Sporting Kansas City goes into the break for Copa America on good note. Missing several key players who are up with their respective national teams and a few injuries to key players, Vermes ran out an unexpected lineup and they snagged a result on the road.
The offense struggling is not new for SKC but putting together a tight, compact defense with a makeshift eleven and committing no mistakes that cost goals is a bright spot for a squad that needs positive results.
Who needs a consistent lineup?
Vermes is a manager that would run the same 18 out every game if he could, but when he can't he is not afraid to move people where needed. Matt Besler with the U.S. for Copa America, Nuno Coelho resting as a precaution and Kevin Ellis having injured his groin (a different part according to Vermes) forced Vermes to make even more shifts in his eleven. Lawrence Olum has filled in for Soni Mutivar at defensive mid but dropped back to center back for this match.
Benny Feilhaber has been inconsistent this year but stepped into the defensive mid responsibilities for Sporting KC and was a big part of keeping the clean sheet.
Graham Zusi also on the U.S. roster and Brad Davis home in Kansas City with a hamstring/quad/some other leg muscle issue, Jacob Peterson and Connor Hallisey got the start and flanked Dom Dwyer on the front line.
While SKC was again unable to find the back of the net, they were able to keep a very talented LA Galaxy team off the scoreboard as well. Sporting Kansas City has typically been the team that controlled possession but in LA the Galaxy dominated possession. Despite that, SKC was able to neuter their offence for the most part.
The visitors outshot the Galaxy 15-1 and even put 4 of them on goal but LA keeper Mike Rowe was up to the task. SKC had more corners (8-0) and crosses (23-4) making it look like Vermes' squad dominated in the stats.
"I thought our game was just very good, I thought the guys stayed really organized and some very good counter-attacking out of that organization," Vermes stated after the game.