We are back with episode #29 of our On The Banks podcast. This week, host Lance Glinn is joined by former Rutgers men’s soccer player and current manager of MLS club Sporting Kansas City.
During his senior season at Rutgers in 1987, Vermes was a First Team All-American and runner-up for National Player of the Year while leading the program to its first NCAA Tournament victory in two plus decades, scoring the winning goal against Seton Hall. He went on to play professionally for more than a decade and made 66 appearances for the U.S. National Soccer Team, including the 1988 Olympics, the 1990 World Cup, and the 1991 Gold Cup. He also won MLS Defender of the Year in 2000 as well as played multiple seasons overseas.
Vermes is currently the longest tenured head coach in the MLS and has led Sporting KC to four major trophies, including the 2013 MLS Cup. He has also been the team’s Technical Director since 2006 recently was named the MLS Executive of the Year.
Lance and Peter discuss his time at Rutgers, the influence his coach Bob Reasso had on his career, his thoughts on new head Rutgers head coach Jim McElderry & the current state of the program, as well as much more.
Thanks to Peter for taking the time to speak with us and thank you for listening to episode #29 of the On The Banks podcast.
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