For the second year in a row, the Radio Cascadia crew are privileged enough to be previewing an MLS Cup Final. This year it's Seattle and Toronto, live from BMO Field on Saturday night at 5pm PST. Sounders will look to cap off their remarkable 2016 turnaround with their first postseason crown. We break the match down unit by unit, and forecast who has the edge in what could be the first-ever snowy MLS Cup!
Not to forget the rest of Cascadia, we begin Ep. 95 with a discussion on Vancouver's preseason plans, and another on the new roster rules affecting Canadian players unveiled recently by MLS. Portland dropped their preseason schedule, too, and we analyze it as well. We forget to mention how awesome the new home kit looks, so we'll have to save that for next week.
For now, the focus is on keeping the biggest prize in American soccer right here in Cascadia!
00:00 - Whitecaps & Timbers Talk: Preseason plans and roster rules
27:45 - MLS Cup 2016 Preview: Seattle Sounders v Toronto FC
Just in time for the Western Conference Finals, RC Ep. 94 is here! It's our first chance to begin diagnosing the problems that led to pre-playoff exits for Vancouver and Portland, along with all you could ever ask for about #SEAvCOL.
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Just in time for the derby, our comprehensive weekly review of everything Cascadia soccer.
Our Cascadian clubs will each face their biggest tests of the season in the next week, with all three playing in vital matches that will help decide playoff positioning, CCL advancement, and Cascadia Cup. We've got all the latest news and updates from around the region, tune in to Ep. 92 and gret ready for the week that'll determine how we remember 2016 (probably).
00:00 - Derby Review: Sounders 1, Whitecaps 0
13:00 - Timbers Talk: Massive 2-1 win at Philly, now can they break the Cascadia hex in Houston?
34:30 - Sounders & Whitecaps previews: Tough tests await our playoff hopefuls in the form of a trip to LA and a home match against high-flying Colorado
The gang discuss a monster four-goal first half from the Portland Timbers in last weekend's Cascadia derby. In our Whitecaps segment this week, we highlight the struggles of Pedro Morales and prognosticate on his future. The international break makes it a light week for us in the studio, but not for the six Cascadians who got called up to their respective national teams!
0:00:00 - Derby Review and Timbers @ FC Dallas Preview
0:32:15 - Whitecaps Talk: What's up with Pedro and what'll Vancouver do with him? + Review of Whitecaps @ LA
1:02:50 - Quick Sounders chat + call-up discussion
Seattle felled Portland 3-1 at CenturyLink Field last weekend, but now the sides meet again at Providence Park with even more on the line. Sounders sit just a point back of the last playoff spot in the West, occupied by (you guessed it) the Timbers. Will Portland shake off two straight losses and return to climbing up the table, or will Seattle complete their meteoric worst-to-first playoffs?
00:00 - Derby Review: Seattle 3, Portland 1
14:45 - Whitecaps News: Two wildly different results against SKC and a trip to LA. Fun fun.
34:30 - Sounders @ Houston Review + Derby Preview: Portland v Seattle
It's derby week in Cascadia as the Portland Timbers travel to play the Seattle Sounders. The reigning MLS Cup champs downed Seattle 3-1 in Portland a month ago in a comfortable victory, but much has changed in the time since. Will Nico Lodeiro light up a packed CenturyLink Field against his new arch-rival? Or will Diego Valeri outclass everyone else on the field, as he did back in July with a stunning two goal performance? Get hyped for the derby with RC Ep. 88.
00:00 - Whitecaps talk: How to Right the Sinking Ship
19:40 - Timbers disappoint in DC, but could cement playoff position with wins over Seattle this week
33:10 - Sounders top RSL 2-1: Unbeaten in 3, is it time to hop on board the hype train?
48:00 - Derby Preview: Portland Timbers @ Seattle Sounders; lineups, tactics, prediction
A couple of CCL wins, a wild 3-0 decision for Portland over SKC and a cathartic 3-1 road win for Seattle gave the RC crew plenty to discuss this week. It looks as though our three clubs will compete amongst a group of five for the last two playoff spots in the West -- get a leg up on the competition with Ep. 87!
