Hiring a new head coach is far from the only item on the Colorado Rapids’ agenda this offseason.
Interim GM Padraig Smith told The Denver Post’s Daniel Boniface on Tuesday that the club, who are in the final stages of inking a new manager, will also hire a new assistant GM, director of player personnel and a head of sports science this winter. He also said that that director of soccer Claudio Lopez will not return to the club in 2018 following the expiration of his contract this offseason.
“There’s no doubt it’s going to be an offseason overhaul in here,” Smith told The Denver Post. “Both on the field and off the field.”
The Rapids are currently in the final stages of their head coaching search, and have been heavily linked in recent weeks to current New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson.
Smith said on Tuesday that the Rapids have identified the coach “that we want to take us forward” and that “people can expect an announcement in the coming weeks.” New Zealand are currently preparing for their World Cup qualification playoff against Peru that will be played over the next week.
The Colorado Rapids have completed the signing of German midfielder Stefan Aigner pending the finalization of a medical, a league source has told ESPN FC. The source indicated that Aigner has signed a three-and-a-half year deal.
The addition of Aigner, 29, is contingent on receipt of his ITC and a P-1 visa.
Aigner arrives in Colorado after spending the 2016-17 season in the 2. Bundesliga with 1860 Munich, scoring four goals in 28 league and cup appearances. He became available due to the turmoil that engulfed Munich at the end of last season when the Lions were relegated from Germany’s second tier, and then sustained a further relegation to the Regionalliga Bayern in Germany’s fourth tier when it failed to pay the necessary fees.
Aigner also played for 1860 Munich for parts of four seasons from 2009 to 2012, making 99 league and cup appearances, and scoring 25 goals. In between those stints, Aigner played in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt for four seasons, amassing 136 league, cup, and playoff appearances while scoring 28 goals.
Aigner began his professional career in 2006 in the 2. Bundesliga with SV Wacker Burghausen. He then moved to Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld in 2007, where he spent parts of two seasons, playing mostly in Bielefeld’s reserve team.