Sporting Kansas City fell behind three minutes into its first preseason game Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
But manager Peter Vermes’ squad didn’t stay down long.
“It was like 27 seconds later we scored,” Vermes said.
With a series of crisp passes off the restart that followed Chris Wondolowski’s goal, the ball found its way to Kei Kamara, who provided a fourth-minute equalizer.
Six minutes after coming on for Paulo Nagamura in the 75th minute, Sporting KC midfielder Konrad Warzycha delivered a 2-1 win by cracking in the unassisted game-winner off a restart.
“It felt great, especially after being hurt all last year,” said Warzycha, who missed his rookie season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery. “It just feels good not to be watching from the sidelines anymore.”
It might only be preseason, but Sporting KC came away happy to have faced adversity and risen above it — even if the real games remain more than a month away.
“You have to always try to win whatever you’re doing,” Vermes said. “That’s a given whether we’re playing Ping-Pong or a game.”