An international battle between two Caribbean nations had a lot of Kansas City flavor, as Sporting KC players Shavar Thomas and Stephane Auvray captained Jamaica and Guadeloupe (respectively) in a Digicel Caribbean Cup group stage faceoff.Jamaica won the game 2-0
. The win moves the Reggae Boys into the semifinals of the Cup and also qualifies them for the Gold Cup next year.
Both Auvray and Thomas went the full 90; Auvray had a key scoring opportunity saved. Guadeloupe needs to beat Antigua Barbuda and have Jamica beat Guyana on Wednesday to reach the semifinals (and also qualify for the Gold Cup).
Kansas City midfielder Craig Rocastle is in action on Tuesday as Grenada takes on Cuba. A win or draw would also get Grenada to the semifinals (and qualify them for the Gold Cup). Yes, I know what you're thinking: Wouldn't positive results for KC's players the next two daysguarantee
that Sporting KC would be without three key players (at least) during next year's Gold Cup? The answer is, of course, yes.
Speaking of Sporting Kansas City players who would probably be unavailable for the team during the 2011 Gold Cup (playing for USA), Teal Bunbury is the team's lone representative for MLS' Generation adidas team on tour in Spain. The roster, comprised of 19 players and coached by FC Dallas' Schellas Hyndman, will train in Spain (where the rain falls mostly on the plains) before facing off with the reserve squads of Real Madrid (Dec. 2), Rayo Vallecano (Dec. 7) and Atlético Madrid (Dec. 8). To read more about the team and see the full roster, clickhere