1. Alan Pulido
The obvious choice. Before the LA Galaxy signed Chicharito, Alan Pulido was the big signing of the offseason in MLS. Pulido shattered Sporting KC’s transfer record, arriving for a reported $9.5 million. This was the answer to the striker problem that many supporters had been desperately wishing for. SKC finally splashed some cash for a Mexican superstar.
Surprising many people, Pulido didn’t score or even look all that great in preseason. SKC will need that to change in front of the larger crowds of competitive competition and take on some heavy minutes. Pulido does come off his final season with Chivas Guadalajara, where he was the league’s joint-top goalscorer with 12 goals in 18 matches in the 2019 Liga MX Apertura.
He is in Kansas City to score those types of numbers in MLS. For so long, Peter Vermes’ team had everything but a number nine who was ruthless in front of goal. In Pulido, the SKC head coach now hopes that he finally has his solution.
Pulido will get his first opportunity to get on the scoresheet on Saturday when Sporting KC pay a visit to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. If SKC are to enjoy any semblance of success this season, Pulido will have to play his part, starting this weekend.