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1 October 1927
Bury went to the top of the First Division for the only time in their history. Unfortunately they were not able to maintain the position and finished the season in 5th place. The following year they were relegated after ending the season in 21st place and they have never managed to return to the top flight.
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wednesday, october 1, 2014

Back in playoff mix, Carl Robinson says Vancouver Whitecaps can "without a doubt" compete with best (Photo by Richard Howes)Back in playoff mix, Carl Robinson says Vancouver Whitecaps can "without a doubt" compete with best
The Vancouver Whitecaps are back in playoff position in the Western Conference, and that’s right where they plan on staying. Head coach Carl Robinson is aware that his side may not stack up against the top teams in MLS in terms of big-name stars and goalscoring leaders, but he said to have kept pace with those teams all season is a testament to the club and the spirit he’s trying to instill. MLS

Key matches ahead for Whitecaps
In control of their own destiny to make the Major League Soccer playoffs, Vancouver Whitecaps FC have four matches remaining and simply need to equal or better the number of points that Portland Timbers FC get in their remaining regular season matches. If Vancouver can accomplish that, they make the postseason for the second time in their history and would be playing in the one-match playoff to be held on either Oct. 29 or 30. 24 Hours

'Caps back to work after big comeback win over Real Salt Lake
Vancouver Whitecaps FC returned to training Tuesday at the University of British Columbia after a big comeback win over Real Salt Lake on the weekend. And the main topic of conversation was the resilience shown in that victory, which put Vancouver back into a playoff position with four matches remaining. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps manage Pedro Morales’ fatigue levels during final stretch
Pedro Morales will get three days off this week. Vancouver Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson is hesitant to give him anymore than that. Robinson has said fatigue is a concern for the 29-year-old Chilean midfielder and designated player. Metro

Rotten reputation playing its part in Fernandez goal drought
Sebastian Fernandez’s early-season flops and his embarrassing simulation in Portland in June have earned the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Uruguayan forward a reputation he just can’t shake. He knows it, too. Vancouver Sun

Young Teibert steps up leadership role with Whitecaps (Photo by Richard Howes)Young Teibert steps up leadership role with Whitecaps
At 1-0 down to Salt Lake on Saturday, many saw Russell Teibert, the young Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, run to get the ball from the goal and rush it back to centre, determined to fight back. Watching the game again — a 2-1 win that lifted the Caps back into a playoff position — Teibert saw something else. The Province

Carlyle Mitchell and Darren Mattocks called up for international duty
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that centre back Carlyle Mitchell (Trinidad & Tobago) and striker Darren Mattocks (Jamaica) have been called up by their respective national teams for international duty. Whitecaps FC

Whitecaps appear to be done with Salgado
Weber: Whitecaps appear to be done with Salgado Omar Salgado’s time with the Whitecaps — even practice time — appears to be over. The former first-overall draft pick hasn’t trained since he was banished to the sideline a week ago Tuesday. He’d tackled a teammate from behind and then talked back to an apoplectic Martyn Pert, his assistant coach. It wasn’t an unforgivable sin so much as the final straw. The Province

The late Domenic Mobilio to be honoured Saturday at BC Place
Mobilio, who holds the all-time club record with 170 goals, will be inducted into the Whitecaps FC Ring of Honour prior to Saturday’s match against FC Dallas. The induction ceremony falls almost 23 years to the day that Mobilio helped lead the Vancouver 86ers to their fourth straight Canadian Soccer League title. It’s also 10 years after Mobilio tragically passed away from a sudden heart attack at the age of 35. Whitecaps FC

2014 Whitecaps FC Media Invitational SuperDraft
With the second annual Whitecaps FC Media Invitational set to take place on Friday at BC Place, the four returning captains took part in a SuperDraft via conference call Tuesday afternoon. See below for the full list of media hopefuls who’ve dusted off their boots. Whitecaps FC

MLS Disciplinary Committee suspends Carlos Alvarez, fines Igor Juliao and Jeff Cassar
The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Tuesday that it has suspended Alvarez one game and fined him an undisclosed amount for violating the league's policy on entering the field of play and leaving the bench and technical area while celebrating Gabriel Torres' late goal that gave Colorado the lead. MLS

