KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sporting Kansas City Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes says he heard the chatter this offseason.
In 2022, KC missed the playoffs for just the second time in 10 seasons. But as the preseason kicks off in Phoenix, Arizona, the club enters a new chapter motivated by last year's ups and downs.
“I definitely get motivated personally based on what transpired the year before,” Vermes said during a Zoom interview Friday afternoon.
“There [are] some teams that we owe some revenge to for sure,” Vermes said. “Some teams that beat us last year, it’s almost as if they won the World Cup themselves.”
“As a club, we have always had high standards and high expectations,” Vermes said. “This part of the year is very, very important. Preparation and preseason [are] what sets you up for the season."