*Who will host Real Salt Lake in the Eastern Conference final next weekend? We'll find out tonight when New England takes a 2-1 advantage to Toyota Park for the second leg against the Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).
*D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic was named to the Canadian national team for friendlies at Macedonia next Saturday and Poland on Nov. 18. The only other MLS player on the 17-man list is Toronto midfielder Julian de Guzman.
*Former DCU defender Ryan Nelsen discusses New Zealand's World Cup qualifying playoff finale against Bahrain. Meantime, ex-DCU forward Nick Addlery, who has done well for USL-1 Puerto Rico, has been loaned to Aguila in El Salvador.
*Did Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad deserve a red card (instead of a yellow) for knocking down Seattle's Fredy Montero in the first leg of their playoff match last weekend? In the USSF's opinion: No.
The referee makes the correct misconduct decision by cautioning both players for unsporting behavior. The goalkeeper's actions are not excessive force and he does not make "contact above the shoulder." The goalkeeper merely makes strong chest-to-chest contact with the opponent. The manner in which the contact was made and the fact that the chest-to-chest contact is in no way endangering the safety of the opponent, makes the contact reckless and, thus, a cautionable offense.
*Speaking of players subject to ejection, the University of New Mexico woman who, among other transgressions, yanked an opponent's ponytail, has been suspended indefinitely. "My actions were uncalled for," junior defender Elizabeth Lambert said. Ya think?
*Virginia Tech (14-7-0) lost to Florida State, 2-0, in the semifinals of the ACC women's tournament and will now await an at-large invitation to the NCAA tournament Monday night. In the ACC final Sunday, top-seeded FSU will face No. 3 North Carolina, which edged Boston College on an own goal in overtime, 1-0.
*After the Maryland men completed the regular season with a 2-1 comeback victory over College of Charleston, the sixth-ranked Terrapins (12-4-2) learned that they will be the No. 4 seed in the ACC tournament, which begins Tuesday in Cary, N.C. Wake Forest, North Carolina and Boston College all passed the Terps with victories in their league finales Friday night. Pairings won't be finalized until after the Virginia-North Carolina State match Saturday night in Charlottesville.
*With a victory against Colgate on Saturday afternoon, American will clinch the top seed in the Patriot League and host the conference tournament next weekend. Bucknell squandered a chance to lock up first place Friday night. The AU women are one victory from their second NCAA tournament appearance after defeating Bucknell, 1-0, in the Patriot semifinals. The second-seeded Eagles (12-9) will play top-seeded Colgate (11-6-3) on Sunday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y.
November 7, 2009; 12:05 AM ET
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