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Colorado Rapids part ways with Gary Smith

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Just five days after the Colorado Rapids were eliminated from the Eastern Conference semifinals to Sporting Kansas City, the club decided it was best to part ways with Gary Smith. The Rapids will begin their search for a new head coach immediately.

Managing Director Jeff Plush stated that after meeting with Gary, it was decided that it would be best that both parties move in different directions. Smith's contract was due to expire on December 31.

Gary Smith has been the head coach of the Rocky Mountain club since 2008 and posted a final record of 39-31-35. He guided the team to their first MLS Cup victory in 2010 after a 2-1 win over favored FC Dallas.

Smith joined New England Revolution's Steve Nicol and Vancouver Whitecaps Teitur Thordarson as the third MLS coach to be sacked during the 2011 campaign.

Rapids assistant coach Steve Guppy and former Chicago Fire head coach Denis Hamlett have been rumored as potential favorites to take over as manager. However, Steve Nicol can also be added to that list as the Scotsman has a lot of managerial experience within Major League Soccer.