Sporting Kansas City Talk Injuries, Gruenebaum
Sporting KC has recently regained the top spot in the race for the supporters shield. While this may come as no surprise for last years MLS champions, the road has been arduous with injuries and suspensions. The most recent injuries were starting net minder Eric Kronberg and fullback Seth Sinovic.
Kronberg broke his hand in practice and has been replaced by former Columbus Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum. When I asked head coach Peter Vermes on how the Kansas native was performing, Vermes only had good things to say.
“He has done very well and has a lot of games under his belt in the MLS. Because of that we can see the experience comes out in a lot of games.”
Vermes also praised more than just the experience.
“He makes more than great saves, he also has a great ability to manage games when we need it.”
The injury to Seth Sinovic looked like a fairly serious one. It was initially announced as a groin strain, and he looked doubtful for the next few games. Sporting KC has reported the Sinovic is “Good to go” for their next match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Whether he starts of not will remain to be seen.
Of course these injuries can cause problems to planning and formations. Vermes is well known for being a great tactician so I wanted to ask how it affected his planning and even his formations.
“Obviously when you don't have a full compliment of players to pick from the roster it makes things difficult, but because we have a lot of guys who have been dealing with this over the course of the season you tend to gain confidence in the fact of all the players and the way they perform it becomes less of a problem.”
With players like Igor Juliao and Jacob Peterson stepping up it's no surprise why Vermes is confident in his squad. As evidenced by teams like Sporting KC and the Seattle Sounders, the best squads have good player depth. Sporting has avoided the mid-season falter that teams like Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls have had to fight through. Vermes and Sporting KC have built their squad to go the distance and look to make a run at a repeat championship.
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