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Apr 19, 2018

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel were on site as Giovanni Savarese earned a first-ever MLS victory as Timbers manager. They review the 3-2 victory over Minnesota United and preview the Sunday's big clash with NYCFC. 

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca chats with host Andrew Harvey about Whitecaps' disappointing performance in Friday's 2-0 loss to LAFC. A quick assessment on where the failure has occurred so far in 2018 follows before the group previews Vancouver's trip to SKC on Friday. 

Seattle finally earned a point in MLS play in their own trip to SKC a last weekend. Can they make it six points from two weekends against Minnesota for our Cascadian clubs?

Suzanne Fortune of Soccer2Unite calls in to discuss her charity's work involving the beautiful game in Uganda. Cascadians can get involved at soccer2unite.org. 

Playlist:

00:00 - Introduction & interview with Suzanne Fortune, founder of Soccer2Unite

13:20 - Timbers nab first victory, Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel review

33:00 - First goal and first point for Sounders, can they make it three against Minnesota?

49:45 - Michael McColl of AFTN.ca diagnoses Vancouver's problems with Andrew Harvey; group picks for SKC away

 

 

Apr 12, 2018

The crew shake off a rough weekend of road results and look forward to the region's last home opener of 2018. 

Whitecaps coverage this week focuses assessing individual performances in the loss at Salt Lake. Despite the setback, there's optimism about Friday's big home match with LAFC. The Whitecaps have the chance to make things right on both sides of the ball in their first outing against the new expansion side, will they get it done?

Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com updates us on the injury situation in Seattle and projects a lineup for Sounders' match at Sporting KC on Sunday. It's a really difficult test for a squad that's in a tough spot to begin with -- does Ari think Seattle will grab a first positive league result of the year?

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel dissect Portland's demoralizing 3-2 loss in Orlando, with frustration about officiating, substitutions and missed chances all coming to the surface. We try to set the disappointment aside quickly just as the Timbers will have to on account of Saturday's home opener against Minnesota United -- what does Portland look like at home under Giovanni Savarese, and can he pick up his first MLS victory as manager?

Playlist:

00:00 - Whitecaps fall flat at RSL; LAFC match represents big opportunity on both ends of the field

16:00 - Ari Liljenwall: Is a first positive league result of 2018 possible for Sounders in Kansas City?

38:15 - "Holy Toledo!" and other observations from Portland's trip to Orlando; Home opener preview

Apr 7, 2018

The RC crew sits down with some of the top soccer minds in the region after a mixed bag of a weekend for our Cascadian clubs.

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca discusses Whitecaps' big win in Columbus including a word on Brek Shea's cheeky goal celebration. He gives his thoughts on Vancouver's upcoming road test at Real Salt Lake as well before the group log their predictions for the match. 

Matt Hoffman of Stumptown Footy and MLSsoccer.com provides a take on Timbers' 2-2 draw in Chicago, then updates us on the Liam Ridgewell situation and the state of the roster in general ahead of Portland's trip to Orlando. Will Gio Savarese pick up his first win as Timbers boss in Florida? Tune in to hear what Hoffman as well as Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel think is possible in Portland's fifth outing of 2018. 

Jackson Felts of Sounders Weekly and Sounders matchday coverage on 950 KJR & Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com talk injuries and red cards with host Andrew Harvey and MLSGB's John Marshall, analyzing what they can of Seattle's 1-0 loss to Montreal over the weekend. 

Playlist:

5:50 - Timbers: Matt Hoffman on lineups, Ridgewell, draw in Chicago; can Portland hold a dangerous OCSC attack?

21:25 - Whitecaps: Michael McColl on Kamara's big return, VWFC's brilliant second half; group predictions for RSL away

35:00 - Sounders: Jackson Felts and Ari Liljenwall on red cards and discipline; How much can we take away from Saturday's 1-0 loss to Montreal?

Mar 28, 2018

Well, that was technically an unbeaten weekend for our Cascadian sides -- it just didn't feel like it! 

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel rate Portland's performance as they took a first-ever point under new boss Gio Savarese with a 1-1 draw in Dallas. Between a fresh formation, Blanco's sweet finish and a silly red card, there's plenty to go over before taking a look at Timbers' chances in their road contest with the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

Andrew and Steven describe a hellish drive to Vancouver for Whitecaps' 0-0 draw with LA Galaxy before giving their take on why the hosts couldn't find a winner. Michael McColl of AFTN calls in to do the same and assesses Carl Robinson's response as well. Will bunker-ball get it done in Columbus this weekend? We round out our Whitecaps coverage with predictions for their tough task in Ohio. 

Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com throws down a probable lineup for Seattle's home match with Montreal this weekend. It's a difficult test for Sounders without Dempsey and likely Lodeiro as well, can they cope against Piatti and the Impact? 

Come for the match analysis, stick around for our traffic stories. Every week, only on Radio Cascadia.

Playlist: 

02:30 - Timbers: Hard-earned point in Dallas, what's possible in Chicago?

15:40 - Whitecaps: Dull performance against Galaxy doesn't exactly inspire before trip to Columbus 

28:05 - Sounders: Still injury-riddled, but ready to get back on track against Impact

Mar 21, 2018

Even a rather embarrassing CONCACAF Champions League exit, some red cards and a couple league defeats since Ep. 143 can't put the RC crew in a bad mood. John Marshall, Michael McColl, Niko Moreno and Ari Liljenwall all stop by to talk about the most controversial decisions of the past week as well as to preview the coming weekend's Cascadia contests. 

Portland travel to Dallas in search of a first positive result of the season -- Ed Pham gives his take on a possible Timbers lineup as the group speculates on what game plan could take a result. Meanwhile in Vancouver, the Whitecaps host the only home game in the region this weekend as LA Galaxy stop by BC Place on Saturday night. Ola Kamara and a host of other starters are unavailable for Sigi Schmid, and we explore how Vancouver can take advantage of the situation with both Michael McColl and John Marshall. A review of the World Cup host situation also features in Ep. 144. 

Playlist:

02:00 - VWFC: Waston's red, World Cup bid saga, LA Galaxy preview

21:00 - PTFC: FC Dallas preview + does Adi need to help press on defense? 

38:00 - SSFC: Niko Moreno on CCL exit & season aspirations, Ari Liljenwall on current level of worry in Seattle

Mar 13, 2018

In a spicy hot Radio Cascadia, the gang takes a look at a pair of surprising weekend results including a historic victory in Houston and a shocking display in Harrison. In the Champions League, tune in for an in-depth breakdown of a gutsy Seattle home win over Chivas Guadalajara as well as a tactical preview of the second leg. 

PLAYLIST:

 10:45 - Brek-ing the Streak

25:00 - Well That Sucked

35:15 - SSFC: Dare to Dream?

Mar 7, 2018

The first weekend of MLS action is in the books, and we're glad to have some meaningful soccer to talk about even if the results didn't all go our way.

Sounders stumbled at home against LAFC as they prepare for Chivas in the CCL Quarterfinals, while Portland dropped a 2-1 decision to LA's other club in Gio Savarese's first outing as head coach. Tenzin Choephel shares his experiences from the Stubhub Center in our Timbers segment, as well as some exclusive audio from Marco Farfan. Their next test is an away fixture with the New York Red Bulls, another side likely to see their league form affected by Champions League participation. Will Savarese and the new-look Timbers pick up their first win of a new era in Harrison? 

Ari Liljenwall throws cold water on the idea that Seattle should be concerned after their opening day stinker against the league's newest side before our Sounders discussion turns to the upcoming series with Chivas. What do Sounders need to accomplish before taking a week off in preparation for the return leg? 

Michael McColl of AFTN.ca joins to talk about the best result of the weekend, a 2-1 win for the Whitecaps over Canadian rivals Montreal Impact. We take stock of Vancouver's additions and Michael gives a bold prediction on new striker Kei Kamara. 

MLS is back! It's the most wonderful time of the year. Come enjoy it with the RC crew!

Playlist:

10:00 - Savarese & new-look Timbers fall in LA; Big chance for points against depleted Red Bulls on Saturday

32:45 - Vancouver earns the best result of the weekend. who stood out and what does it mean for the trip to Houston?