San Jose Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson on Dominic Kinnear report: "It's part of the business" San Jose Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson on Dominic Kinnear report: "It's part of the business"
Mark Watson knows what kind of odds his San Jose Earthquakes squad faces in their quest to come from 11 points back with just five games left to crack the Western Conference playoff field. He also knows what kind of odds he faces if the Quakes can’t get there. MLS

Investors identified as $100 million Chivas USA sale nears
It appears we have a winner in the Chivas USA sweepstakes. According to a report from SI.com, MLS will soon announce the new owners of the Los Angeles-based team that will replace Chivas USA in the league. The ownership group believed to have to landed the franchise for a fee in excess of $100 million is comprised of four investors: Vincent Tan, Peter Guber, Tom Penn and Henry Nguyen. inSoccer

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs Atlanta Silverbacks
After dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker Sunday afternoon at TD Place, Fury FC are back at it in their lone midweek game of the season against the struggling Atlanta Silverbacks – a side that Ottawa blanked 3-0 in Atlanta just 12 days ago. Despite Sunday’s loss, Ottawa remains one of the best teams in the NASL over the last 7 games (3W-2T-2L) scoring 12 goals while only surrendering 9.

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UBC men’s soccer stays #1
UBC men’s soccer retained its No. 1 ranking in the latest Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 poll  The T-Birds are undefeated in six Canada West regular season games and will host two matches this weekend (Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.).

Heat, WolfPack set for double date at Centennial Stadium
The University of Victoria campus will be crawling with university sport as the Vikes men's and women's soccer teams will host both UBC Okanagan and Thompson Rivers on Oct. 3-4. The Canada West regular season soccer games will be happening concurrently as the biennial Guy Vetrie Memorial men's basketball tournament that will add to the weekend of 13 UVic-hosted varsity games. UVic

‘If I can’t play soccer, who am I?’
It is a question that every high-level athlete faces at some point. Growing up and playing their chosen sport, they can sometimes be defined by whichever sporting endeavor they have decided to pursue. For Kristen Santema, soccer was her game. So when it was taken away from her, the 23-year-old Santema was left contemplating who she was without the game. Langley Times

the local game

ICST Pegasus Take Over VMSL Premier First Place (Photo by Richard Howes)ICST Pegasus Take Over Sole Possession of VMSL Premier First Place
CST Pegasus took over sole possession of first place as a result of a hard-earned 3-2 victory over the defending Provincial Cup champions, Croatia SC. On the other hand, West Van FC also remained undefeated but slipped into second place due to its 2-2 tie with the Langley Hurricanes. At the bottom of the table, Inter FC and the Vancouver Olympics remained winless, with only one point to their credit.

women's world football

Women’s round-up: September 2014
In September, women’s football was dominated by qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. Seven sides from Europe and two from South America secured their places at next summer’s finals, which will see 24 teams compete for the title for the first time. FIFA

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Women's World Cup organizers focus on the positives of global soccer show
Ticket sales have started well and organizers of the 2015 Women's World Cup of soccer have plenty of good stories to tell. But thanks to the ongoing controversy of playing the Canadian tournament on artificial turf, not many of those storylines have got through yet. Canada.com

FIFA stands by artificial turf for Women's World Cup
Despite growing opposition to synthetic playing surfaces, the 2015 Women’s World Cup is on track to be played entirely on artificial turf, a FIFA official confirmed to the Canadian Press on Tuesday. Canoe

world football

Francesco Totti becomes oldest Champions League scorer: roundup
Francesco Totti became the oldest scorer in the Champions League's 22-year history by netting a deft equalizer for Roma in a 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday. The former Italy forward, who turned 38 on Saturday, lifted a fine finish into the corner in the 23rd minute to cancel out a fourth-minute penalty won and converted by Sergio Aguero. CBC

Heavyweight trio in need of a boost
Three giants of the European game will be desperate for victory on Wednesday as the second round of UEFA Champions League group matches concludes. Last season's runners-up Atletico Madrid, two-time winners Benfica and perennial hopefuls Arsenal all lost last time out, and none can expect an easy ride as they attempt to bounce back. FIFA

