Former West Ham youngster Anthony Hudson had a key role in Real Maryland establishing a link with MLS club Colorado Rapids. Hudson, head coach at Real Maryland, has created a name for himself Stateside with his innovative coaching practices, which has led to him becoming one of the youngest coaches in the game at the ripe old age of 27.

Hudson said: "We're very pleased with this partnership. The state of the game in MLS and USL is such that this kind of support is vital in order to develop players and move forward as clubs. We're looking forward to a positive relationship with the Rapids."