From rock stars to pundits From the Backline has always welcomed great guests to the show. Here's a sample of some of the personalities that have joined Mark and Jorge to chat about football, the Whitecaps and more!
KENDALL WASTON (EP. 150)
Since joining the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2014, Kendall has become one of their best and most popular players. Many Whitecap fans will remember Waston's memorable header on the last day of the 2014 season that sealed their place in the MLS playoffs.
Waston, along with teammate Christian Bolaños, are regulars in the Costa Rican national team, and Kendall has made several appearances for Los Ticos since joining the Whitecaps.
You can follow Kendall on Twitter
sem de wit (ep. 143)
Sem joined WFC2 at the beginning of the 2016 season, and Mark caught up with the Dutch centreback for a chat after one-all draw against Sounders FC2 at UBC Thunderbird Stadium back on Aug. 6th.
You can follow Sem on Twitter
DANIEL SQUIZZATO (REPEAT GUEST)
Daniel Squizzato is the Canadian national team reporter for MLSSoccer.com and Canadian Soccer News. Squizz is also covering the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio for Olympic.ca. He currently co-hosts the Canadian Footy Experiment podcast with former national team player Claire Rustad, and he hosted the Some Canadian Guys Talking About Soccer Podcast that ran from 2009-2012.
Daniel is an expert on the Canadian national team programs, and is the FTBL go-to guy for our national team coverage.
You can follow Daniel on Twitter
perry solkowski (ep. 140)
Perry is an experienced sports broadcaster and was the sports director at CTV British Columbia for almost 20 years. He is a veteran of hundreds of NHL, NBA, MLS, CFL and Olympic broadcasts and has been TSN's sideline reporter for the Whitecaps since 2012.
You can follow Perry on Twitter
erik hurtado & christian dean (ep. 138)
On Canada Day 2016 Mark & Jorge visited with Erik and Christian at Whitecaps training to find out how much they know about about Canada, poutine and what they like most about Vancouver and Canada.
Wiso Vazquez (ep. 136)
Wiso is the creator of Fut Mex Nation, the host of the Mexican Soccer Show and the Mexican National Team Correspondent for ESPN710AM Radio in Phoenix, AZ. We chatted with Wiso in Ep. 136 about El Tri's disastrous exit at the Copa América Centenario.
You can follow Wiso on Twitter
chu morah (ep. 134)
Chu Morah, or Chu Boi as he is better known, is a FIFA Twitch streamer and ex-FIFA Community Manager at EA Sports. In Episode 134 we talked all about the Whitecaps, Euro 2016 and Chu's awesome career at EA SPORTS and as a Twitch streamer.
nicolÁs mezquida (ep. 133)
Nico is one of the Whitecaps' most exciting players. Jorge chatted with Nico after training at BC Place, and the two made a memorable bet (which Nico lost)!
You can follow Nico on Twitter
chris rifer (ep. 132)
Chris is a contributor to Stumptown Footy, who cover the Portland Timbers. Chris has been a guest several times over the years, and is our go-to guy for all the latest Timbers news.
You can follow Chris on Twitter
MARIUS RØVDE (EP. 107 & 131)
Marius has been the goalkeeper coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC since 2011, and has a wealth of playing and coaching experience in Europe and around the world. Originally from Trondheim, Norway, Marius started his professional career with Rosenborg BK, and played for several other clubs in Norway, Scotland and Wales before retiring as a professional footballer in 2006. Before joining Whitecaps FC, Marius was the goalkeeping coach for the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation, and also coached in the Ontario Soccer Association (OSA), Durham Region Soccer Association (DRSA) and the professional Trinidadian club Joe Public FC. Marius also holds multiple coaching credentials including a UEFA Goalkeeper 'A' Coaching License and a UEFA 'B' Coaching License.
You can follow Marius on Twitter
Alan koch (EP. 130)
Alan is the head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC2, who play in the USL. Alan took charge at WFC2 prior to their inaugural USL season in 2015. Mark visited with Alan to chat about the hot start to WFC2's 2016 season.
You can follow Alan on Twitter
aron papernick (ep. 129)
Aron is the host/producer of Canada FC that airs weekly on SiriusXM Radio channel 167 "Canada Talks". Mark and Jorge have been regular guests on Canada FC since 2013.
You can follow Aron on Twitter
Jamie goldberg (EP. 128)
Jamie is the lead reporter covering the Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns & everything soccer for The Oregonian and she co-hosts the Soccer Made in PDX podcast with Chris Rifer.
You can follow Jamie on Twitter
peter galindo (EP. 122)
Peter is an associate editor and soccer contributor for Sportsnet.ca, as well as an MLS and U.S. men's national team featured columnist for Bleacher Report.
You can follow Peter on Twitter
CÉSar hernÁndez (EP. 121)
César is an expert on El Tri and covers all aspects of Mexican soccer for ESPN FC. He is also a contributor to the Mexican Soccer Show, which is a very popular show about Liga MX and the Mexican national team.
