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Shouldn’t Peter Vermes be in the future U.S. national team coaching discussions?

Dec 11, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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Coaching openings in Major League Soccer will soon be filled at Chivas USA, Vancouver, Dallas and (after last night’s big news) Real Salt Lake. We assume they will be, at least. I mean, tick-tock…tick-tock, guys! What are you waiting for?

But where domestic soccer coaching is concerned, let’s introduce one more element into the ongoing conversation:

Shouldn’t Peter Vermes name be mentioned when we start talking about successor to U.S. national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann?

(No, Klinsmann isn’t going anywhere for now. But history reminds us that so many international coaches last just one World Cup cycle, even if U.S. coaching longevity has owned a little more staying power. Either way, talking about the “next” U.S. manager, regardless of standing for the current top man, has always been a wonderful U.S. Soccer supporter pastime.)

For a few years now, two names have come up repeatedly, and deservedly so. If we assumed the next guy is will be as “born in the U.S.A.” as Bruce Springsteen – not saying he will be, but let’s assume for this particular exercise – then Jason Kreis and Dominc Kinnear are the always warming up in the bullpen of discussion.

Kinnear has always managed to get the most from the least in Houston. Not saying the Dynamo doesn’t have any talent; but this is a small budget operation, one that refuses to rely on pricey stars, so Kinnear gets it done through chemistry, drive, accountability and old-fashioned, common horse sense.

Kreis’ recent results speak for themselves; that’s why he’s the hand-picked choice of the league’s new glamour club, the Manchester City-owned New York City FC club.

But now we add Vermes’ name. Or we should.

Sporting KC’s record over the past three seasons: 48-26-28, a sterling mark considering the parity that generally rules MLS. Sporting’s placing in the Eastern Conference race over those seasons: 1st, 1st and 2nd.

Now he has an MLS Cup trophy to place as a cherry on that yummy sundae of a resume.

Vermes is a taskmaster and perfectionist, a hard worker, a demanding boss who is not afraid to put a star on the bench who isn’t pulling his weight (Benny Feilhaber and Claudio Bieler, most recently). Sounds like a solid platform for building a national team manager, eh?

Not saying he should be the choice … but he should definitely be in the conversation.

  1. danielofthedale - Dec 11, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    To me Vermes is on the short list along with Kries and Ramos.

  2. crayzeeguy - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Does the guy still like to drink and drive?

  3. dreadpirate82 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Steve – On behalf of all Sporting KC fans, I’d like to tell you to SHUT THE —- UP!!! Leave our coach alone.

    Seriously, though, he would be an excellent choice. Look at how players have developed under his watch (Zusi, Besler, Sinovic) or come under his tutelage after disappointing stints and thrived (Feilhaber, Chance Myers). His system certainly doesn’t work for everyone (see Convey, Bobby), but he’s a heckuva coach.

    Klinsmann often talks about wanting the USMNT to impose their will instead of react to the other team. No wonder he seems to be such a Vermes fan. I don’t know how well it would translate to the national team setting, as Vermes is much more no nonsense with players. I have a feeling he would rub some guys the wrong way with his style.

    • mikeevergreen - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      “I have a feeling he would rub some guys the wrong way with his style.”

      Like Klinzy hasn’t?

  4. Matthew - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue and commented:
    I’m of two minds on this…on the one hand, should the USMNT ever need a successor to Jurgen Klinsmann, Peter Vermes has to be on the short list of potential successors. On the other hand, given the success Vermes has had at Sporting KC, the question for him would have to be whether he’s willing to give up the success of a MLS Championship side for the glory of leading the U.S. national team.

  5. crossmlk - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    The real question is why would Vermes even be interested in the job. He has it pretty good in his adopted hometown with total control over the operation. I see him more as an Alex Ferguson type of guy than a job hopper.

  6. hildezero - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    After what he has done at Sporting, I would say, yeah definitely he should be.

  7. overtherepermanently - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Given his preferred style of play, it would be a giant step backwards from Klinnsmann. No.

    • crossmlk - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Pretty much the same style as Klinnsmann is a giant step backwards from Klinnsmann?

      • bear06 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:20 AM

        No, Klinsmann’s playing style has been a big upgrade over the Arena/Bradley era. Vermes’ playing style makes the game ugly and hard to watch.

    • bear06 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:17 AM


      • crossmlk - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Ugly and hard to watch? I guess your not a fan of the EPL then.

      • bear06 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:22 AM

        When teams like Stoke play it’s sometimes ugly and hard to watch, but most of the Premier league games are very exciting and fun to watch even though I prefer the Bundesliga and La Liga over the Premier league.

    • lecoqsportif101 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      True. Someone like Klinsmann has the real Pro eye, he knows how to turn no-name players into real gems… something USA coaches do not know how to do it.

      • mikeevergreen - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        If you’re going there, I’d say Jason Kreis and Bruce Arena have had a few no-names get good for them.

  8. jimmycrackcorn99 - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    While I understand that predicting the future is part of sports writing, especially in slower news times, how about we cross that bridge when it comes?

  9. lecoqsportif101 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Obviously someone like Steve Davis does not know football …or as they say in USA “soccer”.
    First, you can’t even compare a great player and now a coach like Jurgen Klinsmann! Jurgen Klinsmann is 10000x better than a Bora Milutinovici for instance, and definitely a Bora Milutinovici is a one time deal, or as known “one World Cup cycle”.
    USA should feel lucky they got a Jurgen Klinsmann, I can’t believe it took USA that long to get someone like him, a real PRO-Coach to take over the US National Soccer team. Seriously, USA soccer coaches come from a collegiate mentality, not a professional one. It will take about 50-100 years for USA to produce some decent coaches.
    Too bad USA got in a rough group for the World Cup in Brazil.

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