Morning Ticker: DeRosario lifts Dynamo, USA climbs in FIFA rankings and financial trouble looms at West Ham

Morning Ticker: DeRosario lifts Dynamo, USA climbs in FIFA rankings and financial trouble looms at West Ham

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Morning Ticker: DeRosario lifts Dynamo, USA climbs in FIFA rankings and financial trouble looms at West Ham

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Major League Soccer’s winless streak in CONCACAF Champions League is finally over after Dwayne DeRosario played the role of hero for the Houston Dynamo yet again.

DeRosario blasted a 25-yard shot in the 88th minute to give the Dynamo a 2-1 victory against San Francisco FC in CONCACAF Champions League action on Wednesay night.

DeRosario broke the 1-1 tie just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute for the Dynamo, which remained unbeaten after three group matches with the victory. Houston is now tied with UNAM Pumas in the Champions League Group B with five points.

Here are some other soccer stories to get your Wednesday started:

USA moves past Mexico in FIFA world rankings

THe U.S. men’s national team moved up seven spots in the most recent FIFA World Rankings, climbing past Mexico into 21st place. Mexico is No. 24.

The seven-point climb was the highest in the Top 25, tied with Ukraine’s seven-spot jump to 19th.

Spain expanded its lead at No. 1, ahead of No. 2 Italy.

The biggest tumble in the top 50 was suffered by Scotland, which dropped 10 spots to 26th. Lithuania rode its impressive World Cup qualifying start to a 17-point climb to 37th.

Honduras moved up 10 places to become the third CONCACAF team in the Top 50 with a 50th-place ranking.

West Ham faces another financial crisis

Just a month after seeing its shirt sponsor go bankrupt, West Ham is facing another financial crisis as its chairman, Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, faces trouble as the Icelandic government has taken over a bank he chaired and was a major investor in.

Gudmundsson has insisted that the crisis involving Icelandic bank Landsbanki will not force him to sell West Ham, but there is growing speculation that the financial troubles, coupled with a recent ruling that could force the club to pay Sheffield United for the Carlos Tevez fiasco, has the London club in danger of slipping into a full-blown financial meltdown. That is unless Gudmundsson steps up and uses the wealth he still has left to keep the Hammers operating in a healthy manner.

Liverpool get good news on Skrtel

The injury to Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel suffered against Manchester City is not as serious as first feared and now it looks as if Skrtel wont need surgery.

Skrtel injured his right PCL, but the injury will be able to heal on its own and he could be back by Christmas. It was first feared that Skrtel would be out for the season.

These are just some of the stories from this morning and last night. Please feel free to share your thoughts on any of these stories, or any other stories from this morning and Tuesday, in the comments section below.

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