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Sporting KC's Peter Vermes signs contract extension through 2023 season

Sporting KC's Peter Vermes signs contract extension through 2023 season
Posted at 10:05 AM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 11:34:52-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sporting KC announced Monday it has re-signed Manager and Technical Director Peter Vermes through the 2023 season.

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to continue to lead this club,” Vermes said of the contract extension. “Our ownership group has shown tremendous ambition over the last decade, and I am proud to be involved in a first-class organization that continues to grow and evolve at Sporting KC.”

Vermes first became manager in 2009, and in the time since helped the team win four major championships, making Sporting KC the only American club to do so since 2012. He also led the team to seven straight appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

“This is a great day for Sporting Kansas City,” Sporting Club co-owner Mike Illig said in a news release. “Peter has become one of the most successful managers in the history of Major League Soccer, and we are delighted to extend his contract at the club. This long-term deal shows commitment from the organization and from Peter.”

Vermes is the first person to win an MLS championship both as a player and a coach with the same team. He played for Kansas City in 2000, when the team won its first MLS Cup title.

Vermes is currently the longest-tenured manager in Major League Soccer and is one of just two MLS coaches to spend 10 consecutive seasons with the same club.

“I want to thank everyone involved at Sporting KC as well as our supporters for making this decision so easy, and I look forward to continuing this special journey for years to come,” Vermes said.