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Charlotte Independence Name Head Coach

The Rapids USL Pro Affiliate pick their first Head Coach and it is a familiar name around Major League Soccer.

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As the Colorado Rapids off-season rolls on there was some exciting news out of Charlotte today as the Independence named their first coach in franchise history.  Former Major League Soccer coach Mike Jeffries was selected to run the Independence ship as they begin their inaugural season in 2015.

Jeffries comes to the Independence from the Des Moines Menace where he spent two years guiding the USL Premier Development League side to an 18-7-3 record.  He also spent time as coach of the Dallas Burn compiling a 23-36-16 record.

So why does this matter to Rapids fans?  In September the Rapids and the Independence announced that they formed an affiliate agreement with each other and this means that up to five players from the Rapids could be sent to Charlotte for playing time and more importantly gain professional experience.   Knowing this, it is critical that the Independence get the right person running their first team and it is critical that the Rapids feel comfortable with this hire.  The worse thing that could happen is to send some of our younger players to Charlotte and not have them grasp The Colorado Way of doing things.

What do you think Rapids and Independence fans?  Do you like the hiring of Jeffries?  Let us know what you think!