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Heading into the final week of the MLS season Vancouver Whitecaps playoff fate is in their own hands, and given the tumultuous offseason at the club that is a big achievement in itself. Steven Nzonzi France Jersey . The Whitecaps know a win at home against Colorado Rapids on Saturday (live on TSN) will ensure they finish fifth in the West and face a road trip to either Real Salt Lake or FC Dallas in the Western Conference Knockout Round. There are other scenarios as well - put simply, the Caps just need to match whatever result Portland Timbers gets at FC Dallas to finish above their Cascadia rivals. Having come this far anything other than postseason qualification would be a massive letdown, but in my view whatever the outcome, when the dust settles this season can be classed as a success. The Whitecaps have won the Cascadia Cup and also qualified for the 2015/16 Champions League, but most importantly, they have started to build a strong foundation for future success as they aim to become a club that can challenge at the top of the Western Conference on a yearly basis. They have a plan. They have an identity. They have strong leadership under the ever impressive rookie head coach Carl Robinson, and they have the base of a very good squad. Someone asked me last week: who has been the Whitecaps best signing this season? The fact that question is difficult to answer speaks to the strength of Robinsons recruitment and gives faith that future additions will continue to make the club stronger. They also have a commitment to developing young talent and giving those players a chance. Pedro Morales will likely win the team MVP award because he leads the way with goals and assists, but Matias Laba has had an outstanding season and has shown himself to be a league-leader in his position. And while much of the talk in Vancouver has been about the lack of a goalscorer - a position that will be addressed in the offseason - the midseason additions of Mauro Rosales and Kendall Waston have played a vital role in getting the Caps to where they are now. So where are they now? They are a young team still with plenty to learn but they have proved this year they have the ability to live with the top teams in the league. The performance at Seattle two weeks ago was in my mind without doubt their best since joining Major League Soccer. It was a game that showed they have started to grow up as a squad. Four weeks ago, after the disheartening 3-0 loss at Portland, it seemed the playoffs would be out of reach, but since then the players have shown immense character and belief to go four games unbeaten, with three wins and three clean sheets along the way. It has been, and will continue to be a steep learning curve for Carl Robinson and his players, but under difficult circumstances they have already shown themselves to be up for the challenge. This weekend, they face a Colorado team that they are expected to beat but these games have often been a challenge for the Caps this season. The fact they have already lost to Colorado twice this year, couldnt beat Chivas in three meetings and struggled to a 0-0 draw against Montreal Impact highlights their inability to win matches when they are clear favourites. With a few more points against those teams below them in the standings, they would already be safely in the top five. Thats the next step for this team. Next season they need a Plan B and Plan C for when things arent working. But back to what matters right now and the task in hand on Saturday. The Whitecaps have the more favourable final match. They are at home to a Colorado Rapids side that hasnt won in 13 matches while Portland Timbers - a point behind the Caps - will head to Texas to face a Dallas side that will most likely still be fighting for third place in the West. Portland kicks off 90 minutes before the Whitecaps, so shortly after kick off at BC Place, the Caps will know the result they need to make the postseason, but Carl Robinson has made it clear his attention will be focused purely on ensuring his team gets the job done without the need for help from elsewhere. This Saturday could be another defining moment in the life of this squad. They have coped with the pressure so far, but have one more cup final to go. Kylian Mbappe Jersey . Austin Watson, Scott Ford, Filip Forsberg and Mark Van Guilder had the other goals for the Admirals (30-21-12). Scott Darling made 30 saves for his 10th win of the season. Benjamin Mendy Jersey . Some will say that Martin is too sensitive while others will say that it is part of the way football is in the locker room. But to have to absorb what was said to him for any rational and intelligent person is too much.Frisco, TX ( - They answered question after question from the media on Thursday, calm as can be even as they moved onto a stage thats bigger than the nations best FCS conference. It didnt figure to be any other way, however, because Illinois State quarterback Tre Roberson and running back Marshaun Coprich have provided all the right answers this season while leading the Redbirds into Saturdays NCAA Division I Football Championship Game. It feels like weve been here before, Roberson said matter-of-factly. The reality is Illinois State will be appearing in the FCS title game for the first time, while its opponent, North Dakota State, is seeking a fourth straight national title, which would be a first in the FCS and has been accomplished only once in NCAA history, ironically by a school from Illinois, Augustana College from 1983-86. But the Redbirds feel theyre ready to move out of North Dakota States long shadow. The two teams tied for the Missouri Valley Football Conference title after not playing each other in the regular season. Now we meet in the national championship, Coprich said. Winner takes both trophies. Illinois State (13-1) has much more than a punchers chance against the NDSU dynasty. In fact, its offense features a sensational 1-2 knockout punch. Whether Roberson or Coprich is 1 and the other is 2 seemingly changes from week to week, and they feed off each other in winning fashion. Coprich, lightly recruited coming out of a California high school, goes by Little Bull as he patterns himself after Barry Sanders, a compact 5-foot-9, 205-pound bruiser with speed and a downhill running style. The model of consistency, the junior was the Missouri Valleys offensive player of the year and a first-team All-American. He leads the FCS with 2,168 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns. Roberson, who wears a Superman T-shirt under his jersey, was Indianas Mr. Football in 2010 and stayed home to attend Indiana University. He became the first Hoosier quarterback to start a game as a true freshman in 20111, then missed most of his sophomore season with a broken leg before returning to make four starts in 2013. Adil Rami Jersey. . He transferred to Illinois State last June, got better throughout his redshirt junior campaign and was named the Missouri Valleys newcomer of the year and its first-team quarterback. Hes been at his best during the postseason and has accounted for 37 touchdowns (27 passing, 10 rushing) while leading the conference in total offense (280.9 ypg) this season. His accuracy and him just being able to get the plays and being able to hurry up and react and get the ball out. His percentage rating is pretty good, obviously, Coprich said of Roberson. Countered Roberson about Coprich, He has the ability to take the ball with one carry and score a touchdown. That takes a lot of pressure off us offensively. All we have to do is our job and we know he will come out and do his job. Both players have gained immensely from the addition of Kurt Beathard to Illinois States coaching staff this season as offensive coordinator. The son of former NFL general manager Bobby Beathard is well-versed to success on the FCS level, now an offensive coordinator at his fifth different school. Beathard has designed the offense to its players skills, bringing cohesion while maximizing the run-pass threat of Roberson, which in turn makes Coprich even more dangerous. Coprich rushed for over 100 yards in each of Illinois States first 13 games. When New Hampshire stopped the streak in the national semifinals, Roberson took over the game. But, fittingly, both standouts scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Redbirds rallied to the win. Now Illinois State, which has good size at wide receiver and even more size on the offensive line with four starters over 300 pounds, will try to take down the best defense in the FCS for four years running. No doubt the Redbirds will turn to their 1-2 punch for the right answers against North Dakota State. 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