0:00:00 - Timbers Review: CCL win, 3 points & <30% possession, and Valeri v Giovinco
0:42:30 - Sounders Review: Dempsey's hat trick, playoff potentials, and did Sigi get a raw deal?
1:25:10 - Whitecaps review: First CCl away win, lifeless at Colorado, big six pointer vs. SJ coming up!
Full CCL group previews for both the Whitecaps and Timbers headline Ep. 86, and the crew also take some time to discuss the small matter of the coaching change in Seattle. In a massive double-length episode no stone is left unturned as the transfer window closes and a busy August begins!
0:00:00 - Whitecaps: Where should Giles Barnes play?
0:34:00 - Sounders: Sigi, Schmetzer, Lodeiro & whatnot; Are Seattle still planning on making the playoffs?
1:06:00 - Timbers: Transfers, transfers, transfers! Now say the new LB's name three times fast; All-Star ridicule; Which Cascadia club won the transfer window?
You were probably just starting to think we weren't coming back! That's not an option for us when derby day approaches, and so the crew was back in-studio this week to get prepped for Seattle-Portland at Providence Park on Sunday.
Andrew Harvey of Sportspress Northwest and Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com join as co-hosts for the first time as we explore all the latest stories in Cascadia. What will it take for Seattle to run their season around? Is Lucas Melano a bust? How excited should we be by Vancouver's two new Canadian signings? We hit these questions and many more before getting to our derby preview coverage.
All Cascadia, all the time. Only here on RC!
0:00:00 - Introduction and Seattle discussion - Joevin Jones, wasted chances, and DP prospects
0:22:30 - Portland discussion - Point at NYRB, Valeri injury, grading Melano
0:41:30 - Vancouver discussion - Canadian signings, forward rumors, late concessions
1:01:30 - Derby Preview - Seattle Sounders @ Portland Timbers
It's only been three weeks since Vancouver toppled Portland at BC Place, but Cascadia derby week is upon us once more as the Caps make the trip away to Providence Park. This time the Timbers have everything to play for with a chance at redemption and a great opportunity to break in on the Cascadia cup standings. On this week's episode the crew break down Portland and Vancouver's recent results and take a hard look at every angle of the much anticipated Cascadian clash.
0:00:00 - Portland reviews vs. Dallas and NYC with Timbers contributor Ed Pham
0:20:11 - Vancouver reviews vs. Chicago and Toronto with Vancouver's upcoming derby perspective with Aaron Cambpell
1:00:00 - Portland's full derby preview and predictions with Ed Pham\
It's been a very exciting week in Cascadia as derby week wraps up to the delight of Vancouver fans everywhere - and Seattle fans are not left out of the celebration as the Sounders take all 6 points in their two consecutive home matches. Unfortunately the week's trials don't end there as both Vancouver and Portland travel away for midweek clashes against Chicago and Dallas respectively, and Seattle travel away later this weekend. We've got all the coverage and analysis in this very episode of Radio Cascadia.
00:00 - Vancouver's Cascadia Derby review with Aaron Campbell and preview away at Chicago
21:55 - Portland post derby analysis and looking ahead to Dallas away
31:25 - Seattle recap at home to San Jose and Dallas preview
The Western Conference table still sees our clubs near the bottom, but the results are starting to get better! Vancouver upset FC Dallas 3-0 at BC Place over the weekend, and followed it up with a strong draw down a man to SKC on Wednesday. Meanwhile, after an 11 day break the Timbers drew 1-1 at New England. They now face a visit from their former captain Will Johnson along with the rest of a star-studded TFC roster on Sunday at Providence Park. Seattle dropped a 3-1 decision at Colorado, but have a chance to right the ship with a home match against struggling Columbus this weekend.
