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The Third Sub

By The Third Sub
A podcast covering all things Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian Soccer and more. Hosted by Samuel Rowan of 86Forever and Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic of btsvancity, they look to take a look at the ins and outs of the beautiful game in Vancouver and the rest of Canada.
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The Third Sub Episode 63: The inaugural Third Sub award show
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to dive into the first ever Third Sub End of Season Awards show! The awards up for grabs include: MVP Rookie of the Year Unsung Hero Defender of the Year Shea Salinas Departure of the Year Robert Earnshaw Third Sub of the Year Eric Hassli Goal of the Year Alphonso Davies most promising player Kendall Waston most improved player Game of the Year They give 3 nominees for each award, before announcing their winner, with Alex and Sam each picking their own victor, with overlap whenever applicable. Overall, there are some very interesting candidates for each award, including some surprising winners and some intriguing names that left the show with multiple pieces of hardware in their back pockets. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:34:09
November 17, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 62: Analyzing the 'Caps year-end media availability
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk about the Vancouver Whitecaps and their year-end media availability, as the 'Caps sat down and fielded questions after having complete their 2020 MLS season a few days prior. First, they dive into the news that winger David Milinkovic won't be returning in 2021, breaking down what this move means for the 'Caps, while also exploring some reasons why he might have been the first domino to fall. They then talk about who might be next to move on, including a few names that some would've previously thought to be strong candidates to stay next season. After that, they look at the news that Marc Dos Santos will be returning for his third year, sharing what they hope to see from him next season, including some improved in-game management. Next, they talk about some transfer targets, as Axel Schuster spoke about who he and his staff are chasing, including a creative #10/#8, a left-footed winger, and more, with experience also being cited as something the club is looking at bringing in, along with some young DPs. Then, they talk about the 'Caps goalkeeping carousel, as they read in between the lines and deduce what they likely think that the 'Caps will do in goal next year, as they head into it with Thomas Hasal, Maxime Crepeau and Evan Bush all on the books. To finish things off, they look at the news that the 'Caps have brought in 5 scouts to their recruiting department, before looking at the importance of getting your ducks in order off of the field before tackling things on it. Lastly, they pick over the other bibs and bobs from the press conference, before finishing with a discussion on what the 'Caps long-term plan should be concerning making the playoffs. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:20:10
November 14, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 61: 'Caps finish off on high note with win over Galaxy
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk about the final Vancouver Whitecaps game of the 2020 MLS season, with the 'Caps having done well to beat the LA Galaxy 3-0 on Sunday. First, they look at that game versus the Galaxy, breaking down some of what they saw, as the 'Caps certainly confirmed a lot of what was already known about them in the win. After that, they look at how what they learned can be applied this offseason, as the 'Caps head into a massive transfer period for their team, especially given what they've done in recent transfer windows. To finish off the LA Galaxy talk, they then look at this match's 'Third Sub of the Game', which was (unfortunately) a legendary 5-second cameo from youngster Damiano Pecile, giving one word for his performance. Once through that, they take a look at the Whitecaps Awards show from last week, sharing some thoughts on the award winners, before taking a quick look at some MLS chatter with the regular season now over. And to end things off, they each share a moment to talk about the legendary Tony Waiters, who unfortunately passed away on Tuesday morning, discussing the impact that the longtime Canada Men's Soccer and Whitecaps head coach had on Canadian Soccer and the sport in Vancouver. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:10:36
November 10, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 60: 'Caps Cascadia Woes continue, putting playoff hopes on life support
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 60th episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat about the Vancouver Whitecaps. First, they pick over a tough 'Caps loss to the Portland Timbers on the weekend, they dive into what that result means for the rest of the Whitecaps season, as the loss left them all but eliminated from the MLS playoffs. From some quiet games from the forwards, to another tough individual error defensively, they look at what plagued the 'Caps against their rivals, as they would be unable to reverse their struggles against Cascadia opposition this season. They then take a look at the Third Sub of the Game from that match, which in this case was Theo Bair, giving one word for his performance off of the bench. After that, they look at the 'Caps 4 nominees for player of the year, which were revealed this week, sharing their thoughts on who made the cut and who didn't. Lastly, they look ahead to the 'Caps next game, a clash with the LA Galaxy, which depending on what happens this week, could be a 'win-and you're in' game in terms of rescuing Vancouver's playoff hopes. Against a resurging Galaxy team who looked freed up by the firing of Guillermo Barros Schelotto, it won't be easy, but at the very least, it'll be a chance to end the year on a high note. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:08:03
November 4, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 59: 'Caps strike out versus Sounders, setting table for eventful last 2 games
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In episode 59 of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk about another Vancouver Whitecaps game. This time, however, it's a 'Caps loss that's on the menu, as they pick over the bones of a tough Vancouver loss at the hands of the Seattle Sounders. First, they dive into the game itself, before jumping into a couple of discussion points, including a look at Marc Dos Santos's confusing plan for his young players and the surprise formation change. After that, they take a look at the Third Sub of the Match, which for this game was Fredy Montero, giving one word for his performance. Once through all of the Seattle talk, they take a look ahead to the next 'Caps game, a clash with the Portland Timbers, giving their thoughts on that potential matchup, finishing with some lineup projections and score predictions. Lastly, they take a quick look at some other Canadian Soccer news, including the appointment of Bev Priestman as the Canadian Women's National Team coach, some surprising moves at Pacific FC and Jonathan David's bad luck at Lille. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:17:54
October 29, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 58: 'Caps keep rolling with win over 'Quakes
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat another Vancouver Whitecaps victory! After the 'Caps did well to grind out a victory over the San Jose Earthquakes this past weekend, they dive into how the game unfolded, as Vancouver overcame a slow start and a tough defensive mistake to get a gritty victory. They then get into a debate about these sorts of victories and the validity of them, as the 'Caps have found a way to get results as of late, but not always via the prettiest of means. While that may mean making the playoffs, the question of the long-term implications of such a thing is something worth pondering, especially if a lot of these guys don't end up sticking around next season. After diving into the other parts of the game, they finish off the San Jose talk with a look at their 'Third Sub of the Game', which in this one goes to Andy Rose and Cristian Gutierrez, giving one word each of their respective performances. To finish things off, they then look ahead to the next 'Caps game, coming against Seattle in midweek, giving a prediction for how they think the game will go. With Alex on a bit of a hot streak after an accurate prediction for the San Jose game, he tests his luck with a bold prognostic, while Sam smartly goes for a bit of the more conservative projection. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:00:24
October 27, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 57: Analyzing the short and long-term of the 'Caps with 4 games left (Ft: 90Plus Podcast)
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 57th episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by Sebastian Pereira and Ben Righetti of the 90Plus Podcast for a special Vancouver Whitecaps roundtable. First, they took the time to dive into the most recent Vancouver Whitecaps game, a loss to LA Galaxy, sharing their biggest takeaways from that one. They chat about what went wrong, as well as their thoughts on the substitution plan both in that game and this season so far, especially considering how sporadic it's been as of late. After that, talk then shifts to the current state of the Whitecaps, and what the team can do to steady its ship. Some interesting discussion points are touched upon, including a very loaded question: Is it in the best interest of the 'Caps to make the playoffs this year? Once through that, they then take the time to talk about the identity of the team, as the 'Caps find themselves at a bit of a crossroads stylistically and personnel-wise. They also touch upon the unique challenges of this season, and why the 'Caps have already endured a bit of a change in philosophy due to how this season has progressed, opening some interesting questions ahead of the end of 2020. From there, they also pose another loaded question: If you're the Vancouver Whitecaps, what do you do with David Milinkovic and Fredy Montero this offseason? Milinkovic's situation seems more straightforward, as bringing him in permanently seems like a smart move, but what to do with Montero? To wrap things up, they then talk about the upcoming Whitecaps game against the San Jose Earthquakes, each giving a prediction for how they think the game is going to go on Saturday. You can find Sebastian on Twitter @sebastianp74 and Ben @RighettiBen, as well as on the 90 Plus Podcast @90PlusPodcast. Sebastian's words can be found at World Football Index, while Ben's can be found at Last Word on Soccer. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:24:16
