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Sporting KC's Peter Vermes impressed by PRO project

July 28, 2014

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes

Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes says he has gained a valuable insight into the Professional Referee Organization after attending a recent training camp in Colorado.

Every two weeks, center referees from PRO come together for high-intensity training, classroom learning and team-building exercises as part of the ongoing commitment to developing world-class officials for North American soccer.

Vermes was a guest speaker at one of July's two-day camps in Denver, sharing his and other coaches’ views on the game of soccer with the group of officials, while also listening to presentations from PRO.

“It was a great opportunity for me to sit in front of the group and tell them that we are in this together,” the 47-year-old told

“I’m extremely impressed, not only by the things that are being reviewed, but more importantly the interaction from the entire group. To me, that was very important. We probably agree a lot more than we disagree.

“I can see that this isn’t about individual referees. This is a team. Much like my team, and other soccer teams, the group is working just as hard as any individual club to become better. 

“That improvement doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a process and you can see there is an end goal and that little steps are being taken all the time to get there.”

As a player, Vermes enjoyed a 14-year career, during which time he scored 11 times for USMNT in 67 appearances, taking in the FIFA World Cup in Italy in 1990.

The 47-year-old has been in charge at Sporting Park since 2009, and he’s looking forward to sharing his newly acquired knowledge with fellow coaches in MLS as he plans for the future.

Peter Vermes giving a speech at the PRO training camp in Denver, Colorado

“I’ll be able to go back and give my team a synopsis on the preparation that the referees are putting in for their upcoming games, and how they are looking to develop and grow just like players do. There is a strong correlation to be made between the two.

“At the same time, I’ll also relay to the technical committee and the rest of the coaches in the league what I experienced and give them some insight into my first-hand experiences and what I have seen at this training camp.

“It was great to come along and see the development process in action. It only bodes well for the future, and you can see that with the plans in place, the future is bright."

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