Sporting Kansas City manager and technical director Peter Vermes recently inked a contract extension that keeps him with the club through 2017 – a deal that has been rumored for some time.
Though there are certainly some detractors around the city, it’s hard to argue with Vermes’ overall track record, especially lately.
KC has finished as the Eastern Conference champions the last two years running, and appear poised to make a run at doing it again this year. And they won some hardware last season in the Open Cup – which is the first trophy since Vermes was a player on the field for the Wizards.
But most agree that Vermes real talent lies in his identification and development of players. Only a single holdover exists from the Curt Onalfo debacle – backup keeper Eric Kronberg. And some of Pete’s draft picks have truly blossomed, like Zusi, Espinoza, and Besler.
Plus, the flat top. Represent.
In a move that surprised virtually nobody, dirty Real Salt Lake defenseman Chris Wingert was just slapped by MLS with an extra game suspension for his ridiculous hit on Kei Kamara in the 1st minute of play last Saturday at Rio Tinto.
Among other things, MLS is basically saying that the blindside hit, which saw Wingert launch his shoulder into Kamara’s head, should have been a straight red. Later in the game Wingert received a second yellow and was sent off.
You can check out the hit here (about the :50 mark), just for fun. Thankfully Kei is OK, because that kind of dirty ass play could knock a player out of a game pretty easily.