October 24, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 56: 'Caps lose late one to Galaxy, capping wild MLS weekend
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 56th episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, taking the time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps after the 'Caps suffered a tough 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy on the weekend. They take the time to look at what happened in the game, as the 'Caps just couldn't find a way to muster up the energy they needed, causing the unfortunate result, one that keeps an already-tight Western Conference playoff picture as tight as ever. After that, they look at how things went from an individual perspective, as some 'Caps had mixed performances, both positive and negative, from some of the Vancouver players on Sunday. Once through that, they take the time to talk about the David Milinkovic situation, as the French forward was surprisingly left out of the squad for a 'technical decision' on Sunday, leading to some speculation about his current status. Then, they take the time to talk about substitutions in their 'Third Sub of the Game' segment, giving one word for this game's Third Sub, Theo Bair, before delving into a rant about Marc Dos Santos's handling of his changes in this game. Before finishing up, they then take the time to chat about the Ranko Veselinovic transfer, which was made permanent on Sunday, then shift chatter to a more league-wide perspective, as they talk about the Supporters Shield debacle that gripped MLS all weekend, taking the time to propose a couple of fixes. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:23:22
October 19, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 55: The 'Caps surprise in victory over LAFC, get set to take on Galaxy
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 55th episode of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat about another Vancouver Whitecaps victory, with the 'Caps fresh off of winning back-to-back games for only the second time this season thanks to their triumph over LAFC. With the 'Caps having done well to beat LAFC on Wednesday, Alex and Sam look back at what stood out from that game, including some improved midfield play, a deadly trio up front and some timely defence. Even more importantly, they look at the sustainability of the performance, as they tip their hat to the 'Caps for not only winning, but looking a lot more full value for the victory, as well. After that, they finish off the talk of the LAFC game by taking a look at their 'Third Sub of the Game', which in this clash was Michael Baldisimo, giving one word for his play off of the bench for the 'Caps. To round off the episode, they then take a quick look ahead to the next 'Caps game, a Sunday clash in California against the struggling LA Galaxy, who come into this game having lost 6 in a row. Can the 'Caps take advantage of that, allowing them to push even further up the MLS Western Conference playoff picture? Alex and Sam share what they think, before sharing some predictions of how they think the game might go. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:05:45
October 16, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 54: 'Caps bust slump vs RSL, looking ahead to LAFC part 2
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat about the most recent Vancouver Whitecaps game, a victory over Real Salt Lake. First, they take a look at some of the individual performances, before diving into some discussions surrounding Michael Baldisimo's role on the 'Caps, and what should happen with Ranko Veselinovic and his purchase option. After that, they get into a debate about Leonard Owusu and Janio Bikel, and how their performances have been so far, before taking a look at the play of Fredy Montero and Lucas Cavallini, and how the 'Caps should deploy them. To finish off the RSL talk, they take a look at the Third Sub of the game, which ended up being Derek Cornelius, as they give one word for his performance. Before moving onto the LA game, however, they then take the time to talk about an interesting statistical analysis that was made online about MLS teams and the substitutions they make, as they look at how Marc Dos Santos came out strongly relatively to his peers in terms of the number of subs he makes in matches. Lastly, they look ahead to the next 'Caps game, which comes this Wednesday against LAFC, assessing how this matchup may go and looking at what Vancouver needs to do in order to avoid another embarrassing loss against LA. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:29:14
October 13, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 53: Previewing Caps vs RSL and talking MLS officiating (FT: Ian Knighton)
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by Ian Knighton of RSL Soapbox, who joins them to preview the upcoming Vancouver Whitecaps clash versus Real Salt Lake. To start things off, they take a quick look back at when these two teams last played, which was a mere 3 weeks ago, as the 'Caps picked up their last victory in a dramatic 2-1 result over RSL. After that, talk shifts to how RSL has fared since that game, as they look to carve out their identity in the midst of a change of ownership, which Ian takes the time to talk about. Next, the talk shifts to individual players, such as Pablo Ruiz, Kyle Beckerman, Damir Kreilach, Albert Rusnak and Sam Johnson, as Ian shares who he thinks the most important player to the RSL team is. Once through that, they take some time to talk about youth development, as Real have continued to be one of the best teams at playing homegrowns, and Ian shares why that is down to a couple of factors, including opportunity and having a second team playing in the USL. Then, they talk about the upcoming game, and how they feel about it, before all giving a prediction of what's to come. Lastly, they take the time to talk about officiating and VAR, as Ian, who is qualified official, shares his thoughts on some of the interesting officiating decisions the 'Caps have faced as late, before shifting into a chat about officiating as a whole in MLS. You can find Ian on Twitter @SwallowedWhistl, and in writing on RSL Soapbox. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:05:09
October 9, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 52: Second-half collapse sinks 'Caps vs Sounders, looking ahead to San Jose
Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In their 52nd episode of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all things Vancouver Whitecaps after they suffered yet another tough defeat this past weekend, this time at the hands of the Seattle Sounders. They look at what went wrong in that Seattle game, which was essentially a tale of two halves, in which the 'Caps started strong, but fell apart in the second half. After that, they look at the dubious officiating, which was unusually inconsistent, for both teams, before looking at what happened during the 'Caps second-half collapse, as individual mistakes plagued them once again. Then, they look at the quality of Seattle's midfield, and what playing against it taught the 'Caps, before looking at the age-old question, how can the 'Caps keep more of the ball and avoid having to defend so much? Is it tactical? Personel related? A little bit of both? Lastly, they look at their Third Sub of the Match, which for this one was Theo Bair and Patrick Metcalfe, giving one word for each of their performances, before wrapping up with a look ahead to the next 'Caps matchup, which comes on Wednesday against the San Jose Earthquakes. To finish off, they also give their predications for the 'Quakes game, with Alex feeling especially confident after predicting the correct result and scoreline for the Sounders clash.
1:07:08
October 5, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 51: 2020 Whitecaps midseason Awards, and previewing the Sounders
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In episode 51, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all things Vancouver Whitecaps in a unique episode. It's award season in the Third Sub world, as the guys dive into some midseason awards to hand out to members of this Whitecaps side, with the 2020 MLS season somehow having recently passed its halfway point, even though it hasn't felt like it. They give their midseason picks for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Unsung Hero, Defender of the Year, Departure of the Year, Third Sub of the Year, Goal of the Year and Game of the Year. From some surprising faces, to some expected winners, there's a lot of silverware thrown around in this episode, including one special double-winner (and it's not who you think!) After that, they take some time to quickly preview the 'Caps next game, which comes against the Seattle Sounders this upcoming Saturday, as the 'Caps arguably get their stiffest test since the beginning of MLS's return-to-play plan in August. With that in mind, Alex and Sam share what they want to see from the 'Caps in that game, before looking at some possible lineups and score predictions.
