Paul Tenorio discusses Lake Brantley graduate Graham Zusi's rise to the U.S. national soccer team roster and whether other players can follow in his footsteps.
JACKSONVILLE -- The World Cup is inching ever-closer, and we'll keep you up to date with all the news in the lead-up to the event.
Here's what's floating out there today about the World Cup...
* Ticket sales for Saturday's U.S. World Cup send-off match against Nigeria in Jacksonville have already surpassed the Southeast U.S. record set here in 2012 (44,438).
The U.S. mens' national team will hold an open practice today at Jacksonville's EverBank Stadium at 5 p.m. Kickoff on Saturday against Nigeria is set for 6 p.m. The game will air on ESPN and UniMas.
* Orlando City is set to reveal its stadium renderings at a press conference on Tuesday. The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the Lions to play in the new digs in the 2016 season. They will play in the renovated Citrus Bowl in 2015.
* In case you missed it, I profiled U.S. midfielder and Longwood native Graham Zusi in Thursday's Sentinel. Zusi, a Lake Brantley grad, is expected to start for the U.S. in Brazil.
* Several reports confirm that Franck Ribery is out of the World Cup due to injury and has been replaced in France's squad with Remy Cabella. The Bayern Munich midfielder has been struggling with back issues in the lead-up to the tournament.
* Beats by Dre is the latest company to drop its World Cup promo. This one is pretty good and features plenty of celebrities: Neymar Jr., Bacary Sagna, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Blaise Matuidi, Cesc Fàbregas, Daniel Sturridge, Chicharito, Jozy Altidore, Luis Suárez, Mario Götze, Robin van Persie, LeBron James, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rafaella Beckran, Rio Ferdinand, Serena Williams, Sydney Leroux, Stuart Scott, and Thierry Henry.