First, we got some time with John Rooney -- the 19-year-old brother of Wayne Rooney -- who is sort of learning about MLS while MLS is learning about him. I'll add some of his direct quotes later, but in general he seems to feel he's settling in well and that MLS might be a useful next career move for him. While coach Sigi Schmid implied an early impression of what you might expect: a skilled but very young player who alternatingly shows both his skills and his youth.
Which brings us to Miguel Montano, whose recent lack of playing time is not due to playing time, but again to those ups-and-downs of a talented teenage in what is generally a man's game. Schmid implied that Montano's first chance at regular playing time wasn't quite enough to maintain those minutes. So, some other guys are getting their shots, and Montano is waiting near the back of the line for his next chance.
And finally there is Michael Fucito, in his second season out of Harvard, who is back from an unusual and frustrating knee injury and is trying to make up for lost time as his begins his own climb back up the depth chart.
More on all of this later, and again in our Thursday paper.