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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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friday, october 31, 2014 - Have a happy and safe halloween

Whitecaps try to extend season with must-win match
Nearly nine months ago, there was more hope than expectation that Vancouver Whitecaps FC could make this year’s MLS playoffs. After all, this is a club that endured an offseason to forget — much of it driven by the acrimonious departure of last year’s top MLS goal-scorer, Camilo Sanvezzo, to Mexican club Querétaro in January. Vancouver Courier

MLS commissioner calls Minnesota expansion 'a priority'
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says expanding into Minnesota is "a big priority." Minnesota has been considered a frontrunner to receive a franchise, and two competing groups for that club received encouraging public comments from Garber on Saturday. TwinCities.com

thursday, october 30, 2014

Late penalty kick costs Whitecaps in 2-1 playoff loss to FC Dallas
A late penalty-kick goal created by a controversial handball call brought the Vancouver Whitecaps' season to a frustrating end. Midfielder Michel stutter-stepped and slid his unmolested shot into the left side of the net in the 84th minute as Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted dived in the other direction to give FC Dallas a 2-1 victory in the knockout round of Major League Soccer's Western Conference playoffs Wednesday night. Canada.com

Referee Decision Ends Whitecaps Season
A night of hope and anticipation ended with a thud for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who saw their 2014 season come to a sudden and controversial end in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday night. Goal

Laser pointer fired at Whitecaps goalie David Ousted during crucial penalty kick
David Ousted had a laser pointer directed his way during the game-winning penalty kick in Dallas. TSN sideline reporter Perry Solkowski was the first to note it – what was a brief green flash in behind David Ousted during the game winning penalty kick by Michel from Wednesday night’s 2-1 MLS playoff loss for the Whitecaps against FC Dallas. The video confirms it. Back of the Net

Morales mystery continues for Whitecaps
On a night when Vancouver needed its best player to be just that, Pedro Morales put in another poor shift in the Whitecaps' first playoff game in two years. Sportsnet

Vancouver Whitecaps star Pedro Morales "tired, beat up" as influence wanes in playoff loss to FC Dallas
As emotionally deflating as it was for the Vancouver Whitecaps to bow out of the postseason on the controversial penalty kick that decided Wednesday's Knockout Round game against FC Dallas, Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson was still able to find solace in several aspects of his side's performance. MLS

Whitecaps season ends with controversy
The Vancouver Whitecaps were surging, carrying the momentum as Wednesday’s MLS Cup playoff game against FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas was winding down. Then their whole season came to an end on a call that will no doubt be debated by Whitecaps fans for some time. 24 Hours

That's All She Wrote: Whitecaps Bounced from Playoffs
The last time the Vancouver Whitecaps made the playoffs, they were bounced in the knockout stage by the LA Galaxy, the death blow coming via a Landon Donovan penalty strike for a 2-1 final score. Two years later, and another penalty has sunk the Whitecaps season. 86Forever

Caps screwed tightly but keep their dignity
The Whitecaps hopes were undone by an 82nd minute decision that will be long talked about. From a right wing throw, Caps center half Kendall Waston has his hands by his sides and was moving them even further out of the way, when the ball bounced up and hit his right arm. Referee Marc Geiger was in perfect position and blew for the penalty kick instantly. Prost Amerika

Controversial call sends FC Dallas into next round
One game into the 2014 MLS playoffs and already the postseason is roiled by controversy. Referee Mark Geiger whistled Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston for handling the ball in the final minutes and Michel shuffled up to the penalty spot to knock home the goal by which FC Dallas advanced past Vancouver, 2-1, in the Western Conference wild-card game. Soccer America

And so it ends for the Vancouver Whitecaps
In the end it was a game too far for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 2-1 defeat to FC Dallas ended their season without producing the yearned for home playoff game and, while one game doesn’t define a season, it can at least prove to be a microcosm of that season on which we can hang our metaphorical hats. Soccer Shorts 

FC Dallas say Mauro Diaz "makes the difference" following playoff win over Vancouver Whitecaps
In the biggest game to date as FC Dallas head coach, Oscar Pareja put his money on a player who had not started for the club since Aug. 12. And Mauro Diaz returned his coach’s faith in a big way, setting the tone for much of Dallas’ 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday.

New York Red Bulls' Mike Petke asks home fans to make Red Bull Arena a "cathedral of fury" vs Sporting Kansas City
New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke has issued a heartfelt personal appeal to his club's fans ahead of tonight's Knockout Round playoff match between New York and Sporting Kansas City at Red Bull Arena (8 pm ET, TSN1). Petke's request: Make sure RBA is a "cathedral of fury" as his club look to knock off the defending MLS Cup champs and overcome their own home hoodoo in the playoffs. MLS

Dear MLS, please kill the No. 4 vs No. 5 playoff game dead
Wednesday’s match, which saw FC Dallas end the Whitecaps season with a 2-1 win, was another example of why the No. 4 vs. No. 5 playoff game is a massive issue. The announced attendance was 10,279. Almost Chivas bad. The11

