Morning Ticker: USL Final set, Gladbach coach fired and Poland reaches FIFA deal

Morning Ticker: USL Final set, Gladbach coach fired and Poland reaches FIFA deal

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Morning Ticker: USL Final set, Gladbach coach fired and Poland reaches FIFA deal

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Somebody finally stopped the Montreal Impact and it figures that it would be another Canadian team to do it.

The Vancouver White Caps ended Montreal’s dream USL season with a 2-0 victory that helped give Vancouver a 2-1 series aggregate victory in the USL playoff semifinals on Sunday.

First-half goals from Jeff Clark and Eduardo Sebrango provided the margin of victory for Vancouver, which received a shutout from goalkeeper Tyler Baldock, who made his first start of the season in place of suspended goalkeeper Jay Nolly.

The White Caps will now face the Puerto Rico Islanders in the USL Final after Puerto Rico overcame a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat the Rochester Rhinos, 3-2. Cristian Arrieta headed home a Petter Villegas corner kick in the 119th minute to give the Islanders the victory.

The USL Final is set for Oct. 12 in Vancouver.

Here are some other news stories to get your day started:

Moenchengladbach fires manager

German club Borussia Moenchengladbach fired head coach Jos Luhukay on Sunday, a day after the club lost its sixth game in seven matches.

The news could be a blessing for U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley, who has been left on the bench in recent matches for Moenchengladbach.  Sporting director Christian Ziege will take over as head coach. Ziege was directly responsible for the club buying Bradley from Heerenveen this summer, which could lead to some increased playing time for the former MetroStar.

Poland close to deal to avoid FIFA penalties

Just when you thought Poland might lose the right to host Euro 2012, there comes a deal to bring things back to normal.

Poland faced major sanctions by FIFA if its government did not re-instate the Polish Soccer Federation after suspending it amid investigations of corruption. The soccer federation and goverment reached a last-minute deal on Monday and is awaiting FIFA’s response to the deal.

Poland and Ukraine are set to co-host Euro 2012.

These are just some of the stories from today and Sunday to help get your day going. Feel free to share your thoughts on these, and any other stories from this morning or Sunday in the comments section below.

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