VANCOUVER - Carl Robinson says there's never a good time to play the Seattle Sounders.
How about twice in five days?
Robinson's Vancouver Whitecaps visit their biggest rivals in Seattle on Saturday in Major League Soccer action before hosting the Sounders on Wednesday in both clubs' CONCACAF Champions League group stage opener.
TORONTO - After playing in front of packed stadiums at the Women's World Cup this summer, Canadian international Desiree Scott can tick off another item on her bucket list.
On Saturday, the Winnipeg midfielder known as The Destroyer is set to play for her club side, Notts County Ladies, against Chelsea in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley.
"It's very exciting," said Scott, who turned 28 on the eve of the game. "You can feel it within the team."
TORONTO - It's goals galore when Toronto FC plays these days. And that's not all good.
Greg Vanney's team leads Major League Soccer in goals scored per game (1.63). But it also ranks 19th out of 20 teams in goals conceded (1.63).
Going into Saturday's game in New England, Toronto has given up 11 goals in its last three road games. And yet it managed to tie New York City FC (4-4) and the Columbus Crew (3-3) during that stretch.
Vanney acknowledges that tightening the defence is Job 1.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.
The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008.
MONTREAL - Before Didier Drogba makes his Montreal debut, there's another superstar the Impact need to pay attention to — David Villa of New York City FC.
Villa has been on a rampage in Major League Soccer, scoring 10 goals in nine leagues games since May 30 and adding an impressive goal in the MLS all-star game on Wednesday night. NYC is 5-2-2 in that span.
The Spaniard feeds off Canadian teams, with four of those goals against Toronto FC and three in a pair of victories over the Impact.
WINNIPEG - Darvin Adams' teammates tried to give the Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver the game ball, but he instead gave it to quarterback Drew Willy.
Despite hauling in four catches for a career-high 127 yards and one touchdown in a 23-13 win over the B.C. Lions Thursday, Adams said his performance paled in comparison to Willy.
Willy passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns on an injured knee, which also held up during his five carries for a career-high 72 yards.
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.
The crowd of about 1,000 people which had gathered on a square in the Kazakh city to hear Friday's result started to disperse as soon as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach revealed that the games would go to Beijing.
TORONTO - A new study suggests people — particularly tourists — spent more money in downtown Toronto and near Pan Am venues during the Games compared with the same period last year.
The study by the payment processing company Moneris is based on debit and credit card transactions between July 10 and 26.
While the study doesn't include cash purchases, the company says it gives a general sense of spending during the international competition.
BEIJING, China - Lion dancers swayed and confetti canons erupted Friday as news came that Beijing would become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics.
Local residents praised their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations were far more muted than 14 years ago when Beijing exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games.
BEIJING, China - Beijing residents have expressed happiness and pride at their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations are more muted than 14 years ago when the city exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games.
News that Beijing would become the first city to host both summer and winter Olympics was greeted with lion dancers and confetti canons Friday evening at a staged government pep rally at the iconic Bird's Nest stadium, attended by about 500 preselected participants.