Peter Vermes

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC Sign Former Real Madrid Academy Player Victor Muñoz

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Sporting Kansas City today announced the first of an expected couple signings today. The team announced that they'd signed Victor Muñoz, a former member of Real Madrid's academy and UCLA product. Muñoz was drafted in the second round of this past year's Superdraft by DC United. He participated in all of preseason with the club before being let go.

Sporting KC Notes: Gardner waived for potential deal; Zusi, Besler called up for USMNT friendly; and more

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that it has waived 31-year-old defender Josh Gardner to free up a roster spot for a prospective international signing that manager Peter Vermes hopes to ink this week.

"We've been working on a few players for quite some time," Vermes told SB Nation.

Sporting Set to Announce Igor Julião?

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The above screen shot is from the Sporting Club Uphoria app. It would appear to show the new player that Peter Vermes hinted at today that the club would be announcing in the next few days. The player, Igor Julião, had been linked with Kansas City earlier this month but it looks like the move will officially take place.

The Best of Both Worlds - 2014 Beer-view: Sporting KC

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With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

2014 Eastern Conference Preview: Sporting Kansas City

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In the penultimate B&RU Eastern Conference preview, we take a look at the defending champs. Sporting Kansas City didn't add any big names, but in keeping the band together and content they probably had a good offseason nonetheless. Can they improve on an MLS Cup-winning season?

What happened in 2013: Aside from a couple of poor stretches - a 2W-3D-4L spell a quarter of the way through the season, and losing four of five in late July/early August - Sporting Kansas City kept racking up low-scoring wins.

Sporting Sign Alex Martinez

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Sporting KC announced the signing of the signing of midfielder Alex Martinez, the first player from this year's draft class to be signed by KC. Martinez, the 57th pick of the draft, the final one of the third round has had an impressive preseason for KC, appearing in seven of KC's 10 preseason games.

Sporting KC and Chance Myers Agree to Contract

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One of the big talking points of the offseason so far for Sporting KC has been whether starting right back, Chance Myers would return to the team. In the past week the entire situation has gone back and forth. Last week a deal between the team and Myers didn't sound very likely. Reports were that he was wanting more money than what Kansas City had offered.

Sporting KC Select Adnan Gabeljic in 2nd Round of MLS Superdraft

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Peter Vermes likes his fowards, that's for certain. For the third time in the last four years, Sporting KC has used a first or second round pick on a forward. This year, Sporting KC selected Adnan Gabeljic out of the University of St. Louis.

The St. Louis native appeared in 69 games over his four year career for the Billikens, starting just nine.

Pregame chat on the MLS Cup final

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PSP's Adam Cann and Eli Pearlman-Storch discuss what they expect to see in Saturday's MLS Cup final.

MLS CUP FINAL PREVIEW

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By RescindedRed:

As the MLS Cup Final crawls closes, coach-vs-coach, position-vs-position, and style-vs-style breakdowns are appearing. It was, however, a piece way back on November 25th by Grantland writer Graham Parker that began a two-week long journey into a tactical rabbit hole. The trigger was the description of this Cup final as a "referendum.

Totally Random List of Former Sporting KC/KC Wizards/KC Wiz Strikers

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At long last, Sporting KC has reached the MLS Cup final. They've been a regular contender these past few years but pretty much always fell to the Houston Dynamo. During the past three years, though, the team has experienced a pretty constant shift in personnel. In part, that's the reality of pro sports, especially in MLS with a pretty rigid salary cap.

Adam and Eli chat about the MLS conference finals second legs

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Who's going to prevail in this weekend's Conference Final second legs? PSP's Eli Pearlman-Storch and Adam Cann had a chat about it.

Sporting KC Already Whining Ahead Of Revs Game

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Last season Sporting Kansas City won the eastern conference in MLS but fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Houston Dynamo. Facing a repeat scenario after losing 2-1 in New England on Saturday, SKC manager Peter Vermes is already setting the groundwork for another early dismissal by blaming the referee for Saturday's loss.

Is Bieler Being Bravo'd?

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Last night, for the seventh time in the last eight games in all competitions, Claudio Bieler, Sporting KC's designated player did not see the field for KC. In fact for the fourth time in that stretch Bieler wasn't even on the bench.

In fact, in the post game interview, Peter Vermes said it was a tactical decision to leave Bieler in KC.

Three Questions With The Daily Wiz

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Ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game between the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City, in which the Union will look to stay alive for 24 more hours and SKC will try to get a strangle hold on #1 in the East and perhaps the Supporters' Shied, I had the opportunity to exchange emails with Ben Gartland from Sporting Kansas City's SB Nation blog The Daily Wiz.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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Under Peter Vermes, Sporting Kansas City has been arguably the most consistent team in MLS in terms of style of play. They roll out a 433 every week, and the hallmark of their game is an emphasis on withering pressure high up the field to force turnovers. When in possession, KC's preference is to get the ball forward quickly on the ground, or to switch the point of attack.

Know Your Enemy: Sporting Kansas City #3

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KC or Chicago which has the better fountain?

OTF's Stephen Mangat a third (and likely final) look at the Flapper's army...

There's an apocryphal story about legendary British naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson that fits this post quite well. Lord Nelson was commanding a fleet of 20 ships when, on the horizon, appeared 50 French ones.

Sporting Sign Two

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With MLS' secondary transfer window coming to a close, Sporting Kansas City did make two moves that coincided with the close of the window. We heard yesterday from Robb Heineman that the Jorge Claros deal at fallen through for this window, but Sporting didn't go out without picking up a couple players.

Vermes signs contract extension with Sporting KC

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Peter Vermes has played a major role in Sporting Kansas City's turnaround from bottom-half club to Eastern Conference power in recent years, and he has been rewarded with a lengthy contract extension.

Sporting Kansas City is set to announce a contract extension for Vermes that will lock the 46-year old down as the club's head coach and technical director through 2017.

Contract Extension for Vermes

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It appears Peter Vermes is going to stay around KC. Since the offseason, Robb Heineman has mentioned on Twitter that there were trying to get a deal done to extend Vermes contract. The Star is reporting this morning that Vermes has signed an extension that will keep him in KC through 2017.

Vermes became the technical director of KC back in 2006, shortly after OnGoal bought the team from Hunt Sports Group.

Besler, Collin, and Zusi on All Star Game Day Roster

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Peter Vermes and MLS Commissioner Don Garber today announced the full roster for the All Star Game on July 31st at Sporting Park. The 20 man roster that will be coached by Vermes will take on AS Roma. All 11 of the MLS "Fan XI" were named to the final roster. That means that all three of Sporting KC's selections, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, and Graham Zusi will all be in uniform for the game that night.

2013 MLS All-Star Gameday Roster Released

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The gameday roster for the 2013 MLS All-Star game is now official. Peter Vermes announced on Monday who would be joining him in Kansas City as the league's top stars take on Italian side AS Roma.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber selected Seattle Sounder FC's homegrown defender DeAndre Yedlin and New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill as 2013 AT&T MLS All-Stars.

Ocean City Nor'easters

PSP Coach of the Year: Tim Oswald

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It's one thing to take one team to the final four. Tim Oswald did it with two teams in the same year, and that's why he's PSP's Coach of the Year.

Union v Stoke news and previews, Garber says MLS will expand beyond 20, Holden has torn ACL, more

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Brek Shea joins Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu in Philly with Stoke. Hack plans to play "a bunch of guys." Gaber says not a question of if MLS expands but when and how much. Holden diagnosed with torn ACL. More.

Union bits, Reading playoff play-in tonight, LV Sonic advance, PDA boys NPL champs, more

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Wilson on Union academy. Union steady in power rankings. Reading face Baltimore tonight in PDL playoff play-in. LV Sonic advance to NPSL semis. PDA '97s and '99s NPL champions. More news.

Philadelphia Union

Pfeffer on time in Germany, MLS Cup final notes, World Cup draw news, Mandela’s passing, more

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Zach Pfeffer on his time in Germany and goals for 2014. News and notes ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup final. World Cup draw today. Sporting world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela. More news.

