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, 2018 and 2020. 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.