Daniel Salloi’s early goal gave Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids and moved them four points clear atop the Western conference.

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes has signed a long-term contract extension with his MLS club amid speculation he could be a candidate for the United States men’s national team.

Vermes, who also serves as technical director of Sporting KC, is already the longest-tenured coach in MLS and has now committed to the club for another five seasons through 2023, the team announced on Monday.

The 51-year-old has been Sporting’s manager since 2009 and led the team to the 2013 MLS Cup and three U.S. Open Cup titles during his tenure.

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to continue to lead this club,” Vermes said in a statement. “Our ownership group has shown tremendous ambition over the last decade, and I am proud to be involved in a first-class organization that continues to grow and evolve at Sporting KC.”

In 2016, ESPN reported that U.S. Soccer had contacted Vermes as a potential replacement for national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann, though the federation eventually hired the LA Galaxy’s Bruce Arena, who stepped down after failing to qualify the team for the World Cup.

Peter Vermes.

Following the election of new president Carlos Cordeiro in February, U.S. Soccer is conducting a search for the new position of USMNT general manager, before turning attention to a head coach.

Vermes was a U.S. international in his playing days, earning 67 caps and appearing at the 1990 World Cup. He also played for Sporting KC for three seasons, winning the MLS Cup in 2000. He was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013.

Sporting KC is in first place in the Western Conference this season, having won six of its opening 10 games.

“This is a great day for Sporting Kansas City,” co-owner Mike Illig said. “Peter has become one of the most successful managers in the history of Major League Soccer, and we are delighted to extend his contract at the club. This long-term deal shows commitment from the organization and from Peter, who has helped the club accomplish remarkable things on and off the field for the last decade.”

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