1:33:01
October 1, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 50: 'Caps lose to Timbers, and a CanMNT Gold Cup update
Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In a special milestone episode, their 50th, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk some Vancouver Whitecaps, before wrapping up with some Gold Cup and CanMNT talk. To start things off, before diving into the 'Caps most recent game, a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers, they look at the state of flux surrounding the club right now, which was well summarized by Kristian Jack of TSN after the game, and look at his comments and share what their thoughts about all of that are. How can the 'Caps steady their ship? Can Axel Schuster play a role in that? How does the club stem warranted fan anger? They try to answer those questions, as the 'Caps continue down a confusing crossroads that they've been stuck at for a few years now. Once through that, they look at the match itself, starting off with a look at the individual performances. They praise the return of Erik Godoy, give Ali Adnan and Fredy Montero some good reviews, talk about Cristian Gutierrez's bounce back after a tough and costly mistake, look at what's ailing Lucas Cavallini, before finishing by comparing the contrasting performances from Leonard Owusu and Janio Bikel together in midfield. After that, they look at the team from a more global context, as they look at how they continue to get plagued by inconsistency, but are showing signs of growth. Finishing off the 'Caps talk, they then look at Marc Dos Santos's rotation and substitution woes from Sunday, jumpstarting an interesting debate about the importance of rotating your squad and using your substitutions, with both Alex and Sam bringing up some good arguments to why using your bench can make a big difference in games like that. Lastly, the talk then shifts to some international football, and more specifically, CONCACAF, as Alex shares his many thoughts from the 2021 Gold Cup draw this week, which was a landmark event for so many reasons. Before heading out, they take the time to thank every one of you, the listeners, as without you, the show would be nothing. Thanks for all of the support you've shown on the episodes, and there is much more content to come in the future, so stay tuned for all of that! If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:38:25
September 30, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 49: Wrapping up the 2020 CPL season and looking ahead to 2021 (Ft: AFCCurtis)
Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In their 49th episode of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by AFCCurtis, Canadian Premier League YouTuber extraordinaire, as they take the time to dive into an in-depth chat about the CPL. To start things off, they take a look at OneSoccer's broadcast during the tournament, and their thoughts on that, before taking a look ahead to what the league could like in 2021, as the CPL aims for a return to home markets for a full schedule next year. After that, the chat shifts to the main subject of the day, the Island Games, as they go around the horn to hear Curtis's opinion on each of the potential award winners, before then taking the time to take a look at each of the 8 teams and how they performed relative to expectations during this tournament. Then, they take the time to chat about transfers, both in terms of the players arriving in the league and those leaving, as they look at how the league's agreement with 21st club has raised the profile of the CPL for internationals, before then looking at some of the players that will likely join Tristan Borges and Emilio Estevez as high-profile departures this offseason. You can find Curtis on Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Facebook @AFCCurtis, so make sure to check him out on your preferred channels and give him a follow there! If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:40:17
September 28, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 48: Previewing the 'Caps quest to try and chop up Timbers
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 48th episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat about the upcoming Vancouver Whitecaps clash with the Portland Timbers. First, they look at what to expect from the Timbers, who have been a streaky team as of late, rising to 2nd in the Western Conference thanks to a nice run of form that's seen them win their last 2 games. From the threat of Yimmy Chara on the wing, to the emergence of Jeremy Ebobisse, as well as the 'Double Diego' threat of Diego Valeri and Diego Chara in midfield, Alex and Sam look at who the 'Caps need to be wary of on the offensive side of things, especially after a heavy loss to LAFC's talented cast of attackers in the midweek. After that, they look at Portland's weakness, which appears to be their defence, which has only been masked by some excellent goalkeeping from Steve Clark, who continues to be one of the best goalkeepers in all of Major League Soccer this season with his play behind a porous Timbers defensive line. Once done with the Timbers chatter, the talk then shifts to the Whitecaps, as they look at what the 'Caps need to work on ahead of this one, as well as how playing at 'home' in Portland will affect them. They also try and take a stab at predicting both the Whitecaps lineup and the matches final score, with the predictions understandably a bit sour after getting them so horribly wrong ahead of the LAFC game. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
1:01:10
September 25, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 47: 'Caps take 6-0 beating at 'Banc of Nightmares' from LAFC
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time for a special emergency podcast, as they both elected to jump on the microphone right after a devastating 6-0 Vancouver Whitecaps loss to LAFC on Wednesday night. After seeming to make some good progress in back-to-back wins last week, the first such time in over 16 months that they had done that, they took a step backwards against an LAFC side that has seemed to have their number in the last 2 years. For the second time in 2 season, the 'Caps suffered a heavy defeat at Banc of California Stadium, which has seemed to be more of a 'Banc of Nightmares' for the Whitecaps, who lost 6-1 to LA in the same stadium last season. While the result itself was heavy, Alex and Sam look at the root causes behind it, as the defence took a worrying step back after looking good last week, and it cost them heavily. Call it fatigue, travel woes, or blame the quality of opponent, the Whitecaps looked second-best for much of the night, and it led to a devastating result. Once all of the raw thoughts of the match itself are out, Alex and Sam then try to extract some positives from this whole ordeal, such as things the Whitecaps could learn, as well as what they need to keep their eyes on ahead of a big matchup with Portland this weekend, before giving a nod to their 'Third Sub of the Match', which for this one, was Fredy Montero. Very much still alive in the Western Conference playoff race, they need to make sure that they don't dwell on this loss, which does count the same as all other losses, and bounce back with a win on Sunday. It wasn't a good match on Wednesday, no doubt, and they make sure to point that out, but at the same time, it's only the tip of the iceberg, and now it's up to Vancouver to sink or swim now that they've hit it. If you have Twitter, make sure to check out The Third Sub Podcast @thirdsubpod!
55:16
September 24, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 46: Streaking 'Caps on a roll after win over RSL
Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In the 46th episode of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk about yet another Vancouver Whitecaps victory, which came over Real Salt Lake this past weekend. For the first time in over 16 months, Vancouver has won back-to-back games, and they look at how the 'Caps made that happen, as they overcame a slow start to take out RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium. From an improved defensive posture, to clinical finishing from a new-look front 3/4, the Whitecaps have found form as of late, and they look at if this is sustainable, with some wondering about the legimitacy of this streak considering that both came against 10 men. After that, they take the time to talk about some of the standout individual performances, including the continued resurgence of Fredy Montero as part of a deadly front 3 with Cristian Dajome and David Milinkovic, before looking at what paved the way for this win from a tactical standpoint, as the 'Caps combined some resilient defensive performance with clinical finishing to get all 3 points. To round off the match talk, they then take a look at this week's 'Third Sub of the Match', which is Leonard Owusu, giving one word for his performance off of the bench for the Whitecaps on Saturday. Finishing things off, they then take a look ahead to the 'Caps next match, which comes against LAFC this weekend, as they try to preview what is going to be a very interesting game against an opponent that has been all over the map form-wise this season.
1:00:54
September 21, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 45: Breaking down Caps vs Impact part 3, previewing RSL
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this one, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat some Vancouver Whitecaps, after the 'Caps did well to beat the Montreal Impact at BC Place on Wednesday. To start things off, they look at went right for Vancouver, including a switch to the 4-2-3-1, improved defensive play and some clinical Fredy Montero finishing, all part of a pretty complete effort from the 'Caps. After that, they dive into some of the individual performances that stood out, including the play of Janio Bikel, Russell Teibert, David Milinkovic, Cristian Dajome, Cristian Gutierrez, Jake NerwinskI, Derek Cornelius and Thomas Hasal, before looking at the good problem that the 'Caps have in terms of their much-improved depth situation from last year. Ending chatter of the Montreal game, they then look at their 'Third Sub of the Game', which in this one was Ali Adnan, giving one word on his performance, before looking at what his short and long-term future could look like for the 'Caps. Lastly, they look ahead to this weekend's matchup with Real Salt Lake, as they look at what to expect from RSL, who's form has been up and down as of late, before throwing themselves on the line by giving a prediction.
1:10:39
September 19, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 44: Previewing the CPL's Island Games final
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In episode 44 of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all things Canadian Premier League ahead of the final of the 'Island Games' this weekend. First, they dive into both finalists, Forge FC and the Halifax Wanderers, and what they can expect from both of them heading into the final. Forge has an upper-hand based on experience, but Halifax has looked good all tournament long, and can lay claim to being a sort of bogey team for Forge these past 2 years. After that, they look at the nominees for the CPL's individual awards, which were announced on Friday, and pick a winner for each of them, which include MVP, Golden Glove, U21 player of the year and coach of the year. Then, they look at what each of the other CPL teams could learn from this season, as well as what Forge and Halifax have done, as they've done a good job at highlighting the importance of finding depth to surround your high-end talent. Lastly, they break down some of the interesting nuggets from David Clanachan's press conference today, as the CPL commissioner dropped some interesting stuff about a potential 2021 season, what teams can do to stay fit in the offseason and some news on 2021 kits.
57:49
September 18, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 43: 'Caps fall to Impact in fiery clash, CPL nears the end of 2020 season
Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In their 43rd episode of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat some Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian Premier League action. To start things off, they dive into the most recent Whitecaps match, a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Impact at home on Sunday, as they were unable to build off a big victory over Toronto FC a week prior. From another poor defensive performance, to a quiet game from their big players, and more, they look at what plagued the 'Caps on Sunday, as some long-term issues continue to come to the forefront once again. After that, they dive into some of the individual performances from Sunday, and then share their thoughts on the hasty exits of Ali Adnan and Lucas Cavallini, whose fiery antics caused a bit of a stir online. As usual, they then dive into their 'Third Sub of the Game', who in this case, due to a rare quadruple sub, consists of Fredy Montero, Cristian Gutierrez, Cristian Dajome, Jake Nerwinski and Yordy Reyna, giving one word for each of their performances off of the bench. Lastly, they then take a quick look around the CPL's 'Island Games', as Round 2 of that competition finishes up this week, with a big final looming Saturday. If you like CPL content, stay tuned for later this week, as Alex and Sam will do a special finals preview sometime before the game on Saturday.
