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Colorado Rapids part ways with head coach Gary Smith

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Colorado Rapids announced on Monday that they will not be renewing a contract with head coach Gary Smith.

During the 2011 season, the defending MLS Champions battled injuries, a hectic schedule, and a divided organization. Coach Gary Smith was under much pressure to succeed in the run for more silverware. Missing from the pressure was support from the front office, causing tension between Gary Smith and technical director Paul Bravo.

“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.”

Gary Smith joined the Colorado Rapids as an assistant coach in early 2008 before taking over as interim head coach for the final 11 matches of that season.

Leading the Colorado Rapids to lift their first MLS Cup in 2010, coach Gary Smith captured the hearts of fans. This gallant accomplishment was followed by a demanding 2011 season as the reigning champions. The Rapids struggled to defend their title, and the season ended as quickly as Smith’s role as head coach, leaving a job opening and a lot of speculation.

As Gary Smith looks at new offers, fans wish him well, thanking him for the fantastic memories.

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