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Peter Vermes took over as interim head coach of the Kansas City Wizards last summer to try and help the team turn around a disappointing season and to get a better sense of what the team needed heading into 2010. Wizards owners apparently believe the team needs Vermes to stay as head coach.
The Wizards will formally announce Vermes as the club's head coach at a press conference on Tuesday, sources told SBI on Monday. Vermes informed the team that he would stay on as head coach on Monday. No word yet on whether he will also retain his duties as the team's technical director.
Vermes replaced Curt Onalfo, who was fired in the middle of the season, on Aug. 4. The Wizards posted a 3-6-3 record under Vermes, but did finish 3-3-3 in its final nine matches.
Vermes' hiring leaves three current head coaching openings in MLS, with New York, D.C. United and Toronto FC all looking for head coaches. That number could rise to four if, as expected, Preki and Chivas USA part ways. The Chicago Fire looks less likely to join that group after reaching the Eastern Conference final, an accomplishment that should lead to the Fire and head coach Denis Hamlett working on a new contract.
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