Sporting Kansas City has a hall of famer at the helm. Head coach Peter Vermes was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Vermes scored 11 goals in 67 career games for the men's national team from 1989 to 1997.
His international career included playing in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1990 World Cup - which was the United States' first appearance in the tournament in 40 years. Additionally, Vermes played in the top Hungarian and Dutch leagues before playing in Major League Soccer 1996-2002.
Vermes, who played forward and defense in his career, took over as Sporting's coach in 2009. He led the team to the Eastern Conference Final each of the past two seasons, and to winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last August.
In an interview with U.S. Soccer published today, Vermes said his election made him reflective on his long career:
"The one thing that I didn't expect to happen was it made me pretty quickly reflect, not just on my professional playing career but since I started playing the game and more importantly on the people that I've come to know throughout the years through the game. It's not just players or coaches, it's people who have been on the administrative side of the game, people that help grow the game whether it be owners, or people in U.S. Soccer and MLS, you just start to really reflect on your time within that and all those great people that you've come across and how far the game has come."
But don't start planning a pilgrimage to visit a plaque of Vermes in a soccer museum just yet. The National Soccer Hall of Fame building closed in 2010. U.S. Soccer continues to elect members each year.