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Whitecaps end road trip with loss to Rapids

Whitecaps end five-game road trip with 2-1 loss to Colorado Rapids
The Associated Press

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - The Vancouver Whitecaps' three-game winning streak is over.

Kevin Doyle scored his first MLS goal for the Colorado Rapids as they edged Vancouver 2-1 on Saturday.

The win snapped a six-game winless streak for Colorado.

"I thought we done enough to probably win the game," said Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson, whose team wrapped up a five-game road trip.

"I think some of our performance levels weren't what we have been in the last three games, and unfortunately we haven't picked up any points tonight."

Vice-President Joe Biden to attend the World Cup final

Vice-President Joe Biden, wife, Jill, will cheer on the US at the Women's World Cup final
Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

VANCOUVER - Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will cheer on the United States in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday.

The U.S. women's national team plays defending champion Japan in the title match at Vancouver's BC Place.

The Bidens will lead a delegation including U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan, and former U.S. players Cobi Jones and Mia Hamm.

"We're honoured to be part of the Women's World Cup Final," the Bidens said in a statement.

England wakes to more heartbreak for national soccer team

England wakes to more soccer pain as women's team exit World Cup in agonizing fashion
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England - England's national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments.

Penalty-shootout defeats? There have been six of those by England's men alone since the World Cup semifinals in 1990. Refereeing injustices? England midfielder Frank Lampard's shot that crossed the line but wasn't awarded as a goal in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal exit to Germany still rankles, and led to the introduction of goal-line technology.

Now it's the turn of England women's class of 2015 to feel the pain.

England women receive royal pep talk before World Cup semi

England women receive royal pep talk from Prince William before World Cup semi against Japan
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

EDMONTON - The Lionesses have received a royal pep talk from Prince William before England faces defending champion Japan in a World Cup semifinal on Wednesday.

England team spokeswoman Catherine Stewart confirmed William called and wished the players and coaches good luck during a team meeting earlier in the day. The sixth-ranked Lionesses have created a buzz back home after reaching the semifinal for the first time in four tournament appearances.

US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

Lloyd, O'Hara score US beats Germany 2-0 for a place in the Women's World Cup final
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The clash of the world's top two women's soccer powers came down to a pair of penalties in the second half.

Top-ranked Germany's Celia Sasic missed one, and Carli Lloyd, captain of the second-ranked United States, buried hers.

And that put the Americans into the FIFA Women's World Cup final after a 2-0 victory over Germany before 51,176 mostly pro-American fans at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night.

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