DON RUIZ (EP. 120)
Don has been in the Tacoma News Tribune sports department since 1999 and has covered the Seattle Sounders since their 2009 MLS expansion season.
You can follow Don on Twitter
HUGO CARLOS CHÁVEZ (EP. 116)
Hugo is a contributor for FutbolMLS.com,which is the official MLS website in Spanish. Hugo is also one of the regular co-hosts of Tiro Libre, the Spanish language podcast of FutbolMLS.com. Hugo brings a wealth of knowledge about MLS and he is our resident Liga MX expert.
MAURO ROSALES (EP. 115)
Currently with FC Dallas, Mauro played for the Whitecaps from 2014-15. Prior to his time in Vancouver he also played for Chivas USA and the Seattle Sounders, where he was named MLS Newcomer of the Year. Mauro has also played for AFC Ajax in Holland as well as River Plate and Newell's Old Boys in Argentina. Rosales was a member of the Argentinian men's team that won an Olympic Gold Medal in Athens in 2004.
You can follow Mauro on Twitter
VICTOR BLASCO (eP. 113)
Victor is a skilled attacking player, who joined Whitecaps FC2 for their inaugural USL season in 2015. Prior to joining WFC2 Victor played one season for the Vancouver Island University Mariners in Nanaimo, and helped his team qualify for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national tournament. Thanks in part to Victor's two goals and assists the Mariners finished runners up, and Victor was named a tournament all-star.
Victor is originally from Spain and started his soccer career at the famed La Masia at FC Barcelona, and was scouted by WFC2 head coach Alan Koch when he was coaching at Simon Fraser University.
JOHN CULLEN (EP. 112)
John is, among other things including a curler and teacher, a very talented stand up comedian. John is also a long-time Whitecaps fan and season ticket holder and he joined us in Ep. 112 to talk about Bond villans, driving lessons, bro-culture and more. We even talked about the Whitecaps (barely).
You can follow John on Twitter
Russell Berrisford (EP. 100)
Russell covers the Whitecaps for the Vancouver Sun and his column Soccer Shorts always presents poignant and thought-provoking commentary. Russell was our very first guest on From the Backline and he is the first inductee in the “FTBL Legends Circle”.
You can follow Russell on Twitter
DAVID SKILLING (EP. 111)
David is a PR & Marketing professional for professional athletes and entertainers. He is the owner and founder of Six of 1, a full-service PR, brand management & marketing company.
You can follow David on Twitter
MARIE HUI (EP. 110)
Marie Hui, based in Vancouver, Canada, is a freelance singer, performer and songwriter. She currently serves as the national anthem singer for the all the Vancouver Whitecaps home matches.
You can follow Marie on Twitter
BEN MAXWELL (EP. 109)
Ben is an Australian journalist based out of Japan. Ben is the creator and host of the J-Talk Podcast. The only 100% English podcast covering Japanese football.
You can follow Ben on Twitter
STEVEN AGEN (EP. 105)
You can follow Steven on Twitter
MATT JOHNSON (EP. 97)
Matt is the drummer of the legendary band 54-50, and is equal parts soccer fan and Canadian rock star. Matt is also a passionate Whitecaps FC and Leeds United supporter.
You can follow Matt on Twitter
Simon Fudge (EP. 96)
Simon is a long-time soccer journalist and he currently contributes for Goal Canada, and Soccer Talk Vancouver. Simon also previously worked with Sky Sports in the UK, the Vancouver Courier and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Simon is a proud native of Regina, Sask.
You can follow Simon on Twitter
BEN FISK (EP. 94)
Ben is a professional footballer, who plays for Deportivo La Coruña B in Spain, and is a member of the Canadian Men's U23 team. Ben is also a graduate of the Whitecaps FC youth system, and is a native of Vancouver, BC.
You can follow Ben on Twitter
KEVIN LARAMÉE (EP. 92)
Kevin is a sports reporter based out of Montreal, QC, covering North American soccer, amateur and Olympic sports and any sporting event that catches his attention. Kevin produces a plethora of podcasts including: Off the Woodworkx, Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast, USL Radio and Down the Aisle Wrestling Podcast.
You can follow Kevin on Twitter
Tyler GreeN (EP. 75)
Tyler is a freelance soccer reporter covering Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Canadian National Teams. Tyler is a broadcasting veteran and he currently is the co-host of Soccer Talk Vancouver, and he also writes for 24 Hours Vancouver.
You can follow Tyler on Twitter
Carl Valentine (EP. 67)
A legend of Canadian and Vancouver soccer, Carl is a former Whitecaps and Canadian National Team player. Carl is also a Whitecaps FC club ambassador, and is one of the club's most recognizable faces.
You can follow Carl on Twitter