On January 9, 2009, the Rapids second all-time leading scorer, Paul Bravo, was named the team’s Technical Director. Bravo joined the Rapids having served as the Director of Soccer with the LA Galaxy from 2007-2008.
Bravo oversees the club’s domestic and international scouting, the Rapids Youth Academy and supports the Rapids coaching staff in first team operations.
Bravo returns to the Rapids after one of the most successful playing careers in the team’s 14-year history. As a forward for the Rapids from 1997-2001, he helped lead Colorado to the 1997 MLS Cup and was the first player in Rapids history to record 100 points. With 39 career goals with the Rapids, he still sits atop the record books as Colorado’s all-time leading scorer. On July 4, 2003, the three-time MLS All Star was one of two players to be the first-ever inductees into the Rapids “Gallery of Honor”.
Following his six-year MLS career that saw him play with the San Jose Clash in 1996 and the Rapids, Bravo moved directly into coaching, serving as an assistant coach with Colorado from 2002-2003.
After his time with the Rapids, Bravo served as an assistant coach at UCLA for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, serving under Jorge Salcedo, helping the Bruins to two Pac-10 Championships and a two-year record of 26-9-5. During his two years in Westwood, Bravo recruited a number of players who have gone on to successful careers in MLS and Europe, as well as with the U.S. National Team, including Jonathan Bornstein, Benny Feilhaber, Kamani Hill, Marvell Wynne, Sal Zizzo and more.
Originally hired as an assistant coach under Frank Yallop with the LA Galaxy in June 2006, Bravo was elevated to the title of Director of Soccer on August 24, 2007.
Bravo finished his MLS playing career with 52 goals and 27 assists. Prior to his major league career, he played for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks from 1991-94 and captured the 1991 APSL Championship with the club. In 1994, he also played with the San Francisco Greek-Americans, leading them to the U.S. Open Cup championship.
Bravo made four appearances for the U.S. National Team from 1994-1999, scoring one goal and registering an assist. Bravo made his National Team debut on December 11, 1994, replacing Mike Burns for the final eight minutes of a 1-1 draw with Honduras. Nearly five years late, Bravo earned his first career start for the U.S. on July 30, 1999 in a 2-0 win over Germany at the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup in Mexico. Four days later, on August 3, Bravo scored his first goal for the U.S., scoring the game-winner in the 28th minute of a 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the 3rd place game of that same tournament.
While in college, Bravo led Santa Clara University to the 1989 NCAA Co-Championship, finishing his Broncos career with 26 goals and 13 assists. He earned a degree in Political Science from Santa Clara in 1993.
Bravo has also worked as a coach for the Under-18 Men’s U.S. National Team and holds a USSF "A" Coaching License.