According to a report, Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes has had talks with the United States Soccer Federation regarding the vacant managerial position as well as the new general manager position.
One more time...Peter Vermes tells me that the #USSF has reached out to him regarding the vacant managerial position as well as the new GM post. I asked if additional talks were scheduled. "That's not a question for me, that's a question for other people." #usmnt— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) May 7, 2018
But, after all the speculation, Vermes has signed a new deal with Sporting KC, which extends his contract until 2023. In his time with the club, Vermes has brought them four trophies, the 2013 MLS Cup and three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cups.
However, Vermes did not shoot down the possibility of taking a role with the United States Men’s National Team. In a press conference today, Vermes said of the rumors, “That’s not a question for me, that’s a question for other people.”
But, in the same press conference, Vermes backed up his reasoning for signing a new deal, stating: “I don’t want to deal in speculation. But what I would say is that after 12 1/2 years here, in some regards I’ve put my life’s work into this place. The reason why the ownership has made a commitment and why I’ve made a commitment to them is that while we have had a lot of success over the years, we still have a lot we want to get done. We’re all committed to that, and that includes myself.”
Vermes loves the position he is in right now with his club, so right now it is hard to see him leaving. However, crazier things have happened. For what it is worth, at either the managerial position or the GM one, Vermes is an ideal candidate.
Vermes is an ideal candidate for the role because he understands the American game and knows the type of talent to go after. He’s been able to sustain success with Sporting KC and has built that club into what it is today.
U.S. soccer needs to fill these vacant positions sooner rather than later because it is about time they start the new World Cup cycle as well as finding an identity. With the World Cup coming up, they have an opportunity to get a head start on the rest of the competition for the next one.