KANSAS CITY, KS - Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes after losing 2-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps after the match between Sporting Kansas City and Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at Children's Mercy Park (Ryan Weaver/IONYOU Media)

Sporting Kansas City in Crisis: Can Managerial Changes Revive Their MLS Season?

KANSAS CITY – After another loss at home, Sporting Kansas City (2-5-8; 11pts) will head north to face conference opponents Minnesota United (7-4-3; 25pts).

Minnesota, 4th in the Western Conference, is coming off a 2-0 shutout loss to LAFC (8-3-4, 27pts) last Wednesday, the Loons look to bounce back after the loss and get back on track. The underdogs in the series, Minnesota looking to grab win #2 this season in the series.

Sporting continued their winless streak on Wednesday, which now stands at 9 MLS competitions in a row, the last 6 resulting in losses, with the streak starting at the end of April to the same team they will play on Saturday. KC fell 2-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps at home on May 29. Sporting KC has won one MLS game at home (SJ on Mar 16)

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How can this be fixed?

It starts with the manager. If a team isn’t being coached right, the team won’t play right. Peter Vermes is taking on too many roles with the club, being the club’s manager and chief soccer officer. Peter needs one role, not as many as he can have. This offseason, Kansas City hired former Portland Timbers (MLS) and Portland Thorns (NWSL) executive Gavin Wilkinson as the new sporting director, but SKC fans criticized the hire which resulted in a mutual agreement to part ways. Wilkinson was fired near the end of the 2022 season after separate investigations into the organizations’ handling of player or coach misconduct.

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Catch the match on MLS Season Pass at 7:30 (7:40 kickoff). Recap to follow the game on ionyoumedia.com.

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