Scott Vermillion Cause of Death: First Known Case of CTE in US Pro Soccer!

Scott Vermillion was an American pro soccer player from Olathe, Kansas. According to SI, He was born on December 23, 1976, and died on December 25, 2020. He played for the Kansas City Wizards and the Colorado Rapids.

In 1998, he joined the league as a member of Generation Adidas, which was called Project 40 at the time. Before he joined Project 40, he was a Third Team All-American in his junior year at the University of Virginia.

Scott Vermillion Cause of Death

In his last year at UVA, the team came in second in the 1997 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament, losing to UCLA. He passed away on December 25, 2020, when he was 44 years old.

Boston University looked at his brain in 2022 and found that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Vermillion was the first soccer player who died and was later found to have CTE.

Former Mls Player Scott Vermillion Diagnosed With First American Pro Soccer Case of CTE

The New York Times says that the death of former MLS player Scott Vermillion is the first known case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American professional soccer. Vermillion died on Dec. 25, 2020, at the age of 44, from acute alcohol and prescription drug poisoning, according to his family.

However, when doctors at Boston University looked at his brain, they found that Vermillion also had Stage 2 CTE.


Doctors at Boston University also found that former San Francisco 49ers tight end Greg Clark had CTE before he killed himself at the age of 49 by shooting himself in the head.

Scott Vermillion Cause of Death

Because of the way CTE works, it is impossible to tell if someone has it until after they have died. But memory loss, depression, and aggressive or impulsive behaviour are some of the signs. Professional sports, especially the NFL, have been talking a lot about CTE for a while now.

But this is the first time it has been diagnosed in the public eye at the professional soccer level in the United States. In the last ten years, the issue of concussions in soccer has become more important as more cases and people who want better protocols have come to light.

In 2014, Patrick Grange, an amateur soccer player who was 29 years old, was the first person who was known to have CTE. Taylor Twellman, who used to play for the New England Revolution and got a dangerous concussion in 2010.

Started the THINKTaylor Foundation. He was one of 300 athletes who said they would give their brains to help study CTE. Brandi Chastain, who is in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, also agreed to give her brain.

Scott Vermillion Cause of Death

Calls for More Concussion Prevention Protocols in Soccer

The soccer world hasn’t forgotten about preventing head injuries. In 2015, U.S. soccer stopped letting young players use headers in games and practices. In English football, heading rules were put in place for all levels of the sport in 2021.

The International Football Association Board also agreed to try out concussion substitutes starting in January 2021. This means that if a team takes a player out of a game because they have or think they have a concussion, they will get an extra player to replace them.

Scott Vermillion Cause of Death

But rules were not always followed. In response to the Times’ story, the MLS Players Association asked the league to fully adopt these concussion substitution protocols so that more players don’t end up like Vermillion. From 1998 to 2001, Vermillion played in 62 MLS games.


After three years at the University of Virginia, he played for the Kansas City Wizards in 1998, the Colorado Rapids from 1999 to 2001, and D.C. United in 2001. Vermillion was a defenseman who scored three goals in the NHL before an ankle injury that kept getting worse forced him to retire in 2001.

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