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Major Link Soccer: au revoir, Patrice Bernier

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The Montreal legend has played his last match, and the playoffs take an ugly turn for Portland Timbers

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Portland likely broke half their players on a really bad field but they at least held a shutout draw in Houston. Diego Chara may have fractured his foot and if so would be out for the playoffs.

Before the Western Conference match was played, Toronto FC went to Red Bull Arena and grabbed a win. One from an amazing Giovinco free kick, though the foul likely wasn’t even a foul...Toronto takes a 2-1 lead back home and likely will get by New York.

Bexar County judge Nelson Wolff is going after MLS for a conflict of interest and is asking his DA to investigate MLS. Wolff feels that MLS misled San Antonio’s MLS bid about Precourt’s Austin interests. You can read the full letter here.

Montreal did a goodbye video for Patrice Bernier. The Canadian midfielder played his final match and said goodbye and now the club says au revoir. It’s a little long, but well worth the full watch.

Orlando needs to improve their roster, and with Cyle Larin ready to leave and Kaka already gone, they need new stars. Jo Inge Berget, the Norwegian international, is on their radar as his contract expires this winter.

USA

Attendance in the NASL was down, but there were a lot of behind the scenes problems that led to the drop of roughly 5%.

World

Football Manager’s beta is out, and fans found a fun new feature: players can come out as gay. It’ll only work with youth players that come in through academy systems since they don’t know which active players are and aren’t, and won’t be randomly outing players.

For the first time in history, women will be able to attend sport matches in Saudi Arabia. It’ll start with stadiums in three major cities; hopefully they go further from there.

Please don’t throw pee, specifically cups of urine. This shouldn’t need to be said, but apparently two Tottenham fans threw cups at West Ham traveling supporters. They are now the recipient of lifetime bans from their favored club.

As Spain continues to dive into political turmoil between the capital and Catalonia, it impacts Barcelona. Valverde says his players are not distracted by the political chaos, though, and are just concentrated are playing.

Happy Halloween! If you don’t care about the holiday, enjoy that most people have candy for the day anyway.