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Jul 14, 2018

The gang recaps a successful week for our clubs before unpacking a massive weekend agenda featuring some of the highest profile away matches in Cascadia history. Hear Diego Valeri and Sammy Armenteros' takes on Timbers' win over San Jose as well as Jackson Felts of 950 KJR on Seattle's chances in Atlanta. It's a pivotal moment of the 2018 campaign, and this run in will surely be remembered years down the line regardless of results. Get ready for all the action with RC Ep. 160. 

Playlist:

00:00 - Introduction + Whitecaps rebound big time at BC Place, Audi Field test awaits

26:45 - Timbers unbeaten in forever, big week in LA will determine how many trophies are on the table in 2018

55:05 - Sounders will take 4 points from 3 matches even if it was unconventional; trip to Atlanta is as daunting as any in club's MLS history

Jul 7, 2018

A comprehensive review of Portland's first-ever MLS regular season win in Seattle is followed by previews of each of this weekend's Cascadia match ups. 

Playlist:

00:00 - Timbers pick up historic win thanks to Mabiala headers

23:25 - Key road stretch presents daunting task for Sounders fresh off of derby loss

39:05 - Whitecaps stumble against Rapids, look to reinforcements to buoy effort against Chicago this weekend

 

Jun 30, 2018

The RC crew returns from a World Cup break of their own to preview the season's first Cascadia Cup match up. Tune in for 45 minutes of news, analysis and tactics on the region's biggest match. 

Playlist:

00:00 - Introduction: World Cup Group Stage chat

9:15 - Sounders must recover quickly from disappointing draw with Chicago if they are to maintain perfect home form against Timbers

24:50 - Whitecaps struggle badly in Chester, look to dispatch Colorado this week minus Aja and Reyna

36:00 - Timbers, unbeaten in 11 across all competitions, poised for first-ever regular season win in Seattle after strong result at Atlanta

Jun 15, 2018

Playlist:

00:00 - Whitecaps roll Orlando City 5-2 as offense finally fires on all cylinders

20:30 - Sounders take two steps forward against DC United, one step back in trip to New York

37:50 - Timbers satisfy themselves with draw against Western Conference top dogs ahead of Open Cup clash on Friday

Jun 9, 2018

Playlist:

00:00 - Open Cup review + Timbers v Sporting KC preview

25:30 - Whitecaps handed big opportunity with weary Orlando visiting BC Place

33:15 - Sounders bounced by Sacramento + Ruidiaz rumor takes + DC preview

Jun 6, 2018

Playlist:

00:00 - Intro + Jackson Felts & Ari Liljenwall on Sounders' struggles, Open Cup match up with Sacramento

23:00 - Whitecaps down Rapids, lengthy unbeaten streak now contains a win

30:00 - Exclusives with Diego Valeri and Zarek Valentin as Timbers come close to a seventh straight win; Open Cup preview @ San Jose

Jun 1, 2018

Playlist:

04:30 - Sounders drop 1-0 decision to RSL, must rebound in time for return trip on Saturday

20:30 - Four straight draws for the Whitecaps, and each just keeps getting more interesting than the last

32:50 - Timbers' 6-game win streak is tied for the longest across MLS in 2018, can they make it 7 at Colorado?

May 26, 2018

Playlist:

00:00 - Timbers secure fifth consecutive victory in first outing against LAFC

21:45 - Whitecaps take three 2-2 draws in eight days

36:20 - Interview with Sounders U-23's head coach Darren Sawatzky; Ari Liljenwall and Jackson Felts predict Sounders' weekend lineup 

May 19, 2018

Playlist: 

00:00 - Intro & Timbers derby review + LAFC preview

36:20 - Sounders derby perspective and injury discussion 

57:30 - Whitecaps take 2 points from two 2-2 draw, travel to Frisco next

May 11, 2018

It'd derby week in Cascadia! The historic Seattle-Portland rivalry turns 100 games old on Sunday, so it's no surprise the RC crew focuses their attention on this massive match up in Ep. 151. Jackson Felts of 950 KJR and Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com join up with Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel to preview this one from both camps in our comprehensive derby preview segment. 

