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Saturday November 1

VMSL: Inter FC vs Columbus FC
4:00pm Trillium Park, Vancouver
Two struggling teams will meet in the ‘Italian Derby’, with 3 very important points on the line!

LIWSA: Saanich Fusion FC vs Prospect Lake
8:00pm Lochside Turf, Saanich
Top of the table Lakers have a  +21 goal differential after 5 games played while third place SFFC are 5 points back and only have a +5.

VISL: Lakehill McLaren Lighting vs Saanich Fusion FC
4:00pm Braefoot Park
After a strong start to the season revamped Lakehill have slipped and are 9 points back of second place SFFC. SFFC have little hope of catching the Island Div1M league leaders Cowichan FC this season.

Sunday november 2

FVSL:Abbotsford United vs Westcoast Selects
6:00pm Abbotsford Secondary Turf

MWSL: NSGSC Renegades vs Surrey United Premier 
8:00pm Windsor Secondary NV

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29 October 1938
King George V attended the Second Division match between Norwich City and Millwall. The London side won through goals from Brolly and Barker.
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Major League Soccer - October 25, 2014 - BC Place, Vancouver, BC
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wednesday, october 29, 2014

Vancouver Whitecaps ready for 'battle' against FC Dallas in MLS playoffs
Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert expects a "battle" and "fight." Goalkeeper David Ousted is prepared for a "brawl." There are usually fireworks when the Whitecaps meet FC Dallas and Wednesday's one-game, first-round playoff matchup in Texas should be no different. Canada.com

Ready for battle: 'Caps discuss rivalry with FC Dallas
If their last two regular season meetings are a gauge, Wednesday night's Western Conference play-in match between FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (6 p.m. PT; TSN1) is going to be a battle. The dislike between the two teams has spilled onto the sidelines in their last two games. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps try to make history with playoff win
It’s the second time in franchise history that Vancouver made it to the MLS post-season, having previously lost to the LA Galaxy in the first round in 2012. Vancouver will try to improve on that this time around, with the first obstacle being FC Dallas, who is back in the post-season for the first time since 2011. The Whitecaps can make history by becoming the first Canadian team to win an MLS playoff game. Sportsnet

Vancouver will win on Wednesday if...
What does Vancouver need to do to win Wednesday’s MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Round playoff match against FC Dallas?  Which player is most important to their success? What’s the key matchup to watch? We asked six different Whitecaps FC pundits these questions and more. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps face tough playoff challenge against FC Dallas
After an emotionally charged night at BC Place on Saturday when Vancouver Whitecaps beat Colorado Rapids to secure a place in the MLS Playoffs, Carl Robinson's men now face another must-win encounter as they open the postseason in Dallas on Wednesday night in the Knockout Round. TSN

Four keys to 'Caps playoff success
The Major League Soccer season has ended and now it’s time to celebrate a visit to the post-season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC making their second ever appearance in the MLS Playoffs. What the Whitecaps did so well in their final five matches of the season is what will guide the team through the playoffs. 24 Hours

Why not us? Streaking Vancouver Whitecaps ready to "make a little bit of history" in playoffs vs. FC Dallas
Every team in this season's playoffs will feel that they have a shot at bringing home the MLS Cup come December. The Vancouver Whitecaps are no different and are heading into their Knockout Round game against FC Dallas Wednesday night in a confident mood on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.

FC Dallas hint at lineup tweaks for playoff curtain-raiser vs. budding rivals Vancouver Whitecaps
Armed with a new coach and a deep roster, FC Dallas make their return to the MLS Cup Playoffs, presented by AT&T, on Wednesday night for the first time in three years in what promises to be yet another heated clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps. MLS

Whitecaps' Sam Adekugbe to the rescue  
Sam Adekugbe didn’t have much time to think about the situation or what was at stake on Saturday. That was probably a good thing. The 19-year-old Whitecaps’ fullback was thrust into the crucial, must-win game at BC Place against Colorado in the 33rd minute when Steve Beitashour had to come out after pulling a hamstring. The Province

