Scouting Report: Sporting KC at CD Olimpia

Sporting KC faces a tough test on Tuesday night as they will play CD Olimpia at Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Both teams are 1-0-0 after earning victories at Real Esteli and Tuesday could be a key match in determining which team advances to the knockout stage. A draw or win for Sporting KC will keep them on top of Group 2 with the final two group stage matches at Sporting Park.

Team News

It's early in the season for Olimpia so there are few injury concerns. The main team news has been the announcement of two players leaving to join other teams. The first is Alexander Lopez who joined the Houston Dynamo as a Young Designated Player earlier this month and striker Roger Rojas who is joining English Premier League side West Ham United on loan. Even with these players unavailable, Olimpia are one of the best teams in Central America and a dangerous squad.

Recent Form/Results

Olimpia are in a busy stretch of their season with Tuesday's match to be their sixth in a 17-day span. The team kicked off the 2013 Apertura season on August 11th and have a 2-1-1 record in league play. They recently faced Real Esteli in CCL play and won that match 1-0 (Sporting KC won 2-0 in early August). Overall, Olimpia have been dominant at home in the CONCACAF Champions League with 7-2-2 record in 11 matches.

Key Players

Anthony Lozano (Forward) - Has scored two goals this season including the game-winner vs Parillas One on Sunday

Noel Valladares (Goalkeeper) - An experienced player who has over a 100 caps with the Honduran National Team 

Recent Lineups

at Real Esteli (1-0 win) at Parillas One (1-0 win)

Noel Valladares

Javier Portillo, Israel Fonseca,  Nery Medina, Henry Bermúdez

Byron Méndez, Hendry Córdova, Reinaldo Tilguath, Carlos Will

Douglas Caetano, Ramiro Bruschi

Noel Valladares

Henry Bermúdez, Bryan Beckeles, Israel Fonseca, José Escalante

Javier Portillo, Mariano Acevedo, Irvin Reyna, Luis Garrido

Anthony Lozano, Roger Rojas

 

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