On this week's edition, we discuss how the younger components of Seattle's 4-3-3 have hampered its effectiveness, Vancpuver's problem with strikers and goals, and the key to a successful Timbers counter attack. That's not to mention previews of all 3 of this weekend's Cascadia-versus-Eastern-Conference games!
00:00 - Timbers review @ New England, preview v Toronto; Why couldn't Portland counter on the Revs?
22:00 - Whitecaps review v Dallas & v Kansas City, preview @ NYCFC; Is the streak over if a striker didn't score?
41:45 - Seattle review @ Colorado, preview v Columbus; Youth and the 4-3-3 - A Tale of Growing Pains
56:55 - Outro
Three losses, three draws, and only one win in the past matchweeks make for strange and uncomfortable implications as our Cascadian teams settle into their regular season rhythm. In this week's episode of Radio Cascadia we discuss what all of these games mean, what they look like for their playoff run ins in current form, and in what areas we can diagnose our teams lukewarm results. On this episode we also feature a discussion on the state of MLS officiating, how it's changing rapidly, and what to expect in the coming seasons.
00:00 - Why the state of refereeing is changing quickly, and what to expect
15:45 - Vancouver's scoring woes and surprise result against LA
31:15 - Portland overview and postmatch recap vs. Dallas
56:30 - Seattle's brief surge in momentum - why you should be nervous and why you should be optimistic
1-1-1 went our clubs this past weekend. Seattle picked up their first win of the season, Vancouver earned a point the hard way after losing Laba to a red card, and Portland lamented wide back play and missed opportunities in a 4-1 loss at Orlando. Sam Reda joins the show to discuss the Timbers' loss, Aaron Campbell goes on one heck of a tirade about the officiating in the league this year so far.
00:00 - Portland comprehensive review featuring Sam Reda of @OCLionsFan_TV
23:50 - Seattle retrospective vs Montreal and preview vs Houston
33:20 - Vancouver review vs LA and preview at DC featuring Aaron Campbell
It's a special double episode of Radio Cascadia as we get back into the swing of things following the international break. Sam Reda of OC Lions Fan TV joins the show to preview the Orlando v Portland match, and e have coverage of ever other game in Cascadia from the last two weekends and the next one. An analysis-packed episode, hear us touch on Seattle's new formation, the biggest officiating decisions of late, and much much more!
0:00:00 - Portland match review vs Salt Lake
0:15:45 - Seattle's perspective on first Cascadia derby of 2016 and preview vs Montreal
0:42:15 - Your in-depth preview of Portland's game at Orlando with special guest Sam Reda of OC Lions Fan TV
1:05:15 - A look at Vancouver's game at home vs. LA
Everyone lost 2-1 last week. It's still early, so things aren't dire on Ep. 78, but we aren't exactly gushing about our clubs right now either.
On the bright side, it's the first Derby Week of 2016 and we have previews from both the Seattle and Vancouver perspectives. This is the week that kick starts soccer in Cascadia. The question this week is, among 0-2 clubs, who gets the kick start?
00:00 - Portland retrospective and preview vs RSL with Ed Pham
15:00 - Vancouver review and 'Caps perspective vs Seattle
36:30 - Recap of Seattle loss at RSL, speculation vs Vancouver
Ah, the episode after opening weekend. Rarely does such an abundance of new styles and players fall in our laps all at once, so take some time and savor the long show. Aaron Campbell, Matt Hoffman, and Brandon Farris all guest star in the biggest, best episode of Radio Cascadia yet.
0:00:00 - Timbers review v Columbus
0:09:00 - Matt Hoffman joins to discuss Portland at San Jose
0:20:20 - Seattle Sounders review v SKC and preview at RSL
0:34:33 - Brandon Farris on Week 1 officiating decisions
0:40:00 - Aaron Campbell on Vancouver v Montreal and at SKC
This week marks the beginning of the MLS regular season, and the start of Radio Cascadia's tireless coverage to bring you the absolute best in northwest soccer coverage as it happens each week. On this episode, we take a thorough look at our Cascadian teams season openers. We also discuss all the big news in Cascadia such as Nagbe and Chara signing a new contract extension, Adi's national team call-up and Seattle's flurry of moves.
