Road to 2014 World Cup in Brazil


Roger Espinoza, right, trains with Honduras at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano (Carlos Perez/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil begins exactly two years from today with the opening match in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014. The road there has already begun for countries across the globe and two Sporting Kansas City players have joined their respective national teams for the qualification campaigns. Roger Espinoza, shown above, is with Honduras and will face Canada at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight at BMO Field in Toronto. Los Catrachos fell 2-0 to at home to Panama on Friday in a match that Espinoza was forced to sit out due to a red card received in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer. One Honduras news outlet says Espinoza's return will be key to taking control of the midfield.

In Africa, Sporting KC striker Kei Kamara helped Sierra Leone earn back-to-back results in World Cup qualifying last week. He started and played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Cape Verde Islands on June 2nd and also went the full 90 in a 2-2 draw at Equatorial Guinea on Saturday. With four points, Sierra Leone sits in second place in Group B behind leaders Tunisia. Kamara's international duty is not yet done, as Sierra Leone will play Sao Tome e Principe on Friday in the decisive second leg of an African Cup of Nations qualifier. They trail 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg in February.

The United States Men's National Team will be in action tonight with a World Cup qualifier at Guatemala. The match kicks off at 9 p.m. CT and can be seen at Johnny's Tavern in the Power & Light District downtown or via pay-per-view. The next time the USMNT plays Guatemala? October 16th at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park!

 

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