1:33:18
September 15, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 42: Previewing Vancouver vs Montreal x2, the Thierry Henry project and CPL talk (Ft. Tristan D'Amours)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 42nd episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by Tristan D'Amours of ProSoccerUSA, as they chat some Montreal Impact, Canadian Premier League, Canadian rivalries and much more in an in-depth chat. To start things off, they talk about the Montreal Impact, as the Impact find themselves reeling after a heartbreaking loss at home to Toronto FC earlier this week. What does that loss mean for the Impact? They take a look at that, and other subjects from that game, as TFC stunned the Impact in their own ground for the 2nd time in 2 weeks. After that, they chat about the Impact vs TFC rivalry, as well as the historic nature of the rivalry between Montreal and Vancouver, which used to be among the fiercest in North America, before MLS's scheduling for matches between Eastern and Western teams helped tame things between the two sides. The talk then shifts to the current project in Montreal, as they chat about some of the faces of the Thierry Henry rebuild so far, before talking about the man himself, Henry, who has so far had a pretty good start to his MLS coaching career for the Impact. They then look at the upcoming matchup(s) between Montreal and the Vancouver Whitecaps, as the Impact look to rescue their Canadian Championship hopes, while the 'Caps look to revive their MLS season, with their Canadian Championship dreams already dashed due to the recent TFC win over Montreal. Once the MLS chat is done and dusted, they then shift the topic to the Canadian Premier League, which Tristan has been following quite closely, as he shares some of his impressions on the teams and players that have stood out on P.E.I. over the past few weeks at the 'Island Games'. He also states the importance of a Quebec-based CPL team capitalizing on this wave of talented Quebecois players making an impact all over the league, before the talk shifts to the PLSQ and how players are falling through the cracks there, as evidenced by the standout play of PLSQ graduates such as Mo Farsi and Diyaeddine Abzi for Cavalry FC and York 9, respectively. You can find Tristan on Twitter @tristandamours, and in writing for many outlets, including ProSoccerUSA, MLSSoccer, CanPL.ca and whatahowler.com, as well as in audio form on the Scrum Podcast and IMFCRadio, among others.
1:28:51
September 11, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 41: The 'Caps bust slump and CPL wraps up Round 1 of Island Games
Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In their 41st episode of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat some Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian Premier League action. To start things off, they go back and analyze the Whitecaps win from the weekend, in which the 'Caps took out Toronto FC by a score of 3-2. Alex shares what it was like to take in the match in person, while Sam shares some of his observations from watching it back after, as they break down what is only the 'Caps 3rd victory of 2020. They also talk about some of the individual performances, as well as how they thought the new-look tactical setup fared, before diving into some talk about young players, and sharing their thoughts on what the recent splash of kids in the first-team lineup has done. After that, they shift their talk over to the CPL's 'Island Games', as the first round of that tournament wrapped up this weekend. From an entertaining finish from Pacific, to a clinical win from Halifax, plus business as usual from Forge and Cavalry, they look at what the final 4 teams did to qualify, before taking a look back at their predictions from a few weeks ago. Sam interestingly enough went 4/4, while Alex went 3/4, and in the good spirit of the show, they say 'why not give it another shot' and give their predictions for the next round while they're at it. To round things off, they then look at the recent reshuffling in the Whitecaps coaching ranks, as it was announced that assistant coach Vanni Startini will shift from the first-team over to the Academy, while longtime Academy Craig Dalrymple will move on from the club on October 15th, two moves which will open up a vacant assistant coach position on the first-team. As part of the 'Caps long-term plan, it's an interesting move, one that sets the table for an interesting next year or so in the coaching ranks.
1:11:10
September 9, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 40: Previewing 'Caps vs TFC, part 3 (Ft. Michael Singh)
Welcome back to episode 40 of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by Michael Singh of Waking the Red, the SBNation blog covering all things Toronto FC, Canadian Premier League and Canadian National Teams. With Michael, they look at a bunch of Toronto FC related topics, including TFC's recent unbeaten streak, what went wrong in the loss that broke the streak against the Montreal Impact, learn the best way how to beat this TFC team and much more. After that, they look at some of the individual standouts on Toronto, such as Alejandro Pozuelo, Jonathan Osorio, Michael Bradley, Pablo Piatti and Jozy Altidore, and look at how they've meshed so far as a quintet since getting their first minutes together at the start of phase 1 of the MLS return. To round off the chat with Michael, they chat about the upcoming 'Caps vs TFC clash this weekend, and hear Michael's thoughts on the game, the importance of it for Canadian Championship and MLS purposes, before rounding off with his prediction, which based on the recent 2 'Caps losses to TFC at BMO Field, is understandably in Toronto's favour. For the last 20 minutes, Alex and Sam round-off the episode by giving some final remarks on their chat with Michael, before giving some predictions of their own, with Alex going into a bit of a prognostic more similar to Michael's, while Sam leans into the chaos a bit, prompting a bet from Alex. You can find Michael on twitter @MichaelSingh94, and in writing at Waking the Red, where he does all sorts of Toronto FC pieces, and is part of a weekly Waking the Red Podcast.
49:54
September 3, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 39: Sports strike a huge for BLM, 'Caps lose again, CPL rolls on and Kadeisha Buchanan's big triumph
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this 39th episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk about a myriad of subjects after a busy weekend of action in the sporting world. First, they take some time to talk about the importance of the strike that many sports went on last week, in protest of the Black Lives Matter movement, before looking at how sports and politics will always be linked, and why that's important. After that, they catch up the most recent Vancouver Whitecaps loss from last week, as the 'Caps fell to the Montreal Impact by a score of 2-0. They talk about the play of the kids for Vancouver, look at what the 'Caps need to do to fix their offensive woes, and pick through their 'Third Sub of the Game', as is tradition. The talk then shifts over to P.E.I, as they recap the latest weekend of action in the Canadian Premier League, as the 'Island Games' continues to throw up several surprises on the pitch and in the standings. To round off the episode, they talk about Kadeisha Buchanan's historic 4th consecutive Champions League triumph with Lyon, and what that means for the CanWNT, while also tipping their hat to the competition for offering up some entertaining games this year.
1:10:26
August 31, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 38: Week 2 of the CPL and Alphonso Davies's UCL triumph
In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat about some Canadian Premier League and some Alphonso Davies talk. To start things off, they dive into the week that was at the Canadian Premier League's 'Island Games', which wrapped up 2 matchdays over the course of this last week. They look at how their predictions have so far fared, as they reiterate their confidence in some teams, such as Forge, Cavalry and Halifax, and have less confidence in others, such as York 9 or Atletico Ottawa. After that, they look at some standout performers from the tournament so far, including the play of some youngsters that are catching their eye, including the play of some forwards on Valour and Halifax. Once done that, they quickly talk about Jonathan David's debut for Lille on Saturday, before shifting to the talk of the country right now: Alphonso Davies's and Bayern Munich's Men's UEFA Champions League victory from this past Sunday. Alex and Sam share why they believe this victory is so significant on many levels, before stepping into an interesting debate on its place in sporting history among Canadian sporting moments, including Donovan Bailey's historic 100 metre sprint at the 1996 Olympics. But no matter their stance on the debate, the one thing they do believe: this is a huge victory, and it'll have a big impact on the CanMNT both in the present and in the future.
49:47
August 25, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 37: Deja Vu for 'Caps in loss to TFC
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all things Vancouver Whitecaps, after the 'Caps suffered another tough loss this past Friday against Toronto FC. For the second time in 3 days, the 'Caps were unable to muster up much offensively against Toronto, and they look at why that comes down to tactics and offensive work rate, both of which being things that this 'Caps team are seeming to lack at the moment. From a lack of movement in the final third, to a dearth of line-breaking passes, Alex explains why he believes that the 'Caps need to restructure their play offensively, at least bringing it back to where they were in the preseason. After that, they talk shifts to some individual performances, as they look at who stood out on Friday, including the play of some promising young Canadians. To round off the episode, the talk shifts to the 'Third Sub of the Game', which for this effort, goes to David Milinkovic and Theo Bair, the 3rd and 4th subs of Friday's game, respectively. Stay tuned for the 38th episode, dropping tomorrow, which will look at the week that was in the CPL, as well as Alphonso Davies winning the UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich.
58:00
August 24, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 36: 'Caps Eastern trip off to rough start with 3-0 loss to TFC
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this one, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all things Vancouver Whitecaps, fresh off of a tough 'Caps loss to Toronto FC to kick off MLS's Phase 1 return. They look at what went wrong for Vancouver in this one, as they were outmatched in all parts of the game by their Eastern Rivals, and propose some fixes for the 'Caps next game, which coincidentally comes in a few days against Toronto once again at BMO Field. Do the Whitecaps have the pieces to change things up? Is a formation switch on the cards? Who should possibly start on Friday? Alex and Sam take the time to answer all of those questions, and many more, as they look at what befell the 'Caps on Tuesday. After that, they take the time to talk about tactics, break down the play of some individual players, before finishing off with a look at their 'Third Sub of the Game', which in this one was Ryan Raposo. Can the Whitecaps find the tactical changes to disrupt the Toronto FC machine? They look at what Marc Dos Santos could possibly try in order to do just that. Stay tuned for Episode 37, as well, which should come out before the TFC rematch, as Alex and Sam will look to get someone with Toronto expertise on to chat about the return leg from the Eastern persepctive.
47:40
August 19, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 35: Reviewing the CPL's opening day weekend and previewing Whitecaps vs TFC
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk about some Canadian Premier League, Vancouver Whitecaps/MLS, and global football! To start things off, they take a look back at the week that was in the CPL, as they kicked off their 'Island Games' this past weekend. They review some of the opening matches, as they take a look at what stood out, both positively and negatively, from a relatively successful opening weekend. To round off the CPL talk, they also look at how they're feeling about their predictions from Episode 34, before picking a modified team of the week from matchday 1. After that, the talk shifts to the Vancouver Whitecaps, who resume MLS action this week with a doubleheader against Toronto FC. Ahead of the first match, which comes Tuesday, they look at how they're feeling about both the 'Caps and TFC, who will have a lot to prove, for different reasons, in these matches, especially after their performances at MLS is Back. Alex and Sam then talk about the transfer of In Beom Hwang to Rubin Kazan, and how that affects the 'Caps, before rounding off the Vancouver section with some lineup predictions, in which they share their projected XI's for the Whitecaps in this Tuesday clash. Once done that, they finish off the episode with some 'Around the World', in which they talk about what caught their eye from an international footballing perspective this weekend, including some UEFA Champions League magic from Alphonso Davies and Bayern Munich, K-League action and a strong debut from Jonathan David at Lille ahead of their Ligue 1 season.
1:14:04
August 17, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 34: An in-depth CPL 'Island Games' Preview (2/2)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub podcast! In this special dual-episode, numbers 33 and 34, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to dive into some Canadian Premier League talk. Ahead of the CPL's 'Island Games', they take an in-depth look at each of the league's 8 clubs, as they analyze the players to watch, the questions to monitor and storylines to ponder, before rounding off the episode with some predictions. In the 33rd episode, they look at Atletico Ottawa, Valour FC, FC Edmonton and Halifax Wanderers, before diving into Pacific FC, York 9 FC, Forge FC and Cavalry FC, along with their predictions, in the 34rd episode. For those looking for a comprehensive preview before the 'Island Games' this week, these are the episodes for you, so make sure to have a listen if you're excited for that to get underway. With this CPL tournament promising to be an exciting one, it's a good chance to learn about each of the CPL's 8 teams, who will all look to raise the 'North Star Shield' as CPL champions when the dust settles.
1:15:41
August 13, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 33: An in-depth CPL 'Island Games' Preview (1/2)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub podcast! In this special dual-episode, numbers 33 and 34, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to dive into some Canadian Premier League talk. Ahead of the CPL's 'Island Games', they take an in-depth look at each of the league's 8 clubs, as they analyze the players to watch, the questions to monitor and storylines to ponder, before rounding off the episode with some predictions. In the 33rd episode, they look at Atletico Ottawa, Valour FC, FC Edmonton and Halifax Wanderers, before diving into Pacific FC, York 9 FC, Forge FC and Cavalry FC, along with their predictions, in the 34rd episode. For those looking for a comprehensive preview before the 'Island Games' this week, these are the episodes for you, so make sure to have a listen if you're excited for that to get underway. With this CPL tournament promising to be an exciting one, it's a good chance to learn about each of the CPL's 8 teams, who will all look to raise the 'North Star Shield' as CPL champions when the dust settles.
1:12:35
August 13, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 32: In Beom Gone, MLS/CPL schedule woes, and Jonathan David's transfer
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub podcast! In their 32nd episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk Vancouver Whitecaps, MLS, Canadian Premier League and CanMNT, in what ended up being a jam-packed episode. First, they take a look at the 'Caps and the latest rumours surrounding DP midfielder In Beom Hwang, who is reported to be on the move to Russia soon. They explore In Beom's time in Vancouver, look at what this move means for both he and the 'Caps, before taking a look at the kind of player the 'Caps should target as his replacement. After that, the talk then shifts to MLS, as they take a look at the league's confusing restart plan, and how they've found themselves in the middle of right and wrong with their decisions so far. With the Canadian clubs currently in scheduling limbo, it's an interesting time to be a fan of a Canadian MLS team, as we've all learned. Next, they switch over to some Canadian Premier League talk, as they give their reviews on the league's away kit launch, and recent 'Island Games' schedule release. They also talk about the tournament proper, and what it can mean for teams, before teasing their plans for a full preview episode of the 'Island Games'. Lastly, they look at the Jonathan David transfer saga, which finally came to an end this week, as he officially signed with Lille OSC in Ligue 1. They look at what this move can mean for his career, and how it's big for other CanMNT prospects playing both in North America and abroad, as Canadians continue to make waves in Europe. Stay tuned for episode 33 later this week as well, as Alex and Sam will dive into a preview of the CPL's 'Island Games', which get going later this week in Charlottetown P.E.I..
1:20:36
August 11, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 31: Debating a best CanMNT lineup (Ft. Peter Galindo)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 31st episode of the show, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined once again by Peter Galindo of Sportsnet, in the second part of their chat covering all things CanMNT. After kicking off the first part of their chat with talk of the new CONCACAF Men's World Cup qualifying format, the play of Canadians abroad, and the importance of testing yourself in certain leagues, they continue their chat in this episode with talk of their preferred CanMNT lineup, share their thoughts about Canada's upcoming Olympic qualifying conundrum, and finish with some Canadian Premier League and MLS is Back talk. To kick things off, they go straight into the lineup chat, as they break down their ideal CanMNT lineup, from the formation right down to the players, position by position, arguing their cases for each selection they make across the board. Alex, Sam and Peter all make some very interesting choices, so hear their justification for their choices and why, as they make some tough selections in this hypothetical situation, including some that may spark discussion amongst fans and media. Once through that, they talk about Canada's upcoming Olympic qualifiers, and the importance of making a dent in those, before looking at how their quest to do that will be helped by the play of young Canadians in both the CPL and MLS, giving Canada a strong potential U23 lineup. Before wrapping things up, they also take a look at some CPL players to watch at the upcoming 'Island Games', from a CanMNT perspective, and dive into the play of some young Canadians at MLS is Back, such as Theo Bair, Tajon Buchanan, Zachary Brault Guillard, Thomas Hasal and more. You can find Peter on twitter @GalindoPW, and in writing at https://www.sportsnet.ca/ and https://petergalindo.wordpress.com/. If you've missed the first part of our chat with Peter, make sure to check out episode 31 wherever you find your podcasts, or click on this link to go straight to that article.
1:06:30
August 5, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 30: CanMNT's road to Qatar and Canadians Abroad (FT. Peter Galindo)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In their 30th episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by Peter Galindo of Sportsnet, who comes on the show to talk all things Canada Men's National Team, along with a bit of CPL and MLS. To kick things off in this 30th episode, they break down the latest news surrounding CONCACAF and their Men's World Cup qualifying format, as they finally made an announcement ahead of qualifiers in the fall. Now, thanks to a new format, Canada has new life in qualifiers, and Peter explains why. It won't be easy, as there are a lot of tough opponents and venues to come, but once again, they control their destiny, which is all they can ask for at this point. Along with an impending Gold Cup in 2021, it's going to be a busy few years for the CanMNT, who will have a lot to look forward to in their road to Qatar in 2022. After that, the talk shifts to Canadians playing abroad, as Peter details some of his findings from his 'Canadians abroad' series, in which he analyzed the seasons of CanMNT-eligible players playing in Belgium and in Portgual. Before ending off for this episode, he also talks about the play of Doneil Henry in South Korea, along with the importance that a league can have on the development for a player, as Henry has proven to be a good example of what a move abroad can do for a player. The 30th episode concludes then, but fret not, as the 31st episode will be the 2nd part of the chat with Peter, as they will go in-depth into their dream CanMNT lineups, before looking at potential Olympic qualifiers and the play of CPL and MLS CanMNT hopefuls in recent and future games. You can find Peter on twitter @GalindoPW, and in writing at https://www.sportsnet.ca/ and https://petergalindo.wordpress.com/. (This show is split into 2 parts, so stay tuned for part 2, which will drop soon!)
