Wednesday was a historic day as Sporting Kansas City announced the long-awaited singing of a Designated Player striker. We talk about the money and what Alan Pulido means to the club, we talk about him as a player, and then after the break we discuss his expectations and what the new Starting XI looks like. Jimmy Mack joined the show for the first time along with Thad and Cody.
Whether the price was $9.5 million or closer to $6 million, Peter Vermes held to his word about jumping a couple tiers into MLS 3.0. He spoke of “plateau negotiating” in the media conference call on Thursday. Listen to a clip of what he describes as an interesting situation in spending more money.
Liga MX strikers have a fantastic track record of translating their success in Major League Soccer. Sporting KC appear to have finally found that proven scorer who will simply put away the chances he’s given, something they’ve missed all the way back to the days of Dom Dwyer.
Can the 28-year-old Mexico international possibly live up to the expectations that come with a deal of this size? What exactly does a success look like in year one? Does it have more to do with his personal goal/assist tally, or the success of the team in 2020?
We also look at the current roster and how he will fit in next to Johnny Russell and Felipe Gutierrez, an exciting attacking trio. Might Vermes deploy Pulido alongside a second striker like Khiry “Kirby” Shelton? We discuss all the possibilities and probably get a little too excited.
Below is the tweet mentioned during the show. Pulido stands out looking at these two important statistics.
Pulido is a seemingly great fit for #SportingKC.— Soccer Nurds (@soccernurds) December 11, 2019
Good finishing skills.
Strong shot volume.
Someone who won't be disrupting KC's precious passing flow too much thanks to his impressive 85% pass accuracy. pic.twitter.com/YUmWRiW0AN