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Report: Former Kiwis manager Anthony Hudson to take over Colorado Rapids

Anthony Hudson -- Close Up -- New Zeland


Recently departed New Zealand national team manager Anthony Hudson is set to take the vacant coaching position at the Colorado Rapids, according to the New Zealand Herald.

The Rapids declined to comment.

Hudson's All-Whites came historically close to qualifying for the nation's third-ever World Cup earlier this month, losing 2-0 on aggregate to Peru in a two-legged playoff.

But the 36-year-old received considerable praise for his tactical approach against La Blanquirroja, and has aimed to play attacking soccer with a roster that is currently 122nd in the FIFA World Rankings.

In October of 2016, Hudson guided the Kiwis to a 1-1 draw against the US men's national team in a friendly at RFK Stadium.

Hudson has played and coached in the US' lower divisions as well as in England, coming up through West Ham United's academy and serving as coach of Tottenham Hotspur's reserves. He would also bring some familiarity with the level of MLS, having fielded sides with several MLS players.

Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, defenders Michael Boxall (Minnesota United), and Kip Colvey (San Jose Earthquakes), and Portland Timbers midfielder Bill Tuiloma were all a part of Hudon's playoff roster against Peru.

The Rapids fired longtime club fixture Pablo Mastroeni from his head coaching role in August, with Steve Cooke assuming the role for the remainder of the season on an interim basis.