Sporting Kansas City players wrote a letter to fans Monday afternoon encouraging their support after a bumpy couple of months in MLS play.
Despite six losses in the team’s last 10 league matches, Sporting KC is likely to clinch its fifth straight playoff berth this week, just three weeks after the club was crowned 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion with a victory over the Philadelphia Union in penalties.
The letter, which addresses the highs and lows following a dominant summer, was published on the team’s website.
Dear SKC Nation,
This season hasn’t been perfect ... no season is. There have been many ups and downs, injuries and new faces. Through everything, we’ve managed to navigate our way into position for another playoff push. We always talk about being in a position to play meaningful games at the end of the year — now we’re here.
We have two regular-season games left, but it’s clear the “playoffs” have already begun in Kansas City (go Royals!). For the rest of the way, we know you guys will help make Sporting Park the most electric and intimidating atmosphere in the league.
We’ve accomplished our first goal already, the U.S. Open Cup ... our third trophy in four years. But now it’s time to go after the MLS Cup. You’ve had our backs all season long, and now we need you more than ever.
Together, let’s bring home another championship for our city. We’re not done painting the wall for 2015.
Sporting KC has two regular-season games remaining, both coming at home this week, first against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday and then the LA Galaxy on Sunday. A pair of victories could see Sporting KC reach the No. 2 spot in the playoffs, which comes with a first-round bye.
“It’s always good to get points and to keep understanding that these games are like playoff games,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said over the weekend. “We have to keep battling and understanding what the tempo is going to be.”