Chris Armas is on his method again to Main League Soccer.
The Colorado Rapids have introduced Armas as their new head coach, the membership introduced Friday. Armas reportedly edged out Rapids interim head coach Chris Little and Charlotte FC assistant Pa-Modou Kah for the job, in keeping with The Athletic.
“We’re delighted to start a brand new chapter on the Colorado Rapids with Chris as our head coach,” stated Colorado Rapids President Pádraig Smith. “Chris brings a wealth of expertise throughout the best ranges of the sport, each as a participant and as a coach.
“He’s a pure chief who calls for the best requirements from his gamers and understands what it takes to construct a constructive, and successful tradition,” Smith added. “We consider he has the private qualities, expertise and shared imaginative and prescient to assist us obtain the success we search.”
The 51-year-old beforehand was head coach of the New York Crimson Bulls and most lately Toronto FC. He was with TFC in 2021, however was relieved of his duties after solely 11 matches in cost.
Armas spent two years with the Crimson Bulls, posting a 33-27-11 report throughout all competitions and successful the 2018 Supporters’ Defend. He additionally served as an assistant coach with Manchester United through the 2021-22 English Premier League season and with Leeds United beneath Jesse Marsch in 2023.
“I’m extremely proud and excited to take the position as the top coach of the Colorado Rapids,” stated Armas. “It is a membership that has had success within the latest previous and KSE is a corporation that has a powerful monitor report of successful championships. All through the method I used to be struck by the will of the group to return to the playoffs and compete for trophies. I’m as hungry as ever to ship this success to our followers and our membership.
“I’ve at all times been desperate to implement my model of play at a membership that performs and trains at altitude,” Armas added. “This benefit, together with excessive vitality, attacking and entertaining soccer, might help our workforce and followers return to house area dominance. I’m thrilled to have the chance to take the reins and to work with your entire workers to get the membership again into the playoffs and finally to convey one other MLS Cup to Colorado.”
A 12-year professional, Armas spent 10 of his 12 seasons with the Chicago Hearth as a participant and two with the LA Galaxy. He gained 4 U.S. Open Cups as a participant with the Hearth, in addition to the 1998 MLS Cup and 2003 Supporters’ Defend.
After initially making eight appearances for the Puerto Rico nationwide workforce, Armas switched his worldwide allegiance to the USA in 1998. He earned 66 caps with the USMNT, successful two CONCACAF Gold Cups in 2002 and 2005 respectively.
Colorado parted methods with former head coach Robin Fraser in September and finally completed final within the Western Convention.
Armas can have a serious mission in entrance of him if he needs to assist the Rapids to get again into the postseason in 2024. The Rapids have already parted methods with striker Diego Rubio this offseason whereas additionally declining the contract possibility of veteran midfielder Jack Value.