"Yeah, he obviously had a good connection there because of Afshin Ghotbi – who is somebody that was Pete's youth club coach and he's worked in Korea and he was the national coach of Iran,” Schmid said.
“Afshin got a job in Japan and was going to bring Pete over into that team. Then obviously with the earthquake and tsunami that ended up changing those plans."
But Vagenas is now on trial with expansion franchise Vancouver Whitecaps – a move which Schmid says is very positive.
“It's great for Pete. I know he's been looking for a team and looking for an opportunity,” he added.
“As I've said to Pete, I've always felt he's a good player and a solid player, it's the injuries that have sort of gotten in the way of his ability to get on the field and show what we can do."