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Roger Espinoza

Capped as Sporting KC Players

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Continuing to update my stats, here is this year's update of players capped while playing with Sporting Kansas City throughout the club's history. There's a new player at the top of the list for Sporting KC, as Graham Zusi became the most capped international while playing with Sporting KC, passing Josh Wolff.

Espinoza Called Up by Honduras

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Sporting KC midfielder, Roger Espinzoa has been recalled to the Honduran national team ahead of their midweek friendly against Guatemala. Espinoza, who had been rumored to be joining the team ahead of their pair of games against Nicaragua and Guatemala was only called up for the later game, which takes place this Wednesday in Guatemala City.

Espinoza Returning to Honduran National Team

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Since returning to Kansas City, Roger Espinoza has not been a figure with the Honduran national team. He was part of only one friendly in the first half of 2015, sat out the 2015 Gold Cup to be with Sporting KC, and missed the later half of the year because of his injury.

Now it appears that Espinoza will be returning to the Honduran national team.

Players Capped as Memebers of Sporting KC

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Continuing to update my stats, here are the updated caps for players while they were playing for Sporting Kansas City. Three players joined the list this season as Marcel de Jong, Krisztian Nemeth, and Soni Mustivar appeared for Canada, Hungary, and Haiti respectively this past year. Near the top of the list, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler continue to close in on Josh Wolff, the all time leader for caps for Kansas City.

RVDV Deal Unlikely, de Jong Injured, Espinoza Sits, and More

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Catching up on some news from the past day or so that I've brought up on Twitter, but I'll mention further here.

RVDV Deal Unlikely

Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl was present at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night for Sporting KC's game against New York City FC. Around half time, Wahl provided an update on the rumored move by KC to acquire Rafael van der Vaart, who has been told he won't be offered a new contract at Hamburg.

Espinoza and Honduras Find Themselves in a Hole

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The week of international matches for Sporting KC players did not get off to a good start. Roger Espinoza were in French Guiana to take on their national side in the Gold Cup playoff. The two teams are playing a home-home schedule for the final spot in this summer's Gold Cup.

Honduras got off to a good start as Jerry Bengston got a goal in the 18th minute to take a 1-0 lead.

Capped Sporting KC Players

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Continuing with updating stats ahead of the 2015 season, here are the players that have been capped for their national team that have also played for Kansas City over the years. I've added KC's three newest players that have earned caps, Luis Marin, Krisztian Nemeth, and James Marcelin. All players currently with Kansas City are shown in bold.

United States

Feilhaber and Zusi Called Up to US National Team

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Bruce Arena and US Soccer today announced the roster for this year's January camp that will culminate with friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica. Two Sporting KC players were named to Arena's squad, with Benny Feilhaber finally making his return to the international stage after being frozen out by Jurgen Klinsmann, and Graham Zusi being brought back in a new position at the international level.

2017 Wants and Wishes

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A new year means that it's time to reset and look towards the future. With that said, here are my wants and wishes for 2017.

1. Silverware - Always the number one priority, winning trophies, painting the wall. Kansas City has made a habit of winning trophies over the last few years, hopefully KC's teams can return to that in 2017.

A Look Back on my 2016 Wants and Wishes

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On New Year's Eve, before we ring in the New Year, here's a look back at my 2016 wants and wishes and how each one turned out.

1. Silverware - I'm not counting the Swope Park Rangers' Western Conference championship unfortunately (more on that later), so this wasn't a wish that was met this year by any of KC's four teams.

Besler and Zusi Called Up for Copa America

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Two of Sporting Kansas City's designated players are heading out on national team duty after tonight's game against Salt Lake. Matt Besler and Graham Zusi were called up by the US Men's National team for this summer's Copa America Centenario.

With MLS taking a break for much of the tournament, Besler and Zusi will only miss two games during the group stage.

Zusi Called Up, Besler Returns to KC

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US men's national team coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has made some changes to his roster ahead of what has become a must win game for the US to really control their own destiny in qualifying for the next round of World Cup qualifying. The US sit third in the group with four points and three games remaining, but less than full points Tuesday will leave them still in third place and needing assistance to advance ahead of Guatemala or Trinidad and Tobago.

Besler Misses World Cup Qualifier Due to Reported Concussion

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The US Men's national team limped to a 2-0 loss in Guatemala tonight with a lackadaisical performance that saw them completely out coached and played off the field. One of the big things before the game even started was the reports that two of the team's center backs, John Brooks and Matt Besler would miss the game due to injury.

