US Soccer Development Academy Teams

In August of 2007 the Rapids Soccer Academy was accepted as a charter member of US Soccer’s Development Academy. The Development Academy program was developed to enhance the development of the country’s top players through high technical standards and a focus on meaningful competition.   The Colorado Rapids U16 and U18 Development Academy teams were formed in accordance with Major League Soccer’s 2007 Homegrown Player Initiative.  Our goal is to create a program for each player that will allow him to reach his full potential, whatever that may be. For the majority of our players college soccer will be the pinnacle of their careers, but a select few will have the ability to play beyond that level. Major League Soccer now allows clubs to create a clear path from amateur soccer to the professional league while retaining the rights to the players that they help develop. The Academy’s top players in each age group will be identified as Homegrown Players after spending 12 months in the program. A Homegrown Player who is talented enough to play in MLS will now have the ability to sign a Generation Adidas contract for his hometown club and not be placed in the MLS SuperDraft. Evaluating players for the DA teams is a year long process. We scout league games, host local and regional evaluation sessions, watch high school games and bring players in to train with our current teams. The process concludes with a final tryout in July. Initial rosters will be set after this tryout, but the Academy may add players at anytime during the year.   Training for these teams begins in November at the completion of high school season in the fall. Development Academy teams will train a minimum of three times per week at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Development Academy season begins with league games in November and ends with the Academy Finals in July.   Registration, coaching, referee and facilities fees as well as uniforms are provided by the Academy for these players. Actual travel costs and college preparation fees are the responsibility of each player.


If you are interested in trying out for either the U16/U18 US Soccer Development Academy teams, or the U15/U16/U18 Colorado Youth Soccer teams, please email with your name, date of birth, address, phone number, current/previous team, and preferred position.


To view the very latest Academy information, including schedules, standings, player rosters and contact information please visit the U-15/16 and U-17/18 Academy Team Pages.

To view the latest information on the Development Academy, please visit the Development Academy Home Page on

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Further questions about the Development Academy can be answered in this U.S. Soccer FAQ

Colorado Rapids Academy Alumni

Player Hometown Years College/Pro Club
Damir Trncic Ft. Collins 2007-2008 Colorado School of Mines
Taylor Stone Centennial 2007-2008 Metropolitan State College of Denver
Roberto Perez Ft. Collins 2007-2008 Altamira - Mexican Second Division
Steven Emory Ft. Collins 2007-2008 Metropolitan State College of Denver
Ryan Kawulok Ft. Collins 2007-2008 University of Portland
Mitch Bergland Westminster 2007-2008 BYU
Preston Davis Erie 2007-2008 McPherson College
Patrick Freeman Wheat Ridge 2007-2008 Regis University
Thomas Hoang Colorado Springs 2007-2008 Ft. Lewis College
James Martinez Lakewood 2007-2008 Regis University
Zach Paul Longmont 2007-2008 University of Denver
Brendan Roslund Denver 2008-2009 University of San Francisco
Marc Herschberger Westminster 2008-2009 Metropolitan State College of Denver
Wade McDermott Colorado Springs 2008-2009 Belmont Abbey College
Ryan Warren Colorado Springs 2008-2009 Eastern Illinois University
Jeff Hirsch Boulder 2008-2009 Carleton College
Anthony Hyatt Centennial 2008-2009 Colorado College
Ryan Rombach Littleton 2008-2009 Regis University
Christian Saba Aurora 2008-2009 Hastings College
Logan Pierson Lone Tree 2008-2009 Western Michigan University

For questions about the Development Academy Teams please contact Director of Coaching Brian Crookham at 303-727-3578 or

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