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Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes signs five-year extension

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Sporting Kansas City will keep their coach for a while longer.

Peter Vermes has signed a five-year extension to remain as manager and sporting director of Sporting KC.

Vermes is entering his 15th season as manager of Sporting and has won four major championships: the 2013 MLS Cup and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 2012, 2015 and 2017, while leading the club to 10 playoff appearances, the fourth most by a coach in MLS history.

He is the league’s fourth winningest head coach all-time with 183 regular season wins and his four major trophies rank third among active head coaches behind only Bruce Arena (New England Revolution) and Bob Bradley (Toronto FC). He is also the only active MLS coach to win three US Open Cup titles.

Vermes, who began his current role in 2009, is the longest serving manager in MLS history and one of the longest serving managers in world soccer. The former Kansas City wizard was named technical director for the Major League Soccer Wizards in November 2006.

The 56-year-old has coached 516 games for Sporting in all competitions – more than half of the games in the club’s 28-year existence and the most ever for a manager at an MLS club – and sits fourth in the league tables MLS with 437 regular season games coached.

His 15-season run in charge of Sporting is the longest in Kansas City professional sports history.

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