The sports world — and frankly the whole world — has slowed to a crawl. For a bit of relief from all the COVID-19 stuff, here is some Sporting Kansas City and other soccer news you may have missed (though, of course, that dang coronavirus makes an appearance).
SKC Staying in Shape
If you missed Robert’s two-part series on Sporting KC’s “Training Renaissance in year Three at Pinnacle” I highly recommend you check it out. Through two games, it was working perfectly. Sam McDowell took the offseason training to it’s logical next step over at the Kansas City Star to figure out how players are staying in shape while they are stuck at home.
Apparently they are doing it by loaning out lots of equipment from Pinnacle directly to the players. Weight benches, exercise bikes and more have vacated the training center and headed to the homes and apartments of the players. Also, director of sports performance Joey Harty has worked tirelessly with the coaching staff to continue to develop and tweak plans to keep players in as good of shape as possible for if/when the 2020 season resumes.
Pulido’s Daily Social Distancing Routine
“We’re having daily contact with the physical trainer and with [head coach] Peter [Vermes] who’s calling us all individually to see how we’re doing and how we’re feeling,” Pulido said. “They’ve provided us with some weights and bikes so that we can continue to stay in rhythm and exercise and lose as little as possible of our physical state when this is finally done and we can get back to league play. I’m happy [with the start of the season]. I know the season is long. We’ve started well. I won’t be relaxing. I want to keep this level and maintain it to do great things this year.”
The story goes on to detail his routine but basically it’s wake up late, breakfast, rest, exercise, shower, lunch, rest, TV/movies/news, dinner and maybe a retro video game.
Still Playing 34 Games in MLS?
That’s the plan if Peter Vermes gets his way.
Peter Vermes would like to still play a full season once MLS play resumes; suggests playing Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday every week in order to catch up. Also mentioned the league has an extra month at the end of the season as a buffer due to the shortened postseason. #SportingKC— Shaun Goodwin (@ShaunGoodwinKC) April 2, 2020
That wouldn’t seem to favor Sporting KC in the same was as their prior 32 consecutive weekends of soccer would have. They are one of the leagues oldest teams and this would seemingly force some extensive squad rotation.
Sporting KC and Fox Sports KC put together a special player commentary edition of SKC versus the Houston Dynamo from when games were still being played. Matt Besler, Johnny Russell and Roger Espinoza joined Nate Bukaty to do commentary on the game. Quality stuff and a must-watch if I do say so myself.
NWSL Could Return in June
At least that’s the current working target. I suspect that will change, but you never know.
Just spoke with #NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird: The league's current, working target is a return to play at the end of June.— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) April 1, 2020
Everything is fluid and things could change, but that's what current plans are being based on. Story shortly at @EqualizerSoccer with a lot more detail.
Here are some quick ones you may have also missed.
- SKC are firmly middle of the pack on percentage of long-ball passes. That’s a definite change from always insisting to play out of the back. I like it. Mix it up!
- Jacob “The Answer” Peterson is the “definitive cult hero” for SKC. Zach Cobb of The Cauldron weighed in for the story.
- Forbes thinks MLS can’t return until July at the earliest based on current state stay-at-home orders.
- The USL and NASL combined team of the decade has several SKC connections. The coach is the first ever Swope Park Rangers coach Marc Dos Santos (and current Vancouver Whitecaps coach) and Dane Kelly and Kharlton Belmar are honorable mentions.
In other, non-soccer news, times have gotten desperate around the Smith household (don’t judge my child-like diet). How are things for you all?