Toronto FC coach Vanney lays out blueprint, says more is expected from players
Head coach Greg Vanney is laying out his blueprint for Toronto FC, saying players will have to meet higher standards next season. Vanney says anyone who doesn't want to be at the club can look to go elsewhere. TSN

Henry, Toronto FC still mum over sale to unidentified Cyprus club
The plot thickens over defender Doneil Henry, who remains in the Toronto FC fold for the time being despite being secretly sold six months ago to a club in Cyprus. The 21-year-old Canadian international, who has made no secret of his desire to play in Europe, spent the 2014 season on loan with Toronto. Canada.com

Toronto FC players says club is close to success, make plea for stability
TToronto FC players say the club's ever-revolving door has to stop swinging if they are to reach the next level. The MLS franchise failed to reach the playoffs for the eighth straight year, finishing with an 11-15-8 record in seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. TSN

Toronto FC teammates want Jermain back, although Gilberto a little lukewarm
Star striker Jermain Defoe was an ocean away but his Toronto FC teammates showed him a lot of love Tuesday. "I love Jermain personally. He's a great guy," said left fullback Justin Morrow. "Really great for the locker-room, funny guy. And obviously his quality on the pitch is unbelievable ... I would love to have him back, he's a great teammate." Canada.com

Jermain Defoe: ‘Toronto’s taunts hurt me but I’ve got eight years left’
Former England striker unsure if his first MLS season will be his last but believes he still has a lot to offer Premier League clubs – and England. The Guadian

No playoffs but Toronto FC records club attendance record in 2014
Maybe it wasn't quite a bloody big deal, but Toronto FC did set a club record for attendance this season. The MLS team drew 375,463 fans to BMO Field, up 30,928 over the previous franchise record of 344,535 set in 2011. This season TFC attracted 15 straight sellouts of 22,591 before attendance at the two final home games dropped to 18,269 and 18,329, respectively. The club drew 308,233 fans in 2013. Canada.com

Seattle Sounders announce multi-year contract extension for MVP candidate Obafemi Martins
MMartins is among the favourites for league MVP after scoring a franchise-record 17 goals and adding 13 assists as Seattle finished with the best record in the league and won the Supporters' Shield for the first time in club history. Martins assisted on the game-winning goal in Seattle's 2-0 win over Los Angeles last weekend that clinched the regular-season title. WFP

Portland Timbers winger, former No. 1 pick Steve Zakuani announces retirement at age 26
"When my career became more about the injections, MRIs, surgeries, doctors visits, painkillers and limited physical capabilities than the playing, enjoyment, love and passion for the game, I knew it was time to call it a day," Zakuani said in a message written on SteveZakuani.com. MLS

Transitioning to the Off-Season
What do the majority of MLS players do now that the offseason is upon them? Allow Philadelphia's Zac MacMath to guide you through the typical routine. StudsUpGK.com

BC Place ramps blamed for Whitecaps fan’s knee injury
A Vancouver Whitecaps fan is blaming slippery ramps at BC Place Stadium for an accident that seriously injured his knee over the weekend. Basil Rolfe was walking down the winding concrete ramps to his seat at the Colorado Rapids game on Saturday when he slipped and fell. CTV

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Vikes one win away from CIS national championship berth
Following an 8-1-3 regular season record and a recent 2-1 win over the Fraser Valley Cascades, the University of Victoria Vikes men's soccer team are now just one win away from a spot at the CIS national championship. The Vikes men have not appeared at nationals since they last hosted and won in 2011. UVic

VIU women's soccer team scores provincial championship 
The VIU Mariners have been supremely focused, and it's brought them a provincial championship. Vancouver Island University's women's soccer team won the Pacific Western Athletic Association title on Saturday night in Squamish, defeating the Langara Falcons 1-0 in the gold-medal match. Nanaimo News Bulletin

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Inter FC Win First Game of the the VMSL Premier Division Season (Photo: Richard Howes)Inter FC Win First Game of the the VMSL Premier Division Season
ICST Pegasus remained in sole possession of first place as a result of a clear-cut 3-0 victory over Columbus FC, while West Van FC stayed in the running for the league title by defeating the once powerful Surrey United Firefighters by a 2-0 scoreline.

