Sporting Kansas City gives contract extension to head coach Peter Vermes

Jaime Valdez
After rumors linking him to the U. S. national team job, the head coach and technical director will now be under contract with the team until 2019.

Sporting Kansas City has come to terms with head coach Peter Vermes on a contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

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Sporting KC’s boss since 2009, Vermes has posted a 103-82-61 record with the team and has made the playoffs in all but one of his seasons at the helm. He oversaw the team’s 2013 MLS Cup triumph, along with titles in the 2012 and 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups.

This season saw Vermes guide Sporting KC to the playoffs for the sixth straight campaign, though the team was eliminated in the knockout round by the Seattle Sounders.

“I have been extremely fortunate and I am incredibly appreciative for not only being a part of the vision of this ownership group and organization over the last 10-plus years, but also for the opportunity to continue to be a steward for the club,” Vermes said in a statement published on the team’s official website. “I have been involved with this project from ground zero and am exceptionally proud to be able to build on the foundation that has been created here.

"We have a tremendous staff, an amazing fan base with a fantastic stadium environment, and players who are committed and dedicated to our club culture. All of these factors made the process extremely easy. I personally want to thank the ownership group so we can continue to do what we have done for this great organization.”

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The 50-year-old Vermes, who also has held the role of Sporting KC technical director since 2006, had been rumored to be a candidate to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the United States national team. Though that job went to Bruce Arena, Vermes may be in consideration for the role following the 2018 World Cup.

This extension will also end any speculation linking Vermes to the LA Galaxy opening, which became vacant after Arena departed for the U.S. national team.