COMMERCE CITY CO. (Thursday June 19 2008) - The Colorado Rapids announced a restructuring of their technical staff today as former Rapids goalkeeper David Kramer is set to join the club as Goalkeeper Coach.
In addition to this move the club announced that John Murphy will now focus his attention solely on his Director of Player Development duties which have been a major asset to the Rapids over the past several seasons with the influx of young talent into the club and the establishment of the Rapids Academy.
Murphy will also focus on international scouting which has involved his recently returning from Euro 2008 in Austria. He is also completing the final stages of his UEFA pro badge which will enable him to become the first American-born professional coach to earn this distinction.
Kramer will begin his duties next week following the Rapids’ 7:30 p.m. match against the Houston Dynamo this Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Kramer appeared in 42 games for the Rapids from 2000-2002 including eight playoff matches. Throughout his eight-year MLS career with Los Angeles San Jose and Colorado he posted a 1.76 goals against average with 15 shutouts in 106 matches with 98 starts.
Kramer also played with the Colorado Foxes of the A-League in 1997. Most recently the USSF "A" license holder has been working as the Director of Coaching for the Colorado Edge Soccer Club.