41:13
August 4, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 29: The return of the CPL (FT: Terran Campbell)
Welcome back to the 29th episode of the Third Sub! In this one, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to do a special all-Canadian Premier League-themed episode. With the league's recently announced return-to-play plan, the 'Island Games', which will take place in Charlottetown, P.E.I., they take the time to break things down, and tip their hat to the league for taking the time to properly ensure that health-and-safety protocol was met in this plan. After that, they look at the press conference held by commissioner David Clanachan the day prior, as they break down some of his comments, including talk about the PFACan, TV broadcast deals and health protocols. They show their support for the PFACan, state the importance of broadcasting these games on TV, and share why they think this saftey protocol has the chance to be among some of the best in North America in terms of sports returning to play. To round off this episode, they break down their way-too-early tier lists for teams at this tournament, before giving a best and worst-case scenario for each team, while also picking some dark horses and teams to watch. The last 20 minutes of the episode are then taken by Alex, as he shares the audio from a recent interview he conducted with Terran Campbell, who spoke to Alex about some interesting topics, including his impressions of his first CPL season, his goals for the future, Black Lives Matter, and much more. (You can find the written interview here!). Stay tuned for future episodes of the Third Sub, as there will be a more in-depth preview of the tournament in future weeks, including a look into the teams and the players they'll be bringing to P.E.I.
1:22:27
July 30, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 28: Spot kick woes spoil otherwise solid 'Caps performance vs SKC
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! In their 28th episode of the Third Sub, Alex and Sam are back, this time to chat some more Vancouver Whitecaps, after the 'Caps concluded their MLS is Back tournament this past weekend, in what was a heartbreaking loss to Sporting Kansas City. To kick off the show, they look at what happened in that loss, both good and bad, as the 'Caps did well to push SKC to penalty kicks, where they eventually succumbed. From the play of their youngsters, to their defensive resilience, and much more, there was a lot of good to highlight, as Vancouver continued to bounce back nicely from a tough start to their MLS is Back tournament. After that, they dive into some of the performances that stood out, on both sides, before sharing their thoughts on potential penalty kick strategies and lineups, a debate often brought up in the context of analytical studies on the matter. The talk then shifts to their 'Third Sub of the Game', which given the fact that the 'Caps only made 1 substitution, was a segment that was rendered a bit moot, but they took that time to talk about why they weren't surprised given the tough circumstances under which head coach Marc Dos Santos had to operate in against SKC. To round off the episode, they then look ahead to some of the other stuff they plan to talk about on upcoming shows, including a full post-mortem of the 'Caps performance at MLS is Back, the CPL's return and the latest CONCACAF Men's World Cup qualifying announcement. So stay tuned for that, and thanks for coming by and listening to this latest episode of the podcast!
55:38
July 29, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 27: Preparing for 'Caps vs SKC, Round 2, MiB edition (FT: Cody Bradley)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! In their 27th episode, Alex and Sam are back, this time joined by Cody Bradley of the Blue Testament, a website covering all things Sporting Kansas City, to help preview the Vancouver Whitecaps clash against Sporting KC this Sunday. With Cody, they dive into how things have gone this tournament so far for SKC, who look like early MLS is Back favourites, thanks to some strong play across the board, especially offensively. Thanks to new arrivals Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda, SKC are flying, and Cody explains why. After, they talk about what to expect from SKC in a big match like this, as well as look at the expectations of the club at MLS is Back, with Sporting KC seeming poised to make a deep run down in Orlando. They then take a look at what the 'Caps need to do in order to have a chance against SKC, especially in a one game knockout match, where anything can happen. Cody shares his concerns with the team so far, and explains how the 'Caps can exploit them, especially in a match like this. To round things off, they chat some 'Caps vs SKC barnburners of MLS's past, offer some predictions for the match, and  learn a bit of Kansas City geography. You can find Cody on twitter @ThatCodyTho, and his written work at The Blue Testament, the SB Nation blog covering all things Sporting Kansas City.
50:48
July 26, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 26: Delay causes surprise 'Caps Storm Surge' at MLS is Back
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, this time to talk about the Vancouver Whitecaps surprise victory over the Chicago Fire on Thursday. Shortly after the match, they hopped on the microphones to give their fresh takes after a big win for the 'Caps, who eliminated the Fire and advanced to the Round of 16 at MLS is Back in one big swoop. To start things off, they break down the tactics that allowed the 'Caps to do just that, as they tip their hat to Marc Dos Santos for acknowledging his team's weaknesses and playing to their strengths, which they did to perfection in this one. It wasn't pretty, but considering how shorthanded they are, it was necessary, and it paved the way for them to grab 3 crucial points. After that, talk shifts to some of the individual performances, as they look at how the players fared. From the standout performers, to some of the quieter names, they look at the characters who proved to be key to this victory. That provides a nice segway into the end of the show, where they break down their 'Third Sub(s) of the Game', which today were David Milinkovic and Cristian Gutierrez, and each give a phrase to describe their impact off of the bench. Before signing off, they also then look ahead to the next 'Caps game, as they each pick who they'd rather face between Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC, the 2 teams that Vancouver has a chance of facing, which will be decided based on how the LA Galaxy vs Houston game later on Thursday goes. Depending on which of the two teams they get, Alex and Sam also plan to do a special preview show ahead of that match, so stay tuned for that!
52:30
July 23, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 25: The 'Caps plug one leak, open another vs Sounders
In their 25th episode of the Third Sub, Alex and Sam are back, this time to chat the latest Vancouver Whitecaps loss to the Seattle Sounders this past Sunday at MLS is Back. To kick things off, they chat what went wrong against the Sounders, who executed a masterclass in counter-attacking football against the 'Caps. How could the 'Caps have reacted better to that? Alex and Sam discuss. They also chat Thomas Hasal's debut, Max Crepeau's unfortunate injury, the call to give Theo Bair more minutes, Erik Godoy's importance and the 'Caps formation conundrum in the first part of the show. After that, the talk shifts to the individual performances against the Sounders, as they split the players into 3 categories, and talk about their overall impressions of how each player fared against Seattle. To round things off, they give one word each for their 'Third Sub of the Game', which in this one went to Thomas Hasal, Derek Cornelius and Cristian Gutierrez, as Marc Dos Santos actually made full use of his substitutions on Sunday. Before wrapping up, they also look ahead to the Chicago Fire on Thursday, and crunch what needs to happen for the Whitecaps to have any hope at advancing to the next round of the MLS is Back tournament.
1:52:32
July 21, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 24: Aftershocks doom 'Caps at MiB
In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all-things Vancouver Whitecaps. And for the first time in 4 months, they actually have a game to talk about, as the Whitecaps took on the San Jose Earthquakes to open their MLS is Back tournament on Wednesday. With that game still very fresh in their memories, they take a look back at what they took away from that performance, as the 'Caps ultimately succumbed to the 'Quakes by a score of 4-3, after having done so well to go up 4-3. They look at how the 'Caps got that lead, but also how they throw away, while pondering one important question: could it all have been avoided? As a result of that question, it leads to a nuanced tactical debate, as they break down why San Jose was able to get back into the game, and how Marc Dos Santos could have potentially adjusted to neutralize the 'Quakes resurgence. After that, they shift their talk to the individual performances, as they rate the performance of every Whitecaps player that saw the field, before rating their 'Third Sub of the Game', which in this case was MLS debutant Patrick Metcalfe. To wrap up the episode, they look at the upcoming Seattle Sounders game on Sunday, and give their thoughts on what they could potentially see happening, as both teams get set to do battle in the latest installement of the Cascadia Cup. For a more in-depth preview on the 'Caps vs the Sounders, make sure to check out Episode 23, right at the 42nd minute, as Jeremiah Oshan of Sounder at Heart joined the show to set the table for that clash. You can find that episode here. 
