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.
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
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!
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
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.
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?