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Across State Lines: Former KC Defender, Scott Vermillion Passes Away

An update on former Kansas City players.

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Sporting Kansas City and the Kansas City soccer community lost one of their own this past week as former Kansas City Wizards defender and local youth soccer coach, Scott Vermillion passed away on Christmas at the age of 44. Vermillion had joined the Wizards in 1998 as a Project 40 (the precursor to Generation Adidas) allocation out of the University of Virginia. Vermillion, an Olathe, Kansas native, had been the first player born in the KC area to make the Wizards roster (players like Diego Gutierrez and Kevin Koetters had moved to KC or played collegiately in KC but were not born in KC). That factor alone was enough for me to personally want him to be successful because he was “one of our own.” In two seasons with the Wizards, Vermillion made 46 appearances in league play, 44 of them starts, and scored one goal for the club. He also added one appearance in the US Open Cup in 1998. After the 1999 season, Vermillion was traded to the Colorado Rapids in a trade that brought Peter Vermes and Matt McKeon to Kansas City. He spent part of two seasons with the Rapids before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Mutiny as part of a trade that sent Carlos Valderrama to the Rapids. A day later, Vermillion was sent to DC United for Eric Denton. Vermillion finished the 2001 season and retired due to injury.

After retiring, Vermillion became a youth soccer coach in Kansas City for many years. I personally worked with him in 2005 and 2006 with the KC Legends.

He had run into legal trouble two years ago when he was arrested for aggravated domestic battery.

At this time cause of death is not known. All of us at The Blue Testament send our deepest condolences to Vermillion’s family in this difficult time.

Key

SKC - former Sporting KC players

ACA - former Sporting KC academy players

KC - Kansas City area players

SPR - former Swope Park Rangers/Sporting KC II players

COL - local college players

Comets - former Comets players

FCKC - former FC Kansas City players

Note: Players under contract to Sporting Kansas City at this time are not included on this list, the exception being players loaned outside of Kansas City.

International

Korede Aiyegbusi (SKC) - Amical Saint-Prex - Switzerland - Season postponed until March.

Rassambek Akhmatov (SPR) - Comuna Recea - Romania - No game until 2/20.

Ever Alvarado (SKC) - Olimpia - Honduras - Did not dress in either of Olimpia’s games.

Alexsander (SPR) - Vitoria - Brazil - No game this week.

Ayyoub Allach (SPR) - KSK Lierse Kem. - Belgium - No game until 1/22.

Emiliano Amor (SKC) - Velez Sarsfield - Argentina - Dressed but did not play in Sarsfield’s 3-2 loss to Estudiantes.

Stefan Antonijevic (SKC) - Oygarden - Norway - Offseason.

Emmanuel Appiah (SKC) - AC Kajaani - Finland - Offseason.

Sagir Arce (KC) - Mazatlan FC - Mexico - No game until 1/8.

Botond Barath (SKC) - Honved - Hungary - Started and played 90 minutes in Honved’s 2-1 win over Budafoki MTE.

Jose Barragan (SPR) - La Serena - Chile - No game this week.

Federico Bessone (SKC) - Inter Club d’Escaldes - Andorra - No game until 1/20.

Claudio Bieler (SKC) - Atletico Rafaela - Argentina - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal, in Atletico’s 2-1 win over Gimnasia Mendoza.

Tiffany Cameron (FCKC) - Ferencvaros - Hungary - No game until 3/12.

Thierry Catherine (SPR) - AS Samaritaine - Martinique - Games postponed until January.

Sunil Chhetri (SKC) - Bengaluru - India - Started and played 90 minutes in Bengaluru’s 1-0 loss to Jamshedpur.

Killian Colombie (SPR) - Aldershot Town - England - Did not play in either of Aldershot’s games.

Rachel Corsie (NWSL-KC) - Birmingham City (loan) - England - No game until 1/10.

Yohan Croizet (SKC) - OH Leuven - Belgium - Did not dress in Leuven’s 2-1 loss to KV Oostende.

Renae Cuellar (FCKC) - Tijuana - Mexico - No game until 1/9.

Daneil Cyrus (SKC) - Mohun Bagan - India - Season postponed.

Marcel de Jong (SKC) - Pacific FC - Canada - Offseason.

Amer Didic (SKC) - Edmonton - Canada - Offseason.

Steven Enna (ACA) - FC Fredericia - Denmark - No game until 2/12.

Mario Erpel (COL-Park) - General Velasquez - Chile - No game this week.

Pablo Escobar (SKC) - Real Cartagena FC - Colombia - Offseason.

Amanda Frisbie (FCKC) - Madrid CFF - Spain - No game until 1/5.

Nicholas Gioacchini (KC) - Caen - France - No game this week.

Katrina Gorry (FCKC) - Avaldsnes IL - Norway - Offseason.

Johnny Grant (SPR) - Forge - Canada - Offseason.

Nicolas Hasler (SKC) - Thun - Switzerland - No game until 1/23.

Peterson Joseph (SKC) - Hang Yuen - Taiwan - Offseason.

Igor Juliao (SKC) - Fluminense - Brazil - Dressed but did not play in Fluminense’s 2-1 loss to Sao Paulo.

