14 Rapids Academy players announce intentions to play college soccer

Academy Players announce intentions to play college soccer, 13 at Division I programs

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Wednesday, February 6, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids announced today that 14 players from the club’s Under-18 Teams have committed to play college soccer starting this fall, including 13 at the Division I level. The players formalized their intentions in a National Signing Day ceremony at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening.

“Five years ago we launched our Academy with a competitive Under-14 Team, and the core players from that group are now moving on to college,” said Rapids Academy Director Brian Crookham. “This is a special day for these players and for the program to see its first class to come all the way through our Development Academy system. We’re proud of their hard work and dedication, the reward of which is a great education and the chance to continue playing competitive soccer, and eager to see more players join their ranks.”

The 14 Rapids Academy players who announced their commitments today are:

Avery Ball – Wright State University
Hometown: Fort Collins
Position: Midfielder

Alex Braman – St. Mary’s (CA) College
Hometown: Niwot
Position: Defender

Ben Braman – St. Mary’s (CA) College
Hometown: Niwot
Position: Defender

Andrew Epstein – Stanford University
Hometown: Fort Collins
Position: Goalkeeper

Michael Gottlinger – Iona College
Hometown: Fort Collins
Position: Defender

Brad Holub – University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
Hometown: Golden
Position: Goalkeeper

Eric Kronenberg – University of Denver
Hometown: Boulder
Position: Forward

Austin Neureiter – Carleton College (Division III)
Hometown: Denver
Position: Midfielder

Ricardo Perez – Creighton University
Hometown: Fort Collins
Position: Forward

Jason Pillard – Wake Forest University
Hometown: Niwot
Position: Defender

Austin Seifert – Wright State University
Hometown: Colorado Springs
Position: Forward

Cameron Taylor – Cornell University
Hometown: Littleton
Position: Midfielder

Alex Toderica – University of Denver
Hometown: Longmont
Position: Forward

Bryan Windsor – Princeton University
Hometown: Boulder
Position: Midfielder