Sporting Kansas City Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes stopped by The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 to talk about a wide variety of topics. Petro and Vermes spend time diving into Sporting's impressive run of form as of late and the club's upcoming matchup with the Seattle Sounders.
Petro and Vermes start the interview off talking about Sporting's incredible form as of late. The club is undefeated in their last five matches, outscoring opponents 15-4 in that span. With Seattle coming to Children's Mercy Park on Sunday, Sporting KC will look to defend their five-match home winning streak as well.
Vermes credits the players for fighting through a difficult season. He is proud of the team for keeping a high intensity, belief and work ethic the entire season. He mentions that those intangibles are the reason for the club's recent success and momentum at the tail end of the season.
After Petro asks if Vermes would do things differently, the Sporting Director talks about the challenges in navigating the MLS salary cap. He mentions bringing in newcomers Erik Thommy and Willy Agada sooner but the inability to do so. He is glad to have them now as Agada has tallied seven goals in his brief time in Kansas while Thommy has been invaluable in the midfield, scoring three times.
Vermes compliments both newcomers' ability to come in and pick things up right away. He says Thommy figured things out and meshed with the group from the first training session.
After talking a bit about the "master plan" for the future of Sporting Kansas City, Petro and Vermes discuss Sunday's home finale against the Seattle Sounders. Sporting has a chance to keep the Sounders out of the playoffs but Vermes is just focused on keeping the rhythm and effective play the team has displayed lately.
Following the preview of Sunday, Vermes and Petro conclude the show with a look at the U.S. Men's National Team's matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, who he has winning the competition and if the Sporting KC boss enjoys pumpkin spice. Fans can find Peter Vermes' interview on The Program here and get an answer to all of those questions.
Tickets for Sporting's Sunday showdown with Seattle are on sale at SeatGeek.com with no fees as a part of Fan Appreciation night. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. CT and coverage will begin at 4 p.m. CT on FS1.