COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids Wednesday named Anthony Hudson as the eighth head coach in club history.

Hudson, 36, arrives in Major League Soccer after guiding the New Zealand national team to an intercontinental playoff appearance against Peru earlier this month. The All Whites fell 2-0 on aggregate, short of qualification for the World Cup in Russia.

“This is a very special moment for the Rapids,” Rapids sporting director and interim general manager Pádraig Smith said in a statement. “In Anthony, we believe we’ve hired one of the most promising young talents and we’re extremely grateful for the support shown by the Kroenke family and the KSE executive team who remain committed to our goal of bringing another MLS Cup to Colorado.”

This past summer Hudson became the youngest manager to direct a team to the FIFA Confederations Cup, earning international praise following his team’s solid showing against Mexico.

In a little over three years as head coach of New Zealand, Hudson helped the All Whites win the 2016 OFC Nations Cup championship, while posting a 9-11-7 record – including a 1-1 draw with the United States at RFK Stadium in October 2016.

“It’s an exciting moment and a wonderful opportunity,” Hudson said in a press release. “From the start, I was impressed by the club’s culture, front office and vision for the future. I believe we share a philosophy, and now it’s just a matter of going out and getting the results that both this club and community deserve. ”

Hudson will be introduced to the media at a press conference at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. The event will be streamed live on the Colorado Rapids YouTube channel, as well as on Altitude TV and Altitude Sports Radio 950.