KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) Peter Vermes lets out a slow, deep breath when asked about the upcoming season, the manager of Sporting Kansas City forced once more to think about the daunting schedule.
At the top of the list is defending the club's first MLS Cup championship since 2000, one that Sporting KC won in a dramatic shootout with Real Salt Lake last December. But there's also the U.S. Open Cup, which it won a couple years ago, and the CONCACAF Champions League, where the club will begin quarterfinal play against Mexican heavyweight Cruz Azul in the coming weeks.
Oh, and that little thing called the World Cup. There's a good chance several players from Sporting KC will be called upon for national team duty.