Manchester City FC kicked off their tour of the United States on Wednesday with a four-goal performance at Sporting Park, bookended by a pair of fantastic finishes from the run of play. Bruno Zuculini struck two minutes into the match with a SportsCenter Top 10 Play and Kelechi Iheanacho capped off the scoring two minutes from full time with a goal on his City debut.


So it goes for a squad that lit up the scoreboards during their 2013-14 campaign -- to the tune of a club record 156 goals in all competitions, including 102 in the Premier League -- that when missing many of their biggest stars in the wake of World Cup duty, along come two newcomers whose names are not yet listed on the roster of MCFC.com but are showing up in headlines across the UK today.


Meet Bruno Zuculini, the 21-year-old that is working his way through the youth system of World Cup runners-up Argentina. Then there's Kelechi Iheanacho, the Golden Ball and Silver Boot winner at the 2013 U-17 FIFA World Cup for Nigeria. He now is a regular for the Super Eagles U-20's.


While those two await their senior national team debuts in the not-so-distant future, Manchester City's other two goal scorers on Wednesdsay night have represented their respective countries in international competition. Defenders Dedryck Boyata (23) and Aleksandar Kolarov (28) have played for Belgium and Serbia, respectively, with the latter making two appearances at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


And that's the ultimate objective: the opportunity to play on the sport's biggest stage. Yet, as any player will testify, the path to reaching said goal is a winding one in a global game dotted with destinations throughout the world.


Kansas City, Kansas for example. Since opening in 2011, Sporting Park has hosted a growing list of international teams -- both clubs and countries -- featuring dozens of players with the pedigree to make it to the highest level.


In friendlies alone we've seen both giants of Manchester; their EPL counterparts Newcastle United and Stoke City; along with champions of France (Montpellier), Italy (AS Roma) and Mexico (CD Guadalajara). Then sprinkle in Olympic and World Cup qualifying, CONCACAF Champions League competition and, of course, Major League Soccer matches for a recipe that produces quite the pool of players whom Sporting Kansas City supporters have seen in-person over the past five years.


Which got us thinking. How many players at the 2014 FIFA World Cup had appeared in Kansas City? More than you might think (and probably more than our research caught -- leave a comment below if we've missed someone).


By our count, 57 players who were in Brazil have played at least one match in KC during their careers. Among them, 41 of those 57 had yet to appear in a World Cup at the time they last played in Kansas City.


Check out the list below (in chronological order based on player's most recent appearance) for the roll call...

<strong>Player</strong>
<strong>Played for</strong>...
<strong>Competition (date)</strong>
<strong>Country</strong>
Matt Besler
Sporting KC
2009-present&nbsp;
United States
Graham Zusi
Sporting KC
2009-present&nbsp;
United States&nbsp;
*Jorge Claros
Sporting KC
2014-present
Honduras
*Roger Espinoza
Sporting KC
2008-2012
Honduras
*Guillermo Ochoa
Club America
Club friendly (9/16/09)
Mexico
Jean Beausejour
Club America
Club friendly (9/16/09)
Chile
Javier Hernandez
CD Guadalajara&nbsp;
Club friendly (9/16/09)
Mexico
Chris Smalling
Manchester United
Club friendly (7/25/10)
England
Nani
Manchester United
Club friendly (7/25/10)
Portugal
Danny Welbeck
Manchester United
Club friendly (7/25/10)
England
Tim Krul
Newcastle United
Club friendly (7/20/11)
Netherlands
*Cheick Tiote
Newcastle United
Club friendly (7/20/11)
Ivory Coast
Shola Ameobi
Newcastle United
Club friendly (7/20/11)
Nigeria
Mario Martinez
Honduras U-23&nbsp;
Olympic Qualifying (3/30/12)
Honduras
Andy Najar
Honduras U-23
Olympic Qualifying (3/30/12)
Honduras
Luis Garrido
Honduras U-23
Olympic Qualifying (3/30/12)
Honduras
Hector Herrera
Mexico U-23&nbsp;
Olympic Qualifying (3/30/12)
Mexico
Javier Aquino
Mexico U-23
Olympic Qualifying (3/30/12)
Mexico
Diego Reyes
Mexico U-23
Olympic Qualifying (3/30/12)
Mexico
Alan Pulido
Mexico U-23
Olympic Qualifying (3/30/12)
Mexico
Marvin Chavez
SJ Earthquakes&nbsp;
MLS reg. season (5/27/12)
Honduras
Steven Beitashour
SJ Earthquakes
MLS reg. season (5/27/12)
Iran
Remy Cabella
Montpellier
Club friendly (7/24/12)
France
Asmir Begovic
Stoke City
Club friendly (8/1/12)
Bosnia/Herzegovina
*Wilson Palacios
Stoke City
Club friendly (8/1/12)
Honduras
*Tim Cahill
NY Red Bulls
MLS reg. season (8/26/12)
Australia
*Clint Dempsey
United States
WC Qualifying (10/16/12)
United States
DeAndre Yedlin
MLS All-Stars
All-Star Game (7/31/13)
United States
Omar Gonzalez
LA Galaxy
All-Star Game (7/31/13)
United States
*Michael Bradley
AS Roma
All-Star Game (7/31/13)
United States
*Vasilis Torosidis
AS Roma
All-Star Game (7/31/13)
Greece
Miralem Pjanic
AS Roma
All-Star Game (7/31/13)
Bosnia/Herzegovina
*Daniele De Rossi
AS Roma
All-Star Game (7/31/13)
Italy
Roy Miller
NY Red Bulls
MLS reg. season (8/3/13)
Costa Rica
Geoff Cameron
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States
*DaMarcus Beasley
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States
Jermaine Jones
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States
Mix Diskerud
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States
Alejandro Bedoya
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States
*Jozy Altidore
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States
Aron Johannsson
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States
*Tim Howard
United States
WC Qualifying (10/11/13)
United States&nbsp;
*Noel Valladares
CD Olimpia
CCL (10/23/13)
Honduras
Brayan Beckeles
CD Olimpia
CCL (10/23/13)
Honduras
Donis Escober
CD Olimpia
CCL (10/23/13)
Honduras
Jerry Bengtson
NE Revolution
MLS postseason (11/6/13)
Honduras
*Boniek Garcia
Houston Dynamo
MLS postseason (11/23/13)
Honduras
Brad Davis
Houston Dynamo
MLS postseason (11/23/13)
United States
Nick Rimando
Real Salt Lake
MLS Cup (12/7/13)
United States
*Jesus Corona
Cruz Azul
CCL (3/12/14)
Mexico
Joao Rojas
Cruz Azul
CCL (3/12/14)
Ecuador
Marco Fabian
Cruz Azul
CCL (3/12/14)
Mexico
*Victor Bernardez
SJ Earthquakes
MLS reg. season (3/22/14)
Honduras
Chris Wondolowski
SJ Earthquakes
MLS reg. season (3/22/14)
United States&nbsp;
Kyle Beckermann
Real Salt Lake
MLS reg. season (4/5/14)
United States
Waylon Francis
Columbus Crew
MLS reg. season (5/4/14)
Costa Rica
Giancarlo Gonzalez
Columbus Crew
MLS reg. season (5/4/14)
Costa Rica

*Also played in previous FIFA World Cup

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