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Video: Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes discusses playing on smaller dimensions inside Yankee Stadium

Sprinklers were used to water the field during an open training session for New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. New York City FC host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in an MLS soccer game.
Sprinklers were used to water the field during an open training session for New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. New York City FC host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in an MLS soccer game. The Associated Press

Sporting Kansas City is set to travel to iconic Yankee Stadium on Saturday to face expansion club New York City FC.

As you might expect, placing a soccer field inside a Major League Baseball stadium isn’t a completely smooth transition. The field is squeezed into the outfield, leaving it only 110 yards long by 70 yards wide.

By comparison, Sporting Park is 120 yards by 75 yards.

The Yankee Stadium soccer dimensions — cut to the smallest size in MLS to avoid intruding on the pitcher’s mound — have been a talking point in New York, but they were defended by New York City FC coach Jason Kreis.

“We’re making a big deal out of nothing,” he said, as quoted by the New York Daily News.

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes, who is no stranger to small field dimensions after his club played at Community America Ballpark five years ago, was asked about the dimensions during Thursday’s weekly press conference.

Listen to his thoughts:

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