49:45 - Sounders drop rare home match under Schmetzer, turn attention to CCL Quarterfinals

Feb 28, 2018

The 2018 MLS campaign begins this weekend, and Radio Cascadia is here to get you ready for it! The group wraps up preseason for each of our clubs, and also examines the range of opinions available for all three of our Cascadian sides. We take our picks for the Western Conference standings in 2018 before devoting considerable time to preparation for this weekend's round of matches. A discussion on Sounders' CCL defeat in El Salvador features as well in this jam-packed edition of Radio Cascadia. 

Jan 31, 2018

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. 

Find our shows every Tuesday at radiocascadia.libsyn.com and tell us what you think on Twitter by tweeting to @Radio_Cascadia. Check us out on iTunes and now Soundcloud as well, where each episode is available in team-specific segments!  

Playlist:

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

Jan 24, 2018

PLAYLIST - 

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 

 

Jan 17, 2018

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. 

Jan 12, 2018

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. 

Dec 23, 2017

00: 00 - MLS Cup review: Sounders fall short in Toronto

24:24 - Timbers preseason talk: Nagbe off to Atlanta
 
44:33 - Vancouver Whitecaps: 2017 review
Dec 9, 2017

Matt Hoffman calls in to discuss Diego Valeri's landslide win in the MLS MVP race, a first for Cascadia. The second half of Ep. 136 is devoted to our MLS Cup preview. Be sure to tune in to Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle from 9am-11am on Saturday morning for a special 2-hour preview show complimentary to Ep. 136. 

Nov 28, 2017

Caleb Porter's surprise departure from Portland headlines the show, with group reaction and a summary of top replacement candidates following a recap of what seems to have happened between Porter and the club. We finish our Timbers segment by discussing their moves on Contract Deadline Day. 

Michael McColl of AFTN joins to update us on Whitecaps' relationship with Fresno's new USL club. Vancouver freed up a massive amount of salary cap space on Contract Deadline Day, and some of the cuts hinted at possible additions coming this offseason. Others don't have an immediate explanation, like the decision to decline Nosa Igiebor's option. We touch on all the transactions and then move on to our Seattle segment. 

After seven years of futility a Cascadian club finally picked up a win in Houston last Tuesday, defying almost a decade of misfortune on the biggest stage imaginable. Sounders return home from their trip to Texas up 2-0 on aggregate in the Western Conference Championship, 2017 marking the fifth consecutive year it features a Cascadian participant, as overwhelming favorites to advance to MLS Cup. We end the episode with a recap of the first leg and preview of the second.  

Playlist:

00:00 - Porter out in Portland; Mattocks' future with Timbers

22:47 - Michael McColl on Whitecaps' new USL partnership; Nosa, Laba among players waived

41:52 - Western Conference Championships 2nd leg preview

 

Nov 21, 2017

RC's preview of the first leg of the Western Conference Championships! Recorded before Whitecaps' news about Fresno and Caleb Porter's bombshell in Portland, which will be covered in Ep. 135.

Nov 9, 2017

The crew recaps the second leg of our all-Cascadia Western Conference Semifinal tie between Seattle and Vancouver, and lament Portland's elimination at the hands of Houston at the same stage. Sounders are still alive, but our hopes of a derby match up in the Conference Championship in 2017 is now gone. Michael McColl of AFTN and Matt Hoffman of MLSsoccer.com feature as we begin to assess Vancouver and Portland's campaigns as well as Seattle's chances against Houston. 

Nov 2, 2017

It's the RC Spooky Special, here in time for the second leg of Seattle-Vancouver! Check out our preview of both that tie and the second leg of Houston-Portland!

Oct 28, 2017

Vancouver's 5-0 win over San Jose in the Western Conference Knockout Round has left the region in prime position -- of four sides remaining in the West, the three highest seeds all belong to Cascadia. Our chances at an all-Cascadian Conference Final have never been better, and the RC crew's awfully excited about it.

We review Whitecaps' big win at BC Place before we tackle the first-ever MLS playoff meeting between Seattle and Vancouver. Whitecaps' momentum, Sounders' health and rest days dominate the discussion. 

SKC's out in the Knockout Round for the third year running, bowing out at Houston. Seems like Vermes' men will be up for it when they get another playoff shot against one of our sides, so bullet dodged there. As a result, Timbers will travel to Texas to try and grab a first Cascadian win in Houston, and in the biggest of circumstances. Our preview of the Timbers-Dynamo series concludes Ep. 131.

