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By Nick Barbaro, Fri., Nov. 22, 2013

The St. Edward's women extended their season into the NCAA Sweet 16 with a 1-0 overtime win Sunday at Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo. They now travel to Western Wash­ing­ton to take on Metro State (14-4-3), with whom they tied, 1-1, back in September – one of the blemishes on their 18-0-2 season. The Hilltoppers are riding a 16-game winning streak, and have outscored opponents by an eye-popping 60-5 on the year.

Orlando City SC was confirmed Tuesday as the MLS' 21st team, to start playing in 2015 – just four years after they moved away from Austin.

The field is now complete for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, June 12-July 13, with some dramatic results in Europe Tuesday: Three goals by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo beat two by Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and France shut out Ukraine, 3-0, reversing an 0-2 first leg. The WC draw will be held Dec. 6.

The U.S. men finished their 2013 season with a mild whimper in Europe: a 1-0 loss to Austria, following a 0-0 draw with Scotland. Disappointed, despite their best-ever 16-4-3 record for the year? Take it up with head coach Jurgen Klinsmann while he's here for SXSW in March, speaking in the new SXsports Convergence track.

MLS playoffs will be back underway this weekend, following the international break, with the second legs of the Conference Finals: Houston-Kansas City is at 6:30pm Saturday (NBC Sports), and Portland-Salt Lake is at 8pm Sunday (ESPN). The Dynamo are gunning for their third straight MLS Cup final appearance.

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