Western Sydney Wanderers beat FC Seoul to reach first Asian Champions League final
Western Sydney Wanderers reached the Asian Champions League final for the first time with a 2-0 victory over FC Seoul on Wednesday, just two years after the team was founded. The Australian team will play two-time Asian champion Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the two-leg final. WFP

Familiar finalists set up AFC Cup showdown
Kuwait’s Qadsia SC and Iraq’s Arbil have won though to the AFC Cup final after contrasting wins in the semi-finals on Tuesday. The pair have featured in three of the last four finals yet both are still to claim their maiden crown. FIFA

Tactical fouls and studs-up tackles dangerously overshadowed by diving hysteria
This fatuous business of turning simulation, or diving, into the worst crime that a player can commit continues — and continues to have ridiculous side effects. We can look at the current status of Chelsea’s Diego Costa, the striker who has been ripping Premier League defenses apart — he has scored eight goals in six games. But he has also been hit with three yellow cards; two more and he gets a one-game ban. inSoccer

1 arrested, 2 injured as Olympiakos fans clash with police at Malmo airport
Swedish police say Olympiakos fans scuffled with police and security guards upon arrival at Malmo Airport ahead of a Champions League match against Malmo FF on Wednesday. Police spokesman Patric Fors said the trouble started when one of the Greek supporters was arrested for shoplifting at the airport. WFP

tuesday, september 30, 2014

Push for the playoffs: Whitecaps FC control their own destiny with four matches remaining
After a big come-from-behind victory over Real Salt Lake, Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s playoff destiny is back in their own hands. Saturday’s result moved the ‘Caps into the fifth and final playoff position in the Western Conference, one point up on rival Portand Timbers. Both teams have four matches remaining. Whitecaps FC

Caps Corner: Whitecaps' win over Salt Lake could be turning point
There was something about the Whitecaps' 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake that felt more like a therapeutic breakthrough than a victory. The three points against a largely first choice RSL team was monumental given the opportunity that presented itself when their chief playoff rivals surrendered a two-goal lead in Toronto, and lost their captain in the process. TSN

As life without Will Johnson begins, can injury galvanize the Portland Timbers?
The Portland Timbers got back to work Monday, absent their captain and leader Will Johnson. After the closed training session at the team facility, head coach Caleb Porter and midfielder Ben Zemanski – the likely replacement following Johnson’s broken right leg - talked about moving forward with the focus on Portland’s final four regular-season matches starting Saturday at the San Jose Earthquakes, veiled in somber tones. MLS

Portland Timbers won't name captain to replace injured Will Johnson
Saying "You don't replace your captain,' Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter said he will not name a captain to replace the injured Will Johnson. Johnson suffered a season-ending broken right leg during the Timbers 3-2 loss at Toronto Saturday. Porter said the team will name a captain on a game-by-game basis. OregonLive

Pulse returns to MLS playoff pursuit
The dynamics of the back-and-forth battle for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer took another dramatic turn on the weekend. But now, with apologies to songstress Dionne Warwick, once the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers make their way to San Jose, can they truly find some peace of mind there? Vancouver Sun

Dominic Kinnear to San Jose? Not so fast say Earthquakes in club statement
Ever since the Houston Chronicle reported that Kinnear had permission to talk to the Earthquakes, rumors have been rampant that the former coach would rejoin San Jose. An official statement from the club says such speculation is premature. Center Line Soccer

Orlando City targeting Minnesota United star midfielder Miguel Ibarra
Turns out a mistake made by New York City FC coach Jason Kreis at the MLS expansion priority draft could end up turning into a big benefit for Orlando City. Orlando City has its sights set on Minnesota United midfielder Miguel Ibarra, the NASL star who is reportedly getting called up by U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, according to a source with knowledge of the Lions' targets. Orlando Sentinel

Report: Chivas USA to suspend operations following season
Chivas USA could be headed for a minimum two-year hiatus from Major League Soccer, ESPN is reporting. According to ESPN's sources, the franchise will suspend operations at the end of the 2014 campaign and not play for at least two seasons until new ownership has time to build a new stadium for the embattled team and rebrand the franchise with a new name. TSN

Brazil's Kaka leads MLS earning chart
Brazil’s Kaka, set to lead Orlando City SC in its 2015 expansion season, has already made his mark atop the Major League Soccer salary chart. The 32-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder, currently on loan to Sao Paulo, is making a base salary of US$6.6 million and guaranteed compensation of $7,167,500 in 2014, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union. Sportsnet

