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The Casa Soccer League’s playoffs are set, and this Saturday’s matches at Philadelphia Soccer Club will finally settle Casa’s longest, wettest season ever.

In the Primera Division, the Allstars snuck into the playoffs with a 1-0 win over Penn United on Saturday, thanks to a first half goal by George Owura Brew. The two teams were essentially in a win-or-go-home scenario, and the Allstars sent Penn home after what had been a brilliant season for Penn, marked by their surprise rise to Primera and then this year’s solid showing in the top division.

The Allstars needed some help though, because KS Cracovia could have surpassed them with a win Saturday over defending champion Deportivo Arsenal. Unfortunately, Arsenal didn’t cooperate, as Declan Gomley netted twice to lead them to a 3-1 win over Cracovia.

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Real Optimus shut out Philadelphia Athletic 3-0 on Saturday to win the regular season title in the Casa Soccer League’s second division. Leland Raum scored two goals, and Nick Jennings added another to earn Real Optimus promotion to Casa’s Primera division next spring.

Real Optimus came into the match sitting in second place, needing some help from Cannons FC, who were set to play then-division leader Philly United. Cannons FC answered by knocking off Philly United 3-1 to clinch second place in the final standings.

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The Casa Soccer League plays its last round of regular season games this week (weather permitting), with playoff and promotion spots on the line.

In the league’s top division, five teams are vying for the final two playoff spots, with West Philly FC and Deportivo Arsenal already having clinched postseason berths. The Penn United vs. Allstars match at 12:40 p.m. will likely determine one of those spots. Penn can clinch a playoff spot with a win, while the Allstars need a win – a draw won’t do – to keep their longshot hopes alive. If Philly Soccer Firm and KS Cracovia can upset the division’s top two teams, at least one of them will be playing come postseason time. (View schedule and standings.)

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Saturday’s matches in the Casa Soccer League‘s Primera division set up a nail-biting final week to the season, with almost every game having playoff or relegation implications.  Week 8 saw first place West Philly FC and 2nd place Deportivo Arsenal fail to pick up maximum points. West Philly narrowly fell to newly promoted Penn United 1-0 on Dominic Pellegrino’s game-winning goal, while Deportivo only managed a 3-3 draw with bottom club Stoney United.  Despite the tie, Stoney won’t avoid the drop and will be doing their business in the Segunda division next year.  Other results included mid-table United FC sharing a point each with the Philly Soccer Firm in a 3-3 draw.  AC Milan held off struggling Steagles United 1-0 on Michael Quinn-Willauer’s game-winner, while KS Cracovia took down Allstars 2-1.  Six teams will compete for three remaining playoff spots in the final week, with West Philly having already clinched. (View remaining schedule and standings.)


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The biggest question facing local soccer leagues may not be who wins their fall seasons. Rather, it’s this:

Will it ever stop raining?

In the Casa Soccer League, Philly’s largest, more than half the fall season’s games have been rained out as an El Nino cycle has dropped buckets of rain on the Delaware Valley, apparently liking the region only enough to visit primarily on weekends. Leagues around the region are rescheduling games that were rained out, and Casa has been forced to collapse its postseason playoff tournament to four teams.

That makes the last two weeks of the regular season more important than usual, with teams fighting for one of four playoff spots per division. Teams who win the regular season or the playoff tournament gain promotion.

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The Sons of Ben are taking food donations at this Saturday’s soccer matches at Pennypack Park in northeast Philadelphia, with plans to give the food to a charity in Chester. 

Last year, the SoBs and Philadelphia Union gave $2,501 and 600 pounds of food to the Bernadine Center, a nonprofit group providing food and supplies to low-income Chester residents. They hope to match that this Saturday with their “Kick Hunger” campaign. 

If you have non-perishable food to donate and want to catch a few free soccer matches, come out to the fields in northeast Philadelphia. The Sons of Ben field two teams in the Casa Soccer League at Pennypack Park, and their Saturday games are at 8:50 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. You can drop by for their matches and stay for more if you like, as there will be 20 games on four fields there throughout the day. For directions to the fields, click here

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