Former Colorado Rapids midfielder / defender Peter Vermes, now head coach of Sporting KC, today was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Vermes is joined by former New England Revolution forward Joe-Max Moore as the 2013 inductees.
Vermes was an integral part of the U.S. Men’s National Team from 1988-97, making his debut in the ’88 Olympic Games. He scored 11 goals in his 67 career caps and helped the MNT qualify for its first FIFA World Cup in 40 years in 1990. Following the ’90 World Cup in Italy, Vermes captained the MNT for its championship run in the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup in ’91.
After playing professionally in Hungary, Holland, and Spain, he captained the MetroStars (now New York Red Bulls) in the inaugural 1996 MLS season. The Rapids acquired Vermes on Feb. 3, 1997 in a trade for midfielder Kerry Zavagnin.
In three seasons with the Rapids, Vermes started 88 of the 89 regular season games he appeared in, scoring eight goals and adding 11 assists. He also started the club's first nine playoff matches, including the 1997 MLS Cup Final against D.C. United. Vermes served as co-captain of the team in 1999 along with Marcelo Balboa.
“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” Vermes said. “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.”
After his time with the Rapids, Vermes played three final seasons with KC before retiring in 2002. He held the previous MLS record (among field players) for playing in 67 consecutive complete regular season games from 1998-2000. Current Rapids defender Drew Moor broke that streak in August 2011 when he reached 69 consecutive full games played.
Starting with the 1992 Olympics, Moore made 100 appearances for the Men’s National Team over the next decade, including three FIFA World Cups and his 24 goals rank fifth all-time in MNT history. He also spent six seasons in Major League Soccer – all with the New England Revolution – scoring 53 goals.
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.The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, N.Y., facility in 2010. The election process is being administered by U.S. Soccer Federation staff under election and eligibility guidelines established by the Hall of Fame board of directors.
Established in 1950, the National Soccer Hall of Fame is dedicated to the sport of soccer in the United States by celebrating its history, preserving its legacy, inspiring its youth and honoring its heroes for generations to come. Complete information about the election and eligibility procedures is available online at ussoccer.com.