The Colorado Rapids have secured a familiar face to lead their team into a new era, appointing former LA Galaxy player Chris Armas as their new head coach. This announcement comes after the departure of Robin Fraser, who left in September, leaving behind a mixed record since his hiring in 2019.
Armas, renowned for his impactful career in Major League Soccer and the U.S. Men's National Team, returns to MLS management after serving as an assistant coach for prestigious clubs like Manchester United and Leeds United in the English Premier League.
His journey in MLS began as a defensive midfielder for the Los Angeles Galaxy and later with the Chicago Fire FC. Armas was a prominent figure during his stint with the Galaxy from 1996 to 1997, showcasing his prowess in 58 games and scoring six goals. His contributions to the league earned him the title of MLS All-Star six times over 12 years.
Beyond his club success, Armas solidified his reputation on the international stage, earning an impressive 66 caps with the U.S. National Team. His exceptional performances led to his recognition as the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year in 2000, a testament to his skill and dedication to the sport.
Now, with his wealth of experience as both a player and coach at top-tier clubs, Armas steps into the Rapids' coaching role, aiming to instill his expertise and vision.