Wizards Replaces Onalfo With Vermes

Following their embarrassing 6-0 defeat away at FC Dallas, the Kansas City Wizards have decided a coaching change was in order.
It was one of the worst defeats in club history. 6-0 away to a one of the worst teams in MLS according to the standings is not good for a club that has aspirations of going deep  in the playoffs.

Following the loss, Kansas City Wizards brass thought it was time to shake things up a bit in order to push their team, who currently sit in second-to-last in the Eastern Conference, in a new direction.

"We thank Curt Onalfo for his service over the last two-plus seasons, but the shareholder group decided it was time to move in a different direction" OnGoal CEO and Wizards President Robb Heineman said in a press release "We are happy to announce Peter Vermes as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the 2009 season."

Onalfo was in charge of the Wizards for two seasons, and was able to reach the playoffs both seasons, getting as far as the semis in 2007. This season has been a different story however as his team have been underachieving from the start and find themselves sitting on 21 points from 18 matches and the second worst goal differential in the league.

“The ownership group wanted to make a change, and I will take over as Interim Head Coach,” Wizards Technical Director/Interim Head Coach Peter Vermes said. “We will run a process around the new head coach after the season.”

An MLS veteran, Vermes made 78 appearances as a defender for the Wizards from 2000-2002, and even led the team to the MLS Cup in 2000. A regular with the U.S. Men’s National Team, Vermes has been with the Wizards organization since 2006 as their technical director.

Veteran coach Zoran Savic will be added to the staff as an assistant coach under Vermes. Savic has previously served as a Head Coach of the Kansas City Comets and an assistant for Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.

Shane Evans, Goal.com

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