FRISCO, Texas – Tesho Akindele is nearing a decision about his international allegiance.
The Canadian-American dual national has been courted by both countries since taking home the 2014 Rookie of the Year trophy, accepting – then backing out of – a call-up for Canada’s friendly against Panama in November before participating in the USMNT’s annual January camp this winter.
With a massive summer ahead of them, Canada might be about to get a goalscoring boost from the reigning MLS Rookie of the Year.
According to Canadian head coach Benito Floro, FC Dallas striker Tesho Akindele is "99.9 percent" committed to representing the land of his birth in international play.
The US national team rose five spots in this month's FIFA World Rankings, climbing to No. 27 and remaining third in CONCACAF behind No. 15 Costa Rica and No. 18 Mexico.
Ironically, the US leapfrogged No. 28 Denmark despite a 3-2 loss in Copenhagen; the US tie against Switzerland (up to No. 9), coupled with Denmark's loss to France and two positive Denmark results from 2011 no longer counting in the rankings, provided the leverage.
Honduras is headed to the 2015 Gold Cup, thanks to a little magic from a onetime MLS Homegrown star.
Former D.C. United winger Andy Najar scored twice and Anthony Lozano added a third as Honduras reversed a 3-1 first-leg deficit against French Guyana in San Pedro Sula on Sunday, notching a 3-0 second-leg win and 4-3 aggregate victory to qualify for CONCACAF's main event this summer.
Honduras vs. French Guiana
2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Playoff 2nd Leg
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Honduras may not be out of it yet, but they've got plenty of work to do in order to qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Central American country, in a playoff with French Guiana to determine the final entrant for this summer's Gold Cup tournament, face a must-win game in the second leg of the playoff, following a 3-1 loss in French Guiana on Wednesday.
Marcel de Jong knows it’s a “big year” for the Canadian national team – and he wants to be a part of it.
When the 28-year-old fullback found himself on the outs with FC Augsburg in January, he set his sights on a move to MLS. Part of his motivation was remaining in the national-team mix – so when an opportunity arose with Sporting Kansas City, de Jong jumped on it.
Gold Cup: Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope says winning 2015 tournament "a realistic goal" for Ticos
PHILADELPHIA – For Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope, the sky is the limit for his talented Tico team.
The Costa Rican legend took over for former head coach Jorge Luis Pinto on an interim basis after the 2014 World Cup, and was officially named to replace him at the end of January. Under Wanchope, Costa Rica have already won one tournament, the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, and he thinks the Gold Cup could be next.
PHILADELPHIA – Canadian soccer, outside of a brief, glorious run in 1986, is suffused with disappointment, especially on the men's side. That all could change in this coming summer’s Gold Cup.
The field has been announced, the groups have been determined and the schedule has been set.
Now, there’s only one question remaining: Who will win the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup?