Some links before the weekend.
The long rumored Copa America Centenario appears to be coming to the US in 2016. The 16-team tournament will feature 10 CONMEBOL teams and six CONCACAF squads, including the US and Mexico.
The US has moved up one spot to #13 in the latest FIFA world rankings. As for the rest of the US’s group of fun, Germany is #2, Portugal is #3 and Ghana is #38.
Tab Ramos has named his 21-man roster for the Dallas Cup. The US will face River Plate, Eintracht Frankfurt and UANL Tigres in Group C of the Gordon Jago Super Group. Emerson Hyndman will also be in attendance at the tournament, but he will be playing with Fulham.
Jose Torres became the first American to win Mexico’s Copa MX earlier this week. Torres has now won trophies in Copa MX, Copa Sudamericana, Liga MX Clausura, Super Liga and CONCACAF Champions League (three times). Not too shabby.
Timothy Chandler has begun running again for the first time since his latest injury.
While Steve Cherundolo’s playing career has come to an end, he is about to begin his coaching career.
Hey US Soccer, go talk to Ado Jahic.
Howie already told us about Tyler Ruthven and Jon Okafor returning to the US with Arizona United. You can now add Charles Renken to the list.
A Swedish newspaper decided to do a story on the three Americans at Sandvikens IF: Seth Rudolph, Adam Kelemet and Yoni Berhanu.
And finally, we are just over 61 days away from the World Cup. So enjoy this:
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.