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Canada falls to Japan in international women's friendly
Second-half substitute Aya Sameshima scored in stoppage time after Sophie Schmidt had tied it late as Japan defeated Canada 3-2 on Tuesday in a wild international women's soccer friendly. CBC

Herdman: Canada will be ready
Despite losing both games of a two-match friendly series with world champions Japan, coach John Herdman believes Canada will be ready when it hosts the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Goal

Canada WNT show a glimpse of World Cup potential against Japan
For just over 90 minutes at BC Place on Tuesday night, Canada’s women’s national team was the equal of the reigning World Champions Japan. But when you take on the best teams in the world, those sorts of teams make the most of the chances that are given to them. That’s exactly what happened. CSA

Canada lags behind as World Cup looms
Canada is among the handful of solid women’s sides in the world, but this two-game series against Japan is a reminder that while on its day this team can compete with the best there is still somewhat of a gap. Sportsnet

Canadian soccer player Matheson out with knee injury
Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson will be out of action indefinitely after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She was hurt in a 3-0 loss to Japan last Saturday in Edmonton. CBC

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New Zealand qualifies for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ 
ewew Zealand is the 22nd nation to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™, booking its spot after winning the 2014 OFC Women's Nations Cup. New Zealand qualified after wrapping up the confederation tournament with three-straight wins.

Canadian Soccer Association denies targeting players involved in turf lawsuit
"The Canadian Soccer Association categorically denies that it engaged in any retaliation against players who filed complaints under the Human Rights Code against the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA regarding the use of turf at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015," the association said in a statement Tuesday. Canada.com

 ‘We should eradicate turf from football’
Some tolerate it. Most don’t like it and it’s safe to say they would all like to see it gone. Players on Canada’s three Major League Soccer teams can’t escape playing on artificial turf in the North American League. But they clearly prefer the real thing. Globe and Mail

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Emblem revealed at International Space Station2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Emblem revealed at International Space Station
The first part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ brand identity was revealed today with the launch of the event’s Official Emblem. This key visual asset of the first FIFA World Cup™ to be held on Russian soil was unveiled with the assistance of the International Space Station crew, and complemented by a light projection on the historic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

FIFA gives Nigeria last chance to avoid long-term ban & miss African Cup
FIFA has given Nigeria one last chance to avoid a "lengthy" ban that would prevent the reigning champion from defending its title at next year's African Cup of Nations. FIFA wants a court order nullifying recent Nigeria Football Federation elections to be rescinded by midday Friday Nigerian time, regarding it as government interference in football, which isn't allowed under the world body's rules. WFP

BPL referee dropped for attending Sheeran concert
A Premier League referee has been dropped this weekend for breaking protocol so that he could watch an Ed Sheeran pop concert. Sportsnet

England's lost football grounds
When Manchester City left Maine Road in the city's Moss Side area in 2003, taxi driver Gaz Stevenson decided to take a bit of the old ground back with him. He said: "I walked across the pitch and where Shaun Goater scored in the 3-1 win for City in the last derby at Maine Road. I stood just on the edge of the six-yard box. BBC

Maradona denies hitting former fiancee
Retired soccer legend Diego Maradona has denied allegations of domestic abuse after video footage emerged online appearing to show the sportsman lashing out at his former fiancee. Rocio Oliva secretly filmed the altercation on her cell phone after becoming embroiled in a heated argument with her then-partner at their home. 24 Hours

tuesday, october 28, 2014

How do Whitecaps FC stack up against FC Dallas?
How do Vancouver Whitecaps FC stack up against FC Dallas, their opponent in Wednesday’s single-game knockout playoff match at Toyota Stadium? (6 p.m. PT, TSN1, TSN 1040)

