U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati's statement at halftime of Saturday's U.S.-El Salvador game that Edgar Castillo had been cleared by FIFA to represent the United States at the senior national-team level was certainly coincidental.
He's listed by the U.S. Soccer Federation as 5-foot-7 (that's generous), 135 pounds (probably accurate). With that wispy frame, soft-spoken José Francisco Torres doesn't look like a guy who might symbolize the future of the U.S. national team. But that has nothing to do with why the U.S. isn't ready for the future.
World Soccer's Paul Gardner recently sat down with U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati to discuss the U.S. national team, coach Bob Bradley, MLS and the growing prestige of the game in America -- both inside and outside our borders.