Good news for the Kansas City, Guadeloupe's friendly against Racing Club de Lens has been called off according to Sporting KC's twitter account. Which means midfielder Stephane Auvray will be available for selection. (Depending on the health of Craig Rocastle -- who left the Chivas game with a leg injury -- this could be a huge plus for KC.)
When KC kicks off against Chicago this Saturday, the only players they'll be without because of national team duty will be Shavar Thomas (Jamaica) and Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone).
• Just for kicks (and because I forgot to do it in last week's Meet Your 2011 Sporting Kansas Citians post), I thought I'd break down the nationalities that make up this year's team.United States: 14
Davy Anraud, Matt Besler, Teal Bunbury (also a Canadian citizen, chose to represent U.S. internationally), Kevin Ellis, Michael Harrington, Mike Jones, Jon Kempin, Eric Kronberg, Scott Lorenz, Chance Myers, CJ Sapong, Luke Sassano, Konrad Warzycha and Graham Zusi.
Korede Aiyegbusi (also Nigerian citizen), Craig Rocastle (has citizenship in Grenada, has represented them internationally), Ryan Smith (could qualify as a U.S. citizen)Brazil: 1
Jimmy NielsenHonduras: 1
Roger Espinoza (also a U.S. citizen, chose to represent Honduras internationally)Guadeloupe: 1
Stephane Auvray (has U.S. green card)Jamaica: 1
Shavar Thomas (has U.S. green card)Mexico: 1
Omar BravoSenegal: 1
Birahim Diop (has U.S. green card)Serbia: 1
Milos StojcevSierra Leone: 1
Kei Kamara (has U.S. green card)
• The first MLS Power Rankings are in, withESPN slotting KC at 6th
,Sports Illustrated's Steve Davis also has them 6th
andThe Allocation Order giving them 5th.
• Which newcomer had the best MLS debut?Go vote for Omar Bravo at MLSsoccer.com.
• According to the first stats released by Opta (still waiting for a graphical breakdown): Kansas City took 12 shots with 5 on target; completed 76 percent of their passes; and were out-possessed by Chivas 55 percent to 45 percent. Yet, still won.