Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Contract Extension for Vermes

It appears Peter Vermes is going to stay around KC.  Since the offseason, Robb Heineman has mentioned on Twitter that there were trying to get a deal done to extend Vermes contract. The Star is reporting this morning that Vermes has signed an extension that will keep him in KC through 2017.

Vermes became the technical director of KC back in 2006, shortly after OnGoal bought the team from Hunt Sports Group. He became head coach mid-season in 2009, taking over from Curt Onalfo after he was fired.  Since then, Vermes has gone on to become the second winningest coach in KC's history behind Bob Gansler. Since taking over, Sporting KC is 55-40-36 in MLS play.  Since the opening of Sporting Park though the team has been one of the best in the league, winning back to back regular season Eastern Conference Championships.

Probably the biggest part of Vermes success has been his scouting and development of talent.  He's been responsible for helping to bring in the majority of the team as it exists now.  The only player still with Sporting KC that is pre-Vermes is back up goalkeeper, Eric Kronberg.  Every other player on the roster has been brought in since Vermes was named technical director. He's helped turn the likes of Matt Besler, Roger Espinoza, and Graham Zusi into solid contributors to their national team. Vermes has his critics still, but you can't argue with his success in bringing in and developing players.


hartley said...

This is great news. Congrats to Peter. Good job to the owners.

Now that we have PV and Zusi locked in for a few years, can we get a couple of new players? We need some depth in the midfield. We need another Roger Espinoza.

Go Sporting!

hartley said...

And rumor has it that we are interested in a Honduran dmid. Get 'er done!