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Former United coach Chris Armas joins Colorado Rapids as head coach

Former Manchester United assistant Chris Armas has been appointed as the new head coach for the Colorado Rapids.

The Western Conference team, which concluded at the bottom of the division, selected the former USMNT player after an ‘extensive’ interview process that involved three final candidates. The Rapids had parted ways with former head coach Robin Fraser in September.

“I’m incredibly proud and excited to take the role as the head coach of the Colorado Rapids,” said Chris Armas. “This is a club that has had success in the recent past and KSE is an organization that has a strong track record of winning championships. Throughout the process I was struck by the desire of the organization to return to the playoffs and compete for trophies.

I’m as hungry as ever to deliver this success to our fans and our club. I’ve always been eager to implement my style of play at a club that plays and trains at altitude. This advantage, along with high energy, attacking and entertaining football, can help our team and fans return to home field dominance. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to take the reins and to work with the entire staff to get the club back into the playoffs and ultimately to bring another MLS Cup to Colorado.”

Chris Armas wants Rapids to play ‘entertaining football’

Armas’s lack of success in MLS has stirred controversy within the league. Following two unsuccessful stints in England with Manchester United and Leeds United, it comes as a surprise to see him appointed as a head coach in the league once again. According to The Athletic’s report, the two other finalists for the position were current Rapids interim head coach Chris Little and Charlotte FC assistant Pa-Modou Kah.

During his time at Manchester United under former manager Ralf Rangnick, Armas faced ridicule at times, reportedly earning a ‘Ted Lasso’ moniker from some unconvinced players. Despite this, Armas claims that he was unaffected by the comparisons to the fictional character.

Although he is still working to establish himself as a coach, Armas had a successful playing career, winning the MLS Cup with the Chicago Fire. Additionally, he secured victory in the U.S. But Open Cup four times and was named in the MLS Best XI on five separate occasions.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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