• Tuesday Dec 19, 2017

    Hudson, Colorado Rapids will get running start in SCCL

    Head coach Anthony Hudson (middle) and the Colorado Rapids delegation at the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League draw on December 18, 2017, in Doral, Florida, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

    DORAL, Florida -- Anthony Hudson faces a baptism by fire in his first two games as head coach of the Colorado Rapids, which was drawn to face Major League Soccer champion Toronto FC in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16.

    "It was quite exciting about coming here knowing that these were the games," said the 36-year-old, who was hired on November 29. "It's one unbelievable start to your tenure in a job. You have a tournament here where you have the best of the best."

    And that sentiment might go double – or even triple -- for Toronto FC, which also won the MLS Supporters’ Shield and the 2017 Canadian Championship.

    Hudson was impressed by Greg Vanney-led side, which earned a 2-0 win over visiting Seattle Sounders FC to capture the 2017 MLS Cup title on December 9.

    "I've enjoyed watching Toronto play," he remarked. "They're a really good team. I think they have done a fantastic job in coaching, done a great job."

    The Rapids are coming off a season in which they finished 10th out of 11 teams in the MLS Western Conference with a 9W-6D-19L record. So as Colorado rebuilds, it must also prepare for its SCCL opener in February.

    "It's all the basic stuff in terms of recruitment and make sure we have a good strong preseason and we're ready for this first game," concluded Hudson. "This is a tournament that we're taking seriously, and everything's geared towards it."
     
    The series opener will be played February 20-22, with the second leg taking place February 27-March 1.

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