One of the great things about the Colorado Rapids hosting the 2015 MLS All-Star game on July 29 in Denver is certainly the actual game itself. The chance to see some of the best players in the league playing against Tottenham Hotspur is fantastic. And having the match in my home city makes it all that much better (and honestly, more affordable).
But I am almost as excited for the MLS Homegrown game the night before as it features some of the best young talent in the league. Sure the All-Star game is about the current talent out there, but the Homegrown game is about the future of the league and where it is going.
The Denver Post is reporting that the opponent for the Homegrown game will be none other that the U-20 squad from Club America.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Homegrown team set to play Club America's U-20 squad <a href="http://t.co/Kihlk6Mqpe">http://t.co/Kihlk6Mqpe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/rapids96?src=hash">#rapids96</a></p>— Denver Post Rapids (@rapidsnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/rapidsnews/status/603014456478597120">May 26, 2015</a></blockquote>
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This is a significant opponent for the Homegrowns to play and will present a fantastic challenge to the likes of Dillon Serna, Luis Gil, Harry Shipp and Shane O'Neill to name a few. The future of MLS is in its academies and its Homegrown player system and to play the U-20's of Club America will be a good measuring stick for where the young players are in MLS.
And did I mention the Homegrown game is only $5? Not too shabby to see the best young talent the league has to offer.