Three Sporting Kansas City players will be playing this coming weekend for their respective national teams in the Digicel Caribbean Cup as they attempt to qualify for the 2011 Gold Cup. Two of the three are not surprising, as Stephane Auvray and Shavar Thomas were called up for Guadeloupe and Jamaica respectively. Guadeloupe and Jamaica are in the same group and open up on Saturday. Guadeloupe will play Guyana while Jamaica plays Antigua and Barbuda. The other call up is a bit of a surprise but was hinted at in interviews and in the podcast, and that's Craig Rocastle. Rocastle has accepted a call up to the Grenada national team who is also in the final group stage of the tournament. Rocastle had the ability to join a few different national teams, but chose to represent the Spice Boys. Grenada is in the opposite group and will open against hosts Martinique on Firday. They then play Trinidad on Sunday before finishing the group stage against Cuba a week from tomorrow.
The top two teams in each group will qualify for the 2011 Gold Cup. Guadeloupe and Jamaica are the favorites in their group to make the tournament. Grenada's group is a bit tougher, but they could certainly make it through to the Gold Cup.