Beyond the Box Score: Zuculini who? Iheanacho who?

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...

Player Played for... Competition (date) Country
Matt Besler Sporting KC 2009-present  United States
Graham Zusi Sporting KC 2009-present  United States 
*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  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  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  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  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 
*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 
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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