Peter Vermes

Bruce Arena

Soccer world mourns Chapecoense tragedy, Eastern Conference champ decided tonight, more

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Latest on Chapecoense air crash. Toronto-Montreal tonight for Eastern Conference championship. Cosmos in wait and see mode. Arena wants a playmaker. More.

Jurgen Klinsmann is out, so here are 8 coaching candidates for the U.S. men's soccer team

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Jurgen Klinsmann is out as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team after two consecutive losses in World Cup qualifying recently. Check out some options for federation president Sunil Gulati.

Sporting Kansas City

Vermes Signs Extension with Sporting KC

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Sporting KC's major announcement today wasn't especially sexy, or really overly surprising, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a major announcement for the club. Sporting today announced that they had extended the contract of head coach and technical director, Peter Vermes through the 2019 season. Vermes' contract was set to expire after this upcoming 2017 season and with rumored interest from clubs and countries both within the US and reportedly internationally, KC sought to lock Vermes up to a longer deal.

Sporting KC signs Peter Vermes to contract extension lasting through 2019

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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.

Report: Arena, Vermes, Ramos being eyed as potential Klinsmann replacements

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U.S. Soccer has yet to announce any sort of decision on Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. Men's National Team future, but the federation has reportedly already begun doing their due diligence on potential replacements.

According to ESPN, U.S. Soccer has reportedly been in contact with LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena and Sporting Kansas City boss Peter Vermes over the last 12 months.

Sporting KC locks up core by signing 'package deal' of Opara, Feilhaber

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The Sporting Kansas City careers of Ike Opara and Benny Feilhaber have always been somewhat connected. Ahead of the 2014 MLS season, the two were traded to Sporting KC just one day apart, signaling the start of a new era for both players and the club for which they now played.

Peter Vermes livid with officiating in Sporting KC loss

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SEATTLE After Thursday night's tumultuous match at CenturyLink Field, the scoreboard said the Seattle Sounders topped Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in the knockout round of the 2016 MLS playoffs.

Peter Vermes wasn't so sure.

In his postgame comments, the Sporting KC head coach cited a series of calls and non-calls that he believed cost his team a chance to play FC Dallas in the conference semifinal.

Sounders vs. Sporting KC, lineups: Same as it always was

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Both Sounders and Sporting reuse lineups from Decision Day.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That seems to be the philosophy of both Brian Schmetzer and Peter Vermes as the respective head coaches of the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City will be using starting lineups identical to the ones that got them wins on Decision Day.

Kann Loaned to Rangers

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that they'd loaned back up goalkeeper, Alec Kann to the Swope Park Rangers ahead of tonight's game between the Rangers and Rio Grande Valley Fc Toros at the Swope Soccer Complex at 7:30. Kann, who has one league appearance this year in KC's 1-1 draw against Vancouver, should get the start in goal tonight ahead of Rangers' goalkeepers Jon Kempin (also on loan from SKC) and Zac Lubin.

Better Than Saturday, But Far From Good

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Sporting KC were unable to stop their current skid and extended their winless streak to seven games with a 1-0 loss against the Colorado Rapids. Making four changes to the lineup that lost 2-0 on the weekend, including club captain and vice captain Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, along with the team's reigning MVP Benny Feilhaber, as Peter Vermes hoped to find a way to end the club's run without a win.

Match Day 12: How Many Changes Does Vermes Make?

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Sporting Kansas City head coach, Peter Vermes did not mince words after Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo. Vermes laid into his team in a post game interview about their lack of effort of certain players and their intensity of the field. He hinted at changes coming for the next game, changes he couldn't necessarily make against Houston because of players getting tired.

Sporting's Winless Run Hits Five

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The winless run has hit five for Sporting Kansas City after the club was unable to break down another bunkered, shorthanded defense in their 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy last night at Children's Mercy Park. After a 3-0 start to the season, Sporting has now gone 1-4-2 over their last seven games to see them fall well down the standings in MLS.

Sporting End Losing Streak, but Can't Top 10 Man Vancouver

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Making four changes from the team that lost on the weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City ended their three game losing streak getting a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place last night. Peter Vermes inserted Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio, and Jimmy Medranda up top while Alec Kann replaced Tim Melia in net.

