Manager PETER VERMES oversees all soccer operations for Sporting Kansas City, including the active roster and the Sporting Kansas City Academy. He has spent seven seasons as Sporting Kansas City Manager since taking over in 2009. He ends the 2015 campaign as the team’s second-longest serving manager, and his 113 coaching victories in all competitions are the most club history.
During his tenure, Vermes has won three major trophies – the 2012 and 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups and the 2013 MLS Cup championship – as well as two MLS Eastern Conference regular season titles (2011, 2012). He is the second coach to lead Sporting KC to five straight postseason appearances, as well as the only person to ever win the MLS Cup as both a player and a coach with the same team. His 90 regular season wins top the club’s all-time chart and rank eighth most in MLS history. He passed his former coach Bob Gansler as the winningest manager in team history with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 12, 2015, his 109th victory in all competitions.
Following a standout high school career in which he was named New Jersey Player of the Year, Vermes was a star forward and All-American at Rutgers University. After college, Vermes represented the United States in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, and was named 1988 Chevrolet U.S. Male Soccer Athlete of the Year for his efforts.
Vermes was an integral part of a young U.S. team at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he nearly scored a sensational goal against the host Azzurri. It was the first time the U.S. had qualified for the World Cup in 40 years and set the stage for the progress of the U.S. National Team. In 1989 and 1990, Vermes became the first American to play in the Hungarian and Dutch First Divisions, playing for Raba ETO and FC Volendam, respectively. He later spent five years with Figueras of the Spanish Second Division.
For MLS’s inaugural season in 1996, Vermes served as captain of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars. In 1997, he was traded to the Colorado Rapids for current Sporting KC Assistant Coach Kerry Zavagnin and played in Denver through the 1999 season, leading the Rapids to the 1997 MLS Cup Final.
Vermes joined Kansas City in 2000 for what would be the most successful seasons of his MLS career. During his first year in Kansas City, he anchored one of the best defenses in league history and won MLS Defender of the Year honors in helping lead the Wizards to the 2000 MLS Cup Championship. He retired in 2002 after appearing in 184 MLS matches and playing more than 16,000 minutes. He was nominated on the players’ ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame from 2007-2012. In 2013, Vermes was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Vermes and his wife Susan have two children, Nicole and Kyle. He is a member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and has a soccer park named after him in his home state of New Jersey.
PETER VERMES HEAD COACHING RECORD AT SPORTING KC