Playlist:

00:00 - Whitecaps fall in Minnesota, look to bounce back on Friday

19:05 - Timbers 1, Earthquakes 0 review

25:30 - Sounders 2, Toronto FC 1 review

36:45 - #SEAvPOR100 full preview ft. Jackson Felts & Ari Liljenwall

 

May 4, 2018

Vancouver's 2-0 win over RSL last Friday night relieved pressure on Carl Robinson and gave the crew an interesting lineup to dissect in the headline segment of Ep. 150. How will they hold up at counter-oriented Minnesota this Saturday?

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel pick lineups and results for a well-rested Portland team facing a road match up with the Earthquakes this week. Can Gio buck Timbers' historical struggles in San Jose and make it nine points from their last nine? 

The gang saves the painful stuff for last in Ep. 150, recounting the opening of Banc of California Stadium and Seattle's 1-0 loss to hosts LAFC. Ari Liljenwall gives his take on the newest stadium in the league and Sounders' performance in the last-minute loss. Can Seattle bounce back this weekend? It's not an easy test with the Columbus Crew visiting town.

The results have been mixed but we can genuinely make the case that all three of our clubs are going in the right direction! Silver linings, only on Radio Cascadia. 

Playlist: 

00:00 - Whitecaps earn much-needed victory over RSL, look to make Cascadia 3 for 3 against Minnesota United in 2018

16:30 - Timbers ride two game winning streak down to San Jose, will they grab a third on the trot?

31:20 - Heartbreak in LA for Sounders, tricky home tie with Columbus awaits next 

 

Apr 27, 2018

Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker calls in to discuss his new book. 100 Things Sounders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is an extensive review of Sounders history and culture from the 1970's to the present. An impressive diversity of topics are featured, ranging from stories told by NASL-era legends to candid and fair analysis of the club's highs and lows in MLS. Even the most attentive members of the fan base will find fascinating moments from the club's past unknown to them prior. The work presents the most honest and refreshing assessment of Seattle's first decade in MLS available in print. Check it out at this link: http://www.triumphbooks.com/100-things-sounders-fans-should-know---do-before-they-die-products-9781629375670.php

Portland's 3-0 win over league leaders NYCFC headlines our Cascadia coverage this week as the crew analyzes how the Timbers pulled off the big victory. Interviews with former Timber Rodney Wallace and centerback Liam Ridgewell from the locker room follow. 

Sounders finally picked up a first victory of the MLS season, winning 3-1 against Minnesota United. Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com and John Marshall of MLSGB give their takes on Svensson's rocket, a couple of questionable subs, and Alex Roldan's solid performance. The group takes picks for Sunday's road match at LAFC after a quick postgame exclusive with the Seattle University product. 

Like the episode title says, last week featured some good results and some... well, terrible results. The crew tries to make sense of 9-man Vancouver's 6-0 thrashing at Sporting KC and questions if they'll be able to recover mentally in time for Friday's home test against Real Salt Lake. 

Playlist:

00:00 - Introduction & Geoff Baker on 100 Things Sounders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

22:55 - Timbers topple league leaders 3-0 

37:15 - Sounders pick up first league win, LAFC away awaits

57:15 - Whitecaps struggle in SKC, need result on Friday

Apr 19, 2018

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel were on site as Giovanni Savarese earned a first-ever MLS victory as Timbers manager. They review the 3-2 victory over Minnesota United and preview the Sunday's big clash with NYCFC. 

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca chats with host Andrew Harvey about Whitecaps' disappointing performance in Friday's 2-0 loss to LAFC. A quick assessment on where the failure has occurred so far in 2018 follows before the group previews Vancouver's trip to SKC on Friday. 

Seattle finally earned a point in MLS play in their own trip to SKC a last weekend. Can they make it six points from two weekends against Minnesota for our Cascadian clubs?

Suzanne Fortune of Soccer2Unite calls in to discuss her charity's work involving the beautiful game in Uganda. Cascadians can get involved at soccer2unite.org. 

Playlist:

00:00 - Introduction & interview with Suzanne Fortune, founder of Soccer2Unite

13:20 - Timbers nab first victory, Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel review

33:00 - First goal and first point for Sounders, can they make it three against Minnesota?

49:45 - Michael McColl of AFTN.ca diagnoses Vancouver's problems with Andrew Harvey; group picks for SKC away

 

 

Apr 12, 2018

The crew shake off a rough weekend of road results and look forward to the region's last home opener of 2018. 

