Here are three things we learned from SKC’s dominant win:
This is what happens when you give this team actual training time
It may sound strange, since we’re several games into the MLS season, but Sporting really has not had many full training days since the beginning of the season. After preseason, the MLS and Concacaf Champions League schedules went into full force, days normally dedicated to training were spent traveling or playing actual matches. But SKC wound up for Saturday’s match against Montreal with a full 13 days between games. A little rest can go a long way, and it showed Saturday.
When Gerso Fernandes is on, he’s really on
There’s no doubt that Fernandes can be a streaky player. He goes through phases where his runs on the ball feel chaotic. But then he’ll have a stretch where every bit of that chaos feels calculated and executed to perfection. Saturday was one of those days, where every run felt dangerous, every finish on point. His speed blistered Montreal’s backline, and his footwork embarrassed multiple defenders the Impact threw in front of him.
And when Fernandes is playing like that, he can take over a match. Saturday was a great example of that kind of power.
There’s still an edge to be found
It’s not often that a soccer team wins by six goals, and there’s something to pick at. But Montreal’s garbage-time goal to wipe out SKC’s clean sheet in an otherwise dominating performance was just that.
Still, that lapse wasn’t focused on as a mistake with no redeeming value: From Vermes’ perspective, it can be a chip on the team’s shoulder going forward.
“I know the guys were disappointed that we gave up a goal at the end,” he said. “I would say there’s a part of me that would agree, but there’s another part of me, in a way, I’m glad, because it makes them think about that the next time. That’s good.”