The Full 90

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes notches 100th career MLS regular-season victory

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes
Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes AP

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes joined exclusive company Sunday.

The club’s 1-0 victory against Portland over the weekend provided Vermes with his 100th career Major League Soccer regular-season victory, and he became the fifth MLS coach to reach the milestone with a single franchise.

“That has been one of the biggest things — the fact that it has been with one club,” Vermes said after the match. “I don’t look at myself as a mercenary or someone who goes from place to place. I see myself as more of a builder, and being a part of the growth of this development is probably more of a humbling aspect.”

Vermes took over the Sporting KC coaching job on in interim basis in 2009 before getting the full-time gig the following season. He is 100-79-57 in his regular-season coaching career, and he led Sporting KC to the MLS Cup championship in 2013.

“The pride, the passion — he lives and breathes KC and this team,” Sporting KC defender Ike Opara said. “He demands success. And it shows throughout the club.”

Vermes ranks eighth on the MLS career coaching victories list. Sigi Schmid, who was let go by Seattle last week, is first with 228 victories, with 115 of those coming with the Sounders.

Sporting KC, which has made the playoffs in five straight seasons, remained in fourth place in the Western Conference standings after the win Sunday. The top six teams in each conference qualify for the postseason.