Whitecaps FC set to kick off 2014 MLS Cup Playoff campaign Wednesday at FC Dallas
This is what we’ve all be waiting for. After a dramatic win in their regular season finale, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12W-8L-14D) are set to kick off their 2014 MLS Cup Playoff campaign on Wednesday night when they visit FC Dallas (16W-12L-6D) in a single-game Knockout Round match at Toyota Stadium. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps fine with being underdogs
They are the hottest team in the Western Conference heading into the MLS Cup playoffs, but as the fifth and final seed, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC are officially the underdogs for Wednesday’s knockout round match against FC Dallas. That’s just fine with Carl Robinson. “The pressure’s on Dallas. They’re at home,” the Whitecaps head coach said Monday before boarding a flight to Texas. “They’re expected to win. 24 Hours

Confident Whitecaps relishing playoffs underdog role against Dallas
The Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas will renew their bubbling rivalry on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas with a spot in the MLS semi-finals against the Seattle Sounders on the line. Vancouver earned a spot in the playoffs as a 5th seed thanks to as seventieth minute goal by Kendall Waston in a crucial 1-0 win over Colorado. RedNation

O'Brien-Waston defensive partnership a key for Vancouver Whitecaps
Andy O'Brien sat out seven straight games because of injury and coaching decisions earlier this season for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fellow defender Kendall Waston wasn't even a member of the Major League Soccer club until August. What a difference a couple of months has made for both players. Metro

Voting now underway for 2014 Whitecaps FC Goal of the Year
After an exciting regular season in which Vancouver Whitecaps FC won the Cascadia Cup, clinched a berth in the 2015/16 CONCACAF Champions League, and a secured a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the time has come to select the 2014 Whitecaps FC Goal of the Year. Whitecaps FC

Vote Kendall Waston for MLS Player of the Month, MLS Goal of the Week
One of the most influential mid-season signings in MLS, Kendall Waston led the 'Caps to four straight shutouts in an undefeated month of October (3W-0L-1D). The Costa Rican international also powered home the lone goal in the Vancouver's playoff-clinching 1-0 win over Colorado in the season finale.  As a result, Waston has been nominated for MLS Player of the Month and MLS Goal of the Week. Whitecaps FC

David Ousted sends Vancouver Whitecaps to playoffs, takes top spot
David Ousted could easily be credited for getting his Vancouver Whitecaps into the MLS Cup Playoffs with a stellar performance in their 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. He was also awarded with the top spot in Castrol Index Weekly Top 20 for Week 33. MLS

MLS Cup Playoffs Preview
The MLS Cup Playoffs are quite unlike anything else in the world of club soccer. While it’s not the case that every other soccer league decides their champion by virtue of a single table, the format MLS uses is unique. 86Forever

Impact point to lack of leadership, cohesion for last-place finish in MLS
Montreal Impact players painted a picture of a leaderless, clique-ridden squad as they wrapped up a dismal Major League Soccer season Monday. A 1-1 draw with D.C. United on Saturday left Montreal with a 6-18-10 record and last overall in the 19-team league. It was a season that started badly and only got marginally better. CBC

A depressing season for Montreal Impact
The mood at Stade Saputo was overwhelmingly gloomy this week, as the Montreal Impact held a press conference which saw coach Frank Klopas, vice president Richard Legendre and most of the Impact’s roster offer their appraisal of the 2014 Major League Soccer season. Sportsnet

Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley to have foot surgery
Michael Bradley is scheduled for surgery Tuesday and fellow Toronto FC star Jermain Defoe may have to follow. Both are back in their home country for medical attention and will miss the Major League Soccer club's end-of-season player availability Tuesday. CBC

Failure to communicate makes matters worse for Toronto FC
Toronto FC's 2014 season ended Saturday night. You may not have noticed as, for many, the season ended weeks ago. Negative headlines took the place of meaningful football as Toronto FC's playoff hopes slipped away. TSN

