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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
The United States moved up six spots to 13th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, moving well ahead of rival Mexico, which dropped to No. 21. Jurgen Klinsmann's men have won 13 of their last 14 games in all competitions, and are currently first place in the Concacaf Hexagonal standings ... Read the whole story
Forbes points out that one of the biggest impacts qualifying for the World Cup has is on U.S. Soccer's finances. According to the Daily Telegraph, a World Cup participant is guaranteed $12.5 million, rising to $25 million for a quarterfinalist. Read the whole story
United States defender Timothy Chandler has been demoted to the substitutes' bench at Nuremberg following a poor performance during the Bundesliga club's first-round cup exit to minor league side Sandhausen. The 23-year-old says he is currently at the "low point" of his career, and worries that his predicament could lead ... Read the whole story
Cape Verde has been disqualified from the African playoffs for the 2014 World Cup after fielding an ineligible player in Saturday's group qualifier against Tunisia. FIFA ruled that Fernando Verela should not have played in the island nation's 2-0 win, deciding that Cape Verde be handed a 3-0 loss instead. ... Read the whole story
At his press unveiling on Thursday, new Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil defended his record after Real Madrid President Florentino Perez had questioned his off-field conduct during his time with Los Blancos. Earlier this week, ABC published a story attributing quotes to Perez in which he said the German international lacked ... Read the whole story
Napoli coach Rafael Benitez claims that his Slovakian winger Marek Hamsik would be worth more than Gareth Bale if he was on the market. "Is Bale worth the 100 million euros Real Madrid paid for him? If so, then I'd say you can't put a price on Hamsik - and ... Read the whole story
At just 26 years of age, Lionel Messi this season could become La Liga's all-time leading scorer. The Barcelona forward, who already has five goals to his name this season, needs just 32 more goals to achieve the milestone. Messi is currently sixth in the goal charts - four goals ... Read the whole story


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