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Morning Read: Gooch on the Prowl, McBean Climbs

Oguchi Onyewu is finding peace abroad, a youngster leads the Los Angeles Galaxy into the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals and news about the 2016 Copa America.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
October 26, 2012
3:58 AM
  • After Wednesday’s announcement from CONMEBOL about a joint 2016 Copa America hosted by the U.S., CONCACAF says that its South American counterparts got a little ahead of themselves.

    “This is an idea we are hoping to materialize but we are still evaluating and discussing before it becomes official but the intention is definitely there," CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz said.

    USSF president Sunil Gulati also released a statement: “While the idea of a Centennial tournament with some of the best teams in the hemisphere is certainly intriguing, it is not something we have agreed to host or participate in at this time.”

    CONMEBOL’s original statement Wednesday made reference to the 2016 tournament, but it has since been removed from their website.

  • 17-year-old Jack McBean scored twice and Michael Stephens notched the late winner as the Los Angeles Galaxy topped Isidro Metapan 3-2 in El Salvador.

    Los Angeles secured the No. 4 seed in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, where they’ll take on Costa Rican club Herediano. Other quarterfinal games include the Houston Dynamo against Santos Laguna and the Seattle Sounders facing UANL Tigres.

  • Speaking of the Galaxy, with Landon Donovan expressing earlier in the week that he’s unsure if he’ll play in the 2014 World Cup, Martin Rogers says the U.S. should treat his presence as a bonus and shouldn’t rely on the 30-year-old as the team has in the past.

  • Graham Parker takes an interesting look at the career path of Alan Gordon, who embraced his "everyman" status to reach where he is today. "Alan Gordon is my favorite player in the history of MLS. I know as a journalist you're not supposed to play favorites, but if I'm allowed an exception that's the one. He's just so symbolic of the type of player they built MLS on," Grant Wahl, who covered the San Jose Earthquakes striker when he was writing "The Beckham Experiment," says.

  • Fox Soccer goes into depth with Oguchi Onyewu. The big defender is patiently awaiting the moment he breaks into the Malaga backline.

  • Thursday’s Europa League slate included a handful of Americans. Clint Dempsey came on as a sub and played the last 15 minutes in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Moribor in Slovenia. Spurs sit third in their group, having picked up only two points from the first three matches. Elsewhere:

    Steve Cherundolo went the full 90 in Hannover’s win at Helsingborg, with Alejandro Bedoya going the distance for the losers. Terrence Boyd came on at the start of the second half of Rapid Vienna’s 4-0 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen. In Norway, Mix Diskerud played the full 90 in Rosenborg’s loss to Metalist Kharkiv. Joshua Gatt started and came off in the 69th minute of Molde’s loss to Steaua Bucuresti in Romania.

  • And yes, we do have a picture of Omar Salgado as a little child:

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