It looks like the Kansas City Wizards will be without vice captain and defensive dynamo Stephane Auvray this weekend, as he's joined the Guadeloupe national team to prepare for the Digicel Caribbean Cup 2010 later this week. Auvray debuted for Guadeloupe in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and captained the country at the 2009 Gold Cup. Reaching the semifinals of the Caribbean Cup will qualify them for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Guadeloupe begins play on Friday against Saint Kitts and Nevis in the group opener, then Puerto Rico on Sunday and Grenada on Oct. 26. All three games will be played at National Stadium in St. George's, Grenada. The top two nations from the group will advance to the eight-team Caribbean Cup final in Martinique later this year.
Auvray has made 14 appearances for Guadalupe -- a nation that is recognized by CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union but not officially by FIFA as it is considered an overseas region of France.
Auvray will become the sixth Wizards player to take part in international competition during the 2010 calendar year, joining Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone), Sunil Chhetri (India), Shavar Thomas (Jamaica), Jimmy Conrad (USA) and Roger Espinoza (Honduras).