Updated MLS Salary List
A complete list of MLS Player salaries has been released, updating the list that was put out in April. Since then, the Whitecaps have bid farewell to Nigel Reo-Coker, Jay Demerit and Kenny Miller, and welcomed Kendall Waston and Mauro Rosales. 86Forever

MLS's nouveau riche dominate millionaire club
 Big money has been flowing into Major League Soccer. Of the 15 players who make $1 million or more in guaranteed compensation, 10 entered the league or received a pay raise to push them into the millionaire club since the start of the 2013 season. Soccer America

Major League Soccer is going out of its way to promote players as “homegrown,” even if the label is oftentimes misleading
What exactly is a “homegrown player”? That question feels more and more pertinent as Major League Soccer ramps up its promotion and marketing of players it deems “homegrown” players. Anyone following MLS with any regularity in recent months has been inundated with tales of the league’s efforts to produce the next generation of stars, even if the claims are, by and large, being exaggerated. inSoccer

The potential from 2015 and short-term future of soccer in Canada
One of the most talked about topics in Canadian soccer this past summer has been the idea of a men's professional soccer league, or at minimum a number of new professional clubs. First, there was the talk of a domestic league potentially being one of the agenda items of the CSA along with the 2026 World Cup bid, then the NASL/CFL option... RedNation

youth soccer

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency take down Portland Timbers Academy on the road
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency remain unbeaten in the 2014-15 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) season after both the U-18s and U-16s earned wins over their counterparts from Portland Timbers Academy. Whitecaps FC

Toronto FC U14 Academy team learns a lot in Mexico City
It was eight o’clock last Sunday night when a group of exhausted but elated young Toronto FC athletes walked off the plane at Pearson International Airport. The Toronto FC U14 Academy team had just returned home from spending the last nine days in Mexico City. Toronto FC

the local game

Coastal FC Supra Take Gold At Classics Regional and Poco Castilians Place Third at Western Masters
It was a successful weekend in Calgary for British Columbia representatives as Coastal FC Supra of the Metro Women’s Soccer League took home gold at the Classics Regional competition while the Poco Castilians of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League finished third in the Western Masters. BC Soccer

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Canada M16 prepares for next year's Under-17 CONCACAF Championships
With qualifying for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 coming up fast on the horizon, the players hoping to suit up for Canada for that are on their way to Central America to get a taste of the kind of opposition they’ll face at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championships. Canada Soccer

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2015 Women's World Cup will be played on turf, FIFA says
Despite the threat of a lawsuit from top players, there is no Plan B beyond playing the 2015 Women’s World Cup of soccer on artificial turf. "Currently no," Tatjana Haenni, FIFA’s deputy director of the competitions division and head of women’s competitions, said Tuesday in an interview from Ottawa. CBC

Joy for Brazil and Colombia, play-off place for Ecuador
Brazil fulfilled expectations by winning the Women’s Copa America for the sixth time and qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, where Colombia will join them as South America’s second representatives. In finishing runners-up to the Brazilians, Las Cafeteras also nailed down a place at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio de Janeiro 2016. FIFA

women's world football

Frontrunners burst clear in pairs, Rosengard crowned
This week in women’s football saw Rosengard crowned Swedish queens for a record ninth time. In Australia and France it was a case of title aspirants pushing their respective claims in pairs, while some intriguing results continue to mark the early season jostling in Germany. FIFA

world football

PSG and City steeled for stern examinations
Paris Saint-Germain's showdown with Barcelona will share top billing with Roma's trip to Manchester City as the UEFA Champions League resumes on Tuesday with the start of the second serving of group games. FIFA

monday, september 29, 2014

deVos' Shapes of MLS - Whitecaps back in playoff contention after gutsy comeback  (Photo: Richard Howes)Whitecaps back in playoff contention after gutsy comeback
The Vancouver Whitecaps revived their playoff hopes with a come-from-behind victory on Saturday at BC Place. Two second half goals from Chilean midfielder Pedro Morales - the first coming from the penalty spot - overturned a Nat Borchers goal for Real Salt Lake, as the Whitecaps held on for a precious 2-1 victory. TSN

