All credit to Sporting Kansas City for its start in 2012. Last week’s loss at Portland should take nothing from the historic start, flashy and fabulous, over Major League’s Soccer’s opening two months. Peter Vermes’ men were rarely breached in the back, were perfect in 7 of 8 matches and are already threatening to make a laugher of the Eastern Conference race with more than five months of regular season matches ahead.
But this must be said: The once-Wizards have been quite fortunate in injury avoidance this year – and the ability to keep a consistent starting 11 counts for so much.
Now SKC is about to deal with its first injury issue – although losing a left back for perhaps just one match looks nothing like an injury “crisis.” Just ask a few others around MLS.
Seth Sinovic, the team’s attack-minded first choice at left back since last summer, had surgery on his right hand Tuesday, repairing a fracture suffered during the team’s initial 2012 setback, last week’s loss at Portland
Even in bad luck, SKC is never far from good fortune this year. First, Vermes’ team has the weekend off, so that mitigates some of the injury dent. Plus, former starter Michael Harrington is well-rested and itching for playing time. Harrington is every bit the defender Sinovic is, although not the same passer.
SKC plays Montreal on May 5, a week from Saturday. Even that represent some good fortune; Vermes could probably be without two or three starters and still be favored heavily while hosting the expansion visitors.