Sporting KC had a remarkable comeback to close the year, finishing with a record of 12 wins, 7 losses and 5 draws. The team’s turnaround in the second half of the season was fueled by key players getting healthy, including Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda. Pulido’s outstanding performance earned him the title of 2023 MLS Comeback Player of the Year, while Kinda contributed to the team’s success with one goal and three assists in the playoffs.
Despite facing challenges along the way, Sporting KC persevered and secured a spot in the playoffs with a win over Minnesota United FC on Decision Day. Manager Peter Vermes recalls the disappointment of watching last year’s postseason from home despite signing Willy Agada and Erik Thommy. This setback only added an extra layer of difficulty to their journey to success.
Vermes acknowledged that maintaining belief, commitment, and effort when results were not coming easily was a significant challenge for his team. This required individual and team meetings as well as effective communication. Despite moments of doubt, the team remained focused and determined to return to form as a unit.
The road ahead will be long and challenging for Sporting KC as they continue their pursuit of success in MLS. However, their resilience and determination make them strong contenders for future championships.