Peter Vermes is a hall of famer.
Sporting Kansas City’s manager was elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame today in an announcement by U.S. Soccer. Vermes was selected by the veterans committee that is composed of members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Vermes becomes the first ever Sporting Kansas City player or manager elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame from the Veterans ballot. Tony Meola, Preki, and Alexi Lalas were all voted in on the players ballot while former managers Bob Gansler and Ron Newman were inducted on the Builder ballot.
Induction ceremonies have yet to be scheduled.
“If someone would have told me 30 years ago that a Delran, New Jersey kid with Hungarian parents would be elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, I would not have believed it,” Vermes said. “My dad instilled in me an attitude to never take anything for granted and that certainly applies here. My dedication and passion for soccer will never waver and I am so grateful for this recognition.”
Vermes was hired as Sporting’s Technical Director to oversee all soccer operations in 2006 before becoming the team’s manager in 2009. Sporting has won the Eastern Conference each of the last two seasons and won the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title. He’s been a finalist for coach of the year the last two seasons and will manage the MLS All-Stars this summer.
He was also a player with the Wizards in 2000 when the organization won the MLS Cup and Supporters Shield.