Whitecaps Nominated for Goal, Save of the Year
They may not have scored a ton during the second half of the MLS Regular Season, but that doesn't mean the Vancouver Whitecaps didn't tally a few beauties in 2014, and thankfully, the league noticed. 86Forever

And my MLS MVP is …
The end of MLS’s regular season ushers in not just the postseason but the awards season. The biggest prize, and typically most scrutinized, is the MVP trophy. MVP is, of course, an abbreviation for most valuable player, a Rorschach test for voters and fans: How does one define “most valuable?” The Washington Post

Toronto FC tries to downplay Jermain Defoe rumours
Jermain Defoe’s career with Toronto F.C. seems to have gone from ‘It’s A Bloody Big Deal’ to ‘Don’t Make a Bloody Big Deal Out of It.’ The latter was the message put out by TFC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko on Wednesday at the club’s practice facility in Downsview. Canoe

Portland Timbers season recap: Disappointment in 2014 turns to optimism for 2015
The Portland Timbers just missed out on this year's MLS Cup Playoffs, but you shouldn't expect an overhaul at Providence Park. According to head coach Caleb Porter, the squad doesn’t need wholesale changes next year, although he acknowledges “it would be a bigger mistake not to look at every position and try to get better.” OregonLive

Major League Soccer awards new team to Los Angeles - UPDATED
A new era for Major League Soccer in Los Angeles began today as MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced that a new team has been awarded to an ownership group led by entrepreneur Henry Nguyen, sports and entertainment leader Peter Guber, and sports veteran Tom Penn.  The new club is scheduled to debut in 2017 in a new soccer stadium in the greater Los Angeles area built specifically for the team. MLS

Canadian clubs creating regional waves
Major League Soccer is most often associated as USA’s top flight, but – much like Swansea City playing in the English Premier League -  it is important to remember there are three clubs from Canada who compete in the North American first division. FIFA

The three games that ruined FCE’s chances for a post-season spot
When the team you support is eliminated from the post-season picture, it’s normal to look back on the season and obsess about that game where your side was robbed by the ref or that match where your team hit three posts and a crossbar. The11

The NASL Championship Kicks Off On November 8 In Minnesota and San Antonio
The Soccer Bowl trophy - America's third oldest professional soccer prize - will be up for grabs when the North American Soccer League (NASL) kicks off The Championship, its four-team postseason tournament, on November 8. NASL

Variety is the Spice of Refereeing
People ask me how I can referee just about every weekend of the year. “Don’t you get bored?” is what I am often asked. The answer is no because I officiate a diverse set of games every year plus I live in New York, where we are blessed to have four distinct seasons. Soccer America

Optometrist warns soccer players of eye damage
An optometrist in Saskatoon is warning soccer players and parents about the chance of injury from a ball hitting them in the eye. Dr. Elisabeth Foucault said within the past year she has seen three such cases. CBC

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Canada’s blunders gift win to Japan at BC Place
After a 3-0 loss to the World Cup champs in Edmonton on Saturday, the Canadians really needed some kind of result Tuesday in Vancouver. Canada has played the so-called “tier-one” teams through the year, and it hadn’t yet claimed a win against the likes of Germany, the Americans or Japan. The11

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Turfgate: FIFA’s Valcke affirms that a men’s World Cup could be staged on turf
IIn an interview/press release posted on FIFA.com, FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke said that a men’s World Cup played on artificial turf could be organized sooner rather than later. The11

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FIFA receives bidding documents for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Delegates representing the Football Associations of France and Korea Republic were welcomed by FIFA President Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke where they handed over their bid documents for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018 and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. FIFA

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FIFA, Interpol team up to combat match-fixing
FIFA, international players’ union FIFPro and Interpol have launched a campaign to combat match-fixing. The aim of the campaign, launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo, is to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing, to provide positive role models for players and to educate them on how to recognize, resist and report attempts to fix matches. Sportsnet

South Africa moves African Cup qualifier to slain captain Meyiwa's hometown as tribute
South Africa has been allowed to move its next African Cup of Nations qualifier to the hometown of slain national team captain Senzo Meyiwa as a tribute. South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan made the announcement on Thursday and also promised a statue of Meyiwa would be built to stand outside SAFA's headquarters at the country's main soccer stadium in Johannesburg.

Man City ousted by Newcastle in League Cup
Manchester City’s defence of the League Cup was ended by a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle in the last 16 on Wednesday, with an injury to playmaker David Silva completing a miserable night for the out-of-form English champions. Sportsnet

FA bans Rio Ferdinand for three matches over ‘insulting’ tweet
The English Football Association has banned Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand for three games over a tweet containing a derogatory reference to women. The FA found that Ferdinand’s comment was “abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper”. Metro

Navas to take legal action against spying agents
Keylor Navas says he will take legal action after 24 government agents of Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Department used a database to access personal information about the Real Madrid and national team goalkeeper. Sportsnet

Hamburg files complaint against pitch intruder who hit Franck Ribery with scarf
Hamburger SV says it has filed a criminal complaint against a spectator who ran on to the field and hit Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery in the face with a scarf in added time of their German Cup match Wednesday. WFP

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

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