1:14:36
July 17, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 23: Whitecaps MLS is Back Group B Preview (Ft. Alicia Rodriguez, Jeremiah Oshan and Sons of a Pitch Podcast)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! In this 23rd episode, Alex and Sam are back, this time joined by a full complement of guests, who join the show to help them preview the Vancouver Whitecaps 3 opponents throughout Group B at MLS is Back. To kick things off, they're joined by Alicia Rodriguez of SB Nation in California, who covers all California teams for SB Nation, including the San Jose Earthquakes with 'Center Line Soccer'. She takes the time to chat all things Earthquakes, including a look at the impact Matias Almeyda has had, the 'Quakes most important players, how they match up against the 'Caps, and the 'Third Wheel' rivalry both teams have developed. Next up, Alex and Sam are joined by Jeremiah Oshan of Sounder at Heart in Seattle, who covers all things Seattle soccer, with a primary focus on the Sounders. He takes the time to chat the Sounders vs Whitecaps rivalry, the Sounders struggles at MLS is Back so far, the important players on the Sounders, their squad's fitness conundrum, some scheduling woes, and the youth movement down in Seattle. Lastly, Alex and Sam are joined by Mike and Nick of Sons of a Pitch podcast, who run an MLS-based podcast out of the Chicago area. In that part, they take the time to chat the Fire's rebrand, the outlook for this rebuilding roster, their early-season defensive struggles, some returning and new players to watch, their thoughts on the new management, and how the move to Soldier Field can help out this club long-term. Alicia can be found on twitter @soccermusings, and she can be found in writing at Center Line Soccer, Angels on Parade and LAG Confidential, the three Californian SB Nation sites. Jeremiah can be found on twitter @JeremiahOshan, as well as in writing over at Sounder at Heart. Lastly, you can find Mike and Nick on twitter @SOPSoccer, as well as on their website, Sons of a Pitch, where they regularly post their podcast.
1:52:45
July 15, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 22: Previewing the Whitecaps ahead of MLS is Back
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! In this 22nd episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to discuss the Vancouver Whitecaps ahead of their debut in the MLS is Back tournament! From the squad, which was released this past week, to the schedule and group opponents, they take a look at their thoughts on the 'Caps ahead of this competition, which officially got underway this past week. Speaking of that, they also take a look at their early impressions from what they've seen so far in this tournament, which as of recording had only been 3 games, as they share what they like, and also dislike, about the league's return so far. From giving thumbs up to the quality of play and the Black Lives Matter protests, to thumbs down for the excessive advertisements and the weird rules, they share what's on their mind for MLS is Back tournament. Stay tuned for the next episode, as well, as Alex and Sam will bring in some people to chat the other teams in the 'Caps group, Chicago, San Jose and Seattle. 
1:46:56
July 10, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 21: Bubble Woes (FT: J.J. Adams)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! For this 21st episode, Alex and Sam are joined by J.J. Adams of Postmedia, who stopped by the podcast to chat some Whitecaps and MLS. To kick things off, they take a look at the latest Whitecaps news ahead of the MLS is Back tournament, which is now slated to kick off less than a week from now, and how the team has delayed their travel there as a result of some complications both at home and in Orlando. With their opening day game against FC Dallas at risk of postponement, due to an outbreak of COVID throughout Dallas's roster, J.J. shares why the 'Caps are playing things safe, and are now just waiting for the right moment to head down, which as of recording, appears to be on Saturday the 4th, now. After that, they take a look at how a lot of the struggles with this tournament could have been avoided, mainly due to the league's insistence on rushing things, and how it has made for an interesting couple of weeks. To round off J.J.'s portion of the show, they then take a look at the recent creation of the Black Players coalition of MLS, and how important that having that committee give a voice to Black players. In light of the recent protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, it's a good way to give a platform for Black players, and help MLS push towards that 'Soccer for All' slogan that they've loved to preach about. In the 2nd half of the show, Alex and Sam start things off with a look at the Canadian Premier League, and look at why news has been slow out of that league, before stating why they believe this recent silence could prove to be negative for the CPL as a whole. To wrap things off, as usual, they then go 'Around the World' in their closing segment, giving them a chance to shout out the NWSL, K-League, Premier League, La Liga and more.
1:11:53
July 3, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 20: Growing the Game (ft. Ben Steiner)
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! In this special episode, number 20, Alex and Sam are joined by BTS's own Ben Steiner, who is also the founder of 49Sport (https://49-sport.com/), a website covering all things USports in Canada, to chat MLS, USports and CPL soccer. So to kick things off, they dive straight into the latest Vancouver Whitecaps news, starting off with the release of the MLS's 'Return to Play' schedule this past week. They break down how they think this schedule favours the 'Caps, who play FC Dallas on July 9th, the San Jose Earthquakes on July 15th, and the Seattle Sounders on July 20th, before sharing their expectations and predictions for the tournament itself, which gets underway in less than 2 weeks. After that, the talk shifts to USports, as Ben breaks down the cancellations of the fall seasons in the OUA, Canada West and AUS, and how that affects programs that were already feeling the strain of this pandemic. How can USports recover from this? He shares his thoughts, and more, as they ponder the future of University sports in Canada. The talk then finishes off with some CPL and USports Soccer chatter, as they chat about the opportunity that the CPL is giving young soccer players in this country, who are now able to pursue both an education and a professional career, without sacrificing one or the other. As we've seen with the rise of players such as Joel Waterman, this new partnership is working, and the guys tip their hat to that, before offering some suggestions to push things forward even more. They then finish things off with a look at some names to watch this year in both USports and CPL soccer, before ending with 'Around the World', the look at leagues that are piquing their interest this week in the global game.
1:30:26
June 26, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 19: Mutually Parted Ways (FT. Harjeet Johal)
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub! In this special episode, Alex and Sam are back, this time joined by Harjeet Johal, A.K.A Har Journalist, a local Vancouver journalist who covers the Whitecaps, the Canada Women's national team and more, with bylines in ProSoccerUSA, The Equalizer, Daily Hive and more! To kick things off, they take a look at the departure of CEO Mark Pannes from the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the shockwaves that move has sent throughout the club. Har shares what she's heard from the inside, with this move blindsiding many, both inside and outside of the team. After years of frustration, this appears to have been the straw that broke many people's backs, and we take a look at why that is the case. Can the 'Caps come back from this? Is it time to sell? Is that even possible? Can new dual CEO and Sporting Director, Axel Schuster, handle the responsibility of his new job? They look at these questions, and many more, in the first part of the show. After, talk shifts to MLS, where the plans for the 'Return to Play' tournament continues to ramp up down in Orlando, with the official draw for the competition having been completed last week. They take a look at the draw itself, and why it's ridiculous to call it "a random draw", before voicing their concerns with the safety of players considering Florida's handling of COVID-19 recently. Lastly, the talk shifts over to Canada's Women's National Team, who made a big move last week by parting ways with head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller, coach of over 2 years now. Har shares her thoughts on the move, and what she is looking for from a next head coach, who will have a busy next couple of years of preparation, with the 2021 Olympics and 2023 World Cup coming up. As Canada's quest for their first major trophy continues, whoever is hired will have to find a way to push this team over a hump that they've never quite been able to get over. As is customary, the episode rounds off with Alex's and Sam's 'Around the World' segment, where they catch up on all things global soccer, including the Bundesliga, the Premier League and the K-League.
1:34:32
June 19, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 18: Disney Dreaming
Welcome back to the latest episode of the Third Sub! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, this time to discuss the return of MLS! With the news that the North American soccer circuit is planning to return next month in Orlando, they take a look at the positives and negatives of this 'Return to Play' tournament, both from a competitive and health protocol standpoint. They also take a look at how this affects the Vancouver Whitecaps, who are getting set to take this tournament really seriously, thanks to some of the incentives provided in terms of a prize pot and a potential CONCACAF Champions League spot. After that, to round off the episode, they take a look at their weekly Bundesliga and K-League wrap up, before teasing some new content to come during the next couple of weeks. 
1:21:33
June 12, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 17: MLS is back, CPL almost there and supporting Black Lives Matter
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk about some loaded subjects in both the North American and European soccer scene. First, they take a look at MLS's return to play strategy, which only materialized after intense negotiations, during which the MLSPA and MLS's owners butted heads on a myriad of issues. Despite strong resistance from the owners, the MLSPA stood strong, and eventually got most of the concessions that they wanted on a new CBA, paving the way for a return next month in Orlando. After that, talks shift up towards Canada, where the CPL is preparing a similar return plan to that of MLS, but they find themselves a few steps behind their fellow North American league, as the PFACan looks to ensure that its players are taken care of ahead of this proposed tournament. To round off the episode, the talk then shifts over to Europe and Asia for the weekly roundup of German and Korean football, with lots of interesting games to analyze in both circuits. And with everything going on in the US, Canada and all around the world, as people justly stand up against systemic racism in the wake of the George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery murders, Alex and Sam also both share their thoughts on the importance of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, while tipping their cap to those in the Bundesliga this weekend who did just that.
