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Rapids defender Kortne Ford makes 2017 MLS Homegrown Team

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Ford will be part of a team taking on Liga MX U-20 champions Chivas de Guadalajara on August 1, 2017.

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The 18-man roster for the 2017 MLS Homegrown Team was announced today, and Colorado Rapids’ fans will see a familiar name on the list—defender Kortne Ford. On August 1, 2017, the homegrown team will play the defending Liga MX U-20 champions Chivas de Guadalajara at Toyota Park in Chicago (technically it’s in Bridgeview). The roster was selected by MLS Homegrown Team head coach Brian McBride and assistant coach Mike Magee.

He is joined by some of the best young talent in MLS:

Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Evan Louro (New York Red Bulls)

Defenders: Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)

Midfielders: Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Derrick Etienne Jr. (New York Red Bulls), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union), Brooks Lennon (Real Salt Lake), Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Ballou Tabla (Montreal)

Forwards: Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas), Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy)

Ford has started eight games for the Rapids this season and has scored one goal. Sporting Director Padraig Smith told the Denver Post: “part of our identity as a club is the commitment to developing homegrown talent through our academy system, and Kortne is a very good example of that. We’re very proud of him and can’t wait to see him play against top young international talent.”

The match will begin at 8 pm EDT and will be streamed on facebook.com/univisiondeportes.

Congrats, Kort!