Feb. 2, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
With the start of the 2009 season commencing on March 22nd, Sean Franklin's eyes are fixed on the calendar as Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year recently returned home from Munich, Germany, as he recovers from sports hernia surgery.
The 23 year-old was called up to participate in the training camp for the U.S. men's national team as they prepared for a recent friendly against Sweden, but the lower abdominal injury prevented Franklin from taking the field, and forced the 5-foot-10, 155 pound defender to undergo the procedure.
Once Franklin completes the full rehabilitation process, an injury like this one can require anywhere from six to twelve weeks of treatment and light exercise, the former Matador will be cleared to participate with the rest of his Los Angeles Galaxy teammates.
Depending on Franklin's progress, the defender may be cleared and ready to take the field for the Galaxy in their home opener against D.C. United on the 22nd.
Last season, Franklin started in 26 of the 27 game he participated in, amassed the second-highest amount of minutes played, tied his Galaxy teammate forward Edson Buddle for the second place in both the number of games played and games started, and finished the season with one assist.
Franklin is not the only Matador men's soccer alum who has made the news recently as former Matador defender Edwin Miranda recently earned his firs international cap on January 24 as a member of the El Salvador national football team.
Currently a member of the Puerto Rico Islanders, Miranda was called up by El Salvador head coach Carlos de los Cobos in December to train with `La Azul' in preparation for their inaugural game against Belize in the 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup.
With their fourth-place finish in the tournament, El Salvador qualified to participate in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup taking place from July 3-July 26, 2009 at various cities throughout the United States.
The links below highlight Miranda and the rest of his teammates during their training for the Nations Cup tournament, and Miranda's debut for the national team of his native country.