KANSAS CITY, Kan. (May 1, 2018)- Sporting KC are going to be without crucial playmaker, Felipe Gutierrez for the next couple of months. The midfielder underwent a successful surgery to repair a sports hernia on Tuesday morning, per club release.
Felipe Gutierrez Sidelined 2-3 Months by Sports Hernia
Felipe Gutierrez burst onto the scene in Sporting KC’s first win of the season, a thrilling come-from-behind win, on the road against the Chicago Fire. His brace in that match started, and ended the scoring for Kansas City in that match. He had scored three game winning goals so far, but has been sidelined since Sporting KC’s 1-0 win against D.C. United.
Gutierrez came out in the 53rd minute of that match against D.C. United, and had only made a 15 minute cameo in their 6-0 defeat of the Vancouver Whitecaps. When Gutierrez missed the 18 man roster for their big matchup against the New England Revolution, it signaled that something else was amiss.
Gutierrez will likely be back around the end of July, and Sporting KC will likely take as much caution as possible in his recovery. Vermes has indicated they will do so on multiple occasions this season.
Sporting KC has started off quite hot, accumulating half of their 2017 goal scoring total (40), in just eight games. While the initial concerns are valid, Sporting KC have had some positive results without him on the field.
What this means going forward
Sporting KC’s initial midfield DP, Yohan Croizet, will step full time into the number 10 role. It could also mean a potential U.S. Open Cup cameo for Gianluca Busio, Sporting KC’s youngest home grown signing every. Busio has featured in multiple Swope Park Rangers matches so far this season.
Many will point to his knack for goals as a key thing missed. But Sporting KC still have plenty of guys on the roster who can bag a goal, including fellow newcomer, Johnny Russell. The team has also played pretty well in all but one of their games without him, and you could argue that they at least deserved a point in their last game.
In their four matches without Gutierrez playing a crucial part, they’ve only allowed one goal, scored 10 goals, and have gone 2-1-1. While they may not be as dangerous as they were to start the year, there is proof there that they’ll be able to stay afloat in the West until he gets back. In years past, an injury like this could be quite damning. But the depth of this team, combined with the futility of the Western Conference in general, should see them stay within “top four” contention.