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Preview: Sporting KC host Seattle Sounders in search of breaking 10-game winless streak

Peter Vermes and Sporting Kansas City return home to host Brian Schmetzer and the Seattle Sounders in search of the club’s first win since March.



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Sporting Kansas City vs Seattle Sounders

When: Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Children’s Mercy Park
How to Watch: MLS Season Pass


SEA: 4W-6L-6D

Last Result
3-1 Loss at Minnesota United
SEA: 1-1 Draw vs Real Salt Lake


Peter Vermes and Sporting Kansas City return home to host Brian Schmetzer and the Seattle Sounders in search of the club’s first win since March.

SKC are coming off a 3-1 defeat to Minnesota United at Allianz Field where the Loons got out to a 3-0 lead before Johnny Russell’s solo effort from distance saved them from a shutout.

The match was the second game in a row when Vermes decided to switch of up the lineup and put a majority of the typical starters on the bench allowing some younger players to earn valuable minutes.

Unlike the prior match against Whitecaps, Sporting’s alternate lineup got off to a slow start, but once again, the introduction of the starters in the second half did very little to mount a comeback.

On the flip side, Seattle are coming off a 1-1 draw against top-of-the-table Real Salt Lake. If not for a 99th minute equalizer from RSL, the Sounders would have earned all three points.

The Sounders have only lost one of their last seven regular season matches and although they currently sit outside of the playoff picture, they are only three points behind Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers in the No. 9 spot.

The Sounders aren’t exactly “on fire”, but it’s safe to say that momentum is heavily leaning in Seattle’s favor for this matchup. But if you believe in coincidence, last season, Sporting broke their 10-game winless streak at the start of the season in a match against Seattle.

As far as injuries go, Erik Thommy returned to the training ground to end the week, but his status remains unknown. Remi Walter and Dany Rosero missed out on Friday’s practice, but Vermes said Rosero is fatigued, but could be available, according to Daniel Sperry.

The Sounders will be without Cameroonian left back Nouhou, who was called up for international duty, but other than that should be as close as possible to full strength.

It remains to be seen whether Vermes will send out his alternate lineup, the typical starting lineup or some sort of combination, but the fact of the matter is that if SKC want to even sniff a chance of the playoffs and get out of a battle for the Wooden Spoon with the New England Revolution; they need to start earning points.

Russell, Daniel Salloi and Alan Pulido account for six of Sporting’s 24 goals this season. The second unit of Willy Agada, Alenis Vargas and Marinos Tzionis/Stephen Afrifa account for five goals.

Sounders forward Raul Ruidiaz has seven on his own account.

It’s obvious that fans are not happy with the product on the field, and with the Blue Hell has only seen one victory at CMP so far this season, the criticism of the club is getting loud.

In a perfect world, Sporting gets back to their competitive ways and stop dropping points and hopefully, morale around Children’s Mercy Park will increase.

But until that happens, every week for the rest of the season is an opportunity for this club to show that it still has what it takes to compete in this league.

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I’m looking forward to this match. Honestly think KC will do well. Not sure why, I have no real reason to think so but I am excited about it.

did you guys read this article on yahoo sports about skc? What are your thoughts on it?

I’ll be interested in the play by play tonight.


💀💀💀 at Illig doubling down on PV showing accountability and wearing it like a badge. Must have been in one of those off-record pressers.


“If you focus on how we’ve done it historically, Peter’s always done more with less,” Illig said. “We’ve gotten players on free (transfers) or taken reclamation projects and turned them into stalwarts. “When there is a need to spend, we’re not afraid to spend.”

This quote from Illig really annoys me. It tells me the strategy hasn’t been looking forward and getting ahead of the curve but rather “doing what we’ve always done in the past.” It’s no wonder the club is in the current state it’s in. As for the “we’re not afraid to spend,” I’d very much like to see what Illig’s definition of “spending” is and whether we’ll actually see it happen in the offseason. I am open to being wrong but remain skeptical at the moment.


Ya, that quote gave me pause. It will make it difficult on the current players an PV. What do they mean by “we’re not afraid to spend”… when they have only really spent on extending current players contracts(I.e. Alan P.)…also it boggles my mind, when other teams will spend 2-3 times or more on one player and we don’t even scratch the surface of that.

its great if we can find the hidden gems of talent that are not valued high… but it doesn’t seem we have done a great job of that.

we will see what this transfer window and the next one holds.


It’s everything I didn’t want to happen (Vermes being a part of a roster rebuild.) I think my time is going to become 90/10 Current/SKC.

Also, maybe I’m cynical, but what player is going to narc on their coach to the owner?

“No, I know he hasn’t,” Illig said. “I’ve talked to a lot of the guys on that. No one has said that. In fact, they’ve gone out of their way to (say) that’s not the case.”

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I’ll give that article credit, it actually engaged with some tough questions, though it’s pathetic it took Yahoo Sports to pay any attention and even hold a flickering little candle near ownership’s feet.

It did not make me feel one bit better about the team’s future, though. Nothing in there showed any awareness of the broader decline in the club’s relationship with fans or relevance in a city that suddenly has a fantastic Current team in a riverfront stadium, a resurgent Royals team that is way more fun than SKC, and an obviously dominant Chiefs team. And SKC are still plugging along with their shitty concessions, out-of-the-way stadium, regular middle fingers to STMs, and general disregard for what makes modern soccer teams engaging to a community.


I honestly don’t think ownership cares about a decline so long as they are in the black. They certainly don’t care about the fans, the resentment was clear when they had to rescind Wilkinson’s offer. Regarding concessions, I do find it funny I can get a better, locally sourced meal at the new airport than CMP. At least the Current are getting a lot of things right.

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