Igor Kostrov (SKC) - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Offseason.

Cristian Lobato (SKC) - UE Cornella - Spain - No game this week.

Tiffany McCarty (FCKC) - Selfoss - Iceland - Offseason.

Eric McWoods (COL-UMKC) - Balzan FC - Malta - No game this week.

William Opoku Mensah (SPR) - Asante Kotoko - Ghana - Started and played 90 minutes in Asante’s 1-0 loss to Al Hilal. Came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Asante’s 1-1 draw with Medeama.

Michal Mravec (SKC) - TJ Jednota Banova - Slovakia - No game until 3/27.

Soni Mustivar (SKC) - Hermannstadt - Romania - No game until 1/9.

Kevin Oliveira (SKC) - Daxo Katokopias - Cyprus - Started and played 74 minutes in Daxo’s 1-1 draw with Olympiakos Nicosia.

Luis Olivera (SPR) - Fenix de Pilar - Argentina - Started and played 62 minutes in Fenix’s 2-1 loss to San Miguel.

Erik Palmer-Brown (SKC) - Austria Vienna (Manchester City) - Austria (England) - No game until 1/23.

Rokas Pukstas (ACA) - Hajduk Split - Croatia - No game until 1/23.

Pablo Punyed (SKC) - Vikingur Reykjavik - Iceland - No game until 2/12.

Jordi Quintilla (SKC) - FC St. Gallen - Switzerland - Started and played 90 minutes in St. Gallen’s 2-1 loss to Young Boys.

Brianne Reed (FCKC) - FC Nordsjaelland - Denmark - Offseason.

Winston Reid (SKC) - West Ham - England - Cannot play until the transfer window reopens in England.

Soony Saad (SKC) - Ansan Greeners - South Korea - Offseason.

Rodrigo Saravia (SPR) - Comunicaciones - Guatemala - Started and played 79 minutes in Comunicaciones 3-0 win over Deportivo Sanarate. Started and played 90 minutes in Comunicaciones’ 1-0 win over Coban Imperial.

Peter Schmetz (SKC) - SSVg Velbert 02 - Germany - No game until 1/23.

Nansel Selbol (SKC) - NK BSK Bijelo Brdo - Croatia - No game until 2/14.

Abby Small (KC) - Dinamo Minsk - Belarus - Offseason.

Yann Songo’o (SKC) - Morecambe FC - England - Started and played 90 minutes in Morecambe’s 3-1 win over Grimsby Town.

Martin Steuble (SKC) - Port - Thailand - Dressed but did not play in Port’s 6-3 loss to Samut Prakan City.

Milos Stojcev (SKC) - FK Vozdovac - Serbia - No game until 2/5.

Ze Pedro (SPR) - Beira-Mar - Portugal - No game this week.

Indoor

Alvaro Beltran (COL-Mid-American) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Andre Braithwaite (Comets) - St. Louis - No game until 1/2.

Mitchell Cardenas (SKC) - Mesquite - Mesquite sitting out 2020-2021 season.

Kevin Ellis (SKC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Ignacio Flores (COL-Park) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Gui Gomes (COL-Benedictine) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Anthony Grant (Comets) - St. Louis - No game until 1/2.

Jeff Hughes (Comets) - Ontario - First game not announced yet.

Adam James (KC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Mike Jones (SKC) - Mesquite - Mesquite sitting out 2020-2021 season.

Robert Kelly (KC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Matt Lewis (SKC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Rodolfo Lopes (COL-Park) - Orlando - Orlando sitting out 2020-2021 season.

Nick McDonald (KC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Kyle McLagan (KC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Alex Megson (Comets) - Tacoma - No game until 1/22.

Lou Misner (KC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Alex Molano (SKC) - Dallas - No game until 1/2.

Ramone Palmer (COL-Park) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Robert Palmer (COL-Park) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Boris Pardo (SKC) - San Diego - No game until 1/29.

Guerrero Pino (COL-UMKC) - San Diego - No game until 1/29.

Brett Petricek (Comets) - St. Louis - No game until 1/2.

Henry Ramirez (COL-UMKC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Mirko Sandivari (COL-Park) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Mark Saxby (KC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Hector Solorio (ACA) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

John Sosa (COL-UMKC) - Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Lucas Sousa (COL-Park)- Kansas City - No game until 1/2.

Stefan St. Louis (Comets) - St. Louis - No game until 1/2.

James Togbah (Comets) - Utica - First game not announced yet.

Danny Waltman (Comets) - Tacoma - No game until 1/22.

Kiel Williams (COL-Park) - Flordia - No game until 1/2.

MLS

Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC) - Cincinnati - Offseason.

Jalil Anibaba (SKC) - Nashville - Offseason.

Nick Besler (KC) - Salt Lake - Offseason.

Latif Blessing (SKC) - LAFC - Offseason.

Teal Bunbury (SKC) - New England - Offseason.

Eric Dick (SKC) - Columbus - Offseason.

Kortne Ford (KC) - Colorado - Offseason.

Alec Kann (SKC) - Atlanta - Offseason.

Jon Kempin (SKC) - Columbus - Offseason.

Jimmy Medranda (SKC) - Seattle - Offseason.

Krisztian Nemeth (SKC) - Columbus - Offseason.

Ike Opara (SKC) - Minnesota - Offseason.

Tony Rocha (SKC) - New York City - Offseason.

Oriol Rosell (SKC) - Orlando - Offseason.

Diego Rubio (SKC) - Colorado - Offseason.

Gedion Zelalem (SKC) - New York City - Offseason.

Adrian Zendejas (SKC) - Minnesota - Offseason.

NWSL

Dorian Bailey (KC) - Washington - Offseason.

Shea Groom (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

Haley Hanson (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

Maegan Kelly (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

CeCe Kizer (KC) - Louisville - Offseason.

Sydney Leroux (FCKC) - Orlando - Offseason.

Merritt Mathias (FCKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Addisyn Merrick (KC) - Louisville - Offseason.

Kristie Mewis (FCKC) - Houston - Offseason.

Sinclaire Miramontez (KC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Dominique Richardson (FCKC) - Sky Blue - Offseason.

Katelyn Rowland (FCKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Becky Sauerbrunn (FCKC) - Portland - Offseason.

USL Championship

Dakota Barnathan (SPR) - Pittsburgh - Offseason.

Hadji Barry (SPR) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Kharlton Belmar (SKC) - Sacramento - Offseason.

Rennico Clarke (SPR) - Charleston - Offseason.

Jake Davis (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Liam Doyle (SPR) - San Antonio - Offseason.

Christian Duke (SKC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Tomas Granitto (SKC) - Miami - Offseason.

Christian Herrera (SPR) - Tacoma - Offseason.

Cameron Iwasa (SKC) - Sacramento - Offseason.

Ryan James (SKC) - Birmingham - Offseason.

Mechack Jerome (SKC) - El Paso - Offseason.

Dane Kelly (SPR) - Charlotte - Offseason.

Ray Lee (ACA) - Pittsburgh - Offseason.

Mikey Lopez (SKC) - Birmingham - Offseason.

Zac Lubin (SPR) - Phoenix - Offseason.

Jerome Ngom Mbekeli (SPR) - San Diego - Offseason.

Lebo Moloto (SPR) - Tulsa - Offseason.

Amobi Okugo (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Lawrence Olum (SKC) - Miami - Offseason.

Tyler Pasher (SKC) - Indy - Offseason.

Kaveh Rad (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Bryam Rebellon (SPR) - El Paso - Offseason.

Mark Segbers (SPR) - Memphis - Offseason.

Matheus Silva (SPR) - Hartford - Offseason.

Tucker Stephenson (ACA) - Oklahoma City - Offseason.

Alex Tambakis (SKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Brooks Thompson (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Kris Tyrpak (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Ciaran Winters (ACA) - Tulsa - Offseason.

Christian Volesky (SKC) - Colorado Springs - Offseason.

Sal Zizzo (SKC) - San Diego - Offseason.

USL1

Louis Bennett II (SPR) - Madison - Offseason.

Servando Carrasco (SKC) - Fort Lauderdale - Offseason.

Brandon Fricke (ACA) - Greenville - Offseason.

Ualefi (SKC) - Chattanooga - Offseason.

Ethan Vanacore-Decker (SPR) - Omaha - Offseason.

NISA

Michael Kafari (SKC) - Detroit - Offseason.

Seo-In Kim (ACA) - Oakland - Offseason.

Wilfred Williams (SKC) - Chattanooga - Offseason.

Active without a club or unknown

Joe Amico (ACA)

Bernardo Anor (SKC)

Ezra Armstrong (ACA)

Ayrton (SPR)

Will Bagrou (SKC)

Camilo Benitez (ACA)

Matt Besler (SKC)

Tyler Blackwood (SPR)

Jorge Claros (SKC)

Nuno Coelho (SKC)

Aurelien Collin (SKC)

Hakim Diaw (ACA)

Toni Dovale (SKC)

Dom Dwyer (SKC)

Luis Gil (SKC)

David Greczek (SKC)

Kyle Greig (KC)

Elvir Ibisevic (ACA)

Kei Kamara (SKC)

James Kasak (SKC)

Wan Kuzain (SKC)

Will Little (ACA)

Charlie Lyon (SKC)

James Marcelin (SKC)

Kamar Marriott (SKC)

Franky Martinez (SKC)

Molly Menchel (FCKC)

Robert Mirosavic (SPR)

Fredinho Mompremier (SPR)

Yura Movsisyan (SKC)

James Musa (SKC)

Sam Raben (SPR)

Camden Riley (SKC)

Kelyn Rowe (SKC)

Max Rugova (ACA)

Abdul Rwatubyaye (SKC)

Ray Saari (KC)

Richard Sanchez (SKC)

CJ Sapong (SKC)

Dillon Serna (SPR)

Odaine Sinclair (Comets)

Seth Sinovic (SKC)

Colton Storm (SKC)

Jaret Townsend (SKC)

Duval Wapiwo (SPR)

Tiffany Weimer (FCKC)

Zach Wright (SKC)