Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes has been inducted into the US Soccer Hall of Fame in Centennial Week.
46-year old Vermes was elected as the top vote recipient among the 15 Veteran ballot candidates, as voted on by current members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Vermes, whose playing career includes stints with New York Red Bull (then MetroStars), Colorado Rapids and Kansas City, was honoured to be instated into such a prestigious group.
"Soccer is the consummate team sport and being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame is certainly indicative of that," Vermes said.
"It is humbling and a great honor, but would never have happened without the help from our five great owners in Kansas City, the Anschutz and Hunt families, Sunil Gulati, Werner Fricker, plus coaches like Lothar Osiander, 'Mooch' Myernick and Bob Gansler. I am appreciative and have learned so much from all of the teammates I have played with and now all the players I have been around from the youth level up on the technical side.
"If someone would have told me 30 years ago that a Delran, New Jersey kid with Hungarian parents would be elected into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, I would not have believed it. My dad instilled in me an attitude to never take anything for granted and that certainly applies here. My dedication and passion for soccer will never waver and I am so grateful for this recognition."