Sporting Kansas City's Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes appeared on The Border Patrol with Sporting KC broadcaster Nate Bukaty to talk soccer and preview Sunday's match against the New England Revolution. The match will air nationally on ABC and ESPN Deportes and tickets are on sale at SeatGeek.com with kickoff set for 2 p.m. CT.
The first topic of discussion is the United States Men's National Team and their friendly against Uruguay last Sunday at Children's Mercy Park. Bukaty mentions that he got to watch soccer as a fan at the World-Class venue and Vermes talks about Gregg Berhalter's roster building, and his experience with the USMNT. Vermes touches on his qualifying experience and compares his past to the current USMNT roster and their goals.
Next, the duo dives into the growth of the MLS and how talented the league has become. The Sporting KC skipper uses Daniel Salloi as an example, talking about a kid from Hungary coming to America, joining an MLS Academy and blossoming into an incredibly lethal forward.
On the subject of talent development, Bukaty brings up Sunday's opponent's recent track record of selling players to Europe. After a historic performance in 2021 in which the Revolution broke the single-season points record with 73 points, head coach Bruce Arena's squad has lost Tajon Buchanan, Matt Turner and Adam Buksa to European transfers. Vermes discusses his thought process when it comes to European transfers and cites Gianluca Busio as an example.
The interview finishes up with Vermes talking about the health of the roster and the process of getting all of his players back from injury. Fans can listen to the interview in its entirety here, and catch all of Sunday's action on ABC or on ESPN Deportes in Spansh.