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Here are a couple of stories that are currently making the rounds...

First, we have an update on the World Cup ticketing situation courtesy of the folks over at Soccer365.  I went through this very process back in 2006 (I failed to get tickets) and it's a little bit tricky.  In order to be considered for tickets, you first have to submit pre-application info to the U.S. Soccer Federation by 12 p.m. ET on January 11th.  After the pre-application is handed in, you'll be given a link to FIFA's online ticket center.  There you'll have another form to fill out (due January 13th).  Once all the paperwork is finished up, FIFA starts handing out the tickets on an equal chance basis.  If there are more applications for tickets than actual seats, FIFA will fill out its U.S. ticket allottment through a random lottery.  Got that?  Good. 

The draft is getting closer and closer and while I don't have enough knowledge on the subject to provide you guys with mock drafts or anything like that, I am more than capable of linking to news surrounding it.  It's being reported that Ike Opara (D, Wake Forest), Corben Bone (M, Wake Forest), Tony Tchani (M, Virginia), Danny Mwanga (F, Oregon State) and Amobi Okugo (M, UCLA) are all close to signing GA deals.  If MLS locks up all of the aforementioned players, it would bring the total number of GA signings to 11. 

That's all for now.  I'm hoping to talk to Frank Klopas sometime soon, so hopefully I'll have a post dealing with some specifics of the head coaching search up in the next 24 hours.  Feel free to leave any questions you have for Frank in the comments section. 

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  • Wow. That may be the hardest-to-pronounce draft class ever.

  • Are the tickets being assigned to the purchasers? In other words, there's no way I can make the trip to South Africa. But, if lucked into a pair of US-England ducats at face value, I might be able to sell them and get myself a nice 44 inch HD set to watch the games.

    BTW, while checking on StubHub for Illini-Gonzaga tickets, I see they already have WC tickets for sale. US-England is one of the pricier ones. Even higher than Brazil-Portugal which I thought was a major 1st Round game.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I think it's pretty impossible to scalp World Cup tickets (even if that we're legal...wink, wink). They might put your passport number on the actual stub or something crazy like that. I'm nowhere near 100% sure though, so I would probably encourage you to go ahead and do some research of your own (for purely hypothetical purposes of course).

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    scalping in not illegal, no more so then buying wholesale and selling at a marked up value.

    it is illegal to scalp tickets on the venue property, hence why you see the scalpers off the property but still close enough to the venue to catch the eyes of the public.

    stubhub is a prime example of scalping, but in a business aspect.

    as for how WC tickets go, i am not sure. I work with Tickets and know a scalper pretty well and his company is sending him to the world cup for this very reason. So i am guessing its quite possible to get tickets and sell them at a higher price to someone who's in fact interested.

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