With their 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, Sporting KC moved to 7-0-0 on the season, the third best start to a season in MLS history. Aurelien Collin’s 24th-minute opener was followed by a Martin Bonjour own goal and Kei Kamara’s strike after half time ensured a seventh straight win to start the season. SKC also gave up only their 2nd goal of the season to a rather contentious Sebastien Le Toux goal, as it appeared to some that the Frenchman was offside. Responding to whether this start was weighing on the team and making intangible expectations for them, manager Peter Vermees responded maturely.
“This streak really doesn’t weigh on us,” he said in an interview Tuesday. “All the other things sound good for the fluff but we’re not about the fluff. It’s just about us trying to go out and get results.”
This great start can be attributed to many things like not conceding many goals or just having a stellar lineup, but for Vermees, he attributes the successful start to the solidarity of the core players and their commitment to the club.
“They’ve been here a long time and they get it,” he said. “They’ve bought into what we want to do and they live for the club.”
He is right indeed, Sporting has constantly started the same lineup or close to it every game. The back has stayed the same with Nielsen in goal and Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Collin, and Chance Myers anchoring the defense. The midfield has stayed consistent with Julio Cesar or Paulo Nagamura holding and Roger Espinoza and Graham Zusi pushing on and assisting the front three of new boy Bobby Convey, CJ Sapong, and Kei Kamara. When you look at this lineup, you see players that have been at SKC together for a few years now, and the only notable absentee being Teal Bunbury, but with Sapong’s impressive form he is not being missed.
All in all, fans of SKC from Kansas City and all over can bask in this 7-0 perfection for however long it continues, but as Sporting found out last year, it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. If you have not gone out to a game this season, it is a must. The atmosphere is great and the team is better. This team bonds extremely well together which makes the games even more exciting.