Rapids, Smith Part Ways

Rapids, Smith Part Ways

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 7, 2011
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  • 2011 MLS Season, Features, Gary Smith

Gary Smith is now out as head coach of the Colorado Rapids. (Getty Images)

You could see the writing on the wall with this for several weeks. Gary Smith was not happy and neither were the folks above him with the Colorado Rapids.

Today, they made it official as the club announced they would be parting ways with the only head coach in their club history to guide them to a MLS Cup.

“After meeting with Gary, we decided it would be in the best interest of both parties to move in a different direction,” said Colorado Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush. “We’d like to thank Gary for his many contributions to the Colorado Rapids organization. He was instrumental in the Rapids winning our first-ever MLS Cup last year, and we wish him nothing but the best as he explores new opportunities.”

Smith had a 39-31-35 (W-L-T) record with the Rapids over three seasons.

Again, this isn’t a shocker. Smith and Technical Director Paul Bravo were not on the same page with one another for months. That even made headlines in Denver.

Colorado will now go on a coaching search, something they haven’t had to do in a while (Smith was an assistant under former boss Fernando Clavijo). Smith will likely be a candidate for jobs like New England or possibly overseas.

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