Sporting KC midfielder joins Honduras team for two friendly matches

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Jorge Claros joined the Honduras Men’s National Team for two upcoming friendlies, the club announced.

Honduras will play host to Venezuela on Feb. 4 at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula before traveling for the away leg on Feb. 11 at Estadio Agustin Tovar in Barinas.

“I am always excited to play with Honduras,” Claros said. “These are very important matches as we prepare for our Gold Cup qualification matches against French Guyana in March.”

Honduras, No. 72 in the latest FIFA rankings, are set to play their first matches of 2015 and will do so under new manager Jorge Luis Pinto. The reigning CONCACAF Coach of the Year accepted the position in December after leading Costa Rica to the quarterfinals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The two international friendlies are the final two scheduled matches for Honduras before facing French Guyana on March 25 (away) and March 29 (home) in a play-in series for the final berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Venezuela, ranked No. 87 in the world, will continue preparations for this summer’s 2015 Copa America, in which they were drawn against South American heavyweights Brazil and Colombia in the group stage.

Claros, 29, played all three matches for Honduras at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and also represented his native country at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He most recently represented Honduras in October 2014 during friendlies against CONCACAF rivals Mexico and the United States.

Sporting Kansas City acquired Claros in July 2014 from Motagua of the Honduran Liga Nacional. He made eight MLS appearances (including postseason) and featured in all four of the club’s matches in the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League.
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BPU to meet Feb. 4

The Board of Public Utilities will meet for a work session at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the board offices, 540 Minnesota Ave.

That meeting will be followed by the regular session at 6 p.m.

The work session agenda includes a general manager update and board update, and a clean power presentation.

At the regular session, on the agenda are a visitors time, LISC update, gas supply report, board comments, general manager comments, and a closed session.

A cold winter weather forecast from both the weather service and Groundhog Day

Officially, today’s forecast from the National Weather Service is mostly sunny with a high near 26.

Unofficially, it’s Groundhog Day (, and a Pennsylvania groundhog has seen his shadow today and predicted six more weeks of winter.

Tuesday, the temperatures here will rise out of the freezer to a high of 47, with sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service forecast goes through next Sunday for the Kansas City area, and predicts a 50 percent chance of snow after noon on Wednesday, when the high will be near 31. A 30 percent chance of precipitation will be on Wednesday night.

From Friday through the weekend, it will warm up to the mid-40s and mid-50s.

Thursday, the high will be near 26; Friday, near 45; Saturday, near 53; and Sunday, near 46, the weather service said.

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