“Got to keep going” –Playoff scenarios, who will captain, more news

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The Union's playoff chances are slim, but what needs to happen to get in? Who will captain the team with Carroll suspension? More news.

News from Union draw, MLS Euro-like schedule could happen as early as 2014, USMNT, more

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Recaps and reaction Union draw, McInerney goal. NY Daily news says MLS could implement Euro style schedule with winter break as early as 2014. Reaction to USMNT win. More news.

Hack on points U need to reach playoffs, injury update, Conor sees similarities, Nikolov may retire, more

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News from John Hackworth's weekly press conference. Casey sees similarities between Union and 2010 MLS Cup winning Rapids. Oka Nikolov considering retirement. More news.

Union named SBI TOW, Vermes whines, USOC final today, Jones rubbishes surgery reports, more

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Vermes didn't like Union gamesmanship. Warshaw & Valentin tearing it up in Scandinavia. US Open Cup final previews and news. Jones says he's available. More news.

Weekly honors, Union U-18 coach on new academy, USA friendly, more

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Casey, Le Toux, and WIlliams earn multiple weekly honors. Union U-18 coach Peter Fuller on the new academy program. USA takes on Bosnia-Herzegovina today. More news.

Preview: MLS All-Stars Take On AS Roma in Kansas City

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The 18th Major League Soccer All-Star game gets underway from Sporting Park in Kansas City Wednesday night, and Philadelphia Union fans have a little extra incentive to watch.

Earlier in the week, All-Stars manager Peter Vermes called on Jack McInerney to replace New York Red Bulls striker Tim Cahill, who is dealing with a torn PCL in his right knee.

Vermes selects McInerney for MLS All-Star squad

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The Union forward replaces the injured Tim Cahill on the MLS All-Star team ahead of Wednesday's game against Roma.

No Jack on ASG roster, details from Sunday’s Union academy draw with Chelsea U-23s, US wants to send CR a signal, more

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Reaction to Jack McInerney's omission from All-Star Game roster. Details from Sunday's Union reserves/academy scrimmage with Chelsea U-23s. Klinsmann says US wants to send Costa Rica a signal in final Gold Cup group game. More news.

Major League Soccer

Know Thy Sub: Secret to Playoff Management … or Why Bloggers Shouldn’t Coach

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By: RescindedRedMLS

We were eager to show-off our shiny new toys. We love something new to brag about in front of a big crowd. Problem with shiny new things is they rarely meet expectations.

At the start of the playoffs the most popular dark horse choices were the Colorado Rapids in the West and the New England Revolution in the East.

Raul Fernandez named 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star

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MLS has released the game day roster for the2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game and Raul Fernandez is on it. Fernandez earned the fan vote at his position earlier this month, getting his first All-Star nod as part of the Fan XI.

According to MLS...

The Fan XI are not necessarily included on the game day roster.

The Rest

The US and the 1990 World Cup

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Our series on the US and the World Cup continues with the 1990 World Cup, After nearly being eliminated in the preliminary qualification round, the US would need to win its final qualification game before making its first World Cup appearance in 40 years.

Roster News and Rumors Ahead of Start of Preseason

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With preseason set to kick off tomorrow for Sporting KC, there's some more roster news that is coming out about players on the roster and players that could be coming in.

Myers Contract

First the one that's been the big talking point, and that's the status of out of contract defender, Chance Myers.

Five Questions: Revolution at Impact

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On Friday, Revolution and USMNT greatJoe-Max Moore was officially inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fameduring awonderful ceremony atSporting Park. It was an honor that was long-deserved for one of the best players of his generation.

Sunday After Stats

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The game was Peter Vermes' 150th for the club as coach in all competitions.

Graham Zusi made his 130th appearance in all competitions with KC. That ties him with Jose Burciaga, Uche Okafor, and Roger ESpinoza for 17th on that list.

Zusi and Jimmy Nielsen made thier 116th league appearance for KC, breaking their tie wtih Burciaga for 17th on that list.