Jump on Scouting: Cabrera to attend three college matches during bye weekend

Rapids top assistant coach heads to the east coast to watch six college teams this weekend

How about this for getting a jump on scouting for next year's MLS draft: Colorado Rapids top assistant coach Wilmer Cabrera will be attending three college matches this weekend during the Rapids bye week.

Head coach Oscar Pareja told ColoradoRapids.com on Thursday that Cabrera will attend Friday's match between the #8 ranked University of Maryland and the University of Pittsburgh at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md (PREVIEW / VIDEO).

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On Saturday morning Cabrera will head to Washington D.C. to attend the Georgetown Hoyas home match versus Creighton at Shaw Field. Cabrera will then head to New Jersey to attend Sunday's match between Princeton and Florida Gulf Coast (Live on ESPNU).

Cabrera earlier this summer observed some of the best young talent in the world when he was invited by FIFA to be part of the Technical Study Group at the U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

In the 2013 MLS draft, the Rapids selected Deshorn Brown from Central Florida and Dillon Powers from Notre Dame in the first round. Both players have had outstanding rookie campaigns and are the two front-runners for the MLS Rookie of the Year award. (WATCH: Inside the MLS SuperDraft)

The Rapids have the weekend off and will resume play next week when they host the Seattle Sounders on October 5 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (Buy Tickets).