Academy teams head to Florida for Winter Showcase

Rapids U-16s and U-18s will face the SJ Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and NJ's Players Dev Academy

Rapids Academy midfielder Ricardo Perez against Houston

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Courtesy Nigel Brooks / Houston Dynamo

The Colorado Rapids U-16 and U-18 Academy teams, which are currently in the middle of the 2012/13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Season, will participate in the 2012 Development Academy Winter Showcase from Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The Showcase, which includes all 80 Development Academy clubs, offers college coaches and scouts an opportunity to see talented young players from around the country.

Both Rapids Academy squads will play three games over four days against the same opponents in their respective age categories.

The U-16s, currently in 5th place in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference, will play the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, December 1 at 3 pm ET, the LA Galaxy on Sunday, Dec. 2 at noon, and the Players Development Academy from New Jersey on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 am ET.

The U-18s, who sit at 4-4-2 and in eighth in the Division, face the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday at 1:15 pm ET, the LA Galaxy on Saturday at noon, and the Players Development Academy on Monday at 9 am ET.

After the Showcase, the teams will continue their winter hiatus from the Development Academy season, returning to action on Saturday, March 2 against Texans SC Houston in Texas.

Launched in 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is a growing partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players with an environment designed to foster a professional attitude and produce the next generation of National Team players.