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Chapecoense, Toronto FC heads to MLS Cup, and more

Fans Pay Tribute To Brazilian Football Team Chapecoense Following Fatal Plane Crash Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Plane Carrying Doomed Brazilian Soccer Team Ran Out of Fuel Before Crash: Reports | NBC News
Reportedly, the plane carrying Chapecoense ran out of fuel. In an audiotape of the final moments before the charter plane crashed, the pilot is reported a fuel shortage. Colombian officials have not named the cause of the crash but say they haven’t ruled out fuel or electric issues.

Over 45,000 fans pay tribute to Chapecoense at what would have been their cup final match | SB Nation
45,000 fans Atletico Nacional supporters showed up to what would have been the cup final game. Instead of cheering on their side, the fans sang and held up banners in support of Chapecoense. FOX Sports broadcasted 90 minutes of a black screen.

Brazilians rush to support shattered Chapecoense soccer club | Christian Science Monitor
This article details various support Chapecoense has received since the crash.

Canada’s top women want younger soccer players to have a kick at fair pay | Toronto Star
Canada’s women’s soccer team is expected to announce plans to form a players’ union. This summer, Canada won their second-straight Olympic bronze medal.

Goalkeeper scores spectacular 96th-minute overhead kick in South Africa | The Guardian
You can’t make this stuff up: a goalkeeper scored a bicycle kick in the final minute to tie the game for his team

D.C. United season review: Jalen Robinson | Black and Red United
In the latest player review, Jason Anderson evaluated Jalen Robinson’s performance this season. Right now, 98% of voters want Robinson back for 2017.

The best of social media as Toronto FC reach the MLS Cup final | Waking the Red
Following last night’s crazy game between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact, TFC fans had a lot to celebrate. So, here are a bunch of videos of TFC fans celebrating.