Home Depot – Sporting Kansas Metropolis may “care much less” about particular person awards snub as they put together for Audi MLS Cup Playoffs return
One of many highlights of the buildup to the beginning of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs is the start of the revealing of the league’s end-of-year awards.
That features MLS Sigi Schmid Coach of the 12 months (Jim Curtin), Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the 12 months (Andre Blake) and Defender of the 12 months (Walker Zimmerman), in addition to the MLS Greatest XI offered by The Home Depot.
Sporting Kansas Metropolis, the workforce that completed atop the Western Convention, had been shut out of the awards thus far however that does not trouble them one bit, coach Peter Vermes mentioned.
As an alternative of seeing it as an indication of disrespect, Vermes mentioned it highlights what he’s recognized all alongside — the workforce is what issues most in Kansas Metropolis.
“It is definitely a team. We say its our number one core value in our club, the team is always first and I love the fact our guys buy into it,” Vermes mentioned in a video convention name with reporters Friday. “In the end, all they want to do is win something together. I think they can care less about the individual awards.”
Vermes mentioned he additionally doesn’t put loads of stock into SKC’s outstanding bounce-back season, the best turnaround in MLS historical past with Sporting ending 11th within the West a 12 months in the past and lacking the postseason, as a result of their Spherical One match in opposition to the San Jose Earthquakes Sunday (four pm ET | TV & streaming information) “is a final,” as a result of its a single knockout match, albeit at Youngsters’s Mercy Park.
“It’s feel good that we did well this year, but it means nothing going into the postseason other than home-field advantage,” Vermes mentioned.
Vermes additionally had variety phrases for his reverse quantity, Quakes coach Matias Almeyda, who he mentioned has at instances been harshly and unfairly criticized for his distinctive aggressive man-marking system.
“They get chastised or criticized for at times playing man-marking, but at times they are incredibly organized and they have an incredible work ethic on the field,” Vermes mentioned. “We have an incredible amount of respect for their game, the way they go about their business and we know it’s going to be a battle.”
Vermes has by no means given a lot credence to pundits opinions of his personal workforce. Nevertheless, he was touched to obtain letters of encouragement from the membership’s followers earlier than the beginning of the playoffs.
These letters had been learn by Vermes and some of his gamers in a video Sporting launched.
“When our fans see what we’re doing and recognize us, that’s everything to me and I think to the team,” Vermes mentioned. “That’s a big reason why we step out on the field and the players play with the motivation that they do and we as a staff work the way that we do, to prepare and get ready for our the next opponent because we always take in mind we want to perform and get positive results for them.”