COMMERCE CITY CO - Rapids Youth Team player Brendan Roslund was one of six goalkeepers selected by head coach Mike Matkovic to attend the US U-18 National Camp that has just concluded at the Home Depot Center in Carson California.
Matkovic and an expanded staff have spent the last week evaluating the 72 players invited to the camp by dividing them into four groups. The split squads trained together and played intrasquad scrimmages.
Each player at the camp was born in 1991 making them eligible for both the U-18 Men's National Team and the 2009 and 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cups.
"It is an honor any time a Rapids player has a chance to represent our country whether it is in competition or in a training camp at the senior level or the youth level said Brian Crookham Rapids U-18 coach and Academy Director of Coaching.
"Brendan has great goalkeeping tools but this opportunity was created through his dedication and work ethic. A lot of time spent training in 15-degree nights at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park have gone into this. He has really flourished in the Rapids Academy environment."
Roslund joined the Rapids as an inaugural member of the club's Academy in the summer of 2007. At 6’6" and 200 pounds Roslund has emerged as one of one of the top goalkeepers in the country and has trained with the Rapids' first team on several occasions.
Roslund a high school senior attends Denver Christian High School and has committed to attend the University of San Francisco in the fall.
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