TORONTO - NOVEMBER 20: Head Coach of the Colorado Rapids Gary Smith watches over practice in preparation for the MLS Cup against FC Dallas at BMO Field on November 20 2010 in Toronto Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rapids last night were reportedly having some trouble in paradise according to the Denver Post yesterday. Technical director and former Rapids player Paul Bravo has apparently been having a slight feud with head coach Gary Smith, causing Smith to release comments hinting that he may not stay around with the club for much longer.
Jeff Plush has naturally tried to downplay the problems at the club between Bravo and Smith, calling them 'nuanced', but Gary Smith is a very head-first sort of guy and if he's having a problem with Paul Bravo I'm fairly certain that it's a real problem between the two. It would be a shame to lose Smith, who has slowly begun to carve his legacy as coach onto the Rapids with a style of play that works perfectly with the players that he has brought in.
Of course, his winning the first MLS Cup in Colorado's history doesn't hurt his legacy either. We hope that Bravo and Smith work this out, ideally before that game against Salt Lake. The last thing the Rapids need is a distraction going into the match against their rivals.