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Colorado Rapids Player News: Steven Beitashour Re-Signs, Academy Product Called up to El Salvador U-17s

Beitashour back for 2023 with option. Rafael Aguirre called up for La Selecta.

What does the future hold for the Colorado Rapids Development Academy?

Colorado Rapids’ Development Academy Technical Director Chris Cartlidge shared his view of the situation.

Rapids sign Sam Raben & Matt Hundley, introduce Andre Shinyashiki this afternoon

The club welcomed two homegrowns and their top SuperDraft pick to the club today.

Rapids Academy U12s win Generation Adidas Cup

The boys handily beat FC Dallas 3-0 on Sunday, Nov. 25th.

Colorado Rapids U-23 team gears up for second season in the PDL

The roster includes standouts Griffin Dorsey, Will Pulisic, and 3 players from DU.

Rapids Academy sweep Dallas Texans

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy season resumed last weekend.

In the pipeline: The Colorado Rapids Development Academy  

You may see some of these youths on the Colorado Rapids senior team someday. And based on the buzz and recent call-ups, you might even see some of them on the USMNT.

How we get from nowhere to winning the World Cup, Pt.2

In part one we discussed expanding access to soccer for youth players. In part two, we’ll talk about raising the standard of coaching in the USA. And money.

How we get from nowhere to winning the World Cup, Pt. 1

For the US to win the World Cup, change must start at the grassroots.

Rapids U17 and U23 winding down successful summer season

Colorado’s best college and high-school-aged soccer players have spent the summer honing their skills on the pitch.

Colorado Rapids Development Academy face Real Colorado this weekend

Every point matters as the playoffs get closer.

New indoor facility for Colorado Rapids Youth Teams to open in August

The youth teams will have a fancy new facility for year-round training.

5 Reasons why signing a homegrown player is a smart move

The Colorado Rapids now have three local players on Homegrown contracts on the 2017 roster.

Colorado Rapids sign two players to homegrown contracts

Colorado locals Kortne Ford and Ricardo Perez joined the team today.

The Colorado Rapids Development Academy teams round out the year in fine form

The U16 and U18 DA teams went undefeated at the recent Winter Showcase.

Rapids Academy alums star in NCAA College Cup

Six Rapids Academy graduates in total made it all the way to the NCAA Mens Soccer Final Four in Houston this past weekend.

Chris Martinez and Marcelo Balboa join Colorado Rapids Development Academy

In case you missed the news, the former players are joining the Development Academy coaching staff.

Brian Crookham Interview, Part 3

In this final portion of my interview with Rapids Director of Soccer Development we talk about how to grow great soccer players; creating a residential soccer academy in Colorado; and more.

Brian Crookham Interview, Part 2

Rapids Rabbi and Brian Crookham talk youth recruiting, Homegrown Tags, the NCAA, & the @CLTindependence .

The Interview Series: Brian Crookham

Director of Soccer Development Brian Crookham sits down with the Burgundy Wave to share his thoughts on the academy. We find out where the academy is and where its going from the man that knows the system inside and out.

Rapids Academy Update: What is the State of the Rapids Youth Pipeline?

The Rapids Academy is the source of homegrown talent to the Rapids Senior roster. We take a look at how it works, what's at stake, and how the 2016 U18 and U16 boys did this past season compared to other youth Academy teams.


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