Chivas USA disbands after 10 troubled years; MLS plans new LA franchise in 2017
Chivas USA has ceased operations after 10 years in Major League Soccer, with the league planning a new franchise for Los Angeles that will begin play in 2017 with new ownership and a new soccer-specific stadium. The league's Board of Governors unanimously decided to shut down Chivas USA after reviewing a new plan for the Los Angeles market. TSN

Chivas USA folds; MLS will realign, relaunch second LA team in 2017
As expected, Chivas USA has played its final game. On Monday afternoon, Major League Soccer officially pulled the plug on its failed Southern California soccer experiment, announcing that the 10-year-old club will cease operations and be replaced by an expansion team scheduled to launch in 2017. Sports Illustrated

MLS announces new strategy for Los Angeles market, 2015 conference alignment
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today a new strategy for the Los Angeles market.  Effective immediately, Chivas USA will cease operations.  On Thursday, Oct. 30, the League will announce a new MLS Los Angeles club and ownership group.  The new club will begin play in 2017. MLS

Expansion Draft countdown: Orlando City already conducting rehearsals for December 10
Orlando City Soccer Club is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to compiling their roster for the 2015 Major League Soccer season, their first after winning two titles in four years in USL PRO. While the club has been finalizing contract offers with holdovers from their 2014 roster, the pieces won’t truly start coming together until December, when the club takes part in the MLS Expansion Draft. MLS

Silverbacks’ future cloudy
We’re still just over two years away from Atlanta joining MLS but, according to the latest figures on ticket deposits, interest in the new team continues to be on an uptick. However, that interest might spell the end for the city’s current team: the Atlanta Silverbacks. Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Canada WNT getting another chance at World Champions
Three days after Japan showed the kind of clinical finishing expected of the defending World Champions, Canada’s women’s national team will be out to rebound in the venue that will host the final of next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. CSA

Injured Matheson ruled out for Canada vs Japan
The Canadian women’s team gets another shot at Japan on Tuesday night at B.C. Place—another crack at the defending World Cup champions to see if it can improve upon the 3-0 loss it suffered at the hands of the Japanese this past weekend in Edmonton. Sportsnet

Canadian Chapman impressive in women's debut
Nobody is touting Allysha Chapman as the solution to the Canadian women’s team’s issues at left fullback. But she does offer a bit of hope. Coach John Herdman has long identified the left side of the defence as a problem area, especially with Lauren Sesselmann sidelined with a knee injury since March. Sportsnet

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Lawyers for elite women allege threat of reprisals in World Cup turf complaint
Lawyers for a group of elite female players challenging the use of artificial turf at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 are alleging that the women are being pressured to drop their lawsuit. Canada.com

Sinclair and Canadian teammates refuse to get involved in World Cup turf war
Canada's women's soccer team is refusing to get involved in the turf war surrounding the 2015 Women's World Cup. Earlier this month, a coalition of international star players, including Abby Wambach of the U.S. and Marta of Brazil, filed legal action with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal seeking to have games played on grass rather than artificial turf. TSN

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FIFA Statement on the Ebola epidemic
Since the beginning of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, FIFA has been in regular contact with the World Health Organisation (WHO) reviewing the impact of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on global public health, mass gatherings and in particular its potential effects on football. FIFA

Men’s shortlists for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 revealed Men’s shortlists for FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014 revealed
Four days after announcing the names of the candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football for 2014 awards, FIFA and France Football have today revealed the names for the men’s awards. FIFA

Report: Wanderers fans down due to Saudi visa rules; only 14 travelling for Asian club final
The Asian Football Confederation says it has no power to intervene in visa issues for fans amid reports that only 14 Western Sydney Wanderers supporters — including one woman — were travelling to the Saudi capital for the final of the continental club championship. Saudi Arabia has strict visa guidelines that can make it difficult for women travelling unaccompanied, and for Jewish visitors or people who have visited Israel. WFP

