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