In his role as Sporting Kansas City Manager and Sporting Director, Peter Vermes wears many hats. He coaches the first team on a daily basis. He scouts prospective newcomers from abroad. He makes pivotal roster decisions in tandem with his technical staff. He interacts with media several times a week.
He also keeps a close eye on the youth pipeline that Sporting has carefully and meticulously constructed over the last several years. Look no further than the fact that Sporting has 12 Homegrown Players on its roster, the most in MLS.
In an illuminating discussion with club commentator Nate Bukaty on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning, Vermes opened up on the importance of cultivating the professional player pathway at Sporting.