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Union players in Top 100, Temple ranked 23rd by TDS, USWNT U-17s win group, more

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In the latest rankings of the top 100 US players at ASN, Jack McInerney comes in at No. 38, Amobi Okugo at No. 48, and Sheanon Williams at No. 87. That makes McInerney 16th among MLS players, Okugo 21st, and Williams 48th.

SWOL has a brief article on the work of Mark Yesilevskiy, a Buffalo-based graphic designer who also happens to be a Philadelphia Union fan. Go to his online store to see a selection of his fine work, which unfortunately doesn’t yet include any Union-inspired images.

The Brotherly Game on whether John Hackworth should be fired: he says yes, he says no (for now).


Top Drawer Soccer has the Temple men’s team at No. 23 in its’ national rankings. Penn State comes in at No. 11.

Temple’s Vaughn Spurrier and La Salle’s Jason Plumhoff were named Philly Soccer 6 Co-Players of the Week. Temple’s Dan Scheck was named Defender of the Week. Drexel’s Tyler Afflerbach was named Philly Soccer 6 Rookie of the Week.

Delaware comes in at No. 21 in Soccer America’s Top 25. Penn State is at 11th.

The Daily Pennsylvanian looks at the path of women players from the Ivy League to the pros.

The Intelligencer has previews of tonight’s first round state championship games between Conwell-Egan and New Hope-Solebury at Northeast High School (5 pm) and Lansdale Catholic and Holy Ghost at Council Rock North (5 pm).

Chestnut Hill Local reports on Germantown Friends School’s loss to Friends Central in the Friends School League girls’ championship final.


Ahead of the Wednesday and Thursday’s second-leg conference semifinal games, Houston have hope and New York have faith; Portland is confident while Seattle is hopeful; Real Salt Lake is not concerned while LA is strategizingKansas City is also confident. No word on what New England is.

While The Guardian has five things learned from last weekend’s playoff games, Soccer America has storylines ahead of Wednesday’s Eastern Conference semis.

More on the possibility of Jason Kreis moving to NYC FC.

More on the possibility that Sigi Schmid is out at Seattle if the Sounders can’t make it past Portland to the Western Conference final and MLS Cup final.

On the obstacles in the way of hopes that St. Louis will be home to a MLS team.

An officiating crew led by Mark Geiger has been selected to officiate games at the upcoming Club World Cup in Morocco. Soon every region of the world will  know the benefits of a Geiger Counter.


The US won Group B with a 2-0 victory over Canada on Monday in the CONCACAF women’s U-17 Championships in Jamaica. Ocean Township’s Taylor Racioppi came on in the 60th minute while Colts Neck’s Frankie Tagliaferri was an unused substitute. Postgame quote sheet here.

The US next faces Mexico on Thursday in the semifinals (3 pm, Fox Soccer 2Go). The winner secures a spot at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

At SI, Grant Wahl writes, “The U.S. national team gets together in Europe during next week’s FIFA window for friendlies at Scotland and Austria. But I hear Jurgen Klinsmann is not planning to call up any players that are still involved in the MLS playoffs.”

Scotland have announced their 25-player roster for the friendly against the US on Nov. 15.

Bolton are hopeful Stuart Holden can resume training soon after the new year.

The USWNT roster for the friendly against Brazil on Nov. 10 in Orlando has been released.


the latest Footy on the Telly for listings of toady’s games.

It looks like the cost of Mexico missing out on the World Cup should it lose the two-leg Intercontinental qualifier against New Zealand has risen to $650 million.

Is your love of the game so strong that you would auction off your personal possessions to be able to stay in it? Former Australia captain and goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri’s is. On the day that the Football Federation of Australia announced the launch of it’s new women’s league, Barbieri, who is without a contract from the national team after leaving the game for a year to have her first child, revealed she has been auctioning off personal items in order to raise the $5000 she needs to cover the expenses of playing in the league. Barbieri says anything she raises over her $50000 target will be shared with her Adelaide United teammates.

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