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Friday kickaround: Women’s World Cup, FIFA rankings, Ali Krieger chat, MLS, Mike Ammann, D.C. United

*Despite finishing second at the Women’s World Cup, the United States retained the No. 1 position in the FIFA rankings. The top five remained unchanged — USA, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Sweden — and England moved four slots to No. 6. The biggest fall in the top 20: North Korea, which failed to advance out of group play, dropping four places to No. 12. (What exactly is the point of these rankings if the world champion remains at No. 4? Oh, FIFA.)

*USA defender Ali Krieger, from Dumfries and Forest Park High School, is The Post’s special guest for a live online chat at 10:30 a.m. ET today. Submit your questions, follow along and read the complete transcript.

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*The Houston Dynamo, which completed a multi-player trade with the Portland Timbers on Thursday, submitted a discovery claim on Honduran national team midfielder Oscar Boniek Garcia, 26, and has been in negotiations with the World Cup and Gold Cup veteran, the Insider has been told by two sources. Whether a deal is reached remains to be seen. Garcia plays for Olimpia.

*Bumped into former MLS goalkeeper Mike Ammann at RFK Stadium this morning. He brought his son Arie, a 14-year-old keeper, to watch D.C. United and Everton practices. Next month, Arie, who plays for McLean Academy in Virginia, will train informally with his father’s former club, Charlton, as well as Brighton. They’ll also attend the Manchester United match vs. Spurs. Down the road, he would be eligible for European employment because of the Ammann family’s Swiss roots. (Who knew?) Mike runs the 247GK goalkeeping academy.

*Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer reviews D.C. United’s grim result against the New England Revolution and presents his player ratings.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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