Anelka fails to inspire Mumbai as Chennaiyin prevails 5-1 in Indian Super League match
Former France striker Nicolas Anelka had a forgettable return from suspension when his Mumbai franchise team was drubbed 5-1 by Chennaiyin in the Indian Super League on Tuesday. WFP

monday, october 27, 2014

Whitecaps Open Playoffs Wednesday in Dallas
The Vancouver Whitecaps will hope this kick at the playoffs will go a little better than last time around. Of course, that would be in 2012, when the Whitecaps backed their way into the post-season like a wounded animal, eventually falling to the LA Galaxy in the single knockout round. 86Forever

Beitashour out for Whitecaps’ playoff game in Dallas
Beitashour out for Whitecaps’ playoff game in Dallas | The Province Steven Beitashour, the Whitecaps starting right-back, will miss the club’s first-round playoff game at Dallas on Wednesday. A pulled hamstring forced him out of Saturday’s memorable 1-0 win over Colorado at B.C. Place. Caps coach Carl Robinson confirmed the news after a recovery session at UBC on Sunday. Back of the Net

Waston leads Whitecaps to MLS playoffs
What a special night! This was one of the most anticipated matches in the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS era. It was the first match back at BC Place after the Whitecaps sealed both the Cascadia Cup and qualification for the CONCACAF Champion’s league. There was an air of celebration and a palpable confidence that we could qualify for the playoffs as well. Whitecaps Fan

After sending Vancouver Whitecaps to playoffs, Kendall Waston says "biggest" goal lies ahead
There's already been a lot written about Vancouver Whitecaps central defender Kendall Waston in his short MLS career to date, but if the Costa Rican keeps putting in key match-winning performances, the words will keep on coming. MLS

Magician Morales gives Whitecaps plenty of reasons to smile
He was already an entertainer. The smiles came before the passes, before the dribbles, the crosses and the shots. It was early March when Pedro Morales joined up with his new team in Vancouver and the public and his new teammates got to see what the coaching staff had warned them about. TSN

Whitecaps defeat Rapids to clinch MLS playoff spot
The crowd began to rise to its feet. It was as if the 21,000 fans in attendance at BC Place Stadium could sense something special coming. Then Pedro Morales stood over a corner kick, delivered the ball perfectly into the box and towering defender Kendall Waston got his noggin on it, deflecting the ball into the net for the biggest goal of the Vancouver Whitecaps season. Metro

$500 fine: Robinson told his players, ‘no phones before the match’
Sometimes, you really have to mean it. Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson revealed after Saturday night’s vital 1-0 win that he’d told the players there was to be no checking the out-of-town scoreboard in the lead-up to the game. The concentration had to be at home, nowhere else. As anyone with a smartphone knows, the temptation to check what’s going on, mindlessly, is an easy one to succumb to. But sometimes you have to put your foot down. On Saturday, the gaffer did. Back of the Net

In The Cold Light Of Day: Whitecaps clearly moving forward under Carl Robinson
When Martin Rennie was fired as Vancouver Whitecaps head coach a year ago, the fanbase and pundits had mixed thoughts on the whole situation, with online polls of various respectability showing a fairly even split of opinion. AFTN

Looking back at Vancouver's playoff history
It’s playoff time! After their 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are off to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the second time since joining the league in 2011. This is the best time of the year – something longtime ‘Caps supporters would know all too well. Since their inaugural year in 1974, the club has now reached the playoffs in 33 of 39 seasons. That’s an 85 per cent success rate. Whitecaps FC

Wild weekend puts MLS play-off picture into focus
Several variables affecting Major League Soccer’s play-offs were settled during the final weekend of regular season action, including the league’s Supporters’ Shield winners. The award handed to the team with the most points accumulated during the 34-game season went to Seattle Sounders after a tight two-legged fixture with Los Angles Galaxy to wrap up the final matches in October. FIFA

The MLS playoff field is set: A quick rundown of what to expect
A 2-0 win for the New York Red Bulls over Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park on Sunday in the league's season finale settled the Eastern Conference seedings and flipped the script from what it had looked like for a while. Heading into the weekend, Sporting KC were in 3rd place, followed by the Columbus Crew and then the Red Bulls, and most people assumed it would finish that way when the dust settled. Wrong. MLS

