Jimmy Conrad, Lamar Hunt and Peter Vermes will be inducted into Sporting Legends as the second ever class, the club announced.
The ceremony will take place this Friday during halftime of the match between Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union.
Jimmy Conrad played with the Kansas City Wizards from 2003-2010, making 204 appearances for the club. He was MLS Defender of the Year in 2005 and named to the MLS Best XI in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. He also earned 27 caps with the United States National Team, playing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Peter Vermes is the first inductee to be active within the organization as the current Technical Director of Sporting Kansas City. In his six years as technical director, Vermes has won the 2013 MLS Cup, 2012 US Open Cup and has qualified for the playoffs in every year since 2011. Sporting have also qualified for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 CONCACAF Champions League under his tenure.
As a player, Vermes spent three years with the team, anchoring the back line from 2000-2002 before retiring. He was named MLS Defender of the Year in 2000 as he helped lead the team to the MLS Cup. He became the first person to ever win the MLS Cup as both a player and a coach. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame last year, making 66 appearances with the national team.
The final inductee is Lamar Hunt, who passed away in 2006. Hunt is one of the greatest pioneers of soccer in the United States as the principal founder of both Major League Soccer and the now-defunct North American Soccer League. Hunt was the founder and owner of the Kansas City Wiz in 1996, as well as the Columbus Crew. He bought the Dallas Burn (FC Dallas) in 2003. He sold the Wizards a few months before he died in 2006.
Outside of soccer, he was the founder of the American Football League, which would merge with the National Football League to become the league we know today. He was the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, who were founded as the Dallas Texans before they relocated to Kansas City. He coined the term "Super Bowl" for the NFL's Championship game. He was also a minority owner of the NBA's Chicago Bulls and was a co-founder of World Championship Tennis.
Hunt has received many accolades over the years. The US Open Cup was renamed the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup in 1999, as was the name of the trophy given to the winners of the AFC Championship Game in the National Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972 and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982, as well as the medal of honor from the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He is one of only three other persons to receive the medal of honor.
Conrad and Vermes will be there at halftime for the induction Friday evening, while Clark Hunt will represent his father during the ceremony. Clark Hunt is the current owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and currently oversees the operations of FC Dallas.
The 2013 inaugural class of Sporting Legends consisted of Bob Gansler, Tony Meola and Preki.