Morales powers Whitecaps comeback
Second-half comebacks on both sides of the country Saturday propelled the Vancouver Whitecaps FC back into a playoff spot as the Major League Soccer regular season winds down. Pedro Morales erased a 1-0 deficit by scoring in the 62nd and 78th minutes as the Whitecaps topped Real Salt Lake 2-1 at B.C. Place. 24 Hours

Whitecaps Find Fighting Spirit
During the week, Vancouver Whitecaps FC talked of showing the type of spirit needed to overcome adversity after a pair of disappointing road performances. On Saturday afternoon, they found that spirit in the last half-hour to earn a crucial 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at BC Place. Goal.com

Whitecaps come up big against Real Salt Lake
After an emotion-filled win on Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps have to go though it all again next week with a home match against fourth-placed FC Dallas. As TSN's Luke Wileman writes, there is little margin for error. TSN

Breaking down Vancouver's game-winning goal in Saturday's comeback win over Real Salt Lake (Photo: Richard Howes)Breaking down Vancouver's game-winning goal in Saturday's comeback win over Real Salt Lake
Pedro Morales stole the headlines on Saturday, and rightfully so, after leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC to an entertaining 2-1 comeback win over Real Salt Lake. After Real Salt Lake took a 1-0 lead in t he 57th minute, the Chilean equalized from the penalty spot five minutes later before scoring a late winner. Whitecaps FC

Vancouver Whitecaps hail Pedro Morales as captain's resilience sparks comeback win over RSL
There's no doubting the skill and flair that Pedro Morales has brought to MLS since joining the Vancouver Whitecaps in February. What did raise some eyebrows, however, was coach Carl Robinson making the Designated Player club captain following the injury and subsequent retirement of Jay DeMerit in the summer. MLS

Back to life for the Vancouver Whitecaps
There were four standout moments during the Vancouver Whitecaps vital 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake at BC Place on Saturday afternoon. The first came in the first half when Mauro Rosales gave Erik Hurtado an earful concerning the quality of the young forward’s running off the ball. Soccer Shorts

Real Salt Lake feeling hard done by after getting called for two penalties in loss at Vancouver Whitecaps
All Real Salt Lake needed on Saturday was a result in Vancouver to clinch their seventh-straight playoff berth, but a 2-1 loss to the Whitecaps delayed that by at least a week. And RSL Coach Jeff Cassar was not happy with what happened at BC Place. MLS

Toronto FC must step up defensively down stretch
Toronto FC can bask in comeback glory for another 24 hours before the realization of the task at hand begins to sink in. Truth be told, the Reds were poor defensively for an hour of Saturday’s 3-2, come-from-behind win. Toronto Sun

A Milestone Win Over Portland
Flying high in spirits and confidence, Toronto FC looks a team reborn after coming back from 2-0 down at half time to win 3-2 against the Portland Timbers. It’s a significant win for the Canadian club, too. It marks Toronto’s 11th victory of the year, a franchise record. Toronto FC

Montreal Impact's Frank Klopas agitated over penalty kick decision in loss at Columbus Crew
Impact fans can find solace in Toronto dropping back below the red line. Otherwise, in this Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Columbus which pulls the Crew back in a playoff spot at TFC’s expense, there wasn’t much for them to rejoice over. Their team even finished the game without its head coach. MLS

Keane scores twice in Galaxy's win over Red Bulls
Robbie Keane scored twice and Landon Donovan added a goal and two assists as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat New York Red Bulls 4-0 on Sunday night. Sportsnet

Timbers captain Johnson has successful surgery on broken leg
Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson has undergone successful surgery in Toronto to stabilize a fractured tibia and fibula in his right leg. The Major League Soccer team made the announcement a day after the Portland midfielder and Canadian international was stretchered off in the first minute of a game against Toronto FC. CBC

Toronto FC's crowd vs Portland sets league-wide single-season sellout record with 113
Major League Soccer has a new single-season sellout record with a month to spare. The crowd of 22,591 at BMO Field for Toronto FC's 3-2 win over the visiting Portland Timbers represented the 113th sellout of an MLS game this season, surpassing the record of 112 set in 2012 and matched again in 2013. MLS

