First off, congrats to the US U-17 team for beating Canada, 3-0, and becoming the 2011 U-17 CONCACAF Champions. A game recap from US Soccer can be found here and check out Nathan Smith’s awesome game-winning goal right here.
Brent Latham also has some post-game/post-tournament thoughts worth checking out.
Canadian Soccer News is reporting that CONCACAF will receive four spots for the 2014 World Cup, a bump up from the 3.5 spots CONCACAF had for the 2010 World Cup. Basically, South Africa is losing a spot and South America and CONCACAF will split the extra spot. While the US should make it most cycles, this is a little bit more breathing room and no more playoffs with a team from South America.
Apparently Juan Agudelo has pulled a muscle in his groin and NY Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe is worried that he could miss the season opener and possibly the US U-20 World Cup qualification tournament.
As for another injury update, Pribram FW forward Brian Ackley is recovering from a knee injury and should be returning to the field soon. The Czech Liga resumed its season this past weekend with Pribram battling Mladá Boleslav to a 0-0 draw.
And finally, Jemal Johnson returned to the field today, going 90 minutes in his debut with Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Sofia in their 2-0 victory over Montana.