On the same day Sporting Kansas City announced his contract extension through 2023, Manager Peter Vermes joined Sports Radio 810 WHB for an interview with Soren Petro of The Program. He is now the sixth-winningest coach in league history, with a 121-93-76 regular-season record and a 150-108-86 record across all competitions.
Vermes' previous contract with the team was reportedly set to expire following the 2019 season, courtesy of the Kansas City Star's Sam McDowell. His 121 MLS wins and 150 wins across all competitions are club records. We are thrilled to have him call Sporting KC home for at least five more years.
Vermes, 51, is one of two MLS coaches to spend 10 consecutive seasons with the same club, alongside former New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol.
Wednesday afternoon's podcast is available below, covering a wide scope of topics that contributed to Vermes' decision to extend his already successful managerial stint in Kansas City. That same year, he led the team to its first trophy in eight years when Sporting KC defeated Seattle Sounders FC in the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at Children's Mercy Park.
Vermes returned to the States as a player in 1996 for the inaugural season of Major League Soccer. He previously captained Kansas City to its first MLS Cup title in 2000 as a central defender.
Vermes has served as Sporting KC's technical director since 2006.
A native of Delran Township, New Jersey, Vermes embarked on a prosperous playing career that spanned from 1988-2002.
In 2016, ESPN reported that U.S. Soccer had contacted Vermes as a potential replacement for national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann, though the federation eventually hired the LA Galaxy's Bruce Arena, who stepped down after failing to qualify the team for the World Cup. He started 208 of 209 MLS appearances over seven seasons, recording 11 goals and 19 assists while reaching the playoffs every year. He was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013.