Radio Cascadia Episode 150: Oddities

MLSGB has joined up with the Radio Cascadia podcast for the 2018 season, giving our readers the chance to catch up on all the latest news from the Pacific Northwest, where MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue to dominate the Western Conference. 

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast and 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.


Vancouver’s 2-0 win over RSL last Friday night relieved pressure on Carl Robinson and gave the crew an interesting lineup to dissect in the headline segment of Ep. 150. How will they hold up at counter-oriented Minnesota this Saturday?

Ed Pham and Tenzin Choephel pick lineups and results for a well-rested Portland team facing a road match up with the Earthquakes this week. Can Gio buck Timbers’ historical struggles in San Jose and make it nine points from their last nine?

The gang saves the painful stuff for last in Ep. 150, recounting the opening of Banc of California Stadium and Seattle’s 1-0 loss to hosts LAFC. Ari Liljenwall gives his take on the newest stadium in the league and Sounders’ performance in the last-minute loss. Can Seattle bounce back this weekend? It’s not an easy test with the Columbus Crew visiting town.

The results have been mixed but we can genuinely make the case that all three of our clubs are going in the right direction! Silver linings, only on Radio Cascadia.

Playlist:

00:00 – Whitecaps earn much-needed victory over RSL, look to make Cascadia 3 for 3 against Minnesota United in 2018

16:30 – Timbers ride two game winning streak down to San Jose, will they grab a third on the trot?

31:20 – Heartbreak in LA for Sounders, tricky home tie with Columbus awaits next

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Radio Cascadia Episode 149: Good news, bad news

MLSGB has joined up with the Radio Cascadia podcast for the 2018 season, giving our readers the chance to catch up on all the latest news from the Pacific Northwest, where MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue to dominate the Western Conference. 

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast and 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.


Seattle Times writer Geoff Baker calls in to discuss his new book: 100 Things Sounders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is an extensive review of Sounders history and culture from the 1970’s to the present. An impressive diversity of topics are featured, ranging from stories told by NASL-era legends to candid and fair analysis of the club’s highs and lows in MLS. Even the most attentive members of the fan base will find fascinating moments from the club’s past unknown to them prior. The work presents the most honest and refreshing assessment of Seattle’s first decade in MLS available in print. Check it out here.

Portland’s 3-0 win over league leaders NYCFC headlines our Cascadia coverage this week as the crew analyses how the Timbers pulled off the big victory. Interviews with former Timber Rodney Wallace and centerback Liam Ridgewell from the locker room follow.

Sounders finally picked up a first victory of the MLS season, winning 3-1 against Minnesota United. Ari Liljenwall of MLSsoccer.com and John Marshall of MLSGB give their takes on Svensson’s rocket, a couple of questionable subs, and Alex Roldan’s solid performance. The group takes picks for Sunday’s road match at LAFC after a quick postgame exclusive with the Seattle University product.

Like the episode title says, last week featured some good results and some… well, terrible results. The crew tries to make sense of 9-man Vancouver’s 6-0 thrashing at Sporting KC and questions if they’ll be able to recover mentally in time for Friday’s home test against Real Salt Lake.

Playlist:

00:00 – Introduction & Geoff Baker on 100 Things Sounders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

22:55 – Timbers topple league leaders 3-0

37:15 – Sounders pick up first league win, LAFC away awaits

57:15 – Whitecaps struggle in SKC, need result on Friday

Radio Cascadia Episode 147: A tough week on the road as the Timbers prepare for 2018 home opener

MLSGB has joined up with the Radio Cascadia podcast for the 2018 season, giving our readers the chance to catch up on all the latest news from the Pacific Northwest, where MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue to dominate the Western Conference. 

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast and 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.


The crew shakes off a rough weekend of road results and look forward to the region’s last home opener of 2018 in Ep.147. 

The Whitecaps’ coverage this week focuses assessing individual performances in the loss at Real 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

Radio Cascadia Episode 145: Portland finally get a point on the board, Vancouver struggle against the Galaxy

MLSGB has joined up with the Radio Cascadia podcast for the 2018 season, giving our readers the chance to catch up on all the latest news from the Pacific Northwest, where MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue to dominate the Western Conference. 

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast and 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.


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

Radio Cascadia Episode 144: A tough week for Seattle, Vancouver prepare for LA Galaxy test

MLSGB has joined up with the Radio Cascadia podcast for the 2018 season, giving our readers the chance to catch up on all the latest news from the Pacific Northwest, where MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue to dominate the Western Conference. 

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast and 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.

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

Radio Cascadia Episode 143: Sounders dare to dream, while Timbers left with plenty to think about

MLSGB has joined up with the Radio Cascadia podcast for the 2018 season, giving our readers the chance to catch up on all the latest news from the Pacific Northwest, where MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue to dominate the Western Conference. 

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast and 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.

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. 

Episode 143 Playlist:

10:45 – Vancouver Whitecaps: Brek-ing the Streak

25:00 – Portland Timbers: Well That Sucked

35:15 – Seattle Sounders: Dare to Dream?

Radio Cascadia Episode 140: A busy week in Portland and is Kei Kamara ready to lead the Whitecaps?

MLSGB has joined up with the Radio Cascadia podcast for the 2018 season, giving our readers the chance to catch up on all the latest news from the Pacific Northwest, where MLS clubs Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue to dominate the Western Conference. 

Radio Cascadia is a weekly podcast and 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 honours 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.

In this week’s episode, host Jackson Felts of Seattle’s Sports Radio 950 KJR is joined by Sounders 2 announcer Andrew Harvey, MLSsoccer.com’s Ari Liljenwall and Radio Cascadia 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 as he looks poised for a breakout season. A group analysis of Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson’s ambitions for the season closes out the segment.

Matt Hoffman of Stumptown Footy reveals his favourite 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 the latest RC show every Tuesday at radiocascadia.libsyn.com and follow the guys on Twitter @Radio_Cascadia.

Episode 140 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 Wolff Eikrem, Bwana stars in 3-1 preseason win

Podcast: Portland, Columbus & Southampton discussed

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast Zack Walford talks to Jamie Ives and Louis East about Week 3’s MLS action, with focus on the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew’s disappointing starts.

The team then look at Southampton FC and ask whether they have enough to secure European football next term.

As always, comment below or get in touch on Twitter with your thoughts.

Podcast: Houston Dynamo, Philadelphia Union & Crystal Palace discussed

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast, Zack Walford sits down with Louis East and Lewis Addley to reflect on Week 2’s MLS action, in which Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union picked up impressive wins.

The team will then look at Premier League side Crystal Palace and their recent struggles, with relegation starting to look like a real possibility.

Be sure to comment below or get in touch on Twitter with your thoughts.

Podcast: MLS opening weekend, NYCFC’s defensive woes & West Ham discussed

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast, Zack Walford sits down with Louis East and Jamie Ives to look back at an incredible opening weekend of MLS action as the 2016 campaign got off to a flyer.

The team will discuss whether New York City FC should be deeply worried about their defensive struggles, despite winning on Sunday, and will finish with a look at in-form Premier League side West Ham United, who are chasing a top four spot.

Be sure to comment below, or get in touch on Twitter with your views on the topics discussed.