Erik Carlson first joined the Rapids ahead of the 2006 season, making him one of the most experienced and longest serving team administrators in Major League Soccer. In his position, he works closely with the coaching staff and players on a daily basis in many areas of team operations and player administration, including team travel, relocation, scheduling, and more.
Before joining the Rapids, Carlson worked for the U.S. Soccer Federation, where he served as a Team Coordinator for four years, primarily with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team. During his time with U.S. Soccer, Carlson led Youth National Teams to training camps and tournaments around the world, including the FIFA World Youth Championships in 2003 (United Arab Emirates) and 2005 (Netherlands). Prior to his tenure with U.S. Soccer, Carlson spent two years in the Czech Republic where he taught English as a Second Language at a public high school in Prague.
Carlson is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish. He currently resides in Denver.