Peter Vermes

Sporting Kansas City

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.

Melia Shows Why He Deserved First Rose in Rose City Draw

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Earlier this week, Sporting KC did a spoof on the Bachelor where Peter Vermes handed out roses to players that would be making the trip to the Rose City to take on the Portland Timbers. During that it was said that Tim Melia had already received his rose and would be going to the Rose City. Last night against the Timbers, Melia proved why he'd been the first rose recipient as the KC goalkeeper came up with seven saves as KC ended their three game losing streak with a 0-0 draw in Portland.

Sunday After Stats

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The win was Peter Vermes' 87th in league play for KC, breaking his tie with Bob Gansler for the most leauge wins in KC history.

It was also Vermes' 200th game in charge of the team.

This was the 200th home in in all competitions for KC.

Benny Feilhaber's assist was his 18th in all competitions for KC this season, tying him with Preki in 2003 for the most assists in a single season for KC.

Trailing 1-3, Sporting Kansas City mount incredible 4-3 comeback [VIDEO]

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Sporting Kansas City completed an historic comeback on Saturday night to defeat Western Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3.

Trailing the Whitecaps 3-1 in the 80thminute, Sporting's Dom Dwyer scored to give the Blues hope. Six minutes later, Paolo Nagamura equalized before getting the winner four minutes into stoppage time as Sporting Park erupted in ecstasy.

Trailing 1-3, Sporting Kansas City mount incredible 4-3 comeback [VIDEO]

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Sporting Kansas City completed an historic comeback on Saturday night to defeat Western Conference leaders Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3.

Trailing the Whitecaps 3-1 in the 80thminute, Sporting's Dom Dwyer scored to give the Blues hope. Six minutes later, Paolo Nagamura equalized before getting the winner four minutes into stoppage time as Sporting Park erupted in ecstasy.

MLS Fines Heath and Orlando for Comments on Dwyer

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When Adrian Heath made comments on his radio show about Dom Dwyer and Orlando's interest in bringing him back to Orlando, the question was always whether the coach would get fined for his comments, which included "there is no secret that Dom wants to be here." The league's tampering rules are fairly vague compared to other American leagues, but most people expected there would be some comment coming form MLS.

Kristian Nemeth is proving his worth with Sporting KC

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Peter Vermes has had a knack for drafting industrious, contributing forwards during his time with Sporting KC.

Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong and Dom Dwyer were all drafted under the Vermes regime, and at one point, all provided goals for the club.

While Sporting KC have drafted and developed good young strikers, the team have been unlucky in finding similar players from abroad.

Stats

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.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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Last night was Peter Vermes' 52nd draw in league play as KC's head coach, breaking his tie with Bob Gansler for the most draws in team history.

Graham Zusi started his 158th game in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Mo Johnston for 10th place all time on that list.

Seth Sinovic made his 120th appearance in league play for KC, breaking his tie with Diego Gutierrez and Uche Okafor for 19th on that list.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 10th goal in all competitions this season, combined with Dom Dwyer and Krisztian Nemeth, it is the first time in club history that three players have his double digit goals in a season.

Feilhaber's goal was his 18th in all competitions for KC, tying him with Matt McKeon for 16th on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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The win was Peter Vermes' 86th in league play for KC, tying him with Bob Gansler for the most wins in team history as a coach. He did it in 23 fewer games than Gansler.

The win was his 108th in all competitions for KC, again tying him with Gansler for the most wins in team history. He did it in 33 fewer games than Gansler.

Sunday After Stats

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The draw was Peter Vermes' 51st draw in league play, tying him with Bob Gansler for the most draws as head coach.

Benny Feilhaber made his 150th appearance in all competitions in his MLS career.

Feilhaber's assist was his 21st in league play for KC, breaking his tie with Jack Jewsbury and Kei Kamara for 9th on that list.

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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Sporting Add Quintilla as Window Closes

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The secondary window for MLS clubs has officially closed, so unless paper work was already in process, no more players that are currently under contract will be coming to an MLS club. This year that now includes players traded within MLS. The only way for clubs to sign players now is if they were out of contract at the time the transfer window closed.

Philadelphia Union

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.

Barnetta with ToW honors, Union Academy USYT callups, 2016 USOC local qualifiers dates, more

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Got news if you want some.

“Definitely sad”: Reaction to the Williams trade, Union face DC, USA-Panama at PPL on Saturday, more

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Reaction to Sheanon Williams trade. Union prepares for DC. USA-Panama at PPL Park on Saturday. Valcke to step down. More news.

The Rest

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union play Kansas City in the 2015 US Open Cup final on Wednesday. Here's a look back at the Union's past US Open Cup campaigns.

#TBT The Gold Cup

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With the Gold Cup rosters being announced this week, I thought it'd be a good Throw Back Thursday to take a look at some past Gold Cup highlights that involve people currently with Sporting Kansas City.

First, we'll go back to the very first Gold Cup, after it had previously been the CONCACAF Championship, in 1991, the federations championship was officially played as the Gold Cup.