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Anthony Hudson named Head Coach

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The Colorado Rapids look forward to the 2018 season with the former manager of the New Zealand National Team at the helm.

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He’s finally here.

Five months after firing Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni, the Colorado Rapids named Anthony Hudson as their new manager this morning.

Hudson joins the Rapids after three years of managing the New Zealand men’s football team. The All-Whites earned runner-up honors in the Oceania region of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, which earned the team a home-and-away series against CONMEBOL’s fifth place team, Peru. Peru went on to knock New Zealand out of the final spot for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win in Lima on November 15th.

The 36-year old Hudson was born in Seattle, Washington, but lived much of his younger life in England, where he was in the academy at West Ham. After a short managerial stint in the US with Real Maryland Monarchs in 2008, Hudson worked under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur as a reserve team coach. He took over English fifth-tier side Newport County in 2011. Before managing New Zealand, he led the national team of Bahrain.

The Rapids have called a press conference for Thursday at 11 AM at DSGP, at which time we’ll get to hear from the new coach for the first time. It will be live streamed, and Burgundy Wave will cover the proceedings as well.

Welcome to Colorado, Mr. Hudson!