00:00 - Seattle's roster moves and Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City match preview
14:55 - Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact match preview with Aaron Campbell
24:45 - Big news in Portland and Timbers vs. Columbus Crew SC match preview
REAL SOCCER IS HERE!
In Ep. 75, the crew reviews Seattle's 2-2 draw with Club America in the first leg of their CCL Quarterfinal tie. Jonny Rico joins the show again to provide reaction and commentary from the Liga MX point of view.
In Portland, the Simple Invitational has come and gone and we have Matt Hoffman by to recap it all! Hear about how two of our rosters are shaping up, and how the Chicago Fire may surprise you this year.
Aaron Campbell drops in to praise the signings of Blas Perez and Christian Bolaños up in Vancouver. Robbo spent the offseason locking down his best players down the spine, and the decision is getting good reviews.
It's the last preseason episode of 2016! Tune in later this week for a comprehensive season preview for all three Cascadian clubs. Until then, enjoy our wrap-up of an interesting few months of roster calculus!
0:00:00 - Seattle 2, Club America 2 recap
0:12:18 - Matt Hoffman on Simple Invitational
0:27:13 - Aaron Campbell's Whitecaps preseason review
0:47:32 - Jonny Rico on CCL Quarterfinals from Liga MX perspective
1:05:00 - Outro/FIFA Presidency discussion
The MLS regular season hasn't even started, yet we're already waist deep in soccer news from throughout Cascadia. It's been an eventful February, but the preseason's already due to heat up more with the start of the Simple Invitational tournament, Seattle's CONCACAF Champion's League match, further transfer news, Chinese Superleague drama, and much much more. You can find it here every week on Radio Cascadia!
00:00 - Martins Departure and Other Big News
15:35 - Seattle preview of leg one in CCL Quarterfinals vs. Club América
25:40 - Special Guest Jonny Rico on Club América CCL match with in-depth previews and predictions
41:55 - Simple Invitational Preview and Predictions
47:40 - Odds and Ends
The preseason is here, and all the Cascadian drama you crave is starting to stir up once again. We know you're just as excited as us to see real Cascadian soccer after the quiet winter months, and we've got all the match breakdowns, preseason transfer murmurs, and roster speculations on this week's show. We're joined once again by one of our favorite guests Aaron Cambpell to analyze Vancouver's offseason moves, and much more from the likes of Vancouver and Seattle, only right here on Radio Cascadia.
00:00 - Cascadian preseason game results and overview
05:33 - Portland preseason match reviews
11:17 - Special guest Aaron Cambpell on Vancouver signing prospects
29:30 - Vancouver preseason games and speculation
33:53 - Seattle new announcer controversy
We're just over three weeks away from Seattle's CCL tie with Club America, and a month from MLS kickoff! Check the latest reports on training camp, transfer rumors, and jerseys releases on Ep. 72.
00:00 - Portland: New away jersey, Porter contract extension
17:30 - Vancouver: Rosales fined in Argentina, Blas Perez to Whitecaps?
29:45 - Seattle: Trialist update and (the first of many) 4-3-3 debate(s)
50:20 - USL season preview and official Cascadia derby schedule
The only thing we like at Radio Cascadia more than our Cascadian players is when we get to explore the opportunity of getting more of them. The offseason is almost halfway over, and draft season is well underway. With the huge impact that new signings bring, we at Radio Cascadia are delighted to share our opinion, fears, hopes, and anticipation that draft season brings only one time each year.
0:00:00 - Sounders Draft first impressions with special guest Shayna Gosney
0:26:00 - Timbers Draft round one and predictions with Matt Hoffman
0:37:20 - Timbers Draft in-depth and extra picks with Ed Pham
0:54:55 - Whitecaps Draft - what we know so far
1:04:05 - Sounders Draft part two - supplemental picks and overall draft grade