Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Rosell plays for Catalonia XI
December 30th, 2013 11:56PM

TAGS:  spain, sporting kansas city


[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.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"For the most part, the competition part of it is somewhat useless. I guess the part ...
Business Report: Michael Bradley signs with Puma    
U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley signed a long-term contract with Puma to wear its latest ...
USA-Mexico: Who's got the edge at each position    
Soccer is a team game, a collective test of 11-v-11, and in one of the biggest ...
NBC Deportes will air all 52 Under-17 World Cup games    
NBC Deportes will air all 52 games from the Under-17 World Cup, which kicks off Oct. ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"I think that this is a tremendous challenge that we've embarked on and I'm not ready ...
What They're Saying: Stephen Flamhaft    
"They have not in any shape or form condemned Blazer. That's offensive to me. I'm a ...
Fox Sports and Univision ready for Concacaf Cup    
Saturday's USA-Mexico for the Concacaf Cup, on the docket for more than two months, will draw ...
Honduras stands in way of U.S. Olympic berth    
The USA, which failed to qualify for two of the last three men's Olympic soccer tournaments, ...
Video Pick: How the U.S. U-19s lost 8-1 to Germany    
It was a rough outing indeed for the U.S. defense and goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann in the ...
Video Pick: England coach impresses with ball puncture    
During England's preparations for Friday's European Championship qualifier against Estonia, goalkeeper coach Dave Watson impressed Joe ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives