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Sporting Kansas City rebuilding chemistry following pandemic hiatus

Johnny Russell Sporting Kansas City
Posted at 3:08 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-06 16:09:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the newest collective bargaining agreement signed, sealed and delivered, MLS is officially returning, leaving Sporting Kansas City to rekindle what early-season chemistry molded prior to the league's suspension.

“Timing is off I think for a lot of guys," manager Peter Vemes said following one of the clubs' small group workouts. MLS officially lifted the ban on full team workouts Thursday pending approval of local infectious disease experts and league officials.

MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed the league will return to play in early July with a summer-long tournament hosted in Orlando. It signals the first meaningful action for clubs since March 12.

“One of the big parts of us is that we’re a possession team and that means we need to start passing the ball to each other," added captain Matt Besler on the team shaking off some rust after a few months off. "So, to be able to start doing that and get our rhythm and timing back with how we pass each other the ball is a big step," he finished.

“We’re going to keep working towards it and hopefully each day we’ll get a little better and better from it," said Vermes.