Chris Little

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Chris Little
Personal information
Date of birth 1977 or 1978 (age 45–46)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Colorado Rapids (assistant manager)
Youth career
0000–1996 AFC Bournemouth
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 UNC Pembroke Braves 58 (29)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000 Wilmington Hammerheads 8 (0)
Total 8 (0)
Managerial career
2001–2002 UNC Pembroke Braves (assistant)
2003–2005 Cumberlands Patriots
2008–2009 Carolina Dynamo (assistant)
2010–2013 Elon Phoenix (assistant)
2013–2014 Carolina Dynamo
2014–2016 Elon Phoenix
2017–2018 Seattle Sounders FC (academy)
2019–2020 Tacoma Defiance
2021–2023 Colorado Rapids (assistant)
2023 Colorado Rapids (interim)
2023- Colorado Rapids (assistant)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Chris Little is a Scottish-born football coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids. He was previously head coach of Tacoma Defiance, the second-division affiliate of Seattle Sounders FC. He played professionally for the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division and previously coached various amateur and college teams in North Carolina and Kentucky.

College career[edit]

Little was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in the English city of Swindon. He played for the AFC Bournemouth Academy, but left at the age of 18 to pursue a college scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.[1] During his four years at UNC Pembroke, he played 58 matches for the Braves as a midfielder and recorded 29 goals and 23 assists. Little captained the Braves for two seasons and was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2012.[2] He graduated from UNC Pembroke in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in History and in 2002 with a master's degree in physical education.[2]

Club career[edit]

Little was signed to a professional contract with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division in 2000 and became a starting midfielder and forward.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Little returned to UNC Pembroke in 2001 as an assistant coach for two years.[4] He was named the head coach of Cumberland College in 2003 and lead the team to a 20th-place rank in the 2004 NAIA national poll and to the final of the NAIA Region XI tournament. Little returned to North Carolina to manage various youth football organisations in the Greensboro area before accepting a role as assistant coach for the Carolina Dynamo from 2008 to 2009.[5]

Little was named an assistant coach at Elon University in 2010 and was promoted to head coach in 2014 following the departure of Darren Powell.[5][6] During his tenure at Elon, the team won four conference championships and qualified for three editions of the NCAA Tournament.[7][8] Little also returned to the Carolina Dynamo as head coach in 2013.[9]

In 2017, Little joined Seattle Sounders FC as an academy coach and trainer. He managed several academy teams to national championships and was named the 2018 U-16/17 U.S. Development Academy West Division Coach of the Year.[7] Little received his Elite Formation Coaching License from Major League Soccer in 2018 and spent time with the training staff of Atlético Madrid under the program.[10] On 23 January 2019 the Sounders announced that Little would take over as head coach of the Tacoma Defiance reserves team while retaining his role as the Sounders FC Academy Director of Coaching.[11]

On 26 February 2021, Little left Tacoma to join Colorado Rapids as an assistant coach.[12]

Managing record[edit]

As of match played October 21, 2023
Coaching record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Colorado Rapids (interim) United States September 5, 2023 8 2 2 4 10 15 −5 025.00

Personal life[edit]

Little is married to Kara-Lyn, a former volleyball player at UNC Pembroke, and has two children.[1]



NC Youth Association

  • ODP National Tournament: 2006 (shared), 2007[13][14]

US Academy (U16)

Elon Phoenix



  1. ^ a b "Coaches: Chris Little". Seattle Sounders FC. Archived from the original on January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Clark, Little Inducted Into UNCP Athletic Hall Of Fame". UNC Pembroke Braves. October 5, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Lewis, Michael (June 3, 2000). "Backup goalkeeper to get his shot". Wilmington Star-News. p. C1.
  4. ^ "Sounders FC finalizes technical staff for 2017 season" (Press release). Seattle Sounders FC. February 28, 2017. Archived from the original on January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Chris Little Joins Elon Men's Soccer Staff". Elon University. June 8, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Hamzik, Tommy (April 29, 2014). "Chris Little named Elon soccer coach". Elon News Network. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Little Unveiled as New S2 Head Coach" (Press release). USL Championship. January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Chris Little Resigns as Elon Men's Soccer Head Coach" (Press release). Elon University. February 7, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Dynamo's hire of Chris Little as coach a 'no-brainer'". Greensboro News and Record. November 7, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  10. ^ Mondello, Joseph (August 8, 2018). "Elite Formation Coaching License". Seattle Sounders FC. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "Chris Little promoted to Sounders FC 2 Head Coach following departure of previous manager John Hutchinson" (Press release). Seattle Sounders FC. January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "Wolde Harris and Chris Little Join Rapids Coaching Staff as Assistants". 26 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "MSOC: CHRIS LITTLE". Elon Phoenix. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Elon Names Chris Little Head Men's Soccer Coach". WF MY NEWS 2. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2021.