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Mar 22, 2017

Review of the previous week is the focus of Ep. 103.

Vancouver dropped their CCL Semifinal 1st leg 2-0 at Tigres. The massive Tuesday game in Monterrey kicked off a slate of four matches in MLS Week 3 for our clubs stretching from Tuesday to Sunday. 

Whitecaps took a disappointing 2-0 home loss against Canadian rival Toronto FC on Saturday before Portland and Seattle put on a pair of shows. 

First Timbers overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit in a battle of unbeatens with Houston, storming back for a convincing 4-2 victory. We debate whether or not Portland are the top side in MLS right now. 

In the league's lone Sunday match of the week, Seattle dropped their title banner and handed NY Red Bulls their first loss of the season. Joevin Jones, Nico Lodeiro and Jordan Morris all contributed as Sounders won their first home game of the season. 

Preview for the next week focuses on Portland's match at Columbus, a rematch of MLS Cup 2015. 

Mar 14, 2017

The second weekend of the 2017 MLS season was an odd one for Cascadia. Seattle came from 2-0 down in the last ten minutes to draw against the Impact on a concrete-like surface in Montreal, and that was the least eventful of the region's games! 

Portland downed LA at the StubHub Center in a match altered by a questionable red card and heavily affected by injury. 

Meanwhile, Vancouver nearly broke their winless streak in San Jose in another match undone by a dismissal. The Whitecaps took a 2-0 lead on 17' but David Ousted's red card on 23' changed the complexion of the game. The Earthquakes stormed back for three straight goals in the highest scoring (and most painful) Cascadia fixture of the weekend. 

We have all the analysis on these three bonkers matches, not to mention a massive preview of Vancouver's CCL Semifinal first leg against Tigres on Tuesday. We scout the opposition, set up the tactics, and try to assemble a path to the Final for the Whitecaps. 

Previews of Seattle's home opener with NY Red Bull and Portland's big showdown with Houston also follow in a 90-minute long edition of Radio Cascadia. 

Come get hyped for this CCL Semifinal with us, as Cascadia is again tested on the highest of stages! 

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - Whitecaps review @ SJ, CCL Semifinal preview @ Tigres UANL 

34:45 - Timbers review @ LA, preview v Houston 

59:45 - Sounders review @ Montreal, preview v NYRB

Mar 11, 2017

We're a week into the 2017 MLS season, and we have no shortage of talking points on Ep. 101 of Radio Cascadia. With a CCL Semifinal berth to celebrate, a 5-1 opening night statement to dissect and a new star above a crest, it's like we're already in full swing! Come join the hype and get into the new season with RC. 

PLAYLIST:

00:00 - Vancouver CCL Hopes: WE ARE STILL IN IT!

28:45 - Portland: Welcome to MLS, MNUFC!

49:45 - Seattle: No one wins in Houston

 

Mar 1, 2017

2 years, 9 months and 1 week after our first episode, Radio Cascadia hits triple digits. It's a great time to do it as well, seeing as the 2017 MLS season kicks off this week! 

We quickly set aside our centennial celebrations in favor of season previews for each Cascadian club. Predictions follow for Western Conference standings, Golden Boot contenders, and of course the Cascadia Cup. 

Special attention is paid to Vancouver's CCL Quarterfinal tie with NY Red Bulls, which brought us our first competitive game of the season. We have a whopping four matches to discuss in this busy week, and that's before we even get to Keisuke Honda in Seattle or Brek Shea in Vancouver! 

Soccer's back in Cascadia and we're buzzing about it. Come celebrate our special day with us and get ready for opening weekend at the same time! 

PLAYLIST: 

0:00:00 - PTFC: LA away, Lawrence Olum, MNUFC & the West's best offense

0:32:50 - VWFC: Shea & Rosales join attack, CCL with NYRB & MLS opener 

1:03:00 - SSFC: Wrap-up from Charleston, Houston preview & Honda!? 

1:33:00 - Season predictions: standings, goals, surprises

Feb 22, 2017

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.  

PLAYLIST:

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 

Feb 15, 2017

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!

PLAYLIST: 

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

Feb 1, 2017

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. 

PLAYLIST:

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?

Jan 23, 2017

Radio Cascadia is back with our first episode of 2017! Featuring new host Jackson Felts, the group takes in the sights at their swanky new studio and even find a bit of time to talk about soccer. With the SuperDraft in the books and big-name signings swirling around, there's something important happening in every corner of Cascadia! Come listen in to Ep. 96 to get our takes on Portland's free agent signings, all of Seattle's departures and even the half-roster of the Whitecaps! 

Dec 8, 2016

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! 

Playlist:

00:00 - Whitecaps & Timbers Talk: Preseason plans and roster rules

27:45 - MLS Cup 2016 Preview: Seattle Sounders v Toronto FC 

 

 

 

Nov 21, 2016

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. 

Be sure to check out Prost's drinking game guide for Leg 1! Link: 

http://www.prostamerika.com/2016/11/19/the-mls-cup-playoffs-drinking-challenge/152807

 

Oct 2, 2016

Just in time for the derby, our comprehensive weekly review of everything Cascadia soccer.

Sep 21, 2016

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). 

Playlist:

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 

Sep 2, 2016

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! 

Playlist:

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 

 

Aug 28, 2016

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? 

Playlist:

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

 

Aug 19, 2016

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. 

Playlist:

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

Aug 12, 2016

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! 

Playlist:

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! 

Aug 5, 2016

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! 

Playlist:

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? 

Jul 14, 2016

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!

Playlist:

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

May 22, 2016

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.

Playlist: 

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\

 

May 10, 2016

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.

Playlist:

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

 

Apr 29, 2016

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! 

Playlist:

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

Apr 15, 2016

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.

 

Playlist:

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

 

Apr 7, 2016

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. 

Playlist:

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

Mar 31, 2016

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 

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