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Vancouver Completes Semifinal Field After 2-1 Aggregate Victory in USSF D-2 Playoffs

Whitecaps to Face Puerto Rico Islanders in Next Round

CHICAGO (Oct. 10, 2010) – Vancouver Whitecaps FC advanced to the semifinals of the USSF D-2 Pro League Playoffs after a 2-1 aggregate victory against the Portland Timbers. The Whitecaps advance to play the Puerto Rico Islanders in the next round of the postseason with the first leg scheduled for Oct. 14 at 8:05 p.m. ET in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

The No. 5 seed Whitecaps defeated the No. 4 Timbers 2-0 in the first leg of the aggregate goals series on Oct. 7 in British Columbia. That two-goal advantage would prove to be the difference as the Timbers were victorious at home 1-0 this evening but could not overcome the deficit and fell 2-1 on aggregate to their Pacific Northwest rivals.

The Carolina RailHawks and the Montreal Impact will meet in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. at Stade Saputo in Montreal, Quebec on Thursday, Oct. 14

The playoffs consist of a two-leg, aggregate goals series in the first round, semifinals and finals. Away goals will not be considered a tie-breaker in the aggregate goal series. If teams are tied on aggregate goals after the conclusion of the second leg, they will play two 15 minute overtime periods. Penalty kicks will follow overtime if the teams have not broken the deadlock.

USSF D-2 Pro League Playoff Schedule and Results
First Round, Leg 1

 Date  Match   Venue
 Oct. 6  Montreal Impact 2, Austin Aztex 0                     Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec
 Oct. 6  NSC Minnesota Stars 0, Carolina RailHawks 0  National Sports Center; Blaine, Minn.
 Oct. 7  Puerto Rico Islanders 2, Rochester Rhinos 0  Bayamon FC Soccer Complex; Bayamon, Puerto Rico
 Oct. 7  Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, Portland Timbers 0  Swangard, Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia

First Round, Leg 2
 Date  Match   Agg. Score  Venue
 Oct. 9  Rochester Rhinos 2, Puerto Rico Islanders 1  2-3  Marina Auto Stadium; Rochester, N.Y.
 Oct. 9  Carolina RailHawks 4, NSC Minnesota Stars 0  4-0  WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.
 Oct. 9  Austin Aztex 2, Montreal Impact 3  2-5  House Park; Austin, Texas
 Oct. 10  Portland Timbers 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0  1-2  Merlo Field (Univ. of Portland); Portland, Ore.

Semifinal, Leg 1

 Date  Match   Time (ET)  Venue
 Oct. 14  Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Puerto Rico Islanders  8:05 p.m.  Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico
 Oct. 14  Montreal Impact vs. Carolina RailHawks  7:30 p.m.   Stade Saputo; Montreal, Quebec

Semifinal, Leg 2

 Date  Match   Time (ET)  Venue
 Oct. 17  Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC  7 p.m.  Swangard, Stadium; Burnaby, British Columbia
 Oct. 17  Carolina RailHawks vs. Puerto Rico Islanders  7 p.m.   WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

Final, Leg 1
Match will be played on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 23

Final, Leg 2
Match will be played on the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 30