Sporting Legends - Peter Vermes

Peter Vermes

Sporting Kansas City’s manager for the past six seasons, Vermes is the second-longest serving head coach in team history. He has won two major trophies – the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2013 MLS Cup championship – as well as two MLS Eastern Conference regular season titles (2011, 2012). At the time of his Sporting Legends induction, he owned a franchise-best .567 winning percentage as manager.

As a player, Vermes was one of the club’s most imposing defenders. He anchored the backline from 2000-2002, starting 78 games and garnering MLS Defender of the Year honors in 2000. Kansas City allowed just 29 goals in 32 regular season games that year en route to winning the MLS Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield. He earned 67 caps for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1988-1997 and competed at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

Vermes is the only person to ever win the MLS Cup as both a player and a coach with the same team.

Career highlights

  • 67 caps for the United States and a member of the 1990 World Cup team
  • 2000 MLS Cup champion
  • 2000 Supporters' Shield champion
  • 2000 MLS Defender of the Year
  • 2012 U.S. Open Cup champion
  • 2013 MLS Cup champion