Phil Cottrell, Daily Observer

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The Beautiful Game: records with 71,000 plus.

The last game for Toronto FC saw the club visit Atlanta for an opportunity to reach a season-high in terms of number of points and to set a league record for the number of points in the regular season. The game against Atlanta set one record in the fact that there were over 71,000 in the stands thereby setting a Major League Soccer (MLS) record for

Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images Michael Bradley #4 of Toronto FC and teammates celebrate with the Eastern Conference Trophy following the MLS Eastern Conference Final, Leg 2 game against Montreal Impact at BMO Field on Nov. 30 in Toronto.

BEAUTIFUL GAME: What a game…the best ever…historic!

After 90 minutes of widely exciting action all 36,000 fans stood many of them soaking wet, having witnessed Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact draw level on aggregate score with TFC winning 3-2 on the night but tying 5-5 in total as Montreal had won by the same score, 3-2 in Olympic stadium .

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Leicester's Cinerella story

Leicester City's success in finishing at the top of the English Premier League (EPL), the most prestigious sports league in the world, is truly a fairy tale. At the start of the season Leicester was 5,000-1 with bookmakers to win the league, a wager taken up by only 12 William Hill punters, among them a 39-year-old Leicester carpenter Leigh Herbert

Canada's Christine Sinclair (12) celebrates after scoring a goal against Costa Rica during the first half of a CONCACAF Olympic women's soccer qualifying championship semifinal Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Beautiful Game: Canadian women headed for Rio

Two amazing goals from Christine Sinclair ensured that the Canadian Women’s national team is Olympic bound after a 3-1 semifinal win over Costa Rica. Her second goal was as good as anything you will see in any soccer league, men or women's’ anywhere in the world. With her back to the net, Sinclair controlled and then juggled the ball into the air

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: Ottawa Fury FC makes some major signings

Following the departure of a significant number of players from last year's squad, the new head coach of Ottawa Fury FC has been a busy boy. As an aside, and in reflection, the significant success of the team last year had, as could be expected, the effect of making the players attractive targets for other clubs who came knocking, and who can blame

Portland Timbers mascot 'Timber Joey' uses a chainsaw to cut a timber slab after the Portland Timbers scored a goal against the FC Dallas during the fiurst half of the game at Providence Park on April 4, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: Soccer's home-field advantage

My holiday reading included Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's book, "When To Rob a Bank." It seems that Thursday is the most popular day of the week for that particular activity, if you're curious.

Ottawa Fury FC striker Tommy Heinemann battles against the San Antonio Scorpions as the clubs met at TD Place on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

Ottawa Fury FC are the NASL fall season champions

Ottawa extended its impressive North American Soccer League (NASL) record road unbeaten streak to 11 matches (7W-0L-4D) erasing a first-half deficit in Jacksonville, Florida to claim the League's Fall Season title. Rafael Alves, Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wiedeman for Ottawa scored in the win ensuring postseason soccer comes to the Nation's Cap

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BEAUTIFUL GAME: Ottawa Fury enjoy great road trip

Ottawa Fury FC has returned from a highly successful three-game road trip. Five points from these three games would have been satisfactory, but they came away with a full nine points. Leaving aside all the significant travel involved, it is not easy playing away from home in this league.

Team Canada's Mercel De Jong (right) fights for the ball against Belize's Jarret Davis (11) and Samuel Piette during first half FIFA World Cup qualifying soccer action in Toronto Friday Sept. 4, 2015.

Canada and World Cup qualifiers

Canada has advanced into the fourth round of the Central America, the Caribbean and North America conference (CONCACAF) of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers after a 4-1 series win over Belize. Canada and five other nations have advanced, joining a group of 12 nations in the 2015-16 continental semifinal stage.

(Chris Hofley/Postmedia Network) Ottawa Fury FC midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic tries to get away from Minnesota United FC's Greg Jordan at TD Place on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The Beautiful Game: Ottawa Fury FC looked to tie the record

After a great away 4-1 win in Indianapolis, sitting on top of the fall season standings, and also with an unbeaten streak of 12 matches, Fury FC were looking to tie the league record set by the New York Cosmos for unbeaten games.

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A really huge signing for the Ottawa Fury soccer club

The Ottawa Fury FC has made a very major signing. Canadian International midfielder Julian de Guzman will be a member of Fury FC pending international transfer approval. De Guzman, one of Canada's most accomplished players with 76 appearances for the Canadian men's national team, brings more than 350 games of professional experience to Ottawa.

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Major League Soccer season kicks off in a big way

The weekend of March 7 /8 saw the MLS (Major League Soccer ) kick off with a real big bang. Fans were holding their breath as it came down to a last minute agreement between the players and the owners with an agreed CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) literally a couple of days before the start of the season. A players strike had looked a real po

Soccer player Alex Morgan at the 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A.

The Beautiful Game

Thousands of kilometres away, playing in the heat and being cruelly ignored by our so-called sports media, Canada's men's U-17 team is on a tough road as they chase history at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship that is now underway in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

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No Canada at U-20 World Cup

The 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the 20th edition of the U-20 World Cup since its inception in 1977 as the FIFA World Youth Championship. The competition will take place for the first time in New Zealand, the third time in Oceanian soil after Australia staged the 1981 and 1993 editions. A total of 52 matches will be played in seven host cities.

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COLUMN: San Antonio is the reigning NASL champions

On a cold and misty night at Toyota Field, the San Antonio Scorpions reached the top of the North American Soccer League (NASL ) mountain and raised the Soccer Bowl trophy for the first time in their history with a 2-1 win over a determined Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

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Ottawa Fury FC open their inaugural season

The Ottawa Fury FC opened their first season in the NASL, North American Soccer League (NASL), in Florida against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Saturday, April 12. The NASL is a very competitive league with some 10 teams, eight in the United States, plus Ottawa and Edmonton in Canada. As a complete team Fury FC had only been together for some four w

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One-on-one with Ottawa Fury FC coach

Marc Dos Santos is the head coach for the professional soccer club, Ottawa Fury FC. The team commences play in the NASL (North American Soccer League), in April. Born in Montreal, Dos Santos is best known for leading the Montreal Impact to the United Soccer Leagues (USL) first division title in his first year at the helm. Dos Santos joins Fury FC a

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Toronto FC makes some big money

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) is finally opening up its fat wallet and making some huge signings for its soccer team, Toronto FC. MLSE own The Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC (MLS) and the Toronto Marlies (AHL). It also owns the Air Canada Centre, BMO Field and other prime real estate. It is said to be one