Besler Called Up for US

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Sporting Kansas City captain, Matt Besler will be joining the US men's national team for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Besler will be joining Roger Espinoza and Soni Mustivar on international duty this next week. The US team currently sit in first place in their group in qualifying with four points from their first two games.

REPORT: Feilhaber and Zusi Not on January US Camp Roster

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The US men's national team was originally supposed to start their January training camp, aka Camp Cupcake, yesterday in California ahead of friendlies against Iceland and Canada. Last week though it was announced without reason that the camp would start a week later. Today a report from Grant Wahl came out with the reason for the delay.

2016 Wants and Wishes

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The new year has started and with the new year come new wants and wishes for the year. With that in mind here are my wants and wishes for 2016.

1. Silverware - Always the main goal, more trophies, more painting the wall for Sporting Kansas City. In the past two years all three professional soccer teams in KC have won at least one trophy, fans have been a little spoiled lately, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't want more of them.

A Look Back at my 2015 Wants and Wishes

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With 2015 about to end, here's a look at my 2015 wants and wishes and how they turned out ahead of the calendar switch to 2016.

1. Silverware - Silverware is always fun and this year Kansas City soccer teams brought home two trophies. Sporting KC started the season off strong and for a period of time looked to be one of the favorites to win MLS Cup.

Sporting Internationals Go 3-1 in First Games of Break

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Sporting Kansas City's four internationals on duty with their national team went 3-1 over the last two days as the international break kicked off.

The first game occurred yesterday when Kristian Nemeth and Hungary kicked off their European Championship playoff in Oslo, Norway against the Norwegians.

Trio of Sporting Players Called Up

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A couple days ago it was announced that Sporting KC midfielder, Soni Mustivar would be joining up with the Haitian national team ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Today it was announced that three more Sporting KC players will be representing their country next week during the international break.

Ups and Downs for Sporting Internationals

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Four Sporting KC players were on national team duty this week. The three important games have all taken place with only one game left.Krisztian Nemeth and Hungary had their European Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Greece, and Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, and the US had the CONCACAF Cup against Mexico.

Four KC Call Ups for International Break

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Sporting Kansas City will have four players representing their country this coming week in international play. The good news for KC fans is that Sporting doesn't have any games to play while the four are gone. All should hopefully be back in time for Kansas City's trip to San Jose on October 16th, although their level of participation may be in question.

Besler Returns to KC

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US Soccer today announced roster changes ahead of their friendly against Brazil on Tuesday. One of the moves is some very good news for Sporting KC. US Soccer released Sporting captain and center back, Matt Besler to his club team. Besler is one of two players who will be leaving camp, along with goalkeeper, William Yarbrough, and returning to their club team.

Trio of Caps for Sporting Players

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With the international break upon us, all three Sporting KC players called up to their senior national team earned caps in their first game of the FIFA international window.

Early in the day Krisztian Nemeth and Hungary faced off in Budapest against group leaders, Romania. Sitting in third place a win really would have allowed Hungary to put pressure on Romania and Northern Ireland heading into the final three match days.

Besler Called Back to US Team

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US Soccer today announced the roster for the men's national team's games coming up during the upcoming international window. Included on the roster after missing out on the Gold Cup is Sporting KC center back and captain, Matt Besler. Besler is called back in for the first time since a friendly against Mexico, where he missed the game because of illness.

Zusi and de Jong Called Up, Mustivar Turns Down Call

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The 23 man rosters for next month's Gold Cup were released today with two Sporting KC players named to the roster. Marcel de Jong was named to Canada's roster while Graham Zusi was named to the USA's roster. Zusi will join the US team after this weekend's game against Colorado ahead of a friendly against Guatemala next week.

Five KC Players on Gold Cup Preliminary Rosters

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Today CONCACAF announced the preliminary squads for this summer's Gold Cup. The 35 man rosters for all 12 teams was announced today. The rosters will be knocked down to 23 for the actual tournament itself, although teams can make changes to their roster after the group stage.

For Sporting KC, they've had five players named to the provisional squads for four different countries in the Gold Cup.

No US Call Ups for KC

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The US men's national team call ups for the upcoming internationals in Europe against the Netherlands and Germany were announced today during half time of the New York Red Bulls vs Seattle Sounders game. Not included in the team list were any Sporting KC players. National team regulars over the last couple years, Matt Besler and Graham Zsui were not included in the list.

#TBT The US Trip to KC in 2001

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With the announcement today that the US U23 team will be coming to Kansas City as part of Olympic qualifying ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, I thought I'd take a look bad at the second time the US team has played in KC. Back in 2001, the USA made their first trip to Kansas City in almost 33 years on April 25th of that year.

