It finally looks like Sporting Kansas City is getting a bit of good news on the injury front, with only three players show up on the team's injury report this week. Midfielder Konrad Warzycha and designated player Omar Bravo are listed as out (Bravo is training with the team and is likely out for 2-4 weeks) and defender Luke Sassano is listed as probable.
This Saturday against New York will mark the first time all season that Peter Vermes has all four centerbacks (Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Julio Cesar and Shavar Thomas) available for selection with his first-choice fullbacks (Michael Harrington and Roger Espinoza).
• Yesterday, we had the news that Sasha Victorine was stepping away from the broadcast booth as color commenter. This morning, announcer Callum Williams
While I'm sure this is a factor (10-straight road games is rough on anyone, much less a father of a young daughter), it wasn't the only reason.
In my previous post, the team told me Victorine had other full-time obligations. I found out today, he's the Director of Membership Development. Did you know that? I certainly didn't. It's a job that, according to Chris Wyche, the executive vice president for operations for Sporting, requires Victorine's attention right now.
He will still be involved in certain broadcast-elements of games on KSMO-TV.
This week, Williams will be joined by a special one-time guest, Fox News' Brian Kilmeade. Could the future be a one-man booth with Callum? Wyche said the team is "exploring all its options" and has the next week to focus on a plan.
• Manager Peter Vermes, midfielder Ryan Smith and forward Kei Kamara were kind enough to preview the game this weekend in New York: