver's victory, try to make sense out of the disappointing losses by Seattle and Portland, plus look ahead to the matches this weekend for the Whitecaps, Sounders and Timbers, as well as what the closing transfer window means for each club.

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - The Bright Spot: Whitecaps 1, Rapids 0 review

36:05 - Cascade Killer Strikes Again: Wondo records brace, continues to terrorize our clubs 

53:45 - Connect Four: Sounders attack struggles in 1-0 loss to TFC

May 10, 2017
The RC crew recap an exciting undefeated weekend in Cascadia! 
 
PLAYLIST: 
 
4:20 - Vancouver @ Montreal review, preview @ Colorado

23:45 - Seattle review v New England

42:30 - Portland @ Dallas review, preview @ San Jose
Apr 28, 2017

The RC crew opens up a jam-packed week of Cascadian soccer news by reviewing last weekend's derby between Vancouver and Portland. Why did the Whitecaps start so slow again? What did we learn about Timbers' bench? Is Montero the biggest figure in Cascadia now? We hit these questions and more as we discuss our second rivalry game of 2017. 

Player salaries were released this week, and we go over the biggest steals and worst blunders on two of our clubs' rosters. (We'll take a look at Seattle next week on Ep. 109!) Can you guess how many CM's the Whitecaps are paying 6-figure salaries to? We couldn't! 

The big stadium news out of Portland gets plenty of attention. We go over its artistic merits and what it means for the future of the club. 

Lastly, with Radio Cascadia Live off this weekend, we both review Sounders' big 3-0 win in LA and preview their upcoming match with New England. Along with Portland's blockbuster trip to Dallas and Vancouver's to Montreal, we have three great games to get ready for before a massive Saturday slate of Cascadian soccer in Week 9.

Derbies, Shield races, CCL Semifinals... All the best of MLS is happening in Cascadia - come check it out on RC!  

Apr 22, 2017

It's another big week in Cascadia! We get our second derby of the season as Vancouver travel south to Portland, while Seattle make the trip out to LA to face the Galaxy. For the Whitecaps, it's a chance to extend their lead in their defense of the Cascadia Cup. For Portland, a chance to continue sitting atop the Supporter's Shield standings. And for Seattle, it's an opportunity to finally get their misfiring offense on track. 

Hear all the latest and greatest from the best region in MLS, only here on Radio Cascadia!

Apr 12, 2017

It's the moment we eagerly wait for from December until April -- the first Cascadia Derby of the season! Seattle travels to Vancouver this Friday in a match up littered with talking points. Beyond being a contest between the reigning Cascadia Cup & MLS Cup holders, it's the first time Sounders will play against their all-time leading goal-scorer Fredy Montero. 

Meanwhile in Portland, the Timbers are casually leading the Supporter's Shield race a month into the season. Prost Portland editor Matt Hoffman joins us to discuss their big win in Philly last weekend, and to preview their high-profile home tie with SKC this Friday. 

We do this for the derbies, and now we've got one in 2017! Come get ready for Cascadia soccer with RC. 

PLAYLIST:

05:55 - Timbers talk with Matt Hoffman

20:22 - Sounders @ Earthquakes review

27:55 - Whitecaps @ RSL review

35:45 - Cascadia Derby preview: Whitecaps v Sounders

 

Apr 8, 2017

Review of Vancouver's CCL Semifinal second leg with Tigres is the focus of the first half of the show. We analyze their lineup decisions from Saturday, turning points on Wednesday, and ticket prices.

Timbers discussion centers on their draw with New England. We ponder what could've led to a second goal before Nguyen's equalizer before moving on to discuss Portland's next trip to the east coast. This weekend's match at Philadelphia offers a great chance for the Timbers to bounce back from two straight winless matches, and to prove to the league that their road woes are truly over. 

Seattle's high-profile home draw against Atlanta featured several season debuts for young players, and we rate their performance in our Sounders segment. Our takes on the Derlis Gonzalez transfer rumors follow before we close out Ep. 105. 

All Cascadia, all the time -- come check out this week's edition of the premier pacific northwest soccer podcast. 

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - Whitecaps CCL review + look back at LA, forward to RSL

33:35 - Timbers review v NE Revs, preview @ Philly

55:40 - Sounders review v Atlanta, Derlis Gonzalez discussion 

Mar 30, 2017
The crew welcomes in Prost Portland editor Matt Hoffman to discuss Portland's 3-2 loss in Columbus after opening the episode with a touch of national team coverage. Hoffman provides insights on how Guzman's absence affected the Timbers last weekend, and on how he believes Portland will fare at home against New England this coming Sunday. 
 
