Peter Vermes: “I look forward to continuing this special journey for years to come.” (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
Man, talk about job security.
That’s what Sporting Kansas City head coach and technical director Peter Vermes has through the 2023 season.
On Monday, the Major League Soccer club announced that the former MetroStars defender had signed a contract extension through that season.
“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to continue to lead this club,” Vermes said. “Our ownership group has shown tremendous ambition over the last decade, and I am proud to be involved in a first-class organization that continues to grow and evolve at Sporting KC.”
The 51-year-old Vermes, who guided SKC to the 2013 MLS Cup, crown, has the team atop the Western Conference with a 6-2-2 record and 20 points. That tied Sporting with New York City FC second in points this season.
“We have a remarkably talented staff and a stadium and fan base that are second to none,” Vermes said. “Our players are committed to each other and to the club’s culture, which has played a crucial part in our sustained success over the last several seasons. I want to thank everyone involved at Sporting KC as well as our supporters for making this decision so easy, and I look forward to continuing this special journey for years to come.”
Vermes, who became Sporting KC’s manager in 2009, has won four major championships at the helm — that MLS Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2012, 2015 and 2017. His trophy haul ranks as the second highest among active MLS coaches, trailing only Sigi Schmid of the LA Galaxy. Vermes is the club’s all-time winningest coach and the sixth winningest coach in MLS history, compiling a 121-93-76 regular-season record and a 150-108-86 mark in all competitions.
“This is a great day for Sporting Kansas City,” club co-owner Mike Illig said. “Peter has become one of the most successful managers in the history of Major League Soccer, and we are delighted to extend his contract at the club. This long-term deal shows commitment from the organization and from Peter, who has helped the club accomplish remarkable things on and off the field for the last decade. He has guided the first team to four major championships and seven straight playoff appearances while playing an integral role in the development of the Sporting KC Academy, Swope Park Rangers and world-class facilities such as Children’s Mercy Park, Swope Soccer Village and Pinnacle. His passion, energy and attention to detail make him one of a kind, and we are excited for Peter to lead Sporting KC well into the future.”