1:38:13
June 5, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 16: The framework for a return of soccer in NA
Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, this time to discuss the American and Canadian soccer scene as a whole, as various leagues within the two countries prepare for a return. They start with a look at the MLS plan for a return, with Orlando remaining as the likely hub city solution there, before shifting towards the return of the CPL, where various hub city candidates have not yet been whittled down, and teams await a return to individual training. Lastly, they take a look at the one North American league that has officially announced a return, the NWSL, and how their idea for a return can inspire others to follow suit, while also boosting women's soccer interest in both Canada and the US. To wrap up the episode, they then take a tour of the week that was in Bundesliga and KLeague action, where Alphonso Davies and Doneil Henry continued to shine for their various clubs, while the quality of play ramps up across the board.
1:24:40
May 28, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 15: Sampling the Bundesliga
In this episode of the Third Sub, Alex and Sam are back, this time to discuss German Soccer! With the Bundesliga's return, they dive into the first weekend back, and their impressions on how things went. They then shift talk over to Korea, where the KLeague's return is continuing, and take a look at how Doneil Henry fared this week. In the 2nd part of the show, they then shift talk over to North America, and discuss the potential of both the MLS and the CPL returning, albeit with a 'hub city' solution, before rounding things off with some MLS kit discussion and their answers to some hypothetical questions.
1:53:26
May 20, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 14: Soccer is back!
In this episode of the Third Sub, Alex and Sam are back, this time to actually discuss live soccer! Thanks to the return of the KLeague in Korea, live soccer is back, with the Bundesliga set to join them this weekend. As a result, they both dive into a match they had a close eye on, the Suwon Samsung Bluewings versus the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, as former Whitecap Doneil Henry was quite present in that match. Aside from that, they also dive into some MLS chat, with teams now able to return to training, along with some CPL chat, as an outgoing transfer from that league made big waves this week. It's a packed episode, as usual, so sit back, and enjoy!
1:30:18
May 14, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 13: Catching up with David Milinkovic
In this episode of the Third Sub, Alex and Sam are back once again, this time to chat about the Vancouver Whitecaps. From the recent initiatives that the club has been engaged in to help out around the city, to other news and nostalgic memories about the club, this episode is about all things Whitecaps. And, as a bonus, at the end is a special interview conducted by Alex with Whitecaps winger David Milinkovic, who took the time to sit down and share how things were going for him during this self-isolation period.
1:06:56
May 7, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 12: Inching towards soccer's return
In this 12th episode of the Third Sub, Alex and Sam are back, this time to take a look at the latest news in the global soccer world. They look at how MLS is slowly setting the stage for a return to play in North America, as leagues such as the South Korea's KLeague get set to return this week, with the potential success or failure of that venture likely to be something that MLS is following closely. After that, Alex lays out his argument on why leagues should consider finishing this year's season before worrying about the next one, in the wake of decisions made by leagues in France, Holland and Belgium. The episode then rounds off with a look at the USWNT'S fight for Equal Pay, and why it's ridiculous how their own federation has taken this battle so far, despite all that the women have done for them. 
1:02:15
May 4, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 11: Complicated days in North American soccer
In this episode, Alex and Sam look at the current situation in North America's soccer landscape, as things start to heat up on both sides of the border. Up in Canada, the players have unionized, giving them a much-needed voice, while down in the US, things are getting heated between the league and the MLSPA, with Mexico rounding things off with talk of an MLS/Liga MX Super League. They then take a look elsewhere in the world, taking a look at the sports impending return to Germany and South Korea, before making an ode to the good old Whitecaps days. 
1:38:52
April 23, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 10: Anthony Blondell, CPL Players Union and more
Alex and Sam are back with another episode of the Third Sub! In this one, things take a more serious turn, as they dive into the Anthony Blondell situation that has recently come to light, before taking a pivot over to the 2008 Whitecaps Women's Scandal that reached the public consciousness just over a year ago. They also take a look at the need for a Canadian Premier League players union, before taking a look at how and when the MLS could potentially make a return to action. 
1:33:14
April 15, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 9: Max Crepeau and Russell Teibert's zoom availability
Alex and Sam are back with a bonus episode of the Third Sub! In this special episode, they break down the recent Whitecaps zoom call availability, in which they had the chance to ask questions to midfielder Russell Teibert and goalkeeper Max Crepeau, looking at how the two 'Caps stars are coping with this new reality. From helping the new guys integrate into the squad, to keeping fit, they've been busy, and the guys are here to break it all down. 
1:03:56
April 12, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 8: The Third Sub Mount Rushmore
Alex and Sam are back with their latest episode of the Third Sub! In this one, they break down the latest news surrounding COVID-19 and football, take a look at what the Whitecaps are up to during this break, and then take a blast back to the past, where they break down their choices for their Whitecaps Mount Rushmore. Stay tuned for the end, where they also pick their 'Third Sub' Mount Rushmore, littered with legends of Whitecaps MLS past. 
2:02:21
April 8, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 7.2: What's new with the Whitecaps (ft. Keveren Guillou)
Alex and Sam are once again joined by Keveren Guillou in the 2nd part of Episode 7, as they dive into some of the audio from Dr. Jim Bovard and Mark Pannes' press conference from last week. They chat about what COVID-19 could do for the short and long term future of the Whitecaps, how it affects staff, players, season tickets before looking at how it could also affect MLS. They then round things off with a look at some fonder memories, including their first submission to the 'Third Sub Hall of Fame'. 
1:11:41
April 1, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 7.1: Diving into the unknown with Keveren Guillou
In part 1 of Episode 7, Alex and Sam are joined by Keveren, the head photographer of Between The Sticks. They chat about what it's like to be a photographer when games aren't on, and then talk about a game he would have been at before COVID-19 struck all over the world: Canada vs Trinidad and Tobago at Westhills Stadium in Victoria. They also round off part 1 with a look at how COVID-19 could impact the global football calendar. Part 2 to drop in the coming days, so stay tuned for that. 
52:25
March 29, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 6: Sportswriting without Sports
Alex and Sam are back for their latest episode of the Third Sub! In this one, they share their experience so far as sportswriters without sports, before diving into a couple of other topics, including the long term problem facing MLS, Alex's Football Manager odyssey, Carl Robinson and some questions surrounding COVID-19. They also promise (once again) the presence of some special guests in next week's episode... But joking aside, it's a jam-packed episode, so you won't want to miss it!
1:10:36
March 21, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 5: California Dreaming
Alex and Sam are back for the 5th episode of the Third Sub, where they get to talk about a Whitecaps victory! After the Whitecaps lost their opening day bout with Sporting Kansas City, they flew down to LA to take on the Galaxy, winning by a score of 1-0. On this episode, they break down this game, look ahead to next weekend's clash, look at how complete they think this squad is, talk about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and it's impact on soccer, take a look around MLS and more. 
1:41:49
March 11, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 4: Whitecaps lose game 1, but it's still early
In their 4th episode of the Third Sub, Alex and Sam are back to pick over the bones of a tough opening day Whitecaps loss to Sporting Kansas City. The result sucks, but it is early, so they also look ahead to why things could change in a matter of weeks, starting with this weekend against the LA Galaxy. They also look at some new signings, MLS's opening day weekend, their 'Third Sub' of the game and what could one day push Alex to go swimming and dye his hair blonde. 
1:39:02
March 4, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 3: Let the games begin
Back with their 3rd episode, Sam and Alex look back at Vancouver's last week of preseason, before looking ahead to their first game of the MLS season. They also round things off with a look at some CPL and Canadian Soccer news.
1:25:38
February 26, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 2: The Whitecaps preseason so far yielding results
Alex and Sam are back with the second episode of the Third Sub, as they break down the happenings of the Vancouver Whitecaps, before looking at the recent CanMNT and CPL news. They then wrap things up with a way too early look at their Whitecaps awards.
1:20:26
February 21, 2020
The Third Sub Episode 1: Kicking things off on the right foot
Welcome to the 1st episode of the Third Sub, a podcast covering all things Vancouver Whitecaps, Canadian Soccer and more. With your hosts, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan, you'll get to hear the ins and outs of the Vancouver and Canadian soccer scene, as they share the many thoughts they have on the sport in this city and country.
1:20:08
February 13, 2020