Eddies Undefeated in Five at Home
FC Edmonton took to the turf at Clarke Stadium once again to play host to the New York Cosmos on a gusty Sunday afternoon in a match presented by HUB International. A crucial three points were up for grabs, but the Eddies and Cosmos settled for a 1-1 draw. FC Edmonton

Crossbar ensures that Eddies have to settle for draw with Cosmos
Once again, the woodwork loomed large in an FC Edmonton match. The Eddies had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the New York Cosmos on a blustery, cool fall Sunday afternoon at Clarke Stadium. The11

Fury FC Fall in Another Heartbreaker to Minnesota
Ottawa Fury FC have suffered late heartbreak more often than they would like in their inaugural campaign, and the unfortunate trend continued on Sunday as Fury FC fell 3-2 to visiting Minnesota United in front of a raucous crowd of 5094 at TD Place. Ottawa Fury

Sacramento Republic defeats Harrisburg 2-0, wins USL Pro title
The inaugural season for the Sacramento Republic FC ended Saturday night when forward Thomas Stewart sent the ball into the back of the net in stoppage time. The goal sent the 8,000-plus crowd at Bonney Field into a frenzy and gave the Republic a 2-0 lead against the Harrisburg Islanders, sealing the USL Pro Championship for the home club. KCRA

FIFA 15 and its influence in US soccer 
The FIFA video game is much more than just a game for MLS. Ever since it was first released in 1994, the FIFA franchise has been one of the most important elements for the growth of soccer in the United States. Back in the 90's, kids across America showed a higher interest for the video game itself rather than the sport, but over time this has leveled to have an equal importance not only for children but also for adults. Soccerly

University soccer

Second-half strikes help Vikes complete Timberwolves sweep
Two second-half goals helped the University of Victoria Vikes men's soccer team come from behind to win game two against the UNBC Timberwolves on Sept. 28 in Prince George, B.C. The Vikes downed the Timberwolves 2-1, advancing to 5-1 in regular season play, while the Timberwolves fall to 1-7. UVic

Greig scores second-straight double as Vikes women sweep Timberwolves
Two goals and one assist from fourth-year striker Emma Greig lifted the University of Victoria Vikes women's soccer team up 6-1 over the UNBC Timberwolves on Sept. 28 in Prince George, B.C. It was the second-straight night that Greig got on the board twice as the VIkes improve to 5-0-1 in the Canada West, while the Timberwolves fall to 0-6-2. UVic

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Colombia qualifies for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™
Colombia is the second South American nation to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. Colombia qualified through the Copa America final round on Sunday 28 September 2014 in Quito, Ecuador. inSoccer

FIFA to send independent company to “ensure” quality of Canada’s Women’s World Cup turf
FIFA is going to contract an independent inspector to ensure that Canada’s artificial turf fields are indeed good enough to host a Women’s World Cup. The process of vetting the fields has actually already begun. Surfaces in Edmonton and Moncton are already approved. The goal is to have approval of the match surface and two training fields in each of the host cities. The11

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Canucks Abroad: September 28, 2014
It wasn’t one of the more prolific weekends for Canucks Abroad as despite many of Canada’s key players getting significant playing time, the results mostly went against our internationals and there were few highlight reels to source for inspiration. redNation

world football

Former Asian finalists out to attack
Former finalists Al Ain and FC Seoul face daunting tasks against their respective rivals in the return legs of the AFC Champions League semi-finals. With a massive 3-0 deficit to overcome against Al Hilal, United Arab Emirates giants Al Ain, who twice reached the final including winning the inaugural title, are left with few options but to go for all-out attack. FIFA

West Ham's Tomkins fined for assaulting police officer outside nightclub
West Ham defender James Tomkins has been ordered to pay more than $12,000 for assaulting a police officer. Tomkins pleaded guilty in court on Monday to assaulting the officer, being drunk and disorderly in a public place and obstructing a constable outside a nightclub in Essex, east of London last December. TSN

Christmas comes early for Santa's red-and-white football club; team promoted to 2nd division
Christmas came early for Santa's football club. FC Santa Claus, a soccer team from northern Finland, was promoted to the second division after beating Rotuaarin Pallo 1-0 in a snowless away game on Sunday. WFP

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