It’s not like what I’m about to tell you is a huge secret…
Not to the players on the soccer team known as Sporting Kansas City. The worst overall soccer team in Major League Soccer for the past three years.
Forget the non-excuse excuses offered up by team management earlier this week. Yes, it was super dumb front-loading the schedule with nonstop away games.
The team skittered into its first home game at the new stadium with but one win in 10 tries.
But playing a poorly-planned road schedule with all those losses and ties isn’t really the problem.
It’s the coach, Peter Vermes.
"The players on the team don’t like him or respect him," confided one player. "He acts like the judge, jury and executioner."
A combination poor team moral and uninspired play for three years running has players scratching their heads.
"He would have been fired three months ago if he was coaching any other team in MLS," says the player.
Look, I know it’s barstool common for fans to call for the coaches heads when a team sucks as bad as the Wizards and Sporting have the past three years.
But we’re not talking fans and barstools here.
We’re talking about the players on a team that played as boring and uninspired a game as imaginable. On a night they totally needed to make an impression in a spanking new, sold out stadium.
At a game that Star sports columnist Sam Mellinger embarrassed himself twice this week by describing as "the most important" in the history of Kansas City’s Major League Soccer franchise. True, they were statements that hammered home the fact that Mellinger has no clue about MLS soccer or the team’s history.
There’s only one way last night’s game could possibly garner the slightest bit of importance in the scheme of things. And that’s if somebody among all those SKC suits rummaging about clues into the fact that the players are playing for a coach that don’t believe in and can barely stand.
Because like KC Confidential soccer scribe Matt Donnelly said last night following his sixth visit to the new stadium, the novelty has already worn off. The team now needs to start playing inspired soccer or they’ll soon be back to drawing 6,000 and change like last year at the ridiculously awful for soccer T Bones baseball park.