Complete MLS playoff schedule 
The MLS playoffs kick off Wednesday with the first of two knockout games when FC Dallas hosts Vancouver. The second game takes place Thursday when New York hosts defending champion Sporting Kansas City. The conference semifinals and finals are two-leg affairs. MLS Cup 2014 will be played Dec. 7 at the site of the finalist with best regular-season record. Soccer America

Wright-Phillips equals MLS season goal record
English forward Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice to equal the Major League Soccer season goal record as the New York Red Bulls beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the league’s regular-season finale on Sunday. With his 26th and 27th goals, Wright-Phillips joined Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Roy Lassiter (1996) atop the list. Sportsnet

Di Vaio among elite strikers in MLS history
When looking at Marco Di Vaio’s overall numbers it is clear that despite only joining the league at age 36 he is one of the elite strikers in Major League Soccer. Soccer

Toronto FC 2014 Year End Report Card
With a disappointing season now officially completed, the Toronto FC brass now have a challenging and complex task ahead of them as they evaluate their roster and look to reload for next year. Overall, the flaws in TFC’s roster became evident as the season progressed, with the Reds missing key veteran difference makers down the spine of the team. RedNation

Orlando City sign defender Luke Boden, midfielder Harrison Heath from USL PRO squad
Orlando City's roster continues to take shape ahead of their 2015 entry into MLS. The Lions announced on Monday that they have signed defender Luke Boden and midfielder Harrison Heath, both from their USL PRO squad, to multi-year deals. MLS

DP theory, a new attendance record for MLS & other Week 33 thoughts
And so the 19th regular season of Major League Soccer came to a close. We've had our Landon Donovan retrospective, and we've bid farewell to Jay DeMerit and Carlos Bocanegra. The great Marco Di Vaio went out with a bang, as well. Logan Pause helped the Fire to a rare win in his last show. And maybe – right? – Thierry Henry is next. MLS

Chivas USA marks what could be final MLS appearance with win over Earthquakes
Felix Borja scored in the 32nd minute, and Chivas USA beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in the season finale for both teams on Sunday. Erick Torres beat defender Víctor Bernardez along the end line and bounced his shot off the far post. TSN

MLS Commissioner talks expansion to Minneapolis, ties and Fire
With expansion commitments in place in New York City, Atlanta and Orlando, Fla., Major League Soccer could be eyeing a Midwest city for its next franchise. Expansion to Minneapolis-St. Paul would give the Fire another regional rival; their closest rivals are the Columbus Crew in Ohio and Sporting Kansas City in Missouri. Chicago Tribune

Sacramento Republic execs, mayor to meet in New York with top Major League Soccer officials
Continuing to press their case for a Major League Soccer franchise, top executives of Sacramento Republic FC and Mayor Kevin Johnson will make a presentation to league officials Tuesday in New York. Sacramento Bee

A Look At All NASL Postseason Scenarios
Saturday night featured four Fall Season Week 16 games, and while they didn't clarify everyting in the postseason picture, a lot more is known about several teams' positions in The Championship. NASL

Fury FC Edged in Home Finale
In front of a boisterous crowd of 4172 that braved the chilly weather for the final Fury FC home game of 2014, the homeside narrowly fell 2-1 to fellow NASL expansion side Indy Eleven. Ottawa Fury

FC Edmonton’s post-season hopes die in Fort Lauderdale
Soccer can be such a cruel game. A hero can be transformed into a scapegoat with just one kick of the ball. For 83 minutes, Eddies keeper John Smits was the best player on the field in Fort Lauderdale; in a game that the Eddies had to win, Smits made a series of wonderful saves to keep the score at 0-0. The11

BC Soccer to Restructure Their Soccer Development Team
BC Soccer will be restructuring their Soccer Development team to best support the organization and their five year strategic plan.  The new structure will have the Soccer Development team support three priority pillars of activity:  High Performance, Grassroots and Coach Education. BC Soccer

