Manager and Sporting Director PETER VERMES oversees all soccer operations for Sporting Kansas City, including head coaching duties, roster management, scouting and oversight of Sporting Kansas City II and Sporting KC Academy. Vermes took the helm as manager in 2009 and served as the club’s technical director from 2006-2018.
Vermes is the longest-tenured head coach in MLS and the fifth-winningest coach in MLS history. During his tenure in Kansas City, he has won four major trophies – the 2012, 2015 and 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups and the 2013 MLS Cup – and finished atop the conference standings in 2011, 2012 and 2018. He is the first coach in club history to lead Sporting to eight 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.
In January 2019, Vermes won the inaugural MLS Sporting Executive of the Year award for his exemplary leadership, dedication and strategic vision in guiding Sporting to success. In 2018 — Vermes’ 10th season as manager — he propelled Sporting to a first-place finish in the Western Conference and orchestrated one of the best regular seasons in club history. Under his guidance, Sporting also received 2018 MLS Academy of the Year accolades for exemplary player development, while the Rangers rode the performances of several young players and Sporting KC Academy products to a third straight playoff appearance.
As a player, Vermes received All-American honors at Rutgers University before representing the United States in the 1988 Olympics in South Korea. He was named 1988 Chevrolet U.S. Male Soccer Athlete of the Year for his standout performances. Vermes was also an integral part of a young U.S. team at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, marking the first time the U.S. had qualified for the World Cup in 40 years. In 1989 and 1990, he became the first American to compete in the Hungarian and Dutch First Divisions, playing for Raba ETO and FC Volendam, respectively. He later spent five years with Figueras in Spain.
For Major League Soccer’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.
Vermes joined Kansas City in 2000 for what would be the most successful season 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 while helping lead the Wizards to the 2000 MLS Cup Championship. He retired in 2002 and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013.
PETER VERMES HEAD COACHING RECORD AT SPORTING KC