Oct 25, 2017

For the first time in MLS history our Cascadia clubs have finished in the top three spots in the Western Conference! It's an incredible achievement for the region and gives us a great shot at seeing a Cascadian MLS Cup winner for a third year running.  

Portland's big win over Vancouver on Decision Day not only won them their second Western Conference regular season crown, but the Cascadia Cup as well! We congratulate the Timbers for a gutsy derby comeback and ponder who their ideal Western Conference Semifinal opponent would be. 

Our other Decision Day match up saw Seattle down Colorado 3-0 in a match that ended with each side a man down. Dempsey's red card and Lodeiro's new position are both discussed. Ari gives an update on Sounders' injury situation. The crew assesses Seattle's 2nd place finish in their title defense season. 

Vancouver can't afford to dwell on two frustrating results to end the regular season, granting them the 3rd seed in the West. They play San Jose at BC Place for the second time in ten days in a do-or-die match on Wednesday night. Knockout Round away upsets are notoriously difficult to pull off, and we discuss how the hosts can avoid exactly that.  

Oct 18, 2017

The penultimate weekend of the 2017 MLS campaign brought disappointment for the Vancouver Whitecaps as they failed to clinch the Western Conference crown in a home match with San Jose. However, the mood across the region as a whole is a joyous one -- all three of our clubs will make the postseason for only the second time ever in MLS play. Furthermore, it seems they're likely to finish 1-2-3 in the West! 

The gang reviews all the action from the last Sunday before moving on to preview the Decision Day slate.

Is our final Cascadia derby of the regular season, Vancouver @ Portland, the most important league match ever in Cascadia? The winner (or Vancouver, in the event of a draw) will finish atop the Western Conference. Michael McColl of AFTN joins us to discuss this question and many others as we dive deep into this historically important match up.  

Jeff Lageson, Prost Amerika NWSL correspondent, calls in to discuss the Thorns' title win in Orlando, and sticks around the recap the Reign's season as well. 

2017 is turning into a banner year for Cascadia, and Decision Day will tell us so much about how we ultimately remember this incredibly close season in the Western Conference. Come get hyped with us as we wait for the drama to unfold. 

Oct 18, 2017

The RC gang pauses from their normal Cascadian duties to examine the aftermath of the USMNT's disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign. Sunil Gulati's job, the role of MLS in CONCACAF's national teams, and fixes for pay-to-play youth soccer are all discussed in the wake of the greatest disappointment in US soccer history. 

Sep 30, 2017

Tenzin Choephel and Ed Pham join the show to discuss Sounders' 3-0 win over Vancouver on Wednesday. The group then moves on to preciew a full weekend slate in Cascadia, with all three of our clubs facing tricky road tests as they battle for a top-2 finish in the Western Conference. Diego Valeri MVP talk pops up again, and we debate the importance of Seattle's tactical shift in the midweek. 

Sep 27, 2017

The Vancouver Whitecaps visit the Seattle Sounders for a midweek derby on Wednesday night with 1st place in the West and the Cascadia Cup on the line. In this special derby preview edition of RC, we analyze every aspect of the match up -- tactics, rest, fixture congestion, and form. Michael McColl of AFTN joins to weigh in on the big game and report from Whitecaps camp after Andrew and Ari hold a lively debate on whether Clint Dempsey should start the match or not. 

Sep 20, 2017

Ep. 126 examines the Cascadian run-in in the Western Conference, with the group picking the final positioning of the table as the regular season winds down. It's a complicated picture, but seemingly a favorable one for our clubs as at least one first round bye for Cascadia looks very attainable. 

We assess the relative lack of hype around the Whitecaps and their pole position in the West, including some specific arguments mentioned on Ari's website recently. Additionally, how will Robbo handle their upcoming home match with Colorado, given that a trip to Seattle follows only days later? 

A brief look at Timbers' loss in Utah opens our Portland clip before we move on to looking at what would constitute a successful final four matches of the regular season for Caleb Porter. 

Sounders drew 0-0 in Dallas, and we're trying to figure out whether they're playing more like a team unbeaten in 13 matches or one winless in 4. 

It's gonna come down to the wire this fall, and the home stretch is just about here. Get prepared for the most vital part of the season with RC Ep. 126. 

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