Sporting KC Notebook: Feilhaber returns, Besler doubtful, and more

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After spending the first three weeks of the season out with a right abdominal strain, Benny Feilhaberwill be ready to return to the lineup for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake.

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said the addition of Feilhaber will certainly help the team on Saturday, but what you see on the field won't change much.

Sporting KC remain perfect in young Major League Soccer season

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Sporting KC's 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sunday leaves the Midwest outfit as the only Major League Soccer team to have a 100% win record. Brad Davis' 70th minute goal kept Sporting perfect as the team continue a strong start to 2016.

While the club were limited in turnover during the offseason, few would have expected the team to come together so quickly.

Sporting KC remain perfect in young Major League Soccer season

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Sporting KC's 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sunday leaves the Midwest outfit as the only Major League Soccer team to have a 100% win record. Brad Davis' 70th minute goal kept Sporting perfect as the team continue a strong start to 2016.

While the club were limited in turnover during the offseason, few would have expected the team to come together so quickly.

Sounders were stretched and isolated by Sporting Kansas City's defense

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A stout midfield defense from Sporting Kansas City isolated the Sounders midfield from it's attacking and defensive counterparts to Sounder overall detriment.

The Sounders' new tactical makeup is still a work in progress and Sunday's loss to Sporting Kansas City highlighted some ongoing flaws in the setup.

Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting KC 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS match one

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It's on Fox Sports 1 at 4 PM. Watch with us.

Some teams have goals of making the MLS Cup Playoffs and hoping. These are not those teams. They are confident that they will make the second season, and they believe they are capable of winning all three major trophies available to an American MLS team (Open Cup, Supporters' Shield, MLS Cup).

Nuno Andre Coelho addition means competition for Sporting KC back line

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Though Sporting Kansas City's squad, and especially its back line, features a returning class of players that have been with the club for quite some time, the team might make one key change in 2016.

Kansas City's captain and centerback Matt Besler may have a new partner on the back line with the addition of Portuguese centerback Nuno Andre Coelho.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Sporting Kansas City

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Going into 2016, the team dynamic for Sporting KC will hardly change, even though some high-profile additions have arrived.

Peter Vermes' squad is still built on the shoulders of a group of veteran leaders like Benny Feilhaber, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler. The group of veterans has grown with the additions of veteran midfielders Brad Davis and Justin Mapp.

Vermes and Formation Changes

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Once again there has been plenty of talk in preseason about Sporting KC's head coach, Peter Vermes changing Kansas City's formation from what has become their traditional 4-3-3. This has become a yearly occurance for Kansas City over the years, from attempting a two forward system back in 2014 in an attempt to get both Claudio Bieler and Dom Dwyer on the field at the same time, to more tinkering in the 2015 preseason, to this year where according to Robb Heineman, the club has been using the 3-5-2 regularly in training.

Single Season Minutes Played

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As I continue to update states, here are the top 10 in single season minutes for Kansas City.

In league play there was no change to the top 10 in 2015, the closest was Matt Besler who finished the season with 2,830 minutes played for Sporting KC in 2015.

Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 3060
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 3060
Nick Garcia - 2000 - 2916
Peter Vermes - 2000 - 2916
Preki - 1996 - 2880
Bo Oshoniyi - 2005 - 2880
Matt Besler - 2011 - 2880
Mark Chung - 1997 - 2871
Kei Kamara - 2012 - 2871
Mark Chung - 1996 - 2847

In all competitions, no one again made the top 10 for their play in 2015, and again it was Besler that finished the closest, finishing with 3,430 minutes played.

Vermes remains focused on Sporting KC while acknowledging European rumors

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Peter Vermes has read the reports regarding interest from Europe, and even acknowledged their validity. However, his focus remains solely on the task of retooling his current club in Sporting Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reported in November that Vermes had been earmarked for a pair of Premier League jobs as well as a potential gig with a European national team.

US Open Cup Final postgame video and transcript: Union 1-1 (6-7 APK) Kansas City

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Mike and Eli's postgame wrap. Video and transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference. Postgame comments from Michael Lahoud and Andrew Wenger. More.

Strategic analysis of Sporting Kansas City: A story of subtle change

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Sporting Kansas City's tactical shape is the same, but Peter Vermes' approach has evolved as his squad has changed. The team facing off against Philadelphia on Wednesday night will have a different strategy than the one that hoisted the US Open Cup in 2012.

