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Soccer Watch

By Nick Barbaro, Fri., Oct. 26, 2012

Last chance to see your 2012 UT Longhorns at Myers Stadium, hosting 19th-ranked West Virginia at 7:30pm, Friday night, Oct. 26. The Big 12 championship tournament starts Wednesday in San Antonio; that's the Horns' sole route to an NCAA bid, after a couple of tough one-goal losses last week at Baylor and TCU dropped them to 7-9-1 on the year.

The St. Edward's women end their season this weekend as well, but unlike the Horns, the Hilltoppers have every expectation of a run deep into the NCAA Division II playoffs; at 15-1, they're currently ranked fifth in the country. They host St. Mary's at 1pm, Thursday, then A&M International at noon, Saturday, Oct. 27 (St. Ed's men play the same opponents on the same days, 3:30 and 2:30pm).

Adrian Heath, head coach of the former Austin Aztex, still head coach of Orlando FC, turned down an offer this week from Toronto FC to become their top assistant and heir-apparent head man. Orlando's still hoping for an MLS bid of their own, and Toronto's a train wreck, despite the healthy fan base.

Houston advanced out of their group in CONCACAF Champions League play Tues­day night, while Costa Rica's Herediano knocked out Real Salt Lake to join three other MLS teams, and likely four Mexican teams in the final eight, to be played in the spring... There was Champions League action this midweek in Europe as well: Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal all lost, though only Man City, the defending English champions, looks to be in real trouble, with only one point from their first three games.

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