Former All Whites coach Anthony Hudson signs on with Colorado Rapids of North America's Major League Soccer

Former All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has confirmed his appointment as the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids in America's Major League Soccer.

The 36-year-old, fresh from guiding New Zealand through to a World Cup qualification playoff against Peru, will join the struggling side for its 2018 campaign.

"It’s an exciting moment and a wonderful opportunity," said Hudson of his new role.

"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."

Interim General Manager Pádraig Smith expressed his confidence in the former West Ham United youth representative.

"In Anthony, we believe we’ve hired one of the most promising young talents and we’re extremely grateful for the support shown by the Kroenke family and the KSE executive team who remain committed to our goal of bringing another MLS Cup to Colorado."

The club is owned by American business magnate Stan Kroenke, who's also the majority shareholder at English giants Arsenal.

The Rapids finished second from bottom in the 2017 season, winning just nine of its 34 games and falling well short of a playoff berth.

The Denver-based side have once claimed the MLS title, winning its championship in the 2011-12 season.


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