This week's Sounders segment focuses on analyzing Atlanta United and their potent front six ahead of their first-ever MLS clash in Seattle on Friday. Josef Martinez is out injured for the expansion side, but will veteran striker Kenwyne Jones be able to step and fill the void? A short exclusive with Harry Shipp following Seattle's 1-1 friendly match draw with Club Necaxa also appears.
 
Vancouver are set to host yet another match altered by their CCL ambitions, and our preview of their upcoming match with LA Galaxy focuses on ways to conserve energy for next Tuesday's CCL Semifinal 2nd leg. 
 
PLAYLIST: 
 
5:30- Timbers review @ Columbus, preview v NE Revolution
20:30- Sounders short review v Club Necaxa, big preview v Atlanta United
46:45- Whitecaps preview v LA Galaxy (with Tigres in mind) 
Mar 22, 2017

Review of the previous week is the focus of Ep. 103.

Vancouver dropped their CCL Semifinal 1st leg 2-0 at Tigres. The massive Tuesday game in Monterrey kicked off a slate of four matches in MLS Week 3 for our clubs stretching from Tuesday to Sunday. 

Whitecaps took a disappointing 2-0 home loss against Canadian rival Toronto FC on Saturday before Portland and Seattle put on a pair of shows. 

First Timbers overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit in a battle of unbeatens with Houston, storming back for a convincing 4-2 victory. We debate whether or not Portland are the top side in MLS right now. 

In the league's lone Sunday match of the week, Seattle dropped their title banner and handed NY Red Bulls their first loss of the season. Joevin Jones, Nico Lodeiro and Jordan Morris all contributed as Sounders won their first home game of the season. 

Preview for the next week focuses on Portland's match at Columbus, a rematch of MLS Cup 2015. 

Mar 14, 2017

The second weekend of the 2017 MLS season was an odd one for Cascadia. Seattle came from 2-0 down in the last ten minutes to draw against the Impact on a concrete-like surface in Montreal, and that was the least eventful of the region's games! 

Portland downed LA at the StubHub Center in a match altered by a questionable red card and heavily affected by injury. 

Meanwhile, Vancouver nearly broke their winless streak in San Jose in another match undone by a dismissal. The Whitecaps took a 2-0 lead on 17' but David Ousted's red card on 23' changed the complexion of the game. The Earthquakes stormed back for three straight goals in the highest scoring (and most painful) Cascadia fixture of the weekend. 

We have all the analysis on these three bonkers matches, not to mention a massive preview of Vancouver's CCL Semifinal first leg against Tigres on Tuesday. We scout the opposition, set up the tactics, and try to assemble a path to the Final for the Whitecaps. 

Previews of Seattle's home opener with NY Red Bull and Portland's big showdown with Houston also follow in a 90-minute long edition of Radio Cascadia. 

Come get hyped for this CCL Semifinal with us, as Cascadia is again tested on the highest of stages! 

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - Whitecaps review @ SJ, CCL Semifinal preview @ Tigres UANL 

34:45 - Timbers review @ LA, preview v Houston 

59:45 - Sounders review @ Montreal, preview v NYRB

Mar 11, 2017

We're a week into the 2017 MLS season, and we have no shortage of talking points on Ep. 101 of Radio Cascadia. With a CCL Semifinal berth to celebrate, a 5-1 opening night statement to dissect and a new star above a crest, it's like we're already in full swing! Come join the hype and get into the new season with RC. 

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - Vancouver CCL Hopes: WE ARE STILL IN IT!

28:45 - Portland: Welcome to MLS, MNUFC!

49:45 - Seattle: No one wins in Houston

 

Mar 1, 2017

2 years, 9 months and 1 week after our first episode, Radio Cascadia hits triple digits. It's a great time to do it as well, seeing as the 2017 MLS season kicks off this week! 

We quickly set aside our centennial celebrations in favor of season previews for each Cascadian club. Predictions follow for Western Conference standings, Golden Boot contenders, and of course the Cascadia Cup. 

Special attention is paid to Vancouver's CCL Quarterfinal tie with NY Red Bulls, which brought us our first competitive game of the season. We have a whopping four matches to discuss in this busy week, and that's before we even get to Keisuke Honda in Seattle or Brek Shea in Vancouver! 

