Jurgen Klinsmann today announced his roster ahead of two key World Cup qualifiers, starting on Friday in Colorado against Costa Rica. Sporting Kansas City will be represented by two players on the roster for the game, defender Matt Besler, and midfielder Graham Zusi both return to the national team.
Zusi continues to be an almost automatic call up for the US during this qualifying cycle since coming onto the scene in last year's Camp Cupcake. Zusi will likely be expected to be the bigger contributor of KC's two call ups, and potentially start. The worry with Zusi, is that he, like Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, and the previously mentioned Edu are all carrying yellow cards and will be suspended for the next Hex game should they pick one up.
Both players will miss this weekend's trip to New England for Sporting KC. With both of them out, it would appear that Ike Opara could make his first appearance for Sporting KC, partnering Aurelien Collin in the middle of defense. This could also see the return of Bobby Convey to the starting lineup after he sat out Saturday's draw with the Chicago Fire. The only other possibility could be a first start of the season for Soony Saad, who was KC's only substitute against the Fire. On the New England side of things, the Revolution will be without Jerry Bengston who was called up for Honduras.