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15 June 9:00 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

By Cal, Connor, and Hank

We woke up in our dark room to the sound of Cal´s phone alarm and headed downstairs to the restaurant for breakfast. We had delicious pancakes and fruit with orange juice to drink. We then got our soccer stuff and headed out on the long bus ride to the fields.

On the bus ride we were able to get a glimpse of Costa Rica´s culture. There were farmers markets and joggers around every turn and there were so many plants and animals that we couldn´t figure out what to look at.

After we finally arrived at the fields the 'keepers went off to their training and the players went to do theirs. German was the goalkeeper coach and Gustavo was the players' coach.

Everyone was surprised by the humidity and it was taking its toll on everyone there because it was so much hotter than in Colorado. After the practice was over everyone was burning hot so we went to the pool for a cool down swim. Then we took the bus ride back to Bougainvillea.

We were able to take a quick break in our hotel rooms before heading down to the restaurant for a wonderful lunch of fresh fish and juca. We came back from lunch with our taste buds still tingling from the deliciousness of the meal and we figured out a way to talk to each other without getting in trouble by talking over our balconies.

After the long break in our rooms we went to eat. We had a barbeque with hamburgers, fries, and tea to drink. After the meal was over no one wanted to leave so the team sat and enjoyed the classical music being played and had some quality conversation before meeting the coach of Saprissa.

We then had a meeting in room 219 where Win, Juan, and Paul were staying. Everyone got there early and used the meeting as an excuse to party before the meeting. After Gary came in things settled down and he talked to us about how to be a professional when you´re on the road.

After the speech was over we all knew where we had to be the next day and we all dozed off immediately after our heads hit the pillow. We're so excited for this opportunity and can´t wait to see what kind of fun and activities await us during this trip. We love Costa Rica!

14 June 9:00 am

(A selection of Colorado Rapids U-13s is in Costa Rica participating in the Saprissa Cup. The kids, ranging from 10-13 years-old, provide updates from their trip).

By Marko, Triston and Cade

On Thursday morning we woke up bright ‘n early. Cars were arriving at DIA with moms and dad with coffees in hand. Excitement was in the air along with the emotions of saying goodbye. We were going to Costa Rica!!! WOOOOP WOOOP!

Then there was Security. It was a long walk past Caribou coffee at the start of our adventure. As we were making our first costumes check there was a problem. We got hung up by the security guard for a strange reason and it was all Jake's fault. He had unknowingly brought a filled up water bottle! The old security then said his sorries and we were off once again.

We had just arrived in Houston. We were in a rush to get to our plane but, when we got to the plane we were early. So, our coach “Gary Evans” said to go eat lunch. All of us then headed to lunch in our groups. The Houston airport was very different from DIA - it looked a lot like a mall. After lunch we headed into the plane to Coast Rica. WE WERE OFF!!!

When we arrived in Costa Rica it was awesome, the humidity was unbearable. Also the scenery was very lush and colorful. We knew right away that America was very blessed. BY CADE!!!

First was immigration forms and check in. Many of the officers speaked Español so, it was very difficult to finish it. Also when we left the airport, everybody stared at us, it was so scary. The bus ride to the hotel Bougainvillea showed how simple these people are living in this region that is foreign to us.

As we arrived at the hotel, it was beautiful. Everybody greeted us with respect and kindness and were very excited to have us. The pool in a dark clear blue and is so dazzling. Additionally the campus has so many plants and animals to look at and enjoy.

This is such a good experience.

07 January 11:38 am

A few months ago we told you about Rapids Academy midfielder Bryan Windsor's trip to Barcelona, where he got to train at Barcelona's La Masia facility and receive first-hand instructions from the same youth coaching system that developed the world-player of the year, Lionel Messi, among others.

On Sunday, CBS's famed-program, 60 Minutes, profiled the story of Barcelona FC, giving arguably the best club soccer team in the world - in this era - a huge platform to be seen by millions of people in the United States. There's a lot of good stuff here, give yourself 15 minutes and watch it:

29 May 11:31 am

We finally got our hands on the video of the goal that was talked about often last week within the Rapids office. Youngster Ricardo Perez has played a handful of Reserve League games for the Rapids, but his first priority is helping the Rapids Development Academy's U-16s. Last week, he scored three goals in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Thunder. Watch his second goal below (CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE):