From pros to U-12s, five Rapids teams to play at DSG Park this weekend
Fans that head up to Dick's Sporting Goods Park this weekend will have the chance to watch nearly every player on the Colorado Rapids' top teams in action.
The first team has a bye week, so head coach Oscar Pareja has scheduled an intra-squad scrimmage to be played on Field 20 at 11 a.m. Saturday (Post-scrimmage photo gallery).
The Rapids Development Academy teams will then host Sporting KC for the first of back-to-back gamedays.
The first match, between both team's U-18s, kicks off Saturday at 1 p.m. on Field 22. The U16s will follow at 3:30 p.m. on the same field.
"It's exciting for us, not only because we get to see MLS competition, but we get to create an environment where we're going to have U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s all playing," said Brian Crookham, the Rapids’ Senior Director of Youth Development and U-18s head coach. "(The weekend is) going to really create the environment that we've been striving for."
The Rapids and SKC are travel partners in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which means that instead of traveling for one-off matches to each market, they play twice in a weekend in the same city. Last year Colorado traveled for the two games in Kansas City, so Sporting KC is traveling to Colorado for both matches this year.
In addition, both club's will debut their new Under-14 Development Academy teams. And, they've each assembled a group of Under-12s that will play a friendly match. The matches between the two younger sides will take place Sunday at the same time as the U18s and U16s matches.
All the matches are free and open to the public.
Schedule - Saturday, Sept. 28:
Rapids first team intra-squad scrimmage: 11 a.m. Field 20
Rapids U18s vs Sporting KC U18s: 1:00 p.m. on Field 22
Rapids U16s vs Sporting KC U16s: 3:30 p.m. on Field 22
Schedule – Sunday, Sept. 29
Rapids U18s vs Sporting KC U18s: 9:00 a.m. on Field 22
Rapids u14s vs Sporting KC U14s: 9:00 a.m. on Field 24
Rapids U16s vs Sporting KC U16s: 11:00 a.m. on Field 22
Rapids U12s vs Sporting KC U12s: 11:00 a.m. on Field 24