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Chris Martinez leaves Rapids to join Swope Park Rangers

The former Director of the Development Academy is the latest in a wave of departures.

Development Director and U-23 Coach Chris Martinez in action this past summer.
Colorado Rapids

Add another name to the list of Rapids staff departures.

In the past six months, the Rapids have seen a significant amount of turnover, both in the offices and on the sidelines. In the front office, Technical Director Paul Bravo stepped down last January, President Tim Hinchey moved on during the summer to join USA Swimming as their president, and Director of Soccer Claudio Lopez departed the club this past November.

The Rapids also lost several members of the coaching staff over this past year as well. John Spencer left to join the coaching staff in San Jose, Steve Cooke is now head coach of the USL team in Oklahoma City, and you know what happened to Pablo Mastroeni.

On Wednesday we learned that Rapids Development Academy Program Director Chris Martinez has departed the club to join the Swope Park Rangers as an assistant coach. Swope Park is the USL affiliate of Sporting Kansas City.

Martinez had been on the Rapids coaching staff since 2016. Before he was a coach, Martinez played for the Colorado Rapids from 1997-2001, as well as playing for the Colorado Foxes prior to the creation of MLS in the old A-League.

He will serve on the coaching staff at Swope Park under head coach and former SKC midfielder Paulo Nagamura. Chris also gets a chance to reunite in Kansas City with former Rapids teammate and now SKC head coach Peter Vermes. The two played together in Commerce City in 1997, 1998, and 1999.

Rapids General Manager Pádraig Smith had nothing but good things to say about the former player and coach. “We’re very thankful to Chris for his time here, both as a player and for his work in the Development Academy. We wish him nothing but the best in Kansas City.”