While one Western Conference club continues to search for its next coach, another has locked up its leadman for the considerable future.
Sporting Kansas City announced on Tuesday that it has signed manager and technical director Peter Vermes to a contract extension that runs through the 2019 MLS season. Vermes, 50, is currently the longest-tenured head coach in the league following Bruce Arena’s departure from the LA Galaxy last week.
“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 released by the club. “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.”
Head coach of Sporting KC since 2009, Vermes has amassed 103 regular-season wins to become the club’s all-time winningest coach. He has also made the team a consistent contender for titles and helped it win three championships in the past five years in the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2012 and 2015 U.S. Open Cups.
This past season, Vermes guided Sporting KC to a club-record sixth straight playoff appearance. Sporting KC finished the campaign with a 13-13-8 record before being knocked out of the first round of the postseason via a late goal in a 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
“As an organization, we are ecstatic that we were able to extend Peter’s contract through the 2019 season,” Sporting KC president Jake Reid said in the same statement. “Peter Vermes is synonymous with Sporting Kansas City and has been integral to this club’s accomplishments for the past decade. I’m confident that he will continue to bring success to our team and to this city, and we appreciate his contributions to all facets of our soccer operations on and off the field.”