Peter Vermes calls on Sporting KC to choose "competing" after slump deepens

HOUSTON—Sporting Kansas City Head Coach Peter Vermes was visibly upset during Saturday’s post-game conference after his team fell 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo. The loss extends Sporting KC’s winless streak to six games (0-4-2).

“These are environments where players have to make a decision on what they want to do,” Vermes said. “It’s about competing. It’s about not making mistakes, the same ones time and time again. That’s a big piece of it.”

The loss comes despite Sporting KC having more possession of the ball (67.6 percent), total passes (485), and better passing accuracy (78 percent). Vermes said that he thought his team had a good run of play in the first 35 minutes.

“We were playing very well, going in and around them, we just never killed it off,” Vermes said. “And they got one chance and they scored, and after that point on they got confidence and we’re the ones that let them in. It’s our fault.”

Chasing two goals on the road proved too much to overcome for Sporting KC. 

“They just controlled the game from that point on,” Vermes explained, adding that they tried different moves but the Dynamo had an answer for everything.

Sporting KC now turn their focus towards Wednesday’s matchup against the Colorado Rapids (9pm ET; MLS LIVE) but Vermes said just because they have an upcoming game, doesn’t mean it will change the team’s play.

“You can play poorly and lose another quickly,” said Vermes, who hinted lineup changes could be forthcoming. “So it depends what you want to do with that game and what your attitude is.”