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.
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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
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
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.
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.