For U.S. men’s national team regulars Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya, Tuesday’s game against Honduras at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton represents a homecoming, as Altidore grew up in Boca and Bedoya grew up in nearby Weston, where he won a state title with St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Between them, the pair has done their part for ticket sales, as Bedoya has 60 friends and relatives attending, while Altidore has 70, The Miami Herald reports.
“Obviously, playing on the national team is always a dream, but to be able to represent my country in front of my family and friends is something I never thought would happen,” Bedoya tells the paper. “I trained [Sunday] at Lockhart, where I won a state title in high school, brings back so many memories. It’s awesome. Between me and Jozy we could fill a whole section.”
Added Altidore: “Driving into FAU, those first soccer fields you see are the ones I used to play on,” he said. “We used to have tournaments there. A lot of memories come back to where it all started, but also remind me about where I want to go.”
The 24-year-old remarked that despite enduring another tough season with Sunderland, his club team in England, he tries to remain confident. “When these times come, you are tested,” he said. “You have to be patient and wait for your chance, but also stay true to what you’re all about. If not, well, we’ll look for solutions.” Altidore is reportedly open to a January transfer from the Black Cats if his situation does not improve.