Defender Lawrence Olum started for the ninth time this season Friday against the Chicago Fire, replacing Aurelien Collin at center back for the second straight game.
“I liked the way (Olum) played at Montreal, so we continued with the same vein,” Vermes said. “Obviously, another shutout tonight.”
He entered the season with only 13 minutes logged in MLS matches, but made his 18th appearance at center back or defensive midfielder.
Olum, who also started the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final against the Seattle Sounders FC, said any butterflies he felt were from excitement and not nervousness.
Collin had started 26 of the club’s first 30 games at center back. He missed two games after suffering facial fractures July 25 during the MLS All-Star Game.
He also was suspended for the Sept. 1 matchup with Toronto FC for yellow-card accumulation.
Collin didn’t appear on the game-day roster for last Saturday’s match at the Montreal Impact, but he was available as a sub Friday against the Fire.
It was 16 years ago Tuesday – Oct. 2, 1996 – that Sporting KC clinched the inaugural MLS Western Conference semifinals victory in a shootout against the Dallas Burn. Capping a three-leg playoff series, Mark Chung and Digital Takawira had the regulation goals for the then-Wiz in a series that finished 6-6 on aggregate.
Another yellow for Nagamura
Nagamura Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura received a yellow card in the 70th minute. It’s his fourth of the season, so he faces a possible suspension if he receives another.
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