Sporting KC had a remarkable comeback to close the year, securing a spot in the playoffs with a win over Minnesota United FC on Decision Day. The team’s performance in the second half of the season was a significant turnaround that was fueled by key players getting healthy.
Manager Peter Vermes was thrilled with the team’s success, but also recognized the challenges they faced along the way. He recalled the disappointment of watching the 2022 postseason from home, despite signing Willy Agada and Erik Thommy. This experience added an extra layer of difficulty to their journey to success.
The team’s road to success was not without its obstacles, but they persevered through them all. Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda, who missed the entire 2022 campaign with knee injuries, were integral to their success. Pulido’s 14 goals and 3 assists earned him the title of 2023 MLS Comeback Player of the Year, while Kinda contributed 1 goal and 3 assists in