Pádraig Smith

Executive Vice President and General Manager

Executive Vice President and General Manager, Pádraig Smith has held the club’s top executive position since January 2018 having joined the Rapids initially as Sporting Director in 2015. Smith is responsible for the clubs strategic direction both on and off the field and the delivery of the organizations long term vision as well as overseeing all day to day activities within Soccer Operations.  

Prior to joining the Rapids, Smith was with the European soccer’s governing body, UEFA. Smith was a key figure in UEFA’s Financial Analysis Group, which assess the top professional European clubs in the areas of corporate, sporting and financial structures. He also oversaw national association and club compliance with Financial Fair Play and Licensing regulations. Prior to UEFA, Smith served as Head of Finance for the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).  While at the FAI, he introduced the first mandatory salary cap in European league soccer and chaired the long-term strategy group charged with implementing a fully integrated football development and competition pyramid in Ireland.  

Smith is the Vice-Chair of the Denver World Cup 2026 Finance Committee, serves on numerous MLS committees and is a member of the US Soccer Hall of Fame voting panel.