Sporting Kansas City Depth to be Tested For First Time In 2017

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 29: Dom Dwyer #14 of Sporting Kansas City in action during the game against Real Salt Lake at Children's Mercy Park on April 29, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Editorial – Discussion on Sporting Kansas City depth has been a non-existent for much of 2017. We haven’t really needed to see much of it. This week, the answer of whether or not they have as good of depth as they would like to think will likely be answered. Including their 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake last weekend, they’ll play three games in a span of nine days. While it’s nowhere near the “one week” stretch that teams like the San Jose Earthquakes will have endured, it’s still going to be a good test of depth.

Sporting Kansas City Depth to be Tested For First Time In 2017

Let’s take a look at what depth they do have. Thank’s to lineup builder we can see a good depth chart:

Now the big thing here is they have no injuries to report, outside of Diego Rubio rehabbing from his ACL injury. It will be interesting to see where and how manager Peter Vermes picks out his choices. If there is any opponent that’s on the docket this week where he would opt for a few second choice options, it would be Saturday’s match against Minnesota United FC. They take their home matches seriously, and will most likely go all out with their lineup, especially against a team like New York Red Bulls.

But the show of depth here is that they could put out any combo of players and probably still put out a strong enough lineup to beat Minnesota United. After all, they got outplayed at home by the San Jose Earthquakes.

Another thing that might take place, and it wouldn’t shock me, is if Vermes went with a first choice lineup both times, as long as there are no injuries or suspensions in the midweek. They might be more conducive to seeing earlier subs for the players who need it the most, usually one of the midfielders and Jimmy Medranda.

Either way, Sporting KC wants to claim they have a greater amount of depth this season. On paper they do. Now, we might get to see it in action on the field.