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August 4, 2016
Lies, damn lies – better known as statistics

By Brian Trusdell
Soccer News Net Writer

In the same breath, if not the same altitude

Don't mistake Peter Vermes for Sigi Schmid, but in the same week the latter was fired, the former put himself in the same sentence with MLS' winningest coach.

Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 win over Portland on Sunday gave the 49-year-old Vermes his 100th victory as a coach, only the eighth man to reach the plateau and only the fifth man to get their with a single MLS club.

He and Steve Nicol are the only two men to reach the milestone having only coached one club.

It still leaves Vermes well behind the 63-year-old Schmid for most victories by an MLS coach. Schimd has 228 victories with three teams over 17-plus seasons.

Schmid also has two MLS Cup titles, five Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup crowns, two MLS Supporters' Shields and a CONCACAF Champions Cup. Vermes can claim he is the only person to win an MLS Cup both as a player and a coach with the same team.

Playing with Hart

Likewise, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando achieved a milestone last Sunday, earning his 180th career victory and equaling the league record held by Kevin Hartman.

Rimando can boast that he reached the mark in four fewer games – which with the way he's going he will break Hartman's league record in that category in about a month.

He already owns the league records for shutouts (126) and games started (312) and is closing on the records for minutes played (he's 27 short of Hartman's 37,260) and saves (he's 55 short of Hartman's 1,474).

He's also within nine of Hartman's record for career losses (143).

Better if not great numbers

MLS and ESPN are crowing about their television numbers, which are better if not great.

MLS' average audience on ESPN this season has grown 33 percent from last year – to 312,000 viewers. The average audience on ESPN Deportes is up 44 percent – to 46,000 viewers.

But wait. The average audience on ESPN's streaming service – WatchESPN – is more than double last year, to 12,000.

Not surprisingly the two most-watches matches so far this year have involved Seattle, which draws an average crowd nearly a quarter better than its closest rival. About 616,000 watched the Sounders game against NYC on June 25, and their July 9 match against LA drew an audience of 536,000.

Earning some of his salary

It's taken a year and half since his celebrated “signing”, but Frank Lampard is at least starting to earn the accolades promised would come with his $6 million salary.

In the seven games since finally breaking into the starting lineup on June 18 against Philadelphia, Lampard has scored eight goals – nearly triple what he scored last year -- including three in Sunday's 5-1 win over Colorado, earning his first selection as MLS player of the week.

It was the second POTW honor for NYC FC this year and its second in five weeks.

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