Soccer's back in Cascadia and we're buzzing about it. Come celebrate our special day with us and get ready for opening weekend at the same time! 

PLAYLIST: 

0:00:00 - PTFC: LA away, Lawrence Olum, MNUFC & the West's best offense

0:32:50 - VWFC: Shea & Rosales join attack, CCL with NYRB & MLS opener 

1:03:00 - SSFC: Wrap-up from Charleston, Houston preview & Honda!? 

1:33:00 - Season predictions: standings, goals, surprises

Feb 22, 2017

Real soccer is back in Cascadia! Here in time for the big match, RC Ep. 99 features a full preview of the first competitive match of the year. As a very short handed Whitecaps face a tough CCL Quarterfinal first leg at New York, we ponder what it'll take for them to come away with a result. Meanwhile Seattle & Portland are wrapping up their preparations for the upcoming MLS campaign, the former in Charleston and the latter flying to LA this weekend.  

PLAYLIST:

0:00:00 - Simple Invitational Recap: Portland 2, Vancouver 1

0:08:15 - Whitecaps News: Montero signs, Reyna injured

0:23:24 - CCL Quarterfinal Leg 1 Preview: VWFC @ NYRB

0:47:15 - Timbers Talk: Searching for CB's 

1:02:45 - Sounders in Charleston, Zach Scott Testimonial 

Feb 15, 2017

Ah, it's Valentine's Day in Cascadia.

There's no love lost in the region on the holiday this year as Fredy Montero's rumored shock loan move to Vancouver makes waves throughout the league. The former Sounders DP forward left MLS for Portugal after 2013 as the all-time leading goal scorer in Seattle, and now it looks like the Cascade King may be back to win a few more derbies. This time it's in Rain City white and blue, though, and that brings an almost absurd amount of drama to this move. You just couldn't make this one up.

In case that wasn't enough, Vancouver and Portland are set to contest their Simple Invitational finale against each other in a preseason tie that has already seen matches fall apart and careers altered in its history. Will this ill-fated fixture draw the excitement it has in years past? Will both rosters make it out unscathed? 

Before we get to all of the lover's spats here in Cascadia, Ep. 98 starts with a 20 minute-long discussion on the Video Assisted Referees (VARs) system that MLS will experiment with this season. 

On a more serious note Peter Czimmermann, President and Secretary of the Vancouver Southsiders supporters group, joins the show for the first time since Ep. 12 (Oct. 10, 2014) to discuss his organization's new travel decision in relation to the executive order on immigration recently signed in the United States. 

It's a fitting week for 2017 soccer to heat up. Skip Valentine's Day dinner with your boo and get your fix of passion in this remarkably apt edition of Radio Cascadia!

PLAYLIST: 

0:00:00 - Hawkeye & Human Error: VARs debate

0:21:30 - Wow, Fredy Montero to VWFC? 

0:47:00 - Peter Czimmermann, President of Vancouver Southsiders, on SG's travel boycott 

1:02:00 - Timbers host Simple Invitational, fans get first look at Blanco

1:25:00 - Is Dempsey back now? + Retro jersey leak

Feb 1, 2017

Preseason soccer is back in Cascadia! As two of our clubs hit the field in Arizona (and the third in far-off Wales), RC Ep. 97 has all of latest news on rosters, transactions and matches across the region. 

Resident Timbers expert Ed Pham makes his first appearance at the new KJR studio, just in time for Portland to (maybe) land perhaps the biggest signing in club history. The group debates on the scope of Blanco's impact, should he make the jump stateside. 

Seattle made their first big international splash of the offseason, bringing in Swedish midfielder Gustav Svensson from Guangzhou R&F of the CSL. The rumors about Hiroshi Kiyotake's arrival are starting to dim and it's becoming easier to take a coherent view of Sounders' roster. 

The same can't be said of the Vancouver Whitecaps, but at least they started adding to their squad this week with the signing of Peruvian international Yordy Reyna from RB Salzburg. The 'Caps have a lot of work to do before their CCL tie with NYRB in only several weeks' time, can they sort their immense playmaking and size issues in the final third before then? A 4-0 preseason victory over Oxford United provides a much-needed bright spot. 

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - Blanco, Arokoyo, and more: PTFC talk with Ed Pham

27:00 - Sounders add Svensson, Tolo as roster nears completion 

48:00 - 'Caps add Reyna, does it address a need & what's next?

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