Joe-Max Moore, Peter Vermes & Sunil Gulati at the ceremony. (USA Today)
Before the United States beat Jamaica 2-0 at Sporting Park on Friday, a couple of U.S. soccer legends were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
In a ceremony held outside the stadium, Joe-Max Moore and Peter Vermes became the latest members of the elite circle.
Joe-Max Moore playing for the United States. (Getty)
Moore, a Tulsa, OK native, played a big role in the 1990s for the USA as the team rose to relevance on the world soccer stage.
He debuted for the team in 1992, represented the USA in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and scored 24 goals in 100 games for the Stars and Stripes. In his time with the national team, he accomplished a rare feat: Moore scored at least one goal in nine straight years, something only three other Americans have accomplished.
Moore was honored to be inducted, and knew one person in his life would be especially proud of his achievement:
Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes was also inducted to the Hall of Fame, both for his playing accomplishments and his coaching successes.
Peter Vermes’ unveiling as Kansas City Wizards coach in 2009. (Getty)
Vermes was part of the US men’s national team in the late 1980s and early 1990s, even captaining the 1990 FIFA World Cup team. In his 66 caps with the USA, he scored 11 goals and was a member of the 1988 team at the Olympic Games in Seoul.
After his playing career came to an end, Vermes stayed in the game by getting into coaching. He became the Kansas City Wizards — later re-branded as Sporting KC — head coach in 2009, and has been with the club ever since.