BC Soccer's High Performance Programming for January 2015
BC Soccer’s new High Performance Programming (formerly known as the Provincial Development Program) will begin its first project in January, 2015. The program will continue to be based around the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League Schedule (BCSPL) and will continue to provide a platform for high-performance youth players to be assessed. BC Soccer

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Whitecaps FC Residency stay hot with wins over Santa Cruz Breakers Academy
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency kept up their impressive starts to the 2014-15 United States Soccer Development Academy campaign on Sunday, as both the U-18s and U-16s earned wins over their counterparts from Santa Cruz Breakers Academy. Whitecaps FC

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Stokes’ 90th minute stinger punches Vikes’ ticket to Canada West Final Four
The University of Victoria Vikes men's soccer team punched their ticket to the Canada West Final Four in a dramatic finish. Fifth-year striker Cameron Stokes scored his second of the match in the 90th minute to lift the Vikes 2-1 over the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades on Oct .26 in the Canada West quarter-finals. UVic

Heat soccer season ends in Vancouver
In a highly anticipated matchup in the quarterfinals of the Canada West men’s soccer playoffs, the UBC Okanagan Heat would eventually fall short to their sister-school in the No. 3 UBC Thunderbirds 3-0, who advance to the Final Four following victory in Vancouver. Kelowna Capital News

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It’s oh so quiet: Japan trounces Canada in front of disappointing announced crowd of 9,654.
I hate writing soccer-attendance stories. They remind me of the times I used to have to lobby and lobby editors to give a soccer story a little more space, or any space at all. So, just the writing this column is making me owly and growly.

USA reign supreme as trio qualify for Canada
An action-packed 12 days of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship 2014 resulted in USA, Costa Rica and Mexico qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ and the Stars and Stripes winning their seventh regional title. FIFA

Field filling up for Women's World Cup in Canada
And then there were three. Cameroon, Costa Rica, the Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria and the U.S. have all qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, leaving just three berths up for grabs for next summer’s 24-team tournament. The three remaining finalists will come from the winners of two separate playoffs and the Oceania championship. Sportsnet

Hosting Women's World Cup cuts both ways
Hosting a FIFA Women’s World Cup can be a double-edged sword at times. On one hand, as host, Canada gets an automatic berth into the tournament and home field advantage. Yet, they’ll go into the event not having played a meaningful match since the bronze-medal game at the 2012 London Olympics. Canoe

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Canucks Abroad: October 26, 2014
With every Canadian back in the swing of domestic club football after their mid-month friendly against Colombia, now supporters can keep an eye on Canucks abroad as they approach the November friendly against Panama. RedNation

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Soweto derby postponed over Meyiwa death
A league fixture between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs scheduled for Soweto this weekend has been postponed after South Africa and Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead. The fixture between the two most successful and popular football clubs in the republic was guaranteed to attract a sell-out 90,000 crowd to the Soccer City stadium in Soweto. FIFA

Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa soccer captain, shot and killed
South African police on Monday launched a massive operation to find the killers of the national soccer team captain who was fatally shot during an apparent house robbery, underscoring the country's high rate of violent crime. Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed around 8 p.m. Sunday after two gunmen entered a house he was visiting in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside. CBC

Newcastle owner lends Scottish club Rangers cash
The owner of Premier League team Newcastle has strengthened his position on the board of Rangers after agreeing to lend the financially stricken Scottish club 2 million pounds ($3.2 million) to pay debts. Rangers says the loan by Mike Ashley, who already owns nearly 9 per cent of the club’s shares, allows him to hire two directors on the board. Sportsnet

Cheers, chants again as retired Ferguson takes to London stage to recall United's good times
Ninety minutes after the return of "Fergie Time" at Old Trafford, the man himself returned to the limelight — in an interview on a London stage. Alex Ferguson was preparing to appear at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on Sunday evening when the Theatre of Dreams witnessed the first stoppage-time goal of Louis van Gaal's tenure as manager of Manchester United. WFP

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