*The 26-strong MLS all-star squad is set for the July 28 match against Arsenal at San Jose’s Avaya Stadium. Before their transatlantic journey, which also includes a July 31 friendly against Chivas Guadalajara in Carson, Calif., the Gunners will kick off the preseason campaign this Friday at Lens (France).
Arsene Wenger’s official U.S. travel squad has not been announced, but U.S. midfielder Gedion Zelalem, 19, has been training with the first team after helping Rangers gain promotion back to Scotland’s top flight during a season-long loan. Today in the Scottish Daily Mail, Rangers boss Mark Warburton cited Zelalem as an example of prospects who benefit from loans at a young age.
*The U.S. women’s national team will play its final Olympic tuneup Friday night against Costa Rica and, judging by the Ticketmaster seating map, at least 80 percent of the 18,000 tickets at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., are gone. No official count from the USSF is available yet. Kickoff is at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. After the Kansas City visit, the U.S. delegation will have a few days of mostly down time in Washington before flying to Brazil.
*MLS weekend attendance average: 19,723, with seven of the 10 matches sold out. (season average: 21,459)
*NWSL weekend attendance average: 4,555 (season average: 5,505)
*All four U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals Wednesday will be streamed live on the USSF’s YouTube channel:
Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution, 7:30
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (NASL) at Chicago Fire, 8:30
FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo, 8:30
Seattle Sounders at L.A. Galaxy, 10:30
ESPN2 will carry the semifinals next month and the final in September.
*The University of Virginia men’s program has made five late additions to the 2016 squad, including a Moenchengladbach academy player, the son of a former Trinidad and Tobago international and an Icelandic under-21 member. The Cavaliers will open the regular season Aug. 26 against Coastal Carolina in Charlottesville, Va.