Colorado Rapids name Hudson head coach

Anthony Hudson (pictured) had a successful stint as New Zealand head coach from 2014-17. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

COMMERCE CITY, Colorado – The Colorado Rapids announced Wednesday the appointment of Anthony Hudson as the eighth head coach in club history.

Hudson arrives in Major League Soccer after guiding New Zealand to an Intercontinental Playoff appearance against Peru earlier this month. The All Whites fell 2-0 on aggregate, just short of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

This past summer, at 36-years-old, Hudson became the youngest ever manager to lead a team in the FIFA Confederations Cup.

In just over three years at the New Zealand helm, Hudson won the 2016 OFC Nations Cup title, while posting a 9W-7D-11L record that included a 1-1 draw with the United States at RFK Stadium in October of 2016.

“It’s an exciting moment and a wonderful opportunity,” said Hudson. “From the start, I was impressed by the club’s culture, front office and vision for the future. I believe we share a philosophy, and now it’s just a matter of going out and getting the results that both this club and community deserve. ”

Hudson – the son of former England international Alan Hudson -- began his managerial career in 2008, when he took over the reins of third-tier Real Maryland Monarchs. After a two-year spell with the club, he returned to England where he would work under Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur as a reserve team coach, before taking over English fifth-tier side Newport County in 2011.

The United States-born Hudson would then serve as head coach of the Bahrain U-23 and senior national teams from 2012-14. He led the U-23s to their first-ever major trophy at the U-23 Gulf Cup of Nations in 2013, before helping the senior side finish third at the 2013/14 West Asian Football Federation Championship.

As a player, Hudson came up through the youth ranks at West Ham United, before joining Dutch side NEC Nijmegen in 2001. He would finish his playing career as player-assistant with the USA’s Wilmington Hammerheads from 2006-08.

Hudson and the Rapids will play in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.


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