Kerry Zavagnin has spent the past 17 seasons with Sporting Kansas City. As of Saturday, his place in the franchise’s history will be permanent.
Zavagnin was named the latest member of Sporting Legends, the club’s hall of honor, and he will be recognized with a ceremony during halftime of Saturday’s match against Vancouver at Children’s Mercy Park.
He is the eighth member of the Sporting Legends initiative, which started in 2013. He joins Chris Klein, Peter Vermes, Lamar Hunt, Jimmy Conrad, Bob Gansler, Preki and Tony Meola.
Zavagnin joined the then-Kansas City Wizards in 2000, commencing a nine-year run as a midfielder with the club, which won the MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield in his first season. He was named an MLS All-Star in 2004, when the team won its first U.S. Open Cup. He remains the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (291), started (281) and minutes played (25,278) across all competitions. He was also a regular member of the United States national team.
In 2009, Zavagnin joined Vermes’ coaching staff. During his time as an assistant, Sporting KC has won the MLS Cup and two Open Cup championships. His 17 years with Sporting KC is the second longest stint a person with one team in MLS behind D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, who began his playing career with D.C. in 1998.