Vermes will be joined by his former USMNT colleague and New England Revolution striker Joe-Max Moore.
US Soccer announced on Tuesday the two players who will make up their US Soccer Hall of Fame class of 2013 inductees: Joe-Max Moore and Peter Vermes.
Vermes, who obtains a place via the Veteran Ballot, comes as little surprise. Having played 237 competitive matches within the US league pyramid and 67 for the USMNT, ‘veteran’ almost fails to do Vermes justice.
His list of personal accomplishments are impressive, too: Captain of the inaugural Gold Cup winning team, 2000 MLS defender of the year and 1988 US Male Soccer Player of the year are all impressive feats.
Not only that but he was a key instrument in both the USA’s first World Cup qualification in forty years and the Kansas City Wizards’ 2000 MLS Cup triumph.
Since retirement Vermes has taken to management with incredible success. In just three seasons with Kansas City he has already racked up back-to-back Eastern Conference titles as well as a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup triumph.
Joe-Max Moore played alongside Vermes for a time with the USMNT, and will enter the Hall of Fame via the Player Ballot.
The fifth highest scorer in USA international history, Moore represented the USA exactly 100 times to bag 24 goals and attend three World Cups.
Until 2004 Moore was the leading points-scorer in New England Revolution franchise history. In two spells at the club, spanning six years, his astounding 41 goals and 35 assists won the Revs 111 points – only Taylor Twellman has since surpassed his feat.
Conditions for qualifying for a ballot slot are defined here.
The two will be inducted before the USMNT’s World Cup Qualifying match against Jamaica on October 11th.