Manager PETER VERMES oversees all soccer operations for Sporting Kansas City, including the active roster and the Sporting Kansas City Academy. He has spent eight seasons as Sporting Kansas City Manager and 11 as the club's Technical Director.
Vermes has served as Sporting Kansas City’s manager since 2009, becoming the team’s all-time winningest coach and the eighth winningest coach in MLS regular season history. Over the last eight years, he has amassed 103 regular season wins (103-82-61) and 128 victories in all competitions (128-96-70). He has also hoisted three major trophies — the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2012 and 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups.
Vermes, 50, has led Sporting Kansas City to a club-record six straight playoff appearances since 2011. During this time period, he has become the third coach in league history to win at least 13 games in six consecutive regular seasons.
Currently the longest tenured manager in MLS, Vermes took his position in August 2009 and helped Sporting Kansas City finish atop the Eastern Conference regular season standings in 2011 and 2012. Under his guidance, Sporting Kansas City won the 2012 U.S. Open Cup title and the 2013 MLS Cup championship, making Vermes the only person to win MLS Cup as a player and coach with the same team. He previously captained Kansas City to its first league title in 2000 as a central defender.
After leading his team to another playoff berth in 2014, Vermes won the 2015 Open Cup title as Sporting Kansas City collected its third major trophy over a four-year span. He is the third-winningest active MLS coach (regular season) heading into the 2017 campaign.
Vermes was named Kansas City’s technical director in 2006 and oversees all soccer operations at the club, including scouting, roster management and development of the Sporting Kansas City Academy.
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