PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 3, 2013) – Former Rutgers All-American and Sporting Kansas City manager, Peter Vermes, has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, it was announced on Wednesday.
A First Team All-American and the runner-up for National Player of the Year, Vermes put together one of the finest careers in Rutgers sports history competing for the Scarlet Knights from 1985-87. He ranks seventh all-time in points (89), eighth in goals (35), 10th in assists (19) and second in game-winning goals (15). In 1987, he earned First Team All-America honors after scoring 21 goals and 15 assists for 52 points and helped lead Rutgers to the Region Finals of the NCAA Tournament. Vermes was inducted into the Rutgers Olympic Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Following his RU career, Vermes was an integral part of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1988-97, making his debut in the 1988 Olympic Games. He scored 11 goals in his 67 career caps and helped the squad qualify for its first FIFA World Cup in 40 years in 1990. Following the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Vermes captained the team for its championship run in the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991.
Vermes also became the first American to play in the Hungarian and Dutch first divisions during his club career and starred in MLS from 1996-2002. The 29th overall pick in the 1996 inaugural Major League Soccer draft by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, Vermes spent seven years in the league including stints with the Colorado Rapids and Kansas City Wizards. In 2000, he was recognized as the MLS Defender of the Year after helping the Wizards to the MLS Cup Championship. He retired in 2002 after appearing in 184 MLS matches and playing over 16,000 minutes.
Vermes is now entering his seventh season as technical director and fifth as manager with Sporting Kansas City.
“I couldn’t be happier for Peter. He is very deserving of this honor,” said Rutgers head men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan. “He will obviously be forever remembered with this induction along with the legacy he will leave behind as a player and incredibly successful coach. There is no greater honor for any individual involved in our game than to be inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.”
“Soccer is the consummate team sport and being inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame is certainly indicative of that. It is humbling and a great honor,” said Vermes to U.S. Soccer of his honor. “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. My dedication and passion for soccer will never waver and I am so grateful for this recognition.”
The location and date for the 2013 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is still to be determined and will be announced at a later date.
Complete information about the election is available online at ussoccer.com.
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