Former Arsenal coach Gary Smith is being backed to take the permanent job at Colorado Rapids. In his column for, Rapids goalkeeper Chris Sharpe reveals: "There has been murmurs amongst the lads about who we would like in charge next year, of course. Everyone feels it would be top draw if Gary was made the gaffer full time next season. I personally would love to see that.

"However, to make this an easy decision for the Board we have to keep doing well and make the playoffs and give them no reason to make a change."