Philadelphia Union

Fallout from Union’s season end, conference semis set, more news

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Measuring the Union season and what comes next. Conference semifinal field set. More news.

Postgame video and quotes: Union 2-0 KC

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Mike and Matthew's postgame wrap. Postgame comments from Jim Curtin, Roland Alberg, Andre Blake, and Keegan Rosenberry.

Sylvestre under contract with RaiHawks for 2016, more Union bits and news

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RailHawks announce Brian Sylvestre under contract for 2016. More news.

Big decisions as Union ready for Open Cup final, TOW honors for Blake and White, more news

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Curtin says he's confident either Blake or McCarthy can help get a win in Wednesday's final. More Open Cup final and team news. FIFA hands Jack Warner a lifetime ban. More news.

Stats

S.A.S. Monday After Stats - Century Edition

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A lot of century marks hit in yesterday's game for Sporting KC.

Peter Vermes earned his 100th league win as Sporting's coach. He's the sixth MLS coach to hit that mark and the first KC coach to do it.

Jacob Peterson made his 100th league appearance for KC, he's the 32nd player to hit that mark.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Peter Vermes coached his 271st game in all competitions, becoming the club's all time leader for games managed.

Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 25th league goal in his MLS career.

Feilhaber's assist was his 28th in league play for KC, tying him with Mo Johnston for 5th all time on that list.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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Peter Vermes coached his 270th game in all competitions, tying him with Bob Gansler for the most games coached for Kansas City.

In the 119th minute, Benny Feilhaber hit 10,000 minutes in all competitions for his Sporting KC career.

Feilhaber's goal was his 11th for KC away from home in all competitions, tying him with Kei Kamara and Graham Zusi for 8th all time on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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Peter Vermes coached his 223rd MLS game for KC, becoming the all time leader for games managed for the club.

Benny Feilhaber made his 150th MLS league appearance in his career.

In the 89th minute, Roger Espinoza passed Diego Gutierrez and into 18th place for minutes played across all competitions, he finished the game with 12,248 minutes played.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Last night was Peter Vermes' 222nd league game in charge for KC, tying him with Bob Gansler for the most games coached in team history.

Justin Mapp became the 200th different player to play in a competitive game for Kansas City.

Mapp at 31 years, 196 days, he is the 19th oldest player to debut for Kansas City in both league play and in all competitions.

S.A.S. Saturday After Stats

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The game was Peter Vermes' 250th in charge of Sporting KC in all competitions.

Paulo Nagamura made his 250th start in all competitions in his MLS career last night.

In the 45th minute, Chance Myers moved past Roger Espinoza and into 18th place for league minutes played for KC.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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Krisztian Nemeth's goal was his fifth in the US Open Cup this year, that tied him with Dom Dwyer for the most in the competition this year.

The five goals also ties Nemeth for the most goals in team history in the US Open Cup with Dwyer, Davy Arnaud, and Igor Simutenkov. When you include qualifiers he's tied for first now with those three and CJ Sapong.

Major League Soccer

Another Tweet and Fly with Robb Heineman

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Sporting KC's Robb Heineman gave another one of his Q&As on Twitter tonight, another #TweetnFly time as Heineman made his way down Tucson to observe some preseason there.

As expected, one of the topics that brought out the most questions was the current roster and fan concern over the loss of Krisztian Nemeth to Qatar.

MLS Ticker: Giovinco awarded MLS Newcomer; Vermes linked to EPL; and more

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After an incredible and almost unimaginable freshman MLS campaign, Sebastian Giovinco was honored by the league on Monday.

Giovinco, who was named SBI MLS MVP on Monday, was also recognized as MLS Newcomer of the Year, beating out the likes of Didier Drogba, David Villa and Kaka.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Dolla dolla bills, y'all

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Also: New Zealand is far away.

Got a light list for you folks today. Bite-sized, if you will. (Got Thanksgiving puns, too!)

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I wish someone paid me $350-500 to hand out autographs.

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In the USWNT's group: Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada.

The Rest

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union return to US Open Cup play on Wednesday when they host Harrisburg in the fourth round. HEre's a review of the Union's history in the tournament.