Sporting Kansas City returns home to LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on June 25th to host the Vancouver Whitecaps in their second only meeting. In their previous meeting in Vancouver on April 2nd, the Whitecaps and Sporting KC drew 3-3. Normally that would have been considered a decent result but Sporting KC squandered a 3-0 lead, giving up two in stoppage time. That tie felt like a loss to Sporting Kansas City and struck a blow to the teams confidence. The next five league game were road losses as Sporting KC struggled to regain confidence, form and health all on the road.
Sporting KC has regained form and confidence now, undefeated in six league matches with two wins and finally getting all of their players back from Gold Cup duty. During that undefeated streak Sporting KC has clamped down on defense giving up only two goals.
The Whitecaps have struggled this year as well, they are 0-5-3 on the road. While coming into the game with the same fourteen points as Sporting KC having played two more games, Vancouver is playing better lately. Since firing coach Teitur Thordarson the Whitecaps have played a little better and over the last two games drew the Sounders 2-2 in Seattle and beat the Philadelphia Union at home. Tom Soehn was the director of soccer operations before stepping in to the head coach position.
Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes isn’t underestimating Vancouver and expects a good game. “They are scrappy, fighting every roll of the ball. They are going to come in here, I’ve watched them play on the road and they are going to come in here to play. I think they are going to keep going after it.”
Vermes went on, “They have some pretty interesting players in Chiumiento and Camilo Sanvezzo, they are some dangerous , dangerous players. They have a solid attack and they defend pretty well. They are a pretty balanced team in the way they work both sides of the ball. It’s going to be hard, we are going to have to be a good in the transition to catch them. It’s going to make for a good game.”
Sporting KC defender Chance Myers discussed the upcoming match, ” disappointing result last time we were up there but I think we’ve been playing well lately, we’ve got to continue our form. When we’re at home we’ve got to press the issue, play our game and make them counter us. “
Whitecaps defender Jonathan Leathers played three season in Kansas City and was taken by Vancouver in the expansion draft prior to the season. “Jonny has been pretty solid. We lost Jonny in the expansion draft,” Vermes explained. ” I’ve always said he’s got a great work ethic and he’s going to be a solid player in this league. He got a great chance and I’m happy for him from that point of view. Jonny is a hard worker so I think he’s been very steady for them this year.”