Whitecaps coverage this week focuses assessing individual performances in the loss at Salt Lake. Despite the setback, there's optimism about Friday's big home match with LAFC. The Whitecaps have the chance to make things right on both sides of the ball in their first outing against the new expansion side, will they get it done?

Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com updates us on the injury situation in Seattle and projects a lineup for Sounders' match at Sporting KC on Sunday. It's a really difficult test for a squad that's in a tough spot to begin with -- does Ari think Seattle will grab a first positive league result of the year?

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel dissect Portland's demoralizing 3-2 loss in Orlando, with frustration about officiating, substitutions and missed chances all coming to the surface. We try to set the disappointment aside quickly just as the Timbers will have to on account of Saturday's home opener against Minnesota United -- what does Portland look like at home under Giovanni Savarese, and can he pick up his first MLS victory as manager?

Playlist:

00:00 - Whitecaps fall flat at RSL; LAFC match represents big opportunity on both ends of the field

16:00 - Ari Liljenwall: Is a first positive league result of 2018 possible for Sounders in Kansas City?

38:15 - "Holy Toledo!" and other observations from Portland's trip to Orlando; Home opener preview

Apr 7, 2018

The RC crew sits down with some of the top soccer minds in the region after a mixed bag of a weekend for our Cascadian clubs.

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca discusses Whitecaps' big win in Columbus including a word on Brek Shea's cheeky goal celebration. He gives his thoughts on Vancouver's upcoming road test at Real Salt Lake as well before the group log their predictions for the match. 

Matt Hoffman of Stumptown Footy and MLSsoccer.com provides a take on Timbers' 2-2 draw in Chicago, then updates us on the Liam Ridgewell situation and the state of the roster in general ahead of Portland's trip to Orlando. Will Gio Savarese pick up his first win as Timbers boss in Florida? Tune in to hear what Hoffman as well as Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel think is possible in Portland's fifth outing of 2018. 

Jackson Felts of Sounders Weekly and Sounders matchday coverage on 950 KJR & Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com talk injuries and red cards with host Andrew Harvey and MLSGB's John Marshall, analyzing what they can of Seattle's 1-0 loss to Montreal over the weekend. 

Playlist:

5:50 - Timbers: Matt Hoffman on lineups, Ridgewell, draw in Chicago; can Portland hold a dangerous OCSC attack?

21:25 - Whitecaps: Michael McColl on Kamara's big return, VWFC's brilliant second half; group predictions for RSL away

35:00 - Sounders: Jackson Felts and Ari Liljenwall on red cards and discipline; How much can we take away from Saturday's 1-0 loss to Montreal?

Mar 28, 2018

Well, that was technically an unbeaten weekend for our Cascadian sides -- it just didn't feel like it! 

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel rate Portland's performance as they took a first-ever point under new boss Gio Savarese with a 1-1 draw in Dallas. Between a fresh formation, Blanco's sweet finish and a silly red card, there's plenty to go over before taking a look at Timbers' chances in their road contest with the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Andrew and Steven describe a hellish drive to Vancouver for Whitecaps' 0-0 draw with LA Galaxy before giving their take on why the hosts couldn't find a winner. Michael McColl of AFTN calls in to do the same and assesses Carl Robinson's response as well. Will bunker-ball get it done in Columbus this weekend? We round out our Whitecaps coverage with predictions for their tough task in Ohio. 

Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com throws down a probable lineup for Seattle's home match with Montreal this weekend. It's a difficult test for Sounders without Dempsey and likely Lodeiro as well, can they cope against Piatti and the Impact? 

Come for the match analysis, stick around for our traffic stories. Every week, only on Radio Cascadia.

Playlist: 

02:30 - Timbers: Hard-earned point in Dallas, what's possible in Chicago?

15:40 - Whitecaps: Dull performance against Galaxy doesn't exactly inspire before trip to Columbus 

28:05 - Sounders: Still injury-riddled, but ready to get back on track against Impact

Mar 21, 2018

Even a rather embarrassing CONCACAF Champions League exit, some red cards and a couple league defeats since Ep. 143 can't put the RC crew in a bad mood. John Marshall, Michael McColl, Niko Moreno and Ari Liljenwall all stop by to talk about the most controversial decisions of the past week as well as to preview the coming weekend's Cascadia contests. 