Besler Called Up for US Team

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Today US Soccer announced Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for this week's friendly between the United States and Mexico in San Antonio Wednesday. On the roster was Sporting KC captain Matt Besler. Besler will head to Texas where he'll have two training sessions with the team before Wednesday's game. Besler will then head back to Kansas City to meet up with Sporting ahead of a trip out to Los Angeles for a game on Saturday against the LA Galaxy.

Dwyer's Citizenship Question

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With the news yesterday that Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer married US women's national team forward, Sydney Leroux recently got married one of the questions that I've seen over and over again is what this does for Dwyer's citizenship prospects. Last year after he really started to hit form a number of questions were asked about his ability to represent the United States internationally, and with his recent nuptials, people were asking if this cleared a lot of the red tape for Dwyer internationally.

Besler Goes 90, Records Assist but US Lose

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Matt Besler earned his 24th cap for the US national team starting on the left side of a three man back line in Jurgen Klinsmann's new 3-5-2 formation. In just the sixth minute, Besler sent a fantastic through ball down the line for Brek Shea to run onto. The new Orlando City signed fired a shot across the face of goal and into the net to give the USA a 1-0 lead.

2015 Wishes

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Time to make my wishes for the year 2015. Yesterday I reviewed my wishes for 2014, so let's move forward.

1. Silverware - As always, number 1 on the list is trophies. I want more trophies. For a period of time last year, Kansas City held the MLS Cup, NWSL championship, and MISL title all at the same time.

Sporting Kansas City

Capped Sporting KC Players

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After giving the list earlier today of players that have been capped for their national team while playing with Kansas City, here is the updated list of players that have played for Kansas City and been capped by their national team at any point in their playing career. There are 30 countries represented on this list and 90 players that have appeared for their country.

Nemeth and Hungary Qualify for 2016 Euros

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Heading into the second leg in Budapest today, Hungary had to be considered big favorites against the visiting Norway after pulling off a 1-0 win in Oslo on Thursday. Hungary made good on being the favorites in Budapest and beat Norway 2-1 to advance to next summer's European Championship in France. Sporting KC's Krisztian Nemeth, who started the first leg in Oslo was on the bench for the return leg.

Claros Called Up by Honduras

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Sporting KC midfielder, Jorge Claros has been called up by the Honduran national team for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Venezuela. The two teams will play once in Honduas on February 4th and again in Venezuela on February 11th.

With the call up, Claros will join Sporting captain, Matt Besler and goalkeeper, Jon Kempin in missing Kansas City's second preseason game on February 9th against FC Tucson.

The Rest

Nemeth Called Up by Hungary

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Krisztian Nemeth will get another opportunity to represent his country as a member of the Hungarian national team. Today Sporting KC announced that Nemeth had been called up for Hungary's upcoming European Cup qualifiers. Hungary will host Group F leaders, Romania in Budapest on September 4th before traveling to take on second place Northern Ireland on the 7th.

Philadelphia Fury name Cris Vaccaro as Head Coach

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Ex-Puerto Rico National Team manager will manage the American Soccer League club in 2015

In another shake up, the Philadelphia Fury named Cris Vaccaro as the team's new Head Coach.

Vaccaro who was the Fury's goalkeeping coach last season will be replacing Matt Driver who will be leaving the position to focus more on front office duties as the owner of the Fury and the AC Crusaders as well as being the CEO of the American Soccer League.

Most Capped Players While with Sporting KC

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Updating another list tonight, the caps players got for their country while a member of Sporting Kansas City. Graham Zusi has moved up to be the second most capped Sporting player, trailing only Josh Wolff. Matt Besler also jumped up the list. And with the return of Roger Espinoza, the potential for someone new to top Wolff in the next few years is certainly there.

Kansas City on List to Potentially Host Copa America Centenario

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Kansas City could be hosting the premier national team competition in the Western Hemisphere in 2016. The Copa America will be hosted in the US in 2016 as the Copa Centenario. It will include the nations of CONMEBOL as well as six teams from the CONCACAF region, including the USA and Mexico.

CONMEBOL is apparently eying 23 cities in the US as potential hosting cities for the tournament according to Globo in Brazil.

Mexico and Paraguay to Play in KC

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El 27 de marzo será el debut de Ramón Díaz como DT de Paraguay vs #CostaRica,Luego el 31 ante #México en Kansas.
— Elmer Polanco (@PolancoESA) December 11, 2014



Reports from Mexico and Paraguay today are reporting that the two national teams will be meeting in Kansas in March of 2015.