A bunch of stuff from the last couple of days.
The US U-17 begins its World Cup qualifying quest on Friday and here is the roster that Richie Williams has called in. And here are the rosters for all the teams at the tournament.
Brian Sciaretta talked to Williams this week about the roster and qualification.
Will Parchman wrote a lot of words on US U-17 starlet Christian Pulisic.
Club Tijuana’s website has a story up on forward Brandon Vazquez, who I was told by Mr. Parchman was sort of a surprise inclusion to the US U-17 roster.
Herculez Gomez likes scoring goals for Puebla and scored two more in Copa MX action earlier this week (highlights).
Edgar Castillo went the full 90 minutes last night in Atlas’ big 1-0 win over Atletico Mineiro in Copa Libertadores. How rare was the win? It was Atletico Mineiro’s first loss at home in Copa Libertadores play since 1978, a run of 20 straight games.
Club America president Ricardo Pelaez would like to see Mexico call-up Ventura Alvarado, but El Tri manager Miguel Herrera recently told some press that other players are ahead of Alvarado in his pecking order. You know what to do next, Klinsi.
The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson had a nice lengthy interview with Jozy Altidore.
“There were a lot of options,” Altidore said. “People were saying I was forced to Toronto or something like that. I just thought at this point in my life it was something that I was ready to do.
“I was ready for the public opinion and backlash. The project they have here excited me the most.”
Even more than the plethora of opportunities he had on Europe’s mainland.
Altidore explained why he chose Toronto FC over four German clubs, two French sides, two Italian teams and a potential loan move within the Premier League.
But there are a lot of goodies in that interview so go read it.
While he is not playing much for Hamburg, Bayern Munich is at least making money off Julian Green. According to one report out of Germany, Bayern Munich is getting paid each time Green doesn’t make Hamburg’s gameday roster. And that has happened a lot this season.
As for some injury news, Aron Johannsson returned to training earlier this week after missing a couple games for AZ Alkmaar.
Tim Ream is also expected to return to training this week after being subbed off last weekend with a back injury.
Brian Sciaretta talked to Josh Gatt about coming back from his knee injuries over the last couple years. And here is a short video of Gatt sprinting on his knee.
Despite some recent un-Tim Howard-like performances, Roberto Martinez still has Tim Howard’s back.
Jurgen Klinsmann is returning Robbie Rogers’ e-mails again.
After scoring some goals with both Tijuana’s senior team and U-20 team, Club Tijuana’s website has a little story up on Amando Moreno.
It looks like Philadelphia Union’s Austin Berry is being sent out on loan to South Korea’s FC Anyang.
Former DC United and Seattle Sounders forward David Estrada is on trial with Stabæk.
Speaking of the Fighting Bob Bradleys, here is a video interview with Stabæk midfielder Cole Grossman.
And finally, Sky Sports in England won the TV rights to MLS for the first time.