Jermain Defoe is back — well, almost. After undergoing treatment in England for a groin injury, Defoe is with Toronto FC again and participating in light training, it was reported Thursday. He’s expected to resume full training by next week, though that rules him out for TFC’s match Saturday against the Portland Timbers.
Jordan Morris, the Stanford forward who was given a surprising first cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team earlier this month, may be destined for MLS. Going to Europe could be an option for the bright young striker, but Seattle Sounders Sporting Director Chris Henderson said Thursday he expects to see Morris joining the Sounders.
SBI’s Mike Gramajo spoke with Orlando City SC coach Adrian Heath about roster-building for the USL Pro club’s entrance into MLS next year. Heath said OCSC is better positioned for the upcoming drafts than New York City FC, the club that will also join MLS next year.
Here is a rundown of all the stories featured on SBI this Thursday:
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
MLS Ticker: Defoe returns to training, Sounders keen to sign Morris, and more
Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The SBI View: Petke not to blame for Red Bulls’ CONCACAF Champions League exit