Peter Vermes laid out last November a five-year plan for Sporting Kansas City to the club's ownership group, essentially a blueprint for how to keep the MLS team near the top of the standings.
One of the owners, Mike Illig, tapped on the shoulder afterward.
"I have one problem with this plan," Illig told him. "The guy that is the architect is someone we don't have here for the same amount of time. So I'd like to start talking about an extension."
The talks continued for the next couple months, but were mostly on the back burner as Vermes worked in dual roles as manager and technical director to piece together this year's roster. And when late...