Colorado Rapids add two assistant coaches, Seattle Sounders appoint new Tacoma Defiance coach

The Colorado Rapids introduced on Friday that they’ve employed Wolde Harris and Chris Little as assistant coaches forward of the 2021 MLS season, bolstering head coach Robin Fraser’s employees.

Little was beforehand the head coach of USL Tacoma Defiance of the USL Championship, creating a gap within the Seattle Sounders’ second team. That’s been stuffed by Wade Webber, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach for Tacoma.

“We’re delighted to strengthen our technical employees with coaches of Wolde’s and Chris’ high quality,” Padraig Smith, Rapids govt VP & normal manager, said in a launch. “Wolde’s expertise and familiarity with our membership, each as a former Rapids player and as a member of the Switchbacks’ teaching employees, will likely be a great asset for Robin and our technical employees.

Harris joins Colorado after being an assistant coach for Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC within the USL Championship since 2015. Throughout his own MLS taking part in days, the Jamaica native scored 51 goals and handed out 31 assists throughout 194 video games, together with 4 seasons with Colorado. He additionally made 28 appearances for Jamaica’s national team and scored seven goals.

In Colorado, Little will focus on growing and integrating young players from the Rapids academy into their first team. The Scotland native was beforehand Tacoma head coach and director of teaching for Seattle’s academy.

“We’re equally excited to welcome Chris to the membership,” Smith said, “as he brings a wealth of expertise in growing young players, which is a key focus for us as we continue to construct towards a mannequin of sustainable success.”

Webber played for Seattle throughout their USL period and labored in Tacoma under former head coaches John Hutchinson (2018) and Little (2019-20). Throughout three MLS seasons, the Washington native had two goals and two assists in 53 matches.

In Tacoma, Webber will work alongside earlier Sounders U-17 head coach Mike Morris and Sounders academy and USL goalkeeper coach Josh Ford. They’ve each been promoted to assistant coach on the USL level.

“We’re excited to raise Wade Webber, who has labored side-by-side with Chris and the remainder of our improvement employees for the past 5 years,” Sounders normal manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey said in a launch. “It’s at all times a privilege to have the ability to promote from inside and reward folks instrumental to our success with new alternatives. We’ve full confidence in Wade and look forward to the management that he, Mike Morris and Josh Ford can present.”

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