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Oct 092012

SportingkcGFTPod 300x224 Tuesday TheoriesTwo points lost in a gap of three feet

Entering Crew Stadium in Columbus on Sunday Sporting has the unique opportunity to follow the NFL Kansas City Chiefs but unlike the woeful Chumps a victory seemed like a real possible outcome.

CJ Sapong scored within the first ten minutes and the team continued to push forward taunting the home side to push all forward knowing that they had the players to score on the counter attack.

Seemed that Sporting was a lock to win as the game entered stoppage time of the second half when a blunder by keeper Jimmy Nielsen had on a Eddie Gaven header to the bottom corner of the goal that Nielsen was a mere three feet from and yet the ball slipped through to equalize for Columbus.

International Call-Ups

With the injury to Roger Espinoza he will not be joining Honduras who are currently in danger of not progressing to the next stage of World Cup Qualifying.

Kei Kamara will be jet-setting to Tunisia and meet up with his fellow countrymen as Sierra Leone has their decisive 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier on October 13. Win and they progress to their first international tournament.

Stateside Graham Zusi has been called up for the USMNT as they look to progress to the next round of World Cup qualifying with a road fixture in Antigua and Barbuda on October 12 and the final home fixture against Guatemala at Livestrong Sporting Park on October 16.

Espinoza Out of Action

The Honduran international midfielder, who has received interest from foreign teams, is going to be out of commission for two to four weeks with a right ankle sprain sustained Sunday in action against Columbus.

There will no longer be an international call up from Honduras and when the MLS Playoffs get underway is when Espinoza can be expected to return.

If he makes a quicker return from injury I counsel keeping him off the field until the playoffs regardless if he would be ready for either of Sporting Kansas City’s two remaining fixtures at New York and home against Philadelphia.

Brian Sanders

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