A bunch of stuff before the weekend.
FIFA held the draw for the U-17 World Cup yesterday and the US is in a tough group. That said, they have played Croatia and Chile already during this cycle and did alright.
The US moved up from #34 to #29 in the latest FIFA world rankings.
US Soccer might be getting a new crest in 2016. From what I can see online, a lot of people think it is better than the old crest but nothing special. I like it.
Nothing official has been announced yet, but it looks like the Confederations Cup playoff game is going to move from Friday, October 9 to Saturday, October 10. I hope it doesn’t as I likely can’t go on Saturday, but can on Friday. Also, if you have any extra money or are looking for a cool cause to donate to, help send some veterans to the game.
Aron Johannsson made the move to Werder Bremen earlier this week. He will be wearing #9.
Over at Fulhamerica, Emerson Hyndman has turned down some contract extension offers from the SW6 club, while Luca de la Torre has signed his first professional contract with the club.
Staying in West London, QPR has made a couple unsuccessful offers to Bolton for Tim Ream.
The New England Revolution are being linked to centerback Zak Whitbread. Whitbread is currently a free agent.
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh doesn’t like Timothy Chandler playing for the USMNT.
Eric Lichaj told Nottingham Forest’s website last week that he is not focused on playing for the USMNT (if Klinsi knew he existed).
Galway United released Kevin Garcia last week.
This is from earlier in the week, but Howie updated a couple transfer things, including Cesar Romero signing with FK Vardar of FYR Macedonia.
We have a Anton Peterlin sighting! He is now with Boldklubben af 1893 of the Danish third division. No word if the club has any interest in Cody Arnoux (that joke is for Howie and like three other people who might get it).
Tyrone McCargo is back in Germany with SV Wacker Nürnberg after a season in Austria with SK Austria Klagenfurt.
Brown product Daniel Taylor has signed with Acharnaikos in Greece. While recent Georgetown graduate Austin Martz has signed with Pembroke Athleta in Malta.
Top Drawer Soccer’s J.R. Eskilson has been killing it the past couple weeks with a bunch of information on youth players training/trailing throughout Europe (here and here).