Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes says he is eager for one final look at his team in game action before the club concludes its preseason trip in Tucson, Ariz.
By SAM McDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
It will be an extended one.
Sporting KC is set to face Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League at 3 p.m. Friday in a match that will run 120 minutes, split into two hourlong halves.
“It gives us a chance to try to get 60 minutes for everyone and make sure all the guys get what they need,” Vermes said. “That’s the biggest part of it — everyone getting the minutes so we can take a look and see where they’re at.”
The match Friday will mark the preseason debuts for Graham Zusi, Benny Feilhaber and Matt Besler, who spent the majority of January training with the United States men’s national team. All three players appeared in the national team’s 2-0 victory Saturday against Korea Republic.
Sporting KC is 1-0-1 after its first two preseason matches.
“Obviously it’s always great to have all the players available,” Vermes said. “It brings the level of training up to what you’re looking for.”
Sporting KC plans to make a couple of additions to its roster over the next week, Vermes said, though he declined to offer details.
The team returns to Kansas City on Saturday for a pair of training sessions early next week. It will depart Feb. 14 for four games at the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.