The day has come. After three incredible losing streaks, a paltry eight wins in 43 games, and some questionable comments after the match last weekend, the Colorado Rapids just announced that they have parted ways with Head Coach Anthony Hudson.
Rapids Executive Vice President & General Manager Pádraig Smith said: “We appreciate Anthony’s commitment to the Rapids organization during his time with the club. This is a pivotal period in the development of our team and it’s in the club’s best interest to make a change now. We still have a lot of season left and we look forward to getting back on track.”
Conor Casey has been named interim head coach and the search begins again just 16 months after Hudson was hired.
In a recent article, I compared Hudson’s first year to Pablo Mastroeni’s first year. They were essentially the same, which led to the big question that we’ve all been asking lately: Do we really need to go through a few more years of poor results for the FO to realize that coaching matters?
Last year was difficult and many coaches in MLS were fired for less than the season Hudson and the Rapids had, but it was very likely that Mastroeni was still on the payroll and no club is going to pay three head coaches at the same time. It’s also understandable for the Front Office to give Hudson a full year to see what he can pull together, but after a winless start and a six-game losing streak, I’m glad to see some action being taken.
The next big question is, can the Front Office make the right decision this time? Can this season still be salvaged?