Peter Vermes came to Kansas City for the final three years of his long playing career in 2000 as a member of the Kansas City Wizards, helping the club win the 2000 MLS Cup. Once a high-scoring forward, he switched to defense because his pro team needed someone with his skills and knowledge in that role. He was just as good in that role, and was named the MLS Defender of the Year in 2000. When the career of the native of southern New Jersey ended, he stuck around. He became the club’s manager and technical director in 2009, and he’s now the longest-tenured manager/head coach in MLS. As manager of Sporting Kansas City, he’s won one MLS Cup and three US Open Cups. He joins “Sports Connections” to talk about his coaching success and his love for his adopted hometown.

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