*The U.S. women’s national soccer team, ranked No. 1 by FIFA, joined Great Britain and World Cup champion Japan as the top seeds ahead of Tuesday’s Olympic draw at Wembley Stadium (6 a.m. ET).
[updated] The Americans will play their group matches at Glasgow’s Hampden Park (twice) and Manchester’s Old Trafford. Olympic soccer first-round play is staged in venues beyond the host city.
The other nations to qualify: Brazil, Colombia, Canada, Sweden, France, Cameroon, South Africa, North Korea and New Zealand.
Based on the pots for the draw, the U.S. team can’t play Japan, Great Britain, Canada or Brazil in the first round.
*Reports from afar say Russia and the United States are planning to meet in a friendly on Nov. 14, which is a FIFA fixture date. The Americans will have completed the semifinal round of 2014 World Cup qualifying a month earlier. The sides haven’t faced one another since 2000 in Moscow.
Meantime, Juergen Klinsmann is making preparations for the three friendlies and two qualifiers in May-June. Camp is scheduled to open May 16 in Orlando. A roster isn't expected to be finalized until a few days ahead.
As of last Friday, ticket sales for the home matches were:
24,000 for Scotland on May 26 in Jacksonville
42,000 for Brazil on May 30 in Landover, Md.
5,000 for Antigua & Barbuda June 8 in Tampa
*Chris Pontius, who recorded a hat trick in D.C. United’s 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday at RFK Stadium, was named MLS player of the week — the third time in his career he has been so honored.
*Looking ahead to Tuesday’s second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal between Barcelona and Chelsea, Fox Soccer will carry the match live at 2:30 p.m. ET and replay it at 8 o’clock. Fox Soccer Plus will show a replay at 5 p.m. Online coverage is not available until 5 p.m. on foxsoccer2go.com.
*The soccer ball that drifted across the Pacific and washed ashore in Alaska has been claimed by a Japanese teenager who lost the ball during the tsunami in March 2011.