The coaching carousel is really going round and round in Major League Soccer and there are a couple of interesting names with Canadian connections in the mix for the Colorado Rapids job.
One of the finalists is former Pacific FC head coach Pa-Modou Kah, who is currently an assistant coach at Charlotte FC. The other finalists are Rapids interim manager Chris Little, and former Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas. After a taste of things in England with Manchester United and Leeds, Armas must miss the comforts of MLS?
The Rapids are reportedly in the final stages of their search for a new manager, with four finalists identified, according to Tom Bogert and Paul Tenorio of The Athletic.
Surprisingly, Robin Fraser, who was Rapids head coach from 2019 until the club parted ways with him in September, and an assistant at TFC under Greg Vanney, is also considered to be a candidate for the job.
Kah led Canadian Premier League club Pacific FC to the Canadian Premier League title in 2021. He is the only manager other than Bobby Smyrniotis to ever win a CPL championship.
The 43-year-old left Pacific after winning the championship, and CPL Coach of the Year, that fall. After two years as head coach in Victoria Kah has been linked with MLS head coaching vacancies in Dallas and Montréal.
Kah knows MLS well, having played for the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps. He has coaching experience with the Whitecaps, FC Cincinnati, Pacific FC, and North Texas SC, the reserve side of FC Dallas. Kah also had a playing career that included stints in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
Canadian Soccer Daily contributor Peter Galindo suggested in August that the North Star Shield-winning manager should be considered for the Canadian men’s national team head coaching job.
Armas, 51, has the most experience among the finalists. He was an assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls before taking over as manager in 2018. He led the Red Bulls to the Supporters’ Shield in that same year. However, he was let go by the Red Bulls in 2020 and had an 11 game stint as manager of Toronto FC in 2021. Armas also had a playing career in MLS with the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire, and he represented the U.S. men’s national team.
Little joined the Rapids staff in 2021 and took over as interim manager in September after Fraser’s departure. He previously managed the Tacoma Defiance in the USL Championship and served as the director of coaching for the Seattle Sounders FC Academy.
The Colorado Rapids are expected to make a decision on their new manager soon.