Portland travel to Dallas in search of a first positive result of the season -- Ed Pham gives his take on a possible Timbers lineup as the group speculates on what game plan could take a result. Meanwhile in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host the only home game in the region this weekend as LA Galaxy stop by BC Place on Saturday night. Ola Kamara and a host of other starters are unavailable for Sigi Schmid, and we explore how Vancouver can take advantage of the situation with both Michael McColl and John Marshall. A review of the World Cup host situation also features in Ep. 144. 

Playlist:

02:00 - VWFC: Waston's red, World Cup bid saga, LA Galaxy preview

21:00 - PTFC: FC Dallas preview + does Adi need to help press on defense? 

38:00 - SSFC: Niko Moreno on CCL exit & season aspirations, Ari Liljenwall on current level of worry in Seattle

Mar 13, 2018

In a spicy hot Radio Cascadia, the gang takes a look at a pair of surprising weekend results including a historic victory in Houston and a shocking display in Harrison. In the Champions League, tune in for an in-depth breakdown of a gutsy Seattle home win over Chivas Guadalajara as well as a tactical preview of the second leg. 

PLAYLIST:

 10:45 - Brek-ing the Streak

25:00 - Well That Sucked

35:15 - SSFC: Dare to Dream?

Mar 7, 2018

The first weekend of MLS action is in the books, and we're glad to have some meaningful soccer to talk about even if the results didn't all go our way.

Sounders stumbled at home against LAFC as they prepare for Chivas in the CCL Quarterfinals, while Portland dropped a 2-1 decision to LA's other club in Gio Savarese's first outing as head coach. Tenzin Choephel shares his experiences from the Stubhub Center in our Timbers segment, as well as some exclusive audio from Marco Farfan. Their next test is an away fixture with the New York Red Bulls, another side likely to see their league form affected by Champions League participation. Will Savarese and the new-look Timbers pick up their first win of a new era in Harrison? 

Ari Liljenwall throws cold water on the idea that Seattle should be concerned after their opening day stinker against the league's newest side before our Sounders discussion turns to the upcoming series with Chivas. What do Sounders need to accomplish before taking a week off in preparation for the return leg? 

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca joins to talk about the best result of the weekend, a 2-1 win for the Whitecaps over Canadian rivals Montreal Impact. We take stock of Vancouver's additions and Michael gives a bold prediction on new striker Kei Kamara. 

MLS is back! It's the most wonderful time of the year. Come enjoy it with the RC crew!

Playlist:

10:00 - Savarese & new-look Timbers fall in LA; Big chance for points against depleted Red Bulls on Saturday

32:45 - Vancouver earns the best result of the weekend. who stood out and what does it mean for the trip to Houston?

49:45 - Sounders drop rare home match under Schmetzer, turn attention to CCL Quarterfinals

Feb 28, 2018

The 2018 MLS campaign begins this weekend, and Radio Cascadia is here to get you ready for it! The group wraps up preseason for each of our clubs, and also examines the range of opinions available for all three of our Cascadian sides. We take our picks for the Western Conference standings in 2018 before devoting considerable time to preparation for this weekend's round of matches. A discussion on Sounders' CCL defeat in El Salvador features as well in this jam-packed edition of Radio Cascadia. 

Jan 31, 2018

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast covering soccer in the Pacific Northwest with a focus on MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. The show is an authoritative steward of the Cascadian perspective, representing the most passionate, unified and unique fan bases in the country. Their passion is well justified, not only by the clubs' nearly fifty years of shared history but also thanks to rampant success in the MLS era. Since 2011 (the first year all three clubs had made the switch over to the top flight from the USL), Cascadian MLS sides have won a combined total of five major trophies. Additional honors in that time frame include two CONCACAF Champions League semifinal appearances, three consecutive MLS Cup berths, and six consecutive Western Conference Championship appearances.

The latter two statistics above are active streaks, and clubs in Cascadia have just over a month of preseason left to prepare for their chance to continue these streaks on the stage of the 2018 MLS campaign. 

