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Sporting KC’s biggest questions ahead of 2024 MLS season

It’s essentially the same team as last year. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?



Credit: Thad Bell

Last year turned out to be one of the most memorable seasons in club history. The offseason was a rollercoaster of emotions as well. But Sporting KC kick off their 2024 MLS season on Saturday at the Houston Dynamo and we have a full season preview show with everything you need to know ahead of Matchday 1.

Including… all the biggest questions you should be asking.

While teams around the league are bringing in young, South American forwards to be excited about, Sporting KC went without adding a player to the starting lineup. What they are left with is a team likely to see massive turnover after this year.

18 players are in the final year of their contract. Some have an option to extend, but that is a big number.

They didn’t bring in a replacement for Gadi Kinda. They have no depth and an injury anywhere on the field would be a disaster.

It’s almost the same team as last year, they’re just a year older. But therein lies the contradiction.

It’s almost the same team.

The same team that was the best in the West most of the season. The same team that gave us a legendary run and some of the most fun we’ve ever had beating STL in the playoffs.

It’s a difficult bunch to figure out right now. MLS pundits have predicted Sporting KC to finish anywhere from first in the Western Conference, all the way to 9th.

So, is it a good thing or a bad thing Sporting KC have the same team as last year? Only time will tell.

The Shades of Blue 2024 Season Preview takes you line-by-line through the roster, discussing the biggest questions along the way.

Keepers: Is this the year of the Big Bear?

Defenders: Jake Davis vs Kayden Pierre?

Midfield: Can Erik Thommy lead the midfield to the top of the West?

Forwards: Who is the first winger off the bench for Johnny Russell?

Plus we discuss the pressure on Peter Vermes after two tough seasons and the Gavin Wilkinson saga.

Find the KC Soccer Journal wherever you get your podcasts. Please subscribe, rate, & review! You can yell at Cody @ThatCodyTho, Thad @TheBackpost, and Robert @SpKCLife.

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