Short takes

 

• The lineup for the 2016 NASL season keeps shifting. This week the league announced a new team in Oklahoma City called Rayo OKC, to begin play next year — a short timeline, especially given the league’s previous failed expansion effort in that city. Meanwhile, San Antonio Scorpions owner Gordon Hartmann sold his team’s stadium to the owners of the NBA Spurs, who reportedly want to start a USL team — meaning the possible end of the NASL Scorpions. The Atlanta Silverbacks, owned by the NASL and facing competition from an MLS team in 2017, are also in doubt for next year.

 

• The U.S. men’s U-23 team suffered a 2-1 friendly loss to Brazil on Wednesday, a game that included disheartening performances from such potential future stars as Gedion Zelalem and Julian Green. The team will need to beat Colombia over two legs in March to qualify for the Rio Olympics; at the moment, that appears unlikely.

 

• EqualizerSoccer.com named Woodbury native Kassey Kallman to a list of 12 players who deserve a call-up to the national team. Kallman re-signed with Boston for the 2016 NWSL season, a year that could be pivotal for her future national team career.