This week on Ep. 140 of RC, host Jackson Felts of Seattle's Sports Radio 950 KJR is joined by Sounders 2 announcer Andrew Harvey, MLSsoccer.com's Ari Liljenwall and RC founder Steven Agen as they dissect the busiest week of 2018 so far. Five new players have joined Cascadian rosters since the last release, and there's even a first preseason match to review!

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca calls in to give his take on the leadership situation in the Whitecaps' locker room, and the extent to which Kei Kamara can fill the void. We spotlight Vancouver's other new striker as well; Venezuelan Anthony Blondell looks poised for a breakout season. Group analysis of Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson's ambitions for the season closes out the segment. 

Matt Hoffman of Stumptown Footy reveals his favorite Timbers kit design as they released their new away strip for 2018 this week. The group pays due respect to the sweet gold accents on the new shirt, but most of the segment is devoted to analysis of the four new signings by the club in the span of only a few days. 

Sounders have finally made a splash with their brand new chunk of discretionary Targeted Allocation Money, bringing in versatile Norwegian midfielder Magnus Eikrom on a free transfer. The news broke just in time for the group to develop opinions on where he'll fit in Seattle's attacking scheme in 2018. Elsewhere in the segment, Andrew Harvey gives his scouting report on new Homegrown Player Handwalla Bwana, who recorded a goal and an assist in Sounders' preseason victory over Club Tijuana's U-20 side on Sunday. 

Find our shows every Tuesday at radiocascadia.libsyn.com and tell us what you think on Twitter by tweeting to @Radio_Cascadia. Check us out on iTunes and now Soundcloud as well, where each episode is available in team-specific segments!  

Playlist:

00:00 - Introduction: Miami MLS expansion, Crew update

07:45 - Vancouver Whitecaps: Robbo's ambition, Kei Kamara's leadership, Anthony Blondell's journey

27:45 - Portland Timbers: Four new faces, away kit revealed, 2018 Captain picks

47:05 - Seattle Sounders: First look at new TAM midfielder Magnus Eikstrom, Bwana stars in 3-1 preseason win

Jan 24, 2018

PLAYLIST - 

3:10 - Whitecaps ponder formation shift, add UW product Fiddes in SuperDraft

27:55 - No SuperDraft excitement in Portland, but Polo & Langsdorf make up for it!

51:45 - Another Roldan arrives in Seattle + Niko Moreno is back with more transfer rumors 

 

Jan 17, 2018

Radio Cascadia is back for 2018, starting off with a massive hour-and-a-half long show! The gang has much to catch up on in every corner of the region, from transfer sagas to new head coaches. 

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca drops by to discuss all things Whitecaps. We explore their difficult travel schedule, recent signings and the reduction in the number of Cascadia matches they'll play this year. Some air time is given to analysis of the Canadian NT's decision to shake up their coaching staff as well. Michael even gives us a pick for Vancouver in the upcoming SuperDraft as we hit on every major story surrounding the club.

Things are quieter in Seattle this offseason, at least so far. Niko Moreno, one of the preeminent transfer rumor experts in all the land, joins to update us on Sounders target Ismael Diaz as well as the imminent arrival of Andy Polo in Portland. Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com plays down Seattle's draft prospects towards the end of our Sounders coverage for the week. 

Matt Hoffman of Stumptown Footy shares his first impressions of new Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese, as well as signings Polo (mentioned above) and defender Julio Cascante. T2 signed a long-time USL Timber as manager for 2018, and Hoffman shares his take on this move as well. Lastly, the group ponders what the arrival of Columbus Crew star Justin Meram would mean in Portland. 

It's a jam-packed episode of the latest and greatest stories in Cascadian soccer -- come join us as we start the journey that will be the 2018 season. 

Jan 12, 2018

Our Cascadian coaching vacancy has now been filled with former New York Cosmos manager Giovanni Savarese heading West to take charge of the Portland Timbers. In this special edition of Radio Cascadia, Ed Pham, Tenzin Choephel and Steven Agen break down the hiring and what it means for the Timbers in 2018. 

Dec 23, 2017

00: 00 - MLS Cup review: Sounders fall short in Toronto

24:24 - Timbers preseason talk: Nagbe off to Atlanta
 
44:33 - Vancouver Whitecaps: 2017 review
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