Consistency and depth are two qualities that are mandatory for an MLS Cup champion, and that is what Sporting Kansas City features in its back four.
The center-back pairing of Matt Besler, who is the best American defender in the game, and Aurelien Collin, who is not one to shy away from a physical battle on the pitch, are the perfect complement to each other.
The full-backs may not get as much attention as they deserve because of the center-back pairing, but that does not mean that Seth Sinovic, Chance Myers and others have less quality in their respective games.
When one of the star players is out of the starting 11, manager Peter Vermes can count on a few solid options off the bench in Ike Opara and Lawrence Olum.
By possessing such depth and consistency, Sporting will undoubtedly go far into the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs and have a chance to repeat as champions.
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