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Toronto clinches their first playoff berth, continued analysis of the USMNT, and a assortment of MLS stadium news.

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Seattle

SoundersFC.com has a breakdown of the stats behind the Seattle midfield as led by Osvaldo Alonso and Gonzalo Pineda.

It's less than a week from a friendly between the US Women and Brazil. Plenty of tickets are still available both from the box office and on the second-hand markets.

Toronto

Toronto gets it's own section today because 8 years, 6 months and 8 days after playing their first MLS match, they have at last clinched their first playoff berth. Toronto fans have been impressively loyal to the team through this drought, but they finally get a chance to celebrate.

Toronto won the match despite a red card to Jozy Altidore. Of course, it's much easier to overcome a red card when the recipient is sitting on the bench and you don't go down a man.

MLS

Elsewhere around MLS, FC Dallas defeated Vancouver by a score of 2-0. FC Dallas is now tied on points with New York Red Bulls in the race for the Supporters Shield. The Red Bulls have the edge now only on the second tie break with a higher goal differential.

The Timbers took advantage of a penalty to earn 3 important points on the road against Vancouver. They are now tied with Seattle with 47 points, but while Seattle can clinch a playoff position with only a single win, Portland's potential tiebreak positions against San Jose are not so favorable.

Stadiums

It's been at least a couple of weeks since I linked to anything regarding Sporting Beckham FC, but they haven't given up on getting a stadium deal in Miami. They are currently pushing forward with efforts to open a stadium next to Marlins Park.

One potential location for an NYCFC stadium appears to be off the table. Bill de Blasio's office has confirmed that an MLS stadium will not be considered for a site in Queens.

FC Dallas has launched a promotional site with renders of their stadium updates and the new National Soccer Hall of Fame which it will contain.

USA

In the crazy rumor department, a Mexican football site is reporting rumors that Miguel Herrera could be in line to replace Jurgen Klinsmann.

There are plenty of potential targets to be blamed for the problems of the USMNT. World Soccer Talk has pointed their finger to the top at Sunil Gulati.

The U23 team (and Jordan Morris) have also found themselves in a do or die situation. In order to gain entrance to the Olympics, they will have to best Colombia in a home and away series next March.

According to Empire of Soccer, the USMNT will be playing next year in black kits. I will eagerly await the nonsense explanation as to how black represents the USA if this turns out to be true.

In a followup to the controversy last week involving DraftKings, it seems that the FBI is now involved and is looking into several "Daily Fantasy" sites.