Sporting Kansas City today announced a contract extension for manager and technical director Peter Vermes through the 2019 season. Vermes, 50, was entering the last season of his current contract in 2017, but Sporting KC wanted to assure they’d keep the winningest coach in franchise history beyond next year.
With so much movement in the coaching landscape, including a yet to be filled vacancy with the LA Galaxy and previous reported links between Vermes and the USMNT, this is a wise move for SKC. Since taking over the team in 2009, Vermes has led SKC to a 103-82-61 record in regular season play and a 128-96-70 record in all competitions. His 103 wins sits atop all managers in SKC history and is good enough for eighth place all-time in MLS and third among active MLS coaches.
Despite three straight knockout round playoff losses, SKC has found great success under Peter Vermes, including two U.S. Open Cups (2012 and 2015), six straight playoff appearances (2011-2016) and the club’s second MLS Cup (2013). Vermes has also overseen tremendous growth in SKC’s youth academy and the creation of USL affiliate Swope Park Rangers.
Peter Vermes is currently the longest tenured coach in MLS since Bruce Arena left the LA Galaxy to manage the USMNT. He’s also the only person to win MLS Cup as both a player and manager with the same club.
When asked if Peter was happy with his contract extension, his answer was simple and straightforward: