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.