The Rapids named John Metgod an Assistant Coach at the start of the 2014 regular season, after he had spent the 2014 preseason with the club as a coach and consultant to the technical staff. An accomplished player and coach, Metgod comes to the Rapids with extensive experience at soccer’s highest levels in his native Holland, as well as England and Spain.
In addition to playing for the Dutch National Team, Real Madrid, Tottenham and Nottingham Forest, Metgod was several times a winner of the Dutch League and Dutch Cup during his playing and coaching days, and was also part of the Feyenoord technical staff during that team’s 2002 victory in the UEFA Cup. He served as a scout/analyst for the Holland National Team during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Most recently with English Championship club Derby County as the team’s Development Director from 2009-2013, Metgod helped develop several players now playing for the English youth national teams, as well as scouting and acquiring transfer targets. In his years at Derby, Metgod was also a hands-on coach, working with players on technical and tactical skills. He spent 2008-09 with Portsmouth FC of the English Premier League, serving as a First Team Coach and developing the club’s coaching plan and leading training sessions.
Metgod began his coaching career in 1994, spending two years as the Youth Director for famed Dutch club Feyenoord, where he also served as an Assistant Coach from 1997-2004 and 2005-2008. He spent time at Excelsior, also in Rotterdam, first as an Assistant Coach in 1996-97 and then as Head Coach in 2004-05.
As a player, Metgod had a storied 20-year career that saw him play for several teams in Holland, as well as Real Madrid in Spain and Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest in England. After playing his first year as a pro with HFC Haarlem in 1975-76, he then made 195 appearances and scored 26 goals for AZ Alkmaar from 1976-82. Following his success there, he played two seasons for Real Madrid, three for Nottingham Forest, where he scored 15 goals including several memorable free kicks, and one season with Tottenham. He closed his career with six seasons at Feyenoord, retiring as a player following the 1994 season. An attacking defender, Metgod made 21 appearances for the Dutch National Team, scoring four goals.