Sporting Kansas City locks up manager Vermes through 2017

The Sporting KC manager will remain in place for the foreseeable future after helping to revitalize the successful franchise.
Sporting Kansas City has gone to great lengths to hold onto a lot of its talent that could have headed for greener pastures, and those efforts have extended to the coaching staff.

The club announced Tuesday that manager and technical director Peter Vermes has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Sporting Park through the 2017 MLS season.

“What's been important for us is continuity on and off the field, and this decision allows us to keep that continuity in place for the foreseeable future,” club CEO Robb Heineman said in a team statement. “We love that Peter has always been a long-term thinker and I believe the building blocks around turning this into a great organization long-term are in place.

"Having another four years to advance this cause is going to be very valuable to the team. We love that Peter has the commitment that he has to this city, this organization and to the development of the players.”

Although Sporting KC lost Roger Espinoza on a free transfer to Wigan Athletic in the winter, the club has been able to sign stars Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to contract extensions despite their growing stature on the international stage. Sporting KC also signed Kei Kamara to an extension after he was not purchased following his loan to Norwich City, and C.J. Sapong signed an extension in May 2012 as well coming off his Rookie of the Year campaign.

Under Vermes, who has been the club's technical director since 2006 and manager since 2009, Sporting KC has become one of the top teams in MLS. The club captured the U.S. Open Cup last summer and will play in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. Sporting KC has also finished atop the Eastern Conference regular season standings in each of the last two seasons.

Vermes will guide the MLS All-Stars against AS Roma next week in the league's All-Star Game at Sporting Park.