Rosell plays for Catalonia XI
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Second-year Sporting Kansas City midfielder Oriol Rosell played for Catalonia in its annual
holiday friendly game, a 4-1 win over Cape Verde Islands in Barcelona on Tuesday. Rosell, 21, is a product of the Barcelona youth system. Eight current Barca players -- including Spanish
internationals Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas -- played for Catalonia, while all four goals were scored by former Barca players -- Sergio Garcia (two), Bojan Krkic and Oriol Riera.
Rosell, whose career in Spain was limited to seven appearances for Barcelona B in
2012, came on for Marc Valiente in the 67th minute. Catalonia had recovered from an early deficit to take the lead on two goals by Garcia a minute apart in the
16th and 17th minutes and Bojan a minute after that. Riera finished the scoring three minutes before Rosell entered the game.
The game drew a crowd of 20,700 at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis
Companys, which was used for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Catalonia has played every holiday season but one since 1997. The Selecció Catalana is an unofficial national team. Other
Spanish regions hold similar games during the holidays.
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily Freddy Adu's latest stop: Serbia July 24, 7:04 p.m. |
[AMERICANS ABROAD] A decade after making his pro debut at the age of 14 with D.C. ... What They're Saying: Robbie Keane July 24, 1:09 p.m.
"Of course, it's embarrassing ... It's embarrassing because we're the LA Galaxy, and the scoreline doesn't ... What They're Saying: Bruce Arena July 24, 1:05 p.m.
"I think [it's] a real lesson for a lot of players. You talk a lot [during ... Man United humbles Galaxy 7-0 before 86,432 fans July 24, 1:21 a.m.
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Manchester United showed it had no problem adapting to the system of new Dutch ... Plans for Kansas City soccer village unveiled July 24, 1:08 a.m.
[U.S. SOCCER] Kansas City, Kan., is home to a state-of-the-art soccer stadium in Sporting Park. Now, ... Earthquakes break out of slump in big way July 24, 12:52 a.m.
[MLS: Week 20] The San Jose Earthquakes snapped their five-game winless streak with a 5-1 win ... NBA All-Star interrupts Real Madrid practice July 24, 12:39 a.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Summer soccer in the USA means big clubs from around the ... Thorns quiet after early Morgan goal July 24, 12:34 a.m.
[NWSL: Week 16] The Portland Thorns FC scored 14 goals in their previous three games but ... Champions Shield goes to Manchester City July 24, 12:21 a.m.
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Sporting Kansas City lost for the first time in four games against English Premier ... Scorpions jump into lead with third win July 23, 11:11 p.m.
[NASL: Fall Week 3] The San Antonio Scorpions moved on top in the NASL with a ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives