Sporting Kansas City announced Friday that Peter Vermes will manage the 2011 Generation adidas team during a tour of the Netherlands. He will be joined by KC staff members Zoran Savic, John Pascarella and Jon Parry on the tour.
The Generation adidas team, which features some of Major League Soccer's young stars, will train at the Ajax Academy in Amsterdam. The team will face off against reserve teams from Ajax, FC Volendam and Almere City FC. vermes played for FC Volendam during the 1990 season -- the first American to play professionally in Holland's top division.
The tour will begin on Monday and run through Dec. 14.
There are no Sporting KC players in the team this year. Teal Bunbury participated in 2010; Chance Myers and Roger Espinoza did in 2009.
According to the team's press release, the tour is part of the ongoing commitment that adidas has made to help advance soccer in the United States and Canada through Major League Soccer. Players who join MLS through the Generation adidas program are provided unique opportunities to hone their skills, develop as professionals and receive educational grants. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team’s salary budget.
The roster for the tour:GOALKEEPERS: David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union)
DEFENDERS: Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Sacir Hot (New York Red Bulls), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo) Conor Shanosky (D.C. United), Michael Tetteh (Seattle Sounders), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact)
MIDFIELDERS: Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Matt Kassel (New York Red Bulls), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union), Tony Tchani (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Corey Hertzog (New York Red Bulls), Danny Mwanga (Philadelphia Union), Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps).